CHECK OUT MY BOUTIQUE

Hello all,

I am back again. I have been occupied with my boutique that I actually have not have time to post. Well, I figured that I would post today and what’s a better post then to let you guys know what I have been doing. I have been putting out my heart and time for this children boutique that I created. It is called: smboutique | a chic children’s boutique. Here is a little info about us:

Smboutique offers high fashion and unique products for your little ones which reflects the latest trend in pop culture. We provide high fashion products that will not be found at any retail stores. Every item is chosen carefully to offer high quality and style to compliment your child. Our mission is to provide everyone with the most rewarding online shipping experience ever. Whether it is a place to find the perfect gift or even something special for your little ones. Smboutique will always provide you with the most up to date products and best possible service.

For all the mothers out there, check it out! We do have a promotion going on right now, which includes a 20% off entire purchase until June 21, 2013. You can also add me on instagram: shopsmboutique or facebook.com/sweetmelange22 – we will be doing a giveaway on one of our item when we reach 1,000 likes on FB. Stay tuned. I promise I will post more DIYs and recipes soon. Please bare with me. 🙂

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DIY TOP KNUCKLE RINGS

Top knuckle rings have been in trend for quite some time. Every woman knows that accessories complete the outfit. From Rihanna to Vanessa Hudgens, all these celebrities are rocking the knuckle ring. So, today I will like to show you how to make different types of top knuckle rings. I didn’t want to spend much, so I thought why buy one when I can make one. They are so simple to make! I will be making two different types of knuckle rings today: one will be a “Love” ring and the last one will be a chevron knuckle ring.

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What you need:

Jewelry Wire (gold or silver)

Jewelry Pliers

Wire Cutter

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Love ring: I cut out about 7 inches of wire. Beginning with the letter “L”, leave about 3 inches on the left side. Then, using your pliers curve the right side of the wire up, bend it down to follow the curve of the “L”. You can use your pliers to adjust the look of “L”, if you needed. Then using the pliers, follow the curves of the “O”. Once you are through with that, create the “V” shape and use the round nose pliers to straighten out any unwanted kinks in the wire. Use the pliers to then create the curve of the “E”. Using the wire cutter, cut the excess after the small loop. Close the loop with the flat nose pliers. Lay the “Love” part of the ring on the front part of your finger, and wrap the excess wire around your finger.

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Chevron ring: Cut about 3 inches of wire. Fold it in half and use the pliers to press it together to create a point. Carefully open the wire and fold the wire around your finger. Press down in the front and fold the wire together at the back. Cut the wire shorter, if you need to. Now make more to stack together to create the chevron shape, and wear them on!

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ROMANTIC CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES

It’s that time of the year again. The month where grocery stores are filled with heart-shaped balloons, flowers, candies, teddy bears and ‘I love you’ cards. But what is Valentine’s without chocolate and strawberries? In my opinion, chocolate is one of the more seductive desserts, so it definitely goes well with the event. This dessert is easy and yet, inexpensive to make. Decorate it with some love, put it in a box, tie it with a bow and you got yourself a comparable ‘Edible Arrangements’.

I learned how to make these yummy desserts several years ago. As newlyweds, I did not know what to get him, since he has everything. So I thought what a better gift than to make something. Plus it was a bonus since he loves chocolate. Now once in a while when he craves for them, I make it. So it doesn’t have to be for this occasion but useful for any day. Add a glass of champagne makes it a perfect touch.

Ingredients:

1 container of strawberries
2 4-oz package of bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp. shortening

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse the strawberries and pat dry. Then set aside. Chop up the chocolate and place in a bowl. Add 1 tbsp. of shortening. Place over a double boiler and stir until chocolate is melted. Take the bowl off the double boiler and dip the strawberries into the chocolate. Here’s the fun part: decorate it with heart-shaped sprinkles, nuts or drizzle white chocolate over. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy! Here is the final result of my chocolate covered strawberries. Have fun with it and create it any way you like.

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If you have any yummy desserts you’re making for Valentine’s Day, please share and let me know in the comment section below. Again, thank you for reading.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Happy Monday Everyone! This past weekend The Mr. and I celebrated our fifth year anniversary at The Pass & Provision on Taft St. in Houston, Texas. Here are some facts about this restaurant: it consists of two different sides: one side is a casual dining and the other side is an intimate dining. We had reservation for The Pass, which is an intimate dining area with an awesome view into a working kitchen, which is always a plus for me because I can definitely see all the action that is going on back there. The menu consists of two tasting menus offered of either five-courses or eight-courses.

I do not know where to begin. Let’s start by saying I can not believe it’s been five years of marriage. Oh boy, time flies. I am definitely very blessed for such a great and supportive husband, who’s been there with me through thick and thin. I have to say the last five years has been amazing, looking forward to many more. However, enough about my marriage, back to the review of the restaurant. I definitely have to mention what great service we got there. I cannot describe how nice and pleasant all the staffs are. When we checked into the restaurant we were welcomed by a manager who walked us to our table and brought out complimentary champagne for our anniversary dinner. The Mr. and I chose the eight course menu with the pairings. All eight dishes were wonderful and beautifully prepared. Every dish was complemented with a nice pairing. After nine glasses of wine and champagne and endless conversation with The Mr., I have to say it was a wonderful anniversary. Towards the end of the night, I was just glad to be spending it with him.

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This was not on the menu but was served to help the taste buds open up.

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Foie Gras ‘ol Fashioned/Salmon/Nasturtium Soup: A small salmon canapé with a foamed nasturtium soup shooter and Foie Gras bourbon jelly. The bourbon jelly was not appetizing at all. 

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Kaeshi Egg: A perfectly soft-set egg with shaved mushroom, bonito, grated black truffle, deliciously crunchy mushroom “gravel”. (The Mr.’s favorites of the night)

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Nori Bucatini/Tofu/Ugni/Clams: Bucatini wrapped around silken tofu, withsalmon roe, sea urchin foam, hamachi, clam, edible flowers.

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Tar Tar/Yolk/Marrow Brioche: Beef tar tar with bone marrow salt, served with a wonderful, warm house-made brioche roll. (Definitely my favorite of the night)

French (onion soup) Toast/Onion Variations: Onion ice cream, some sort of onion like stuff, caramelized onion and onion chips. (There is not “soup” involved in this dish.)

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Headcheese/Bread (blood) Pudding/Candied Apple: The meat was definitely very satisfying and had an appetizing savory bite to it.

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Egg custard ice cream/Shaved ice/Cream soda syrup: This was also not on the menu but given to us to try. It was definitely yummy, I was not a fan of the syrup soda but the cream “yolk” was awesome.

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Milk Chocolate: Milk chocolate mixed with some sort of liquor. This one fell flat all around, including the appearance. (Our least favorite)

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Macarons: These resembled macarons in appearance but not in texture and not in taste.  Tasted like sweet cheese whiz type. Out of the three, I only liked two and sadly had to say, I took a bite of the last one and definitely had to throw it out.

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Petit Fours: Fruit chews and lemon cake. By this course, we were definitely too full to eat, so we packed it to-go.

I apologize for the quality of the pictures. I only brought my iPhone that day and forgot to bring the camera. So what did you guys do this past weekend? Let me know in the comment section below. Thank you so much for reading!