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.

Check it out by clicking on the image.

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.


Cooking Term: Aioli

According to merriam-webster:


a mayonnaise flavored with garlic and sometimes other ingredients (as red pepper)

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Click HERE to see A Family Feast’s amazing-looking recipe for roasted garlic aioli.

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!

Cooking Term: Chicken-Fried

Have you ever wondered what it means, exactly, to have something “chicken-fried”? I always had a feeling it was like this, but wasn’t quite sure.

Click the image to go to Ree Drummond’s Chicken-Fried Steak recipe. (image from states it concisely:


to dip (meat, vegetables, etc.) in batter and fry, usually in deep fat.

Concealed Carry Wardrobe

As many of you know, I purchased a holster a while back (click HERE to read my review post), and have loved it. I can now conceal carry my M&P Shield almost all the time – the only exception really being when I’m wearing a dress or jumper.

This has somewhat effected the way I dress, and how I shop for clothing. Thankfully not much! But, there are a few things that I choose for, or add to, my outfits to help conceal better.

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One thing to keep in mind: It is best to be wearing your gun while you’re shopping for clothes. That way, you’ll know how the clothes conceal/fit with it.


I have a knit, drape-front vest that I wear over t-shirts for added concealment. I also wear denim shirts (or other button-downs) open, over tank tops. Tank tops and t-shirts are usually more fitted, and tend to show the holster contents a little more. 😉


I have often tied the fronts of my blouses (usually over a tank), to help them look like they fit better. I just do it a little looser now, and it does wonders for concealment. The gathers and interest around the hemline help to cover up and distract from any printing the gun might be doing.

Peasant Style

And, by “peasant style”, I simply mean fuller tops, often gathered at the neckline, or onto a yoke. This keeps the top loose, and hides the gun really well.

If you’ll notice, all of these options allow me to keep my tops untucked. This way, the gun is much more easily accessible, and stays well hidden.

Cooking Term: Castor Sugar

Have you ever wondered what that British cookbook meant by “castor (or caster) sugar”? I certainly have!

So, I looked it up on and found:

Chiefly British

: finely granulated white sugar

But, my question was how that compares to powdered/confectioners’ sugar. So, I kept searching and found this helpful picture and tutorial on

Click on the image to read the tutorial.

So, there you go! It’s about the texture of fine sand – so right in between granulated and powdered sugar.

Emily Post on Response Cards

While helping a friend plan an event, I ran across this passage in the book, Emily Post’s Etiquette.

And before you go categorizing this as old-fashioned or outdated information, you should know that this is a modern-day edition, edited for today’s society.

Besides, putting other people before yourself is never an outdated principle!

In this passage, the author specifically addresses the subject of response cards in wedding invitations. It is safe to assume that this is applicable to any event – not just weddings.

Response Cards (from Emily Post’s Etiquette)

It is regrettable that it is necessary to write these paragraphs, but the custom of enclosing response cards with wedding invitations is so widespread that it must be discussed.

The custom has arisen, I am afraid, out of sheer necessity. Too many people are lazy, thoughtless, or ignorant of good behavior and simply will not take the time or make the effort to answer invitations. When a caterer is hired, or the reception is held at a club or hotel, those in charge want to know the exact number of guests as soon as possible. While a rough estimate may be made from the quantity of invitations mailed, the more precise estimate must await the replies. Therefore, in an effort to get this information to the cater in plenty of time, brides and their mothers often feel that the responses will arrive more quickly and surely if cards are enclosed.

She goest on to state that she “… thoroughly deplore[s] the lack of appreciation shown by guests who would not otherwise bother to answer promptly…”.

Let’s step it up, folks! Responding in a timely manner is not complicated or difficult. If you can’t get a definite response together in time, respond that you will not be attending.

As always, put others before yourself. Think of the host or hostess – not just your own schedule or desires.