Collection of Random Topics

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I feel like I’ve been posting here way more often than my beauty blog! What has the world come to?

Its getting down to the wire for settlement for the new condo! Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we purchased a few items: two nightstands from IKEA (we want the matching dresser but its sold out :(( ), a little TV, and a few kitchen items. Big items that we still need are a futon, and of course the dresser. Its this one…not in store in our store but available online. I’m not paying $100 for shipping, though, so I’ll have to wait until it comes back in stock. We also need to get a couple area rugs. For some reason I have such a hard time with rugs. I can never find one that I think is perfect, and I feel like there’s so many gaudy patterns out there. We may just end up getting a plain one without a pattern. I’m pretty sure we also need to get blinds for all our windows. And I need to get stuff for the second bathroom. Oh my bank account is not going to be in a happy place when January hits haha.

I think I’m the only person on Earth who doesn’t want to win the Powerball? Like if I actually won that, I’d be more worried and anxious about all the attention I would get than actually being happy that I won a very large sum of money. The thought of winning some HUGE thing is so scary to me. I think I’d rather win like $1,000 or something…much less attention, and I’d be pretty happy I won it. Why am I so strange? lol

So I tried making homemade pizza last weekend. It was going well but I needed yeast for the bread dough, and it was nowhere in our grocery store. Our store is small and terrible, but I still couldn’t believe they didn’t have it. Do any of you bakers out there know if yeast (specifically active dry yeast) is usually available in grocery stores? Only because I’m going to try a different grocery store this weekend, but don’t want to make the trip if its not going to be there too! I still ended up making the pizza with some pre-packaged dough…it turned out alright, but I should have let it get a bit crispier.

I am loving the chilly weather we’re having. I don’t even like cold weather itself (its more-so that I prefer it to extremely hot weather…uck!). I think I like the winter season because I like staying inside, and I feel like sitting on the couch wrapped in a blanket watching Netflix for several hours is more socially acceptable in the winter than in the spring and summer haha. I also love cold weather clothes and fashions way more than summer. I wish it would snow here, though. We haven’t really had any snow yet (or anything substantial at least).

Speaking of Netflix, does anyone have any suggestions for TV shows to watch on Netflix or Hulu? I’m just finishing up Doctor Who and was thinking about American Horror Story. I’d also like to watch Revolution, but the first few eps aren’t on Hulu unless I pay for that Hulu Plus crap which I had before and wasn’t worth it.


Recipe: Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

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I made this awhile ago but I’m just getting around to posting it. The recipe is from SkinnyTaste, and it turned out delicious! Definitely a great comfort food :-)

Here’s what you’ll need (this makes 8 servings):

  • 12 oz elbow pasta
  • 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp light butter (I just used 2 tbsp light)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup minced onion (I left this out)
  • 2 cups skim milk (I used almond)
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth (vegetarians use vegetable broth)
  • 8 oz (2 cups) Sargento shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar (I used regular shredded cheddar)
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/8 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • cooking spray

Cook the pasta and broccoli together according to package directions for al dente. Preheat oven to 375. Saute the onion (if using) and garlic together with the butter for a couple minutes. Then add in the flour and cook about a minute or two until its combined. Whisk in milk and broth and bring to a boil on medium high, then simmer about 5 minutes or until sauce is smooth and thick. Mine didn’t get super thick or anything but it still worked. Turn off heat and add in the cheese. Mix until everything is melted and smooth. Add the pasta and broccoli and mix together with cheese sauce.

Pour the mixture into a baking pan (I used tinfoil and sprayed it with the cooking spray). Top with the breadcrumbs, grated cheese, and a little cooking spray and bake for 15-20 minutes. You can put it in the broiler for a little bit towards the end to get it golden, but it isn’t necessary.

If you want a quick version of this (which I might do next time), you could always skip the baking portion (with the breadcrumbs and grated cheese) and just have it with the cheese sauce. :)


Let’s Try This Again

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So I’ve decided to try to be more positive this week, and not so incredibly anxious. I kicked it off by making some chamomile tea last night and lighting some nice smelling candles. What’s the first thing that happens? My damn smoke detector (which is so loud you can probably hear it down the street) starts blaring because I guess the candle was positioned too close to it. Its never gone off before, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to do except wave books and hit it with things, which is my preferred method of making scary loud noises stop. Apparently its a decent method because it finally stopped, but not after causing me to have an effing heart attack and I was shaking for a good 15 minutes afterwards. Yay for relaxation! X( And now it keeps randomly blinking red occasionally which its never done before…not sure what to do about it but as long as its quiet then I’m not going near it.

Picked up a couple things for the condo this week…a crock pot (which I’m super excited about using!) and a nice, memory foam rug for the kitchen which is supposed to make standing for awhile more comfortable. This weekend we’re heading to IKEA to finally get a dresser and nightstands (we’ve never had real ones before). I can’t believe how close its getting to settlement. I’m both nervous and excited!

Thanksgiving is on Thursday, so its a short work week for me. Do any of you guys do the Black Friday thing? I never have before. As much as I love shopping, I think I love sleep much more. =p


My Weekend, Stress, and Traveling

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Hello all…hope everyone had a nice weekend!

The bf and I went to see “Man With The Iron Fists” on Saturday. It was pretty good…kind of what you’d except from a Quentin Tarantino action flick. lol. I also made some yummy baked mac n’ cheese…I’ll be posting the recipe for it this week sometime!

I hope this week goes by fairly quickly (especially since next week is short with Thanksgiving). I feel like I’ve been feeling so anxious lately. Usually I have a reason for it but I feel like I’ve just been waking up with anxiety about the day. I almost wanted to call out sick today (though I would never actually do that unless I was sick)…but I honestly have no reason why really except for just wanting to stay home lol. Don’t we all I suppose. Maybe I’m just feeling anxious because I know I’ll be on my own in the office (as far as admins go) for the most part during December and I know that I’m going to run into situations where I’m not sure what to do…and I’m really not good at handling those situations without needless stressing. Though that doesn’t give me reason to feel all anxious now. Maybe I just need to do some yoga and take a nice, hot bubble bath.

I’ve also had this weird feeling lately about just wanting to go somewhere else for no real reason or purpose…just to be somewhere I haven’t been before. I have a couple friends on Facebook who seem to always be traveling and living in some new location all the time (I guess for either jobs, volunteer work, or just because). Its probably exhausting but it must be so awesome to live in so many new places. For some reason I’m longing to go somewhere colder (I’ll regret saying that in a few weeks when it’ll probably be freezing here!). The bf is always talking about wanting to go to a ski resort and stay at a lodge…maybe we can do that sometime this year, despite the fact that I will probably never ski haha.

I’m glad the move is coming up soon…I’m really excited about the condo, even though I feel like the actual “moving in” process is going to be pure chaos. The bf said that the mortgage is just about 100% approved (or will be this week) so that’s good! Looking forward to something new :)

I feel like I’ve been abandoning my beauty blog lately and I feel terrible about that! I need to get back on track and post some reviews and other things. My mind has just not been focused on it for some reason.


Recipe: Swedish Meatballs

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Its been awhile since I posted a recipe! This one is from and I think it turned out pretty well! The only thing with this recipe is that its pretty labor/time intensive, so its not exaclty a quick weekday meal (took me an hour and a half total). Of course if you have help in the kitchen, it will probably be quicker.

The ingredients and directions below are for 4 servings.


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 celery stalk, minced (left out)
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • 1 lb 93% lean beef (I couldn’t find 93% so I used 90%)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste (did not add salt since my beef stock was not low sodium)
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2 cups reduced sodium beef stock
  • 2 oz light cream cheese


Meatballs: Heat oil in large pan and saute garlic and onion for about 5 minutes, then add chopped parsley and celery (if using) and saute for a couple more minutes. Mix ground beef, egg, onion mixture that you just made, breadcrumbs, salt/pepper, and allspice in a large bowl. This will be messy, but its kind of fun! Then roll them into little balls (1/8 cup per ball). The recipe said it made 22, but I came up with 24 because I think my ground beef was a little over a pound. This is what took the most time, so if you can grab a helper that will speed up the process! After you have the balls, add the beef stock to the pan you were previously using and bring to a boil, then carefully add in the meatballs one by one. Bring to medium-low and let simmer 20-25 minutes.

Sauce: After the meatballs are cooked, carefully remove them from the broth and set aside. Add the broth from the pan into your blender along with the 2 oz of cream cheese and mix to create the sauce. Then, add the sauce back to the pan to heat up (you can put the meatballs back in if you want also, which I did). Serve over rice or egg noodles and enjoy!

*note: We had leftovers for another night, and my boyfriend said they were much more delicious the second time because they were left to marinate in the sauce for a few days. So if you’d like them to be really rich in flavor, maybe make them ahead of time and let marinate. :)


Halloween and Hurricanes

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Hello all and Happy Halloween! I’m back in work today. We were closed two days (Monday and Tuesday) due to the hurricane. Luckily, my area (Philly) wasn’t as affected as other areas. My power never went out, and besides some strong wind and rain everything was fairly normal.

Over the weekend I went to Virginia for a friend’s Halloween party. I was a clown! Here’s a couple pictures:

I didn’t wear the nose very much because it kind of blocked my vision and I couldn’t eat/drink very easily haha.

I basically spent my “hurrication” sitting on the couch watching Doctor Who on Netflix. My friend loves it (the one in the middle of the first pic above…she was a dalek). Its really good! I’m through the first season and a little way through the second.

I haven’t been feeling very well yesterday and today. Yesterday I started having a very dull pain in my chest, which seems to be slowly going away but I’m not completely sure. Today I feel like my breath is very short and I started to feel kind of woosy earlier. I’m not sure if its just allergies/change of season stuff or if I’m coming down with something. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. Ugh.

Hope everyone has a great Halloween and rest of the week!


Tuneage Tuesday: Bat for Lashes – “All Your Gold”

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…instead of “Music Monday” since its not Monday, and I always post other stuff on Mondays anyway.

The new Bat For Lashes album came out today. I like most of her music (not all), but this was one of the ones I liked (“Laura” is also pretty good). Hopefully I can keep up with “Tuneage Tuesday” better than Music Monday! haha