Condensed Milk Caramel

posted on: October 22, 2014

Condensed Milk Caramel-2

Condensed Milk Caramel-1

Hola, mis amigos! I’ve been working on some fun projects in my spare time, and it’s been great. But since I don’t have much spare time, it’s also been really limiting. Thus, I’ve come up with some life hacks along the way.

Am I allowed to use “thus” and “life hacks” in the same sentence? Probably not, but it’s my internet corner and I’ll do what I want.

Here’s what I’ve figured out these past few months:

  • A nice white lace dress works wonders. Just don’t wander too close to city hall, or people may think you’re about to get hitched.
  • One good brownie recipe is all you need, and from there you can make s’mores brownies, rocky road brownies, and cheesecake brownies.
  • Wearing heels after training legs is a terrible idea. Seems like common sense, yet I always find myself in heels post leg day. Why?!
  • Taking an hour to do something you want to do each day will save your sanity.
  • Red lipstick is the cure for so many things. So is chocolate. And a good leg day at the gym (totally my new obsession).
  • Condensed milk is the simplest way to make caramel.

So, on that last point. I have a thing against store-bought caramel, but I also don’t have the time to whip up a batch myself. Also, I haven’t quite gotten the hang of making caramel yet. But I will. One day… Just not any time soon. My solution was to use the condensed milk that has lived in our pantry for the last five years; I named it Steve. It’s quite simple: drop the can in boiling water for about 3 hours. Let it cool, and then open it. If it’s not quite brown enough, put the caramel back in canning jars- I used tiny ones- and close the lids tightly. Return them to boiling water for another hour and check them again. Mine ended up taking about 5 hours to get to the point I wanted.

Tiger, Tiger

posted on: October 21, 2014

October 4-3 October 4-1 October 4-2

[ tee: Lover + Friends | jeans: Michael Kors (similar options) | sneakers: Converse ]

I took these pictures a few weeks back, when the trees were still going strong and I could wear shorter sleeves without freezing my armpits off. It also happened to be a Blah Day. That’s right, there’s so much ugh, ick, and blah going on it gets the right to be a proper noun. The best remedy I’ve come across for a Blah Day is as follows: badass tee + badass distressed denim + badass red lipstick. If you haven’t figured it out, it just makes you feel like a badass ready to take on the day.

p.s. Queen Bey has this shirt.

Hooray for Friday! 10.17.14

posted on: October 17, 2014

This week kicked my butt. Not as bad as last week, because nothing compares to an organic chemistry quiz, an anatomy exam, a genetics exam, and an anatomy practical. On a Saturday. So yeah, nothing compares. But this week had it’s ups and downs:

I had an organic chemistry exam on Tuesday… But I spent Wednesday night as strictly me time.

I made a really great omelet… And I made a so-so batch of Banana Bread Baked Doughnuts. They tasted great, but the texture was less than ideally fluffy. I gave some to my neighbor, because I’ve decided that she’s going to be my baking guinea pig. It’s cool, we’re friends.

I spilled chemicals all over my booties. I’m not sure how hazardous they are… But I got 25% off a new pair from Shopbop.

And I’m finally, finally getting over my cold. It’s been almost two weeks. I’m ready to break up. My cold is very clingy though.

As for my weekend plans, there will be studying (a sad fact of life), but also baking and relaxing. Those Banana Baked Doughnuts aren’t going to perfect themselves! What are your plans this weekend?

Salted Caramel Apple Spice Mug Cake sounds so delicious and so on par for fall.

How to feel ok after a bad day.

Parker does party dresses right. I absolutely adore this one and can’t wait to add it to my closet.

Joy the Baker’s new cookbook is out and about. It’s totally calling my name. And your name. It loves us all equally, ok?

This sums up last week + all the future weeks until finals.

If you missed last week’s SNL episode, pull yourself together and WATCH IT. Bill Hader hosted. Enough said.

Thank God for Brittany Dawn and her fitness program, because I really hate running.

Helena nailed this monochromatic white look. Can we all take a moment to fangirl over that necklace?

Eat the damn cookie. And other advice.

Tokyo has always been on my travel list, but after seeing Keiko’s photo dairy I want to go more than ever.

Sexism goes both ways. This comic is deep, folks.

This gooey Pumpkin Spice Latte Chocolate Pudding Cake is vegan and gluten free. Another perfect fall recipe, because if you’re like me, our mantra is basically “Gimme all the pumpkin.”

My favorite blush gives the perfect glow.

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