Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Beauty Product I Love: Clarisonic Mia 2

So I may have been a little late on the Clarisonic party train, but I couldn't convince myself to spend $100ish on a face brush. Even though I have I seen it's praises all over the internet, and people posting about how they could never live with out it, my modest college budget just wouldn't budge for it. BUT that wouldn't stop me asking for it for Christmas! I was ecstatic when my mom called me to ask "If you were to get a Clarisonic what color would you want? You know, hypothetically." Good play Mom. Hot pink of course! 
After I opened it on Christmas morning I was like a kid again (even though some may argue that I still am). It came with the Plink magnetic charger, which is super easy to use, a sample cleanser, and a travel case. After I charged it I couldn't put it down! And the first time I used it, I was hooked! It came with the Refreshing Gel cleanser. It didn't leave my skin feeling tight at all. I have small bumps all over my forehead, not zits, just little bumps, and they were DRAMATICALLY reduced after a couple of uses! It has two speeds so if your skin is a little sensitive you can use the lower setting. It also has a timer to let you know just how long to spend on each area. It just does a little double pulse to let you know when to change areas. I was considering going to get microdermabrasion but I am so glad I didn't! I LOVE my Clarisonic! Now I guess I am one of those people singing it's praises! 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Direction Change!

Since this blog was created as a class project almost a year ago my life has had some changes so I figured I should change up the blog as well! When I started the blog I wanted to only do food and crafts. Well that was pretty ambitious for a full time college student! There are times where I simply have too much homework for a meal made from scratch so a bowl of cereal will have to do. Also with that realization, I have more interests and more going on in my life than just food and crafts! So why not change this up into a lifestyle blog? I am a college senior about to graduate, so why not document the biggest transition of my life! Keep visiting for product reviews, make up tutorials, personal posts, and of course my old stand bys of food and crafts! 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Green Chili Chicken

One of my favorite types of food is Mexican food. Or at least what Oklahomans have come to know as Mexican food. If it has cumin and green chilis count me in! One of my friends gave me this recipe to try and it was instant love. This is basically enchilada filling made for you in your crockpot! It's super easy and super yummy! It even the picky roommate stamp of approval!

Green Chili Chicken

2 Chicken breast
2 cans cream of chicken soup
Cumin
Salt 
Pepper
Cayenne

I line my crockpot with a crockpot liner (makes clean up a breeze) and place 2 thawed chicken breasts in the bottom. Next I layer in the two cans of soup and spread them around the chicken breasts. I use the salt, pepper, cumin, and cayenne to taste. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. The chicken breasts should shred easily with two forks. Serve warm over white rice.

Part of the reason I like this recipe so much besides how easy it is, is that you can make spice it up to your liking! Some people may like it hot, while others like it mild. It's up to you! Happy cooking! Enjoy! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

PINspiration

Where do I get my inspiration? Pinterest of course! Here is a link to my food board. You may just get inspired yourself! Happy pinning! 

A recipe to try!

My mom and step-dad went on vacation this June for their anniversary and while they were there they had what my mom said was the best chocolate cake ever! Of course she brought back the recipe for me to make since I got the baking genes out of the two of us! I haven't tried it yet, but here it is for any of you who may be brave enough to go before me!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup margarine
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
3/4 cup nuts, chopped
1/4 cup coco
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup cooking oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1- 6oz package of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine in sifter flour, salt, coco, soda, and set aside. Cream butter, sugar, and oil until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, add vanilla. Add dry ingredients and buttermilk alternately. Beat well. Stir in zucchini. Pour into greased 9x13x2 pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts. Bake for 55 mins at 350 degrees or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

Veggies in your cake? Hey it has chocolate in it so it can't be too bad right? Enjoy!

Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Muffins

I have a confession. I am a sucker for anything that has cranberries in it. So you can imagine how much I love fall and winter! Cranberry bread, cranberry orange scones, cranberry salad, you name it I'll try it. And I will probably love it! When I had to do a presentation over an other blog I knew I would bring a treat to class with me. I did my presentation over the Brown Eyed Baker blog. My class is a morning class, so I wanted to bring a little breakfast treat for everyone! You can read Michelle's original recipe here. I was really hesitant to use dates so I just doubled the cranberries. Enjoy!


Ingrediants
1 cup traditional rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour½ cup light brown sugar1 teaspoon baking powder½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon salt½ teaspoon cinnamon¼ cup finely chopped pecans 1/2 cup dried cranberries ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled1 cup buttermilk1 large egg, lightly beaten½ teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients.

 If you are like me, you hate buying buttermilk because you never use all of it before it goes bad. Well never fear! You can make your own buttermilk! Well, a substitute anyway! In a measuring cup add one tablespoon of lemon juice and then pour milk up to the one cup line. Let it set for 5 minutes then use as much as you need! My grandma has been doing this for years and you can't tell the difference in recipes!

 In a smaller bowl combine all your wet ingredients together until well blended.

 Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and combine until moistened with a rubber spatula, scraping the sides as you go.

 Pour into lined muffin pans about 3/4 full. Bake at 400 for about 15 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean. Now go enjoy your perfectly moist, perfectly textured muffins! Just try to let them cool down a little first, you don't want to burn the roof of your mouth like I did!

My Favorite Pecan Pie

Don't you just love old recipes you have had for what seems like forever? I do! My go to recipes I seem to use over and over again are always on sticky notes for some reason! Does this make me want to use them more? I don't know, but I do know I should really consider taking the time to convert them over to my recipe cards I have! Enjoy!