Sunday, April 6, 2014

Its a French Toast kind-of Morning...


Today was such a beautiful spring morning. I felt so inspired to cook a yummy breakfast and to do some necessay spring cleaning later. I decided to make Berries & Creme Stuffed French Toast.

Recipe
1. 1 loaf of challah bread. (You can find this bread at Trader Joes)
2.1 8oz package of cream cheese at room temperature
3. 1/4 cup of strawberry jam
4.1/2 teaspoon of grated lemon zest
5.3-5 Tablespoons of salted butter
6. 1 cup of whole milk
7. 3 Large eggs
8. 1 Tablesppon of brown sugar
9. 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
Powdered sugar for dusting; maple syrup for the serving

Procedures
1. Cut the challah bread in 2 in segments. Then cut a horizontal slit in the bread. This will create a pocket for the filling. 

2. In a mixing bowl beat together the cream-cheese, jam, and lemon zest together. Then fold in the blueberries. Spoon the mixture into each pocket of the bread. 

3. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter  and transfer it to a 9x13 inch baking dish. Whisk in milk, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.

4. In a large skillet or griddle set over medium heat,melt the 2 tablespoons of butter.
5. Working in batches put each stuffed slice into the milk mixture and let soak for about 10 seconds. Add the soaked slices to the hot butter in the skillet. Cook until or golden brown. Add more butter if needed. 
6. Serve warm topped with a few blueberries and dust with powdered sugar. Then add maple syrup if desired.


Enjoy.........Happy cooking

Much love Chelsea xoxoxox

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Budget Friendly Beauty: Liquid Liner

   Hi there!
   In previous makeup posts (this one and this one too), I've mentioned my penchant for bold, cat-eye liner. I wear cat-eye liner almost every day, I just absolutely love the way it looks.
   I used to only use the gel liners from Maybelline or L'Oreal, but over the past few months I've fully converted to liquid liner marker/pens. I feel that using liquid liner in pen or marker form is so much easier than the traditional, thin, flimsy liquid liner brushes. As you know by now, I prefer not to splurge on my makeup, so I have been experimenting with pens from various drugstore brands.
   So far, I've tried L'Oreal, Revlon, Cover Girl, Maybelline, Milani, e.l.f., and Daiso Japan's versions of the liquid liner pen. Out of all of those brands, I have come to love Maybelline's the most. It is absolutely fantastic. The application is very smooth and easy (unlike Revlon), the formula is dark and intense with the first coat (unlike Revlon and Daiso's), does not get flaky  (unlike Revlon and e.l.f.), and it lasts all day and night (unlike Cover Girl and Daiso). It is semi-waterproof, the line will remain but the intensity of the color will fade a little if it gets wet (unlike e.l.f.'s, which is gone with even a touch of water)
    If you're looking for a good, budget friendly, liquid liner pen, I highly recommend Maybelline's Master Precise. I have been using it for the last three months and have ZERO complaints about it. I was able to get the best price at Target and Walmart. The second runner up would have to be Milani, and the third L'Oreal.
   What do you think about liquid liner pens? Have you used them or would you try them? We would love to hear your thoughts! Take care and, as always, thank you so much for your continued support!
-Samantha

Saturday, March 29, 2014

3 Easy tips on packing for a VACA


My husband and I just got back from New York and had a blast.  It truly is a amazing city that you can get lost in for hours at a time. We ate our way through the city, did some major site seeing, and tried new things.
Although the trip was amazing, prepping for the trip was a little stressful. So I found three easy ways to help with the prepping area.

1. Pack you "top" combinations in a zip-lock back.  For instance a button up shirt under a cardigan, you can pair that combo and have it all ready to go in a zip-lock bag. This is a great tip because your clothes stay wrinkle free. You also do not have to have the stress of what am I going to wear, because you are ahead of the game.
2. Pack for the unexpected. So have a jacket, a sweater, and a bathing suit. We were in Newyork and it started to full on snow. Then it poured rain the next morning. The next day the hubby wanted to go in the jacuzzi and thats wear the bathing suit came into play...See good to prepared for the unexpected.
3. Lastly tie some type of ribbon on your bag so when you get to the terminal to pick up your bag it stands out.Its a pain having to look for your suit case and feeling stressed because there is about a 100 bags that look just like yours and there not...lol.



Happy travels...
-Chelsea

Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring Forward

   As much as I'd love for fall and winter to last forever, I have to accept the reality that I live in Southern California and the temperature pretty much just varies from warm to hot to hotter. For our friends braving the cold, rain, and snow this winter has brought upon them-hold on tight, spring is almost here. Personally, I would gladly switch places with you so I could enjoy some legitimate winter weather.
   Now that the time has changed and the weather is starting to warm up quickly here, I've been thinking about some different outfit combinations I could throw together to transition from winter to spring. So here are just two fun and comfy looks for both a semi-dressy or casual day.

This has been my go-to casual look lately: a black tee, a buffalo plaid button down, boyfriend jeans, leather belt, and black Chucks (or sandals depending on how warm it is). 
I love this hummingbird top, and the color is perfect for spring. Pairing it with a statement necklace, a black, cotton, a-line skirt, and studded clogs makes the perfect spring outfit for semi-dressy events.
   What are your go-to spring ensembles? Hope you all are doing well and, as always, thank you for reading and supporting our blog.
-Samantha