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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)

ground beef Korean style

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 Halter Crop Top in 9 Easy Steps

DIY Halter top feature image

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







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


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.


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.

Fold strips down the middle   IMG_4462

  Now, iron the strips to secure the fold.

Sandwich halter top

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


Pin the three layers together.


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


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


**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 Choker in 3 steps!

Ever since I saw Amy from Vagabond Youth rocking her velvet choker, I have been wanted one so bad!  A simple choker looks great with off-shoulder tops or with a cool t-shirt.  The choker adds an cool grunge vibe to any outfit.  Instead of buying a choker, I decided to make one.

Here’s what you need:

First step: measure the circumference of your neck.
**Remember to hold the elastic band tight, but not stretched.**
**Leave an extra inch on each side for the knot**
Second step: Seal the edges to prevent fraying
**Don’t let the bad actually touch the flame.**
**The heat from being near the flame will seal the edges.**
Step 3: Attach the charm through the band.
**Do this carefully, so you don’t snag the elastic band and cause excess fraying**
**You can use pliers and jump rings to make the process easier, but you don’t have to.**
Here’s the finished product!  Enjoy your choker!


Easy DIY Green Latte

DIY Green Latte 1
Nothing beats sipping a hot green tea latte while reading an amazing book under a soft fuzzy blanket.  And you will never want to get up because once you do, the cold air will just attack you.  Seriously.  But, we can’t spend all day in bed or the sofa.  (No matter how much we want to)  So, when we have to leave the house, we have to put on decent clothes and makeup.  (Because we can’t walk out like a homeless zombie)
At home, I like to wear comfy clothes and that consists of yoga pant shorts and ripped up tees.  But that is not a good idea when its 11 degrees Fahrenheit outside.  Hot tea is perfect for cold winter days.

DIY Green latte

Lately, I have been craving a green tea latte.  Matcha Green Tea powder has so many antioxidants and benefits.  It can give you more energy and help you get clearer skin!

If that doesn’t make you crave a green tea latte, then I don’t know what will.


1 Teaspoon of Matcha Green Tea powder

1 Tablespoon of Hot Water

1 Cup of Warm Milk

1 Tablespoon of Sweeten Condense Milk

Add sugar to taste

To make a latte, mix a teaspoon of Green Tea powder with a tablespoon of hot water until it creates a green paste.  Add warm milk to the paste and stir till everything is incorporated together.  For some extra creaminess, mix in a tablespoon of sweeten condensed milk.  Add sugar to taste.

And seriously, a teaspoon of green tea powder creates a pretty strong latte.  Don’t let the small size of this bag fool you!  You will be using it for months!  You can use this green tea powder for baking and even smoothies.  I’m probably going to try and make Green Tea macaroons.   I’m so excited!

DIY Green Latte 2
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DIY: Slit Knee Jeans


I have been in love with the slit knee jeans from Topshop for about a year now, but as a college student I cannot pay $70-$90 dollars for a pair of jeans.  So, I decided to create a DIY project to create them.  And here’s how to pass off a pair of skinny jeans that cost $7.90 at Forever 21 for a pair of jeans that costs ten times the amount.

First, you have to try these jeans on.  Then mark the place where you want to cut the holes.

Slip the jeans off, take a pair of scissors and cut holes about one to two inches long.  This hole will probably get bigger with a few washes, so don’t make the hole too big.  

     Now, try your jeans on and check out your work!  I am in love with these.  Watch out for them in an upcoming lookbook!Want more? Don’t forget to Subscribe!And they honestly get better with each wash!  


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