Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Comfort Food: Kiwi Mussels, Shrimp and Tomato Soup Recipe


If you follow me on instagram, you probably already know this seafood recipe. It's one of my favorite comfort food to make for the winter season and I wanted to share this with you. I hope you'll like it. 

Kiwi Mussels, Shrimp and Tomato Soup Recipe 

-2 ripe tomatoes 
-2 tbsp olive oil 
-1 garlic clove, finely chopped 
-1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped 
-1 shallot, finely chopped 
-3-4 tbsp Rice wine vinegar (I used Murakan #Japanese brand) 
-24 oz Cleaned Mussels ( I used Frozen New Zealand Greenshell Mussels. Make sure to thaw mussels in the refrigerator a day ahead) 
-1 cup of shrimp with shell. 
- A handful Spinach Leaves 
-1 Bay Leaf
-1 small ginger 
-Garlic salt (I love garlic salt but you can do salt if you prefer) 
-Black pepper 

1. Heat the oil in a large pan with a tight-fitting lid. Add garlic and yellow onions and gently stir for about 2-3 mins. until softened. Pour in wine and add tomatoes and seasoning. Add bay leave and ginger. Stir well and simmer for 2 mins. 

2. Add mussels and shrimp and 1/4 cup of water. Cover and simmer for about 5 mins. Add garlic salt and black pepper to taste. Add shallots. Cover and simmer until heated through. 

3. Add spinach at the end until wilted.

Just remember that mussels are naturally salty so take care in seasoning and add more wine vinegar or water until your heart's content. Happy Holidays!

♥ Marivic

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Etsy: Design Invitation Samples at DeFine1Lady


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I have been missing in action since the holidays started. Sorry guys. I'm working on a couple wedding projects and holiday invitations which is keeping me busy. Some of the projects are from DeFine1Lady shop on Etsy. Plus, above is a few samples printed for another customer. She will be getting married next year so I think I'll be working on lots of pretty stuff for the next few weeks. ;-)

♥ Marivic

P.S. You can catch some of my daily life, creative progress, etc. on instagram and twitter if you like. Find me @define1lady. 
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All images designed by Marivic Ulep; Photographs courtesy by Untamed Heart Photography, MonaLeisa on Etsy and J Lyn Photography.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Inspiration: Anchored


♥ Marivic

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Crafty Friday







I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My sister and family were on their way to the midwest this morning and I'm already missing them! The week went by so fast!

While my boys are taking their afternoon nap, I'm getting crafty. I love making pretty stuff like these holiday gift tags. I'm so excited to give gifts especially to my wonderful church charity organization. Plus, I have big plans for my family and I sure hope everything will run smoothly before Christmas! I know it will be stressful too. I wish to share you more details. But as for now...have a happy Black Friday!

♥ Marivic

P.S. Be sure to check out DeFine1Lady for a discount of 20% off on any item. Ends Sunday, November 25. Use code: THANKU20

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Kaden and Marjorie

Wishing my sister Marjorie and nephew Kaden a happy, happy birthday! They drove all the way from Nebraska to spend quality time together and so far...we are having a blast! Sisters reunited!


My older son Ry giving you the people's eyebrow. This is usually his facial expression when he ask me crazy questions. Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?! Haha.

He also got a new shark from Marjorie and named it after her: Auntie Gigi shark.


Kaden waiting to blow out his candle

Making a wish...


Happy Birthday Kaden!


My other nephew EJ with Ry and Kaden reading his favorite book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. So adorable!

Ry playing so good with EJ.

My sister Marjorie's favorite cake: Tiramisu

Happy Birthday Marjorie!

Marie with Ry doodling at my parent's house.

Hung out at the Cosmopolitan on Monday.

Ate at Holstein's for dinner. My dad and youngest sister Mo smiling for the camera.

The food was awesome. I love their mini sliders.


And had the best strawberry milkshake.


My Zozo eating Holstein's popcorn.

Cool graphics at the casino.

My brother-in-law Rod and Marjorie.

Hubby wanted to take pictures of our kicks before heading home. We love being comfy and super cool. ;-)


Have a Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone!

♥ Marivic

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Happy Thankgiving Sale at DeFine1Lady




Hope you are having a wonderful week. I would like to offer my readers a Happy Thanksgiving holiday discount. Get 20% off any item at my shop starting today through Sunday at DeFine1Lady. Please use coupon code: THANKYOU20 when checking out. Enjoy!


♥ Marivic

P.S. My illustration had a wrong date but it's fix now. Thanks.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Free Giveaway: Classic Garden Love Pattern Gift Wrap Paper Printable







Thank you for your support. Thank you for reading my blog, visiting my Etsy shop, pinning my beautiful designs on Pinterest, following me on twitter or stalking me on instagram! For that, I want to give you my 11x17 Classic Garden Love Pattern Gift Wrap Printable for you to print at home and send lovely gifts with this pattern to your dear friends. XOXO. 



♥ Marivic

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Monday, November 12, 2012

New at DeFine1Lady Shop: 25 Cards Printed with Envelopes

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♥ Marivic

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Weekend Love: Thank You Anabel from Fournier

Do you remember the baby gift that I've posted from Anabel at Fournier here? It's finally cold in Nevada and I was so excited to bundled up my little Zo with the gift! Zo couldn't sit still to take a snapshot for Anabel so I gave him toys to play with.


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This outfit is so soft and perfect for the wintertime.
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And of course if you ask Zo for kisses...this is what he'll give you!

This one is for Anabel. Thank you so much for the adorable gift. ;-)
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If you haven't check out Anabel's shop, please check it out her beautiful hand-knit line of clothing and accessories at Fournier. It's eco-friendly, organic and all handmade by artisans in Bolivia.

♥ Marivic

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Monday, November 05, 2012

Welcome New Sponsor: A Belle Design

Meet Belle Larsen. She is my newest sponsor for DeFine1Lady who owns an adorable little shop called A Belle Design. This year, Belle handmade my family's Christmas tradition: shark ornaments! Aren't these super cute?! Go check out A Belle Design to see her lovely pieces of art.








♥ Marivic

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