29.8.14

Friday Funnies

Can you believe that August is almost over? Luckily, that means summer is just around the corner and it's officially Spring next week! Spring has to be one of my favourite times of year. All those beautiful blossoms appearing everywhere. Well anyway, back to the present, it's Friday and we all know what that means. 





What's been making you laugh this past week?
Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

27.8.14

Beauty oops....

We’ve all made beauty mistakes, most of the time we’ve even made these mistakes without even knowing about it. I mean least be honest, we’ve all had those nights where you’re so tired that you end up sleeping in your makeup or that time you tried to run a flat iron your damp hair. Although we’d all like to believe we’ve perfected our regimen over the years, we’re probably still making the most common (and not even thought of) blunders. I know I’m guilty of one committing one or two of these.

Blunder #1: Washing your hair too much. Shampooing daily is okay if you use gentle products and have fine hair. However if you lather more than that and have thick/coarse hair, you're stripping away essential oils your hair produces, leaving it dry and dull.

Blinder #2: Applying conditioner all over. Hair closest to the roots is healthy new growth and the damaged ends are what you should actually be paying attention to. Conditioner can also weigh your hair down and make it look greasy. So instead apply conditioner where you would gather your hair to put in a ponytail and at the tips.



Blunder #3: Not using a heat protectant before styling your hair. If you blow dry your hair and use other heat styling products every day with no protectants, you're causing your hair to become frizzy, dry, and damaged.

Blunder #4: Ignoring your neck. You should take care of your neck as much as you do your face. Use moisturiser all the way down, and make sure to blend your foundation into your neck so you avoid that infamous foundation line.

Blunder #5: Not washing your makeup brushes. I know I’ve been there, I get lazy and postpone and postpone washing my brushes. See the problem with not washing your brushes, is not only will you end up with mixed shades, but you're allowing bacteria to build up. You should ideally be cleaning your brushes about once a week.

Blunder #6: Picking at a pimple: Not only will this compound the infection causing it to spread under the skin but it will also cause scaring.


What's one beauty blunder that you know you're guilty of committing every now and again?

25.8.14

Cookies with a message

This past Sunday, we got together at my parent’s house for a very relaxed and impromptu family get together. Now what usually happens at these get togethers of ours, is my sister and I always end up in the kitchen baking (planned or not). So as you can guess, yesterday was no different. We made the cutest cookies using my Cookie Message Set, bought from Clicks


These particular cookies were inspired by one of our all time favourite childhood sweets.


 The recipe is courtesy of Kelsey over at Kelsey Nixon




Method
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Cream together butter and sugar. 

In a separate bowl combine the salt, 
baking soda, flour and baking powder.

Add remaining wet ingredients; 
eggs, sour cream and vanilla. 
Slowly mix the wet and dry ingredients until combined. 
It’s at this point I have to mention that we added (roughly) 
an extra cup of flour, because the dough was quite sticky.

Divide the mixture into four portions or however many 
(depending on the amount of colours being used) 
and then knead the colours into the dough. 
Kneading is best as it properly mixes the colour into the dough.

Bag the dough and allow it to chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

Using your cookie message set stamp out and personalise your cookies. 

We used: I love you, Be mine, Happy, Smile, Laugh, Cutie, Beautiful and Pretty.
Once you're done personalising your cookies, bake them in the oven for 8-10 minutes.  


22.8.14

Friday Funnies

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you’ve all had a brilliant week, for me there is nothing like the anticipation of a weekend full of friends, fun, and relaxation. And for me, each weekend officially starts when I post my Friday Funnies posts. So leave the workweek behind and take a peek at what’s been keeping me entertained this week.





Hope you all have a brilliant weekend.

20.8.14

Delicious yet healthy

It's been about seven months since I stopped eating carbs at night and I must say it's been one of the best and healthiest choices I've made. Now a lot of you may be thinking, but if you don't eat carbs with your dinner, what do you eat? Well mainly it's either a side salad, steamed/roasted vegetables, cauliflower mash/rice or sometimes I have just a cauliflower base pizza. 

On Monday night I made yet another carb free meal; meatballs and pasta. So right about now, after reading pasta you may be going, "Uhm Mel, I hate to break it to you but that's a carb." Well think again because I made zucchini pasta, and it was so scrumptious. What's even better about this meal whole, is it took less than an hour to prepare and cook (combined)!


Ingredients
Meatballs
500g ground beef
2 Tbls fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup almond flour
1 egg
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dried onion flakes

Sauce
1 can whole tomatoes
1 tsp mixed herbs
½ tsp ground black pepper

Zucchini pasta
1 tsp olive oil
3-4 zucchinis
¼ cup water


Method: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Combine all of the meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Form into golf ball sized meatballs and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together the tomatoes; mixed herbs and pepper.
  4. Once the meatballs have baked for 20 minutes, baste them with the sauce and cook for a further 20 minutes.
  5. Cut the zucchinis lengthwise using a vegetable peeler, and then slice into thinner strips resembling spaghetti.
  6. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir zucchini in the hot oil for about a minute. Add the water and cook until softened.
  7. Remove the zucchini from the heat and take the meatballs out the oven
  8. Plate up the zucchini, pasta, meatballs and serve.
Do you have any carb free recipes you'd like to share?

18.8.14

Rice Krispies cupcakes

I'm back, sorry I missed Friday's post (I know how a lot of you look forward to those funnies) but with the move and everything else I just didn't get around to writing and scheduling the post. 

This past weekend I combined two of my favourite childhood treats, icing and Rice Krispies treats, and made these delicious Rice Krispies cupcakes. These are a definite must try!


Directions

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. 

Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.

Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract. 
Add Rice Krispies cereal, stir until well coated

Evenly divide mixture into prepared cupcake moulds. 
Store in fridge for up to 12 hours.


In a large mixing bowl mix together the butter, 
vanilla extract and icing sugar.

Divide the icing into two bowls and add the colour to each bowl.
Scoop into the piping bag and decorate the cupcakes with the icing.

And there you go, delicious Rice Krispie cupcakes!