Happy Thanksgiving! – A Few Favorite Things

A Few Favorite Things

Now that everyone has had time to get their fill of turkey and other delicious foods, I wanted to quickly say Happy Thanksgiving to each one of you and tell you all that I’m so grateful for the support you show this little blog of mine. I appreciate each and every one of you and love reading your comments.

I wanted to show my appreciation by sharing a few good deals with you guys and a few things I’m grateful for and totally loving this Thanksgiving.

A few of my Favorite Things by Aduke Schulist

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Stretchy Pants

Seriously, insert food coma here. I definitely ate too much food. I’m glad I hosted such a small dinner (my sister and her hubby and my mom plus me and 1 of my kids) tonight that I really had no need to even get dressed. I stayed in my pajama pants literally the whole day. Excuse the awkward angle selfie.

Aduke Schulist on Thanksgiving

I’m not even joking. I didn’t get dressed… and it was glorious!

(Sidenote: I bought my phone because I wanted one with a better camera… Obviously the front-facing camera sucks and I am still on the hunt for a great phone with a great camera.)

Pumpkin Cream Pie Candle

My sister was in charge of dessert and didn’t bring a pumpkin pie.

Is it even Thanksgiving without a pumpkin pie?!

Luckily, I had this Pumpkin Cream Pie candle on the ready.

Our Own Candle Company Pumpkin Cream Pie Candle

Our Own Candle Company has some amazing, and fun scents . I’m a sucker for seasonal scents. 

Amazon Prime

I LOVE Amazon Prime. How else am I going to be able to afford to order so many Christmas presents from online? You can try it for free right now – just in time for the holidays! P.S. Kindles are on sale right now. Mine follows me everywhere. It’s so convenient to look up a recipe, or watch a video on the go.

Kindle used for entertainment while cooking

Don’t like it? No problem! You can cancel your 30 day free trial anytime.

Day Designer 2018 Planner

Can you guys believe 2018 is almost here? I’m not even ready for Christmas, let alone a new year but my calendar is already filling up.

I’m embarrassed to admit that while I have designed my own planner in the past, I didn’t for 2017 (see pink planner below) and haven’t finished it yet for 2018.

But, I wanted to make sure that when January 1st got here, I wasn’t left hanging without a planner….

So I bought one! And I’m glad I did because as soon as I brought it home I already had more things to add to it.

Day Designer for Blue Sky 5x7 Navy Stripe Hardcover Planner with generic planner Day Designer for Blue Sky 5x7 Navy Stripe Hardcover Planner

I purchased the Whitney English Day Designer (for Blue Sky) Navy striped, weekly format planner. I will be doing a review of this planner over on my YouTube channel soon. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it.

I guess that’s it. Just a few of my favorite things.

How many of you have seen Oprah’s Favorite Things and wished to be in the audience?
I have!

Do you use a paper planner? If so, which one do you use? 
As mentioned, I normally make my own, but for whatever reason haven’t done so this past year. I think I will like the one I purchased because it is very similar to the layout of the one I created myself.

Finally, would you guys be interested in me posting my printable planner on the blog?

Super Easy 5 Ingredient Chili Recipe

Super Easy 5 Ingredient Chili Recipe

Grab your spoons, it’s Chili season!! Perhaps I should start off by saying any time is Chili time for me. I don’t discriminate based on weather, but I especially love it during the Fall/Winter seasons. Unfortunately, I don’t always have the time to make the beans homemade on top of making the chili, so this Chili recipe is for those times.

This Chili can be made using only 5 ingredients and is super quick to make. It’s also delicious, but most chili is.

Best of all, it’s budget friendly and enough to feed a family of at least 4. We always have leftovers.

Super Easy 5 Ingredient Chili Recipe by Aduke Schulist

The full recipe is at the bottom of this post.

5 Simple Steps:

Step 1: Gather your ingredients. I’m a big fan of Best Choice as you can see here. I’ve never felt like I was getting below quality ingredients with this brand. Best Choice is affordable and totally not sponsoring this post.

Ingredients for Easy Chili Recipe by Aduke Schulist

Step 2: Brown your ground beef with your onion. I actually like to add some garlic powder or diced garlic to mine.

Onion and Ground Beef in a Skillet

Step 3: Drain and rinse your beans. If you prefer, you could skip the draining and rinsing, but I prefer to rinse my canned beans.

Two cans of beans drained

Step 4: Add all the ingredients including the cooked meat to a large pot. Stir, cook, and simmer until all the flavors are combined.

Ingredients for Chili in Pot

Add Hamburger to Chili Ingredients Mixture

Step 5: Enjoy!

Easy Homemade Chili Bowl

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  1. Cook the diced onion and ground beef until browned. Drain the excess fat.
  2. Drain and rinse the two cans of beans.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, rinsed beans, chili powder, and cooked hamburger to a large pot.
  4. Simmer until all flavors combined.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
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Growing up we always ate our chili with crackers, but lately I find myself enjoying it with cornbread.

The leftovers are great on a Frito pie, chili cheese dog, or as is. You can’t go wrong with this 5 Ingredient Chili Recipe.

How do you eat your chili?

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IPSY November Glam Bag – #Review

IPSY November Glam Bag – #Review

You guys!! I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my IPSY November Glam Bag ever since I got notice that it shipped. Now, I like to be surprised so I stayed away from social media and didn’t look at what items had been picked for me or the bag they would arrive in. So when my November Glam Bag arrived and I saw the bag inside, I was a little shocked… in a bad way. 

Y’all, I ain’t even gonna’ lie.. I think this bag is ugly! 

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IPSY November Glam Bag Review by Aduke Schulist

I was stressing myself out thinking about how disappointed I was because of such an awful bag, but really, the items made up for it. Here’s what I got:

Tarte Cosmetics Clay Blush in Feisty

I tend to wear pinker blushes, but as I’ve gotten into contouring lately – something I said I would never do – I find myself just using some of my darker blushes in shades similar to this Feisty one from Tarte. It’s not super pigmented, but makes a great contour for me.

Tarte Cosmetics Blush in Fiesty November Glam Bag

Your Skin But Better CC Cream

I have seen so many YouTubers with this CC Cream lately and kept wanting to try it out myself. I was happily surprised to see some in my November Glam Bag.

Your Skin But Better CC Cream November Glam Bag

I gotta say I am cautious when it comes to any sort of foundation. I have a hard time matching my skin tone and I always feel so weighed down by them. I also feel like they go on very patchy on my skin.

I tend to stick with BB Creams that are essentially tinted moisturizer. They serve as foundation for me.

This CC Cream (in light) is so smooth and doesn’t leave my skin looking patchy or dry at all. I’m unsure if I would actually purchase this myself as I can’t picture me reapplying my foundation every 2 hours as is suggested since it contains SPF.

Your Skin But Better CC Cream November Glam Bag from IPSY

Lime Crime Diamond Crushers in Lit

I really like the color and formula of this lip topper, but the sparkle was a bit too much for me for a lip product. The good news is when I tried to wipe it off, it mostly stayed put. The bad news is, the sparkles ended up all over my face. I decided it was perfect for use on my eyes though and can’t wait to try it out as a highlight too.

Lime Crime Diamond Crushers Lit November Glam Bag

SKYN Berry Lip Fix*

Hands down, this is my favorite product this month. This lip treatment makes my lips feel like they have been to a spa. I’m not sure what magical ingredient gives my lips that tingling feeling, but it feels so good.

Skyn Berry Lip Fix from November Glam Bag Review by Aduke SchulistSkyn Berry Lip Fix Treatment November Glam Bag

*This link takes to you a different product than the one mentioned in this post. Follow this link for the product mentioned here. 

Naked Cosmetics Mother Nature Loose Powder

Naked Cosmetics Mother Nature Loose Powder November Glam Bag

Surely there is a way I can turn this loose powder into a solid form, no? It’s a really pretty color, but boy does it get everywhere. Or perhaps I am just messy.

I want to love this, but I’m not sure if my fear of it making a mess will keep me from using it. It swatches really pretty, so that is probably enough to tempt me into risking my sanity for this shadow.

If you guys remember from my October IPSY Glam Bag review, I had a lip gloss that smelled terrible… Well, my sister got the same one and hers was fine. I contacted IPSY and they sent out a replacement lip product. It was a solid lipstick in a different shade, so I didn’t get to keep the mdmflow one, but IPSY made it right. Love that kind of customer service!

That’s it for my November Glam Bag review. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with what I got. I hardly ever use the bags anyway, so no loss there.

IPSY November Glam Bag - Review by Aduke Schulist

If you want to sign up for IPSY, you can receive your own bag and products every month based on your personal beauty profile.

What did you think of this mustard yellow November Glam Bag? Do you like it? 

The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal – A Menu With Recipes

The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal – A Menu With Recipes

Thanksgiving is one week away y’all!! You got your turkey and your green bean casseroles ready, but what about everything else!?

Are you ready to eat some delicious food and spend time with family?

I am!

What I’m not ready for is the stress of preparing the menu and making sure there are foods available that will be pleasing to every palate.

Luckily for you – and me – I’ve been doing a little work and came up with The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal including recipes. Below you will find everything from appetizers to desserts and even drinks to make the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal.

The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal a Menu with Recipes by Aduke Schulist

Appetizers

Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs on Stick by Penny Pincher Jenny
Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs by Penny Pincher Jenny

Yum yum! My family loves when I make these Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs. Sometimes we have them as a main entree. They are so good.

Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole Dip

Twice Baked Potato Casserole by Penny Pincher Jenny
Twice Baked Potato Casserole Dip by Penny Pincher Jenny

Jenny made this as a casserole, but for Thanksgiving, this would make a delicious appetizer. Just toss it in a bowl with some crackers on the side and you have the perfect dip.

Drinks

Slow Cooker Wassail

Wassail by 918 Plate
Wassail by 918 Plate

I didn’t even know what Wassail was until recently, but when I found out, I had to have it in my life. It’s hot cider with a spicy  twist. 918 Plate has you covered on the hot drinks.

Party Punch

Check out Ricci’s fruit party punch for the cold drink. This punch combines some of my favorite fruity flavors in an icy/slushy form. Delish!!

Turkey or Ham

Pick one, or do both. My family does both since we have people that don’t like turkey and some who don’t like ham.

Baked Ham with Red Wine Glaze

Glazed Ham by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Glazed Ham by Cosmopolitan Cornbread

The glaze on this ham is to die for. Brush it on your ham about every 45 minutes while its cooking and your family will be asking “Who made the ham?”

The Perfect Turkey

Perfect Turkey by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Perfect Turkey by Cosmopolitan Cornbread

This Perfect Turkey recipe comes from Cosmopolitan Cornbread. She tells you exactly how to make the perfect turkey. Can I just say I’m glad I’ve never been in charge of the turkey?

Stuffing or Dressing

Whether you choose to put it inside the turkey as a stuffing, or bake it separate, the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal isn’t complete without one of these.

Chicken and Dressing

Chicken and Dressing by Kelli's Kitchen
Chicken and Dressing by Kelli’s Kitchen

This chicken and dressing screams Thanksgiving. It’s got all of your traditional dressing ingredients.  If you are feeling a little more adventurous, try this pineapple dressing from Kelli’s Kitchen.

Pineapple Dressing

Pineapple Dressing - Kelli's Kitchen
Pineapple Dressing by Kelli’s Kitchen

Chicken Cornbread Dressing

Chicken Cornbread Dressing by 918 Plate
Chicken Cornbread Dressing by 918 Plate

My family loves a good cornbread dressing like this Chicken Cornbread Dressing from 918 Plate. It’s hearty, savory, and makes a meal of its own. It’s one of the best leftovers to have after the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal.

Side Dishes

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad by So TiPical Me
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad by So TIPical Me

Leave the marshmallows for dessert with this Roasted Sweet Potato Salad. Have I ever told you guys sweet potato dishes are one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving?!

Honey Garlic Green Beans

Honey Garlic Green Beans by Delicious Little Bites
Honey Garlic Green Beans by Delicious Little Bites

Gotta get those greens in there. Even the pickiest of eaters will like these simple yet flavorful green beans.

Roasted Chili Spiced Carrots

Roasted Chili Spiced Carrots by Delicious Little Bites
Roasted Chili Spiced Carrots by Delicious Little Bites

While your green beans are cooking, pop these carrots in the oven and they will be ready in no time.

Nutmeg Rice

Nutmeg Rice by Delicious Little Bites
Nutmeg Rice by Delicious Little Bites

This easy nutmeg rice recipe is a great quick addition to round out the sides. It takes minutes to make and even the youngest of helpers can assist with this dish.

Dessert

You can always do your traditional pumpkin and pecan pies, but why not mix things up this Thanksgiving?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie by House of Fauci's
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie by House of Fauci’s

This chocolate chip cookie pie from House of Fauci’s combines a few of my favorite things together, the best thing is you can freeze individual slices meaning pie for days. Oh yeah!

Apple Pie Cheesecake

Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe - by Aduke Schulist
Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe – by Aduke Schulist

The sweetness of apple pie, but the deliciousness of a cheesecake. This is one of my favorite desserts.

Cherry Marshmallow Fluff

Cherry Marshmallow Fluff by House of Faucis
Cherry Marshmallow Fluff by House of Faucis

Now we can bring in those marshmallows. This Cherry Marshmallow Fluff pairs well with a full belly. It’s sweet enough to be a dessert, but light enough to not make you feel like you are going to explode.

That’s it y’all! The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal. No time to make it all yourself? No problem! Just assign each family member to bring one item and send them to this post for the recipe. You will thank me later 😉

What are you making for Thanksgiving?
Do you have your menu prepared?

These lovely bloggers so graciously allowed me to use their images and feature their posts. Be sure to check them out and thank them for contributing to The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal.

5 Things To Prepare For Family Portraits

5 Things To Prepare For Family Portraits

Fall tends to be a busy season for photographers. It’s no wonder why. The weather is great and the changing leaves usually lead to gorgeous backdrops for family portraits. I recently took my family to a local park to update our family portraits.

Whether you are like me and taking the family portraits yourself, or hiring a photographer, I have a few things you should do to prepare for family portraits:

Family Portraits by Aduke Schulist- Back

Outfits

Prepare everything right down to the shoes. Don’t wait until last minute. Start thinking about your outfit choices days in advance. You don’t want to be running around at the last minute looking for a t-shirt or scarf to match the family.

Family Portraits by Aduke Schulist

Stick with 2 colors and one neutral to get the best look possible. Be mindful of patterns. Mix and match these colors between members of your family for a cohesive look that isn’t too cookie cutter.

Attitudes

I’m not sure about your kids, but mine suddenly become fuddy duddies when I whip the camera out and tell them to smile. They moan and groan and complain about how long it’s taking. Get them ready ahead of time and bribe them (I do!) with a nice treat if they cooperate.

Family Portraits by Aduke Schulist- Abby Family Portraits by Aduke Schulist - Kaia Family Portraits by Aduke Schulist- Losh

Or threatening always works too. – I’m only slightly kidding – I told my kids they BETTER cooperate and the quicker they do, they sooner we could be done. Worked like a charm.

Expectations

It helps going into a photo shoot to know what you are wanting. Be prepared with a list of poses and ideas. Also, be prepared for the photographer to suggest other ideas that may be more flattering, or better suited for the location/lighting available.

Family Portraits by Aduke Schulist- Group Shot

Know that not every image snapped will be one worth sharing. Eye may be closed, or the focus may be slightly off. Before moving on from a much desired pose, take a peek at the image to make sure it’s suitable.

Location

Do a little research beforehand to know if any permits are required or if the location you are using has already been reserved. Keep in mind that it is illegal and considered trespassing to shoot where you do not have permission.

This job is usually left up to the photographer, but I have increasingly seen photographers shooting at illegal locations, or not receiving permission or permits prior to the shoot.

Equipment

Finally, and especially important if you are taking the portraits yourself, prepare your equipment. Charge those batteries, clear those cards, and make sure you have every thing you need to complete the shoot, including those pesky tripod clips that always seem to walk off.

Before you walk out the door, take inventory to make sure it’s all there.

Family Portraits by Aduke Schulist- Back copy

That’s it! Follow these 5 steps and you will be prepared for your family portraits.

If you are in Central Arkansas and need your family portraits updated, let’s talk! You can find my photography page on Facebook here.

Have you had family portraits done recently?
I took my family and got all the images you see in this post this past week. Prior to that, 2013 was the last time we had portraits done! Yikes!!