I hope all of you beautiful people had a beautiful thanksgiving wherever you were, with family, friends in cold or warm weather. I was lucky enough to spend an entire week home with my family thanks to my job that allowed me to work remotely on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning - thank you Text100! It was a very relaxing and productive few days. One of my productive projects was an amazefestusa ham soup I made this afternoon. We had ham on Thanksgiving at Nana’s (I know) and we had turkey tonight, Saturday (I know). Last year after Christmas I tried my hand at making soup from the leftover hambone and it came out really, really good. I decided to try again and although it was different than the first time, it came out great too! Here is the basis of the recipe and what I did this time around. Cheers to a healthy and happy holiday season!
- 1 leftover hambone
- Carrots (I had probably about half of a bag of baby carrots)
- Celery (I had probably six or seven large stalks)
- Bell peppers
- 1 can of diced tomatoes WITH juice
- 1 bag of frozen corn
- Italian seasoning
- Black pepper
First step is to place the hambone in a large pot and cover it about halfway with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for about two hours.
While that is making the stock, I chop my veggies - carrots, celery, potatoes, peppers and onions - and some leftover ham, that’s optional though because the ham bone will likely have a lot of meat on it too. This time, we did not have fresh peppers, onions or potatoes so I used frozen peppers and onions that I thawed and drained really well and canned whole potatoes that I rinsed thoroughly and diced. It definitely wouldn’t be my first choice, and I’ll admit I was nervous about it altering the taste, but it worked out totally fine.
After about two hours, I take out the ham bone and strain the stock to get rid of any small bones or fat pieces that fell off. I put the stock back in the pot and added the celery, carrots, ham, peppers, onions, potatoes, a bag of frozen corn and a can of diced tomatoes with its juice. The original recipe also calls for a can of drained kidney beans but we didn’t have those either today. The first time I made it, I used diced tomatoes with basil and I really liked the flavor it gave. Today we just had regular so I added in some Italian season spice and ground black pepper. I didn’t add salt because the ham already had a lot of salty flavor but you can definitely add it in as necessary. After the hambone cooled a bit, I picked off the excess meat from the bone and fat. It’s crazy how much there is that you can’t get when you’re cutting it and how much flavor those pieces have! I roughly chopped and added in the ham. Today I added in about a half of a cup of water because it was a little thick, but that all depends on preference and how much stock was made.
Cover and let simmer for about an hour to an hour and a half, stirring occasionally. If using more fresh vegetables, it may take a little more time for them to get soft, it all depends.
And that’s really it! It’s super easy and the ingredient possibilities are endless. It’s great with a bit of toasty bread, garlic bread or biscuits. Enjoy!
You guys, I think this may be my last or second to last Ipsy Glam Bag. I have sooooo much makeup and thanks to Ipsy, I also have a ton of cute little bags. It’s not that I don’t love it or wouldn’t recommend it though, because I 100% would (esp over Birchbox)! This month I got a TON of full size items and I loved it overall. Maybe I’ll keep it for one more month in December and then cancel. GAH I don’t know what to do. While I pour myself over this dilemma, let’s look at what I got in November’s bag:
em Michelle Phan Lip Gallery Creamy Color Sheer Lipstick in “Miss Moneybag” - $16.50 (Full Size) - I am really excited to finally try something from the em line! From what I’ve seen on YouTube some of the stuff is a bit overpriced for the quality (life palette) but other stuff is really great (waterline eyeliner). This lipstick feels nice and it’s cakey at all. I am on the fence about the color. It’s a bit dark for me, but I think I’ll be able to make it work this winter.
Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon in “Shameless” - $14.00 (Full Size) - I was surprised to find not one but two full size lip products in my bag this month! I won’t complain about that, but I will mention that both the Bombshell Lip Crayon and em Lipsticks are kind of the same color! The crayon definitely has more sparkle, but I like the way it goes on too, very smooth and with a nice pigment of color.
Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer in “Caviar Cocktail” - $13.00 (Full Size) - I’ve never tried a Nailtini polish before and I kind of wish I go the other color that came in this month’s bag - more of a champagne and rose gold color. The silver might be nice for the holidays though!
Pixi Beauty Bronzer in “Subtly Suntouched” - $5.00 - This is more of a highlight than a bronzer to me, but I like it! The packaging is kind of a rubbery pot, not sure how else to describe it haha. The color payoff is subtle, but very pretty.
Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in “Amethyst” - $14.00 (Full Size) - This is probably my least favorite item in the bag this month. At first when I swatched it on my hand I thought it would be a pretty purple liner to wear on my lower lash line. When applying it, the color doesn’t really show up so I put a shadow over it and it worked fine. BUT then when I went to take my eye makeup off, I had glitter everywhere and it was really hard to get off. I think I’ll keep this for only super special sparkle occasions.
HSI Professional Argan Oil - Approx value of 5ml sample: $5.06 - I am all about products that tame my insane frizz. This oil isn’t too heavy and I LOVE that they used a bottle for packaging instead of a foil packet. I. Hate. Foil. Packets. cc Birchbox.
This month’s bag - a cute gold snakeskin print with a wrist strap. It feels kind of papery and cheap, but it’s really cute!
Total Value of November Ipsy Glam Bag: $67.56!!
That is pretty nuts considering the bag is $10.89 a month (NY state tax included) and past month’s have been around $15-$20 in value. Check out what my favorite Allie Mac got in hers - love the looks of that bh Cosmetics shadow! Current verdict: I’ll see what December brings and re-evaluate : )