Maple Chicken Sausage and Buttermilk Biscuit Pigs in a Blanket

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‘Tis the season, once again, for yet another generation of graduates to enter into the workforce…or college, or whatever. Bottom line is, with graduations comes BBQs and with BBQs comes food.

Let’s be honest, who goes to a graduation party for anything other than the food? Okay, maybe a lot of people, but not me. I love food, especially comfort finger food. Pigs in a Blanket are an all time favorite comfort food of mine. They remind me of childhood, and with my selective memory, I conveniently forget the heartburn associated with said food, but hey, it’s worth it, right?

Instead of the disgusting traditional crescent rolls and lil smokies version, I decided to spice things up and make Maple Chicken Sausage and Buttermilk Biscuit Pigs in a Blanket.pigs1 pigs2 pigs3

Maple Chicken Sausage and Buttermilk Biscuit Pigs in a Blanket

3 cups flour
8 ounces cold butter, cut up
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt (I used Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning)
Buttermilk
12 maple chicken sausages cut in 1/2 (fully cooked)

Pan fry or broil the chick sausages until brown and set aside. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

For the biscuits, add the flour, baking powder, seasoning and cold butter chunks into a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low until it resembles cornmeal. Next, slowly pour some buttermilk into the dry mixture, while the mixer is running, until in forms a slightly moist dough. You want to have some crumbles, if it is too wet it will be very difficult to handle.

When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured surface and roll it out to a thickness of about 1/4-1/2 an inch. Using a round cookie cutter, or small cup or pretty much anything, cut out 24 small circles. (Alternately, you can cut out small triangles by hand and roll the sausages up like the crescent rolls version.) Roll out each circle further to make an oval then roll the sausage up inside of it. Place the piggies, with the seam of the roll on the bottom, onto a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Bake the pigs for about 8-10 minutes, or until the tops are a nice golden brown. Bring those suckers to a party and enjoy! Or just eat them all at home like me, smothered in maple syrup.pigs5 pigs6 pigs4

Song of the Day: Death Cab for Cutie – Black Sun

Smashbox Minibox Palette!

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As if Ulta wasn’t tempting enough already, I bought this Smashbox Minibox Palette during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty for $39. Unfortunately, the 21 Days of Beauty is now over, but this product is available on Ebay as the full minibox palette ($35.58) or just the palette ($19.99). Not, bad! Let’s review.

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Let’s rename this product, triple threat… shall we? Complete with 8 eyeshadows- 5 more neutral shades and 3 bold, a sheer lip gloss, mascara, blusher, bronzer and highlighter, just pop this baby in your makeup bag along with your favorite eyeliner and face makeup, and you’re good to go!

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Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Pink Lady

This gloss glides on smooth and goes great over lip stick. I included this gloss in my look-at-me lips post a while back. The only downside of this gloss, as is the case with many glosses, is that it has a slightly sticky feel. The upside is that it is long lasting. Although this color is lighter, I’ve had good experiences with these being very pigmented!

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Full Exposure Mascara 

One huge plus to the Minibox is that it comes with a full-tube of this mascara! I love this long flat brush that makes for easy application. This mascara does not clump easily and doesn’t flake, either.

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Let’s take a peak inside! 

I apologize that my palette isn’t sparkling clean anymore, but at least you know I use it! One downside to the palette is that the dust from eyeshadows and blushes can sprinkle around once you close it. This palette came with a small plastic sheet to prevent it, but I lost mine within two seconds of buying it… no big deal, though!

The Shadows

Shades: Ambient, Cinder, Peacock, Rose, Sienna, Ultramarine, Nude and Vanilla.

These shadows are “Photo Op Eye Shadows” that were “Created, tested and photographed at Smashbox Studios LA.”

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1.) The shadow I use the most is the lightly tinted white shadow at the top. Sorry that it is not that visible in my swatch, but it is a great base and highlighter for the brow bone and inside corners of the eyes!

2.) This toasty beige/brown is great for soft creases and I’ve also used it all over the lid for a slightly smokier look.

3.) I’m a sucker for golds and this one doesn’t disappoint. It is a brighter gold with some sparkle.

4.) This is a nice deep brown color, but what I love about it is that it has a metallic twist to it! It pairs really nicely with either three of the above colors, especially the gold!

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This tones are slightly less neutral, but equally pretty!

5.) This metallic slightly purple-taupe is a beautiful shade! I love it for all over the lid, but it also looks really nice on the creases. This shade reminds me of a lighter Wet N Wild eyeshadow, “Nutty.” If you haven’t tried that shadow, pick it up at any local drugstore…it’s awesome! But, I digress.

6.) The pinky mauve color is not as vibrant as it looks in the palette, which to me is a good thing because I’m not super into pinky shadows. It has a nice light tint to it and that same metallic feel.

7.) I’m going to assume that this color is Ultramarine because the name suits it perfectly. I was attracted to this palette particularly for this shadow because it’s unlike any I have. It has a nice, light turquoise tone with a hint of metallic gold to it! I love pairing it with an aqua bottom liner, like the NYX retractable eyeliner in Aquatic Green.

8.) This deep blue is nice and dark, mostly matte with a bit of sparkle. I personally use this color the least, but I’ll try to experiment with it!

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Highlighter, blusher and bronzer. 

I’ll be honest, I haven’t really used the blusher very much, it is a very bright, corally pink color and I know it will come in handy, though! The highlighter is beautiful, sparkly and bright! The bronzer is one of my favorites, it goes on smooth and is easy to blend! Which has been a flaw with most of my previous bronzers. This one isn’t streaky!

This minibox deserves an “A” in my book and I recommend you pick it up if you have the chance online!

XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

Song of the Day: LTN ft. Christina Novelli – Hold On To Your Heart

Saturday Styles in LA 4/18 [Coachella Edition]

Hey guys!
So, last weekend’s Saturday Styles in LA didn’t feature anything Coachella related because it was a schedule post from a week and a half prior. At that time I didn’t even think about Coachella. So, this week on Saturday Styles in LA will feature Weekend 1’s best fashion.

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Instagram | @exploding.rainbow

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Instagram | @jenni_wde

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Instagram | @cel.pea

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Instagram | @bre.alicia

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Instagram | @jstinemartin

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Instagram | @miss_mims

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Instagram | @_lilbambi

Song of the Day: Cosmic Gate ft. Emma Hewitt – Going Home (Gareth Emery Remix)

Homemade Granola

I always feel healthy when I pick granola for breakfast over a bagel or pancakes, but in reality, granola really isn’t that great for you. Especially the stuff you find at the store. Have you ever read the sugar count in a box of granola? If you haven’t, don’t! I mean, there’s a reason it taste so good…g6

But no need to fear because you can make your own granola at home and it is insanely easy! No need for refined sugars and processed oils.g4 g3

For this recipe, I kept it simple: cinnamon raisin granola with pecans, but don’t limit yourself. One of the best things about making granola at home is its versatility; there are so many different flavors to make that you never get bored of eating the same thing.g2

Homemade Granola

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
2 ounces of melted coconut oil
1 ounce 100% maple syrup
1 ounce honey
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup rasins

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine the oats, spices and nuts. In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup and honey and mix the wet and dry ingredients together.

Do not add the raisins (or any dried fruit) until the end.

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper (or spray it with coconut oil pan spray) and spread out the mixture in a thin, even layer.

Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes, or until the granola is slightly darker than golden brown. Make sure to check and mix the granola every 5 minutes or so to make sure it browns evenly.

When the granola is done, remove it from the oven let it cool completely. Once it has cooled, add the raisins, mix together and enjoy!

Granola is great with milk, yogurt or simply by itself for a snack.

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