Honey Garlic Spareribs

Friday, September 28, 2012

Here's another yummy dish that I've made a few times for dinner. It is Chinese-inspired honey garlic spareribs! The reason why I call it 'Chinese-inspired' is because over here we have an International District and growing up we always have family dinners at different Chinese restaurants located there. One of the dishes that we love to order is honey garlic spareribs (or pork chops). But the restaurant dish is always fried which isn't the healthiest.. So I looked up a few recipes on how to re-create that dish without the extra step of frying. I found this recipe here and it pretty much tastes similar to what we order at the restaurant. Also, this is an simple and easy dish to make because all the cooking will be done via the oven. ;)

Final dish with rice before the step by step recipe. 

Let's get started....

First pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. 

I had cut the recipe in half since it was just the two of us.. so here's the measurements I used:

1/4 cup honey
1/8 cup soy sauce (Used low-sodium)
1/8 cup distilled white vinegar
2 minced garlic cloves 
1 tablespoon brown sugar

 Two pounds of pork spareribs cut into 1 inch sections.

Stir the honey mixture well until brown sugar and honey is dissolved.

 Add and stir in 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda which will make the honey mixture foamy.

 Add the cut-up sections of spareribs into the mixture.

 Make sure to coat the spareribs well.

Pour into a foil-lined baking dish. Then into the oven!

Total bake time of 45mins-1hour (depends how much spareribs you have). 
Half-way thru I turned the spareribs over to make sure it was cooked evenly then back into the oven. 
After it is done, it is ready to be served with rice. The honey sauce is amazing on the rice! :)

Hope you guys enjoy if you try this recipe out!
(I will need to post non-meat recipes soon)

Kobi kept coming into the kitchen to smell all the yummy smells.. hehe.. silly pup.

Product Review: Fall 2012 FW Maybelline LE 24 Hr Color Tattoo

Thursday, September 27, 2012

When I first heard that Maybelline was coming out with Limited Edition 24 Hour Color Tattoos for Fall 2012 Fashion Week, I was so excited to go find and try them out! I already own a few color tattoos from their permanent collection so I already know I would like them. But every drugstore that I hit up, there was no display of them at all. I eventually gave up on my hunt.... until this week I stopped by a local drugstore and actually walked past the full display. I had to take a step back and looked at it again and finally figured out it was them! I was being really good and only grabbed two of the four LE colors that is available. 

LeftRich Mahogany RightGold Shimmer 

 Top: Gold Shimmer Bottom: Rich Mahogany

Swatches (w/o primer) Left: Gold Shimmer Right: Rich Mahogany

First Impression: I picked Gold Shimmer and Rich Mahogany because I felt there were the most neutral out of the four (others are Mossy Green and Barely Beige) and I can use them as part of my everyday look for work. Gold Shimmer is more on the shimmer bronze-y side with a metallic gold finish. And Rich Mahogany is a darker brown with hints of burgundy shimmer. Since I've used these before (I love Bad to the Bronze) I know I really like the quality and the creamy texture of these eyeshadows. I also think their pigmentation is amazing! The swatches above was done with one good swipe! I honestly don't need to use eyeshadow primer because they act like an shadow base already. The colors are buildable and once applied, I haven't experience any shimmer fallouts or creasing.

Price: $7.99 + tax ($6.99 for me b/c I had a $1 off coupon for each.. yay!)

Overall: IMO, they're worth it for the price esp for the quality of a drugstore eyeshadow. I really like the fact that I don't really need to use primer with them (a step I can skip in my morning routine) and the colors are just perfect for the Fall season. Now I wouldn't wear them for 24 hours that they are said to be, but I know they truly do last on my eyes!

Here's proof of the staying power when I went to go take these swatches off.. 

EOTD (Eyes of the Day)
I used Gold Shimmer as an all over lid color and Rich Mahogany on the outer corners. 
Applied with fingers and a blending brush to blend out the harsh lines and that's it! Really simple.
 Put on some black eyeliner and mascara and I'm ready for the day! :)

Officially Dot Com-ed

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

sheislovely1.blogspot.com has officially been updated to be sheislovelyblog.com 

Thank you for all the comments, support, and love. I enjoy reading everyone's feedback!

That is all peeps. :)

My favorite part of Fall is when the leaves are changing colors. 

xoxo - S

SFW: Classy Purple + DSK Winner!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Dress: Old Navy (old)
Blazer: Nordstrom Rack (Similar)
Belt: H&M (Similar)
Shoes: Nine West (Similar)
Bracelet: Forever 21 (Similar in Gold)

First, I would like to say "THANK YOU!" to everyone that entered my first giveaway. It was a lot of fun putting it together and was thrilled to read all the responses. Don't be sad if you didn't win, I plan on doing more giveaways in the near future so look out for those! ;)  So without further adieu, the winner of the DSK Heart Necklace is.. Siwing!! Congratulations girl!! 
(winner was picked via randomizer.org)
Please e-mail me your shipping info so I can send your necklace soon! :)

Fall is officially here and it's time to dress up for the season! Well for work that is.. ;) This OOTD is great for the SFW (safe for work) attire. The dress hits right at the knees and the blazer is the perfect length so it doesn't elongate the dress even more. After work, you can always wear this outfit for an special occasion or a night out by switching out the pointed pumps for some peep-toe stilettos and remove the blazer so you can see the full side long bow! Either way you can't go wrong with a jewel-toned purple dress to keep it classy without overdoing it. Simply add the accessories of a bracelet and a skinny black belt to give the dress some shape and it's complete. :)

How would you stay classy for Fall? 

**Updated** Per request - here's a pic that was taken at a night out with girl friends. I wore this dress with a cream-colored cardigan so that'll give you another idea on what to wear instead of a blazer. :)

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**CLOSED** Last Day for DSK Giveaway!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Friday!! Time flies and today is the last day to enter my DSK Necklace Giveaway!!

It is very easy to enter!
Hit the 'Join this Site' button to follow me on GFC and leave a comment below or on here so I know your name.
 For the lovely readers who's already following me, just leave a comment with your name/blog ID!
That's it! You are entered! ;) 

I will announce the winner on Monday, September 24th so please come back to check for your name!

I hope everyone have a wonderful weekend!!

Comfy Chambray

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Top: Old Navy (Here)
Bottom: Forever 21 (Similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden (old)
Necklace: DSK Jewelry (Here)
Bracelet: Return to Tiffany round tag  (Here)

This week is officially the last week of summer! Which means that the sunsets are setting faster each day around 7pm. That also means photos will look darker if I can't catch some sunlight within that time frame. ;) 

I found this really cute polka dot chambray top at Old Navy during one of their on-line sales and was able to score this for only $17 + free shipping (thank you Banana Luxe card)! What a deal right?? I love how versatile this button-up can be by dressing it up or down. I should've gotten a size smaller though because it was a tad loose around the arms and body. Oh well.. either way it is definitely comfy to wear with a pair of skinnies and heels or even with some shorts and sandals (before Fall/Autumn crisp weather hits). 

Don't forget to enter into my DSK Necklace Giveaway HERE! Only 3 more days left! 
Ends this Friday, September 21st. :) 

Pork Lumpias

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Over the weekend, I decided to try to make some pork lumpias (filipino style egg rolls). I've made lumpias before (at a lumpia-making party!!) which was yummy but I never got the recipe down to know how to make them again. So when ItsJudysLife posted her video on YouTube on how to make them, I watched it a couple times and felt confident enough to make them myself. I altered the recipe just a bit to accommodate on what I had for ingredients (like I always do!). Also - for this recipe, I was able to make about 50 lumpias! So let's begin!

 Start with 1 1/2lb of ground pork. 
Add a tablespoon each of onion powder and garlic powder. Pinch of ground black pepper and sea salt. 

Mince up 2 cloves of garlic and finely chop half a sweet onion.

Side note - absolutely love my Eva Solo grating bucket that I got from Hautelook! :)

 Add 1 cup each of finely shredded green cabbage and carrots (equivalent of 2).

Add one tablespoon of soy sauce (I used low-sodium) to the pork/veggie mixture.

Combine everything together.. I found that the rice paddle works well for me. ;)

 Now all mixed together evenly!

Saran-wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

 Peel apart each lumpia wrapper slowly.. it can rip!

 Fold the corner diagonally to create a triangle and use scissors to cut. 
You will get two triangles from each sheet.

Ready to start rolling some lumpias! Have a bowl of 1 beaten egg on the side for sealing.

Place 1 tablespoon of the pork/veggie mixture in the middle of the triangle.

 Roll over once...

 Fold in each of the sides...

 Roll over again then seal the corner with some of the egg...

Rolled them all up! :)

Start frying with 1/2 inch of canola or vegetable oil in a med-high skillet. (Or use a deep fryer)

Cook for 3-4 mins on each side to make sure the pork gets cooked all the way.

 You can store away the uncooked lumpias into zip-lock bags.

 Place them into a freezer-friendly gallon zip-lock.

Like this! And you can freeze them for a few months.

Fried to a golden crisp!

SO good with some sweet chili sauce for dipping! 

Hope you guys try this recipe out and enjoy!!

P.S. Thank you all so much for your sweet compliments and reponses to my makeup tag! I'm glad you guys liked it! And to think that it didn't even include the brushes/tools I used.. o_0 haha.. 
I hope to write some makeup tutorials/reviews pretty soon. :)
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