Friday, May 22, 2015

5 Cookie Recipe

So tell me if you ever have this problem: you bake a whole batch of cookies, and then realize that you now have so many cookies that you could never possibly eat? No? Well then, this post may not be for you. I personally love a good cookie warm out of the oven, but Jeff and I can somehow never finish a batch, so it always feels kind of wasteful to bake them. That's why I freaking love this recipe - it makes just five cookies and is super easy and fast to whip up, plus it doesn't make a huge mess. And, you know, cookies. It's hard to go wrong with those.

This recipe is also gluten free (say whaaaaa, I know!) and this super gluten eating girl still likes them (which can be hard for a gluten free baked good), so, go and make them all of you non gluten eaters!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies (from Plated)
Makes just 5 cookies! 

1 egg (you're only going to use half though!)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 TB peanut butter chips (or semi-sweet chocolate, I used those once and they were really good)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a baking sheet (preferably with butter, but I know some of you are going to use cooking spray and that's a-okay too.

In a small bowl, whisk egg. Reserve half for eggs in the morning.

In a medium bowl, stir together half of egg, sugar, peanut butter, and baking soda until well combined. Stir in peanut butter chips.

Roll cookie dough into 5 evenly sized balls and evenly space on cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Let cool 3-5 minutes and serve warm (preferably with a glass of milk!)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

7 Ways to Wear Stripes

Good morning! Today I'm guest posting over at Cassidy Lou while Maddy is away on vacation, hop on over to learn about my obsession with horizontal stripes and to see 7 different ways to wear them.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Hit up Wine Riot on Saturday afternoon with a bunch of ladies (most of whom's significant others were down in NOLA with Jeff for his bachelor party) and had a great time trying a bunch of new wines (and then falling back on some old standby's). One of my friends thought I had brought a date when she saw me next to this cardboard cutout - and that was at the beginning of the afternoon!
...Saw the trailer for the Entourage movie, got excited, and proceeded to watch about 400 episodes of the show.
...Went to my first backyard barbecue of the summer, it was great to enjoy some warmer weather and do some good patio sitting.
...Had my last wedding dress fitting! Good news - it fits!! I'm not going to go pick it up though until a couple days before the wedding, you know, reduce the chance that Jeff accidentally sees it ;)
...Went to a bridal shower for my cousin's fiancee, which meant I spent the afternoon giggling with my sister and eating some freaking amazing cupcakes.
...Picked up Jeff from the airport late on Sunday - I really missed that guy! Just five weeks til the big day :)

Hope you had a good one!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Current Beauty Favs

Happy Friday! This week has been dragggggging thanks to a cold that carried over from last weekend and Jeff traveling first for work and then pleasure. His bachelor party is this weekend down in New Orleans and it sounds like it might be a bit crazier than my party was - there are 20 guys going and I've heard talk of some pretty funny plans, like hiring a band to parade Jeff through the French Quarter. In any case, I'm glad to see the weekend again.

Anyway, today I'm talking beauty again. I tried a few new things recently (thanks to a couple gifts and a little Sephora shopping spree) that I've been loving and wanted to share with you.

NARS Lipstick Pencil - This came for free as a birthday gift from Sephora and I've really been loving the sheer, buildable color it gives. I'm kind of a lipstick-phobe after a few experiences where my lip color wore off unevenly, so this sheer color is my cup of tea. It's also nice and moisturizing, which is always a plus in my book. The rikugien color was my favorite.

bareMinerals COMPLEXION RESCUE Tinted Hydrating Gel Creme - Every other tinted moisturizer or BB/CC cream I've used has left me wanting more, but not this one! It manages to cover any redness or imperfections without hiding my freckles, provides enough hydration to completely replace my moisturizer, and blends perfectly. Win win win. 

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment - A friend gave this to me as part of a little bachelorette present, and while I initially thought it was a scrub (it says sugar treatment!) I love that it's a fancy, SPF filled lip balm. I basically can't live without chapstick, and this one is super hydrating (which seems to be the theme of this post) and smells great. I put it on every night before bed. 

CARGO Water-Resistant Blush - For years I've switched between bronzer during the warmer months and blush the rest of the year, but this summer I'm not sure I'll put away my blush because I've really been loving this CARGO blush (I wear Los Cabos). It's a really natural looking shade and provides the perfect flush. I can't really speak for the water-resistant part though, I haven't noticed that it's particularly long lasting (although this summer will be the true test).

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler - So this beauty favorite isn't all that new. I actually owned one of these back in middle school (my aunt claims to have won it during a taping of Oprah) but never really loved it because I thought it made my eyelashes look unnatural. Um, turns out I was just really bad at using it - I'm pretty sure I just held it really hard at the roots so they ended up with one 90 degree bend in them. I recently picked a new one up with a leftover birthday giftcard and it turns out grownup me is much better and eyelash curling, and I have a new step in my daily beauty routine. 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bridal Shower the Second

Dress (similar) - Loft / Sandals (similar) - Sole Society / Bag (similar) - Ann Taylor / Necklace and Bracelet (similar) - Stella & Dot

As I mentioned on Monday, I had my second wedding shower over the weekend. My mother-in-law hosted, so it gave me a chance to hang out with Jeff's family as well as meet some of their family friends who will be coming to the wedding. I didn't realize it beforehand, but I actually ended up wearing one of my wedding colors to each shower - guess I have them on the brain!

For this shower, I didn't plan in advance quite as well as last time and had to try on a few things in my closet before deciding on this pink and white striped dress I thought about last week. Usually I have a few dresses ready to go for special occasions, but my dress section feels surprisingly empty right now. I've mentioned this before, but I like to buy dresses for special occasions when I find them rather than shopping for specific events since I can never find quite what I want when I'm on the clock. That being said, I might need to add another dress or two to the wardrobe for other showers, weddings, and events this summer (both of my grandma's are having 90th birthday parties!) so I'm trying to keep my eyes open. Here are a few dresses that have caught my eye:

Do you have a lot of events this summer? How do you shop for them?

And here's my favorite summer bag two more ways - dressed up and dressed down:


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Monday, May 11, 2015

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Went out with Jeff and his family to celebrate his birthday, someone just hit the big 3-0! We went out to New Rebozo in Oak Park and sampled some of their famous mole sauces - so freaking good. Couldn't say no to a strawberry marg either ;)
...Had my second bridal shower with Jeff's family and friends, which was once again so fun. And we now have an entire room full of presents to find places to put away. Our registry is basically down to nil so I guess we have to register for some more stuff - is there anything unusual that you got or would want?
...Finally saw Whiplash and really enjoyed it, beautifully shot and fantastic acting. Usually we try to hit all of the Oscar contenders by February, but this year we dropped the ball so we've been slowly catching up.
...Spent an hour and a half in Target, so, you know, whoops. If you happen to be a plus size gal in Chicago, check out the Target on Roosevelt, I found a bunch of Lily for Target plus size stuff hiding in the gardening section.
...Maybe discovered that The Parent Trap was on tv twice, and maybe had to watch it both times.
...Drove up to my sister's house for a little Mother's Day dinner and got to see all of my sister's baby stuff - I can't believe there's going to be a little grandbaby in the family in two months!!

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Current Wishlist

Happy Friday everyone!! I haven't shared a wishlist in a while but I keep pinning things to my secret Pinterest board, so I figured it was time to create a new one. Clearly I'm ready for this summer thing, as I've been really into color lately. I actually haven't bought anything yet in May (just buying lots of Mother's Day/birthday/wedding/shower presents instead) but maybe todays' the day ;) 

What's on your current wishlist?

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