Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bite: Super Bowl Sunday Cheeseburger Bites

Super Bowl Sunday is way more than just football. It's about the commercials, half-time, and most importantly the food. Wings. Nachos. Dips. Pizza - are all of our favorite game time foods - but this Sunday I'm going to add another recipe to the table: bun-less cheeseburger bites. 
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These bites are super simple to make and are easily customizable. You could have a table set up for building your own mini burger and leave out all the toppings so others can make it themselves. You could even provide chicken, tofu, or portobello mushrooms for guests who may not want beef. 
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2 pounds ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
6 ounces uncured, nitrate free bacon
24 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups red leaf lettuce, chopped
8 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 48 pieces
optional: pickles

Thousand Island Dip
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sugar free ketchup
2 tablespoons chopped dill pickle
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine the first 5 ingredients together in a bowl.
Using about 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture, make 48 mini patties or meatballs.
Place them on a foil lined baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes.
Cool slightly to handle.
While the mini burgers are baking, cook the bacon in a skillet but remove before crisp. Drain on paper towel and break into 48 pieces.
To assemble burgers on toothpick start with a tomato half, pickle, bacon, lettuce, cheese and burger.
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I'm so looking forward to making these!! What snacks do you plan to have for the game on Sunday?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself

Last week a friend called and said "you need to change your About Me on your blog. As you have evolved, so should your About Me. This way, when new readers visit your site, they will see that you are now working for yourself like you mentioned you've always wanted to do in your old post. They will also see that SIX EIGHTY EIGHT is not only a blog, but a brand. And why are your pics so serious, do you have any others that you can post that show your real personality?" Well, hello to you too was my response - but she was right. Man, what would we do without our friends and family to give us a good ol' kick in the ass? 

After I got off the phone with her, I called my sister and said "we need to do a photoshoot this weekend." Without question, she said "ok, cool, when do you want to do it?" - God I love her. So this past Saturday afternoon, we roamed the city in the snow and freezing cold and ended up with some great updated pics of me. As my friend said, I really am not a serious person at all, yet most pictures of me on social media portray me to be that way. While I wouldn't say I have 50 shades, there are several sides to me (mostly silly, sassy, sometimes serious, and a little sarcastic...ok, maybe a lot) - and it's about time you get to know the "real me". So without further ado - allow me to reintroduce myself:
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I'm definitely still a work in progress - by NO means have I completely evolved as I have so much more learning, growing, and healing to do. As I continue to evolve, so will my About Me.... so come on ride the train - hey ride it - woo woo (remember that song? - hahaha...ok goodbye.)

Have a good one peeps!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Weekend Plans + Friday Finds

As an entrepreneur/freelancer/shop girl the days all mesh together as one long work day. It's amazing, fun, a little stressful (ok - a lot), but everyday I wake up excited to check off the boxes on my ever growing to-do list.  I still look forward to the weekends, but the difference now is that I don't live for the weekends. I no longer want to rush the week away just so I can get to Saturday and Sunday. It's amazing in such a short(ish) period of time how I'm changing. It's kind of incredible.

Next week I have so many exciting things to share with you. New products (not jewelry) will be available in the shop and a pretty big giveaway will be announced (ATTENTION favorite readers: the giveaway will only be announced on the blog and Instagram (no Facebook or Twitter), limited quantities will be available, and first-come-first-served only). Needless to say - check back often next week as you don't want to be left out! And... needless to say - I'll be working all weekend:
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1. I reluctantly purchased the magazine Where Women Create Business because it was $15, but my sister convinced me that I needed to buy it and... it has been worth every cent. Every single page is an inspiration. I haven't highlighted and tagged this much since I was in college. If you have your own business, or are thinking of starting one - this magazine is well worth the investment.

2. This past week I've opted for lemon water vs. coffee in the morning. Here are the benefits

3. Nanaimo Bars aka Ice Cream bars - yes please!!!

4. How to make your own Restoration Hardward pipe shelving - definitely going on my DIY must-make list!

5. 30-day Minimalism Challenge - could you do it? Do you want to do it with me?

6. I was very skeptical about watching a cooking show with Haylie Duff - you know, Hillary Duff's (aka Lizzie McGuire) older sister, but I'm telling you - it may just be my favorite cooking show (other than G. Garvin, my man crush) on TV. Have I ever mentioned my obsession with cooking shows? Anyway, you should definitely check it out. It's called The Real Girl's Kitchen and you can catch it on the Cooking Channel. Once you watch it, let me know what you think!

7. I watched this video on Love & Entrepreneurship and then immediately purchased this book afterwards. It arrived yesterday afternoon (thank you Amazon Prime), I finished it last night (it's only 57 pages), and will read it again, and again, and again. You should too! 

Enjoy your weekend loves!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to Repurpose Your Candle Jars

I think I've mentioned this before but I have an obsession with fragrances. I love perfumes, lotions, scrubs, room sprays, candles...anything that smells good - sign me up! In the mornings I like to light a candle as part of my ritual to help me welcome a new day in a positive frame of mind. When picking out a candle of course I choose one with the best scent, but I also like to select candles that look like my design aesthetic because I like to style them around my house. My favorites are (Voluspa, Atelier Cologne, and Le Labo). The great thing about having great looking candles, is that you can recycle the jars after you are finished with them. I like to use mine to hold my makeup brushes and bathroom essentials, but you could also use them to hold your paint brushes, pens, pencils, markers...the options are endless. 
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Let's keep it real - before you can turn your candle jar into a storage jar, you have to remove that list bit of wax which is always a bitch. I've tried all types of different ways to remove the wax, but the directions below by far work the best and are the easiest:
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The key is to get that paper towel in there when those last bits of wax are still liquid. They should cling to the towel without effort. 

If you have to scrub, add more hot water and wait a minute, then try again. Except for a little windex or vinegar at the end (optional), there should be no rubbing or elbow grease at all. Rubbing = smearing, and the last thing you want is wax smeared all over your glass container.

Note: Don’t do this process in your sink or on your nice counter top. Lay down an old rag or newspaper. You don’t want to have to scrape hardened wax bits off your table or your drain.

How have you repurposed your candle jars? Or heck, your spaghetti sauce jars, baby food jars....you get where I'm going...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Shop Etsy: Dare To Be Domestic Lucite Wall Calendars

Ahhhh....how can you not love Etsy? Yesterday, while scrolling through Instagram, I saw a picture that Apartment Therapy posted that stopped me in my tracks. I immediately went into "I have to find this calendar now" mode and luckily I located it on Etsy at the Dare to Be Domestic shop owned by Derrick Johnson

It's been a long time since I've said I "had to have" something, but I just have to have this! Not only is it a calendar that can help you keep organized, but it's also a piece of art that can be hung in any room. 
Lucite Wall Calendar 1
Derrick Johnson, President of Dare To Be Domestic 
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Amazing right? Have. To. Have. To read more about Dare To Be Domestic, click here and enjoy!