Monday, October 24, 2016

Apple Pie Bake

Ok, you guys have seen those 'Tasty' food videos that everyone shares on Facebook, right?  They always make things look so easy and so damn delicious.  So ... here I am today giving one of those recipes a try.  I save so many to my Facebook and it's about time I get cracking.  

This recipe was just as simple and just as delicious as it looked in the video.  And as a self proclaimed 'terrible baker', it's really nice that the base of this bake is cinnamon buns from a can.  YES!

Apple Pie Bake
serves 4-6

2 packs cinnamon roll dough with icing
4 eggs
½ cup milk
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
2 granny smith apples, diced
1 cup brown sugar, packed
Vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 375°C.
Cut the cinnamon roll dough into 3 even strips, then cut those strip in 3 pieces, making 9 pieces total per cinnamon roll. Set aside the icing.
In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, cinnamon, and extract, stirring until smooth. Set aside.
In a pan over medium heat, combine butter, apples, and brown sugar, cooking until sugar starts to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Sprinkle the cinnamon roll dough pieces evenly in a 9×9 baking tray. Pour the egg mixture on top, followed by the apples. Drizzle the reserved icing on top.
Bake for 25–30 minutes, until golden brown. Serve with ice cream.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Peachy Perfection

Try this super easy appetizer the next time you host your girl's night in!

All you'll need is:
6 Peaches, cut in half lengthwise and pitted.  I chose to chop them a little smaller to ensure they were easily bit sized.
1/2 cup of Sugar
1/2 cup of Fresh Goat Cheese at room temperature

Preheat your Broiler.
Dip the cut sides of the fruit in the sugar and place them on a backing sheet sugar side up.
Broil the fruit for about a minute or until caramelized.
Remove the fruit and allow to cool.
Top the fruit with the goat cheese and serve immediately!

Pair this appetizer with a Sauvignon Blanc and you are the perfect host with an incredibly satisfying dish.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Trick or Treat: Skull Candy Tutorial

Looking for a simple way to dress up for halloween?!  This is it.  The skull candy is a perfectly cute way to attend your next Halloween party.  Pair this with a cute dress and you are well on your way to having a fab night out!

Feel free to get creative and do your own take on this look!

I first started by doing my normal makeup on my entire face to ensure that the foundation on the side that wasn't getting painted would be smooth and flawless.

Next I painted half of my face white.

From there is where you can get creative with what you want your look to be.  I kept my look fairly simple only using a black liners and shadows.  

Once I created the design I wanted with the sewn mouth and black eye, I dressed it up with some cute rhinestones using an adhesive which I bought from Ulta.

Finally I finished off the other side of my face with my normal makeup and attached those big black lashes.

That's it!  Super easy and super cute.  Have fun at your next night out!

Party on..

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Take the Challenge!

Every once in awhile I will do one of those online challenges just to switch up my workout routine.  

You should be switching up your workouts every 4 to 6 weeks.  The reason why you need to be doing this is simple.  The more you do something the easier it becomes, right?  This is no different in fitness.  During exercise, your body has to learn how to handle and then recover from the stress you have put on it.  With each day, your body is learning how to better handle this stress which in turn, will cause you to lose fewer calories during your workouts if you fail to switch up your exercises.

Two of my main focuses are always my abs and butt.  As a mom, my tummy ain't quite what it used to be so I have to work way harder than ever before to keep myself together!  I dare you to do this squat and ab challenge with me this month.  I can't wait to see the results!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pork Vindaloo

So thrilled that the weather is cooling down a bit!  Perfect time to pull out all my soups, stews and "fall dishes".  This pork dish is easy to put together and is a great starter if you want to dip your toe into cooking Indian food.  The spice isn't overpowering at all but a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream on top will cool it down a little bit.... and it's actually a great compliment to the dish in general!

Serve this with pita bread or naan and you've got yourself comfort in a bowl!

Pork Vindaloo
 from my

1 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (2-pound) boneless pork loin roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups chopped onion
6 garlic cloves, minced
1.1 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/4 cup)
1/3 cup dry red wine
2 1/2 cups coarsely chopped tomato (about 1 pound)
3 cups hot cooked basmati rice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
plain yogurt or sour cream, for serving

1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a meduim bowl. Add pork, tossing to coat.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork to pan. Cook 5 minutes or until pork is lightly browned on all sides. Place pork in a 4-quart electric slow cooker.

3. Add onion and garlic to pan; reduce heat to medium, and sauté 5 minutes or until onion is crisp-tender. Stir in flour. Add wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add tomato to onion mixture. Spoon onion mixture over pork. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 hours or until pork is tender. Serve over rice; sprinkle with cilantro. Top with yogurt or sour cream if desired.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Mix it Up | Fitness Games

I'll be the first to admit that my workouts can become stale.  I run about the same route daily and only vary that routine so much.  I had searched and thought about it and have found a way to mix up my next run with a scavenger hunt.

I know what you're thinking, but no,  I'm not going to go hide prizes or clues.  Instead, I list out 5 different activities (burpees, pushups, situps, ect) while pairing each move with a landmark I will pass on my run.  For example, steps up + bench.  When I reach a bench along my run, I will stop and do 20 step ups before continuing on my route.  I will repeat this every single time I see a bench along the way!

Keeping your mind busy and engaged during your run can help keep it fun while still ensuring you get the maximum results from your time.

Try it out next time and let me know how you like it!


Friday, September 30, 2016

Weekend Happenings

Happy Friday! There's a lot going on all over the Grand Strand this weekend and we are here to give you our top picks for fun! 

Oktoberfest at Quigleys in Pawleys Island

Saturday October 1st from 12pm - 6pm
Featuring live music all day as well as free admission.  Tickets will be sold for food and beverages including German fare.  This is a family friendly event so bring the kids to enjoy inflatables and face painting! 

Wine Fest in The Market Common

Saturday October 1st from 11am - 7pm
Being held in Valor Park, you will get an opportunity to sample over 50 wines as well as 20+ vendors and live entertainment.  If you are sampling wines you must purchase a glass for $5 and then tickets will be available for purchase to sample each wine you would like.  

Family Fun Festival in Surfside Beach

Saturday October 1st from 10am - 4pm
Bring the whole family for live music, food vendors, craft vendors and highlights for the kids such as a petting zoo, inflatables, video game truck, face painting, jousting out and super heroes and princesses! 

St. John's Greek Festival

Thursday September 29 - Sunday October 2nd 
Take some Greek food to the face ... Including delicious pastry, breads and gyros.  They will also be serving authentic Greek beer and wines as well as shots of Ouzo! Bring the whole family and enjoy live music and inflatables for the kids!