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I am by no means an expert when it comes to makeup. I am however, pretty decent at putting a face together fast. I don't really like spending a lot of time on makeup and I certainly don't follow all the "rules." Maybe you're like me, or maybe you're at the opposite end of the spectrum and you put on full foundation, primer, setting spray, etc. every single day. Regardless of where you fall on the makeup wearing spectrum, I hope you will find my tips for 5 minute makeup helpful. First things first, if you haven't already, make sure you've read our 5 minute skin care post so that your face is fully hydrated and prepped for makeup. Your product will go a lot further & glide on a lot smoother on clean, moisturized skin. These are the products I'm currently using:
- BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer
- Translucent Powder
- Eye Shadow & Tools for Brow Shaping
- Mascara & liquid eye liner
- Lip gloss/lip balm
- First I apply my BB cream or tinted moisturizer. If you don't have one, you can use a dot of regular foundation mixed with a dot of moisturizer. That's actually my favorite way to wear foundation. Most foundations can be pretty heavy and adding the moisturizer just lightens it up, helps it glide on smoothly, blends well and still has a little bit more coverage than a tinted moisturizer.
- Next I use concealer anywhere I have redness or discoloration. For me, that's my chin, the corners of my nose, under my eyes & then any blemishes I may have. I follow that with the translucent powder to set everything.
- After that, I have a blank canvas to start applying some color! First I take my blush and brush it on to the apples of my cheeks and back into the hair line. Following that I "contour" with bronzer. I am using quotation marks with "contour" because it's a very quick, simple contouring pattern and there are much more detailed ways to do it. I don't have time for that! So I suck in my cheeks and brush it under my cheek bones, around my hair line, down my nose, and maybe a tad along the jaw line.
- Next is eyebrows. Now, I do not know what has happened to America (maybe even the world) but we are suddenly OBSESSED with eyebrows. Unfortunately, mine quit growing a long long time ago. At the age of 13 I went tweezer crazy and plucked them to bits! I have rarely had to tweeze them since. Definitely have not tweezed at all in 10-15 years and still they do not grow. So, sadly, my eyebrows are nearly nonexistent. They've also gotten increasingly lighter in color since having children (maybe they're going gray first??). All of this to say...I now must draw eyebrows on my face. But pencils are way too harsh for me, and again, no time!! So I grab an angled brush & some dark shadow and I go to work! Shadow is much softer than the harsh lines a pencil can create, and allows for a little sloppiness.
- Now for my favorite part: Eyes! I have spent my life battling raccoon eye from eyeliner & mascara. That NEVER happens with these products: Artistry Liquid Liner & Artistry Length & Definition Mascara. I'm not just saying it cause I rep for those products either, I swear. The liner goes on so smoothly and it's a felt tip, just like a marker! So it's super easy to apply and get that little "flick" at the corner of your eye. It doesn't feel like you've painted something on your eye when it dries. It doesn't feel like anything! It can be rubbed off if you sleep on it, but it typically stays put.
- At this point, sometimes I'm done. But if I'm getting really fancy I'll throw on some gloss or lip balm. This is Artistry lip gloss over Baby Lips, both in nude colors. I like a nude lip, simply because it's understated. I have a hard time choosing a lip color I'm really confident and comfortable in, and I feel like you just can't go wrong with a nude lip.
The Double Braid[caption id="attachment_1865" align="alignnone" width="640"] Source[/caption] I love this hairstyle! It can go dressy or casual depending on how loose the braid is, and it's great for layers! I have tons of layers in my hair and a standard braid ends up with loose sections of hair all over the place because of it. To get this look, braid a small section of hair starting at your forehead. When you've braided around to the back of your neck, tie off with a clear ponytail holder, then braid it into the rest of your hair and around to the side of your shoulder. Sounds complicated, but takes no time!
The Loose "Braid"[caption id="attachment_1866" align="alignnone" width="600"] Source[/caption] This "braid" reminds me of the days as a kid where we'd put our hair in a ponytail, split the ponytail just above the elastic band and pull the "tail" through. This way is a lot prettier, though, and makes a beautiful faux braid. Pull the sides for a looser look, and curl any stray hairs to dress it up.
Five Minute Curls[caption id="attachment_1867" align="alignnone" width="450"] Source[/caption] If I actually curled my hair, it would take me 30 minutes, easy, which I absolutely do not have time for. There are two ways you can achieve this look. The first is shown step-by-step above. The second is a little hack I have used for years. Wash your hair before bed. Brush it out, add hair gel then towel dry. Twist your hair into a bun on the top of your head and go to sleep. The next morning, let your hair down and you'll have tousled waves. Typically, the top layer needs a little love, so use a flat or barrel iron to curl any parts of the top layer that need more curl (usually only three or four sections). Spray with hairspray and you're done!
The Dressy side braid[caption id="attachment_1868" align="alignnone" width="600"] Source[/caption] For more formal occasions, or just because you want to dress up your hair a bit, this side braid is a great alternative to #1. Start at your forehead and braid just like normal. Once you pull your hair around to one side, start a fishtail braid. To do this, split your hair into two sections and gather small strands from one section to the other and vice versa, alternating sides until you've completed the braid. Secure with a clear elastic.
The Braided Topknot[caption id="attachment_1869" align="alignnone" width="600"] Source[/caption] If you know me or follow me on social media, it's pretty evident that I rock the topknot quite often. So to find a little twist on that made me so happy! This look is totally easy and absolutely cute! It has quickly become a new favorite of mine.
The side bun[caption id="attachment_1870" align="alignnone" width="628"] Source[/caption] I love this option for warm and/or dressy occasions. It's also a really cute look to rock with a plain old tee shirt and maxi to keep people guessing! The best part? It's really easy!!!
The Bouffant Bun[caption id="attachment_1871" align="alignnone" width="640"] Source[/caption] This hairstyle is one of my favorites. I'm growing out my bangs right now, and they're impossible to style well ... or they were until now! When I don't have them pinned back, this is a great (and cute) alternative! Even if you don't have bangs, this is a simple and beautiful hairstyle that's really versatile and, obviously, really quick for those rushed mornings!
All right, friends! That's a hairstyle for every day of the week. I hope this saves you time (and sanity). I always like to think the 15 extra minutes I get thanks to 5 minute hairstyles mean time to stop for coffee, but that's just me! We've got lots more ways you can do those everyday things in significantly less time coming up this week and next, so stay tuned! Y'all have a great week!
13 Trendy Outfits for a Minimalist Wardrobe
The Deets:Graphic tank - Old Navy - $12.00 Green vest - Marshall's - $12.99 High waist jeans - Old Navy - $34.00 Ballet flats - Walmart (I know, right?) - $5.00 Total Outfit Cost: $63.99 2. This dress/tunic is one of my favorite items! Mainly because it has pockets and it fits snug in all the right places and loose in all the rest. Oh, and the cost! It goes great with leggings, jeans, tights... you name it! Talk about a universal item!
The Deets:Shift dress - H&M - $17.99 High Waist Jeans - Old Navy - $34.00 Hat - Altar'd State - $24.99 (This one was a total splurge, but there are some at Gabriel Bros. for $1.99!) Suede booties - Old Navy - $7.00 (clearance, holla!) Total Outfit Cost: $83.98 3. This lace tank... it's quite possibly my favorite item right now. It's so versatile, and lets me wear things with leggings I couldn't normally get away with thanks to its length. It also dresses up an otherwise casual outfit. And lace is pretty, let's be honest.
The Deets:Hat - Altar'd State - $24.99 (see above) Olive tunic - Old Navy - $8.00 Cream lace tunic - Altar'd State - $17.99 Black leggings - Walmart - $6.98 Suede booties - Old Navy - $7.00 (clearance) Total Outfit Cost: $64.96 4. This top was a steal at $7.99, and is a nice twist on the conventional button down. The sleeves are somewhat flowy, but can be rolled up to look fitted, and the sides flare out so it's incredibly flattering! I just happened on this at Gabriel Brothers one day, and couldn't pass it up. It's become a staple in my work and casual wear.
The Deets:Hi-lo button down - Gabriel Brothers - $7.99 High wasted jeans - Old Navy - $34.00 Red ballet flats - Walmart - $5.00 Total Outfit Cost: $46.99 5. I told you I had a thing for graphic tees. This one is no exception because, let's face it. The struggle is real. Especially as a mama. Amen?
The Deets:Plaid button down - Kroger Marketplace - $12.99 Graphic tank - Walmart - $5.00 High wasted jeans - Old Navy - $34.00 Red ballet flats - Walmart - $5.00 Total Outfit Cost: $57.99 6. So these boots... I found these at Walmart, y'all! Hilariously, they are one of the more comfortable pair of shoes that I own, and I didn't spend very much on them. Shoes are something I love to find on clearance at the end of the season or for really low prices without sacrificing comfort, and these were no exception!
The Deets:Green vest - Marshall's - $12.99 White shirttail tee - H&M - $8.00 High wasted jeans - Old Navy - $34.00 Fringe booties - $19.88 Total Outfit Cost: $74.87 7. This striped shirttail top from H&M is ridiculously comfortable. They tend to make clothing that hides all the right stuff, and their prices can't be beat.
The Deets:Striped shirttail top - H&M - $12.99 Cream lace tunic tank - Altar'd State - $17.99 High wasted jeans - Old Navy - $34.00 Fringe booties - Walmart - $19.88 Total Outfit Cost: $84.86 8. I'm starting to realize that almost all of the shoes I'm showing you I got from Walmart! Oh, well. These are second-season shoes, and they still look great. Call me old, but they have memory foam soles making them crazy comfortable for mamas chasing kids around. I'm just sayin'.
The Deets:Plaid button-down - Kroger Marketplace - $12.99 Striped tank - Old Navy - $12.99 High wasted jeans - Old Navy - $34.00 White sneakers - Walmart - $12.98 Total Outfit Price: $72.96 9. Denim and chambray are still totally in, and still one of my favorite items to wear in the fall. I seriously struggle with finding ones that are long enough to justify wearing with leggings, though. Enter my favorite lace tank! Add a felt hat, and you're comfy but look like a million bucks!
The Deets:Denim pullover - Target - $24.99 Lace tunic tank - Altar'd State - $17.99 Black leggings - Walmart - $6.98 Black felt hat - Gabriel Brothers - $1.99 (whaaaaaat!?!) Suede booties - Old Navy - $7.00 (clearance) Total Outfit Cost: $58.95 10. This sweater is another fall favorite and in its third season in my wardrobe, so I'd say it's holding up nicely considering the price tag! Side note: the purse you see is an off brand that I found at Gabriel Brothers for $10.00. That's the only place I buy purses (and I love purses... trust me) because they carry brand names, off brands and on trend stuff for crazy low prices. I swap out purses often enough that it just make sense. I have never paid more than $15.00 for a purse. Ever.
The Deets:Button up sweater - Old Navy - $17.47 (a similar one can be found here) Hi-lo white button down - Gabriel Brothers - $7.99 High wasted jeans - Old Navy - $34.00 Suede booties - Old Navy - $7.00 (clearance) Total Outfit Cost: $66.46 11. This one is a little outside my normal, but it gives me a great chance to use my Burlington Coat Factory plaid scarf (a similar one can be found here). They probably still have them at Burlington, too. It's hard to tell from the photos, but this top is a tunic and doesn't require a cami (yay!). Again, it's loose in all the right places.
The Deets:Red tunic - Old Navy - $10.00 Black leggings - Walmart - $6.98 Black felt hat - Gabriel Brothers - $1.99 Black booties - Walmart - $12.98 Total Outfit Cost: $31.95 12. Literally every item from this outfit has been used before, so I won't go into detail there. I will say that aviators are my favorite style of sunglasses with 1950s style shades coming in at a close second. Where do I get mine? Walmart. Of course. They cost $5.00. That's hard to beat. Mine will usually last a couple of years before getting scratched, and if I spend $5 every three years on sunglasses, you know, I'm doing all right!
The Deets:Button up sweater - Old Navy - $17.47 (a similar one can be found here) Striped tank - Old Navy - $10.00 HIgh wasted jeans - Old Navy - $34.00 Fringe booties - Walmart - $19.88 Total Outfit Cost: $81.35 13. This is another outfit we're recycling! This one is super casual and comfortable. The sweater is a great way to wear leggings without having to wear a tunic tank because of its length, and booties dress up the outfit just enough.
The Deets:Button up sweater - Old Navy - $17.47 White shirttail tee - H&M - $8.00 Black leggings - Walmart - $6.98 Fringe booties - Walmart - $19.88 Total Outfit Cost: $52.33 The total for all of the items in these outfits comes to $312.19, an average of just over $12.00 per item! I know it's more than the $100 we talked about yesterday, but if you're looking for versatile pieces that will give you the most bang for your buck and you have the extra moolah to spend, these are just some of the ways you can reuse these items. I didn't even come close to exhausting the options! Like Amanda said yesterday, spend a little more on the items you want to stick around awhile, like your jeans. You can scrimp on the easier to replace items, like the tees, graphic tanks and leggings. You now have all the ammunition you need for your fall wardrobe! Thanks for following along throughout this series! We would love to have you follow along for our next series “In Minutes” where we’ll be sharing things like 5-minute hairstyles and 4-minute workouts. Just click the subscribe tab in our menu and enter your email address to get reminders and snippets of those posts in your inbox as well as some other goodies.
- Make a plan. Map out the pieces you want before you go shopping. You'll be able to immediately pass over what you don't need without being distracted by cute but random items that don't go.
- Stick to the budget. Come up with a number you feel is appropriate and then make it work! The challenge is part of the fun. Keep in mind the average price you will be able to spend on each item in your plan.
- Shop inexpensively. If you are working with a budget, don't go to name brand stores & expect to find much more than one outfit (excepting maybe their clearance racks). Marshals, TJMaxx, Ebay, Consignment shops, Thrift shops, Goodwill, Walmart, Forever21, all are good places to find various things pretty inexpensively. Know where you are willing to sacrifice some quality and where you want to pay a few extra dollars. A buck ninety for a cami to wear underneath your clothes can be a little "cheap" whereas the jeans you plan to wear with several outfits, you may want to spend a larger chunk of your wardrobe budget.
Step 1: Find your style.Search Pinterest and pin the outfits you love; pull them out of magazines; take photos of outfits or items that speak to you. When you go back and look at all of these, you'll see a pattern take place. For instance, here are a few of my outfit pins: Based on this, you can see that I love flowy tops, skinny jeans, booties, long necklaces and felt hats. If you were to look at my full "The Look" board, you'd also see lots of plaid, lace, boot cuffs, tunic-length tops with leggings, stripes and pointed jackets/blazers. Once you've determined what you love...
Step 2: Determine your basics.Every wardrobe is made up of basics -- whether you have more of a classic or trendy style. The final looks may differ, but the building blocks are the same. These are the must-haves for me, and while you might need to add or take away a few based on your preference, they'll serve as the basic building blocks of your outfits.
- Loose fit tees (white and gray or tan)
- Loose fit tanks (white, black and striped)
- Black pants/jeans
- Black leggings
- Plaid shirt
- Muted tunic (think navy or deep red)
- Green vest
- Leather jacket
- Loose fit sweater
- Denim/chambray tunic
- Black dress
Step 3: Add your favoritesI love layering with lace tanks, I have a thing for loose fit tops in muted pastels and I'm a sucker for graphic tees. These are the types of things you can add in once you have your basics. If you love patterned leggings (check!), add them to the mix. Absolutely need colored jeans in your life? Put those in! Any items that you just cannot live without, keep them! This is where you really get to have fun and show your style.
Step 4: Get rid of the rest.Everything that did not make it into your closet, get rid of it. Give it away, donate it, throw it away if it's damaged. Don't wait and let it sit around. Do it now. Trust me, you won't miss it. If you want more tips on getting organized and getting rid of what you don't need, we posted about it here. [caption id="attachment_1789" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Giveaway Pile[/caption]
Step 5: Take in all that space!Your closet probably looks extremely organized now. You can actually see everything in it, at least. Enjoy that! When you go to pick out something to wear tomorrow, I'd be surprised if it takes you more than two minutes to decide on a full outfit, top to bottom, and you will love what you're wearing because you only kept items you loved! [caption id="attachment_1787" align="alignnone" width="1166"] An Organized Closet[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1786" align="alignnone" width="1632"] You can see every item![/caption] Minimizing your wardrobe is a one-time commitment that will save you hours and headaches in the future. It is so worth it to try. I went a little crazy and bought these pretty velvet hangers from Home Goods so that all of my hangers matched. I bought exactly 75 for my half of the closet, so if I add something in, I have to get rid of something else. It's fun to pick out an outfit now because the possibilities are endless! I love pairing things that you wouldn't imagine go together... like stripes and plaid. Yep! I've done it! So that's how you pare down your wardrobe if you just have too much stuff! Tomorrow, Amanda is going to show you how to build a capsule wardrobe, and on Wednesday I'll be giving you outfit ideas that are not only trendy for fall but use the items from today's post. As always, we'd love to hear from you so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a comment below! Happy Monday, friends. We would love to have you follow along for our next series "In Minutes" where we'll be sharing things like 5-minute hairstyles and 4-minute workouts. Just click the subscribe tab in our menu and enter your email address to get reminders and snippets of those posts in your inbox as well as some other goodies.
The creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. Romans 8:19God gives us beautiful analogies through His creation, one of the most relatable to me being the pruning process of the plant.
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:2Although it is a long, sometimes painful process, you must prune your plants if you want them to continue to live. I noticed that some of the stems and leaves of my plants were turning brown. You couldn’t tell this unless you really looked at the root of the plant. On the ends they were green and producing blooms. Yet I knew that if I didn’t prune them well, the dead stems and leaves would choke out what life was left in the plants. I began to pull off the brown leaves and cut the stems that were turning brown. In this process of being the gardener to these plants, God was teaching me so much about his relationship to us.
It is so important for us to stay connected to the vine.Just as the parts of the plant that were dying and not producing fruit were not connected to the root of the plant, so we will not produce the beauty God intends for us if we do not remain connected to our Gardener.
If we remain connected to a dying root, it will soon choke the life out of us.In a plant, you can see the brown roots slowly creeping up the stem. If you do not prune away those parts, they will eventually contaminate the entire plant. If we do not set ourselves apart from things/people that we know are a hindrance to our growth, they will soon choke the life-giving relationship we have with God out.
The pruning process is long and painful, but it is necessary to give us the beauty and life that God intends.Pruning is not a pretty process. One of my plants was a lot deader than it originally looked so I had to cut most of it off. Right now, that particular plant does not look so pretty because it is just a few green twigs and isn’t as full as it once was, but that's the only way I could save the plant. Sometimes the only way God can save us is to let us feel or seem barren for a season. Eventually, that flower is going to bloom again and be even more beautiful than before. It may not feel or seem very beautiful right now, but the gardener can see more than the flower. The gardener knows what is on the other side and the potential that the flower has to be all that the gardener wants it to be. But first, the flower must submit to the gardener’s pruning.
On the exterior, the plant may not look dead, but when you look a little deeper, you see that the roots are dying.As Christians, we really know how to put on a lively face, don’t we? At the surface, we can be blooming and green and springy! When, deep down, something is choking us, and it cannot be revealed until someone chooses to dig a little deeper. The Gardener is the only one who really has the position or cares enough to do that, and He knows that He is going to have to cut at the root, at the core of what is choking us, in order to save us. Sometimes it is hard to get there. Again, it is painful. But He knows that if he doesn’t cut as deep as He can, it won’t really solve the problem. When you only pluck the part of the bloom that appears dead, nothing new can grow from it. You have to get to the root of the problem to bring about lasting change, new life, and a beautiful result of the pruning of the Gardener.
“No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the Vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4
Special thanks to Lindsey for sharing today's devo on Salt & Life Blog. Lindsey lives in Lexington, KY with her husband, Logan, where they attend Vineyard Community Church. She is a Spanish teacher at Blue Grass Baptist School and has a love for missions, community, discipleship, and meeting people's needs. You can find her on Instagram @lindstrent.
Finding your soulmate workout.Sounds crazy, right? But, hear me out. Way too often people decide that they just cannot workout. That exercise is absolutely not for them. They wish it was, but it’s not. The thing is, we all have a soulmate workout, you just have to be determined enough to find it.
It’s the equivalent of going on one date with a crappy dude and then writing off dating or all men for the rest of your life. I don’t think you would do that, right? The rational part of your brain would eventually tell you that that guy just wasn’t for you. It’s the exact same thing with exercise. We aren’t all runners. We aren’t all spinners. Wait, spinners? No. Cyclists? Either way, the bike is not a friend to us all. Many of us fall asleep during yoga, would drown in a pool, or are entirely too uncoordinated to tackle Zumba. But, here’s the thing. There is absolutely, without a doubt, some form of exercise that will speak to you. That will make you feel alive and strong and unstoppable. You have to find that thing. You owe it to yourself to keep trying new styles of workouts, new exercises until you wake up craving it, because it will change your life. I know this firsthand. For years, I fought exercise because I had this association that exercise was about losing weight. Then if I didn’t lose weight, I would be mad and feel like it “didn’t work.” I still hadn’t found my soulmate workout and once I did, my entire perspective on fitness changed. I saw that fitness wasn’t about looking a certain way, but about feeling a certain way. I loved how that made me feel. And here I am all these years later, and fitness is a huge part of my life. What if I had stopped? What if I stopped trying new things? I would be missing out on so much color and richness that all comes from being active and appreciating what my body can do. So can you do that for me? Can you challenge yourself to go find that soulmate workout? If you don’t know where to start or need someone to bounce ideas off of, shoot me an email and we can chat. xo Megan Hi! I'm Megan. Somehow I managed to have four kids in four years and survive it. I know that the only way I keep my sanity is because I've convinced myself that in order to serve those that I love most, I need to take care of myself and I love helping other mama's do the same. Want to connect? You can find me on IG at @babies.and.burpees or email me at email@example.com
What you'll need:1 sheet cake, baked Cream Cheese Icing Cake pop sticks Mixer 2 packages of Vanilla Almond Bark (found in the baking aisle) Step 1: Bake your cake. At Christmas, I make red velvet from scratch, but for Ashlyn's birthday, I used a Betty Crocker orange cake. Both are delicious. Set it out to cool. Step 2: In a mixing bowl, combine 1/2 tub of cream cheese icing with the baked cake. Mix with a beater until your cake holds together when formed into a ball. You can absolutely make your own icing as well. I make a buttercream for the red velvet that's delicious. It's totally up to you and your preference of flavors. For this, I used Betty Crocker pre-made cream cheese icing. Step 3: Roll the mixture into 1" cake balls and place on a cookie sheet. Place your cookie sheet in the freezer for five minutes. You can leave these in the freezer as long as you need. I left these in overnight because I wasn't going to dip them until right before her party. They will retain their moisture. Don't worry. Step 4: Heat up your almond bark in the microwave for 30 seconds. Many brands come in a tray that is microwave safe, so you can just pop it in the microwave. If the brand you purchase doesn't, just break up the bark into smaller pieces and put them in a glass measuring cup (or mason jar, in my case). Stir after 30 seconds then heat for another 30 seconds. You want the bark to be a smooth liquid that will drip off a spoon, so keep reheating for 10 seconds at a time until you reach the desired consistency. If you heated yours up in the provided tray, pour the liquid into a mug or glass measuring cup for dipping. A friend recently told me that if you can't find that right consistency, try adding some vegetable oil. It worked!!! Thanks to Creations by Lennie for that tidbit! Step 5: Remove your rolled cake balls from the freezer. Dip the end of a cake pop stick in the heated almond bark, then place it in one side of the cake ball going in about halfway. After all of your cake balls have sticks, replace in the freezer for 5 minutes. Step 6: Remove your cake pops from the freezer, and dip each one into your almond bark. When dipping, turn the cake pop upside down, fully immerse it in the almond bark then remove it. I hold it just above the measuring cup to allow any excess to drip off before placing it in my drying rack. I strongly suggest you don't twist the cake pop or tap it on the edge or dip it more than once as this increases the likelihood that the cake pop will fall off the stick. (I may or may not have plenty of experience with this one...) Once you've dipped all of your cake pops, put them in the freezer for another 5 minutes to allow the almond bark to harden. Step 7: This is where you can get creative! Decorate your cake pops however you want. You can put sprinkles on before the almond bark cools, decorate your cake pops like animals or characters, use fondant ... the possibilities are endless. For a simple drizzle, I heat candy melts (available anywhere cake supplies are sold: Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, etc.) in my chosen color in the microwave using the same process as the almond bark. Again, you want the consistency to be a smooth liquid, though, slightly thinner and more runny than your almond bark. To achieve this consistency, I typically heat the candy melts 10-20 seconds longer than I did the almond bark. I find it's best to heat these in a glass measuring cup, though a mug will work as well. Again, add some vegetable oil. It helps! Once heated, dip a spoon in the melts, let most of it run off then drizzle it over the tops of your cake pops in a zig-zag motion. After all of your pops have drizzle, place in the freezer for another 5 minutes to let harden fully. Don't say I didn't warn you when everyone you know wants you to make these for the next friend or family gathering. They are delicious and an easy alternative to regular cake and icing. We'd love to hear how yours turn out, so leave us a comment below and enjoy!
Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 sticks salted butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 cups quick oats
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups raisins
- (Optional pecans or other nut)