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Quick and Easy Ravioli Lasagna

So I was browsing through one of my Kraft magazines that I get, looking for good recipes.  Normally, I find a lot of recipes that I would love to make, but I usually don’t find anything that Nate will like, too.  So I enjoy looking at the pictures, then I usually throw them away and am done with it.  Well I don’t know what it was about the magazine this time, but I found quite a few recipes that would work!!  I was so dang excited!  I marked them all and have been making them the past week or so.

This Ravioli Lasagna was one of those recipes.  Well, I guess I should say, it was the inspiration for this recipe.  That one was a lot more involved, and I didn’t feel like buying all of those special ingredients.  This is the quick version!  You could whip this up on a weeknight, and if you double it like I did, you can eat on it for a few days.

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We took this up to his family for dinner and everyone just loved it!  I think next time we might do 1 package of beef ravioli, and 1 package of cheese, but other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing!  This would be a good potluck recipe, too!  Because I mean, come on, who doesn’t like ravioli?!

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

First, take two cans of spaghetti sauce– we used one cheap one that was just a plain, and then one that was a bit more expensive (you know, by like 60 cents) with a bit more flavor.  I poured those into a saucepan and let them heat up while I got everything else ready.

In a microwave safe bowl, heat a block of cream cheese for about 1 minute.  It should be melted and easy to stir at this point— make sure it is smooth, then add 1 Cup of milk.  Stir until smooth.   Set aside.

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Now it’s time to assemble!

I used a 9 x 13 casserole dish, sprayed with cooking spray.  Ladle some of your sauce into the bottom, making sure you have a thin, even layer.

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Pour in one bag of frozen beef ravioli– we used the Great Value brand, found at Walmart.

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Pour your cream cheese mixture over the ravioli, and use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly.

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Sprinkle on a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1 cup).

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Ladle on another layer of your spaghetti sauce.

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Another layer of ravioli.

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And more sauce.

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Then top with more shredded mozzarella.  I used an entire bag on the top layer, because we wanted lots of cheese :-).   And it DOES make quite a bit, so I didn’t feel bad about it.

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I covered it with foil, loosely though, so that when the cheese melted it wouldn’t get all up in my foil.  Then I placed it on a baking sheet pan to catch any drips.

Bake at 400 for 50 minutes.  Then pull the foil off and put under your broiler for about 5 minutes, to darken up the cheese.  If you didn’t want to use the broiler, just throw it back in the oven for another 10 minutes or so to brown the cheese.

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I recommend you let this sit for about 10 minutes before serving, otherwise your mouth will be on FIRE from all of the hot sauce/cheese.

 

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Quick and Easy Lasagna Ravioli

2 jars of spaghetti sauce

2 packages of frozen beef and/or cheese ravioli (I used Great Value brand)

1 8 oz. package cream cheese

1 Cup milk

3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat spaghetti sauce in a sauce pan on the stove.

Microwave cream cheese in a bowl for 1 minute.  Stir until smooth, then add in 1 cup of milk.  Stir again until smooth.

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.  Ladle a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan.  Pour in 1 package of frozen ravioli.

Pour cream cheese over ravioli and spread into an even layer.

Add 1 cup shredded cheese in an  even layer over the cream cheese.

Ladle another layer of spaghetti sauce over shredded cheese.

Add 2nd bag of frozen ravioli in an  even layer.

Add the rest of the spaghetti sauce, then the rest of the shredded cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes.  Remove foil and put under the broiler for 5 minutes to brown the cheese on top.  You could also put back in the 400 degree oven for another 10 minutes or so.  Let stand for 10 minutes, then serve.

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Coconut Curry Shrimp

I wish I had a fabulous photo to share with you for this recipe, because it’s FREAKING FANTASTIC!!  But alas, I was so intent on eating it as fast as I could, all I managed to take the time to do was snap a shot with my cell phone.

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I will make it again soon, and try to get better photos then, but I could not wait to tell you about how awesome this dish was.  And urge you to go try it as soon as possible.

I should probably explain WHERE I found this recipe, shouldn’t I?  I read it on Pioneer Woman.  She is one of my blogs that I visit every single day.  I honestly don’t pin as many of her recipes as I used to, but when I saw the title of the post, I didn’t even look at the recipe before I pinned it.

I had never had curry (that I knew of?), so I really didn’t know what to expect.  I thought I had read that it was spicy?  Or at least that was my impression of it.  I was very surprised that to me, it was NOT as spicy as I thought.  I used a little jar of red curry paste that I found in the chinese section at Walmart.  While I was in that section, I also grabbed a can of the baby corn and a can of sliced water chestnuts, because I love them.

It was a really quick meal, I would say the thing that took the longest was waiting for the liquid to reduce.  Seriously though?  It smelled DIVINE!  It was all I could do to not eat this with a spoon out of the pan while it was cooking!

While it was simmering, I made some minute brown rice– next time I want to try it over white rice.  I think that since brown rice has more flavor, that it took away from the curry.  White rice really has no flavor to compete with, so I think it would just EXPLODE in your mouth.

** I added the can of corn and can of water chestnuts while I had the sauce simmering– they basically just needed to heat up.  I also used a few tablespoons of the red curry paste, instead of curry powder, and I did not use the basil.

I will be making this again and  again (whenever Nate isn’t home- ha!).  Aaaand now I’m starving!

Let me know if you try it!

Coconut Curry Shrimp from Pioneer Woman

Printable recipe HERE.

 

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Pinworthy Thursday 8/14/2014

It’s Thursday!  I would like to say that I have had a productive week here at work, but that’s just not the case.  At home, however, I have been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!!  Meetings, babysitting, (lack of) cleaning, SHARK WEEK, cooking, more babysitting, doing sister’s nails, etc etc etc.  My friend is coming over tonight for me to do her nails and makeup, which should be super fun!  I will be babysitting my little nephew tonight, too.  He is such a little schweet thing!  As long as you feed him when he wants to be fed! ha!

 

So anyway, in my, ahem, spare time, I have managed to find a few fun things on pinterest!

 

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So THIS is pretty much the smartest thing ever.  After helping with a few weddings that we didn’t know how we were decorating, this would have been extremely helpful!

 

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I love this diagonal rainbow potholder!  I might have to make a few of these to give as Christmas gifts this year.

 

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Another crochet item– the Cable Stitch Dishcloth.  I’m not sure if I like the pattern or the colors they used more.  Would be so cute in my farmers market booth!

 

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We tried Abuelo’s restaurant for the second time last month, and good gravy, their papas con chile are SO GOOD!  I found this copy cat recipe online and hope to make them at home soon.  Especially since the nearest Abuelo’s is two hours from us.  Boooo!

 

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How FUN is this Frozen cake?!  Turns out, Ainsley is a huge fan.  So this may have to be a future birthday cake.

 

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This What’s in Your Phone baby shower game looks really fun.  Something different from the regular ol’ What’s in Your Purse game.

 

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One of my daily blogs that I visit shared this pattern the other day.  It’s a Cap Sleeve Cardigan Crochet Pattern and it makes me want to ask someone on facebook if I can borrow their baby to make this.  They would get a free cardigan out of it, so it sounds like a sweet deal to me!  I’ve never made a clothing piece before, but she said it works up really easy.  We shall see if I can find someone to make it for!

 

That’s it for this week!  Do you have any fun pins you want to share?  Please do!

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Pinworthy Thursday 8-7-14

Ahhhhh Thursday!  So close to the weekend, so close to the beginning of next week.  It seems like the weekend goes so fast, you don’t have time to enjoy it.  But in actuality, I haven’t had too much going on during the week the past week or two, so I don’t even mind.  I am loving this time to just relax and hang out and be a little BORED.  Yes, I said it.  And I’m happy it’s happening lol.   Usually we are so busy with work/boards/activities that we never have a minute to just do nothing.  So, even though I don’t think it will last much longer, it’s been a nice break.  :-)  Thursday also means that my cutie patooties niece and nephews will be coming over tonight after work while their mommies are busy.  I’m thinking we will go swimming– they will love that!

Here are my pins for the past few weeks, since I haven’t done one of these in a while.

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Black bean and brown rice burgers–  I have been eating a lot of brown rice lately, so I am totally down with this one.  And if I’m being honest– I don’t really like beef burgers that much anyway.

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Coconut Shrimp Tacos- I’m obsessed with shrimp, I’m obsessed with fish/shrimp tacos, and I fricken love coconut.  I’m thinking this one would be a slam dunk for me!!  Of course Nate wouldn’t touch this with a ten foot pole…..this may have to be a ‘dual meal’ night :-)

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I like the look of this porch swing, and we have an awkward ‘side’ of our patio with a drop off behind it.  This could be a solution.

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Iced Chai Lattes are my very favorite thing to get at Starbucks.  I have made a few at home, but nothing that is as good as the original.

 

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This shows you how to the Triple Crochet Loops, which looks like it would make a pretty sweet dishcloth.  And we all know how much I love those :-)

 

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Oreo Macarons.  I had my first macaron in Vegas this summer, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever had.  I’ve also heard horror stories of how hard they are to make, but someday I will try them!  These cookies simultaneously fascinate and frighten me. And make me hungry.

 

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This is an adorable idea!  Making ornaments to remember your first home, apartment, etc.

 

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Do you think people would think I was weird with one of these crocheted steering wheel covers?  Because I have some REALLLLLLLY pretty yarn that I wouldn’t mind using for one of these…..

 

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I pinned this to remember for my shows this fall.  I make these bottles and think that this is a brilliant use for them!  I wonder if I could use some of the fake succulents instead of real ones?  I don’t always have the best luck with plants lol.

 

 

Ok, that’s enough for now.  But I will leave you with a sweet picture of the manicure I did last night.  I saw a youtube video on doing galaxy nails and tried it myself last night.

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It was super duper messy, and by the end of it, I was OVER the whole qtip/polish remover situation lol.  So they could be a little tidier, but this is good for me.

Happy Thursday everyone!

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Would you rather?

I just saw this on facebook and thought it would be fun to do.   I’m in kind of a rut right now, there are A LOT of things that I have photographed and on the computer, but I just have no desire to write about them right now.  It’s been a long, stress filled two weeks, so let’s have something fun.  Ok?!  Here we go!

Coke or pepsi?  I am trying to not drink pop right now, but if I went by the last pop that I had it would be (diet) pepsi.  But half of the time I drink diet coke, it just depends on the taste that I want.  So…..both?

Books or movies?  Movies, but only because I love the popcorn :-).

Pool or beach?  Pool.  I love the beach, but there is no way I am swimming in the ocean.  I’ve watching Shark Week too many times!

Dancing or singing?  Singing!  I am alwwwaaays singing.  I don’t dance, in public anyway.  I’m just horrible at it lol.

Rain or sun?  Rain.  It’s my favorite.

Dogs or cats?  Dogs!  Kitty litter is the grossest thing EVER!  When my friend asks me to watch her cat, it almost gags me to clean the box.  Blech!

Inside or outside?  Inside.  Outside is hot and sticky right now.

Running or swimming?  Ha.  Me, run?  Never.  I love to swim though!

Full name-   Teresa Faye

Eye color-  dark brown

Birthday- 05/12/1989

 

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Project Idea: Methodist Afghan

Happy Monday everybody!  I survived the weekend, and the fair was AWESOME this year, if I do say so myself.  I think everyone was happy that there was a lot to do and a lot to eat :-)!  I didn’t enter a whole lot of items in the Open Class divisions this year, but I did a few photos and entered THIS afghan (Ainsley let me borrow it as long as I would give her my ribbon if I won lol).   I did end up getting a blue on the afghan, and I got two reds on a couple of photos I took.  One of my nephew Kolton playing in a creek, and one of my sister’s family that we took out in a field.  So I was pretty happy!

HOWEVER.  Ainsley won SIX ribbons- 4 white and 2 red- in the photography division, and all but one of them were in the ADULT division.  She is five years old!  Sheesh.  I think she even beat me in a category…..smh.  She also placed on her craft she entered (blue), her ‘eggs and bacon’ candy (red), and got honorable mention on a little beaded bracelet she made.  She won a whole $13 and could not be more excited.  Cracks me up…

Now on to the purpose of this post.  Later today we are heading to Wichita for a few days- Nate’s mom is having some pretty major, scary surgery, so we want to be there for her.  That means a lot of time in the waiting room.  So I thought now would be the perfect time to start a new project, to help keep my mind off of the situation.

I found THIS pattern last fall, but never had a chance to actually make it.  My dad is a Methodist pastor, so I thought it would be a good idea to make it and give it to him for Christmas last year.  Well, that didn’t happen, so I thought, ok, I’ll make it for his birthday (on Valentine’s Day).  That didn’t happen either.  So here’s hoping that I might get it finished (or hell, even started!) for Christmas this year!

This is what the website shows that the pattern looks like when it’s completed-

 

I will make it larger than the baby blanket size, but I’m not sure yet how big I will go.  My dad is 6’6″, so it will be bigger than what I would make for myself, let’s just put it that way.

I’ve never done a ‘counting’ stitch afghan like this, so I am going to watch a few youtube tutorials and see if I can’t get it figured out.  I love that it is just a simple single crochet, so that should be easy to follow.  I’m thinking though, that instead of having about 8 trillion little ends to stitch in at the end, that I should try to weave them into the stitches while crocheting the next row above them.  It worked in my dream last night.  Yes, I was dreaming about starting this blanket.  Or maybe I was dreaming about finishing it lol!  I also thought that I might start working a double crochet for the border, so that it won’t be so heavy when it’s finished.  I want him to actually use it to keep warm, but not to suffocate lol, and that would be ALOT of yarn!  He doesn’t have any idea that I am planning to do this, so I’m hoping it will be a fun surprise at Christmas.

I will share with you all when I get it finished!

 

Have you ever done something like this?   Any tips?

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Fair Week!!

As I’m sure you can tell from the title of this post– it’s FAIR WEEK, PEOPLE!!

 

I’m on the fair board, which I’ve mentioned.  Basically that means that right now (and the past week or so), I look like this….

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But it’s finally here!  I’m looking forward to a great fair, but it will be super busy.   See you all next week!

 

 

Over and out.

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Caramel Apple Jam

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Ok, here it is!  FINALLY!  I’ll bet your thinking, ‘that better be some damn good jam for her to keep us waiting this long for it.’  Let me tell you– it IS.  This is one of my most popular flavors at the farmer’s market.

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It has both brown and white sugar, which cooks down into a delicious caramel flavored jelly.  That, combined with the apples and the spices, make for one of the best damn jams I have ever tasted!  Not to mention the fact that it makes your house smell PHENOMENAL.

I cannot stress to you enough how much I want you to go and make this RIGHTTHISVERYSECOND!  I am actually making another batch of this tomorrow night, because I am out again lol!

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Oh, and P.S. — Happy Birthday Kristi :-)

 

 

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Caramel Apple Jam

6 cups apples, diced and peeled (about three pounds of whole apples)

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon butter

1 package (1.75 ounces) powdered fruit pectin

2 1/2 cups sugar

2 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

 

In a pan, combine the apples with the 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 teaspoon butter.  Cook this over low heat for a half hour or so, stirring regularly, until the apples are soft.

Once the apples are nice and soft (use your own judgement – you don’t want them to be really crisp in the jam, but some soft chunks are delicious), add the pectin, stir it in, then bring the whole mix up to a rolling boil.

Then add the sugar.  Bring it to a rolling boil.  Stir it constantly and let it boil for one minute.

Remove the jam from the heat, then add the jam to the jars, leaving a 1/4 inch headspace.  Clean off the rim of the jar, put a lid on it, then put a ring on top of that, turning the ring until you just begin to feel resistance.  It made about 6 jars, with a bit left over.

Put jars back into a water bath canner with boiling water for 1o minutes.  Put the jars on a towel and let cool for 24 hours, making sure the lids seal.g

 

Makes 6 half pint jars.

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Pinworthy Thursday 6-26-14

Ahhhh summertime!  If you are like me, you have been busy enjoying the great weather and (hopefully) spending lots of time in the pool!  We have our own big, above ground pool in the backyard, but pretty much every night this past week we have been able to go to a friend’s house and enjoy their awesome in ground pool.  It’s so nice!

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Not to mention, it’s got a pretty nice view!

I will try to get the Caramel Apple Jam post finished up (I just have to type up the recipe) and posted.  But for now, here are some fun things I’ve found on Pinterest this week!

 

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I have been wanting to spruce up our back patio, and I really like the look of this tiled table!  Outdoor furniture is soooooo expensive, it would be nice to use a DIY like this.

 

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I have actually made bean burgers before, and I LOVE chickpeas, so I’m sure this Baked Chickpea Burger would be a hit with me.  Not sure it would be Nate’s jam though, so it might need an alternate burger for him :-).

 

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Let’s just say that my skank a$$ feet could totally use this.  I don’t know why my feet crack so bad, but I’ll try anything.

 

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Love this hairstyle if I decide to go short again.

 

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When I’m in a working out phase, I really like protein shakes.  This peanut butter banana coffee shake sounds really good.  I would leave the spinach out, but that’s just because I would rather eat the spinach by itself.

 

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This Thai Chicken Noodle Soup looks so darn good.  I would love to make a batch of this one night and eat it for lunch for the week.

 

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This What’s In Your Purse? is a shower game that I wouldn’t mind playing!

 

Have you found anything interesting on Pinterest lately?  Please share!

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Pinworthy Thursday 6-19-14

Well, I am back!  I know I didn’t say anything beforehand, but we went on a Vegas vacation last week!  I had a fricken blast, but I swear, I am STILL tired lol.  I might share some photos on here with you, if we ever get them edited.  But for now, here are my fun pins from this past week.  There aren’t too many, but I haven’t been on Pinterest much lately. :-)

 

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I think these Crochet Cupcake Washcloths are adorable.  I am hoping to get a few made up for farmer’s market.

 

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I am going to start eating a little healthier and start exercising (I went last night, anyway….).  I think these Five Spice Turkey and Lettuce Wraps would be a tasty lunch.  I figure I will make the filling one evening, and eat them for the next day or two.

 

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Ha.   Here’s some Oven Fried Ranch Chicken.  But since it’s oven fried, it’s healthier.  See?  Mostly I’m hoping that Nate might like these.

 

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Another dinner idea– Ranch Potato Topped Chicken Bake.  This actually reminds me of one of those meals in a box you can get.  He doesn’t like most vegetables, so I think I could swap out the mixed veggies for corn and it would work.

 

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I thought this would be another good lunch thing to have.  Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing.  I <3 quinoa.

 

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I kind of want to get one of these Pore Cleansing Pads from Sephora to clean my brushes.  It is a similar idea to one of the Sigma cleaning gloves– which are $40-$50.  That’s ridiculous and not EVEN going to happen.  This one is only $6, which is fantastic.  I’m going to check in store when I’m in Wichita again.

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And last but not least– you all know that I am OBSESSED with Youtube makeup tutorials.  Lustre Lux is my favorite channel.  Holy girl crush, guys.  I have been doing her cut crease tutorial all week!  And this photo made me want MAC’s Heroine lipstick so bad, I went online and ordered it.  (btw– did you know MAC has free shipping ALL THE TIME?!)  I don’t know where the heck I’m going to wear bright purple lipstick, but I don’t even care.  ‘Tis MINE.

 

That’s it!  I’d like to think I’ll get the post up for Caramel Apple Jam up tomorrow, but let’s get real.  It will probably be next week.  :-)

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