February's Kitchen of The Month

You know when you've worked really hard on something and it ends up turning out exactly as you pictured it and yet it's still missing a couple of little details to make it exactly perfect as you'd expect? Thats me with my kitchen at the moment. I picked every detail from the colors of the cabinets to the backsplash, cabinet handles, lighting and counter tops and it really is what I'd consider everything I'd ever imagined. At the same time it still needs some brush ups on a couple of tiny details. I still have plans to switch up my counter stools but have yet to find the ones I love most. I can't wait to share the photos of how it turned out since I've been talking about it nonstop since we moved into the new house! At the same time I am unsure of whether to wait till it's completed. I've already offered up a little sneak peek in my most recent youtube video so if your curious at all, you can go check that out here. I will share my own kitchen as soon as I possibly can, it is my pride and joy and the room where I spend most of my time, in fact a kitchen itself is the room that started it all for me as it's where my cooking journey began in the first place. In the meantime I am going to talk about this really great and unique kitchen I came across while scanning the web for design inspiration as usual. 


I personally never considered black in a kitchen because I felt like it closed up the space and in my situation I didn't have too much to work with to begin with space wise. At the same time I absolutely love the cool vibe the black color gives this room. It's very modern looking and sleek with the pops of white thrown in from the curtains in the cabinets to the sinks and background on that interesting wall paper. 

Do you like the color black in a kitchen? Or not so much? 

If you don't want to go so bold, you can always decorate in that color with some great kitchen accessories! 

Here are some that I've chosen:



What do you think of the black design? Let me know in the comments form below, I love hearing your opinions! 

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Breaded Shitake Mushroom Filled Raviolis Recipe


I've announced my love for pasta here before and it's still going strong! I love all pastas big, small, broiled or fried. My husband on the other hand hates soft pasta or as he likes to call it "mushy" pasta so al dente is the only thing that will fly by him. That's why I was so sure he was going to love these fried raviolis which are the complete opposite of mushy. And I was right, of course. Wife and right rhyme for a reason do they not? The filling was really quite simple as was the dipping sauce, the only real hurtle to get through was the breading and frying but my oh my was it worth it!


If you feel like the frying takes too much effort or you just want to cut out the extra calories, you can just skip the whole breading part and eat them after they've been boiled as you would the typical ravioli. Don't be afraid to change up the fillings either if your not a fan of mushrooms! As for the sauce, you can use any you'd prefer. A cheesey pasta sauce would be nice too. 

Breaded Shitake Mushroom Filled Raviolis

Yields: 25 Raviolis 

Ingredients:

50 Square Wonton Wrappers
1/2 Lb. Shitake Mushrooms, Chopped

1 Medium Onion, Chopped
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1/2 Cup Riccotta Cheese
1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Eggs
1 Cup Cornflake Crumbs or Panko

Dipping Sauce:

1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1/4 Cup Honey
1 Tablespoon Sugar

Method:

1. Saute' chopped shitake mushrooms and onion over a medium flame in the olive oil. Add in some salt and pepper to season. Once the mushrooms have browned and softened and the onion has gone translucent, remove to a bowl and allow to cool off. 

2. Once the mushroom mixture has cooled, add the riccota cheese and mozzarella cheese to it and mix it well to incorporate. 

3. Lay out a wonton wrapper and put about a teaspoon and a half of the mushroom and cheese mixture you've prepared at the center. Wet the edges and top it with another wonton wrapper. Seal it all the way around by pressing down with your fingers and fold over all of the edges slightly if you'd like. 

4. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the prepared wrappers to it about 5-7 at a time. Let them boil for 2-3 minutes, they will rise to the top of the water and when they've floated for a minute they will be ready. 

5. Remove them from the water and then begin breading them once they've cooled. Create a breading station with one plate being for egg and the other for cornflake crumbs or panko if you choose. Cover each one in egg and then in cornflake crumbs/panko. 

6. Once they've all been breaded, heat about an inch of oil in a large non stick frying pan and put each one in to fry and create a nice golden breading. Allow to fry for about 1-2 minutes on each side then remove to a paper towel lined plate.

7. In a sauce bowl combine the soy sauce, honey and sugar. Drizzle  the sauce over the pieces of ravioli or just serve to the side while still warm.   

Have you seen this weeks video? I've finally shared a recipe video and it's for some amazing coffee bbq spare ribs, go watch it here if you haven't seen it yet!

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Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Pink Shimmer Review



We're still in the throes of winter apparently, with every snow storm making me wish for a seat on the beach with a cold drink and a pair of sunnies. But that isn't the worst of it. This is the time of year when the cold air starts to take a toll on my skin and it goes from glowy and smooth to dull, dry and flaky. If you're like me at all, your face can use a little pick me up right about now to get some of that glow back. While I'm not quite ready for that full on summertime high shimmer look, I have been in desperate need of something to take away that dull look my face inevitably takes on during these cold months. Aside from a good moisturizer or day lotion massaged into the dry patches all along my t-zone area, I have been looking for something slightly more glow inducing to take my face makeup looks to the next level. 


While doing my routine clean out and organization of my makeup drawer last month, I came across a much neglected product sitting in a back corner and collecting dust- the Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Pink Shimmer. I was also facing a little dillema where I was trying to get my Arbonne CC Cream to work for me but was having a hard time with getting it to blend as it is on the thicker side in formulation. Finally I had found the perfect solution to two of my most pressing makeup conundrums. The reason this Stila Luminizer had been sitting in the first place was because I honestly had no idea how to use it, maybe it was the nail polish like packaging that was throwing me off. 

A method I turn to most often in the summer time is mixing moisturizers in with my thicker in consistency, full coverage base products to lighten them up a bit and that is just what I did with this. It doesn't make my face seem oily or too shimmery like a disco ball so not to worry about that. It actually gives me a fresh subtle glow and a slightly dewy looking complexion and it does aid my face products like that Arbonne CC Cream in smoothing out and blending into the skin beautifully. This is one of the first products I ever tried from Stila and I can think of no negative things to say about it! Look out for a review on their tinted moisturizer which is another product I cannot get enough of but have yet to talk about for some odd reason. 


This Stila Liquid Luminizer is sold in 4 different shades including this one here and they range from $10-$20. They are sold on Stila.com, Sephora, Ulta and anywhere else that Stila is sold. I got mine as a bonus along with a purchase I'd made from Beauty.com a while back.   


How do you add some glow to dull winter skin? Let me know in the comments below along with any other opinions you may have, I would absolutely love to hear from you! 


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My February 2014 Wishlist


On the top of my wishlist this month are some much needed pieces of furniture. I have yet to find the perfect couch as I am looking for a very specific shade of purple and a particular type of velvet and my space is limited as well so sizing really matters. I'll probably end up with something completely different being how difficult it is to find what I want for a decent price, the joys of furniture shopping! I'm really thinking of the new season now and I can't wait to brighten it up with some lighter colors although it seems there is no end in sight to this long, cold and snowy winter!  I kept the wishlist simple this time throwing in a couple of beauty bits, decor, fashion and even a little something to appease my latest baking obsession.


1. Macaron Baking Kit- Purim will be here soon, must bake macaroons! 

2. Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment - My skin is not appreciating this cold weather, this stuff is all I've been hearing about.

3. The New Black Foiled Again Random Cut Gold Leaf Polish Kit- I've been getting excited about nail art again, especially anything with metallic glitter.

4. Madewell Matte Sequin Top- I'll never stop loving sequins on clothes. 

5. Boulevard Dinnerware- I love the color and I love the design, my dinner plate collection needs these!
6. Kate Spade Tiny Metro Watch- Seeing this in a video by Makeupbytiffanyd set off a spark and I've been hoping for one ever since!

7. Smashbox Full Exposure Palette- All that any beauty blogger is talking about right now this has the perfect shadows from matte to shimmer!

8. Faux Fur Pillow- Perfect accent to any couch. 

9.  Chloe Pillows set of 2- Can you tell how obsessed I am with accent pillows right now?

10. Call It Spring Bartenfeld Crossbody Bag- 3 words, perfect for Spring, am I right?

11. Topshop 60's Oval Sunglasses- Looking for a perfect pair of ginormous round sunglasses at the moment. 

What are you wishing for this month? Let me know in the comments form, I love hearing from you!  

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Some of My Most Recent Makeup Work


Sometimes life catches up with me and I don't get to sit down and write anything here. When my mind gets so full of whats going on around me I'd rather write good posts or nothing at all. It's not easy when the going gets tough but I know that everything in this life happens for a reason and I am not one to question it. Everyone needs a break sometimes. I have really missed blogging and I'm so  happy to be back to it. On a more positive note, I am really excited to finally be getting around to sharing some of my most recent makeup work again. I have so many pictures to go through still and many photographers to track down but here is what I've managed to gather in the meantime. You'll probably already know how much I love navy smokey eyes with a pink lip so the first one was one I really enjoyed getting to apply.  



This second one was done on a bride for her engagement party. I kept the lids light and neutral and glammed it up with some winged liner and false lashes. The nude lip kept it balanced and romantic. I can't wait to work with her again on her wedding day this March, look out for those photos then. 


This last one is a look I applied on my niece Dina for the wedding of another niece. It's hard to see in these photos but we went for a light smokey eye with gold at the inner corner to brighten up her small eyes and open them up a little. The lavender pink lip went beautifully with this look and I just need to add in how much I love how she her hair was done- it was a messy fishtail braid with a string of diamonds through it, how cool!  

I can't wait to share more photos of my work as I sift through them.

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