The one where I terrorize the neighborhood children

I really need to take pictures, and I probably will, but I’ve been using a product called Baby Foot that many are already familiar with. And yes, I should have used this back in May, but whatever…

I used this on Monday or Tuesday of last week. I can’t remember which day exactly, and yesterday was the day my feet finally started, um, showing signs that I’ve used it. Today, my daughter has one of her friends over, and I’m so tempted to start soaking my feet and unleash the horror. (I won’t spoil anything just now for those of you unfamiliar with what is going to be seen. I’ll let you Google it.)

Yes, I’m evil. Like… mustache-twirling Tom Hiddleston evil.

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Sprout VoxBox Review

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After weeks of being sent survey after survey from Influenster, I finally ended up getting a VoxBox: Influenster is a site where you can sign up to receive products for free to try out in exchange for your honest opinion and review. For some reason, most of these companies seem to enjoy sending me food and laundry detergent. (I suspect the mom button in a survey somewhere.) So here’s what was sent in my direction this time around:

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Monday Musings

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Have you ever had one of those weekends where you’re kind of glad it’s Monday because it seems like it might be a return to a safe and sane routine? I’m kinda there.

Cleaning House

I’d take a picture of my makeup and skincare collection, but I don’t think I could fit everything into the frame. It’s embarrassing. Really embarrassing. As in, I don’t even exclusively shop at Sephora for products, and I’m not sure whether or not a Rouge status should be a source of pride or shame for me. I did another spreadsheet over the weekend detailing my routine (more on that further down), my products, and a breakdown on how much I spend. I’m not showing you guys a picture of that, either. It’s not that I go over-budget or anything, but… Yeah…

I apparently have eight full size red lipsticks in a nearly identical shade. I honestly suspected I had more, but I think I gave a few of them to my daughter.

So I decided to put my spreadsheet obsession to good use. Everything is dated by when I got it and use by dates (if any). There are also notes on what I liked or didn’t like and whether or not I want to repurchase. It’s broken down by category, item and even by shade and finish. I’ve made a promise to myself that I will use up as much of it as possible or donate if unused before it goes bad. I will not repurchase another product of its kind until it is used up. As things are emptied, I’ll know what to review, how to review it, and what to repurchase. Continue reading “Monday Musings”

Monday Musings

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Ah… That was a nice week off!

Chicken Nuggets ≠ Chicken McNuggets

Since I don’t do regular weekly confessions, I’ll make one now. I spent two hours on Friday arguing with people on the Internet about what a chicken nugget is. Why? Because, as someone who tries to (occasionally and not often enough, I’ll admit) eat healthy, I’m appalled that some people apparently think that THIS is a chicken nugget:

No. Those are Chicken McNuggets, and there’s a difference. I have strong opinions regarding this.  Continue reading “Monday Musings”

Plated vs. Blue Apron vs. Hello Fresh

I’ve talked in the past about how much I adore Plated. Well, lately I’ve been sampling some other very similar services, and I thought I’d break down my experience with each of them and let you guys know how they differ and what I like or don’t like about each one.

What is this box of food?

All three services have a similar concept. For a set price per serving, you can experiment with new recipes. You select the food you want from their menu for a particular week (or skip it if you don’t want anything that week), and they will ship you the recipe and the food used to make it. There’s no buying a whole bunch of something you’ll use once and then have tons of leftovers that inevitably end up in the trash. When I say they provide everything, I mean EVERYTHING. They typically will only assume you have salt, pepper, oil, and the occasional egg on hand. Continue reading “Plated vs. Blue Apron vs. Hello Fresh”

Monday Musings

Nope. Sorry. I’m going back to bed. Wake me up when it’s Friday.

Holiday Delivery Delays + Food Delivery Services = 😦

I tend to order from services like Plated a lot. I’ve even done a full review on Plated, and I’m working on a comparison review between it and two similar services. I’ve already tried out Blue Apron, and my first HelloFresh delivery is next week. Usually everything arrives on time and in excellent condition, and there’s nothing to really worry about. Continue reading “Monday Musings”

November Favorites

I seem to be the only blogger not doing this, so I’ll start with a monthly edition.

Julep Nail Products

There were so many things from Julep that I’ve recently become familiar with and just love… I figured I’d cram them all into one category.I’ve really gotten into my Julep Maven subscription, and while I was never much into caring for my nails before, I’ve really established a routine. Something I tend to use a lot and will definitely reorder when it’s time… Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover and Oxygen Performance Top Coat. Favorite nail color this month is my pick from November– Linnea. This is such a pretty pinky, shimmery neutral, and it lasts me all week.

Linnea

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Recipe: Black Friday Cottage Pie

First off, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

While you’re enjoying your turkey or ham or venison or tofurkey or whatever you prepared this holiday, you’re probably wondering what in the holy hell you’re going to do with what’s left. Well, here’s what we do…

Black Friday is a bit of a tradition in my house, but not because of shopping. Oh, HELL no. We’re a family of people who don’t do well in large crowds. Black Friday is popular in our house because that’s the day I dump all of the Thanksgiving leftovers into one pot and make cottage pie. In fact, it’s probably looked forward to a lot more than the Turkey Day feast itself.

This started off as a recipe from Publix Aprons and an idea for St. Patrick’s Day. I just took that and modified it. You can view the original recipe here. It’s a good one.

A really good one.

And honestly… I don’t really measure when I do this, either. I just start dumping things into a casserole. I know about what I’m looking for, but here’s roughly what you’ll want from your Thanksgiving leftovers:

  • 2 cups chopped leftover turkey
  • 2 cups green bean casserole
  • a bag of shredded cheddar cheese
  • leftover mashed potatoes, enough to cover everything

Since you’re using leftovers here, you’ll notice I left out the seasoning. Chances are your turkey and green bean casserole are already seasoned just fine. You can also add some leftover vegetables to this. Go nuts. Mine is different every year.

Combine the first two ingredients and pack them into the bottom of a casserole dish. (If you used a little bit more than what I listed above, you’ll need a bigger casserole dish. Just eyeball it. Spread the mashed potatoes over everything in a thick layer to cover. Sprinkle cheese over the mashed potatoes. You’re probably not going to use the whole bag. Pop it into the oven on 350ºF for about 20-25 minutes or until everything is heated through. Ta-da!

By the way, the sprouts recipe above goes really well with this, but you can also just roast some up instead. I like to cut mine in half lengthwise, toss in a little sesame oil, salt, and pepper, and roast on 450ºF for about 15-18 minutes. There’s a lot less prep time and babysitting with this method than the stovetop method, but you’ve probably got more than enough sides at your fingertips after Thanksgiving without having to do anything else anyway.

Stir Fry Burgers

This experiment started last week when I tried out a new stir fry recipe. As we sat there eating and enjoying it, my husband turned to me and said, “This would make a really good burger.” So tonight we tried it.

I also learned that I need to replace my George Foreman grill, which is why I’m not posting any pictures. It wasn’t pretty. The good news is, it tasted amazing, and it’s so versatile, you can top it a number of ways. So I decided to share…

2 lbs. ground meat (your choice, if you’ve got a special mix you like to use)
4 scallions
1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Sriracha
1/4 cup hoison sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce

Start by trimming the roots from your scallions and slicing them thinly. You can keep the dark greens for a garnish, but you pretty much aren’t going to need them for the purposes of this recipe. You only need the whites and light greens. Toss those and everything else listed above into a large bowl and mix with your hands before forming into eight patties. You might choose to add a touch of salt or pepper, but I found it wasn’t really needed due to the soy sauce.

Cook these however you like– broiled, grilled, whatever. Toast your buns and serve. We topped ours with grilled pineapple and plum sauce, but there are some other ways you can swing this:

  • sauteed onion and bell peppers
  • sauteed mushrooms, spinach and smoked provolone
  • slaw

Of course, you might have an idea of your own. I really don’t want to limit you here. You’re working with Asian flavors, so keep that in mind.

Blue Apron Deal on Gilt City

I’ve already stated how much I love my Plated subscription, but with other boxes out there like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, and since I’m not ordering anything from Plated for next week, I decided to give Blue Apron a try.

The great thing about a lot of subscription boxes is that you can often find deals for them on Groupon or LivingSocial or Gilt City that lets you try the service out for a discount. That is, of course, if they’re not running a deal where you can try it for free. (Again, I state… If you’re trying out Plated for the first time, find someone who is already a member and ask them for a referral to get your first box free. The best way to do this is by searching the #platedpics hastag on Twitter and tweet people posting their meals to ask if they have a referral available.)

Right now, Gilt City is offering an amazing deal where you can get half of of your first Blue Apron order. I personally got two meals for a family of four (which means we’ll have some leftovers) for $45. Head on over and check it out if this is something you’re interested in.