Monday, January 27, 2014

Winter Broccoli

So it's COLD outside, and although I would love to just snuggle under a blanket, watch Netflix and eat melted cheese all day, I still need to get some veggies somehow.  I remembered that I hadn't made my favorite broccoli recipe in a while, so I got some broccoli from the store, but when I got home I couldn't find the recipe.  I made up something based on what I do remember, and it was AMAZING.

I had someone ask about it, so here it is (in very, very rough and inexact language)

Broccoli, washed and cut into similarly-sized pieces
(I used about a pound, but you can make whatever you need)

I spun the broccoli in a salad spinner for a second to get rid of any excess water.

Put the broccoli in a large roasting pan.  Add some olive oil and salt, and toss it around so the broccoli is mostly coated with the oil.

Put it all in the oven at 450 degrees or so.

Here's where you will need to keep an eye on the broccoli--I don't have exact times, but it took mine probably 20 minutes or so to get good and roasted.  I like it to be a little brown and caramelized, so I err on the side of longer.
If you want this all to go faster, you can steam the broccoli so it is partly cooked before you put it in the oven.

When it's tender enough to eat and not quite as done as you would like it to be, take it out of the oven.  This is the good part: in a small bowl, mix some minced garlic (I used a lot--like 3 heads), some softened butter (I used about 3 tablespoons), and few tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese.  If you have a food processor, blend it up good with that first, but I didn't have the energy for all that so I just mushed it up real good with a fork.

Top the broccoli with the cheesy buttery goodness.  Put it back in the oven. 

Wait maybe 10 minutes or so.  The cheesy buttery goodness should start to melt a bit and get browned. It gets a little toasted and some will melt into the broccoli. 

When it looks ready, pull it out and eat it up!

You should try it out.  Broccoli is cheap, and yummy, and when you top it with butter and cheese and roast it, it's freakin amazing.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Two months in: Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum Report

As you know, I started using the Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum back in early-to-mid May. It's now nearly mid July and I thought I'd post some pics to see if there has been any changes in the look of my eyelashes.

I have been using the serum twice daily, once in the morning after I get out of the shower and once at night after I wash my face and before I get in bed.  It's easy enough to use-- it's a small brush on the end of a wand, sort of like mascara but without all the brushes at the one end.  It's a clear serum and I can't feel it when it's on, but I do see it as it's wet when it comes out.  It only takes a minute to dry.

So what do you think? Let's take a look:

Can you tell a difference?
The entire trial is for 16 weeks so I still have another 2 months.  I think it might be working. Do you?

Follow me and I'll report back! I'm on Twitter as @creep4ward and you can follow Influenster and Fysiko as @InfluensterVox and @FysikoLashes on Twitter too.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

checking in: Fysiko Lash Growth Serum test

Hi, checking in on the halfway point for my trial of the Fysiko Lash Growth Serum.  I took a few pics this morning to see how it looks. They came out sort of blurry but this one is OK:

What do you think? To be honest I am not sure if it has been working or not.  It is only halfway through the trial time so I think I will wait to judge until a few more weeks.  Wish me luck!

Monday, May 13, 2013

New product test begins: Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum

I'm excited to post the "before" shots of my own eyelashes as part of a new campaign I'm part of with and Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum.

(If you're not an member, you should become one! They connect online influensers with brands and sometimes you'll get free stuff! Send me a message if you want an invite.)

After signing up to become part of this testing campaign I almost forgot about it until the package arrived today.  The serum comes in a tiny long white box and the bottle just looks like a normal mascara bottle.

All I have to do is use the serum on the edge of my eyelid where my lashes grow once or twice a day. I'll be doing this for 16 weeks to see if the serum works.  In order to test it, I'm taking before and after pictures of my own eyelashes and you and I can be the judge.

I've always been pretty OK with the length of my lashes. I have dark brown hair so the ones I do have seem to show up pretty well.  I wear contact lenses so I'm not a big fan of mascara because it always seems to end up flaking into my eyes at some point in the day.  I'll still wear it, though, since I like the way it makes me look a little more *awake* and a little more feminine and pretty.  If I didn't have the contact lens problem, I'd probably wear mascara more often.  But if I can get my lashes to look longer without using mascara, this would be a perfect solution for me.  Especially because as I've gotten older, I feel like they have thinned out a little (and I seem to look more tired than I used to LOL)! So I do hope this Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum works!

According to the instructions, a single bottle of the serum will last six to eight months.  That's good, since the retail price looks to be over a hundred bucks.  Hey, if it works, it's worth it, right?

Anyway, here we go.  These are my "before" eyelash pictures.

I'll be posting updates when I can and will do a whole post after the 16 week trial is up.  Follow me and see how it works! I'm on Twitter as @creep4ward and you can follow Influenster and Fysiko as @InfluensterVox and @FysikoLashes on Twitter too.