Outre Nadi

I have always been a fan of short hairstyles. I love a nice pixie cut or bob. However, I have never had the desire to cut my hair. Fortunately for me, there are ways around that. I have worn a variety of wigs over the years that enabled me to get the short look I wanted without actually cutting my hair.

Well Summer is quickly approaching and I am thinking about short cuts instead of braids this year.  I decided I wanted a short wavy look.  I glanced at a few styles online and decided to start with Outre Nadi.  It took two days for Nadi to arrive.  I was so excited to try her on.  That excitement left quickly.  Actually as soon as I pulled her out.  This is what I was expecting.

This is what I received.

What

Is

This?

It looks like two doll scalps sewn together; two doll scalps with two different textures.  I immediately stuffed it back in the box after sending a picture to the seller.  It gets crazier.  The seller didn’t see the problem.  I was sure I received a wig with a manufacturer defect but the seller said they all look that way.  So in short, if you were considering purchasing Nadi; don’t.  I sent her back.

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1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour

I did some baking today and I have to say I am not a huge fan of this 1 to 1 baking flour.  I did like the texture and density but it gave my blueberry muffins an odd almost nutty flavor.

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I also made peanut butter cookies.  Of course the nutty flavor of the flour didn’t have an adverse effect on the cookies.  I have also used this baking flour for frying batter. It served that purpose just fine.

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I don’t think I will be buying this particular flour again though. Based on this experience I could probably use it solely for my peanut butter cookies or banana nut bread.  It may work for brownies.  I don’t know if I will bother trying though.  I will probably use what’s remaining for banana pancakes.  I think the nutty flavor will be fine in banana pancakes.  I may need to stick to rice flour for my gluten free baking needs. The rice flour has not failed me yet.

Update: As expected the nutty flavor worked well in my banana pancakes.  Bananas are both in the batter and on top.

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Live G Free Gluten Free Wraps

These things have become one of my kitchen staples.  If you have seen my Instagram lately you already know.  These wraps have replaced sandwich bread in my kitchen.  I find myself using them everyday.  The best part is they could pass for regular flour tortillas.

At one point I started substituting regular flour tortillas with soft corn tortillas.  I didn’t love the texture.  I prefer my corn tortillas hard.  Now my problems have been solved.  Just this week I have used these Live G Free wraps for pb&j, deli wraps, and cheesesteak wraps.  I may try pizza next.  I already have a gluten free pizza crust I love though.  Maybe I’ll go with breakfast burritos instead.  We’ll see.

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Sophie’s Kitchen Breaded Vegan Scallops

This product boasts gluten, soy, cholesterol, meat, and seafood free; as well as certified kosher and non gmo. But how does it taste? The vegan scallops as pictured on the box look delicious. Don’t they always. They were reasonably priced at my local store so I decided to give them a try.

The box suggests oven, toaster oven, or pan fry preparation.  I went with pan prep as this is how I usually prepare scallops.  (Spoiler alert: I have purchased these scallops multiple times.  So yes I give them a positive review.)

The thing to keep in mind when trying meat substitutes is they are not going to taste exactly like meat.  If you’re looking for an exact repilica, don’t. Instead look for something comparable.  These scallops do just that.  They have managed to be comparable in appearance, taste, and texture.  They are a great option when you need to prepare a meal quickly.  Here are quick meals I threw together with these vegan scallops.

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Ninja QB1004 Food Processor, Master Prep Professional

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How many kitchen appliances have you purchased in your lifetime only to be sent to the garbage much sooner than expected? My Magic Bullet recently met that fate. That thing was terrible. I should’ve posted a review on that piece of junk before I tossed it. I will briefly say I had to call the manufacturer because it stopped working. I had to pay them shipping costs to replace it only for it to happen all over again. I went through two Bullets in less than a year.
Fortunately for me I found a great deal on a Ninja. I heard wonderful things about it. However, the models I saw just seemed too bulky.  I generally don’t like to keep appliances on the counter top.  I like a clear counter.  I am running out of storage spaces in the kitchen so more huge appliances just seemed out of the question.  So when I saw what looked like a reasonable sized Ninja on sale, I jumped on it.

I ordered the QB1004 online.  I have used it everyday since receiving it.  I used it to make my banana peel smoothie ( http://wp.me/p4g9Hi-de ). So far it seems to be perfect for me.  It had everything I love and it avoids the things I hate.  One of those things being appliances that are difficult to clean.  This Ninja breaks down into easy to clean sections.

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Here is the break down.  This particular model comes with a 16 ounce bowl, a 40 ounce pitcher, and a 48 ounce pitcher.  The breakdown makes storage a breeze.  Each part has it’s own storage lid and blade.  There is one motor that works with all three.  This motor chops, blends, and grinds effortlessly.  There are no settings.  I control the texture by either pulsing the motor or letting it run continuously.  I have been pleased with the results every time.

So in conclusion, if you are searching for a powerful blender/food processor that doesn’t take up too much space and is easy to clean; look no further.  I couldn’t be happier with my Ninja.

Gluten Zero Bakery

I came across Gluten Zero Bakery quite accidentally. The Las Vegas bakery had only been open a few weeks when I stumbled across it. I was pleasantly suprised by what I found. The owner/baker offered more than delicious treats. She offered an education on gluten intolerance as well as a listening ear to her customers experiences. Some might say she offers more empathy towards symptoms of gluten intolerance than some doctors.

When I arrived, the first thing I noticed was the selection. Some of the flavors on display were german chocolate, milk chocolate, carrot, lemon, and rasberry. There were vegan options as well. I bought a vegan carrot cake that was so good it was gone before I could take a picture.

I did however take pictures of my carrot cake as well as lemon. (Yes I bought both gf carrot and vegan carrot. There was a third carrot option without nuts as well.)

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If you are in Vegas you have to stop by Gluten Free Zero for a tasty treat! The cakes are delicious.  Don’t take my word for it.  Go see for yourself.

Jimmy Choo Tisri

I rarely wear a pointed toe shoe.  I have them.  They just don’t get much wear.  Tisri just may be my game changer.  I like to  look good but more importantly I like to feel good.  Tisri allows me to do both.  First off, the upper is a very soft leather.  This makes for a comfortable wear.  Even though the shoe is pointy, it does not feel restricted.  It fits like a glove.

Another detail that adds to the comfort is the platform as well as the rubber sole.  Platforms bring comfort to high heels.  There is far less pressure on the ball of my feet when wearing heels with platforms versus not.  As far as the sole. I appreciate a leather sole;  however, in this case I am happy with the rubber.  Leather soles can be quite slick.  I cannot count how many times I have slid across the room in my first wear when wearing leather sole shoes.  Fortunately this has only happened in the house.  The benefit of the rubber sole is I don’t have to add wear before I trust the stability.

The last detail that had me sold on this shoe is the sculptured heel.  It’s subtle but once you see it you cannot look away.  This shoe has my recommendation.  It goes well with everything; jeans, suits, dresses, pants.  I have not paired it with shorts yet but I can see that going very well.  It’s available in off white as well as black.  I went with black.  If you are not near a Jimmy Choo Boutique you can always shop jimmychoo.com or check  Nordstroms or Saks.