Bride of Frankenstein

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Happy Halloween🙂

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Valentine Nails!

valentine's nailsI was feeling the spirit of everyone’s favorite day – Valentine’s Day. (haha)  I was in the mood to do my nails. I wanted to do something quick and easy. I realized that Valentine’s was coming up at the end of this week, and I remembered that I had some nail tattoos. I knew exactly what I was going to do.

I won’t go into much detail into what I did. It’s pretty simple. I painted some nails red and my middle and ring fingers white. The tattoos backgrounds are transparent, so I chose the white to make the black and red pop out. The nail tattoos work just like temporary tattoos. Just make sure you put a top coat on to seal them in.

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I moved the the tattoo paper away form my nail too fast and created a broken heart.

I moved the the tattoo paper away form my nail too fast and created a broken heart.

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I really like how these came out. Easy, simple, and fast.

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Jenna Hipp’s “The New Moderns 8 Mini Nail Polish Collection” Swatches and Review

The New Modern Collection (plus 2 extra)

The New Modern Collection (plus 2 extra)

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope everyone has been enjoying time with their loved ones these past few days.  I know I have felt the love. One of my best friends sent me a great package in the mail. She sent me Neil Diamond’s (the love of my life) new cd and some Jenna Hipp nail polish! I have never heard of of Jenna Hipp until she told me about her. Jenna Hipp is a celebrity manicurist. Her polishes are 5 Free which means they contain no Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde Resin, Formaldehyde, Toluene, or Camphor. So that is pretty awesome.  I have swatches of all the colors and then I will tell you what I think about them at the end of this post.

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Simple Snowflake Manicure

 

snowflake manicureI ABSOLUTELY love Christmas. I love Christmas music. I love Christmas movies. I love Christmas lights. I love Christmas FOOD! I just love it. Since I was feeling quite festive, I thought I would paint my nails to reflect my mood!

I’m still practicing getting back into doing nail art. I thought I would start off with something pretty simple.

I really love how these turned out. It’s just a basic snowflake being used as an accent nail. This minty type color is more of a spring color, but I think it works PERFECTLY with the holiday season. It feels chilly to me and makes me want to warm up in my blankets with a great book. I think it’s classy and not distracting. So it’s perfect for anyone!

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For the snowflake, you just need to make a vertical line almost the whole length of your nail. Then make an X that reaches from corner to corner. The bigger and spread out your lines are, the better this will work.  After you make your lines, take some kind of tool to make dots (dotting tool, pencil, bobby pin, etc.) and make dots at the tops of your lines. I like to add a second dot to my cross lines, but go ahead and put a second dot on all the lines. Finally, in between the dots, you make little whiskers basically on each side of your lines. This is what really fills out the snowflakes.

Here’s a close up of the detailed work to help you get a better visual. I’m sorry I didn’t think to take pictures of each step, but this should suffice.

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I had to redo my snowflakes because the first time they were small and crowded. I told my friend I had drunk snowflakes. Go easy on the eggnog, snowflakes!

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snowflake manicure

Definitely make those snowflakes as big as you can! As you can see, making them small doesn’t look right.

 

 

I hope you enjoy these nails as much as I do! Hopefully as time goes on, and I practice drawing on my nails again, I will get better at this once again!
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Polishes Used
Base color – “B Girl” by Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
White – “Whipped Topping” by Wet N Wild Megalast
Top coat – Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat

 

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#HelloKeurig

I received a free, brand new Keurig 2.0 from Influenster in exchange for an honest review.

I LOVE THIS MACHINE. It definitely has increased my coffee consumption. It’s just so easy and fast! Set up was easy. I only had issues getting the water filter tube to open.  It broke a little, but it didn’t hinder anything.

I brought it to my place of employment. My coworkers love it. We definitely are thankful for it when the afternoon comes around and we are drained. We have a cup-a-Joe in less than five minutes. We basically have our own cafe now!

The only MAJOR downside to this Keurig model is that it does not allow non-Keurig brand K-Cups. You can only use their brand. Granted, there are a ton of brands under Keurig, but still. Kind of blows.

Keurig 2.0 #hellokeurig

Keurig 2.0 #hellokeurig

Keurig 2.0 #hellokeurig

Keurig 2.0 #hellokeurig

Keurig 2.0 #hellokeurig

Keurig 2.0 #hellokeurig

 

Keurig 2.0 #hellokeurig

Also. HI!!! Sorry I was away for so long. I got into a little funk. I’m going to try my hardest to get back in the grove of blogging. Thank you for reading and your support!

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Bacon Caramel Apple Pie

bacon apple pieYou read correctly. Bacon. Caramel. Apple. Pie. I’m not a very big pie fan, but this pie…THIS PIE. It is the best pie ever. I have made it three times, and it just keeps getting better every time I make it.

I subscribed to this awesome Youtube channel called Food Wishes. I want to make everything Chef John makes. I haven’t made everything, but I sure did make his Caramel Apple Pie. I added the bacon to it. I used his recipe pretty much exactly except for the bacon and extra spice in the caramel sauce.

Here is his blog post about the pie. I will also have his video linked at the bottom of this page.

bacon apple pieIngredients:
1 package of bacon (I used thick cut; it was on sale)
2-4 apples (depends how much apple you want/how deep pie pan is, I also used green apples; use what you want)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
6 tbsp butter (if use unsalted butter, make sure to add a pinch of salt)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup water
1 package Pillsbury/Best Pie Choice Crust (can be found in the biscuit section usually)
Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cut your bacon into nice bit size pieces, and cook until crispy. When done put the bacon on plate lined with paper towels.
  • As that is cooking, line your pie pan with the crust. You can trim off the excess crust if you like. Also, put your pie pan on a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. bacon apple pie
  • I did a lattice design, so I went ahead and cut my crust into strips.
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  • Slice up your apples. I only used two apples because my pie pan isn’t that deep. I took the skin off, but you can keep it on. Up to you.
  • For the caramel sauce, turn your burner on to a medium heat. Add your sugar, brown sugar, water, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a sauce pan. Let it all melt and come to a boil. I let it boil for about 30 seconds. Then turn off the burner.
  • Now you can start assembling your pie. Before you start though, reserve some of the bacon on the side. Now, I start off by putting some pieces of the (unreserved) bacon on the bottom of the crust. I put a layer of apple on top of that, and then a layer of bacon. I repeat that about 2 more times depending on how much apple you have.
  • Use the strips of pie crust to create a lattice design. You don’t have to do this, but it makes it pretty. I put down about 4 or 5 strips on the pie, fold back every other one, and add the other strips. Then fold those over, and fold back other strips. Just continue motion.
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  • When that is completed, take the reserved bacon, and add it to the top of the lattice.
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  • Grab the caramel sauce you made, and now spoon it all over top of the pie. Make sure the entire crust is covered. Get the sauce inside the holes. You will think you made too much sauce, but you didn’t. Use ever last drop. Doing this makes the crust incredibly crispy and candies the bacon. It’s the best part of the pie!
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  • Bake the pie for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. This helps start the caramelzation of the crust.

After the 15 minutes, turn your oven down to 350 for 30-40 minutes.

bacon apple pieThat may look burnt, but it is not! It is perfect! If you get nervous that your edge might get burnt, you can cover it with aluminum foil. Let this cool completely before cutting into it. After the first piece is cut, I like to “drain” the pie. The juices from the apples pour out a little. Once those juices are out, I feel like the pie completely sets up.

I hope you all enjoy this pie. I’m telling ya. So good.

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Biscotti Three Ways!

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Good evening! I hope everyone is having the most splendid holiday season!

I love making biscotti around this time of year. It’s so good to dip into your hot chocolate, coffee, hot tea, or even just plain milk! I made three different types of biscotti to give as gifts to some coworkers.

I made a traditional almond biscotti covered in chocolated, a double chocolate mint with green white chocolate drizzle, and a chocolate chip bacon with chocolate drizzle. I used the same base with all three biscotti. It really is simple to make these.

As the base, I used a recipe from a dear friend of mine over at Not Your Mama’s Kitchen. I used her recipe exactly. I don’t think she will mind if I repeat it verbatim. :]

Biscotti Base (original recipe found here):

Ingredients

•1/4 pound (1 stick) butter, softened
•1 cup granulated sugar
•2 large eggs
•1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
•2-3/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
•1 teaspoon baking powder
•1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375F.

Cream the sugar and butter together until fluffy, add the eggs one at a time along, and then add the extract. Scrape your bowl if needed to make sure everything is smoothly mixed and incorporated. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl. Add it gradually to the creamed mixture and mix just until a dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and rub your hands with a little flour. Divide the dough in two and form each half into a log about 4 inches wide by 10 inches long. Bake on parchment lined baking sheets until lightly browned and small cracks form on top, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly on the baking sheets. Transfer the logs to a cutting board. Slice on the diagonal in generous 1/2 inch slices – this is easiest by using a straight down chopping motion with a good santuko or chef’s knife. Place them with the cut side up on parchment lined baking trays and bake another approximately 16-20 minutes or until slightly browned, turning over half way through the baking. Cool completely on a wire rack.

For the Almond Biscotti, use the base recipe and just add about a half cup or more of slivered almonds to the batter after you mixed everything together. After you are done baking the biscotti, let it cool COMPLETELY. Now you can heat up your almond bark and start dipping your biscotti. It does get messy, so you may want to use parchment paper to do this. The almond bark dries pretty quickly on its own once it is on the biscotti, but I put it in the freezer to set it a bit more.

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For the Chocolate Chip Bacon Biscotti, you need to cook your bacon first. I used 6 pieces of regular cut bacon. Use whatever you would like. Make sure it is in small pieces, and crisp it up good. Let it cool. I used about half a cup or a bit more of mini chocolate chips. Use the base recipe and add the bacon and chocolate chips after you have your other ingredients combined. Again, let them cool before decorating it. For the chocolate drizzle, I used chocolate almond bark, dipped my fork in it, and then just did a back and forth motion over the biscotti. When you’re done, put them in the freezer to set up quicker.

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The last type of biscotti is the Double Chocolate Mint Biscotti. This biscotti tastes just like a Thin Mint. Use the base biscotti recipe, but add about 1/4 cocoa powder (or a bit more if you would like) to the the dry ingredients. After all ingredients are mixed together, I added a cup or so of chopped Andes mints and 3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips.  Let them cool before decorating it. For the drizzle, I used white chocolate almond bark and added green food coloring, dipped my fork in it, and then just did a back and forth motion over the biscotti. After each one I decorated, I put a few pieces of the Andes pieces on top before it set. When you’re done, put them in the freezer to set up quicker.

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There you go! If you make all three of these in one night, it does take many hours. At least for me it did. Other wise, if you only do one, it shouldn’t take very long to make! These hold up really well in the freezer, so don’t be afraid to make a bunch!

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Put them in a bag, add some hot cocoa mix, and you have a super cute gift!

Maybe Santa would like these instead of traditional cookies!

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My Christmas Manicure

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I hope everyone has a safe and joyful holiday season!

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Protip: Softening Butter

If you are like me, sometimes you don’t read the directions to a recipe fully, you just read the list of ingredients. That happened to mine this weekend. I needed to have 3 sticks of butter softened. I turned on my oven and took out my frozen butter. I placed the butter on the edge of the stove where it is hottest. As the oven preheats, the butter also softens. I also did any other prep work for the recipe to make sure it was good and soft. Just make sure you take the butter of the stove before it melts!

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Abstract Christmas Tree Tutorial

abstract christmas tree tutorial


Tutorial taken from Nailside.

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