November favorites

Hi everyone,

Today, as November is nearly over, I thought that I would do my November favorites. But before I get into that I want to mention something exciting, this year I’m doing Blogmas. So every day up until Christmas, starting December 1st, there will be a new Christmassy blog post, this is something I’ve wanted to do since I started blogging and I’m excited about it. But back to this month, starting with beauty I have a couple of favorites from my November Glam Bag from Ipsy and as always I’ll link that post down below if you haven’t read it. First we have the ColourPop Pressed Shadow in Come And Get It. I’ve worn this a couple of times since talking about it and I bloody love it. It’s a gorgeous shade, very versatile and the color payoff is fantastic. ColourPop eyeshadows are where it’s at.

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Next up we have the Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is Feisty. There are a couple of things I love about this blush, first being the color. It’s a dusty rose and that’s a shade that I think is great all year round. The formulation is really nice and it’s very blendable/buildable. All good things if you ask me.

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Continuing with the beauty favorites we have the EM Cosmetics Infinite Lip Cloud in Rose Nude. I highly recommend EM Cosmetics lipsticks. The formulation is really nice, they’re long lasting, feel great and light on the lips, and it smells really good.

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My last Glam Bag favorite is the SKYN ICELAND Berry Lip Fix with Wintered Red Algae. I put this in my skincare routine after I got it just to see and I can honestly tell you that I love it. It’s always been part of my routine to put something on my lips right before I go to bed, I wear a lot of lipsticks and different products and want to keep my lips healthy and soft. I normally use the Vanilla Softlips, and I love it, but I started alternating between that and this and my lips have never been softer. And if that wasn’t enough for you, it smells incredible. I will definitely be delving more into SKYN ICELAND.

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Moving right along, I have a couple of app favorites. The first is Poshmark. I was going through my closet recently and found some pieces that I either hadn’t worn, don’t know why I bought them to begin with, or had worn once or twice but didn’t have a real place in my wardrobe anymore and I wanted to do something with them and found that Poshmark was the best app for the job. I made my first sale a couple of weeks ago and it was a really easy process. I highly recommend it and I have a couple of really cute shirts in my Posh closet right now, @kyrasage18 if you guys are interested. Let’s do some business :).

My second app favorite is the Design Home app. I’m one of those people that quite likes interior design and I have a couple of house flipping shows that I absolutely love. I will admit that when I first saw the ad for this app I was skeptical, but I downloaded it and I love it, it’s a lot of fun.

Next up I have a website favorite and that’s Etsy. I recently started my Christmas shopping and was looking for something specific for a friend of mine, I won’t say what on the off chance she reads this, but I found it, beautifully made and reasonably priced and I’m really happy with it.

My next favorite is something I discovered randomly, the other week I was scrolling through YouTube late at night looking for something to watch and I came across this segment from Michael McIntyre’s Big Show called Send To All. Basically what he does is takes the phone of a celebrity guest on the show, sends out a crazy text to all the contacts in that persons phone and reads out the replies. It is one of the funniest things and I think that Michael McIntyre is one of the funniest people, really makes me laugh.

My second to last favorite is Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving, the food, the fun and the ridiculous amount of laughter that comes with my family getting together. I made apple pie like always do and I was really pleased with the way it turned out, it was delicious. I really should make this pie more throughout the year.

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And my last favorite is a song and it’s Hard To Say Sorry by Chicago. I listened to Chicago growing up, thanks Dad, and they have a ton of great songs, but this is probably my favorite song of theirs. It’s just one of those songs that I will belt out and I have no shame. If you haven’t heard it definitely  give it a listen.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites this month let me know and if not I’d love to know what you loved during November.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great November :).

-K

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Easy Halloween treats and drinks

Hi everyone,

Halloween is fast approaching, so I thought today I would share a couple of my favorite simple and easy food and drink favorites. Whether you’re going to/ hosting a party or just want something fun to have on Halloween while you’re handing out candy, these recipes tick all the boxes.

First we have a guaranteed hit at parties, Pumpkin Pie Dip:

What you need:

12 ounces of cream cheese

2 cups of powdered sugar

1 cup of canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon or pumpkin spice

2 cups of whipped topping

What you do:

Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Then add the pumpkin and spices and stir until combined.

Fold in the whipped topping, gently, make sure it’s well combined and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Serve with graham crackers and your favorite fruits.

Next we have one of my all time favorites, Deviled Eggs with Bacon and Olive Spiders. I’ve made this for Halloween parties in the past, I’m actually making them for a party this weekend and they pretty much are gone the minute the platter hits the table so I always make sure to use 18 eggs opposed to 12, but if you’re hosting a smaller party 12 will be plenty.

What you need:

12 eggs

Mayonnaise

Yellow Mustard

Olives

Salt

Pepper

Paprika

What you do:

Hard boil the eggs, I do 5 minutes on high heat, then 25 minutes on medium heat. Once the eggs are done, remove them from the heat, dump out the hot water and cool them in cold water. When the eggs have cooled down you can start peeling them or stick them in the fridge for a little while before peeling. It’s up to you.

After peeling the eggs, cut them in half and carefully scoop out the yolk. Be sure to do this carefully otherwise the egg will tear and it will be difficult to get the filling back in.

Combine the yolks with the mayonnaise, yellow mustard, salt and pepper and mix until well combined and mixture is smooth.

Fill the eggs with the mixture and sprinkle lightly with paprika.

Cut the olives in half, take one half and put it on top of the egg, take the other half and cut into strips, putting four on each side.

Serve and enjoy

The third treat is great for the kids, or anyone that wants a little fun without the alcohol, although you could add alcohol to these if you wanted. And they are floats, specifically Lime and Orange Sherbet Floats.

What you need:

Lime:

One container of Lime Sherbet, any brand

One bottle of Lemon Lime soda, any brand

Orange:

One container of Orange sherbet, any brand

One bottle of Orange soda, any brand

What you do:

Mix the sherbet and the soda. You can do them individually or in a punch bowl. And to make them even more festive, top them with gummy worms, gummy eye balls or any gummy body parts you can find and enjoy.

My last two are strictly for the adults. Halloween cocktails. I searched through many different and delicious looking/ sounding recipes, but I found two that are simple and sound amazing.

The first is the Poisoned Apple martini.

What you need:

2 ounces of apple cider

1 ounce of pomegranate juice

2 ounces of tequila

Ice

Dry Ice

What you do:

Combine ingredients with ice in martini shaker. Shake to mix and strain into chilled martini glass.

Add dry ice before serving. You don’t have to add the dry ice, although it does give a spooky effect. But if you do go with the dry ice make sure you use small ice chips to avoid the possibility of your guests getting frostbite. This recipe makes one cocktail.

The next drink is the Black Widow cocktail.

What you need:

1/2 ounce of strawberry vodka

1/2 ounce of white rum

1/2 ounce of triple sec

3 ounces of cranberry juice

Ice

What you do:

Combine the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake to mix and pour into martini glass.

For extra spook and to bring home the black widow theme, top with a plastic spider and enjoy. This recipe also makes one cocktail.

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys have any fun Halloween recipes let me know and if you make any of these tweet me a pic or tag me on Instagram. My links will be below.

Until next time, if you’re going to any parties have fun and I hope you all have a happy Halloween :).

-K

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Simple and delicious taco soup

Hi everyone,

The seasons are starting to change and fall is upon us and one of the things that means is me making my favorite soups. There is nothing more cozy on a fall or winter day than a bowl of soup so today I wanted to share one of my all time favorite soup recipes. This one is for taco soup and it’s absolutely delicious.

What you need:

1 pound of ground beef

1 package of smoked sausage

1 onion

1 can of kidney beans

1 can of black beans

1 can of pinto beans

1 can of whole kernel corn

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 can of chicken broth

2 1/2 cups of water

1 package of taco seasoning

Make sure you drain all of the cans except for the tomatoes

What you do:

Take the sausage and cut it into 1/2 inch cubes and chop the onion. Then put a pan, 4-5 quart size, over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes and add in the sausage and onion. Stir it occasionally until the sausage is lightly browned.

Put in all of the remaining ingredients, stir to incorporate and bring to a boil. Once brought to a boil cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir occasionally and cook for 15 minutes.

Ladle into bowls and top with your favorite toppings. I like to top mine with sour cream, grated cheese, green onions and crushed tortilla chips.

That about wraps it up for this post if any of you guys make this soup tweet me a picture or tag me on Instagram. And if you guys have any amazing soup recipes let me know.

Until next time, have fun cooking and enjoy the changing seasons :).

-K

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Delicious banana bread

Hi everyone,

Today I wanted to share a recipe with you. Recently I’ve been wanting to do more baking, fall is coming and it’s one of my favorite things to do. Specifically I wanted to make banana bread, so I asked on Facebook and Twitter if anyone knew of or had a good recipe and I got quite a few responses. And the one I made is the first one I was sent, but I want to try out all the recommended recipes at some point. This recipe is from the Brown Eyed Baker, and I would definitely recommend it.

What you need:

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda

A pinch of salt

1 cup of granulated sugar

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

4 medium ripe bananas, mashed. Should be about 1 1/3 cups, I had slightly larger bananas so it only took 3

1 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, this recipe makes two loaves, so grease and set aside two 8×4 loaf pans. Instead of greasing my pans I line them with parchment paper, and you’ll see why when I put in the picture, but make sure you even out the parchment paper.

In a medium sized bowl whisk together your flour, baking soda and salt and set that aside. In a large bowl whisk together sugar, oil, eggs and the vanilla extract. Add the bananas and gently combine. My tip for mashing the bananas is to use a potato masher, it cuts the time in half and makes it easier and if it doesn’t get all the chunks run through it with a fork. Then add the flour mixture and stir until completely combined. And finally fold in the walnuts using a rubber spatula.

Divide the mixture evenly into the two pans and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until you can stick in a thin knife or toothpick and it comes out clean. It will be different with every oven, but it took mine the full 45 minutes. If your loaves start to get too dark on the edges before it’s done in the middle cover it with foil, I’ve done this with other recipes and it works like a charm. When you take them out of the oven let them cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then put them on a wire rack to cool completely.

I’m really happy with the way this turned out and it’s delicious, like I said make sure you flatten out all the sides of your parchment paper otherwise you get misshapen loaves.

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That about wraps it up for this post, if any of you guys make this let me know and let me know what you think of it.

Until next time, enjoy your treats and have fun baking :).

-K

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Father’s Day gift guide 2017

Hi everyone,

This week because Father’s Day is coming up I thought I would do a gift guide. I have always found it really easy to buy presents for my dad. But I know it’s not that way for a lot of people. And whether it’s that way for you or you’re just stuck for an idea this Father’s Day, I hope this post is helpful for you. I have a number of categories, and I will have a link down below to the things that I mention.

So the first thing is a Father’s Day classic and that’s anything in the area of grilling. I don’t think there’s a dad that doesn’t love to grill during a sunny summer weekend, or even during a rainy weekend. A set of grilling implements, an apron and anything like that is always a solid and probably safe bet. My dad is more into smoking than grilling right now, and most times when we have family get togethers he’s smoking some sort of meat and it’s delicious. If you’re going to go that route Masterbuillt is the best brand. Their products are top quality.

Next we have the personal care. I’ve always found that pretty much most men need and use a razor, so that’s always a good present. Along that same vein, cologne, lotions and products like that are good.

Pretty much one thing that never misses, doesn’t matter the event is gift cards. Everyone loves them and it takes the stress away of having to buy the perfect present.

One thing that pretty much everyone uses is some sort of streaming service. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc. Subscriptions to services like that are like gift cards. They have something for everyone.

Next up is a dad classic, tools. There is always a need for tools, in every household. Screw drivers, saws, drills. All always needed.

One of my favorite things to do with my dad is watch sports and talk (occasionally argue) about it. I, like my dad, am a huge Mariners and Seahawks fan so anytime either of us see anything Seahawks or Mariners related that the other would like we buy it. So if your dad is a sports fan any kind of jersey or knick knack type thing will be a hit. Especially if you can find anything signed by his favorite player or players.

I have two things left on my list and the second to last is anything related to technology. I know that technology isn’t everyone’s forte, but for the technology lover, Bluetooth speakers, drones, you can’t go wrong. I personally really want a drone, but haven’t bought one yet. Maybe I’ll buy one for my dad and “borrow it”.

And lastly, anything personalized is always a hit on Father’s Day. Cups, plaques, anything you can think of you can personalize. I’ve found that a personalized gift usually draws a couple of tears. And is always appreciated.

That about wraps it up for this post. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this, hopefully this post is helpful to you guys and you find something that your dad will love.

Until next time, I hope you find something and have a Happy Father’s Day :).

-K

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May favorites

Hi everyone,

As this month is almost over, where did the time go, I wanted to do my May favorites.  This month I think I got a pretty good mix, so let’s get into it. Starting off with beauty, we have a couple of items from my May Glam Bag from Ipsy and if you haven’t read that post, I’ll link it below. The first is the Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Super Intense eyeshadow duo in Electric. The first time I wore this I used both colors and blended them and it was very pretty, but since then I’ve worn them on their own and I really like both colors. I definitely recommend it.

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Next up we have the Pixi by Petra Endless Silky eye pen in BlackNoir. I always like to try different eyeliner because you never know what you’re going to like and what’s going to work for you and this really went to the top for me. It is really silky and smooth when you apply it and it lasts all day.

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My next favorite is the Urban Decay Afterglow 8 hour powder highlighter in Sin. I always talk about how much I love Urban Decay and this highlighter makes me love them even more. It’s in a champagne shade and it does wonders. It’s really glowy and it’s long lasting. If you’re looking for a new highlighter definitely give this one a try.

My last Glam Bag favorite is the Caked Makeup Lip Fondant in Low Key. This is a gorgeous color and it lasts all day, but beyond that it smells like cake batter. Like actually, and it’s fantastic. No matter what I want to buy more of their Lip Fondants, but if they all smell like cake batter that will make it even better.

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And my last beauty favorite is the Bath and Body Works Cucumber Melon shower gel. I’ve always really liked this shower gel, it’s summery and it makes my skin feel nourished. I just ordered another one because I’m down to the last couple drops in my current bottle.

Moving to I guess kitchen items, I have two favorites. The first is the Mr. Coffee 3-Quart Iced Tea Maker. I had this iced tea maker for absolute ages, I really liked it and got a lot of use out of it. And when it finally quit on me I had to order another one. It’s getting to that time of the year where the weather is gorgeous and a lot of outdoor parties are happening, and iced tea is a popular drink. So I think you can get this in three colors, but I bought mine in blue and I’ll leave a link to it below.

The next item is the Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven. I had been wanting a dutch oven for ages because there’s so many uses and you can cook so many different dishes in them. My sister has one and wanted another for her birthday, and after seeing the one my mom bought her I knew this was the one I wanted. I bought the Caribbean Blue, 6 quart. But you can get different colors and quart sizes and I’ll link that below as well.

Next I have two TV show favorites. the first I know I am incredibly late to the party on, but it’s Sherlock. I was told forever that I should watch Sherlock and I never did, but recently I was looking for something to watch on Netflix and came across it. I watched the first three seasons in a couple of days. I honestly really love it. The fourth season was just added to Netflix, and I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. So if you have watched season four no spoilers please.

And my second favorite TV show this month is on History channel. It’s called JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald. Basically a retired CIA agent, like a lot of people, was never satisfied with what came out of the Warren Commission report and since over 2 million documents about the JFK assassination have been declassified and released he wanted to do his own investigation. I am a huge history nerd and things like this really fascinate me. I don’t have as much information on this as I do other things throughout history, but this has more conspiracy theories than anything else, so it’s interesting. Last summer History channel did a show about DB Cooper and I loved it. DB Cooper is closer to home for me, so I have more information and I have my theories. If you guys have any theories on either, I’d love to know what you think.

And my last favorite for May is the song Thunderstruck by AC/DC. I’ve liked this song for a long time, as many people have, but I’ve been using it as a pump up song when I workout and it’s been working great. If you haven’t heard definitely look it up on YouTube. It’s a great song.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we have any of the same favorites this month let me know. And if not, I’d love to know what you’ve been loving this month.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you’ve had a good May :).

-K

Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker:
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May Glam Bag unboxing:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/may-glam-bag-unboxing/

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St. Patrick’s Day treats

Hi everyone,

Today I wanted to talk about some fun and delicious treats for St. Patrick’s Day. Being Irish this has always been a fun day for me. I’ve been spending this week figuring out what I want to make besides the classic corned beef and cabbage and if any of you are looking for things to make hopefully this will be helpful for you. The first thing is two super easy drinks. Obviously you can add alcohol to both if you wanted, but for kids and those who aren’t going to be drinking these are great.

Lime Sherbet Floats:

What you need:

  • One bottle lemon lime soda, any brand
  • One container lime sherbet, any brand

This isn’t really much of a recipe, but you mix the two in a glass and that’s that. They’re sure to be a crowd favorite.

7UP Green Apple Lemonade Spritzer:

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups green apple mixer
  • 3 cups 7UP
  • 3 cups lemonade
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Green Apple
  • Green food coloring
  • Ice

What you do:

  • Fill a pitcher with ice, how much is up to you
  • Take your fruit and thinly slice
  • Add fruit to pitcher of ice
  • Mix together your green apple mixer with the lemonade and add food coloring, as much or as little as you want and make sure it’s all combined
  • Finally top it off with the 7UP

Easy and totally delicious and like I mentioned you can easily add alcohol if you want. Next is a classic, but not boring fruit platter. In this instance it can either be in a rainbow shape or on a stick, but the fruit should be rainbow colors. This is going to be served with a caramel sauce to mimic the pot of gold, but also with a fruit dip.

Pistachio Fruit Dip:

What you need:

  • Pistachio pudding mix
  • Whipped Cream, you can make your own or buy Cool Whip, whichever you prefer

What you do:

  • Mix the two ingredients together until well combined. It should be a light green and if you want it to be greener you can definitely add food coloring

This is one of the most simple recipes and pistachio is one of my all time favorite flavors, so this is a win-win for me. This next recipe is probably my favorite out of these and it’s my go to for these cookies which I make often.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies:

What you need:

  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 2 large eggs and 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract, you can add more if you want
  • Green food coloring, between 8-10 drops depending on how green you want it
  • 3 1/4 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 12 ounces of dark chocolate chips, divided

What you do:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheet with parchment paper
  • In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes on a medium speed or until light and fluffy
  • To that add the eggs and the extra yolk, peppermint extract and the food coloring
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar
  • Add the wet ingredients and mix until the flour is almost incorporated
  • Add half of the chocolate chips
  • Take the other half of the chips and roughly chop them and then add to the batter and mix until well combined
  • Cover the dough and put in the fridge for an hour
  • Once the dough has chilled take it out and begin forming the cookies
  • Take a cookie scoop or spoon and form into balls. If you want larger cookies make two inch balls, otherwise do whatever size you normally would do
  • Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the very edges of the cookies just barely start to turn brown
  • Take cookies out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes on the pan, then move to cooling rack

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these treats tweet me pictures or tag me on Instagram.

Until next time, have fun making these treats and I hope you guys have a happy St. Patrick’s Day :).

-K

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