Friday, March 30, 2012

The All-Girl Show.

I'm filling in for Sven this week. Plus Tim and Pete are off and Janel and Shayne are filling in.  With Kim, that makes it all girls this morning!  We decided to have a little fun being girly and are sharing our favorite beauty products.

Hands down, mine are homemade make-up remover wipes that I found on Pinterest.  I've modified the recipe just a tad.  They are a huge money saver and they work great! Plus, they double as baby wipes, so I always make a double batch and give half to my sister for Ella!  She loves them too. 

Here's my recipe:

1 Roll good quality paper towels (I like Bounty or Viva.)
2 1/4 cups Water
2 Tbsp. Baby shampoo
2 Tbsp Baby oil
Plastic container (I use a sherbet container, My sister uses Tupperware made for storing flour.)

Cut the paper towel roll in half across it's "equator" using a sharp kitchen knife.  You'll have two smaller rolls that look like toilet paper rolls.  Make sure it fits completely inside the plastic container and set aside.  Put the next 3 ingredients into your plastic container and mix gently until combined. 

You're basically don't at this point.  It's super easy!

next put the paper towels into the container with the liquid.  I like to dip one side and then flip it over.  Allow all the liquid to be soaked up.  Then pull out the cardboard core of the towels.  Voila!  The towels will dispense from the center. 

Use and abuse them, they're fabulous!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sunday Dinner.

Since moving back, the fam has started a tradition of Sunday Dinners, held at my sister's house.  Week to week we dig up recipes, new and old to make and eat as a family.  While the boys relax and watch sports, most likely having a beverage as well, the girls hang in the kitchen. 

There's a serious hierarchy when it comes to our cooking.  I'm the head chef.  My sister, Jenna, is second in command.  And my mom is the sous chef.  It's become a running joke and makes for a fun time.  There's always laughing, sometimes some arguing, and always some wine.  We all look forward to it as the week goes on.

Although a big part of the event is spending time together, the food is the star of the show.  Recipes range from fancy and complicated to down home comfort food.  Either way, they usually turn out fantastic. 

Here are a couple examples of previous Sunday Dinners.  Each Sunday evening you can look for a new post with a new recipe!

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Tenderloin Steaks with Gorgonzola and Herbs and Roasted Garlic and Grape Tomato Pasta with Basil and Arugula (Thanks to Bel for this recipe!)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Up in the Sky!

When I was little, my mind changed nearly every day when it came to what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I was a doctor, and a school teacher, and a rock scientist.  For at least a little while mixed in to all that, I was an astronaut.  How fun to fly up into the stars.

I'm reminded of how cool the starry skies look thanks to an appearance from Jupiter and Venus lately. 

In the western evening sky, the two planets can be viewed aroung 9:00pm.  They are moving past eachother but will be at their closest (3°) tonight.  Take a look up and see!