When Can You Enjoy That Fresh Pineapple?

 

When To Enjoy That Fresh Pineapple

When To Enjoy That Fresh Pineapple

Hello Sunshine! Today I enjoyed a Fresh Pineapple and it was delicious. Well, I did not eat the entire pineapple, but maybe 1/3 of it. Yesterday I had a pineapple popsicle and it was fantastic, but I knew I had a fresh pineapple to prepare, it just was not ready. It made me think, ‘What trick does everyone use to tell when a pineapple is ready to eat?’ Well, I just wanted to share with you how I prepare my pineapple. When I purchase my pineapple, I always grab one from the middle stem leaves. If it is not able to be held by stem leaves, it is not ripe. If you hold it by it’s leaves and it drops, it’s ready! This morning, I grabbed it and, Yay, it was ready! I first get the pineapple and cut the top, bottom and cut the sides. I cut the sides enough to rid the spots. I only want to see the ‘Sunshine Pineapple’ flesh! Once the pineapple is ‘naked,’ I slice it into discs so that I am able to use the corer easily. I have this great corer from Pampered Chef that I purchased about 10 years ago and it is still in perfect order. I use it for apples and pineapples. Once it is cored, I cut the discs into chunks, place into a bowl & snack away!

Compost Pineapple

Compost Pineapple

If for some reason I do not get to enjoy my pineapple before it starts to get bad, I will freeze it way before and plan on using it for smoothies later. Freezing it will make it last and will not be wasteful.

I do wish we had a composter, but we have deer, foxes and all types of little critters that really like to get into our trash box, so whenever I trim fruits, like watermelon, melon, pineapple and so on, I place the trimmings in a plastic bag and put into our extra refrigerator until our garbage pick up day. It will keep our trash from smelling and keep the critters out & it will not smell our refrigerator up because it is fresh fruit clippings.

I do hope you get a fresh pineapple soon. They are really tasty right now. Maybe I will make my own popsicles!

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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Oh, I posted a little video of me with my pineapple on my Instagram accounts. Are you following? @princessmousey & @princessmouseycards. Come by and follow, I would love to have you.

Why This ‘Do It Yourself Facial Sauna’ Is the Best Things Since Cupcakes!

Beauty Chic Facial Sauna

Beauty Chic Facial Sauna

Hello Sunshine!

I hope you all are well. I am enjoying this summer so far. My ankle is healing properly per my surgeon and that is great news! I recently saw this facial, Beauty Chic Facial Sauna in a weekly special and got super excited! I enjoy our very best local Viva Day Spa in Austin, TX every 6 months with the whole package of massage, facial, mani & pedi. My favorite part of the package is always the facial. I just love when my face gets the royal treatment of the steam and the creams. I love to hear how many blackheads come out of my pores, I know that is a little crazy, but I do. You can imagine when I saw this steamer, I just had to get it for my do-it-yourself steams at home.

I found it available to purchase at Ulta, Walgreens, Target & so on so you should have no problems buying or ordering online it if you would like to try. All about the same low price of $25.00. It is a small product and will not take up hardly any space in your cabinet for you to put away when not in use. The steamer comes with a large facial steamer cone & a nasal inhaler for clearing out your nasal passages when you are feeling stuffy. The steamer comes with 1 packet of cucumber mask for after your initial steam. I actually love my brand of mask, so I have not used the cucumber mask to let you know about it. There is a fill line in the reservoir for you to fill the water and the steam starts on its own for you to steam and it will end on its own when the water is gone by the light going out.

Post Facial Pic

Post Facial Pic

My 5 reasons for keeping this Facial Sauna:

1) It really works!

2) Easy to use

3) No clean up

4) The price is right

5) Does’t take up space

I love this steamer. It really works. I actually had blemishes after my steam, as you see in my pics, just like a true facial done by a professional. The steamer was easy to use and has no clean up, so that is absolutely perfect, because I still have the step of the mask to apply. Whenever you are adding a step, you do not want to make more clean up. After I steamed, I actually felt my face have more elasticity and my pores were so much more open for my mask. You will notice in my pic, I apply my mask with a make up brush. I like to gently apply anything on my face to avoid any pressure to my skin. Also, I apply masks and moisturizers to my neck and chest. These areas of our body get as much exposure to the sun as our faces, so do not ignore these areas when applying steam and hydrating masks. Just my 2 kisses of my beauty tips!

I will still go to the spa every 6 months, but this is great for my monthly mask applications.

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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Thrift Store Make-Over

DIY Thrift Store Make-Over

DIY Thrift Store Make-Over

Do you have a guest bathroom that you hardly use, but when you do~ you remember that it is in need of something? That is the way our guest bathroom was. I would go in there and notice that our extra roll of bath tissue had no home. I also was never fond of the ‘sitting’ area not having an electrical outlet for a fragrance plug-in, for those times of longer sitting. It’s not a large area, so it needed something small and could easily be out of the way. Also, I am such a money saver, I had to find something that was not costly. I wanted it to be nice, but again~ it had a little purpose. I just never got around to getting anything in there.

With my healing ankle I have been using the guest bathroom more for convenience & it kept bothering me, so one day I woke up and decided to try my local thrift store. I had visioned a used telephone table. Who uses those anymore anyway? Well, I found nothing. A few cabinets that were too big with drawers and just too much more than what I needed. Then, I notice a little pedestal. It was one of those you would find in a Mexican Market, all white & just looks like a column. I checked the price, $4.99. SOLD!

$4.99

$4.99

I brought it home, brushed it up for cleaning. Now, I am a crafter, so I have plenty of paints, but if you do not, you can find plenty of small acrylic paints at craft shops for about .99 each color. Very affordable and depending on the color matching for your decorating, it could be even less. I also have plenty of small inexpensive disposable paintbrushes, but if you do not, try your local Discount Stores, Dollar Item Stores or even craft stores have brushes for .99 each. I was just matching our pedestal with our other bathroom decor so I roughly painted the teal first, then the brown. You will see in the pics it looks really harsh, but once those colors dried, I sponged the gold over and that is what hides the rough paint work I did.

Now, we have something for that extra bathroom tissue, a reed diffuser oil bottle & decorative candle holder. Never forget your nearby Thrift Shop! It is a great way to recycle, repurpose and you will have something in your home that you created. I just happened to find something for $4.99 instead of buying something somewhere else for way too much more.

Thrift Store Make Over

Thrift Store Make Over

I hope you all find some great treasures out there & let me know what you find. I would love to see how you repurposed an item you thrifted.

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Always Spend Time With Friends

Spend Time With Friends

Spend Time With Friends

Let me first say, I love my Husband. He is always my best friend and biggest supporter. However, being married does not mean I don’t need my best girlfriends. I still need to get out and enjoy a few chuckles, get some hugs, lift each other up & indulge on some baddie snacks with my friends that are always here for me.

So it was July 4th weekend and luckily my girlfriends all had extra time off from work. Having recently broken my ankle, gone through surgery, now recovery from surgery and not very mobile, I really needed some ‘Girlfriend Time’. There was a new movie coming out, ‘Tammy‘ with Melissa McCarthy that looked like it was going to give us some chuckles and I thought, ‘maybe some of the ladies would like to go?’ Luckily, a few were on board and we had a plan!

I always love hosting at the house, so we met up at our home. I was also trying out a new fruit dip, so it was perfect. We were able to spend a little time before the movie, some of my girlfriends did not know each other, so it was great to introduce each other.

I really am just so humbled to have such caring and loving friends that come with their armor of smiles and hugs for me in my time of need. I know when I have a friend that calls, I will be there in return. Spending time with friends is the most valuable of all the gifts you can give. It may not sound like much, but it truly is. Just being there for a friend, giving a hug and going to a movie or an errand together means so much!

We always need to remember to ask for our friends. They are here for us. We need to let them know we need them. Our friends see us as strong & sometimes they do not know when we feel weak. It is our responsibility to let them know, ‘This is a weak moment, I need a ‘Girlfriend Day.’  We all need to support each other. Girlfriends, Guyfriends, Anyfriends, just do your best to be available to help & you will always have that support in return. That’s what friends are for!

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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Girlfriends PMC Card

Girlfriends PMC Card

It’s Been A Busy Day!

It's Been A Busy Day At Princess Mousey Cards

It’s Been A Busy Day At Princess Mousey Cards

Hello All!

It’s been a busy past few days at Princess Mousey Cards! I have been adding new stationery in my card shop. As a young girl, I always loved sending out beautiful letters to my family or my teachers or my friends with the most pretty stationery. Now that I have my Etsy Shop, I make each card by hand and place every flower and sparkle on every card for each set. Well, I have been inspired by so many bright & cheerful colors for the summer collection that I am just anxious getting the cards out and I just do not want to stop creating!

While I am working sometimes I will look over at the ‘Princess Mousey Brainstorm / Inspiration Bed’ that is so inviting. When I have a full shop, I will sit there, pull out my portfolio and sketch out card ideas. Right now I just can’t take the time to do that, but the bed just looks inviting to just curl up and read my books.

Princess Mousey Brainstorm Inspiration Bed

Princess Mousey Brainstorm Inspiration Bed

Some may say working at home must be so much fun and better than outside, but really I tend to work more hours. I find it difficult to make normal work hours. I will work 6-8 at times and I am always doing computer work. The husband is always telling me to stop working! I love working on my craft though. I love communicating with everyone. I love creating cards. I love passing on what I read, what products I love, what recipes I love. I love having and making new friends & I believe my honesty in my blog with everyone is sharing my love as well as making my cards is sharing my love.

At the end of the day when I stop, and I do stop, put away the laptop, get out of The Princess Mousey Atelier~ I will pick my feet up & put on my absolute favorite socks, you know the ones~ the knee high socks from Target. I just love all the prints they have. They are so inexpensive too, only $2.50 each! I will put on a Netflix or Amazon Prime and watch a foreign film, Sherlock, Endeavor, Scandal or Downton Abbey or any Series that will capture me and take me away to solve a crime or drown me in a love story. I do really love a period piece though. My Watch Lists are filled with BBC & Foreign Films! It really is the little things with me, Netflix & Target Socks! My husband playing with my hair while I am watching is ‘the icing on the cake’! I am re-charged for the next month!

My latest pair of Target Socks

My latest pair of Target Socks

I hope you find your way to unwind after a long day. It is always best when we find something we love to do after a rough day.

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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Rustic Pizzetta with Fresh Figs, Goat Cheese & Fresh Basil

Rustic Pizzetta by PrincessMouseyCards.com Blog

Rustic Pizzetta by PrincessMouseyCards.com Blog

Hello Friends! I wanted to share this recipe with you because figs are in season right now. I really enjoy fresh figs! I could eat them with everything, but this is our most favorite way to share them when we have guests over. These Rustic Pizzetta’s are easy to make and a great way for anyone to enjoy figs. You really just need to buy the pre-made flat bread and roughly chop and tear the figs & basil. Best thing~you can pre make these pizzettes for your event, I make about 4-5 and keep them in the fridge, when I see them getting low, I just place another in the toaster oven. The pizzetta is small, so it can go really fast.

Rustic Pizzetta by PrincessMouseyCards.com Blog

Rustic Pizzetta by PrincessMouseyCards.com Blog

 

Ingredients needed:

4 ounces fresh figs(about 5 large figs), stems removed & lightly pulled apart into 1/2- 1″  pieces.

2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 ready made flat bread

1/2-1 cup crumbled soft goat cheese (depending on your size flatbread)

handful of fresh basil leaves lightly torn apart

1 tablespoon pine nuts

1/2-1 tablespoon olive oil

Water as/if needed

Rustic Pizzetta by PrincessMouseyCards.com Blog

Rustic Pizzetta by PrincessMouseyCards.com Blog

 

Preheat oven or Toaster Over to 400°F. Combine the figs & balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Balsamic Vinegar burns very fast. If the mixture reduces too thick, add a small amount of water at a time. Strain the figs from liquid if any, but do not press excess moisture out of the figs. Place the figs back into the saucepan. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Top the pizza with the roughly crumbled goat cheese and the figs, and sprinkle with the basil and pine nuts. Lightly drizzle the olive oil over the top of the pizza. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese melts. I usually like to drizzle the finished pizza with a bit more balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I even sprinkle with a bit more basil leaves.

Rustic Pizzetta by PrincessMouseyCards.com Blog

Rustic Pizzetta by PrincessMouseyCards.com Blog

This Pizzetta will be the party favorite, trust me! If you are having a Book Club Meet Up, Lite Bites  for a cocktail party or just want an easy snack, this is the recipe to go with!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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