December 26, 2016

Cheddar Mashed Potato Latkes - Recipe

This was my first time making latke's and it wasn't half bad, but I definitely had to wing it with this recipe as I used the ingredients I already had on hand. If I made any changes to this in the future I'd add in some pre-cooked hashbrowns so that they aren't too mash potato-like in the inside.
2 Cups - Mashed Potatoes
2 Large - Eggs 
1/2 Cup - Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 Tbsp - Bisquick
1/2 Tbsp - Vegetable Oil
1/2 Tsp - Chives, diced (dried or fresh)
2 - 3 Pinches - Garlic Powder
1- 2 Pinches - Salt
Sour Cream *Optional*

Whisk the eggs in a bowl with the Bisquick until blended. Combine all ingredients except for the vegetable oil and sour cream into the bowl and stir until evenly mixed. Heat skillet on medium heat using some of the oil with each new latke made. Add about 1/2 cup of latke mixture to the heated pan and spread it out to be about 1/2 inch thick. Cook latke 4-5 minutes on each side or until browned and be sure to flatten out the latke a bit with a spatula after the first flip. Plate the latke's and serve with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Makes around 6 latke's.

December 21, 2016

Why I Stopped doing Makeup Tutorials

I still wear makeup daily but I found for the most part that if something works for you.. don't fix it. I just like having a pretty everyday natural makeup look which I can wear daily and with some minor adjustments I can come up with enough looks to get by for any event. In the past, I wasted so much money on beauty products that all these "beauty guru's" from YouTube were using, or products celebs liked, and honestly I wasted so much money on these things. For every high-end product, it seems there's a cheaper dupe for it, and a lot of products I found I just didn't use much or really even like that much.
There are so many people doing makeup looks on YouTube these days that I really wouldn't even bother starting a makeup channel these days if I was looking to try to make a living off it. That being said it is why I feel if you an unusual hobby in your life then that's probably what will attract people most to what you have to share. Do something that other people aren't really doing, or something where you're finding a lot of misinformation. Granted if everyone thought like me then there would be a lack of "beauty guru's" and such. So by all means, do what you want to do.

I will occasionally share my daily looks but you'll probably find me using a lot of the same products. I also try to buy makeup shades that work specifically for myself. So many times a lipstick trend or something will arise and honestly vibrant red-orange lips and dark lip colors I really just can't see myself walking out of the house wearing that on my face... I personally feel ridiculous because I feel certain shades are super unflattering on myself. I would much rather find a wearable alternative to trends like that because I know I'll get the most use out of a product I'm most comfortable wearing. Also by finding these types of alternatives I feel you can create your own unique look, and by doing that I feel you can be more of a trendsetter rather than a complete follower. When you look good and feel confident in how you look, other people will want to know what you're doing to look so great.. but that's just my opinion.

November 19, 2016

Pumpkin Pie Spice - Recipe

Tis the season for Pumpkin Pie Spice everything! You can use this for all your holiday desserts, drinks, or if you're like me you're adding it into your pancake mix as well. So here's my simple recipe on how you can make your own pumpkin pie spice. I used spices by McCormick (I recommend their organic line if it's available in the spice you want), and where it reads "part/s" you can use whatever measuring size you want (I went with tablespoons for mine). I also found that some other pumpkin pie spices may have additional things added to their spice such as ground clove, mace, sweet orange peel, brown sugar, or even cardamom.

Ingredients

2 Parts - Cinnamon, ground (I love ground Saigon Cinnamon for this)
1 Part - Ginger, ground (I used ground Chinese Ginger)
1 Part - Nutmeg, ground
1 Part - Allspice, ground

Combine ingredients into a spice jar (or similar). Close jar with a lid and shake vigorously until well combined.

 Now you're ready to sprinkle your Pumpkin Pie Spice on whatever food your heart desires!