The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

I’m sure there are tons of recipes out there claiming to be “the best,” but let me tell you, this recipe really is the best. These hard boiled eggs have the perfect mix of a firm white and a soft yolk.15

I used to hate hard boiled eggs as a kid because the yolks were always too chalky for me. They left me wanting anything in liquid form to wash it down. That’s why I love this recipe; the yolks are creamy instead of dry.2

The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

  • A dozen eggs
  • Water
  • White vinegar

Place the eggs in a single layer in a medium sauce pan. Completely cover with cold water and add a splash of vinegar.

Bring the eggs to a boil. When the eggs begin to boil, remove from heat, cover and let sit for 12 minutes.

After 12 minutes, place the sauce pan under cold running water until the eggs are completely cooled.

Removed the shells and enjoy!7


Makeup Your Soul

Eyelashes, concealer, foundation, lip liner, gloss and highlight mean nothing if you don’t feel good on the inside. Today’s post is a little different, but a lot necessary in a society where we often praise and recognize outer beauty more than inner (I’ve been guilty of this).



Loaded Oatmeal

I know, oatmeal can be SO boring, but this recipe couldn’t be further from that. It’s stuffed with everything you need to stay full and to satisfy that sweet tooth. (more…)


The MAC Selena Collection is Bidi Bidi Bomb Bomb

The limited-edition Selena collection by MAC is so beautiful that I might just display it as a trophy on my vanity (that I’ve yet to purchase) and let others admire it from afar. This sounds ridiculous, but have you ever bought makeup that is just too pretty to use?!



No Bake Pumpkin bars

In the spirit of pumpkin season, I give you: no bake pumpkin bars. One little secret, you can bake part of it if you wish, but for all my fellow lazy people out there, all you really need to do is mix and pour. (more…)


Whole Wheat Cornbread

There’s nothing quite like chili and cornbread on a chilly (see what I did there?) day. Heck, even if it’s not cold out, chili and cornbread is still a perfect fall favorite. It’s comfort food at it’s finest and you don’t even have to feel guilty about it because this particular recipe is chock full of whole wheat and real corn.


When I make chili, I always want the cornbread to go along with it, but to be honest, I’m usually too lazy. I know, it’s bad. That’s why this cornbread recipe is perfect for me, there’s literally two steps involved: mix and bake.


Whole Wheat Cornbread

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup oil (I prefer coconut)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup corn, fresh or frozen

Preheat your oven to 400º and grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with pan spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, oil, honey and buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients and the corn and mix until just combined.

Pour the cornbread mixture into the baking dish and bake until done, about 25-30 minutes. You’ll know the cornbread is ready when a fork inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.




The $2 Eyeliner You Need 

I’m a liquid eyeliner fan all the way. Pencil liner never works out for me, marker liner seems deceivingly easy (but I know better) and the paint pot liner terrifies me.



Cinnamon Fried Apples

Happy fall ya’ll! With temperatures dropping and leaves falling, I’d say fall is in full swing in the northwest. I haven’t made it to the apple orchard yet this year, but I did manage to pick up a few delicious Fuji apples from the farmers market over the weekend and what do you know? they make the perfect fried apples.9

Any kind of apple dessert is usually best with tart apples which is why granny smiths are so popular in pies and cakes. I enjoy a good granny smith dipped in caramel and smothered in chocolate just as much and the next gal, but these Fujis were the perfect blend of sweet and tart, I couldn’t pass them up.117

Cinnamon Fried Apples

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 4 ounces water
  • 1 tablespoon oil, plus more for frying*
  • 2 apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Add about 1/2″ oil to a medium sauce pan and heat to 325º. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can drop a pea sized amount of batter in the hot oil. If the batter sizzles and floats to the top immediately, it’s ready.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in the water and 1 tablespoon oil. The batter should be the consistency of heavy cream. Add more water or flour as needed.

Peal, core and slice the apples . I sliced them into wedges, but they can also be sliced into rounds.

In a bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside.

Dip the apples into the batter and carefully drop into the hot oil. Fry the apples until both sides are golden brown. Repeat until all of the apple slices are done, about three batches.

Place the hot apples on a paper towel for a few minutes to drain the excess oil.

Add the apples, one at a time, to the sugar mixture and toss to coat. Repeat until each apple slice is completely coated in cinnamon sugary goodness.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

*I use coconut oil, but any oil with a high smoke point will work. Vegetable oil or grapeseed oil are great options.




Mediterranean Lentil Salad

After spending close to a week in the mediterranean, I’ve come back inspired and still craving all of the mouthwatering food I stuffed myself with. I would attempt Greek souvlaki and home, but when is any traditional food from another country ever as good when you make it in the states? (more…)


Beauty Essentials for the Active Traveler 

I’m usually a “girly girl.” I shy away from activity that makes me sweat in almost all situations. However, I went to Kauai last week and I let that part of me fly away with the Hawaiian breeze.