Monday, August 22, 2016

How To: Cauliflower Rice

I'd heard a lot of great things about Cauliflower Rice,
but hadn't given it a try until this summer.
It intrigued me, but something was holding me back.

In an attempt to eat even healthier than I already do,
I decided to whip up a batch one night.
A quick Google search led me to these instructions.

Turns out, Cauliflower Rice is really easy to make!
After making it a few times for myself, 
I decided to show you all how to make some for yourself.

The Goods:
Cauliflower
Food Processor

Remove the leaves and stem from your cauliflower
and then cut into quarters with a sharp knife.

Remove as much of the core as possible, reserving all the florets.

Put the cauliflower florets into the food processor
and simply pulse until you have a rice-like texture.

My food processor isn't huge, so I have to do it in two batches.

Once you have your cauliflower rice made,
simply saute and season it like you would regular rice.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bubble Bath Review: Top 5 PAST Reviews!

This is a non-sponsored review and I purchased my own Bubble Bath.

I've been doing monthly bubble bath reviews since March of 2015.
During that time I've found many that have been absolutely amazing,
and a few that haven't lived up to my bubble bath standards.

I have a few more bubble baths stocked up to review,
but sadly it's been so hot lately (hello summer!)
and I haven't wanted to sit in a hot bath!

So today, instead of posting a new bubble bath review,
I figured I'd do a little round up of my all time favorites,
and share my top five bubble baths I've tried!

Because I can't pick a favorite, 
or really even put these in order,
I'm listing them in chronological order 

One

Two

Three
Dr. Teal's Foaming Bath

Four

Five

I'm hoping to have a new bubble bath review soon,
just need the temperature to drop a little so I want to relax in a hot bath! 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Blueberry Lemon Bars

I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again,
but I love pretty much anything with lemon in it.
Savory eats, sweet treats and drinks with lemon are all my jam.
So when I found this recipe, it quickly went on my list of things to make.

Not only did it sound amazing,
but it seemed like a cinch to make too.
I don't think a week went by before I whipped one up,
and it was completely devoured in just two days!!!

Keep reading to see how I made these yummy Blueberry Lemon Bars!

The Goods:
Graham Crackers
Butter
Granulated Sugar
Lemons
Eggs
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Blueberries

Put your graham crackers in a large zipper bag
and then begin to crush them to make crumbs.
I used an entire pack and had more than enough.

In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar and lemon zest.

Mix with a fork until everything is combined and crumbs are moistened. 

Press the mixture into a greased 8x8 pan and bake for about 10 minutes.
It make take a little longer depending on your oven.
Remove from oven and cool completely.

While the crust is cooling, it's time to make the filling!

In a large bowl, add the entire can of sweetened condensed milk and 2 egg yolks.

Whisk those together until combined. 

Next add the lemon zest and lemon juice.

Stir the mixture to incorporate the zest and juice.

Finally, add the blueberries to the lemon filling...

And gently fold in your fresh blueberries.

Pour the filling over the cooled crust and bake for about 15 minutes.
Filling should be set and not giggle at all.  

Remove from the oven and let cool for at least an hour.
Do your best to be patient because this helps the bars set.

Finally, cut the bars into squares to be devoured by your friends!

You can tell I was a little inpatient and did cut the bars a bit too early.
Don't be like me and wait until the bars are fully set!
They still tasted absolutely amazing, 
but weren't as pretty as I'd like if I'm being honest.

Lemon Blueberry Bars
Inspired by Moms Need To Know

For the Crust:
1 1/2 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
8 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
3 Teaspoons Lemon Zest

For the Filling:
2 Egg Yolks
1 (14 Ounce) Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
1 Cup Fresh Blueberries

  1. Put your graham crackers in a large zipper bag and begin to crush them to make crumbs.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar and lemon zest. Mix with a fork until everything is combined and crumbs are moistened. 
  3. Press the mixture into a greased 8X8 pan and bake for about 10 minutes. It make take a little longer depending on your oven. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  4. In a large bowl, add the entire can of sweetened condensed milk and 2 egg yolks. Whisk until combined.
  5. Next add the lemon zest and lemon juice and then stir to incorporate both.
  6. Finally, add the blueberries to the lemon filling and gently fold them in.
  7. Pour the filling over the cooled crust and bake for about 15 minutes. The filling should be set and not giggle at all.  
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least an hour. Do your best to be patient because this helps the bars set.
  9. Finally, cut the bars into squares to be devoured by your friends

Friday, August 12, 2016

DIY: Trough Planter Liners and Succulent Garden

A few weeks ago I posted the picture below on my Instagram.


I used to blog about my balcony garden quite often
but life got busy and my gardening was put aside.
I recently got the gardening bug again
and figured a succulent garden would be less work,
so today I'm sharing how easy it was to make mine!

I already had four of these awesome trough planters on hand.
I used to have coconut liners in them with seasonal flowers,
but I got sick of replacing them all too often
and sadly just had empty planters for awhile.

I had plans to purchase more coconut liners,
but in all honesty I wanted a different option.
While coconut liners look pretty nice,
it's my experience that they don't hold up well.
And after very little effort I think I found a good alternative...


My original though was to use rolls of burlap,
but the two rolls above caught my eye at a 99 cent store!
Together they cost me less than five dollars,
which is a lot cheaper than coconut liners,
so even if it didn't work I hadn't wasted that much money.

Before I even started on the project,
I knew the liners wouldn't be perfect or even close.
I am a HUGE perfectionist,
but I am not great at sewing by any means.
Please keep that in mind as you continue to read.

I simply wrapped one end of the liner around the trough planter,
making sure to leave extra so it lines not only the outside of the planter,
but so that it line the inside of the planter as well
I figured double lining would hold up best!

Just like with a past DIY post, I had a cute furry little helper!

Hopefully this shot gives you a better idea of how I was wrapping the liner.

Once I knew the exact size I needed,
I cut not only one for the planter I was working on,
but four in the same size to line all my trough planters!

Now the sewing fun begins!
(Sense the sarcasm???)

I first sewed the liner so it was secure to one side of the trough planter,
pulled the fabric tight and re-positioned it before continuing to sew the other side.

Like I warned you, it doesn't look super pretty...

And the inside lining didn't look any better...

But that really didn't matter in the long run,
because all these guys would cover the inside anyway!

After putting the succulents into groups and arranging them in the trough planters,
I removed them from their plastic pots and put them in the soil.

While they looked pretty good as is,
I just knew they were missing something!

After very little though, I realized it was decorative gravel that was missing.
A quick trip to OSH and I came home with a 20 pound bag to finish my DIY project!

Last but not least - I'm happy to report that everything is still living after a few weeks!

This post contains affiliate links meaning I may make a small commission for certain purchases.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Whiskey Wednesday: Cherry Lime Whiskey Fizz

Happy Wednesday guys!!!
Over a year ago, I started a fun new blog series - 
Whiskey Wednesday!!!

If you missed them, here are past posts:
Irish Mule
 Mint Julep
Bourbon & Sparkling Lemonade
Irish Redhead
Old Fashion
Jameson Coke Floats
Bourbon Cherry Coke
Bourbon Spiked Apple Cider
Hot Toddy
Whiskey Sour
Sage Brown Derby
Strawberry Whiskey Smash
Gold Rush
Blackberry Whiskey Punch
Kickin' Blood Orange Spritzer

Since starting the Whiskey Wednesday blog series,
I've kept my eye out for whiskey drink recipes that appeal to me.
While browsing online recently, I ran across this recipe.
It sounded delicious and I had to make it because cherries were in season!

Similar to last month's Whiskey Wednesday post,
this cocktail didn't turn out exactly like I'd planned,
but I was really happy with the way it did turn out.

 The Goods:
Fresh Cherries
Simple Syrup
Whikey
Fresh Lime Juice
Cherry Sparkling Water
Fresh Mint Leaves

To a cocktail shaker, add 6 pitted and halved cherries and 1/2 ounce simple syrup, then muddle.
Next add 1 1/2 ounce whiskey*, juice from 1 lime, 2 to 3 fresh mint leaves and ice.
Shake for about 30 seconds and then pour into a glass about half filled with ice.

Top with cherry sparkling water, then garnish with fresh mint and a lime slice.

Step back and admire your cocktail making skills...

Then take a sip and enjoy!!!

*This cocktail can easily be made into a mocktail,
simply by omitting the whiskey for those that don't drink alcohol.
In fact, the photo above with two drinks has a mocktail on the right
 and just looking at the two you can't really tell a difference!