Archive | April, 2011

Indoor S’mores made with leftover Easter candy!

27 Apr
***No actual Bunnies or Chicks were harmed in the making of this recipe!*** 🙂
We had a great Easter this year, but the Easter Bunny brought TOO MUCH CANDY!! We can also thank my sister Heather, as usual, who hid 220 candy filled eggs! 🙂 Since the girls were so sugared up on Sunday, I decided to put up the extra candy, and I have been just giving them a little here and there. There is no way that I am giving them a whole chocolate bunny again though. Addison had one from Nannie, and she was bouncing off the walls and talking so fast, I had a hard time understanding her!
So, it got me thinking… what to do with all of this candy? I mean, I guess I could just take the easy way out and throw it away, but that would be such a shame. (I DID throw away all of the fruity, taffy candies though….’cause they ain’t chocolate!) And then of course, I could just sit around and eat it, but I like to make things more complicated than that!
How about something a little more creative?? Well, my friend Amber posted a recipe on her blog, Lotus & Honey, not too long ago and I thought I would give it a try, but instead of using the regular ingredients, I used Easter Candy–Chocolate bunnies and Peeps!
Here is what you will need. You can use a variation of this.. whatever chocolate candies you have will work. If you have a gazillion individually wrapped ones, well unwrap them and let’s get started. Just make sure you have marshmallows and chocolate.

Step 1: Melt the butter in a LARGE pot on the stove. (You will be adding a whole box of cereal to this later, so make sure you pot is big enough.)

Step 2: While your butter is melting, chop up about 5-6 Peeps, and set aside.

Step 3: Throw the rest of your Peeps into the melted butter and stir until they are melted.

Step 4: Add your 12 oz. box of Golden Grahams, stirring well so that all of the cereal gets coated in the marshmallow/butter mixture.

Step 5: Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13 dish. Press down the cereal using parchment paper to keep your hands from getting sticky. (Thank you Amber for that tip!)

This is what it should look like. It is tinted a little pink because of the Peeps we used.

Step 6: Sprinkle the reserved Peeps to the top.

Step 7: Chop up all the chocolate you are using and put in a bowl to melt. (You can use a double broiler if you have one, but I don’t.) Melt the chocolate in the microwave 30 seconds at a time until completely melted.

Step 8: Pour the chocolate over the cereal mixture and wait until it hardens.

Step 9: Gobble it up! These are way better than traditional S’mores!

And of course, here are a few pics of the girls while they were anxiously waiting for the chocolate to cool.

I love this picture 🙂

Addison said, “Shhhh! Keep your voices down while I am on the phone!” Guess she’s heard THAT a few times!
Hope you guys enjoy this recipe!
Indoor S’mores

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 TBSP Butter
  • 12 oz box of Golden Graham cereal
  • 10.5 oz bag of mini marshmallows, 1-1/4 cup reserved. (I used 15 Peeps, 5 reserved.)
  • 23 oz bag of chocolate chips (I used 3 chocolate bunnies.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Step 1: Melt 8 TBSP of butter in a large pot. (You will be adding a 12 oz box of cereal to this, so make sure there is enough room!)
  • Step 2: Chop up your reserved Peeps, if you are not using mini marshmallows.
  • Step 3: Add your marshmallows, all but the reserved 1-1/4 cup.
  • Step 4: Add your 12 oz. box of Golden Grahams, stirring well so that all of the cereal gets coated in the marshmallow/butter mixture.
  • Step 5: Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13 dish. Press down the cereal using parchment paper to keep your hands from getting sticky
  • Step 6: Sprinkle the reserved Peeps to the top.
  • Step 7: Chop up all the chocolate you are using and put in a bowl to melt. (You can use a double broiler if you have one, but I don’t.) Melt the chocolate in the microwave 30 seconds at a time until completely melted.
  • Step 8: Pour the chocolate over the cereal mixture.
  • Step 9: Gobble it up! These are way better than traditional S’mores!

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Coupon VIDEO! & 30 Days of Shades: Day 25 Green Eyeliner

26 Apr

I’m really liking this eyeliner! You can watch the video below too see how to get it from CVS while saving $$! 🙂 It is the Physician’s Formula gel eyeliner..the green one. It came with a brush too. The eyeshadow is very subtle. It’s the Sunkissed Olive (from the video) eyeshadow duo from Maybelline. I used the lightest shade on the lid, and the darker shade in the crease. (My flash does wash it out a bit, but it is a very light subtle olive green.) I also used the mascara from the video, which I am liking–Maybelline One by One.

Can’t wait to try the blue eyeliner. I also want to get the set for brown eyes with the purple liner…but that will have to wait until I get another coupon!
Watch this video to learn how to get your CVS deals for the week! (OH! BTW– I wanted to do the Clean and Clear deal too, but they were out of the body washes…so they wrote me a Raincheck! Always ask! They may even have items in the back that they will get for you.. just like the Dove deodorant that I bought.)

30 Days of Shades: Day 23 & Day 24–NAKED PALETTE

25 Apr

I have been MIA for almost a month now, so I figured it was time to post again! I’ve been trying to relax a little more, say no to extracurricular things, and try to create a less stressful environment for myself…so that’s been the focus of this month!

I decided to do a “2 for 1” post using the Urban Decay Naked Palette. (All colors mentioned are from this palette, unless otherwise specified.) These looks are very similar. Both are neutral, with one being a little bit darker than the other.
#1–HUSTLE

This is a slightly darker look than the next one. I used a dark base all over my eyelids to start out with using M.A.C.’s Constructivist cream eyeshadow. Then I layered Hustle from the Naked Palette all over my lid. I used Buck in the crease and Virgin as the highlight. I also lined the lower lashline with Hustle.

#2-TOASTED
I primed my eyelids with M.A.C.’s painterly paint pot, and then I used Toasted all over my eyelid for this look. I used Buck in the lower crease and Naked slightly above that and Virgin for the highlight. I lined the lower lash line with Toasted. I used Darkhorse in the outer V for a little more definition.

(BTW– I bought this crocheted vest in Canton, and it is my FAVORITE thing to wear right now. I’d wear it everyday if I didn’t think that a little inappropriate. My cross necklace is a Halle Joy necklace and the beaded one is from Premier Designs. I get a LOT of people asking where I bought that cross necklace from. I wear it pretty much every day too.. as you can tell from all of my photos.)

You can do a lot of different looks using this one palette, the Urban Decay Naked Palette…and you can get a lot of “bang for your buck” by doing this.:) (Hehe, that’s the name of one of the shades in there too.. Buck. By buying this one palette you can eliminate the need to buy tons of different eyeshadows that you aren’t going to use that often. I find myself reaching for this every single day. I tried to get my mom to buy one of these palettes and she said, “I’d have to look at your blog to figure out how to use it.” So I may just do the last few looks using this one palette so that you guys can get ideas on how to use it in several different ways!

Mongolian Stir-Fry

1 Apr

I should call this recipe “Ode to Genghis Grill”! I went to eat there last night, and it was SO GOOD! We don’t have anything like that where I live, so I decided I was going to try to make a recipe of my own to eat at home. It was either that, or travel for 2-hours a couple of times a week to get my fix! 🙂 I went to the store today and bought up a ton of Asian sauces and fixings, and started my taste testing! I found the perfect recipe!

I prefer the spicy recipe. I did make a mild recipe with no heat so that I can feed my kids too…And of course so that all of the wimpy people out there won’t whine. 🙂


Sauce for the Spicy folks:
Wimpy sauce for kids and whiners:
Add all of the proteins and veggies of your choice in a wok. You can mix this up however you want. Add whatever you want, or don’t add it. It’s totally up to you, which makes this an awesome dish!

After you cook all of your meats and veggies all the way through, you can add your pasta. Now you would of course use Udon noodles…but sadly, here in a small town, there are not any to be found, so I used linguine. It got the job done. You could add brown rice or white rice if you would prefer.

Now after this step, I split the mixture into two batches and added the mild sauce to the first batch for the kids and my grandmother. After I finished cooking theirs and putting it into a dish, I put the other half of the mixture into the wok and added the spicy mixture.
Gotta please everyone!
Hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I do! I can officially say that I am in LOVE.
Feel free to send me your love letters 🙂
SAUCE:


Spicy Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp. chile-garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp. Mongolian fire oil
Mild Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
PROTEIN:

  • 1/2 lb, smoked sausage, sliced
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
  • 8 oz. peeled, deveined shrimp
VEGETABLE:
  • Red bell pepper
  • Green bell pepper
  • scallions
  • cilantro
  • broccoli
STARCH:

  • 1/2 lb linguine noodles

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Boil linguine noodles according to the package directions.
  2. Prepare the sauce of your choice in a small bowl, and set aside.
  3. Cut up all of your protein and vegetables.
  4. In a large skillet or wok, add about 1 tsp. of sesame oil, and then add your proteins and vegetables. Cook until everything is completely done.
  5. Drain your noodles and add them to your wok.
  6. Add your sauce and stir everything together just until sauce is heated through.
  7. Enjoy!