Obsessed With: Hungry Girl

If you haven’t heard of Hungry Girl, it’s basically a website, cookbook series, and TV show that this lady Lisa Lillien started, where she takes good food and makes it less good (but less calories…you win some, you lose some). Some of her recipes are questionable. Like anything that should be fried, she coats in egg whites and crushed up Fiber One cereal and bakes. I’ve made her onion rings…they taste like onions rolled in Fiber One… and then 10 minutes after eating your intestines start screaming.

The dessert recipes are good, though- the low fat pumpkin pie filling tastes just like the real thing, and I just made some apple fritters that I thought were good.

Fuji Fritters

For Apple Mixture:
3 cups peeled Fuji apple chunks
3 tablespoons Splenda (or 5 Stevia packets)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or apple pie spice)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Fritter Base:
1 1/3 cups regular oats (not instant)
2/3 cup Bisquick Heart Smart baking mix
2/3 cup light vanilla soymilk (or skim with a teaspoon vanilla extract)
2 tablespoons brown sugar (not packed)
1 1/2 tablespoons light whipped butter or light buttery spread
1 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place apple chunks in a medium microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup of water. Cover and microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. Once bowl is cool enough to handle, drain water and set aside.

In a medium pot, combine Splenda, cinnamon, vanilla and cornstarch with 1/2 cup cold water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook and stir until thickened to a caramel sauce consistency. Remove from heat and stir in apple chunks. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for fritter base until mixed well. Fold in apple mixture.

Spray a 12-piece cupcake tin with non stick cooking spray, and spoon in batter evenly.

Bake 10-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the fritter comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before eating.
Makes 12 servings
Per serving (1 fritter): 93 calories, 1.75g fat, 121mg sodium, 17.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 5.5g sugars, 2g protein


Obsessed With: Thomas’ Pretz-a-bagels

These mini pretz-a-bagels are my new favorite empty calories. My mom found these a few days ago, and I think I ate the whole bag during my usual weekend eating free-for-all.

Some delicious ways to eat them:
With Strawberry or Blueberry cream cheese
Butter and jelly
Brie and fig jam (please don’t be intimidated by how fancy I am).

You’re going to pass out about 20 minutes after consuming them, so be pretty strategic about when you eat it. Maybe on a weekend when you can nap and don’t feel the need to accomplish anything for the rest of the day. Wooorth ittt.

Obsessed With: Sephora Blemish Extractor

I realize that this is the second Monday in a row that I have been obsessed with something pore related, but that should just indicate what a full time job it is to take care of this situation I’m dealing with.

I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the episode of Sex and the City when the girls are talking about their “secret single behavior” that they do by themselves, but couldn’t let a man see if they were living with a guy. Using this extractor is my shameful single behavior that might keep me from ever living with a man (other than the fact that having to share a room–and with a boy no less– sounds like the wooorst). Seriously, I don’t even let my friends see me use this, it’s disgusting, but I have to do it because it works so well.

When I get facials I’m always tempted to bring this with me and just ask them to extract my blackheads with this because you get so much more traction than when they use their clumsy, vienna sausage fingers. I just think it would be heavenly to have someone actually extract my face FOR me and with a big magnifier and some professional lighting over my face. I could always just get a lighted magnifying mirror, but looking at pores in that would just get me upset, so I would need a third party to do it for me. I would never actually ask for this, though because I don’t need anyone else thinking I’m weird. I don’t know why they don’t just have these in the first place at spas and just sanitize it after… I’m getting ahead of myself.

Anyway, I highly recommend buying this at Sephora for $16, but be warned you’re going to get obsessed and spend an extra 20 minutes in the mirror every night. (Click on “Sephora Collection” to buy).

Obsessed With: Dr. Brandt Pore Refiner

Tester Size .25 oz

There is nothing funny about this Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner. I wish I could think of something witty to say about my pores, but the only thing I can think of that might be funny is actually just gross, and I’d rather maintain my image as a perfect lady. The only thing that I can say about this stuff is that it is heavenly. You can put it on under your make up or alone and it basically just spackles your pores and absorbs oil. My only complaint is that it comes in a tiny little tube instead of a paint can with an attached roller brush. 1 oz is $45 at Sephora.

Obsessed With: Alcohol Infused Whipped Cream

Alcohol infused whipped cream is my new favorite novelty item. Sure, the can says not to refrigerate it even after opening, which is to say that you are probably eating pure cancer, but gosh darn-it if you don’t get a buzz! I went to a birthday party this weekend and brought the caramel flavor, and the power you wield as the keeper of the cream is really intoxicating. $11.99 is a small price to pay to be the center of attention until it goes empty, amiright?

Obsessed With: L’Oreal EverPure Leave-In Conditioner

Since I have recently gone from blonde to black to red hair in a 6 month period, I can’t ask more from my hair than what it’s doing now (which is staying in my head), so I have to do a little extra to keep it looking smooth. I’ve just started using L’Oreal EverPure Leave-In Conditioner, and it really works well. My hair tends to look like your American Girl Doll’s when you’ve brushed her hair too much (you know what I’m talking about!! An $80 doll and you can’t even play with her hair!) so I use this stuff every day.

Obsessed With: Teasing Brush

I wish I could get back the handful of minutes that I’ve wasted desperately trying to figure out how to install a Bump-it in my hair.

Something way more user friendly than my Christmas Tree Shop brand knock-off Bump-it are teasing brushes. This one is from Sally’s Beauty Supply for $4.99. If you’re unsure how to use it, watch this video…

…wait, wait! I’m just kidding. The video is 9 straight minutes of watching this girl severely damage her hair. What I do suggest is you put it on and then fast forward to every minute point and just watch the evolution of NathalieDoll’s locks. I’d also like you to watch her technique so you know what not to do. Some other video highlights to look out for: when she puts body lotion in her hair and the photo montage at the end. I’ll wait right here for you.

How was it? Terrifying, right!? Every time she grabbed her hair and started teasing from the middle I clenched my bum! I’m not making fun of this girl, I’m just concerned!

Also, now that I’ve let the shock settle of watching her put body lotion in her hair, I feel like it might be a good-ish idea. It seems to be like when you put toothpaste on a zit. It’s probably better to just buy Clearasil or anti-frizz serum, but ya know, in a pinch.

Excuse me while I spend the rest of my day watching all of NathalieDoll’s videos.

Obsessed With: Salon Bronze Airbrush Tanning

So, I get that everybody looks better tan, I do, but guys, tanning literally gives you skin cancer. I know that means nothing to most of you, and I hate to preach… BUT if cancer means nothing, you’ll definitely get wrinkles! As in you’ll look old way early! I’m not so crazy where I think people should wear sunblock 200 in the car, but tanning every other day mayhaps is not the way to go. I used to tan, and I admit it feels like you’re baking in a hug from Jesus, but it’s not worth it when there is something like the Salon Bronze Airbrush Tanning System.

I’ve spent good money on professional airbrush tanning in salons, then one day my mom told me about the Salon Bronze Airbrush Tanning gun from Sally’s Beauty Supply. She hadn’t used it first hand, but she said it worked great and only costs about $12.99. Basically, I just told her she had no idea what she was talking about. I am an airbrush expert, and there was no way that something costing $12.99 could be functional.

Then I watched Toddlers and Tiaras and saw a 7 year-old’s dad using the same tanning gun on a lil’ beauty queen. Suddenly that 7 year-old looked like the 25 year-old Playboy model I wish I could be! Her tan looked so good! I bought one, and let me tell you, it works so well…you will be ready for your first kiddy pageant. I am ashamed it took a closeted, gay, pageant dad to convince me of a product that my mother already endorsed.

Long story short, this thing works great- $12.99 at Sally’s for the gun (which comes with a cartridge) and then about $8.99 for additional cartridges there after. It’s great to have a friend (or stage mom) apply it for you, but it’s easy enough to do touch-ups on yourself. It dries fast, and lasts at least a week without needing to apply more.

Obsessed With: Sour Jack’s

I’m not much of a candy person. I didn’t go to the candy store that often as a child and buy a big bag of candy- don’t get me wrong, I was still a fat kid, I just would have preferred a two pound bag of french fries, not Swedish Fish.

The only kind of candy I think is worth  wasting calories on are sour candies- sour belts being my favorites. Just the right amount of sour, and the belt design allows for adequate, but not overbearing chewiness.

Usually, I don’t like those little sour peach rings, or watermelon sour gummies, but recently in the dollar aisle at Target I found these watermelon gummies that just went above and beyond.

Sour Jack's Watermelon

Sour Jack’s Watermelon- the sourness is exactly to my liking, and the artificial watermelon flavor is just like that of a Jolly Rancher, which I tend to like better than real watermelon (the fruit should consider adding corn syrup to their recipe. I think that’s the key).

Obsessed With: Dry Shampoo

One step closer to a day where we never have to shower again.

I’ve heard that people in France wash their hair, like, once a week. I’ve never been to France, but I can’t imagine that if I lived there, I would suddenly be okay with walking around with greasy hair. Is it a perception thing? Is greasy hair sexy there? Seriously, if I wake up after not having washed my hair the day before I will take a shower just to go to the gym. I can’t inflict the sight of my greasy hair on the general public.

However, since I discovered this little gem last year, I can go a whole day and a fourth without shampooing. Tresemme Dry Shampoo! I used to use baby powder when I was younger, but hi, you end up wreaking of baby butt. I then tried Oscar Blandi’s dry powder shampoo. It works alright but you end up smelling like a car air freshener. By far the best of the dry shampoo is by Tresemme. It’s a spray, so you don’t end up with powder all over you, and it works so well- gives you all kinds of volume and absorbs the oil like a spray on paper towel.