Guys, I turn 25 tomorrow and I am having a quarter life crisis basically. Is that a bit dramatic? Maybe, but it’s a bit accurate. I haven’t bought any lavish cars – handbags in my case, but I can’t stop thinking about all of the things I want to do that I haven’t done and all of the things I said I would do that I didn’t do because I was too afraid or let my other issues get in the way. Continue reading “30 before 30”
National Suicide Prevention Week
So, this is a heavy topic, but such an important one. This week is National Suicide Prevention Week and tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day. If I’m honest, I sat staring at this post for entirely too long trying to decide what to say and how to say it, but this topic is so close to my heart. However, I’m not yet comfortable sharing my story with the whole world yet. I just wish I had thanked the person that took the time to help me when I was at my lowest. But I never did and now I just hope I can be a positive voice.
To Write Love On Her Arms is running a campaign this week to help raise awareness and present people with the tools they might need in their battle. They started a hashtag on Twitter – #IKeptLiving – that is helping people share their stories and raise awareness. You can learn more about their And So I Kept Living movement here. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is sharing the message with #StopSuicide.
These organizations are incredible and are doing such incredible work. Please, please spread the word and awareness.
Your voice might help somebody. Raise it and spread the word, the love, and positivity. It could honestly save somebody’s life.
I had planned to post either a new brownie recipe or my favorite go-to cookie recipe today as I was making both Saturday for different events, but I was having one of those days. You know those days where everything just seems to go wrong? It was one of those days.
First, the cookies I had made dozens of times spread (the first batch) and burnt (the second batch) and then the brownies came out looking great, but tasting so icky. After hours in the kitchen not working, I was sort of thankful when the cookout I was going to on Sunday got rained out. It gave me a chance to spend Sunday making different brownies for my work potluck on Monday.
Monday was supposed to be action packed after I got off work at one, but everything got rained out! I ended up spending the 4th curled up in bed with hot tea, a bowl of popcorn, Netflix, and a new book.
The latest season of Criminal Minds is on Netflix now, so I have been so focused on that.
I made sure to do a couple of my fun Netflix workouts in order to make my night in a little more productive! lol
I thought I’d share these workouts with you! I did arms and a small at home cardio workout.
One bowl brownies & chocolate buttercream make a delicious and unforgettable combo!
I’ve been baking up a storm lately and I don’t want to post all of the recipes at once…I still have cookie dough waiting in the fridge to be baked! I don’t know what got into me, but I have spent the last two days going crazy.
One of my favorite things I have made in the last two days is the chocolate buttercream recipe by Natasha from Natasha’s Kitchen. I tasted this as soon as I finished beating it, and wow. I cannot believe how easy and delicious this frosting is! I cannot wait to make it again for a cake. I did not pin this recipe and now I cannot find it on her blog 🙁 The only screen shot I took has her logo but doesn’t say the name of the recipe and I searched for a bit, but nothing came up.
I put Natasha’s frosting on the easiest one bowl brownie recipe EVER. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever. Too many evers? Nope. Seriously, these brownies on her Jenifer’s (and her hubby, Trevor’s) blog Show Me The Yummy took me six minutes to mix. And that’s because I couldn’t decide if I wanted to mix my chips in or sprinkle on top as directed. I ended up mixing them.
Don’t do that, kay?
My first batch came out really, really gooey in the middle. You can tell in the pictures. Not that I minded, I freaking adore extra gooey brownies.
So when I made the second batch I sprinkled the chocolate chips on top and it made all the difference. Perfection.
And my gosh. When the brownies are combined with the frosting – fireworks!!
A peek inside my June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag
Misfits. Rule breakers. Badass babes. The riot starts this June. We’re hitting the streets with serious sizzle and signature looks. Coloring outside the lines is encouraged. Sitting on the side of the lines is not.
How encouraging is that quote? I read it on my IPSY postcard and fell in love. I adore that IPSY encourages you to do you no matter what that might be. Awesome, right?
This month’s bag is so cool. It is the typical zipper style IPSY bag we love but with a killer graffiti print. it is one of the most fun bags I’ve gotten since I signed up for IPSY.
My favorite product this month is the Formula X nail polish in the shade “Wing Woman”. It’s a fun, bright hot pink perfect for summer and all of the bright prints that come with it. I wore this to work and got so many compliments on the shade. If you didn’t get this in your bag, go and grab it soon.
I just adore The Balm’s eyeshadows. I got another of the Meet Matt(e) Trimony shades a few bags back and it rocked. This shade (Matt Kumar) is a nice warm burgundy – perfect for those sunset eyeshadow looks that you see all over YouTube and Instagram this time of year. It’s slightly purple, so it would great with pink or purple shadows.
I really appreciate getting brushes in my glam bags because you can never really have too many makeup brushes. Especially blending brushes, right? This double ended brush by Royal & Langnickel is perfection. The bristles are so plush (every time I say plush it makes me think of the movie Sleepover – Steve is so plush 😛 ), soft, and fluffy. Plus, the teal color is fun!
I got another Be a Bombshell lip gloss in the shade “Secret”. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of their glosses because the consistency and color payoff is iffy. However, some people truly love them, so it is for sure a personal thing. This color is awesome, though. It is a lovely poppy pink with tons of sheen.
The last product this month is the Everything Balm by Delectable. I had no idea what to think of this when I first opened it. But guys, it will knock your socks off. So far, I’ve used it on my cuticles, split ends, chapped lips, and dry patches of skin and it has worked amazing for all of it. It is the perfect thing to toss in your purse – a “one and done” type of product.
This month’s glam bag – just like every month – has rocked.
If you haven’t signed up to get an IPSY glam bag, what are you waiting for? Sign up now.
The most perfect chocolate chip cookie – moist, fluffy, delicious cookie perfect for everyday or a special occasion.
Hey, it’s me. Your resident slacker and consistent poster in training
All kidding aside, I have been MIA from almost everything – including personal social media accounts – since I last posted because life has been beyond hectic. My uncle and his daughter were down, I started a new job, Cody and I are remodeling the place we are moving into, and I have been helping a friend with her wedding plans. Crazy, right? Everything has been put on the back burner (you should see he laundry piling up…well actually you shouldn’t!).
While my uncle was down, I had the chance to do a lot of cooking and baking because they ate at our house most of the time. One of the things I baked was these amazingly perfect chocolate chip cookies. They are moist, fluffy, and filled to the brim with ooey-gooey melt in your mouth chocolate chips and chunks. Honestly, these are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had. No other cookie – homemade or store bought – can even compare.
What makes this recipe different is the cream cheese. It adds that little something extra that makes people ask for your recipe and grab for the last cookie.
What you need:
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1/4 cup regular block cream cheese (softened)
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
- 1/4 granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional – omit if you used salted butter)
- 2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks (I used a mixture of both
What you do:
- Using a stand mixer, cream butter, cream cheese, the egg, both sugars, and vanilla on medium/high speed for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. If you use a hand mixer, it may take longer than 5 minutes.
- After scraping down the sides of the bowl, add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt (if you need it). Mix until just combined – about 1 minute.
- Add chocolate chips and chocolate chunks – beat for just a second or fold in by hand
- Refrigerate dough for at least two hours
- Pre-heat oven to 350F
- Line or grease your baking sheet
- Scoop out cookie balls
- Place cookies on sheet, about 2 inches apart
- Bake for 8-12 minutes depending on your oven (mine took 10 minutes)
- Cool for a little while on baking sheet (about five minutes)
- Move to wire cooling rack to finish cooling
Averie scooped her cookies into balls before refrigerating and then let them sit at room temp for 15 minutes before baking. I scooped my dough after refrigerating in order to skip the 15 minute room temp deal. I used a regular size bag of chocolate chunks and 3 cups of chocolate chips in my double batch and there was the perfect amount of chocolate in each bite.
I cannot tell you enough how amazing these cookies are – I made a double batch and they were gone in two days! Plus, they were so easy to make. If you check out Averie’s post, it explains how long you can keep them in the fridge or freezer.
Guys, basically that means you can prep a double batch, freeze half, and be only 20 minutes away from fresh cookies next time somebody drops in unexpectedly.
I hope you try out these cookies soon!
I am obsessed with Supernatural.
Jared, Jensen, and Misha are too cute. I used to be terrified of any show that had anything remotely scary. That is, until I saw The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe. I made my friends go see if with me because I love Radcliffe. Once I sat through that suspense, I knew I could take on Supernatural. One Netflix binge later and I was hooked.
Since becoming a verified Netflix binger, I have had to come up with ways to stay active while still getting in my episodes. Sure, sometimes I pile on the blankets and hideaway, but usually I try to fit in a quick home workout after each episode.
It’s super easy – just make little tally marks next to each item when it happens, hit pause between each episode, and get your short workout in. I thought since I have been doing these almost daily lately, that I would share my favorite one with y’all.
So these cookies are like lemon flavored cookie crack. What? You don’t like cookie crack? I’m not sure we can be friends. But, if you do like cookie crack, you need to make these cookies from Deliciously Sprinkled. Jenn is a freakin’ genius. These lemon sugar cookies are perfect for
summer any season!
I made a batch of these on Friday for my mom to take for a girl’s night, but as soon as I tried one, I knew I had to make a batch for our home. The are soft, chewy, and with the most perfect crinkly bits. Bonus – they aren’t too hard to whip up and you probably already have most of the ingredients.
What you need:
- 2 1/2 cups (all purpose) flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cups or two sticks salted butter
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- lemon zest – Jenn’s recipe calls for the zest of two lemons, but I cannot get enough lemon flavor so I used the 3 lemons
- lemon juice – Jenn’s recipe calls for 1 1/2 teaspoons, but I amped it up to 1/4 cup
- sugar – for rolling the cookie balls
What you do:
- Pre-heat the oven to 350F; line or grease a cookie sheet – Parchment paper is my go-to
- Combine flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl
- In your stand mixer bowl (or a large bowl if your using a hand mixer), cream the butter and sugar together. I didn’t have salted butter so I used unsalted butter and tossed in a pinch of salt. I creamed for about five minutes on medium speed. I personally wait for it to be light and fluffy before moving on in the recipe (this or any recipe that asks for creaming)
- Add egg yolks,extract, zest, and juice; mix until combined
- Add flour mixture and mix until combined. I added it bit by bi, scraping the sides as I went. Jenn advises to not over mix!
- Scoop out cookie balls and coat in the extra sugar
- Bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until the edges are set and tops begin to crack.
- Cool for about 5 minutes on sheet before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling
Next time I’m going to try refrigerating the dough for a couple of hours prior to baking to see if I get a more pillow-y cookie. Other sugar cookie recipes I’ve made before require this and they always turn out fluffy – which I love.
Now you need to head on over to Deliciously Sprinkled and check out some of Jenn’s other recipes!
Spring is one of my favorite times of the year for fashion and makeup. I love wearing pastels, florals, and all sorts of pinks. What better way to welcome Spring than with 70 degree weather and a new glam bag? This weekend I got to wear sandals, boyfriend crops, and the goodies in my March IPSY bag – you could say it was a win in my book.
My favorite item from this month’s bag is the bag itself. I adore the coral and pale blue color scheme. It is beyond perfect for spring! I already tucked it into my purse for lippies.
My second favorite item is the OFRA Cosmetics eyeliner in Green Go. I wear green eyeliner year round, but switch to a lighter shade during the spring/summer months. The dark greenish black I prefer during the winter is too heavy in the spring. This green is just perfect and the OFRA eyeliners are insanely creamy and easy to use.
I really love the Beau Gachis eyeshadow brush. Lately I’ve been using Morphe brand brushes and they are amazing but this one is just as good. Insanely soft bristles, easy to use, and doesn’t waste product – there isn’t much more you could want in an eyeshadow brush.
The Aphrodite Olive Oil Eye Cream is heavenly. Last year I really started focusing on the ingredients that were NOT in my face and hair products. I avoid products that contain parabens, silicones, phthalates, alcohol, and sulfates so I was pretty freakin’ happy when I saw this product was following in the footsteps of the rest of my products. Aside from the awesome benefits of what isn’t in this product, there are so many amazing benefits from what is in the cream. Water is the first ingredient on the ingredient list and that’s fantastic. Your body needs and craves water, so using products on your skin and hair that have water in the top two or three ingredients is really beneficial. This eye cream is thick without being overpowering, has a light scent, and absorbs quickly. It leaves your eye area feeing soft and smooth while still being light enough to use under makeup.
IT Cosmetics included Bye Bye Under Eye full coverage anti-ageing waterproof concealer in the shade medium. I’m happy with the shade; it’s the right color for me. However, the concealer might not be right for me. It’s really thick and has a tendency to get cakey really fast. The first day I used it was a disaster, but the second day went much better. Day one I used my fingers and day two I used a damp Beauty Blender. The Beauty Blender thinned the concealer out nicely, but that took away some of the coverage which is a con in my book.
The last item included in this month’s bag is Model Co’s lip lacquer in socialite. I am so not a fan of this item. I love a good gloss, but this isn’t one of them. It is beyond sticky – like, stickier than those cheap glosses little kids get for holidays. The color payoff isn’t good either. It’s very patchy. The one thing I do love about this gloss is the color. It is super cute and perfect for spring. I think I’m going to give this to Marley – she loves when I give her “grown up” makeup!
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I woke up this morning around 4 a.m for no apparent reason. I couldn’t fall back asleep no matter what I tried, so I decided to spend some time on Pinterest (side note: follow me there : @simplysarahblog ). I came across a picture of s’mores while looking through a summer treats page.
I’ve been craving them ever since. Luckily for me, I impulsively bought the stuff to make basic s’mores last time I was shopping.
So after signing up for classes (getting a late start on the school stuff . . .) and straightening up around the house, I decided to make one.
The best s’mores are made over a fire, but given that it was ten in the morning and already 98 degrees, I skipped building a fire and roasted my marshmallows over my gas stove.
I like to make unique food, so I layered caramel syrup and toasted coconut chips under the chocolate. Such a great idea!
It was a tad messy, but it was worth it!
Any tips for great or unique s’mores? I would love to try out a new idea next time I make them.