Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 2013 Favorites

Welcome to May Favorites! Where has the month gone?! This year is just flying by. After a cold and wet spring, it's finally getting warmer here. I'm seeing a trend with my makeup - easy, natural looks. My favorites this month are just that but still give me some color. Let me know if you have any of these products and what you were loving for the month of May. :)

Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

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Isn't Pinterest the best? It's great for finding great ideas for the home or making me hungry even if I just ate. Over the recent Memorial Day Weekend, I had family in town and needed an easy dessert recipe. My Dad and Father In Law love sweets so I knew this would be a hit with them. I've never made cobbler, not even a fake-out version. I usually do the classic and easy fruit crisp.

I'll share with you this recipe I pinned and also how I tweaked it. I didn't find the original to work quite as well without a few added things.


Original Recipe:

2 - 16oz cans peaches in heavy syrup
1 - box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup better (cut into pieces)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Heat oven to 375*
Place peaches in a 9x13 pan (I used glass). Cover peaches with cake mix and press down. Cut butter into small pieces and place on top of the cake mix. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 45 minutes.


My Additions and Recommendations:

Add 1/2 cup of water - after putting everything in the pan. At the 45 minute mark I noticed there were still a lot of dry cake mix spots around the cake. There wasn't enough liquid to absorb it. I added the water, baked for an additional 5-7 minutes and it was perfect.

Use 3 cans of peaches - When I poured the peaches into the bottom of the pan I knew it didn't look like enough. Not only isn't it enough peaches with just two cans, it needs more liquid to absorb the cake mix like I said above.

Melt the butter - By just placing the pats or pieces of butter, you get a darker crust in that area. I also think melting it and pouring it over the mixture would have helped with the moisture problem and evenly distribute the butter.

Overall it was a big hit! It was pretty sweet using the cake mix but easy. I have to say that it got even sweeter the next day. Probably too sweet for my taste. However, I'd make this again for a bigger gathering because it was easy and a crowd pleaser.


Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Cover Girl Lav-Endure


I've been feeling lavender lately but so many shades looked like something I already had in my collection. Then I came upon this one by Cover Girl, lav-endure. Get it, lol? ;) It's a pale lavender for sure. I'd call it a milky lavender cream. These photos are with two coats but I would have liked to do three. {we were headed out soon and I didn't have time for three} You can see it has some slight streaks and bare spots on a few nails but overall the coverage was great.  Again, Cover Girl is hitting it right on the mark with these new Outlast polishes. I've yet to be disappointed with any I've tried.

natural light

with flash

sunlight



Monday, May 06, 2013

Outfit: A Cool Spring Day

Blazer: JCP, Top: JCP, Pants: New York and Co, Heels: JG Hook, Necklace: J.Crew
If you're thinking it's been a while since you've seen an outfit post on here, you're right. Reason being, we've had an unusually cold and wet late winter/spring. Not great for taking pics or for fashion inspiration.

I chose this outfit for two reasons: it was chilly so I needed a jacket, and I've been slacking on self tanner so I wanted to wear pants. This is the first time wearing this top even though I bought it last spring. The blazer and pants are older but you can find those items pretty much anywhere. This is an outfit I would totally wear to work. In this case, I wore it to church. I was warm, comfy but slightly spring-y feeling with the pop of bright yellow. I realize I need to hem my pants about an inch but have been too lazy. ;)


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