Cornbread Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Do you still need a good cornbread stuffing recipe for tomorrow? Well, I just finished the stuffing for tomorrow’s big day! It’s really easy to make for Thanksgiving or any occasion for that matter. Don’t stress, try this cornbread stuffing recipe!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Box of Jiffy Cornbread Mix (follow the directions and bake)
  • 1/2 a Large White Onion or 1 Small White Onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 10 baby carrots sliced or 3 regular sized carrots sliced
  • 5 baby bella mushrooms (can be omitted)
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 can of chicken stock for same day bake (I used Swanson) (or 2 if you plan to make it the day before)
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil (any is fine, I used Trader Joe’s brand)
  • Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oregano

DIRECTIONS:

STEP ONE:

Bake you Jiffy cornbread mix for 20 minutes and let it sit out to completely cool. This will easily be achieved by the time you’re finished cooking the veggies.

STEP TWO:

Chop and mince the onion, carrots, and celery and place them in the butter and olive oil mix in a medium preheated skillet. Allow them to ‘sweat’ until the onion is translucent and the carrots and celery mix isn’t too hard. Like the image below:


STEP FOUR:

Add the chopped bell peppers and baby bella mushrooms with the seasoning. (Notice how translucent the carrot, celery, and onion mix is already.)


STEP FIVE:

You will notice the veggie blend will have become kind of mushy after about 20 minutes at a medium heat. Now you will want to add your can of chicken stock to the mix and raise the temperature to a medium-high heat and semi reduce it like the photo below. Remember that cornbread mix you left to cool? Now it’s the best time to crumble it in the final serving dish you will use, also pictured below.




STEP SIX:

Once reduced add the mix to the top of the crumbled cornbread mix and then mix. Pictures below:





AND IT’S DONE!

You will want to pop it into the oven to keep warm and brown the top portion a bit for 15 minutes at 350*F. If you were doing this the night before like I did, you would have to add about 1/4 of a cup of chicken stock to moisten it the stuffing and in the oven for 30-minutes or until completely warm through.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Felipa xoxo

Bloggers: Make Your Canon be Your Own Photographer

Do you have a Canon T5 and can’t use a wireless shutter remote? I have the solution with this neat little CHEAP attachment. I’ll be showing you guys how you can attach it to your Canon T5 also referred to as a Canon 1200 so you can take your own outfit of the days for your blog!

I’ve always struggled but finding people to take my photos for me when I have outfits when going to work or what have you, not for lack of money, just crazy work schedule and keeping up with a blog. I purchased my Canon a few months ago because it was on sale since the T6 and T6i were about to hit stores. However, I decided to go for the T5 instead of T5i, because of the price and not really needing the flip screen at the time. Now here I am a few months down the road needing my photos taken. Well come to find out, the Canon T5 doesn’t have IR available, the radio frequency to allow the user to use those mini wireless shutter remotes to do self-photography.

I really didn’t want to use a wired shutter remote, because you would be able to see the cable and also because they don’t make them long enough. So, after a few hours or research through Google, Amazon, and YouTube, I found out you can buy a kit that contains WIRED transmitter (this connects to your camera) and the wireless remote that controls the shutter. It sounds complicated and intimidating, but it really isn’t!

I bought this kit off of Amazon: VILTORX JY-120-C1 wireless remote shutter release for Canon (This is not an affiliate link at all. This is just the direct link to the product/store I bought it from).
A little bit about the product:

Viltrox remote shutter release JY-120 can be used to operate the camera remotely by the wireless control to reduce camera shakiness and increase the sharpness of the images. Strong interference-resistance capacity and exhausted power consumption design benefit a longer period of use. The frequency is 2.4MHZ, and the product uses AAA battery.

The transmitter portion sits on top of your camera while plugged into the side where a traditional wired remote would be attached, next to the USB & HDMI plug-ins. Turn that on the small remote as well. A side not, the remote is extremely compact that it fits completely in the palm of my hand out of view. A half press of the remote focuses the lens and then a full press will take the photo. The only 2 settings I found it has is single shot or a continuous shot which the remote refers to as ‘BULB’.

The Cost:

$15.99 + $4.50 shipping. I’m not sure how the price changed but still comes out to about the same price I paid. I paid $20.99 with Prime 2-day shipping.

Here is how it looks on my camera:


How the packaging looks:




Final Thoughts:

So I really do love this handy gadget that will allow me to take daily OOTD as well as other subjects. It has a very LONG range! I tested it at by standing about 15 feet away from the camera and it still took pictures. It claims it can take photos from 100 meters. I put my camera on a tripod and snapped away. There is one slight problem, the transmitter covers the pop-up flash, however, everyone knows not to use it and stick with natural outdoor lighting so it’s not a big deal, well at least for me.

Would you consider buying it so you can take your own photos when you don’t have the budget or don’t ever have a great time so that a professional photographer can take your photos? Let me know in the comments below!

Casual Fall Outfit

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Today I shared a quick outfit of the day on my Instagram, so I decided to share where you could find some of the pieces I’m wearing and some that are similar for items that are no longer available to buy.
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How to Make Your Own Acai Bowl

If you’re like me and follow other bloggers or foodies on Instagram or Snapchat, you might have noticed the biggest trend in foods these days are Acai Bowls! So, acai is a Brazillian berry that grows in the Amazon, or so says the packaging and every other article I’ve read online. I went to a local juice bar here in Dallas, or rather, Highland Park called Nektar Juice Bar. It was delicious! However, I had to choose either 3-4 days a week of my usual Starbucks or an acai bowl that’s around $7? I chose the coffee, but I did want to know if I could buy this stuff to make a bowl at home. And guess what? I found it!

I took a trip to my local Whole Foods because after some googling; everyone said that you couldn’t get the actual berry in the states, only in powder or frozen puree. I found the frozen puree in the frozen section at Whole Foods, and later found out they sold the powder at Vitamin Shoppe (this yields more product). It was $5 for a package of 4 acai frozen puree packets. Not bad considering one packet yields one bowl or smoothie. Below is the recipe I used to make my acai bowl.

GETTING STARTED:

First gather all the materials you would like to go in your bowl. Remember you can add anything to it in terms of fruit, but this time, I stuck the similar bowl I tasted at Nektar.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Sambazon – Acai Berry Unsweetened
  • Kind Protein Granola
  • Silk – Cashew Milk
  • Honey
  • Mando Fruit Blend – Unsweetened
  • Roasted coconut
  • Banana (not pictured)
  • Blender

DIRECTIONS:

Use one packet of the Sambazon acai and run it under a little warm water to soften and make it easier to come out of it’s packaging. Then, add that to your blender. Measure 1/2 a cup of the cashew milk and add that to the blender as well. I used Cashew milk in this recipe, but you could also use juice, I recommend CranApple or any other non-dairy milk. The packaging also recommends not use milk, so stick to non-dairy. Add two hand fulls of the frozen fruit into the blender as well. Normally, I would only add half a frozen banana to the mix, but I didn’t have any frozen so I added the frozen fruit. Then add honey for some sweetness. The honey is more to your liking. I added about a tablespoon. And blend. If you see that your blender is having a hard time blending, shake around or and small splash of milk or liquid. You really want to have a thick blend, similar to a Jamba Juice shake.

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS

ACAI BOWL!



Will you all be trying this recipe? Have you ever had an acai bowl before? Let me know in the comments below!

Three Fall Outfit of the Days




I’m lucky enough to be allowed to wear casual clothes to work. And I really couldn’t help myself and started wearing some of my fall wardrobe. Luckily for me, it was pretty chilly in the mornings, and per usual, the office was cold.

Today’s quick post showcases what I wore to work last week. Most of the looks are affordable and I’ll post where you can also get the look!

This first look I’m wearing:





The Second Look is all from Target but all summer clothes that isn’t carried anymore.

However, you can find the grey Abercrombie jeans here.



The Last Look:



What do you guys wear to work? Let me know in the comments below!