Style and Savings’ Summer Reading List 2017

Summer is quickly approaching and now is the time to plan how I will make the most of these beautiful days!

As a kid, we would always participate in the summer reading program at the local library. Now I’m older and won’t get a free Dairy Queen Dilly bar , a beach ball, or a slinky, my incentive is the pure enjoyment of reading.

Here is a list of books (all of which are by female authors) that have been on my To Read list for a while that I plan to finally read this summer:

The Perfect Find by Tia Williams

I first saw a review of this book in Essence magazine, then added it to my Goodreads “Want to Read” list. I entered the sweepstakes to win a copy of the book and was lucky enough to win an autographed paperback. I now follow the author Tia Williams on Instagram @shakeyourbeauty, where she posts adorable photos of her daughter, her book signings, her fashion and life in New York.

#Goodreads drawing winner! Happy to have an autographed book for my collection! This should be a fun summer read 😎☀️📖

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Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

I have been a fan of Mindy since The Office and have been catching up on The Mindy Project on Hulu lately. I took a break from it for a while – but now that I am giving it another chance, I’m glad to see Mindy as a working mother with a successful practice who is launching her own business.

I read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? a couple years ago and I hope this book is also as funny.

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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps  by Kelly Williams Brown

I added this book to my Goodreads “Want to Read” list back in 2014, when I may have still been experiencing a quarter-life crisis. During that time, I also liked to read the very relatable blogs Twenty Something Living and When Life Gives You Rubi. This book seems like it will fall in the info-tainment genre and I think it will be comforting to see how far I’ve come since then.

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Got Out of Debt Without Giving Up the Fabulous Life by Natalie McNeal

No one really wants to be in debt, but through budgeting and reducing spending there is a way out. Some examples of this are too extreme for my taste (see: tiny houses, junk cars, ramen dinners). Style and Savings was created on the principle to “live stylishly without spending your savings”. I want to maintain a level of comfort, while still living within or below my means.

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That wraps up my book list for the summer (in addition to the magazines I subscribe to).

What’s on your Summer Reading List?

Glossies Made Me Do It – May 2017

Glossies made me do it...!Welcome to the May edition of “Glossies Made Me Do It” link-up. Here’s what I’ve been reading.

I always enjoy looking at Oprah magazine’s  “Reading Room” In the May issue, page  109 had a review describing “No One is Coming to Save Us” by Stephanie Powell Watts as an updated, African-American version of The Great Gatsby. Goodreads users gave both positive and negative reviews, so I’m not sure if I’ll read this book, but it made me want to watch The Great Gatsby. I loved the glamour, recklessness and extravagance along with the music and bright colors of the 2013 remake.

Can you tell that I’m a fan of Pantene products? I recently bought 3 of my favorite (now discontinued) Pantene Truly Relaxed Oil Crème Moisturizer on Amazon. Essence magazine’s May issue contained a Pantene hair moisturizer sample that made me want to give the new formula a try.

 

For more of The Glossies Made Me Do It, click here. Until next month’s mags!

Glossies Made Me Do It – April 2017

Glossies made me do it...!Welcome to the April edition of “Glossies Made Me Do It” link-up. Here’s what I’ve been reading.

The Oprah magazine article  “Shelf Awareness” pg. 63 made me feel guilty for all of the old cosmetics I’ve kept. I know that makeup expires, but it’s so hard to toss out something that’s not empty yet.

Another article in this month’s Oprah called “Kinder, Gentler” on pg. 96 made me happy.

Of all the verses and rules people like to memorize and quote, the Golden Rule is the only one I need.

When we learned it in kindergarten, the teachers would tell us to put on our “good manners gloves”. We would recite ” Do unto others as you want them to do to you” as we traced each finger of the imaginary gloves.

During wedding planning, I became interested in wedding etiquette and occasionally I like to read this blog/advice column on manners for an entertaining take on everyday situations.

Seeing Hilary Duff on the cover of Redbook made me remember how much I liked the show “Lizzie McGuire”

I  watched the first 2 seasons of “Younger” and I love that her character Kelsey is also someone viewers can imagine being friends with. Kelsey is ambitious, confident, and a risk -taker, but also has insecure moments and dating struggles. My favorite thing about her is that she believes in helping other women succeed.

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That’s all for this month! If you missed March’s Glossies, you can find them here.

Mini Chocolate Lava Birthday Cakes

This year, for my birthday I wanted to make a unique, chocolate dessert. After scrolling through my Pinterest boards, I found an idea on this site.

I don’t normally order dessert at restaurants, but I remembered trying this one at Chili’s before. It has gooey, hot, melty chocolate with the ice cream scoops on top to cool it down.

The mini versions were pretty simple to make – but there were a couple of tricky steps that I will note below.

Cake Ingredients:
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

1/2 cup ( 1 stick) unsalted butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup confectioners’ (or powdered) sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs, and 2 large egg yolks  (* a total of 4 eggs)

Toppings:

Ice Cream

Sprinkles

Birthday Candles

Directions:
Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray (these can also be made in 4 ramekin dishes)

Preheat oven to 425°F

Chop the chocolate into smaller pieces. Put butter and chocolate into a glass bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir, then microwave for 30 more seconds until completely smooth

In another small bowl, whisk the flour, powdered sugar, and salt together

*In a third small bowl, combine 2 entire eggs plus only the yolks of 2 more eggs

Pour the flour mixture and eggs into the bowl of chocolate. Slowly stir everything together using a wooden spoon. If there are any lumps, gently use a whisk or a fork.

Spoon chocolate batter evenly into muffin tin (I was able to make 9 total).

To bake in a muffin tin, the cakes only take about 8 minutes. *(I added an extra 2 minutes and that was tooo long, The extra time completely cooks the center, and you don’t get the lava effect).

Allow to cool for 1 minute, then using a knife, go around the edges of each cake to make sure they are not stuck to the pan. Cover with a plate and turn the pan completely over, so the cakes are on the plate.

Top with ice cream, sprinkles, (and a candle for the birthday girl!) and Enjoy!

See this post for desserts from last year’s birthday

Sweet & Spicy Tortellini Carbonara

One day, I wanted to try making a pasta carbonara, but when I searched for recipes, I realized it was made with a raw egg – kind of scary. So, I decided to create a combination of two different recipes. I would use the tortellini and bacon from the pasta carbonara recipe with the sauce from our favorite meal –  Spicy Shrimp Penne.

So there’s the story of how Sweet & Spicy Tortellini was invented.

Ingredients

Pasta:

20oz package Buitoni 3 cheese tortellini

Sauce:

1/2 cup olive oil

1 packet of soy sauce

2 tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. red pepper

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Topping:

3 slices of bacon

1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. parsley

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees

  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil

  3. Put bacon slices on the baking sheet and cook in oven for 15 minutes

  4. Boil pasta on the stove (be sure to add a sprinkle of salt and a tsp. of oil so it doesn’t stick) Pasta usually takes about 10 minutes on medium-high and tortellini will float to the top as it finishes cooking

  5. While pasta and bacon are cooking, mix together in a bowl olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, red pepper, and parmesan cheese

  6. Pour the sauce mixture into a large skillet and heat to medium long enough for the cheese to melt. Turn the heat down to simmer

  7. Once pasta is done cooking, drain it and add it to the large skillet with the sauce. Toss the pasta to make sure it is coated in sauce

  8. Once bacon is crispy take it out of the oven, let it cool, then pat it with paper towels to remove the grease.

  9. Put pasta on plates to serve

  10. Crumble bacon and sprinkle parmesan cheese and parsley to top the pasta

 

Pour a couple of glasses of wine and enjoy!

Linking up with The Blended Blog for Tasty Tuesday

Glossies Made Me Do It

Glossies made me do it...!

I read several magazines each month and often find myself pinning recipes and decorating ideas from their pages. When I discovered this fun, monthly link-up “Glossies Made Me Do It” (“Glossies” are what our British friends across the pond call magazines – especially those related to fashion & beauty) I knew I wanted to join in.

Glossies Made Me Do It is hosted by Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans, Shooting Stars Mag, and Happy, Pretty, Sweet starting on the 1st Friday of the month through the 24th

Here’s what I thought of  March’s magazines:

Essence

This ad for Maybelline’s  The 24K Nudes made me think of  Urban Decay’s Naked 3 pallet.  Have any of you beauty bloggers tried it?


Oprah

“Gooey, Crispy, Melty and Glorious Grilled Cheese” on page 130 made me pull out the panini press to make my own sandwich creation. This mix of cheese, bacon, guacamole and tomato was so melty and messy it had to be eaten with a knife and fork.

 

 

Redbook

“The great plastic basket makeover” on page 20 made me want to decorate.  I love that this basket looks so simple and cheap to make (#styleandsavings). Craft Cord comes in a variety of colors – you can choose one to match your color scheme.  

 

Join the “Glossies Made Me Do It” link-up  through March 24th and come back on the first Friday of next month for April’s issues.

 

California Dreamin’

While snow on the ground in the middle of March, I’m getting more & more excited for our upcoming Spring Break trip.

We’ll be heading to San Francisco, California!

I haven’t been to San Francisco but there are plenty of pop culture references that make this look like a fun place.

Full House

As a 90’s kid, I loved watching this show and clearly remember the theme song. I was an even bigger fan of Mary-Kate and Ashley and all of their VHS movies, especially the ones where they played detectives and solved mysteries.

The town house filmed in the show wasn’t a set; it’s a real house located in San Francisco. At the end of 2016, the creator of Full House purchased it for over $4M. Read more here

Photo Credit: thefullhousemedia.blogspot.com              Photo Credit: The Hollywood Reporter

Rice A Roni

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Photo Credit: Amazon.com

 The commercial’s  jingle “Rice A Roni – The San Francisco Treat ” brings back another childhood memory of a  red plastic wind- up toy cable car I played with. Now I think of Rice A Roni as an easy to make side dish that has inspired many Pinterest recipes.

Wake Me Up in San Francisco

In 2011, not long after Katy Perry’s California Girls was a hit, the group Cascada had a similar sounding California – themed song called “Wake Me Up in San Francisco”. If you like catchy, upbeat pop music – enjoy the official music video on YouTube.

The Mindy Project

Photo Credit: Fox

In 2015’s Season 3 of The Mindy Project, several episodes took place in California, which I mainly remember by the amusing wordplay title of Episode 13: “San Francisco Bae”. For more cute pics of Mindy & Danny’s sight seeing adventures click here.

I’m still working on our itinerary, so let me know in the comments if you have any restaurant recommendations or sight-seeing tips.