Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Breast Cancer Awareness Inspired Makeup

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I wanted to share a few makeup looks I created for Breast Cancer Awareness. I also want to take a moment to thank everyone that left comments on my last post, Surviving Domestic Violence . I appreciate it. That was a very personal experience that I shared on my blog.











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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Surviving Domestic Violence

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

All the name calling and put downs...All the I'm sorrys and I Love you's...All the text messages saying it won't happen again...only for the next time he and I got into an argument it would likely be worse than the last time...

This has to one of most courageous posts that I've posted on blog so far. Domestic violence is a hard subject for me to write or talk about now because today I'm writing about the subject from personal experience. When you hear the words domestic violence most people automatically think physical abuse. I know I used to think that even though I know domestic violence included various types of abuse. In my situation the abuse, was mostly verbal and emotional nonetheless the pain he caused once left me feeling broken, hurt, and feeling insecure.

When you first start talking to someone things are usually go well. I thought to myself what a sweet guy until things started turning ugly with his jealously, lies, and mistreatment. 

I remember one time in particular he was telling me how he doesn't want to see me cry or make me upset, but I just make him so mad. I was sitting there thinking and wow this guy is actually blaming me for the way he mistreats me. I've been called out of my name and any accomplishments I tried to share with him he would either dismiss them or put me down. I was stalked and harassed by him the point that hearing my phone ring would sometimes send me into a state of panic. Even after things were over between us, I was still being cyber bullied, stalked, and harassed. 

I finally got to a place that I said enough was enough. The day I told him I was done with him and truly meant it, I began to take my life back. Even though he has tried various ways to contact me, I haven't talked to him. I can see positive changes in my life. When I think back on all the times I kept taking him back, I was in a place that I don't think I liked myself very much at the time to endure such horrible treatment. When you truly love yourself you won't allow anyone to treat you any kind of way. It's true you can't control what someone says or does to you, but don't have to take that mistreatment. 

I'm not one to share details my love life online because I feel those things are private, but I feel domestic violence is an issue that needs to be addressed more in society. I used to feel embarrassed of how I was being treated, but I had to realize that it wasn't my fault for the way he treated me. I didn't write this post for sympathy and I didn't write this post bash his character. I wanted to write about this topic to share my story and hopefully help those who went through similar experiences (or going through similar experiences know they are not alone, and you have the strength to walk away.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pilar in the Pantry: Chicken Pot Pie

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Chicken pot pie is one of my favorite foods to eat during the Fall and Winter.  Whether I'm fighting a cold, or the weather is cold outside, chicken pot pie is one dish that I don't grow tired of adding to my menu. The only thing is that I usually get chicken pot pie from KFC or Marie Callender's out of the frozen food section in the grocery store. I said to myself why am I always buying a dish that I can probably make?!

That brings us to my latest post, Chicken Pot Pie. This isn't fully my recipe. I used the Pillsbury Online Recipe, but I made various changes. I'll link the recipe if you want to follow Pillsbury recipe HERE



Chicken Pot Pie Filling

- 1/3 cup butter

- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

- 1/2 teaspoon salt

- 1/4 teaspoon pepper

- 1 3/4 cups chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)

- 1/2 cup milk

-  Cooked boneless skinless chicken cut into cubes. I used 4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts that I seasoned and cooked the night before.

- Sweet Peas

- Diced Potaotes slightly softened. I used 5 small peeled yellow potatoes 

- 2  Frozen Deep Dish Pie Crusts


Directions 

1. Heat oven to 425°F. Take frozen deep dish pie crusts out of the freezer.  I find it easier to use the pie crusts of their still frozen once I spoon mixture...see step 3


* If you use refrigerated pie crust, Make pie crusts as directed on box for Two-Crust Pie using 9-inch glass pie pan.



2. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Then stir in flour, salt and pepper until well blended. Gradually stir in broth and milk, cooking and stirring until bubbly and thickened.





3. Stir in chicken, potatoes, and peas into thickened mixture. Remove from heat. Spoon chicken mixture into crust-lined pan. Carefully remove one the pie crusts from the pan to use as a covering. Cut slits in several places in top crust.




4 Bake 30 to 40 minutes and cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. During last 15 to 20 minutes of baking remove strips of foil.



 5. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.


Fresh out of the oven




Enjoy :)


The pot pie that I made came out pretty good. I saw so many different recipes for pot pie, but Pillsbury is the one I chose to use, with various changes as I mentioned earlier. I used cooked boneless skinless chicken breast to give the pie a more homemade touch.


Don't forget to stop by and view My Homemade Apple Pie

October 2017 Posts 

My Life in September 2017

Pilar in the Pantry: Homemade Apple Pie


September 2017 Posts

My Life in August 2017

Patiently Waiting for Fall

Derma E Essentials Radiance Toner and Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil

Being Prepared

Palmer's Goodies

Welcome to the New Beauty and More by Pilar

Happy Birthday Albie!!

Projects with Pilar: Crochet Hats



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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pilar in the Pantry: Homemade Apple Pie

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Today's post is all about Homemade Apple Pie. Is it just me or is apple pie a pie that is welcome at most gatherings that include food? I haven't made a homemade apple pie in so long! Since it's Fall I thought this would be a good time to bake a pie...even though this pie is a year round treat!


There are various ways you can make homemade apple pie. I have two family recipes that I use. For this pie I made a stove top apple gel filling for the pie.


Fresh out of the oven


Delicious


Apple Pie before adding the ice cream.


I usually share recipes that are originally mine, but this is a family recipe. For my next post I'll be sharing a recipe! What's your favorite pie?


October 2017 Post

My Life in September 2017


September 2017 Posts

My Life in August 2017

Patiently Waiting for Fall

Derma E Essentials Radiance Toner and Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil

Being Prepared

Palmer's Goodies

Welcome to the New Beauty and More by Pilar

Happy Birthday Albie!!

Projects with Pilar: Crochet Hats



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Sunday, October 1, 2017

My Life in September 2017

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Another month has come to a close and that means time for my monthly lifestyle post! I'm so proud of myself that next month will mark 1 year I've been doing these types of posts!

Selfies


Ready to wear vampy lipsticks for Fall


Maxi dress mirror selfie


First full faced makeup selfie in over a month


Fall inspired makeup 


The moment you realize how short you are when taking mirror selfies lol


Adding a little glamour to Saturday


Food


Late night fast food run


Food from Labor Day


Banana Pudding from Labor Day


Everyone likes my banana pudding lol. It went pretty quickly.


My favorite jar fruit


Turkey and Cheese Croissant 


Boneless Baked Porkchops in Cream of Mushrorom


Miscellaneous


My new blog layout!


My Fall inspired blanket I made a few years ago. I'll probably take this out in late October or early November for Thanksgiving.


Food prep for bad weather. Thank God Hurricane Irma didn't do much damage in my area.


Goodies from Palmer's


More goodies from Palmer's.  Reviews coming in October 


Relaxation


Early Christmas Decor at one of the local Dollar Tree's


Makeup Life lol


I love couponing and adding to my stockpile! I've been obsessed with Nivea Body Washes!


I used the rest of my extra care bucks and coupons at CVS .


Celebrating my best friend's birthday. As you may have guessed his favorite color is blue. 


I picked up new sketch pads for a few new projects I'll be working on that I want to sketch first. Maybe these upcoming sketches will help me get back into drawing in general lol 


One of my latest crocheted hats


I'm wishing everyone a Happy October!


September 2017 Posts

My Life in August 2017

Patiently Waiting for Fall

Derma E Essentials Radiance Toner and Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil

Being Prepared

Palmer's Goodies

Welcome to the New Beauty and More by Pilar

Happy Birthday Albie!!

Projects with Pilar: Crochet Hats



Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Breast Cancer Awareness Inspired Makeup

Hello Everyone! I wanted to share a few makeup looks I created for Breast Cancer Awareness. I also want to take a moment to thank every...