Mix and Match Stir Fries



Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele



I really enjoyed this book by Lea Michele. She is most known for her role on Fox’s TV Hit Glee. I am not a big Broadway musical fan so I didn’t know her from Spring Awakening or Les Miserables, for which she is also well known.

This book is a great self help guide that covers a lot of topics. She shares professional tips from her beauty team including hair, make up, and style. She also features her trainer and her backyard workout with a few weights and resistance bands.

She moved from New York to LA for work and talks about finding good friends and having a support system. I relate to this because I moved from Chicago to LA and had to build my own support system of friends when I got here as well. She talks about the importance of maintaing friendships and helping to keep you sane in the industry and in life in general. She’s very relatable and I also like that about celebrities or people in the media to show that side.





Throughout the book Lea also offers up some of her favorite food recipes. Her whole book is filled with great pictures. Lea also shares fun behind the scenes pictures from Glee and her early days on Broadway. She also talks about Glee and how it changed her life. She talks very little about Cory Monteith, her boyfriend who passed away last year from a a combination of alcohol and heroine, which is understandably as it is very personal and heartbreaking. But she did say that he read the book and helped her with some edits.

She sometimes gets a bad rap in the media as being a diva. But as I see it, she is just a successful girl following her dreams and she shouldn’t have to apologize for it. She is a triple threat, she can sing, act, and dance. She’s also written this book, been on a successful series, sang at the White House, sang on Broadway, been nominated for a Golden Globe award, recorded an album, among other things! And she’s only 27!

Men in the entertainment industry don’t get attacked for being demanding or difficult to work with. I think women get an unfair light shed on them that is a double standard. Lea Michele is a force to be reckoned with, the world better watch out!



Foodie Friday: Featuring Damn Delicious’ Dumplings

The other day I was on Pinterest and found a yummy looking recipe for dumplings. And through this pin I discovered a food blog called Damn Delicious with a huge amount of recipes that all look great! I  am so excited I found this blog and will be trying so many more of her recipes.

The first one I tried was the dumplings. Her pictures of her meals and ingredients are so professional and make the food look even more appetizing.

Check out her website for the recipe!

I made these dumplings with a few ingredients missing with the addition of others, (which is the beauty of it all, is that you can customize it how you would like) and it was so easy and so so good! There will definitely be more dumplings in my future. Thank you for sharing this with us Damn Delicious!

Source: Damn Delicious 

4th of July Desserts!!

Happpppppy Fourth of July fellow bloggers and readers!!!! Today marks a great day for our nation and is a celebration of our freedom and rights as Americans. It also acts as a great reason for us to get together and have dessert! 🙂 Here are some fun, delicious, desserts for you and your friends. Enjoy!! 075a18da924e1731a3fab648d1e5944eThe recipe for these berry and coconut cupcake flag can be found at Good Housekeeping’s website.


These adorable strawberries’s recipes can be found at Grin and Bake It’s website.


Martha Stewart knows what she’s doing. Here is her recipe for cream cheese cupcakes with fruit toppings.



Martha Stewart has yet another great 4th of July dessert: Vanilla-Raspberry Sundaes with Spoon-Shaped Cookies!


4th of July Desserts

Here are some fun, festive, red, white, and blue desserts for the 4th of July tomorrow! Have a fantastic day everyone!  IMG_5389-bCheck out The Winthrop Chronicles for the recipe.


These fantastic popsicles can be found at An Edible Mosaic.


These fun 4th of July Coconut popsicles are from Will Cook for Smiles


Find this festive alcoholic drink at Cosmo and lots of other fun ones.



Blueberry Hard Lemonade


2 tablespoons fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 fresh mint leaves
Ice cubes
2 tablespoons gin (1 oz)
1/2 cup ginger ale or lemon-lime soda
Lemon wedges, blueberries on a beverage pick, fresh mint, if desired
Step 1  In a highball glass, muddle blueberries, lemon juice and mint.
Step 2  Fill glass to rim with ice cubes. Add gin. Top with ginger ale; stir gently
Step 3  Garnish as desired.
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings 1 
Source: Betty Crocker