…although to many of you it feels like Winter, yeah?
We finally got a cold front coming through sunny Southern California. Now granted the high is only a whopping 59 today, but this morning it was 48, which felt like FREEZING.
Ok, I am done complaining……
…because I know and realize that many of you are shoveling snow and dealing with brutal weather.
Happy Thursday, nonetheless. =)
Gather your ingredients and get ready to chop!
I highly recommend using latex gloves when chopping chilies. I don’t know how many times I have managed to wash my hands after chopping them and I will still rub my eye or do something crazy.
I ran some cold water and turned on my ceiling fan, which made for a tear-free chopping of the onions.
Once the ground beef is browned, set it aside. Then add the olive oil to the dutch oven and saute jalepenos, shallots, chili’s, garlic and pepper until they begin to brown. ~7-10 minutes Continue reading →
I hope you had a fun, family and friend-filled Thanksgiving. I certainly did – baked 52 cupcakes this weekend. Yup! The first two batches were for different sets of family and friends, then the last two were for church – those werepumpkin spice latte cupcakes (see how I did that in the notes). This weekend was quite busy – we decorated the church on Saturday – but it’s been a reminder of how truly blessed I am to have great family and friends.
So…if you have some pumpkin puree left over from all the thanksgiving dinners, or you want to get some, then you can recreate my pumpkin cupcakes. I started with a different recipe and then tried to make it lighter by removing the oil and using fewer eggs than the original called for. And guess what – it worked. People went back for seconds so yay!
The original recipe called for a cup of oil and 4 eggs. I used 1.5 cups applesauce, 2 tsp baking powder and 2 eggs instead. I wanted to cut down on the oil and cholesterol.
Instead of using plain all-purpose flour, I substituted half a cup of it with cornstarch to make cake flour which is lighter and airier
All in all, the cupcakes were moist and flavourful.
To make Pumpkin Spice Latte cupcakes, mix 1.5 tsp espresso powder into 1/2 cup of strong coffee and add this to the applesauce mixture in the cupcakes
From our home to yours, we wish you all a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. It is our prayer that everyone will remember how thankful we should be for life and all of those who love and support us. And on this thanksgiving, I am sharing with you a secret family recipe that my beloved grandmother shared with me. She was the BEST chef that I knew, and she baked this wonderful, DELICIOUS sweet potato pie.
So I usually make my own body butter. My mom makes her and apparently my grandma did too. I started off using coconut oil directly but I decided to mix it up with all the shea butter my mom would bring when visiting. As time passed, I tried different combinations and techniques.This is what I usually go with. The final scent is very subtle – a faint hint of a tangerine chocolate bar.
The great thing is it absorbs into the skin well. so for the first few minutes, it’s buttery and shiny but then it absorbs and you are just well moisturized.
Oh! You want a double boiler for this
This was supposed to be about the body butter I made over the weekend but I’ll share that in a different post. Instead here are a few snapshots from my great weekend. Mostly I wanted to share the last photo. Summary: A bit of shopping with my mum, ran my first trail race, hung out with friends for a movie night and met another TV personality – the benefits of living in LA are beginning to reveal themselves
The view on race day then refueling with macarons at my friend’s place.
I know I usually post about specific topics but today I will share some of the most interesting things I’ve seen over the past week. I often see things that I’m like “Oooooh super cool” so here they are. I know that’s what Twitter is for but some of you do not tweet
Habitat for Humanity. For the LONGEST time now I’ve wanted to do something with them and finally this Saturday I got to participate (in a small way) with the Hollywood Build-a-Thon. HFH does amazing work – building and providing homes for those who otherwise might not be able to have homes. The houses are built with love by volunteers. I didn’t get to build this time but I intend to. Check them out in your area - they do great work and being around that was a blessing.Continue reading →
Thank God it’s Friday!!! I’ve had an exciting work week but I’m looking forward to a fun weekend too. In the meantime, we are still talking about the Fruits of the Spirit. According to our original plan, we would have completed the series by now but life happened and here we are:)
Faithfulness is loyalty
It is an unwavering commitment to a person or cause. God’s faithfulness means that He is deeply and thoroughly committed to your case. When it comes to you specifically, He will always be loyal. We often say “God is faithful” when something we’ve prayed for happens but more of us should say that even when things are crazy because God is faithful to look after our best interests even in those moments.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
In the NLT, that verse says “He will neither fail you nor abandon you” – how wonderful is that? You will literally never be alone, and God will succeed where you are concerned – how is that for faithfulness?? Continue reading →
PLEASE tell me that I am not the only person that is emotionally invested in this show?!?!
I even got my husband to watch it with me…and I have to tell you that it makes me super excited when he asks me a question about the back story. I eagerly press the pause button and bring him up to speed on Rayna and Juliette Barnes…and the friend code breaking Zoey.
Anyway, bear with my obsession…..it is almost over…. (not really)
Onto the Creamed Kale Toast.
Gather all of your ingredients.
You will want to start by slicing the baguette into 24 1/2 inch thick slices and putting them into oven on 325 for about 5-6 minutes on each side.
Welcome to another round of Tuesday favourites. Today I will talk about my basics for eye makeup. I usually go to stand alone stores like MAC, Sephora and MakeUp Forever because I can test products in-store, there are artists available to answer questions, and if I don’t like something I can bring it back. Continue reading →