Sunday, April 27, 2014

Color Me Rad 5K

Yesterday I completed my first non-Navy related 5K with my boyfriend and his youngest son. Color Me Rad is a themed 5K where you get colored (and sometimes scented also) cornstarch thrown at you at certain intervals of the track called "color stations". Since the boo lives in Hampton, I ran the Newport News one with him, benefiting The Green Foundation of Newport News. You're getting pelted with color bombs, you're being active, and helping a local charity, what's not to love?


 I especially loved that I was able to take home a few color packets and to buy a color bomb (basically works like an air horn but shoots out the colored corn starch instead) to take home to my boys who spent the morning with daddy. My oldest knew Mommy was "in a fun race" that morning so he was super excited when I set up an mini course for him and his brother to run through in the yard and of course pelt each other with corn starch with a mandatory sprinkler station at the end before going inside the house.


Because it's corn starch, everything washes out in the laundry, kid tested, Mommy approved!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Harley Quinn lipstick

I've decided that this post is just extra early for next Halloween, that way I don't feel so guilty about it taking me so long to post it... yeah...
What I used:
- L'Oreal Colour Riche 315 (True Red) *you can also use a red lip liner
- L'Oreal Infallible8hr Plumping Lip Gloss 306 (Plumped Red)
- Bare Minerals Big & Bright Eyeliner in Intense Black
- a small lip brush
Start off with bare, clean lips. Line your lips in the black eyeliner, don't be afraid to go heavy with the lines, we're not going for chola lips! In fact, when doing your line, color in about 1/4 of your bottom lip, and just under 1/2 of your top lip.
Fill in the bare spaces with your red lipstick or eyeliner. Remember when I said to go heavy with the eyeliner?  Now that you're filling in with the red, you'll want to blend in the red liner into the black liner so that it doesn't look like the chola look we're not going for.
To blend your eyeliner and lipstick, use a small lip brush to kind of feather the black out into the lipstick so it blends it in. (For everyday regular lipstick and liner use, you can add another swipe of the lipstick over everything to help bring it together.)
Once you're satisfied with your blending, go over your lips with the lip gloss, it helps bring it all together and gives it a certain POP!



Monday, April 7, 2014

Citrus Beer Hot Wings

My boyfriend and I love to cook, and we love beer, so why not combine our passions? We made these citrus beer hot wings on one those freakishly cold days we were having earlier this year, and damn were they hot! Next time we'll ease up on the hot sauces but if you're looking for a wing recipe that's spicy AND flavorful, then this is the recipe for you.


- 3 lbs chicken wings (or cut up breasts to make boneless wings)                                                   
- 12 oz citrus-y beer + 1/4 cup set aside (we combined Steigl Radler Grapefruit and Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat)- 1 1/2 tsps baking powder
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp smoked cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup hot sauce (we combined Speedy's Honey Habanero Sauce and Marie Sharp's Orange Pulp Habanero Pepper Sauce)
- 1/4 cup sriracha
- 1/4 lemon, squeezed
- 1 tbsp honey
Rinse chicken under cold running water and blot with paper towels to dry. With a sharp knife remove the tips off the wings and discard. Then cut again through the joint. Marinate wings in beer in a non-reactive container in the refrigerator at least 5 hours and up to overnight.

Drain the wings and blot with paper towels to dry. Combine olive oil, spices and salt. Whisk in the 1/4 cup beer to combine. Toss the wings in wet rub. Arrange the wings in a single layer on a drying rack on top of a baking sheet. Broil on high heat for 20 minutes turning half way through. Flip again and broil an additional five minutes moving wings from the edge to the center for extra crispness.

In a large bowl combine sirracha, hot sauce, lemon juice and honey. Toss the wings to coat, then serve with lots of paper towels and beer. We enjoyed ours with Southern Tier's Crème Brulee and Krampus Lager that we found earlier that day while on one of our beer adventures.

FYI, if you are in the 757 area, you can find the hot sauces at Sam's Sauce Shoppe in Landstown Commons.