Sunday was my husband’s birthday. Last year I made him a homemade ice cream cake. While I enjoyed making it, the cake ended up being more work than I had originally planned (more expensive too). This year I had planned on making another ice cream cake, but with brownies rather than cake. When Vance saw what I was planning, he requested a chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake instead. So . . . I gave him what he wanted.
This ended up being the easiest cake I have ever made!
It has been nearly a month since my last blog post, but I have been working hard on planning for upcoming blog posts. It has always been my desire to be more active on my blog, but life has made that difficult. I fully intend to change that here shortly. I have so many wonderful ideas for Makeup n’ Munchies — I’ve even been working on writing a cookbook! — which I’m very excited about. I’ve always loved writing and have dreamt of writing a book, so why not combine two things I love?
While I’ve been busily planning for Makeup n’ Munchies, working on both of our businesses and taking care of my family, Influenster surprised me with a new product to try! For the past month I have been actively testing the NEW Country Crock spreads! I have always been a Country Crock fan, but when I made the choice to better my health in 2014, I cut out all butter, margarin, etc. and switched to coconut oil. I was a bit skeptical when I read that the new spreads were healthier. Healthier butter?
Country Crocks new recipe includes:
Palm kernel and palm oil
Vitamin A palmitate
Beta carotene (color)
These new spreads are so soft and creamy! The new Country Crock spreads are perfect for those recipes that call for softened butter or margarine. There’s no need to leave the spreads sitting on the counter to soften. Just measure what you need and you’re good to go!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!
This is the first St. Patrick’s Day that my husband and I have celebrated with Emma where she actually fully understands what is going on. It is such a wonderful feeling. To celebrate, I woke up and whipped up a batch of green whole wheat pancakes for breakfast (Emma’s current favorite food). This recipe has become highly requested in our household, so I decided it would be nice to share.
Regular green food coloring will do the job just fine, but I do wish I had some green gel food coloring on hand when I made these. The green would have been much more vibrant.
Here I am, trying to be consistent. Only 3 more days left until the #SpiceVoxBox comes to a close. I have now had the opportunity to test each product and am ready to review them. I had originally wanted to write a post for each product, but I have since decided not to. Each “mini review” will contain the description from the #SpiceVoxBox infromation card I received.
“At Good Health, we believe the secret to a great “Lifeitude,” aka loving life to the fullest, is feeling good. That’s why we pack our Veggie Straws with Extra Goodness! Like nutrients (vitamins) from tomatoes, spinach, beets, broccoli and carrots to deliver a truly delicious snack so you can… Enjoy Being Good!”
The first product I would like to talk about is Good Health Veggies Straws. This product is great in so many ways. The first being it is a non-GMO product. I know many people who believe the whole “GMO” thing is a spoof (my husband included), but I am not one of them. Not only does this product fit my lifestyle, my almost three year old loves them as well. I’ve tried many different brands of veggie straws over the years, but this is the first brand of veggie straws that I actually thought tasted like real veggies. I only wish I could find these in store! I have looked at Walmart, Target, and our local grocery store and have had no luck. I haven’t been to Sprouts or Whole Foods lately, so I may have to try there. It’s nice finding a snack product that is healthy and accepted by my very picky toddler. According to the information card I received from Influenster, these 6.75 oz packs retail for $3.99. If anyone can find these, can you please share with me where you found them? #EnjoyBeingGood
Taking a quick break from studying so I can finally get this post up. For Valentine’s Day, I made brownie truffles for my two Valentine’s. They were absolutely delicious, so I’ve decided to share this with you.
Normally, I would make everything from scratch. I got lazy for these brownie truffles and used boxed brownie mix. Sometimes it’s nice to be lazy.
So, I have been on a huge soup kick recently. My two favorite soups to make at the moment are a simple veggie soup and a vegetarian egg drop soup. I can’t claim full credit for the egg drop soup though. I actually stumbled across this recipe while searching the internet and I made my own version of it. If you’d like to see the original version, click here.
This really is the BEST egg drop soup I have ever made. No more take out for this gal!
My baby bug has been sick since last Friday — turns out she has a double ear infection 🙁 — and now I’ve come down with something. What better way to cure a cold then some hot, delicious soup?
— Here is what you’ll need —
2 eggs, beaten
2 green onions, chopped
4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, or fresh if you have it
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch + cold water
In a medium pot, bring the 4 cups of vegetable broth to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Whisk in the salt and ginger. Dissolve 1 1/2 tablespoons of corn starch in cold water. While whisking, slowly add the corn starch to the broth. You can add in some of the green onions at this point if you’d like. I prefer to add them to my soup once it’s in my bowl. I don’t like when the onions get soggy. Now, take the 2 eggs you whisked and slowly add them to the hot broth mixture. Serve immediately.
I add lots of green onion and a dash of soy sauce to my soup 🙂 It’s also great with toasted sesame seeds thrown on top.
This yields 4 servings. I usually split it in half and share it between the hubby and I though.
How do you enjoy your egg drop soup?
I hope you all enjoy!
// Karissa <3
Sorry I’m a little behind on posting reviews! I still have a few more products to review for you guys from Influenster’s #Frosty VoxBox. I’ve been working on a little bit of a blog “revamp.” If you’re new to my blog, you won’t notice a difference, but if you’ve been visiting for a while, you’ll see the name change.
When I first started this blog, I didn’t intend on keeping up on it as much as I actually have. I planned on using my blog strictly for Influenster purposes. In June of 2014, I started my journey on a mainly vegetarian diet. Along with my life change, I began taking photos of the food I was preparing so that I was able to share them on Facebook and Instagram. In the beginning, the pictures were just that — pictures. Suddenly I had friends and family asking me for recipes and tips. I never imagined I would help to inspire others.
While I still blog about VoxBox’s when I’m lucky enough to receive one, I’m now blogging about much more. Recipes, beauty products, life, books, etc. I don’t plan on stopping there, either. I’m full of ideas and I’m hoping to get them all out there as soon as I can.
Now . . . who’s ready for a recipe?
One of the many amazing products I received in the new #FrostyVoxBox from Influenster is the Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea. I’m a big fan of tea (hot or cold) and I always purchase Celestial Seasonings tea. I love trying their different flavors, but I had never tried Candy Cane Lane until I received my VoxBox. This is probably my favorite product in the entire box — or closely tied with the Rimmel London makeup remover (I’ll get to that on another day).
The packet came with two tea bags and of course I had to drink it in my candy cane mug 😉
I don’t know about you, but I cannot get enough of fall — although the weather here in Oklahoma is more winter-like lately.
Today I have a quick, easy, and semi-healthy caramel apple egg roll recipe for you this morning. What better way to make your house smell like fall than by baking up these golden rolls of apple goodness?
Here is what you will need . . .
2 large Washington apples — or whatever apples you prefer
2 packets of Stevia
dash of ground cinnamon
All natural egg roll wrappers — I found mine at Neighborhood Walmart
1 tsp flour to about 1-2 tsp water
2 tbsp all natural coconut oil
2-3 caramel pieces, melted
My professors have been keeping me extremely busy this semester. I do have some products that I would love to review, it’s just a matter of me finding time to do so. Being a full-time student, mommy, and wife is tough work!
I would like to quickly brag on So Delicious. If you haven’t tried their organic coconut milk, I highly recommend you do. It’s amazing and I promise you won’t regret it. If you can’t find it the refrigerated section, check the juice aisle. I’ve noticed many stores only sell the boxed, warm So Delicious. It’s right next to the Silk and Blue Diamond.
I started using their unsweetened vanilla coconut milk back in June when I decided to start eating mostly vegetarian. I tried hopping on the almond milk bandwagon, but I just couldn’t stomach it. The almond milk was fine mixed in smoothies, but I hated it in my oatmeal and coffee. Yuck! I love almonds too, which is weird. Anyways — Now, I don’t miss regular cows milk at all. I use So Delicious coconut milk in my steel cut oats, smoothies, baking, etc.