11 Jun

Roasted Rib Pockets

Don’t you love it when you invent a recipe on the spot and it turns out totally delicious?  That’s what happened with this easy dish.  Travis and I were in the mood for something new, so we ran to the store and figured out what we were going to cook as we wandered the aisles.  Here’s what we ended up with…

You’ll need:

-Boneless beef ribs

-3 cloves garlic

-3 cups beef broth

-1/2 a bottle of beer (your guy will be more than happy to finish the other half :)

-1 box puff pastry

-a few slices of havarti cheese

-1 egg

Step 1: Throw the beef ribs into a covered pot and pour the broth and beer inside.  Add your minced garlic and a little salt & pepper, then throw it in the oven at 350° for about 90 minutes, or until the beef is tender and full of fall-apart deliciousness.  (We didn’t do this, but I think it would be delicious to add chopped onions to the pot too!)  Set your puff pastry out to thaw.

Step 2: Cut each pastry sheet into six equal rectangles.  Break off some of the havarti and place it on half of the rectangle.  The pastries will be folded in half, so leave room around the edges to seal off each puff.

Step 3: When the meat is done, break it apart and put a dollop on top of each piece of cheese.

Step 4: Fold your rectangled pastry in half, then use a fork to seal the edges tight.

Step 5: Beat an egg and lightly brush it over each puff.

Step 6: Pop it back into the oven according to the timing of your puff pastry (approx. 10 minutes).  Pull out your creations, and enjoy!

What do you think of my roasted rib creation?  Do you like inventing recipes as you go or do you prefer to stick with measured steps?  Have you tried anything extra tasty in the kitchen recently?  Share in the comments!

24 May

How To: Make Your Own Terrarium

I’ve been dying to make my own terrarium for ages, and over the weekend, I finally took the time to do it!  Terrariums are easy to make, extremely low maintenance, and add a beautiful touch to any room.  Here’s the step by step…

You will need:

1) Potting soil     2) A terrarium (or canister of any kind)     3) Pebbles     4) Succulents and/or cactus     5) A figurine or character of some kind

My terrarium is made to hang and the globe shape wouldn’t sit upright on the table, so I put it in a cereal bowl while I added everything inside :)  Start with 1-2″ of rocks.

Follow that with about 2″ of potting soil.

Remove your plants and arrange them in your terrarium, making sure you dig the roots into the soil a bit.

Cover with more potting soil, then place your figurine in the front.

Put your terrarium on display and enjoy!

To maintain: simply check the pebbles at the bottom.  If they’re wet, no need to water them.  If they’re dry, add a tiny bit of water and you’re done!

What do you think of my terrarium?  Would you make one of your own?  What kind of character or figurine would you add to yours?  Tell me about it in the comments!

22 May

Fashion First Aid: A Stylist’s Beautifying Secrets

Summer’s almost here and my fashion-stylist roommate of four years is graduating and moving out. As a tribute to what I’ve learned from her, here are some styling tips she uses on set that are guaranteed to make you look your best in real life!

{love this photo of Audrey Hepburn on set}

Keep Your Clothes Stain-Free

A clean, dry makeup brush will remove deodorant markings from fabric. If the fabric is a dark blue or black, you can also fold up the material and rub out the marking with more dark fabric. (I don’t know why this works, but rubbing clean black fabric on dirty black fabric is the easiest way to remove any deodorant or other chalky blemish!)  You can erase lipstick stains with white vinegar.  Mascara can be rubbed out with a paste made of water and crushed aspirin.

Tame Unruly Summer Hair

Spray your hairbrush with hairspray before your brush to avoid hair static.  Another option?  Rub a dryer sheet over your hair to keep it static-free.  (Bonus: it also smells great!)

Get More Out of Your Makeup

Sometimes on photo shoots, stylists need to be creative to get the perfect look.  Fortunately, many items in your makeup bag can work double time.  Use your bronzer as eyeshadow for a natural, smoky look.  A light, cream-colored eyeshadow can go on the fullest part of your lip to give a plumping appearance. De-clump your mascara by going over your lashes with a shadow brush.  My favorite?  Use clear lip gloss on your eyebrows to tame flyways!

What are your fashion tips and tricks? Do you have any secret on-the-go saves? Let us know in the comments!

30 Apr

Half Moon Manicure

I’ve been meaning to try a half moon manicure for ages, but every time I’d go to the store, I’d forget to buy the imperative binder paper hole reinforcements.  Well, I finally remembered and this weekend I tried the half moon mani for myself.

Check it out:

This was a super easy process and I love how it turned out!

Are you a fan of this look?  Have you tried it out yourself?  Any other nail looks you’d like to see featured on the blog?  Share in the comments!

26 Mar

How To Do The Katniss Braid

Are you a big fan of the Hunger Games?  Did anyone go see the movie over the weekend?  (I’m super pumped for it, but I’m waiting til the crazy crowds die down a little.)

Katniss is known throughout the book and movie for her signature side braid, so today I thought I’d show you just how easy it is to get this cool look!

Step 1: Part your hair to the side and start on the heavier half (the half with more hair.)  Draw a diagonal part from your forehead to your side part, creating a triangle of hair.

Step 2: Separate into three sections and start braiding— but here’s where it’s a little different.  Rather than pulling each section of hair over one another, go underneath.

Step 3: As you braid, grab small sections of hair from the rest of the head and incorporate them.  (Basically, all you’re doing is a french braid, but by wrapping each section under one another rather than over, it creates this inside-out effect.)

Step 4: Continue around the head until you run out of hair to incorporate.  Then, do a plain old braid down the side.

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Step 5: Secure with an elastic, and you’re ready to adventure like Katniss!

This can be tricky to do on yourself at first, but practice on a few friends and you’ll get the hang of it.  I’m not gonna lie… this style makes me miss having long hair!

What do you think of the Katniss braid?  Have you rocked this look before?  Are you new to french braids or have you got ‘em down?  Share your thoughts in the comments!