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.

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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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Halloween

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

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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.

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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.

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It’s hard for ponies to hold bottles!

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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….

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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.

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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!


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Begging for Bread

Heat and humidity are a destructive combination. But let’s also add salt to the air for the people along the coast, just to make it more interesting. Belize’s climate is a hostile situation for many things:  Cars, outdoor furniture, wood, humans, anything metal (yes that includes costume jewelry, belts, and metal parts on purses), and, the most popular victim, shoes.

It was a Thursday night, I was all dressed up in my new mint skinny jeans with my perfectly matching Jessica Simpson wedges (which were only 2 months old at the time). I was walking out the gate to the car, when I tripped on something. I looked down, didn’t see anything.  But it was dark, and the street is not exactly smooth, so I blamed it on the loose pebbles. Continued walking, tripped again! WTF! It was then that I realized the culprit:  the sole of my right wedge was dangling, yes, it was “begging for bread”.  And upon closer inspection, the left wedge was also getting hungry.

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DAMMIT!  My outfit was ruined, I had to fall back on my Nine West orange espadrille wedges and pretend I was “colour-blocking” on purpose.  I had only worn these shoes 2 times, so  I was very disappointed in Jessica.  I’ve had Payless shoes that lasted longer than this!

Here they are laughing at me:

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So I banished them to the step!  And they sat there in time-out for a couple months watching me wear other shoes that DIDN’T fall apart.  Finally, I decided I needed to have them back in commission.

From experience I knew that Krazy glue just wouldn’t cut it.  The wedge was hard plastic, and the sole was rubber.  There was Gorilla Glue, but that would require clamping because apparently it expands as it dries.  This job called for epoxy.  I only had black epoxy on hand, but it was OK because the sole was black and the wedge was dark brown.  But, obviously you would want to use a clear epoxy for other situations or if you are very messy.

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So, just finish peeling of the dangling soles.

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And clean both surfaces with acetone.

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I used nail polish remover.  Remove any dirt and old glue.  Careful not to ruin the nails!

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Then read the instructions properly, mine said mix equal parts of A and B together.  Make sure to use a disposable plate and mixing tool.  I used the end of this cheap paintbrush.  Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area.

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Mix it together thoroughly, and try not to breathe because OMG it smells like death in a drain mixed with swamp!

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Now, you have about 4 minutes to work with it until it gets hard.  Quickly, but neatly, spread a thin layer on the bottom of the wedge.  I used this piece of cardboard to do the spreading.

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Not too thick or it will cause oozing.

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Then press the sole back on, carefully lining it up with the edges.  Quickly wipe away any excess.

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Wait four hours for the epoxy to cure.

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And voila! Good as new.  In fact, better than new! The straps will probably bust off before those soles go anywhere again!