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Bridal Showers and Giveaway Winner!

2 May

There are certain words in our vocabulary that have opposites.

For example…

Smelly and Not Smelly

Happy and Not Happy

Tired and Not Tired

and

Martha Stewart and Not Martha Stewart.

OK, so maybe I struggle when it comes to the correct antonyms, (p.s. I just had to look that word up), but if there was a correct word for the opposite of Martha Stewart it would be Ari.

Doubt all you want but I have your pretty little selves fooled with my Cupcakes and my pretty pictures. Looks can be deceiving, and behind my camera lens photographing an oh so pretty Glass filled with blended greens, is a mom wearing grey sweats.

Grey sweats are the no no of all sweats..Not too mention my bright yellow gym shirt and unshaved underarms to go along with the oh so not flattering grey sweats. Grey Sweats that were not purchased at Victoria’s either.

And although these sweats should be kept secret, they are far too worn through out my daily activities. Like trips to the grocery store. Luckily for me people look at my cute Baby Boo, and ignore  that I may in fact be a homeless person walking around with an adorable baby…

But that is besides the point.

What I am trying to get at here is that I am nowhere near good ol’ Martha, but I can sure pretend to be. That’s why I was super excited to throw a Bridal Shower for one of my good friends this weekend. First party I have ever thrown. (Wow-looser?)

Let’s just say I definitely cute-sified it for sure 🙂

There were flowers and butterflies everywhere. This shower had to be 100% girly…No if’s and or Booty’s.

And I wasn’t about to skimp on food either, especially since I knew I wasn’t feeding my husband, and I had to do more than frozen tacquitos.

Fizzy Lemon Drink

4 large bottles sparkling water-lemon flavored

1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup honey/agave

sugar, lemon zest

Directions:

In a saucepan heat fresh squeezed lemon juice and honey until honey becomes melted. Remove from heat and pour into a separate bowl and let cool. Once ready to serve drinks, mix honey and lemon mixture with bottles of sparkling water. Take classes and run a lemon around the edge and dip in sugar and lemon zest.


We also had chips and guacamole, which I think is a must have at every party…Probably because I can’t contain my self when it comes to those little triangles of goodness..and that green mush..DELISH!

For the guacamole recipe, I used the one I ALWAYS use from The Pioneer Women.

Guacamole Recipe Here

I also had a Whole Grain Vegan Carrot Cake Loaf

The most MOIST loaf cake I have ever had. No Butter. No eggs. No Big Booty.

And I wish I could take credit for the recipe, but I can’t. It is too amazing. All credit goes to the amazing Angela from OhSheGlows.

You can find that amazing recipe HERE, and thank her, and I, later 🙂

For our main entrée we had a Curry Chicken Salad which I definitely plan to re-create using healthier ingredients. But my husband tried it, as well as the guest and said it was delicious!

For the Curry Chicken Salad recipe, you can find it HERE.

(Notice I don’t have alot of pictures of the food…Well I felt weird taking a bunch of pictures with everyone there. haha. “Umm Ari, why are you taking a picture of those rolls?”

We also had a salad, which I made, meaning basically threw a bunch of delicious things in a bowl and called it good.

Here is what was in it: Baby Greens, Black Berries, Pears, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Goat Cheese, Pecans, and a vinegar dressing.

Then dessert consisted of the following;

Cake Pops for the guest to take home.

Oreo Cake Pops to be exact. My husband ate about 75 of these. He said they were ok… 🙂

And then behold…

Heaven.

You wouldn’t guess it, but there are avocados in the top portion.

Kind of Reminds me of a certain food I once ate.

Rich.Fudgy.Foodgasmic.Heavenly.Perfect.

Whole Wheat and natural Ingredients. So if Your going to indulge, this is a perfect way to do so.

And again, I can’t take credit for this.

Flippen Angela and her AMAZING talent 🙂

For the Vegan Chilled Double Chocolate Torte Recipe go HERE.

Overall we had a fun time. We did the usual make the wedding dress out of TP, and other silly games which every body secretly loves to play.

Mini flower Bouquet our of TP?! Genius!!

And along with everything else, I found time to even get a little crafty.

Want to know what you can do with an empty bottle of canola oil??

Simply Wrap that ‘brown yarn stuff'(what is it called lol) while hot glueing every so often, and eventually you will get a vase!

Cute? 🙂

Ok…Ok…

I have dragged this on LOOONG enough. We all know why your reading this post..

Because you want to see who won My GIVEAWAY!!

AM I right?? 🙂

Ok, here it goes..

The winner of the FIRST giveaway EVER is:

Kate Horning from A Healthy Passion!

Kate is a super cute girl with an awesome blog, so I suggest you check her out ASAP 🙂

As for you Kate, send me your info in an e-mail: thedivadish@yahoo.com!

An additional thanks to all those who entered, because I loved reading everything you guys said about what you loved about YOU!

And I will be doing giveaways in the future so don’t be sad 🙂 I want each and every one of you to WIN!

Thanks loveys! Now if you will excuse me, I’ve got a pair of grey sweats of Chocolate Torte Cake calling my name 🙂

A Far From Royal Life

30 Apr

**Have you entered my GIVEAWAY?? Do so HERE, deadline ends MONDAY!!**

My life is far from royalty.

And although I do live with a princess…and my Hubby is king of the throne…(and we all know what throne I am talking about)

I am nowhere near living the life of a Queen.

In fact, if someone asked me what I did for a living, they would get a list of about 47 different things…

One of them being Throne cleaner.

And another being short order cook.

It just so happens that each person in our ‘Royal Household’ has different taste preferences, and when it comes to any meal of the day, we all want different things.

Of course neither of us is willing to budge, thus dinner may look something like this…

My Hubby, King of the Royal Throne, goes through food phases. I make something that he likes one night, so he request it every night of the week until he get’s bored. (King of the Royal Throne switches to Picky Princess)

This week it’s an egg Sammy.

My plating is also nowhere near Royalty, but considering this was eaten in the manner of a pig at a trough, I would say it looks about right.

It’s really a simple dinner, just some whole grain rolls topped with avocado, humus, and Franks Red Hot Sauce.

My Hubby could swim in a pool of Frank’s Sauce. It probably wouldn’t feel good though, because I am assuming certain things would sting..Which is why swimming in a pool of chocolate would be so much better.

Don’t forget the carton of eggs scrambled with spinach and goat cheese to go on top.

Then comes Ma.

As much as a carton of eggs doused in Franks sounds delicious, I figure I didn’t want to clean another throne anytime soon.

My original plan was the make this meal for all three of us, but when the picky eaters decided otherwise, I decided to make it just for me. 🙂

Layered Cous Cous Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole

adapted from the incredible OhSheGlows

Ingredients:

1 large Eggplant shredded and thinly sliced

1 large zucchini thinly sliced

2 cups tomato sauce

1 – 1 1/2 cups prepared cous cous

2 TB prepared pesto

1 can drained and rinsed navy beans

1 cup spinach

1/2 cup fresh basil

1 tsp. dried rosemary

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp.dried parsly

1 tsp. paprika

2 TB nutritional yeast

2 TB olive oil

2 tsp chopped garlic

Salt and Pepper  

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450. On a baking sheet coated with paper or mat, spread sliced eggplants around and bake in the oven for about 13-15 minutes, or until wilted.

2. While eggplants are baking, using a food processor, blend beans, spinach, basil, spices, nutritional yeast, EVOO, and garlic until creamy. Set aside.

3. In a separate bowl add cous cous and pesto and mix until combined. Set aside.

4. Take eggplant out and remove and asseble the rest of the ingredients and get ready to layer casserole dish. I used a circle dish that was deep.

5. Start with a couple TB of tomato sauce on the bottom of a greased casserole bowl.

Then add eggplant,

Then bean puree.

Next add half of zucchini slices and more tomato sauce.

and half of cous cous,

Then repeat process over until all ingredients are gone. Top layer should be couscous.

6. Sprinkle a little bit extra of nutritional yeast on top for good measure. Turn down oven temp to 425 and bake casserole for about 30-40 minutes.

Get ready to drool.

I love casseroles. They are so filling and warm and remind me of sunday dinners with my family.

Only problem is Casseroles usually contains ToNs of fat and cream and cheese…which is the main reason why after Sunday dinners, everybody takes a quick 5 hour nap.

This dish is also good for babies because it mashes easily and is soft  enough to chew. Babies meaning Hubby’s who are scared to try new foods.

“Little bites for the Baby Waby. Just chew..common you can do it..Seee?? It isn’t that bad”

You want to talk about what’s bad…

Princess Fluffy Ball of Mohawk

Her hair continues to grow but only in the mohawk/Joe dirt Mullet form..

I can see it now. Pretty soon I’ll be called Ma and Hubby will be Pa..And she will request overalls and roadkill for dinner..

My life is quickly drifting farther and farther away from Royalty.

A Thankful Giveaway!

28 Apr

There are different types of Gratitude.

One type of Gratitude may be that the previous owner of your home never un-suscribed to their People magazine.

Another may be like this…

I just want to say how extremely grateful I am for the enormous amount of kind, thoughtful, loving, sweet, and amazing comments and emails from everyone!

After I posted about how I almost stupidly deleted my blog, there were many of you who reached out to me with kind words that made me feel SO MUCH better! It was so nice to know that I am not the only one who goes through times not feeling good about one self, and having struggles with self confidence. With that being said, I know how important it is for me to appreciate my self for who I am, and recognize that I am an amazing person….

As are ALL OF YOU!!

And since I am SO extremely grateful for all the amazing friends that I have made, and ones that have stuck with me on this journey to living a healthy and happy life, I wanted to show my gratitude by doing a little giveaway of some of my favorite things! 🙂

The very FIRST giveaway on ThE DiVa DiSh!!

Want to know what the prize is??

Ok, well it isn’t just ONE thing..

First off:

Chia Seeds

I have been wanting to giveaway Chia Seeds for a LONG time because they are seriously So.Amazing!

They have so many amazing and incredible benefits.

-They have a great source of Fiber, Omega 3s, Antioxidants, Vitamins, Minerals, and Calcium.

– They are great for easy digestion and help aid digestion in the process, as well as easily absorbed in liquid, they give you energy, they are filling, and can be used as a thickening agent (like replacing eggs in baking)

-You can add chia seeds to yogurt, cereal, granola, salads, green drinks, smoothies, make chia pudding, add them in breads, crackers, sauces, etc…

Are you convinced??

Moving on…

Coconut Oil

I love coconut oil.

I use it when I cook things in a saucepan, add it to homemade nut butters, use it for the fat in baking, and you can even add it in smoothies. (You know I love me some smoothies!)

It is a healthy fat. “The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc. (source)

My Favorite Larabars

Many Bloggers I have to thank for my love of the Larabars.

They have practically every flavor, they are natural, made with whole ingredients, some including dates, nuts,and natural sugars..

Oh and some of them have chocolate.

Definitely a plus 🙂

Justin’s Nut Butters

An assortment of nut butters. Delicious nut butters.

There is Almond butter, Honey Peanut Butter, Classic Peanut Butter, and TWO Chocolate Peanut Butters (Because I heart you!)

Did I mention they use all natural ingredients?!

Oh…and they are freakin’delish!

You will basically have a taste, smear all over your face, and then wish you could lick your face..

(yea that’s right!)

Would you like to win this package of delicious edibles?!?

Here is how to enter: You can do one or all! Each one counts as one entry. US Residents only 😦

1. Leave a comment telling me 3 favorite things about your self 🙂

2. Follow ThE DiVa DiSh on Twitter HERE, then leave a comment telling me that you do!

3. Tweet about the giveaway then leave a comment telling me that you did!

4. Link my giveaway on your blog, if you have one, then leave a comment telling me you did!

Easy as Peanut Butter Right??! 🙂

Want to know three things I am grateful for?

1. My Body-It’s healthy, beautiful, and amazing

2. My family-Especially this little princess who finds joy playing in the pantry with cans of beans..

3. And I am grateful for you my friends!!

Now go enter the giveaway :)!

**Winner will be chosen at Random**

**Deadline is 12 p.m PST on Monday!**

CONTEST CLOSED!!