Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Royal Feast

I am super super excited because after this awfully long week, I get to see my boyfriend tomorrow! He and his always tease me about how I don't cook, and I've decided to surprise him and cook him something! I've decided on a cute easy menu!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds! We are planning on carving Pumpkins in the spirit of Halloween, so what better than to make use of the seeds! The way I make them: Clean off the "pumpkin guts", toss the seeds in your favorite oil, spread them out flat onto a cookie sheet, sprinkle on some salt, and bake for about 45 minutes at  about 325 degrees! Make sure that they are golden brown so that they are perfectly crunchy! The perfect thing to snack on!

Chicken Parm! I make this my own way! I bread the chicken breast, and cook it over the stove top. I add in the tomato sauce and cheese towards the end!

Baked Stuffed Potatoes! I am obsessed with these! You basically bake the potatoes, scoop out the insides, mash them with sour cream and other great stuff, and then spoon the mash back into the shell. AMAZING!

Side Cesar Salad and Italian Bread! Cesar is the easiest salad to make! Maybe someday I will learn to make Italian bread, but for now I will be picking it up at the market!

Halloween Cupcakes! I'm not sure what type of critters that I will make but I'm considering spiders! I saw this on Pinterest and they have candy corn fangs, and licorice  legs. They are really adorable!

I'll post some pictures when it happens! Hope this gives you some inspiration!


Breanna Banana

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Glitter Keys

I saw the cutest post on Pinterest on making Glittery Keys, so this is not at all my personal idea (I wish I could take credit), however I tried it out and used my own personal style and colors! It was so neat and has been lasting me perfectly fine for weeks so I felt the need to share!

  1. Gather Supplies!! 
 Glue of your choice: Tacky glue, or Mod Podge might work great too, but I used basic school glue that I had handy!
Your favorite glitter colors! I used lilac and gold, I bought a three pack for $1 at the Dollar Store! Great deal!

    2. Paint- Taking the glue paint it on to the top part of your key NOT the part that goes into the door! 
    3. Shake- Tap the container of glitter all over the glued area of the key!
4. Wait- until completely dry! (about an hour!!) Otherwise it will smear
5. Flip it over- and do it to the other side.
6. Coat- both sides with clear nail polish or other finish of your choice to seal in sparkles and prevent them from coming off! I used clear nail polish by NYC which was inexpensive and worked great!

I hope you all have as much fun with this as I did!!
Happy Thursday!!
Breanna Banana

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

As Smooth as a Skipping Stone

So my friend has recently been complaining of razor burn.. ouch! So I decided to take it upon myself to do some research on the subject. Ingrown hairs are caused by a shaved hair reentering the follicle, while razor bumps are caused by shaved hair entering a nearby follicle. So with those interesting facts in mind, how do we prevent razor burn?

  1. Exfoliate- Scrub your legs with a loofah and exfoliating body wash. I use Up and Up exfoliating body wash with pomegranate seeds. It can be found at Target for a great price and comes in amazing smelling flavors!
  2. Be Patient- Wait 20 minutes before shaving in the shower.
  3. Use Quality- Shaving cream, not body wash or soap! Shaving cream is made to protect your skin.
  4. Shave with- the Grain of hair
  5. Moisturize- with preferably unscented moisturizer after shaving
  6. Always Replace- your razor head when it gets dull.
These tips are gender-neutral so if your guy friend complains of razor burn on his face, these tips also apply! Try this out and let me know if your legs and guys face feel extra soft and smooth! 

Breanna Banana

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Princess Without A Crown

When I was a little girl, I made up elaborate stories, and played them out. Not only did they always involve being a princess, but also they were about a struggle to become a princess. My 6-7-8 year old self always started out as a peasant, or an orphan, or a maid of a castle who eventually became a princess. The funny thing was, I always used sneaky tactics, battled soldiers, and manipulated princes, but never once was I rescued by a prince. I guess that's not what Disney and fairy tales really taught girls... Cinderella had to find a way to get dressed for the ball, and escape from her evil step mother to try on the glass slipper. The prince wasn't the one to break her out of there, she did, by dreaming. I think this is what I modeled my young self-made fairy tales out of. My point is, you can achieve anything on your own, if you want it. My HHS senior quote is still one of my favorite quotes today:
"Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
 I leave that up to you to think about.

Breanna Banana