Wish I would have known #7

As someone who has usually around 5 mascaras going at one time, this tip sounds perfect!

You know how you never get all of the mascara out of the tube before it dries out? I saw on Pinterest that you can add 4-5 drops of saline solution, insert the wand, stir it up and tah-dah! You can do this 3 or 4 times or until you use up all of the mascara.

Let me know if you give this a try as I have yet to do it and you may beat me to it. I would love to hear your comments on this new found money saver! 

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Wish I would have known #6

Good old Martha taught us that rather than buying those ridiculously expensive anti-slip mats for a rug, just turn it over and run a few lines of acrylic-latex caulk every 6 inches or so. Let dry and flip over and your rug wont be going anywhere. Wow this is amazing, such a great idea too keep it from sliding around from kids and pets! 

Gluten Free Cream Cheese Pancakes

  

These do not need much explaining. The 3 words I crave everyday are in the title so how can I go wrong – Gluten free, Cream Cheese & Pancakes. DONE! These pancakes contain no grains or flour of any kind.  In fact the list of ingredients in this recipe is incredibly short.  Cream cheese (low fat or full fat), eggs, stevia powder (or sugar) – maybe a pinch of cinnamon.  That’s it.  
 
 
For four 6-inch pancakes/crepes
 
Recipe ingredients:
 
2 oz cream cheese
2 eggs
1 packet stevia (or any) sweetener
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
 
Put all ingredients in a blender or magic bullet.  Blend until smooth.  Let rest for 2 minutes so the bubbles can settle.  Pour 1/4 of the batter into a hot pan greased with butter or pam spray.  Cook for 2 minutes until golden, flip and cook 1 minute on the other side.  Repeat with the rest of the batter.  Serve with sugar free syrup (or any syrup of your choice) and fresh berries.  A surprisingly satisfying substitute for the real thing.  

Approximate nutrition info per batch: 344 calories, 29g fat, 2.5g net carbs, 17g protein

The Best Way to Cook Zucchini and Carrots

 

I have always made my own Yam Fries and been impressed at how good they can taste with just a little spice, olive oil and the oven… so as soon as I saw these ideas for Zucchini and Carrots I knew I had to give them a try. I still can’t say I have tried the carrots but I have tried the Zucchini many times and each time I swear they are even better. Sometimes if I am feeling inspired by White Spot’s ZOO sticks I like to coat them in egg whites and toss them in bread crumbs. It is super easy and adds a little bit of crunch to them that misleads your brain to thinking it is eating fries 🙂

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to making some shockingly delightful savory treats that you can feel awesome about.

1. Preheat oven to 220 C/425 F

2. Cut your veg into 8-cm/3-inch sticks, making sure they are even in thickness.

3. Line a baking tray with baking paper and a light layer of olive oil.

4. SEASON – go with the usual salt&pepper and branch out to try some other spices.

5. COAT- If you feel like making the ZOO sticks as I mentioned get a bowl of egg whites and dip the zucchini in it and then in some bread crumbs and go wild (or make your own bread crumbs).

Lightly toss your vegetable batons with a tablespoon or so of olive oil (not too much) and the herbs and spices.

6. Spread your seasoned veg over your lined tray and roast, tossing halfway through, for about 20 minutes or until golden and slightly browned at the edges.

ENJOY!

 

CrockPot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili

I am a huge fan of Skinny Taste, if you have not checked it out yet.. make sure you do! This is a recipe that I originally got from the Skinny Taste Website but over time have added a few things here and there and made it even better (or so I like to think). I have indicated what makes my recipe different with bold in the recipe list. I have included the photos that Skinny Taste provided for some insight 🙂 I don’t know what it is about crockpot recipes but something about crockpots and the fall season just goes hand in hand. Also this recipe like many of my favourites is a great semi healthy recipe that does not break the budget… and does not take much time 🙂 How can it get much better?

A perfect fall chili that can be made with ground turkey or ground turkey depending on your taste. Top this with chopped fresh cilantro, scallions, jalapeños, light sour cream, and/or reduced fat cheddar.

Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili
Servings: 9 • Serving Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 182.6 • Fat: 2.3 g • Protein: 23.3 g • Carb: 10.9 g • Fiber: 8.8 g • Sugar: 2.1
Sodium: 429.8 (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray
  • 2 lb 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 green peppers
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder, to taste
  • 1/4th pack Spicy taco seasoning mix for a kick to the meat
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 (15 oz cans) of white northern or navy beans, rinsed and drained (I put in 3 to make it more of a chili and added protein)
  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) (I put in 2 cans to get the real pumpkin taste)
  • 2 chopped medium sized Jalapeño for spice 
  • 2 cups low sodium, fat free chicken broth *I put 3 cups due to the pumpkin and beans being more
  • fat free sour cream for topping (optional)
  • chopped cilantro and chives for topping (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat a large heavy saute pan over high heat and lightly spray with oil. Add meat, spicy taco seasoning and cook, breaking it up until white, about 5 minutes.  Add to crock pot.

Add oil to the saute pan, then onions, garlic, sauté about 3 – 4 minutes; add cumin and sauté another minute. 

Add to crock pot. Add beans, green peppers, jalapeños  pumpkin puree, broth, chili powder, oregano, and bay leaves. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

Remove bay leaves and adjust seasoning to taste before serving. Enjoy!

DIY Christmas

Okay, some may say it is a bit too early.. but my rule has always been that as soon as Halloween passes you can start thinking Christmas and well its only a matter of days before Halloween is done with so why can’t I start now?

I can’t take credit for these amazing DIY ideas but I have too share them as some of them are just too good to pass up. Who says that Christmas decorations have to be expensive!

1.) Christmas Snow Globes.

Maybe it is just me but I find THESE WAY CUTER then the regular old fashioned snow globes. How cute and super easy.Image

2.)  Yarn & Rope Balls

As soon as I saw these I thought of something straight out of the PotteryBarn or UrbanBarn catalogue how cute! 

Here’s a quick and easy way to style your home with a fresh approach using plain glass globes…

These ornaments look like yarn caught inside of a bubble.

Gather these in a bowl or a tall apothecary jar, or hang them on the tree – they look great anywhere.

To make these just remove the metal fitting from a clear glass ornament and fill it with yarn or rope. You can find plain glass balls a Jo-Ann’s or Michael’s.

Yesterday’s news works too – just cut paper into shreds and tuck inside.

3.) DIY Christmas Trees

I love love love love love these, did I mention I love these? 

You can use foam cones (found in the floral section) for the forms and lots of hot glue.

The appliques of choice used in this DIY project are scrunched up tissue paper, a thick fluffy yarn, and silver and white glitter.  You could also use those little pom pom balls in the kid’s craft section, feathers, or a fun festive fabric.  They would be really cute in a cable knit fabric or red burlap for texture.

You can find the silver taper candle sticks at Michael’s but Wal-Mart sells clear crystal ones for a few dollars if you want something less visible.   The cheaper the better since you are gluing them to the cones.

A new Modern Twist on Friendship Bracelets

I just saw this on TUMBLR and fell in love. I love how it is a great spin on the classic friendship bracelets & is a great gift idea for any friends close or far away. I just want to make these in every design, such a great idea! 

 

  1. Cut six pieces of crochet thread (size 10), each about 30 cm in length. Do this for all three colors you want to use in your braid.
  2. Attach the six pieces together with glue and a box clasp at one end. Repeat for the other two colors.
  3. Take a piece of large link chain around 18 cm long and measure it against your wrist. Add or take off links with pliers until you are satisfied with the fit.
  4. Open the first link and thread on the three box clasps in any order.
  5. Start braiding, making sure that each color is threaded through the chain links in sequence.
  6. Stop braiding three links before the end of the chain and attach three more box clasps on the ends.
  7. Open up the last link of the chain, thread on the box clasps and a lobster clasp, and close the link with pliers.

DIY: Neon Toe Shoes

I have been wanting Neon Toe Shoes FOREVER but as a recent graduate and the un-proud owner of numerous student loans, another new pair of shoes really isn’t in my budget. Okay, who am I kidding.. there is always room for new shoes in any woman’s closet BUT doing it myself makes me feel that much better.. and maybe more worthy of *cough* deserving another pair of shoes (justified right)? Making your own shoes is super easy and unlike a lot of DIY projects this project requires very little projects.

Materials:

• In the photos below Nude Patent Pumps are used but you can use any colour really that makes you happy.

• Pink Fluorescent Neon Spray Paint or even better Floral Spray.

• Packing Tape

• Old Towels (to protect your shoes when you spray)

& that’s all.

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Tape Shoes. First you’ll want to tape your shoes. The area you don’t tape is where the color will be. You can also tape the rubber sole to get a nuce clean finish. You don’t have to tape the inside of your shoes, since we will cover them with an old towel.

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Next cover the shoes. Take them outside and spray 2-3 coats on the shoes (don’t use more than 3 coats as the layers of paint are too much and will most likely start to chip). Then spray the color with a sealer to protect and so it won’t chip. 

And that’s it! You are done. 🙂 The hardest part is making sure you do a good job taping, but otherwise, so easy. Take off the tape and enjoy your fun new shoes!

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