Yummy Bites for Your Valentine!

Or for yourself and your Valentine too. You don’t need one to enjoy this yumminess!

Sweet and Sexy Asian Meatballs

1 package (12 oz.) of  Italian meatballs (fully cooked) Or you can make them from scratch!

1/2 cup of Asian hoisin sauce

4 tsp. brown sugar

2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar

1 tsp of Sriracha hot chili sauce

1 clove of fresh garlic minced

1/2  tsp. of ground ginger

At the end before serving add sliced green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds to garnish.

In a saucepan add all of the above ingredients but not the meatballs. Warm up the ingredients and keep stirring.

Next, add the meatballs,stir, cover and cook. Prepare on medium high heat until done.

I like to serve over Jasmine rice. Your house will smell divine! And serve with delicious aromatic jasmine tea 🍵 .

Add a dash of something naughty and sweet and some Prosecco and you are all set!

As I always say I love to COOK and entertain for one or for a crowd.

Enjoy these yummy bites!

Happy Valentines Day!

PS

 

 

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Dumpling soup to warm your body & heart!

We woke up to 80 degrees last week and today to temperatures in the 30’s in sunny Florida. Who says we don’t get cold weather? Here in Jacksonville Fl we do!

So I warm us up with food! Soup and dumplings are my Southern husbands favorite.

Dumpling soup requires making dumplings first. Afterwards you place in the soup broth. But I like to also  CHEAT and make it easier by cooking the broth and ingredients below and using frozen dumplings for the soup already made and found at the Asian grocery store. Obviously, serving dumplings alone with a cup of green jasmine tea is a perfect meal in itself!

Here is what you will need:

1 package of wonton wrappers

1 bunch of scallions sliced

8 oz. of ground pork (or shrimp)

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/2tsp. of sugar

1 tsp of soy sauce

*For Dumpling soup I also like to add baby corn pieces (available by the can)

And cut up a few snow peas or baby bok choy.

The meaning of eating dumplings at Chinese new year means MONEY! They are shaped like a golden piece. Hence that’s why we eat them.round white and blue ceramic bowl with cooked ball soup and brown wooden chopsticks

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Put  8 to 10 cups of chicken broth, a piece of fresh ginger (peeled) 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce,  sprinkle of sesame oil, S & P to taste in a soup pot and bring to a boil. Then simmer the broth.

For soup I also like to add baby corn pieces (available by the can)

Or a few pieces of baby Bok Choy for some healthy greens.

Garnish with sliced scallions on top of soup after you have added the dumplings.

Ready to serve.

For another recipe I also like to Steam Dumplings (and get a quick steam facial from the bamboo steamer when I pull them out). Next, I like to add them to a saute pan with a dash of oil and  little water and cook their little bottoms until crispy and a bit brown edged. So delish!

A healthy cup of hot Asian tea ends a meal or snack beautifully. And although I NEVER saw a fortune cookie in Hong Kong I still love those crunchy vanilla delights with the secret message inside.

Happy Chinese New Year...Gong Hei Fat Choy! 

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Beauty 🍬 🍭 Candy💄

I named my blog BEAUTY CANDY and do you know why?

 I love ❤️ so love ALL things beauty and candy🍬

I have a sweet tooth! 🍭 And all those candy colors excite me and stir my imagination and creativity.

I own a makeup 💄 studio that is filled with all things lovely! Things to make you look good, feel good and smell good.

I also am in love with all things BEAUTY and beyond. I think a woman without lipstick 💄 💋 is like a day without sunshine 🌞. Just wearing a dash of lipstick is such a boost to one’s spirits and complexion.

I am a wifey, sister, makeup artist, skin therapist. I also am a speaker in the spa and beauty industry. I guest speak across the country and beyond to esthetician’s, plastic surgeons, makeup artists, spa and salon owners.

I enjoy guest 🎤 speaking at events,luncheons and dinners as well!. I cover … topics on Beauty,wellness, fashion and lifestyle. These programs are for the girl next door not beauty PRO’s.

I love sharing a piece of me in your inbox and happy 😊 you read my blog.  

I also love ❤️ reading YOUR blogs and enjoy your words too!

I would love to hear from you. Tell me more about you. The reason I started my blog was to make you feel good 😍. To make you smile! To teach you. To entertain you.,To share journeys ✈️ and beauty adventures of my life with you!

Feel free to tell me what you’d like to see or learn about on my blog. Message me.

Or comment here.

I hope the start of the new year 🎉 is going well for you. Don’t rush it. Enjoy each day one glorious day at a time.

XOXO

Noreen

Shopping got you feeling tired and down?

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Try this Smoothie filled with Superfood your body will love!

What you will need is:

1 cup of frozen blueberries

1 cup of almond milk

2 cups of baby spinach

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1 banana

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Place all of the above in a blender and puree until smooth. It will be lush and rich and thick.

Dreamy and creamy and energizing before or after your holiday shopping and rushing around!

YUM!

Take care of yourself!

 

 

Easy Chinese Bourbon Chicken — In Dianes Kitchen

Yummy and easy to make… Simply had to share especially with these crazy busy holidays! Enjoy Diane’s awesomeness.

This is the best tasting and easiest homemade Chinese Bourbon Chicken recipe I have ever had! I always loved the Bourbon Chicken at the Chinese restaurants but never found a recipe to come close. This recipe is made with skinless, boneless chicken thighs where you pour marinade over the chicken, let it sit in the […]

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SHOP on,Gorgeous!

Last weekend was Shop Small Saturday all across the country started by American Express. I participated in it proudly again this year. And here are a few takeaways of what girls bought for their  besties or themselves.

Stocking Stuffers or token gifts…

Remember it is the thought that counts not the price OR how much you buy for that person! And you know what the real reason for the season is!

Makeup Brushes by the set are a coveted gift a girl struggles to get for herself. So many to choose from and it can be overwhelming. Buying ala carte is not the best thing to do unless that is your budget. It is cheaper and chicer to buy a set. And you don’t have to spend a fortune for them. Remember the $ dollar $ quality is not the same as a boutique.

Wine,rose,champagne  wine holders  chic and so versatile. Use them for booze, décor and or to rest your bling and baubles on. They say wine is most gals best friend over any other libation. Add a few gourmet or edible delights like below and you have a gift that won’t be forgotten!

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Lipsticks are always in style and putting together a set of a variety of them for your mom or bestie can be so much fun! Add a gloss or balm and they love you forever.

*Add a lip brush and you’re all set. Yes, they are still in.

Bath and Body Treats are so lovely! And SO NEEDED. When you shop you can get a lot of little pieces. Aromatic and hydrating are best for the skin. And aromatherapy is so relaxing and mood lifting and calming.

Candles are always a good idea!

Palo Santo,Sage and herb plants are both unique and practical too.

Fragrance is a very personal thing. So, I usually only give it in bath and body lotions not necessarily by the bottle. Unless you know the exact fragrance they love.

 

 

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I hope I got your juices and creativity going for finding that perfect token gift or stocking stuffer.

Have fun and happy Shopping,Gorgeous!

 

 

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Prettier Skin & Yummy in a Glass!

Here’s what I just whipped up this morning for my sweetie and I before I head off to work at my makeup studio. Today being the day before Mother’s day is going to be a long busy day for me. So,in case I don’t get to have lunch this will keep me going along with a piece of fruit and lots of water today.

You can enjoy it anytime of day you’d like it.

1 frozen banana

4 small tangerines peeled or 1/3 cup of orange juice

1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt or almond milk

1/2 cup more of ice

1 scoop of NeoCell Collagen powder

*You may add a dash of honey or agave nectar if you’d like!

Blend well and slay the day away!

I so ENJOY making all kinds of beauty infused kitchen concoctions.

Do you? Share a recipe with me and my followers …Pretty please!

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Do you ever crave certain foods?

Of course you do!

Unfortunately most of  my other cravings are about crunchy chips of any kind,buttered popcorn,old-fashioned Circus peanut candy and salted pretzels. peanuts!

So today I am giving into my cravings and indulging in all things green!

Here is a simple but mighty powerful healthy recipe to enjoy.

  • Steam some greens like spinach,kale or collard greens.
  • Add a squeeze of lime or lemon juice over it.
  • Don’t throw out the water from the greens you steamed.
  • Drink and enjoy it like a cup of broth or soup.

Steaming veggies like this creates a mineral rich broth that is a great way to detox. Always think about your beauty from the inside. Nourish your body and give it what it needs.

Take care of yourself… Darlings.flat lay photo of fruits and vegetables

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PIE POPS — BAKES & LAKES

What a yummy take on pie! It’ll put you on a pie high…wanna try mood!

 

The long awaited PIE POP recipe! These are so much fun to make and will definitely impress your guests. I used my Cherry Pie Filling Recipe for this, but you can use anything you have on hand. Lemon curd, apple pie filling, blueberries, the world is your oyster. Also be sure to check out my […]

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Your Definitive Guide to Throwing a Very Chic, Very Adult Tea Party — StyleCaster

 

What a wonderful way to start the new year with your bestie,daughter, mom or rest of the family!

We don’t know if it’s because of all the royal weddings and royal babies lately, but tea parties are back. The traditional afternoon affairs have always been a popular option for bridal or baby showers, and finally, people are catching on that you can also throw one just because. The thing is, there’s so much…

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