Step By Step Purple, Green and Gold Eye Makeup Tutorial For Fall (Drugstore Makeup)


I hope that all of you who celebrated the Sukkos holiday over the past 2 weeks or so have enjoyed it as much as I have. I packed and packed boxes during some parts of it where as some other families were out on fun outings. But I can't complain! I am glad that I was able to also spend some part of it cooking in the kitchen- what I love to do best and I am also grateful to have been able to have relax for some time in the refreshing upstate air, swinging in my parents hammock out back while visiting them over this past long weekend. For most of you it'll be back to the routine of school and work I assume. I am not only getting back to routine but also moving my entire apartment worth of stuff from the past 5 years to our new house. It is exhilarating but exhausting to say the least! I managed to finish most of the packing today so when the truck pulls up tomorrow morning we'll be are ready to go. I don't know how often I'll get around to blogging until everything settles down and I figure out setting for pictures, videos etc. so I apologize for that in ahead of time. 


For now, I hope you will enjoy this purple, green and gold fall appropriate eye makeup tutorial. In a post last week, I talked about some of my staple makeup products for fall so I thought I'd show how I used some of them today. I have been loving utilizing my Wet N Wild Comfort Zone palette ever since purchasing it a few weeks ago and I was amazed by the amount of beautiful eye looks I've been able to create using it. This is just one of them using my favorite eye shadow in the palette which is a purple-green duo chrome of sorts. If you have yet to own any wet n wild eye shadows you really must go out and get some, they truly are amazing. Watch this weeks video here to see how I got this eye look from beginning to end or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as usual. This eye makeup look is not only very simple to achieve but is also based solely around drugstore makeup products (although some of the brushes are from Mac) to make it a little less expensive and realistic for those on a budget. If you would like to re-create the look then please have in mind that you don't have to use every item I specifically used and that any item you have on hand will do. 

Here is how I got the look: 


Products and Brushes Used:



1. Apply the Rimmel crayon shadow all over the entire eyelid. This gives the powder shadows something to stick to and keeps them from moving around or creasing at all. It also gives the look a gorgeous gold background.

2. Using a flat shader brush (mac 239) lay down the duo chrome purple - green color all over the entire lid and up into the crease as well. Using some more of the product on a blending brush (mac 217) blend out any harsh edges around the crease by going back and forth in windshield wiper motions.

3. With a pencil brush (mac 219) bring some of that same purple-green color down under the lower lash line area.

4. Using a large eye highlighting brush (elf c brush) apply the yellow color in the palette to the inner corners making sure to bring it down to the lower lash line a bit as well to meet the first color applied there previously. Then add some of that same yellow color to the brow bone as well.

5. Line the upper lash line with a smudgy kohl liner. Apply it in dots to the upper lash line area and then lightly smudge it in a bit using the pencil brush again which should still have some of that purpley color left from applying it to the lower lash line area. Then apply that same liner to the waterline and upper waterline as well if you'd like to tight line. 

6. Apply mascara to the upper and lower lashes.


Hope this has gotten you into that Fall mood!
What do you think of this look? Would you wear it in these upcoming colder months? If you do recreate this look then please do send me a photo my way through any  of my social media- I would love to see how it came out! 

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September 2013's Kitchen of the Month


September only just started yet it's almost over. How did that happen?! Between the cooking, packing, traveling and holidays I was bound to lose track of time I guess. Believe it or not I am in the process of planning a kitchen of my own which has always been my dream. I have already picked my cabinets and I still have to choose my counter tops and back splash. I can't wait to share it all with you once we've settled into the new place and although my kitchen isn't a layout I would have chosen I have made it work because I love the new house. One day I will do an entire re-do but for the meantime I am so thrilled and grateful for all that I have.

Anyways, time for the kitchen of the month! It seems that grey is the latest and greatest color and if I had a grey kitchen this is for sure how I would want it to look.

his kitchen just reminds me of bringing some sunshine into a sad, quiet place and with fall and winter coming the weather is only going to get darker and drearier. I am trying to hold on to that sunlight and warmth as long as possible and I have to say for fall the weather has been pretty beautiful. Isn't this room positively charming?

My favorite details are:

1) The simple yet bright orange colored stools which breathe happiness into an otherwise simple room.

2) The huge window which lets in so much natural sunlight is amazing!

3) The huge island is perfect in every way- there's so much room for sitting and eating, cutting up veggies and even doing homework with the kids and the sink at the center is so convenient as well.

4) The white lights bring even more light to this room and although they are typical they are classy in a kitchen like this one.

I dislike the back splash area which I think could have been decorated a bit better with some tile or granite and I do think this room needs a little more decor like some pretty shades, a plant or even a colorful knife or spice rack.

What do you think of this months kitchen? Do you think it's fabulous or blah?
Let me know in the comments form below, I would love to hear from you!

Do you have a kitchen to share? Send it to me by way of any of my social media and your kitchen could be featured here!

Disclaimer: Some pictures in this blog post are from google or pinterest. If a photo is yours and you would like it removed then please contact me by email: gittyktz @ gmail dot com or in the comments form below and I will gladly comply immedietly. 

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Spiced Brisket with Apricot Leek Sauce Recipe


It's been a truly wonderful Yom Tov so far. And hectic too as we are moving just 3 days after it ends. I look forward to shlepping boxes and taking off some of the weight I must have gained from all of the eating we've done throughout. I really can't complain though since there was some very good food. 

To me, a Holiday is incomplete without a good roast, brisket or meat dish. Although I can't eat too much meat due to my lack of a gall bladder after having it removed over 4 years ago I still feel like it's a must have when the holidays roll around. My favorite meat to cook is a brisket and this one with some apricot jam, cinnamon, and carmelized leeks was just divine! If you need some help with meat preparation, go read my post on 9 steps to perfectly cooked meat here. I don't share my meat recipes too often since it takes me time to really develop them and make sure they are perfect. Meat preparation was always a struggle for me in comparison to other foods but I think I've finally gotten some of the basics down. For this recipe I used a second cut brisket which is known for being fattier and also a bit softer then a first cut. You can customize it with whatever soft cut of meat you'd like though. And now for the recipe:



Spiced Brisket with Apricot Leek Sauce

Ingredients:

(1) 4-5 lb. Brisket 
1/4 Cup of Apricot Jam
1/4 Cup of Honey
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Fresh Crushed Garlic, Chopped
I Large Leek- Pale Green Parts Only, Sliced into thin rounds
1/3 Cup Red Cooking Wine
1/4 Cup Beef Broth
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder

Method:

1. Prepare a marinade. Slice up your leek and put it in a small sauce pan. Add the apricot jam, honey, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, garlic, red cooking wine and beef broth.  Heat it over a low flame and stir constantly to smooth out all of the ingredients and soften those leeks up a bit. Once it has all come together, allow it to cool for a few minutes. 

2. Pour the cooled marinade over the already rinsed brisket and enclose it in a seal-able container to go in the refrigerator and marinate for  at least 3 hours and 24 hours at best. 

3. Once ready to begin cooking your meat, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet (cast iron is best) over a low flame. Pull the meat out of it's marinade and shake off any excess. Combine the salt, pepper, cinnamon and onion powder and rub the spices all over the meat on both sides. Once the oil is sizzling, carefully add the meat to the skillet. Raise the heat to medium and Leave it in it's place for 4 minutes without moving it around at all so that it can get a nice crust on the outside. Then flip it and allow it to cook 4 minutes on the other side. Be sure that it has a nice sear on all sides before removing it to a roasting pan. 

4. Preheat the oven to 350.

5. Pour the marinade sauce back over the meat and cover the pan with foil. Place it in the oven and cook for 3- 3/12 hours. Remove it from the oven every 30 minutes and flip the meat, then put it back in the oven to continue cooking. 

6. Once 3 1/2 hours have passed remove the meat from the oven. Do not attempt to slice into it yet. Allow it to cool for about 15 minutes or longer before slicing it. 

7. Use a very sharp flat edged carving knife to slice the meat against it's grain as any serrated edge will just seperate the meat and leave you with pulled muscle pieces. Spoon the gravy from the pan over the brisket slices and pour some into a dish to serve along side it as well. 

Wishing you all a wonderful rest of the Sukkos holiday! 

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Whats in My Makeup Bag: Fall Edition


Call me nosy but I love discovering the contents of other womens makeup bags which is why I thought it might be about time I share mine. This blog post is in collaboration with Arianna from the CuttingEdgeBeauty Blog. She does some really fantastic product reviews over there so go check her blog out when you have a chance, you will love her super informative posts and you'll get to see what she's keeping in her makeup bag lately as well! 

When a product claims it's place in the limited space that is my makeup bag, it usually means it's a good one. At the start of fall I am often still using my tinted moisturizers and bb creams from summer. I pull out my bold lipstick favorites and my smokey eyes get some warm browns, golds, purples and greens thrown in. 

The Bag:  It's a black bag planner style bag by Murval with quilted detailing. The two zip pockets inside offer just enough space for my daily makeup basics and there is also 5 slots for makeup brushes so it makes a great on the go bag as well. I haven't included any brushes here so go read about my makeup brush essentials in this post where I detailed each of the brushes I use daily. Here is what I have stashed in my daily makeup bag for Fall:


I regularly start my makeup application with my eyes since I frequently do heavier eye looks that have plenty of fall down which requires some clean up prior to applying any face makeup.

Ever since the start of Fall I have been crazy over my newest eye shadow palette find which is the Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Palette. It does have alot of fallout due to the powdery consistency of it's shadows but the colors are so gorgeous and they last on my lids all day. I like to apply a cream shadow base to my eyes to ensure lasting power and Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeshadow Stick in Bulletproof Beige is the perfect thing. It's a very smooth blend-able cream eye shadow and the fact that it's in a stick makes it that much easier to use. The champagne gold color is great for keeping looks neutral or as a base for heavier eye looks too and it does really help my eyeshadows stay put. 

I then go in with an eyeliner and some mascara and that's where the Loreal Extra Intense Pencil Eyeliner and Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara come in to create very, black thick looking lashes that stay looking that way throughout the day.

Between applying my eye makeup and face makeup I nearly always remember to coat my lips with some of my Nivea Milk & Honey Soothing Lip Care to get them prepared for lipstick.

The star of my face makeup routine of late has been the Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 20 in Light. This is one of the best tinted moisturizers I have ever tried! I just need a dot of the product for my entire face and it evens out my skin tone completely. I like to then go in with a brightening concealer and Maybellines Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer, Fair 10 is what I'm reaching for lately. It's creamy and smooth and it instantly removes any darkness under my eyes. To contour and bronze I love Wet N Wilds Color Icon Bronzer in Bikini Contest, it gives me a golden glow without being too over the top. For every day looks I usually skip blush and go straight to highlighting with my The Balm Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter, I feel like my skin appears softer with the beautiful glow it gives me. To set it all in place my Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder comes in handy. Focusing on my under eye area and my t-zone where I tend to get oily during the day I use a fluffy powder brush to apply this very finely milled powder. I only use this when I don't plan to be on camera though since it leaves a white cast which is picked up in photography.

The newest addition to my makeup bag has been the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in the clear version which I've been using to set my eyebrows in place. My eyebrows are naturally thicker and defined so there's no need to go in with a brow pencil on a daily basic. 

I finish off my look with some lipstick. When my eye look is more bold and smokey I choose a nude choice combining Wet N Wild Mega Last Lipstick 903C Just Peachy with NYX's Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Smokey Look. Occasionally I apply a lipstick like the Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Fig which is a red toned purple shade that is smooth on the lips and perfectly bright for the less exciting eye makeup look days. 


I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my daily makeup bag for fall! What are your makeup essentials this time of year? Let me know in the comments form, I love getting your recommendations! 

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Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque Review



My hair usually lacks some much needed moisture during this time of the year and although this product has a hefty pricetag I had heard wonderful things and finally purchased it back in June. I've used it religiously since, including it in my hair wash routine about 1 once a week. The parched feeling my hair normally has is almost completely solved by this wonderful hair mask which is raved about for good reason. Although my hair is covered by a wig most of the time due to my jewish religion, I care very much about whats underneath. I do also use all of my hair products on the wig I wash and style on my own and have noticed similar results. Here are some more details:


What it does for my hair: It deeply conditions my hair leaving it so soft, moisturized and tangle free.

Consistency: This masque has a really pretty peachy pink pearlesecent look to it and it's on the thicker side but still creamy without leaving the hair weighed down and greasy looking. That being said, it does feel rich and luxurious when I'm applying it.

Scent: To me this product smells fruity and floral but most of all fresh and clean. I wish the scent would linger on my hair after using it but I don't find that it does.

Packaging: This hair product is housed in a brown and green container decorated with flower doodles and I for one am totally sold on pretty packaging. The thing I think is most great about the packaging is that it is a sturdy plastic container with a tight screw on lid and white plastic disc that stays over the product and underneath the lid, protecting the actual conditioner from the moisture and humidity of a shower.


Price: I think $33.00 is expensive for a deep conditioner. Since I got it for a good deal at drugstore.com ($24.00) and it's lasted till now with just a dime size amount needed per use, I think it's worth every cent. Especially with the good results I've gotten. It's also available in a smaller size (3.3 Fl oz for $7.99) so it's easy to try it first and see how you like it.

Who it would work best for: Anyone that is looking to get added moisture and healthier strands along with some natural shine and frizz taming too.

Ingredients: I was pleased when I noticed that the ingredients are paraben free and alcohol free too.

My Instructions and Tips: When I use this I start with my regular shampoo (right now I am finishing off my Garnier Pure Clean Shampoo) and wash that out. I then skip my usual step of conditioner and go in with this which I apply mostly to the hair from my ears down focusing on the ends which are most dry. I then let it sit for about 5 minutes before washing it out and towel drying my hair.

Overall:

I was very happy with the results I had with this deep conditioner! It did a good job of nourishing my dry ends and removing hard to brush through tangles, plus it smells so luxurious. The only real downside is the price but I haven't found a hair masque I like as much, ever!


Have you tried this deep repair masque? What did you think of it if you did? What is your favorite hair mask treatment?

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Roasted Garlic Zucchini Soup Recipe


Among vegetables zucchini is incomparable in it's bland wateriness which may just be the reason I hardly ever cook with it.  For me it's also one of those "mom forced me to eat it as a kid and now I just won't touch it" kind of foods that I only tasted again upon reaching adulthood. One thing that stands out to me from last years Sukkos holiday was eating at my sister in laws house and warming up with the most amazing zucchini soup during the meal. It was cooked perfectly, I could not get enough of it and I have been thinking about it ever since. Since we're officially on soup seasons doorstep and the weather is growing more brisk to match, this dish couldn't be more appropriate  Roasting the zucchini dries it out a little and even caramelizes it. Although I still have a far way to go when it comes to cooking and eating zucchinis, disguising it with flavorful ingredients like roasted garlic and then putting it through a blender deems it unrecognizable and suitable for me. Although zucchini is typically a summer veggie, I think a creamy rich tasting zucchini soup like this one is the ultimate way to transition into fall and winter cooking. This soup is non dairy and freezes well so if you will be preparing it for Yom Tov you can make a large batch and pour it into containers to freeze for when you'll need it. I served this soup on a weeknight with a piece of toasted french bread at the center topped with some of the roasted garlic for garnish but it definitely is unneeded if you don't have the ingredients or extra time for it. Also, if you don't love roasted garlic you can add in any other roasted vegetable you like instead just make sure it's something flavorful to even out that bland zucchini. If you would like to make this recipe dairy adding cream, milk or any sort of cheese would definitely add volume to this soup. This may be my first soup of the season but it surely won't be my last. Here is my recipe for this savory roasted garlic zucchini soup:


Roasted Garlic Zucchini Soup:
Makes about 8 Adult Sized Portions

Ingredients:

4 Large Zucchinis, Peeled and Diced Largely
1 Whole Head of Garlic
Salt and White Pepper to taste
1 Medium Yellow Onion
5 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
5 Cups of Prepared Vegetable or Parve Chicken Stock
1 Tablespoon of Dill
1 Teaspoon Rosemary

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 450.

 2. Peel, slice of the ends and cube all four of your zucchinis  Lay those pieces out in the bottom of a roasting pan and sprinkle them with about 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper and some of the dill. Place them in the oven to roast for 10 minutes or until they have begun to brown.

3. Take the entire clove of garlic and lay it in the center of a piece of foil sprinkle it with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and wrap it tightly. Put it in a pan to go in the oven as well along with the zucchini that's already roasting. Leave it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes and then remove it and allow it to cool before attempting to make use of it.

4. Spoon the last 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a prepared soup pot and then slice up the yellow onion and bring a small flame up under the pot. Once the oil is heated add the onions and allow them to brown and go translucent.

5. Add the roasted zucchini pieces and then push 5 cloves of roasted garlic out of their casing and into the pot as well. Then add the soup stock and a little more salt and pepper as well as the rosemary and whatever dill is left. Put the flame up to medium to bring the liquids to a simmer.

6. Lower the flame once it has come to a boil and allow everything to cook for 45 minutes

7. Allow it to cool before putting it through a blender to puree it. Then reheat the now pureed soup and serve. If you are adding the french bread, you will want to top the soup with a very thick toasted slice only immediately before putting the individual bowls on the table to avoid any sogginess. 

Enjoy!

What's your favorite soup this time of year and if you will be celebrating the Sukkos holiday what is on your menu? Feel free to share all of your opinions in the comments form below- I absolutely love to hear from you!

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Fall Collective Beauty Haul

It's been crazy around here. Although we didn't have to do a complete gut job to the new house there has been lots of time consuming purchasing and decision making to get it ready quickly so we can move in as soon as possible. I've also been packing up our belongings that have piled up in our tiny apartment over the past 5 years which been no small feat. Between all that there is holiday after holiday this month from Rosh Hashana to Yom Kippur and now just a few days away is Sukkos. All of this has left me with very little time for blogging and completely and utterly exhausted. Although I am enjoying every minute of what September has been I can't wait to settle into a routine again and get back to normal with my blogging schedule as well.

 Even amongst the insanity all around me I have managed to do some fall shopping which included some fun fashion buys and of course new beauty items. With the change of seasons I always feel the need to do a little bit of shopping and get prepared. In this weeks Youtube video I talked about the new beauty items I purchased including a brief first impression of each of them as well. Watch it here if you'd like or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as usual. This time it is a collective haul since these are items I picked up over a few weeks ranging from drugstore to high end and there is something from every category- hair, nail polish and makeup of course! I tend to do one of these really big shopping trips once every season or so. Here is what I've purchased from the beauty department with the arrival of fall:  


Aveeno Nourish + Dandruff Control Shampoo: I always finish off the summer with a dry scalp for some reason so this is going to be the perfect replacement for the garnier pure clean shampoo I bought in the last haul and am nearing the end of. 

Urban Decay De-slick Making Setting Spray- Although this was a little pricey I know that a bottle like this lasts me a while from using this spray in the past. I find that it's good at setting my makeup in place and keeping me matte and oil free in the t-zone area for hours. 

The Beauty Blender- I'm not crazy about this as of yet. I know so many people love this tool for applying foundation but as of now I haven't noticed anything spectacular about it yet in comparison to my real techniques buffing brush. 

Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Pallettes in "Comfort Zone" and "Blue Had Me at Hello"- These eyeshadows are go on so smoothly and have nice color payoff too so for $4.99, 8 shadows is a real 
steal! 

Covergirl Lashblast Clump Crusher Mascara in Black Brown- I love the original orange tube version of this mascara but this one didn't wow me since it seems to have a pretty natural effect on my lashes. 

Mac Eyeshadow "Woodwinked"- I have been filling my neutrals pallette lately and this is one I've been eyeing for a while. I love the orange undertones this gold shadow has and I have been pairing it with a blue eyeliner which contrasts really well!

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear- I've been using this to set my brows in place and I think it does an ok job of keeping my unruly brows from moving around all day. 

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow "Inked in Pink"- These cream shadows are beautiful worn alone or with a powder over the top of them. I have a large collection of cream shadows already since I find them quick and easy to work with but this kind of metallic pink is not like anything I already own. 


Wet N Wild Coverall Pressed Powder- I've now finished both my Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and my Smashbox Yellow Correcting Powder so I thought a powder for $2.99 would be a good buy. It is a bit powdery so I won't be able to use it in the winter when my skin is more dry but as we are heading into fall my t-zone is still oily and it does a decent job of keeping shine at bay. 

Wet N Wild Lipsticks: "Mauve Outa Here" & "Pinkerbell"- These are fantastic lipsticks. I purchased 2 more colors after seeing how much I've loved the peachy shade I purchased previously. They slide on easily and last for hours but they do dry out my lips so I make sure to use a lip balm before wearing them. I chose some bolder shades that would work for fall and winter this time. 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balmstain "Darling" I had to get another one of these after wearing the coral version of these constantly throughout summer. It feels weightless on but stays put nicely and smells minty. I find the purple tones just purple enough to be something fresh but still wearable. 

NYX Megashine Lipgloss in "Smokey Look"- I was so excited to see Target had started stocking NYX which was short lived since most of that shelf was almost empty in my local store. This was the one thing I found that I was actually interested in and although it's almost totally nude on my lips I know it's going to be the perfect gloss for those bold eye days. 

Mac Zoom Lash Mascara- While paying at the mac counter the mac saleswomen was really sweet and threw in a sample of one of their mascaras. I'm not sure if it's one of their newer releases or not. Although I haven't had a good experience with their mascaras in the past I like this one so much. The cone shaped brush really combs through my lashes efficiently giving them alot of length. 

Revlon Colorstay 140 "Fall Mood" Nail Polish- I love opi golden eye which is a yellow toned gold nail polish that is beautiful for fall and winter. This caught my eye and when I saw the name I was sold! It's more of an orange-bronze color then the OPI one.  It doesn't dry as fast as I would like but it does on go on pretty smoothly and lasts alright. 

Sinful Colors "Savage" and "Dream on" Nail Polishes- I saw these on a stand at shoprite for $1.99 and after scanning the amazing selection of  neon colors I chose two to take home both of which are nothing like any of the ones in my collection. These are super matte nail polishes that need just one coat and dry in seconds. 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer 10 "Fair"- I replaced my most recently finished "fit me" concealer with this one which highlights and conceals well. I'm not thrilled with the applicator since it's an easy source of bacteria but no question it performs well. 


I hope to do some makeup tutorials using items featured here pretty shortly. Also, look out for full reviews on these items once I've used them more and have had a chance to formulate a true opinion of them. My favorite of all the things I purchased here is definitely the Comfort Zone pallette from wet n wild, something I want to play around with more and get the feel of is the beauty blender and the Mac Mascara was definitely a pleasant surprise. The covergirl mascara is the only thing I've been a little disapointed with so far. What have you purchased from the beauty department recently? Anything specifically for the fall season? Let me know in the comments form below, I would love to hear from you! 

                       

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Lime Chess Pie Recipe


If you are looking for a simple desert to throw together that still tastes and looks great you can't get more basic then the chess pie. Remarkable in it's simplicity and timeless in it's appeal this Southern classic with it's thick custardy texture will be gone before you can say "lime". It's perfect for those who love limes but don't love the texture of it's competition the lemon meringue. This humble pie doesn't hide beneath a meringue it's just limes at it's best. When a desert gets finished in 24 hours and my husband asks me to make it again 1 week later I know it was that good. I did make it again by the way and my husband was a very happy man. You see, when we break our diets over the weekend to enjoy our special treat as is our rule we appreciate every bite! Can you do this with lemons and prepare your own crust from scratch? Absolutely! I just like to take the easier route in baking since I'm still getting good at it. And finally the recipe: 

Lime Chess Pie 

Ingredients:

1 Pre-made Store Bought Graham Cracker Pie Crust 
2 Cups Sugar
4 Large Eggs
1/4 Cup Margarine Melted
1/4 Cup Blue Diamond Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon Grated Lime Rind
The Juice of 2 Fresh Limes
1 Tablespoon Flour
1 Tablespoon Cornmeal
Whipped Cream

Method:

1. Melt margarine in a small sauce pan over a pot of boiling water stirring constantly. 

2. Preheat the oven to 350

3. Pour the melted margarine into a large mixing bowl and allow it to cool. 

4. Add the sugar, eggs, almond milk , lime zest, lime juice, flour and cornmeal and whisk well being sure to get a really smooth texture and remove any flour lumps that may have formed in the batter. 

5. Pour the mixture in the bowl into the pie crust and bake for 50 minutes or until a lightly browned crust has formed over the pie and it seems firm. 

6. Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool on a wire rack. Once it has completely cooled, slice and serve topped with some whipped cream and lemon zest for garnish. 

Which pie do you prefer? Lemon Meringue or Lime Chess? 

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My September 2013 Wish List


Just as I became content with the arrival of fall, the weather warmed back up hitting us with some surprising hot and very humid weather today. I'm not complaining, I love the heat. I am definitely thinking about the upcoming season with this months wishlist though between the ugg boots, the jacket and a bolder lip color. Like many other months in the past I have made some pretty cool website and etsy shop discoveries which have inspired some of the wish list choices above. Efoxcity, Treds, practical impact on Etsy, and cthandmade on Etsy are just a few. As soon as the seasons change I start to itch for some shopping. I went a little crazy in the beauty department so look out for a haul video and post coming soon and I've just begun with some clothing and accessories shopping as well! On top of that we are a few weeks away from moving into the new house and there is loads of amazing decor and home accessories I look forward to picking up from Ikea, Pottery Barn, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target etc. Whats on your wishlist for the month of September? Here is what I've been eyeing:

1. Pottery Barn Bentley Mirror- It's between this and a much larger Ikea mirror at the moment for entry area decor. I would put it above a small table with some decorative flowers, books, vases and collectibles. It will give the room a unique artsy feel and also be the perfect place to drop keys or a letter that needs to be mailed. 

2. My Instyle Magazine subscribtion ran up and with their $1 for 2 years promotion going on at their site now I'm seriously considering signing up again. I love the beauty advice, product recommendations and outfit ideas and I constantly find great inspiration there. 

3. L'oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution- I am running out of several of my favorite cleansers at the moment and am debating whether to re-purchase one of those again or move on to something new. Those who've already tried this consider it similar to the much loved Bioderma which makes me think it'll be a great choice. 

4. Ugg Australia Classic Short Chestnut Boots- I've always really wanted some really warm and cozy Uggs for the winter. These are the ones I'll get if I ever do. 

5. BaubleBar Flower Bib Necklace- I think BaubleBar has some of the most beautiful pieces of jewelry and they are also pretty decently priced. This is one I have been thinking about purchasing recently.

6. Prada Candy Perfume- I received this sample in so many magazines of late and every time I smell it I love it more. I'm pretty sure this is going to be my next perfume purchase.

7. Chocolate Bar Ice Tray- How cute is this? I not only love this for myself but I want to get this for a good friend who loves to cook, bake and entertain like I do. 

8. Stila Stay All Day Concealer- Stila's tinted moisturizer is rocking my world right now and I have been wearing it every day since running out of my much loved Smashbox CC Cream. The fact that this face product from their line is performing so well has me wondering about the others and this newly released concealer is what I want to get next. 

9.  Aritzia Talula Harlem Jacket- This jacket mixes two of my favorite things right now leather and denim so perfectly. I will probably search for a less expensive version but this would surely be the perfect summer to fall transition piece for me. 

10. Green Drink Glasses- These are so nice and mod looking! I can just imagine how lovely they would look peeking through a clear cabinet in my kitchen. 

11. Daddy's Money Gimme Star Studded Hidden Wedge Hightops- I've been trying to get out of my comfort zone a bit in my daily style choices. These are definitely not something I'd normally wear but I think they'd be really cute with a denim skirt, colored t-shirt, leggings and a leather jacket. 

12. Rimmel London Apocolips Lip Lacquer- I've been hearing about these everywhere and I love the color "Stella" it would be the perfect lipstick for fall going into winter!

Let me know what has made your list for the onset of the fall season in the comments form! I love hearing from you!

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