Recipe to Try: One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken & Veggies

 

4 Servings      Prep: 10 minutes    Cook Time: 35 minutes     Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp brown sugar     **next time I’ll use less

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried basil

Salt & Pepper, to taste

16 oz baby red potatoes, I just used the entire bag that I bought

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, I should have used smaller ones because no one could finish the giant pieces I used

24 oz broccoli florets

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray. **I should have used nonstick spray because I used too much oil but I don’t think it ruined anything
  2. In a bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp of olive oil, butter (melted), honey, brown sugar, Dijon, garlic, oregano, basil; season with salt & pepper to your liking.
  3. Place potatoes in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil onto the potatoes and season with salt & pepper. Add chicken in a single layer and brush chicken with the mixture with the bowl.
  4. Place into oven and roast until the chicken is at 165 F, internally (about 25-30 minutes). Stir in the broccoli in the last 10 minutes of cooking time (at 15-20 minutes).
  5. Broil for 2-3 minutes.

 

recipe from Damn Delicious 

 

 

Top Songs of the Week 8/31


Lately I’ve been listening to more podcasts than music, i’ve been in a music rut and haven’t found some good music in a while. But here are a few songs that I’ve been enjoying….

  • I Like Me Better by Lauv
  • Feels by Calvin Harris
  • Praying by Kesha (is there no more $?)
  • Attention by Charlie Puth
  • Chariot by Gavin DeGraw
  • Oldies But Goodies, Spotify Playlist 

    What To Bring: Dorm Living

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    My first year at University I overpacked. SUV completely full, every pair of shoes I owned, every piece of clothing, all of the school supplies and decorations I could find. Over the past three years at school, I have figured out what the “essentials” are (at least for me)

    1. I highly recommend a mattress pad, the college mattresses are NOT comfortable.
    2. Twin XL sheets, I promise the normal Twin sheets will be too small (no matter how hard you pull)
    3. Comforter or Quilt, I recommend a quilt because the dorms never get cold. Unless you go to a school where the dorms have AC, you will sweat at night, even in the winter. Cheap dorm comforters are way easier to find though (especially at Target)
    4. My first dorm was tile so I highly recommend a dust pan. But if you have a carpet also think about a cheap vacuum.
    5. Laundry Detergent & Dryer Sheets. If you’re anything like me, go for the mini sizes. You won’t go through as much as you think.
    6. Hamper, I found that a foldable hamper is easier to squeeze in tight places but a solid hamper is way easier to carry up and down the stairs.
    7. Hangers. At home, I never took advantage of my closet space but in college, it is a blessing.
    8. Rain Jacket. I go to a big school so walking to a class that is 10-15 minutes away in the rain is not enjoyable. I recommend a jacket over an umbrella bc it’s easier to store in class, and easier to get on the bus with.
    9. Rain boots!!!!!!!!! I went with LL Bean’s Bean Boots so they could multitask as snow and rain boots. Nothing is more uncomfortable than walking in wet weather and being stuck with wet canvas shoes all day.
    10. Headphones. Headphones are really important when you’re walking to class and want to listen to music or when you’re studying in the library, watching Netflix at night, eating meals alone and you want to watch funny videos.
    11. Desk Lamp. Not all desks in school come with a built-in light, and some of the overhead lighting is the ugliest lighting on the planet. I recommend a desk lamp for when you don’t want to go blind when doing homework, or hanging in your room at night.
    12. Clorox Wipes. Trust me, you’ll need them to clean off your desk, to clean up spills on your floor.
    13. Paper towels which are also needed for college spills and if your nose starts running when you’re eating ramen.
    14. Clock, I really hate looking at my phone when I wake up at night and want to know the time, or when I’m studying or getting ready & am trying to be productive and avoid my phone.
    15. Bath Sheets, these are way better than Bath towels because they are much bigger and cover way more of your body. When you need to walk down the hall to the shower you’ll feel way more comfortable.
    16. Shower Caddy & Sandals. Just makes everything about showering easier and more sanitary
    17. Febreze. Honestly, dorms start to smell after awhile. Two college kids are trying to share a small space while they do their laundry and take the trash out as little as possible.
    18. Trash Bags. Why take out the entire trash can if you don’t need to? Also, someone will puke and no one wants to clean out that trash can.
    19. Backpack. I never understand the people who walk into class with just a tote bag or nothing at all. There is no way I can fit all of my stuff in a tote bag, especially without killing my shoulder.
    20. Keychain. I promise you, you will lose your key without one.
    21. Under-bed storage. I used the vertical container with the three drawers. My bed was high but I stored nonperishable snacks, trash bags, laundry stuff, underwear, socks, and bras. I’m not sure stuffing all of that in there was the best idea but it worked for me.
    22. Fan. Dorms are really fucking hot.
    23. If you’re like me you will NEED makeup storage. I had the mini three drawer container on one of my desk shelves and then kept my everyday makeup in my top drawer of my desk in a clear tray.
    24. Duffle Bag. This is very important if you do weekend trips or go home a lot during the weekend

    I did most of my school shopping at Target, Walmart, and on Amazon.

    Any questions or if you think I’m missing anything, just comment:)

    How to: Choose a College



    You’re a sophomore in high school & your guidance counselor is advising you to start looking into colleges
    . You can’t even drive and you’re trying to decide where you should spend the four most important years of your life (at least that’s what it feels like). There’s approximately 1,800 4-year universities in the United States, what are the chances you choose the “right one”. When you’re 16 you probably don’t even know what major you’ll end up studying. That is why it’s important to take advantage of websites like collegeboard.org. These websites usually have lists of college majors, what they entail, and what you can do with them after college. Here are some tips on how to choose a college….

    • Do you want to be close or far from home? For instance, I wanted to be close to home so I only looked in New England, mostly Massachusetts 
    • Do you want to go to a large campus or a smaller campus? I go to UMass Amherst and the class of 2018 has around 4,000 kids where Keeene State only has that many students total. It takes me 15 minutes to walk across campus and it takes my sister (Keene) about 5.
    • Are you looking for co-ed or not? I’ve noticed that a lot of Catholic colleges segregate dorm floors by gender but their classes are co-ed. Or there’s Smith in Northampton that is only girls
    • Are you looking to be in an urban area or more of a rural area? UMass is Western, MA which is much different than a school in Boston. When I didn’t have a car I’d either take a Peter Pan bus home (or if you’re not from MA or New York, the airport) or my dad would have to come get me. 
    • Do they guarantee housing all four years? I know the dorms in Boston are often cheaper than living in an apartment or your own, especially one close to school.
    • Do they have a variety of majors? You want to be able to explore alol sorta of subjects and classes while you’re in school to see what you really enjoy studying and doing.
    • Will you need a car? Not all schools allow their students to have cars
    • Remember: every school can be a party school if you want it to be. Or if you want to be more low key then you can totally find that at any school too. 

    Next

    • Make a list of 5-10 schools
    • Visit them. while you’re walking around the campus, sitting in the classrooms, a looking at the dorm rooms think about if you could genuinely see yourself going to the school. Would you be over or underwhelmed? 
    • Narrow down your list, apply for scholarships, look into financial aid. 
    • I think it’s important to have one reach school & one safety school. A safety school doesn’t need to be a school you loved but more a school that you’re almost guaranteeed to get into.
    • Apply, even if you’re questioning financial aid because you could be pleasantly surprised. 
    • Don’t stress too much, you can always transfer if you don’t end up liking the one you choose.

    **I applied to Boston University, Emerson College, Keene State, Worcester State, and UMass Amherst. BU was my reach school and Worcester State was my safety school. I chose two Boston schools and two more rural schools just so I had the options. I ended up going to UMass because of the variety of majors, and it was much cheaper than a school is Boston. I didn’t end up going to Keene because I realized that I didn’t want to go to a college where I knew everyone, I wanted to have my privacy. If you have any questions or comments I’d be more than happy to chat!

    Fourth Of July Makeup Look



    Step 1:
    I took a dollop of the Formula 10.0.6 Picture Perfect Day Daily Moisturizer with SPY 15 and applied it to my face and neck with my fingers, and let it sink into my skin.

    Step 2: I then use the Chapstick Total Hydration in Coconut (& ideally I would use a lip scrub before this)

    Step 3: Little bit of Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer under my eyes and tip of my nose (my two places with most discoloration) and blended it in with the orange Real Techniques sponge.

    Step 4: The Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer is next. I just use my fingers to apply this to my lids.

    Step 5: My Smashbox Contour Kit is next, I apply the left color under my cheekbones, down the bridges of my nose with the brush that the kit comes with, and a little under my jawline with the E.L.F. Kabuki brush. I then use the highlight shade on my cheekbones with the E.L.F. highlighting brush, under my eyebrows, and on the tip of my nose with a dual-ended brush that I got in an ipsy bag once.

    Step 6: For this look, I used the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye palette, I used the redder shades. Ludwin for my base color (applied with my finger) and also used my Bare Minerals blender brush to use it as a transition shade, then I put a little bit of Succubus on a rounded brush (that I found at Marshalls) and blended it into my crease. Then I lightly tapped Sytry with my pointer finger and put in on my outer corners for a little definition. I went back with the blending brush with Ludwin on in and tried to soften it. I used Becca Moonstone for my inner corner (with the ipsy brush)

    Step 7: I’m really bad at mascara and decided to go for a really thin, barely-there brown line against my upper eyelashes. I used the Jane Iredale pencil in Basic Brown

    Step 8: I recently bought the Clinique High Impact Mascara in black and gave that a shot on my upper and lightly on my lower lashes.

    Step 9: Then I applied Colourpop’s Ultra Blotted in Double Scoop onto my lips, I used a q-tip to help with the precision of the line.

    ** My Shirt is from American Eagle (got in on sale for $9.99) and my bra is a bralette from VS

    7 Things to Do Everyday 


    1. Drink water when you wake up. And throughout the day. I’m terrible at this but I’m trying to make it into a healthy habit.

    2. Stretch in the morning. 

    3. Try not to hit snooze. You’ll be able to move at your own pace so you don’t start your day off on the wrong foot.

    4. Clean a little bit of your room, house, apartment. Then you won’t be overwhelmed when trying to tackle it all in one day.

    5. Read. Whether it’s a book or newspaper.

    6. Go outside. I personally like to drink tea outside or read a book outside. But walking, laying in a hammock are also great ways to get some fresh air.

    7. Moisturize. There’s nothing worse than looking down and having flaky skin or having your face feel tight, it’s a quick thing you can do each day to treat yourself.

    Dotted Red Co “Impressions” Collection


    I bought this journal in March to start “bullet journaling” because I didn’t want to spend $20 on the Leuchttrum journal since I wasn’t sure if I was going to stick with journaling.

    I. Overview: 236 Dotted pages, 5×7. 3 of the 4 first pages are pre-printed Table of Contents pages. 11 inches from left to right dots. 16 cm from top to bottom dot. There’s a paper pocket on the inside of the back cover to carry your mini ruler or notes. As well as two “silk” page markers.

    II. How I use it: I chose the first two pages to be a birthday spread. The next four consist of Ideas & Places To Go, Books & Movies, Academic Deadlines, and Food to Try. I start each month with a two-page month overview, which just looks like a typical calendar. Then I do a week-view where I can write more details and goals for each day.

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    III. Pros: The book is sturdy & feels great in your hand. The cover is soft and it has a great elastic to keep the book closed. Comes in tons of colors. The dots aren’t too dark or too light in my opinion. It’s very easy to connect the dots with or without a ruler.

    IV. Cons: I only use pencil in this because I make tons of mistakes, and you can definitely see it through the page. If you were to use a pen it would definitely be annoying although my highlighters do not bleed through the pages.

    V. Wrap Up: Overall, if you’re not super picky about being able to see your pencil through the page a little bit then this is a great choice for you. The dots don’t disappear when you erase and it’s only $13. In my opinion, the 5×7 is the perfect size to keep in your purse or backpack.

    ★★★★

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    Everyday Makeup Routine

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    Step 1: In the Summer I don’t usually wear concealer because my freckles come out and I love to show them, but when I do I either wear the Clinique Line Smoothing concealer or the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer.

    Step 2: I’ve been loving Colourpop’s La La Super Shock Shadow. I use my finger to apply this color all over my lid and then blend it out usually using wanderer or force of nature from the Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte palette.

    Step 3: I add the Becca Highlighter in Moonstone to my inner corner and blend it a little towards the center of my eyelid. If I’m not feeling the shimmery look I’ll use one of the matte colors from the Tarte palette.

    Step 4: I use the Jane Iredale eyeliner in black (because I haven’t sharpened my brown one, yet)

    Step 5: I apply the contour color from the Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit under my cheekbone, on the sides of my nose, and I blend it down my neck, too. (I haven’t ever used the bronze color)

    Step 6: I apply the highlighter from the same palette and apply it under my browbone (after brushing through my eyebrows with a spooly), on my cheekbones, on the tip of my nose, and on the top of my lip

    Step 7: I love the L’oreal Butterfly Mascara, it makes my eyelashes long, not clumpy. I very much like my eyelashes being separated. I apply this to my top and bottom lashes

    Step 8: I’ve been in love with the Colourpop Ultra Blotted lip collection. My favorite color in the collection is Zuma (it’s like my lip color but way prettier). These formulas are transfer-proof which is my favorite part, I’ve never been one to wear lip products besides chapstick.