Thursday, December 24, 2015

Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

Mmm!  Hot cocktails are perfect for this time of year, aren't they?  I love my mulled wine and hot toddy, but this year, I discovered the magical wonderfulness of the hot buttered rum.  So, naturally, I had to share a recipe with you guys!  It tastes just like a butterscotch or toffee, so if those aren't your favorite flavors, you may want to skip out on this one.  Also, while most recipes I've seen use cinnamon, I used the Cinna-Cream Sprinkles from Watkins.  It's very similar to other hot buttered rums, but does have that extra little creamy taste to it that I personally find lovely.  One last thing - though it may be tempting, I would not recommend taking a mug as big as the one pictured below.  It's kind of strong. ;)


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinna-cream sprinkles
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup dark rum


Bring everything but the rum to a boil in a medium sized saucepan.  Then, reduce the heat, and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to combine together.  Finally, remove from heat and stir in the rum.  We used Sailor Jerry's rum, since that's one of Joe's favorites, but it didn't make the photo above, because we found out that there are pictures underneath the label late one night, and let's just say the bottle doesn't look as nice anymore.


Just because I think that whole event was really quite amusing, I have to explain what happened there.  We were lying in bed, looking at Reddit, which is something we do pretty much every night, when we came across that tidbit of information.  So, we'd been in bed for a little while at least and had to get up from our bed, run into the kitchen, and examine this bottle, then proceed to text a couple of our friends about what was behind the label.  It's really sad how excited we get when we learn something new.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Panna Cotta Recipe

I may not be much of a baker, but I will say I really love custard desserts, and panna cotta is one of my favorites!  It tastes just like vanilla ice cream, but is easy to make yourself like Jello, while at the same time being a classy looking dessert depending on how you present it.  My personal favorite method of presentation is to use stemless wine glasses and top the panna cotta with raspberries or frozen strawberries - essentially any red fruit. :) Apparently Joe really likes it, too, as his is already partly gone after I prepared it yesterday afternoon...


Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope unflavored gelatine
  • 2 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Pour the milk into a small bowl and stir in the gelatine.  Set to the side.


In a saucepan, stir together the the cream and sugar over medium heat.  Allow the mixture to come to allow the mixture to come to a full boil, watching it carefully.  The mixture has a tendency to bubble up quickly.  Add in the milk and gelatine mixture from before, and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly.  Then, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.


Separate the mixture into ramekins, or in our case, stemless wine glasses.  This recipe does make six servings, so if you do this like we do, know that there are three servings in each glass.  Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before covering with plastic wrap and refrigerating for at least 4 hours.


Then, serve cold with fruit, caramel, or your choice of toppings!  Although we definitely prefer our red fruits, I would imagine blackberries, blueberries, etc. would also taste absolutely amazing!

Original recipe from All Recipes.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

DIY Monogrammed Mug

So, this project idea was a combination of a couple different things.  First, a while back, I picked up a couple initial mugs from Target (you may have seen them on Instagram a time or two!), and to this day they are still probably our most used mugs.  I don't know what it is, but Joe and I really like having personalized things - that may be part of our obsession with making things ourselves.  Anyway, as for the second thing, back in October, we were out for breakfast with some friends, and I received my coffee in a glass mug.  I thought it was the coolest thing, and immediately thought about doing a bit of glass etching to monogram my own.  However, I just now got around to making some, since I thought it would make a good little stocking stuffer for Joe!  These were much easier than I was expecting, and really didn't take much time, so they really would make the perfect gift!


You'll Need:

  • A vinyl sticker with the initial of your choosing
  • A glass mug
  • Rubber gloves
  • Immediate access to a water source
  • Armour Etch
  • Paintbrush
Starting with a clean mug, apply your vinyl sticker.  I actually cut mine out with our Silhouette Cameo cutter, but you can certainly use a knife or whatever may be available to you.  Basically, you just want to have something that will tightly stick to your surface.



Then, liberally apply the Armour etch on top of the space you want to etch.  You really want a thick coat here so that you can't see through the cream.  Let it sit for one minute only.


Once the cream has set for a minute, rinse it off, and remove the vinyl sticker.  Dry your mug, and you're finished!


Honestly, I was so worried about this project taking a long time and being incredibly difficult, but it really wasn't, and I think the result is pretty amazing!  At least to me, it looks very classy, and is a nice, subtle way to put your mark on things.  Plus, they're perfect for these cold winter nights, whether you're filling them with coffee, hot chocolate, hot toddy, any of those warm beverages!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gingerbread Men Recipe

There's just something about the holiday season that makes me crave gingerbread men.  I'm not even really sure why, because the only "gingerbread" I remember having around when I was growing up were cinnamon ornaments shaped like gingerbread men that we were not supposed to eat.  To be honest, I probably shouldn't have tried eating them, because I'm quite certain looking back, they were not edible.  Anyway, I thought that this would be the perfect time of the year to share with you a nice and easy gingerbread recipe!


Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl.  Beat together butter and brown sugar in a separate bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla, mixing well.  Gradually beat in the flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.  Press the dough into a thick, flat disk.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured work surface.  Cut into shapes with cookie cutter and place 1" apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown.  Cool on baking sheets for 1 to 2 minutes then remove to wire racks.  Cool completely.  Store cookies in airtight containers for up to 5 days.


Original recipe from All Recipes.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Cabled Floppy Hat


I'm so excited to share this hat pattern with you guys!  After making my Fingerless Mitts last week, I fell in love with the cable pattern, and knew I had to make a hat to go along with it.  So, I came up with this floppy hat pattern.  I think it would make a wonderful Christmas gift or stocking stuffer, and I hope you guys like it as much as I do!  As always, if you make this hat yourself, please let me know how it turned out by sharing a picture with me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!


Materials

  • 1 Skein Baby Bee Sweet Delight in Flannel
  • Size 7 knitting needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Cable needle
  • Faux fur Pom pom

Stitch Glossary
CB4: sl 2 sts to cn and hold to back, k2, then k2 from cn.
CF4: sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front, k2, then k2 from cn.


Hat

Cast on 98 sts.
Rows 1-10: Work k2, p2 ribbing across.
Row 11: knit across, increasing 22 sts evenly.
Row 12 (and all rem even rows): purl across.
Row 13: (CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4) 5 times.
Row 15: (CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4) 5 times.
Row 17: (CB4, k8, CF4) 5 times.
Row 19: (CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4) 5 times.
Row 21: (CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4) 5 times.
Row 23: (CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4) 5 times.
Row 25: (CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4) 5 times.
Row 27: (CF4, k8, CB4) 5 times.
Row 29: (CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4) 5 times.
Row 31: (CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4) 5 times.

Crown

Row 1: k10, k2tog across.
Row 3: k9, k2tog across.
Row 5: k8, k2tog across.
Row 7: k7, k2tog across.
Row 9: k6, k2tog across.
Row 11: k5, k2tog across.
Row 13: k4, k2tog across.
Row 15: k3, k2tog across.
Row 17: k2, k2tog across.
Row 19: k1, k2tog across.
Row 21: k2tog across.
Cut yarn and thread tail through remaining sts.


Finishing
Seam side of floppy hat, and attach pom pom to top.

Friday, December 4, 2015

How To Knit | Fingerless Mitts

This really is the perfect season for knitting!  Today, I am bringing you guys another requested video and pattern: a pair of fingerless mittens!  I think these are so pretty, and I love the cabled design on them.  Plus, they're so handy to slip on whenever and wherever you are for a little added warmth while still maintaining full use of your fingers!  Not going to lie, I definitely had them on this morning while I was doing some computer work while waking up from a winter's nap. :)  I hope you love them as much as I do, and always, if you make these yourself, please share your pictures with me!


Materials

  • 1 Skein Baby Bee Sweet Delight in Flannel
  • Size 7 knitting needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Cable needle

Stitch Glossary
CB4: sl 2 sts to cn and hold to back, k2, then k2 from cn.
CF4: sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front, k2, then k2 from cn.

Right Mitt (Shown in video)

Cast on 48 sts.
Rows 1-10: Work k2, p2 ribbing across.
Row 11: knit across.
Row 12 (and all rem even rows): purl across.
Row 13: k22, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, k2.
Row 15: k24, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4.
Row 17: k26, CB4, k8, CF4, k6.
Row 19: k24, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4.
Row 21: k22, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, k2.
Row 23: k22, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, k2.
Row 25: k24, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4.
Row 27: k26, CF4, k8, CB4, k6.
Row 29: k24, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4.
Row 31: k22, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, k2.
Repeat Rows 11-19 once more, Then work 5 rows k2, p2 ribbing.  Bind off in rib.

Left Mitt

Cast on 48 sts.
Rows 1-10: Work k2, p2 ribbing across.
Row 11: knit across.
Row 12 (and all rem even rows): purl across.
Row 13: k2, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, k to end.
Row 15: k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k to end.
Row 17: k6, CB4, k8, CF4, k to end.
Row 19: k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k to end.
Row 21: k2, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, k to end.
Row 23: k2, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, k to end.
Row 25: k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k to end.
Row 27: k6, CF4, k8, CB4, k to end.
Row 29: k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k to end.
Row 31: k2, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, k to end.
Repeat Rows 11-19 once more, Then work 5 rows k2, p2 ribbing.  Bind off in rib.


To finish, Seam top ribbing, leave 1.5"-2" space for thumb, and seam remaining side of mitt.

Monday, November 23, 2015

How to Knit | Chunky Cabled Infinity Scarf

I'm back with another knitting pattern/video combo!  This one is another request on how to knit an infinity scarf.  Since I've already covered a lot of different knitting topics in my previous knitting videos, I thought it was about time to share with you one of my favorite aspects about knitting: cables!  I love adding cabling to just about everything, because it instantly looks difficult.  But, with a little bit of practice, it's not bad at all!  I hope you guys like it as much as I do!


Materials
  • 3 Skeins Yarn Bee Baby Bee in Teddy
  • Size 6 needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Cable Needle
Stitch Glossary
CF4: slip 2 sts to cn and hold to front, k2, then k2 from cn.
CB4: slip 2 sts to cn and hold to back, k2, then k2 from cn.

Scarf Body
Cast on 120 sts.
Row 1-3: knit across.
Row 4: purl across.
Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures 53"/134.5cm from beginning.

Scarf Accent
Row 1: (CF4, k2) across.
Row 2 (and all WS Rows): purl.
Row 3: (k2, CB4) across.
Row 4: purl across.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until piece measures 68"/173cm from beginning.

Finishing
Seam together bottom and top of scarf.  Seam sides of scarf to form a tube.  Weave in loose ends.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

How to Knit | Cat Eared Hat

I was recently asked hot to make a cat eared hat, and I thought that it sounded like so much fun, I had to do it! It did take me a little longer to get the video for this project up, but I love how it turned out!  This hat is so comfy and cozy, not to mention cute!  It's made from Yarn Bee's Fleece Lite, which is a super soft, affordable yarn that will also keep your noggin nice and warm this winter!  I hope you guys like it, and if you try making it yourself, let me know by showing me a picture on Instagram or Facebook!  I'd love to see yours!


Materials

  • 2 Skeins Yarn Bee Fleece Lite in Sandstone
  • Size 10 needles
  • Yarn needle

Hat
Cast on 64 sts.
Work k2, p2 ribbing for 5".
Next Row (RS): kfb, k to end - 65 sts.
Starting with a purl row, work in st st for 17 rows, ending on a WS row.

Crown
Row 1 (RS): k2tog, (k13, sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k13, k2tog.
Row 2 (and all WS Rows): purl.
Row 3: k2tog, (k11, sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k11, k2tog.
Row 5: k2tog, (k9, sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k9, k2tog.
Row 7: k2tog, (k7, sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k7, k2tog.
Row 9: k2tog, (k5, sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k5, k2tog.
Row 11: k2tog, (k3, sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k3, k2tog.
Row 13: k2tog, (k1, sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k1, k2tog.

Break yarn and thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off.

Outer Ear (Make 2)
Cast on 3 sts.
Row 1 (RS): kfb, k to last st, kfb - 5 sts.
Row 2 (and all WS rows): purl.
Repeat Rows 1-2 until there are 17 sts.  Cast off.

Inner Ear (Make 2)
Cast on 3 sts.
Row 1 (RS): kfb, k to last st, kfb - 5 sts.
Row 2 (and all WS rows): purl.
Repeat Rows 1-2 until there are 11 sts.  Cast off.

Finishing
Using marching yarn, join the back seam of the hat.  With right sides together, sew the inner and outer ear, leaving the lower edge open.  Turn right side out, positioning the ears evenly on opposite sides of the hat.  Sew to hat.  Weave in any excess threads.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Balsamic Vinegar Spinach Salad

So, I've been keeping something from those of you that haven't ever worked with me before.  Even though I'm not much of a cook, and I mention that every. single. time. I put up a recipe, I actually do make a salad of all things that people have come to expect from me whenever there's a potluck.  I've actually been asked for the recipe several times, and thought I'd finally just put it up here so that it's easy for not only you guys to find, but also for me (I actually have to hunt for this recipe every time I go to make it...).  Without further ado, here it is:


Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces of baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 fresh diced cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper



In a large mixing bowl, toss together all the veggies.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper to make a dressing.


Pour the dressing onto the salad, and mix together thoroughly.  Cover, and put in the refrigerator to let sit overnight or at least five hours to allow the dressing to soak into the veggies.


That's it!  It's such an amazing dish to bring to get togethers, because you can easily make it the night before and just grab it from the fridge on your way out the door.  It's also incredibly flavorful, so it's not your typical green salad!  I hope you guys have enjoyed this recipe, and let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Friday, October 23, 2015

How to Knit | Mittens

Surprise!  Today's post is not going up on any of my scheduled days, but let's be honest: my blog has definitely suffered a little this week.  Anyway, I put up a video on my YouTube channel about How to Knit Mittens, but I thought it might be nice to have some written instructions for people that like to watch my videos to reference, while it's just another pattern for you guys that like to read here!  I hope you guys enjoy it, and make sure to send me pictures if you make these mittens for yourself!


Materials

  • 1 Skein Vanna's Choice Yarn in Cranberry
  • Size 6 needles
  • Yarn needle

Cuff
Cast on 40 sts.
Work 10 rows k1, p1 ribbing.

Mitten
Work 2 1/2" stockinette stitch, ending on a purl row.

Shape Thumb Gusset
Row 1 (RS): k19, kfb, k1, kfb, k to end - 42 sts.
Row 2 (and all WS rows): purl.
Row 3: k19, kfb, k3, kfb, k to end - 44 sts.
Row 5: k19, kfb, k5, kfb, k to end - 46 sts.
Row 7: k19, kfb, k7, kfb, k to end - 48 sts.
Row 9: k19, kfb, k9, kfb, k to end - 50 sts.
Row 11: k19, kfb, k11, kfb, k to end - 52 sts.

Shape Thumb
Row 13: k33, turn.
Row 14: p14, turn.
Working on these 14 sts, work 8 more rows stockinette st.
Next row: (k2tog) 7 times.
Next row: purl.
Next row: (k2tog) 3 times, k1.
Cut yarn and thread tail through remaining stitches.

Mitten Hand
Join yarn on RS to the left of the thumb, k to end.
Next Row: p19, turn, cable cast on 2 sts, turn, purl to end.
Work in Stockinette st until hand above thumb measures 2", ending on a WS row.

Top of Mitten
Row 1: (ssk, k16, k2tog) twice.
Row 2 (and all WS rows): purl.
Row 3: (ssk, k14, k2tog) twice.
Row 5: (ssk, k12, k2tog) twice.
Row 7: (ssk, k10, k2tog) twice.
Row 9: (ssk, k8, k2tog) twice.
Row 11: (ssk, k6, k2tog) twice.
Row 13: (ssk, k4, k2tog) twice.
Row 15: (ssk, k2, k2tog) twice.
Row 17: (ssk, k2tog) twice.
Cut yarn and thread tail through remaining stitches.

Finishing
Weave in loose ends on WS, and seam side of mitten and side of thumb.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Megan's White Russian

Whenever I think of White Russians, it never fails, I always think of: The Dude abides.  I'm pretty sure most of you know what I'm talking about, but if you haven't, may I suggest making yourself a White Russian, whether it's this recipe or a traditional one, sit down, and watch The Big Lebowski.  It's a Coen Brothers movie, so it's a bit odd, but still worth a watch.  Even IMDb gives it an 8.2, and Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 80% rating, with a 94% audience rating.  But, I digress.  This is my version of a White Russian, which is pretty similar to a traditional one, except I like adding an almond flavor to everything.  So, I added a hint of Amaretto. :)


Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounce Coffee flavored liquor - like Kahlua
  • 3 ounces Vodka
  • 1.5 ounces Amaretto
  • Almond Milk


Directions

There really isn't much to a cocktail in my book.  Obviously, if you spoke to a real bartender, they would probably tell you differently, but I'm a novice and just mix things to the point where I like the way they taste.


Having said that, I mix the liquors together over ice in a typical drinking glass first.  The ice I'm using was actually from a mold my sister-in-law gave me, and I love that it's just one big sphere, because it keeps your drink really cold, but doesn't water it down very quickly.  Plus, I think it looks cool.


Then, I top it off with some almond milk, and stir so everything is well incorporated.  Traditionally, you would use cream, but I find that to be a little too thick for my taste.  When I don't have almond milk, I will use regular milk, but regular milk isn't creamy enough.  Almond milk does the trick, though, and from my experience, can act as a substitute for cream in just about any drink.


I hope you guys have enjoyed this little cocktail recipe!  Oh, and as a bonus, you can try substituting half the vodka with Bailey's - that drink is heaven, but a little further away from your classic White Russian.  As always, let me know what you thought of this recipe, and also let me know if you've seen The Big Lebowski!  What did you think of it?  I'm curious!  Anyway, I'll talk to you again soon, and don't forget to follow this blog so you don't miss a single post!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Maybelline FitMe Foundation

My Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation has started to run low, and while I love that foundation, and fully intend to purchase a replacement when it finally does run out, I thought that this might be an opportunity to try a drugstore foundation, and use the Chanel as more of a backup.  So, I picked up the Maybelline FitMe Dewy+Smooth Foundation in the shade Porcelain.  To start out with, I was actually quite impressed with their range of shades - I was actually torn between two different shades before finally settling on this one, which I think is a good match for my skin.  The other (Ivory) looked a little too pink for me.


Anyway, I decided to try the Dewy+Smooth finish out, because it claims to be for normal to dry skin, and if anything, my skin does tend to be a bit dry.  However, I do wish I would have picked up the Matte+Poreless finish for normal to oily skin instead, solely for the finish.  This one definitely does give you a dewy finish, and it really is a nice dewy finish.  It's just not something I typically go for, and I tend to use a matte powder to make it less shiny.  Obviously, this is my own fault, as it clearly states that it has a dewy finish.  As for it being for normal to dry skin, I'm not sure what they put in this thing, but it honestly feels like there's some moisturizer in this foundation, and the texture of it is phenomenal.


It does seem to hold pretty well to my face throughout the day, too, maybe disappearing a hair or two towards the end of the work day.  But, I'm not much of a party girl, and the rest of the day I'm typically found cuddling on the couch with my husband, watching TV.  So, I'm not really all that concerned about my makeup at that point.  As with most foundations, I think the packaging could be a bit better.  I mean, it looks nice, but being in a glass container, I can already tell it's going to be just about impossible to get all the product out, and I always love my pump dispensers.  I think this one is a good thickness for a pump, as well, so maybe that's something that will be added in at some point.


Overall, I actually do like this foundation, and I don't find the dewy finish to it that annoying, since it's easy enough to fix with powder, and it was my own fault for getting it anyway.  I do love the moisturizing feel it has, and it doesn't seem to oxidize on my skin, which is a big plus.  Let me know if you've tried this foundation, though!  I'd love to know your thoughts, and please let me know if you've tried the Matte+Poreless finish.  I'm so curious about that one, but I'm a little worried that since this one is so moisturizing, the other may be a bit drying...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Revlon Colorstay ShadowLinks

I've recently started playing with the Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks, and I've got to say, I am absolutely in love!  Honestly, it's like the beauty girl's version of adult Lego...is that a weird comparison?  Either way, they're awesome.  For those of you that may not be quite as familiar with the concept of these little guys, they're single eyeshadows that have grooves in the sides so that you can link them together and form your own palettes.


The concept itself is phenomenal, and the only thing that I think would make it better would be if the tops and bottoms could link together as well.  Obviously, this would be quite the undertaking, though, what with hinges and such.  Since they are drugstore eyeshadows, and come in at around $3 a pop, some are definitely better than others.


For example, the colors Copper and Taupe are amazingly pigmented, while the Gold takes a lot to make opaque.  The Plum color can come off a little streaky, so it's important to be careful with that one, and the only others I've tried, Oyster and Onyx, seem pretty middle-of-the-road.  So, essentially it's a $3 gamble.  The thing I've noticed with Revlon, though, is that they'll come out with something seemingly gimicky, see if it works, and then improve upon it.  I think this could be a similar kind of product.


As I said, the range is still fairly small, with seventeen shades total.  Most of them are fairly neutral shades, with some blues and purples as the exception.  Personally, with it being fall, I'd love to see a nice burgundy, autumn red, or cranberry.  I love those shades in the cooler months, which I'm sure comes as no surprise to any of you, as it's the accent color in my Capsule Wardrobe, and honestly played a big role in my wardrobe last year, as well.  Regardless, I really hope that they expand this line, as I find it not only incredibly fun, but convenient, as well.  If you're going on vacation, you only need to bring the exact shadows you want to wear!


As always, if you guys have tried these shadows, please let me know what you think of them in the comment section!  I always love to know what your opinions are, and if you think there are any other products that I should try out, tell me about those, too!  I love trying new things out, and you guys have the best ideas.  Until next time, I hope you're having an incredible day, and I'll talk to you again, soon!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

I was recently craving turkey meatloaf for some reason - not sure why, but I knew that somewhere I had found a really good, relatively healthy version of it.  Well, I looked and looked, and couldn't figure out where it was, so I just used the first recipe I could find.  That was a mistake.  It was really bland, and I didn't like it at all.  Then, I was browsing through some posts on an older blog of mine, and low and behold!  I found my recipe.  So, since I use this blog as kind of a record of food that we really like at our house, I thought I should post it again.


The original recipe was from Real Simple, but I did make a few changes, so I thought I'd share the entire thing with you:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
Directions:

Heat oven to 400°F.  In a bowl, combine turkey, onion, spinach, basil, bread crumbs, mustard, egg white, salt, and pepper.  Mix thoroughly.


Transfer to a greased bread pan.


Bake until cooked, 45-50 minutes.


Serve with catsup or marinara if desired.  Personally, I find this particular recipe so flavorful, I don't think it needs it, but that's just me. :)  Also, the original Real Simple recipe does suggest some buttermilk mashed potatoes to go with it, but I found that this was a good meal on its own.  If you are interested in the potatoes, you can check out the original recipe here.  I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as we did, though!  Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

DIY Three Pearl Necklace

I don't know what it was, but I got this necklace idea stuck in my head recently, and no matter how much I told myself I didn't need another necklace, it kept coming back.  So, I finally caved and made it.  I'm actually surprised how much I love it!  Sure, it's a pretty simple little thing, but I thought it might be fun to show you guys how I made it today.


All you need are some pearls, a length of chain with clasps and jump rings to match, and an eye pin that also matches the color of your chain.


First, slip three pearls onto your eye pin.


Then, make a loop, similar to the other side of the eye pin, and cut excess wire with a wire cutter.


Cut two 11 1/2" lengths of chain, and secure them to the pearl charm via the loop you just made and the eye loop.


Attach the clasp to one end of the chain via a jump ring.


Link several jump rings together to form a chain, then attach this chain to the other side of the necklace.


There you go!  You're all finished with this relatively simple jewelry project.  While I do think this is a fairly simple project, if you are a bit intimidated, I'd love for you to check out the Quick and Easy DIY Floral Necklace I shared a while back.  As the title implies, it is a very easy project, and definitely a good one for those of you that may be new into making your own jewelry.


As always, I'd love to know what you thought of this project, so make sure to let me know in the comment section below!  I always love to see your creations, so please share them with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!  I hope you're having an amazing day, and I'll talk to you again soon!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Makeup Bag

Well, after using the same makeup bag for over two years, the time has finally come where I've found it necessary to get a new one.  I found this Textured Faux Leather Makeup Bag at Forever 21, and since my last one - the burgundy one with gold studs on it - was from there, I figured I'd try there again.  To be perfectly honest, I really wanted something like my last one, which is probably what drew me to this one.  It's that faux leather again, roughly the same size and shape, but there are a few differences.


Obviously, this one is white, whereas my other was deep red.  While I actually do love the color of this one, I'm a little worried about it getting dirty quickly.  It seems like that could be an issue, but at $6.90, it's probably not that big of a gamble.  It also has a rose gold zipper, which is a bit more modern.  It doesn't exactly fit with my color scheme, which is an odd thing to say, since I really like mixing golds and silvers for a mixed metal look.  This is just adding another touch of metal.


As of right now, it is a bit stiff, and I've been trying to remember if my other one was when I got it.  Being that I used it for so long, I kind of wonder if it was like a pair of shoes that you've broken in to the point where they're just so comfortable.  If that's the case, I hope this bag gets broken in, soon!  I like a little flexibility to my makeup bags. :)


Honestly, I really do like this bag, and I think it will do nicely.  It's not a fancy designer bag, but I don't think having a ton of designer stuff is necessary.  Since we're on the subject, if I ever do start going overboard with designer stuff, please call me out on it!  Anyway, I've said this many times, I think Forever 21 is where it's at with the makeup bags.  They're cheap, and in my experience, they actually last quite a while, so they're worth it!


To wrap up, I'd love to know what you think of this little bag, but I also would love to know if there are other things at Forever 21 that are staples in your wardrobe, or if there are places you can get deals for your favorite things!  I honestly think I learn more from you guys than I could ever experience myself!