Easy, low-fat, single serving blue cheese dressing

 

I LOVE blue cheese dressing. If ever there was a perfect dressing, it would be blue cheese. But, if you’ve ever looked at the nutrition label, you know that blue cheese dressing is also evil. So high in fat! But low-fat blue cheese dressing is just kinda gross. I do sometimes cheat a bit – I’ll buy one jar of low-fat blue cheese and one jar of full-fat and mix the two. I figure it’s still better than full-fat, but not as icky as the low-fat. IMG_2865

Recently I found a recipe online that allows you to have the creamy blue cheese dressing without all the calories and fat. It is so easy to make, and you can make just enough for your salad and not have to worry about storing the rest! Continue reading

It’s week 6, people. Did you hear me? Week 6! (DWTS Week Six Recap)

As we were reminded multiple times last night, it is WEEK 6! Apparently, this means that Len is super-grouchy, and the judges are finally speaking their mind, instead of coddling the lesser-talented contestants (yes, I mean you, Chaz). It also means the scores, and the stakes, are climbing higher! Themes continue, with this week being Broadway tunes – making the absence of our dear Carson Kressley so much more obvious. On a side note, it was interesting to read articles last week on how upset everyone was at the loss of Carson. Carrie Ann even said her hairdresser wouldn’t come back since Carson had left! It was a sweet gesture to have him back on this week.

But voting off the fan favorite definitely shows the shift in voting priority! At this stage of the competition, viewers start to vote differently: contestants begin to drop off based on actual talent, rather than the popularity contest it has been until now. There are a few exceptions each season of course (Marie Osmond = Top 3? Ha!), but it was obvious last night that the judges are taking this more seriously, and so are our ‘stars’. As an added bonus this week, I thought it’d be fun to re-examine my predictions from episode one – the list is at the end of the recap!

But first, here’s a recap of the dances, in order of overall score:

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Extending the life of your pressed powder compact

Compacts are a staple in my purse. It’s perfect for touch-ups mid-day, covering the shine that comes after a long day at work, or as a bit of tone-evener for splotchy skin. I never leave home without it.

As the compact wears down, you know what happens. The middle wears down to nothing until the edges crack. One day, you open it up and get crumbled powder all over the front of you, or in your purse. I always hated to toss it, as what’s left can be nearly a quarter of the compact.

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I found a way to save it and continue using it as loose powder instead.

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Dry Shampoo–Does it work?

batiste-dry-shampooRecently, I have been hearing more and more people talk about dry shampoo. I’m not sure how long it’s been around, but I was definitely intrigued. You’ve probably heard that you should only wash your hair 3-4 times a week – the shampoo and water can strip moisture from your hair and damage it. Or so “they” say. But, thanks to some fabulous genes from my dad’s side of the family, my hair gets pretty oily after one day. In the cooler, less humid fall and winter, I can get away with washing it every other day. To help cope with the oil, I use translucent powder and ‘powder’ the roots of my hair the morning of the second day. It helps, but by the end of the second day, my hair is usually pulled up in a ponytail. All this to set the stage for my excitement at the idea of dry shampoo!

I went to my local ULTA store, and found a couple different types. I went with Batiste Dry Shampoo. Its $7.99 for a 12oz aerosol can. Seemed a little pricey (shampoo is pretty cheap and the bottles are bigger!), but I had a 20% off coupon, so all was right in the world!

Day One –Tuesday Morning: To start the experiment, I washed my hair Monday evening. (Note – I always wash my hair the night before. I have pretty thick hair and it takes forever to dry, so I let it dry overnight). I am styling my hair as usual. I use a curling iron, but no hair products.

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Does it work? Shout Color Catcher

Recently, I’ve been seeing the ads for the Shout Color Catcher. I have to admit, I’ve been using this product for years, but with the increased advertising recently, I figured I should share my experience with you.

shout-color-catcherShout Color Catcher claims that you no longer have to sort your laundry. Colors and whites can live in harmony in your unsegregated wash. No more sorting, no more small laundry loads to wash those few dark items. This could be a life changer – especially for those who have to pay for each load, and those of us with water bills. That is, if it works….

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I was a Funk-a-teer! (DWTS Week 5 recap)

Was everyone else feelin’ the 80’s theme night last night on DWTS?  While I reallyliked the music and the costumes, (Maks’ Prince jacket anyone?) it was sort of hard to tell exactly what dance they were actually doing.  And what was up with the judges bickering and talking over each other like crazy?! Too much madness! Perhaps “theme nights” should say adios!  Or, maybe I was just distracted….although, as I heard on Regis and Kelly this morning, Kelly said the SAME THING!  What are your thoughts?

Before we get to the dancing, would anyone else buy a Funk-a-Teer t-shirt? Just me? Awesome!

OK!  On to the dancing!!

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: 28 out of possible 30  Bruno Tonioli, understated as always, called J.R. “a loin-shattering sex machine” and marveled that a woman on one of the upper levels had enjoyed J.R.’s loin-shattering hip action so much that she was about to throw herself off the balcony. That’s when you know you’re muy caliente.But I agree, he really was awesome and is giving Ricki a run for her money!

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Indy and Woody and Cher, OH MY! (DWTS Week Four Recap)

imageHappy Tuesday everyone!  Last night may have been one of my favorite nights of DWTS ever!  Not because the dancing was great (‘cause it really wasn’t), but I am digging these theme nights!  Tonight was movie theme night, including music from Indiana Jones, Toy Story, Rocky, Pink Panther, Mission Impossible and more. (On a non-dancing side note, did anyone see the Puss in Boots commercial where he has a dance-off with another cat?  LOVE IT!)

Now to the Dancers.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough: 29 out of possible 30!!  In a word:  AH-MAY-ZING!  Derek did an fantastic job, Ricki was wonderful and solidified herself as the best dancer out there,  AND as a special bonus……it looks like she has lost weight and looked amazing!   First 10’s of the season that were well earned.

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Eating for One: It’s all in the preparation!

Cooking for one should be simple and easy, but most things are packaged for multiple servings. The problem is, I like variety. I hate cooking something and then having to eat it throughout the week just so that it doesn’t go to waste. But, with a little preparation and planning, (and even if your cooking skills are less then perfect) you can make healthy, tasty meals for yourself.

meet stefAs a young girl, I loved to watch The A-Team. My mother let me watch because no matter how many bullets were fired, no one got shot. My favorite character was Hannibal. He was the planner, the one who saw the big picture and made it happen. Who can forget his famous line, “I love it when a plan comes together”? This is how I feel in the kitchen. Life is crazy busy and, many times, we resort to the easiest choice instead of the healthiest. Driving home form work, it seems so much easier to just pull into some fast food joint and not worry about cooking when you get home. I have been there; I was there just this week. Fast food has it’s place, but, when relied on too often, it negatively impacts both your health and your wallet. With a little prep and planning, you can have fast, fresh meals for yourself that are health and easy.

Planning your Menu

As a personal chef, I would sit down with a family and work out what they were going to eat for the next two weeks. Sometimes the menu would be very specific, but a lot of times there was wiggle-room to allow for seasonal foods,

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Introducing Stefeny!

163135_468887086745_509936745_6186162_1400690_nStefeny is a renaissance woman who has done almost every profession that she can think of and then some. But, her first love is working in the kitchen. She has worked in catering and as a personal chef for years. Growing up in the food industry, she has a passion for what is created in the kitchen, and for helping others find their kitchen goddess. If I was on death row and had to pick my last meal, I would choose anything that Stefeny cooks me. Partly ‘cause she’s awesome, and partly ‘cause I know she’d make sure to not include green beans! A fellow single Modern Homemaker, she knows the both the single girl’s life and that of a busy family through her work as a nanny and chef. Stefeny will be providing periodic posts about how to cook for yourself as a single, modern woman.

Her philosophy is : A Life Lived in Fear is A Life Half Lived.