Nightly Cravings!

18 Feb

My fiance and I were craving something sweet last night, but our pantry was looking pretty bare. We were in the need of a quick fix for a sweet tooths. Then, he mentioned “no bake cookies” and I immediately started searching for recipes. I came upon a recipe from one of my favorite, trusty food blogs Brown Eyed Baker. WARNING: This recipe is very sweet so you may want to cut back on the sugar.

 

No-Bake Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Cookies

(yield 2-3 dozen; cooktime 10 minutes; total time 20 minutes)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick of butter)

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups quick-cooking oats

1 handful chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Add the first three ingredients to a sauce pan.

2. Bring to a rolling boil and let boil for 1 minute.

3. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.

4. Then, fold in the oats and chocolate chips. The chocolate chips will melt into the cookies.

5. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto wax paper-lined baking sheets. Let stand until set. You can speed up the process by cooling them in the refrigerator.

(Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker)

 

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Drugstore Beauty Buy: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss

4 Jan

Drugstore Beauty Buy: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss

I love me a good gloss and Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss is one of my new favorites. Not only it is affordable, which I desperately need after the holiday season but it is AMAZING! This had been on my wish list for a while and I had to get my cart over the limit to get free shipping so my hand was forced to buy it.

I purchased the gloss in Pink Pursuit. Upon it’s arrival, I was first thinking I’m not sure if I’m going to like this. It wasn’t as pink as I was expecting, but I was going to give it a shot. I first noticed that I loved the texture. It’s thick and moisturizing but not sticky at all. It was also lasted pretty long because of the thicker formula. I loved the color! I have a more red hued lip and it looked natural with a great pink, gold glow.

I give this gloss a solid A! I was going to give you a photo, but I can’t find my gloss….maybe tomorrow.

Sadly, I have one thing to admit. I already missed a night flossing but I’m back on the bandwagon today!

xoxo,
Jillian

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Cheers to 2013!

2 Jan

Cheers to 2013!

It’s a new year and the new year always prompts change. I’m always one to make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I wish to be happier and healthier.

The TODAY Show this morning discussed happiness and how to achieve it. The key things I really took away from the segment was to spend more time building relationships. I always strive to be a better fiance (and wife! in May), daughter, sister, friend, etc. The other thing is talk about your happiness and really enjoy the positive things in life. I am extremely blessed and I think we often skip over the little things in life.

Rather than giving something up, I plan to strive to be better and do better. Not only do I hope to improve my quality of life, but hopefully I can impact all of those I surround myself with in positive ways.

It may seem small, but it takes 28 days to make a habit. To improve myself, I plan to floss daily and make my bed. To improve myself for others, I plan to make one call a week to a friend. These are small changes, but let’s see what their impact is!

xoxo,
Jillian

Better than Take-Out: Sweet & Sour Chicken

4 Dec

I always begin my morning with a cup of coffee and my trusty blog roll. And I’m usually scouring Pinterest at the end of the day searching for dinner recipes for the evening. This week I decided to be crazy and actually plan our meals for the week. Let’s see how long it takes for my procrastination to set in this week. I found this recipe for Sweet & Sour Chicken recently when I was going through my blogroll and I’m telling you that you need to go and make this right now! It was that good!

The recipe originally called for garlic salt not garlic, but I’m not always great at reading recipes and it still turned out to be A-MAZING! Also, you might want to watch the chicken at about 45 minutes. I like to eat my chicken in very tiny bites and I always get comments while I’m eating boneless wings at Buffalo Wild Wings. I think this is my why chicken were much smaller than the 1 inch size that is suggested. If you’re still learning to cook like myself, I took the time to watch a quit video on how to cut chicken correctly! Watch it. It’s quick and painless. I promise.

Better than Take-out: Sweet & sour Chicken

Yield: 2-3 servings | Prep Time: 25 minutes | Cook Time: 45-60 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

For the chicken coating:

2-3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cubed into 1-inch pieces

Salt and pepper

1 cup cornstarch

3 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup canola oil

For the sauce:

3/4 cup sugar

4 tbsp. ketchup

1/2 cup white vinegar

1 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. garlic

1/2 tsp. salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray cooking spray on a large baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Season your chicken cubes with salt and pepper then dip the chicken cube, in batches, in cornstarch. Set aside on a plate and continue until all chicken has been coated in corstarch. Pop the plate in the fridge for 20 minutes. It’ll help make the cornstarch stay on.
  3. When ready, heat up a large skillet with the 1/4 cup of canola oil. While the oil is heating up, dip the coated chicken in the egg then cook your chicken until browned but not cooked through.
  4. Place your chicken on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce then pour evenly over the chicken.
  6. Bake chicken for 45 minutes to one hour and during the baking process, you’ll need to turn the chicken every 15 minutes. Basically, just shuffling it around and re-coating with the sauce.
  7. Serve immediately with plain rice.

Recipe was barely adapted from Table for Two. You’ll need to look to the original recipe for photos. Please forgive me. I’m new at this. I promise to remember for next time!

My next project is to figure out how to make this healthier. Until tomorrow…

xoxo,

Jillian

Hello world!

12 Oct

Join me on a journey as I learn to blog about fashion, food and life in the Midwest. People think style is found on the East Coast and the West Coast….well it might be easier to purchase items there. But according to Edna Woolman Chase…

{ Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess. }

xoxo,

Jillian

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