EAT | The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

Out of all the things I love to bake, COOKIES are at the top. I have so many tried and true cookie recipes, and I love to perfect the ingredients to make them just right. Today I am sharing my perfect peanut butter cookie recipe. These cookies are soft and delicious (it’s the brown sugar), chock full of peanut butter, and rolled in sugar for that classic, peanut butter cookie flavor.

Here’s how to make them!

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter (I use unsalted)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 tsp milk
    1 1/2 cup flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together your butter, peanut butter, and sugars.

Add your egg, milk, and vanilla, and combine.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.

Slowly add this mixture to the wet ingredients while mixing.

Form dough into about 1 1/2 inch balls and coat with sugar.

Smash down the cookies gently with a fork vertically and horizontally. Make a hashtag.

Bake for 11-12 minutes. Let sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes until you move them over to a cooling rack.

They melt. in. your. mouth.

Enjoy! 🙂

xx amy

September Beauty FAVES

Hello! September is over and it is officially fall! Today I have my beauty faves to share with you, and a lot of them are old faves that I have recently rediscovered. Oldies but goodies.

Here they are!

Let’s start with the makeup.

This magical powder is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. This is a setting powder that gives a blurred look to the skin. It’s hard to put my finger on WHY I look so much better when I use this. It’s not shimmery or glittery at all, but it gives my skin an extra somethin’ somethin’. You know what I mean. It comes in a bunch of shades but this yellow-y one speaks to me. This is the second one I’ve purchased. It’s pricey, but it will last you a long time.

Next is the Bare Minerals Prime Time OG Primer. Now, I’m a big Bare Minerals Foundation fan, I wear it every day. I also wear this primer underneath it every day! I have heard people talk about powder foundations, saying they can’t wear them because it sinks into lines and pores, makes them look dry, etc…and to that I say, try this! It’s a soft silicone-y feeling primer that dries down fast and matte, fills in pores and gives a lovely smooth canvas. It’s a must have, even if you don’t wear powder foundation.

Ok, next up is an oldddd fave. So old in fact, I made my very first blog post on it. Back in the Amy’s Beauty Diary days. I cringe at this post, but here it is in all its glory. 2013 y’all. Anyway, I still love it. It’s the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Rose. It comes in a bunch of colors now (like 16!) but rose has always been the fave. It smells amazing like lemon cake, and it is so moisturizing and luxurious. I use this pretty much every day and it gives just a hint of color. I have two backups!

Next is also a really old fave that I recently repurchased after I read an article about how Meghan Markle does her makeup. She uses a shadow stick like this NYX Jumbo Pencil in Iced Mocha. Now, in addition to wearing a brown pencil eyeliner (I do that too!) she uses a jumbo pencil cream shadow all over the lid and smudges it under the lashline. So yeah, I remembered this little guy from BACK IN THE DAY. It is so pretty, why did I stop using it?! It’s such a nice bronze-y metallic color, SO easy to blend and is so quick! Love it.

Here are some swatches of the pencil and the lip balm (and my blue veins).

Next up is a nail color I have loved since just about the beginning of summer. It’s an Essie color (no surprise there); the packaging just calls me! They always have the best colors. This color is A Touch of Sugar. This color is a sheer light pink with some golden shimmer. It looks like a really light rose gold. It is GORGEOUS.

Two more faves!

Sometimes I like to self-tan, and this one was my favorite all summer! This is the Loving Tan 2 HR Express. This is a foam, and I use it with a tanning mitt. I buff it in, wait around for about 2 hrs, and then rinse it off. It gives the best color. Not orange-y at all, and it lasts a solid week for me!

Lastly, a dry shampoo. I have always been a Batiste fan, but I hadn’t tried this scent, the Clean and Light Bare. Some Batiste scents are super overpowering, but I really like how this one is barely scented. Sometimes the scents give me a headache. Batiste is the best dry shampoo because it absorbs oil, and really makes my hair feel clean and volumized.

So, that’s it for the faves! What have you been loving this month?

xx amy

LET’S BUDGET |Spending Spreadsheet

Hello! Today we are talking about SAVING money and budgeting! Yay!

We are a one income family, and have been for 9 years. Even though my husband makes the money, it is my job to manage it. I pay the bills, I budget, I save, and let’s face it, I’m the one doing the swiping. He’s at work all day.

I create a SPENDING SPREADSHEET each month, and it’s changed my life!

A spending spreadsheet is basically just writing it down every time you make a purchase. You will be SHOOK at how much you are actually spending. The month is half over, and I’m still in the first column. You should have seen this when I first started doing it. I was in the second column by day 10. Swipe, swipe, swipe.

First, make your key according to what categories you spend. Bills like mortgage, phone, water, electric, etc. come out of our bank account. This is for our credit card. Every time I actually make a purchase, it goes here.

Gas – I use orange for this – I document both my husband’s and my gas purchases.

Bills – these are things that are necessary items that I have to purchase. Things like school pictures, prescriptions, lunch money, things like that. That’s yellow. The non-negotiables.

Groceries – I try to spend $100 or less on groceries each week. This goes in blue.

So, seeing a lot of orange, yellow, and blue on your spreadsheet is ok.

We don’t want a lot of green and pink.

Food – fast food or eating out goes in green.

Fun/Other – this is unnecessary spending; things that you don’t need. Amazon, Target…you know what I mean. Goes in pink.

Here’s ours for September so far.

As you can see, I’m not perfect! I went ham at target on the first of the month, and we have definitely eaten out a lot.

This spreadsheet just makes me way more aware of what I was spending. At the end of the month, add up the green and pink. You will be shocked, and you will think twice before you swipey swipey.

I hope this is helpful to you!

Let me know if you want more budgeting tips!

Thanks for reading 🙂

xx

EAT | One Pan Chicken + Asparagus

Hello! Having a family of four, I am always on the hunt for quick and easy meals, and especially meals that only require only one pan! Less dishes = happier me.

Today I am sharing my recipe for chicken and asparagus. My whole family loves this recipe (yes, even the girls- they love veggies!) and it’s really flavorful and semi-healthy (it has butter, lol).

Let’s get started.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

Season your chicken with salt and pepper.

Melt 1 tbsp butter in large skillet, and stir in your garlic and seasonings.

Add your chicken and sauté.

After chicken is cooked through, scoot to one side and melt the remaining tbsp of butter.

Add in your asparagus and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until tender.

How quick and easy was that? It tastes so good and everyone will love it!

Thanks for reading!

xx

Life Changing $10 Amazon Face Mask

Hi friends! I know we all use a face mask every once in awhile, they are so good for deep cleaning and exfoliating the skin. I know that they can get pretty spendy (umm Glamglow??) I’ve used masks from every price range, and I think, for a deep pore cleansing, you can’t get any better than this one from Amazon.

The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay.

This has over 15,000 five star reviews on Amazon. Whoa. It retails for $9.99, and comes in a ONE POUND container. There’s enough in here to last you a lifetime.

This mask claims to be the world’s most powerful facial, and is supposed to deep clean pores. It doesn’t contain any fragrance, harsh chemicals, and it’s not tested on animals.

So, this isn’t exactly a mask, yet. It’s a powder.

You mix equal parts of powder and water (or it says ACV, but I’ve never tried that). I usually do a 1/2 tsp and it’s plenty.

It’s a goopy mess, so that’s what we want! It is a light green color, and pretty chunky.

Time to apply!

Am I pretty yet… and did I actually post this picture on the internet?

So, you leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and it gets really tight…then you rinse it off with warm water.

BOOM, poreless face. It makes your skin feel so clean, so smooth, and just, perfect.

Have you tried this?

Thanks for reading!

xx