Wordless Wednesday
Nov 12, 2014

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Pizza from St. Philip’s

Fennel Sausage, Piquillo Peppers, Shaved Red Onion, House Blend Mozzarella, Red Sauce

Happy Veterans Day
Nov 11, 2014

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Thank you to those brave men and women for serving our country & protecting our freedoms!

Ebates
Nov 10, 2014

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As I was thinking about what to blog about today, I went to check the mail. Exciting post so far, eh? I received an Ebates rebate check in the mail. So, I thought I’d share a little secret with you.

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If you are an avid online shopper like I am, you NEED to use Ebates. If you are planning on online shopping for the holidays, you NEED to use Ebates. It’s free money people!

How does it work?

Basically, go to Ebates.com versus going directly to the store you are wanting to online shop at. Then type in the name of your desired store on Ebates and it will tell you if that store has a cash back offer from Ebates.

For example, I recently saw that Ebates was offering 4% cash back on Kate Spade purchases. Ebates had also alerted me that Kate Spade was having one of their surprise sales. So not only did I get 75% off my purse, but also the 4% cash back from Ebates.

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So of course, it only made sense to get earrings too. ;)

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I highly recommend this site to everyone! I can’t say enough good things about it. I’ve received over $60 back using Ebates so far. It’s so easy to use and if it something that you’re going to buy already, then use Ebates. The hardest thing to do in the beginning is to just remember to go to their site first. A couple of times, I have went on Keurig.com to buy coffee as I do regularly…wasted cash back opporunities when I failed to go to Ebates first!

You bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be going to Ebates on Cyber Monday!!

Note: if you do try Ebates, I am eligible for a referral credit if you’d be so kind as to use this link.

http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=X4la6Zb3gKNUrRh9uk345Q%3D%3D&eeid=26471

Holiday Makeup Gifts
Nov 09, 2014

When I was in 7th grade, I received the best Christmas present from my parents EVER. It was a massive make-up gift set from Elizabeth Arden. The case was a red door (a la their perfume) and filled with multiple eyeshadow palettes, blushes, and lipsticks. I was in heaven. I remember taking it to school and breaking it out in computer class to show to me friends.

In retrospect, I realize that this best present ever was probably a “free with purchase” that my Dad got when he bought my Mom her Red Door perfume. But who cares–it was still awesome!! And I’ve been a sucker for make-up sets around the holidays ever since.

Here are a few that I’ve got my eye on.

1. Benefit’s Sweet Tintations

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This set includes 2 lipbalms and 2 cheek stains. I’d get it for the cheek stains. I’ve found cheek stains to be better for me in the winter when my skin in drier.

2. Philosophy’s Pink Marshmallow Buttercream Trio

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Some sort of Philosophy gift set always makes to a friend, family member, or to myself around the holidays. This year I have my eye on the Pink Marshmallow Buttercream. Such a fun name! I’d have to pop into a store to smell it in person before committing though.

3. Tarte’s Chic to Cheek Deluxe Amazionian Clay Blush Set

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I realize that I just commented about cheek stains being better than blushes in the winter, but I’m really into this gift set. Tarte’s blushes last all day and have great pigment. I wear their Frisky shade regularly. All the shades in this set would be new to me: amour (candy pink), classic (soft apricot pink), prim (plum nude), and daydream (rosy pink).

4. Too Faced’s Under the Mistletoe

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I’ve recently started gravitating toward lipsticks/creams and away from glosses. These neutral shades look like they’d work with my pale skin. I did read online that the pink bag flakes glitter everywhere so don’t factor that into your purchase if you’re thinking of getting this item.

Lip cream colors are: Naked Dolly, Marshmallow Bunny, and Spice Spice Baby

5. bareMinerals’ Vison of Light

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A great value for everything you get in this kit! Any bareMinerals lover would enjoy this gift.

You get:
Stroke of Light Highlighter (luminous peach)
Illuminating Mineral Veil Finishing Powder
Celestial Eyecolor (spun sugar)
After Dusk Eyecolor (shimmering clove)
Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner in Eternal Bronze
Daybreak Blush (terracotta pink)
Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Stargazer (gilded mauve) (0.15 fl. oz.)
Full Tapered Shadow & Blush Brush
Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara in Intense Black

Now I just need some holiday parties to attend to have a reason to glam up!

Listening, Reading, Watching
Nov 08, 2014

Not surprisingly, it was 2013’s NaBloPoMo that I last blogged a Listening, Reading, Watching post.

Are we sure November isn’t over already? I kid, sort of. I do have a list of blog topics. They just aren’t terribly food related. Maybe I should change my blog name from Sugarfoot Eats to Sugarfoot Writes Aimlessly about Pop Culture. Doesn’t have right the same ring to it though.

1. Listening to recently…

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True albeit embarrassing story, I stumbled upon Andrew Belle when one of his songs was played during an episode of Pretty Little Liars. Is it weird for a 35 year old to watch PLL? If so, I stopped watching last year when I was 34…so there.

I have Belle’s Blackbear & The Ladder albums and really like them both. If you like Matt Nathanson, Mat Kearney, Matt Wertz (you know the Matt’s)…then odds are you’ll like Belle.

2. Reading currently…

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Oh wait, this book is food related….score. I haven’t decided on Medium Raw yet. I have a love/hate relationship with Anthony Bourdain. While I do love his sharp tongue, quick wit, and knowledge…he’s also kind of an asshole.

3. Watching on Netflix…

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Season 4 of Portlandia was recently released on Netflix. Hooray!!

What are you listening to, reading, and/or watching??

Serial: A Podcast Recommendation
Nov 07, 2014

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Who’s listening to Serial? Over 850,000 people, that’s who! If you haven’t heard of Serial, get out from under the rock that you’re living…download the podcasts…listen…join the obsession. Because I need people to talk to about it!

I knew that I was going to listen to Serial as soon as Ira told me to. As a lover of podcasts, I can be a fairweather fan. Some podcasts I leave piling up on my phone until I get around to listening. And some I’m listening to the morning that they are recently. This is how I know I love a podcast. It will motivate me to get up early and excited versus fighting the snooze button if a beloved podcast has a new episode that morning. Serial is such a podcast.

So what is it about?

Serial is a podcast where they unfold pieces of a true story every week. I read it described on Twitter as This American Life meets True Detective.

From the Serial website: “On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a city park. She’d been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae’s body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.

Sarah Koenig, who hosts Serial, first learned about this case more than a year ago. In the months since, she’s been sorting through box after box (after box) of legal documents and investigators’ notes, listening to trial testimony and police interrogations, and talking to everyone she can find who remembers what happened between Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee fifteen years ago. What she realized is that the trial covered up a far more complicated story, which neither the jury nor the public got to hear. The high school scene, the shifting statements to police, the prejudices, the sketchy alibis, the scant forensic evidence – all of it leads back to the most basic questions: How can you know a person’s character? How can you tell what they’re capable of? In Season One of Serial, she looks for answers.”

I am hooked. I was almost hesitant to blog about this podcast as I was sure that my desire to Google the case to find the outcome would get the best of me, which it did. But there’s the interesting fresh twist on this podcast/story/investigation. They only produce each episode a week ahead of time. So we they are still investigating the case themselves. We are in it together. And I have to say–I don’t know if Adnan killed Hae. After one episode, I was pretty sure–yes, he did it. And after the next, I was thinking no way, he didn’t do it.

It does seem very plausible that this story will end with no real answer. Simply presenting as much information/facts as they can and we’ll just have to form opinions versus everything wrapped up in a nice bow. I’m along for the ride regardless.

Are you listening?? Did he kill her?? Does anyone else think Sarah has a slight weird prison crush on Adnan??

Gratitude Journal
Nov 06, 2014

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A couple of months ago…particularly August…it was rough for me. I was in a funk. I was feeling emotionally and mentally drained. I was feeling dismissed by some friends with no clue as to why. I was weepy and sad.

I needed a way to pull myself out. Enter the gratitude journal. It’s not a new concept, but was new to me. You can make it your own. Since early September, I’ve been journaling (almost daily). I’m keeping it every simple as I didn’t want this gratitude journal to feel like a chore.

I simply title each day with:
Today, I’m happy/grateful for

–then I list 3 things. It can vary between being happy that I made it to the gym, happy that I saw a beautiful sunset, happy for my dog…easy breezy.

Some days are deeper and I’m happy that I felt self-acceptance that day or happy that I didn’t binge eat again.

I’ve felt like a sense of calm since starting the journal. Taking 5 minutes a day to reflect has helped me find peace and not get so caught up in negativity.

As we are in November…the season of Thanksgiving, consider giving a gratitude journal a try.

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***Note: I am in no way saying that a gratitude journal will bring one out of a serious depression that may require the assistance of a medical professional.

Wordless Wednesday
Nov 05, 2014

Dan dan noodles from Sichuan River

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Election Day
Nov 04, 2014

Today is the day! If you early voted, A+ for you. If not, get to your polling station and make a difference.

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Book Review: Food: A Love Story
Nov 03, 2014

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Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

After having been out of town the last couple of times that Jim Gaffigan has been in Austin performing, I was finally able to see him live in October. And with your ticket of a premium seat, you received a copy of his book. Sold!

Gaffigan is one of my favorite comedians. He’s wholesome and very relatable. Not that I relate to his having FIVE kids, but I relate to his food humor. I have read Gaffigan’s first book, Dad is Fat, which I enjoyed, but Food: A Love Story is SO HILARIOUS!

Each “chapter” is only a few pages long, so I soared those this book. If you are a food lover with a humble background (ie not a food snob) and you have a sense of humor, you’ll really enjoy this book.

I’ve already discovered & discussed with friends that I learned from this book at I’m not a “foodie”…I’m an “eater”. Read the book to find out more!!

For now, I’ll just leave you with some of Gaffigan’s gems that kept me laughing:

–Of course cops love doughnuts, because they know the difference between right and wrong. And not liking donuts is wrong. Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like doughnuts? Of course not, because those people are in jail.
–There are some people who don’t like ketchup. I think they are called losers.
–Crackers are the junk food of adults. There are so many different types of crackers for adults to eat while they congratulate themselves for not eating potato chips.
–Hotdogs are like strippers, really. Nobody wants to know the backstory.
–When I have to eat unsalted fries, I often feel like I should be a contestant on Survivor or something. I took forward to telling Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett: “Once I had fries without salt on them, so I could probably live anywhere.”

4.75 out of 5 stars