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I have been making homemade sauce since I was a little kid but it wasn’t until much older that I started eating and enjoying meat in sauce. This turns into more of a stew like consistency, so if you like you sauce to be a bit more thin, add a little water or broth.

You will need

  • 1 whole yellow onion, diced
  • as much garlic as you would like ( I used jarred because I didn’t have any fresh)
  • olive oil
  • 2 cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 or 2 packages of stew meat depending on how much you would like, I usually freeze my meat as soon as I buy it
  • 1/2 cup red wine, preferably not a sweet wine
  • salt and pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • sugar if needed
  • In a large pot, brown the meat for about three minutes on either side and then remove from pot and put aside.You can drain the liquid from the beef or not, I usually leave it and use a little less oil.
  • Coat the bottom of the pan in olive oil if you have decided to get rid of the juices from the meat, if you’ve left it just a little drop will do ya.
  • Add your diced yellow onion and cook until almost becomes translucent.
  • Once the onion is at that point, then add the garlic and cook together for a minute or two. It is very important to not let the garlic get darker than slightly tan. If garlic burns, it will ruin the flavor of whatever you are cooking.
  • Add the meat back to the pot and add the wine. Cook all of this together for two minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and seasoning. If you prefer to not have a little spice, just skip the red pepper flakes. If you want it more garlicky, add some garlic powder.
  • Start small with spices!!!
  • Cover and cook on medium for 2 hours or until meat can be cut easily with a fork.
  • **Add basil and oregano if you’d like**
  • **Add sugar if too salty or bitter**

Don’t forget to check and stir the pot about every 20 minutes to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom. There’s nothing worse than burning a really good pot or pan.

Serve over pasta, polenta, baked potatoes, or even eat it by itself!

Enjoy!

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I’m in love!

You guys!!! My Mellow Cosmetics lipstick finally came and wow!

When I tell you that my lips haven’t felt this moisturized in so long, I mean it. The formula is so smooth and it glides over your lips effortlessly. I ordered the shade Chocolate, a brown lip isn’t usually my thing so I figured I’d give it a shot. This is so pigmented! One swipe over your lips and you’re good to go. I’m usually a matte lipstick girl and trying this cream formula was a game changer.

And can we talk about this packaging?! I am living for this gold and mauve color theme. So clean, fresh, and sleek!

Even though this line is extremely pigmented, it comes off with one wipe of your wash cloth. Usually I’m stuck at the sink scrubbing my lips to get whatever matte I was wearing that day. It felt so good to literally just wipe it right off with no hassle!

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Treat Yo’self

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Family gnocchi making while social distancing

In this chaos, we are all craving social interaction, but I’m also craving my family. My family is in New Jersey and New York and I’m in Boston and It’s been really hard being here and not with them.

The past couple of weeks, we’ve been doing family happy hour and family cooking lessons! We all come together on Zoom, nearly 15 of us, and cook eat together as a family.

This week, my grandma (the queen) taught us how to make gnocchi from scratch! I could not get over how easy it was because in my head it’s such a lengthy and difficult process. Literally all you need is two potatoes, 2 cups of flour, two eggs, and salt. In a quick 25 minutes, you have 4 servings of freshly made gnocchi.

  • Ahead of time, boil your potatoes. Do not peel or chop as they would become waterlogged. Cook until fork tender.
  • Remove from water and let cool.
  • Once the potatoes are cool enough, you’ll be able to peel the skin off with your hands.
  • Smash the potatoes with a fork until there are no chunks larger than a pea.
  • Sprinkle the potatoes with salt.
  • DO NOT ADD BUTTER OR MILK, this isn’t supposed to be “mashed potatoes”
  • Crack egg onto potatoes followed by a cup of flour
  • Start mixing all three together with your hands
  • If you find the mix too sticky, add a little more flour
  • Too dry? Add another egg
  • Once the dough is needed together, flatten it to a disc about an inch thick all the way through.
  • Cut into three equal slices and roll them to about a foot and a half in length
  • Cut into bite size pieces no bigger than an inch
  • If you’d like, you can roll the pieces on a fork to give it those signature lines, but I like mine smooth
  • Bring water to a boil and salt it
  • Add 7 pieces at a time so they don’t stick together
  • once they’re steadily floating, take them out and place them immediately into whatever sauce you have prepared so they don’t dry out.
  • Freeze whatever you don’t eat!
  • Pair with your favorite sauce or vegetable or soup for a hearty and soul warming meal.

Have virtual dinner with your family and enjoy!

Sauce recipe coming soon!

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Acaí you in the morning

I wish I had the time to make this every morning! So delicious, nutritious, and refreshing, can you think of a better way to start your day?

Acaí Breakfast Bowl

  • Frozen acaí pack blended with coconut milk and a handful of a frozen berry mix
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Granola
  • Coconut
  • Chia seeds
  • Banana

Enjoy!

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My Fella, My Guy

Amy and Blake, Sid and Nancy, Bonnie and Clyde, Bob and Linda, Johnny and June, Ron and Sam. Out of all of these we are probably Bob and Linda from Bob’s Burgers, but I’d like to think we’re as infamous as the rest. Mike came into my life at the most amazing time and two years on we’re more in love than ever. This is just a Mike appreciation post, I love him very much.

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Chetah Gal

This type of look is a go-to for me for a night out. High waisted jeans, tall boots or booties, a tucked blouse, and a leather jacket. Chic, comfortable, and timeless. You can even dress it up with jewelry or heels, maybe a sequin blazer.

I have naturally curly and frizzy, very thick hair. Even as a hairstylist (in training), I find it difficult to blow out my own hair. When I want my hair to embody Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show hair, I turn to my Babyliss 1 1/4 inch curling iron. I can take it over my natural hair and it still looks shiny and smooth, with the right products of course.

Shirt: ASOS Curve

Pants: New Look

Boots: Torrid

Jacket: Primark

Earrings: H&M

My earrings are hard to see, but I love them! They’re about 2 inches of a simple, thin gold chain with a tiny, little fake diamond at the end. They are so subtle and classic and, as with this outfit, can be dressed up or down!

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You're a Wizard

Throwing it way back to London in 2015!

While I was abroad in Scotland, I had gone to visit a friend who was studying in London. Out of all of the history and culture, platform 9 3/4 was first of three on my list to see. They provided me with a Gryffindor scarf, but I am loudly and proudly Slytherin.

As I was posing for this picture, I felt like second grade me seeing Harry Potter for the first time. It was an actual dream come true. If you are a Harry Potter fan and have the opportunity to go to London, make sure you head to Kings Cross Station and run directly into the wall at Platform 9 3/4.

Expecto patronum

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What’s in my makeup bag?

So if you don’t know, makeup is pretty much my life. My mom was a makeup artist once upon a time, and it’s all I’ve ever really wanted to do with my life. I am lucky enough to be able to do it now as a side hustle to hair and I couldn’t be happier!

Now this is my everyday makeup bag. I take it with me to work, I take it with me when I travel, and I throw it in my gym bag. This is not the makeup I use on clients. My professional kit is filled to the brim with numerous tools and pallets and glitters and shimmers. I’ll show you my professional kit in the future! What I’m about to show you are my basics. For day to day wear I like to keep it very light and natural.

Serving you face! I use a lot of Glossier products, especially on my skin. Glossier has extremely buildable products and what this means is you can start with a layer and literally build it up to your desired result.

To start my face, I prime with Smashbox Photo Finish skin primer. Primer helps to smooth your skin for the rest of the application. Next, I use Glossier Stretch Concealer mostly on my t-zone and under my eyes. I lucked out in the skin lottery and for the most part have very even and blemish free skin. That being said I really try not to go too heavy with concealers and foundations if I don’t have to. Then I contour with Fenty Beauty Match Stix and Ulta Beauty Matte Bronzer. Nose, cheeks, forehead, chin- can’t go wrong. Glossier Cloud Paint and Haloscope are a perfect finish for a dewey, sun kissed look.

Now for eyes! I never leave the house without a wing on my eyes. That has been my signature look since high school and I truly don’t think that I’ll ever stop. Glossier Pro Tip liner and Lash Slick mascara are an iconic duo. I use these for myself even when doing a heavy, going out look. These do not move all day! This combo survived me watching Marley and Me with out a single smudge. On my lid, Glossier Lidstar, a shimmery concoction that is easy to build for a more pigmented look if you want. If I want a deeper look on my eyes, Glossier Color Slide pencils are extremely pigmented and go on as smooth as butter. And if you feel like adding a little more sparkle, Glossier Glitter Gelee is packed with glitter for a little pop.

As with skin, I’ve blessed with good natural brows. All I ever really need is a little shaping with my Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil and some texture with Glossier Boy Brow.

Instead of lugging around a whole spray bottle, I go for a perfume rolling applicator! This Tory Burch perfume smells divine and isn’t overwhelming. A little on the wrists, behind the ears, and cleavage will do just fine.

To finish everything off, Glossier Balm Dotcom on my lips. This is a tint-free lip balm with a slight shimmer and smells like birthday cake. Balm Dotcom can be used anywhere, not just on your lips. I use it on my cuticles throughout the day and it saves my hands from cracking and drying out.

The finished product! Please keep in mind that what works for me might not work for you! Find products that you like and don’t bother your skin. Drug store makeup gets overlooked but will honestly can be great if you get the right brands. Higher end is of course great too!

What do you have in your makeup bag?

xx

A Day in New Hampshire

This fall, Mike and I took a ride up to New Hampshire one Sunday. On a street corner in the middle of the mountains was a farm stand selling fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables. Do you see the size of those carrots? That potato? The corn sweet and crisp. These were, hands down, some of the best farmstead veggies I had ever gotten. I used most of the content of this box to make an Irish beef and Guinness stew.

Recipe to come.

  • Shirt: Walmart
  • Leggings: Torrid
  • Shoes: Nike
  • Sunglasses: Warby Parker
  • Shirt: Vans
  • Shorts: Amazon
  • Shoes: Nike
  • Hat: Richardson
  • Sunglasses: Amazon

Growing up in New Jersey with a family primarily from Brooklyn, going to the mountains wasn’t really a thing. We didn’t ski, we didn’t do any other winter sports so we never made the trip. It wasn’t until I met Mike that I went up to the mountains in New England for the first time. At first I was nervous and skeptical (ridiculous I know). I soon fell in love with the peaceful and airy surroundings and the views that go on for miles and miles. Now, I’m the one poking Mike begging to take a drive up there, especially in the fall. The Kancamangus Highway and Mohawk Trail two of our favorite spots to cruise on a sunny Sunday.

xx