November 28, 2013

November 27, 2013

Four Favorites: Thanksgiving

Happy day before Thanksgiving, everyone! Today I'm sharing a few Thanksgiving favorites, although my favorite thing about the holiday is gathering with friends and family, sharing a large, yummy meal and giving thanks for what I have.

I'm not so much a fan of turkey but my plate gets filled to the brim with sides. Mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries... all the good stuff, but most especially the sweet potato casserole. I use a recipe similar to this one and it's always a hit!

Another must for Thanksgiving is a delicious drink (:cough: booze :cough:) to sip on while visiting with the family. This Cider Rum Punch sounds like it would do the job just right.

Lighting a pumpkin spice scented candle always puts me in a festive, cozy fall mood. If there's no pumpkin pie baking in the oven then the candle is a must... and how cute is this Pommes Frites Soy Candle in a mason jar? 

Wishing everyone a happy, and full-filling, Thanksgiving!

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Also linking up with Random Wednesday

November 24, 2013

Lasagna Bolognese

Lasagna Bolognese | A Good Hue

I'm not afraid to admit it. Most of the time when I make lasagna I go the semi-homemade route and use :gasp: a jarred sauce. This time, I decided my favorite bolognese (adapted from The Pioneer Woman's site recipe) would take my lasagna from good to great. Better than that, it took it to AMAZING.

PS- If you don't have the patience to make the sauce, I recommend Target's Market Pantry All Natural Tomato, Basil and Garlic Pasta Sauce, fabulous flavor!

Lasagna Bolognese
- 1/2 pound Ground Beef
- 1/2 pound Ground Pork
- 1 Carrot, shredded
- 1/2 Onion, diced
- 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 2 tbs. Tomato Paste (about half can)
- 1 tbs. Dried Oregano
- 1 tbs. Dried Parsley
- 1 tbs. Dried Basil (I didn't have this so I just shook in some dried Italian seasoning)
- 1 can Tomato Sauce
- 1 can Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 - 1 cup Red Wine
- Salt & Pepper
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1 10 oz. package Lasagna Noodles
- 1 16 oz. Ricotta Cheese
- 1 16 oz. Cottage Cheese
-  1 Egg
- 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
- 2 tbs. Dried Parsley
- 3 cups Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

On medium- high stove, heat olive oil in pot and add shredded carrots and diced onions; cook for several minutes until onions start turning translucent. Create a well in mixture and add ground beef and ground pork cooking until brown, mixing with onions and carrots. Add garlic and cook for a couple of minutes, then create another well and add tomato paste, allowing to heat though.

Next, add dried herbs, Worcestershire sauce, red wine cooking for several minutes. Add tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes, season with salt and pepper. Stir in milk and bring sauce to boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce heat to low; simmer for about two hours, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large pot, boil water and cook lasagna noodles according to package instructions. 

In bowl, mix together Ricotta, cottage, Mozzarella (2 cups) and Parmesan cheeses, 1 egg, dried parsley and about a teaspoon each salt and pepper. In baking dish, ladle a couple spoonfuls of sauce to cover bottom of pan. 

Ready to build: Layer about 4-5 cooked lasagna noodles on sauce; spoonful 1/3 of cheese mixture over noodles, using a spatula to spread evenly. Next, 1/4 spoon sauce over cheese mixture, distributing evenly. Repeat twice more-- noodles, cheese, and sauce. Layer with remaining noodles and sauce, topping with 1 cup Mozzarella cheese (and if you have extra Parmesan!).

Cover with foil and bake for 20 - 30 minutes. Remove foil, bake another 15 minutes to melt top layer of cheese until hot and bubbly. Serve with garlic bread or cheesy toast. Buon appetito!

November 21, 2013

DIY Distressed Jeans

It was a day like any other day until my shoe untied. I kneeled down to tie the laces and *rrrriiiiiiipppppp*... there was now a gaping hole in the knee of one of my favorite pairs of jeans :(

 Rather than cry over my newly torn Paige Denim jeans (scored from Buffalo Exchange a few years ago NEW for just $14!), I took to them with a razor, giving them a simple, natural-looking distressing. Here's what I did: 

First off, you'll need a sharp razor or straight-edge to make the (careful!) slits, a piece of cardboard that can fit inside your pant legs, and of course, a pair of jeans (you can see the aforementioned rip in the knee *tears*). I also recommend keeping a pair of scissors handy for the hems.

Start by putting on your jeans and using a pencil mark at your knee approximately where the slits should go. Slip the piece of cardboard into your pant legs, under where you will be cutting so as to not cut the back leg of the jeans. Using your razor, make several slits left-to-right of various lengths at the knee. I kept my slits to less than ten, but go as crazy as you'd like depending on how broken in you'd like your jeans to look.

Keeping your cardboard piece in place inside the jeans behind where you'll be slicing, place cuts on the jeans where they would naturally start wearing-- pockets, waistband, belt loops, etc. I did the same with the back pockets. You can also rub a piece of gritty sandpaper on edges and your cuts to get that lived-in look.

Do the same with the back hems (can also use scissors to cut and fray bottoms). Once finished slicing and fraying, wash and dry jeans as normal which will make the fraying more pronounced. I recommend washing and drying at least twice to get natural looking fray. 

Have fun!

November 20, 2013

Four Favorites: November Beauty

Beauty favorite round-ups are my favorite types of posts, not only do I get to write about the products I love (or desperately want to try!), I get to check out what others are currently loving as well. To say I'm beauty obsessed is not too much of an exaggeration-- I have cases full of product, a bag full of nail polishes, countless tools and fragrances, some of which are probably past their expiration. I even have a degree in beauty industries marketing! For about two years now, I have put my beauty spending on hold, purchasing items I need. Although, I will admit, I'll give in every now and then! Here are a few of my favorites this month:

New Favorite: I just started using the June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque and am really liking it. It has a soft pumpkin scent (real pumpkin, not a sweet, phony pumpkin spice scent) and leaves my skin feeling smooth and tight. 

Obsessed Favorite: Last week Urban Decay released details and images of the new Naked 3 palette and I am drooling over the rosey neutral hues. For my coloring, these shades look best and are perfect for everyday wear no matter what season. A great palette for gift-giving!

Classic Favorite: I know many women are chocolate-obsessed, but I've always preferred vanilla and the same holds true for scents. One of my favorite fragrances is LAVANILA's Vanilla Grapefruit. The scent is light, smooth, and the citrus gives it a little fun, fruity kick.

Wish List Favorite: 
Christmas is around the corner and I haven't wasted any time in getting my wish list in order. I know I have brushes but they need some serious updating, let's just say they're looking very loved. Stila brushes are one of my favs (the other is Smashbox), and at just $28, Stila's Tools of the Trade 5-piece brush set is a steal!

What are you coveting in the world of beauty this month? 

Also linking up with Random Wednesday and Friday's Fab Favorites

November 14, 2013

Stripe Out

Apologies on the boring background-- my co-worker wanted to try out her new iPhone 5C so we headed to the back studio room to take some pics. Nothing special, just a low-key, classic mid-week outfit of distressed jeans (tutorial on distressing your own pair coming soon!) and a crew-neck striped sweater. With my bun and low key accessories, I felt a little French that day.

I've been about dainty details lately-- tiny statements that can be worn with just about everything from a basic tee to a favorite dress. One of my go-to pieces is my Maya Brenner Asymmetrical Mini Letter Necklace (*disclaimer* I do work with Maya on PR and social media, however even if I did not I would love her pieces all the same!), and my newest obsession are dainty gold rings, more specifically midi rings. Whoever thought of the midi ring is an absolute genius! 

Striped sweater: H&M (similar) | Jeans: DKNY | Necklace: Maya Brenner | Rings: Forever21

Thanks for stopping by!

November 13, 2013

Four Favorites: November

Great food, family time, the start of the holidays... what's not to love about November? Besides stuffing myself with great food, during November I start making my wish list, which is all too easy for me! Here are a few of my favorites this month, three of which are musts for my Christmas wish list:

You've seen my obsession with cute summer hats and it continues into fall with this adorable, wide-brimmed Ferndale Floppy Hat from Anthropologie.

I happened to catch an Insta from Target Does It Again for these cool stag heads and antlers from Target's Threshold collection-- I really want antlers but I'm eyeballing this figurine as well-- he looks like he needs to join the party on my mantel!

Several weeks ago I decided it was high time to cover this random pillow I had purchased last year for that sole purpose. At the fabric store, I came across a burlap with gold polka dots and fell in love-- it was perfect! You can DIY (okay, my grandma made the cover-- I'm a disgrace with the sewing machine!), or if you're too lazy you can find them over on Etsy :P

Wrap + Studs + Watch = YES, PLEASE! The new Time For Style Watch from mark. is a must for my arm. Plus, for $35 it's totally do-able for my budget.

What are you loving this month?

Also linking up with Random Wednesday and Friday's Fab Favorites

November 12, 2013

Chic Embellished Sweatshirts

After a long, cold day, there's almost nothing better than throwing on your favorite worn-in sweatshirt and curling up for a night of relaxing. While sweatshirts are usually reserved for loungewear, one of this season's biggest trends has been the embellished sweatshirt. Pair with a skirt and tights, or with jeans or chambray, the above sweatshirts will will give your outfit a new meaning of casual chic.

Do you spot a favorite?

November 11, 2013

Desert Weekend

Happy Monday and happy Veteran's Day to those who are celebrating! I had a great weekend out in the Mojave Desert with my family-- camping and off-road riding (I  have been riding quads since high school, not dirt bikes :P). This weekend was special because along with my mom's birthday, my cousin, who works all over as an environmentalist, was able to come out, along with my uncle whom I hadn't seen for several years.

We typically head to off-road camping areas outside of Barstow but this weekend we went a farther north to Trona, Calif., which is on the other side of Red Mountain, just south of Ridgecrest. The area is known for the Trona Pinnacles, which are these huge porous rock formations-- they're pretty neat to see and have actually been used in the backdrop of quite a few films. I took a mini piece home as a souvenir-- yes, I'm a nerd like that! The OHV campground we stayed out was littered with HUGE rock formations and down the trails were several [closed] abandoned mines. 

This post is a little off-topic from my blog, but I thought it would be fun to show the other side of me, the side that isn't afraid to get dirty, caught with no makeup, and spends her weekend in DVS shoes, bootcut jeans, and Volcom or Skin Industries tees drinking beer-- total #brolife-- I should have taken an outfit pic! Here are a few more photos from the weekend:

The guys on the quads at base of pinnacles

Me in the Rhino (so fun!)

Happy birthday to my mom! Glad she enjoyed the weekend :)

Gorgeous desert sunset

All in all, it was a fun weekend and I'm looking forward to our Thanksgiving trip out! How did you spend your weekend?

Linking up with Monday Morning Gossip

November 6, 2013

Four Favorites: Girl's Night In

Animal-Graphic Sweatshirt, Old Navy | Moccasin Slippers, Minnetonka | Formula X for Sephora in Perfection | Mexican Hot Chocolate [recipe]

Lately I've been spending most nights (including Friday and Saturdays) in, usually curled up on the couch with my blanket and a movie. For me, it's the perfect time to relax, rest, or even give myself a mani or work on my blog. Here's some of my favorites when I'm spending the night in:

Comfy sweatshirt: Typically I pull on my FIDM sweatshirt but I came across this adorable fox sweatshirt-- it reminds me of our little foxy Roxy!

My all-time favorite slippers were a moccasin pair similar to these-- the faux fur lining envelopes your feet in warmth... plus, they're durable enough to wear outside.

This month, I am loving warm brownish-violet shades, such as this one from the new Formula X for Sephora line. Now if I only had the patience to let it dry properly :/

Two words: Chocolate Abuelita. Mexican hot chocolate is one of my favorite cold-weather drinks. There's nothing like curling up, getting a fire going... or in our case, flipping a switch-- I love having a gas fireplace in out apartment!

How do you spend your girl's nights in?

Also linking up with Random Wednesday and Friday's Fab Favorites

November 1, 2013

Simple Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls

Happy November, everyone! Can you believe Christmas is not even two months away?!? In.Sane.

Anywas, I thought I'd share an easy recipe to make your own rolls-- for those who hate to cook and bake but love yummy, homemade foods, this is for you. Even the apple butter recipe I link to is super easy, but if you have store-bought, you can use that as well.

What's even better is you can jazz up your rolls however you'd like depending on your tastes. Love pecans? Chop up a handful and add them to your filling! Gaga for pumpkin? Use a spiced pumpkin butter or puree!

Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls
can Refrigerated crescent dinner rolls (I used the jumbo size) or refrigerated seamless dough sheet
1/2 -1 cup Apple butter (I used this recipe)
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 1/2 tbs. Unsalted Butter, melted
1cup Powdered sugar
to 3 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 375°F and grease 9x9- inch pan. Unroll can of dough, attempting to keep perforations together. Lay out on floured sheet and pinch perforations together to form one large rectangle of dough, roughly 13 x 5-9- inches. If you like extra cinnamon in your rolls, brush dough gently with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon. Spread apple butter evenly across entire sheet of dough. Roll starting at one end until you have one long roll. Cut approx. 1-inch smaller rolls and place into baking pan, leaving at least half an inch around rolls to give them room to grow. I brushed the tops with a little melted butter.

Bake 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown. In bowl, mix together 1 tbs. melted butter, the powdered sugar and milk, adding more milk for a thinner consistency. Drizzle (or in my case, spread like a mad woman over every part of showing roll!) over warm rolls. Eat up!

Cinnamon Rolls
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

Using same dough method as above, mix together filling ingredients and spread over dough. Roll and cut rolls, baking and glazing as instructions above.

Enjoy your rolls!

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