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Author: Barbie's Bookmarks
I'm a Midwesterner who explores the world via the Internet, books, and movies. I share what I learn whether its beauty tips, health advice, recipes or literature. I'd call this blog a melting pot. I named it Barbie's Bookmarks because I love literature, and I love documenting things I find important in my life.. big and small. Thus, these are my life's bookmarks. I look forward to sharing them with you and learning about your bookmarks as well.
I’m hard to please when it comes to a taco salad. Few places meet my standards because I love to make my own. Here’s one of my favorites.
Ground chicken or turkey
Green onions (optional)
Ortega mild taco sauce
Colby Jack cheese
Blue corn tortilla chips
Reduced calorie sour cream
Brown the ground chicken or turkey and add taco seasoning, following the directions on the packet. While that’s simmering, dice your vegetables. Now it’s time to build your taco salad. I start with the lettuce and add the white or red onion. Scoop on the taco meat, tomatoes, cheese, cilantro, and green onion. I drizzle the Ortega taco sauce on top and spoon on some sour cream and tuck the blue corn tortilla chips around the salad.
On the side, I serve Mateo salsa which I buy at Costco for $5.99 a bottle.
I know you will enjoy this. Feel free to substitute the meat with beans of your choice.
Finally, Birchbox got it right. I like the fact that there wasn’t a theme. No sun or beach items. Solid products I can use all year round. The monthly subscription is just $10, so I got more than my money’s worth.
Coconut and almond oil conditioner and heat protectant. Full-size $23.50
I’m really lovin’ my Ipsy subscription boxes this year. This may be my favorite so far. The theme is Volume Up and Ipsy brought the heat.
Take a look at this bag. Adorable. I really make use of my Ipsy bags. I use them in my purses, car, at work. They’re fun and unique.
Gold and bronze are my favorite makeup colors and Ipsy always delivers. I can’t wait to use this Beauty For Real eyeliner in the color 24 Karat. This is one of those items I’d never get around to buying, so to have it shipped to me and for only $10 a month is a real luxury.
I want to take a moment to point out this info card which features natural hair. This is nice to see. Diversity and inclusion are always good things
Ipsy added Chia Curl by Trissola to this month’s box. It’s great for naturally curly hair. Since I straighten my hair, I will give this to a friend.
The Balm is a favorite company of Ipsy. This month I got the Instain blush. I’ll use this as an eyeshadow instead of a blush.
City Color is a really a really inexpensive brand that packs a lot of color.
On the left is Beach Cottage which is a jade color layered in gold. It looks amazing in person. Next to it, is the Instain blush in the color Pinstripe. You can see how these would look great together as eyeshadows. I’ll be playing around with these all summer.
You know I love me some lipgloss. NYX’s Whipped Fouette is perfect for the summer. The color is Cocoa Bean and it smells like yummy chocolate. It’s a nice muted shade which goes nicely with the bright eye color in this month’s bag.
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One of my favorite restaurants is J. Gumbo’s which offers a New Orleans cuisine. My favorite dish is Bumblebee Stew. Corn, tomatoes, and beans. The combination is amazing. Here’s my version of the recipe. It’s vegetarian and gluten-free.
1 can of sweet yellow corn
1 can of red kidney or black beans
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 medium onion
4 cloves of garlic
Brown rice (optional and prepared separately)
1/2 cup of vegetable stock
Seasonings (Add to taste)
Edward & Sons vegetarian bouillon cube
Fresh ground pepper
Oregano, basil, parsley
Celtic sea salt
Sea Kelp (for the iodine)
Turmeric (just darn good for you)
Mrs. Dash Seasoning salt
Dump everything into one pot, stir, and let the dish simmer on medium low for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Either serve by itself or spoon it over brown rice. Enjoy.
Of course, this month’s Ipsy bag has a summer theme.
I received a clear plastic bag decorated with ice cream cones and fudgesicles. This will be handy at the pool or beach.
This is a repeat from Ipsy. I got this brush last year and it’s perfect for highlighting. I guess I have a spare now. In fact, I’ve received about four Luxie brushes from Ipsy over the months. No complaints here.
This Manna Kadar bronzer and highlighting duo is another duplicate. I think I gave the other one away, so I’ll use this one. On the right side of the picture is a Hikara cream eyeshadow pigment. These pigments rock. A couple of months ago, I received a gold one and it’s one of the most gorgeous golds I’ve ever owned. This month’s cream pigment is a metallic coral pink color. Just swipe it on and go.
I haven’t bought a mascara in years, thanks to Ipsy and Birchbox. I usually receive great quality mascaras. If I don’t like one, I toss it and move on the next.
How can you go wrong with coconut oil?
Nice bag, but I can’t wait to see what June brings. It should be good.
This is a quick meal to put together after work. It’s full of flavor, filling, and gluten-free.
Turkey breast cutlets
1/2 of a medium red pepper
1/2 of a medium green pepper
1 small onion
3 to 4 garlic cloves
1 cup of Chicken broth
Seasonings (add to taste)
Goya Adobo seasoning
3 tbsps of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
2 to 3 tbsps of Bragg Liquid Aminos (Gluten-free)
Mrs. Dash salt-free seasoning
Fresh Ground Pepper
Celtic sea salt
*Tip-If you have time, marinate the turkey in the liquid aminos and apple cider vinegar for at least two to six hours.
Brown turkey cutlets and season with sea salt, pepper, Adobo seasoning and Mrs. Dash. Remove the cutlets from the pan and let them rest.
Cook the vegetables and season them with basil, parsley, and pepper. I sliced my turkey cutlets horizontally like a tenderloin, but you can also cut them into cubes. Put the turkey in with the sautéed veggies and now add the chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, liquid aminos, and Worcestershire sauce. Turn the heat on low for ten minutes, and then turn the heat on high to burn off some of the liquid, allowing the seasonings to coat the meat.
I spoon the Adobo turkey and veggies over brown rice and devour the meal. It’s sooooooo good.