All Things Easy

Simple ways to make things simple

Simple Salmon February 26, 2010

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I’ve noticed that a lot of people won’t make fish because they have never made it before & are afraid or apprehensive. Salmon is one of my very favorites, and this meal gets a whopping 5 stars from my husband. I make this once a week because he loves it so much!! AND it’s the perfect quick and easy meal for me!

I usually buy about a pound for the two of us…. if you’re not a huge eater that might be too much for two people. (My husband can consume a lot of food!) I go to the seafood counter at my local market & usually buy whatever type of salmon is on sale. It comes with the skin on, which is just fine because I’ll show you how easily it comes off once cooked!

First thing I do is get out a box of Rice a Roni’s long grain & wild rice. It’s amazing! I use my trusty Rival 6 cup rice cooker to make it perfect every time! (If you don’t have a rice cooker, you NEED one!) I start the rice right away before I do anything else because it takes about 25 minutes.

Next step is getting out the asparagus, cutting off the ends & placing it into a saucepan with some butter, a drizzle of olive oil and salt. I start cooking the asparagus about 5-7 minutes before the rest of the meal is done on medium high heat until it softens up but is not mushy.
After that I get out my salmon and place it on a cookie sheet covered in tin foil. Don’t bake it without the tin foil as the fish skin will stick terribly to the pan and it takes a long time to clean it off! Or course, I never made that mistake, I’ve just heard….. 😉
I use a lemon pepper and sprinkle it all over the fish. Not too much, but enough that you’ll be able to taste it. The grocery store has a variety of lemon pepper choices. I bake my salmon on 375 for about 15-20 minutes, depending on how thick the fish is. You’ll know it’s done when it’s turned a nice light color of pink and is flaky all the way through. Once finished, all you’ll have to do is cut portion size pieces and lift gently off the pan with a fork or spatula. The skin will be completely stuck to the tin foil, so the fish should come right off. The only thing left to do is eat! 


Highlighted Product Recommendations February 25, 2010

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I talked a little about REVLON Colorstay foundation in my video below. I was turned onto it by another Esthetician friend and was hesitant to use it because I haven’t had good drugstore foundation experiences. I was pleasantly surprised to find I really like it! I suffer from breakouts and am happy that it is non-comedogenic (won’t make you break out!) My skin is a little on the dry side and I was happy with the normal/dry foundation. They offer it for oily skin as well & I’ve heard good things about that one too!

I’ve used TONS of different types of mascara over the years and to be honest I’m not CRAZY about too many of them. As was mentioned in my “Secret lives of your makeup bag” post under Katie’s bag description, I tell a bit about Loreal Voluminous mascara. She personally adores it, and wears lots of it, everyday.

When I do makeup for events & weddings, my mascara of choice is your classic pink body green lid Maybelline Great Last mascara. Goes on great, stays on great. Comes in a variety of colors and I even like the waterproof!

The best concealer I’ve come across that isn’t an exclusive professional brand would be MAC studio finish concealer. It’s definitely heavy and I would use it very sparingly if you break out easily.

For lips, my new favorite things is NIVEA lip care in RED! Best invention in my opinion, especially since my lips are always dry and I hate putting on lipstick or gloss when they are in need of moisture! I put it on at a get together and all my girlfriends went crazy over it! 


Simple Makeup Enhancement

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The Secret Life of a Makeup Bag

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You don’t have to have a lot of expensive makeup to look beautiful!

Take a look inside these three women’s makeup bags to see what they use on a daily basis.


Tonya doesn’t wear a ton of makeup, but on occasion needs to spruce things up a bit. She has a simple clean look and never uses eyeliner. She starts with a moisturizer to make her skin smooth, and then applies her foundation, concealer, powder, blush, eyeshadow, mascara, touches up her brows, and ends with a light gloss.


Katie keeps things pretty simple, but also loves contrast! She enjoys wearing dark shadows and pink cheeks. She starts with a cream foundation and a stick concealer & uses bronzer, eyeshadow, black liner on her lid and under her eye, blush, pink gloss and lots of mascara. (She uses Voluminous Mascara by Loreal & prefers it to anything else she’s tried.)


Amy doesn’t wear much makeup and mostly focuses on her eyes, using black cream liner with a brush and mascara. She has a simple palette of basic eye shadows (which includes very neutral colors), bronzer, blush, and gloss.


Flat Iron Curls February 24, 2010

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Katie shows us how to do a simple but beautiful flat iron curl!


Coffee Education February 18, 2010

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I love coffee. It’s one of those things that I get excited about! Whenever I do go out for coffee, I always end up ordering the same thing. In part it’s because I love what I get, but another big reason for doing that is because in all honesty, I don’t know what 85% of the other drinks on the menu are!!! I finally asked some questions and decided that it’s not bad to look stupid in front of your Barista.
Read the descriptions of the common coffee drinks below and then next time you’re ordering, try something new!!!

  • Americano: espresso and hot water. (The name for this coffee drink stemmed from an insult to ‘uncouth’ Americans who weren’t up to drinking full espressos.)
  • Cappuccino: espresso, a little bit of steamed milk, a lot of foam; stronger than a latte
  • Chai: spicy black tea “infused with cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper and star anise”; can be drunk hot, iced, or in latte form
  • Espresso: highly concentrated, heavily caffeinated coffee; it comes in the form of a shot
  • Espresso Con Panna: shot of espresso with a small scoop of whipped cream
  • Espresso Macchiato: espresso shot with a small amount of foamed milk
  • Latte: espresso, a lot of steamed milk, and a little bit of foam on top; not as strong as a cappuccino
  • Cafe au Lait: Similar to Caffe Latte, except that an au lait is made with brewed coffee instead of espresso. Additionally, the ratio of milk to coffee is 1:1, making for a much less intense taste.
  • Mocha: espresso, a lot of steamed milk, and chocolate

You can also make modifications to these drinks above

  • Decaf: no caffeine; decaffeinated coffee
  • Double: adding an extra shot of espresso to a drink that ordinarily only has one
  • Triple: adding a third espresso shot to a drink that originally has two
  • Flavor Shot: a few squirts of a particular flavored syrup or powdered flavor
  • Half-Caf: half caffeinated, half decaf
  • Skinny: made with nonfat milk; if the drink has syrup, the syrup will be sugar-free
  • Soy milk: milk for those who either don’t like or can’t drink regular milk, made from soy beans, no lactose

I’m sure there are many more, but at least for me, this gives me quite a new variety!


The Poor Woman’s Manicure

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I love getting my nails done. It’s one of those things that I only do on a rare special occasion when I know I can treat myself for an event. Problem is, I always leave spending $40 or $50 dollars and usually in great disappointment I find a chip the very next day. I’m in my brothers wedding coming up in April and at our bridesmaid meeting we were talking about all the things we need to get done before the big day. One of the things on our list was a Mani/Pedi. Being in weddings is expensive as it is, and we were trying to think of ways to cut down on all of our costs! We decided that instead of spending the money to get a full manicure and pedicure, we would groom on our own and then go only to get our nails painted! I know it seems like sort of a no brainer, but honestly, I NEVER thought of that before!! It only costs about $5 to get a polish change, so I think this will be my new favorite thing to do!

On another note, those of you who don’t ever go and get your nails done because you are the DIY type, try OPI nail polish! It’s the absolute BEST and I find that when I put it on, it STAYS on!