Lemon Pasta with Chicken

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Need:
1 pound dried penne
2 chicken cutlets, cut into fingers
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
2 lemons, juiced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Do:
Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, until al dente. Drain well.

Season chicken with salt & pepper. Heat a large grill pan over medium high & add chicken. Grill until golden & completely cooked. Remove to a plate & slice.

Add the garlic & red pepper flakes to a saute pan with 3 tablespoons of olive oil & saute until fragrant. Add the cooked pasta & turn heat off. Mix all together.

Remove pasta to a large bowl. Add chicken to the warm pasta & season with salt & pepper. Sprinkle in chopped parsley. Add the juice of 2 lemons & mix. Before serving top with Parmesan.

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Today’s Makeup

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Again, please forgive the exhaustion!

Today’s eyeshadow palette was WET n WILD Coloricon Eyeshadow Trio “I’m Getting Sunburned.” I really like it, but it isn’t something I would wear everyday.

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The colors are gorgeous! This picture truly doesn’t do them justice.

 

If you try the trio, let me know your thoughts!

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Before, After & Products Used

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As I shared with my Facebook & Instagram followers, please forgive the hair & lack of feeling well!

However, I did have fun playing with makeup last night & using a much darker eye color than I normally do.

I shot a picture of the products I used & have listed them!

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NYX Angel Veil primer
YSL foundation
Maybelline Age Rewind Brightener Illuminator
Wet N Wild Contour makeup stick
Maybelline Fit Me pressed powder
elf contour & highlight palette
Cover Girl blush
elf eyebrows sculpting gel & powder
Maybelline eyeshadow quad “Sapphire Siren”
NYX white eyeliner (water line)
Cover Girl professional super thick lash mascara
Wet N Wild lip liner
Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit matte lipstick

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Million Dollar Cream Cheese & Garlic Dip

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Million Dollar Cream Cheese & Garlic Dip
Author: Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes
Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 1 min Total time: 6 mins Serves: 10
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Need:
  • 8 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 cups of shredded colby jack cheese
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 1 square cube crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup of bacon, chopped into small pieces
Do:
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl & stir well.
  2. Serve immediately with chips, crackers, or your favorite vegetables.
  3. Can be made in advance & stored in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap.

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The “Miss Dish” Recipe

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This recipe had been named “The Miss Dish!”

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Need:

Non-stick cooking spray (I used Pam)
4 – 5 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half (or buy thin-sliced chicken)
1 pound fresh asparagus, washed & ends trimmed
1 package mushrooms, washed & cut
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning mix
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 lemon, sliced
2 tablespoons butter, cubed

Do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Arrange chicken breasts, asparagus & mushrooms on the pan & coat with olive oil. Season with sea salt, dried herbs, pepper & garlic powder. Place lemon slices over chicken, asparagus & mushrooms.

Bake for 15 minutes, then add butter over chicken, asparagus & mushrooms.

Bake for additional 5 minutes or until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165 degrees, according to a meat thermometer.

Remove from oven & serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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What “Self-Care” REALLY Is

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This Is What ‘Self-Care’ REALLY Means, Because It’s Not All Salt Baths And Chocolate Cake

Self-care is often a very unbeautiful thing.

It is making a spreadsheet of your debt and enforcing a morning routine and cooking yourself healthy meals and no longer just running from your problems and calling the distraction a solution.

It is often doing the ugliest thing that you have to do, like sweat through another workout or tell a toxic friend you don’t want to see them anymore or get a second job so you can have a savings account or figure out a way to accept yourself so that you’re not constantly exhausted from trying to be everything, all the time and then needing to take deliberate, mandated breaks from living to do basic things like drop some oil into a bath and read Marie Claire and turn your phone off for the day.

A world in which self-care has to be such a trendy topic is a world that is sick. Self-care should not be something we resort to because we are so absolutely exhausted that we need some reprieve from our own relentless internal pressure.

True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.

And that often takes doing the thing you least want to do.

It often means looking your failures and disappointments square in the eye and re-strategizing. It is not satiating your immediate desires. It is letting go. It is choosing new. It is disappointing some people. It is making sacrifices for others. It is living a way that other people won’t, so maybe you can live in a way that other people can’t.

It is letting yourself be normal. Regular. Unexceptional. It is sometimes having a dirty kitchen and deciding your ultimate goal in life isn’t going to be having abs and keeping up with your fake friends. It is deciding how much of your anxiety comes from not actualizing your latent potential, and how much comes from the way you were being trained to think before you even knew what was happening.

The act of self-care has become yet another thing women are expected to be good at. Did you use the right filter for that ‘gram of your impeccably prepared acai bowl? Are the candles you just lit in your Snap story made from organic hand-poured soy or are they that mass-produced factory shit? And how can we stem the inevitable capitalist tide from turning something as simple as self-care into yet another thing to be bought and sold? These are all things I wrestle with as I order Dominos in sweatpants under the guise of ‘being good to myself.’ – quote via Amil Niazi

If you find yourself having to regularly indulge in consumer self-care, it’s because you are disconnected from actual self-care, which has very little to do with “treating yourself” and a whole lot do with parenting yourself and making choices for your long-term wellness.

It is no longer using your hectic and unreasonable life as justification for self-sabotage in the form of liquor and procrastination. It is learning how to stop trying to “fix yourself” and start trying to take care of yourself… and maybe finding that taking care lovingly attends to a lot of the problems you were trying to fix in the first place.

It means being the hero of your life, not the victim. It means rewiring what you have until your everyday life isn’t something you need therapy to recover from. It is no longer choosing a life that looks good over a life that feels good. It is giving the hell up on some goals so you can care about others. It is being honest even if that means you aren’t universally liked. It is meeting your own needs so you aren’t anxious and dependent on other people.

It is becoming the person you know you want and are meant to be. Someone who knows that salt baths and chocolate cake are ways to enjoy life – not escape from it.

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