My Top Ten Favorite Beauty Products

10:  E.L.F. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette

Cost: $5.00 (Wow a total steal)

I picked up two different shades of this eye shadow pallet at Target for a mere $5.00 each and was amazed at the quality. With so many shades to pick from there are hundreds of combinations for gorgeous eyes.

9:  Covergirl Outlast Lip Stain

Cost:  $8.00

This lip stain lasts a long time, wears evenly and doesn’t come off on your drinking glass. This is a lip stain not a lipstick so it gives your lips a hint of natural looking color without sitting on top of your lips like a creamy lipstick.

8:  Kiss Real Short Length Nails

Cost: $6.00

Why waste time and money sitting in a nail salon when you buy these nails for $6.00 and do them yourself in about 10 minutes? These nails look great, they are the perfect short length and they last for about a week. I get complimented on my nails all the time and people want to know where I have them “done” at.

7:  Loreal True Match Compact Makeup

Cost: $10.00

I used to use a much more expensive designer compact foundation until I ran out one day and picked this up to “hold me over” until I could get to the mall. I liked it so much I never went back to the more expensive brand. Loreal has lots of shades to choose from and this formula goes on quickly,  evenly and just heavy enough.

6:  Loma Pearatin Nourishing Oil Treatment

Cost: $15.00

This nourishing oil treatment is my dry, damaged hair’s savior. I color my hair often and years of bleaching, dying, and flat irons have taken it’s toll. I use this nourishing oil on my damp hair just before drying and it makes all the difference. Just one application and your hair will go from dry and frizzy to shiny and sleek.

5:  Euronext Remy Clip in Human Hair Extensions

Cost: $85 from Sally Beauty

These real human hair extension changed my beauty product lifestyle. You can cut, curl, wash, dry, and style them along with your real hair. They are easy to wear and look so real. I’ve never had anyone suspect I am wearing extensions and  everyone is always amazed when I tell them my secret. I feel naked without them!

 

4:  Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit

Cost:  $8.00

These wax strips are so fast and easy. You just cut them into the desired shape and rub them between your hands to warm slightly. Peel them apart and use. It even comes with a wax removing oil to clean up and refresh your skin after waxing. Perfect for eyebrows!

3:  The Instyler Iron

Cost:  $90.00

Believe it or not, the infomercials you see for this product are actually true! I love this iron. I sceptically bought it at Target for around $100 and carefully opened the packaging, prepared to take it back if it didn’t live up to the hype. Thankfully it became one of my favorite beauty products. It leaves my hair shiny and beautifully straight.

2:  Kenra Volume Hairspray

Cost: $18.00

The only hairspray you’ll ever need hands down. Not too sticky but great hold. A must have beauty product.

1:  Fiberwig Mascara

Cost: $20.00

This amazing mascara doesn’t run or give you raccoon eyes half way through the day. It’s formula includes little fibers that attach to your lashes as you put it on. The more you put on the more the fibers build up and the longer your lashes get. My friends ask me all the time if I am wearing false lashes. I buy it from www.sephora.com and it’s worth the extra effort of ordering it online versus just picking something up at the store.

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Easy Biscuit Recipe

This is an easy biscuit recipe and it uses ingredients that most cooks always have on hand. Throw out the canned biscuits and taste the difference making them from scratch makes. This is a Paula Deen recipe so you know it has to be buttery good!

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons butter, cubed
3/4 cup milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. Cut butter into mixture until it begins to look like cornmeal.

Make a well with flour mixture and slowly add milk into the middle. Knead dough with your fingers and add milk when necessary. Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to desired thickness. Cut with small biscuit cutter or with the rim of a cup.

Butter bottom of skillet and place biscuits in pan. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Grilled Chicken Tenderloins Just Like Cracker Barrel

This recipe is quickly becoming a family favorite. Especially with the warmer weather and grilling season in full swing. This really does taste like the great grilled chicken tenderloins they serve at Cracker Barrel. I always serve biscuits with honey and butter with this main dish. I got this recipe from www.copykatrecipes.com.

I hope you enjoy!

1 pound chicken breast tenders
1/2 cup Italian Dressing (drain and discard spices)
1 tsp fresh lime juice
1 and 1/2 teaspoon honey

Mix dressing, lime juice and honey together. Pour over chicken tenders, making sure all tenders are covered; marinate for 1 hour. Grill to lightly golden in color but not dry.

White Chicken Chili Recipe

The White Chicken Chili and Cheesecake Factory is one of my favorite dishes. I found this recipe on www.whitechickenchilerecipe.org. This recipe tastes very similar to what they serve at the restaurant.  It is great  over rice and topped with a few diced tomatoes. I buy a pre-cooked rotisery chicken rather than cooking chicken myself and it turns out great. This recipe is for a huge batch so I usually cut it in half . Half the recipe will easily feed four people with a bit left for lunch leftovers the next day!

I hope you enjoy!

2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, crushed
2 jalapeno peppers diced
2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chile peppers
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
6 teaspoons chicken bouillon
6 cups of water
5 cups chopped cooked chicken (15 ounce) cans white beans
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup of white rice (Minute Rice)

1. In a large saucepan heat the oil over low to medium heat. Gradually stir in the onion until you see it start to carmelize. Mix in the jalapenos, garlic, green chile peppers, oregano, cumin, cayenne pepper and chicken boullion

2. Continue to cook and stir the mixture until tender, about 3 minutes. Mix in the water, chicken and 4 cans of the white beans.

3 Take the final can of white beans and blend together and add to the chili, this will help thicken it up.

4. Simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. Remove the mixture from heat. Slowly stir in the cheese until melted. Serve warm with white rice.

Strawberry Salad with Dressing

I recieved this recipe from my friend Kitty. It is the perfect summer salad. There is nothing like the combination of fresh red strawberries and the sweet and tangy dressing.

I hope you enjoy!

 

 

For Salad

 

For Dressing

Southen Living Pinto Beans

These aren’t your Granny’s  “soup beans”. This pinto bean recipe is so simply delicious. For the sceptics out there, this recipe will change the way you feel about southern cooking.

You guessed it, this recipe originated in Southern Living Magazine. I found it on www.food.com and adapted it from a post by Caroline Cooks.

Please Enjoy!

Place beans in a large Dutch oven, and add water to cover.

 Bring to a boil, and cook, uncovered, 30 minutes.

 Drain.

 Add ham hock, tomatoes, broth, and next 10 ingredients to Dutch oven with beans; cook 55 minutes or until beans are tender.

 Serve over rice.

(If you feel that this recipe needs salt do not add it until just before serving. As the recipe cooks down it becomes salty from the ham hocks. If you feel that you would like more “soup” add a bit more water or chicken broth the last 10 minutes of cooking.)

Herb Roasted Pork Loin

I must give my mother-in-law credit for this never fail dish. This recipe is easily doubled for a large group. I often plan for leftover cuban sandwiches or reheating to serve with toast and egg for breakfast when making this tenderloin. This recipe is also great on the grill in the summer time or a nice break from the traditional ham and turkey on holidays.

I hope you enjoy!

  • 1/4 c  Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 c   Worcestershire
  • 1/4c    Vegetable Oil
  • 1 t        thyme
  • 1t         marjoram
  • 1t          sage
  • 1 t         garlic powder
  • 1 t         ground ginger
  • 1 t          salt
  • 1 t         pepper
  • 2 (1 1/2lb)      pork tenderloins

 

Mix the first eleven ingredients in a large zip lock bag. Prick tenderloins all over with fork and place them in marinade. Marinade for 2-8 hours in refrigerator. Place on roasting pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.

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