Quick and Easy Recipes for November: Easy Brownie Truffles

If you haven’t already checked out the last 2 recipes in this series, then you should stop what you are doing and go check them out.  Quick and Easy Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes and Easy Chocolate Croissants.

New recipes every Thursday in November!

For this week I am going to share with you one of my favorite quick and easy recipes, drum roll please….Easy Brownie Truffles!

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I know you are going to love these chocolate goodies. This is the perfect recipe if you want to “fake it, til you make it”, and  your friends and family will be blown away. But little do they know these little balls of deliciousness are semi-homemade.

Here is my recipe for easy brownie truffles!

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Here is what you will need to make these amazing truffles.

 

1 Box of brownie mix of your choice

1 Bag of chocolate melts

Directions:

  1. Follow the instructions on the back of the brownie mix
    • Note: use milk in place of water and add a splash of Vanilla extract
  2. Let the brownies cool completely
  3. Once cooled cut the edges of the brownies off (feel free to eat and enjoy)
  4. Use your hands or a fork to crumble the large square of brownie
  5. Take about half a handful or a tablespoon of the brownie crumble into the palm of your hand and roll it into a ball, and then place it on a piece of parchment paper.
  6. Once you have all of the balls rolled out place them in the freezer to chill for about 30 minutes.
  7. Once chilled remove from freezer
  8. Melt your chocolate melts based on the instructions of the package
  9. Dip the balls into the chocolate until evenly coated all around
  10. Place on parchment paper or a cooling rack for the chocolate to dry.
  11. Chill in your refrigerator for about an hour and enjoy!

If you would like to decorate them, you can choose any toppings of your choice. But make sure to add your toppings will the chocolate is still melted and not hard. Some of my favorite toppings to use are finely chopped walnuts, sprinkles, white chocolate drizzled on top, or caramel drizzled on top.

If you make these brownie truffles, be sure to post a photo on your social media and tag me in your post.

Enjoy!

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Savvy San Diego Living: Brazilian Steakhouse Date for under $100

Is it possible to go to a Brazilian Steakhouse and spend less than $100.00 for 2 People?

The answer is YES!

If you are a savvy person like myself, you can treat yourself and husband and/or spouse to a fabulous Brazilian Steakhouse experience.

For the last couple of years my husband has been wanting to try a Brazilian steakhouse because he heard you get unlimited meat. As soon as he heard unlimited meat, that was it. He did not want to go to any other steakhouse until he had a chance to try a Brazilian steakhouse first.

So this year for his birthday I figured I would surprise him and take him to his first Brazilian steakhouse. After doing some research I quickly found out that going to a Brazilian steakhouse is a full on experience and for this “Experience” it was going to cost you. Mind you I had a strict budget that I did not want to exceed for his birthday weekend. I wasn’t going to spend half my budget on going to a steakhouse LOL.

Thank goodness I was flexible and creative. I did a lot of research and found the best Brazilian Steakhouse in San Diego.

First I knew that I wanted my husband to get the “FULL” Brazilian Steakhouse experience. And for myself, I am not an all you can eat type of girl. So I was hoping that they had another option for me.In doing my research I ended up making reservations at Fogo De Chao; not only was it ranked the best via Yelp, this Brazilian steakhouse is also in Brazil.

Because I made my reservation early I was able to get promotional emails from the restaurant. And when looking to save on anything the best thing to do is sign up for their mailing list. The first promotional email they sent me included a coupon for $15.00 off, and this coupon came in so handy in helping me save money. Once I received the coupon, I read that it was also good for lunch. Once I read that, I double checked the website to see what the cost of having lunch is verses dinner… and let me tell you I quickly changed this surprise from a dinner to a lunch experience (LUNCH $34.95 DINNER $52.95). Right there i already cut the cost about 35% and I still have a $15.00 off coupon.

The moral of going to a Brazilian Steakhouse for under $100 is…

First: Do your research

Second: Sign up for their mailing list

Third: It’s okay to have a lunch date


Now that we got the savings out of the way, let me tell you about our actual experience at Fogo De Chao.

So the day had finally arrived, I surprised my husband and pulled up at Fogo De Chao in Downtown San Diego. My husband was so excited. As soon as we walked through the door the hostess knew exactly who we were, and she sat us right away. We did not even have to wait 2 seconds. Once we were at our table it seemed like not even 30 seconds later one of the servers came over and somehow knew it was our first time there. She literally explained everything down to the cut of meats to us, and answered all of our questions and really took her time with us. I must say this was the best customer service experience that I have had in San Diego since moving to here in 2005. Not only did she explain everything, but I told her that I was not a big all-you-can eat person and she helped me find a middle ground as I did want the full experience of the Brazilian Steakhouse but not really (if that makes any sense).

After we knew what we were doing, we ordered our “adult beverages” and headed over to the most amazing salad bar ever. Once we had our first round of food from the salad bar, we headed back to our table and then the ballet of meats started. There were so many different meats going around and around, the meat cutters came by our table and cut meat on meat on meat for my husband. It was kind of an amazing experience and not to mention the food was absolutely delicious.

Once my husband couldn’t eat another bite, one of the servers came over gave my husband a dessert menu and said “Happy Birthday choose any dessert you want on us”.

After 2 full meals or “Experiences” , 2 “Adult Beverages”, dessert, Tip (a really good tip), and paying for valet parking, I only ended up spending a total of $91.00.

Again I have to say the food was AMAZING, the customer service was AMAZING, our whole experience was AMAZING! It was worth every penny. I can honestly say that we will be back for dinner and pay full price because it was so worth it. Okay just kidding, I will not be paying full price because… They sent me a $25.00 off coupon for my birthday, a $25.00 off coupon just because, and restaurant week in San Diego is coming up on September 25th ($40.00 per person) so I will not be paying full price anytime soon LOL!

If you are ever in San Diego you must give Fogo De Chao a try, you will not regret it. And don’t forget to sign up for their mailing list to get your coupon.

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Influenster – #RefreshVoxBox Review

Hey Guys,

I just wanted to share that I received my first Influenster VoxBox and I am very excited to share my unbiased opinion on the products that I received in my Refresh VoxBox.

Let’s get started…

Beanitos Chips – Retail Price $3.49

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If you are looking for a healthy alternative to potato chips or tortilla chips, this may be the product for you. Beanitos Chips are naturally full of fiber, protein, free of preservatives, and completely non-GMO and gluten-free. I personally am not a fan of these chips as I am not a huge bean eater, I could definitely  tell that these chips are made of beans and I would not personally purchase these. But if you are a bean lover these would be perfect for you.

 

CoverGirl UltraSmooth Foundation – Retail Price $12.99-$16.99

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So I was so excited to try this foundation, but the color (860 Classic Tan) that I received was a bit lighter than my skin tone. So I really did not get to test the foundation the way that I wanted to, so I cannot give an honest review, but I will be purchasing this foundation in the correct color so that I can really try it out. But I must say, I did enjoy the texture and coverage that the UltraSmooth foundation gave me. The CoverGirl UltraSmooth Foundation has the innovative Olay serum in it and it comes with a smoothing applicator for you to apply the foundation to get a really smooth finish. So once I purchase the correct color for my skin tone I will give you all an updated review.

 

L’Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream – Retail Price $5.00 (8ml)/$28.00 (50ml)

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I happen to LOVE L’Occitane products, so when I saw that the Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream was in my #RefreshVoxBox I couldn’t wait to try it. I used this as a night moisturizer and day time moisturizer for my face, and I absolutely loved it. From first looking at the cream, I thought that the cream was going to be heavy on my skin and leave me feeling oily. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was very light and not oily at all. I have continued to use this product  and will be repurchasing it once I run out.  So this is one product so far that I would definitely recommend.

 

Montagne Jeunesse Face Masques – Retail Price $1.49

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I recently have been trying  to face masques to add in my skin maintenance routine, and of course there was a Montagne Jeunesse Face Masque in my box. The face masque that I received was the Manuka Honey Peel Off masque. I tried this as soon as I finished filming my RefreshVoxBox Unboxing for my YouTube channel (click here to view). And oh my goodness, I instantly fell in LOVE with this masque. The texture was so smooth and the smell of honey was amazing. This masque left my skin feeling so fresh,  so clean and not to mention it peeled off so easy, I really enjoyed using this product so much.

I have seen the Montagne Jeunesse Face Masques everywhere lately and I will be purchasing this product as well as trying some of their other masques. I definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a great cleansing face masque.

 

Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars – Retail Price $1.49- $5.99

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I love a good nutrition bar and I received the Dark Chocolate Pretzel Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bar and I must say, it was pretty good. I wasn’t sure about this bar because I am not a dark chocolate girl, and I was like “Pretzel in a Nutrition Bar, WHAT?!”. I would recommend this bar to anyone who enjoys a good nutrition bar because it was so good.

 

Listerine Pocketpaks – Retail Price $1.40

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First of all let me say, I have tried these Listerine Pocketpaks in the past and I am not a fan of them at all. I cannot stand the texture of them dissolving on my tongue, it makes me cringe just thinking about it.  I know there are a lot of people out there that love these things but I am not one of them, so I would not recommend these. I much prefer the Listerine PocketMist over the Listerine Pocketpaks.

 

DenTek Comfort Clean Floss Picks – Retail $1.39

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I LOVE these things, I use them all of the time. I am so happy that I received this in my box because I was almost out of mine. The reason I love these DenTek Comfort Clean Floss Picks is because it is so much easier for me to floss with them and they are so gentle on my gums. I have tried other brands and regular floss as well, but I keep coming back to these. I recommend these to everyone especially if you have sensitive gums like me.

 

I hope you all enjoyed the review of my first Influenster #RefreshVoxBox.

Have a great week!

  “I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”

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Nail Polish LOVE

I must admit, I have a bit of a nail polish obsession.

 Nail Polish Love - VSI was going through my extensive nail polish collection today looking for a nice light pink color to paint my nails, and I decided to use the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish in the color 160 Mauve It. Mind you this nail polish has been sitting unused in my collection forever. I have never really used Sally Hansen nail polishes as I was stuck on using a few of my other go to brands.

 With that being said, I am so glad that I decided to use this nail polish.  I must say I am loving yes LOVING this nail polish and the color. The nail polish goes on so smooth, it dries so quick, and it is very inexpensive,  I mean what’s not to love about that. This Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish is the business *in my Wendy Williams voice*.

Just thought I would share, have  a Fabulous Saturday!

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Frizzio

Starbucks Frizzio Handcrafted Sodas

I know my blog may be a bit all over the place as I am trying to figure out how to be a “blogger”.  So what the HECK, I am going to do what I want to do…So here we go!

This is a bit of a late post, but yesterday was one of those days. Tuesday just dragged on and dragged on, I could not focus on anything I was doing. So bizarre, Right? Any who, apparently I was not the only one going through this. One of my co-workers ran to Starbucks and came back with these 2 drinks. I was like what are these, and when did Starbucks start making soda??? I know I am so late with this.

As I took the first sip of my Spiced Root Beer Frizzio, I wasn’t sure about what was going on with my tastbuds. It was like a strange party in my mouth, but by the third sip, I fell in LOVE! You can taste the Root Beerness of it, yes Root Beerness LOL! And the cinnamon; and then a spicy kick from the nutmeg and clove, It taste like Fall in my mouth. Now I am on a mission to taste the rest of these hand-crafted sodas.

I must say, that I was so grateful and thankful for my co-worker thinking enough of me to bring me a drink from Starbuck and for sharing this new wonderful Frizzio drink with me (it’s the little things that make me happy). This just totally made my day, and it gave me the kick I needed to focus and start getting some work done 🙂

You have to check out these drinks if you have not already, they just might change the way your day is going.

Stay Vivacious!

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