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Special Wedding Wishes

Today marks the most wonderful occasion of another sweet woman’s life. Here are my wishes for her most special day:

All earthly goods I wish thee.
All that’s good for thee and thine
And still, not only earthly
But all we know to be divine.

May earth and heaven mingle
May earth and heaven be one
All through your earthly journey
Till sets your earthly sun.

In Sunshine and in shadow
Through dancing and in song
May heaven bless your union
Throughout your whole life long.

I love you two, YYLady


Oo La La

Loves, this morning’s baguette could not be stopped. In one hand and out before the other could snap a picture. Pleasurable food seems to act that way. However, I do have pictures for you.

One mouth you might not realize you had is your skin

Like Mom would always say, your skin will be the first to tell on you. What you put onto it gets absorbed. From a less medical standpoint, this makes sense: how else could there be such a thing as clogged pores? Your skin obviously has had a case of indigestion when a polka dot appears on your face. If only these were cute!

In order to feed yourself well, it takes quality care. For me, this means lots of yummy plants, fruits, flowers, and food-grade essential oils. After all, a girl’s skin likes to dine five-star.

This leads up to a comparison of what I used to wear for fragrance. You may wonder, why fragrance? Skin care or make-up might seem more obvious, yes? Well, I think this is the point. Perfume, body mist, and the complimenting lotions all douse your skin on a regular basis, just like skincare.

Do not worry, loves. Transition is key, and throwing out all your perfume is not what I think necessary. Here I show my favorite fragrances:

Beautiful fragrances. Such a disappointment to find that these are not among my high dining standards. Regardless of the name brand, from Bath and Body Works to high end Burberry, the end goal of nourishing skin food means an honest judgement call. Though I j’adore such fragrances, here are the transitional products I discovered to replace them…

La Vanilla and L’Occitane both reflect what is, in my opinion, the best among fragrances and product. Cheap? You knew the answer- no. Outrageous? Not quite.

However you feel, I have a tip to help you stretch, without any reductions, the life of your perfume:

Not samples, either, loves.

Apply a sample-size dose of a tasty lotion to hydrate your skin where you would like to spray your perfume. This initial layer feeds your skin before the application of perfume and keeps you from re-applying. You use less product, and rarely replace the bottle. Once every 6 months I buy a new 1.7floz perfume. As for the 3.4floz I just bought today, I think I can assume I will wear it for the year, if not longer.

We only order “best”, YYLady

Side Note on Deodorant if Interest: My mother hosted a series of ill-luck with deodorant-induced cysts. Frankly, attempts at changing product, diet, and so much more over 40 years did nothing for her. Only after using La Vanilla product did these cysts cease to return (verging on 2 years now). To her joy and mine.

*images: sunrise makeup, asian model

Those Friends

A trip to the cafe tomorrow morning….

…because I have a day off from classes! Oh, what a lovely thing to hear.

Some other wonderful things to hear are the voices of friends who care about you as much as you care about them. Changing universities can challenge your social life. Thank goodness for good girlfriends (and guy friends)! Skype and lengthy phone conversations certainly help.

Who else are you going to chatter away with about that food, that blasted market, and oh, that man? Honestly.

Lovely moments like this counter the inescapable date I will have with the computer tomorrow evening.

It will be with the internet scholarly collections.

And it will be boring.

If only research could be an artistic moment of enlightenment…

Pictures tomorrow, YYLady

*images: baguette, phone, robot, afternoon tea

In Need of a Giggle

Banana nutty bread and tea. Tea and nutty banana bread. Quite a lovely combination to wake to and so delightfully fuss-free. A smattering of good butter and perhaps the world is balanced for a few moments.

Some days I realize no matter how much I am excited for a nice break, it will still be a tough go. At times like these, laughter is the only cure for me. In that spirit…

This is for the ladies out there:

Hehe. There is a certain brilliance in the art of evasion, proper or no!

Live at large, lovelies, the YYLady

*images: ladies, chart

Early Shopping

Agh. There is a giant essay revision standing between me and tomorrow, lovelies. Sometimes, the game of life is afoot and keen on losing you in its tracks. I will catch the devil at his game, but in the meantime, I present you:

the weekly meal plan-

Bfast: modified Nutty Banana Bread* w/ butter
(perhaps a lovely cup of hot chocolate as well)
Lunch: modified Spinach and Artichoke Pie* w/ small salad & dressing
Afternoon Tea
Dinner: Curried Corn and Vegetable Chowder* w/ large salad & dressing

*please note that these are gluten-free, wheat-free, sugar-free and dairy-free recipes

a fabulous pair of recipes from the Spunky Coconut-

Spinach and Artichoke Pie (click the name to view the recipe)
-I will use eggs and 6oz raw goat milk feta in mine

Nutty Banana Bread (click the name to view the recipe)
-I am eliminating the sugar, the extra almonds
-I am using chunky almond butter instead of creamy

and the grocery list which made it in on budget (!)-

3 org head romaine (15c leafy greens)
4oz org baby carrots
2 ears corn
1 medium org zucchini
1 bunch org cilantro
1 medium org green bell pepper
2 org bananas
4 shallots
12 org pastured chicken eggs
1 can Eden white navy beans
24oz artichoke hearts
32 oz org vegetable broth
1 can coconut milk (6oz needed)
1 jar crunchy almond butter
6oz raw goat milk feta
tapioca flour
dressing bottle

Well, I would be lying if I failed to mention the treat I managed to purchase within budget…

My choc de triomphe. 😉

Wink, YYLady

**images: salad, ice cream, chocolate

What I Meant by Wrappers

Lunches this week needed to be slightly less on the carb factor. In vain effort to curb my love affair with sugar, I have made a point to remove many grains and replace them with greenery. One issue came to mind this past weekend while dealing with the remodel of a sandwich-

How to remake a nut butter sandwich. Since the internet knows all things, I went on the prowl for gluten-free sandwich alternatives and discovered the idea of wrapping! Rice paper wrappers for those favorite spring rolls ring a bell?

…and these fold so nicely too…

…when paired with a dash of cinnamon, these work out well with a fork and knife.

A simple solution to calm my sugary wants. Marvelous.

Time for trouble, the YYLady

*images: sugar queens, nanner bites, hounds

Itch for Travel

My selection of a curried dish for dinner this week is totally a longing for international travel again. On my previous website for this blog, I enjoyed lots of authentic (and one not-so-authentic) South Indian style meals, Vietnamese curry dishes, as well as a smattering of other cuisine. Hong Kong made my study abroad experience epic

Coming home today, I felt absolutely ravenous after an hour cycle class. Never underestimate the middle-aged- my fellow cyclists put me to shame! Needless to say, I prepared the coconut curried burro in a snap, having cooked a large batch of filling on Sunday night. Tomorrow, I will have pictures. Promise.

In the meantime, I thought it might be interesting to point out a few benefits for those who like it HOT and particularly South-Asian:
1. Capsaicin, major in the make-up of chilis, might not only boost your metabolism, but also throw a giant endorphin party in your body!

2. Ginger is a known stomach-settler, but did you know it can counteract pain as well? It thins the blood, so people of the desert (like myself) love the way this firey friend aids the cause for cool.

3. Curry includes a mass amount of turmeric: a spice with chutzpah. A dash of this and guess what? Your liver comes out clean and rarin to go.

These are just a few of the spices you might learn to love. Oh, and did I mention that curry is often paired with the bliss known as coconut milk? Super fatty, but super healthy. Those medium chains (fats) won’t be dragging themselves behind you like a bad pair of jeans tomorrow. Eating this fat actually helps your body lose excess fat. Need I say more, loves?

Get spicy and do tell your favorite dish! 🙂

*images: travel, spoon, spices