Daily Covet: Disney or Bust!

We are going to Walt Disney World this spring, which means I am on the hunt for the best tickets at the best price.

A Google search for “discount disney tickets” leaves you with more than 24 million (yes, you read that right!) results.

Undercovertourist.com has so far been the best choice for number of days in the most parks for the best price WITHOUT having to sit through a time share presentation… my parents have already succumbed to that temptation, hence our trip.

If you have any better ideas for deals or any tips and tricks you’d like to share, please comment!  There are no shortage of experts on the Disney Experience and I do not claim to be one of them!

Spicy Cilantro Chicken: too good not to post!

My mom gave me this recipe and I have added it to my regular repertoire.  It’s too good not to post – Bon Appetit!

Spicy Cilantro Chicken

Makes 4 Servings

1 lb chicken breast cut into 1″ pieces

4-5 Yukon gold potatoes

2 bunches cilantro, stems removed

3 cloves garlic

1/4 large white onion

1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed

1/2 lime

salt to taste

1 tbsp olive oil, 6-7 tbsp olive oil

Cut potatoes and chicken into 1″ pieces.  Cover large skillet with 1 tbsp olive oil, throw in potatoes on medium-low heat and cover for approximately 15 minutes, turning occasionally.  Add chicken and toss with potatoes, cook for approx 5 more minutes on low heat.

While potatoes and chicken are cooking, put onion, jalapeno, garlic, salt and cilantro in food processor.  Use a fork to remove lime juice from rind and add to mixture.  Grind adding olive oil 1 tbsp at a time until it becomes a smooth sauce.

Add to skillet with chicken and potatoes, toss to coat.  Cook on low for approximately 5 more minutes and serve.

Daily Covet: Travel Light

Sylvia silk/linen strapless dress, Banana Republic $98

I found this lightweight silk/linen dress at bananarepublic.com and thought what a great little frock for traveling!

Roll it up and tuck it into the last small space in your travel bag.  Wear the detachable straps and layer a lightweight cardy and flip flops for day.  Or remove the straps for a sexier look and dress it up with oversized earrings, a chic clutch and some dressy sandals for evening.

The “pacific” blue shade is just perfect for relaxation on your warm weather vacation.


Daily Covet: Cover up, would ya?

Etro Embroidered sil sarong, net-a-porter.com $650

I must be a masochist.  Every time it snows around here, I start looking for the spring-iest thing I can find.

These days I am constantly shopping for my warm weather trips and today is no exception.  I cruised through my favorite sites and realized I hadn’t hit up www.net-a-porter.com in a while.  They never disapoint…

Among the loads of awesome things that I would love to add to my apparel repertoire, I found the most beautiful silk sarong.  Almost too beautiful to wear down to the pool, in fact.  That’s why this very ornate “cover up” would make a good “cover girl” outfit when thrown on with some metallic sandals, an unfussy tank and a long gold necklace!

Daily Covet: Tulle isn’t just for prom dresses anymore

Tulle underwire tank, JCrew.com $125

Alright, so this thirty-something girl is too old to be shopping for prom dresses.  But I am looking for something full of tulle!

With two warm-weather trips on the horizon, I am doing one of my least favorite things… shopping for swimwear.  The thought of my midwestern pasty self standing under fluorescent bulbs, trying to tuck and shift and adjust my way into something tiny, leaves me feeling almost regretful I made vacation plans in the first place.

However, I have run across this sophisticated little tulle-wrapped number in my favorite (especially when it comes to bathing suits) shade of black.

I’m thinking this tulle just might be sophisticated enough for someone well past their prom years.

Daily Covet: Jewelry for your feet

Giuseppe Zanotti Jeweled Strappy Sandal, Neiman Marcus $1045.00

How gorgeous are these Giuseppe Zanotti sandals?

I went looking for strappy sandals for my anniversary trip and ran across these beautiful shoes.  They are like jewelry for your feet and about as pricey as jewelry, as well.

I’m thinking that as stunning as these are, I would be able to forgo an over-the-top  dress to go with them.  Budget problem solved!

Car buying: the post that sparked a revolution

Friday, I wrote what I thought was a light-hearted post (here) about the dreaded process of buying a new car.  Unfortunately, a local reader, who’s family happens to be in the car business, got wind and sent a firm but polite comment about me “stereotyping” her family.  I also defended myself politely and many of my readers agreed that they too, “loathe” the process of buying a car.

If that were the end of it, I wouldn’t be putting my thoughts down today.

Throughout the weekend, it seems every member of her family quickly jumped on the band wagon to insult me, women in general and of course, to plug their own businesses.  One reader/commenter was downright offensive and his comment was ill-written and misspelled on top of it.  Another reader/car salesperson also had to chime in and said, “Amy, I don’t appreciate your comments and would to know where you came up with that ranking statistics.”

Ranking statistics?  I’m positive that I didn’t rank or quote any statistics in my post, which means the person (who obviously couldn’t put together a coherent sentence) probably didn’t read it anyway.

This got me thinking about “media” and messages and how quickly the message can be misinterpreted, manipulated and inaccurately perpetuated.  While I welcome comments that challenge my ideas (you’ll see there are plenty throughout my tenure with MOmaha.com), I don’t appreciate people with no sense, rattling off inaccuracies and insults.