DIY Yogurt Hair Mask

Over the past few days my hair has been feeling really dry and brittle so I decided to use a few ingredients I already had to make a hair mask. I looked at some of the recipes on Pintrest but they all involved ingredients that were expensive or that I didn’t have. So I decided to use a few of the ingredients I did have to create my own.

Ingredients

1/2 cup Plain Yogurt

1 Egg

1 tsp Lemon Juice

1 tbsp Oil (I used coconut oil but olive oil would work great too!)

Directions

Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl. I put it in the microwave on low heat for two 30 second intervals. This helped it blend together and also helped so it wasn’t icy cold when I poured it on my head. At the beginning of your shower, before you get your hair wet, pour the mixture all over your hair. Leave it in for about 10 min and then rinse it out well. Go ahead and shampoo and condition as usual. My hair felt sooo much better! With these simple and cheap ingredients I definitely will be doing this more often!

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Nightie Nite Cookies

I had completely forgotten about these wonderful cookies until I started thinking about what cookies I’m going to bring to an upcoming cookie exchange. However, I didn’t really want to wait two weeks to make them, so I did a “test” to make sure they were still as good as I remembered. And they were! So easy and actually not as bad for you as some cookies out there…

Ingredients

3 Egg Whites (careful to not get any yokes in there)

1 tsp Lemon Juice

3/4 cup Sugar

1 tbsp Vanilla

1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

Directions

1. Make sure your bowl/beaters, standing mixer is very clean and dry or else it may effect the consistency of the meringue. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Add egg whites and lemon juice to mixer and beat on high until still peaks are beginning to form.

3. Continue to beat and slowly add the sugar and vanilla.

4. Keep beating the whole mixture until very stiff peaks are formed and the batter looks shiny.

5. Stop the mixer and gently fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.

6. Drop by the large tbsp onto a pan lined with foil and place in the oven.

7. As soon as you close the oven door, turn off the oven and leave the pan of cookies in overnight. Hence the name nightie nites! It does take a little self control not to open the oven but it’s worth it!

8. In the morning the cookies should be ready to go. I had one for breakfast…

Cranberry Apple Chicken Salad

This week I bought 2 packages of split chicken breasts. At first I was very intimidated by the thought of my chicken having skin and bones since I usually only buy boneless skinless chicken breasts; however, they were surprisingly easy to handle! And much cheaper! I put all 6 of the chicken breasts into my big crockpot and filled the crockpot halfway full of water. Add spices to taste. (I used salt, pepper, garlic salt, and onion powder). After cooking all day on low, take the chicken breasts out and easily pull of the skin and watch the chicken fall away from the bone. So easy! Then you can shred the chicken and it starts to look just like the stuff I usually buy only cheaper. I ended up freezing most of the shredded chicken (using some for shredded chicken tacos tonight) but I also threw some back into the crockpot for  super easy chicken noodle soup. Use the broth you already have and just add veggies! But with a little bit of the chicken I had chicken salad in mind. I love chicken salad but wanted to give it a fall makeover…

Ingredients

2 cups Shredded Chicken

1/2 cup Mayo or Miracle Whip

1/4 cup Milk

1 tbsp Lemon Juice

1 tsp Dill

1/2 tsp Garlic Salt

1/2 tsp Onion Powder

1/2 tsp Pepper

1/4 cup Fresh Cranberries (cut into fourths)

1/4 cup Fresh Apple (cut into little pieces)

2 pieces Celery (cut into little pieces)

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until fully combined. If it’s too dry, add more mayo and milk. I recommend trying your salad to make sure you like the taste. I usually end up adding more spices. Add the salad to bread and a piece of lettuce. Sooo good! Especially with the fruit in it! (I brought this to work yesterday and got lots of comments on how good it looked.)

Decorations for All of Fall

I can’t believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving! I’ve worked full time for the past two weeks and this month is just flying by. However, I have made a little bit of time for some around the house projects and cooking. One of my main goals as the holidays approached was to come up with ways to decorate on a budget and in a tight space. Plus I don’t really have any decorations to start with. I wanted some items that could span multiple holidays and still look appropriate.

 

So for Halloween/Thanksgiving/fall I got a fall leaf garland and put it on our mantle with my wedding lantern and then G and I went out and picked up pine cones to fill my apothecary jar along with a few sparkly pumpkins. It added a little bit of fall to our apartment and I only bought two things! Best of all I’m keeping them up until it’s time to switch them out for Christmas decorations.