Monday, December 1, 2014

Elf Yourself!

Happy December everyone! There's nothing like bringing in the holidays with a video of yourself dancing as an elf. Have fun creating your own, but in the meantime, check out mine here:


Monday, September 1, 2014

Math Tip


Here is a tip I recently discovered from my mom, who is a math teacher! It can come in handy when trying to figure out discounts on clothes at the mall, or figuring out what to tip for a service. Some teachers don't even know this trick! Here goes:

Can you tell me what 17 % of 50 is? 

The easy way is to flip this equation around to what is 50% of 17? Which is very easy to do, half of 17 is 8.5. This means that 8.5 is also the answer to 17% of 50! 

You can do this with any percentage problem, just flip it around and the answer will be the same. To prove this to you, think about what is 10% of 100, 10 right? Well 100% of 10 is 10 as well. Get it? Hopefully this will come in handy for you one day!

With school being back in session I thought this would be a perfect post for this Monday :-)

Enjoy and be smart!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Blueberry Moscow Mule


Recipe found at Sugar and Charm
Blueberry Moscow Mule Directions
Pour the ginger beer, vodka and lime juice in a copper cup and stir. Add in the ice and then pour a little blueberry syrup on the top. Give it another stir and garnish with blueberries and a lime wedge.
Blueberry Syrup
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
Directions
Bring the ingredients to a boil for 5 minutes, then let it simmer for another 10 minutes until it thickens. Strain over a glass bowl and let it cool.

Enjoy!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Turkey Burgers with Peach Blueberry Topping


Delicious summer dinner that is light! Found this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. To make it even lighter, omit the cheese like I did.

Ingredients
4
small peaches
1
pound ground turkey
 
Salt
 
Ground black pepper
4
slices Monterey Jack cheese
1/2
cup blueberries
1/4
teaspoon chili powder
4
thick slices roasted garlic country bread or garlic bread, toasted if desired
Directions
  1. Finely chop one of the peaches; add ground turkey, salt, and pepper. Shape turkey mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties (if necessary, dampen hands first). Grill on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until no pink remains (165 degrees F). Add cheese; cover and cook 1 minute more.
  2. Meanwhile, coarsely chop remaining peaches. In a large skillet combine peaches, blueberries, and chili powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes or until heated through and juices are beginning to form.
  3. Top each piece of garlic bread with one turkey burger and some of the peach mixture. If desired, top with additional chili powder.
Nutrition Facts
    Per serving: 
  • 464 kcal cal., 
  • 25 g fat
  •  
  • (10 g sat. fat, 
  • 3 g polyunsaturated fat, 
  • 6 g monounsatured fat), 
  • 114 mg chol., 
  • 614 mg sodium, 
  • 28 g carb., 
  • 3g fiber, 
  • 11 g sugar, 
  • 31 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps - Easy!


Ingredients:
Ground turkey or ground chicken
1/2 Onion, chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
3 Scallions, chopped
Tomato, chopped
Cilantro, chopped
Peanuts, optional
1/4 c. Soy Sauce
Iceberg lettuce leaves

Directions:
Preheat 2 tbsp. of olive oil on a skillet on medium-high heat. Add the turkey and chop it up with a spatula while cooking until no longer pink. Add the soy sauce, onion, and garlic and cook for 3 more minutes. If the turkey is a little dry, add more olive oil.

Add turkey mixture to each lettuce leaf and top with chopped tomatoes, cilantro, and peanuts if desired.

For sauce, I used a hot taco sauce,  but you can be creative and use your favorite sauce.

Enjoy and Be Healthy!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Nutella Marshmallow Filled Cake Bars




My first time EVER trying nutella...and I have to say it is pretty amazing! Especially combined with funfetti cake and marshmallow fluff!! Now I know these are not the healthiest, but they are very delicious!

RECIPE (from insidebrucrewlife)

Ingredients
1 Funfetti cake mix
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup milk
1 cup Nutella
1 cup Marshmallow Cream

Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, melted butter, and milk. The dough will be very sticky. Press half the batter in a greased 9×13 pan. Spread the Nutella on top of the dough. Very carefully spread the marshmallow fluff on top and swirl lightly.
  2. Spread the remaining batter on top of the fluff. Bake at 350* for 25 minutes. Do not over bake. Let cool completely before cutting into 24 squares. Store in a covered container.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hazel Lane


This Monday I'd like to tell you all about Hazel Lane! 
Skip the TSA lines, jet lag and expensive tickets by "traveling" with Hazel Lane.
Every month, their team selects a new city and delivers the spirit of the city through locals' favorite items made in that city. The vibe of the city determines the category items you included, for instance San Francisco focused on food, while Brooklyn was small-batch artisanal items and Portland was the best collection of hipstery items you've never heard of. All items are travel-to-full-sized {no small sample sizes here}, beautiful {no touristy chotskies} are all functional and ideal for gifting. Select from Mini, Classic, Deluxe and newly added Uber Deluxe! Prices start as low as $20 a month! 

Treat yourself, your BOSS, your Mother-in-Law or a friend by ordering HERE today!




Combining the names of Samantha Strom's cat {Hazel} and Ashley Dekellis' son {Lane} plus their fashion, travel, marketing & shopping experiences, they founded Hazel Lane. Currently in beta, the company is taking on a select number of new members monthly and is launching their new website next week!
As a Benefit Corporation {this is a blend of standard C corporation+ non profit}, sustainability, organic offerings & supporting small, female-founded businesses, while helping folks experience the world, are at the core of their mission. 


BIG NEWS: They have begun to design their own line with multiple designers. Expect a multi-city collection for the holiday season. Hint: one is a super rad flask, perfect for everyone you know.

There are also specialty boxes like the festival box! It has sunscreen AND tampons that you put booze in to sneak in places. Seriously AWESOME!


They also have those items for sale a la carte here: 


Sneaky sneaky sunscreen flask ;-)

Go check them out now at http://hazelln.com !!!