4.22.2014

Homemade Thin Mints

Homemade Thin Mints



Thin Mints are probably the greatest masterpiece the Girl Scouts of America have provided to the world. I can't resist when a girl scout comes to my door offering for me to buy cookies from her, I always buy at least one box of cookies
Homemade Thin Mints


I remember when I was little and I offered people to buy stuff for my school fundraiser—AND THEY SAID NO. I would never do that disservice to a poor child--dear world, buy a box of cookies, or wrapping paper, or whatever it is they are selling--even if its just the cheapest thing you can find. 

However, Girl Scout cookie season has passed and I have successfully eaten my weight in Thin Mints…which means I need more. SO I crafted/found this recipe and made my own version of thin mints using semi-sweet chocolate, Ritz Crackers, and mint extract. Here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy…and share them!

Ingredients:

Ritz Cookies
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Peppermint Extract
Unsalted Butter

*You may notice that I didn't provide measurements...I just kind of eyeballed this recipe!

To cook:

In a double boiler melt chocolate chips, and gradually add slices of butter until you reach a thin enough consistency for your crackers to be dipped in. 
* I would estimate a quarter cup chocolate chips and 2 oz butter...

Add a teaspoon of Peppermint Extract and stir

Dip in Crackers ( I did two coats)

Place on Parchment Paper and let dry

So there it is...my "easy peesy" faux thin mint recipe. When I was experimenting I made one mini batch with heavy whipping cream (you do not want to do that...too cakey) and then I used shortening (I didn't like the taste) 

So there you have it! What's your favorite Girl Scout Cookie? 

4.17.2014

Stay Still

As a student my whole life I was always on the run-- Run to school, run to soccer practice, run home to eat dinner, rush through homework, go to bed late, wake up early and do it alllllll over again.


Then I grew up a little bit and went to college—I woke up early, went to bed late and studied more than my brain could even handle. I've been so accustomed to being rushed everywhere I go. 

Now that I am a working "not-quite-grown-up" I have this new thing I'm working on—being still. Most importantly I don't always have to be doing something. It’s okay to just watch TV and paint my nails—I don't need to run anywhere. It’s okay to just sit, and relax.


Have any of you experience this through your transition into YOUR not-quite-grown-up lives? 

4.14.2014

Versatile Investment

Clothing is an investment—not just because I like to look good and put together but because impressions are important.

Recently I have been approaching my wardrobe as more of investment pieces rather than “fashion statements”. I use necklaces, purses, or other accessories to make a statement and keep classics current--I suppose it's what fashion experts have been saying for ages...

J. Crew Petite Sunburst Skirt


My versatile investment for this month is a knife pleat navy skirt from J. Crew. You can dress it up, you can dress it down but you will ALWAYS get compliments. The first time I wore it to work with an oatmeal colored sweater, statement oversize pearl necklace, nude pumps and bright red lips.

Petite Sunburst Skirt



Needless to say I was getting compliments left and right, and I felt like a million bucks. You can also wear this with a cotton tank top, flats, statement earring, and hair up and you have the perfect outfit for an afternoon walk through some cute shops.

 
I'd say it was a pretty $59.07 spent. 

What are some purchases you've recently made? 

4.09.2014

Brushing Up

I only own one makeup brush. Coincidentally--I have owned that same brush since I was in the 7th grade...so about eight years. Something tells me I probably should have already tossed this brush but it it still hanging out in my makeup bag day after day.

As I contemplate a new makeup brush purchase I think it's important to know which  brushes do what. So this here article is for all you ladies--actually just like me who have had a makeup brush apply your makeup for your eight grade graduation, sophomore year homecoming, senior prom, your college graduation and every in between.

powder/blush brushes





This is what my super brush--but it certainly doesn't mean this should be your only super brush. This brush is by far the most common kind of makeup brush, and should be used to apply any kind of powder foundation or blush powder. The brushed from above are: bareMinerals tapered brushMarc Jacobs Beauty, and bareMineral Full Flawless Brush


A dome shaped shadow blush perfect size for applying and blending color onto your eyelids. 
Brushes above are the pur minerals and Japonesque .


Okay soooo this isn't exactly a "brush" its more of a sponge BUT it is used in the application of makeup. I have seen these at T.J. Maxx so I would not ever pay the $19.00 odd dollars that this specific sponge costs,but I have been intrigued by its shape and also the use of the sponge. The top "point" of it is perfect for getting areas such as corners of your eyes, and the rounded, larger side is great for quick application of foundation on the rest of your face. 

I will need to be investing in some new brushes soon...but for now learning about them is awfully handy. 

I hope this helped you out as much as it helped me! 


4.02.2014

Easy Work Lunch

So I've had several posts featuring easy work lunches, I always look for different "dishes" to take to lunch so that I'm actually looking forward to my lunch instead of dreading a bland sandwich...or a plate that I eat all too often and then get sick of it.




So I decided to take one of my favorite appetizers or "salads" and make it into my lunch: the caprese salad!

Ingredients:

Mozzarella
1 tomato
1/2 avocado
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Italian Seasoning

Just slice the tomato, and the mozzarella, add the balsamic and olive oil, and sprinkle on some Italian Seasoning to taste! I also add some avocado in there--even though I know it doesn't really go into a Caprese Salad...but that just my style!