Yummy Mushroom Soup

First I am vegetarian now so learning to cook with my new lifestyle choice. Secondly we are moving and I will be responsible to cook for my family and get us healthy! No eating out as much since I may not have a job right away… hope you enjoy my adventure!

I have been craving the mushroom soup from a specific restaurant that sales cheesecake maybe made in a factory. I don’t mention there name because every time I have gone to get said soup I have been let down by the customer service and have left even before ordering.  Anyways I have been craving it and finally decided to create a recipe based on flavors in my head and experiment. I happy to say that this first try is so yummy and my SO (who is my guinea pig) says it is better than that cheesecake selling factory.

Give it a try and let me know if you adjust anything and at the end I will tell you what I will add next time.

Ingredients-

1 stick butter (1/2 cup)

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 of a white onion diced

2 celery stalks diced

16oz (2 square packs) mushrooms, halved

10oz heavy cream

1 8oz can broth (I used vegetable)

salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese to taste

 

Time To Cook:

Start by prepping your veggies dicing onion and celery, also halving your mushrooms.

Heat a large saucepan and once heated add butter. When butter is melting coat the pan and add in the garlic, onions, and celery. Stir with wooden spoon until the onions are becoming translucent and at that point add in your mushrooms. Cover with pan lid to tenderize the mushrooms faster.

When you notice the mushrooms begin to shrivel or tenderize add in your heavy cream. Let simmer for about 10-15 minutes slowly stirring and lightly pressing mushrooms down at the same time. (We are basically trying to infuse the cream with mushroom flavor)

After simmering the cream with veggies you want add in your can of broth. Let this simmer for 5-10 minutes stirring and pressing again.  Now you get to add in salt, pepper, and cheese for taste. Just a reminder you don’t want to over salt or pepper the soup so I used lightly coated the top of my soup 2 and a half times and it was good.

For the cheese it depends on how cheesy you want your soup I opted for less cheesy and added to good sized dollops.

After you have come to your preferred taste in the saucepan you are going to add your mix into the blender. Blend this until it is liquid about 4 minutes. You can taste here to add more cheese or salt and pepper.

I wasn’t happy with the consistency so I added cornstarch. 1 tsp cornstarch and 1/8 cup hot water and deluted the cornstarch so no clumps were there.  I poured it into the blender and blended for 2 minutes. Let this sit for 5 minutes to thicken.

-Next time I will add sautéed mushroom pieces to garnish the soup and to add texture.

 

I hope y’all enjoy this recipe and let me know how you enhance or embellish or just enjoy it!

2017 New Year’s Resolutions

I am not good at holding to my NYR’s so I don’t really ever list them to myself.  For 2016 I had a NYR to gain more experiences and boy oh boy did I ever fulfill that NYR to my heart’s content.

From Mardi Gras to a road trip through the midwest my year was full of excitement and new experiences.  Even though this year was full of downers it was a balanced year full of uppers so I am willing to state and try for NYR’s of 2017.

The problem with NYR’s is that if you fail to meet your own high expectations you set the year off on a bad note.  So to avoid any anxiety or depression that will stem from failing myself with things such as lose weight, get pregnant and so on.. I am taking the non serious route.. Nothing that will seem life altering and if I don’t succeed this year I may not want to give up on life.

 

  1. Use EBATEs more to shop online- Ebates is an app for you phone or computer that allows you earn back money when you shop online.  I figure why not if I am such and avid online shopper.. It would only give me something back in return.  Also Ebates is really good at letting you see coupon codes and discounts for stores when available as well.
  1. Try a gel manicure- I always get acrylic on my nails and I love them so much but it is hard to type accurately and I have two jobs that I need to constantly type with.  I have been wanting to try the gel or shellac manicure for a while but two issues do come to mind… 1. my stubby little fingers get help in elongation from the acrylic nails and 2. the acrylic nails last 2 weeks sometimes longer and I am hoping that the I will not need to do a manicure every week..  I am willing to give it a fair shot of at least a month or two and if not I will simply go back to acrylics!
  1. Travel Somewhere New- In 2016 I tried to make it all about experiencing new things and I want to continue that in 2017.  Including traveling to see 3 new places just to taste the food and see the sights.. The ones I have in mind are the following(just to name a few):
  • Denver, CO 
  • Philadelphia, PA 
  • Austin, TX 
  • Alcatraz- yes I am from SF but no I have never been!!
  1. Taste the Pancake Souflee- I posted a blog all about food on the west coast that I want to try and yes I want to try all of them but if I only get to one this year it must be Bette’s Diner in Berkley!
  2. Finally Grow Up- only a little bit if I feel like it haha.. I am in no way saying I will give up all the child inspired things I am fond of like Disney, Sailor Moon, mermaids, unicorns, magic, Santa, or any of my sparkle.. But I am saying that I might want to put more money into my savings, eat a little healthier, work out, go back to school, using skincare, or you know put a little more thought into “adulting”

There you have it my 5 resolutions to attempt this year.. sure they are minimal and yes there is many more things I could include but again why set myself or my year up for failure.  More than anything I just want to work hard and enjoy my life and give my loved ones the best everyday!

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Moving Wants: Mom’s Room

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List..List..List..List..List (in my Riri voice)

Okay so we are a few rooms in now and if you did not know.. I am planning on taking my mommy with me.  I am her caregiver and her only child so it is only natural that I take her with me! And her little doggy too!!

So now we are here building a Decor Inspo post for her room.. You know the drill this series is all about the list of things that I need from room to room.  This gives you a look into my decor hopefuls and I can not wait to show you how it turns out when we finally move in. ( still about 18 months)

I can not say it enough.. I am so so happy to have my mom with me again.. We are super close and are best friends!  I know this will be a hard transition for my mom as well as a culture shock when she is away from everything and everyone (besides us) she knows (especially Lani)… so I am hoping to fill her room with positive and bright decor.  Especially elephants with the trunks up(in honor of a love started by my Nana)!

BTW thank you internet for the great inspirational pics! (Links added)

 

Bed- (we have a queen size mattress set for her)

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Bedding

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Furniture- White and bright

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Accent Furniture-

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book-case

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Accent Decor-

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For Doggie-

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As I said for my Mama’s room there is nothing more important to me then to make this comfortable relaxing peaceful serene and beautiful.  I know at this time in my life I can not give her a big house or expensive gifts but if I can give her a room to call all her own decorated to her idea of beautiful than I would feel like a good daughter.  She deserves relaxation and serenity in life.. She has done so much for so many and it is time I give her some overdue relaxation.

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Travel Wants: Food West Coast

Hi guys… three of my favorite things in the world are:

  1. Making List
  2. Food
  3. Travel

Any reason to do any of those makes me a happy girl but a reason to do all three at once is making me over the moon ecstatic!! Like a cow jumping over the moon as in this lamp you can purchase >>HERE<<..

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I have been searching all over the internet (Google, Pinterest, etc.) finding places and food all over the country for me to hopefully travel to and eat eat eat!!!  

 

This second list is for my stomping grounds The Best Coast aka The West Coast!  I hope you enjoy and let me know if you have any other recommendations! (Also disclaimer- the pics below are not my own and have been found from all over the web)

 

For majority of this list I searched “The best _____ in ____!”

 

1.Seattle

  • Royal Grinders Sandwich- Best Sandwich

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  • Pie Bar- Best Pie

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2.San Francisco

  • Savors-Always wanted to try!

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  • Zanze’s Cheesecake- Best Cheesecake

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3.Los Angeles

  • Al & Bea’s- Best Burrito

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  • Big Man Bakes- Best Cupcakes

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4.San Diego

  • Devine Pastabilities Torpasta- Best Pasta

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  • Hammonds Ice Cream- Best Ice Cream

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5.Berkley

  • Bette’s Oceanview Diner- Best Pancake Souffle(from Triple D)

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  • Masse’s Pastries- Best Desserts

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6.Las Vegas(yes I know technically a middle state but since in our time zone I included)

  • The Henry- Best French Toast

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  • Jean Philippe Patisserie- Best Chocolate

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Okay that is my second list.. I really enjoy working on these blogs.. so much that I have decided to work on similar post for the rest of the country.  If you haven’t read the first one then be sure to check out my hopes of tasting The Middle States >>CLICK HERE<<

Also I have recently tasted some of those items plus a whole lot more so make sure to stay tuned for my own food pics and a blog plus vlog all about my eat adventures.

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Too Faced Obsessed: Eye Shadow Palettes I Own

I have a favorite cosmetic brand and from the title you can tell who it is.  I am obsessed with their packaging and I am in love with the quality of every thing I own especially my eye shadows.  I consider them a high end brand as there palettes typically range from 30-50 bucks sometimes a little higher. However this is a high end cosmetic company that is worth every penny and makes myself and all of the TF addicts sparkle with joy.  

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I have gone through so many high end eye shadow palettes and there may have been great competitors in quality or in packaging but never have I found one that has both.  Don’t get me wrong I am not saying there is no cool, chic, and beautiful packaging but TF has the pretty and cute element that I am fond of.

My history with Too Faced Cosmetics is that they were my first in high end in a few categories. When I started to jump away from drug store makeup my first palette over 20 bucks was the old version of Natural Eyes and my first liquid lipsticks were the Melt Lipsticks in Fuchsia and Coral.

Now I am just so in love with just about every product they put out.  Of course I am not saying there are not items that I have a love hate relationship but I will just say I still have and reach for my very first palette from TF and it still does a classic eye like no ones business.

Let me show what I have and tell you what I have and why I bought it.

I will link what I can.. And like always thanks “WWW” for the pics!

 

Eyes-

1.Natural Eyes (Older Version)- I could only find a link for new version.. >CLICK<

I love this palette because you could do a pinup look so very easy.  It can be a subtle eye, a bright sparkly eye, or a darker earthy smokey eye.  They did take away Nude Beach, Velvet Revolver, and Cocoa Puff in the new version.. all of those I would consider my faves of the palette but Nude Beach was my confidence for a long time.  I stopped using this palette so I would never use it all.

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2.Smokey Palette- >CLICK<

I bought this palette not to long ago and have used it a few times. That is not because there is a difference in quality of eye shadows but only because they are darker colder colors that I do not typically reach for. This palette is not currently available on TF site or other makeup stores but I did find it on JET click the link above.

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3.Chocolate Bon Bon Palette- >CLICK<

This palette is where my addiction to their design stems from.  The smell of chocolate that wafts your nose every time you apply a color to your lid is incredible.  And hello it is full of hearts and speaks to my heart fully.

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4.Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette- >CLICK<

I was counting down the days for this palette to release for three things: 1.the peanut butter scent 2. Peanut Butter and Peanut Brittle the copper colors and 3. Jelly the vibrant purple color.

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5.Sweet Peach Palette- (Not available as of 24SEP- will update if changes)

After being so impressed with the Chocolate Bon Bon and PB&J palettes I was so yearning to smell this palette

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I reluctantly missed out on the Xmas releases of 2015 so when I heard they were releasing scented palettes this year I could not help but try to pick up all three.  The packaging the scents the everything Christmas.. I love it all!! So far I have gotten:

6.New York Grand Hotel- >CLICK<

Comes with 3 palettes with scents they each have 6 eye shadows and 1 blush or bronzer- 1.Eggnog Latte 2.Mocha Pepermint 3.Gingerbread Cookie

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7.New York Merry Macarons- >CLICK<

smells like macarons and comes with 12 eye shadows.

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First let me know who makes your favorite eye shadow palettes and why?  

I am really dedicated to my obsession of Too Faced Cosmetics (especially their eye shadows) so much so I am doing research on discontinued items and upcoming releases.  I will be going through all eye shadow colors and seeing where they recycled colors.  

The next following postings will be:

  1. Lippies I Have
  2. Facies I Have
  3. Eye shadow Palettes I want: Available
  4. Eye shadow Palettes I want: Discontinued
  5. Products I want: Available
  6. Products I want: Discontinued

 

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Lifestyle Wants: Figuring A Skincare Routine

I am semi new to the skincare process… meaning I have always washed and exfoliated my face.  I have always taken off my make up with a wipe and have moisturized.. But that is it and there so much more to having healthy skin.

 

But I am very skittish to slop the creams, serums, and other stuff all over my face without knowing if there will be a certain reaction to it.  The types of reactions I am prone to is 1. Nauseousness from the smell of the product and 2. Very seldom I do get a skin irritation from certain products that I yet to confirm which products those are.

 

Due to the 2 negative reactions I could have- 1. being avoidable and 1. only try and test will help… I have kind of put my skincare on the back burner and now… I have combo dry skin that is oily in some spots but dry everywhere!!!!!

 

Now that I am going to work on organizing my life with the help of list list list.. I figure I can routinely add in skincare.  Make time for myself  to relax while all the same take care of this very important thing in life SKIN!

 

Here is what I am thinking the routine should be for AM and PM and I would appreciate any feedback and or suggestions on products.

 

After Wake-Up

1.Cleanser- Daily

2.Toner- Daily

3.Rough Exfoliant- Every 3 Days(opposite to night exfoliants)

4.Target Treatment- As Needed

5.Serum-Daily

6.Light Skin Mask- Prior To Full Face Makeup

7.Sunscreen- Daily

 

Before Sleep

1.Make Up Remover- As Needed

2.Relaxation Cleanser- Nightly

3.Gentle Exfoliant- Every 3 Nights(opposite to day exfoliants)

4.Target Treatment- As Needed

5.Night Serum- Nightly

6.Relaxation Moisturizer- Nightly

7.Skin Mask- Twice A Week(opposite to pre-makeup mask)

 

Specific-

Lips:

1.Scrub- Daily

2.Balm- Daily

3.Mask- Once a week

4.Moisturizer- Nightly

 

Eye:

1.Cooling- Once A Week Daytime

3.Patches- Once A Week Nighttime

 

Nose:

1.Blackhead Remover- Once A Week Nighttime

 

All of the above came from me doing and watching plenty of research and combining a routine that seemed feasible for my own life or the one I am working up to.  It may seem like a lot of work but once I get into the groove… it should become second nature and easy to do with hands tied behind my back.

 

For SPF we all know how important it is to apply this everyday rain or shine.  The good thing about makeup nowadays is that most of it comes stocked with SPF.  My favorite foundation is IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Illumination with SPF 50+, it is my go to and it is amazing.. I recommend for everyone out there.  I can skip the face sunscreen in the AM if I am doing a full face when using that foundation but to be honest I do anyways only because why not double the protection.

 

I have so many more routine type blogs to type out for you.. Makeup, Hair, AM routine, PM routine (non skin care lol)!  And if there is a specific one you want to see just let me know!  Now begins my favorite part of trial and error… shopping taking it home and trying it out.  I will post haul video’s on my YouTube <<click<< and when I have a final product routine I will post on here on there and everywhere.  

 

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Lifestyle Wants: Grown Up Childish Wish List

Grown Up Childish Wish List

 

Let’s start with a disclaimer.. I know I may never get all or any of the things on this list.. This is not “I want I get” lifestyle but a “list calm my anxiety” lifestyle.  I am just doing what I am best at and that is something I do everyday.. MAKING LIST AFTER LIST!!

 

There is a little kid left inside everyone but for me half of my inner self is still a child.  I like shiny sparkly cutesy things that are made to attract children.

 

So please take a look at this “wish” list and enjoy the “whimsically” (I am “quotation” happy today)… I have tagged all of the stores where you can take a look at these items in the pictures! (meaning pics are not of my own- as if you didn’t know that lol)

 

1.Mermaids

  • Tail Blanket– How mystical would you feel if every day after work you went home and threw on your tail and snuggled on the couch!

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  • Crown– I do not know about you guys but this is beautiful and makes me want her hair too!!

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2.Unicorns

  • Slippers-COME ON!! Who doesn’t need these.. The cheeks light up!!

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  • Wall Mount– If I do not get one of these for one wall of mine I may go insane!

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3.Hello Kitty

  • Purse– I have always wanted this purse. It is classy HK!

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4.Disney

  • Makeup– look at the packaging and colors of this UD AW palette

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5.Animals

  • Jewelry– this necklace is the most amazing thing in the world

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  • Socks– my life would not be the same without fun socks

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6.Clothing

  • T-Shirts– ummm hello we all must hold on to our youth

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  • Leggings– and really these leggings are worth all the worlds of Butterbeer!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this list… I again just love making list and everyday use list as a mechanism to pass time without becoming anxious!

I will see you guys soon with another list.. and on September 2nd my Lifestyle Wants: 33rd Birthday Wish List!  If you want to see another of my list sooner check this Food From The Middle States List. <<click<<  Update on this list I will be taking a trip for my birthday and will get to try food in two of those states!!! I will update here with a blog post and a vlog post on my YouTube channel link down below.

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