Saturday, October 24, 2015

Girls Will Cook/The Art of Fall: Caramel Popcorn

Welcome to my fall series!

I hope you enjoy this recipe for caramel popcorn just as much as I do. It's easy to make and super yummy to eat. The directions should be easy to understand because it ties in with the Girls Will Cook series, and through that series you can find easy recipes. But, if you have any questions, comment down below or send me an email at

Caramel Popcorn

Makes 20 servings

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 20 cups popped popcorn  

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Place popped popcorn in a large bowl.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove the pot from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour a thin stream of the caramel mixture over popcorn, stir to coat the popcorn.

Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

Thank You for reading! Come back for more recipe posts and more posts from The Art Of Fall.

XO AnnaD

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

5 Different Ways To Wear a White Dress

Hey guys!

I recently just purchased a new dress, and I'm so excited to share my ideas that involve it It's egg-shelled colored and is semi lacy. It's super easy to work with, and it's something that I've really needed. The greatest thing about this dress is that it can be used as a base for jackets and accessories.

After playing around with the different styles I could create with the dress I've decided that everybody needs a dress like this. So if you're looking for one that's similar to the one I have, look at Target, that's where this dress is from. Everyone of the outfits I've created can be re-created with a plain white dress. I would love to see these outfits re-created! Send me your pics at
For this first outfit, I have a red belt buckled around the waist and simply tied a navy blue polka dot scarf in a bow around the neck. When I see this outfit I automatically think of Titanic. Th style from Titanic makes me think nothing of this outfit, but more of traveling by sea.

The second outfit I put together is very simple as it just has a flannel thrown on over the dress. I wish I had used the red belt again in this outfit to complete it, because it doesn't look finished. But you can imagine it's on the dress just like I'm doing. Anyways, there is a more country look created with the flannel and I would love to see this outfit with cowboy boots!

The way I put together this outfit is kind of tricky because the sweater over the dress. This sweater is not naturally cropped so you have to roll the bottom in a certain way for it not to look strange. Then the belt has to be put on slightly but not all the way over the sweater. This outfit creates another Country Chic look that will be worn in the fall. 

The trick with this outfit is putting on the cardigan before the belt. It will help the belt stand out and keep the cardigan out of the way. I just love this cardigan, and so many others do too. My sister once tried to smuggle it out of my room when I wouldn't let her have it. I just absolutely love the way cardigan falls over the dress, it's almost cascading.

You can see that I love this belt because it's reappearing again, and I try to never do that sort of thing. This is another Country Chic look with the jean jacket vest over this belt. I believe with all my heart that this belt makes anything look country. 

Come back on Saturday for the Art Of Fall post! 

XO AnnaD

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Art Of Fall: Formal Eye-Makeup

Hey guys! An update for this fall series:  There are a lot of recipe ideas that I want to post for The Art Of Fall but I don't want to be constantly posting recipes, so give me some ideas of what you want to see and I'll try to make it happen. Some of the ideas I will be posting can be altered to fit into many other seasons, you should keep an eye out for those posts.

Every post I've done for makeup has always been natural, but every eye-makeup tutorial from now on for the fall season, will not be natural themed. This tutorials are for dances, formals, costumes, etc. The eye-makeup tutorial I am posting today can be used whenever. I usually wear this at dances, parties, and special occasions.

You may not be able to find the same palette I'm using, but just be creative! Your eye-makeup doesn't have to turn out exactly the same as mine, and it might not even if you do have the same palettes and shades of eye-shadow.

Let's get started!

What you will need:

  • Eye lash curler
  • Mascara
  • Eye shadow brush (this is not an eye shadow sponge brush)
  • Eye shadow blending brush
  • Eyeliner pen or liquid (for a smooth finish rather than chalky finish you would get with a pencil)
  • Cream eye shadow slightly shimmery (# 2 This color that I used is from Destination Sunshine palette by Lancome)
  • Gold eye shadow with shimmer (# 1 This color that I used is from Destination Sunshine palette by Lancome)
  • Plain bronze eye shadow (# 3 This color that I used is from Destination Sunshine palette by Lancome)
  • Chocolate colored brown slightly shimmery (# 4 This color that I used is from Destination Sunshine palette by Lancome)
  • White eye shadow (# 5)
  • Eyelid primer, concealer, or moisturizer
  • Face wash

How to apply:

(The eye shadows have been numbered so the names/shade won't be in the directions. You can find them above.)

Always before we put makeup on we should wash our faces and moisturize. I've never said that before, but I know now that not everyone does that. Washes our faces before we put on makeup cleans out our pores and gets the germs off our faces, putting up a barrier against rashes. Also, you won't have to wash your brushes as much.

After you have that out of the way, gently rub in the primer or concealer to the eyelid. If you already moisturized you can choose to skip this step. Using the eye shadow brush, apply eye shadow #1 on the eyelid, blend this color upward towards the end of the eyebrow. Changing to the blending brush, blend eye shadow #2 from the inner corner of the eyelid to mid-lid.

Switch back to the eye shadow brush now, because we're going to do a little contouring on the eyelid. Take eye shadow #3 and work into the crease starting right above mid-lid and going down stopping right before you make it to the out corner of the eye. Now you can blend the eye shadow up towards the end of the brow. Don't go all the way to the brow, stop about half way to it. Now blend eye shadow #5 from the arch of the eyebrow slightly downwards. What we are doing with eye shadow #3 and #5 is highlighting and bronzing, which is a very easy way to make the eye makeup stand out.

Use the blending brush to apply and blend in eye shadow #4 into the crease. This color should appear very dark when first applied, but should blend into the other shades nicely. Only blend this color into the crease. The eye shadows are finished.

Before we move onto the eyeliner, curl the lashes. For the eyeliner, you will want to start with a very thin line along the lash line. As you move towards the corner of the eye, thicken the line. Wing the eyeliner up so it points to the end of the eyebrow.

Coat the lashes in mascara once or twice and you are finished!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, come back next Saturday for another fall post!

XO AnnaD

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Art of Fall: Special Spice Pancakes

Hello Everyone!

This is a post for my new fall series, The Art Of Fall, that appears every saturday from Oct. 10 - Nov. 22. I hope you will enjoy it and give me feedback and ideas for other posts like this! Keep reading for a special treat you can use during Fall.

The recipe parts of this fall series I am doing also goes with my Girls Will Cook series I started awhile ago. You can find extra tips to help you get through this cooking experience and to help the food come out right here.

My mom makes the best pancakes ever. They always have different spices and stuff in them that fit the season or occasion. The ones she's been making lately have so much flavor, and so many spices! The pancakes make you feel like it's fall, even if the day is so hot you're getting scorched from under the air vent, or the day is so cold snow is falling inside the oven, these pancakes will help you get in the spirit of fall.

My mom doesn't measure anything, she just throws stuff in the batter. I measured the amount of the actual spices to make it easier. It's okay for you to throw in stuff too, but I recommend starting small just so that you don't ruin the pancakes ;)

Special Spice Pancakes:

Makes 6-7 pancakes

1/2 - 3/4 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of melted butter
1 egg
1 cup of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of allspice
1/2 teapsoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
(optional) a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice


In a mixing bowl, beat milk, eggs, and butter. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. Stir in the all spice, vanilla, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.

Place frying pan on stove at medium heat and slighty grease. Pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto pan. Flip the pancake after about 3-6 minutes or when golden brown. Both sides should be golden when the pancake has been taken off the heat.

Pour syrup over your pancakes and enjoy! I hope you like this recipe and you find it easy enough. If you have any questions, you can contact me at Thanks for reading!

XO AnnaD

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

My Weekend and a New Fall Series!

Hey guys! You would not be able understand how hectic my weekend has been. My parents hosted one of their famous "Meat Parties." Yes, meat. We always have ribs, pork butt, and lots of other things too (we even had lamb this time along with Mongolian beef)! Also another thing that was happening that same night was the Candyland Dance at my Co-op.

Although sadly enough, I wasn't able to make it to the dance or enjoy the meat night as much as usual because I had been sick all Thursday night and most of Friday. Ugh, it was horrible. But I was recovered enough to eat some of the delicious food people brought. It was very good!

With this meat party came the some nice weather and it reminded me that it is actually fall in was actually fall in some places! Even though it might not be so cool outside as other places, it definitely got me in the spirit.

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year (the other is spring). I love the crisp air, the apples, the pumpkin spice, and of course the decorations! And I love it so much that I will be doing a fall series starting October 10 and ending November 21. The posts will occur on Saturdays and they will be geared towards everything fall including the holidays in the fall considered season (i.e. Thanksgiving, and for some, Halloween).

I am so excited to get started on this series and I can't wait to get started with all of you!

XO AnnaD