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Hey Everyone!

I filmed a foundation routine and haircare routine. If you’re interested to see what I use watch the videos below!!

Foundation Routine:

Products mentioned:

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Makeup Shade #40
Garnier: Anti Dark Circle Roller
Mac Mineralized Skinfinish in Medium Plus
Benetint
Benefit’s Browzing in the shades Medium

Haircare Routine:

Products mentioned:

Joico Moisture Renew Shampoo
Healthy Sexy Hair Conditioner
John Freida Night Serum
Garnier Nutrisse Leave In Conditioner
Moroccan Oil
**A few others I can’t remember off the top of my head without watching the video 😛

Let know in the comments below what you guys are using right now!!

xoxo

Caitlin

 

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Hello All!

It’s been a super long time since I’ve done a blog post. I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a while and I am very excited to share it with you. This cake is so delicious! Surprisingly delicious actually. I wish I could properly express to you how much I enjoy this cake! I can’t say enough good things about it so definitely give it a try. This cake is loaded full of apples, nuts and all those fall and wintery spices that are so comforting and make it instantly feel like a recipe that has been in your family forever. There is also a luscious caramel sauce that accompanies the cake and it is the best caramel sauce I literally have ever had, let alone made! This caramel sauce is so good and easy to make that it has now become my go to caramel sauce for ice cream… eating directly out of the container… whatever. I first had this at my friend’s house and had to steal the recipe for myself! Since then I have  made it for my family during Thanksgiving and everyone absolutely loved it. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

You can see all the delicious pieces of apple and pecans inside the cake! And it un-molds from the Bundt pan beautifully if you oil and flour the pan properly. I have described how to do so in the photos below.

INGREDIENTS:

Apple cake –

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • 4 cups apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup pecans (toasted almonds are also a very good substitute if you do not have pecans on hand. If you have a nut allergy feel free to leave the nuts out completely. I think adding raisins or another dried fruit such as cranberries would also make a great addition to or instead of the nuts)

Caramel Sauce –

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream

DIRECTIONS:

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugars (white and brown), cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, oil, eggs, and extract (we used vanilla). Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in apples and pecans. The batter will look very dense, but trust me it turns out very moist and delicious! Spoon the batter into a greased and floured Bundt pan and bake in a 325 degree F oven for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in pan for approximately 15 minutes, un-mold and cool on rack.

To make the caramel sauce, melt butter and sugar over medium heat stirring for about 5 minutes until the sugar is dissolved. Add the cream, stirring as you bring it to a boil. Simmer until the mixture is slightly reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes. Slice the cake and serve with warm caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you have it!

Some more photos to help guide you through the process!

Here is the oiled and floured Bundt pan. Simply spray with non stick cooking spray or apply vegetable or olive oil to cover the entire inside of the pan. Then use a sifter or spoon to sprinkle the flour all over the oiled surface. Make sure it is entirely coated with the flour then turn it upside down and shake out any excess.

Dry ingredients

Wet ingredients with melted butter

Diced apples. We used gala apples as well as some apples that came from my friend's tree in her backyard

Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the finished cake with the caramel sauce! We got a little excited and ate it before I remembered the camera… yes it is that good!

Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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Hello Everyone!

I feel like every post that Shannon and I have been doing lately, (or mine at least) we have been apologizing for being so MIA. Its been a lot busier than I think either of us expected with work and school going on right now. Between studying, work, winter coming when I didn’t want it to, taking my cat to the vet, and eating clean.. again.. it’s been crazy up in here!! I do want to do an update post, the entire house as we speak is doing another 28 days of eating clean! So we thought that we would do a couple updates as well as some sample “what we eat” posts. If you guys are interested in seeing that then let us know! I will for sure do an update post soon! As soon as this week is over!!!

I did manage to find the time to film an October Favourites video. It has been posted for a couple days now but I didn’t have the time to write a post to accompany it until now! Here we go!

Thank you for watching and reading! Miss you all! 🙂

xoxox
Caitlin

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