Friday, June 29, 2012

Homemade Tortillas and Chicken Fajitas

Tonight I decided to tackle homemade tortillas since they seemed easy enough, and make chicken fajitas to go in them. Wow, was I surprised! The tortillas made a huge difference to the meal, and it made me feel better to eat something that had no chemicals or preservatives. They were definitely labor-intensive, but well worth it. I don't think I'll ever buy store tortillas again. This dinner was so delicious, and so filling! Here's a picture of the final product, and then I'll go step-by-step how I made it: 

Yum Yum! :)

Decisions... decisions...

I've made it my goal this summer to find new healthy recipes that I can make from scratch using inexpensive ingredients Seeing as that I have a lot of ideas that I want to try, I've decided to add recipes and food as a main topic of my blog. I will still be reviewing and discussing beauty products, but I'm just going to feature healthy foods just as often! :) 

The hubby and I are on a budget this month, so when we went shopping yesterday, I made sure to get some ingredients and items that could be used in different ways. 

Some of the things I purchased were: 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Easy Simple Pasta Salad

In an effort to be more healthy these days, I've been making a lot at home from scratch. It's also kind of fun to experiment. Now, if I was an experienced blogger, I would have taken pictures of this salad as I made it last night, but alas, I'm sorry, I have no pictures. I promise next time I post a recipe you will have something to look at. 

This is my own recipe-ish, but it was partially inspired by my friend Debbie who always brings the most awesome food items to work for us to consume. (I blame her for about 75% of the weight I've gained in the past 5 years lol.) 


  • 1 pound of pasta (I use the twisty spiral noodles and regular pasta, but you can use whatever. Whole wheat or carb free would probably still taste as good if you want to be healthier.)
  • 1-2 Cucumbers
  • 1-3 Roma tomatoes (depends on how big they are... You could also use grape or cherry tomatoes if you want to be all fancy.)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsalmic vinegar
  • Parmesan cheese (the grated or the powdered kind; it doesn't matter)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder (optional)

What I do:

  1. Cook pasta. It's better if it's a little al dente.
  2. While pasta is cooking, chop up the cucumbers and tomatoes.
  3. When pasta is done, strain and run cold water over the noodles to cool them off (about 1-2 minutes).
  4. Shake off the excess water, and pour pasta into large serving/mixing bowl.
  5. Add veggies on top.
  6. Add olive oil to taste (I start with about 2 tablespoons and add more if needed).
  7. Add balsamic vinegar to taste.
  8. Add Parmesan cheese and salt/pepper to taste, then a pinch or two of garlic powder if desired.
  9. Mix thoroughly and let chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  10. Eat it! :)
You'll probably notice that I'm not too exact with my measurements. That's because I inherited my dad's way with cooking where it's kind of just like toss in whatever until it tastes good. This is a very simple recipe that you could doctor up anyway you'd like too. Experiment with different veggies, dressings, etc. Hope you enjoy! 

Until next time,

Sunday, June 24, 2012

First Topic: Toothpaste

My dental hygienists have all screamed at me when I mention my affinity for Tom's of Maine toothpaste: "But that doesn't have fluoride!!!" which shows you how 1)uneducated or 2)bought by major corporations they are. Tom's does, in fact, have varieties of toothpaste without fluoride, but the majority of them do have it. All you have to do is read the package, people... seriously.

My specific favorite is the Tom's Wicked Fresh fluoride toothpaste in Cool Peppermint, as shown below:

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A New Project

Welcome! This blog will be a place to talk about beauty, products and their ingredients, and general information about being healthy. This is also a place where I can share my views on some of the current beauty practices and products out there today. I might also throw in some random stuff like tips on being frugal and saving money, which is another of my interests.