So…I can’t stop watching weird cartoons.

Does anyone else have this problem? I feel like for those of us who grew up in the 90s, weird animation styles like Ren and Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life, etc. prepped us for madly indulging in hours of the 1st class strangery floating around the internet right now.  I know this has absolutely nothing to do with crafts, makeup, or recipes…but you gotta take a break sometime, right?! Plus these are each no longer than five minutes each; although if you like the first two they actually have multiple seasons. Enjoy…if you’re into it, and check out the CartoonHangover channel on Youtube! :)

 

 

 

 

3 Ingredient Cookies!

I know most of you have probably seen this recipe floating around the interwebs for a long time, but for those of you not in the delicious loop yet; make these cheap and easy cookies!

What you need:

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

*optional: throw 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips in the mix, or put a few on top of each cookie!

Preheat oven to 350. Combine ingredients and stir until dough forms. Plop spoon fulls of delicious dough onto a greased (or foiled) cookie sheet and smoosh into 2-3 inch rounds. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until cookie bottoms have browned.

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Enjoy!

Fall Favorites!

Phew! It has been a busy past few days! Nick and I went to the Oddball Comedy Festival on Friday and got to see Flight of the Concords, Dave Chappelle, Chris D’elia, Kristen Schaal, Jim Jeffries, and a few other hilarious people. Granted it took us an hour just to make it out of the parking lot afterwards, but it was totally worth it for the laugh-sore abs the next morning. :)

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Saturday there was an epic thunderstorm that flooded our main cross street and back patio; appropriate weather for ushering in the official calendar start of Autumn! I threw up a couple videos on Instagram of the storm before I ran out to dance in it (before the hail, thankfully). If you end up watching them, please excuse my annoyingly high-pitched voice (it’s the main reason I don’t post videos here;).

After trotting back inside looking like a soggy mouse, I’m glad I stockpiled a few of my favorite fall goodies to cozy up with.

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I love The Republic of Tea!!! Even though the tins are about $10 at World Market, I usually end up only drinking half of them for the flavor-season anyway and stockpiling the rest for next year (there’s 50 sachets in each tin!). Their Pumpkin Ginger flavor is the best warm pick-me-up if you need a spicy caffeine boost. If you don’t like pumpkin (I know you pumpkin-haters have been driven into hiding and are anxiously awaiting the coming winter:D) Trader Joe’s carries a Harvest Blend herbal tea for $2 (20 sachets). It has a really delicious apple-cinnamon overtone with hints of hibiscus and ginger. Or if you don’t feel like imbibing the delicious tastes of fall (I’m going to pretend there aren’t people out there who hate tea>_>) you can snag one of the coveted Bath&Body Works seasonal candles! I picked up a Pumpkin Caramel Latte mason jar candle for $12.50 and have burned it for about 48 hours already and it’s not even a quarter of the way through its wax so it’s totally worth the price.

Bath&Body actually stepped up their candle game since the last time I was there. There’s all kinds of semi-strange scents like Leaves, Marshmallow Fireside, Mahogany Teakwood, and Black Pepper Bergamot. Not to mention the 9 different pumpkin scents. I’m not kidding! NINE PUMPKIN SCENTS!! At that point I felt like we might be taking this pumpkin thing a little bit overboard…and then I bought the Jack O’ Pumpkin hand sanitizer…so yeah, I have no shame. In my defense I mostly just wanted the cute little fox carrier to put it in! He was the last one left and I’m pretty sure someone was trying to hide it and come back later to buy it because I found him underneath a stack of loofahs. More proof that it pays to dig around like a mole-rat while shopping the bargain bins!

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I also had a chance to dig out some Halloween stuff for a pre-decorating evaluation. Somehow I forgot I picked up some skull beads on clearance for 99 cents last year so I spent a few tea-drinking hours making matching bracelet and earring sets with them. Plus I found Finn’s skully sweater, which is pretty much his October uniform. I’m probably going to spend most of my time trying to get him to sit still long enough for a picture in it. That counts as bonding time, right? :) Hope everyone else had a good weekend!

 

ELF Eyeshadow and 3-in-1 Mascara Review

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I LOVE MAKEUP!! I’m not one for extremes on the day-to-day, but I love how just throwing some color on your eyelids and cheeks can turn your morning from grumpy to gorgeous. And a lot of my mornings are quite grumpy>_> Me and Nick are a bit of a night owl troop during the summer…and fall…..and winter…basically all the time. So not only can it not be fun to wake up, but I don’t want to spend 30 minutes staring at my grumpy face in the mirror while I freshen it up either! Simplicity and ease of application is all I ask! So when I first discovered ELF at Target a few months ago, not only was I pleasantly surprised at the price (the mascara was only $3 and the 32 shadow palette was on sale for $7), but I was floored by how vibrant the shadows actually are when applied! A lot of times when I pick up an eyeshadow in some funky bright color, it’s super disappointing after I actually put it on and it shows up dull and lifeless on my skin. These shadows are just as bright on as they are in the package! Granted, it takes 3-4 swipes with a makeup brush to get that vibrant color, but I would only really expect the brightest hue on the first swipe from a mineral pigment; and let’s face it, it’s just not possible to get 32 mineral shades for $7. The formula they use didn’t irritate my eyes or my skin and lasted all day through a 2 mile walk with the dogs and a bike ride to the grocery store. In short, this brand is amazing and might be the exception to the rule of ‘you get what you pay for’.

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Helloooooo! This is my pre-mascara and shadow face!

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Post-mascara! This formula is also an exception to the rule: it lengthens, defines, and volumizes on the first coat. That means no re-applying 2 or 3 more times for a full-looking lashline! Plus it lasts just as long as the eyeshadow and doesn’t run when you sweat. It also washes off pretty easily with warm water and soap so you don’t have to buy those crazy expensive little bottles of makeup remover that smell like a Lysol factory.

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A few swipes of light bronze shadow from the palette to finish off my morning routine, and voila! The best part is you don’t even need to go heavy on any of it to showcase your eyes if you wear glasses! Three cheers for cheap and easy beauty routines!!

Hearty Roasted Veggies

Try as I might to speed up its demise, summer is still holding on by it’s last dying breath here in NorCal.  While the rest of the country starts donning sweaters and drinking hot cocoa, we’re still hitting the high 80’s and slathering on sunblock. But at least the evenings are starting to cool down! We even had a refreshing northerly breeze last night! Lucky us.

Thankfully the breeze was cool enough to actually think about turning on the oven for a little bit, so I whipped up some hearty roasted vegetables to remind me that soon enough I’ll be wishing for warmer weather all over again. :)

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What you need:

3 stalks broccoli

1/2 head cauliflower

1 yukon/russet potato or 2 red potatoes

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

1/4 tsp pepper

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp chili powder

1/8 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375. Chop veggies into bites size chunks and combine with oil and spices. Place on a non-stick cooking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

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It’s not exactly fall fare quite yet, but soon enough it’ll be time to throw up some magical crock-pot chili and soup recipes along with some yummy fall veggie dishes to warm up your home and your belly.

Enjoy!

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Familiar’s Favorites: Homemade Cat Treats

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There have been far too many dogs in and around this blog lately, so let’s get something going for our feline friends. This recipe has been adapted from Joy the Baker.

What you need:

1 can of tuna in water, drained

1 cup of flour (I used brown rice flour because it’s what I had on hand, but I’m sure any kind of flour would be fine)

1 egg

1 tbsp olive or canola oil

1 tbsp dried catnip (if your cat likes the stuff, if not, it’s okay to omit it)

Preheat your oven to 350. If your oven runs super hot, go ahead and move a rack into the upper belly of it; you don’t want these tasty treats to scorch. Line a pan with aluminum foil and set aside for now.

Blend everything together in a blender or food processor until a smooth dough forms (it should feel like play dough). Roll the dough into thumbprint-size balls and flatten them onto the cookie sheet.

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Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until dry and slightly brown. Make sure everything is cooled off before you feed your cat like the Emperor or Empress of your heart that they are, and store the leftovers in an airtight container. These should last, un-refrigerated  for a few days, and up to a week in the fridge.

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Treat yo’ cat!

DIY Bear Rug

The college town moving season is finally coming to an end. The dumpsters are now empty of everything but trash, but this year proved to be a pretty good haul from our ex-neighbors. We ‘recommissioned’ a flat screen tv, 2 bronze trellises, 2 large terra cotta pots, and a new tv stand. (recommissioned means dumpster diving..shhhh! ;) Before heading out, our upstairs neighbor Eric also gave us an extra bath rug. Usually I would have no idea what to do with an extra department store bath rug, but after seeing this idea on the A Beautiful Mess blog, I thought I’d add a little flair and make it my own!

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What you need:

A bath rug (or any rug with that tacky rubber backing)

An xacto knife, box cutter, or sharp pair of scissors

A sharpie or pen

Flat beads for claws

Eyeball beads or buttons

Needle and matching thread

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Flip the rug over so the rubber side is facing up. Using your sharpie or pen, trace out a rough outline of a bear (or any shape you want really, I just had a bear moment).

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Now if you’re using an xacto knife or a box cutter, carefully cut out your shape using a piece of cardboard or something stiff to protect the surface you’re cutting on. If you’re using scissors, cut away! After you’ve freed your shape from the rest of the rug, make sure to trim any excess fluff or rubber pieces that may be jutting out.

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If you’re satisfied with the rug as it is, feel free to stop now and throw that bad boy down on your floor. Or you could give him ears, eyes, and some claws!

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Mentally mark out where you want everything placed. How low the eyes should be, how many claws you want him to have, etc.

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For the ears, trace out two large semicircles (one for each ear), cut them out, and sew them onto your rug fuzzy side out.

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Sew on the eyes like you would a button (or if you are using buttons, do your thang) right below where you’ve just sewn the ears.

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Rawr!

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And lastly, sew on each individual bead for your ‘claws’ where you want them on the front (and/or back) paws. I bought multicolored beads in the discount bin so he could have rainbow claws.

Voila! A fancy bear rug without actually killing anything to get it! Except for maybe your scissors…I’m serious guys, after this one get ready to throw those bad boys away because they are not sharp anymore:)