My Messy High Bun

This will be a super quick post, but I’ve been trying to make the trendy high bun work on my hair for some time now.

While I have a lot of hair, my hair is very fine.  Therefore, when I pull it into a bun, it tends to look ridiculous because it’s about the size of a golf ball lol!  Sigh.  I adore the look on models and celebrities:

 

Messy high buns

 

After watching a few online tutorials, I found that by simply combing my hair into a high ponytail, pulling it through about 3/4 of the way and simply bobby pinning it to death, I too could achieve a decent sized “messy bun” on the top of my head!

 

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I enjoyed the feeling!  It kinda makes you feel like a queen if you’ve never experienced a voluminous bun before lol. :)

 

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I typically wear my hair up using a claw clip and a side swept bang.  It was fun to play and change it up.  I’m not sure how confident I am yet to wear this look out and about but it was fun to show it off here on Maggie’s Mile.

What up do’s do you love and/or do you wish you knew how to achieve??

 

 

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Instagrammies | September 24, 2013

I am still getting used to all the new social network sites.  It seems like once you finally think you’ve mastered everything something new comes along.  I can’t keep up with them all!  I just opened up an Instagram account for Maggie’s Mile.  I thought I would post my latest Instagram photos just for fun!

Here are a couple of shots of my dog Wiggles.  He looks disturbing in the first shot.  He belongs in the movie Paranormal Activity.  I recently purchased a new bed set from ZGallerie and I’m determined to keep it fur-free.  As you can see Wiggles is none too happy about this.  And then of course I have a pic of him snoozing.  Look at that big nose <3.  I have a zillion shots of him snoozing, he’s just so adorable when he sleeps. :)

 

Wiggles

 

Here are a couple of outdoor shots I captured recently:  The full moon as seen from the skylight in my bedroom and a double rainbow from my back deck.  It used to keep me up at night when the moonlight lit up my room but now I rather enjoy it.  It’s kind of neat to be able to look up at night and see the moon from my bed.

 

Outside

 

My family and I have been hounding my daughter for years to pursue modelling.  She is such a pretty young woman and as you can see, tall and thin as well.  We did a little “photo shoot” last weekend.  Here’s a handful of my favorites.

 

Sarah

 

Some selfies of course.  My mom and I were joking yesterday that we basically use our cameras as mirrors lol.

 

Selfies

 

I am not sure how to link my Instagram page to my blog yet, so if you want to follow me I am maggiesmile74. Again, I just opened the account so I don’t have much up yet :) .  How can I find you on Instagram?  Post in the comments!!!  Hope y’all are having a great day!

 

Posted in Fun Girly Things, Other Stuff.

Dukes of Hazzard Quiz

Daisy

Hello all, I have decided to conduct a Dukes of Hazzard quiz.  I don’t know, I thought it would be nostalgic and fun.  To enter, post the name of the HOTTEST Duke in the comments.  Your choices are:  Bo, Luke, Daisy, and I am open to any other characters that tickle your fancy.  Then take and submit your quiz.  The first person to submit their answers will receive a $5 Starbucks gift certificate and the rest of you will be placed in to a drawing for the same prize (winner drawn on Sunday, September 22).  It’s not much but hey…who needs incentive to take a Duke’s of Hazzard quiz??  Hello!!!!  Good luck and hope you had as much fun as I did coming up with the questions.  Yee Haw!!!


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My Makeup Routine

Hey everyone, hope you have all had an amazing summer!  I can’t believe it is September already!  I know I haven’t posted in ages, but I started school back up in January.  Working full-time and going to school full-time leaves little time for blogging!  However, today is a bit slow and I thought I would send you all a shout out.  I hope you’ll still follow me as I do plan to post new things when I can.

I think I have about had it with food blogging.  I used to love to cook, but I have an empty nest at home and have found that without having someone around to help you eat your creations, much of it goes to waste.  I have no clue what to blog about these days except for one of my favorite forms of self-expression: Makeup.  I thought I would share some of the products I use on a daily basis:

1)  Every make-up look should start with good skin care.  I have been using the Timewise Miracle set by Mary Kay since I was in my early thirties and absolutely love it!  The Day Solution contains SPF30, which is extremely important once you get to be my age!  I also use their Age Fighting Eye Cream and Microderm Abrasion kit.  I find that the Microderm Abrasion kit provides a smooth, radiant foundation on which to apply your make-up.    Skincare

2)  The foundation I use is Studio Finish Foundation by MAC in color NW25.  I also use their Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in Medium Plus and their loose Blot Powder for a nice matte finish.  I also use their Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul.

 

Foundation

 

3)  I use Honeylove Lipstick by MAC and Au Naturale Lip Gloss by Mary Kay daily.  It’s extremely neutral and goes great with a dramatic eye.  Other favorite lipsticks by MAC that I love are Media and Ruby.  These are darker reds and I wear when I wear a more neutral eye.

  Lips  4)  I have tried a ton of different mascaras and some of my favorites include Lash Blast by Loreal and They’re Real by Benefit Cosmetics.  However, recently on the advice of a beauty blogger I tried Telescopic by Loreal and am in love with it.  The brush looks super wimpy, but it actually packs a big punch.  With just a few strokes it gives you long, dark, thick lashes.

Mascara

 

5)  For every day on my eyes, I typically use Orb, Malt, and Quarry eyeshadows by MAC.  These a very neutral but sometimes I add an onyx shadow and winged eyeliner if I want to look more dramatic.  MAC has a gel eyeliner that I like to use but lately I’ve been using this gel eyeliner by Loreal.  It comes with a little brush that works great!  I find this formula goes on easier and smoother than MAC’s version.

Eyes

 

Over the week-end I picked up the eyeshadows below at the drugstore to play with just for fun. 

Drugstore Eyes

I put the turquoise all over my lid, the gold just above my crease, the champagne to highlight my brown and inner corners of my eyes, and the onyx for my outer corner up into the outer crease.  I winged my eyeliner and this is what it looked like along with all of the aforementioned products.  What do you think?

 

Makeup Look

 

What are some of your all time favorite beauty products?

 

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Cajun Shrimp Boil

My family in New Orleans is going to laugh at me because I was raised in Chicago and know very little compared to them about cooking up a Cajun Shrimp Boil.  But last week-end I was missing them all and craving the Crawfish Boil they treated me to last time I was there.  It was soooo good.

Tub-O-Crawfish

Tub-O-Crawfish

Pile-O-Crawfish

Pile-O-Crawfish

 

Getting a lesson from my cousin on how to eat Crawfish

Getting a lesson from my cousin on how to eat Crawfish

 

Unfortunately, us yankees up north don’t have access to Crawfish and/or Zatarain’s crab boil seasoning.   Therefore I did some research and came up with this recipe for a Cajun Shrimp Boil that at least helped curb my appetite for mud bugs.  Here’s how I made it:

 

Ingredients:

10 cups water

1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning

1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 bay leaf

1 clove garlic, smashed

4 whole cloves

2 lemons, halved

8 baby red potatoes

4 small whole onions, peeled

2 ears fresh corn, halved

1/3 lb smoked sausage, sliced (Cajun sausage or Keilbasa sausage)

1 lb raw shrimp (e-z peel aka deveined with shell on)

 

Instructions:

1)  Place first 7 ingredients into a large pot, with two lemon halves, the potatoes, and the onions.

2)  Bring to a nice rolling boil.  Cook potatoes and onions for 45 minutes or until they start to get tender.

3)  Throw in the corn and cook for 5 minutes.

4)  With tongs remove potatoes, onion, and corn from the pot and place on a platter.

5)  Toss in the sausage and the shrimp.  Cook for a 2 or 3 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink and curl.

6)  Remove from heat, strain out the shrimp and sausage, and place on platter with the veggies.

7)  Serve with tabasco sauce and remaining lemon halves.  :)

 

Cajun Shrimp  Boil

 

If any Louisiana natives can offer any advice on how to improve on this recipe, your comments are most welcome!

 

 

Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes.

Coconut Panko Crusted Salmon with Fiesta Rice

A special family member recently introduced me to Coconut Oil and its health benefits.  :)   I’ve been using it topically on my skin, but it’s supposed to be very good for you when consumed. 

Coconut Oil

In an effort to find a tasty way to incorporate it into my diet, I decided to make this recipe.

I love salmon.  My daughter loves salmon.  We eat it once or twice a week.  Salmon is extremely good for you because of its Omega 3′s and other health benefits.  However, it’s a lot like chicken in that it’s very plain.  I like to make it with a condiment on the side, such as a fruit salsa, pesto, or sauce.  However, this coconut panko crust gives it so much extra flavor, that nothing else is needed. 

 

Ingredients:

4 skinless salmon portions, about 6 oz. each

Jamaican jerk seasoning

2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs

3 tablespoons virgin unrefined organic coconut oil

salt and pepper

 

Instructions:

1)  Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

2)  Melt coconut oil in a skillet on very low heat.

3)  In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, salt, and pepper.  Add 2/3 of the melted coconut oil and stir to coat the crumbs.  Set aside.

3)  Sprinkle salmon portions with jamaican jerk seasoning.  Turn up the heat in the skillet with remaining coconut oil to medium.  Sear each side until golden, about a minute or two.  Remove from skillet.

4)  Top each salmon portion with equal amounts of bread crumbs.  Place in oven for 12-15 minutes, until the bread crumbs are golden.  Remove from oven, cover with foil, and set aside to rest for a couple of minutes.

I served the salmon with my Fiesta Rice and a mango “gastrique,” aka sauce.  The mango sauce made the dish too sweet in my opinion, so I am leaving that out of this post.  The coconut oil adds enough sweetness to the salmon and the rice, so I decided nothing else is needed.  The mango sauce would have been a great addition if I was just using plain white rice.

 

Fiesta Rice

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon virgin unrefined organic coconut oil

1/2 cup green onions, sliced

1/2 cup carrots, diced small

1/2 cup red pepper, diced small

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt and pepper

2 cups cooked rice (cooked in chicken broth)

2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

1 tablespoon lime juice

Tabasco sauce

 

Instructions:

1)  Melt coconut oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan.

2)  Add onion, carrots, red pepper, jalapeno, garlic, salt and pepper.  Saute until slightly tender and bright.

3)  Mix in the cooked rice, cilantro, and lime juice, and a few drops of Tabasco.

4)  Serve as a side dish or add grilled shrimp for a complete meal.

 

Coconut Panko Crusted Salmon with Fiesta Rice

Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes.

Cheap Valentines Day Gifts

I wanted to share the Valentines I created for my besties in observance of this lovely February holiday.  They were supposed to be these succulent strawberry truffles coated in white chocolate inspired by a blog I came across as I was searching for the perfect V-day treat. 

Strawberry Truffles by cakebatterbowl.com

Strawberry Truffles by cakebatterbowl.com

 

As good as these look, I am not a fan of dark or milk chocolate and fruit, therefore I thought substituting the white chocolate would be amazing.  I set out to tackle the recipe and unfortunately did not have any luck.  The filling is supposed to have a cookie dough consistency.  Alas, that was not the case with my concoction.  I tried chilling it for hours and it wouldn’t firm up.  I stuck it in the freezer for a couple more hours and it absolutely resisted forming any kind of ice crystal whatsoever.  What I had created was a goopy mess that was defying the laws of physics.

Freezing resistant substance.

Freezing resistant substance.

 

I decided to try again and make a different truffle recipe.  I used The Pioneer Woman’s truffle recipe http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/10/chocolate-truffles-with-sea-salt/ and substituted white chocolate for the coating and nixed the sea salt. 

Ooey gooey chocolatey goodness:  Bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and condensed milk.

Ooey gooey chocolatey goodness: Bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and condensed milk.

 

I did steal the oil trick from Cake Batter and Bowl http://cakebatterandbowl.com/chocolate-covered-strawberry-truffles.html.  She suggests adding a tablespoon of vegetable oil to your coating oil which worked perfectly (although, as previously mentioned, I was not able to duplicate the strawberry filling).

I had purchased some cute little chinese takeout containers in which to present my succulent truffles, and then vainly boast about them on my blog. 

This is how it turned out!  Adorable, no?  

Valentine Day Truffle

 

How cute!

How cute!

 

With the exception of the strawberry filling flop, these were easy, inexpensive, and a cute lil gift.  And even though this post is late, I’ll have something to repost next year. ;)

Happy Belated Valentines Day!  xoxo.

 

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Chicken Pho

My ex husband introduced me to Pho after he went to lunch with one of his coworkers who happened to be Korean.  While Pho is a Vietnamese dish, his friend was more familiar with asian cuisine and brought him to a small restaurant in a nearby town (near where the Fireside Roller Rink used to be, for you locals).  Pho is an asian soup, but I’m calling this a main dish because of its heartiness.  The broth is light yet flavorful containing a unique mix of exotic spices which includes whole coriander, whole cloves, and star anise. 

Spices

It was a bit difficult to find whole cloves and star anise, at least for me.  I got lucky and found some at a local grocery store with the intention of one day making this dish one day.  There are many different kinds of Pho, but my favorite is chicken.  Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did!

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds

4 whole cloves

2 star anise

1 onion

1 3-inch chunk of ginger

8 cups (64 oz.) prepared chicken broth (homemade or store-bought)

2 tablespoons fish sauce

1 tablespoon sugar

2 chicken breasts, bone in

1 package linguine style rice noodles, cooked according to package instructions

Bean sprouts

Fresh cilantro

Fresh basil

Fresh jalapeno peppers, sliced

Onion, very thinly sliced

Lime wedges

 

Instructions:

1)  Place one half of the onion (reserving other half for slicing later) and the chunk of ginger under the broiler for 15 minutes.  Turn each over half way through to char on both sides.  Remove from broiler and allow to cool slightly. 

2)  Meanwhile, toast the coriander, cloves, and star anise in a frying pan over medium heat.

3)  Pour the chicken broth into a large pot.  Add toasted spices, fish sauce, sugar and chicken.  Peel the onion and ginger, cut into chunks and add to the pot.

4)  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

5)  Remove chicken and shred or slice the meat.

6)  Strain and discard the solids from the broth.

7)  In a soup bowl, place desired amount of noodles and chicken.  Top with desired amount of remaining ingredients and ladle in some broth. 

 This recipe is adapted from:  http://www.healthy-delicious.com/2009/10/daring-cooks-quick-and-easy-chicken-pho-pho-ba/.

 

Veggies

 

 

More Veggies

 

 

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Chicken Pho

 

 

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Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes.

Meet LipAmmo

Allow me to introduce you to LipAmmo!  One of my best girlfriends gave me this to try out.  One of her acquaintances has invented this neat little contraption to hold lipsticks together conveniently in your purse.  Do you ever get tired of hunting around for your desired shade within your make-up bag?  I do!  This organizes your lipsticks so that you can clearly see which one is which!   After placing the caps in, you can easily identify, remove, and apply your lipstick of choice.  Fits smaller lip gloss tubes as well as full-sized lipsticks.  There is also room for a lip pencil at the end.  LipAmmo sells for approximately $5.  A very efficient and effective purse organizer for yourself and an inexpensive and unique gift idea for all of your girlfriends!  A great Valentines Day gift.  Take a look!

 

LipAmmo Sleeve

LipAmmo Sleeve

 

How does this work, you ask?

How does this work, you ask?

 

Like this!

Like this!

 

And this!

And this!

 

And this!!

And this!!

 

Look how sturdy!

Look how sturdy!

 

Looks like real ammo!

Looks like real ammo!

 

Removing lipstick from cap!

Removing lipstick from cap!

 

Pretty nifty!

Pretty nifty!

 

You can purchase LipAmmo at www.lipammo.com.   They’re on Facebook too!  http://www.facebook.com/LipAmmo.

What a great idea!  Love it!!!  What do you think??  Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

 

 

 

Posted in Other Stuff, Style and Beauty.

Raspberry Mojitos

We had Superbowl Sunday at the P’s house last night and we had the following in the house:

 

A little Newer School

A little Newer School

 

Some Old School!

Some Old School!

 

And some Southern School!

And some Southern School!

 

We also had some of these!  The P’s had all the food covered, so all I could think of to bring was a beverage.  Here is how I made my Raspberry Mojitos:

 

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 6 oz container of fresh raspberries

1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves

2 cups white rum (ice ice cold from freezer is best…I used Bacardi)

2 cups cold club soda

Frozen raspberries

 

Instructions:

1)  In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water.  Heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved creating a simple syrup.  Set aside and allow to cool completely.

2)  In a food processor, puree raspberries until smooth.  Strain through a fine sieve strainer into a bowl using a spatula to press solids through. 

3)  To the raspberry puree, add the lime juice and the simple syrup.  Add the mint leaves (reserving some for garnish).  Muddle.  I don’t have what one would call a “muddler,” so I used the bottom of a drinking glass.  You want to release the oils from the mint.

4)  Pour all contents of bowl, including mint leaves, into a large pitcher.  Add rum and club soda.  Add frozen raspberries to keep cool.

5)  Pour into glasses and enjoy (serves 6 – 8).

 

Raspberry Mojito

 

What was your Superbowl beverage of choice?  Please say so in comments!

 

 

Posted in Beverages, Recipes.