Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Little things that make me smile...

This will be a reoccurring theme, we can only hope!

Freshly washed make-up brushes and sponges: I don't do this as often as I should, but I always feel better after I get it done. It only takes a minute and it makes me feel so much better the next time I apply my make-up. Not only does the make-up go on more effectively, but it makes me feel like I'm treating my skin better, which is acne-prone enough as it is! I use warm water and a gentle hand soap. It's best to wash everything before bed so it has all night to dry.

Capes: Lately, it's been the perfect weather to bring out my black, knit cape. I hadn't worn it in a while, but with the weather in the low 60s, it's great to layer over a sweater and skinny jeans for a little extra warmth without the bulk of a coat. Mine is soft and flowing, with simply a hole to put my head through, and an oversized hood. It also has some fringe on the ends. I wore it today while browsing some of the vintage clothing shops in downtown Austin, and it was ideal for such a beautiful day in January. I brought out the red lipstick today too, which I rarely wear. Sometimes, you're just in the mood for it.

Crock-pot dinners: We're still going strong with the crock-pot meals. The other night, we decided to try cooking our first whole chicken. We seasoned the chicken and added chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, onions, and mushrooms. Most of the recipes we've tried have been completely from scratch, so we've really just been experimenting. We ended up with what could be described as a rustic chicken soup. The chicken was so tender that it fell right off the bone. We actually were able to serve it directly out of the slow cooker with a ladle. I thought it made an amazing comfort food, although I think next time we would up the seasoning a bit. I think I'll be craving this the next time I'm suffering a bad cold. It would also be the perfect thing to cheer up a sick friend!

 What are some simple things helping you get through the week?

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