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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The ONLY Thing Better Than Makeup.......

The ONLY thing in my book that is better than makeup is.....

FOOD!!!!

Yep...THIS girl LOVES to stuff her face!!!

So as you might guess...Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays!



That being said...I also LOVE to cook, and bake!

This year I have been commissioned by my wonderful Mother-In-Law to bake a peanut butter pie for our Thanksgiving dinner. 
BUT...
It's not just any old peanut butter pie....

It's my Mema's Peanut Butter Pie!



If you don't know...that is the HOLY GRAIL of peanut butter pies!
Seriously...it's the best thing ever!! 

So today I am foregoing the makeup posts....and I am sharing my Mema's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie Recipe with you!

If you have family, significant others, or friends to impress this holiday season....you might wanna pay close attention and whip this up!

It's a no fail perfect 1st impression maker!


Mema's Peanut Butter Pie

You KNOW the recipe will be amazing when it is written out with Love by your own Mema's hand!




  So here are the ingredients you will need:

 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
3/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1 Baked Pie Shell
1/4 Cup Cornstarch or Flour
2/3 Cup Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Scalded Milk
3 Eggs (Separated) - Beat Yolks
2 Tablespoons Butter
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla

Meringue Ingredients:
3 Egg Whites from the Eggs above (At room temperature)
1 - 7oz Jar Marshmallow Cream





Let's get STARTED!!






First, unroll a pie crust into an ungreased 9 inch glass pie dish. 
You can make your own dough of course, but it's just easier this way and still tastes just as good!




Poke holes with a fork in the crust so it won't BLOW UP in the oven. You can also make decorative edging if you want. I just press the edging with a fork.
 



 Bake the pie crust for 11-13 minutes at 400 Degrees, or until slightly golden brown around the edges. (You will be baking again later so don't get it TOO brown).
 


Let the baked crust cool completely before adding the filling.




Mix the 3/4 Cup Peanut Butter and 1 Cup Powdered Sugar together until it becomes dough like. (It will be slightly crumbly, but that's what you want!)
 



Place the peanut butter mixture into the baked pie crust and mash until it reaches the edges. Reserve the left over peanut butter crumbs to top the pie with.






Heat 2 Cups of Milk until HOT, but not boiling. Be careful not to let it burn! (That smells SO bad...and there is no saving it!).



Once the milk is scalded, reduce heat to medium and add the butter, sugar, cornstarch/flour (I used cornstarch), salt, and beaten egg yolks to the hot milk and stir CONTINUOUSLY! 
Seriously....keep that spoon moving! You are basically making old fashioned vanilla pudding so you have to keep the mixture moving so it can thicken to a pudding consistency.    



Keep Stirring....

 
Starting to thicken...


 

Keep Stirring...



There you GO! 
Now we have pudding!
(Go ahead...lick the spoon! It's awesome!!)

 




Once the pudding is thickened and delicious....Pour on top of the peanut butter mixture in the pie crust.
  



NOW...it's Meringue time!!!

I'm not an egg meringue fan at ALL.....YUCK...it's like....puffy eggs...Nasty!! 

BUT THIS meringue has a whole jar of Marshmallow cream in it! 
TOTAL MERINGUE REDEMPTION! 




 Pour the room temperature egg whites into a large bowl and beat on low speed until they get "stiff" or until they look frothy and can hold a little shape when you pull the beaters out. 




 Once stiffened, add the jar of Marshmallow Cream...Feel Free to lick the spoon!





Beat on low until blended and then push it up to high speed until the meringue becomes stiff and glossy (And can also stiffly stick to the beaters when you pull them out).  





 Now pour the meringue over the peanut butter/pudding in the pie crust.






 Once smooth, begin to "make mountains" out of the meringue. (Basically you slap it with your utensil and the meringue will stick to it when you pull it up and make little "mountains")





See how pretty that makes it!!??






Now take those remaining peanut butter crumbs you had from mixing the peanut butter and powdered sugar together and sprinkle over the top of the pie.  






Pop the pie in the oven at 325 Degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until the meringue is lightly browned.


DONE!!!!


 How gorgeous is this PIE!!??? And how EASY!!!!
 

  

YUM!!!!! 

My house smells AMAZING!!!! 

Seriously... You won't regret making this pie!

It's a wonderful dessert for the holidays AND it's SO easy, but also IMPRESSIVE!!!  

What yummy dishes are you making this holiday season?!? I'd love to hear your recipes!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I am thankful for each and every one of you!!!

<3, MMG  

Monday, November 24, 2014

Manic Monday!

Good morning Lovelies!
Yes... It's the dreaded MONDAY again...Seriously why does Monday ALWAYS sneak up so fast?? 

Sometimes I feel bad for Monday because it never gets any love in the weekday department....


But today we are going to change that and show Monday some LOVE!



Today is the 1st Manic Monday Q&A Post!



My 1st question comes from my best friend Carissa. 

She Asks...

"If you only had 2 minutes to leave the house, what 3 items would you apply??"

Well...my top 3 must have products would be

1) Concealer
2) Cream Blush
3) Mascara 

Why these 3 items? Let me explain.

CONCEALER: No one likes to have their dark circles and blemishes broadcast to the world...So this is definitely #1 on my list!
Not only does concealer...well...conceal, but it also can be used as a highlighting tool in a pinch!
Since there is no time for foundation, use the concealer to hide those circles (In the Triangle form that I talked about HERE) and trouble spots. Then quickly slide some down the bridge of your nose, around the top of your eyebrows & on the brow bone, in the corners of your eyes, and on your chin and blend.
This will help give the illusion of foundation and will help highlight your face as well! 
Nothing helps you look more awake than a little highlighting effect! 
Even if it is with a concealer!


Here are my Top Choices for Concealer:
Benefit Fake-Up Concealer
 This is a top choice for me because it has moisturizer IN IT! Since you are skipping a lot of prep steps, why not use a product that will take care of one of those steps anyways!
Not only does this concealer have a moisture ring around the concealer (Also great for dry spots and dry blemish areas), but it also REALLY conceals! 
My bad dark circles and blemishes vanish with this stuff!
$24 and well worth it! It lasts for at least 6 months for me with daily use!

$24 at Ulta and Sephora


NYX HD Photo Wand Concealer
If you have read my blog before, you know what a fan of this concealer I am. 
Simply put...It CONCEALS and is GREAT for highlighting as well. I use this on a daily basis and it works GREAT! 
Plus...it's only $4.99!

$4.99 at Ulta or Target





Cream Blush: I don't use cream blush on a daily basis, but it does have it's own place in my beauty bag! 
I would choose this kind over my normal powder blushes because it can be used for MORE than just blush!
After applying this quickly to the apples of my cheeks, I would also dab some on my finger and apply to my lips to give them a POP of color and the illusion of lipstick!
You could also use this as eyeshadow and apply a little dab across your lid, or just in the outer corner for some depth (This works especially well if your cream blush has a little shimmer to it!). 


My Top Choices for Cream Blush:
 
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush
This blush has a wonderful smooth texture and they have tons of shades to choose from (10 at Ulta)!! 
PLUS....it's only $7.99!!!
It also has a subtle shimmer to it, which also helps highlight those cheeks when you are in a hurry.

$7.99 at Ulta or Walmart/Drug Stores



NYX Cream Blush 
Surprise! Another NYX item that I love!
This cream blush also has a nice smooth texture, but it has no shimmer to it if a matte color is more your thing. 
Definitely doubles nicely as a lip color as well! 
Another steal at $5.99 too!!! YAAAAY!

$5.99 at Ulta or Target 




Mascara: I think mascara is probably the one item that I will NEVER EVER EVERRRRRR leave the house without. 
I can ALWAYS find at least 2 seconds to apply a tiny coat before I rush out the door. 
I seriously feel like my eyes are invisible if I don't have mascara on. 
When I am in an extra time crunch and don't have a minute to put on eyeliner, my mascara will just have to step in and do that job!
The secret to making your mascara mimick eyeliner is to make sure you apply it as close to your eyelid as possible!
Get in there and twirl the mascara wand at the base of your lashes and then brush upward.
Not only will you have nice long lashes, but you will also add more depth to your eye area by getting the mascara at the base of the lashes and basically right on your lid (like eyeliner would do!). 
You can also apply to your bottom lashes if you have a few more seconds to spare! 
 Hello EYES!!!! 
You are now ready to rush out the door!



My Top Choices for Mascara:

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara 
Yes...You all know that this is currently my FAVE mascara right now....So of course I'm recommending it!
It Lengthens...Gives Volume...and CURLS...
Nuff said! 

$23 at Ulta


Revlon Lash Potion Grow Luscious Mascara
This one is another old fave mascara of mine. 
For a "Drug Store" brand...this Revlon mascara really gets the job done. 
The wand is GREAT for getting in there and making it look like you have some liner on!
It lengthens, separates, and adds volume!
Plus...you can't beat the price tag...

$8.49 at Ulta, and other Drug Stores




Well, there you have it! The 1st Manic Monday Q&A!!! What do you think!?
Will you use these 3 items when you are in a super time crunch??



I need a new question for next Monday Lovelies!! 
Please come "Like" my page on Facebook and ask me questions! It doesn't have to be makeup related...Ask AWAY!! 
Anything is game!
Food...Fashion...Anything!


You didn't think you were going to get through this post without a reference to this song right??!!
Come on I HAD TO!
 


Thanks for reading!!!!

Love you ALL!!!

<3, MMG   

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mini Ulta Haul!!!

Would you like to see what I got from my latest Ulta trip??


Do you get as excited as I do when you see that little orange bag!!??
I think it makes my heart beat faster......

Anyways... Here is my latest mini haul from Ulta!



Items Purchased:  
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush - $8.99 - good for contouring! 

Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush - $5.99 -  use with gel or cream eyeliners! 




J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Mad Splatter - $4.99 (I think this might be an Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar dupe)




 As you probably notice.... I was seeing RED on my latest shopping trip!
Ever since I tried the Va Va VOOM Red Lip (See my post about it here) I have kiiiiinda been obsessed with RED.


That's why I couldn't stop myself from overloading on the NYX Red Lip Products! But in my defense...I DID need a red lip liner...AND you have to have matching lipstick AND gloss to go with it right!??
Once I get a chance to try out all these items I will post a review for you (Possibly even in a VIDEO!). 
On a side note: If you aren't a beauty rewards member at Ulta...then you really NEED to sign up NOW! Especially if you plan on shopping there for some holiday gifts! It's a free program that you can sign up for online or in store! You can earn points for every purchase you make and then you can redeem those points for $ off your next purchases! I used my rewards points on this trip and got $8 OFF!!! 
PLUS you can use the $3.50 off of $10 Coupon too (Which I did on this purchase too!!).
Ulta had a TON of adorable gift sets in store as well! A lot of them were new to me, so run down to your local Ulta and check them out! Some were even wrapped or in cute holiday boxes! SCORE!! Don't forget to check out my Holiday Gift Guide Post HERE!!!
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Thank you for reading!
Love you all!!
<3, MMG

 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Favorites - Video!

It's my favorite time of year...
The weather is cooler....
My makeup stays better...
OH....And the HOLIDAYS are here!!



I love the sights, smells, and well....FOOD that this season brings! 

I thought I would share a few of those favorite things with you in a video!

This video includes more than just makeup faves...It has Food and Fashion in it as well!


Enjoy!!!! <3
Link to Video Here 

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Items Mentioned in Video: 


*All proceeds from this cookbook go to the Ronald McDonald House Charity!!


*Get 30% off your Order with Code: NOV2014





*Real Techniques Brushes are Buy One Get One Half Off at Ulta This Week!






Mossimo Back and Blue Skinny Jeans 

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What are your November faves? I would love to hear from you with any recommendations!

If you haven't read my Holiday Gift Guide Post...Click HERE to check it out!




Thanks for watching and reading! Love you all!!! 

<3, MMG