Welcoming the Holidays

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Hey Guys!

Since in Canada Thanksgiving holiday is in mid-October, it doesn’t signal the “Start of the Holiday Season” like it does in the United States. In fact, I remember when Black Friday didn’t even exist for us (or at the very least, not like it does now), we had our own crazy shopping day (Boxing Day, which is in fact a statutory holiday up here). Growing up, holiday fun started in our family on December 1st when we started our advent calendars! But, as an adult most of my friends start getting in the holiday spirit sometime after observing Remembrance Day. I start as soon as my schedule allows after November 11th now that I live on my own, because Christmas is my favorite season of the year!

I also love the holidays because of the fashion. I know it sounds weird but nothing feels more “holiday” to me than going out Christmas shopping in a fuzzy sweater with a red lip and looking at all of the displays. I love seeing what everyone wears to holiday parties and on Christmas Day (jammies!). December on the Broke Girl Blog will be a month of easy and affordable meals so that you don’t have to worry about that, fashion ideas that are actually affordable, gift giving ideas on a dime and loads of gift guides and holiday decor! I hope you are as excited as I am.

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This is an outfit I wore recently to do some holiday shopping and knew I needed to get some photos of to share. Nothing says holiday to me more than a cosy knit and a red lip. The leggings keep it realistic- I wore this out shopping with moccasins but as you can see, it can be dressed up easily with heels for a dinner or casual event. Below I’ve included a little “shop the post” section where you can see similar sweaters, but I’m sure you all have a favorite pair of black pants! I hope this helps with inspiration for a quick and easy holiday inspired outfit.

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Shop the Post:

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Karen Scott Turtleneck Sweater •  Jeanne Pierre Cable-Knit Fisherman Tunic Sweater • Noisy May Cropped Knit Sweater • Fashion Union Oversized Sweater In Chunky Knit • Fashion Union • BB Dakota Aries Chenille Cable Sweater • BB Dakota • BP. Cable Knit Dolman Sweater • BP • Woven Heart Marled Knit Sweater • Love By Design Marled Cable Knit Pullover • Fylo Hi-Lo Turtleneck • BP. Turtleneck Sweater • BP • Style & Co. Mock-Neck Bell-Sleeve Sweater, Only at Macy’s • Style&Co. • BP. Fluffy Knit Mock Neck Pullover • BP • BP. Ribbed Mock Neck Pullover • BP •

 

Easy Ramen Soup Base

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Hey guys!

 

I’m back today with an easy freezer-stocking soup base that everyone will love. I am not an expert in asian cuisine, but this is the soup broth I eat with ramen noodles, so I call it ramen soup base. I use my home-made chicken stock and water to create this flavorful, slightly spicy veggie broth that can be easily made vegetarian by using mushroom (so good) or veggie broth instead. I just have loads of almost-free chicken stock on hand normally, so I try to head for that first.

I also do not have meat with this soup, but you can easily add chicken, beef, a soft boiled egg, pork… whatever you feel like. This is the soup I turn to when I’m either freezing cold or sick, so I leave out the heavy meat. The trick to using this as a freezer stocking soup is to just cook your noodles when you defrost a package of the broth. If you make your noodles in the soup base itself, they will not only soak up a ton of the delicious broth, but also get soggy when you reheat them. Noodles just don’t know when to stop sucking up water. It’s gross, so don’t do it.

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The size of this recipe is actually so humongous I almost didn’t fit it in my stock pot, which is crazy because it’s pretty sizeable. Feel free to cut it down if you don’t have a huge pot or check out one of the ones I’ve linked in the shop the post section below and invest in being able to create cheap meals in larger batches.

 

Easy Ramen Soup Base

Makes about 16 servings, $13.88 or $1 per bowl with half a packet of ramen noodles

1 907g bag of broccoli slaw – $3.98

2 heads of Bok Choy – 3.42

Mushrooms – 3.54

3-4 cartons of the stock of your choice – $2.94 (priced out for chicken, beef or veggie stock- mushroom will cost more as it’s not available generic).

Garlic, Ginger, soy sauce, chili paste, sriracha, crushed red chili flakes, one original IchiBan flavor packet (optional, sodium haters)

 

This soup starts exactly the same as any other- with the aromatics. So I start by grating 5 large cloves of garlic into my stock pot, which will have about a tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom. While that warms up and gets toasty, I’ll grate in about an inch of fresh or frozen ginger (I always keep in in my freezer). Next I add in a couple (yeah, it’s a lot) pinches of crushed red chili flakes and a tablespoon of chili paste. If you’re adding an Ichi Ban flavor packet, now is the time to do it. I always end up with ten of these in my drawer because I rarely make plain ramen noodles with just the flavor packet.

Once your garlic is cooked out and no longer raw, add in your sliced mushrooms and cook them about halfway. You do this at this point because otherwise, they’ll never get much time on the direct heat because we are adding in a ton of broccoli slaw as soon as they’re softened.

Once your mushrooms are halfway cooked, add in that entire bag of broccoli slaw! I love this stuff because it has a bit of cabbage, a bit of carrot, but loads of broccoli stalks which is my favorite part! And, it saves you the trouble of julienne-ing all of your veggies. Cook these down, it’ll take quite a bit of time given the amount, so just keep the heat on and keep stirring to redistribute in the pot.

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Once your veggies are all at least halfway cooked, add in your stock and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer for 30ish minutes, add in soy sauce and sriracha to taste, and then safely cool before freezing!

Shop the Post:

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Zwilling J.A.Henckels Pro 10 Inch Chefs Knife • Zwilling J.A. Henckels •
Essential Needs Stainless Steel Deep Ladle •
Oxo OXO Good Grips 3-pc. Wooden Spoon Set • OXO •
kate spade new york ‘all in good taste’ ‘deco’ utensil crock & wooden spoons (Set of 4) • Kate Spade •
Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Large Enamel on Steel Stock Pot • Cuisinart •
Rachael Ray 8-qt. Hard-Anodized Covered Stock Pot • Rachael Ray •
Ricardo Grater Fine Zester •

 

What is your favorite way to make ramen? Let me know!

Veggie Pizza

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Hey!

The other day I was totally jonesing for pizza BUT I didn’t have any traditional pizza fixings and I wasn’t about to pay for one (even though I live right next to an amazing pizzeria). So I kinda scrounged around in my freezer and fridge and came up with this! This is 100% not an affordable meal at a whopping $5.89 (yes, nearly 2$ more than I try to spend per day!), but it was delicious and pre-jobloss so I felt okay about it at the time. This is also a much more healthy option as the flatbread I used was actually a Flatout protein flatbread, which is super healthy when compared to other options. I priced this out using a PC Collection flatbread from Superstore, though, in case the flatouts are not available in your area. But, it’s worth checking it out to see if they are because just one of the protein flatbreads is 12g of protein and 40% of your dietary fibre for the day… and all just for 130 calories and 18 grams of carbs (10g of which being that fibre I mentioned). I like this because I quite often don’t purchase meat.

 

Veggie Flatbread Pizza

I ate the whole thing, and it cost me $5.89… no shame

Flatbread – $2.50

1/2 of a bell pepper – ~$0.90

Swiss Chard (~1/2 a bundle) – $1

Goat Cheese (~1/3 of a log) – $1.49

Pantry items: salt, pepper, thyme and olive oil

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Start by preheating your oven to 375, then slice your bell pepper and toss into a pan on medium heat on the stove with a bit of thyme and olive oil. Wash up your swiss chard and chop it into small sections while those pepper slices cook down. Once your peppers are getting soft, take them out and then add in the swiss chard to the hot pan to wilt.

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Next, drizzle a very small amount of olive oil over your flatbread and then sprinkle with more thyme. I used fresh thyme, but I think dried would work just as well. Then, I arranged my swiss chard and peppers using tongs since they were still hot from the pan and crumbled a generous amount of goat cheese over top.

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Last step, I popped my flatbread in the oven. I left mine in there for about ten minutes to soften the cheese and crisp up the flatbread. The flatbreads will get nice and crisp if you don’t over-do the toppings and make sure they’re decently cooked before putting them on (if undercooked, the natural water that comes out in the cooking process will come out on the pizza, making it soggy- that’s why the peppers and chard are presauteed).

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And enjoy! I had this with a glass of white wine and didn’t feel guilty at all about having a wine and pizza extravaganza on a random worknight. What is your favorite way to feel like you’re indulging when you’re really not? Let me know!

October Favorites

I know I know… This is so late! I have such immense respect for videographers, editors, producers, and Youtubers because editing something takes so long for me. I get really frustrated and I’m not the most skilled to begin with, but I love just sitting down and talking about the things I love naturally rather than writing it all out and putting in pictures. Unfortunately because I get frustrated I kind of walk away from the process a lot, which I should stop doing. Or start filming videos two weeks before I want to post them.

 

What are some things that you’ve been loving recently? Let me know!

 

Info on what’s mentioned:

Similar Charger

ban.do Agenda (via Chapters Indigo, where I bought it)

Similiar pink coats:

Pockets wool coat by Mango
LAPELS WOOL COAT by Mango

Similar Boots:
‘Winsor’ Block Heel Bootie by Treasure and Bond
LYRIQ heeled ankle bootie by Sole Society
‘Feina’ Bootie by Vince Camuto

Bumble and Bumble Pret a Powder

Bite Beauty Matte Cream Lip Crayon in Glace 

Caitlyn Covington:
http://www.southerncurlsandpearls.com/
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/cmcoving/

Marie Ernst:
http://www.mariesbazaar.com/
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/mariesbazaar/

Sephora Sale – Gift Ideas

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For those of you sick of my Sephora sale posts, rejoice, since this is the last one! My fellow makeup lovers can be sad with me haha. Today’s post is a gift guide of sorts (more of these coming as we fly along to the Christmas holiday) for those that may have a beauty lover to buy for! I love it when I can buy a Christmas or birthday present on sale!

Since a bunch of these are limited edition items or very expensive, I haven’t tried most of them. But I wanted to share what I’d get a friend or family member. Some of these are holiday gift sets and some are luxury items that make my insides turn they’re so expensive, but are well rated online and cult favorites.

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Fresh Sugar Lip Seduction

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tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

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Buxom Buxom Freezes Over

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GLAMGLOW Gift Sexy SUPERMUD® Set

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi’s Party Picks Set

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TOM FORD Sheer Cheek Duo

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Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE VOLUPTÉ – Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick

Are you giving any gifts from Sephora this holiday season?

 

Sephora Sale – Beauty Picks

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Hey all!

Finally, possibly my favorite part of the Sephora VIB Sale! Anyone who knows me knows that I loooove makeup. I dialed it back a ton for my old job to a more simple, chic and natural look but I love a smoky eye, experimenting with different shades of bright or dark lipsticks, contouring, highlighting etc etc… I love it all. It was so hard to choose just five items for each category, so I stuck with my everyday favorites for the ones I am recommending. These items are either something I use every day, use so much I buy 2 or more per year (which is why I’d buy two during the VIB sale) or both.

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear is a total mainstay for loads of girls- although admittedly usually for oily skinned beauties! I love it even though I’m dry for its crazy staying power- it has lasted me through literal 20 hour days where I’m hot and moving around. I just start by moisturizing, then put down a moisturizing primer (#3!), and apply with a damp beauty sponge. I use the Hourglass Ambient lighting powder to set my undereye concealer- every day for the past two years, and while I’ve hit pan on my container of it, it’s still going strong. A great buy by my mind when you consider the cost per use. Becca’s Backlight Priming Filter is holy grail status in my mind- I love how it illuminates, hydrates and makes your makeup apply nicely. For powder, my sister and I both love the Smashbox Halo Hydrating powder. I’m a bit too pale for it right now BUT I love how it doesn’t look cakey and doesn’t make my skin flake off. Lastly, the Stila eyeshadow pallette I linked is my go-to for every day because it has twelve all-matte shades that are warm, neutral and cool, making the perfect base for any eye look. I love just swiping the orange shade into my crease, popping a bit of highlighter to the ball of my eye, and doing a quick winged liner for a fast but pretty look.

Currently use:

(1) Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup  – (2) Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Powder – (3) BECCA Backlight Priming Filter – (4) Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder – (5) stila Eyes Are the Window™ Shadow Palettes (Shade: Mind)

Would love to try:

(1) BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Pressed (In Moonstone) – (2) TARTELETTE IN BLOOM CLAY EYESHADOW PALETTE (3) Makeup Forever FULL COVER CONCEALER – (4) Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick – (5) bareMinerals bareminerals® Stroke of Light™ Eye Brightener

What are your favorite makeup products to stock up on during the Sephora VIB sale?

Sephora Sale – Tools

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Hey Guys!

I’m sorry I missed posting this yesterday- I decided that it was more important to spend some extra time applying for jobs as today was a bit busy (but good busy!). I’m working on getting my posts ready a few days in advance to build some “buffer” time but… you know how these things go.

Anyhow, these are my favorite tools and some of the tools that I’d be most interested in trying.

(1) SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Must Have Angled Blush Brush #50 – (2) beautyblender the original beautyblender® – (3) tarte The Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush – (4) tarte Picture Perfect Duo  – (5) SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Crease Shadow Brush #73

 

(1) Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #23 (For Highlighter) – (2) Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder Brush – (3) SEPHORA COLLECTION Confetti Set of 5 Mini Sponges – (4) SEPHORA COLLECTION Solid Clean: Solid Brush Cleaner – (5) Color Switch By Vera Mona Brush Cleaner

 

What are your favorite makeup brushes, sponges, cleaners etc? Let me know, especially if they’re affordable!