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Game Day Appetizer: Pita Chips + Vegetarian Chili

Thursday, January 21, 2016


I love hosting dinner parties and events because it is an opportunity to to plan the food. I am a total foodie, so when someone says game day my first thought is " What Game Day Snacks Should I make?" So today's post I thought I would share how I put together a Game Day Appetiser that is a quick, yummy, vegetarian chili dip. I love serving this Vegetarian Chili with Homemade Pita Chips. YUM! Also, check out Hormel Chili Recipes, here for more recipe ideas to make your Game Day Viewing Party the best.


Veggie Chili


So to make this Veggie Chili all you will need is a can of Hormel Vegetarian with Beans and some toppings:

- Black Olives
- Green Onion
- Corn
- Cheese
-  Cilantro
- Chopped Jalaepno (optional)
- Sour Cream (optional)


 Instructions: 

- In a sauce pan, pour the contents of the can and heat up the Vegetarian Chili.

- When the chili is cooked, transfer it to a plate.

- Then add the toppings. The best part about this dip is how customizable it is. Add whatever you like.

- Serve the Homemade Pita Chips and Enjoy!



Ingredients: 

- 5 Pita Bread cut into triangles 

- Olive Oil 

- Dried Herbs: basil, parsley, Italian herbs 

- Salt and Pepper 


Instructions: 

Preheat Oven 350 F 

- Place the pita triangles on a large baking pan. 

- Drizzle Olive oil over the pita bread and with your hand make sure all the bread is coated with some olive oil. 

- Sprinkle some salt, pepper, and dried herbs. 

- Place the bread in the oven and bake for 12-15 min or until golden brown. 













Three Cheese Crescent Rolls + Earn Cash For Your School

 Happy Thursday! 

Want to know how you can earn cash for your child's school? Grocery Shopping. 

When I was younger, my school had a Box Tops for Education Program. This program was a way for students to help earn cash for my school. The extra money helps fund school supplies for students and teachers. The best part about this program is how easy it is to participate and earn cash for your child's school.

Here is how you can earn cash: 

- Enroll at winndixie.com/boxtops
- Create a Winn-Dixie Account
- Every month there will be special offers, so just add eboxtop offers to your account and once you purchase the products at Winn-Dixie, you will earn cash for your child's school.

This months offer:  

- Get 5 eBoxTops when you purchase any two participating products, valid through January 31, 2016. Get details and see participating products when you sign up, here.

-General Mills Products: Select General Mills Cereals,  Nature Valley Bars, Totino’s Pizza Rolls,  Go-Gurt, General Mills Fruit Snacks, Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.

I picked up my favorite products: Chex Mex Cereal, Nature Valley, Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and Betty Crocker Cake Mix!





For Todays post, I thought I would show you how to make this quick three cheese Pillsbury crescent. Currently, you can earn five box tops when you purchased two Pillsbury crescent rolls. 


Here is what you will need to make this Three Cheese Pillsbury Crescent Rolls 

Ingredients 

- 2 Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
- Cream Cheese Packet
- Mozzarella cheese
- Cheddar cheese
- Dried and fresh herbs (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon of Red Crushed Pepper


Preheat the oven 350 F 

- Unroll Pillsbury crescent rolls onto a clean surface and removes each triangle.
- In a bowl, mix the cheese, herbs, and crushed red pepper.
- Place one spoon of the cheese mixture on the wide end of each triangle.
- Roll the triangle to the other side. Do this for the rest of the dough.
- Place all the crescents onto a cookie sheet.
- Place into the oven and let it bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.




 That is it! Serve as an appetizer or enjoy as a snack throughout the day! Not only did I create a delicious and easy three cheese crescent rolls, but I also helped earn cash for a school!


Best Hair Care Routine

Happy Thursday


Today's post is all about my hair care routine. I had the opportunity to try out the HASK Macadamia Oil Collection. The collection consists of the HASK Macadamia Oil Shampoo, Conditioner, Shine Hair Oil and Deep Conditioner. Before I get into my thoughts on these products, I want to give you an idea of my hair type. The ends of my hair are color treated, so I look for hydration in my shampoo and conditioner. Also, I have a lot of fine hair, so want a hair product that will not weigh my hair down and will cleanse, condition and give me volume. I know that is a tall order, or so I thought until I tried the Hask Macadamia Oil Collection. 

For the last four weeks, I have used the shampoo, conditioner, and Shine Hair oil religiously.  I clean my hair three times a week sometimes more, and I use the deep conditioner once a week.

These products are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors. The formula is infused with antioxidant-rich macadamia oil to replenish and hydrate the hair. The first thing I do is apply some shampoo onto my wet hair, lather it into my hair and then rinse it off. I then apply the conditioner all over my hair, concentrating more on the ends. I leave the conditioner for few minutes before rinsing it off. I pat dry my hair and apply less than a dime size of the shine hair oil all over my damp hair. I never would be able to air dry my hair without it getting frizzy and looking lackluster. But when I started to use the Hask Macadamia Oil hair products, my hair looks soft, frizz free and healthy looking. It gives an amazing boost of hydration. I have never loved hair products this much before. It is effective, and the best part is that although it provides hydration, it cleanses the hair and does not weigh it down. I feel like it completely transformed my hair and can not say enough great things about it. I will continue to use these products and will be repurchasing them. They retail for less than ten dollars each and are worth trying out.


I  highly recommend checking out the HASK Macadamia Oil Collection.These products are ideal for those who have dry, damaged or color-treated hair.


You can purchase these products at ULTA, Target, Kroger, and many other retailers. Check the Hask Beauty Website to find out other retailers that carry these products.

Check out Hask Hair for more Product Information:


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How to Style A long Vest

Monday, January 18, 2016

 Happy Monday 

 My love for fashion and home decor comes from the fact that it is a form of self-expression. One's unique style reflects their personality, and I love that. My sense of style is minimalistic with a modern/trendy twist. I love blouses, loafers, neutral colors and yet I enjoy throwing on a faux fur vest or leopard pants. My style is simple, but I love to add statement pieces, such as a beautiful necklace or fringe heels. For today's style post, I collaborated with @wrappedinAtl. She is a Fashion Instagramer  and she shared her outfit choice inspired by one of Jonathan Adler's  Motorola #XOmotoX Phones. The outfit is inspired by this patterned Jonathan Adler designed phone. It is a beautiful design and is a perfect tech accessory.


Style Tip 1: Where neutral colors with a patterned long vest. The vest is a statement piece so you want it to be the star of the outfit. Long vests are classy and add an extra sophistication to your outfit. This patterned vest is beautiful and is similar to the Jonathan Adler design phone.

Style Tip 2: Fringe. I love fringe everything. There is something unique and bold about adding a fringe vest, bag or shoe that takes your outfit from 50 to 100.

Style Tip 3: Where skinny Jeans to balance the length of the long vest. Skinny jeans are more flattering when paired with a looser and long tops.

How do you style a long vest, let me know in the comments below? Also, be sure to check out @wrappedinatl Instagram page for more style inspiration.



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So there you have it! An outfit inspired by the Jonathan Adler designed Motorola phone. Check out the website to learn how you get one of these Limited Edition Jonathan Adler designed Motorola phones, here.

Share your favorite style tips in the comments below.

Banana & Oats Pancakes

Sunday, January 10, 2016
Banana & Oats Pancakes
Happy Sunday

I am coming today with one of my favorite, simple, good for you Oats & Banana Pancake recipe.  I love to top it with fresh fruits, plain yogurt, and some honey. I love making this on a Sunday morning after a good workout; since these pancakes are filling and delicious. It is crazy to think that I love this pancake more than my vanilla protein pancakes, remember that recipe post? If you haven't checked it out, I have a recipe post on how to make protein pancakes topped with warm cinnamon apple and drizzle of honey, here. I prefer these Oats & Banana recipe only because it is easy and, of course, much healthier. Since we are in the new year, I am trying to eat healthier dishes and this one is right up that ally. Also, if you are vegan omit the egg and it is vegan-friendly. 

Let us get into how to make this....

Banana & Oats Pancakes

Ingredients: 

- 1 Large ripe banana ( Option: Another half banana)
- 1 egg 
- 1 & 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder 
- Half teaspoon of cinnamon 
- 1 and 1/4 cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk ( or Regular Milk) 
- 2 Tablespoons of All Natural Honey 
- 2 Cups of Old Fashioned Oats 
- Half Teaspoon of nutmeg 
- Half Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract 

Banana & Oats Pancakes

Instructions: 

- In a blender put all the ingredients except the egg.

- Then add the egg and mix in the blender, until the batter is smooth. 

- If your mixture is thick, just add extra almond milk. 


Banana & Oats Pancakes

Banana & Oats Pancakes

- In a large non-stick pan, add butter, non-stick spray or coconut oil on medium heat.

- Then with a small cup measuring cup or ice cream scooper, pour the pancake batter and cook for about  2 minutes on each side. 

- Do this for the rest of the pancake batter. 



Banana & Oats Pancakes

Banana & Oats Pancakes


Banana & Oats Pancakes



Banana & Oats Pancakes

Banana & Oats Pancakes

- Stack some pancakes on the plate, add a tablespoon of plain yogurt, fresh fruits on top and drizzle some all yummy natural honey. 

- Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy! 


Banana & Oats Pancakes

Banana & Oats Pancakes

Banana & Oats Pancakes

Banana & Oats Pancakes

Banana & Oats Pancakes


Banana & Oats Pancakes


Banana & Oats Pancakes

 Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy! 

Who said pancakes can't be healthy?! 

Happy Eating Everyone!