Wednesday, October 7, 2015

This is something I'd never thought I'd write...

Hello...

I don't know if I've got anyone who consistently and repeatedly checks my blog, but if I do, I feel like I should let you know, I'm going to take a hiatus.  Even if you're a brand new viewer, who wants to see what I post, I have to let anyone and everyone know, I'm going on a break.  

I've had a bad year, and that is all I feel comfortable with sharing.  Something happened on Sunday, October 4th, 2015, and I just need some time.  

I will be back.  I just don't know when. 

I will probably keep up with Instagram, maybe even (eventually) Twitter.  If you'd like, you can check me out on those places. 

Twitter: @yellow_yachts
Instagram: yellowyachts


If you've been here before, Thank you, and I'll be back.  If you're new, and just stumbled onto one of my posts (or this one)  Hi, I'm still hereish.  I'll be back. Say hey to me on Twitter or Instagram, I'll see it instantly.  

Thanks for reading this, and my blog.  
xx 

Ann.  

Friday, October 2, 2015

Happy Friday:


Hello!  Hope your day is going well!  

For the past two weeks outside has been nothing but clouds.  No rain, just clouds.  I hate it.   Rainy days doing make me feel cozy.  They don't make me feel relaxed.  I don't enjoy the wetness.  I like warm sunny days with a little bit of a breeze.  But where I live, that day happens about 10 times a year.  So, here  I am, stuck, in  clouds.  When I take pictures for this blog, I try to use natural light.  So, with all of these clouds I haven't been able to take pictures of anything.  I really should learn more about lighting and taking pictures, but I don't exactly know where to start.  I get overwhelmed easily when it comes to things I've never learned before.  I guess that is something I should look into while I'm waiting for my sunny days to come back.  (Good luck, it is Fall after all!)

I've also been preparing to go on a different diet.  It's kind of like a Paleo-vegan hybrid.  It's not that interesting, but since I'm the only one in the house going on a diet, I have to make all of my meals in advance.  That is a little stressful.  I don't know how I'm going to find room in the fridge for 7 days worth of food.  But I'll figure it all out.  

What I'm really excited to talk about is my new iPod.  I finally decided to buy a new one, and since I'm not really looking for a new phone (plus I wouldn't go iPhone) I got a gen 6 iPod.  I LOVE it!  I'm still getting used to it, my old iPod is a I don't even know.  I got it in 2009 for Christmas. I really liked it, and I still use it for my alarm clock because I've been known to drop it and I don't want to drop my new one.  A broken screen is the last thing I want.  I really like that this iPod has a camera, especially since I'm still using a phone from 2010, no picture quality.  This new iPod means I get to use my Instagram instantly, which is very helpful.  I also have the Twitter app now and my sister convinced me to get Snapchat.  I don't use it much, plus I only have four friends on it, but it's fun.  So, if you have any app suggestions, let me know!  

Now that Fall is here, all of the new TV shows are coming out (and old ones are coming back) and it's very exciting.  I've been watching Fear The Walking Dead, and I'm not sure if I like it.  I really like The Walking Dead, so maybe this show will grow on me in the second season.  But I'm not making any promises to it.  I also started (it's only two episodes in) Limitless.  I really like it so far.  I watched the pilot and I instantly had to go find the movie on Netflix.  It's not needed to watch the show, but I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing any back stories.  Scorpion has also started back up, but I'm still on the fence with this show.  I like it enough to watch it, but if it gets canceled, I wouldn't be disappointed.  Scorpion has an actress from Forever, a show I loved but it got canceled, so I guess that's a plus.  Then there's my typical ABC Family shows, currently only Switched At Birth and Young & Hungry.  I think the only reason why I still watch ABC Family shows is because I started them 5 years ago, and I just want to see how everything turns out.  Young & Hungry is only on it's second season, so I'm not like "wow, this is getting stretched out."  It's a pretty funny show.  

I'm excited for October to start, so many other TV favorites! 

What's your favorite TV show?  I'm always up for a new TV series to watch!  

xx 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Recipe: Honey Lime Shrimp


Shrimp are one of my favorite foods.  I could eat them daily and not get sick of them.  So, when I found this recipe, I knew that it was for me.  I'm not the biggest fan of honey,  It's really a hit or miss with me, but in this recipe, it's a hit.  The taste of this dish is so perfect.  You get the lime bits and the honey bits.  Shrimp are good that way, they absorb the flavors you put around them.  This recipe went into the books right after I took my first bite.  I paired this dish with rice and broccoli.  So tasty!

Ingredients:
1/2 pound Large Shrimp, Peeled & De-veined
1/4 cup Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Honey
2-3 Tbsp Juice of Small Lime
2 Cloves Garlic, minced 
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:


In a large ziploc bag, combine all the ingredients, except for the shrimp.  I folded the edges down to so the honey and oil were completely at the bottom.


When everything is well-combined, add the shrimp, squeeze as much air as possible out of the bag, and close it up.
 Place the bag in the fridge. 
Let the shrimp marinate for 30-60 minutes, flipping the bag around once or twice during that time, so that all the shrimp stay evenly covered in the marinade.
Then, take the shrimp out of the fridge and let them sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes.


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; there is no need to add any oil or butter to the pan, as the marinade has enough oil in it to keep the shrimp from sticking to the pan. Add your shrimp to the pan in a single layer, making sure they are not too crowded; you can always cook them in more than one batch. 


Let them cook on one side for about a minute, until they curl up and start to turn pink. Flip them over, and cook for another 30 seconds or so, until the shrimp are opaque. 

You can add some of the marinade to the rice like I did if you'd like a little bit more flavor.

Remove from the pan, and serve immediately!

Enjoy! 
xx

Monday, September 28, 2015

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick Review:


Typically when I'm looking at the Rimmel London rack, my eyes go straight to the Kate Moss line.  But a little while ago, (okay a long time ago, like birthday long time ago) I picked up this lipstick in shade Alarm.  This lipstick has a nice creamy feel to it with the tiniest bit of shine.  I would describe it as a creamy matte. 

I had used it many times by this picture.
The red of this lipstick is very bright.  I guess that is why it's called Alarm.  It's gorgeous!  Wearing it for two hours with a little bit of drinking out of a water bottle and it stays just where I put it.  I then ate with this lipstick on.  The meal that I had was ribs,rice, and carrots.  I ate the ribs with a fork, but I still consider it to be a messy meal, and after dinner this lipstick was still on except for in the corners of my mouth.  Which is pretty typical when eating with good lipsticks. 

 So in my opinion, this lipstick has AMAZING staying power. 

This lipstick didn't crease on me at all.  It didn't cling on to any dry bits on my lips.  It also wasn't drying at all.  Sometimes the Kate Moss line makes my lips feel dry, but this one didn't.  It also wasn't messy.  You know how some lipsticks (especially after eating) can end up all over your face?  This one was not like that at all!  I love it and I can't wait to add more to my collection!


The smell is interesting. Instead of having a fruit undertone like the Kate Moss (red) line, it kind of smells of fruity cinnamon. It's nice. 

I think I paid around $4 to $5. 

Pros: color, staying power, price
Cons: haven't found any. 

xx