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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Dutch Oven:

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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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