My Oscar Recap


The Show

What did you think of the big night? Even though the reviews were mixed, I really enjoyed the 85th Oscars. Whether you deemed him appropriate or not I loved Seth MacFarlane and thought he did a good job. The opening monologue is one of the funniest I  have seen in years. Click here to watch it yourself.  I think Seth MacFarlane gave it his all and I was happy with the result. He had some good one lines throughout the show. Some might disagree, but I thought the Lincoln joke was funny and he recovered well, while it was not well received from the audience.  Like I said to many people, you have to like his stuff to really “get” him. To be honest I don’t think many people “get” smart comedy anymore.  He also wasn’t the cookie cutter host, which I appreciated. His song at the end of the telecast with Kristin Chenoweth was genius. Click here to see it.  There was one thing I was disappointed with and that was the tribute to Bond. I was under the impression that there was going to be a Bond reunion of sorts? Was I mistaken?  I did enjoy the musical numbers throughout the show. Click here to see my favorite.

Did you enjoy the show last night?  Do you think Seth MacFarlane did a good job?

The Winners

I was beyond elated that Argo won Best Picture! Like I have said in a previous post, it really is a superb film and I glad it has gotten so many accolades this awards season.  Ben Affleck is so humble when he accepts his awards. I just love it.

The only surprise wins for me were Ang Lee for Best Director and Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor. I am really glad Ang Lee won. I haven’t had a chance to watch Life of Pi, but I hear it was an epic film. I am actually not that surprised Christoph Waltz won, but I thought Robert DeNiro was going to get the win. I think he and Tommy Lee Jones might have split the vote.  As the rest of the main categories go, I was satisfied with who the Academy picked.  I really do need to see Silver Linings Playbook, Life of Pi and Django in Chains as soon as they are available for home viewing. Click here to see a full list of last night’s winners.

Did your top choices win last night?

The Red Carpet

Let me just start this off by saying I was super disappointed in the red carpet last night. I really find it annoying that during the last 60 min of coverage, they cut off E! from having a red carpet interviews.  Instead, you are left to listening all the hosts talk about the looks or going over to the ABC red carpet coverage, which I am sorry to say was just sad. I  normally don’t like to write negative things on this blog, but that coverage was awkward and boring.

The fashion trend for last night was metallic, sparkles and light colors. Again, I don’t want to be negative, but I was disappointed in the fashions. It’s the biggest night of the year in Hollywood and I really think the stylists and stars could have done better. There were few jaw dropping styles.  I can say that for me there were definitely more misses than hits. Here are the looks I enjoyed.


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I just love Jennifer Garner and I thought this Gucci gown looked lovely on her. The color looked great on her and the back is what makes this dress so great. Well done!


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Jennifer Hudson looked amazing in this Roberto Cavalli gown. I love the blue. It looks great on her. I also liked her hair and jewelry. I think she could haven’t gotten away with a little more color on her lips though.


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This Dior gown was meant to go to the Oscars. I am not going to lie it’s not may favorite look on Jennifer Lawrence ( maybe I would love it more if it was in a different color), but it is Oscar worthy and it did look great on the stage.


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Jessica Chastain was by far my favorite head-to-toe look of the evening. The Armani Prive gown she chose was made for her. It looked so lovely against her hair color. She looked amazing last night!


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This was a risky dress, but it is flawless on Naomi Watts. She looks so sophisticated and modern in this Armani Prive gown. Well, done!

What did you all think of the red carpet? What were your favorite looks?

Hello There Oscar!


One of my favorite days of the year is soon upon us….Oscar Sunday! I really don’t do anything big. I sit in front of the TV from the pre pre red carpet coverage until the end of the awards show.  The last few years my friends and I started a Facebook viewing party. About 20 of us get on a thread on Facebook and comment from the red carpet coverage until the end of the show. We do it for most of the big awards show to prepare for Oscar night. It really is a lot of fun. My husband has also starting putting out a food spread for us. He figure since I do that for him for football games, he will do it for me on my Super Bowl. This year I also got my favorite champagne to drink during the telecast. Moet bottles will pop when the red carpet begins!

My dream is to one day host a massive Oscar viewing party at my house. I would love to plan the menu around the Best Picture nominees.  With year nominees my friends and I came up with a fun menu. This is what we came up with so far. Maybe you can help us to fill in the blanks.

Argo: Persian Grapes. Click here for recipe. A typical desert from Iran.

Amour: Heart shaped sugar cookies. Click here for recipe. The movie is about undying love.

Beast of Southern Wild: Crab Boil. Click here for recipe. It seemed that was all they ate during this movie.

Django Unchained:

Les Miserables: Loaf of Bread. Click here for recipe. The reason why Jean Valjean was imprisoned. He stole a loaf of bread to give to his starving nephew.

Lincoln: Oysters on the half shell. They were served at his second inaugural dinner.

Life of Pi: Tiger Pie. Click here for recipe

Silver Linings Playbook:

Zero Dark Thirty: Chicken Biryani. Click here for recipe.

I really think Argo will win Best Picture. Daniel Day Lewis will take Best Actor and Anne Hathaway will take Best Supporting Actress.  I don’t think the other big categories have definite front runners. I think Jennifer Lewis and Jessica Chastain might split the vote  in the Best Actress category. I am very excited to see who will take home gold on Sunday!

Click here for your own printable ballot.

Do you do anything special for Oscar Sunday? Who do you think will take home gold on Sunday?

The Easiest Pizza Crust

A few years ago we found a great pizza crust recipe, through my older son’s Tessy and Tab’s monthly readers. My husband and older son made it together the first time. It turned out to be easy and delicious. Since that fateful day, my husband has been designated pizza maker of the home.



Over the years he has experimented with this recipe and has created even yummier crusts. You can’t go wrong with this basic crust and you can make it as healthy as you want. We trade-off with wheat flour some times. Just depending how we feel. Click on the link below for the recipe.


The recipe calls for cutting the dough up into 4 parts, but we just do 2 parts. That makes 2 14 inch pizza’s. Sometimes he doubles the recipe so we can freeze the dough. Most recently he substituted half of the water with beer (so 3/4 of a cup) and instead of salt he added garlic salt. We normally use Trader Joe’s pizza sauce. We generally make one cheese and one pepperoni, but on some occasions like this past Friday we made a veggie pizza (we also made a cheese, since our boys won’t touch the veggie one)


What’s good about this recipe, is that your kids can help you make it. It is fun for the whole family.

Do you have a pizza recipe you turn to regularly?

Mami Gloria’s 3-Spice and Garlic Shrimp

Now that the Lenten season is upon us, I thought I would add more non-meat recipes here. We observe Lent in our household. We don not eat meat on Ash Wednesday, Friday’s during Lent, and Good Friday. We try really hard to remember to eat meat-free on Friday’s, but sometimes we forget.  This year, since I am doing a lot better with planning our meals out, I think I will be more aware to make meat free meals. Keep an eye out for more recipes these next few weeks.

My mom makes this fabulous oven roasted shrimp. She used to sautéed them, but found that making in the oven was easier, and the end result was yummier.

Mami Gloria’s 3- Spice and Garlic Shrimp


Serves 4

1 1/2lbs-2lbs of fresh shrimp (please do not use the kind you get in the freezer section and DO NOT get already cooked and deveined shrimp), 10 cloves of garlic sliced, 1 tablespoon of chili powder and paprika, 1 teaspoon of cumin, a glug of olive oil

-Pre-heat oven at 400

-Peel and de-vein shrimp, keep the tails on.

-Put shrimp in a large bowl at spices, garlic and olive oil. Mix until shrimp our covered. Feel free to add more olive oil and spices if you think it needs more. I usually do add more especially if I am making more than 1lb and 1/2.


-Spray cooking spray on nonstick cookie sheet line shrimp up and place in oven for 10 min. Check at 8 if pink they are ready to take out.


I like to serve this shrimp with yellow rice and a homemade pico de gallo like salad. Anything pairs up nicely with these shrimp.



One Happy Mailbox


One of the many great gifts I got for my birthday this year was a 4 month subscription to Birchbox (thank you Kris!). I have always been curious to check it out, but I never got around to it. If you are not aware of what Birchbox is, it is a box of happiness that shows up in your mailbox once of month. It is full of 5 sample sized higher end beauty products. Once you join you go to the Birchbox website and set up a profile. That way they will send you products that match your skin type, hair, interests, etc.  The samples are a generous size. I have gotten a liquid eyeliner pencil, that will last me a while. A shampoo that has lasted me 4 hair washes so far and hair serum that will last at least a month. In each box you get a card that says what products are in your box, a brief description of each and the price of the full size. What is also great, is that if you don’t want to use them right away you can save them for when you travel. That way you don’t have to deprive yourself of decent products when you are away from home.

The Birch Box web site is fabulous. Not only can you buy all the full size products on their site, but there is also how to tutorial videos and a monthly magazine with articles about fashion and beauty. Click here to check it out.

Stay tuned for my reviews in my beauty section of products I decide to add to my daily beauty routine.

My Favorite Super Bowl Commercials

First of all let me start by saying that I had a fabulous birthday weekend! Would like to thank my hubby, my boys, my BFF and her fabulous hubby for really taking the time and making an extra effort to making me feel extra special this entire weekend! Also, thank you to all my loved ones that sent me gifts and/or birthday wishes. You all really made this girl feel like a star!

We did watched (who didn’t right?) the game on Sunday. I will be honest, I partly watched while I got other stuff done. I really did enjoy the performances of America the Beautiful and The Star Spangled Banner. When the Sandy Hook Elementary Choir started singing I couldn’t help, but not shed many tears. I thought Jennifer Hudson sounded and looked beautiful. Alicia Keyes rendition of our National Anthem was also moving.

Here are the 3 commercials that I really enjoyed last night.

Who didn’t laugh out loud when this ad was said and done?

I couldn’t help but shed many tears while this was going on. Being an Army family and having gone through several deployments, I could relate to the images and the words. It really hit home. It was very well done.

How does this commercials not tug at your heart-strings (Especially with Landslide playing in the background)? So sweet.


What were some of your favorite commercials from last night?




I Love And Accept Myself And My Life Now…

I finally got to a yoga class this new year at the Hot Asana Yoga studio yesterday.  I was deep in a pose and saw this quote on a banner they had hanging up, “I love and accept myself and my life now.”  It rang true to how I feel now. Tomorrow, I start the journey of a new year ( I will be 36. Yes, I know it’s Groundhog’s day and please don’t ask me if I have seen my shadow). For the first time ever I am at total peace with my current station in life. I really couldn’t ask for more.  God has graciously blessed me with so many wonderful things.  I am in a loving and happy marriage with my best friend, my boys are growing up to be fine young men, I am happy with all the relationships (family and friends) I have in my life and most importantly I am happy with me.

We have the tendency to always be worrying about what is going on next. We always question how we can move on to bigger and better things. We are always looking forward. Don’t get me wrong; looking forward is a good thing. Wanting to be a better person or be in a better place is a good thing.  We should always try to improve ourselves and our life if we deem it necessary.  With that said, I feel that in looking forward and in trying to improve aspects of our lives we many times forget to live in the present. We don’t  enjoy our current station in life to the fullest.  So as I embark on my 37th year in this world, I am going to take time and enjoy the present and savor all the hard work that has gotten me to this moment!