Braided Cinnamon Roll

For reals going to get a different theme in today. I am so sorry this launch has not been going quite to plan, but, I’m still having fun and I hope you are too.

Since I stopped working and came home to follow some dreams (mainly of not being miserable,) my husband and I have been almost totally broke. Very happy with this decision, in that we have a much cleaner house, he gets home cooked meals for dinner, and, oh, I guess actually seeing him every evening is nice too. But, not having any real disposable income has not been much of a problem till now.

Christmas shopping is not so much fun when you don’t have money. Also, I really do pride myself on my gift giving skills. I take a lot of time and effort to come up with the perfect gift. Not having the funds to let my creativity fly is making me a little crazy.

So, what can you do if you’re not incredibly crafty, have quite a bit of time on your hands, and ZERO disposable income? Well, I am crafting and baking like mad. Last year it was cookies for pretty much everyone, I even got a tin for my former boss that I filled with cookies and told him that whenever that tin was empty, just bring it to me and I would refill it. I still need to fill it up one last time… So, this year I need to get a little more creative, even though cookies will still be on the gift list, they can’t take center stage this year.

Now what other treats can I bake to make this cheap Christmas not feel cheap? I know, bread. Bread is delicious. Bread smells wonderful, and seems to take way more time and effort than it really does. Bread as a gift seems to make people happy. So, now I get to try these breads to see if they are holiday worthy, this Braided Cinnamon Roll at http://totallyloveit.com/braided-cinnamon-rolls/ looks perfect, festive, pretty, and at least looks tasty.

Side note- I really should eat before looking at pictures of food, everything looks really really tasty right now.

I would never have made bread while I was working full time. I don’t have a bread machine, or even a KitchenAid (oh how I dream of that sweet beautiful, multipurpose appliance…) Also, rising, kneading… So much hassle and time, so worth it, but so much time. Now that I’m home all day, bread has become a great way to keep the house smelling nice (hey, candles are expensive too…) and keep us full since the fresh bread is filling and delicious. Even if it isn’t the healthiest, it’s a very nice change up from rice, beans, and pasta. Also SO cheap to make. Seriously. Flour, salt, milk, yeast, butter, egg, sugar and cinnamon. These are things I already have all the time (well, I did have to get yeast. Never really worked with yeast… The most complex bread I had ever made before was beer bread. This does look more intense than beer bread, but it looks so worth it. This one will only be for me and the husband to eat, but if it turns out well, everyone will get one for Christmas.
Now, this recipe calls for one packet of yeast. I found that for the same cost as 3 packets, I could get the bigger container, so I had to look up how much yeast is in one packet. Turns out there are 2 ¼ teaspoons in a packet.

Now, after mixing up the dough, it came out much drier than I was expecting… I double checked the recipe and the only thing I forgot was the salt, so, it is missing something, but not something that would make it less dry. It does however seem to be rising appropriately.

I really think this recipe needs to be adjusted or I messed up somewhere along the way. It did not roll out smoothly (the dryness made it clumpy and it sprung back after every roll.) Once I rolled it out it would not turn into the beautiful wreath shown in the pictures. I did continue and cut it and baked it to see if it would at least look nice straight. The filling was clumpy as well, but that’s just because the butter was only softened, not melted.
The picture in order is top (right to left) are wet ingredients before resting, after letting the yeast rise, after kneeding in the flour. Bottom (right to left) after the dough had risen for an hour, after adding the filling, rolling and slicing down the middle, after twisting right before the oven. And in the middle is after it was removed from the oven. Looks bad, tastes good.
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So, other than the fact that it did not look like it did in the picture, it did taste delicious. I don’t think this will be making the rounds this Christmas as a gift, but I will definitely work on it, see if I can make any adjustments, or just try it again at another time to see if I can get it to work. Maybe you can do better? Feel free to tag me and #tastyTuesday and show me how yours turned out!

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Braided Cinnamon Roll

Santa’s Belt Nails

Welcome back to another makeup Monday! Today I’m doing nails. Christmas nails. Santa’s belt nails. They look super cute, and seems easy, a red base, a black stripe, a silver (I’m using white since that’s what I have) buckle. I found this idea at http://polish2times.com/2011/12/23/santas-belt/ although I’m sure there are probably many attributions for this idea.

My husband took a look at the reference photo and started talking about how this is the nail idea that looks super simple, but most women when they try it would end up frustrated and angry that it didn’t go according to plan.

I have short stubby nails since I bit them till I was 25 (and on and off since.) I think this idea is probably made more for long nails that are not as misshapen as mine are. I have always loved red nails (who doesn’t?) and a close friend gave me a set of nail polish based on Rocky Horror Picture Show for my birthday that included black, white, red and a glow in the dark top coat. Instead of the normal white polish with a thick normal brush, I do have a white polish from a nail decorating kit that I bought once when I was feeling ambitious, used once or twice and then put in a drawer. Well, I put it in a drawer after my sweet dog Apollo tried to eat it. See the teeth marks in the lid? Luckily, he didn’t actually puncture it to the point that it dried out the polish.

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Holy cow I forgot how much the nail art white polish stinks. It smells very very strongly of nail polish plus whiteout. Make sure to open the windows if you use this white polish or be ready for your head to be swimming before you get one nail done.

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Obviously my husband had very little faith in me, it does seem I did slightly better than he was expecting. That was evident when I showed him and got a ok, that doesn’t look bad at all. I’m not sure whether to be hurt that he had such little faith, or pleased that I was able to impress him. I’ll stick with a little of both.

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I haven’t posted any videos yet, since I’m having issues finding easy to use video editing software within my budget (cheap/free.) So, for now to try to keep up steam and keep content flowing, I will just be posting pictures of the progress and finished results. If this seems to work well, that may continue, but at this time I do still hope to put videos corresponding to most posts.

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Santa’s Belt Nails

Made Up Monday- wet hair and everyday makeup

So, I am a girly girl, but I am a lazy girl first and foremost. Looking cute is always important to me, but I refuse to spend all day in the bathroom getting ready, get me out the door quick without it looking like I just rolled out of bed? I’ll try it.

I started out fresh from the shower, hair still soaking wet. I have SUPER thick hair that I cannot wait to get chopped off, my hair has always been short. It’s been over a year since I actually got a haircut, mainly to make sure I didn’t go crazy and chop it all before my wedding (I was told that I would want my hair long for an updo, my amazing awesome stylist was correct, I never doubt her.) I normally let my hair dry a little while doing my makeup, to make sure my hair isn’t dripping throughout the day.

Now, In case anyone is interested, my skincare routine has been all Perfectly Posh since I became a consultant 2 and half years ago. I am obsessed, this stuff is amazing. I use the Pore-fect face wash bar every morning, and BFF (Best Face Forever) a few times a week when I need some exfoliation. I use the Moisturize 911 caffeinated face lotion every morning and Apricots Overnight mask every night for deep hydration. I also alternate which mask I use a few times a week depending on my mood and what my skin needs, mostly, I use the Stripper or Drop Dead Gorgeous. If you are interested in those products, please feel free to contact me, or go online to http://www.perfectlyposh.com/emilyanderson I don’t love these products because I sell them, I sell them because I love them.

I am obsessed with a good smoky eye. I grew up in theater and dance, so dramatic makeup has always been my favorites. I still like fairly natural looking makeup, with a dramatic edge. This casual smoky eye is perfect. There are lots of links to this look without credit, the best I can find to credit correctly are http://ilovecutemakeup.com/simple-eye-makeup-on-casual-days/ and the tag in the picture says @vegas_nay, please send me proper links if anyone has them to properly credit whoever originally came up with this awesome look. I do love Urban Decay’s Naked Palette. Right now I only have the original, but once I have the money, I will be getting the other sets, as these are simple enough for me to get right no matter what I do. I will admit I have tried this look before, with great success. Again, this blog has been months in the works, and I am now finally getting content up, and videos posted.

Urban Decay’s Naked pallet is one of the best splurges I’ve ever spent. I am cheap and this is well worth the money. For foundation I use Nyx Hd sudio photogenic, ELF contouring blush and bronzing powder and for lips I used Nyx matte lipstick in Siren. Overall, this is a makeup look that would fit in day or night, office or night out. I cannot think of a situation where I would feel uncomfortable wearing this makeup look.

Now that my makeup is done, it’s time to get back to my hair. Since I was blessed/cursed with thick hair, and a lazy attitude when it comes to styling said hair, I am going with a post on wet hairstyles, it takes about an hour to blow dry my hair, and more than 8 hours for it to air dry (and that’s when it’s down!) This post was found at http://www.hairromance.com/2014/06/get-ready-fast-with-7-easy-hairstyle-tutorials-for-wet-hair.html. Since most of these tutorials involve braids, and I am not coordinated enough to do all but the simplest braids on my hair, so I’m trying The Loose Triple Bun. This seems cute enough to wear out of the house, without spending more than 10-15 minutes. At least that is the plan.

Also, I do not use bobby pins most of the time. My hair is so thick they normally get bent out of shape so I can only use them once and that’s such a waste, I prefer hair pins. The vintage factor is only half of the reason I love them. I may have to use TONS of them to keep my hair up, but they do hold. Shout out to my amazing friend and hairstylist Cate with a C who gave me a pound of hair pins. Seriously, a pound. And with as quickly as I seem to go through these things, it’s a blessing to have a pound of them.
So, I think the hair is perfect for at the beach, after the pool, easy summer look. I would not wear this style to work, or anywhere fancy, but it is great for what it is, a fun, unique way to get all this hair off of my neck. Husband approves, says it looks cute, and agrees with how I see this as a great summer hairstyle. Definitely one to keep in the files, we shall see how it goes when wearing it for a full day, my hair may just be too darned thick to keep this style up and secure all day, it does feel loose. Definitely looks great from the front, not totally stuck to my skull as a lot of wet hair styles can get, casual and fun.

I was having issues with video editing software I had installed, and am working on getting new software and the videos I made up and running. I hope to edit this post tomorrow and get these inserted tomorrow. Pictures are on twitter and Instagram, so, make sure to follow me so that if I have these issues in the future you can see all but the tutorials and me actually making things happen.
I hope you enjoyed these tutorials, and proof that these posts are well worth your time. Tomorrow will be Tasty Tuesday; I will be trying a new recipe! Please feel free to let me know what you think, what you want to see, I would love for you to follow me on Pinterest, I will absolutely follow you back to make sure I can get the best content possible for my readers. I appreciate any and all feedback, in any way you would like to get it to me, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or email.

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Made Up Monday- wet hair and everyday makeup

First round

Just to make sure there is a first entry before I actually get the first video and actual content ready, I will serve up the first found, a little watered down compared to how strong most drinks I make end up (have you had enough drinking related humor? I hope not, there will be a LOT more.) I promise more to come within the next day or so.

Also, just for future reference, I will be adding affiliate links at some point and there will probably be ads on this site for as long as it exists. If it’s possible, I will make money on this blog, can you blame me? Better to make sure we’re all on the same page from the beginning.

Now, to try to figure out what will be the best pin to make first, and ensure my house is clean enough for me to feel comfortable showing it to the world…

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First round