We Tried Making Three Drinks

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Hey, drink responsibly! We’re all more isolated which can make alcohol seem like a fun thing to do, just be cautious. Look I know it might sound condescending or like I’m your mother but if you have any problems or even if this post seems too seducing for you, I suggest going here.

 

I wanted to take a breather from beauty stuff and seeing as we have terrible weather for photography for food (like my food photography is great on here anyway) I thought let’s make some drinks.
So the search was on for some drinks that 1- we like and 2- don’t have many ingredients, since this isn’t a boozy place and I don’t want numerous bottles collecting dust.
Then I remembered that a few weeks ago in my recommended on YouTube, we watched this Epicurious video on how to mix every cocktail and two things emerged while watching it-

  1. The Evil Assistant hasn’t had many cocktails, if any.
  2. Even though it isn’t a cocktail, I really wanted a mimosa. It was 10pm at night.

 

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Let’s Make Some Stuff Out of Aloe Vera

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We have way too much aloe vera in this house. It’s great for when we’re sunburnt, but honestly, we’re not baking out in the sun. I’m not confident enough to consume it in any fashion yet as there are health and medication issues I need to look at as well as the yellow ‘aloin’ layer that’s very very not good for you.
Other than that, I have some empty jars and bottles, so I thought, hey, the aloe’s spread to three full pots now I might as well use the damn thing.

 

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Let’s limp into 2020 by Saying Goodbye to Half-Dead 2019!

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It’s been a damn doozy of a year, hasn’t it? What’re some of the stuff we’ve done around here? Well…
This year we made a lot of food, starting with sweet and savoury chickpeas to snack on and our personal favourite around here, Feta Me Meli for some sweet and crispy feta goodness. We also kept the sweet treat train going with three-ingredient mousse and apple galettes. Look I’m not one to toot my own horn but TOOT-DAMN-TOOT these apple galettes are so damn good, especially with maple. But let’s not forget Halloween month where we worked with apples again and made black caramel apples then a spooky platter with sweet, salty and savoury to enjoy before topping it off with some Bat Outta Meatloaf.

 

Speaking of Halloween, we also did some fancy nail effects- reptilian, dragonlike scale claw nails and branded/scorched ‘cross’ nails. I also shared some of the US-based places I’d love to go to for Halloween!

 

We also started a YouTube channel of the highest quality! It included a little summer makeup chuck, kit or keep and reviews of Sephora’s Gimme Some Lip pack and a Brand Spotlight of FLOWER Beauty. Not only did we do another review, this time for NARS lipstick pencils, but we also listed some realistic ways to take some years off (if you so feel the need to) and just posted a simple skincare routine.

 

Yes, I also had to share my love of Marvel by reviewing Sephora’s awesome brushes and giving some [read: ranting] theories on who would live vs die in Avengers: Endgame – and some I was actually right about!

Finally, I nudged you to try to use Pinterest’s secret boards and cooed over the Peace Island game, which is where I got the cute postcards from above!

 

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One of our last posts this year was to give you some tips in summer blackouts, but really for any blackouts. Unfortunately, I was editing the post just as we were devastated by fires here in eastern Australia. The toll on every part of life here has been affected, including animals and their homes. You might have heard how Lewis the koala had to be put down because of his burns along with half of the koala population in Port Macquarie have died and 80% of their habitat destroyed. While they aren’t “functionally extinct” yet, as previously stated, they do need our help and a great way you can bring awareness or donate is to the Australian Koala Foundation, the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie and Koalas In Care.

 

This is the last from us for 2019! We’ll be back in January 2020 with some new stuff, so for any updates and ramblings, follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Stay safe, eat well and we’ll see you in 2020!

A Spooky Platter Hannibal Lecter Could Enjoy

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It’s still October? You mean Halloween hasn’t happened yet and I still have stuff to post???

 

Hmph. Okay.

 

Today’s post is all about simple stuff for maximum impact.. which is basically the unofficial motto of this site. Is it working smarter not harder? Absolutely not; I don’t feel smart when I’m running on no sleep, TMJ pain and a kid next door dragging something over the wooden deck, all while I attempt to type something remotely coherent.

Aside from all that, we’re going to make a spooky party platter with some props, a lot of ready-made stuff, a few healthy things and – surprisingly – homemade stuff!

 

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DIY ‘Branded’/Scorched Cross Nails for Halloween!

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We’re into the second week of Halloween month and we haven’t done a beauty look yet so let’s do something small that can have maximum impact, branded crosses and scorched nails!

I tried around with different colour combos and so many ways work, but I thought the best ideas can come from what you actually have, so with three popular colours, I’ll show you have to get this effect, plus a little bonus one!

 

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DIY Drink Syrups, Done 3 Ways

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This summer I wanted to try to drastically cut down the number of fizzy drinks in favour of something either more water-like or perhaps make my own refreshing drinks. So for the past few weeks, I’ve been looking at various recipes to quench that thirst*

After a lot of researching I decided to make some berry syrups in three slightly different ways and, hopefully, you’ll love them as much as I do.

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