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brown butter bourbon peach pie

I’m sorry to have had a brief hiatus but things have been a little bit crazy around here. I just received a huge promotion and will now be the Director of Marketing at my current job. I am so excited about it but I’ve been trying to get things in order while they search for my replacement and being trained for my new position, so my brain has turned to mush. But its the perfect time to come back with this delish brown butter bourbon peach pie.
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crockpot picadillo stuffed peppers

This is a great weeknight dinner because the crockpot does all the work! I think this works best if you do the picadillo overnight and wake up in the morning and pop it in peppers and let it go all day so its ready for you when you get home.
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Ingredients:
1lbs 93% lean ground beef
1 cup minced onion (I had vidalia on hand)
1 chopped green bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup minced cilantro
1 tomato, diced (I had beefsteak on hand)
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup of water
1/4 cup alcaparrado (you can make your own with green olives with pimientos centers and capers)
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 bay leaves
kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste

Peppers:
5 large bell peppers
brown rice (I use the whole grain brown rice microwaveable bag!)
handful of shredded cheese
1/3 cup water

Directions:
1) Brown your beef in a medium skillet until no longer pink. Be sure to season with salt and pepper when cooking.
2) Once cooked, drain the liquid from the pan and add in onion, garlic and bell pepper and heat for another 4-5 minutes on a lower temperature to help the flavors start to develop.
3) Place everything from the pan into the crockpot. Then add everything else: chopped tomato, cilantro, tomato sauce, water, alcaparrado, garlic powder, cumin and bay leaves.
4) You can cook this on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Just like with any other crockpot recipe, you may need to adjust seasonings when its done.
5) Cut the tops off your peppers, fill 1/3 of the bottom with brown rice and then scoop in picadillo. You can also top with cheese. Pour water around peppers in the crockpot but don’t get the inside of the peppers wet, the water will steam them.
6) Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for around 3 hours.

recipe slightly adapted from SkinnyTaste


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turquoise tassel earrings on a budget

I’ve been loving the tassel jewelry trend this summer! While I’m still coveting these Lisi Lerch earrings I’ve found an alternate for much less! Yes, you read that correctly finally a more affordable version of turquoise tassel earrings! turquoise tassel earrings on a budget These acid fringe tassel earrings from BaubleBar are so pretty and at a much friendlier price point. They surprisingly are light and really, you hardly feel them at all! You should have no problem wearing them all day or night.

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what i’ve learned from blogging

I’ve been blogging for a couple of years and I’ve learned some things.
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Improved my overall tech game. You have to stay up on all things tech if you want your blog to ever be remotely successful (page views, monetization, partnerships, etc).  While I’ve always been pretty tech-savvy, blogging challenges me to be creative and be constantly thinking about “how can I do that” and “what would really make this better is if…”. Whether learning about SEO or twiddling around in photoshop I’ve learned a bunch of things that I actually aid my day job.

Girls are mean. I thought I had an idea, I was sorority president and while my sisters are lovely, sometimes there are mean girls, or groups of mean girls, you have to encounter. Luckily, I haven’t been the focus of the interweb mean girls but some of my favorite bloggers are and it makes me truly reevaluate my blogging. I’ve heard how my friends rant about bloggers and it’s hard to put yourself out there when you really are opening yourself up to a lot of criticism.

Confidence! I can’t even tell you how amazing it is to see those page views tick up and up or to get a response from someone saying how they love your blog and are willing to take a chance on you. It’s the best feeling.

These are just a few of the things that blogging has taught me. Anyone else in the same boat?


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bunless bruschetta turkey zucchini burgers

I’m sharing a recipe that I’ve found to be tride and true! I didn’t create this recipe, like I’ve mentioned on the recipe tab of my blog, I do adapt some recipes, but I really just want to try recipes for you to try out in your kitchen. I tweaked this a little bit but SkinnyTaste is the creator of this great summer recipe.

bruschetta turkey zucchini burgersI love bread but I also love a bunless burger if you are trying to lighten the recipe a bit. And honestly I think this recipe works better without a bun.
bruschetta turkey zucchini burgers

The bruschetta only take a few minutes to throw together but I like to cover it and place it in the fridge so the flavors have the opportunity to blend. Chop your onion, basil and tomatoes, throw in a bowl and season with salt and pepper (it looks crazy seasoned above but I just hadn’t stirred it yet). Toss with balsamic and olive oil and you are good to go!bruschetta turkey zucchini burgersTomatoes, basil and zucchini really make this recipe pop so try to get the freshest that you can.
bruschetta turkey zucchini burgers

This zucchini came from my in-laws garden so it was fun to pop this in our recipe!

bruschetta turkey zucchini burgers

I added a little lemon juice into the turkey mixture and added some old bay to the patties because turkey burgers tend to get a little dry or not have as much flavor as beef burgers so I like to add a little something to them.

Ingredients:

Bruschetta:
1/4 of an onion, chopped
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper
2 medium vine ripe tomatoes
2 small cloves garlic, minced
approx 8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
approx 8 mozzarella balls , diced
Turkey zucchini burgers:
1lb lean ground turkey
1 medium zucchini, grated
1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp lemon juice
salt & pepper
sprinkle each side lightly with old bay seasoning

Directions:

1) Toss all the bruschetta ingredients together, except for the mozzarella. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
2) Mix grated zucchini and turkey in a bowl with breadcrumbs, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
3) Make 6 patties from mixture. Gently sprinkle Old Bay seasoning on each side of the formed patty.
4) Grill burgers on grill until they reach 165 degrees F.
5) Drop in mozzarella to the brushetta and serve with bunless burger!


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the lost art of printed photographs

Remember when we used film instead of memory cards?! I have to admit I take a ton of photos but they all tend to live on my computer and I never get around to printing them. I mean, for one thing, where am I going to put all of these pictures?

I have some pictures from our last trip to OBX that I need to get printed and I’m so glad I got an email reminder about how affordable it is to do on Shutterfly.

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YSL touche eclat blur perfector review

I was sent the “it” products of the summer. This stuff is selling out everywhere and I was lucky to have it sent to me from Influenster (I received it complimentary for testing purposes). I’ve been using the primer and blur perfector for a couple of weeks so let me explain a little bit about them!
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First of all the packaging is beautiful and right in step with the rest of YSL products. My mom has their concealer pen which is absolutely amazing so I had high hopes for these products.

The blur primer is pretty great. You just need a little dabble or it could make you feel greasy. I love these gold shimmery flakes in the bottle. It’s oil based and really does smooth your skin, but again, only use a little bit. I think that it did make my skin look more luminous but it definitely couldn’t counteract the redness from rosacea so just keep that in mind if you also struggle with strong discoloration like I do. It also has a really nice lightly floral scent. Overall I think that it did help my makeup stay in place and go on smooth. YSL touche eclate blur perfectors reviewThe other product is the Touche Eclat Blur Perfector. It’s a balm that supposedly turns into a powder to blur your imperfections. Well I have to say that I was serioulsy disappointed when I placed it on with the puff they give you and it literally WIPED my makeup off. No matter how gentle your touch it would wipe everything off.

I tried it with a large powder brush and had way better luck just patting around, almost as a highlighter. I’ve been doing this for several days and really prefer this method. It gives a little luminosity without wiping off your foundation.
YSL touche eclate blur perfectors reviewHave you tried this products yet? I’m interested to hear what you think about them. To see what others think follow along with  #YSLToucheEclat on facebook, twitter and instagram!

Thanks to influenster for sending these products for testing.

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