Monday, 30 June 2014

Fourth of July Makeup Inspiration

Hello beauties!

Welcome back to the Couch! Hope your weekend was fantastic! I don't have a weekend in pictures for you today, because I seriously didn't actually think about taking pictures on top of everything else. :P But if all goes well, I'll have a WIP for you next week.

Because it's July this week, I thought I'd help you prep for the fourth of July! In the spirit of Independence Day, I've rounded up some amazing makeup looks for today's post, and nail art for tomorrow's. Some of these are pretty wearable, but others are more over the top.

Have a look at this!

Are you planning something for the 4th of July? Lemme know!

Have a fantabulous week, folks!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


Friday, 27 June 2014

June favourites

Hello Beauties!

It's favourites time! So sit back, relax and take a look at these (which, as always, can all be found on my Pinterest, and don't belong to me, except if otherwise stated.).

The song of the month is Raging Fire by Phillip Phillips.

My beauty favourites are these three. The makeup and hair favourites have been featured before, but the nail one hasn't. I think it's beautiful!!

My art favourites are these ones. Incredible! I especially love the first one!!

Top : bullfinch by Semcool.
Bottom : A pirate's life for me by nataliadsw. She also has a really incredible step-by-step on how she made this cutie!

Top : Toh by albertoguerra.
Bottom : Hope by Yuuza.

My favourite photographs of the month are these ones.

This may well be one of the most incredible photos I've seen in my entire life!! It's called 'Morning light reflected in a soap bubble' and it's by Odinodin.

I love the vampirish feel of this next one. Vampire stories by VeroNArt.

These following photos are by Liani. You know, my bestie! Find here at these places : Her blog and LF Photography. She took these the other day while we visited with them. LOVE LOVE LOVE these!! (she also did my makeup)

My personal photographs of the month that I adore are these ones (which obviously belong to me :P)

The place I want to visit the most this month is this one.

It's a photo of the Angel Place Birdcages in Sydney, Australia. This incredible photo is by Jason Baker. I feel a scene in a novel coming on when I look at this picture. The wheels in my head are turning so quickly, smoke is coming out of my ears... :)

These following pics are of some pretty cool crafts for the month!!

Some funnies to make you smile.

These are the two shows we've been watching most this month. I'm bummed that Crisis has been canned, but I cannot wait to see who wins Hell's Kitchen. Personally, I'm hoping it's either Joy or Rochelle!!

And then as a final thought, my steampunk image of the month is this one. It's more because of that outfit and pigtails than anything else!!! LOVE IT!!

I don't have a book of the month this month. Let's just say my book of the month is the one I'm writing and leave it at that. You can always go and download this one for free!!

And that's all from my side this week. Have a fantastic weekend folks! I hear it's going to be a cold one in South Africa, so stay warm. :)

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals, 


Thursday, 26 June 2014

Easy Peasy Chicken Stew

Hello beauties!

Whew, it's been a long time since I shared a recipe with you! I've been promising to upload this post for a while now, but there were so many other cool stuff I wanted to share, that I've only gotten around to it now. Must be all the Hell's Kitchen I've been watching... :)

With a baby in the house it's sometimes difficult to prep food, let me tell you. But for some reason, she slept right through this session, and actually allowed me some time for photos as well! Mind. Blown.

Anyway, it's a really easy stew recipe, which anyone can make. I did cook mine in a slow cooker, but you can cook this in a normal pot on very low heat, or a crock pot as well. Let's get to it!

What you'll need :

* 500g of chicken, cubed
* Stew Vegetables of your choosing. I used 4 medium potatoes, 4 medium carrots and 3 medium sweet potatoes.
* 1 Large onion
* 1 Bell pepper (I used a green one)
* Chicken stock (I used a Robertson's chicken stock pot)
* 1 Packet (50g) of white onion soup
* 750ml Milk / cream
* 1 Tablespoon of oil
* Spices of your choice

Step One :

Chop up your onion and pepper, and then fry it in a pan with the oil. As always, fry until the onion is golden in colour.

While the onion and pepper are on the stove, cube the chicken.

Add the chicken to the pan and fry until the meat is no longer pink. AKA, white in colour. You don't have to fully cook the chicken, you just don't want it completely raw anymore.

 Step Two :

When you've removed the chicken from the heat (or while you're frying the chicken, you multi-tasker-you!) peel and cube the veggies.

You can use any ol' veggies you like. Jan doesn't eat the good stuff, like butternut, pumpkin or any flipping thing that works well in a stew, for that matter. So I stuck with the things he's willing to consume.

You, my friend, can add whatever the heck you want!

I will say this. I wanted to put in some sweet corn closer to the end of cooking, but I forgot.

 Step Three :

Add all of the ingredients to your slow cooker.

I like to layer my food so the meat is on the bottom, then the veggies. This is just a quirk of mine, you don't have to do it.

Pour the milk over the mixture and add the chicken stock.

Spice to taste.

 Step Four :

Cook the stew.

I had mine on the high setting for about two hours before I added the onion soup to the mixture (just dissolve it in a little water).

Keep in mind that you don't want to be constantly opening the stew in the slow cooker. It loses heat like mad if you do. Just check on it every hour or so, stir once or twice, and let it go. Like Elsa.

Let it cook for 5-6 hours, and serve nice and warm with a bit of rice. I cooked up some beetroot as a side dish. We ate like kings!

Just a side note here, this stuff also makes a really delicious pie filling. So if you end up with too much stew (psh, too much stew... Hahaha!), you can always slap a crust around it and you have pot pie.

This recipe also works damn well with other kinds of meat! We made a lamb stew with the same veggies a while back, which was delicious.

And that's it from me for today. Come back tomorrow for my monthly favourites.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,