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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cadbury Chocolate Egg Brownies

A couple weeks ago I decided to whip up a pan of brownies for the Iowa Beef Expo Sale. This is a sale that we attend every year and that we sell cattle in. This year we had a bull and a heifer to sell and they are now living happily with their new owners. Oh course everyone wanted to know where I got my cow sprinkles from.

The boy doesn't eat many sweets, but he reminded me (a few times) of how much he loved the Cadbury Brownies his sister made a few years ago. I had tweaked the recipe with a Rolo brownie version, but promised him I would stick to the original recipe just for him. I actually don't really like Cadbury Eggs, but anything for your love, right?

I will let you in on a recent secret ingredient, though, that I think works no matter what boxed brownie recipe you are making. Swap your vegetable oil or olive oil. I learned this tip from the "Book of Face" so it had to be right. But seriously, I have done this twice now and they are so much more moist.

3 Tablespoons of Water
1/2 cup Olive Oil
2 Eggs
Brownie Mix
8 mini Cadbury Chocolate Eggs

Preheat over to 325 F if using a 8x8 inch pan, 350 F if using a 9x9 inch pan.
Stir brownie mix, water, oil and eggs in medium bowl until well blended. Don't over mix.
Spray pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
Pour mix into pan. Cut Cadbury Mini Eggs in half and insert them into the batter.
Bake for 50-52 minutes in a 8x8 inch pan, or 36-38 minutes in a 9x9 inch pan.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

FarmHer Beauty Swap Review

There really is nothing better than opening up a new box of beauty products. I had such a fun time partnering with the FarmHer gals on this Beauty Swap. Farmers come in all shapes and sizes including those like me that like to wear a little lipstick.

Instead of my traditional review I decided to take the plunge and do a VIDEO. Eek! I am no pro Beauty Video Blogger like my favorites Jaclyn Hill and Mariah Leonard, but it was fun. I was so excited to have Kylie of Gray Girl Farms as my Beauty Swap partner. Kylie and I crossed paths in social media circles a few years ago, but finally got to meet in person at a conference in December, and now she is one of my Keep Collective Arm Party Squad team members.

Here we are with another fellow Beauty Swapper, Alison of Outside the Ag Room at the Ugly Sweater party.

To see more Crystal Cattle Beauty Swap boxes. Follow #ccbeautyswap on Instagram. And be watching for another swap late spring.

I didn't make it quite clear enough in the video, but the lip lacquer is NOT sticky and has great staying power. Make sure you check it and all the other products out.

Killian Korn - most amazing popcorn ever

Ulta Eye Primer - Champagne
Maybelline The Nudes - eyeshadow palette
Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer - Didn't I Tell You
No 28 Hour Glass Primer Serum 
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Long-Wear Liquid Eyeliner - Dark Force


Friday, November 25, 2016

My FarmHer Wardrobe

Not everyday does a camera crew show up at your house to put you, your husband and your cows on T.V. But, last September our family was honored to welcome Marji and the Farmher T.V. crew to our farm so I could share a little bit of my agriculture story. I may not be your typical farm girl, but that is the fun part - there isn't such a thing as a typical farm girl anymore. I wear make-up to the barn and Sperry's on my feet. If you ran into me off the farm you might not think I even look like a farmer or farmHER. I love breaking the stereotype that farms aren't just a men running around in overalls anymore. 

Since, my episode focused on how I love to combine cows, make-up and fashion I thought I would share a few of the things you may have seen in the show. 

1. FarmHer Rodeo Girl T-Shirt - I love Farmher's apparel. Their T-Shirts are super soft and they have a huge Black Friday sale going on right now. 

2. 3/4 Zip Thermal - When I am headed to the barn I am always in a hoodie or a 3/4 zip. I of course love this turquoise one. 

3. Clinique Super City Block - This is one of my favorite make-up products. It has the perfect amount of tint to it and has a really high SPF, which is perfect when I am working outside. 

4. Keep Collective Farmher bracelet - Of course I am a big fan of my Keep Collective bracelet and I love this one that I customized with #farmher. I wear the Mrs charm and two hearts for my husband and I and the arrow to remind me to move forward towards my goals. If you need help putting your own bracelet together let me know! 

5. Sperry Boat Shoes - These are my go to barn shoes. They do not look this clean any more though! I actually love to buy my Sperry's off Poshmark because they are gently used and so much cheaper. 

6. Keep Collective Earrings - I figure if I have to be in the barn I mind as well wear a little sparkle. I love these little pave disc earrings. 

If you missed the Friday night episode on RFD-TV you can catch the show on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. CST, Sundays at 10:00 a.m. CST and Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. CST.  Also, don't forget to check out the the FarmHer Crystal Cattle Beauty Swap

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Crystal Cattle FarmHer Beauty Swap

Are you a make-up junkie? Have a draw full of beauty products? Love getting product suggestions from friends? Well you are in the right place. On Friday, November 25 I am going to making my debut on the FarmHer TV series on RFD-TV. Not only will you get to see our cows, but I share a few of my favorite beauty products as well. If you want to watch be sure to tune in at 8:30 PM CST to RFD-TV. To celebrate the show Marji, the creator of the FarmHer movement and I are co-hosting one of my Crystal Cattle Beauty Swaps.

So how does a Beauty Swap work? Once you have signed up (link) we’ll pair you with another beauty loving blogger (or someone that enjoys Twitter or Instagram). You’ll have a little bit of time to get to know your new social media friend, and then you’ll send each other a gift of beauty products. Sign up for the Beauty Swap will take place Nov. 24-Dec. 2 and is limited to the first 80 people.

By Dec. 4 you’ll receive the name of your partner. Get to know your partner and then be sure to get your package in the mail by December 12. It is really important to follow these deadlines as we have had a few Beauty Swappers send their packages off and get nothing in return :(

Once you have received your box start testing out your new beauty product. We'll host a link up on December 28. Feel free to link up and read all about everyone else's find. Here are link ups from Beauty Swap I, Beauty Swap II, Beauty Swap III, Beauty Swap IV! You don't have to have a blog to participate, but we do ask that you have a social media way to communicate and join in on the fun. Use the hashtag #ccbeautyswap on Twitter or Instagram. Below is a list of a few rules and guidelines. We ask that you try and stick to the rules as closely as possible.

1. Follow the Crystal Cattle and Farmher blogs and Facebook pages.
2. Email your partner within 72 hours of receiving your match. If you haven’t heard from your match after three days are up, let Crystal know and we’ll try and pair you with someone else.
3. Be sure to ask your partner questions about their likes and disklikes, skin tone, preferred colors, etc. or maybe they want to be surprised!
4. Each box should contain a min. of $20 worth of product. Please include one full size item. You may also include samples of products with your one full size item.
5. Items must be new, unless you’ve discussed this with your partner. (Perhaps she loves purple nail polish and you have bottle you know you won’t use anymore.)
6. Packages must be shipped by December 12. If possible it is a good idea to get a tracking number incase something gets lost.
7. Once you receive your package create a post revealing what you received and link up with us on December 28. If you don't have a blog, sign up for the FarmHer Online Community and get your own profile, including a mini blog that filters into the main FarmHer page. 

8. If you do not follow the rules you may forfeit you right to participate in future Beauty Swaps. Crystal Cattle has the right to refuse participation for any reason.
9. Only open to U.S. and Canadian residents. 

Sign up here
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