Tiny Tweaks!

I’ve been in a bit of a home decor funk lately. Progress has stalled and I’ve been itching to makes some changes. Since subtle changes throughout the house can make a huge impact, I thought I’d tackle a few.

First project was to install new blinds in the Spare bedroom. I took down the old wood blinds months ago when I added the window moulding, but I wasn’t sure what to use as a replacement. Then I read this post from Young House Love, and they shared a link to some bamboo blinds that were incredibly affordable. My window is not a standard size so it’s been difficult to find inexpensive window coverings.

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The bed was completely made before my pup decided to ‘make it more comfortable’. He has a tendency to photo bomb my project pictures. Don’t see him? Look closely at the dark blanket…see that dark brown blob? Yep! He kicked all the pillows off the bed just to curl up at the bottom.

The blinds were pretty simple to install. The hardest part was fitting the screwdriver between the window and the hardware in that back corner. Once the brackets were installed I slipped the blinds on and tightened the included wing nuts. Easy!

Spare Bedroom Update -  Bamboo Blinds

Not bad for a $30 quick fix!

Spare Bedroom Update -  Bamboo Blinds

The next step is to swap out the lampshade for a simple white ceiling fan. I know they aren’t the most attractive things, but it’s all about function when the summers hit 110 degrees (and your AC is broken).

Another doggie photo bomb! He’s such a creeper, staring at our neighbor’s house.

Spare Bedroom Update -  Bamboo Blinds

 

With the successful Spare Bedroom tweak under my belt, I headed over to Target to pick up some night lights. My home is very compacted…by that I mean it’s tall (a 3 story condo), but it’s skinny. Lighting in the house doesn’t cover an expansive area and I’m constantly turning on a new light every few steps. It’s annoying. The night lights allow me to walk throughout the house without having to turn on and off every single light.

I found these awesome LED lights for about $8 each.

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Is it weird that a night light is my new favorite home decor item?

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It’s beautiful and it covers those ugly outlets! I also love that they don’t have switches. They automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn, or as needed when the lights are turned off.

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It’s like a little piece of art on the wall.

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I also have one of this design in the Spare Bedroom. It’s not as bright as the other style, so it’s a little less disturbing in a bedroom.

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The last easy tweak was to do a little remodel in my bedroom. The Master bedroom has been a design challenge for me. I can’t quite figure out what to do with it. What you see in the pictures below is only half the room, it’s big, but like the rest of the house, it’s skinny, so it doesn’t feel particularly spacious.

I actually like having the bed is this placement, but I really hate the window behind the bed frame. I’m toying with a bunch of different ideas, but for now I just wanted to try a different placement for the bed.

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Since this is temporary, I left the art up on the wall even though the bed is now blocking it. I do like being able to see the window better, but it doesn’t leave any space for a nightstand. I’m using a small bookcase right now and while it’s functional, it’s just not working. 

[There he is again! We should play some sort of ‘Spot the Dog’ game.]

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What kind of tweaks have you been doing around the house?

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March Favorites [Non-Beauty]

Part two of the monthly favorites, and these cover home, food, health/fitness, and entertainment. I’m really late in posting the March ones (sorry), in the future these will be much earlier in the month. In fact, April favorites will be up later this week.

 

I want to hear about your favorites too. So if you have a favorites post on your blog, or any items you recommend, leave them in the comment section!

 

Home Favorites 

Home March Favorites

 

Panasonic RP-HTX7-W1 Stereo Headphones -White 

I find it kind of funny that technology has advanced so much that I can wear my wireless Bluetooth headset to listen to music…but I’d rather wear the ‘retro’ big-ass headphones. I picked up these Panasonic headphones a few months back because I liked the vintage vibe, and the price was right (about $30!). I wear them all the time to listen to podcasts or music while I’m working, and the quality is great. They don’t fold up, so they can be bulky to travel with, but I still love them. 

Moleskine Squared Cahier Journal X-Large

I’m a little bit obsessed with notebooks, pens, pencils…always have been. So even though I use my phone/computer for my work calendar, I like using a paper calendar for my personal life/business. The problem is, I can never find a paper agenda that has what I need. I need multiple monthly calendars and I like an open weekly format where I can write in appointments, to do lists, shopping and project ideas, etc. So this year I decided to design my own agenda and bought an XLarge Moleskine Squared notebook. I’ve used tabs from Staples and sectioned off the months. I created weekly pages, a 2014 calendar, and left blank pages at the end for notes. There is a ton of inspiration online from those that have done this same thing. Try searching Google images for DIY Moleskine Planners. I linked to the red notebook because the black was no longer available on Amazon, but I bought mine at a local Barnes & Nobel store (couldn’t find it online).

Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Player

I believe I shared a while back that I cancelled my cable in order to pocket the $130 a month. WHAT!! It was crazy expensive and I watch most TV shows on my computer through Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon, so having cable was a waste. However, I really wanted to be able to access those streaming sites on my TV so I picked up a Roku. They have a new version out now, but I have the 2 XS and love it. I’m able to move it between TVs throughout the house (or to my friends/family houses) and have easy (and cheap) access to all my favorites shows.

 

Foodie Favorites

Foodie March Favorites

 

Aerolatte Deluxe Edition Milk Frother with Stand, Stainless Steel

I’m not a huge coffee drinker, but I do enjoy a cup of either coffee or tea on most days. Usually coffee at home is boring to me, but I’m too cheap to actually buy a latte each day. To make it a bit more luxurious and special, I bought a aerolatte. I use my Keurig to quickly make a cup of coffee, and while it’s brewing I use the Aerolatte to froth a little bit of coconut milk. I top the coffee with the frothed milk and a dash of cinnamon or cocoa. Ta Da! It’s may favorite way to start the morning.

 

Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter Creamy (2x16oz)

Honestly…I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter. I’ll eat it on a piece of bread or an English muffin in the morning, but I don’t eat it any other time. I don’t eat it by the spoonful, or in a PB & J sandwich, and I REALLY don’t like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (ewwww!). I know it’s weird.  I used to keep Skippy Naturals PB in the house, but I’ve found something WAY better! Earth Balance now makes a creamy and crunchy Coconut Peanut Butter. While I may not love Peanut Butter…I do LOVE Coconut. I think the crunchy version is actually better than the creamy (I find the creamy to be more oily), but both are delicious. You still won’t ever see me eating it in a sandwich, but more often than not, I will eat the Coconut PB on a piece of wheat bread for breakfast these days. Locally I’ve only found it at Henry’s…but you can find it online as well, and probably in other ‘health’ food grocery stores.

 

Homemade Protein Bread

I did a separate post on the recipe for this bread so I won’t go on too much about it here. I’ve been making it a lot lately since it’s easy and healthy. I also feel pretty bad-ass when I make my own bread from scratch!

 

 

Health & Fitness Favorites

Fitness Health March Favorites

 

EBOOST Orange Flavor 20 Packet Box of Effervescent Powder

Even when I’m eating super healthy, I feel like I need a nap around 3pm. Never fails, I’m dragging most afternoons. I’m not a fan of Red Bull or Monster style energy drinks but I’ve been addicted to eBoost. I’ve been drinking an eBoost packet almost everyday for the past 6 months and I LOVE them, definitely a favorite of mine. The package says to make it with 8oz of water, but I actually mix it into a 32 oz Mason Jar which I keep at my desk so the flavor is al little more diluted for me. I can’t speak to the flavor when mixed with 8 oz, but I know others find it a bit too strong. I drink the orange flavor and it’s not very sweet, it’s a bit more of a slightly bitter and slightly carbonated orange drink. Similar to the Emergen-C packets but with a non jittery, healthy, energy boost!

 

Manduka Black Mat PRO 71-Inch Yoga and Pilates Mat

I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for years. In the past I’ve used an inexpensive mat that I picked up at Target or a sports store, but they never last long, and they’re usually really thin (and uncomfortable). Since I’m trying to build my practice, I thought it was time to invest in a quality mat. I bought the Classic Manduka Black Mat based on some incredible reviews from yoga friends. This mat is NO JOKE, I’ve been using it for 3 months now and love it. It is a little pricy and it’s heavy. I probably won’t take it to a class since it weighs about 7 lbs, but it works great for me to use at home. It does come coated with a film which can make it slippery for a while, but I was able to wash it off and haven’t had any other problems.

 

Polar Ft40F Women’s Heart Rate Monitor Watch(White)

Of all the things I’ve starting using (health-wise), this has probably made the biggest impact. Since I’m trying to lose weight knowing how many calories I burn when I work out is pretty critical. This model is pretty basic, but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money. I think I bought it on sale for around $80 but I’ve seen the other colors for even cheaper. I use it to motivate myself to work harder during my workouts in order to hit a specific calorie burn goal. It also helps me identify when I’m acclimating to a workout so I know when to change things up.

 

Entertainment Favorites

 

Ok, the last grouping for March! I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m hooked on Jillian Michael’s free iTunes podcasts. I always seem to learn something new and I especially like listening to the caller segments. Did I mention they’re free…yeah, I love free things.

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The second entertainment favorite is actually a new ‘to me’ show. Sadly it’s also a cancelled show. I was looking for something new to watch on Netflix and stumbled on Breakout Kings. I was HOOKED and have watched every episode (a few times) since both seasons are on Netflix now. I’m a huge Jimmi Simpson fan so I started watching for him…and his role is very similar to the ‘Reid’ character in Criminal Minds, so that was bonus. The cast is great, and I love the mix of action/drama/humor. It’s an overall win for me (if only AE had felt the same way…so sad).

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Lastly is a favorite phone app. This is only for those that use an Android (sorry iPhone folks). The only Apple product I have ever owned is an iPod. I’ve had one since they first came out so all my music is in iTunes.  However, I don’t have AT&T as a carrier so I couldn’t have the iPhone until recently. In reality, the only reason I wanted an iPhone was so that I could have my music/podcasts on my phone and not have to carry the iPod all the time. Lucky for me there’s an app for that! Synctunes launched in the beginning of 2013 and let’s you transfer your iTunes media to you Android phone via WiFi. SCORE! The free version lets you move one category (i.e. playlist, podcast, etc), but the paid version let’s you move anything you want. I ended up paying for the software and I think it’s worth it. Now I have my favorite music playlists and my podcasts on my phone all the time.

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*Some links contained within this post are affiliate; however, none of the products were provided to me, nor was I asked to review them.

I’m Feeling Inspired – 10 DIY Project Ideas

What did I do on the internet before Pinterst?! I’m assuming I was far more productive at other things in my life, but WHATEVER! I’ve been digging through pages of inspiration lately to find ideas for my office. Here are some of my favorite DIY ideas that are posted to my Pinterest DIY board. I’m hoping to do a few of these projects in the near future.

 

 

Paper Geometric Mobile!

I feel like mobiles are for babies room, but I love this and I don’t have a baby. I’m working on a remodel of my office and I’m thinking of building one for my office as an art piece. Is that weird?

Via: Craft Tuts+

 

Salvaged Wood Jewelry Holder!

A long while back, I shared that I use a rustic candelabra to hold my jewelry. I still love this method, but I need more jewelry storage since the candelabra is packed now. When I get around to tackling the closet, I’m going to build something like this along with some sort of earring display/storage.

Via: Visibly Moved

 

Hiding a Router!

This is a pretty genius way of hiding some of the computer equipment/cables that tend to lie around the office. I’m definitely going to try this as I redo my office. I don’t know that I’ll actually use it for my router, but I have a lot of other chargers (etc) to use with this idea.

Via: Sweet Sanity

 

Hiding a Router (part deux)!

This is another take on how to hide a router, and I love the vintage feel of using a book. If I’m not able to hide my router under my desk, this is the inspiration I’ll use.

Via: Anamu

 

Etched Glass Tray (out a Window!)

I have an oddly large amount of trays in my house. I actually use them to carry things between floors, like when I need to move dishes from my office back to the kitchen. I love the idea of using a salvaged window to create such a beautiful design. This could also make an amazing housewarming or goodbye gift to someone that is moving to a new city.

Via: DesignSponge

 

Cinderblock Bar!

I think I’m going to do something like this in the coming months. I have the perfect spot for it next to my BBQ and under a window.

Via: theHUNTEDinterior

 

Industrial Coffee Table!

This one is on my to-do list right now. I need a new coffee table in my living room and I think this would be perfect.

Via: The Locker

 

Palette Garden!

I’ve always loved this project but don’t have easy access to scrap palettes. I only wish I had seen this when I had a small balcony, I’m not sure where I would put it these days, but I’m using it as an inspiration for decorating my front door.

Via: Life on the Balcony

 

DIY Painted Mugs!

I like the imperfect design and think this would make the cutest holiday party favor (or hostess gift) with some hot cocoa or flavored coffee.

Via: Wit & Whistle

 

A really beautiful DIY dining table!

I said before that I’m in the process of re-designing my office, and I’m thinking that this table might make the perfect desk. It has the rustic feel, but slim profile, that I want.

Via: Stylizimo

 

 

What DIY projects are you ‘pinning’ lately? Feel free to leave your Pinterest handle in the comment section!

March Beauty/Fashion Favorites

I’ve done some ‘favorites’ posts in the past, but not quite like this. I’m going be doing two posts each month (usually earlier in the month), one that covers Beauty/Fashion and a separate post for Home/Food/Fitness/Books, etc. This is not a sponsored post, I purchased everything with my own money. I simply love reading and watching these types of posts/videos because I always learn about new things, and I wanted to share some of my favorite items with you guys.  If this type of post is not your cup of tea…no prob…the next post is not beauty related. I have some Decor/DIY posts that will be up soon. 

I want to hear about your favorites too. So if you have a favorites post, or any items you recommend, leave them in the comment section!

 

Makeup Favorites

Beauty Makeup March Favorites

Kiehl’s Scented Lip Balm – Mango

I’m a lip balm kind of girl. I don’t wear lipstick very often because it makes me feel very made up…it’s just not a comfortable feeling for me. But I ALWAYS have lip balm on and I love Kiehl’s #1 balm. It’s moisturizing, with  just enough shine to work for me as a gloss. Mango is my favorite so far, but I’ve also enjoyed the Cranberry scent. I hear they have Coconut and Pear…can’t wait to try those. They run $9 a tube, but lately I’ve been able to buy them on sale at Nordstrom’s Rack.

 

L’Oreal Infalliable Gel Lacquer Liner 24 Hour

Since I don’t wear lipstick, I always put the focus on my eye makeup. By far my favorite style is lightly winged eyeliner, and I can’t get the cleanest line using a pencil. I also prefer to use a brush, so I tend to avoid the pen style liquid liners. In the past I was using the Smashbox cream liner, but I have a new favorite (for so much cheaper!). I picked up the L’Oreal Gel Lacquer Liner at Target a few weeks back and have since picked up 2 other colors. It’s incredibly easy to apply and lasts all day on me. I don’t know about 24 hours, but 12 hours have been no problem. I also love that it’s easy to remove with regular eye makeup remover. I have Espresso, Dark Slate, and Navy…and each package comes with it’s own little brush! They run about $9, but they often go Buy One, Get one 50% off at Walgreen, CVS, and even ULTA.

 

Elf Studio Endless Mini Eye Shadow Palette

I’m such a chicken when it comes to wearing colored eye shadows. I usually stick with my basic browns with maybe a grey thrown in from time to time. But I’m trying to step outside my comfort zone a bit, so I picked up this ELF palette at Target last month. It only cost $6, and has 32 different colors. I haven’t been brave enough to try those bright purples, but I’ve played around with the greens, pinks, and blues. The colors are pretty sheer so they are easy for me to use without feeling too crazy. Surprisingly my favorite color is the brightest pink in the palette. I never thought I would wear pink on my eyes, but it’s such a sheer wash of color that I find it so easy to wear.

 

Skincare Favorites

Skincare Bodycare March Favorites

Fresh Rose Marigold Floral Water

Growing up I had Combination Oily skin, but over the past few years my skin has shifted to Normal/Dry/Very Dry. I use the Rose water morning and night, any time I need some added moisture to my skin. I always apply this before toners or lotions. It smells so good and it’s a big bottle which has lasted me a long time. It’s a very refreshing way to start and end the day.

 

Clinique All About Eyes Serum

I’ve been a loyal All About Eyes customer for years, the regular product is great. I use it at night, but this roller ball serum version is perfect for mornings. It has a metal roller ball applicator which does a great job at ‘de-puffing’ the eyes and the formula is very light. I go through it really quickly, so anytime it’s at the Cosmetic’s Company Outlet (CCO), I stock up.

 

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

I’ve tried a lot of facial wipes to remove makeup. I had the Pond’s brand recently, but the smell was so overpowering that I ended up throwing them out. On a whim, I picked up the Pacifica brand at Target because I’m sold on anything with coconut. I’m almost out of the package pictured and already have a new package on hand. The smell is a subtle coconut scent, not too sweet, and the wipes are very gentle. There is no exfoliating side, so if you like that texture, you’ll want to try something else. This is a gentle wipe that has worked great for me at taking off makeup before I wash my face.

 

Nail Favorites

Nail March Favorites

OPI Original Nail Envy

If I had to pick one overall favorite (of all time), it would be Nail Envy. I know there are a lot of reviews out there on this product, and it’s not anything new, but I only tried it recently. I’m a lifelong nail biter so my nails were naturally thin and very damaged. Without the nail envy they are nearly flat and break VERY easily. I wear this under everything except a gel manicure. It’s truly the only product that I’ve found that has actually transformed my nails.

 

Essie Apricot Oil

As a nail biter, my cuticles were also a mess, so I started keeping cuticle oil at my desk. I’ve used others, but I like Essie’s best right now.  It smells pretty good, not quite like Apricot, but I like that the scent is light and doesn’t linger for too long. I also really like this oil because it soaks in quickly. I find that a lot of oils feel greasy for a long time, and can be messy. Not so with this one. I keep it at my desk and put it on a few times a day. I go back to typing immediately and I haven’t found it messy at all.

 

FoodScience Biotin

So this isn’t really a ‘Nail’ item, but I feel like taking this supplement has made a massive difference to my nails. My regular multi-vitamin does has Biotin, so this is in addition for me. Of course you’d want to research any supplement that you choose to use, but this works great for me. I like that the FoodScience brand doesn’t have all those crappy additives that you find in other supplement brands. This one also has Calcium and Vitamin C so those are an added bonus. I’ve only found them at Vitamin Shoppe so far, and a 30 day bottle costs about $10.

 

Hair Care Favorites

Haircare March Favorites

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

I purchase my coconut oil from Trader Joe’s and I use it for a ton of things, but my favorite use is on my hair. Several times a week, I coat my hair in coconut oil before I work out. It acts as a deep conditioner mask during my workout, and washes away clean when I shower. There is NO greasy/oily residue and it makes my hair incredibly soft. After using it for several months, my hair looks so much healthier, and doesn’t break nearly as easily as it used to. Granted, the biotin probably has something to do with that as well, but the feeling is amazing after using the coconut oil. 

 

Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color [Egyptian Plum & Medium Brown]

I used to get my hair colored in a salon, but my colorist is about 90 minutes away and super expensive. So about a year ago I stopped going and just let me natural color grow back in. Since it’s still growing out, the bottom was a bit brassy, and I was starting to see some grays that needs to go away. I didn’t want to commit to the upkeep of a permanent color, so I picked up Natural Instincts at Target. It’s a demi-permanent so it will wash out in about 28 shampoos. I mix two colors [Egyptian Plum and Medium Brown] and I’ve been thrilled with the results. It’s a little darker than my natural color, but it has the great plum/burgundy highlights that you can see when I’m out in the sun. Bonus…I don’t have to worry about the brassy grow out since it will just fade in a few weeks. Love this stuff!

 

Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo

I love this dry shampoo for a few reasons. One, I’m totally brand loyal to Dove, I’ve been using it for years. Two, the smell! It smells great, not too strong or perfumy. I also don’t have any problem blending it into my hair. Some dry shampoos have left a white cast on my dark hair, but this has worked great for me. Extra bonus…it’s CHEAP! I think I paid with a coupon and scored a few cans for about $2 each.

 

Fashion Favorites

Fashion March Favorites

Gapfit GFlex Pants

I workout 6 days a week since I’m trying to lose weight. Ok…let’s be honest…I wear these around the house even if I’m not working out.  They are thicker and hold you in all over, but are so comfortable…not ‘spanx like’. I also love that they come in the long length which is perfect for me. I’m 5’7, so not that tall, but I fall right between the regular and long length in GAP pants. Most workout pants are just too short for me, but these are perfect. I have a couple of pairs, and pretty much live in them.

 

Twin Buckle Handbag (Burnt Orange)

I feel like I should be using this in Autumn, a rust color bag feels a bit out of place right now. Oh well…I love it! It’s big, so it can hold all my stuff…and I have A LOT of stuff that I carry around. I never thought I would have an orange bag, but it works surprisingly well as a neutral color. I picked this bag up at Daily Look on sale, but it’s fairly inexpensive even when not on super sale.

 

Roxy Women’s Pier-Fur Slip-On

Slippers!! I buy new slippers every year and Roxy is always my first choice. They usually have a few styles that look more like shoes, and I love that style. This version has a thicker sole so I can actually wear them outside. In fact, I don’t think they sell these as slippers, they promote them as ‘fur’ lined shoes. I don’t wear them as ‘shoes’, but it’s nice that they hold up if I want to wear them to put out the trash or grab the mail on a cold (and lazy) day.

 

 

 

 

*Please note that several of the links contained within this post are Amazon affiliate links. The items were purchased by me and the opinions are 100% my own.

Rustic Wheat Protein Bread [Healthy & Homemade]

Back in November I made my first batch of Rustic Homemade Bread. I’m still quite impressed with myself. Since then, I’ve made two other loaves. One loaf was white cheddar and Jalapeño, and gifted to my parents. I don’t like Jalapeños but I’m told it was delicious. For myself, I recently made a loaf of wheat protein bread as a healthy morning alternative to store bought bread.  I wanted a version that was hearty, and had several grams of protein per slice. I used a mix of All Purpose Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, and Hemp Protein.

I topped it with some old fashioned oats.

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Don’t be turned off by the fact that it’s slightly green, the color is from the hemp protein. The basic recipe is from Simply So Good, I just replaced some of the all purpose flour for some whole wheat flour and hemp protein powder. For the protein powder, I used Nutiva – Organic Hemp Protein which I originally found in a single serve packet at Sprouts. You only need 3 Tablespoons per loaf of bread, so the packet has more than enough. Be sure to check out Janet’s blog post for great step by step pictures.

 

The finished loaf is dense and chewy, excellent with almond butter or jam. To preserve the loaf, I froze 2/3 of the loaf after slicing and only kept 1/3 in the pantry at a time. Overall, I love this recipe and plan to make is regularly in the future.

 

 

Healthy Rustic Wheat Protein Bread

Servings: About 14 slices

Adapted from Simply So Good

 

2.5 Cups While Unbleached Flour (remove 3 Tablespoons of flour)

1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

3 Tablespoons Nutiva – Organic Hemp Protein

1 3/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon Instant Yeast

1 1/2 Cups Water

1/4 cup old fashioned oatmeal

 

  • In a large bowl combine the first 5 ingredients (both flours, hemp powder, salt, and yeast). Whisk until well mixed. 

 

  • Add the water and stir gently to combine with a rubber spatula. I sometimes need to add a little more water if the dough appears too dry. The dough should be slightly sticky and will look like a messy blob.

 

  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set to rest on the counter for 12-18 hours (I always leave it overnight). The dough will rise, mine usually doubles in size.

 

  • In the morning (or after the dough has rested for at least 12 hours), preheat the oven to 450 degrees. You’ll need a oven safe pot with lid, big enough to accommodate the the bread. I use a standard stainless steel roasting pan (grill removed), with lid. A large oven safe casserole dish will also work as long as it has a lid.  Once the oven is pre-heated, place the pot, with lid, in the oven for 30 minutes to pre-heat.

 

  • Once you put the pot in the oven, place the dough on a heavily floured surface. At this point add the oatmeal to the top and press lightly to help it stick. Cover with the plastic wrap and let it rest for the 30 minutes (until the pot is pre-heated).

 

  • After 30 minutes, remove the pot from the oven…CAREFULLY. That sucker will be almost 500 degrees so please be VERY careful.

 

  • Place the the dough into the pot and cover with lid. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Then remove the lid, and bake an additional 15 minutes. [Tip: with floured hands, shape the dough slightly before placing in the pot. You can fold the edges under slightly, creating a rounded ball and the finished bread will stay in more of a dome shape. I ‘plopped’ the first batch into the pot and it baked into a very flat loaf.]

 

I was able to slice it into 14 pieces. Nutritional stats are pretty decent at about 103 calories slice, 0 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein, and 1 gram of fiber.  Of course that will vary depending on how many slices you get from your loaf.

 

Enjoy!

Back To Blog – #InstaCatchUp

Hey everyone, Happy Sunday!

It’s been a while, a long while, since I put up a new post. I don’t have an exciting excuse as to why I disappeared, it was just due to work. We’ve gone through layoffs AGAIN, and we lost someone on our team. So I’ve taken on more work, and I’ve gone from treading water to full out drowning each day. It’s been tough to steal a few hours away to blog and do house projects. But I miss it and you guys, so I’m going to try and make a stronger effort to blog a few times a week again.

I’ll keep it short today and just share a few instagram pics that I’ve taken lately. You can click the link below to follow me on Instagram.

Follow @addisonshaw 

My little bug had a episode of tremors (a very mild seizure) a few weeks ago. There is nothing that makes me feel more panicked than realizing my pup is in trouble and I have to carry all 95 lbs of him down three flights of stairs and rush him to emergency because he’s can’t walk. It was terrifying. Of course by the time I got to the doctor, he was fine so I just looked like the crazy dog lady. They ran tests and he’s perfectly healthy, so hopefully it was a one time thing.

I’ve recently become ADDICTED to watching YouTube beauty videos when I can’t sleep at night. I love the shopping haul, monthly favorites, and empties videos so I can see what other people are buying and recommending. I love beauty products, but I haven’t invested much time into myself over the past few years. Apparently that’s over! I’ve been on a HUGE beauty binge lately. This was a recent Sephora, MAC, and Papyrus haul. That’s not even the half of it folks! Seriously, someone needs to stop me.

I also tried gel nails for the first time recently. I did these myself at home using a Gelish Mini Basix kit that I bought from Sally Beauty. I don’t know why I waited so long to try gel nails, I LOVE them! I took this picture after about 4 days, but they are still on my nails and it’s been nearly 2 weeks. I did do a little fill after a week to hide the grow out, but otherwise it looks amazing. The coolest part is that the silver polish you see in the French tips is not gel polish, it’s just regular Sally Hansen Xtreme Polish in Celeb City. Knowing that I can use my regular polish in a Gel Manicure has me totally hooked. I might do a tutorial on how I did the manicure in a future post, so let me know if you’d be interested in that.

Pretty flowers I found on Easter Sunday. They made me smile.

More beauty stuff…told you I was addicted. I scored a great deal at House of Lashes recently so I stocked up since they are my absolute favorite full lash strips, especially their Au Naturale collection.

Boredom ensued while I was waiting for my eye appointment last weekend. I don’t take pictures of myself very often, but here ya go.

Ok…I swear this is it for the beauty stuff…for now. I joined Julep Maven which is a monthly subscription box of nail polish…I mean, really…like it took much to pull out my credit card for that one. I do love that you get to preview the box each month before it ships. If you don’t like what’s in your box, you can swap boxes for a different one, or you can skip it completely and save your money that month. I used coupon code, JULEPVIP, to get my first box for just a PENNY! If the code no longer works, check out RetailMeNot for current promotion codes.

Alright, that’s it for today. I have a few furry houseguests right now, so I have to go hang out with my little doggie entourage. I hope you all have a great weekend, talk to you soon (I promise!).