Color Club Wanderlust Nail Polish
The lavender one, "Pardon My French", came with my monthly Birchbox but I love them all! Very summery toes! It's 4 mini polishes for $8.
(Oh, and if any of you want to sign up for the fabulous Birchbox, you can use THIS LINK and say I referred you, and I'll get 50 Birch points to use on goodies for ME. But no pressure.)
Tilapia with Citrus Gremolata
I mentioned the other day that I am doing stinking Weight Watchers again. And no, I still am not going to whine and complain about points. Much. I have been constantly on the lookout for high-flavor, low-points foods. So that I can save up all my points for booze. Anyway...I made this the other day for my writers group, and it was delish! I made it up combining about 4 recipes and I'm pretty pleased with it. It's super fresh and light and summer herby!
Tilapia with Citrus Gremolata
zest of one lemon
zest of one orange
2 tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon
2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
1 clove garlic, pressed
4 tilapia fillets
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper and paprika to taste
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup lemon juice
Make gremolata - Mix citrus zests, herbs, garlic and salt and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
Mix flour with salt, pepper and paprika and place in shallow bowl. Dredge tilapia in flour mixture. Spray skillet with that nasty olive oil Pam stuff (if you're not doing stupid Weight Watchers, I'd suggest replacing this with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil). Saute fish in skillet for a few minutes on each side until cooked through, then remove to a serving dish. Add wine to skillet and bring to a boil. Add the lemon juice and bring to a boil again. Pour over fish. Sprinkle fish with the gremolata.
Weight Watchers Points - 3. Oh yeah! More wine for Mama!! Which leads me to...
New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs
I hate to torture you Trader Joe's deprived folks out there, but TJ's has 3 outstanding and CHEAP summer wines right now. I'm crazy for the Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand. SO fresh and crisp! Very green apple and grapefruit and yummy. TJ's out here in LA has each of these for $7.99, but I can't guarantee the price elsewhere. Look for them!
I am slightly embarrassed by this. A girlfriend of mine, who is obsessed with this series of books, sent me an email about them, using words like "masterpiece" and "brilliant". It's not. The writing is heavy-handed and over-blown, I actually cringe about every other page. That said...I CAN'T STOP READING! It's totally addicting. This woman may not be a great writer, but she is as GREAT storyteller. It's the perfect summer beach read! In a nutshell - WWII British Army nurse, Claire Randall, is mysteriously whisked back in time to 1743 Scotland and meets hot Scotsman in a kilt Jamie Fraser. It's historical romance crack.
Orange is the New Black
The newest series from Netflix, and I'm already binging! It's the latest from Jenji Kohan, the writer/producer of Weeds, another fave of mine, and it has a really similar tone. Blonde New York yuppie, Piper Chapman, is sent to Federal prison for a 10-year old crime - carrying a suitcase of drug money during a misguided lesbian affair with a drug smuggler. It's fish-out-of-water at it's best. The mostly female cast is EXCELLENT. Kate Mulgrew (yes, Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager) is so stinking good as "Red" the Russian inmate/prison boss/chef that she will most definitely get an Emmy nomination next year. Check it out!
Candy Crush Saga
Again...a bit ashamed. I can not stop playing this silly game. I don't even know how to explain why it is so addicting. I not only play it on Facebook, but also on my iPhone. Sometimes both places at the SAME TIME. It's just terrible. But I LOVE it! Just one more level, just one more level, just one more level...
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