Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Monday Munchies....

Anyone else one of those people where if their routine is thrown off by the slightest bit, it throws everything off?  Just me?  Well, just as I sat down write this post, Simmy woke up crying, and well, there went my Monday post...so, here's a Monday Munchies on a Tuesday. 

 A sweet side dish is a must for us at our Shabbos table.  So when I decided to cut back on the amount of dishes, I knew that I would still be making something that fit that bill.  I have made apple kugel quite a bit recently, so I wanted to change it up, but I still needed an easy recipe.  

What's nice about this recipe is that it can almost be a one-bowl prep, aside for melting the margarine, which is pretty simple.  It also has a veggie component without requiring all the prep work.  You can make some swaps for healthy alternatives, and it's super kid friendly. I did not top the kugel with cornflakes, rather just cinnamon.  

4 4oz jars baby food carrots
11/2 sticks margarine 
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
3 large eggs
1/4 cup soy milk
1/4 cup brown sugar 
2 cups cornflakes 

I melted the margarine, and then added it to a bowl with the carrots, sugar, flour, eggs, milk and brown sugar.  The original recipe calls for melting 1/2 cup of the margarine, and then later on melting the remaining margarine with the brown sugar, but I skipped that part, and it all combined effortlessly- reduce the amount of margarine you use because 4 tablespoons is for coating the cornflakes, and you can chose to add the brown sugar into the mix or leave it out if you don't coat the cornflakes. I mistakenly, in my rush of cooking, added the brown sugar into the batter instead of withholding it since I wasn't using the topping, and it still turned out great.  

Pour into a greased 9inch pan-I used a round casserole dish and bake at 350 for about an hour. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday Munchies...

You know I'm all about easy recipes-but what makes an easy recipe even better is when no one would guess it was so easy!  Simple ingredients + simple steps + good tasting = perfect recipe. And it's one of those recipes that brings me here-which is awesome for you.  This recipe is simple, with only five simple ingredients, it takes one bowl, and minimal steps, but it's such a satisfying side dish, or you could choose to beef it up and make it more of a main served with a salad.  My kids love this dish-can you imagine?!? 

Broccoli Quiche 
1 pie crust
1 bag of frozen broccoli cuts (the smaller, like florets are best, but if you can't find it, bigger cuts work fine too)
4 eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
onion soup mix for seasoning-truthfully, I no longer measure this in, I just sprinkle it on.  I've never had it be too much, and too little is fine as well.  

Mix the broccoli, eggs, mayonnaise and onion soup mix in a bowl and pour it into the unbaked pie crust. Bake at 350 until the crust is golden brown and the top of the quiche browns.  


Friday, April 20, 2018

Sephora Sale!

Guyssss, it's the Sephora sale again!  If you're a VIB or VIB Rouge you get 15% off, but if you're a Beauty Insider you get 10% your purchase through April 23!  I always mention my love of all things Sephora, and it's a good think it's the weekend so I can shop the sale!  I love Sephora because you will find knowledgeable employees that don't try and push a particular product or brand.  So, while they may be biased toward a specific product, it isn't their job to sell you a particular brand.  They also have a decent return policy.  It used to be a whole year to return the product for a store credit, but they recently changed it to 60 days for a full refund, up to 90 days for a store credit.  That being said, I've still experienced great customer service even if the product being returned beyond the return window.  

During their last sale, I showed you all my favorites, but today, I'll show you what's in my cart currently.  You can always check our the oils and serums I've tried as well as the repair serum I just finished!  I also tried many of the popular primers to find the perfect combination for me!  I can't wait to hear what you purchase!  

Some time ago, I switched  to a water based moisturizer because the oil based one I was using was leaving me oily during the day.  I am in the process of trying out a few and will get back to you on which one's my new fave, but I can't wait to purchase and this one!    

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Back in the day I found a unicorn of an oil, and since they pulled out of the US, I've been on the hunt ever since.  Here are some oils and serums I have in my cart currently.  I love a good hydrating, redness reducing, tone evening serum/oil!

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OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum 1.7 oz/ 50 mL

I love the primer combination I use now, but if I ever try to switch it up, I'm going to be sure to try this one!  Check our my reviews of some very popular primers HERE. 

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base, 1.7 oz

I have a soft spot for all things lipstick, and I especially love the Bite brand.  How darling is this color for the summer?!?  The Bite lip crayons go on super smooth, without requiring a liner, and they last through eating and drinking and essentially all day without re-application! 

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I don't wear much makeup these days, but I do love the hunt for a good neutral eye shadow palette. Check out this one!

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If you follow me on instastories, you know that for a few months now I've been struggling with milia around my eyes.  I am now into all the eye products that could potentially tighten and puff my deep wrinkles and eliminate the dryness.  I've heard great things about these two eye masks and I can't wait to add them into my weekly routine!

PETER THOMAS ROTH 'Cucumber De-Tox ' Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches (Pack of 60) (1)

There you have it! 

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Skincare: Dr. Jart Cicapair

Hi everyone! I'm really excited about today's post because it's one of my favorite aspects of my skin that I like to try to tackle! I have tried a bunch of oils and serums in hopes of improving my skin tone, and I was thrilled when Dr. Jart released a  line specifically for color correcting. I couldn't wait to give it a try!  You can find the line at Sephora, which is where I, of course, saw it first.  

The products are formulated without parabens, sulphates, and phthalates and are meant to help reduce redness, uneven skin tone and acne. I do think of myself as having these issues, so I took a high interest in giving these guys a whirl.

My cheeks and my chin are my trouble areas-with redness and with acne. 

These are the products I purchased.

The serum always goes on first, as it's meant to penetrate beyond the skin's surface.  It has a light green tint to it 


and is not oily, but has a liquid-like texture that gets completely absorbed into the skin. 

I used the Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream after the serum because using the two products together are supposed to increase hydration and have the benefits of soothed skin.  

I topped it off by using the Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 because you always want your last product to be the one that contains SPF so it acts as your barrier.  

There aren't directions on how to use all three products together, I just tried what made sense to me.  

When I initially started using these three products, I definitely saw an immediate change in my skintone.  But, it was created superficially by the use of the cream and the color correcting treatment.  I was actually surprised not only by the look, but how despite the heaviness of the products, my makeup went on nicely and lasted all day without flaking or becoming oily. I eventually developed acne that I was able to connect it to these products, so I decided to stop using the cream and the color correcting treatment and continue with just the serum in hopes of a more permanent skin tone change.  

At first, I was just using the serum during the day, but I was told serums are not the same as oils, and even if using an oil for hydration at night, a serum should still be applied first, as it penetrates beyond the skin's surface.  I finished the entire bottle of the Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum, using it both morning and night, along with the rest of my routine, and this was my face afterwards. 

To be honest, I don't even see an uneven skin tone!  But in person, I definitely see red, inflamed, uneven skintone.  When I compare my before and after pictures, I don't really a see a difference!  While this was a nice attempt, and I can't say I'll never return to this product as a potential night serum, I am going to continue the search for my unicorn as I don't think I've found it yet!
 Stay tuned!  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Simmy: 3 & 4 months

Today, Simmy is 4 months old

I can't believe how fast time is going, yet it's so slow at the same time.  She's the perfect age-so tiny still, but getting big enough to not feel like she'll break at any given moment. She is able to appreciate her people and things and has a personality. 

Weight: Simmy is 12 lbs, but we go to the doctor on Monday and we'll have a true weight then.
Height: I'll find out on Monday.

Milestones: Simmy has been sucking her thumb over the paci for awhile now.  She has started attempting to sit up when she's placed in her swing, or bouncer, or mamaroo.  She has a newfound love for the swing because she can now see the mobile.  She slept through the night once, but it seems like we're entering into the four month sleep regression. 
She has just entered size 1 diapers, is still in newborn onesies, but is now in 0-3 month clothing! 

Likes: She loves the swing and the mamaroo now because she can see the mobile.  She enjoys going out and will stick to a consistent eating and sleeping schedule while we're out.

Dislikes:  She does not like being put down when we're at home.  There have been several lick 'n runs with Marshall, which she does not appreciate.  She no longer enjoys her paci and she even has trouble sucking her thumb, rather she sucks her hand.  Teething is on the horizon!   

Sleep:  We had one successful full night's sleep, and now we're back to hourly wake ups, maybe two to three hours if we're lucky.  We are still co-sleeping-did you know there are guidelines for safe co-sleeping?  I will sometimes put her in the mamaroo if it's the early morning hours and she seems more awake.  She now knows when it's night time and sleeps much better if she's put to sleep, in a bed. 

Medical: So far, we have no medical concerns.  We will be doing allergy testing in a couple months since our family now has a history of food allergies. 

Eating:  Simmy is exclusively nursing and she will eat every two to three hours during the day. She no longer cluster feeds, and will wake up every one to three hours during the night.

I missed doing a post for Simmy's three months

You can check out Simmy's two month update HERE.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Munchies...

Since I'm still knee deep in Passover paraphernalia, it's totally appropriate to share one more Passover recipe right? Err...I think this recipe and the mouse recipe take the cake, no pun intended, for the best Passover dessert.  I mean, what could be bad about chocolate?  

For starters, it doesn't have to look this pretty...taste is what matters here folks! 

If you make this non-dairy, in my experience, the butter substitute never completely dissolves into the sugar mixture-it just sits on top. I pour some of the non-incorporated melted margarine off, and the toffee mixture is on the bottom.  But, that sometimes means you won't have enough of the toffee mixture for the matzoh you've prepped, so be prepared to go back and make more of the toffee mixture.  

The salt on top also makes a huge difference. It gives the sweetness the perfect kick to take this toffee to another level.  

I made this dessert for a crowd for the past day of Passover and it was definitely a hit.   

You can find the toffee-chocolate matzoh recipe HERE.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Monday Munchies

Guys...I have the perfect Passover dessert for you to try this week or for the last days!  What makes it so great is that it only has three ingredients, the prep is minimal, and it can be left until almost the last minute because it takes probably 45 minutes to put together-on a scale of 1-10 the prep is a 1 or a 2, maybe.  But then it just goes right into the fridge for an hour and then it sits at room temperature.  I mean, how easy?!?  

Melt 3 bags of chocolate chips-I used 30 oz of chocolate chips.  The original recipe called for 21 oz of chocolate chips, but hey, sometimes #moreismore.  I really have come accustomed to melting chocolate in a double boiler because it's just more error proof that way.  I keep the flame pretty low, you don't even want the water in the bottom pan to boil, but it heats enough to then heat the bowl with the chips.  And it just makes it a lot harder to burn the melted chocolate.  I did turn the flame higher for the initial melting process, and then turned it down as I was assembling the cake just to ensure it was kept melted, but didn't burn.  

Soak each sheet of matzoh in wine.  I used a 9x13 aluminum pan, poured the Manischewitz concord grape wine with enough to cover the bottom, and placed a sheet in, one at a time, and made sure it was covered in wine.  I let it sit for a minute, maybe a little more, but you don't want it to get too soggy or it'll break when you try to remove it from the wine, or place it in the tray and put the chocolate on.  

Layer.  Alternate soaked maztoh and melted chocolate until you have at least seven layers of "cake".  I stacked mine in an aluminum tray, and seven layers didn't look like much in the pan, but once it was cut and served, it was plenty. One "cake" really could be 12-16 pieces because it's pretty rich with chocolate and therefore most can't eat such a big piece.

The crowd was pretty pleased with this dessert-you get your chocolate fix, it's super satisfying for that sugar fix, but not hard to make and it looks pretty!  

You can find the original recipe HERE  
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