Halloween Headbands

We just started a new line of headbands! So exciting. What is not exciting is all the black fur bits I keep finding in my carpet. Luckily, my vacuum seems up for the task. We have already sold two of them, but I think they are going to be a big hit once word starts to get around. They are just so much fun!

Also, my dining room chairs get delivered today. PHEW. I promise to post some photos after they get here because it should be amazing. Fingers crossed.

Japanese Meatballs and Cilantro Rice

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As part of my goals for this year, I wanted to try to incorporate more recipes into my repertoire. This recipe a good friend, who had studied in Japan, taught me. It is so simple and yet so amazing. I honestly have to stop myself from licking the bowl each time I make it because the sauce is amazing! Sidenote: It took me three times to get a photo of this because I kept eating it before I remembered to get a photo. Good news, it is super easy to make!

Ingredients:

  • 1lb Ground Beef
  • 1 small Red Onion, diced
  • 1 cup Sake
  • 1 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  1. Combine diced red onion and ground beef. Roll into balls and brown in a pan over medium heat.
  2. In a pot, combine sake, sugar, and soy sauce. Heat over medium heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes until it thickens.
  3. Add meatballs to sauce mixture and continue to heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve over rice and enjoy! ( I recommend spooning more sauce over the rice!)

I served this dish at a dinner party last week (and forgot to take photos again!), and a friend asked how I made the rice because she swore her rice was never as fluffy and good. I don’t have a rice cooker and normally just use a small glass to measure out how much rice and water.

Katy’s Rice Tips:

-Use Jasmine rice (it’s the fluffiest)

-1:2 rice to water ratio is best (much softer rice!)

-Chop up cilantro and add to rice (a great flavor booster)

 

Girls’ Spa Night

Moving is a pain, I never want to move again. Needless to say, my apartment is slowwwlllyyyy coming together. I have not really had a chance to have people over, but I did have over a girlfriend for a spa night the other day. It was so much fun!

Spa Night

The great thing about a spa night is it doesn’t have to be really expensive to be fun and it is super easy to throw together (really needed when your place is still a mess).  Here is what I did for my spa night:

  • Water – Step up your water game by adding a few sprigs of mint and some fruit to it a few hours beforehand. Some of my favorite combinations are mint + strawberry, mint + cucumber or lemon + mint.
  • Coconut Oil – The best makeup remover ever! Simply slather on your face and then use a warm wet towel to remove makeup. I like to let the towel sit for 30 seconds first to really absorb everything. (For an added bonus, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the coconut oil)
  • Masks – We used two types: a deep pore cleanser and then a calming mask. For the deep-pore one, we used a clay one that was amazing. I got it from the TJ Maxx clearance section, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get some great masks. Browse the clearance sections of TJ Maxxs, even drugstores often have great single use masks too, and sometimes, I even make homemade masks if I am feeling really into it.
  • Toner –  Once you are done, be sure to apply some toner to lock in all the goodness
  • Night cream – Then finish it up by moisturizing. Don’t forget the neck!!!!
  • A TV Show – I don’t recommend movies because you will get too into them and forget to take off your masks. Commercial breaks are great for washing your face and catching up with girlfriends. Honestly, it ends up being background noise as you talk with friends so it’s nice to have something on that you don’t have to pay too much attention to!

What makes a good spa night for you? I think next time I am going to do a pedicure/manicure, so any tips are welcomed! Also, I woke up the next day and my skin felt amazing, I need to do this more often!

Wise Words: Boring People

Boring People Have Boring Times

I shared one of my mother’s (and now mine) favorite phrases a few weeks ago and here is another good Shea family saying (it goes perfectly with our traveling rules!). Boring people have boring times. Apparently, my uncle came up with this phrase when he was little and it has been uttered ever since in our family. The moment you say you are bored, someone will turn to you and say “Boring people have boring times”. There is no excuse for boredom in our household growing up! From the time I was little, I would have to find a way to amuse myself whether it be while waiting in line to during an ‘adult’ dinner party to long car rides. You can always think of something to do (and that doesn’t necessarily mean with a screen!). Here are some of my favorite ways to pass time without a screen:

 

-Think of backstories about people around you. Why are they here? An important meeting? A date? Are they together? Brother and sister? Where did they grow up? A farm? The city? Suburbia?

-Make lists in your head about what needs to get done. This one isn’t fun but it can be a good use of time.

-Make a guess for how many cars or red cars or jeeps will pass before your bus gets here

 

P.S. Another thing we do is play cards. Gin Rummy is our favorite game and I always have a pack of cards in my purse just in case I get stuck somewhere. I played it a few weeks ago at a bar with friends one afternoon. We had a blast!