Tyrone Wells Concert and Food Trucks!

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For the past two summers Jeff and I have gone to a few of the free concerts put on by Mariners Church. This past weekend our all time favorite artist Tyrone Wells was playing and we never miss an opportunity to see him play! We first learned about him back when I was in college and my university had him come and play a little concert there. His songs are mostly secular but we later found out he is actually a Christian and does play a few Christian inspire songs that he wrote.

Tyrone Wells Concert and Food Trucks!

Mariners invites a few different food trucks to come out so that we could buy dinner while watching the show. Pulp Fusion Acai Bowl!

I ended up getting an Acai bowl from a place called Pulp Fusion. Seriously delicious! I got the fusion bowl which has granola at the bottom, a blend of Acai, almond milk, bananas and strawberries, and then topped with sliced banana, strawberry, blueberries, shaved almonds and honey. The Acai blend tastes almost like a tart frozen yogurt. So good!Tyrone Wells Concert and Food Trucks!

Jeff ordered a chicken and waffle sandwich from one truck and popcorn chicken from a different truck. It wasn’t until he brought them back that he realized he basically order the the same thing from two different trucks. Not to mention we had Chick-fil-a early in the day in which he order chicken nuggets. I guess he was really craving little pieces of fried chicken that day!Tyrone Wells Concert and Food Trucks!

We love how the outdoor concerts are so intimate. People trough down blankets, set up lawn chairs and just enjoy being outside and listening to some amazing artists. Afterward we got to chat with Tyrone for a little bit and he actually mentioned he was working on a new album with someone that Jeff was friends with in college! Crazy!

Definitely one of our better dates nights! Here a couple videos I shot at the concert. The first is a “Diva Mix” where he covers Ellie Goulding, Beyonce and Taylor Swift! The second is one of my all time favorites, “When All is Said and Done” and he uses it to close every single show. We have been following him for around 7 years nows and every time we have heard him play, he has closed his show with this song.

Goodies Subscription Box Review and a Giveaway!

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I love the idea of subscription boxes that come to your home once a month, especially when the contents inside the box have a greater value than how much you paid for the whole box itself. I subscribe to two boxes and I wanted to review one of them today, the Goodies box. Plus am I going to be giving away one free box!

The Goodies box is a monthly food box that is $7/month including shipping. The box itself comes with a mix of snacks ranging from premium samples to full size products. Recently my boxes have had around 7 or 8 products inside. They also recently added a kid’s box as well. Goodies is affiliated with Walmart and that is why they are able to ship a box of foods for such a low price. Goodies Subscription Box Review and a Giveaway! Clementinebean.wordpress.com Goodies Subscription Box Review and a Giveaway! Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Usually each month has a bit of a theme to it, May’s box had a cinco de mayo theme. My favorite box so far was their breakfast themed box. Goodies Subscription Box Review and a Giveaway! Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Sometimes I get a product I have tried before, but mostly these are all new products for me. I like getting to try them out in this way because if I don’t end up liking it, I don’t feel like I have to waste a whole box (or money) on something that wasn’t good. Not every product is a winner but for the most part I have really liked the boxes. I tend to like the more healthy products in the box and Jeff tends to like the things I don’t so it usually works out that everything gets eaten between the two of us. Goodies Subscription Box Review and a Giveaway! Clementinebean.wordpress.com

If I do really like something then I can either order it straight throw Goodies website, or pick it up the next time I am at the grocery store. Goodies Subscription Box Review and a Giveaway! Clementinebean.wordpress.comGoodies Subscription Box Review and a Giveaway! Clementinebean.wordpress.com

There has definitely been some really good products like a full size coconut water, a coupon for free guacamole (to be picked up in a store) and sour straws.

Each month you also have the option to hop back on Goodies website and review all of the products you tasted in your box. You receive points for doing these reviews and then your points can add up to a free box. It only takes reviewing 3 or 4 boxes before you have enough points to get the next month free!

Giveaway Time!

I have a coupon code for one free Goodies box. You will still need to sign up for the site to redeem the code to get the free box, and of course you can always cancel the subscription if you don’t want to get it for a second month. You must be a new user to Goodies as well. Interested? Follow my blog then leave a comment on this post with your email address and I will randomly pick a winner on Friday morning and email you the free coupon code! I will update the post with the winner as well Good Luck!

*I was not paid or asked by Goodies to write this post in anyway. I just happened to get a free coupon code and thought I would share it with all of you.

Update: Congrats Manda on winning the giveaway. Check your email for more details. 

Featured on Buzz Feed!

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I just want to thank Arielle Calderon and Buzz Feed for featuring one of my posts in their “27 Life Hacks Every Girl Should Know About”. Here is the link to my original post on how to use your hair straightener to iron your clothes!

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So exciting to see that someone is reading my blog AND thinks I have a good idea!

Salmon Cakes Recipe

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Did you know that I had never really eaten seafood (fish sticks aside) until I starting dating Jeff? I just always thought it smelled bad or was gross because it used to swim. When I started dating Jeff he turned me on to what really good fresh seafood could taste like and I fell in love. For the longest time I would only order it in restaurants because I was too scared to make it at home. Then when we would cook a piece of fish at home it was always the same, grilled with some lemon. But over the past few years I have gotten more confident in my cooking skills and like to try to take some risks and come up with some really good recipes. When I finally perfected this salmon cake recipe it quickly became one of our absolute favorites and it often leaves Jeff begging for me to make it!

Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

(Recipe at the bottom) Start by throwing all the ingredients for the salmon cakes into a big bowl and mix it all up breaking up the salmon with a fork. You don’t want to pulverize the salmon but make sure the chunks aren’t too large or they won’t stick together. Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

If your salmon was already chilled then you are ready to go, but if your salmon is still warm, then put this in the fridge to get cold. Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Next throw all the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and mix it up. Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Throw this in the fridge to stay cold until you are ready to serve. Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Then get your little salmon cake making station all set up with the salmon mixture, panko bread crumbs, egg, and a place to put them when you are done. Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Prepare to get messy. Start by forming the salmon mixture into a little cake just smaller than the palm of your hand. The cake will get bigger with the layers of breading so you don’t want it to start off too big. Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Then coat it with the bread crumbs. It should stick nicely because the cake itself is semi-wet from the miracle whip.Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Coat it in egg. Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Then back into the panko mixture. Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Then set it aside while you make the rest. Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Heat a pan to medium heat and fill it with just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. I usually use olive oil but vegetable oil would work well to. When you put the salmon cake into the pan, give it a little smash with your spatula to flatten it out a bit. This ensures the oil will cook the egg all around. When they’re golden brown give the a flip and cook the other side. The salmon cakes continue to cook for a few second more even after they are out of the pan so don’t be afraid to take them out just before perfect because they continue to get brown. Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Place them on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil while you finish browning the batch. Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Serve them warm with a little dab of that zesty sauce and a slice of lemon. I usually serve them with a leafy green salad and an italian dressing in the summer. In the winter I’ll serve it with some cous cous. Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.comSalmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.com Salmon Cake Recipe with dipping sauce! Salmon is much more affordable than crab and these are super delicious. Clementinebean.wordpress.comNow that is a delicious homemade meal right there!

I actually just eyeball everything when it comes to this recipe. I want the salmon mixture to be moist but not so wet that it won’t stick together. (On the flip side you also don’t want it to be too dry). If you added too much mayo (or in my case miracle whip) just throw in some more panko bread crumbs to soak it up. When the salmon mixture is really cold it helps everything form together better as well. 

Salmon Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 pounds cooked salmon fillet, skinned and chilled
  • 3 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 6 scallions, green and white parts chopped
  • 2/3 cup plus 1/2 cup mayonnaise (we use miracle whip)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Directions:

1.      Flake the salmon into a large bowl. Using a fork, mix in 1/2 cup panko, some of the scallion, 2/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon salt, a pinch black pepper and the cayenne. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2.      Form the mixture into 8 patties about 1 inch thick. In a bowl, mix the remaining 2 1/2 cups panko with 1 teaspoon salt. Coat the patties with the panko, then the eggs, then the panko again.

3.      In a heavy skillet, heat half of the olive oil over medium heat. Add 4 salmon patties and cook until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining oil and patties.

Combine the remaining 1/2 cup mayonnaise, the vinegar and 1/3 cup scallion; season with salt and pepper and a pinch of cayanne. Serve 2-3 cakes per person with the sauce alongside.

Adapted from this recipe.

Easy Individual Mexican Pizzas

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Individual Mexican Pizza Recipe. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Making homemade pizza dough is not something I care to venture into just yet, but buying the premade pizza crust just costs too much. So while looking in my fridge I got the idea to use tortillas as the “pizza crust” for individual size pizzas for dinner. Here is how it all came together.

Individual Mexican Pizza Recipe. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Place your tortilla’s on a baking sheet. I line mine with foil for easy clean up.

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Spread a thin layer of your favorite salsa on the tortilla. If different people like different salsa in your household then it is really easy to accommodate it here. Jeff prefers the El Torito mild salsa. I prefer to breath fire.

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Then cook up the mexican topping (recipe at the bottom).

Individual Mexican Pizza Recipe. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Layer the Mexican topping right over the salsa. Be sure to leave a little bit of an edge for picking up the slices to eat.

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Top it with some cheese. We use the 4 cheese Mexican blend.

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Pop these babies in the oven at 450° for ten minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is crispy.

Feel free to top this with any of the following:

Hot sauce
Salsa
Sour Cream
Cilantro
Avocado

The possibilities are endless and easily customizable for different palettes!

Individual Mexican Pizza Recipe. Clementinebean.wordpress.comIndividual Mexican Pizza Recipe. Clementinebean.wordpress.com

Recipe:

Individual Mexican Pizzas

Crust:
Tortilla

“Sauce”:
Your favorite salsa

Topping:
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup water
1 cup drained and rinsed canned black beans
1-2 cups grated cheese
Salt and pepper

1) Preheat the oven to 450°. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and saute for 4-5 minutes, until starting to soften. Add the garlic and saute for another minute then add the beef and cook over medium high heat for 4-5 minutes, until browned all over. 

2) Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute, stirring continuously. Stir in the water and beans and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the meat is thoroughly cooked and the sauce is spreadable. Remove from the heat.

3) Place the tortillas on a lined baking sheet. Spread the salsa over the tortillas then top with the beef mixture. Scatter over the cheese and bake in the oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melting and the tortilla is crispy. Garnish with fresh cilantro, guacamole, jalapenos, sour cream or hot sauce.

*If you like things really spicey add a chili or jalapeno to the beef mixture when sauteing the onion and bell pepper.

Frugal Friday: Influenster Vox Box: Free Products

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Influenster is a website that sends you free boxes of products, or “Vox Boxes” in exchange for you doing tasks for them like taking surveys, reviewing products, using Twitter or Facebook etc. You do a bunch of these tasks first which increases your Influenster score. After you have grown that score you are likely to get sent a Vox Box full of products. Then you continue to tweet, review products, and just generally create a buzz about them. It took me a couple of months but I finally got my first box so I wanted to share what that could look like.

This is Influenster’s “Something Blue” Vox Box which helps ladies get ready for the summer wedding season. Frugal Friday: Influenster Vox Box: Free Products, Something Blue Box

Here is the breakdown of what was in the box.

Dr. Scholl’s For Her, Ball of Foot Cushions. These are perfect for adding to high heals to save your feet from the pain of dancing the night away. The full Dr. Scholl’s cushions only work in sneakers or flats so these are perfect for wedding season. Frugal Friday: Influenster Vox Box: Free Products, Something Blue Box

Q Tips Precision Tips. I’m guessing the thought behind these is to touch up makeup on the go instead of carrying a full set of makeup brushes in your purse. I usually carry a small clutch to weddings so this helps keep things compact. Frugal Friday: Influenster Vox Box: Free Products, Something Blue Box

Headache relief powder. I have to say this is a pretty innovative product. Urgent RX makes a line of products that are “fast acting powders” for more than just headaches. They have these powders for allergies, aches and pains, heartburn, upset stomach and more. The packet itself is slightly bigger than a ketchup packet and is flat so it would fit perfectly in a clutch. The powder doesn’t need to be taken with any water or liquid. You just empty the packet into your mouth and that’s it. I haven’t tried it yet but this seems like such a great idea. I guess this can be wedding related if you have had a little too much to drink and need a quick cure. Frugal Friday: Influenster Vox Box: Free Products, Something Blue Box

Kisses Ever Ez Lashes. Enough for the whole bridal party! I was given sets 01 and 03. Set 03 is a little more natural looking and set 01 is more dramatic. Perfect for day or night weddings respectively. They don’t come with the eyelash glue but they do come with a little pink applicator to help you hold it steady on your eyes. My dancers friends will be with me when I say I can’t look at a pack of eye lashes without getting dance competition anxiety. Frugal Friday: Influenster Vox Box: Free Products, Something Blue Box

Luster Now Instant Whitening Toothpaste. I have been using this product for a couple days now and I actually have already seen a slight difference. I’m hoping after using the whole tube it will really make my teeth much more white. Sometimes whitening toothpastes can make teeth very sensitive but so far so good with this one as I haven’t felt any sensitivity at all. This toothpaste would get those teeth pearly white for all those wedding photos!Frugal Friday: Influenster Vox Box: Free Products, Something Blue Box

 

This is a pretty great box of free goodies courtesy of Influenster. If you haven’t already signed up I would head over there now and do it. It took me quite a few months to get my first box so don’t be frustrated if it takes you a while. I have to say it was worth waiting for.

Frugal Friday: Sircle Samples- Free Beauty Products

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Have you heard of Sircle Samples yet? If not, click here to go over and request your invite RIGHT NOW! This is a website that sends you FREE beauty products to test out and review. You take surveys on the website and complete other activities like adding your favorite products to your “makeup bag” or suggesting products. All of the activities you complete give you points. Then when the “Samples shop” has new samples, you can redeem those points for beauty products. You have to act really fast because they go quickly! The products ship to your house for free and you get to keep them, use them, and then log back into your account to review them.

So far I have been sent eye shadows, lip glosses, lipsticks, moisturizers and a compact mirror. I have also seem nail polishes, chapsticks, and other beauty products up for grabs as well but I wasn’t able to get one before they were gone. Of course once a sample runs out they always offer the chance to buy the product as well but I am more interested in the free goodies!

Below are just a few screen shots of a survey I have taken for points, the current samples in the shop, a lip gloss I was just sent last week, and a screen shot of the review the product page. 

Seriously, why haven’t you signed up yet?Frugal Friday: Sircle Samples- Free Beauty Products, Clementinebean.wordpress.comFrugal Friday: Sircle Samples- Free Beauty Products, Clementinebean.wordpress.comFrugal Friday: Sircle Samples- Free Beauty Products, Clementinebean.wordpress.com

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Memorial Day Weekend

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Jeff and I had the best time this weekend camping with our good friends Jennifer and Chris. We were all in each others weddings so it is always fun to hang out, talk marriage and life, and just have fun together. We spent the extended weekend in San Diego at Campland. Campland is one of those places for people who want to go camping but don’t like being out in the middle of nowhere. We decided on tents but there were plenty of people in RV’s and trailers enjoying their luxury camping.

We did all the camping essentials like campfires and grilling but we also spent time in San Diego. We saw the USS Midway, a giant naval battle ship, and the “Unconditional Surrender” statue nearby. We finished the trip off with a visit to Sunset Cliffs to watch the sun go down. We had the most beautiful view of the ocean and sunset that evening! It was such a great weekend!Memorial Day Weekend. Campland in San Diego. Clemtinebean.wordpress.comMemorial Day Weekend. Campland in San Diego. Clemtinebean.wordpress.comMemorial Day Weekend. Campland in San Diego. Clemtinebean.wordpress.com"Unconditional Surreneder" Statue in San Diego. Clemtinebean.wordpress.comMemorial Day Weekend. Campland in San Diego. Clemtinebean.wordpress.comMemorial Day Weekend. Campland in San Diego. Clemtinebean.wordpress.comMemorial Day Weekend. Campland in San Diego. Clemtinebean.wordpress.com

Hair Week!

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We have deemed it “Hair Week” at work. All the ladies in my office decided that every day we would wear our hair differently. It’s been fun thinking of (aka pinteresting) different hair ideas for the week. Each morning we come in and do our “Hair Parade” where we walk into the next office over and show off what we have done for the day. If you want a little confidence boost each morning I suggest doing your own little hair parade. Nothing better then a few women gushing over how cute your hair is! Next week we have deemed it “Earrings Week”. It’s silly and fun but it gives us something to look forward to everyday.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

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I was watering in my backyard and came across a potted tree that had a lot of dead leaves on it. So I turned the hose to the pressure spray setting and blasted the leaves off that tree, only to be terrified at what was under all those leaves… a giant wasps nest!052

I immediately ran back inside and made some calls to family hoping I could maybe guilt one of them into coming to take care of it for me… no luck. I bought some of that wasps spray that claims it sprays over 27 feet to kill the nest and waited until dark when the wasps were less active.054

I gave that can a good shake, and in a moment of a complete adrenaline rush, sprayed that nest into oblivion. I was simultaneously scared out of my mind/ had the strength of a mom lifting a car off of her own child. I almost feel like I blacked out and then woke back up again when my can was pretty much empty. I was probably being a bit dramatic because not a single wasp flew out of the nest while I was doing it. They all died instantly, including that one you see in the picture. 051

 

I often think about what makes me feel like I am an adult. Is it living on my own, being married, being out of college? At what pivotal moment do you change from being a girl to being a women… It’s when you kill a wasps nest all by yourself. Welcome to adulthood.

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