Beef Stroganoff by Dezleigh

Dear Readers,

The last time I shared a recipe on this blog was way back in December 2018… and that is terrible!!! Hopefully this year, I’ll get more chance to share more recipes with you!!

Today, I want to share with you my take on Beef Stroganoff!

Ingredients: 

-1 1/2 pounds beef top sirloin steak

-10 to 12 ounce ground beef (if it fits in a sandwich size Ziploc bag, you’re good to go! The more ground beef you add, the more you may need to adjust your salt for taste. I recommend aiming for the 10 ounce ground beef portion)

-227 grams white mushrooms

-1 onion

-4 garlic clove

-1/4 cup unsalted butter

-1 1/2 cup beef broth

-1/2 teaspoon salt (you may need to add more salt depending on your own taste. At the 10 ounce ground beef that I suggested, I think 1/2 teaspoon salt is enough)

-1/4 cup rice flour

-1 1/2 cup sour cream

-500 to 600 grams of farfalle pasta

-Parsley flakes (garnish)

-optional: grated parmesan as a topping (I think the flavor is more enhanced this way, but the recipe is also fine without it)

COOK TIME: ABOUT 30 MINUTES // PREP TIME: ABOUT 15-20 MINUTES

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BEGIN

1.) Cut your steak to about 1 inch thick and bite size portions. Then, cut your onions to thin slices and mince your garlic cloves.

2.) Melt 1/4 cup of unsalted butter. Then sauté garlic and onions.

3.) Add your mushrooms, ground beef, then your steak cuts. Cook until the steak cuts are light brown in color.

4.) Add 1 1/2 cup of beef broth, then bring to a boil.

5.) Add 1/4 cup rice flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt, stir and bring to a boil again.

6.) Add 1 1/2 cup sour cream, stir and bring to another boil. Your mixture at this point should look creamy and thick.

7.) Boil water, add farfalle pasta and cook for 10-15 minutes. Drain water out, and put a portion of pasta on a plate. Add your sauce and top with parsley flakes as garnish. You can also add grated parmesan on top for extra flavor boost.

Hope you enjoy this recipe and I look forward to sharing more with you all!!

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio

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SAVE THE DATE… WITH BASIC INVITE!

Dear Readers,

As it is February 2020, and this month is known to be the “love” month, I wanted to share with you all a sweet website that will save your life… especially for those who are planning a wedding soon!!

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Do you have an upcoming “save the date for a wedding?” Don’t worry, I have just the thing for you!!! Basic Invite (CLICK ME) is a website where you can freely customize your wedding invitations using their super user friendly site. Basic Invite is a fun website that also offers an amazing options of designs and instant previews to allow you to customize your cards until it is as perfect as it gets.

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They even offer cute magnets for your save the date!! CHECK THIS OUT (magnet wedding save the date).

And of course, if the magnetic version is not enough, they also have the traditional yet still sophisticated post cards!! CHECK THIS OUT (wedding save the date post cards).

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With Basic Invite, you get access to various beautiful color combinations… we are talking over 180 different colors to play with!!!! They also have customizable sample options and all the wedding stationary you need: save the dates,  wedding invitations, enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs, and wedding thank you cards. The possibilities of planning the perfect wedding is endless with Basic Invite.

Finally, when you had created the perfect wedding invitation, sending off your invitations will be a lot easier with Basic Invite. They have this option called the, Seal and Send Wedding Invitations”, which is essentially an all-in-one wedding invitation with a tear off RSVP post card included! AND YES, these are all completely customizable, with Basic Invite’s over 30 designs!!

The most unique part about Basic Invite’s “Seal and Sends”,  is that the guests’ address is already printed off at the front cover of each invitation and envelopes won’t even be necessary anymore!!! Here’s an example and this design is also my fave: Cool Marble Seal and Send.

BUT HOLD UP – DON’T START TO THINK THAT ME AND JASON ARE GETTING ENGAGED… 

This site offers so much more than just wedding invites!!! You can create business cards, baby shower invitations, graduation announcements and any card for other occasions such as birthdays, office parties, holidays, and baptism!!!

As I already mentioned, Jason and I are not getting married yet… so I used Basic Invite to create my Influencer Business Card. Check out my new business card, that I designed all by myself through Basic Invite. It’s so elegant, fun, and so ME!!

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With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio

My Skincare Routine

Dear Readers,

Before anything else, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! This is officially my first post of 2019!!!

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Among my new year’s resolution is to take better care of my skin. I wear makeup almost every single day of my life, and the best way to achieve beautiful makeup looks truly starts with fresh and beautiful skin. My skincare routine is super super suppppperrrr basic and easy to follow. I ONLY spend about 3 minutes every morning and every night taking care of my face. My “face masking time” only happens once a week, for about 30 minutes!!! I mean, how convenient and easy is this routine… right?!?!

I don’t spend a lot of money on skincare products either. To begin with, here’s a picture of ALL the products I use:

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As you can see, my facial skincare products can be easily found at your local drugstore/Sephora/online.

Here’s a quick break down of my facial products with their rough price estimates. All pricing estimates are in Canadian dollars. Prices may vary due to province, promotions and place of purchase. 

  • Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser 148 ml – $7.00
  • Total Solution Gold Snail Cleansing Foam (Price unknown – this was gifted to me and bought from Korea)
  • Nivea Soft 200 ml – $12.00
  • The Body Shop VITAMIN E Refreshing Eyes Cube 4 g – $15.00
  • Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser 177 ml – $20.00
  • Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater 236 ml – $20.00
  • Sephora Green Tea Face Mask – $8.00
  • Burt’s Bees Rejuvenating Eye Masks – $4.00

I use about 4 face and eye masks a month. On a monthly basis I spend about (8×4) + (4×4) = $48.00/month just on face and eye masks. However, most of the products noted above, lasts me more than a month’s use… so it’s really hard to estimate how much I spend a month on facial products.

This is what my weekly skincare routine looks like:

Mornings 

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I start my day by washing my face with COLD WATER, using the Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser. After, I moisturize my face with Nivea Soft and spray my face with Mario Badescu’s Rosewater.

I use cold water every time I cleanse or wash my face because I had been told in the past that cold water helps tighten your pores and minimizes wrinkles!!! I feel like washing my face with cold water really works, not to mention, it’s a great way to wake up your skin in the morning!

 

Before Bed

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I end my day by removing my makeup with makeup wipes. After the makeup is off, I continue to wash all the dirt off my face with Total Solution Gold Snail Cleansing Foam. (USE COLD WATER!!) Then, I moisturize with Nivea soft. On top of that, I massage The Body Shop’s VITAMIN E Refreshing Eyes Cube on my eye bags. To top all of that, I spray more Rosewater!

 

TWICE A WEEK

Twice a week, normally on Sunday and Thursday nights I give my face an extra wash. After washing my face with the Total Solution Gold Snail Cleansing Foam, I then wash my face with Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. Then, I moisturize with Nivea soft and I put The Body Shop’s VITAMIN E Refreshing Eyes Cube on my eye bags. I finish it all up by spraying my face with Mario Badescu’s Rosewater.

 

ONCE A WEEK

I mask after cleansing my face – follow my nightly routine if you want. Or sometimes, I even do my face masks after showering, knowing my skin is clean!

Once a week, normally on Monday or Wednesday nights I mask my face with Sephora’s Green Tea Face Mask for about 15 to 20 minutes. NOTE: I DO NOT RINSE AFTER USING THIS MASK. 

Then, I mask my eye bags with Burt’s Bees Rejuvenating Eye Masks for about 5 to 10 minutes. Again, I DO NOT RINSE AFTER USING THIS MASK!!!

I let all the juices of the masks set in my skin and naturally dry. 

And just like that, my natural face somehow turns out to look like this:

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Hope all of this helps!!! May we all have beautiful, glowing, and flawless facial skin all year round!

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With LOVE,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio