Friday, June 22, 2012

Cheesy Zucchini Bake

I know, I know, I've not had many food posts lately. Whenever it gets warmer out, my Hubby and I just don't feel like cooking. We usually grill a lot and it's just simple things like meat, veggies and salads. This post is more of the same but wanted to share the easy Cheesy Zucchini side dish I made that we both loved!

The Hubby brought home a zucchini that came from a co-workers garden. I loved grilled veggies but they can be boring and not very filling. So I got a little creative and here's what I whipped up. Basically a cheesy zucchini bake and I actually just put in the toaster oven so I didn't have to heat up the house.

I've also made this in a cast iron skillet on the grill. Everything's better with cheese, right?

Cheesy Zucchini Bake
Cheesy Zucchini Bake
1 medium-large zucchini chopped
chopped onion & green pepper
Parmesan cheese
mozzarella cheese
garlic salt
red pepper flakes
fat free sour cream
low fat mayo

I just eyeballed all the ingredients and mixed in a bowl. Sprayed an oven safe casserole dish and poured it in. I baked it at 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes. Put some extra cheese on top and broiled it til bubbly.

We had a small salad while this was baking and grilled some mahi that we marinated with bourbon peppercorn marinade.

Bourbon Peppercorn marinated Mahi Mahi

Friday, June 15, 2012

How-To: re-purpose a bookcase

I've been wanting something for our garage entry way for a while now. Since that's the door we come in all the time, it needs to be a drop zone sort of space. Since our home was already in the process of being built when we bought it, we didn't get the option of adding one like most of the homes in our neighborhood. So I had to use my imagination and the small space to figure out what would work.

First, is the space issue. Because there is an outlet and door stop, I only had a little over two feet to work work with. Second is the width. We didn't want anything sticking out too far intruding on the space. I looked for quite some time but just couldn't find anything to fit the space just right. That's where an old bookcase comes in. I just got to thinking that the size would be perfect since it wasn't that deep. I did some quick measurements and found it would work perfect! Next was to clean it out, which meant donating some books and moving the others to another bookcase in the office. I then bought two baskets to dress it up a little and to be used for storage. Whola! This has been the perfect place to set my purse down when I walk in, hold my sunglasses collection, store coupons, etc., you get the idea.

What are some ways you've re-purposed furniture?



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How~To: De-pot Too Faced Natural Eye Palette

This is by far my favorite palette I own. However, it doesn't get much love because of the bulky packaging. I store it in a separate drawer in my vanity and because of that, it's out of site - out of mind. I would also like to take this on trips but again, the packaging prevents me from doing so...until now!

I thought about actually de-potting each individual eye shadow {I still might} and putting it in my Z-palette. Then I thought, wouldn't it be great to store it "as is" so I could still see the colors and how they are paired up?! Here's how I did it and what I used.

Items Needed:
1. A small knife with a thin blade {be extra careful with it of course}
2. A palette of some kind to transfer the shadows to {I used my Z-palette. I think these will work best}

1. Wedge the knife between the outside edge of the box and the cardboard holding the shadows...

2. Move the knife up and down the edge while gently prying up the cardboard holding the shadows. It should pop out fairly easily since it's only held in with glue.

3. At this point you have all the shadows out in one piece still in the cardboard. Since it's a magnetic back, you can now place the whole thing into your Z-palette or you could take out the individual shadows using the same method of prying them up. They will then be in their individual pans ready to place into your palette.

It's just that easy {my favorite saying from infomercials}! It really was. Depending on your actual palette, they may or may not fit with the cardboard still attached like mine. However, the new "dome" Z-palette will be out June 25th and these are supposed to hold domed shaped items better. From what I can tell, it's just a deeper well. I actually just received a small palette and I think it's already the new one. It holds larger shadows more easily.

*FTC disclaimer ~ I am not affiliated with Z-palette in any way. I paid for all products mentioned.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Milani Pink Hottie

Nail of the Day ~ Pink Hottie by Milani

This is my first neon polish. I'm really liking it, too! I thought I'd first try it out on my toes. I've seen tons of neon pedicures lately. The oranges and pinks catch my eye the most. I found this one at Target. This brand had about 4-5 neon's I think. Unlike most neon polishes, this one isn't too matte. I will put a topcoat on but wanted to show you two coats without first. The formula is nice but goes on a tad sheer with the first coat. I hope no one is too weirded out by feet. {I know I sort of am} The camera doesn't want to pick up the true color in natural light. It's much brighter in person.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Review: The Balm Nude Tude Palette

After seeing tons of fellow YouTubers rave about this product, I knew I had to get it. Let me just say, I need another eye shadow palette like I need a hole in the head. Seriously. Let alone another "nude" palette. I know, I know, they're all the rave these days and who doesn't need/want more nude eye shadows?! I purchased mine from Hautelook {if anyone needs an invite to Hautelook, email me}when The Balm products were recently featured. I only paid $19, which saved me $17 off the regular price. You can purchase this palette from The Balm website though. The palette comes in "Naughty" or "Nice". Hautelook usually only offers the "Naughty" palette, so that's what I have. They are the exact same colors, one just has pin-up style girls and one is plain.

The palette comes with a double-ended brush, 12 shadows and a large mirror. Four are matte shades and the others are shimmer and slight frost. I really appreciate that it has a matte black and matte dark brown. Two colors I really like to see in any palette. I've only used this palette a few times but so far I'm really enjoying it. Even at the regular price, this is a great value and great shades.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Sally Hansen Orange Impulse

Nail of the Day ~ Orange Impulse, Sally Hansen

I bought three Sally Hansen polishes on the same day and so far, 2 out of the 3 are not great. I usually have such good luck with this brand no matter the formula. It's become a go-to over the years for the fact that it's so reliable in the great color, wear time and ease of application. Not sure if I just got dud bottles or what. The Orange Impulse is part of the spring collection out in stores now. It's on the display with other brights such as green, yellow, blue, etc. I've been looking for a cream orange since last year without luck. The color of this is great, the application wasn't so great. It was very thick. Almost like it was old, although I don't see how that's possible with this particular color. Two coats felt like five on my nails no matter how thinly I tried to apply it. Of course that ended up with chipping the next day. This is usually a no-fail formula for me but not this time. If anyone knows of a great cream, true orange, please pass it along. I can't recommend this one.

Orange Impulse by Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

Monday, June 04, 2012

L'Oreal Club Prive

Nail of the Day ~ Club Prive, L'Oreal Paris

What a great polish! This is my first from the new L'Oreal line. I can't say enough good things. First, the colors are amazing. They seem very unique, even if it's just a bit. I was completely drawn to this color. Even my Husband agreed that it was different. It's like a mint but better. It has more of a blue undertone than just mint. It's very close to a Tiffany blue in my opinion. Now of course y'all know I have a love/hate with green and blue nail polish. Some look good, some just don't. I was on the fence with this one. You can tell me what you think. Bottom line, I'm glad I picked it up for the color and to see how I liked the formula. It lasts several days. Matter of fact, I only took it off because I was leaving for vacation and didn't want to wear this color any longer. The first coat was very sheer but covered well. You could get away with two coats but I did three.

natural light, two coats {looks better with three}

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