Vermont Travels

I have been craving a Vermont adventure. We love to get in the car on the weekends and just drive aimlessly through backroads until we hit Vermont. Before meeting Mike, I had never been further north than Massachusetts. I had no idea how beautiful and peaceful it would be. I love the tree colors changing in the fall and the golden hour in the summer. The small town corner stores and the small shops with hand made goods. Vermont is one of the most relaxing places to go on a whim!

We had stopped in a small store in the middle of Jamaica, Vermont to grab a water and some snacks and to our surprise there was a whole band in there supplying the tunes. Honestly, only in Vermont!

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Cinco De Food Coma

Shredded Beef Tacos

  • boneless chuck roast
  • 3 bell peppers roughly chopped (green, yellow, red)
  • 1 yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • salt/pepper
  • cook on low for 8-10 hours or until the beef starts to fall apart with little effort
  • pull beef out of pot and shred
  • bring juices and vegetables to a boil and reduce sauce to a thick consistency stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn
  • put shredded beef back into the pot and let cook on low together for another 15 minutes or so
  • place a crunch tortilla or taco shell inside of a soft tortilla and plate!
  • top with seasoned sour cream, cojita cheese, and diced honey crisp apples

Churros

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • bring butter, water, and sugar to a boil
  • turn heat off and add vanilla, flour, and salt
  • mix until incorporated and let cool for 10-15 minutes
  • once cooled, add eggs and mix until incorporated
  • transfer to a piping bag with a star tip and pipe into heated oil
  • fry for 4-5 minutes or until golden
  • remove from oil and immediately roll in cinnamon sugar

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1 dress 2 ways

1 dress 2 ways! Old Navy has some of the best casual dresses around, but just because they’re casual doesn’t mean you can’t wear one to a nice dinner or event. Styled up and down, I’ll tell you what each look is complied of.

  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Scarf: Francesca’s
  • Denim Jacket: Forever21+
  • Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
  • Necklace: Urban Outfitters
  • Clutch: Betsy Johnson (given to me as a hand-me-down)
  • Socks: Doc Martin
  • Shoes: Primark
  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Leather Jacket: New Look
  • Necklace: David’s Bridal
  • Clutch: Katie Loxton
  • Shoes: Forever21

Now for the more dressed up look, you might want to do your hair better than mine! I had don’t beautiful loose curls, but it was so foggy and humid that my hair frizzed right up. Other than that, treat yourself to a new dress and tell me how you’re styling it!

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7 Self Care Ideas

1. Do a face mask or a hair mask! A face mask and nose strip are my go to self care activity every single time. They make my skin feel so soft and radiant! I use the Biore nose strips and Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack. This mask cleans your skin from the inside out. The only down side is for about 20 minutes after I use this mask, my face gets very red- but still so worth it!

2. Make a cup of your favorite tea. Growing up, and still today, tea was my mom’s answer for everything. Sick? Tea. Sad? Tea. Celebrating? Tea. Stubbed your toe? Tea! Not only is the smell of almost any tea so soothing and delicious, but the warmth from the tea eases your body into relaxation. My personal favorite? Mango Chamomile from Bigelow Tea.

3. Light some candles! Shut the lights, get a cozy blanket and pillow, and light a couple of candles. Fill your safe space with your favorite scents and just relax. I get all of my candles from TJMaxx, they are so affordable, fit any aesthetic, and there is any scent you could possibly want!

4. Put on some music! When I’m having a self care day, I usually listen to records on my record player. There’s something about it that comforts me and I can’t quite explain it. As of recently I’ve been playing the Plastic Beach vinyl by the Gorillaz.

5. Cook your favorite food! If you’re not the most inclined in the kitchen, ask your mom or another relative for a family recipe that brings you comfort. Maybe it’s a pot of chicken soup, or fresh meatloaf, maybe even as simple as a grilled cheese. No matter what it is for you, even if its just a bowl of Cheerios, there is no doubt that food brings comfort to almost anyone.

6. Buy a plant! My best friend worked at a plant store for years and has been obsessed with plants forever, but I just never really understood the appeal. For one thing, I have terrible allergies and I don’t know what would trigger them or not, and I always managed to kill any plant I had. But recently I finally started buying and taking actual care of my plants and honestly, I think I get it now. They made my home so much more homey and it’s really meditative to take proper care of them. Not too mention most plants help purify the air in your home!!

7. Change your sheets and make your bed! I think we can all agree that there is no better feeling than climbing into a nicely made bed with fresh sheets at the end of a long day. Try to make this something you do for yourself often!

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Pat McGrath Mothership I Subliminal Eye Palette

I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY ABOUT MAKEUP IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.

Pat McGrath is my makeup inspiration, my idol, and my everything. I’ve looked up to her for years and ever since the Mothership line dropped, I’ve had the biggest want for makeup probably ever.

This highly pigmented palette of metallic and mattes does not disappoint. So smooth it feels like putting on sweats after just shaving, exfoliating, and moisturizing your legs. It comes in a visually beautiful rope bound box and the palette itself has a nice weight to it.

The only reason I have waited so long to finally get it was the price. At nearly $130 I just couldn’t justify it. Lucky enough, I found an old Sephora gift card that had just enough to cover the palette and a Kat Von D lipstick. If the price isn’t a concern for you, get this palette. If price is a concern, try putting a few dollars aside every week until you reach your goal! Unfortunately, I don’t foresee these going on sale anytime soon but it is worth every penny.

Looks to come!

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Homemade Ravioli

What you’ll need..

  • 2 cups of flour
  • Salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Ricotta
  • Parmesean cheese
  • Measuring cup
  • Rolling pin
  • Ravioli stamp or knife or pastry cutter, etc.
  • Pour out your 2 cups of flour onto whatever surface you’re working on.
  • Gather all of the flour into a mound and then make a crater in the middle, big enough to hold all of your eggs.
  • Add the 3 large eggs to the crater.
  • Separate the other two eggs, whites from yolks, and add to the crater. If you don’t know how to do that, watch this video!
  • Beat the eggs together (while in the crater) with a fork until blended together.
  • Sprinkle some salt over your eggs and flour and start mixing together with your hands.
  • Once you’ve beaten your eggs, slowly start incorporating the flour.
  • If you find the dough to be too sticky, add a little bit more flour at a time. Too dry? Add a spritz of water.
  • Start forming the dough into a ball and proceed to kneed it for about 10 minutes or until the dough bounces back when you push into it
  • Coat with flour to avoid sticking and let rest for about a half hour. If you plan on using this mix at a later date, put it in the refrigerator.
  • While the dough is resting, make your filling! This recipe is for classic ricotta ravioli, but you can pretty much put whatever mixture you want into these.
  • Mix together your ricotta and grated cheese.
  • Season to your taste and set aside.
  • After a half hour, start rolling out your dough. If you have a pasta maker, amazing! If not, a rolling pin will do.
  • Once it starts to get flat (assuming you’re using a rolling pin like me), cut in half.
  • Take one half and roll it out until its about 1/8” to 1/16” thick. Do the same to the other.
  • Once your dough is rolled out, now it’s time to fill! I use a teaspoon to spoon the ricotta mixture onto the dough.
  • Space the spoonfuls about 1/2″ apart.
  • Place the other sheet of dough onto the sheet with the filling and lightly press between the spaces with your fingers, just enough for the two sheets to touch, try not to push down.
  • Take your cutter or ravioli stamp and place it with the mound of filling right in the center and press down until you’ve gotten all the way through. Just like using a cookie cutter!
  • Once you’ve cut out all of the raviolis, repeat these steps with whatever dough is left until you feel like you’ve gotten all you can from what you’ve made.
  • boil 5 at a time to avoid sticking and once they float, take them out and out them directly into whatever sauce you have prepared!

Viola! The finished product. These were so good! I love making recipes that remind me of my childhood, don’t you? I ate these with my Sunday Gravy, packed with tender meat, it’s the perfect sauce for creamy and smooth ravioli.

Enjoy!

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