Product Review: e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

A little while back, I decided to try wearing a brown eyeliner, rather than black. Having blue eyes, the recommendation is generally to wear black mascara, etc. That has worked well for me, but I wanted a softer, more “everyday” look.

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Oh, and a big requirement was that it be waterproof.

So, I grabbed an e.l.f. waterproof eyeliner pen for very little $$ ($2.00 on the e.l.f. site right now!) – color “Coffee” – and absolutely love it. I wear it pretty much everyday, and it lasts *amazingly* well.

Seriously. I’ve cried, sweated, even slept on it, and it stays put. I love this stuff.

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Chicken-Fried Hamburger Steak

Well, as long as I’ve just posted about the term “chicken-fried”, I thought I might as well share what we’ve been eating lately.

In a desperate search for a different way to use ground beef (not spaghetti or meatloaf… again), I decided to try a ground beef version of… well… something akin to chicken-fried steak.

[cue: Hallelujah Chorus].

Raising our own beef cows means that we usually have an almost unlimited supply of ground beef... if nothing else. :-D

Raising our own beef cows means that we usually have an almost unlimited supply of ground beef… if nothing else. 😀

Here’s basically what I did the other night:

  1. Completely thaw 2 pounds of ground beef. If I’m starting mid-to-late afternoon, I just put the frozen meat – still wrapped – in a sink-full of hot water. This thaws it pretty quickly!
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the meat with the following ingredients:
    • 2 eggs (So far, when I’ve made it, I’ve added about one egg per pound of meat.)
    • Garlic Powder (We like quite a bit. Plus, if the meat is gamey at all, this really helps tame that taste.)
    • Minced Onion, dried
    • Salt & Pepper
    • Olive Oil (This may be unnecessary if your meat has a good amount of fat in it already. Ours is quite lean right now.)
  3. In a pie plate or dinner plate, combine flour, salt, and black pepper – for dredging.
  4. In another pie plate or dinner plate, pour a goodly amount of buttermilk.
  5. With the meat mixture, make small balls (just according to your preference. Keep in mind that they will be flattened, and will get fairly large as a result.).
  6. Heat the griddle with some oil on it.
  7. Roll one of the balls in the dredging mixture, flatten slightly in your hand, dip it in the buttermilk, and dredge it again in the flour. Before removing it from the flour, press it out as you can get it (while still being able to move it to the griddle).
  8. Move it to the griddle, and cook until browned.
  9. Repeat until meat is gone.

Enjoy this with mashed potatoes and white gravy. Hurray for a different ground beef meal!

Review: Arnold’s Meat & 3

Today was our family’s semi-annual dental appointment. It’s a family event, and generally, since Dr. Foster is in Nashville, it’s a day-trip. We’ll all have our teeth cleaned, then snoop around Nashville in search of new-to-us restaurants/destinations to enjoy.

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Our search today led to Arnold’s Meat & 3. From the road, it looked like a place I wouldn’t have dared to go in. It’s tiny, tucked back with a small sign – no prominence whatsoever. It kind of looked like a place that didn’t want to be found. But, since it comes pretty highly recommended, we found a parking spot.

A note on the parking: We arrived right during the lunch-rush. The parking was scarce, at best, and the line was impressively long the whole time. But, they kept the line moving, so there was very little wait time.

The clientele was incredibly diverse, and the service/hospitality very friendly. We had heard that it was a good place to get real southern food… And, since that’s what we eat here at home, I have high standards. In most restaurants, (like Cracker Barrel, for instance) I find that the vegetables tend to be undercooked and under-seasoned for my preference. Glory be! My turnip greens from Arnold’s were well-seasoned and cooked! Of course, they were a little different than how we make them. But, as far as I can remember, they were the best turnip greens I’ve ever eaten away from home. Woohoo!

I also really enjoyed my fried catfish. I could seriously go for some more of that…

Since we’re usually adventurous, and ready for a new or unique experience when it comes to food, we all split a slice of “Hot Pepper Chocolate Pie”. Folks, that was delicious! It’s definitely worth a try, if you’re in the area!

With friendly faces, tasty food, and unique options, I’d say this is a great find!

Product Review: e.l.f. Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara

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In the hopes of finding a more affordable option for mascara, I picked up e.l.f.’s Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara. Here’s what I’m thinking so far:

  • Does it seem to be waterproof?

I have nothing to complain of there… I’ve had no problems with it running, though, I haven’t really had a good cry-fest while wearing it ;).

  • Does it accomplish a good long, voluminous lash-look?

It works pretty well. It is certainly not as effective on this score as my previous, more expensive mascara, but it’s perfectly sufficient for my personal “look”. I would probably want something more volumizing if I needed a more dramatic look (when I get back on stage, etc.).

  • Overall?

Overall, I like it and plan to purchase it in the future. For $3.00, I’m happy. 🙂

Menu Planning

Well, folks, I’m about to head into the pantry to take inventory. For the next few weeks, we are challenging ourselves to prepare meals SOLELY from what we have on hand – well, except for the more perishable items that will have to be purchased. We keep a well-stocked pantry, but still find ourselves dashing to the store for a meal’s worth of ingredients.

Maybe it’s time for you to take the challenge, too! It’s great for the budget, since you’ll be spending less on groceries AND fuel!

Time to go shopping... in the pantry!

Time to go shopping… in the pantry!

Top Post from 2014!

From Pinterest again… What a great pairing! The scarf ensures modesty, and the blazer adds class. 🙂

I thought I’d start the year off by reposting some of my top posts from 2014. This one was the most popular (thanks, y’all!):

What to Wear: Making the Outfit Work

So, we’ve now seen some examples of every dress code from casual to white tie formal. And, honestly, it was a sadly difficult series to do with modest pictures. If it’s that difficult to find decent pictures of more formal outfits, how impossible will it be to actually find something to wear?

Thankfully, there are many great ways to make your outfits “work”. Here are some tricks that I use a lot:

  • Shrugs

These are fabulous for transforming any tank top, sleeveless dress, or even strapless gown into a more modest outfit! They can work well for the most casual or the most formal looks.

  • Tank Tops/Sleeveless Shells

We can be thankful that layers are “in”! Find a tank/shell with either a high neckline, or (more commonly) a high BACK, and wear it under those tops that are too low in the neck. And, yes, when I say a high back, I mean that I actually wear these things backward (very often). It works wonderfully!

  • Scarves

These are amazing. I’ve used them to make baggy clothes appear to fit better, create a halter on a strapless dress (over which I then wore a shrug or tied a button-down top… I’ll try to remember to post about that one later!), or make the neckline on my outfit modest. If your top has a neckline that is a bit low for your taste, simply add an infinity scarf and voila! A modest ensemble.

  • Necklaces + Safety Pins

No kidding. I’ve done this several times with success! I’ll often wear a tank top, tie a button-down shirt over it, then wonder what to do about the low-ish neckline of the tank. I want it to be modest even when I bend down, so, I’ve found necklaces to do the trick. I have several medium-length necklaces (reaching just lower than the collarbone) that I can discreetly safety-pin to the tank top neckline, and prevent any gaping when I bend over.

  • Belts/Sashes/Ribbons/etc.

So, your whole outfit is modest and cute… until you bend over. Then, low and behold, half your back is showing. Sometimes this will require adding a long tank top under your current top. But, often, putting a cute belt/sash/or even wide ribbon over your outfit will fix your problems!

Ornament Tradition

As I mentioned in the previous post, we have so many Christmas ornaments now that we have to choose which ones go on the tree. How did this happen?

Every year, once the Christmas season has arrived, Mama and we kids each make a new ornament. Mama’s been hunting down new, creative ornament ideas since long before Pinterest existed! Impressive, I know. 😉

Here are a few of our creations that made it onto the tree this year:

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Mama made these gorgeous ornaments for us, and even included the year in the crotchet pattern.

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Yes, that’s a “’95” you see. I’m fairly certain I had some help on this one, since I was but a toddler at the time. 😉

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We made these adorable little snowman ornaments in 1999. They’re made from miniature straw hats, painted and decorated.

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These are some of our most recent ornaments, made from old Christmas cards. I love them! It was a fun way to keep some favorite cards, and display them every year.