April Books

This month, I got quite a lot of reading done! As the month ended it finally started to get warm and I love reading outside on my porch.

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African childhood by Trevor Noah

Buzzfeed’s Pageturner book club’s theme this month was “memoirs.” I love reading memoirs of comedians I love like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. This book is relatively new and it was awesome! Although his life wasn’t easy, they way he writes is still funny at times. Definitely recommend!

A Fine Romance by Susan Branch

I’ve already read this book before, but I love how relaxing it is to read and what a beautiful book it is. It just makes me want to go to the English countryside and sit somewhere with a cup of tea. She does beautiful watercolor paintings in the book, as well as writes the words in her own handwriting.

Blowing my Cover:My life as a CIA spy by Lindsay Moran

My mom recommended this book for me to read and I was not disappointed! My friend and I always wanted to be spies growing up and we would try to secretly pass notes to each other in the halls at school. We definitely glorified what it would actually be like to be a spy.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

I am obsessed with my pet snails, as you probably already know so reading a whole book about a snail is pretty much my dream come true. This book made me appreciate my snails even more, if that’s possible. If you love small creatures such as snails, you will find this book adorable!

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivaldi

I mostly picked this book on CD out because I liked the color of it. It’s a nice, peaceful read that makes you appreciate living in a small town like the one in the story. Not to give too much away, it’s also a bit of a love story.

I feel like I read very peaceful books this month. What did you read this month?

Friday Food | Cheesy Tater Tots

I’m just going to come right out and say this – this was not very good. I’m not sure if I made it wrong or if I just don’t like the dish itself, but it sounded like something I would love! I mean cheese and tater tots – what’s not to love!?

I’m pretty disappointed that I didn’t like my new dish this week, but oh well you can’t win them all. I originally found the recipe on Pinterest here. I followed the recipe pretty well except I used turkey sausage instead of pork and almond milk instead of cream. This may have been when things went terribly wrong.

I’m not going to bother giving you my version of the recipe since mine turned out so bad. If you want to give it a go, follow the recipe from the above link. And please let me know if your is actually good! Here are some pictures of the cheesy tot making process.

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Hoping for a better meal for next week’s Friday food!

Day in the Life | Lazy Sunday

I woke up pretttty late this Sunday, but hey, it’s my weekend!

10:00 am (okay it was really more like 11:00) – Breakfast

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For breakfast I made some delicious cinnamon rolls. These are the kind that come in the little tube and you just have to separate, bake, and ice them. I also needed some fresh coffee beans ground up. I usually do this once a week so the beans are mostly fresh, but I don’t have to get out the grinder every day. This particular bag from Starbucks is so good!

12:00 – General Clean Up

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Sundays are my cleaning days (see my blog post on that here) but since I’ve been home all week and keeping up with the chores for once, there wasn’t a whole lot of cleaning to do. I did, however, finally get around to cleaning out the snail home. It looks so much better! Mostly I just tidied up and then took a shower myself.

1:00 – Lunch

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My boyfriend is obsessed with cast iron pans. Like truly obsessed. Everything he makes, he makes in it. For lunch, he made a homemade pizza in it and it turned out delicious! We just bought the dough from the grocery store so it didn’t take much time at all to make.

2:00 – Laze around

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For most of the rest of the day I just laid around reading and watching tv. I also took some adorable photos of my dog (see above).

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My boyfriend and I also re-potted some house plants that have been growing!

And that’s pretty much my exciting day! What did you do this weekend?

Fun Spring Makeup Tutorial

Ever have those days where you see some colorful eyeshadows and you just HAVE to make a look with them? No? Just me? Oh well, that’s basically what happened here. I’m not as keen on the blue inner corners as I thought I would be, but I wouldn’t have known until I tried! Let me know what you think and what your fun makeup ideas for spring are!

Friday Food | Fried Rice

In the past few months, I’ve been trying to mix up the foods i make since I make the same 5 meals over and over again. So, I’m going to try a new recipe every week (usually something I’ve found on Pinterest or another blog), try it out, and let you know how it goes! This week I decided to try making fried rice.

Originally I found the recipe here. I will say though, the directions and ingredients are vague so I kinda made it my own.

You will need:

  • 2 cups of COOKED, COLD rice
  • 2 eggs, fried
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup peas (can use frozen)
  • 2-3 large carrots, cut (I used about 10 baby carrots and cut those up)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 tablespoons soy sauce (or more to taste)
  • salt and pepper

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Directions:

  1. Make ahead: rice (cold rice works best for this recipe) and fried eggs (also best cold)
  2. In a large saute pan, heat butter, onions, carrots, peas, salt, pepper, and garlic until veggies are soft – around 5 minutes.
  3. Add in cold rice and soy sauce.
  4. Heat until veggies and rice begin to brown, stirring often.
  5. Remove from heat and add in fried eggs, mixing well.
  6. Eat and enjoy!

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Let me know if you try this recipe out and how it turns out! Happy Friday!

 

Evening Routine Vlog

I love watching other people’s vlogs. There’s just something about seeing what other people do in their day-to-day lives that intrigues me. With that being said, I’m trying to get into vlogging more (or at least doing more “My Day” type blog posts). This post and video was a way to get my toes wet. I filmed it while no one else was around and I only did it for a short amount of time. Still, I did it! Hopefully there will be more to come!

In the video, I am making dinner which I mention is a blog post already. You can find my sausage and veggies recipe here.

If you’d like to see what I get up to in the evenings after work, check out my video here!

What does your evening routine look like?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This was the first time that I have baked something other than boxed brownies in my oven in my apartment (at least desert-wise)! Go me!

I really tried to use as few bowls and utensils as I could, and clean as I went along so the whole process was so much better when it was the end and I just got to eat the cookies and not have to clean. Highly recommend trying this out.

This recipe is originally from Toll House. My family has been making this specific recipe for years and it is the best! You can find the original recipe here.

Toll House Recipe with Camille’s Twist

You will need:

 

  • 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (which is 2 sticks) of butter
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups (I miiiight have put a little more than this) of chocolate chips

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Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Mix (Use a beater if you have it – I don’t) butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
  4. Add eggs to butter mixture and mix well.
  5. Stir in flour mixture.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes (less time if you like them a bit undercooked like I do!)
  8. Let them cool or you will regret it.
  9. Eat.

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Let me know if you try this recipe out and how it goes! Enjoy!

March Kindergarten Crate

Back again today with March’s kindergarten crate! Instead of a video on my YouTube channel, I thought I would just do a blog post – since my channel is lifestyle and beauty focused. Not kid focused. Anyway, here it is!

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I’ll start with the obvious…I love that there is something Pete the Cat themed!! My kids are just starting to get into word families too so it’s perfect timing! The activity for the month is also related to word families and CVC words. It’s based off the book “Splat the Cat.” There were also some Dr. Seuss stickies, number word dice, pointers, googlie eyes for reading, and some sea salt caramel popcorn!

I already have plans for the number word dice, stickies, and pointers so I’m excited to bring this box into school!

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If you want to check out Kindergarten Crate for yourself, you can find it here!

February Books

Not a bad quantity of books for such a short month! I also listened to two audiobooks. I know that it’s controversial – Did I actually read them? Well I’ve decided to count them!

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The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

I’ve loved Meg Cabot ever since reading “Princess Diaries” back in the day. This was a pretty typical chick lit book except that it was written in a mixture of emails, texts, or diary entries. I found that confusing and tiring at first, but I started to get used to it. I’ll keep reading her books as long as she keeps writing them!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I read one of Ness’ books for a YA literature class a few years ago that I loved, so when I saw this in the YA section of the library I decided to pick it up. This book was ironically funny. In the beginning of each chapter there would be a paragraph explaining the demons that were taking over the town. It was very dramatic. Then, the rest of the chapter was about regular teenagers living in the town not really associated with anything the demons were doing. I liked it!

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engel

This was the book I chose for the Buzzfeed Pageturners book of the month. The theme was books that were turned into movies. Since this is coming out soon and I’ve heard so many good things about, I ordered it from the library. I accidentally ordered the trilogy, but only read the first book which is actually called “A Wrinkle in Time.” I loved this book! Perfect parts sci-fi and dystopian.

Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota

This book was shockingly accurate to the 2016 election even though it used fictional characters. The author says she couldn’t have predicted that well if she tried! I liked this book because it was about fictional politics, but from the perspective of a journalist on a morning show.

I also listened to Unqualified by Anna Faris and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

 

 

Sausage and Veggies Recipe

As you know, I was getting a little bored and feeling uninspired by my “What I ate Wednesday” posts and I wanted to do something different each week for my food category. Shout out to my mom for actually giving me a really good, easy idea. For the next few weeks, I’ll be trying out a recipe a week.  That way, I’m forced to eat new things (instead of cooking the same 5 meals over and over) and I have something new and exciting for the blog each week!

This week, I found a recipe on Pinterest from Chelsea’s Messy Apron that was similar to something I’ve made before. I thought it would be a slow start into trying out new recipes. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, but I made it with things I already had around the house. I love how colorful it turned out!

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Camille’s version of sausage and veggies:

You will need:

  • 3 Chicken sausage (I love the spinach and feta sausage from Wegmans)
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 bag of frozen carrots (or fresh if you have them)
  • Olive Oil
  • Spices to taste: oregano, parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper
  • Anything else you like

I cut up all my veggies and the sausage and mixed them in with the olive oil and spices.

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Then, just pour it onto a baking pan and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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This was delicious, nutritious, and lasted me 1 dinner and 2 lunches! Plus you can mix it up and use whatever veggies are in season. I will definitely be adding this one to my rotation of dinners! Let me know if you make this!