Monthly Archives: October 2013

When it comes to makeup application, a good brush can completely change the way a product looks on the face. I have been using today’s product of the week for several years now. It is a must have eyeshadow brush in my opinion. The double ended precision brush is from Bare Minerals and has a pointed end which is great for contouring and detailing and the other end works great for the crease, pressing pigments on to your lid, or even blending. This brush retails for $28 and will last you for years if you take care of it. Today is the day to stop using your fingers to apply your eyeshadow! 🙂 What are some of your favorite makeup applicators?

I absolutely love to celebrate – I’ll use about anything as an excuse, but this week there was good reason! As I wrote about yesterday, Matt got his second cut – a song on the new Julie Roberts album, “Good Wine and Bad Decisions,” (currently #10 on the iTunes country chart!) so I decided to cook him a celebratory dinner with some of our own good wine… and not to toot my own horn or anything (toot!) but it was reeeeeeally good. (So good in fact, that it is midnight and I have deemed it necessary to blog about this riiiiight now.)

I found a recipe on Pinterest and did my own adaptation. This recipe is vegetarian, gluten free (as far as I can tell), and could easily be vegan. The recipe was called Chickpea Dumplings in a Tomato Curry Sauce (from the Vegetariaventures blog and you’ll find that I coped some of the directions word for word… hey they worked well for me…!) but I didn’t have any chickpea flour and used a combination of millet and brown rice flour so I am having a hard time thinking up something cute – brown rice/millet dumplings don’t really sound that appetizing… (Comment if you have any clever ideas for me!) This is probably one of the most flavorful meals I have ever cooked, it was easy to prepare, and Matt loved it, saying that even though it was vegetarian it was hearty enough for him to feel full at the end of the meal. You will need:
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1 cup gluten free flour – the recipe called for garbanzo bean flour but I used a combination of brown rice and millet flour
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro (plus more for garnish)
1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon coconut oil or grapeseed oil
1/3 cup greek yogurt (use coconut milk yogurt to make vegan)
2 serrano chilis, seeds removed and minced
1 onion, minced
2 teaspoons coriander seeds (I used ground)
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (I used ground)
1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
1 28 ounce can of whole tomatoes, crushed
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground ginger (or 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled & grated)
Cooked rice

I like to chop up all of my ingredients before I start cooking so I don’t burn anything while trying to multitask.
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I also think that chopping things is way more fun if you have a glass of wine…

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We decided that since we were celebrating, we should drink this bottle of Pinot Noir that we brought back from a vineyard we visited in Tasmania almost one year ago to the day… which made me dream of this while chopping:

This moment actually happened. One of the most beautiful places I've ever been! #wanderlust #hashtagsaresoclichenow #thanksalotjustintimberlakeandjimmyfallon #can'tstopwon'tstop

This moment actually happened. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been! #wanderlust #hashtagsaresoclichenow #thanksalotjustintimberlakeandjimmyfallon #can’tstopwon’tstop

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Here's to you babe!

Here’s to you babe!

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pretty… ok not really.

Heat 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil (I like the flavor of the coconut in this recipe) or grape seed oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium. Add coriander, mustard, and cumin seeds; cook for about a minute or until they begin to pop. Add curry powder, one serrano pepper, and 1/2 the onion. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until softened.
Add tomatoes (with juice from the can), turmeric, ginger, and a cup of water. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for ten minutes or until it has thickened up.
photo 1While simmering, combine the rest of the serranos, onions, chickpea flour, cilantro, oil, yogurt, and salt in a bowl. Stir until a thick dough has formed. (I added a tiny bit of water to my mixture.)
photo 5(2)Drop a heaping tablespoon of dough into the stew; repeat with the rest of the dough. Cover mixture and let steam / simmer for another 5-7 minutes. (The original recipe said 5-7, but I actually did this for more like 15 minutes.)
photo 4(1)Remove from heat. Enjoy right away over rice with cilantro and yogurt as garnish.
photo 5(1)Follow with a bonfire in your backyard and the remainder of that bottle of wine.

My definition of a perfect fall night.

My definition of a perfect fall night.

What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate? Be sure to let me know how your version of this recipe turns out – this is going to become a dinner staple for me this winter! Thanks for reading!

What better reason to have a blog than to brag on your loved ones?! This brag session is about Matty Ride‘s second ever cut. His song appears on the new Julie Roberts record (you might remember her hit “Break Down Here” from a few years back) and it’s called “When It’s Over.” The song pays homage to the Memphis soul sound and was written with Julie and her boyfriend Jason Collum. Matt also plays guitars, bass, and helped arrange the horn parts on the track. Although this song is clearly my favorite, the rest of the record is pretty impressive too. In fact, “Good Wine And Bad Decisions” is the first record released on the legendary label Sun Records in over four decades! Sun Records is legendary for releasing albums from Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, BB King, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Preview the entire album here – but make sure to pick one of your own up on iTunes!

Sultry – just like this album!


If you’re anything like me, you need an extra boost to get you going on Monday morning! Today I have just the thing – a playlist to listen to as you get ready for your day, on your way to work, or to get you motivated in the gym. These songs always seem to put me in a good mood and help increase my energy level. Hope it does the same for you! What are some of your favorite songs?

As a girl on the go, sometimes the nutrition I’m able to get suffers if I don’t have a chance to plan my meals in advance. That’s why I’m obsessed with a new discovery: Garden of Life Real Raw Apple. It’s a powder containing the power of 34 nutrient-dense, raw, organically grown greens, sprouts and vegetable juices for the raw energy you need every day. Just think of it as raw organic veggie juice in a bottle without the hassle of cleaning your juicer. I can mix this up and drink it on my way to the gym or keep it in my purse and take it with me anywhere. The flavor is derived from real raw organic apples which makes it taste great – although the dark green color could be potentially off-putting for some. Like I said, I’m obsessed! It’s such an easy way to get tons of raw nutrients without doing much work.
This product is completely raw, vegan, gluten free, soy free, GMO free!