Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Recipe: Cherry Waffles


This is another recipe from this ebook.  I wasn’t sure I was going to like them, but turns out I LOVE them!  They’re really filling.  I usually hate making waffles.  There is so much to clean up afterwards, and until I tried this recipe, I had never made waffles before.  This recipe makes six Belgian waffles and I got four or five sheets of waffles on my iron.  I make this recipe all the time now!  The cherry sauce is a little odd, but it adds just the right amount of sweet to it.  It goes so well with the whole wheat waffles. 


Cherry Sauce:
2 cups fresh or frozen pitted cherries
1/4 cup Water
1/4 cup Honey
2 tsp Cornstarch
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Lemon Juice

Waffles:
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
2 large Eggs
2 cups Low-fat Buttermilk
1/2 cup fine Cornmeal
1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
1 tbsp. Canola Oil
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt

Directions:



Heat up a waffle maker. 
Put all of the cherry sauce ingredients into a sauce pan and heat up on medium heat.  Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to low and let simmer. 


Next in a bowl combine all of the dry ingredients, mix.  In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients.  Combine the mixes. 


After your waffle iron is ready, add enough mix to cover the surface (all waffle irons are different)  and fully cook. 


Serve the waffles with some cherry sauce on them and enjoy!

xx


Monday, May 25, 2015

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturizer:




A little while ago, I think about a month, I went looking for a new moisturizer. I didn't actually need a new one, but I felt like a little change. I'm so glad I did! 


This moisturizer is amazing!  I was expecting something that was heavy or sticky and this is neither.  It goes on easily and it absorbed into my skin in seconds.  I don't have dry spots anymore.  Plus, my favorite thing about it, it makes my skin super soft, like the softest it has ever been!  It smells really nice.  It doesn't have a specific smell, but it smells like a moisturizer, if that makes sense.  I really like it.
I'm not one to keep up with my moisturizers.  I have lots, and I like them all, I just don't find the time to use them.  But with this one, I use it pretty much every day.  
I love this moisturizer so much that as soon as I heard dry skin come out of my sisters mouth I made her buy it.  She's been using it for about two weeks now and her skin has improved so much.  There are still some dry patches, but they'll be gone soon. 

My only issue with the moisturizer is that it ha no SPF, but I'm assuming that's why it's not heavy and sticky.  So I just go over it with another SPF infused product.  

When I bought this moisturizer is was $17 and some change, probably closer to $18.  It's totally worth it! 
This moisturizer is oil free, fragrance free, and dye free.  The packaging is all plastic, and a really pretty blue.  (In my opinion.)  It's kind of bulky, so I wouldn't call it travel friendly, but it will fit if need be.  

If you're looking for a new moisturizer, and have $18 to spare, I would definitely buy this one!

Pros: Light, absorbs easily, works very well, super moisturizing. 
Cons: No SPF, price. 


xx 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Recipe: Avocado Banana Smoothie

This recipe is one of the recipes in the vegetarian ebook I reviewed here.  This recipe makes one glass that’s around 12 oz.   I put mine into the fridge while I’m cleaning up, because it’s not as cold as I would like it to be, but I’m sure you could put a frozen banana into it or maybe an ice cube.  If you leave it for too long, the green color will become greenish brown.  It’s still find to drink though.   I really like this smoothie,  it’s sweet and creamy.  It also fills me up for a while. 

Ingredients:
1/2 Banana
1/2 Avocado
1 cup Almond Milk
2 Dates
1 Tbsp Grounded Flaxseed
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
A sprinkle of Cinnamon

Directions:


Cut a banana in half, then slice it up.  Put into blended.  Cut an avocado in half, then slice (or cube) it up.  Put into blended.  Cut up the dates, and then add.  I had to cut them up, and even put them through a food processor before my smoothie wasn’t chunky.  My blender isn’t very nice.  Then add the grounded flaxseed, maple syrup, and cinnamon.  After that is all in, add the milk. 


Blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

xx

Monday, May 18, 2015

Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick #104:



I'm just going to start this post off by saying I love Rimmel London.  I have so many lip products from them, including two from the Kate Moss line.  Now I have a third, color 104.  


I wasn't 100% on this color.  I picked it up because it looked nice and I didn't have a color like it yet. But when I put it on I noticed that it's really close to my natural lip color, so of course I love it on me.  I call it a dusty rose, my mom calls it a pink berry.  Both are very accurate. 


I'm assuming that it's matte.  My other two Kate Moss lipsticks are, but this one doesn't feel like a matte lipstick until I've had it on for an hour or so.  Without eating or drinking 104 lasts about four hours.  I'm sure it would last all day, but I've got a bad habit of rubbing my lips together. 


I think one of my favorite things about the Kate Moss lipsticks is the smell.  They're fruity instead of sweet.   They're also highly pigmented and last for hours.  

What is you favorite Kate Moss lipstick?  Let me know!

Xx

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Recipe: Baked Ravioli


I made this dish for dinner a little while ago, expecting it to turn out great and it did.  I love pasta, most of all I love ravioli, and this dish is AMAZING!  It has the perfect amount of sauce and cheese to it.  My family loved it so much that it was practically gone the next day.  So yummy! 

I found this recipe on Pinterest  and you can find the original recipe there.  

Ingredients:
1 (16-ounce) package cheese-filled ravioli
2 cups marinara sauce, homemade or store-bought
1/3 cup cream cheese, cubed
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350F.
While that’s heating up, place your ravioli into a pot of boiling water, and cook until the ravioli is tender, which is about three minutes.


In a separate sauce pan, combine the marinara sauce and cream cheese. Stir constantly until the cream cheese has melted.


Stir in the thyme and the parsley.


After than is cooked, pour the ravioli into a baking dish, and top it off with the marinara sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, and place into the oven for about 20 minutes.


Take it out and garnish with parmesan cheese and basil.

Enjoy!

xx

Monday, May 4, 2015

Rimmel London Show off Lip Velvet Review:



A little while ago, I saw on tumblr that Jeffree star was coming out with a liquid to matte lipstick and I got really excited. It was such a different thing to me, and to be honest didn't even know it was a thing.  Then a lot of other brands started coming out with there own, all of them, out of my price range. Then, I saw that Rimmel London had their own and Rimmel London is in my price range. So I picked up three.

Originally, I had two, but I went to CVS and found another color that I wanted to try.   So far I have only seen five colors. 


The colors are 505 Burning Lava, 307 Meteoric Matte, and 405 Orange-ology. 

Now from what I've seen and heard liquid to matte lipsticks usually dry in a few minutes, with these, it took a long time. I want to say it took about 20 minutes or so to feel Dry and matte.  They also don't smell the same as the regular show off lip glosses.  They smell a bit more chemically.  But they do last a long time. I had mine on for four hours with drinking out of a water bottle that had a sippy nozzle.  



My favorite was going to be Burning Lava until I found Orange-ology.  I have never owned an orange lipstick, so I went out of my comfort zone while buying it, and I actually really, really, love it on me!  Burning Lava reminds me of 107 and Meteoric Matte reminds me of 30.  (Both of which I have)  But I haven’t actually compared them next to each other yet. 

So, if you want to try a liquid to matte lip gloss, and you can't really afford a higher end brand, go check these ones out.  Besides the waiting time, they're great!  

xx 


Friday, May 1, 2015

Book Review: Vegetarian Weight Loss by Jonathan Vine



For a while now I've been thinking about becoming a vegetarian.  I already don't eat red meat or pork, so it wouldn't be that drastic of a change or at least that's what I think.  It obviously will be a BIG change for me, but I'd really like to try a little harder with my health.  

Even though I had been thinking about, I didn't know much about the vegetarian diet.  To be honest I didn't even really know where to start. So, when I saw that I could get this ebook for free, I jumped on the opportunity.  

In the introduction the author, Jonathan Vine, tells you all about the different types of vegetarians.  There is a section in the book dedicated to the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, and what foods to avoid to what foods to stock up on. But, this book isn't just about being a vegetarian, it's also about how to loose weight. He also mentions the health benefits of switching to all natural foods. Vine provides information of why being a vegetarian will help you loose weight and he also has provided 51 recipes for you to get started!  I haven't tried all of them, but I did pick out a few to try, and they're pretty good.  

Now, if you're an experienced vegetarian, this ebook is not for you.  It has some really good information, but a lot of the recipes have eggs in them.  But if you're like me, and you want to become a vegetarian, but you have no idea where to start, this is a good push in the right direction.  

xx