Saturday, March 21, 2015

eye shadow

A list!  For Shingler's List!  
Those that know me well, know that makeup is not my thing.  I don't wear a lot, don't spend a lot of money on it and don't keep up with the latest tips or trends.  (I probably should but I don't.  Ha.)  However, I am all about saving time and creating less mess.  I rarely wear eye shadow because the powder is so messy and it always creases as the day goes on.  

I have used the chubby stick from Clinique for years and I love the convenience.  It does crease badly so I have to maintain throughout the day.  As I used it a few weeks ago, I decided I would try to find something similar in other colors and with more staying power.  This is what I purchased and my thoughts:

From the top (ranked in order of preference):
Sonia Kashuk - LOVE this color.  It is a great taupy color (moonstone).  This is also the best wand I have found.  So easy to apply and does not crease after 12 hours of wear.  Love, love this one.
Almay - this is a fun purpley color to complement by brown eyes.  The wand tip is a little different shape than Sonia's and a little harder to manage but this one does not crease either.  
Wet n Wild - neither of the above came in a grey color (that I saw), so I went with this one.  It is more of a crayon like the chubby stick but kinda dry.  It doesn't go on very smoothly or evenly but doesn't crease.  I love the eyeliner on the other end.
Covergirl - Another grey/black.  This one is really dark so I actually haven't worn it yet.  (That would require getting a babysitter and leaving the house after 7 pm.  Ha.) It seems to be a much creamier crayon than the one above it.  
Clinique - As I mentioned, I love and have used this chubby stick for years.  It is a great neutral color.  However, it does need sharpening and creases really badly.  Application is a cinch however.  

The applicator tip for Sonia.  My favorite hands-down!  I need to research to see if they have a greyish color.  (Just googled it, they don't.  The one I have is Moonstone from Target.)

ham and cheddar scones

I am not a huge scone fan.  They are usually too dry and sweet for my taste.  However, I ran across this recipe in Country Living and was in need of using up some cream I had left from the hot chocolate from Mary Van's birthday.  So, I whipped up the ham and cheese version.  There are several variations listed which I liked a lot about the recipe as well.

These were amazing!  And pretty darn easy.  I didn't have any jalapenos so I went without.

The scallion and feta version may be my next venture.  So, so good with dinner or breakfast!

Here is the recipe:  perfectly buttery cream scones

Sunday, March 8, 2015

crockpot ranch pork chops

These are delicious!  I never make pork chops because they get dry.  These are so juicy and tender.  Extra points for being easy too!

Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops

I used 4 pork chops and one can of cream of mushroom. I also diced some potatoes and added them.  I will say it wasn't enough liquid so either do more cans of soup or some water.  Milk or red wine would be good too.

Adding the potatoes was so simple and made for one less step that night.  I just did a salad or roasted asparagus as the vegetable.