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Life Lately: August Edition

So I posted a lot of food stuff recently. I’ve been kinda strapped for ideas for other stuff lately. I even got stuck trying to write a post about what to write posts about. So, I figured I would tell you what’s been up in my life…

I tried to start dieting. But it didn’t work out so well. Hello, sushi pizza for lunch and regular pizza for dinner. And wine with both.

I am continuously freaking out about babies. Ew. Now that I’m married, people keep asking me all of the time, “When are you gonna have kids?!” UGH NO. If a small creature isn’t covered in fur and doesn’t say “meow”, I’m not interested.

My guy and I went to Whistler for a night at Crankworx. It was amazing as per usual, although chilly… in August.

We got the videos from the photo booth at our wedding… Surprised to discover there were 255 video messages guests left us! That’s an average of 3 per person, ha! Can’t wait to watch them all.

Audrey thinks that when I eat almonds, I’m eating her food and she gets really mad at me and ignores me for hours. The bags make similar crinkly noises and I guess a similar crunch sound when I eat them. She gives me quite the death stare.

Audrey

I also discovered that a box of white wine can stay fresh in the fridge for almost a week now. Bonus!

What’s new in your life?


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Ham Avocado Basil Breakfast Sandwich

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I’m naming this the HAB. I made this the other day and it was super tasty. I officially endorse this breakfast sandwich recipe as a truly quick breakfast idea. Just toasted bread, smashed avocado on top, smoked ham and a touch of pepper and basil. Surprisingly delicious for how simple it is. 

Try the #HAB out for a quick breakfast idea. Who knows, maybe it will take over the fame of the BLT. It’s the new acronym sandwich. #HabLife Too much, too soon?

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Ham Avocado Basil Breakfast Sandwich
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
7 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 slice of bread (or 2 if you are hangry as fuck)
  2. 1 small/medium avocado
  3. couple pieces of smoked ham
  4. pepper
  5. butter for bread (optional)
  6. basil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Toast your bread!
  2. Butter dat bread (if you want).
  3. Smush avocado all over top of the bread.
  4. Top with smoked ham slices.
  5. Sprinkle with pepper, and garnish with a basil leaf or two. NOM!
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Easy Pumpkin Spice Pasta Sauce

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I actually made my own pasta sauce from scratch, I shit you not. I am really learning this cooking business.

If you’re like most middle-class, legging-wearing, UGG boot clomping, messy bun wearing white girls, you love pumpkin and everything to do with autumn and the pumpkin spice marketing campaign from a well-known coffee retailer.

That stereotype totally describes me, by the way. I love pasta. I love pumpkin. Why not combine the two into a crazy pumpkin spice recipe?! To me, this idea seemed better than my previous ideas to combine two things I like, such as horseback riding and wearing a thong.

This sauce is also surprisingly low calorie. I didn’t use butter and heavy creams like most sauces of this nature do, and I still think it tastes great. A serving of this is 1/2 cup, which is about 65 calories. Wooo! I whipped this up and enjoyed it the other night with some whole wheat spaghettini and blackened chicken breast pieces. DELISH.

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Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
Serves 4
An easy sauce to make, with only 65 calories per 1/2 cup serving!
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Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling - just plain pumpkin)
  2. 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  3. 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  4. 1 tbsp ground sage
  5. 1/2 tbsp salt
  6. 1/2 tbsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan over low-medium heat. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring (very!) often. That's it! You've got yourself a sauce, you saucy minx.
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Cottage Cheese and Herb Stuffed Chicken

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If you know me, you know I love stuffing my boobs. …No, wait. Well, okay. Anyway, besides that, I also love stuffing things into chickens to make them taste better. Wow, that didn’t sound right either. Let’s focus less on words today and more on thinking about delicious chickens, okay?

People have been stuffing things into meat for a long time (oh god) so this recipe is nothing new, but it is tasty. Definitely the easiest recipe for getting stuffed… chicken!

Cottage Cheese and Herb Stuffed Chicken
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Chicken boobs
  2. 1 tbsp cottage cheese
  3. Black pepper
  4. Oregano
  5. Cumin
  6. 1 clove garlic (optional but highly recommended)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Put your chicken breast(s) on a foil-lined baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut a triangle "flap" into the middle of each chicken breast. You don't want to cut right through the chicken, just make a little "cave".
  2. Sprinkle black pepper, oregano and cumin spices on the chicken. Scoop 1 tbsp of cottage cheese into the "cave" you cut into the chicken, and fold the triangle flap over it. Don't worry, it won't cover it completely (at least if you have the knife skills of a 5 year old like me).
  3. Pop it in the oven for around 30 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Ta-da! If you want to be extra fancy, garnish with parsley or some other sophisticated shit.
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Top 5 Favourite Bargain Beauty Products

I’m a frugal gal. While I am happy to shell out serious dough for products that really stand the test of time, are unique, and do something a little differently, I like to keep the regular stuff pretty cheap. I’m trying to save for my dream car here, people. My $2 lipstick will look like $40 lipstick when I’m wearing it in the driver’s seat of my Porsche. #truestory

So lately I have tried a lot of new stuff. Leading up to my wedding in June, I was constantly looking for the next best makeup product. The longest-lasting, the most colourful, the best for my skin, etc. Here’s a few things I’ve recently discovered that are life changing. Absolutely life changing shit right here. Read up, and start making yourself a shopping list.

#1 – NYX Intense Butter Gloss

Image from nyxcosmetics.com.

Image from nyxcosmetics.com.

This shit is good. Like real good. Besides sounding like you’re rubbing a stick of actual butter on your face. I have both the regular line, and the “Intense” line. I have to say Intense is where it’s at. It’s super colourful, like a lip stain, but it’s easy to apply because it’s a lip gloss. Don’t get me started on those complicated lipstick applicator things that regular lipstick and stains come with. Just don’t. I can do a winged liner like nobody’s business but put on lipstick? I die. With the Butter Gloss, I still get poppin’ colour with none of the awkward lipstick smears on my face. Winning. My colour pick? Intense Butter Gloss in Toasted Marshmallow. 

Shop it here! (US only) 

#2 – CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara

CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara

CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara

Ain’t nothing got time to compete with this bitch. I’ve been using this mascara for years and it’s the best. No clumps, great volume, doesn’t flake or run down your face. Hands down winner. I’ve tried 10 other mascaras this year, hoping for that even better lash experience but nope, this is the best.

#3 – Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Image from Sephora.com

Image from Sephora.com

OK, so you might say “Urban Decay isn’t cheap” which it’s not, but it’s a great value for the money. And their setting spray is only $15 CDN for the small size (which lasts me a few months if I don’t use it every day…) It’s truly awesome and gets me through a hot, hectic day at work through dinner party in the evening (or binge Netflix watch alone in my pajamas, whatever happens to be going on that night).

Find it at Sephora.

#4 – ELF Eye Shadow Palette

Image from eyeslipsface.com.

Image from eyeslipsface.com.

There has to be something wrong with you if you don’t buy this. It’s 7 fucking dollars. And it’s amazing. While it doesn’t compare to Urban Decay’s NAKED palettes, of course, it comes pretty close. The colours are decently pigmented and are pretty long-lasted when paired with a good eye primer. Definitely a must-have in terms of budget and decent value. I did just buy the Urban Decay Naked palette at Sephora online last week while drunk, so I’m pretty excited to try that out… Drunk shopping for the win. But this little dude from ELF is still a great staple to have in the drawer.

#5 – Sweet Leilani Prep, Prime & Powder Foundation

Image from sweetleilani.com.

Image from sweetleilani.com.

So it’s a primer and a powder… in a liquid foundation. Say whaaaat. This shit rocks. I love it for many reasons, one is that it’s made near my hometown, it’s natural and has lots of good stuff for you in it, and it just so happens to be an amazing foundation. Before this I was using the $50 Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, and this is way better and about $20 CDN at my local grocery store (or their online store). I have oily, acne-prone skin (seriously when does acne stop, I’m like 30) and this doesn’t irritate it, covers imperfections well, and keeps me decently shine-free. I also powder over top. Anyway this is a great product that I feel good about buying so… win-win!

Shop it here!

Hope you liked my picks – what are some of your fave bargain beauty finds?


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