Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It's Fall Y'all!

Although it's still getting up in the 80s during the day, our mornings are SO nice right now! Fall is here and I am loving it.

Last night I made Taco Cornbread Waffles, a twist on a recipe I saw from Mix and Match Mama. She put chili over her cornbread waffle, but I decided that taco meat would be divine.

I mixed the cornbread mix as directed and cooked it in my waffle iron, topped it with taco meat and cheese. Mr. Sasha added some salsa to his and commented that it would be good with shredded lettuce and tomatoes too. If you've never had the combo of taco meat and cornbread, you don't know what you are missing! It's so good together!

Taco Cornbread Waffles

She's Crafty!

Hold on to your hats.... look what I made!


On Saturday I went to a fun fall-themed Pinterest Party where we all made the cutest fall letters for our front door. I cannot do this party justice- it was amazing! My friend Brianna is so creative and talented- you'll have to visit her blog to see how she set this party up.



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Friday, September 20, 2013

Reading Material


This week I finished the newest Sophie Kinsella book, Wedding Night, and it was so good! Kinsella writes excellent brain-candy chic lit, and I'm a sucker for anything British. This is another stand-alone, non-Becky Bloomwood book, and although I do love Becky, Kinsella's other characters are my favorites.

My love for the Brits is probably why I am so excited for Helen Fielding's upcoming Bridget Jones installment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. I am sure it will be VG.  


But back to my roots..... I'm also excited about the new cookbook from Oklahoma's own Ree Drummond. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations will be out in late October. And let's just be honest, but I just *read* these. Like keep them on my nightstand and look at the pictures and read them. Isn't that funny? Her books are beautiful.


I also ordered the next book that Proverbs 31 Ministries has chosen for their next Online Bible Study. I absolutely loved doing the last OBS and cannot wait for the one on Renee Swope's A Confident Heart, Learning to Live in the Power of God's Promises to begin.


What are you reading these days?

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Friday, September 13, 2013

LOTD #76 and Reese vs. Magic Jinn


 
Today I'm wearing another IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush, this time in the shade Love Story (this shade changes color once applied like Je Ne Sais Quoi does). Rose Flush is a nude shade in the tube, but once on your lips it turns to a pretty pink shade.

Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Natural Anti-Aging Lipstick Stains take the place of four products; your lipstick, anti-aging conditioning lip balm, ultra-hydrating lip gloss, and lip stain all in one!

This shade was part of a special holiday gift set offered by QVC last fall that included 6 different shades of Vitality Lip Flush for around $60 including tax and shipping. It is available by itself on the IT Cosmetics website for $20.


I love how this changes color and it does leave behind a nice stain and doesn't run into the lines around my lips and feels amazing on.
 
Reese vs. Magin Jinn
 
Reese have I have been having fun with the Magic Jinn that BzzAgent sent us to try. I filmed her the other night and it is so cute. (But OMG I am such a hick! Don't laugh at my voice.)
 
 



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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

LOTD #75 and Toffee Bars



I'm a little embarrased to tell you this, but I recently reached Sephora's VIB Rouge status. Which means I have spent enough there to warrant free shipping on anything I want to order. I don't even have to reach the $50 minimum. Don't ask how much I have spent to reach this status, because I won't admit it.

In my VIB Rogue welcome kit was the cutest little mini lipstick created just for us makeup crazies. It's Bite Beauty's Luminous Creme Lipstick in the custom color VIB Rouge.

(this shade is not available for sale, but other shades are $24)

I LOVE it! So creamy and long-lasting. I applied at 8 and it still looked fab when I left for lunch. Keeper!

Toffee Bars

Last night I needed to whip up something for a work birthday celebration  and I decided on using Mix and Match Mama's recipe for Chocolate Toffee Bars, but modifying it a bit. I subbed applesauce for oil, and egg beaters for eggs. I also used the toffee chips in a bit of a different way. They turned out great!



Toffee Bars
(recipe adapted from Mix and Match Mama)

Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup liquid egg substitute
1/2 cup applesauce (2 small individual containers)
1 1/3 cups toffee candy pieces (one bag of Heath's Toffee Bits)
1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray your 9X13 glass baking dish with Pam.

Combine cake mix, egg substitute and applesauce with an electric mixer.

Pour roughly 2/3 of this cake mixture into the bottom of your baking dish. Bake 15 minutes.

Pour 1/2 cup of toffee Bits into remaining cake mixture and mix by hand and set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine remaining Toffee Bits, Eagle Brand Milk, and chocolate chips in a small bowl.

After bottom layer is done baking for 15 minutes, pour Eagle Brand Milk mixture on top and spread evenly. Top this with the remaining 1/3 of cake mixture.

Bake 25 more minutes. Cool on counter and store in refrigerator.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

LOTD #74 and Gone Girl





Today I'm wearing another IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush, this time in the shade Rose Flush (this shade changes color once applied like Je Ne Sais Quoi does). Rose Flush is a nude shade in the tube, but once on your lips it turns to a pretty rose shade.

Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Natural Anti-Aging Lipstick Stains take the place of four products; your lipstick, anti-aging conditioning lip balm, ultra-hydrating lip gloss, and lip stain all in one!

This shade was part of a special holiday gift set offered by QVC last fall that included 6 different shades of Vitality Lip Flush for around $60 including tax and shipping. It doesn't look like this shade is available by itself right now.

I love how this changes color and it does leave behind a nice stain and doesn't run into the lines around my lips and feels amazing on. I believe I shall keep it!
 
 
Gone Girl

 
Last Christmas, Amazon ran an awesome promo where they offered popular hardback books for dirt cheap. I had heard great things about Gone Girl, and it was just $3 so I ordered it. And life being life, I just now got around to getting to it.
 
I have to say, it's amazing. An absolute page-turner, with twists and turns and you can't put it down because you are dying to know what happens next. If you haven't read it, you simply must. You can borrow mine if you are local!
 

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