Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Recipe: Chocolate Cream Pie

Does this count as a recipe if it all came from a box?  I’m going to. 
Over the weekend, while out shopping, I stumbled upon this little box.  (Literally, it was in the middle of the aisle. Not alone, but you get it.)  It looked really good, so I bought it.  I thought that it was going to be easy, and I guess it is vs. making it from scratch, but for someone who has never made a pie before, it was a little tricky.  (Mostly getting the whip right.) 

This box came with everything you need except for butter and water. 

The first thing you’re told to do is melt the 5 tablespoons and mix in the crust mix.  But to save a tablespoon to sprinkle on top after you are done. 

The next step is to make the chocolate filling.  Add 1 cup of the evaporated milk, 1 cup water, and the filling mix.

The third step is to make the cream topping, which I found to be the hardest.  (I didn’t want to use the electric mixer.)  This mix is the rest of the evaporated milk, 1/3 cup water, and the provided mix.

Layer it all up, add the crumbles, and there you have it.  Chocolate Cream Pie.  Btw, I had to use a cake pan because I didn't know that we had a pie holder.  Then I found out we did after I was half way through.  (Oops.) 


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Make-up haul:

Over the weekend I avoided all that I wanted to do (clean my room, laundry, etc) On Friday I went out to Walmart and I looked around the make-up section trying to find a primer, which I did find.  I also found mascara, and two lip products, and concealer.  Then on Saturday I went to Target and found a lipstick from a brand I’ve never heard of, and two lip balms.  Then later that day I went to Ross and found two shirts and one scarf.  

I’m pretty sure this one is my favorite. I got it from Target and I was a little hesitant in buying it, because it was a little expensive ($10 not on sale) but I truly believe it’s worth it.  This lipstick is by Sonia Kashuk. It’s called Rosette, and it’s a beautiful pinkish berry.  (I’m not good at describing colors…)  I did find it kind of odd that it came with drug facts, but then I saw that it has sunscreen in it. (Which comes in handy I feel.) The reason why I picked this one as my favorite is because it’s such a smooth lipstick.  I really want to say it’s the smoothest I own.  It’s also the best smelling I own, it smells like sugar cookies.  I absolutely love it.  I will be going back to Target soon to buy more Sonia Kashuk products.  

This one was a close second.  It was my favorite of the weekend buy, until I tried out the Sonia Kashuk lipstick.  This Covergirl lipperfection gloss balm is my first lipstick that’s an actual stick.  In the store it was a toss-up between #235 and #250.  I went with #235 because it was more pink than red.   It’s amazingly soft and glossy.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the lipperfection because it is like a huge crayon, but it turns out I actually do like it.  I’m actually now thinking about all of the other crayon like lipsticks out there that I’ve been missing out on. 

This one I wasn’t sure if I was going to like, because I’m not a big fan of lip gloss, but once you get past the heaviness of lip gloss, it’s actually really nice.  Maybelline Color elixir in Captivating Carnation is perfect for when I want an easy swipe then go.  I love the packaging because it looks like a tube of lipstick, and it even confused my sister because she didn’t know what it was exactly.  And if you’ve been following me for a while, then you would know that Maybelline is my favorite brand.  It also has a very sweet smell.  

Burt’s Bees is the best lip balm I have ever used. I love that it’s 100% natural and you can never go wrong.  The dark blue one is Blueberry and Dark Chocolate, and the greenish blue one is Eucalyptus and Menthol.   The Blueberry and Dark Chocolate is for revitalizing your lips and the Eucalyptus and Menthol is for soothing your lips.  I love them both, and I suggest that you buy them both if you’re looking. 

The reason why I went shopping this weekend was because I was looking for a primer.  I did find myself a primer.  I was looking for one from Hard Candy, but it was either out of stock or my walmart doesn’t carry it.  So I went with the next best option, Rimmel London Fix and Perfect., and I’m glad that I did.  It’s an allover primer vs the just eyeshadow primer that I wanted, and it just gives me more options.  Fix and perfect is very smooth and creamy, and I have noticed a difference in my make-up besides just my eyeshadow not creasing.  I love it. 

Then right next to it, I noticed a concealer, and I decided to try it out.  The only thing I don’t like about it is it’s applicator.  But other than that the Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer and highlighter is perfection.  I’ve always had a hard time with concealer, because it looks like it matches and then when I get home, it doesn’t, but this one actually does.  I like that Rimmel London has really light products. They have the lightest foundation I have ever seen. 

When I go with mascara I usually go with Maybelline, but I branched out a little bit, and I went with Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black, and I’m glad that I did.  It’s a little clumpy but if you brush right through it with either a comb or another brand of mascara, it works great.  I like it a lot better than the mascara that I was using which was by Maybelline.  

I know I said this was a make-up haul, but I couldn’t help but not include theses shirts.  The first one is supposed to be a dress, but I’m not one to wear dresses.  So, I’ll either pair it with jeans or maybe some thick leggings.  The next one is a shirt that has an over shirt connected to it.  I don’t usually like shirts like these, but this one actually attracted my attention (I think it was the lacy detail at the top.)  The Tiger dress was $7.99 and the layered shirt was $9.99. 

Then this is my new scarf.  I really wanted a new scarf from Target but it was around $17 and that was a little expensive, so when I got to Ross and found this one, I was very excited.  It was $7.99.  So much cheaper.  I love it.  

I know this was a long one, but I got a lot of stuff over the weekend.  Thanks for reading this far, and tell me, which product is your favorite? 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Weekend fun:

Last week  I changed up my Thursday post and made a list of things I needed to do over the weekend, and I actually did all of the list.   (You can see that here)  I got rid of a bunch of make-up that was either not my color, or way too old.  I also moved around a few things, and now my blush and bronzer have their own drawer.   

Before I had a bar at the top of my closet, where the curtain sat, but that kept falling down (I think it's because it's really old) so, I decided to use command strips and hooks to keep it up.  It's a little less moveable, but it still works.  Plus it makes my room look better because it hides all of the unorganization of my closet. 

I then organized my nail polish.  It wasn't really organizing, it was just changing boxes. because the box that I had been using, I've been using since high school, and it looks a little grimy.  So, I decided to use an old shoe box.  I like using boxes because it's easier to stack them, and stack things on top of them rather than using another type of organizer.  I don't feel like I have enough to get something to hang on my wall, and I move my room around way too much for that anyways.  

I then colored my hair, but not with the dye I usually use.  I can't seem to be able to get the difference to show up on camera, but there is now less gold.  

Then I went make-up shopping, and I bought one primer. I got Rimmel London Fix &perfect pro.  I have used it twice now, and I really do like it.  I think it cost around $7.  So, it works out  really well with my budget.  


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Recipe: Crepes!

To take a break from the mug delights, I decided to try to make some crepes.  My mom and sister have been on a kick recently, and they have been buying pre-made crepes and having difficulties trying to warm them up so why not try and make them at home. 

What you’ll need:
1 cup of flour
1 cup of whole milk
2 eggs
1 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
¼ tsp salt

What you need to do is mix together all of the ingredients together and make sure the mix is very thin.  (if too thick, add more milk.)  Pre-heat your skillet on medium heat, and once heated, use a ¼ cup measurer and pour the mix into a 12 inch pan.  The mix separated a little bit, but remixing a little bit it went back to normal.  I also had a really hard time getting the mix to be a complete circle, so I had a few tentacles. I found that tipping the pan made it a lot easier.  Each side should take around 30 to 45 seconds to fully cook.  

After they’re done, you can add whatever you want.  I decided with whipped cream and strawberries.  Some other options are: Nutella, bananas, powdered sugar, peaches, another type of cream, and so much more.  

I hope you enjoy! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My first impression of…

One of my favorite things is when I’m going through a magazine and they have a free sample attached to their coupons.  

Today I’m going to be giving you my first impression on Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleaner.  There was more to the packet than I had originally thought.  There was enough for my face.  The woman in the picture, her whole face is a gray color, but that was not the case once I applied it.  It was clearer with a tint of gray, it then turned to foam.  (Then I saw that the second box, with the lady on it is actually a face mask, not the product I was sampling.)  It smells great.  It has a light hint of menthol.  I don’t really know what scent I was expecting, but the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleaner has a light clean menthol scent.  Like any other face wash, it was sticky and gooey.  I thought it was supposed to be more of an exfoliant, but I was wrong about that.  It says that it has 2x stronger pore cleaning force, but I noticed the same amount of clean pores that I get from the face wash I currently use.  Maybe it's because it was a one time sample, and over time it changes (like all products) but I'm not really sure.

 My skin after was super soft.  The softest I think after a face wash in a while.  The only downside was that my forehead was shiny after, but that eventually went away.

So, pros: super soft skin, clean, great scent.
Cons: Shiny forehead and my face was a little itchy after I used it, but that doesn’t mean it will happen to you, it could have been other factors.

I would suggest this product if someone was looking for a new product to try.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Life and Presidents' Day:

Over the weekend, I was sick.  I had a fever and a headache. It was awful.  I didn’t want to move too much because then my head would start to pound and it sucked.  Then as it was ending I had to sweat the fever away, and that sucked too.  Going from freezing to boiling sucks.  So I slept pretty much all weekend, instead of trying to fix my sleep.  Luckily, it snowed all weekend, and going out was not an option. 
Today is also Presidents' Day. (Which I totally forgot about. oops.)  Presidents' Day is a federal holiday, meaning that if you’re a government worker, you don’t go to work.  Presidents' Day is in February because both George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays are this month. A form of Presidents' Day has been celebrated since 1879, going by the name of Washington’s Day, because it was actually on his birthday.  72 years later, the first official Presidents' Day was celebrated.  The named changed because the people in charge wanted to celebrate the office of the presidency, not just a specific one.  Just like many other holidays, big corporate stores have changed the day into a sales day; mostly cars get a big discount. 

So it turns out February is a much bigger month than I had originally said. Woohoo!


Other holiday histories: 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

In this post here I said I was going to look into the holiday Valentine’s Day, and I found out a lot.
Before there even was Valentine’s Day, there was a Roman celebration called Lupercalia. It’s one of the oldest celebrations, and not much is clear about it.  It was celebrated from February 13th to 15th, or just the 15th depending on who you're talking to.  During this celebration, young men and women were paired together, and would stay together until the next year.
Then a man named Valentine came around.  He was a romantic man, and he went against the Roman leaders and married soldiers who were forbidden to marry (because it would have been a distraction from their duties and stuff)  and for helping Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire.  He was later imprisoned and it was said that while locked away, Valentine healed the jailer’s daughter, and before he was executed, it was said he wrote her a letter and signed it “Your Valentine.”  He was later named a Saint. 
Depending on what religion you are, there are actually a few days that are celebrated as “Valentine’s day.” For February 14th the  Anglican Communion and the Lutheran Church celebrate it, but the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrate it on July 6th and 30th, different days for different saints.  Then in Brazil Valentine’s Day is celebrated on June 12th. 
It wasn’t until the 18th century when showing love and affection by gifts was introduced.  It was this time where Cupid (who has a cute story coming up) came around and flowers were expected from your lovers.  Then in the 19th century the mass production of cards from companies were created and made popular.  Then in the 20th century roses and chocolate were brought into the mix, and then the diamond company got in on the money and started promotion special jewelry in the 80s.  According to the greeting card administration 1billion cards are sent each year in the U.S. and 15 million e-cards were sent in 2010. 
Cupid was the son of Venus, the Goddess of love and beauty.  Cupid is known a baby, but really in roman mythology, he was a man who shot people with magical arrows and made them fall in love.  Cupid, being around love and humans so much, actually fell in love with a mortal named Psyche. She fell in love right back, and they married.  Venus wasn’t too happy about that and she prohibited Psyche to ever look at Cupid.  Now, everyone knows that if you like someone it’s extremely hard not to look at them, and she sneaked a peek. When Venus found out she gave Psyche three tasks to complete, the last one ended up ending her life.  Cupid brought her back to life, and the other gods were so moved, they granted her immorality.  That is why Cupid represents the heart and Psyche represents the struggles of the human soul. 
So, before the big companies got involved, Valentine’s Day was a day to celebrate your loved ones with handmade cards, and before that it was a pairing celebration.  But, the hype that it has now-a-days, it’s right for me not to really care for it, even if I had a partner I wouldn’t want to celebrate it, maybe if it were still the 18th century, but not now.  Of course that is just my opinion.

Happy Valentine’s Day, hope it’s everything you wished for.  

Other holiday's I've educated myself on: 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Food in a Mug: Chilaquilles

To keep my trend with my recipes going, this week’s food in mug (while technically in a bowl) is a delicious Mexican dish.  I did make a few personal preference changes, not adding salsa and using a Mexican blend of cheese instead of cheddar, and I used feta instead of queso fresco because I could not find that at my store. 

What you’ll need:
1 egg
1 tbs milk
Black Pepper
1 tbs sharp cheddar
5 tortilla chips, divided
1 tbs salsa
Sour Cream
Queso Fresco 

First you beat the egg & milk together.  Add the salt, black pepper, cheese, then stir.  Add the divided chips and salsa on top and then pop it into the microwave for 1 minute and 10 seconds.  

Top with sour cream, more chips, and queso fresco.  Then Enjoy.  

If I were you, I would definitely keep the salsa in.  It was still good without it, but I feel like the dish was not complete.  I do plan on finding a small jar of salsa, and everything else that I changed, just to make it 100% authentic.