Recipe of the Month

20 May

recipeofthemonth_theblogThis month, I’m excited to share one of my favorite go-to recipes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and supper. Truth be told, I make this recipe ALL the time.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me for the recipe because I post shots of this dish on Instagram ALL the time. Well, the wait is over!

Huevos Rancheros

This Mexican dish includes some of my favorite ingredients: spices, cilantro, avocado and more. I’ve never really followed a recipe, so the portions of each ingredient are based entirely on how many servings you’re looking to make. For all intents and purposes, here’s how to make this dish for one!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 flour tortilla
  • olive oil
  • 1 to 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 small onion (1/2 a medium to large onion)
  • 3/4 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup corn niblets
  • 1 tbsp of fresh cilantro
  • 1 small avocado
  • Sour Cream (optional)

Start by chopping up a small onion into bite sized pieces and adding to a heated pan with a little olive oil. Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes before adding a 3/4 cup of crushed tomatoes, 1/4 cup of corn, and a tsp of chili power – a little more if you like things on the spicy side.

While your sauce is simmering, chop up some cilantro and fresh avocado – as much or as little as you’d like!

Next, heat a tbsp of olive oil in a separate frying pan. Once hot, add your flour tortilla to the pan and heat each side until it’s golden and crispy. Remove from the pan and replace with an egg or two that you will fry over-easy. Trust me when I say, a runny yolk MAKES the flavor of the huevos rancheros.

When your egg(s) is ready, place your golden tortilla on your plate, lay your egg(s) on top and cover with your tomato sauce. Garnish with cilantro, avocado, and sour cream and you’re ready to dive in!

IMG_8918If you decide to give these a try, I’d love for you to let me know what you thought! Leave a comment below or Tweet Me!  And for more Recipes of the Month, make sure to subscribe to the blog over there on the right —–>

C

Scenes from the Weekend is Back!

18 May

There is nothing better than a long weekend that includes sun, warm weather, ocean views, and a little adventure.

On the East Coast, the first weekend of the year to allow this kind of killer combination is our May long weekend, where we celebrate the Queen’s birthday – because we’re all commonwealth like that! For you Americans, it’s our equivalent to Memorial Day.

I figured that there was no better weekend to kick off the return of last summer’s wildly successful Scenes from the Weekend series. If this is your first summer with me, Scenes from the Weekend is a weekly post that goes up on Sunday or Monday night – depending on the awesomeness of the weekend and taking into consideration our three long weekends of the summer.

Each week, I share some of my favorite snapshots from the weekend. What you get in return is a glimpse into a truly East Coast summer!

To never miss a post, subscribe to the blog over there on the right (scroll down!) —->

And if you want to experience an East Coast summer in real time – add me on Snapchat @crystalcrichard for instant stories!

Now, here are some of my favorite shots from this perfect long weekend! Huge thank you goes out to my equally adventurous mother who tagged along with me for a little fun in the sun this weekend! It’s clear where I get my wanderlust from!

IMG_9697 Fundy National Park – accepting the #ShareTheChair challenge

IMG_9698 my adventurous partner in crime – I get it from my Mama

IMG_9701don’t go chasing waterfalls (or do – because they’re awesome)

IMG_9556 you can’t NOT take a waterfall selfie

IMG_9704 trees for days

IMG_9705 Point Wolf Beach

IMG_9708 Point Wolf covered bridge

IMG_9598 fresh local lobster roll for lunch

IMG_9754 Herring Cove beach

IMG_9751 ready for you summer, so ready for you…

IMG_9753 perfect day in park

IMG_9844 holiday monday at Sackville’s Waterfowl Park

IMG_9845nature walks

IMG_9848 those views tho

IMG_9849 soon, goose – all of this land will be yours

IMG_9852 stumbled upon a covered bridge in the country – had to stop and take a picture

IMG_9858 one of the oldest forts in north america – no big deal or anything

IMG_9856 these walls mean serious business

IMG_9854 exploring tunnels, looking for danger

Thank you Fort Beausejour! You were super fun to explore!

To see more shots from the weekend, make sure to follow me on Instagram!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend – whether it was a long one or not! I’ll see you all Wednesday for my Recipe of the Month! It’s one of my favourites!

x

The C List

15 May

Fall2014_TheCList_HeaderHappy Friday!

And for my fellow Canadians, HAPPY LONG WEEKEND.

After the long winter we’ve had, the forecast for the weekend is promising sun and warmth, and I’m SO excited to soak up every last minute of it. I’m also heading to Fundy National Park to do some hiking and  I’ve been dreaming about getting lost in the woods (figuratively not literally) and chasing the park’s beautiful waterfalls all week.

East Coast Summer, it’s finally here.

Of course, before the long weekend can get started, here are the links I’ve been absolutely crushing on this week, including some sent over from friends!

1. The Jem and the Holograms Trailer (via Mashable) Now, everyone is freaking out about how outrageous this trailer is. How it isn’t doing the 80’s cartoon we all loved justice. I don’t know how I feel about it (and I won’t until I see the movie) but I do know I’m going to want a strand of pink hair before all is said and done.

2. 12 Things Millennials Won’t Spend Money On (via Levo League) As someone who just cancelled her cable, I can’t agree with this post more. What do you refuse to spend your money on?

3. Calling all frappuccino lovers (via TIME) Did you know you can now get a MINI version of the frappuccino? I’m excited. Even if someone on Twitter made fun of me for being excited about the calories I will save by having a 10oz drink over a 12oz. Haters gonna hate.

4. Instagram artist uses everyday objects to bring drawings to life (via Mashable) This is amazing. Now excuse me while I go turn mandarin oranges into sea turtles.

5. 17 Habits Of Happy Independent Women — How Many Do You Have? (via the Bolde) A best friend sent me this and it was the perfect way to start my week. I’m proud to say I have 15/17 of these. How many do you have?

And that’s it for this week! Have an amazing weekend (however long it may be!)

x

Catching up on this week’s posts? Discover my Product of the Month where I reveal the two eye liners I’m currently obsessed with! OR check out my trip to the Zoo last weekend where we were nearly eaten by deadly, people eating cats.

Oh and don’t forget to come back on Monday night for the FIRST Scenes from the Weekend of the Summer! 

Product of the Month

13 May

productofthemonth_may2015Long ago, in a galaxy far away, I was terrified to use liquid eye liner. One of my best friends has always been able to rock it (B – you deserve liquid eye liner royalty) and over the years, I have always watched her apply it in awe, thinking to myself – “Self – why can’t you do this? WHY?”

It wasn’t until the Sephora Fifty Shades of Grey Make Up For Ever box set came out in December, which coincidentally included the line’s famous liquid eye liner, that I decided to face my fears and step into the world of liquid liner.

And yes, I’ll admit, Taylor Swift also influenced my decision.

Because liquid eye liner doesn’t play nice with the bottom lids, this post includes my TWO go-to eye liners that I simply can’t live without.

One – Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner

IMG_9429 Product Details here

This eye liner goes on so easily and so nicely that even if you’re a liquid liner amateur (like myself) you will be able to apply this with ease. The high precision pen tip glides across your lid smoothly and if the winged look is what you’re after — it’s super achievable with this product.

Honestly, I will be replacing this liner again and again and again — it’s that good.

Two – Logona Pencil Liner

 Product Details here

This eye liner was gifted to me by the Queen of Eye Liner mentioned above and is sold locally at Sequoia – the store she manages. Visit the Dieppe location for all you local lovelies!

I cannot express HOW much I love this liner. When I wear the Make Up For Ever liquid liner on my top lid, I add this to my bottom lids to complete the look. If you want to smudge it, it smudges beautifully. If not, it goes on so nicely, it rarely needs any touch ups. On days where I’m not feeling the liquid eye liner look, I rock this on top and bottom lids.

The best part? This product is 100% natural.

I should note that BOTH of these products wash off easily without the need for eye makeup remover (I use my Pacifica Coconut Water Wipes and have no issue removing).

Seriously, your lids will thank you AND people will notice your beautiful eyes like never before.

x

Got a makeup product I should try? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @crystalcrichard

It’s All Fun Until the Cougars Eat the Tourists

11 May

As many of you know, I absolutely love snapping photos. If you follow me on Instagram (@crystal_catherine) or on Snapchat (Add me for daily stories – @crystalcrichard) you are very well aware of this.

I am totally one of those people that regularly looks back at my Insta feed or scrolls through my Photo Album on my phone (with all 1600+ photos I refuse to delete from over the years) — just to get lost in some of my favorite moments all over again.

Or let’s face it — remember what I had to eat last weekend. Because if you didn’t Insta it, did you really eat it?

My love of photos and snapping memories was the real inspiration behind my decision to launch my weekly Scenes from the Weekend series last summer. And guess what! It’s officially coming back in all its glory for Summer 2015 starting next weekend as we celebrate the May long weekend here in Canada.

BUT until its return, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from a weekend trip to our local Zoo this past weekend. It’s an annual Mother’s Day tradition for my mother and I to spend the day at the zoo and this year was absolute perfection.

The sun was out. The animals were frisky. And the cougars were trying to escape.

You know, the usual.

IMG_9290 Monkeying Around

IMG_9306 Taking a Dive

IMG_9357 Otter Cuteness

IMG_9310Snack Time
IMG_9326 Yaasssssssssss.

IMG_9331Modern Day Dinos.

Of course it’s always a good time at the zoo when the man-eating animals are trying to escape.

I recommend viewing in HD and sound on. For optimal cougar death threats enjoyment.

IMG_9346 Another year, another perfect tradition honoured.

What traditions, if any, do you and your mother have for Mother’s Day? Leave a note below AND if you’re local (or planning to visit our part of the East Coast this summer) may I recommend a trip to the Magnetic Hill Zoo?

I promise, the cougars don’t eat the tourists.

C

Happy Mother’s Day

10 May

When sitting down to write my annual Mother’s Day post, like previous years, I looked back at old Mother’s Day posts and stumbled upon the same problem I face when choosing the perfect Mother’s Day card: there aren’t simply enough words to describe how amazing, special, and important my mother is to me.

Well, repetition never hurt anyone, right?

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Mom – thank you for being my best friend, my biggest fan, and my cheerleader. You have been there for me through every good decision, bad decision, and milestone in my life – I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Whenever adventure calls, you give me the faith and courage to take the world by storm. Thank you for always being the wind in my sails and my back-up compass when mine is on the fritz.

Thank you for your compassion, your understanding, and the bottomless serving of advice and guidance you’ve shared with me over the last thirty-one years. It has all undoubtedly gotten me to where I am today and helped me become the woman I’m proud to be.

Thank you for the endless supply of hugs, smiles, and laughs. I have cherished each and every one.

You inspire me, every day, just by being you. Of the many things I’ve become in life, being your daughter is the greatest one of all and I am the luckiest girl in the world to call you Mom.

So today and always – thank you and I’ll love you always.

C

And to all of my beautiful, amazing friends celebrating Mother’s Day (and for many of you – your first Mother’s Day) – keep being the incredible women you are. You inspire me too! 

And to my fellow fur moms – kiss some paws today. We’re pretty lucky too! 

Lastly, come back Monday night for all my favorite photos from Mom and I’s annual Mother’s Day trip to the zoo! If cute animals is your thing, this post is for you. 

The C List

8 May

Fall2014_TheCList_HeaderGood Morning! And Happy Friday!

After a busy week (with a side or two of stress cured by frappuccino happy hour – thank you Starbucks) and an exciting time in Halifax last weekend — I’m looking forward to a weekend of R&R, spending quality time with Mamacita for Mother’s Day on Sunday, and yes – more binge watching of Nashville on Netflix. Because that show (and Gunnar Scott) are my life now.

And if you watch – you should let me know in the comments or tweet me so we can flail together. I am cruising through season 2 and will be purchasing season 3 on iTunes this weekend. #dedication

Until then, here are this week’s hottest links.

1. Draper James – Reese Witherspoon’s New Lifestyle Brand (via Draper James) Though every celebrity and their dog is launching their own lifestyle brand or blog these days, one can’t roll their eyes when Reese Witherspoon does it, because it’s Reese and everything she touches is holy. Much like this stunning new line I really can’t afford but will covet all the same.

2. 8 Ways to Slash Your Expensive Cell Phone Bill (via Daily Worth) Cell phones: expensive but necessary. Here are 8 really great ways to make the monthly bill a little less painful.

3. Restaurant creates plates designed to look good on Instagram (via Mashable) I am all about this life.

4. Mexican Street Corn  (via Seed at the Table) It’s starting to feel like summer and BBQ season is in full swing. I cannot WAIT to try these on the grill this summer.

5. The Newest Magic Mike Trailer (via The Verge) Happy Friday ladies.

Have an awesome weekend! And if you haven’t already – make sure to check out this month’s Guilty Pleasure post from last night! Hint: It may be your new song of the summer.

x

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