Monday, July 9, 2012

Pinterest Review: Orange Juice Facial Mask

Unfortunately, I'm blessed to have blackheads and many of them! I've gone up and down the skin isle at Wal-Mart to try to find blackhead removers. I have semi-sensitive skin but also oily skin. Many of the Wal-Mart products cause me to break out, dry out, or turn bright red until I can find something to sooth my skin. Currently, I use a facial soap that's geared towards the redness but if I use it every day, it dries out my face as well. When it does that, I use a light face lotion but that just makes my face oily and then I break out again. My nose is very bad about blackheads (and insanely large pores) so I've been using Biore strips to attempt to help.

Since finding Pinterest, I've found so many facial options. I found a baking soda and orange juice mask and I'm finally able to try it!

I squeezed a whole orange and then took out 1 Tbs and added 1 Tbs baking soda to the latter. I mixed it but it wasn't pasty enough so I just kept adding baking soda until I got there which was quite a bit. I only used about half of it on my face. While I was waiting 20 minutes, I added the left over and the extra orange juice to a container and dumped baking soda in until I got the desired consistency. I put a lid on it and stuck it in the fridge until next time and I can just shake it up and apply. I laughed when I realized that I couldn't move my mouth  much because the mask had gotten so tight! My face did tingle and itch a little but it felt like any other mask. So, if you're worried that the citrus will sting like I thought it might, don't worry (unless you have very sensitive skin)!

After the 20 minutes, I gently scrubbed my face with wet hands and then dried off my face and added a light lotion. My face is so smooth! It feels great! The following is the Pinterest post. My face did not seem as red afterwards as hers is. I'm not sure if it helped with pore size but it did help with the blackheads! Hopefully if I do this about 2 times a week, it will keep them at bay!

Pinterest Recipe Reworked: Creamy Nutella Pops

Lately I've really been craving something sweet but I didn't want anything that would be too bad for me. I found these tasty looking treats on Pinterest and I just had to try them.

So, you'll need 1 cup of Cool Whip (I used off-brand sugar free), 1/2 cup of milk, and 3 Tbs of Nutella. You could probably use any flavor of Cool Whip. Try it out and let me know how you liked it! 

To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of Nutella. I don't like the hazelnut taste but I do like the creaminess. After I mixed everything up, it took a lot of effort not to just eat it. Licking the spatula was one of the best parts! The mix was so delicious! 

Than, I poured the mix into popsicle molds. My mold is different than what was used for the Pinterest recipe.  I found the mold at Wal-Mart for only $0.97. Only 6 of the compartments were filled. Then, I put them in the freezer until they were nice and done. 

Now, I was going to take a picture of my end product but my family and I ate them before it could be done. They were so good! This will definitely be put in the books for future reference!

A Semi-Original Recipe: Low Country Shrimp Boil

A few months ago, my family and I wanted to try somewhere new to eat. We usually stick to the same old restaurants but it was near Mother's Day and we wanted to take mom somewhere special. We landed at Big Mike's Crab Shack & Pizza in Nixa, MO.

I'm a sucker for shrimp and when I was younger the Chinese buffets and Golden Corral had boiled shrimp that I spent all of my time on. However, these places no longer put boiled shrimp on their buffets and I can only assume that it's due to health rules. At Big Mike's, you can get a 1/2 pound or 1 pound helping of big honkin' huge boiled shrimp. I got the half pound which came with corn on the cob (which was very spicy and my dad couldn't even eat it!), boiled potatoes with great flavor without the butter, and juicy sweet shrimp. Hands down, it was the best boiled shrimp that I have ever had. I crave this meal on a weekly basis! We haven't had the time to go down to Nixa so I set out to figure how they made that deliciousness!

I learned that "boils" are a southern thing which is why I had never heard of them. I also learned that the less spicy versions come from the Carolina's and are often called "low country boils." So then, I plowed through Google searching for a recipe to match my needs. I needed something with a little heat but certainly not too much and it had to contain shrimp. Nearly every recipe I found contained crab or link sausage and I'm not a fan of either so I decided to just go off of a few recipes and throw out the gross (in my opinion, of course) stuff. Anyways, the following is a mesh of two recipes which can be found on FoodNetwork and Epicurious. Also below is a recipe for homemade cocktail sauce which was adapted from Chaos in the Kitchen. This is the recipe that we did for our family of 3. Adjust it so that you have enough of everything, especially the shrimp.

Delicious Low Country Boil w/ Homemade Cocktail Sauce- Edited on Instagram

Low Country Shrimp Boil

3 Tbs Old Bay seasoning (We used 2 T but it wasn't enough and wasn't spicy at all. Next time we'll try 3 T)
1 Tbs Cayenne
1/2 cup Salt
1 Onion, quartered
2-3 Red Potatoes per person (2 was plenty for us)
1 ear of corn per person, halved
4 cloves of garlic
2 bags of shrimp (not peeled)

Fill a large pot with water. Bring the water to a boil. Add in the Old Bay, cayenne, and onion. Let it boil for 5 minutes. Clean potatoes and stab with fork a few times. Add the potatoes and garlic into the boiling water and allow them to cook for 20 minutes. Place the corn into the water and cook about 10 minutes. Now, throw in (not literally) the shrimp and allow them to cook until they are nice and opaque. They should be done when they are curled.

Note: We used peeled and deveined shrimp when we did this. They cooked almost immediately but I feel that it would have taken them a little bit longer had they been the correct shrimp. Still, they were good.

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

1 cup Ketchup
1.5 Tbs Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 Tbs Lime Juice
1 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Cayenne

Mix all of the above until smooth and add more of anything if you feel is needed.

This made more sauce than expected and quite a bit more than we actually needed. It's a definite substitute and we probably won't go back to the jarred stuff if we can avoid it! Tasty! Also, I used the dijon mustard because we didn't have horseradish and it tasted very similar to regular cocktail sauce.

While this didn't totally mask my hankering for Big Mike's, it came close until we're able to go again. I'm just learning that it's okay to tweek a recipe as you go instead of having to follow it to a T. I'm sure that I'll tweek these recipes more (especially the amount of Old Bay) until we can find a better match. This is something that we'll be trying again!

Sunday, July 8, 2012


This is the first post of a new blog! With this blog I hope to bring readers reviews of recipes, crafts, or tips that I find on Pinterest or other blogs or sites. I've only been a Pinner for a week or two and there are so many things that I would love to try! The same goes for other blogs and sites that relate to similar things.

I should also admit that until about 6 months ago, I wasn't much of a cook and I certainly wasn't a crafter. I'm able to use these sites to help me. Hopefully, I can help others with this blog with my tips and tricks and alterations of various things.

I'll also post original recipes and other little things here and there. I hope that you enjoy reading and maybe learning along with me!