12.30.2014

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Recipe from: Tide & Thyme
Ingredients:
- 40 (approx) Hershey's kisses, unwrapped
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar (+ extra to roll dough in)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Prep cookie sheets with parchment paper (if desired).
2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until fluffy.
4. With mixer on low, add egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix to combine. 
5. Slowly add in flour mixture. Mix until combined.
6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
7. Roll in sugar and place on prepped cookie sheet.
8. Bake 8-10 minutes. Until lightly browned.
9. Remove from oven and quickly push a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie.
10. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool.

Behind the scenes: youtube.com/tidetwentytwovlogs   :)

11.30.2014

Bath & Body Works Candle Haul!

Happy Sunday loves!  I posted my first solo video this weekend. It was a little weird to record it without Tan, but it was fun. I also get to talk about one of my favorite obsessions... Bath and Body Works candles! The winter collection is always the best one in my opinion; probably because Christmas is my favorite holiday :) So if you're looking for some ideas of what to get, check out the ones I love the most! Also, be sure to let me know which candles you're loving at the moment. :)



11.18.2014

Christmas Q&A!

This weekend Tanner and I filmed a Christmas Q & A video... I know it's a little early, but that's okay ;)  This has been the most time consuming video we've done so far. I spent hours editing it.. but I'm extremely proud of the result! If you would check it out, that would mean the world to me :)

Thank you everyone for your never ending support!



11.02.2014

Impromptu Photoshoot

The husband was playing around with the camera this weekend and I loved how some of them came out :)
Also, I picked up the new T Swift album.. and girl is great! I have to admit, I like the first half of the album better than the second half, but she's amazing.

















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What I'm wearing:

Lips
      (in bottom photo) ColourPop Lippie Stix (Frida): exact
      (all other photos) ColourPop Lippie Stix (Bichette): exact
Eye Makeup
      L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara: exact
     Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara: exact
     Urban Decay's Naked Palette ("Toasted" / "Hustle"): exact
     Revlon ColorStay Whipped Foundation (320-"Warm Golden"): exact 
Outift:
     Crew Neck Sweater from Target: similar
     Necklace from Charming Charlie: similar
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10.15.2014

Pumpkin Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread

Well.. It certainly has been awhile since I've been around these parts. I just wanted to throw together a quick post to share a recipe that we made this week. So yummy! :)
recipe adapted from: Greens and Chocolate
Ingredients:
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar

- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

- 2 cups zucchini, shredded
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

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1. Prep two 9x5 loaf pans and set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
3. Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves in a medium bowl. Set aside. 
4. In a large bowl beat eggs, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer.
5. Add pumpkin, greek yogurt, and vanilla extract. Beat until well combined. 
6. Slowly add dry ingredients (from step 3) until combined.
7. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.
8. Pour batter evenly into prepared loaf pans.
9. Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
10. Cool in pan for 15-20 minutes. 
11. Remove from pan and move it to a wire rack to cool completely. 



Hope everyone is doing well!! :)     


3.04.2014

Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

recipe adapted from spoonful.com

Hi lovelies! This past weekend we finally got some much needed rain in Arizona. I've also been feeling pretty under the weather lately, so we thought it would be the perfect time to try a Chicken Noodle Soup recipe.. Because who doesn't want that when they're sick? And we're also trying to do a better job about not eating so many processed foods, so we decided to go the homemade route with it. And am I the only one who doesn't eat the chicken in the canned chicken noodle soup? How do I really know that it's really chicken? :P We really enjoyed this, and it will now be our go to :)

Ingredients: 
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced (we used baby carrots)
- 3 stalks celery, sliced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 quarts chicken broth
- 3 cups noodles, uncooked
- 3 cups chicken, cooked and in bite size pieces (we used a rotisserie chicken)
- salt and pepper

1. In a large stock pot, or dutch oven, melt butter with olive oil over medium-low heat.
2. Add carrots, celery, onion, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook veggies until tender, about 10 minutes.
3. Pour in broth, turn heat to high, and bring to a boil.
4. Add noodles, and cook for about 9 minutes, until noodles are tender. 
5. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer, stir in chicken, and cook for 5 minutes, until chicken is heated through.
6. Add salt and pepper to taste, if needed. 

2.27.2014

The Purple Filter: Birthday Recap

As you guys may or may not know, last week was my birthday! I had a blast, and it was definitely one of the best birthdays ever :) My husband completely spoiled me in every single way, he is the best. Here's a recap :)

One of the gifts I got from my hubbs was a gift card for Bath and Body works.. so obviously I had to get candles that were on sale.. While I was in the store I discovered that they finally stopped putting triclosan in their soaps, so obviously, I had to get some of those! ;) Plus, thanks to discount codes, I got two free lotions! Woot!

2.20.2014

I Don't Know About You...

... But I'm feeling 22!!!

Yep, I went there! Hey, I only get one year of having that as my song so.. I'm embracing it ;)

I'm beyond thankful for everything that has happened in the last year..and I am so excited to see where the next year of my young life will take me. :)

2.13.2014

Very Easy Brownie Recipe!


Ingredients:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line pan with aluminum foil and coat with non-stick spray.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, butter, and water.
4. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix until blended.
5. Add the bowl with the dry ingredients (step 2) into the bowl with the wet ingredients (steps 3&4). Mix until combined.
6. Transfer batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. 
7. Bake 17-21 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. 

Enjoy! :)  

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2.11.2014

Women Shaming Other Women, and Why It Needs to Stop

I could probably write a really long post about this, but I want to keep it somewhat short and simple. And the solution to women shaming other women is simple too. Just stop doing it!

In a world where a lot of things try to bring us down, women hating on other women should NOT be one of those things.  And in this so called "tight-knit" blogging community, it happens way too often.  Women shouldn't be shamed for not wanting kids, or wanting a career for herself. Women shouldn't be shamed for wanting to give 100% of their time to their family and stay home. And women who fall somewhere in the middle, shouldn't be shamed either.  Why do we feel we have the right to tell other people what's more important and what they should do? There is no right or wrong answer here, and there shouldn't be. We, as women, have a choice. And to me, that's what feminism should be about.. Not shaming someone for choosing a different path.

Another big thing women look down on other women for is, changing or not changing their last name. By keeping your last name, it doesn't mean you love your husband any less, or that your marriage means any less. And just because you take your husband's last name doesn't mean your being submissive, or saying he owns you. I chose to keep my last name, and I'm happy with my decision. But that doesn't mean I think every woman should do that, or that I look at them any differently because they made a different choice. I don't understand why we need to say such mean and hurtful things because someone else chose to do something different.

There are so many other examples and situations where this happens. Feminism and equal rights mean we all have a choice in what path our lives take and decisions we make. As women let's stop shaming each other and tearing people down, and instead, we need to support and lift each other up..



#endrant

1.30.2014

The Hunger Games Tag {Spoilers!}

Hey guys! If you're reading this you're either a Hunger Games fan or just interested in hearing more about it.. I do want to warn you, some of these answers may contain spoilers, so if you haven't read the books, I wouldn't keep reading! Even if you've seen the first two movies, there might be spoilers from Mockingjay, so just keep that in mind before you read any further into this post. I've been seeing this go around on youtube, so I thought I'd bring it here. I've changed or deleted some questions, and just answered the ones that made sense or weren't repetitive. Feel free to tell me you agree, or what your answers would have been in the comment section below.. I'd never say no to a discussion about the Hunger Games series ;)


What is your favorite book?
Catching Fire! I really love the old tributes that are allied with Katniss and Peeta.. That's probably one of the biggest reasons. The arena is also so fascinating in Catching Fire, so that was awesome to see it come to life in the movie. I think Mockingjay was my least favorite.. Not really sure why.. I liked it, just wasn't my favorite.

How long would you last in the games?
Not long.. I wouldn't be able to survive without getting supplies from the Cornucopia.. I am not an outdoor person whatsoever. So I'd probably die trying to get stuff from the Cornucopia.. if I made it out of that, I'd probably just hide somewhere and try to make it as far as I could. And if I didn't make it out of the Cornucopia, at least it's over fast!

How were you introduced to the trilogy?
I was never really introduced to it.. I just heard all the hype before the first movie, but never really paid attention.. Then just before Catching Fire came out I figured I'd give the first movie a shot.. And I loved it. So then of course we saw Catching Fire and I read all of the books. Still waiting for the Mr. to finish reading the books so we can talk about Mockingjay ;)

Favorite moment?
I love this part equally in the book and in the movie.. My favorite moment is when Peeta and Katniss are going on the victory tour, and they are talking about their favorite colors. Something so simple and innocent in a world where there are horrible things going on. I also thought it took a ton of pressure off of them trying prove they're in love, and just build that friendship that, in my opinion, helps to build their love. 

Favorite villain?
Thresh. I know he's not a "villain" per say.. but he is in that he was against Katiness. I also like the version in the movie where it's implied he was killed by a mutant, rather than the hands of someone else like in the book. I don't like to think he let someone else kill him.

Favorite character?
Hands down, Cinna. He is amazing, and I think Lenny Kravitz was PERFECT in that role... It was made for him. His beating scene was hard to watch and read... I definitely cried. That scene is heartbreaking.

What district would you live in?
If I could be with Thresh I'd live in District 11 haha.. I think District 7, Lumber, would be cool, just because Johanna with that axe is awesome.. and who wouldn't want to know how to do that without hurting themselves?
The most emotional moment in the books?
Rue's death was definitely emotional, and I cried reading this part in the book. In a way though, I'm glad it happened like it did. I wouldn't have wanted it to come down to her and Katniss facing off... I'd say another really emotional part for me was the death of the old man in Rue's district during the victory tour. I cried in the movie and the book during this part.. The movie handled this scene so emotionally, and it's one of the hardest moments to watch, but I thought it was just handled so well.

I know this isn't the question, but, of the moments in the series that I thought would be super emotional, I didn't really find myself getting emotional when Prim died. I felt like it was kind of rushed in the books, I don't really know how to explain it.. I just felt like there wasn't time to get emotional about it. I don't like that they killed her.. especially how it was handled... But that's just me.

Which item would you take with you into the games?
I'd say.. probably a book.. If I was able to make it out and hide, I'd need something to pass the time!

What was the most evil plan someone made up in the books?
There are so many evil plans in these books.. the games themselves all of it. But one of the things that I didn't like was the Capitol not making victors' kids exempt from the games. Just because that prevents people from truly wanting and enjoying having children. If someone survives the games, they should at least be able to have kids and not worry about them having to go into the games.

What are you looking most forward to in the film?
Well since the first two are already out.. For Mockingjay I'm most curious just to see how they split it into two movies. I also think it will be interesting to see how they present District 13.


Gale or Peeta?
Peeta, for sure. I think a lot of people think he's weak because he's a little more shy and gets hurt early in the games and needs to be taken care of a bit. But, I don't see him as weak at all. I actually see him as one of the bravest and strongest. Going into the games he was the first one to say he didn't want to be a pawn for the Capitol, and wanted to be true to himself, even if that meant him losing his life. I think it's easier to say I'll do whatever it takes to win, rather than say what he did. In a lot of ways he relied on Katniss to help him survive, but I think she relied on him just as much, but in different ways.  I'd also choose Josh Hutcherson over Liam Hemsworth any day. I know I'm probably pretty alone with that but.. oh well ;)

Effie's crazy style or sweet and simple like Cinna?
I think it would be a lot of fun to be able to wear Effie's costumes, but it would get older after awhile.. so simple like Cinna.

Life in the Capitol or in the districts?
I think it would be easy to say life in the Capitol.. but.. there's a certain ignorance and numb mindedness that comes with living there that scares me. If I could be the capitol and help the districts, that's what I would do... I don't know how long I'd survive in districts far away from the Capitol either though :p

Bread from district 11 or lamb stew from the Capitol?
Oh, bread! I wouldn't eat lamb stew anyway.. gross. But bread is just, so yummy :)

Katniss' archery skils or Cato's knife fighting abilities?
Archery for sure... I don't think I could handle hand to hand combat very well.. So with archery, at least I'd have a little distance between myself and the other person.

Peeta's gift or camouflage or Rue's gift of climbing?
Climbing, definitely. Seems a little less time consuming..

Become an avox or get stung by a tracker jacker?
No contest, tracker jacker. At least if it's one tracker jacker, it's over pretty quickly.. but being an avox is forever.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know! :)