Monday, October 6, 2014

Mani-Monday: Essie in Smokin' Hot

I am totally ready for Fall. Fall and Winter are my favorite seasons. The fashion, the weather, the holidays, what's not to be excited about?!

Besides the fact that SoCal is in the middle of yet another heat wave and Santa Ana winds, I couldn't resist snatching up this Fall shade by Essie. It's called Smokin' Hot. It's gray with a purple undertone. Perfect for Fall. I don't know what it is about a dark polish that just makes you feel so chic, even in a t-shirt and jeans. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Banana Apple Mini Muffins - Perfect for Toddlers!


Happy weekend!  I had a couple of bananas that were very ripe and needed to be used.  I absolutely hate wasting food.  If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen the dishes I've put together with what I have in my fridge.  This is one of them.

I decided to use my mini muffin pan to make them easy to throw in a lunch box and for little hands to hold.

Ingredients

1/2      cup organic raw agave
1/2
cup organic vegetable oil
2
eggs
2
very ripe bananas, mashed
1
teaspoon vanilla
1 2/3
cups organic whole wheat flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
     medium apple; peeled and chopped

Directions

Preheat over to 375 degrees.  Grease two (2) mini muffin pans or line with paper muffin cups.

Blend together the agave, oil and eggs.

Stir in mashed bananas and vanilla.

Mix in the rest of the dry ingredients and apple pieces.

Fill each muffin cup and bake for 10 minutes.

*You can use a regular sized muffin pan, just adjust the oven time to 13-15 minutes



Coral Silk


My last nail post reminded me how much a liked the Covergirl Outlast Nail Gloss. So I went out to CVS and picked up a few more colors. This bright, almost neon, coral was perfect for summer. They seriously have the best coverage and staying power for a drugstore nail polish. 

Happy Friday! ����

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Covergirl Outlast Nail Color

 
Covergirl Outlast nail polish in "Vio-last"
 
I'm not a huge fan of drugstore nail polishes.  They never last that long and require more than 2 coats for full, even coverage. 
 
But since I discovered the Covergirl Outlast nail polishes, they have definitely become a more budget-friendly alternative.  I posted on "Mango-go-go" here.  That post also has a fun and easy nail tape tutorial.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade Knock-off


So this summer, I've been obsessed with the Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade at Starbucks.  BUT...I don't enjoy the price when I want one as often as I do.  

Here's my recipe for my Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade knockoff!

You can multiply the proportions as needed for a larger batch.  I like to make mine in small batches because sometimes I just want the tea :)

Ingredients:
- Water
- 2 Green tea bags
- Fresh mint leaves 
- Lemonade
- Blackberry syrup
- Lime
- Ice

Directions:
1. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil
2. Crush/mull a handful of mint leaves
3. When water comes to a boil, add in mint leaves and steep 2 green tea bags as directed on the package.
4. Let cool.  Chill in refrigerator is possible.
5. Add cooled tea to pitcher
6. Add 1 cup of lemonade
7. Add 3 tsp. blackberry syrup
8. Squeeze 1/4 of a lime
9. Stir and add ice




Friday, April 4, 2014

My Eats


This is my take on the Chipotle bowl.  A friend of mine had all the ingredients out, buffet style, at her son's birthday party and I've been obsessed ever since!

Ingredients in order of layers:

- Brown rice,
- Ground turkey sautéed with onion, salt, pepper and cumin
- Black beans
- Tomatoes
- Cilantro
- Cheddar cheese

My toddler and husband love this meal!


Slow cooker chicken from @eatingwhole
Quinoa cooked steamed with garlic and topped with tomatoes
Oven roasted asparagus

My container garden has been doing SO well this year.  This bouquet of cilantro is straight from the garden to my plate!

The best grain-free pancakes!  Also from @eatingwhole

These are so good, you don't need butter or syrup.

1 mashed banana
1 egg
1/4 cup cottage cheese
flax meal
A LOT of cinnamon
Topped with blueberries