Unboxed: Petit Vour June 2015

 

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I think I’m in love.  I just discovered a new subscription box called Petit Vour.  I think it’s pretty obvious by now that I love all things beauty-related. This is particularly true when I get a suprise assortment delivered to my door, so I love the subscription box concept. And Petit Vour is my new favorite. (note: I am not being paid for this article….I just really wanted to share.) The thing that differentiates this company is that they only care cruelty-free items. This also means that most of their products are vegan and free of nasty chemicals. Score!

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The first item in the June box was a full-size Fior d’FINEd LINEs eyeliner in brown sugar.  It seems like a decent quality eyeliner that is vegan and free of gluten, petro-chemicals, parabens, etc. And it just so happens that bronze-y brown is one of my top choices in eyeliner colors.

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Next up is a 1oz sample of Jacq’s Organics Green Smoothie Scrub & Masque. I’m super excited to give this one a try. It’s actually a powder that you mix with water to form the masque. I love the herbal scent; it smells almost good enough to eat.

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This month’s box also contained a vegan facial brush from 100% Pure. It’s a small brush that would be great for travel. It seems like a good quality brush, but if I’m being honest, I probably won’t use it. I’m sure that this will find a loving home with one of my friends.

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The final item in this month’s box is a 1oz sample of face cleanser from Meow Meow Tweet. I may have to break my “consistency is key” skincare rule to try this one because I’ve always wanted to try out this brand. I can’t make up my mind about the scent of this cleanser though. It reminds me of tobacco….it isn’t completely unpleasant, but I’m not totally sure that I want this particular fragrance on my face.

I’ve gotten this box twice now, and I’ve been really impressed with the sample sizes and variety. Each month there have been at least a couple of items that I’d use regularly. I’ll start posting an unboxing each month here at the blog so check back!

Avocado and Corn Salad

DSC_0243Adulting is hard ya’ll. Peanut and the wife are sick, I’m still trying to unpack and make sense of the house and all I really want to do is watch Orange is the New Black. After sneaking in snippets here and there, I have finally finished the season. Now I can get back to the real world.

In good news, we are starting to get back in the habit of eating real food. I like the idea of picking up dinner when I’m exhausted but I get so tired of it after about two days. As much as I hate the heat of summer, I love the fresh food that comes with it. I have been seeing variations of this salad float around the internet and decided to try my own take on it. Its full of fresh summer goodness.  It takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

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Make the pasta and set aside to cool. I used the Traders Joe’s Brand Harvest Grain Blend. I love this pasta blend. Then combine all the dressing ingredients. I forgot to take pictures of this step. Sorry guys.

Next chop all left over ingredients – Corn, avocado and onion.

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Finally combine everything in a large bowl and allow time to marinate and meld. It’s that simple and so damn delicious.

 

Avocado and Corn Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 Avocados
  • 2 Ears of Corn - Removed from the Cob
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Small Grain Pasta
  • 1 Small Red Onion
  • Dressing
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup of Cilantro
  • 2 Limes - 1 Tsp of zest and juice from both
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 2 TB of Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions and allow to cool
  2. Next, prepare the dressing by combining cilantro, lime juice and zest, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Then, combine all the large ingredients - pasta, avocado, corn and onion in a medium sized bowl.
  4. Finally, combine the dressing and main ingredients
  5. Cover and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
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Zesty Mustard Slaw

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It’s summer, and you know what that means? Cookouts! I am really looking forward to some summer BBQs this year. They’re a great excuse to hang out with good friends and enjoy casual food that doesn’t take hours of preparation. I’m in the midst of planning an event for the 4th of July, so I’ve been thinking a lot about good recipes for a crowd.

Today’s post is my twist on a classic cookout staple: coleslaw. This recipe is for anyone that prefers their slaw mayo-free or with a bit more bite. As with most of my recipes, it uses only a handful of ingredients and requires very little time in the kitchen. I’d rather spend my time drinking a great “porch” wine with friends than spending all night over a stove. Oh….and red cabbage is a nutritional powerhouse. Tasty AND healthy? Yes, please!

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Ingredients:

*5-6 cups shredded red cabbage

*1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

*2 tbsp nutritional yeast (I know, I know…it’s the world’s grossest sounding food, but trust me on this one)

*3 tsp liquid amino acids (you could probably substitute soy sauce if that’s what you’ve got in the house)

*4 tbsp rustic dijon mustard

*1/2 tsp black pepper

Mix the vinegar and spices together and toss the red cabbage in the mixture. That’s it. It’s an easy and healthy addition to your cookout menu.

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Recipe Love, Recipe Dreams and Breakfast Sandwiches

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I’m alive! My world is utter chaos right now. We are not only not unpacked but we finally just finished clearing out the old house. My nieces are staying with me for the summer. Peanut’s napping schedule has become totally random.

We have been eating whatever is quick and easy which unfortunately means kind of crappy. I really wanted to get back in this space and start blogging again. So i’m just going to ease back into this and basically give snap shot of what is going on right now.

Recipe Love:

Nom Nom Paleo Kalua Pig

We have made this recipe twice in the last three weeks. I wish I could of come up with this delicious genius but I am glad someone did. It takes a while to make but it goes in the crockpot so you don’t have babysit it. Make this pork, trust me.

Recipe Dreams:

Chocolate Covered Potato Chips – I have been craving both salty and sweet lately. My nieces and I melted some chocolate chips on potato chips. It was ok but I am going to work on taking it up a notch. I will update after we test some things out.

Currently Eating:

I haven’t had the chance to announce here that my wife is pregnant. We are super excited to be adding to our family and it was what spurred us to finally move after 12 years in the townhouse. I have been trying to make sure she eats enough eggs. I have been making these breakfast sandwiches. They take 10 minutes to make and are great to grab and go. You can freeze them and reheat in the microwave and they are not too shabby. Try making a couple on the weekend and reheat during the week.

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1. Toast english muffins

2. Place two pre-cooked sausage patties in the microwave for about 1 min

3. Melt butter in a pan and spread a little butter on the inside of the egg rings. (I like these)

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4. Crack eggs directly into the egg rings.

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5. Once the eggs become opaque, about 5-7 minutes, use a butter knife gently separate egg from the ring by sliding it around the inside. Flip eggs and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

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6. Assemble sandwich and find an adorable helper to eat them with you.

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Craveworthy: Tournesol Macarons

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This weekend I attended the Occoquan Craft Festival.  I swear that this was the best year yet.  I attended with some of my favorite people, and the weather was gorgeous.  I probably should have just handed over my wallet when they let me in.  There were so many great vendors this weekend.  I ended up leaving with a couple of pairs of earrings and some macarons. Oh…the macarons….

So you’ve probably figured out by now that I love all things girly.  So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the macaron tent caught my eye at the festival.  And this tent was adorable.  The logo was cute, and the tent was filled with young women all decked out in retro, pastel dresses.  Everything looked like a fun tea party that I definitely wanted to be a part of.

As I was paying for my rainbow-colored pastries, I happened to ask if they were local.  It turns out that Tournesol Macarons are only available online at this point.  You heard it here first–this is a brand new company (only two weeks old!), so I was really excited to give them a shout-out.

And let me tell you, the cookies are AMAZING! The raspberry-rose macaron tastes like heaven.  A very delicate, very very girly heaven. The caramel is even better.  The pastries are light, fluffy, and delicious.  It is seriously like biting into a cloud.  I’m selfishly hoping that anyone that reads this places an order so that the business grows and I can continue to get these. They are that yummy.

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