EAT | Quick & Easy Chicken Alfredo

Ahhhh pasta, am I right? I could eat pasta all day, every day! Any kind will do, but especially with Alfredo sauce because CHEESE. Here is how I make my special and easy Chicken Alfredo!

What you need:

  • two chicken breasts, diced and sautéed
  • 1 lb fettuccine pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • parmesan to top

Sauté chicken and remove from pan.

In a pot, boil pasta.

Add olive oil to your pan and sauté garlic until fragrant.

Add broth, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Bring up to a boil, add cream, parmesan, and chicken.

When pasta is cooked, add that to the sauce, and top with parsley.

Mix together and top with more parm.

Soo delicious, so creamy, just the perfect comfort food!

I hope you like it!

More pasta recipes here!

Thanks for reading xx

BEAUTY Haul

Well even though it was just Christmas, I bought a few makeup and beauty things for myself lately and wanted to share! You know how it is when you shop online, it’s so easy to ADD TO CART. Sometimes you just gotta treat yourself, right?

Here’s what I picked up.

First up, some lip products, cause ya girl can never have enough!

The Dior Lip Maximizer is my favorite gloss of all time, so you can imagine that I HAD to pick up this NEW limited edition shimmery hot pink color! The color is called Ultra Pink.

This gloss is a smoothing, slightly plumping formula with a sheer hot pink shimmer. Gorgeous, non-sticky, and LASTS.

Next, another one of my faves that I have repurchased, this Marc Jacobs Lip Liner in Slow Burn. I love this color; it is the perfect my-lips-but-better shade, has great lasting power, and doesn’t dry out my lips.

Last for the ol lips, a SCRUBBER. I’m going to use this with a lip scrub and hopefully the results will be magical for my dry chapped winter lips. It’s double sided, too!

I picked up this Ilia Soft Focus Finishing Powder because I have been lusting after it for ages. It is very pricey, but I decided to pull the trigger. It’s a translucent setting powder that is supposed to be amazing for its blurring capabilities. Anything with “soft focus” just calls to me.

ANOTHER nail polish because you know, I needed one. Haha. This one is so cool and different from any of the nail colors I own. It is the Nails Inc polish in Cosmic Blur. This looks so so pretty. It is a sheer pearly white with a holographic shimmer/glitter! I can’t wait to try it.

I have never tried any Dermalogica products before, but I saw this exfoliating powder that you mix up with water, and I was intrigued. I purchased the smaller size of this to try it out, but it has a ton of powder inside and I think you only need a little bit. I love exfoliating, so hopefully this one’s good!

Lastly, a hair product. I haven’t tried any products from IGK before, and I heard good things about this Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray. This is a heat protectant blow dry spray that is supposed to smooth the hair and tame frizz. I love to test out hair products, and I’m excited to try more from this brand.

That’s it for my haul! Let me know if you want an in depth review of anything shown here!

Thanks for reading xx

Essie Winter Collection 2020

For my first post of 2021, I am sharing my picks from the Essie Winter Collection! Essie is my favorite brand because of their COLORS. They always have the most gorgeous colors and finishes.

They released this collection a few months back and I narrowed it down to three that HAD to be purchased.

Photo credit to Essie

LOOK at these COLORS!!! They also had a white, a green, and a darker purple, but these three were my fave. They all have a gold frost to them. PERFECT for the holidays and winter.

First off, I mentioned the red one, In A Gingersnap, in my Holiday Nails Blog! This one is a candy apple red with a glittery golden pearl finish. Just stunning. I only needed two coats with this one and it was perfectly opaque.

Next, is a pale pinky purple with a glittery gold pearl sheen, called Bon Bon Nuit. This one was a bit on the sheer side, so I did three coats.

So pretty and sparkly! This collection is all about the sparkles.

Lastly is Love At Frost Sight, a periwinkle baby blue/purple with a glittery golden pearl. This one was also sheer, so I did three coats. The color of this actually reminds me a lot of a lighter Essie Bikini So Teeny, but with shimmer.

Which one is your fave?

Thanks for reading xx

EAT | 100 Hour Brownie Fail

I had seen these brownies going around on the internet and I had to try them! They are brownies that take 100 hours to make, and were supposed to be amazing. Here is the link to the original recipe.

Spoiler alert, they were not. They were extremely disappointing and did not taste good at all. I figured I would share the experience anyway though!

This will be my last post of the year, and I thank you for sticking with me through 2020! Just like 2020 was a fail, so were these brownies, haha!

Here’s hoping to a better 2021 🙂

What you need:

    2 sticks unsalted butter
    2 tbsp espresso powder
    Coffee ice cube
    4 eggs
    2 1/4 cup sugar
    1 tbsp vanilla
    1/2 cup cocoa powder
    1 tbsp salt
    12 oz dark chocolate
    1 1/2 cup flour

First, place your two sticks of butter into a saucepan and melt them. We are making brown butter, so we need to cook it until it slightly browns.

I learned after making this recipe that I do not like brown butter. It is very strange to me how much the taste changes when you brown it.

Next we added in the espresso powder, stirred it around and then added a coffee ice cube to it that we had prepared earlier.

We had a bunch of chunks in the pan after this, so we had to run the mixture through a strainer a few times. Fail.

We set this aside and combined our eggs, sugar, and vanilla.

After that, we sifted in our cocoa powder, 1 more tbsp of the espresso powder, and salt.

We mixed this up and then added the brown butter mixture.

As soon as I smelled this mixture, I knew we weren’t going to like these brownies. Very coffee and salty smelling. However, we kept going.

We melted about a 1/3 of the chocolate and added that in.

Next, we added our flour and combined.

Next we chopped up another 1/3 of the chocolate and added that to the batter.

Alright, now it’s time to add it to our greased, 9×13 pan, and you guessed it, add the rest of the chopped chocolate.

Again, the smell was off with these brownies. They didn’t smell good like normal brownies.

I covered them with plastic wrap and we were supposed to let them sit in the fridge for 3 days.

So here’s how they looked after 3 days.

On the third day, you take them out of the fridge, and cook them at 350 degrees for 30 min. Here’s how they looked after that.

After they cook, you are supposed to immediately take them out of the oven, wrap in foil, and put them in the freezer for 30 min.

After the 30 min, take them out and leave in fridge for another 24 hours.

Here is the final product.

They actually look delicious, but the taste and texture was awful. The taste was of espresso and salt. They weren’t sweet, and the texture was like playdoh. These were such a fail and a huge disappointment!

Good thing I had these on hand to make for my kiddos who had waited 4 days for brownies!! Haha

I think maybe this waiting period would make a normal brownie recipe more moist and chocolatey, but in this case, it did not.

So sad that these didn’t turn out! What did I do wrong?! Would you try these?

Thanks for reading, and see you next year!

xx

Top 5 Best Books of 2020

This is my last post of 2020, and I’ve saved the best for last! My picks for best books of 2020. This was not hard for me to choose at all, I loved all of these books and want to recommend them to you!

5. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover’s books are usually family drama/romance type books with some kind of twist. They aren’t my usual thrillers but I still love them. This one was no exception. It is about a woman who suddenly loses her husband in a car accident, and has a teenage daughter that she has to raise alone. Her and the daughter don’t get along too well, and she begins to find out secrets about her husband along the way.

4. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This book was so popular this year! It seems like everyone read it. It was a coming-of-age book about a girl who lived alone in a swamp, and about the events leading up to her living there alone. There was also a kind of murder mystery aspect to it. I could really see this book being made into a movie.

3. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

This book is about a woman named Cass, who is driving late at night, in the rain, and through the woods. She passes by a stopped car and sees a woman inside who just stares at her. Later after arriving home, she hears that the woman she saw in the car has been murdered. She doesn’t want to tell her husband, because he didn’t want her taking that way home in the first place. She cannot stop thinking about the woman, and weird things start happening, she feels like she is being watched and also loses her memory.

This book totally surprised me at the end with its twist and I really love the books from this author. They are always suspenseful and good.

2. The Lost Man by Jane Harper

This book was really good! It was about two grown brothers who live on big sprawling properties in the outback. They find their third brother dead near an old stockman’s grave landmark. The whole book is them trying to figure out what happened to him, and what was going wrong in his life. There are some twists and turns along the way.

1. Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

This was my top book of 2020! Of course, a thriller with a huge twist! A girl named Hen and her husband move into a new house and go to meet their new neighbors. At their house, she sees a trophy with a name on it that she recognizes from researching a murder case that she used to be obsessed with. Something about her new neighbor seems off to her, and she wants to get to the bottom of it. This book was so good and had a big twist at the end! Loved it.

That’s it for my Top 5 Books of 2020! I look forward to reading some good ones in 2021.

Click here for last years TOP 5 list if you want to check it out!

Thanks for reading! xx