April 20, 2017

Peep Pro Shake

With the Starbuck's Unicorn Frapp taking over Instagram I decided to create a healthy yet tasty version based on several of its ingredients and a few things that aren't listed. Also, there's no coffee in my version but you can, of course, alter yours if you choose.
1 Packet - Carnation Instant Breakfast powder in Vanilla
1/2 Cup - Milk
1/2 Cup - Coconut Water
1/2 Cup - Raspberry, frozen
1/2 Cup - Mango, frozen
Sprinkling - Coconut, fine
1 - Peep *Optional*

Combine Milk and Coconut Water, and then divide in half. Add the mango to one half of the milk coconut water mixture, and blend. Repeat the same steps with the raspberry this time on the other mixed half. Pour the mango mix into a glass followed by the raspberry mix on top. Sprinkle with some finely shredded coconut, and top with a peep if desired.

Side Note: You can combine all these ingredients together (minus the peep) if you want a quick and simplified version.

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.