Archive | March, 2012

March Glymm Box

22 Mar

Hey Ya’ll! I’m back with another Beauty post. Two in one week! Wee.

This just goes to show that someone may be busier moving furniture around and playing Draw Something for iphone, when someone should be actually in the kitchen cooking up some things to put on this blog. Someone is sorry! But not really cause draw something is really fun and addictive. I almost had a meltdown yesterday when it wasn’t working.

This Glymm box made my month when I opened it the other day. I have to say BEST Glymm box so far! Maybe that’s cause they accidentally I’m special and they wanted to send me two extra products that weren’t on the list. Fun!

Okay let’s go.

Included was a card with a code for a free Anastasia lip gloss as well as free shipping that you can use on your next order from the beauty boutique! You’ll also got a sample of the gloss which I will show you in a minute.

Here is everything:

Look at that box full of goodies. Seriously best.time.ever when you get this in the mail because it is always a total surprise.

First up, Anastasia Hydrafull Gloss. This is that sample size gloss I was talking about. So you can try ‘er out and then get a full version on your next order if you like it. I really liked this gloss, however the color I got which was called “Moi” was not really my style. Kind of a dark dusty rose color. But like I said the gloss itself is great.

Next up, M. Asam Magic Fini Concealer

At first I thought this was some type of face cream until I opened it up and saw the color. The sample is pretty large if you just use it for spot concealer. Unfortunately, the color of this is way too dark for my skin tone. Let’s just say, I’m a little pasty right now (come on, summer!)

Next up, Ocean Nail Polish (Full Size) the color I got was White Satina

It’s kind of hard to tell in this photo, but the White Satina color was a really pretty opalescent white. I’m wearing it today and it looks really pretty.

Now for the last thing that was supposed to be in the box. NU.ME feather hair extensions.

Yay! I have been really wanting to try feather extensions but didn’t want to spend the money to get it done. These say you can put them in yourself, but we’ll see how that goes! I’m kind of a klutz. My favorite part about these is that they are turquoise which is my absolute favorite color. The package includes 3 about 1/4 inch wide feather extensions.

Now for my random freebie products.

Coup D’Eclat Instant Facial Energizer. I haven’t tried this yet, I am always careful when it comes to anti aging creams because more often than not, my skin will break out after using them.

And last but certainly not least, Principessa Bacio Me Lip Balm

Love this for a few different reasons:

1. It smells and tastes like cake batter (not that I was tasting it….ahem…)

2. Its a glossy balm, so you can wear it like lip gloss but its good for your lips at the same time!

3. It is made by a Vancouver company! Goooo Vancouver!

And that sums up the Glymm box for this month. If you are interested in getting yourself a subscription for Glymm, click here!

February Glymm Box

20 Mar

Hey Everyone! It’s me, Miss Delish. I know I’ve been lost in space this week, and kind of last week too. Okay I suck but we were moving and unpacking and things were crazy, so that is my excuse.

Luckily for you I have a super fun beauty post for you all today. My Glymm box came in a while ago but it was kind of lost in the moving shuffle and I just recently found it and realized I totally forgot to do a post about it.

Let’s Go!
 

First up, Mai Couture 2-1 Oil Blotting/Bronzing Paper

These are a great idea. They are a 2 in 1 oil blotting sheets and bronzing sheets. These would be great for people who tend to have oilier skin and wear bronzer daily. Normally if you just use a regular oil absorbing sheet, a lot of your makeup (including bronzer) is absorbed and rubbed off by the sheet. So this product would be perfect to refresh your bronzer!

Secondly, Glamglow Tingling and Exfoliating Mud Mask

This is enough for about 2-3 treatments and while I haven’t tried it yet myself, I have read reviews online and apparently this stuff works great!

Next up, Sula Natural Eyeshadow (Full Size)

Gotta love full size product. This came in a nude-ish color and would be perfect the perfect base color for many different eye makeup looks.

And last but not least, Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus (Full Size)

I love Burt’s Bees Lip Balms. I have about 20 of them and always have a few in my purse so I was happy to get another one to add to my collection. If you are thinking of purchasing a subscription to Glymm, click here!

All in all it was a great box with lots of fun goodies. My March box arrived this week as well so I will make sure to post about that before the end of the week!

Have a great day everyone!

Salted Caramels

8 Mar

Mmmm…Caramels. Who DOESN’T like caramel? Internet friends OFF if you don’t like caramel. I’m sorry, it’s tough love, I know, but it has to be done because I really don’t think I can relate so someone who doesn’t like this creamy, sugary, goodness.

Both my Dad and Mr. Delish are big fans of caramel and butterscotch so I am constantly trying to think of new and fun things to make with those flavors. Chewy caramels are usually the LAST thing I would attempt to make for a couple reasons:

  1. I am very impatient and easily distracted which causes me to wander off. Usually I am trying to watch the Real Housewives of OC and when I come back to reality I realize my house is filing with smoke from the sugar burning on my stove top. Woops.
  2. I am deathly afraid of catching myself on fire/burning myself. I know this is probably not a very good fear for a cook to have, but such is my burden.

I am also absolutely obsessed with Werthers Originals. I offer them to all my friends by saying “would you like a butterscotch?” They think I’m an 80 year old stuck in a 24 year old body.

Maybe I am.

Also my worst fear came true when I was making these last weekend. I was being irresponsible and using too small of a pot, when I combined the cream mixture with the caramel the whole thing boiled over everywhere and burnt on to my stove like nobodies business. Seriously not impressed. Don’t be like me.

Salted Caramels:
Makes about 40 candies

1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup salted butter
2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water

Grease a 8 x 8 baking pan with non stick spray, line with parchment paper and then spray the parchment paper too.

Bring cream, butter and 1/2 tsp salt to just to a boil over medium high heat. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large heavy saucepan with high sides, add sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Allow to boil without stirring until the mixture turns nice and golden brown.

Now very carefully remove the caramel from the heat (wear oven mitts!) stir in the cream mixture, it is going to bubble up and steam. Move the pot back to the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until a candy thermometer reads 248 degrees.

Carefully, pour the caramel into the prepared pan. Allow to cool in the fridge for 25-30 minutes. Remove and sprinkle the top with the remaining salt. The salt should stick well to the surface since it should still be quite soft. Refrigerate for another hour and a half.

Remove from the pan and slice into one inch squares. Leave like this if you are serving them right away or wrap each caramel in wax paper if you are serving them later.

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Strawberry Citrus Salsa

7 Mar

I know this is totally weird sounding. I was actually kind of scared to try it at first, but being the only one home at the time, I had to do it. Does anyone else do that? Finish making something and then stand in terror with a spoon in your hand, until you finally get the courage to dig in and try it?

Just me? …Yeah that’s what I thought.

This salsa would be great on grilled chicken or fish and even better in a fish taco, which is how I ate it.

Strawberry Citrus Salsa:

2 cups diced strawberries
2 tbsp chopped onion
1/2 jalapeno, de-seeded and minced.
Zest of one lemon
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 tsp salt

In a medium bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Set in the fridge for at least half an hour to let the flavors get to know each other.

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Chipotle Chili Corn Chowder

6 Mar

Wow that’s a lot of C’s! I became slightly obsessed with an Ancho Chili Corn Chowder from a restaurant in my neighborhood a few years back. My girlfriends and I would go for drinks and the chowder every couple months. One day they took it off the menu and that was the worst day of my life.

Just joking, the worst day of my life was the day that the last episode of Friends aired.

Since the days of that spicy corn chowder, I couldn’t get it out of my head. Sweet corn in a smoky and spicy potato soup. Yum! Just what you want to eat when the day starts out sunny and beautiful, eventually changes to rain and then snow, which freezes overnight and then you see two car accidents on your 5 minute drive to work the next morning. Yeah, one of those kind of days.

I was also chased to my car by a dog this morning. I really wish I was joking.

I roasted the corn to bring out the sweetness, and give it a nice charred look and taste.

Now let’s talk about soup toppings. This is very important people! Soup toppings take regular old soup to new heights. I fried up some flour tortilla strips and topped the soup with those, along with aged cheddar and a dollop of sour cream. The sour cream is really nice because it cools down the spiciness of the soup, just in case you can’t handle the heat!

Yum yum! Spicy, creamy, sweet, crunchy, smoky.

Make this tonight, whether you were chased by a dog today, or not.


Chipotle Chili Corn Chowder:
Serves 10

4 ears of fresh corn
1 tbsp butter
1 whole sweet onion, diced
1 4.5 ounce tin diced green chilis
3 tbsp Chipotle Chili Powder*
3 cups peeled and diced russet potato
7.5 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 tbsp salt
1 cup heavy cream
Canola oil for frying
2  8 inch tortillas cut into thin strips
1 cup grated aged cheddar
1 cup sour cream

*I found this chipotle chili powder at my grocery store because they didn’t have ancho chili powder. If you can find ancho chili powder use that!*

Start by roasting your corn over a gas range. You could also use a barbeque or your broiler to do this. We aren’t looking to cook the corn, just to char it slightly. I just used tongs to move the ear of corn around the gas burner to get it evenly charred. If you’re really lazy or scared of fire, you can skip this step, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

Once all your corn is done, slice the kernels off of the cob and set them aside. Do not throw away the cobs!

In a large pot over medium high heat, melt the butter until bubbly. Add the diced onion and saute until softened and translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the chilies, juice and all, and give it a good stir. Allow it to cook for another 2 minutes or until the juice from the chilies has evaporated. Add the chipotle chili powder and stir until combined. Add in the potato, chicken broth, corn cobs only, and salt and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and allow the soup to simmer for 2 hours.

While your soup is simmering, in a shallow pan, add about half an inch of canola oil and heat over medium high heat. Test the oil by dipping the edge of one of the tortilla strips in, if it sizzles and boils, it is ready. Fry the tortilla strips in batches until golden brown, remove to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Set aside.

When the soup has been simmered for 2 hours, remove the corn cobs and discard. Grab a potato masher or wooden spoon and “smush” the potato slightly, there may be some small chunks of potato but it should be mostly broken down into the soup. Add the cream and corn, stir well, and cook for another 5-6 minutes.

Serve the soup in big bowls, topped with a sprinkle of the aged cheddar, followed by a dollop of sour cream and then top with a few tortilla strips.

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