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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday's Fab Five

10/22 Thursday's Fab Five

What I'm loving this week...

Bath & Body Works 'Warm Vanilla Sugar' Gentle Foaming Hand Soap
This soap reminds me of when I was likeeee... and discovered Bath and Body Works...some people hate it, I love it, especially during this time of year.

Chanel 'Orage' Nail Colour
Orage is one of Chanel's Fall 2014 colors, and it is beyond gorgeous.  Check out my Instagram to see it on my nails, I got so many compliments, it's a great dark blue.

Pier 1 Halloween Pumpkin Goblet
These glasses are probably in a Fab Five from this time last year, but they're a classic, so whatever.  Pier 1 still has them in stock for $7, I need to buy another one this weekend since one of these glasses met an unfortunate demise at my first wine night in the new apartment.

Dean & Deluca Peppermint Tea Bags
Peppermint tea is awesome, and I got this pack for free from a Dean & Deluca party.  It's calming and perfect during a bubble bath, obvz.

RSVP Endurance Chef Grater
My mom bought me this cheese grater man, and I just love him so much!  I've been using him a lot lately, so I figured he deserved a spot in my Fab Five.  This is making me want to whip up homemade mac & cheese right now! AH. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Recipe Wednesday: Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta

Last Wednesday I shared a list of my I MUST MAKE THESE THIS FALL recipes, and...guess what...?  I've already made two of them!

The first recipe I made was a take on Emily Bites Spicy Sausage Pasta, I changed up just a few things.  It turned out amazing, and I can't wait to make it again!

This meal is perfect for the cold weather.

Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta

Ingredients
Ingredients with a * I added myself to the Emily Bites recipe.

Also, if you've ever read my recipes before, I never really measure anything unless I'm baking...so here it goes...

+ *Trader Joes Spicy Chicken Sausage
Cut. it. up. 

+ Trader Joes Gluten-Free Corn Penne 

+ 1 yellow onion
Chopped

+ Olive Oil 
+ Sea salt & fresh ground pepper
+ *Red pepper flakes 
+ Minced garlic
As much as you want! 

+ Half & half
Fat-Free

+ 2.5 cups low-sodium chicken broth

+ Pepper jack cheese
As much as you want, in my opinion! 

1. Heat the olive oil, add sausage, cook for a bit.  Add in the onion & garlic.

2. When the onion is soft add in salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and chicken broth.


3. Add in the pasta.  Cover and allow the pasta to cook, coated in the broth.

4. Add in a bunch of cheese, sorry I have no approximation of how much.  I mean really, can you ever have too much cheese?

Leo knows what's good.
5. I moved my pasta-cheese mixture into a baking pan lightly coated with olive oil spray.  Then I sprinkled some more pepper jack on top, and broiled it until the top turned nice and golden, I'd say maybe 2-3 minutes.


And, WALLAH, I had amazing-ness for dinner.



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DC Happenings: Bubbles Salon Pentagon Row Grand Opening

This Friday stop by the new Bubbles Salon at Pentagon Row and celebrate their grand opening!

From 5-9pm Bubbles will be partying with a DJ, food & drinks, prizes & giveaways, and free, yes FREE, blowouts!

RSVP for the event here

My girls and I will be there celebrating, and getting glam before a birthday dinner. I cannot wait to see what Bubbles has in store for us! XO. 


XO.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday's Fab Five

10/16 Thursday Fab Five


I have a lovely Fab Five for today, let's get started!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 
I'm a Birchblogger, and a few months ago Birchbox started the Birchbox Book Club (look up #BirchboxBookClub on Twitter).  The book for September was Big Little Lies written by Liane Moriarty.  OMG THIS BOOK IS SO GREAT, I CANNOT DEAL.  I'm almost done, but seriously, it's so twisted but sometimes in a funny way.  Murder and drama...it reminds me of a Real Housewives... but with death.

boscia Luminizing Black Mask
My #1 face mask, not for the faint of heart.  Check out my review of it here.  I just ran out and need to buy more ASAP.  It just gets every single thing out of your face...it hurts, but oh well, you'll live.

Burt's Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit
I have this on my desk at work and would not survive without it.  Now that the weather is changing, and um, my classroom is dry and sometimes gross feeling, I need a promising lip balm to get me through the day.  Not even kidding.  The grapefruit scent revitalizes me.

Trader Joes Pumpkin Spice Coffee
I KNOW, I KNOW, #basicwhitegirl.  I don't care, I love pumpkin spice coffee, so...WHY WOULDN'T I BUY TWO OF THESE?!

Vizio 50" Smart HDTV
So, I bought myself this over the weekend, no big deal.  Seriously, one minute I was at a bar with Robert watching the Jets lose, the next thing I knew I was buying this TV at Best Buy down the street.  Not to worry, the drinks I had were weak, so this wasn't a random and irresponsible buy.  I needed a TV for the living room of my new apartment, and I love a good holiday weekend sale.

XO.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Recipe Wednesday: Fall 2014 Recipe Bucket List

Now that I'm moved into my new apartment with a glorious kitchen, somewhat settled, and no longer drowning in teacher work (for now), I'm finally able to make a Fall 2014 Recipe Bucket List..YAY!

I'm posting this list on my fridge, and I WILL MAKE EVERYTHING BEFORE THANKSGIVING.  That's my goal!

Foodie with Family's Bacon Cheddar Chive Dip.  Seriously, doesn't this look amazeballs?
Via foodiewithfamily.com 
 How Sweet It Is White Cheddar Beer Bread.  I have no idea what this will taste like, which is why I need to make it.

Emily Bites' Spicy Sausage Pasta..perfect for a chilly night with girlfriends and wine. 

Real Simple's Brie and Chive Biscuits...hello, I love biscuits.

Closet Cooking's Roasted Apple and Aged White Cheddar Soup.  Can you tell I have a thing for white cheddar? 

Fitness Magazine's Chunky Beef Stew.  Nothing will ever be as good as my Mom's beef stew, but I'll try. 

How Sweet It Is Lobster Bisque Pot Pies.  I die.  Lobster bisque is my FAVORITE SOUP EVER IN LIFE.

Crunchy Creamy Sweet's Caramel Apple Cheesecake...because...why wouldn't I...?

XO.
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