Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Food in a Mug: Quiche

This week’s food in a mug is Quiche.   This can be eaten as a breakfast, lunch, or even a snack.   It looks a little weird, but it tastes really good.   I was actually surprised it tasted so good.  If you’re looking for a quick meal, then this is definitely something to consider. 

1 egg 
1 ½ Tbs Milk 
Salt & Pepper, to taste 
¼ of a bagel, or French Bread 
2 tsp Cream Cheese 
½ a slice of Ham or Turkey 


Beat together the egg, milk, salt and pepper.  Add the cream cheese & turkey.  

Rip up the bread that you chose into dime sized pieces.

Pour the liquid onto the bread. 
Then microwave for 1 minute and 10 seconds.  (In my microwave I had to add 30 seconds.) 

I know it looks a little odd, but it is very tasty.  


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What’s in my bag?

I know many people do this post/video, and I love them so I figured so do you.  I don’t know if this post would be easier as a video, I’m assuming it would be, but I’m just not interest in making videos.  Not my style.   So, here’s a small look into my bag. 

I bought this bag for $20 and it’s from Ross, unfortunately I don’t remember the brand.  I wanted an over the shoulder bag and this one has an adjustable strap so it was perfect.  Usually my bags have dividers in them, but this one does not, so things are a little less organized, but there is a small zipped pocket where I keep my chapstick, lipstick, and a lighter.  Then on the opposite side there are two pockets where I keep my phone, iPod, and gum. 

The Covergirl powder  is 525 buff beige  The other powder is by Drew Barrymore Flower in PP1 (Amazing powder btw)
I then have my wallet (Had to take a few items out) and a small makeup bag.  I got my wallet from Khols on sale for $16 and my make-up bag is from Paris, my Aunt got it for me so I have no idea what it cost.  Inside the make-up bag I have another chapstick (Orange from Mystic Water Soap), two powders, and extra hair ties/ bobby pins. 

Show off  is "Luna" and the covergirl is #235
I also have my house keys, a small hand sanitizer in the scent creamy pumpkin, (that I rarely use), a small hand lotion, a small bag of luck that a friend made for me a few years ago for Christmas, and my camera. 

Depending on the bag that I use, I’ll also carry around a small notebook.  This one is a little too small for that.   Also the bigger the bag the more items I’ll carry.  I’ve been known to have three different lotions, cough drops, a scarf, and a first aid kit.  It all just depends on the bag. 


Monday, March 24, 2014


I know that I’m not the only one, but I just love bedding.  I like getting new sheets and comforters, to me it’s like getting into a new bed. Changing up the style from polka dots to floral and now to my new pattern, there’s nothing more satisfying.  To me there’s nothing better than getting into a freshly made bed at night, knowing that the sheets are freshly laundered.  I love it.
For a while now I’ve been looking for a new bed spread and over the weekend I finally got one.  I was looking for something bright and that was different from all of my other bedding, and I found just that. 

I got this comforter from for $95.  It was just a simple set (1 comforter, 2 shams) and it was delivered really fast.  The fabric is a little itchy, but I figure all it needs is a wash.  I’m now on the search for a nice pale pink sheet and pillowcase set.  (I’m also always on the search for the perfect floral sheet set.) I’ve seen a few around, but they’re not exactly what I’m looking for.  I also like when the sheets are sold separately from the pillowcases because I sleep with five pillows, and I’ve never been able to match all of my cases with my sheets. 

So, tell me, do you love bedding?  And, where do you get your bedding from?   


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mixed Drink: True Blood

This week I'm taking a break from my usual food recipe and I'm going back to a drink recipe.  I have many drink recipes, I just don't always have the ingredients that are needed.
That being said: 

1 part Crown Royal Whisky 
1 part Peach Schnapps 
1 part Cranberry juice (I only had cran-pom)

This drink tastes just like Peach candy.  It's very smooth and very sweet.  I 10/10 recommend it.  I wasn't 100% sure if I would like it or not because it does have whisky in it but you can't taste it whatsoever.  (If you worried about that.) 
Obviously, the measurement are completely up to you, it's just better to keep everything equal.  

If you do decided to make this gem, tell me about it! 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hard Candy Long Wear Eyeshadow Primer:

Two or so weeks ago, while out shopping, I picked up a primer by Rimmel London after failing to find the one from Hard Candy.  After a few weeks using the Rimmel London primer, I feel like it’s not doing exactly what I want.  While it’s great for protecting the whole face, I still felt like my eyeshadow was suffering from creasing and fading.  So, I went on the hunt again for the Hard Candy one I originally wanted that is specifically an eyeshadow primer, and I found it.  
On the box it says “intensify color and wear of any shadow,” and from my use of two days, I can say that it does intensify color and after all day wear my eyeshadow has not moved at all.   I even forgot that I was wearing make-up and rubbed my eye and it’s still 100% intact.  I have fallen in love with this product.  
I didn't know that it had a tint to it, but when applied I didn't see the tint at all.  

For someone with pretty much no budget (I have like a $20 monthly budget) this primer fits in perfectly.  The price of this primer is only $5, and I think I paid around $6 or $7 for the Rimmel London Primer.  (Of course that is an allover primer.) 

 I love them both, but if I had to choose just one it would be the Hard Candy one. 

If you have used either of the products mentioned, did you love or hate them? 

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day!

The dates of when Saint Patrick was alive are not 100% known, but it is known that he was active during the 5th century.   He was a Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland, and was known as the “Apostle of Ireland.”  He was captured from his home around the age of 16 and made a slave where he lived for five to six years.  He later escaped and went back to his home in Great Britain where he started to actively become a bishop, and by the 7th century he had become known as the patron saint of Ireland.  He died on March 17th, and that is why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th
St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday, and it’s also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick.  The day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church.  The day is to celebrate when Christianity came to Ireland; it also celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish.  Christians attend church and even though it’s currently lent, the restrictions are lifted for the day and you can eat or drink whatever you please, which is sort of why so many people drink during St. Patrick’s Day. 
In celebration, there are parades, festivals, and wearing the color green and/or a shamrock.  Originally the color was actually blue, but over the years the color green grew and grew, and the wearing of green and shamrocks dates back to 17th century.   The reasoning behind the shamrock is because Saint Patrick wound use a three-leaved plant to explain the holy trinity to the pagan Irish.   St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world with food and drinks and parties. In the U.S. it is very common to order a green beer, which is just any beer with green food coloring in it. 

I hope you’re having a fun day wearing green.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Food in a Mug: Chocolate Chip Cookie

This weeks food in a mug is chocolate chip cookies...although the texture is more like a muffin.  

The Ingredients: 
1 tbs Butter
1 tbs Granulated Sugar 
1 tbs Packed Brown Sugar 
3 drops of Vanilla Extract 
1 Egg 
A little less than 1/4 cup of Flour 
2 tbs of Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips 

First you need to melt the butter.  After that add the sugars, salt, and vanilla extract.  Next you add the egg, mix, then flour and mix.  After everything comes together, add the  chocolate chips (I added a little less for personal preference.)  Then microwave for 40 to 60 seconds.  

After 40 seconds in the microwave 
After 30 more seconds, fully cooked. 
Sorry it's a little blurry...
Like I said above, the texture is a little bit more like a muffin, but I have a recipe for a muffin (Coming soon) and the ingredients are a little different.  It's a quick fix for a nice dessert, and it was really quick to put together.  I think the shortest mug food I have ever tried. 


Monday, March 10, 2014

Books: The Bell Jar

For over a month now I have wanted to want to read, but I just couldn’t.  I don’t know why I got into a “book funk” but I did.  In the past two month I started three books, and none of them interested me at that time.  For someone who was always reading, that’s a little odd.  But, I decided to try again, and I read a whole book in two days.  (Yay me!)  That book was The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.  If you don’t know what The Bell Jar is about then let me try to tell you quickly. 
The Bell Jar is about a woman named Ester, who is 19 years old, and a college student.  The book starts out with her at a summer job working for a magazine.  She is surrounded by other girls, and her roommate, Doreen, is out going and very ‘plays by her own rules’ kind of girl whereas Ester is more reserved.  Ester always feels different than the other girls.  After her magazine job ends, she has a summer school class set up, but she finds out that she was not accepted into the program and she has to live with her mother for the rest of summer, which is very unsettling to her.  Ester then decides that she is going to write a novel, learn short hand, and start on her senior thesis, but she gets overwhelmed.  Not because there is too much work for her, but because she stops sleeping, eating, showering, and even being able to read and write.  Her mind betrays her. 
Her mother then takes her to a doctor, Dr. Gordon, who gives her sleeping pills and shock treatment.  Ester had a bad reaction to the shock treatment, and a little later, she takes a new bottle of sleeping pills, goes into the crawl space and takes them.  She wakes up in the hospital, and when she recovers from the overdose, she is sent to the state institution.  Unfortunately, Ester is very uncooperative, and she still constantly has the thought of suicide.  Eventually she does get to go to a better hospital, because of a woman, Philomena Guinea, who is basically her sponsor, pays for her time there.  (This woman is also writing a book about her case.)  Ester then begins to trust her doctor, Dr. Nolan, and things start to look up a bit.   On a cocktail of therapy, insulin, and proper shock treatment, Ester improves so much she is granted special treatments.  (Leaving the hospital to shop, see a movie, etc.) 
Eventually, Ester’s world does get lighter, and she eventually is in talks of being able to leave to go back to school.  She believes that she is alright, but knows that at any time her world could crash again. 
If you know anything about Sylvia Plath then you would know that she was depressed for most of her adult life.  She tried to commit suicide a few different times, including overdosing on medication, like Ester, and even though The Bell Jar is a work of fiction, there is no doubt that there are a few events that closely resemble Sylvia’s life.  

If you have ever wondered about this book, I would 100% suggest it to you.  But be warned some find it disturbing.  I didn’t, but one of my favorite books is about writing to serial killers, so I might have a small tolerance.  If you do decided to read it, tell me about it! 

Now I’m off to read A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. 


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Food in a mug: Cheesecake

This week I'm going back to food in a mug and this week’s dish is Cheesecake. 

2 oz of Cream Cheese
2 tbsp of Sour Cream
1 egg
½ tsp Lemon Juice
¼ tsp of Vanilla
2-4 tbsp of Sugar

Combine all of the ingredients together into a mug and put it in the microwave for 90 seconds pausing every 30 seconds to stir.  DO NOT exceed 90 seconds.  I made that mistake the first time making this, because the directions I had weren’t clear that it was supposed to still be a little soupy.  After the 90 seconds are up, then pop the mug into the fridge and wait until it gets solid.  

For me that took a day, but I also did it later in the evening, so I didn't check on it until the next day.  After the cheesecake is solid you can add whatever you want on top.  I didn't add anything because I didn’t have anything to add, but you can put strawberries or blueberries on top and then add some whipped cream. 

For me the dessert didn’t become as solid as regular cheesecake, but it tasted exactly the same.  When telling my mom about it, she told me that it might be because I used cream cheese out of the tub instead of the brick cream cheese that people usually use. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mardi Gras!

 (Purple: justice; Green: faith; Gold: power) 
The celebration of Mardi Gras starts two weeks before the actual date, and the date is decided by when Easter is.  Mardi Gras is always on Fat Tuesday, and that day is called Fate Tuesday because it’s the day that many indulge in fatty foods because it is the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of lent, and if you don’t know what lent is, lent is the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter.  Many fast and/or give up luxuries. 
The first time Mardi Gras was celebrated in America was 1703 in a small settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile (which is current day Mobile.) In 1710 the “Boeuf Gras Society” was formed and from 1711 to 1861 there was a parade held with an enormous bull head that was pushed on wheels by 16 men, later on there was a live bull, draped in white to signal the coming of lent.  This occurred on Fat Tuesday. In 1718 New Orleans was born and by the 1730s Mardi Gras was celebrated annually, but not with the parades that go on today, but with elegant balls. 
The parades that we know today didn’t start until the late 1830s, and a few years after that in 1856 an anonymous group formed calling themselves the Mistick Krewe of Comus, and they are still around to this day.  Their activities, except for their parade, are so selective that people have been known to beg, buy, and steal invitations to the ball, but their tactics never worked.  This group is so secretive, that in 1991, they were asked to publicly verify that their group does not discriminate, and after they did that, they were asked to provide a whole list of who was involved with the organization.  It was then that they stopped participating in the parades.   Later on the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to make this group reveal itself, but they still decided not to be involved with the parade part of Mardi Gras.  
 In 1870 another Mardi Gras Krewe was formed and they called themselves the Twelfth Night Revelers.  This krewe introduced women into the mix.  Before it had just been men who organized all of the events, and just a king called Rex, but this year a woman would be crowned queen. This is also where the traditional King Cake came from.  They made the cake, put a gold bean in a slice, and handed them out.  Unfortunately, the jesters got too drunk and things didn't go as planned.  The pieces of cake were spilled into the women’s laps, and some even threw cake at the women.  This did not go over well with them, and the woman who found the bean decided to swallow it.  A year later, things went better, and a queen was crowned.  The first queen was Emma Butler.  In modern day, the cake is now a box with a bunch of drawers.  One contains the gold bean, and the rest contain silver. 
In 1875, Louisiana declared Mardi Gras a legal state holiday, and ever since, besides for a few cancellations because of war, weather, or political problems, the city has always celebrated.  In 1972, the city decided that parades would be prohibited through the Quarter for fire safety reasons.  In 1979 the police department went on strike resulting in the celebration being moved to neighboring communities.
Modern day krewes work like a business, and if you pay your dues, then you are allowed into the group, and any member is allowed on the float during the parade.  After Hurricane Katrina, which left the city bankrupt, many didn't believe that the usual Mardi Gras celebration could recover, but eventually in 2009, everything was back on track and the parades were back on their original streets. 

Mardi Gras is a fun celebration, that is noticed everywhere, but many travel down to New Orleans to celebrate.  Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans is definitely on my bucket list, just to have the experience.  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hello March!

Last month I educated myself on two holidays, Valentine’s day and Presidents day, I went to a restaurant I've never been to, and ordered something I don’t typically order, and I chickened out of the one thing I really wanted to do this month.  So, I’m moving it to March, and if I don’t do it by the middle of March, then I can never do it.  (The more time between, the weirder it is…I feel.)
Anyways, this month has two holidays, and one birthday.  Do I have any goals for this month?  Educate myself on those holidays.  Drink some green beer.  Have a party and play the game my sister found called pictophone.  (When I do play the game, I will talk more about it.)  I guess my friends and I will get together for that birthday, but who really knows with them.  I swear we got together more when multiples were out of state whereas were all pretty much local now, (hour away is the furthest) and we never get together.
I also have to start getting serious about growing up.  I really need to get a job, I just don’t really know where to start, but I guess that’s how a lot of people feel when getting their first job…of course a lot of them are 16 not 21, but what can I say, I've been very spoiled. 
Also, Spring is 21 days away and I’m so excited.  We’re supposedly going to have one big snow storm before Spring gets here, but I’m hoping that’s a lie.  We have  had enough snow; we have had so much that the ground is still soaked.  According to the farmer’s almanac its supposed to be a wet Spring, and since they were very correct about the Winter, I’m thinking lots of rain in the spring.  I’m just hoping the humidity stays down.  I hate humidity. 

I also want to get back into reading…I've been lacking in books lately.  So sad.

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