Rice and Jeans

food, fashion, and life in Belize

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Spider Crostinis

Here’s a quick and easy recipe that you can serve tonight. Grown ups will appreciate a non-sweet snack while the devils, oops i mean kids, are on their sugar hyper crazy candy mission.


For the cheese spread:

1 4 oz package goat cheese, softened
1 3 oz package cream cheese, softened
1 tsp thyme

Mix all together in a bowl. Set aside.

For the caramelized onion webs:

2 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, sliced thin on the mandolin
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Cook the onions and other ingredients over med-low heat until caramelized

Slice up a loaf of French bread into 24 slices, spray or drizzle with olive oil and toast until crispy.

Now to assemble:
Spread a nice generous portion if the goat cheese spread in the toasted slice of French bread. Then arrange some onion strands on top to look web-like. Then you take a black olive, slice it in half. This is the spider body. Then u cut 8 pieces of olive for the legs. Make sure you put 8 or else it won’t be a spider, it will be a tick!!!
Serve these creepy crostinis and see who is brave enough to devour the spiders.

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The rainbow nails from the last post were for…….

My Little Pony Costume!! Although you couldn’t really see my nails, I knew they were there!

I have fond memories of playing with My Little Ponies as a child: Lining them up for a pony parade, taking them in the bath tub, smelling their lovely pony scent, and crying when the dog chewed off piece of Apple Jack’s hoof.  I also have not so fond memories of being called “Pony Legs”, thank you very much, we won’t get into that story.  But I decided to own up to my pony legs name and become Rainbow Dash for Halloween.  I recycled my sister’s “Smurfette” blue body stocking from a few years ago.  I got a rainbow wig and rainbow feather boa for my mane and tail, and I used less than 1 yard of faux fur to make my hooves, skirt, and ears.  I did a version of “cartoon ” eye makeup by painting white under my eyes to look like pony eyes, then I attached fake lashes under the fake white section.

I had these old (CHEAP) boots that I had gotten probably 5 years ago to be a pirate.  They were pleather, aka “vegan leather” as they say nowadays, and they were peeling slightly.  If you look closely, you’ll see the zip is letting go near the top. I was surprised that they were still wearable.   I hot-glued the fake fur around the bottom, and then I tucked it into the tops of the boot.


Then I just folded some triangles and hot glued them together for my ears. I pinned them on with bobby pins.

The hoof hearts and butt rainbow were made out of those foamie sheets that kids use for art.


It’s hard for ponies to hold bottles!


Here I am with Poca-haunt-as and Toy Soldier.  We were dancing, I was galloping and doing the pony dance all night, but once in a while I would feel a weird feeling in my hoof.  But I didn’t discover was it was until I got home….


My hoof was “Begging for Bread” the whole night!!! Or should I say “Begging for Hay”?

The only thing that kept it on was all the hot glue on fake fur.


RIP pirate boots…you aren’t worth fixing because you are too far gone with your peeling and busted zip… AND I got an awesome NEW pair of boots that I will post soon!!

Happy Halloween everyone! Gallop safely!


Rainbow nails

Here’s a quick little tutorial, which is also a hint to my Halloween costume. I’m wearing it tonight, so stay tuned for it in the next post.

Start with a base of China Glaze “For Audrey”
Then hold your fingers so that your nails are in as straight a line as possible, and use China Glaze “Pool Party” to make the top of a rainbow across all four nails. “Pool Party” is a neon so I thought it worked well with the subdued blue of “For Audrey” to bring a nostalgic vibe.

Now use China Glaze “Lemon Fizz” to make another stripe underneath but overlapping half of the width of the nail polish brush.

Now a stripe of Love & Beauty purple, overlapping again.

Now finally, use a thin nail art striper in green over the bottom half of the purple.

I know, I know, this rainbow is so NOT ROYGBIV, but I only had the green in thin brush size so this non natural colour order will have to do.

Add some fluffy little clouds (Bob Ross voice), and a heart on the thumb. I promise it will all make sense when you see my costume, if you haven’t figured it out already!

Can you guess my costume?

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Spicy Witch’s Fingers

Try this deliciously disgusting recipe for Halloween: Spicy Witch’s Fingers

I kept seeing this recipe around the web, but it was always for the sweet cookie version.  Finally, I found one for some savory fingers.


Here’s my version:

In a food processor, chop up:

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon salt

1  teaspoon cayenne pepper (you can reduce this if you don’t like it too spicy)

1 cup flour


Then turn it out onto the cutting board and form a dough ball, it will be quite soft.


Then take small pieces of the dough, and roll it, like if you were rolling play-dough snakes in kindergarten.
After you get the snake shape, squeeze it in your hand to get the “knuckles” imprinted on the snake.


Get a small amount of ketchup and some almond slices.


Dip the almonds into the ketchup, and then push them into the end of the fingers to make the nails with bloody cuticles.


Take a small knife and make three lines on each knuckle for the wrinkles


Now, you need to put them in the freezer for a few minutes so that they firm up.  Otherwise they will spread out too much and you will get the wicked Witch of the West’s fingers (after she got mashed by the house).  In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350.

Before you put the fingers in the oven, mix an egg yolk with 1 tbsp of water, and lightly brush it on them.


Bake for 20-25 minutes.  They will puff up slightly, and the ketchup will turn to dried blood colour.  If you’re lucky, some nails will get brown edges.


Now serve them with some spooky dip, and see who’s brave enough to eat one!


You could also serve “finger sandwiches”


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Zombie Nails


Cue Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, the 14 minute one.  That’s how long it will take to do these nails.  They are so easy because it doesn’t have to be neat or perfect.  (in zombie voice) “ZOMBIE… NO. CARE.. BOUT. CUTICLE… ONLY… WANT. BRAINS!”

First I used this creepy shade of purplish reddish brownish nail polish and painted all around the edge of the nail.  It’s Finger Paints “Shades of Dark”


Then I used the red nail art polish to add some blood to the cuticle and sides


Then, China Glaze “Electric Pineapple” on top, but make sure to leave the edges showing.  Remember, be messy! Electric Pineapple is a great zombie puke yellowish greenish shade.


Then for some dirt, sponge on some brownish moldy colours, around the edges mostly, you know, from digging out of coffins and such.  I used Sinful Colors “Nirvana” and Nina Ultra Pro “Mossy Britches” (how appropriate)


Then use the black nail art polish to make random cracks and broken edges.


Add a bit more blood where necessary. Then top coat.




Escaping from the coffin:


Going to the Monster’s Ball:


Time for dinner:



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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins


I finally  had the chance to make something with “PUNGKIN”.  It was a very difficult decision.  Pinterest was full of delicious looking pumpkiny goodies:  Pumpkin cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes, even pumpkin spice lattes!  I decided on the muffins because you can eat them for breakfast too (and not feel that bad)

For the filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar

Mix them together in a bowl until smooth, then put the bowl in the freezer so the filling can firm up

For the topping:
½ cup brown sugar
5 tbsp. flour
1½ tsp. cinnamon
4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter

It said to cut the butter in with a pastry knife, or whatever.  I was lazy so I just chopped it up in the food processor.  Then put it in the refridge until you are ready to use it.  Do NOT put it in the freezer, as I learned the hard way, and got one big rock stuck on the blade that wouldn’t come out.


For the muffins:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda

Sift all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.


In the mixer bowl combine:

4 large eggs (I had EXACTLY 4, which I took as a sign that I was meant to make this, and it would be delish!)
2 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree
1¼ cups vegetable oil


Add the dry ingredients


Mix just until combined, or else your muffins will be tough


Line the muffin pan with papers, and put 1 blob of batter on the bottom of the cup.


Then take the cream cheese mixture out and scoop a hunk into the middle of the batter, trying not to touch the edges.


Add another blob of batter on top

Sprinkle on the crumb topping


Bake at 350 for 20 mins


I got 24 muffins, plus 6 babies (with no filling though)



Now wipe the drool off and get ready for the next post:

Zombie Nails!!! NOM NOM NOM!!!


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Royal Jaguar Nails

People usually call it leopard print, but I’m in Belize – we have jaguars! Rarrr!
I did this design to match my outfit that I wore to the Belize Cancer Society Benefit last Friday: A “jaguar” print high-low dress with my favourite royal blue/cork pumps. The theme was “Brazilian Night”.


Here’s the tutorial:

First, base coat, as usual.

Then paint the ring finger in a beige colour, I used China Glaze “Classic Camel” which has a hint of shimmer.

I used China Glaze “Frostbite” for the rest of the nails.


Then, using a large size dotting tool, make dark brown dots on the beige nail.


Use a black nail art polish (with the thin brush) to make 2-3 smaller blobs around each brown dot and a few single random blobs to fill in the spaces.


Add black rhinestones to the single random blobs while they’re still wet.


Add a top coat.

Then take pics with a huge Henri Bendel ring on top of the jaguar dress!



And here’s the whole outfit.


I promise I will learn to take better outfit pics, I swear!