Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Skinny Raspberry Margarita

 Happy Wednesday loves! Only a few more days until the weekend! Here is a yummy low calorie drink to get you through the rest of the week or whip it up this weekend with some friends! 


Ingredients: (makes 2 servings)
  • 3oz fresh raspberries 
  • 4oz silver tequila  
  • 6oz club soda 
  • 1 tbs agave nectar 
  • Lime juice from 1 lime + a few slices for the glass
  • Splash of Raspberry liquor or triple sec (optional) 

Directions:
Add your fresh raspberries to a blender and blend until smooth. Next add the blended raspberries to a fine mesh strainer placed over a bowl to remove any seeds. Then add all ingredients and stir. Serve over ice. 


This cocktail is super refreshing and only 201 calories!!!

Xo,
Carolyn 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Banana Chips

Have some ripe bananas you need to eat up before they get too ripe?  Try these homemade banana chips! They are so easy and much healthier then the store bought kind (and cheaper too)! You make these in the oven, so no need to rush out and buy a food dehydrator.

Ingredients:
2 tsp. olive oil
4 ripe bananas
  1. Preheat the oven to 175*
  2. Lightly coat cookie sheets with the olive oil
  3. Slice the bananas thinly and arrange them in one layer on the cookie sheets
  4. Cook bananas in the oven for about 3 hours, until they are dehydrated (but not rock solid)
  5. Cool banana chips on a wire rack
  6. Store them in an airtight container (I store mine in the fridge)

I have made these several times and I love them!! I even pack them in my hubby's lunch for him to snack on.  

Xo,
Kacey 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

3 Ingredient Lemon Bars

These lemon crumb bars are seriously good and so simple to make! Only 3 ingredients!  

Ingredients: 
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 1 can lemon pie filling
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Spray 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

In a bowl, combine softened butter with dry cake mix. Mix until crumbly. Set aside 1/2 cup of this crumbly mixture (for the top).

Take the rest of the crust mixture and press it into a 9x13 baking dish. Spread the mixture out evenly and then just go around and pack it down in the dish with your hands.
Spoon lemon pie filling onto crust and spread it out as evenly as possible.
Then take the 1/2 cup of crust mixture that you set aside earlier and sprinkle all over lemon pie filling.  

Bake at 350F for about 20-25 minutes. The crumble on top will just start to turn a very light golden brown. Slice and serve! (Store in refrigerator)


So yummy and refreshing during the hot summer! I also recommend serving this with a side of vanilla ice cream too!
Xo,
Kacey


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Casual Weekend Wear

I love myself a nice casual weekend!  Here is an outfit from last weekend that I loved.  I love shopping at our local boutiques and supporting local shops! This sweater is from The GypsyBarn Boutique and the trucker hat is Bendite Clothing Company.  Make sure you check out their websites linked below (they can ship to you)!!


Hat: Bendite

What is your go to weekend wear?
Xo,
Carolyn

Monday, August 4, 2014

Banana Coffee Shake

Wake up with this HEALTHY yummy banana coffee shake!  Breakfast and coffee in one? YES PLEASE!

Ingredients (makes approx. 2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup fresh brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1-2 tablespoon honey 
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 cup yogurt (I used Vanilla)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 splenda or stevia packet (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cool coffee and sliced banana by placing it in the freezer for 10 minutes. 
  2. Combine the coffee, banana, ice and honey to taste in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the yogurt and any of the remaining ingredients you wish to use and blend.
  4. Transfer to the glasses and serve cold.

Xo,
Kacey

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Summer Staples


  In the hot Summer months I keep my make up to a bare minimum (less is more right?)! Here are my summer staples! 
Makeup Forever HD Foundation: Here
Smashbox Halo Perfecting Powder: Here
Marc Jacobs Eyeliner: Here
YSL Babydoll Mascara: Here
Mac Girl About Town Lipstick: Here
Mac Girl About Town Lipgloss: Here
Mac Beet Lip Pencil: Here
Michael Kors Watch Similar: Here Here and Here
Ray Ban Wayfarer Folding Sunglasses: Here

What are your summer essentials or your latest beauty find!?  

Xo, 
Kelly

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies - Butter Free!!!

If you guys haven't realized it already, I am a sucker for sweets!  I have such a sweet tooth, so I am always trying to find healthier version of almost everything!  When I came across these chocolate chip cookies and learned that they were butter free, no white sugar added I was all in!  These are made with coconut oil instead of butter, and are crazy delicious!   

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup + 1 TBS brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs (or 1/3 cup egg whites)
  • 1 TBS. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 12 oz. dark chocolate chips                   
  • 1.5 cups shredded coconut (optional)
    • I also add walnuts since my hubby loves them!
1.  Preheat oven to 365 degrees F.  

2.  In a mixing bowl, use a mixer to beat the the coconut oil and brown sugar.  Add in the eggs and beat until fluffy.  Add in the vanilla extract. 

3.  In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder with whisk.  Mix the flour mixture into the coconut oil mixture.  Add in the chocolate chips + coconut and mix well.  

4.  Drop by small rounded spoons onto baking sheets. Bake for about 9-10 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges. 
         
5.  Cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.  Store in air tight container to maintain freshness!


What about you guys, whats your go to sweet treat? Please try these and share your thoughts below!!

Xo,
Kacey