Friday, October 31, 2014

Simple Cheesecake

Being sick the last couple of days and having a "I feel like baking today" feeling since in only a few short days, I will be entering my last 4 weeks of being pregnant. There were a few things that I changed about the recipe so that I wouldn't have to go to the grocery store. For instance, in the filling, I didn't have a full 2-8 oz packages of cream cheese, so I incorporated what I was missing for sour cream. Then, I had one original cream cheese and one strawberry; I combined them and topped the cheesecake with homemade rhubarb-strawberry jam. If you don't have something in your pantry or fridge, no worries, there is usually some type of substitute that you can use in replace of it! 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 

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I hope you enjoy this Simple Cheesecake Recipe brought to you from my kitchen to yours!


My Crust: I didn't have graham crackers, so I created this crust and it turned out really yummy!
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. rice krispies 
1/4 c. butter, melted

Original Crust:
1 c. flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. walnuts
1/4 c. butter

Mix together an press in a greased pie pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes. 

Filling:
2 (8 oz) pkgs. cream cheese (I like the brand Philadelphia a.k.a. Kraft)
3/4 c. sugar
3 eggs
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla

Beat cream cheese until soft and fluffy. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla, and beat well. Pour over baked crust. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

Note: I kept it in there until it didn't look runny anymore and let it also just stand in there for an additional 10 minutes with the heat off. 

After I took it out of the oven, I put it in my fridge to cool down (which took fully about an hour). 

If you have tried my recipe, please leave a comment below as to how you liked it! I hope that you and your family have a safe Halloween! 

Sarah



This recipe originally came from the St. Wenceslaus Parish Cookbook and was submitted by Theresa Pumper. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

 Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

Clinique.com

I wanted to get this post up just in time for Halloween since I'm sure that there will be some tough to get off makeup tomorrow night!


Retail Price for System: $89.50
Replacement Brush Price: $26.00
What Clinique says about the system:
"Innovative sonic facial cleansing brush that works with your cleanser to create your greatest skin ever. Dermatologist-developed and Swiss-engineered. Waterproof. For all Skin Types."
They also say:
  • "Sonic movement offers deep yet gentle cleansing.
  • Angled tip targets T-Zone and other hard to reach areas.
  • Gently lifts the makeup, dirt and oil hand washing may miss.
  • Makes 3-Step routine more effective.
  • 2-year warranty."

My first thoughts on the system:

I loved the idea of a more gentle cleansing system than the Clarisonic systems that were out on the market. Belonging to the group of people with sensitive skin that products easily over dry, I was optimistic that this would really work. 

Clinique has not failed me!  

I don't use the brush everyday as is recommended because I don't always wear a lot of makeup; however, I will use it when I feel that my cleansers just aren't doing the job. I have found that the brush can still sometimes dry out my skin, but part of that is because I live in Northern Minnesota. 

The system I do feel is worth the money, but I recommend to not over use it. What I mean by this is that, use it for the recommended 30 seconds, 1 time per day until your skin gets used to it. On days that you exfoliate, DO NOT use the cleansing brush; you will over dry your skin. Also, do not use an exfoliating cleanser with your brush. It will ruin the brush. 

Miscellaneous things that I like about the system:

  • You can feel your skin fully cleansed after just one use
  • The sleek design
  • That it was Swiss engineered
  • Its easy to take apart and clean
  • Its waterproof- I love using it in the shower
  • The color; white is just so sleek
  • Not just for women; men can easily use it too
  • Even though it is recommended to be used with only Clinique cleansers, I am still able to use the ones that I have already at home without having to go and purchase more. 
  • The bristles are really soft and in addition, it has a slanted brush head to get into the hairline and nose crevice areas. 
  • It shouldn't take more than 30 seconds to cleanse my face after a long day at work
  • It uses sonic vibrations instead of a moving brush head (which to me is more or less tearing up my skin/ skin cells. 
  • It's not made in China 


If you have tried this cleansing system or others like it, leave a comment below as to what your experience was like and what you did or did not like about it. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

10 Things I've Learned About Marriage Since Getting Married

Back in 2011, I married the man who has now become my best friend. Since my husband and I weren't together very long before getting married, we have grown together and gotten to know one another throughout the past 3-1/2 years. To this day, I continue to learn something new about my husband at least once a week, if not every day.

Below is a list of 10 things that I've learned about marriage since eloping or that works for my marriage. My husband and I are still very young and continue to learn, expand our minds, and strengthen who we are as a couple.

1. During a heated or stupid argument, we try to find something funny about it and start laughing. 

2. We never go to bed angry even if we had been arguing, we always say "I love you" and move on. 

3. There is no such thing as perfect; we all have flaws and have to learn what battles to fight. 

4. Take advice from couples that have been married longer than you and your spouse. I like to watch my parents and grandparents with how they deal with situations. 

5. Make compromises and stick to them. It's like dealing with children; if they want a toy, they may have to do extra chores in order to earn that toy. 

6. Let him have his time away from home; for my husband it's hunting, fishing, and playing pool. It relaxes him from the stresses of work and going to school. At the same time, I give myself time alone or with friends too. 

7. "It's tougher in ways than what a guy may think, but also easier in ways too," -Quote by my husband. 

8. Don't give up. When you meet the right person, giving up is not an option. When my husband and I got married, we said that divorce was not in option unless the other was to cheat. 

9. After an argument, move forward and don't continuously bring up the past. 

10. Have a date night away from the house and kid(s). My husband and I usually do day-dates which doesn't always include food, but does involve quality time together. 



I've learned that marriage isn't easy, but it's worth it when you have a great partner by your side.

LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW:
What have you learned about marriage or relationships (if you're aren't married)?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Favorites


Today's favorites are beauty related but are ones that are a great competition for whatever weather autumn throws your way. 


Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush
Source & to purchase: Clinique.com 
Price: $89.50 
Brush Head Price: $26
Reason it's a favorite: (Disclaimer) I first heard of this product when I was working as a Clinique Cosmetic Manager. I don't know if I would have tried it if I hadn't worked for Clinique, but since leaving retail, I am still in love with this product. To get the most out of it, I wash my face with a makeup removing cleanser and then use the brush along with a gentle soap. I love that it has two different bristles, the green for the nose area and the hair line and then the white bristles are for the more sensitive areas like the cheeks. Finally, it doesn't leave my sensitive skin dry and fragile, but instead clean. 

Botanics Ionic Clay Mask
Source & to purchase: Target.com
Price: $9.39
Reason it's a favorite: I received this in a VoxBox back in February but never did a review on it. This clay mask has become my go-to mask because even though it deeply cleanses my skin, it doesn't over dry it. When I take it off, I can feel that my skin is cleansed, soft, and healthier than what it was before. I have yet to find a clay mask that compares!  

TRESemme Climate Protection Shampoo
Source & to purchase: Target.com
Price for Shampoo: $3.99
Price for Conditioner: $3.99
Reason it's a favorite: Since I live in Minnesota where one day it can be 70 degrees and the next it's snowing, I have to have protection for my hair just like I do for my skin. I have always trusted the brand TRESemme and I have found that the climate protection series keeps my hair protected against whatever weather Minnesota throws at it. 

Bath and Body Works Wild Madagascar Vanilla Lotion
Source & to purchase: Bathandbodyworks.com
Price for 8 oz.: $12.50 
Reason it's a favorite: This is a new recent favorite of mine because it has a soft vanilla scent as compared to an overwhelming vanilla. As a bonus, I love the cheetah print packaging. 
"Vanilla like you've never experienced! An intoxicating blend of the world's most desired vanilla, perfectly enhanced with African pear, wild jasmine and white sandalwood" -Bathandbodyworks.com

I hope that you all are having a wonderful Sunday! Until next time, thanks for reading and don't forget to subscribe! 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Goose/ Duck Fajitas

Goose / Duck Fajitas

Wild Game Meat + Fajita Mix = Yum-o

Ingredients

Wild Game Meat (Duck, goose, venison, rabbit, etc...)2 Tablespoons oil
Bell Peppers
Onion
Fajita Mix
Sour Cream (optional)
Tortillas
Olives (optional)

Directions
1. Cook meat on medium-high until halfway cooked through, then add in your sliced bell peppers and onion. 
2. Keep on the heat until the bell peppers and onion are soft and the meat is almost fully cooked. 
3. Follow the directions on the fajita mix packet and add that into the mixture. 
4. Remove from heat and serve. 

You don't want to fully cook the wild game meat if it is goose or duck because it will get rubbery and be difficult to chew. I found that by cooking it almost all the way, that it left the meat tender. 

I researched a lot of different recipes but this one was by far the simplest and quickest way to make wild game fajitas. As a bonus, this was a HUGE hit with my husband and toddler! I ate it without the tortilla just to cut down on carbohydrates since I am on the edge of being a diabetic. So if you don't want the extra carbs, add it to a salad. 

I can't wait to make it again for my father and brother-in-law over the weekend; it is after all hunting season.