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3 Ways to Cook Ground Beef (less) Meat

Here are some easy recipes that take only 20 minutes or less to make from start to finish.  Whether you a vegetarian or a meat-lover this is the perfect recipe for you.  These dishes are flavorful and taste delicious paired with rice, pasta, over a salad, or in-between two tortillas for a delicious quesadilla.

For each recipe:

  • Pour in 5 teaspoons of oil for cooking (so nothing sticks)
  • For the sauce or paste, use 5 teaspoons unless otherwise stated
  • This recipe calls for 2 cups of meat or meat substitute
  • Add salt or pepper to taste

*Cooking Tips: always wait for the pan to heat up before pouring in the meat or vegetables.

Korean Style Ground Beef (or Beef-less)

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One of my favorite ways to cook ground beef is with spice-packed Korean Gojuchang paste.  For more flavor, heat up sesame oil in a pan.  Once the pan is hot, pour in the ground beef (or meat substitute-whatever you’re using). While the meat is cooking, add in the Gojuchang paste and mix well (If you don’t want the dish to be spicy, use only 3 teaspoons of the paste).  Once the meat is cooked (or heated through-for the meat substitute), crack in an egg.  When everything is cooked, add in some kimchi for some true Korean flavor!

Chinese Style Ground Beef (or Beef-less)

ground beef Chinese style

For a taste of home, I love cooking my meat substitute with a mixture of oyster sauce and soy sauce.  This combination gives you the perfect sweet and savory flavor!  And I love adding Bok Choy or Cabbage to the dish for some extra crunch!  Once the meat is cooked, add two cups of vegetables in.

*Cooking Tip: Remember vegetables shrink when cooked, so adding two cups is really not that much once it cooks and condenses down.

For a fun Italian twist, I add in olives, celery, oregano, and tomato paste to the ground beef.  Top with fresh pieces of Mozzarella for a deliciously creamy touch!

*Cooking Tip: Put the cheese in when the meat is still smoking, so it melts and infuses through the whole dish!

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DIY Raspberry White Chocolate Mocha

Holiday planning is in full-force now!  While you’re searching for holiday drinks, look no further!  This one is kid-friendly and super yummy.  I mean who doesn’t love white chocolate?  Plus, the raspberry gives the drink a very festive pink color!

DIy White chocolate mocha

For this drink, you need:

  • 5 cups of coffee (optional, we all know kids don’t need any caffeine)
  • 2 bars of white chocolate
  • 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk (can substitute for: 1 bar of white chocolate)
  • 3 cups of milk
  • Raspberry syrup (to taste, I usually add about 1/2 tablespoon)

Serving size: approximately 10 drinks

This drink is super easy to make.  First, make the coffee.  Then, while the coffee is brewing, pour 3 cups of milk in to a saucepan.

Tip: Slowly stir the milk as it heats up (this prevents that gross film from developing)

Once the milk is steaming, break pieces of white chocolate in to the milk.  Once the white chocolate is fully melted and incorporated in to the milk, add half a can of sweetened condensed milk. This makes the white chocolate milk super creamy and luxurious!  My mouth is watering while typing this….

White chocolate mocha

After everything is blended together, pour the coffee in to the milk.  Stir everything together.  Now, add 1/2 a tablespoon of raspberry syrup for a splash of color and flavor.  And you’re done!

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DIY Halter Crop Top in 9 Easy Steps

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Feature Monday will start again next week!  Until then, check out this great DIY!

After browsing through Pinterest for almost six hours, I am completely convinced that there is nothing you can’t make from a t-shirt.  So, I’m going to make a halter crop top from two old t-shirts that have been sitting on my floor for the past few months.

For this project, you will need:

  • Two semi-fitted T-shirts
  • scissors
  • needle and thread (or a sewing machine if you have one)
  • an iron and ironing board

Time to complete project:

  • 2 hours with sewing machine
  • 4 hours hand sewing

First step: Take the two shirts and turn them inside out.

Second Step: Cut the sleeves, neckline, and hem off of one of the t-shirts.

(This will be used to cover the neckline and hem of the halter top)

Cut 2 inch strips

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Third step: Cut FIVE 2-inch strips from this shirt.

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Then cut the loop open, so it becomes one long strip.

Now, let’s create the halter top base with the other t-shirt.
Cut dotted lines

Fourth Step: For the halter top, cut the neckline off and both the sleeves off in a diagonal line.

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Fifth Step: To clean up all those raw edges, take the 2-inch strips and fold the strips down the middle, so no raw edges are showing.

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  Now, iron the strips to secure the fold.

Sandwich halter top

Sixth Step: Sandwich the raw edge of the halter top.

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Pin the three layers together.

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Seventh Step: When two raw edges meet, cut the excess fabric and fold both of the edges in.  Then, pin the clean edge.

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Eighth Step: Repeat this process for all the raw edges.

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**If you don’t like to sew, you can leave the bottom hem raw.**

Ninth Step: Sew all the edges!
DIY Halter top finished

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DIY Printed Jeans Tutorial

Hello Beauties,
I’m so sorry that I haven’t been posting a lot lately, but I will try to have at least one post a week from now on.  And today, I have a tutorial for you!  I’m going to show you how to make geometric printed jeans.  It’s really simple and easy.

The materials you need:

  • Jeans (or any type of pants you want to decorate)
  • Sponges (or carved potatoes, stamps, etc…really anything that can make a cool print)
  • Acrylic or fabric paint (use sharpies for a more detailed pattern!)
  • Cup of water (just to rinse your brushes in)
  • Paint palette (or any container that you can mix paint in)
  • Old tablecloth (or newspaper or anything to protect your floor or table from paint)
The steps:
1) Pick a pair of pants to decorate and gather the materials listed.
2) Now, get your materials ready.
I mixed the two blues together to make median shade of the two.  I also mixed the paint in an old mushroom container.  Before, I started painting I also looked up printed shorts online.  My shorts were inspired by these shorts:
AND…Versace’s Resort 2016 collection has a bunch of cool colors and patterns, you could try too!
3) Make a plan.
I knew I wanted to make a simple vertical pattern.  So, this is what I came up with.
4) Paint it.
I painted a pattern covering the whole front side.  Then, I decided that I did not want such a loud pattern on the back, so I only colored the jean pockets.
5) Wait for it to dry, then rinse them in cold water or warm water.  Then let the pants dry.
I’m going to let mine dry overnight.  And the next morning I rinsed them out and let it dry.  You can wear your pants after this.  But I find the hardness of the pants, due to the paint, a bit uncomfortable, so I’ll probably wash them in the washing machine first and soften then in the dryer for a few minutes.
And I’ll show you the results soon in a lookbook.  Until then, I will be posting an earrings haul next.  And as always, thank you so much for visiting my blog.  If you have any questions or idea for a new DIY please comment below.  Thanks and have an awesome day!
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DIY wrapped necklace

Hello Beauties!
I have a tutorial for you guys!  Or a tutorial I would like to share.  I found this Youtube video a while ago.  The video is by Threadbanger, an awesome channel with DIYs aplenty.  They shared a video of a DIY tribal necklace.  Many people have found this title to be offensive, so I will call the tutorial a tutorial for a wrapped necklace.

Materials to make the necklace:

  • shoe laces
  • embroidery thread (regular thread?)
  • safety pin
  • something heavy to clip the safety pin on
  • a closure for the necklace
To make the necklace, you need to use a similar wrapping technique that is used in hair wrapping.
Here’s a quick run down of the steps.
  1. First cut shoes laces to three different lengths (don’t forget to cut off the plastic ends first!): 26 inch strand, 24 inch strand, and 22 inch strand
  2. Then measure and cut the embroidery thread to a length that is three times the length of the shoe laces.  You will need seven strands of multiple colors for each shoe lace.
  3. Tie a knot with the shoe lace and seven strands and attach a safety pin to the knotted side.
  4. Attach the safety pin to something heavy to make the wrapping process easier.
  5. Now, wrap away.  And make whatever pattern you want.  Have fun, this process is slightly tedious, but well worth the effort.
Tips:
  • And for those of you with no embroidery thread at home.  You can use regular thread.  However, you may notice that regular thread is much thinner than embroidery thread.  And that is because embroidery thread consists of multiple strands, so to achieve this measure out five strands of regular thread to equal one strand of embroidery thread.
  • You can also just use regular shoes laces.  I used the flat white ones because those were the ones I had.
  • Instead of using a clasp, I used some old wire I had laying around and a button to create a button and wire hole clasp.
Here’s my finished product!

 

But check out the video for a more thorough tutorial: 

 

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