Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted Acorn Squash

Yes… more squash!  Don’t tell me you’re sick of squash already!  This one happens to be for acorn squash.  It’s now one of my favorites!  I found this recipe on delish.com and it’s definitely a keeper.  It is so simple-cut in half, add simple ingredients, bake, and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash, cut in half, seeds removed
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spread butter on inside of each squash half.
  2. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and small pinch of salt.  Sprinkle over squash.
  3. Place squash, cut side up, on a large baking sheet and roast until for tender (55 – 60 minutes).
Homemade Weed Killer… That Actually Works!

Homemade Weed Killer… That Actually Works!

img_4707We seriously must live on the most fertile plot of land in our entire city… maybe even state.  We’ve had problems with weeds since we moved into this house.  Yeah, I know… everyone has weeds.  But weeds taller than you in a few weeks?  I’ve used Preen, mulch, Round Up (uh huh… *gasp*… I used the poison… judge away), rocks in the flowerbed (don’t do it… it’s a bad idea), and anything else I could think of.  It turns out the “natural” recipe I found (thanks again, Google…) actually works as well or better than Round Up.  And the minstrels rejoiced (yaaaaaaaay).

I always hated using Round Up because of its ingredients, but I REALLY hated using it after getting a furry friend and now that we have kids.  They love being outside and I hate cringing after spraying Round Up everywhere.  This recipe is much, MUCH safer, works well, and lasts about as long as Round Up.  So, spray the heck out of those weeds without getting dirty looks for using chemicals.  This one actually works… promise!

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon Distilled White Vinegar
  • 2 cups table salt (iodized or not-both work!)
  • 1 Tbsp Dawn dish soap (original blue works great)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a spray dispenser and mix well.
  2. Spray those weeds until they die!
Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

I received a butternut squash in my Misfits Market delivery and had no idea what to do with it.  My mom used to make butternut squash frequently, but I had never attempted it.  Sooooo… I used the Google (it never disappoints).  I came across this recipe from Well Plated and it was a winner!  The ingredients were simple and besides all of the chopping, you throw it in the oven and you’re good!

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash — about 3 pounds, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  •  1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  •  1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  •  1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt — no not sure table salt, or the recipe will be too salty (or reduce the amount and add a bit at the end as needed)
  •  3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  •  1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Place the squash cubes in a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil and maple syrup, then sprinkle the salt, cinnamon, and pepper over the top. Toss to coat, then add the cubes to the baking sheet.  Spread the cubes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet, taking care that they do not overlap.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, then turn the cubes with a spatula, then return to the oven. Continue baking until the squash is tender, about 10 to 15 additional minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the rosemary over the top if desired. Serve warm.
Copycat Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip

Copycat Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip

A friend of mine kept informing me of her Chuy’s Creamy jalapeno dip pickups during this quarantine and I would drool every time.  I figured I’d pick some up this week because the craving was becoming unbearable.  Then I remembered the jalapenos I received in my Misfits Market box this week.  I know, I know… you’re sick of hearing about my Misfits Market boxes, but they just keep giving me new ideas, guys… I can’t help it!

Why couldn’t I make some creamy jalapeno dip myself… well, and some help from my helpful little chef?  Surely it’s not that difficult, right?  As always, Google pulled through.  Things I Can’t Say had a recipe that sounded pretty darn close.  It turned out awesome (although not EXACTLY like Chuy’s) and I will DEFINITELY be making this recipe again!  I also have a favorite new recipe for easy NO COOK chicken soft tacos this dip is perfect with!  Check it out here!

Ingredients

  • 1 whole large jalapeno, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 16 oz light sour cream
  • 1 oz package of ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 4-6 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. Combine jalapeno, garlic, and cilantro in blender or food processor.
  2. Pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Add light sour cream, ranch dressing mix, and lime juice and pulse to combine.
  4. Add milk and pulse. You can add it slowly to get the consistency you want. The Chuy’s version is pretty thin, so I liked 6 tablespoons.
  5. Refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to combine, though it’s pretty amazing right from the start, too!
Roasted Zucchini and Yellow Squash

Roasted Zucchini and Yellow Squash

img_4603I love zucchini and squash, but I always find it hard to find time to sauté or fry them like I typically would with two kids running amuck at dinner time.  I came across this recipe from The Toasty Kitchen.  It uses ingredients I always have, it’s easy to throw onto a pan, and bakes quickly.  It has a lot of flavor with little cleanup.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 2 small yellow squash
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Slice zucchini and yellow squash into 1/2″ disks.  Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Add zucchini and yellow squash discs and toss to coat.
  4. Pour zucchini and squash onto the parchment lined baking sheet and spread into a single layer.  Sprinkle tops of zucchini and squash with parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until cooked through.

 

Roasted Rutabaga with Maple Syrup

Roasted Rutabaga with Maple Syrup

img_4384I am now a fan of rutabaga, thanks to Misfits Market.  I had no idea what in the world to do with a rutabaga, so Google helped me out.  I found this recipe from Sprinkles and Sprouts.  She’s a genius… rutabaga… who would’ve thought?!

This recipe pairs really well with baked chicken.  I was able to put both in the oven at the same time for a complete meal.  Make sure to use REAL maple syrup, otherwise there won’t be much flavor, but will taste like pure sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb rutabaga (about 3 small rutabaga)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • salt
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme (for garnish – optional)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 390ºF.
  2. Peel the swedes and cut them into large chunks.
  3. Place the swedes in a bowl and dress with the olive oil, maple syrup and dried thyme.
  4. Add in a good sprinkle of salt and pepper and toss to combine well.
  5. Spoon the swede into a foil covered pan (the foil only makes for easy clean up), reserving any dressing that has pooled at the bottom of the bowl.
  6. Roast in the oven, for 25 minutes, then drizzle over the reserved dressing and cook for a further 15-20 minutes until crisp and golden.
  7. Serve with a sprinkling of fresh thyme (Or chives works well too!)
Misfits Market: A Review & Coupon Code!

Misfits Market: A Review & Coupon Code!

I buy the same produce over, and over, and… over.  I never really try anything new and even though I do cook a variety of vegetables (that neither of my children will EVER eat) and I typically buy whatever fruit is on sale because if I get what looks good I end up with the entire produce department in my cart, which ends up rotting on our countertop.  Scrolling through Facebook (stop judging… you know that’s all there is to do right now!) I noticed a friend’s post about her Misfits Market box.  Hmmm… that’s an idea!  The picture she posted had a wide variety of produce with a few pieces of each item.  That’s PERFECT.  I surely wouldn’t pick most of these things in the produce section and let’s be honest… when am I actually in a store lately?  Um, never.

She posted her coupon code for referrals (25% your first order-woohoo! Use coupon code COOKWME-UD0VIL), so I checked out their website.  It was easy enough to set up and just as easy to cancel or change your delivery schedule.  They offer a smaller box for $22 or a larger box for $35.

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I opted for the smaller box delivered every other week to see how it goes before going crazy with the larger box.

My first box arrived and I was like a kid receiving a Christmas gift on the doorstep.  Since we’ve all been quarantined until the end of time, small things excite me, ok?  I loved the surprise element of the box and that I could make something different for a change!

The produce was in an insulated box with a reusable ice pack (bonus!).  Most of the produce was in pretty good shape except for an orange that was pretty worse for wear and had to be thrown out.

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I’ve never really used radishes for much, but a great suggestion sheet was included in the package for buttered bread with sliced radish and sea salt.  The mango and pears were not yet ripe, but were probably the best mango and pear I’ve ever eaten!  The cucumber was great, but the celery was a little banged up and unfortunately didn’t last all that long in the refrigerator.  I was able to use the base of the celery to propagate it in water, so we’ll call it a win. The potatoes and onions are still hanging in there, but I haven’t used them yet.  Unfortunately the squash and zucchini only lasted a few days and had to be thrown away.  I haven’t cooked the delicata squash yet, but I have found a few recipes that sound pretty good, so I’ll be making that next.  I did find an awesome recipe for roasted rutabaga, which I’ve never even thought about buying before.  The recipe is definitely worth a try!

The second box I received seemed to be a little less banged up as all of the produce survived.  This box was left on the porch right-side-up, unlike the first box that was left upside down.

This box included a larger stalk of celery (that was in great shape this time and should last much longer than the last stalk), a head of broccoli, 3 oranges, 3 apples, a medium-sized yellow squash, a medium-sized zucchini, curly leaf parsley (which smelled AMAZING), 3 small jalapeno peppers, 3 salad cucumbers, an onion, two small sweet potatoes, and a small butternut squash.

This produce seemed to be in much better shape than the first box, but again, the first box was sitting on our front porch upside-down, so there’s that.  After your first box you’re able to customize your box a little more or add items (for additional fees) to your next box.  I chose not to since I just wanted to see what would come in boxes to be able to make new and different recipes.  Hopefully more recipes will be coming your way thanks to these boxes!

I definitely think these boxes are worth it.  They have saved me a visit to the store just for produce and have allowed me to try new recipes.  If the next few boxes are as good as the first two I’ll be changing my subscription to the larger box.  I don’t think you’ll regret checking out Misfits Market!

50% Off Shape Tape Concealer and Some Great Concealer Dupes!

50% Off Shape Tape Concealer and Some Great Concealer Dupes!

Photo Credit: Tarte

You read that right-Shape Tape concealer is HALF PRICE! Holla!!! Ok, I’ll stop saying holla now. But, really-it’s on sale! Treat yo self, people!

I still haven’t tried Shape Tape since it’s blown up as the best selling concealer, but I have found a pretty good dupe. Not having tried shape tape, the reviews for this dupe compare to those of Shape Tape, so Ill take their word for it.

I’m talking about NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop concealer. It is full coverage and lasts all day. It doesn’t get cakey or settle in lines. It does dry down pretty quickly, so if you plan on baking with this concealer have your loose powder on hand. This is probably my favorite full coverage concealer.

My other go to concealer doesn’t really compare to Shape Tape or Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, but I use it almost daily. I typically wear a BB cream, so since it’s not full coverage, full coverage concealer looks a little crazy. I use Maybelline Instant Age Rewind for everyday use. It blends well, covers dark circles, and stays put with a little light powder.

Check out these concealers-you won’t be disappointed!

A Review: Foundation – A Love/Hate Relationship

A Review: Foundation – A Love/Hate Relationship

My sister-in-law asked what foundation I’ve been using lately and it hit me: I have SO many foundations and I have so many that I love for many different reasons.  I call foundation a love/hate relationship because while it can make a look awesome, it can also look plastered on if you don’t use a good primer or if your skin is too dry. I figured I’d share a few of my favorite full, medium, and light coverage options I use often and some tips that help get the most wear time out of each of them.  I’d love to know some of your favorites!

After applying these foundations with a beauty blender, I follow up with a loose powder (I use Coty Airspun) and a setting spray (NYX Matte Finish is my go to) to get the most wear time out of any foundations I use.

Full Coverage

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Milani Conceal + Perfect

I’m starting with this one because it conceals EVERYTHING and doesn’t look very cakey.  Make sure to use a great moisturizer before applying and maybe a light primer.  It looks pretty natural considering how well the coverage is.  I also always follow up immediately with a loose powder and setting spray to make it last as long as possible.

L’Oreal Infallible Foundation

This is probably my favorite and most used foundation.  It goes on smoothly, covers very well without looking like you’ve caked 10 lbs of concealer on your face, and wears ALL day.  It’s also easy to build up if you need more coverage.  A little primer before applying goes a long way and finishing with loose powder and setting spray will get you an entire day of wear easily.

Maybelline Dream Urban Cover60909369241__56c18cf7-85a7-49cd-b13b-248e1af5fcbe

This is a great foundation if you’re looking for high coverage with an SPF.  It goes on pretty well, but I chose a horrible shade for my skin tone.  I’m sure if I get the right shade for my skin it will look A LOT better.  It’s still a great foundation and I’m able to make it work with some blending when I want a good SPF foundation.

Medium Coverage

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You guys… this foundation doesn’t even cost $5 and it’s one of my FAVORITES of all time.  It really could be considered full coverage because it’s easily buildable.  The color match is awesome, the formula is pretty thin, so it’s easy to apply, and it looks SO good on.  You can’t go wrong with this one!

Wet n’ Wild Mega Cushion Foundation60909419825__98c44055-084d-4b48-9841-7d3543af3792

I love this foundation for something different.  It kind of gives my skin a dewey look without looking like I have an oily face.  Paired with a little loose powder it goes a long way.  The only down side to this foundation is that since it is a cushion foundation, I feel like there is a lot less product in the container.

 

 

 

Light Coverage

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Last, but definitely not least, Burt’s Bees BB Cream.  I use this nearly every day, so I don’t have to be careful when I apply it.  It goes on smoothly and is practically a tinted moisturizer.  It doesn’t break out my face and usually doesn’t look super oily by the end of the day if I use loose powder after applying.  I don’t usually use a beauty blender with this and it blends great.  Don’t bother with a primer because it lasts FOREVER.  Primer usually makes this foundation settle in lines and look a little thicker than it should. A little goes a long way and as long as I have a great under eye concealer, this is great for everyday wear.

Set & Forget Roast & Gravy

Set & Forget Roast & Gravy

I’m all for easy recipes lately.  My Crock Pot and I are practically besties, so this one is a frequent go-to meal for me.  It’s easy to throw into the slow cooker in the morning, make some noodles when it’s finished, and BAM!  Meal complete!

I love when grocery stores have buy one get one free sales on roasts.  Freezer stockpile FTW!

Ingredients

  • Roast (any type or size you like!)
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup (or any “cream of soup” that you prefer)
  • 1 packet brown gravy mix
  • 1 packet Lipton dry onion soup mix
  • 1 small can of mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  1. Add roast to slow cooker.
  2. Mix soup, brown gravy mix, dry onion soup mix, mushrooms, and water together.  Pour over the roast and cook on low 8 hours.
  3. Serve over mashed potatoes or egg noodles.  Enjoy!