Beauty & Skincare, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Birthday giveaway !

So it’s my birthday week and I just had to do a giveaway!

If you’ve been following me you know I LOVE Maskcara Beauty products. I’ve been a makeup artist with Maskcara for 18 months now and it’s been so fun!!

In honor of birthday month I want to giveaway a free eyeshadow… your choice!!

Head over to my Maskcara Instagram page to see the details : @christynaustin

I hope you’re the winner!!

To shop my favorite makeup line, click here.

Beautiful eyeshadow combo!

(Disclaimer : I can only ship to the US and Canada, so sorry!)

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, kids, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

10 Facts that Most People Don’t know about Me…

1- I like most genres of music, and can remember lyrics to songs better than I can remember my social security number or my address.

2- I get Separation Anxiety when I’m away from my kids for too long. I have not left all three kids for an overnight trip and don’t know when I will.

3- When I was about 14 months old I contracted pneumonia and was placed in an oxygen tent… doctors were worried I would not survive.

4- I don’t like buying socks. I’d rather spend money on cute shirts or pants etc.

5- I’m scared to swim in the ocean.

6- My favorite candy bar is Reese’s, but I do not like Reese’s pieces.

7- I’m a Germaphobe… I wash my hands a lot.

8- I got my first cavity at 27 years old.

9- Textures bother me— when someone runs their hands across the carpet it wigs me out for some reason ?!

10. My favorite home cooked meal is roast beef and potatoes and gravy.

Me with my family at home… our favorite place to be!

Sometimes it’s fun to learn about people this way. I’ve had my blog now for about 18 months and it’s been a lot of fun!

Thanks to all my followers .. I couldn’t keep going without you!

I would love to hear some random facts about you as well, just comment below.

Until next time,

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Gluten-Free, Recipes, Uncategorized

Gluten-Free Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Gluten-Free Sweet & Sour Meatballs are a family favorite around our house.

This recipe is tasty and delicious. Hopefully you enjoy this gluten-free meal, and remember if you don’t need it gluten free you can just swap out the gluten free breadcrumbs for regular.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 lb hamburger

1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs

1/4 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons Braggs Liquid Aminos

1 egg

Black pepper to taste

8 ounces crushed pineapple (reserve juices)

Sauce ingredients:

With reserves pineapple juice, add water to get 1 1/2 cups of water and pineapple juice mixed together.

2 teaspoons liquid aminos

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 Tablespoons vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Create a cornstarch slurry with 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed

Sauce instructions:

1. In a saucepan combine all ingredients and stir constantly for 5-10 minutes over medium heat.

2. Once the sauce has thickened a bit it is ready to be poured over the meatballs.

Directions for Meatballs:

1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl (do not include reserves pineapple juice). Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix ingredients together well with your hands.(gloves)

Meatball mixture

3. Form meatballs into circles … just a bit smaller than a golfball.

4. Place meatballs on cookie sheet pan.

5. Place meatballs in oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

6. Take meatballs out of the oven .. pour sauce mixture over meatballs and cook for another 5 minutes.

7. Serve meatballs over rice or noodles.

8. Enjoy your meal!

*Yields abt 15-20 meatballs*

I hope you enjoy eating a tasty gluten free meal!

Until next time,

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Lifestyle, Recipes, Uncategorized

7 Kitchen Tools & Gadgets that I love!

Here are 7 Kitchen Tools & Gadgets that I love!

I enjoy finding new tools and gadgets that can help being in the kitchen more fun and productive.

Here is the list of gadgets that I discuss:

1- Zing!

The zing is a great tool for cutting up breads and brownies etc. I use this tool constantly.

Here’s the sad news… right now with Covid 19 you can’t find the zing! However, I will continue to keep you updated as it comes back in stock.

2- Collapsible Measuring Cups

Collapsible Measuing cups are so helpful to keep kitchen drawers tidy and organized organized.

Click here to purchase

Price to purchase this off Amazon $9.97

3- Adjust-a-Spoon

This tool is an easy and simple way to measure! You’ll love cooking with this great tool.

This product is $5.99 from Bed, Bath, and Beyond

To purchase this click here

4- Gygi Brownie Spatula

I love this brownie spatula and we use it for more than just brownies!

The price is only $1.49 for this useful product.

To purchase this spatula, click here

5. Cuisinart Apple Corer

This fun apple corer is a great way to make fruit salads easier, and if you have kids, it’s a quick way to make apple wheels.

One of the best prices I found for this product was from Bed, Bath and Beyond for only $6.99

To purchase this product click here

6- Pampered Chef Mix’ n’ Chop

This mix n chop tool is my very favorite to use for ground beef or sausage. Really, you can use this mix n chop for many different things while cooking.

This mix n’ chop costs $15.00 and I feel that it’s worth every penny!

To purchase this item click here

7. Rachel Ray EVOO dispenser

I wondered how useful this olive oil dispenser would be … and I’ll tell you I use it about every day.

It pours the oil easily and just comes out with the perfect amount for measuring.

I love this kitchen item and I also think the design looks pretty left out next to the stove.

I found this item at a decent price on overstock.com for $21.99 plus FREE shipping!

Click here to purchase this awesome dispenser.

Now it’s your turn … what kitchen tool or gadget would you suggest to me?

I’m sure this will be an ongoing topic on the blog!

Until next time,

Xoxo

Christy Lee

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Day 16: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

You still have just over a week to find the perfect gift for dad … hopefully one of these posts has helped!

Today’s gift ideas is not only useful .. but hopefully one of those gifts that will last for a long time!

This Buffalo Leather Toiletry Traveling Bag is sure to be a favorite of dads for many years to come!

The quality of the bag looks amazing, and the different compartments would make this bag perfect for traveling!

I personally love the sleek look of this bag as well.

To purchase this bag click here

This bag costs $34.99 with FREE shipping!

More to come tomorrow!

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Day 12: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

This particular gift idea was hand-picked by my husband so it’s sure to be a great idea right ?

For the handy-man dad that’s is always fixing and repairing … get him this awesome custom leather craft tool bag!

We found this tool bag on Amazon for only $13.99 plus shipping.

My husband liked the the brand quality and the fact that it had 3 pockets!

If this is something your husband would enjoy as well, click here to get it shipped this week!

More coming tomorrow!

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

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A Favorite Book on Organization that You Will Love & Enjoy!

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Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!

 

I picked up this book “The Complete Book of Home Organization” over a year ago at Sam’s Club. I love this book and am SOOO glad I bought my own copy so that I can refer back to it, mark it up, and continue learning from this great book on organizing your house.

The author, Toni Hammersley has some great ideas as to how to not only organize your home, but how to KEEP it organized. Screen Shot 2020-04-14 at 2.23.23 PM

Hammersley breaks down how to organize each room in your house and is very specific with ideas that can be a big “game-changer” when it comes to not having clutter everywhere. 

Currently I looked and found this book on Amazon for $11.98 which is a great price. 

If you are up for organizing during this time of quarantine, click here to purchase the book.

And as always, I would love to hear some of your favorite organizing books!

 

Until Next Time,

 

xoxo,

 

Christy Lee

Family, Food, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

What I Have In My Gluten-Free Cold Storage

Here’s what I have in my gluten-free cold storage.

As a family we always try to be prepared with food on hand “just in case” there is a food crisis.

For those that are gluten- free or have a food allergy, I highly suggest making sure you have enough food on hand just in case something happened and there was no place to buy gluten-free food.

I also suggest swapping out food items every 6-12 months to keep your food up to date. 

Below you will see the youtube link for this video. Also below, you will see the written list of gluten-free items I keep in my gluten-free food storage. I hope this can be helpful to you or someone you know that has to eat gluten free!

 

 

 

Here is what I have in my Gluten-Free Cold Storage :

  • G-Free Chicken Stock
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Popcorn
  • Rice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Applesauce
  • Progresso Soups (G-free labeled)
  • Potatoes
  • Canned Fruit
  • Black Beans
  • Variety Pack of Nuts
  • Hard Candy or Hi-Chews
  • Sugar
  • Corn Chips
  • Pudding Packs
  • Freeze dried fruit or veggies
  • Honey
  • G-free Protein Bars
  • Tuna Fish
  • Canned Corn
  • Salsa
  • Craisins
  • Potato Chips

 

 

As always, I would love your insight! What other items should I put in my food storage? Are you prepared yet? Right now is a great time to get prepared with food storage!

 

Until next time,

 

xoxo, Christy Lee

 

Food, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Bars

 

This cookie recipe is a family favorite!

The peanut butter combined with the chocolate and drizzled over with a powdered sugar/peanut butter mixture is amazing! 

Of course it is gluten-free, BUT if you want to make it regular, just switch to regular flour, take out the xanthum gum, and do 2 cups of quick oats instead. 

If you need a yummy gluten-free treat I think you will enjoy this.

 

If you want to watch this step-by-step my Youtube video link of this is below.

 

Please share and I hope you have fun baking!

 

 

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter (softened)

1 cup white sugar

1cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

2 cups quick oats

milk chocolate chips (At least a cup, to your liking)

 

Ingredients for drizzled topping: 

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons peanut butter

milk (to desired texture)

 

 

edited peanut butter bars

 

Instructions: 

  1. Mix ingredients in order listed above, mixing each time. 
  2. Pour cookie mixture into one cookie sheet and flatten out until even. 
  3. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  4. While baking combine the drizzled topping ingredients, stir altogether. Texture should pour onto cookies easily (however too runny doesn’t work very well). 
  5. As soon as you take the hot cookie bar out of the oven, dump chocolate chips across the cookie sheet. 
  6. Chocolate chips should begin melting, start to spread the chocolate across the entire peanut butter layer with a butter knife. 
  7. Once chocolate layer is spread out, drizzle the powdered sugar topping over the top. 
  8. Allow to set for a few minutes. 
  9. Enjoy!!

I hope you LOVE this recipe as much as we do. And as always, comment below with any other gluten-free baked goods I should try out.

 

Until next time,

 

xoxo,

 

Christy Lee

 

Food, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Delicious Gluten-free Taco Chicken Dish

This Taco Chicken dish has been a family favorite for many years. Even better, I didn’t have to change a thing to make it Gluten-free!

Also, you can always throw in ingredients that your family may like too…red pepper, cilantro, sour cream, etc…

What I love about this recipe is that it is very easy to make, and using the slow-cooker makes it even easier!

If you are interested in watching this step-by-step, here is my youtube video for this recipe. You can find me on youtube at:  christyleepixx

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 chicken breast
  • Pepper
  • Lawry’s seasoning salt
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1/2-1 cup salsa (Picante)
  • 1 package cream cheese (Philadelphia)
  • shredded cheese
  • corn chips

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Instructions: 

  1. Spray the bottom of a  slow-cooker with cooking spray. Add 4-6 chicken breasts. Sprinkle pepper and seasoning salt over the chicken. Add 1/3 cup chicken broth, and 1/3 cup brown sugar. 
  2. Close lid. Cook on low for 4-6 hours (until the chicken is tender enough to shred). 
  3. Shred chicken.
  4. Make sure to leave the broth and juices in the crockpot, return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker. 
  5. Add the following to the slow cooker: beans, corn, salsa, cream cheese. 
  6. Mix together, make sure to cover the cream cheese well. (Cover again with lid)
  7. Continue to cook these items on low for about 30-45 minutes until the cream cheese is melted. 
  8. Dish up and sprinkle cheese and crushed tortilla chips on top. 
  9. Eat and Enjoy!

 

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So I am curious, besides shredded cheese and corn chips, is there anything else you would add to this dish?

 

Next Friday I will be back with another segment of “Gluten-free Friday Flavors”

 

Until Next Time,

 

xoxo,

 

Christy Lee