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Indian Healing Clay

Good evening!

The great thing about my life right now (besides being engaged and blessed beyond measure) is that I went from working full time to working part time! Yes, there is a side of me that is freaking out because I have so much free time now but, let me tell you, I can relax, focus on school and really take care of myself.

And that is where this Indian Healing Clay comes in. This stuff is amazing! It is so easy to use and it gets rid of everything that has been building up on your face. Let me give credit where credit is due, shout out to my sister in law who put me on to this clay a couple of years ago!

You’ll need:

  • A small plastic bowl
  • A plastic spoon
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Healing Clay

**** Make sure you are not using metal, the clay reacts to it! ****

How I usually do it  is I put 1/4 teaspoon of the clay into my bowl and add in the vinegar drop by drop. The vinegar reacts with the clay immediately so you have to just give it a little time before you add in more. Once it’s all mixed I apply a thick layer to my face and just wait for it to dry. You will definitely feel this mask working, your skin WILL be pulsating. You won’t be able to talk because your skin is so tight but wow the results are amazing! My face is always blotchy after washing the mask off so make sure you’re not doing this an hour before you have to be somewhere. You’re skin will feel so clean and fresh after this mask, it is currently the only one I use! Once my face is dry I moisturize with just a little coconut oil  and then I just bask in the amazingness that is my new skin!

This is a must buy, simply click the picture below! You will not regret it.

If you try it out or have any comments let me know, I’d love to hear about it!

 

Happy Wednesday!

Love,

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Peanut Butter Covered Pretzels

Yes! Yes! Yes! This is so easy, so messy and just super fun to make.

All you need is:

  • Mini pretzels
  • Peanut butter
  • White chocolate chips
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Coconut oil

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I’ve looked up recipes for this and several said to microwave the chocolate but let me tell you DO NOT DO THIS. It’s just so easy to burn the chocolate that I’m not trying to risk it.

To start off we double boiled the white chocolate with creamy peanut butter and a spoonful of coconut oil. The amount of chocolate and peanut butter all depends on how much you’re making.

We made such a mess dipping the pretzels in the sauce and then placing them on parchment paper, but the sauce is amazing.

Once you’re done with all the pretzels place them in the freezer (depending on how much peanut butter you added in, it might be hard to get hard).

In the meantime, melt the semi-sweet chocolate the same way you did the white chocolate.

Once the pretzels are done in the freezer take them out and splash as much semi-sweet chocolate as you want!

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This is so easy to make and it’s great to make it when you want to just have fun.

I ate so many of these I got a stomach ache! I never knew I loved the mixture of white chocolate and peanut butter so much!

This is a must try!

If you have any recommendations or any other fun recipes please share!

Love,

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Wedding Dress Sample Studio

Good morning my beautiful followers!

As many of you know, and many probably do not, I am engaged! But honestly, I’m kind of freaking out, I want the most perfect wedding there is but I’m afraid to make any decisions.

To begin with, my dress! What if I don’t like the one I bought, why am I not crying like all the other girls on TV are, and why are all the dresses so expensive? (spending more than $1,000 on a dress I’m only going to wear once…. that’s ludicrous)

Well, in little Augusta, Georgia I found a sample studio, Tiffinie Bleu Bridal Sample Studio Yes, finally! And its conveniently located right next to my school, I hit the jackpot.

Of course, I follow them on Instagram, (because all I do on social media now is look up wedding stuff), and low and behold they are doing a 10% off flash sale! YES, YES, YES!

Before I get into the sample studio, let me tell you that they do have their regular salon, Tiffinie Bleu Bridal Boutique. It is absolutely perfect. It is by appointment only and you get the whole salon to yourself and the best customer service I’ve ever received. Also, they gave us, me, my mother and maid of honor, champagne and cookies. It was the first time I actually felt engaged and like a bride, I loved it.

I’m only going to share photos of dresses that I am not considering, so my fiance doesn’t know which one I’m getting!

Honestly, trying on dresses was not fun. I didn’t get emotional, I didn’t exclaim “Yes, this is the one… I’m saying yes to the dress!”. Maybe I’m not girly enough, who knows.

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But I took a trip to their sample studio to see if they had anything that I wanted. With sample studios it is definitely a hit or miss, they offer discounted dresses straight from their bridal salon. They also have belts, veils and shoes, which is awesome.

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If you guys have any tips or advice for my fiance and I please do not hesitate to initiate a conversation! We would love advice on weddings and just how to remain calm and not stressed. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Love,

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Pho Bac, Fo’ Real

Okay guys, don’t hate me but I really don’t care for Asian food.  I know we’ve Americanized virtually every cultures food but even then I don’t care for it. But of course I love food and I’m pretty much down to try most things.

So I decided to go to Pho Bac in Evans, Georgia. I’ve been before and thought the food was alright, I mean seriously, what’s so special about some soup?

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Anyway this time I got the same thing I got last time haha shrimp noodle soup. But I did add on a Thai beer called Singha and some spring rolls.

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Oh yeah and those are crab puffs with the spring rolls. Honestly AMAZING!

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This place is pretty decent. The customer service could use some improvement but as far as food it’s good. Not to diss the CSRA but Pho Bac might be the best restaurant around here.

I hope you guys have a great Saturday!

Love,

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Travel Diaries: Columbia, South Carolina

So I must confess something… I absolutely love food. My family and I were planning this awesome food filled trip to Charleston, South Carolina BUT with all the rain and thunderstorms we decided that wasn’t the best idea, unfortunately. So we decided to make our way to Columbia instead. Yelp is seriously my best friend when I’m going to a new place, so I found a few places that caught my eye but we went with this awesome little place called Cafe Strudel.

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So coming into this place it was PACKED, (which definitely tells me that we went to the right place) our wait ended up being a little more than 30 minutes.

So to kill time we went next door and visited the Old Mill Antique Mall. This place is massive. When you think you’re done another room pops up out of no where. Old Mill has over 75 dealers selling anything from jewelry, books, pins, clothes, old cameras, you name it, they probably have it.

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Once we were antiqued out we headed back to the restaurant and what a coincidence our table was ready.

Our waiter was absolutely wonderful and the service was great. BUT our food was even better.

Duck fat fry Basket: Fries tossed in duck fat and truffle oil with a green onion aioli.

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Freshly squeezed orange juice. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING

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Hangover hash browns: Hash browns with banana peppers, onions, tomatoes and scrambles eggs. WITH one pineapple french toast.

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Sunrise Burrito: scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, salsa, black beans and sour cream in a cheddar cheese wrap.

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Apple Strudel 

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If you’re ever in Columbia you must visit this place! I 100% recommend it. They have great service and great food.

Love,

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Easiest Apple Tart Ever

I know, I know. It has been months since I have posted on my blog and for that I apologize. I got caught up in other stuff and had no will to do any DIY’s or cook. But thankfully I am ready to give my blog life and get this thing rolling once again.

I decided to make this really easy apple tart that came out surprisingly great.

 

Ingredients:

  • The average frozen puff pastry that you can buy at any grocery store.
  • 5 granny smith apples

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  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of melted butter
  • Less than 1/3 a cup of sugar

And that’s it! (Well you can add some love in it, of course)

First you have to let your puff pastry thaw out, give it about 20-30 minutes and it should be done. You will definitely be able to tell when it’s done, you just lightly touch it with your finger and if there is an indentation, guess what, it’s done.

While your puff pastry is thawing out, this is the perfect time for you to cut your apples up. I took the skin off of the apples first then sliced them up in a mandoline, but you can slice them by hand, it just might take a little longer. Once they were all sliced I put them in the bowl and added my cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. I mixed them all up and let them hang out.

In the meantime, why not preheat your oven? It should be preheated at 350 degrees.

Once  your puff pastry is all thawed out, roll it out a little bit so it’s stretched out. Make sure not to really “work” the pastry, we don’t want it to get messed up. Place the pastry on your pan which should be lined with parchment paper. Then working from the outside to the inside place your apples around the puff pastry so they’re overlapping.

Now once your apples are in place you can sprinkle your sugar all over them. Chop up your butter and place it throughout your pastry.

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The pastry took about 30-40 minutes to cook but this will vary so just keep an eye on it. You will definitely smell it once it’s ready.

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It was light, not too sweet and honestly one of the best desserts I’ve made. I placed a spoonful of french vanilla ice cream on mine and it was perfect. ❤

 

I hope you guys try it out! I wanted to make it a little bit different and unique but I figured I should probably try to make it the normal way first.

Let me know if you try it out, I’d love the feedback ❤

Have a great Saturday!

Love,

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Lemon raspberry cupcakes 

Some days I just really want to make something, just anything and yesterday I decided I wanted to make some cupcakes. Let me start by saying I am NOT a baker. If anything I’m a non-baker, really because I suck at it. It’s kind of embarrassing but I don’t know the difference between baking soda, baking powder and cornstarch. (I’m still working on learning!) But I do know how to read and just follow instructions. So I made these cute little cupcakes. They’re lemon cupcakes with raspberry jam filling and lemon “meringue” frosting.

First let me tell you what you’ll need.

Ingredients for the cupcake: MAKES 24 CUPCAKES

  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of room temp. unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • About 1 tablespoon of lemon zest, I didn’t measure this, just eye-balled it.
  • Raspberry jam

I KNOW IT’S A LOT BUT THEYRE WORTH IT.

Ingredients for the lemon “meringue frosting”

  • 4 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • lemon zest
  • pinch cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt

Like with most recipes I mixed the dry ingredients for the cupcakes together, flour, sugar, baking powder, cornstarch, salt. Then all the wet ingredients. EXCEPT FOR THE RASPBERRY JAM, THAT’S AFTER THE CUPCAKES ARE COOKED!! The butter is supposed to be room temperature but I did put it into the microwave for just a little to get it softened. Then fold all the ingredients together.

You have to be careful of over mixing. You don’t need to get all of the bumps out of the mixture, just make sure you can’t obviously see chunks of butter or anything like that.

That’s the easy part.

I had these cute little left over pink ramekins so I just put about a spoonful of the mixture into each.

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I had my oven at 350 degrees and the cupcakes were in there for about 20 minutes or so, until they are lightly brown.

While the cupcakes were baking we started the frosting.

I have never made anything meringue, I don’t think I even ate a lemon meringue pie before. But I wanted to try something new.

For this part get a medium saucepan filled with water onto your stove top on medium-high heat. Get all your frosting ingredients into a bowl. Make sure you have an electric hand mixer ready, if not get a whisk and make sure your arm is ready for some intense whipping.

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This part takes a while and is tiring.

So while your beating the ingredients (on high)  your bowl should definitely be over the simmering water to help cook the egg whites and make your frosting fluff up. You’ll know when its done when it is able to peak just like your traditional lemon meringue pie does. (Sorry I didn’t take a picture of the peaks!) Probably about 5-10 minutes for this to happen.

When the cupcakes were done, I let them cool off before I decided to fill them with the raspberry jam.

I used just your ordinary apple corer (apple core remover) to take out some of the cupcake, then just put some jam into the hole and with the same cupcake that we took out place it on top so  the frosting and the jam doesn’t mix together.

This is very easy to do. You can do it with any cupcake and use any kind of filling you like.

Once the whole raspberry filling was done, just top it off with some frosting.

I did decided to top the cupcakes with just another thing.

In a bowl I took some more lemon zest, just about a couple drops of lemon juice and some sugar to make sugared lemon zest. It tastes just like a lemon head but a lot better.

After I frosted the cupcakes I just put a little bit of the sugared lemon zest on top. You don’t have to do this, I just did it to give the cupcakes a little bit more lemon flavor.

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They were really good and I was proud of myself. I was quite surprised that I didn’t burn them, didn’t mix them right and EXTREMELY surprised that the lemon meringue frosting came out edible.

I hope you guys try this, cupcakes are great for every occasion and every day.

Let me know what you guys think! I’d love to hear some feedback.

Have a great Monday and a beautiful week,

Love,

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