Lately I have been exploring the world of lipsticks from YSL and Mac to Covergirl and NYX. I recently purchased two NYX Matte Lipsticks and I love them! I bought Audrey and Sweet Pink. Sweet Pink is a little out of my comfort zone but I figure it would look amazing with a little black dress. The colors go on smooth and are very pigmented. My lips tend to be on the sensitive side, so before I do anything I apply vaseline then the lipstick. These are defiantly worth trying out and the best part is they are only $6. Now off to cook dinner!
A little over 6 weeks ago I became a Starbucks employee. I am going through their RMT (Retail Management Training) program and I am loving every minute of it. So far, I have completed Barista, Shift Supervisor, and Assistant Manager training.
My manager and I devised a schedule that would allow me to work on the floor with the partners majority of the time. She encouraged me to ask questions, talk with the partners about their experiences with the company and customers. What do they love, is there anything they think we could improve on, etc. I was able to create an environment that encouraged open conversation and welcomed suggestions between my fellow partners and myself.
The ability to converse openly with one another is crucial to a productive, and positive environment. This style of management and education is one that I will bring with me wherever I go, and encourage others to do. We learn so much from one another and are able to improve everyday operations by talking openly.
Six weeks later
Six week later, I was launched as an Assistant Manger and placed in a new store. This week was my first week and it has been a “hit the ground with your feet running” time. I love it. Every day I enter the store I know that today I am going to learn something new, work with people who are truly amazing and love what I do. The key here my friends is passion.
When customers ask me what I plan to do with my life, or when do I finish school? I respond with a huge smile saying this is what I want to do, and that I will be pursing a graduate degree in a few years with the help of my company.
Love what you do
I wanted to work for an amazing company who has a passion for it’s partners, customers and the communities that surround it, and I have been fortunate enough to find one. When I look into the future I see myself still working for Starbucks. I may not still be an assistant manager but I know that this is my career and my passion. Why on earth would I let it go?
Happy sunday everyone! Today’s recipe is from Skinnytaste.com. Yes, I know I keep using this website but this recipe was done by a guest blogger from ThePickyEater.com. It was so good, a little light but perfectly portioned. The recipe only takes about 25 minutes, but mine took around an hour. The author used a microwave to bake the potatoes where as I baked them in the oven so the potato would have some caramelization taking place. SO GOOD!
Leftovers side note:
Of course I save all left overs to take to work for lunch or as dinner during the week. The only thing I suggest is to keep the potatoes and the mixed veggies separate until you prep your lunch or dinner.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Happy Eating!
- 4 medium sweet potatoes
- 1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt
- 1tsp taco seasoning
- 1tsp olive oil
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika or smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- a pinch of salt
- 1-1/3 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup mild or spicy salsa
- 1/2 cup reduced fat Mexican cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped scallions or cilantro
- Heat oil in a medium pot over medium head
- Add peppers, onions, chili powder, paprika cumin and salt. Cook until onions have caramelized (5 minutes)
- Add black beans, stir to combined heat through ( 5 minutes)
- Poke holes in the potato with a fork, cook on your microwave’s potato setting or soft until cooked through (8- 10 minutes on high)
- If you want to use a oven, bake for about 45 minutes on 400*F
Servings Breakdown: 4 Servings- info on servings is below
- Servings: 1 potato
- Calories: 307
- Fat: 5g
- Carb: 53g
- Fiber: 10.5g
- Protein: 15g
- Sugar 1g
- Sodium: 312mg (without salt)
It is official, I am obsessed with Skinnytaste.com. This is my 3rd recipe from the website and a huge success! I made the Crock Pot Sesame Honey Chicken last week and I died. The recipe calls for Sriracha which worried me a little since I don’t eat a lot of spicy/hot food, but I didn’t even notice it. I highly suggest this recipe to anyone that wants to make a really healthy dinner but only spend 15 to 20 minutes preparing it, then letting the crock pot do the rest of the work. I put it over brown rice, but it is so versatile. You can make tacos, lettuce wraps, really anything that your heart desires.
Sorry for the bad picture!
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast ( I only used 1.5)
- black pepper, to taste
- 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce (tamari for gluten-free)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp sriracha hot chili sauce, or more to taste
- 1 heaping tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds ( I could not find these in the store so mine didn’t have any)
- 2 medium scallions, chopped for garnish
- Place the chicken in the slower cooker and add some ground black pepper
- Use a medium bowl to mix in the soy sauce, honey, tomato paste, vinegar, garlic, 1 tsp water, sesame oil, onion powder and sriracha hot chili sauce. (add a little extra sriracha if you want a tiny more spice)
- Pour this over the chicken and turn on low for 3 to 4 hours. ( I did 4 and the chicken just fell apart, it was perfect!)
- Remove chicken, leaving the sauce in the slow cooker. Shred chicken with two forks;set aside.
- In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in remaining 1/4 cup water; add to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on HIGH until slightly thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes; return chicken to the slow cooker and mix well. ( I read this completely wrong while making mine and added the corn starch to the original ingredients. It still turned out good so feel free to experiment!)
- Serve chicken and sauce over rice and top with sesame seeds and chopped scallions for garnish.
Servings Breakdown: 8 Servings- info below is per serving
- about 2/3 a cup per serving
- Calories: 185.5
- Fat: 2g
- Protein: 27g
- Carbs: 13.5g
- Fiber: 0.7g
- Sugar: 10g
- Sodium: 504mg
You can’t plan your life, embrace the changes and help shape your future. As my favorite author Mitch Joel says “embrace the squiggle.”