Do what you want…

Am I the only one OBSESSED with Gaga’s new stuff? It reminds me of a cross between Madonna and Mariah….so pretty much amazing. This is my fav off her new album, and oh yes, that IS R. Kelly singing along with her…remember him?? Let’s just say I’ve tested out the quality of Nissan’s sound system with this number.

So if you see a white Murano speeding driving down the road dancing and singing uncontrollably to this song…its probably me.

Happy Monday! Take a listen. You’re welcome 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3jzMyYgPQs

Friendsgiving Part 1

Happy Sunday everyone! I am still in a food coma from yesterday’s festivities. It was our 2nd annual Friendsgiving! Amanda and Bill hosted, and everyone brought some of their favorite dishes. It was a great group of 21 friends, and a.maz.ing. food!

I thought it would be super fun to share some recipes of others for a change, so this was a great opportunity! Today, I have successfully compiled the recipes of the ‘dessert-ish’ dishes from yesterday. Let me share three of them.

Anna had been talking about this pumpkin crunch for a while. Aaron has since been talking about it non-stop. Thank goodness she shared the recipe….I hope mine measures up! It kind of resembled a cake with pecans on top, but had different textures to the taste. A creamier pumpkin at the bottom, and a crunchier cake-like on top. Anna, please forgive me if this is all wrong, this is Aaron’s description since I didn’t try any! Here is the recipe! She used regular whipped cream, as it was already so sweet, AND if you wanted to make this gluten free, all you would have to replace is the yellow cake mix. Lillabee, and Pamela’s both make a great one!

http://www.plainchicken.com/2011/11/pumpkin-crunch.html

Julie had inquired earlier in the week on some tips on spices, ensuring that everything was gluten free, so I had been daydreaming about hers too! She made a pumpkin bread that was delish! It was so moist, and just the right amount of sweet, so it didn’t feel too dessert-y. I was seriously wishing I had some for breakfast this morning. I had some with dinner, and some after while we played games. YUM. Here is her recipe!

food.com/recipe/gluten-free-pumpkin-bread-393411

Lastly, I made a couple of pumpkin cheesecakes! I had been waiting for months (since my last cheesecake fail, if you missed that post, well, good.) It was pretty tasty, and still is today…

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Here is the recipe for the cheesecake! It’s layered with regular cheesecake, to keep it from being too pumpkin-y. (no such thing)

 

 

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Filling:

  • 4 – 8 oz packages cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 300 degrees
  • Grease pie tin
  • In large bowl, mix crushed cookies and butter
  • Press cookie mixture into pan and up the sides
  • Bake crust for 8-10 minutes
  • Cool crust for at least 5 minutes
  • Beat cream cheese until creamy in an extra large bowl
  • Add sugar and beat well
  • Add in 1 egg at a time, beating as you go.
  • Spoon 3 cups of cheesecake mixture into cooled crust
  • Add pumpkin, and spices in to the remaining cheesecake mixture
  • Spoon on top of regular cheesecake
  • Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Turn off oven, open door, and leave in for addition 30 minutes
  • Cool in refrigerator until serving

 

Hope you guys can use one of these for a holiday party, or Thanksgiving this week! I will be making the 2 that I didn’t try this week!

Thanks Anna and Julie for sending the recipes and staring on the blog today as baking beauties!

Have a great week everyone, and look for the savory recipes tomorrow! Dessert first, right Julie?

 

First comes love, then comes marriage…

Then comes a foster dog! Introducing Fozie!

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Fozie is a 10 month old boxer/border collie mix. He was born to Snookie, a TINY fawn boxer (hence, her name), and left at the shelter as a tiny baby. He has been at the Hobo Care Boxer Rescue ever since. They only get walked once a week, for about an hour, and that’s IF volunteers show up to walk them. So needless to say, he has a lot of energy. The first time Fozie and I met, he was planning to come live with us, when an adorable family with small children wanted him first. However, they had a hard time dealing with the fact that he had no training at all, and backed out of the adoption. Poor Fozie.

Luckily, he has gotten to know a whole new world since coming to our house! He ran for the first time off a leash, had his first bath,

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chewed on his first bone,

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got his first belly rub,

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first tennis ball,

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took his first nap on the couch (I think this is the first time he has EVER been in a house….inside is still very foreign to him),

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and his first night sleeping in a dog bed for half the night, and in our bed the second half. Thank God for king sized beds!

Here is what this sweet boy loves right now:

  • Sitting on command!
  • Curling up into a tight ball OR stretching out. He is so long!
  • Sitting on Olive
  • Giving kisses
  • Snuggling with me 🙂
  • Watching Aaron. I think he is a bit shy with men so far.
  • Getting treats, especially bacon.

Here are his LEAST favorite things:

  • The sliding glass door
  • The kennel
  • Getting off the couch
  • The ceiling fan
  • The dog door
  • Peeing in the yard. He prefers the deck.

He also has acquired a significant amount of nicknames. If you have a dog, you know how this goes. Foz, Fozzers, Fozwald, Foxie, Fonzie, Foz Dog, etc.

We are so lucky he is such a GOOD dog. For how sad of a life he has had, he is so, so happy. He seems right at home here! It’s a great feeling knowing how much better his life is here until he finds a forever home. He is still up for adoption, and is so far amazing with every other dog he has met, as well as children. If you know of anyone who is interested (after we continue training him of course), please have them contact me!

Olive really likes Fozie as well! She is a bit pouty sometimes, but when we separate them to eat, she can’t wait to get right back to playing with him.

If you are interested in volunteering, or fostering, please ask me for info!

I’ll leave you with a few more pictures of this sweet pup.

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Aaaand of course, our number 1 girl!!

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‘Look alive’ makeup

As promised, a little makeup tutorial for you all this morning! I made sure to start soon after I woke up, so you could see what I’m workin with in the mornings. I don’t know about you all, but every year older I get, adds about 3 minutes to my makeup application time, which used to be about 30 seconds when I had even, flawless skin. Here are a few things I am trying to correct.

1. Dark circles. We’re talkin dark.

2. Uneven pigment throughout my face.

3. Sparse brows.

4. Uni-cheek as I call it. I have lost some definition of my cheekbones.

Here is what you need for this quick tutorial:

  • Concealer. I use Nars’ concealer in Ginger. If you don’t have as dark of circles as me, I recommend finding a highlighter/concealer in one. I am not a candidate for that. (My friend Amanda uses a Sephora brand)
  • A loose or pressed full coverage powder foundation.
  • Bronzer. I recommend Sephora Brand or Mac, find a color that works for your skin tone. I would avoid shimmer here if you’re over 25. Except for special occasions.
  • Mascara. If you MUST have waterproof, do me a favor and but 1 waterproof, 1 non waterproof. Waterproof mascara will literally break off you lashes. So 1 coat of non waterproof first will help protect those gems.
  • Eye shadow. One shade that you like for your entire lid will work here, and if you’re daring, grab a second shade slightly darker than the first.
  • Something to fill in your brows. I will be using Benefit Gimme Brow, as well as a shadow and an angle brush to show you two applications.

Let’s get started with some embarrassing pictures.

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Look at those weeny browns, dark circles, and notice the difference in shades between point 1 and 2 on my face? Now watch this.

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As you can see on my right side (your left), my circles are nearly gone, my brows are actually there, and my face face some contour. That eye actually looks awake!

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Here’s a closer view of before and after. I just look alive! Enhanced, but not overdone. Which is pretty much the look I go for every day.

Now get your makeup out, let’s start!

Start with concealer. Apply with the stick, and spread with your fingers. Skin on skin gives you the best application.

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Next, with a large blush brush, apply your pressed or loose powder all over your face.

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Next, grab your bronzer, and a smaller blush brush, and apply bronzer in the contour of your cheek, right below the bone, and at the top of your cheekbone closest to your hairline. Do this in a circular motion so it stays blended. I LOVE bronzer…see how happy I get here? Starting to look alive.

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Also, apply to the very tip top of your forehead, where the sun would hit, and a nice strip down the center of your nose.

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Now, time to fill in your brows. This great product has a small mascara wand looking attachment on the end, so it makes it super easy. Just brush onto you brow HAIR first, if you’d like it more dramatic, you can put it right on your skin.

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Now, take your favorite shadow shade, and apply to your entire upper eyelid.

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If you’d like a little extra, grab that next darkest shade, and using the tip of your shadow brush, brush it along your lash line on your upper AND lower lash.

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Now we’re off to mascara. The BEST touch to your eyes. Remember, try NOT to apply waterproof mascara to your bare lashes. Try at least one coat of regular, topped with one coat of waterproof. I know I need at least that one coat of waterproof or I look like a mess by noon.

Start at the base of your lashes, with the brush completely horizontal. Gently wiggle the brush as you work base to ends of lashes. Do the same thing on the bottom if you need a little down there as well. I do 2 coats everyday in this exact same manner.

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Lastly, with the tip of your mascara wand, pull a few lashes on the outside corner of your eyes out, to give your eyes some width.

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Viola! This should take you no longer than 5 minutes!

Lesson learned…next time I will actually BRUSH my hair before doing this (I mean its my day off an I have makeup on already, gimme a break), and make better faces. In better lighting. Hope you liked it anyways. You want more hair and makeup, you got it! 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

 

Sephora

Hope you all had a great weekend!

I paid a visit to Sephora yesterday. Are you ready for this? It was my first. time. Yes, I was a Sephora virgin. Whoa. Consider my life changed.

I went there for 2 things, a new concealer (I’ve been getting the question ‘are you tired?’ a lot lately, and since I plan on being Italian for the remainder of my life, therefor fighting these dark circles under my eyes, I needed some. Secondly, a new brow filling product that I have heard RAVES about. I am already obsessed. My brows look better than ever.

Stay tuned tomorrow for tutorials on how to use them both! Plus, a little mascara tutorial for my aunt, who requested it LONG ago 🙂

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