Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Chronicurls x Treluxe Giveaway!

What's better than having a box of a new hair goodies show up at your door?  When they are FREE new hair goodies!!!  Luckily, TreLuxe is offering 2 of my Instagram followers a chance to win 2 of my favorite products from their hair care line, the Untie the Knot leave-in conditioner and the Curl Supreme styling creme.  And in case you missed out, check out my written review here and see my YouTube video here.   Since this is an  Instagram contest, you must be following me @chronicurls and @discovertreluxe on Instagram and fill out the form below!  The contest ends on Saturday, May 3rd at 11:59 CST.  Good luck to all and thanks for entering!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In the Kitchen || Chopped Salad with a Tomato Vinaigrette

Let's set the record straight ... vegetables are typically not a part of my daily routine.  But this "salad" right here has changed my life!  A friend and I went to Yard House this past weekend for a quick bite and for some reason I was inclined to order a side salad (secretly, I was pretending to be healthy).  I ordered the Chopped Salad and to my surprise it was not really a salad at all.  I was expecting, well ... lettuce!  Lemme just say it was the best non-salad salad I've ever had.  And to top it off there was BACON.  That's right bacon!  So, here I am, 4 days later attempting to recreate these chopped vegetables of yummy goodness.  And the best part about this recipe is that you can take out or add any other veggies you like!  The bacon, however, is mandatory.  So, if you're sitting around eating just bacon with a tomato vinaigrette, you can thank me later. 

For the vinaigrette: in a small bowl, add the tomato paste, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, EVOO, parsley, honey, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper.  Whisk until creamy.  Set aside.

For the salad: in a medium bowl, add diced tomatoes, cucumbers, green onion, celery, corn, and cilantro.

Top with cooked bacon and the prepared vinaigrette.  Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon.  Garnish with avocado slices.  Enjoy! 

Chopped Salad with a Tomato Vinaigrette

Tomato Vinaigrette ingredients:
Tomato paste, 2 tablespoons
Juice of 1 lemon
Worsetershire sauce, 1/2 tablespoon
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1/2 cup
Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tablespoon
Honey, 1 tablespoon
Chopped parsley (fresh or dry), 1 tablespoon
Black pepper, to taste

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until creamy, set aside. 

Chopped Salad ingredients:
Bacon, 4 slices 
Cherry tomatoes, chopped, 1/2 cup
Cucumber, 1/2 cup, diced 
Celery, 1/2 cup, diced 
Corn, fresh or frozen, 1 cup 
Green onion, diced, 2 tablespoons 
Cilantro, chopped, 2 tablespoons
Avocado for garnish (optional)

Directions: In a fry pan, cook 4 slices of back on medium heat.  Flip the bacon after 4-5 minutes and continue to cook until crispy.  Blot off excess grease with a paper towel and chop (or crumble) in 1 inch pieces.  Set aside. 
In a medium bowl, add the tomatoes, cucumber, celery, corn, green onion, and cilantro.  Top with the bacon and prepared vinaigrette, mix the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.  Top with sliced avocado. 

xo Lianne


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

If you love it, It will grow ...

I remember it like it was yesterday ... It was 2 years ago that I moved from Hampton, Virginia to San Antonio.  One of my best friends was making the drive with me (24 hours) and at that point I had been transitioning to natural hair for a little over 11 months.  Since Atlanta was on the way, I made an appointment at this exclusive hair salon to have the rest of my relaxed ends chopped off so I would have a fresh start in San Antonio.  Well, long story short, I missed my appointment and instead of having a professional do my chop, my friend cut my hair in a hotel bathroom .  That's right ... a hotel bathroom.  There was hair EVERYWHERE!  I remember thinking at the time "I hope the housekeeping staff doesn't think I've committed a crime and am trying to hide my identity by chopping off my hair."  So I washed my hair, threw some conditioner on it and thought I was cute ... until my hair dried.  I washed it again.  Same result.  My hair was in a state of SHOCK.  It was drier than the Sahara Desert and I had no idea what to do with it.  

Since then, I've come a long way.  2 years to be exact.  After countless hours of watching YouTube videos and reading blog posts, I've learned a few things along the way.  So, you want tips?  I got 'em ...

                                                April 2012                  March 2014

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