Zucchini Bread

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

One of my favorite things about summer is gardening.

Gardening means zucchini.

Zucchini means zucchini bread.

Zucchini bread and coffee means yummy in my tummy.

To make this delicious, simple, Amish recipe with a Caver's Wife spin, you will need:

3 Eggs, beaten until foamy
1 cup melted coconut oil
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
3 teaspoons real vanilla
2 cups shredded zucchini
3 cups all purpose, unbleached flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons cinnamon
3 teaspoons baking powder

1-Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 2 loaf pans with coconut oil.
2- Combine eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla, and zucchini.
3- In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
4- Divide batter into two waiting loaf pans.
5- Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick will come out clean when inserted in the middle.
6- Pour us some coffee and call me when it's ready.

**I've also spoon the yumminess into muffin cups. It makes it easier to freeze and serve later. It made almost 24 muffins.


The 30 Day Pantry Challenge

Friday, July 22, 2016

Adulting is hard.

Adulting is also now a word.

According to the Tangi's Book of Words and What They Mean- adulting is a verb that means "being a grown up with responsibilities and acting accordingly--no matter the level of enjoyment it may or may not bring you".

Sometimes your kid has to have teeth pulled when they aren't covered under dental insurance. Sometimes the catalytic converter in your husband's truck goes out. Sometimes you lose your part-time job. Sometimes you have to dip into your savings account to cover your bills. Sometimes you have to adult and say "We can't spend any money on anything but bills and putting gas in the vehicle until we get caught back up."

That, my friends, is our current situation.

It's not fun.

Or is it?

Enter the 30 Day Pantry Challenge. 

Here's what we're doing, folks:

For the next 30 days we are only eating what's in our pantry and what is coming in from the garden.

We are allowing a weekly budget of $20 (but trying not to spend it at all!) for staples that we may run out of including toilet paper, flour, eggs, milk, etc.

So far, it's been fun creating our meals from food storage since we didn't have our usual grocery haul to prepare for this. No doubt this challenge will prove to be more...um... challenging as our supplies dwindle down.

The Caver did go to town and spent $30 on a few staples that I was out of such as all purpose flour, self rising corn meal, rice {can't have beans and rice without the rice!}, and some of his toiletries, HOWEVER, these things should last us a couple of weeks, AT LEAST.

If you want to see what meals I am preparing for the family, be sure to check out my YouTube channel as I vlog what we are having each night for supper as well as other meals. Also be sure to check back here. I will be blogging how we are doing, some of the recipes, tiny grocery hauls, money saving successes and failures, and everything in between!

That's all for today. May your meals be frugal and your grocery bills small!

Summer Date Night Makeup Tutorial & Tyra Beauty B.I.G. Lashes First Impression

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Oh my! Here we are. Me and you. Sitting here. Talking about makeup.

I didn't really see this happening, but here it is. Happening.

Even though I find this AMAZINGLY exciting, I won't lie and say that I'm not intimidated. I'm not a professional. I don't geek out over makeup like I do gardening. I've only ever been in an Ulta once and it was with a friend that DOES goes cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs over makeup.

Even though I don't eat, sleep, or breathe cosmetics, I really do enjoy the artistry behind it.

Today, I'm making a humble attempt at showing you all how I achieve a soft Summer Date Night makeup look. It doesn't scream "GLAM!!" or "VIXEN!!!!!"--just a very soft, "Hi. Let's enjoy each other's company."

The products I used to achieve this look:

Cleanse & Moisturize

This is my Go-To cleanser and has been for years! {click image for affiliate link}

I purchased my bottle 3 years ago and still have plenty left. I've used it in homemade scrubs and as a carrier oil when using essential oils. {click image for affiliate link}

Prime It

I pat this under my eyes before adding any concealer {click image for affiliate link}

This is a great all-over-the-face primer for a smooth finish. Can be found here.

Conceal & Cover


This is probably my favorite drugstore foundation of all time. We're talking great coverage, beautiful finish, long wear when paired with a primer, and you can't go wrong with the price. {click image for affiliate link}

I can't say enough good things about this concealer. It's light, it covers well, and it's soooo affordable. {click image for affiliate link}

Set It


I LOVE THIS STUFF! It sets my foundation and leaves a finish perfect for photos and video. ;) {click image for affiliate link}

Color Me


Not the best eye shadow I've ever used, but definitely great quality for the price. {click image for affiliate link}
I've tried several "reasonably" priced liquid eyeliners. So far, this is my favorite. I purchased this at Sally's Beauty Supply. It's also available on their website
Photo Credit 
I don't love this palette, but I've used worse. I purchased it from TJMaxx for $4.99. The color doesn't go on as smooth as it could, but the pigment is satisfactory. I couldn't find a link where it could be purchased on any website but if you want to search it yourself, look for Profusion Smoky Palette.
I REALLY dig this palette. The purples are very...purpley. {click image for affiliate link}

This Wet N Wild shadow in Creme Brulee is a fantastic base color. I almost always start with this color. {click image for affiliate link}
After playing with this product, I have to say that I really like it! Purchase yours here. Thank you, Tara, for sending it to me to try.


Call me crazy, but I use this eye shadow as a contour. It's great for my skin tone and it blends easily. I also use this shadow to fill in my eyebrows. {click image for affiliate link}

I heart this blush. Again, with my pale skin, it gives my skin a sweet rosy...well...blush! This blush can be purchased here.


Let us not forget the mysterious brown eyeliner that I used in my water line, I also use as my lip liner. You may think it's gross, I call it being resourceful. I would think it's gross if you used it on your eyes and then I put it on my lips.



But that's totally NOT what happens here.

I love Wet N Wild lipsticks. I got mine for 99 cents at Dollar General. {click image for affiliate link--but really, buy it at Walmart or Dollar General}

Those are the products that I used. Now! For the tutorial!

Feeling Like A Lady {While Being A Workhorse}

Friday, May 20, 2016
I have a confession.

There is a little something that not a lot of you know about me.

When my hubby and I got engaged, I was actually attending cosmetology school.

That's right.

I am a Beauty School dropout.

Even though I will probably never go back to finish my training and get a license, I still enjoy the artistry in hair and makeup.

I'm not crazy-obsessed with brands, brushes, creams and powders, sprays and gels-- but I do enjoy feeling feminine.

This is what I call "The Works" Contouring, concealing, eyebrows--everything!
Most of the time I wear little to no makeup, my hair is usually in my favorite TSC pink and camo cap, and my outfits usually consist of denim, t-shirts, and Nikes.

There's nothing wrong with that! I'm a worker and it isn't practical to wear cute clothes and be all painted up when I'm in the dirt with sweat dripping down my face.

What I look like most of the time
 My friend, Julianne {Dirtpatcheaven}, calls girls like us "Useful". I like that. I would definitely consider myself useful. Useful. Not afraid of getting dirty. Getting the job done. Useful.

Speaking of Julianne, she also likes makeup and hair stuff. She even has a separate YouTube channel devoted to the subject called NaturalHappy. You should check her out.

Anyway, I've kind of being toying around with the idea of doing some makeup tutorials on my channel.
It may not go over well, but I won't know until I try.

I digress.

My point in all of this is that it's important to me to still feel like a lady. Even though I'm strong, I like to feel soft. Even though I dress for hard work, I still want to feel feminine.

If you check out my Pinterest boards, you'll see a weird combo of homesteading, gardening, manure, modest fashion and beauty stuff {among other things}.

It's okay to feel like a lady and still be "useful". Some people seem to think that you can't be both. I disagree.

Are you like me? Are you low maintenance all the time? Are you high maintenance all the time? Or are you a little of both some of the time?


Friday, April 15, 2016

Last night I reached 1,000 subs on YouTube! This is crazy! Thank you all so much!