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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Elf Matte Lipstick Review!

I have taken some time to test out Elf's Matte lipstick and it performs extremely well! In using this lipstick for the past month, I can now accurately share my experience.

The color that I chose was Berry Sorbet. For the three dollars that I spent on it, I have to say that I didn't expect very much. But, I have used other elf products and I have been very happy with them, so it was worth a shot.

The color was so vibrant and rich. It went on very smoothly. It is not a dull matte and it didn't dry out my lips either. Because of the shape, I was able to use it to line my lips before filling them in. That was definitely an added bonus.

Now, this is not a lip stain, so it will transfer to things like napkins, but I knew that going into this. As far as the transfer, it wasn't bad when it came to things like glasses and cups. It did leave a little mark, but not some huge layer that ends up smearing your lipstick on the second sip.

Overall, I would say that this lipstick performs well when dining. The color is true and it lasts for quite some time, even with the mild transferring. And, for a few dollars, you really can't beat the price. I look forward to reviewing more products in the future.

I would love to hear your experiences with Elf lipsticks, so please comment below and share your photos on Twitter using #alacuisinellc.

***this is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.***

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Kale Chips - the Ultimate Superfood Snack

If you've ever dealt with trying to find a healthy snack that actually tastes good or an "out of the norm" new vegetable side, this recipe is for you! Kale is often overlooked, but it is a superfood suited for many uses!

This amazing vegetable has many health benefits including the fact that it is high in iron, vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, and fiber; easily making kale a guilt-free, superfood addition to your diet. You can add it to smooties, stirfrys, egg scrambles, burgers, salads, as well as many other things, including these delicious chips.

Kale chips are incredibly easy to make and only require three ingredients. The are light and crispy, absolutely delicious. If you buy kale already chopped, this recipe becomes even simpler, but it can be done with a bunch of kale with minimal effort.

Kale Chips Recipe
3 Cups of Chopped Kale (stalks removed)
1 Tbsp Olive oil
1 or 2 Pinches of Sea Salt

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
2. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and toss to coat.
3. Pour coated kale on cookie sheet, spreading the pieces out as much as possible.
4. Cook for 10-15 min. until crispy and brown around edges.
5. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Beware that they are very addictive! Please share your experiences in the comments below and if you take photos, I would love to see them on Twitter, using #alacuisinellc.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Fun and Romantic Foods Ideas for a Valentines' Night In

Going out to dinner can be a wonderful way to celebrate Valentines' day, but it can also be a hassle. Poor food or inattentive waitstaff, even heavy traffic can really put a damper on the mood. Here are some ideas to help you celebrate with your love while staying in.

Few things beat the romance of a picnic at home, preferably in front of the fireplace. The coziness and intimacy of it can create the perfect atmosphere. Put on a romantic movie or music in the background, pour some wine, and you've got the right foundation for a special night.

Cooking together can be an activity filled with affection and anticipation. Think creativity, such as making a thin crust pizza together. (You don't want anything too heavy.) Keep it simple and buy the crust, sauce, and toppings. That way you can jump right in to assembling it together.

If you're looking for something sweeter, you can get a variety of fruit and some chocolate chips. You can cut up the fruit and melt the chocolate together. Its up to you if you coat the fruit and let it set or if you dip as you go. Think bananas, strawberries, apples.

If cooking together really isn't your thing, have no fear. Pick out some shrimp cocktail or a deli tray together. You could even do mini appetizers if you prefer. Assemble it in pretty serving dishes and you're good to go.

Make sure to lay out blankets, pillows, and candles. You want to be as comfortable as possible. Even if you don't on a daily basis, break out the China plates and cloth napkins. Show each other how much you care!

I hope that these ideas help you to have a special Valentines' day full of romance. I would love to hear about your picnic experiences below.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Find Your Specialty Recipes at the Library

The library is an often overlooked, yet vital asset to each and every one of us. Thousands upon thousands of books and videos at your fingertips for free. So, how can this help your cooking?

Public libraries have an astounding number of books on cooking techniques, recipes, and entertaining guidelines. You can find books on every cooking style, older traditional recipes, newer fusion recipes. All the information for your next culinary adventure at your fingertips!

There is nothing wrong with buying books that interest you. My motto is that "you can never have too many books". But, why not try out your public libraries' selection first. That way you can find the books that truly speak to you and then you can buy those. This helps ensure that you don't end up with a plethora of books you'll never use.

Most libraries have websites where you can search by title or topic ahead of time. You can peruse the variety of choices and place holds on the books that interest you. The library will send notifications when the selections are ready.

Or, if you have a little time to spare, you can search the selections in person. Sometimes a book will catch your attention that you might not ordinarily choose. You can also request books that your library may not have yet.

Throughout this year, when you're trying to find that favorite new recipe or trying to track down that old family recipe that was lost, think of your library first. You will most certainly be pleasantly surprised.

Do you use your public library? Please share your experiences with cookbooks from your public library below! If you get a cookbook from your local library, share on Twitter using #alacuisinellc.

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