Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Recipe: Spicy Honey-Lime Grilled Drumsticks


Spicy Honey-Lime Grilled Drumsticks

MAKES: 4 SERVINGS
HANDS-ON TIME: 20 MIN
TOTAL TIME: 1 HR., 20 MIN

Ingredients:
8          chicken drumsticks (about 2 lbs.)
1          tsp. salt
3/4       pepper, divided
1/4       cup butter
1          medium onion, diced, about 1 cup
1          (12oz.) bottle chili sauce
1/4       cup honey
2          Tbsp. fresh lime juice
Vegetable Cooking Spray
Garnishes: fresh cilantro leaves, lime wedges

Directions:
  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Let stand, covered, 30 minutes. 
  2. Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill.  Preheat grill to 350-400 (medium high heat.) Grill chicken, covered with grill lid, 5-10 minutes on each side until browned.  Reduce grill temperature to 250-300 (low) heat; grill chicken, covered with grill lid, 20-30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, add onion, and saute 4-5 minutes or until tender.  Stir in 1/4 tsp. pepper, chili sauce, honey, lime juice, and 1/3 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes.  Reserve 1 cup barbecue sauce.  Store remaining barbecue sauce in refrigerator up to one week.
  4. Brush chicken with remaining barbecue sauce.  Cover with grill lid, and grill 10 more minutes or until done.  Serve chicken with 1 cup barbecue sauce.  Garnish, if desired.

This recipe is from the Southern Living free 'Our Best Grilling Recipes' booklet from Food Lion.  I picked it up on my way out a few weeks ago and have decided to cook my way through it.  The Honey-Lime drumsticks were first, and were not  a disappointment!

This whole summer/unemployment schedule has thrown me for a loop, so I made dinner at like 9:30 that night, so the drumsticks were baked in the oven rather than the grill. They turned out delicious, and I highly recommend putting them into your summer grilling rotation!


Please forgive the iPhonetography, I've gotten lazy with my food photography skills! It's just easier to photograph quickly with my phone before scarfing down this glorious dinner than to go upstairs and get my dslr. 

Is this something you'd make for your family?

Monday, June 25, 2012

#ManicureMonday: Pinterest Manicure


I found this manicure inspiration on Pinterest awhile back, and was excited to finally implement it.  Here's the original manicure:

I looked high and low for chevron nail strips to completely copy this manicure, but to no avail.  Now that I have the picture larger, I see that it's by hand, so I will be attempting that hopefully soon.

I purchased 2 nail polish (markers/pens) the other day and am excited to see the designs I can come up with.  I bought black to recreate an Aztec manicure and silver to create stripes.

I have become very obsessed with the accent nail (if you haven't noticed,) and I love this idea of a second accent nail.
I picked up these Nail Designs by Kiss at CVS in a few patterns, with Bodysuit (shown) being my favorite.  They are supposed to last up to 10 days, I just removed the manicure after a day to change it to match the dress I wore to my niece's graduation.


Application is very easy, and went on within a matter of seconds.  If you look closely you can see it's slightly too small for my nail, but I tend to paint my nail polish with a gap before my cuticles anyway.  Once applied, it's exactly like you're wearing nail polish, just WAY more snazzy!


I used {2} coats of Zoya 'Ali', {2} coats of Orly 'Dazzle', and one Bodysuit strip on each hand.

Zoya 'Ali' is a beautiful bright watermelon pink, which the camera doesn't accurately catch.  It's almost neon in its brightness, and I'm ashamed to say it's been sitting on my untried shelf for months.  I picked it up on Ulta clearance for $3.99 and will be bring it out more now that it's summer.


I chose 'Ali' because if you look closely at the strip, there is some pink in the nail print design, which perfectly matches 'Ali.'

Here's a comparison shot of the same mani in different lighting.  The left picture is daylight, where the right is under a regular compact fluorescent light bulb.

It's so funny how nail polish, especially neons, can throw off a camera so much!

The picture on the left is actually the most accurate, with Zoya 'Ali' being a little more on orange-pink side.


So, what do you think of the new 2-nail accent trend, is that something you'd recreate?


Head over to JustLove.ly and Glitter & Gloss to see some more manicures, guaranteed to make a Monday more bearable!


Friday, June 22, 2012

A Few of My Favorite Things

I want to start a trend/series on At the Pink of Perfection showcasing my favorite things, be it things I splurged on, great deals, freebies, or gifts given to me.  Basically things that just make me smile.


Color Block Tote
TJMaxx, $29.99

Those of you who know me need to congratulate me for this purchase.  I have officially 'grown up' as my husband says, and no longer only purchase expensive designer bags. Scout's honor, the last big bag purchase was a gift from my husband May of 2011. I just love the metal details and the yellow-studded tassel detail. 


Zoya Pinterest Trio
Zoya.com. Free

Zoya is without a doubt my favorite brand of polish, and anytime they run a special or promotion, I am on it like white on rice.  These three colors: Zuza, Myrta, and Kimber were rated the most popular colors from Zoya's Beach and Surf Summer 2012 collection on pinterest. The first 2000 people to respond to the offer received the trio for free!

If you missed the free promotion, you can still pick up 3 polishes from the Beach and Surf collection for $15, a savings of $9, here.  Use your Share the Love points for the exclusive promo code.


Target Summer Beauty Bag
Target/Facebook, Free

Speaking of free things, my Target beauty bag came this week! I signed up for this on Target's facebook page, make sure you 'Like' them and keep on the lookout.  Along with the samples seen, I also received a book of coupons! I love the Revlon Color Burst shade so much I immediately went and bought it with my $3 coupon.


Peacock Sandals
TJMaxx, $19.99

Aren't these sandals gorgeous? I had to have them. I am such a peacock freak! I can't wait to wear these all summer with shorts, jeans, maxi's, you name it. They're actually a size smaller than I usually wear, but fit like they were custom made for me.


J.Crew Bubble Necklace
eBay, $14.99

I refer to this as my "blogger's necklace" as pretty much every blogger I know has this necklace.  The original goes for $150 at J.Crew, but this exact copy sells for $14.99 on eBay.  I've gotten so much use out of this necklace, I definitely wear it weekly.  I'm excited that I found a lia sophia bracelet that matches perfectly in my stash.

What are some of your favorite things right now?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

June Birchbox Review


As I stated in my Julep Maven post, I love getting packages in the mail, who doesn't? I found out about Birchbox last summer and was beyond excited to try it out.
My mom used to tell us about her modeling days, before she gave it up for my dad and for the four of us kids.  I was especially interested in a makeup (club) of sorts that would send her new makeup monthly, and to this day I've been looking for something similar.  Birchbox comes pretty close.  At $10/month, it's as close to it as I can get for the money. And just look at this bright pink package it comes in, guaranteed to brighten your day:

Even though I've been receiving them for almost a year now, I haven't been blogging about them, I apologize.  That's about to change.  The whole point of Birchbox is to receive samples of products each month, existing and new products, in an effort to try new things.  And what kind of blogger would I be if I wasn't sharing new products with you? I've been considering signing up for GlossyBox, but I may wait to see if they continue the full size samples in their box as it's $21/month.

  1. tili | Bags Adorable plastic bags perfectly sized for traveling or storing Birchbox samples. I haven't made up my mind yet what I want to do with this, it's so cute I don't want to waste it.
  2. John Varvatos | Star USA In honor of Father's Day, Birchbox threw in a 'BirchBox Man Extra', a cologne with a blend of ginger, juniper berries, and vetiver. My hubs doesn't wear cologne, but it smells fabulous, so I may make him wear it for a special occasion.
  3. Comodynes | Self-Tanning Intensive Towelettes for self-tanning. Apparently these are best selling, but I am terrifed to try them. I may try them somewhere that can be hidden, like my stomach just to try them out. I know we've come a long way from the orange self tanning, but I'm afraid!
  4. Eyeko | Fat Eye Stick A Birchbox exclusive from the UK, this brand boasts creamy color and long-lasting color. I was pleasantly surprised to have received a full size sample, and the Golden color I received is beautiful.
  5. theBalm | cosmetics  This is a two-in-one product, a stain for lips and cheeks. I've been dying to try a bold red lip, and am excited to see how this turns out.
  6. Likewise | Facial Moisturizer + Sun Protectant SPF 50 Normal to Oily A zinc-infused cream that acts as a hydrating toner, mattifying the skin while deflecting UV rays. I am excited to try this out, as this summer I have vowed to stay out of the sun and wear proper protection. I already use cream that is SPF 15, and combine that with BareMinerals which is SPF 15, but I am intrigued by the SPF 50.
Results:

  • I was uber disappointed with the lip stain (#5, theBalm.)  As you can see from the products picture above, it looks really red, and I was hoping for a vampy pout.  As soon as I went to apply it I knew it wouldn't be as I had miss the 'hint of tint' on the label earlier. It's an odd, gel formula and very messy to apply.  Once you apply it, it's uneven and burned my lips a little bit. 
  • The moisturizer (#6, Likewise) was a little but of a let down at first too.  For a product that states it "mattifies," it made my face pretty shiny.  I have normal to dry skin, and I can only imagine what it does to those with oily skin. After I applied my makeup, the shine disappeared and it's rather comfortable.  It's not really worth the money, I'll be sticking with what I use now, Aveeno.
  • The eye makeup stick (#4, Eyeko) applies like butter. It's a cream eyeshadow and being in a pencil form makes for accurate coverage.  Because it's a cream, it's difficult to shade with other colors like I do on a regular basis.  It's also more of an army green color with a gold sheen than a gold color, it's quite dark. Unfortunately, less than an hour after I applied it, it was fading and beading up into the crease of my lid. That's understandable with it being a cream shadow, but they shouldn't advertise it as being 'long lasting' if it doesn't last an hour:
Overall, I was happy with this month's box. I will admit one of the main reasons I joined was for the free full size bottles of nail polish which I have yet to receive!

Birchbox is a monthly beauty product subscription available here for $10/month.  Even if it's not for you, this makes a great gift for a friend.  Why not send along a 3 month subscription? Birchbox Man is also available here.

What was your favorite product this month? Will you purchase it full size?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bloggers Do It Better: Mint & Coral


It's time for another Bloggers Do It Better (BDIB) link-up, and I was excited to see the theme was Mint + Coral.  I've been wearing this combination a lot recently and was excited to also use this as a reason to photograph this skirt.


I bought this skirt maybe 3-4 weeks ago at Target and have worn it at least once a week since.  I LOVE IT.  A steal at $17.99, this skirt is so versatile.  For years I've said no to maxi skirts, and now I wish I'd been wearing them all along.  I've mainly been wearing them out of necessity as I don't have many shorts/capris that fit me, but they're growing on me.  I even picked up a striped one which I can't wait to photograph and wear.

  




Outfit Details:
Shoes: Kohl's
Skirt: Target
Tank: Lane Bryant
Scarf: Target, similar here and here
Bag: Calvin Klein
Necklace (long): Target
Necklace (short): Lia Sophia
Bracelets: Target, Lia Sophia
Earrings: NY&Co
Glasses: Kate Spade 'Angelique'
Hair Tutorial: Here

Go over to Bloggers Do It Better and check out the other bloggers!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Don't Quit

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"I've been a Christian for 23 years," Cheryl said. "I'm just not getting anywhere.  I'm as weak as I was when I first accepted Christ as my Savior.  I still fail. I just don't know if it's worth it."  Tears streamed down her cheeks as she continued to talk about her failures.  "By now I know all the right things to do, but I don't do them.  Sometimes I deliberately do something mean-spirited or unkind. What kind of Christian am I?

"Probably a growing Christian," I said.

A startled look appeared on Cheryl's face.  "Growing? Did you hear--?"

"Yes, I heard.  But if you weren't growing, you wouldn't lament your failures.  You'd be satisfied about your spiritual level or tell yourself how good you are."

"But I'm so discouraged, and I fail God so many times."

I went on to tell Cheryl she was correct--that she had failed.  All of us do at times.  If we're not careful, we allow the devil to point to what we haven't accomplished and where we have been weak.  When that happens, it's easy to feel bad or want to give up.

That's not the way of the Spirit.  No matter how we mess up our lives, God doesn't give up on us.  The Spirit constantly nudges us. 

We can allow our thoughts to dwell on what we haven't done or how spiritual we out to be after all these years in our Christian faith.  If we focus on what we're not or what we haven't accomplished, we are allowing the devil to make advances on the battlefield of our minds.

"Don't quit.  Don't give up." That's the message we need to hear.  I think of Isaiah 43:1b-2: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you...; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you."

This is God's promise.  He doesn't promise to take us completely out of troubles or hardships, but He does promise to be with us as we go through them.  And when God is with us, what is there to worry about?

Pray: God, despite my failures, You are with me, encouraging me not to give up.  Please help me to remember that, with Your help, I can win.  In the name of Jesus I pray.  Amen.

{Devotional Source} Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer via YouVersion iPad app.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

#ManicureMonday: Zoya 'Zuza' & Essie 'A Cut Above'


When the Essie Luxeffects came out awhile back I told myself I didn't need them, that they weren't anything to write home about, and didn't buy any.  Around Christmas I started seeing Pure Pearlfection on pretty much everything, so I bought it.  The next in the collection to be purchased was A Cut Above so I could achieve my all time favorite mani, the Rose Gold Manicure.


Although I love the look of this manicure, it was not practical.  In order to get the pink glitter to form a line, it took 2-3 coats, resulting in a bump which you can see in the pictures.  I do like the ring and thumb application though and will be doing this on a number of manicures in the future.


This is {1} coat of basecoat, {2} coats of Zoya 'Zuza', {2-3} coats of 'A Cut Above' for the tips, and {2} coats of 'A Cut Above' on the ring and thumb finger. 


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Nail Mail: Julep Maven

Six days a week we check the mail, each day there’s a spark of anticipation and hope that there’s a surprise in there other than bills and junk mail.  And usually we’re disappointed, right? In the digital age that we live in, good old ‘snail mail’ has become a thing of the past, so much that the USPS has threatened shutting down both entirely or a few days a week due to lack of funding. 

I personally combat the negative mail experience by multiple magazine subscriptions, shopping on eBay, Birchbox, and Julep Maven.  What better time of the month is there than the first week, when the next Maven and pink Birchbox arrives and new magazines? It’s glorious!

I know you’re probably sick of hearing about Julep Maven from me and other bloggers, I just wanted to tell you the joy it brings me to see it in the mail.  The colors are beautiful, the nail polish is quality, and the product along with it is guaranteed to be a home run, and let’s face it, aren’t we paying for the joy of seeing a package in the mail?

I’ll be the first to admit, that’s my number one reason.  I stopped Julep in April, only to renew it in June.  I missed it.  I would see on instagram and Twitter and blogs packages being delivered and I was jealous! I wanted that joy of coming home to this:
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This my friends, is the Golden Box.  As a Maven, you’re in the running for a chance to win the Golden Box once a month.  As a Maven, you’re one of 5 styles determined by an initial style quiz: American Beauty, Bombshell, Boho Glam, Classic with a Twist, or It Girl. 

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Each month you can get your style or switch to any of the others, skip the month entirely, or send it to a friend.  Here’s where the Golden Box comes in…you get ALL FIVE STYLES.  Like I did in April.


Can you imagine my glee when I go to get my mail, see that not only my Maven box is there, but it’s the GOLDEN BOX?!!
Anyways, all of this to say I’m a Julep Maven again.  I couldn’t help myself.  The penny intro special is too good to pass up.  After your first month it is $19.99 a month, but for every 2 friends you refer, its free for a month.  So what are you waiting for? JOIN NOW.

By the way, I am in LOVE with the Pedi Creme, you can see a post about it here

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

8 Steps to Healthy Hands

My reading material of late has been centered upon nails. Go figure. My most recent reads, both by Leigh Toselli, have been very informative about hand & nail care, treatments, techniques, polishes, etc. I am at least halfway through A Complete Guide to Manicure & Pedicure, with a gift from my sister Re up next, PRO Nail Care. I plan on making this a blog series, title yet unknown, sharing with you some tips, techniques, and simple steps for healthier hands, feet, and nails.

I’d like to start with sharing some tips to healthy hands. {Source}

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8 Steps to Healthy Hands

1.) Eat right. Choose foods that are healthy and as close to natural as possible. Vary the type of fruits and vegetables you eat.

2.) Drink at least six glasses of pure water a day to keep the skin moisturized inside and out.

3.) Get the sleep your body needs- usually six to eight hours.

4.) Wear sunscreen and protective clothing to avoid over exposing your skin to the elements. Some sunshine is necessary but today’s suntan is tomorrow’s aging skin.

5.) Avoid temperature extremes and harsh detergents- rather was with mild cleansers. As a normal skin function, sweat and sebaceous glands routinely rid the body of toxins and wastes.

6.) Protect your hands with moisturizing creams, sunscreen or the appropriate gloves when exposing your hands to abrasive or environmental elements.

7.) Before you go to sleep, rub a rich hand cream or petroleum jelly into hands and nails, massaging around cuticles to nourish and stimulate growth. Then cover with an old pair of cotton gloves. Keep the gloves on overnight, allowing the heat of your hands to work with the moisturizer to provide a ‘hot-oil’ style treatment.

8.) Exercise. When faced with repetitive tasks, take time out to stretch and wiggle your fingers, wrists, hands and arms to maintain normal range of movement.


What are your go-to hand products? Here are a few of mine:



Stay tuned for more tips such as Nail-Care coming soon.

Monday, June 11, 2012

#ManicureMonday: Reverse French Manicure


The other day while looking through pictures on my iPad, I came across this picture from Thanksgiving:


I had seen this idea of a reverse French Manicure floating around Pinterest and MUA, and wanted to try it myself.  I posted this picture on instagram and Twitter, and it was a huge success.  Only I forgot to blog about it. 

I couldn't for the life of me find anymore pictures of this manicure even though I know I took them, so I decided to reenact the manicure in more spring/summer appropriate colors.


This is one coat of Orly 'Dazzle' and two coats freehand of Zoya 'Phoebe.'  I picked up Phoebe for $3.99 at Ulta last fall from their summer clearance.




The original manicure had a matte finish for the color coat, but I wanted to see what it looked like with a shiny top coat, so I applied one coat:




I did this manicure freehand, but you can use french manicure stickers/guides, applying them once the silver (or other color you apply first dries.)

Which do you like better, the matte coat or the shiny coat?


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