Late Nights To Early Morning

13 Jan

1:30 turns into 3:30 turns into 5:30. I am left here questioning where I stand in life. I know I don’t post here like I should, but this is my big diary so when I need to pour out my feelings, I do. My life doesn’t fully make sense right now. Sometimes when things happen and they are not black and white, you don’t know how to handle them. Quite a few of my problems are not easy to explain, making them even harder to address. I hope that my birthday (the 25th) brings me some clarity.
Pray that I fall asleep in the next 5 hours.

Love Always,

Amanda

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25 Dec

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I Know, I’ve Been MIA, But Here’s A Video

4 Dec

Hey guys. I have failed at adding blog posts lately. I will work harder, I promise. The good news is, I’ve been consistent with Youtube videos. Here’s my review of the Yes To products.

Show Not Tell: Darker Fall Colors

9 Oct

Fall Haul: LOTS OF FREEBIES + Palladio, NYX, Maybelline, MUA & More

2 Oct

How I Save Money

20 Sep
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5 Sep

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Hello All My Lovely Followers,

Did you know I have a Youtube channel? If you didn’t, well there’s the link. So go subscribe!

 

Love Always,

Chef o’Buddy Amanda

 

P.S. When I get to 125 subscribers I will post a video of one of my hidden talents PLUS do a giveaway! Why 125? Because it’s my favorite number! So go go go!!!

My Holy Grail Recipe: Martha Stewart’s Buttercream Filling For French Macarons

26 Aug

Hey There,

First let me apologize for the lack of food posts. Food is my first love, it was my first word, and I WILL ALWAYS LOVE FOOOOOOD (yes, I had to have a little Whitney moment). So to get back into the food talk, I first want to ask, what food posts would you like to see? Restaurant reviews, recipe suggestions, and/or more photos of things I’ve prepared? Comment below and let me know (haha that rhymed).

Moving on, I had to let you all know the recipe that changed my life. The first time I made buttercream it was not good. It was extremely sweet and hard to work with. I was afraid of making buttercream ever again. Then, I developed an interest for making French Macarons (which everyone should try because they are so delicious) and I needed a good filling. Enter Martha Stewart and her wonderful recipe. After making the recipe, I thought “hey, I should use this for cakes”. This buttercream recipe is perfect for icing cakes as well. It is much easier to make, work with, and it has less sugar. It is my holy grail buttercream recipe and I doubt I will use another for quite some time.

Martha Stewart’s Parisian Macaron Filling Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk egg whites and sugar. Set mixer bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and heat mixture, whisking often, until it feels warm to the touch and sugar is dissolved, 3 to 5 minutes
  2. Transfer bowl to the mixer, and fit with the whisk attachment. Whip on high speed until mixture is stiff and shiny, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add butter, one piece at a time, and continue mixing until butter is thoroughly incorporated. The filling can be kept, covered and refrigerated, up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before stirring.

Usually when I make this, I use packaged egg whites because I don’t want to waste eggs by failing to separate one. This recipe uses granulated sugar and NOT confectioner’s sugar which is another huge plus! You can add all kinds of things to this simple recipe to make any flavored filling you desire. In the past, I have added vanilla extract, lemon curd, and cocoa powder. The possibilities are endless! If you like buttercream, you should try this recipe.

Until Next Time,

Chef o’Buddy Amanda

(Disclaimer: Once again , this is NOT my recipe. I do not own this recipe. Martha Stewart owns this recipe. I am just suggesting it to you.)

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22 Aug

The Truth about Thoroughly Nourished Beauty

16 Aug

I had to share this uplifting post with you.

Thoroughly Nourished Life

Yesterday I forgot my make-up. I was halfway to work when I realised that I hadn’t put a single thing on my face that morning but some very simple vitamin e cream to soothe my winter-running chapped cheeks. I felt naked. I felt exposed. I am not ashamed to admit that I even pulled into two separate service stations/ convenience stores on my way to work just to try and find some mascara.

Let me pause for a moment here to establish the baseline for this beauty-centric story.

I do not usually wear much make-up, in fact, my definition of my “work face” is just mascara and some translucent powder – see not much. I have gone days without brushing my hair, and the only regular beauty regime that I stick to is ensuring I wash my face every night and apply vitamin e cream. No fancy jars of things…

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