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Boxycharm Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

Boxycharm Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

Boxycharm is a beauty subscription box that costs $21 per month. They feature makeup, skin care, and hair care products, and their website states that they send 4 to 5 full-sized or luxury-sized beauty products in each box. The company guarantees the box value to be over $100.

Boxycharm is my all time favorite subscription box. If I had to get rid of all of my boxes but one (what a sad world THAT would be), I would keep Boxycharm without thinking twice.

 



 

For me, no other box delivers the fantastic value of Boxycharm. Every month I find myself wondering how they can send so many amazing and EXPENSIVE products, but only charge $21! It rocks my socks!

You can sign up here.

 

 

The Box:

Here is this month’s box:

 

 

So the theme for this month is “ROCK 2018,” apropos for January of course. I have to say, from this viewpoint, my box is looking pretty damn good!

 

 

 

The first thing I always check out is the info card:

 

 

I like their information cards because most boxes don’t list retail prices. Boxycharm is always honest with their retail price listings too. I’m glad, because it’s really frustrating when sub boxes try to make products seem more expensive than they are. But Boxycharm is always right on with their information.

 

 

Okay, now for the goodies! The first item I see get’s me really excited, because Dr. Brandt is one of my very favorite brands. I don’t get to buy it in real life because it’s pretty spendy. So I adore any of their products coming in my sub boxes. This is the Pores No More Luminizer Primer:

 

 

 

I have been wanting to try this product for quite a while. It is very highly reviewed all over the internet. Apparently it creates a wonderful glow to your skin without making it look or feel greasy. It also helps reduce the size of your pores, and it really brightens up dull skin. I’m excited to try this out!

According to Boxycharm, this bottle retails for $38. However, you can get it on sale here for only $28.88.

 

 

The next item in this month’s box is IT Cosmetics Brow Power.

 

 

I’m excited to see this, because I am at the very end of my favorite (Anastasia Brow Wiz) brow pencil. When I opened the package, I saw this cute little message:

 

 

I really love positive little messages in my sub boxes!

 

 

So the pencil looks like your standard eyebrow pencil, which is perfect for me. The shade is Universal Taupe. Taupes work well for me because my hair is light brown/dark blonde (depending on the time of year), but my brows are usually just a little bit darker than that. Yay! Score!

The information card puts the retail value of this pencil at $24. You can get it here for $24.97.

 

 

RealHer Makeup

 

 

Alrighty then! Next up is this lovely Pur Bronze & Brighten palette:

 

 

The colors are gorgeous. A bronzer, a blush, and a highlighter. I really love how peachy coral the blush is. I’ll probably save this for summertime, because to me, it’s screaming sunshine.

Boxycharm says the retail value of this palette is $34. Sure enough, Pur ‘s website sells it for $34. However, it’s currently out of stock right now. It’s a VERY popular palette.

 

 

Moving on, we have the Crown Pro Glam Metals Palette:

 

 

If this isn’t a gorgeous palette, then I’m a monkey’s uncle! I just LOVE the design on the palette, and the colors! Oh MY! They are so pretty! See them swatched below. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of getting palettes from Boxycharm.

Boxycharm says this retails for $25, but I couldn’t find it for that price. On the Crown website you can get it for $29.99.

 

 

La Roche-Posay- ACD

 

 

This month’s last item confused me a bit. It’s the Girlactik Matte Lip Paint, obviously.

 

 

However, that’s not what is listed on my card. Apparently I was supposed to get Grande Cosmetics Grandelips Hydrating Lip Plumper. Oh well, I’m actually really digging the color of this Girlactik Matte Lip Paint. The shade is called Posh, and it’s sort of an orangey-plum color.

 

 

But my very favorite thing about this lip paint is the texture. I love matte lip colors, but I have noticed that often times when you press your lips together, even after it’s completely dry, there’s a weird sort of dry-sticky texture to it. Not so with this Girlactik Matte Lip Paint. I would say this is almost a mix between a matte lip and a lip stain. I’m really into it!

So the information card is not correct, as I received a different item. But the retail value of the Girlactik Matte Lip Paint is $23 on their website, which is just a little less than the item I should have received.

 

 

Here are the swatches:

 

 

The nine swatches on top are the Glam Metals Palette. The horizontal line is the Girlactik Matte Lip Paint, and the three on the bottom are the Pur Bronze & Brighten Palette. I didn’t swatch the brow liner because they all kind of look the same. I forgot to get a dab of the primer.

 

The Verdict:

I feel like Boxycharm really nailed it this month! In fact, this is probably my favorite box I’ve ever gotten from Boxycharm. I was a little worried, because my Ipsy Glam Bag this month wasn’t my favorite. It seemed like they just threw all the extra crap they had from last year and tried to make a bag out of it.

Not so with Boxycharm. This January bag has TWO palettes in it, plus a Dr. Brandt item, a brow liner, and a nice lip color. What’s not to love?

Let’s check out the value though, to make sure that it rocks!

According to the information card, this month’s box has $148 worth of product in it. However, since one of my items was incorrect, and some of the prices I found were slightly different than Boxycharm’s, my calculated value is $140.84. Pretty close.

Again, the cost of the box is $21/ month.  What an awesome value, right? Like I said, in my book, no other beauty subscription box even compares in value for the price!

I am not paid or affiliated with Boxycharm in any way. My monthly subscription comes from my own pocket, like everyone else. I just love them THAT much!

Again, I highly recommend signing up! If you sign up using my referral link (here it is again), we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

 

See ya later Broads!

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Ipsy Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

Ipsy Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

Ipsy is a fantastic monthly subscription box, created by beauty influencer Michelle Phan, as well as Marcelo Camberos and Jennifer Goldfarb. It’s been around since 2011, and is the very first subscription box I ever tried back in 2015.

When you sign up, you complete a beauty profile quiz, which determines the products you receive in your bag. Some subscribers don’t think the quiz makes much of a difference, but I have noticed I almost never get hair products, which was what I specifically stated in my beauty quiz that I didn’t want. It seems like they’re listening.

 

Elaine Turner

 

I stick with Ipsy because it’s only $10 a month, you get 4 or 5 deluxe-sized or full-sized products that always come in a cute little makeup bag, and the company’s website says the value of each bag is around $50.

Another thing I LOVE about Ipsy is that you get points for reviewing the products in the bag, and you get to trade in your points for extra items. I’ve gotten several awesome items from my points, like a full-sized concealer, an eye shadow palette, and a crystal nail file.

It’s also exciting because your bag comes in a bright pink shiny bubble mailer. Every time I see that super shiny pink in my mailbox my heart flutters with happiness!

Let’s check out January’s box!

 

The Box

I guess it’s more of a bag than a box. Here it is:

 

 

Isn’t this month’s bag CUTE?

Here’s a better look at it:

 

 

I love the sporty look, which goes along with this month’s theme, “Game Face.” Every month there is a card included explaining the month’s chosen theme, like so:

 

 

This is the perfect theme for January! It’s a fresh year, and we all have goals. So Ipsy is encouraging us to put on our game face and conquer our goals.

I especially like that this month’s card serves more than just the purpose of giving information. The back side has a spot where you can write down your goal, and put it somewhere you can see it and be motivated. Great idea, Ipsy!

 

Okay, so let’s see these products!

First off, we have Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Microfacial Exfoliating Mask.

 

 

I’ve never tried this or any other products from Dermelect. However, since moving to Flagstaff, the dry air has really been taking a toll on my skin. So I welcome any sort of skin products in my sub boxes right now. I will definitely try this.

This sample says it’s 15 ml or 1/2 ounce. You can get the full-sized bottle, 2.7 ounces, on Dermelect’s website for $38. That means our sample-sized bottle’s value is about $7.

 

Next up is this cute little bottle of Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo:

 

 

I’m a daily user of dry shampoo, as much for the volumizing effects as for the oil-sapping benefits. I haven’t tried this kind. According to Oribe’s website, this product is supposed to give your hair UV protection, and it’s also vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free. Pretty cool.

As far as value, the full-sized (286 ml) bottle is priced at $44. Get it here. Our sample size is 43 ml, making it’s approximate value $6.62.

 

For our next item, we have the City Color Contour Palette:

 

 

City Color always strikes me as a pretty low-end brand. I’ve never really sought out their products, because they usually look so cheap. I’m not against inexpensive or drugstore brands by any means. But I mean, just LOOK at it. This is a brand new palette and it looks all banged up.

The value is not very high. Their full-sized version sells for $6.99 here, and this palette is a little over half the size of the full-sized version. So the approximate value is about $3.90.

See it swatched below.

 

Moving on, here is our next item, a Dirty Little Secret eyeshadow pot:

 

 

Dirty Little Secret is a brand I really like. I have never found a product of theirs that I didn’t like. This eyeshadow is pretty unique, not a color I see a lot. It’s called Sangria. You can see it swatched below.

This is a full-sized product! Woohoo! It retails for $12 on the DLS website, although it’s not currently in stock. You can get it on pre-order though.

 

Our last item is another full-sized product, the NYX Lingerie Lip:

 

 

The shade is #07, which is Satin Ribbon, a nice nude beige. I’m a big fan of NYX. It’s one of those brands that’s affordable, but compares in quality and value to higher end makeup companies. This lip lingerie dries very matte, and stays put for a LONG time. See it swatched below.

Like I said, this is a full-sized product, so the retail price is $7 on the NYX website.

Here are the products swatched:

 

 

The top left three are the City Color Contour Pallette, to the right of them is the DLS Eyeshadow Pot, and underneath is the NYX Lip Lingerie.

 

 

La Roche-Posay- ACD

 

The Verdict

So this month’s bag wasn’t my favorite. The City Color Contour Palette was a miss for me. But I was happy with the DLS eyeshadow and the NYX Lingerie Lip color, the only two full-sized products in the bag.

As far as value, I paid $10, and the approximate value of all the products in the bag is $36.52. That’s a little disappointing, because the bags are usually around $50 in value.

I am not paid or affiliated with Ipsy in any way. I buy a monthly subscription like everyone else.

Although January’s bag was a disappointment, I still highly recommend signing up, because most of the time Ipsy gets it right. If you sign up using my referral link, we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

 

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? If so, what’d you think of your January bag? Let me know in the comments!

 

XO Broads!

 

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Bring It Like a Broad: See the World Through Madelyn May’s Lens

It’s that time again, Broads!

Last month we introduced a new interview series here on The Bonafide Broad called Bring it Like a Broad! Each month, this series features a real life Broad who inspires those around her, by doing the extraordinary everyday.

We hope that celebrating these special ladies and their accomplishments will help each of us to believe in the possibility and the reality of our own goals and dreams.

 



 

In case you missed it, our December Broad was Grace Garfield. She is a totally rad 20-year-old who founded A Helping Hand Global, a nonprofit that creates Feminine Care Kits for women in need, and is expanding to do so much more!

The response was awesome, and confirmed to us that we are on the right track with this series.

It’s time to introduce our January Broad!

 

The Broad

Meet Madelyn May.

 

Madelyn taking a self-portrait

 

She is not only one of the most driven, determined, and inspiring Broad’s I’ve ever met, but I also have the privilege of being related to her. She is my cousin.

Madelyn and I spent quite a bit of time together before my parents were divorced, when we were girls. I have always reserved a special space in my heart for her, and I knew from a young age that she was different. She was going to have good life. Even if she didn’t know it yet. Because she was going to make her life exactly the way she wanted it.

I’m happy to say my intuition was correct. Although we haven’t been able to be as close as we were when we were girls, I’ve watched this Broad from a distance, and my heart swells seeing the person she has become.

She is stunning, on the inside and out, and I’m honored that she was willing to do this interview, so all you Broads can see what I see in her!

Let’s get to know her!

 

The Interview

ME: Who are you? Describe yourself to me, the person you are.

MADELYN: Oh man, this is a hard one. Isn’t this what we’re all searching for? “Who we are”… as if we aren’t constantly changing? I’ll try my best to answer.

 

Madelyn working at a wedding

 

My name is Madelyn. My friends and family wonder how I have time to do all the things I do. I guess that describes me, not just busy, but always trying new things and growing the things I love. I have a lot of “drive” as my family says. I get my energy from my grandmother.

I think people limit themselves daily and sometimes I catch myself doing the same. I don’t want the average life. I want the freedom to do what I want when it really matters. I am always hustlin’ and grindin’ but when I do get a break, I make sure that it’s spent with people that matter the most to me.

Oh, and I am a social worker and a photographer….yes both! Talk about stress and being busy. Keep reading to hear more.

 

ME: What projects/ businesses are you currently focusing on?

MADELYN: PHOTOGRAPHY….hands down.

 

Madelyn May Photography’s company logo

 

In photographer years I have only been doing this for a short time.  My fiance bought me my first camera as a gift and I just dove in head first.

I started with free/cheap shoots to build my portfolio and website, and then I started charging based off time spent. I found some photography mentors to help me with MANY questions, I took classes, and I sat on YouTube for hours and hours. Also, I found some Facebook groups with other photographers to learn from them.

But I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my fiance. Not just because he bought me my first camera, but because he is the one that taught me not to limit myself and not to have a basic life just because it’s easier that way.  When I’ve doubted myself he questions my doubts and helps me move past them.

What I love the most about photography is that my creativity is unbounded. I get to help couples capture the images they’ve always wanted, but didn’t think were possible. I get to listen to love stories and see couples connect through my lens. Photography will always be in my life. Even if I fail, I will never stop.

 

Photograph by Madelyn May Photography

 

What’s happening right now? My next project will be in the spring. I have another amazing idea for a shoot, so stay tuned! Madelyn May Photography will have a lot of changes coming soon. I am going to be focusing on adventurous epic shit! It will be life changing. I can’t wait!

Also, I have a super messy craft room full of stuff that I love to do. I love to hand letter, watercolor, knit (I am pretty fucking good and this was my first business), crochet, make candles, sew, scrapbook, and so much more. These are fun outlets for me.

Another outlet is the outdoors: camping, hiking, dirt bike riding, finding new locations for photo shoots.

 

Photograph by Madelyn May Photography

 

ME: What is your background?

MADELYN: I am a social worker and a photographer. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oregon in Family and Human Services.

I went to college to be a probation officer for juveniles because I wanted to help those kids who were dealt a bad hand and had to find family in the wrong areas. I know how it is to grow up in an less-than-ideal environment and I want to give back.  Now I work with the same kids, just in a little different way. I am also helping the parents who were probably dealt an even worse hand.

When I said “I know how it is…” I meant it. I wouldn’t say I had a normal upbringing, or anything even close to that. At a young age, my siblings and I had to grow up VERY fast. People say I am an old soul often, but they don’t know why. I may be 28, but I feel like I am 38 (which can be a curse).

My childhood wasn’t peachy, but it’s exactly why I am who I am today. It’s all about perspective. I could use [my past] as a crutch, or I could use it to change the world. This is why I am a social worker, why I want a better life for my future children, and why I choose to do what I love. Because that’s the point of life, right? To not waste it?

Helping people is my passion, but what really keeps me going is being creative. It’s what gets my heart pumping and my wheels turning, to where it’s hard to sleep at night because I am so fucking excited! Photography is one of my creative channels, among others. Photography really has me asking myself often…”Is this real life?”

 

Photograph by Madelyn May Photography

 

ME: What did you want to do with your life when you were young? How old were you when you began making your life plans and setting goals, and why do you think that was the magic age for you?

MADELYN: I didn’t have any idea until senior year of high school… and I thought it was either going to be in the military or college. I started college and thought I wanted to be a web designer. So I attended a class to write code and make a website, and I hated it.

I attended photography, drawing, and Human Services 101 classes and then I knew.  This is what is crazy to me: I was interested in the same things ten years ago. But now I know where I want my focus to be: photography, while still giving back to my community.

 

ME: What steps did you take when you realized you wanted to accomplish the things you did, to get yourself on track toward your dreams?

MADELYN: I got my transfer degree to save money. I went to Portland State University for one term and didn’t like it (location/majors). So I started researching undergrad programs and came across University of Oregon. The Family and Human Services program was amazing! They required a new internship that you chose each term, to get you ready for a job after graduation.

Now my goal is to start traveling and start doing photography all over the world.  ← Doesn’t this sound crazy? Check back in with me in a few. This will be true!

 

Photograph by Madelyn May Photography

 

ME: How have you learned what is needed to run a business, and to accomplish the things you have?

MADELYN: Research and asking a ton of questions to those who already do it. There is never a dumb question.

 

ME: What obstacles have you faced along your journey, and what have you done to overcome them?

MADELYN: This is a hard one, I don’t look back and think “Oh that was an obstacle but I am here now.” I just keep going. There were some jobs that I absolutely hated, but I kept going until I had another plan to get to my bigger goals.

Right now my lack of time is my biggest obstacle for my photography business. I would love to have way more time to grow my business and complete all my little goals that are still pending.

 

Photograph by Madelyn May Photography

 

ME: Have you ever felt like giving up? If so, how do you pull through and move forward?

MADELYN: Yep. More than people may think.

“Oh I am just one out of millions of other photographers, so why try?” Then I snap out of it or my fiance helps me snap out of it.

I am different because my photography will continue to get better and I will be different because there’s no other Madelyn like me, that has dreams, a drive, and support.

 

ME: Do you have a quote, a song,  or a mantra that you tell yourself to keep yourself going?

MADELYN: If you’ve been on my Instagram you know I love me some quotes. I don’t have a favorite, it changes with my moods, but here are some:

“ You can have anything you want if you give up the belief that you can’t have it.”

“If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to build theirs.”

“To begin, begin.”

 

ME: What has motivated you the most and helps you to keep moving forward?

MADELYN: Seeing my progress, and being able to be creative with my photography. But mostly, my fiance. He helps me keep motivated.

 

Madelyn with her fiance

 

ME: What is a typical day for you like? How do you balance everything and still have time for yourself, your guy, your family and your animals?

MADELYN: I wake up, listen to photography/business podcasts,  go to work, meet with children and parents, problem solve, go to court, come home, cuddle my pup, start dinner, edit photos, finish dinner, and watch a show with my fiance.  Repeat.

I don’t know how I balance everything. Sometimes I fail and run out of time for my deadlines. I think one thing that helps me is setting little goals to get to the bigger goals. I will feel more relaxed if I have made even a little progress towards my goal. Then I can do self care.

 

ME: Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire the most, or who has given you inspiration to accomplish what you have?

MADELYN: You already know, my fiance.

Also, my grandmother. I will always admire her drive and energy to get shit done.

 

ME: What are your future goals? Where do you see yourself in five years?

MADELYN: I already talked about my photography goals above. I see myself as a full-time photographer, married with two kids, with some property, and 2-3 pointers to keep Copper [my German short-haired pointer] company…and maybe a pig, too.

 

Madelyn with her fiance and her pup, Copper

 

ME: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

MADELYN: Be patient. Never give up. Let it be. Be aware of your perspective and how it might be running your life.

 

ME: What is your best advice for others who are going after their goals and dreams?

MADELYN: Keep going, no matter how many little doubting thoughts you have going through your head. If you want it, it’s yours.

 

 

Final thoughts:

Isn’t Madelyn awesome? I’m not kidding when I say she is one of the most resolute people I’ve ever met. She has taught me that you never have to be a victim of circumstance. If there is something you want, there is nothing that can stop you from getting it except yourself.

Madelyn has some major goals for the future. I absolutely believe her when she tells me the things she is going to do. So stay tuned! This may be the first time you’ve had the opportunity to meet Madelyn, but it won’t be the last.

She has already made her mark on this world, and she won’t be satisfied until she reaches every goal she has set!

 

More information on Madelyn and her current  projects:

Madelyn loves to travel, so if you have an upcoming event you would like photographed, no matter where you are located, don’t hesitate to contact her.

Also, that wonderful fiance she talks about? They’re getting married this year!  Follow her social media accounts to keep up with her wedding plans, projects and travels!

 

Madelyn May Photography’s website:

www.mmayphoto.com

 

Madelyn May Photography’s Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/madelynmayphotography

 

Madelyn May Photography’s Instagram account:

www.Instagram.com/madelynmayphotography

 

Contact Madelyn:

madelynmayphotography@gmail.com

 

Is there a woman you know personally who inspires you and others in some way? There are no guidelines–if a woman is inspiring to you in ANY way, it counts!

Please email me if you have a lady you want to see featured in Bring It Like a Broad.

You can also email me with any questions or comments you may have: theog@thebonafidebroad.com.

 

Until next time!

 

 

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iBbeautiful Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

iBbeautiful Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

iBbeautiful is a super cute subscription box for teen and tween girls. To get an idea of what kind of box this is, check out the company’s mission statement:

“iBbeautiful’s mission is to help young girls realize they are beautiful just as they are without comparisons to how others look or act.  We do this by offering a monthly box of inspiration that includes fun lifestyle items and a message of empowerment to help young girls be confident, smart, brave, unique and kind.  Every girl should be confident that she will become the woman she is meant to be and can achieve anything she sets her mind to.”

What’s not to love about that? I’ve been searching for the perfect sub for my step daughter P, and I finally found it in iBbeautiful!

Each iBbeautiful box is filled with 4-6 fun and girly makeup and accessory items. You can choose either the tween (age 8 to 12) or the teen (age 13 and up) box, and either the basic box ($24 per month) or a graphic tee box ($34 per month).

iBbeautiful also has bonus boxes available with special themes (ex: best friends) or for special occasions (ex: birthdays). Check them out here.

P is pretty mature for her age, so I get her the teen graphic tee box ($34 per month).

This is the second month we have received this box, but our first time reviewing. Let me tell you, after two months, P LOVES this box! I love it too, mainly because iBbeautiful focuses so much on sending girls positive messages about themselves. Check out the box to see of it might be the right fit for a girl you know! Don’t forget to grab your 10% off discount code at the end of this post!

 



THE BOX:

This is iBbeautiful’s January Teen box:

 

 

Let’s dig in!

Every box includes a card like this explaining the company’s mission:

iBbeautiful always includes neat postcards and stickers with positive quotes and mantras. I like these because P can put them up in her locker, or frame them if she wants.

This is postcard size:

This one is more like a business card size:

 

 

Okay, so the first item P grabbed was this adorable purple mesh bag. It includes a sticker with another positive phrase on it, and this bracelet.

I really love this bracelet! Its so simple but super adorable! The key goes with one of the month’s themes, “Confidence is key.” I can’t find this exact bracelet online, but very similar ones are priced at about $10, so we’ll go with that.

 

Next up is LA Girls Colour Pop nail polish in the shade “Extra! Extra!”

This is a cute shade! I’m such a sucker for glitter and confetti! LA Girl carries this polish in a bunch of different colors, too. You can get it here for $4.

 

Okay, now we have this nice little addition to the box, Jean Pierre Cosmetics Moisturizing Lip Mask. It comes with five masks!

I love lip masks. We live in Arizona and it gets very dry here, so lip masks are great! P has never tried one, so she will have fun with it!

You can get a very similar set by Jean Pierre Cosmetics here for only $9.99.

 

 

 

Moving on, we have another super cute piece of jewelry, embracing the “Confidence is key” mantra.

I love how delicate this is! P isn’t a huge fan of gold, but she didn’t seem to mind too much with this. I love that it’s gold plated and made in the USA.

In fact, I’ll probably buy myself one, because it’s such a great everyday piece. Get it here for $9.89.

 

Next up is the Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain.

I forgot to check which shade this is before P took it home with her, but it looks to me like “Siren” or “Pinot Noir.” Very pretty! Get it here for $22.09.

 

Lastly, we have this month’s graphic t-shirt.

It’s a nice Olive green color, and brings the “Confidence is key” them full circle. P loved it!

While I can’t find this exact shirt online, similar ones are priced at around $15, so that’s what we’ll go with.

 

 

THE VERDICT

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The total approximate value of this month’s box is $70.97. Not bad for a $34 box. That means the value is double the cost.

So far, there hasn’t been one item that P hasn’t liked. Of course, we are only two months in, but that’s a good sign!

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Make It Yourself: Grammy’s Winter Bread

Make It Yourself: Grammy’s Winter Bread

As the cold of winter sets in in the Pacific Northwest, us Washingtonians are hunkering down for the rain-filled season of gloom and grey. With the weather, comes my inevitable craving for good, old fashioned vittles.  For our cozy crew, this means herb crusted pork roasts and mashed potatoes, Dutch ovens full of piping hot soup, mulled wine by the gallon, and one of my (new) favorites… warm, crusty, buttered bread.

Now, I have to come clean on this one… the majority of the cuisine that comes out of my kitchen has been perfected over the course of many moons, but this crusty little baby is the first loaf of bread that I have ever made… EVER.  I used a recipe that I found in the depths of my grandmother’s kitchen.  It was written on a napkin and was hidden deep inside a recipe box that has been in the “baking cupboard” for decades and let me tell you what… there’s a reason why it was in that box.  Creating this little loaf of pillowey sunshine is nearly as easy as boiling water and the end result is delicious!

To start, gather up your ingredients grab your stand mixer and your dough hook, or a good ol’ fashioned bowl and spoon, and get ready for to partake in the easiest recipe you have ever made!

 

 

In your bowl, add three cups of regular All-Purpose flour (or APF as I like to call it), one teaspoon of salt, one half teaspoon of your active dry yeast and one and a half cups of warm water.

 

 

Now that you have all of your ingredients together, it’s time to get-a-mixin’!

 

 

If you’re using a stand-mixer, start her on low (this will keep the flour in the bowl and not all over your kitchen counters) and gradually increase the speed until all of the ingredients have come together in a nice pillowey ball and the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  Same goes for the old spoon and strength method.  Once the ingredients are combined and the dough pulls away from the sides, you’re ready to go!

 

 

And here’s the hard part… the wait.

After your dough has come together, just leave it in your bowl, cover it with plastic and find a nice cozy spot for it to proof.  The dough needs to rise for eight to twenty hours.  This may seem like an obscene amount of time, (I was shooketh when I read those numbers) but I promise you, the wait is COMPLETELY worth it.

 

 

I decided to make my dough at around 11 PM and let that baby rise until I came home from work the following afternoon around 6PM… so it sat for just under 20 hours.  I did make a few more loaves and proofed (the fancy term for letting your dough rise) them for different amounts of time within the criteria and they all turned out great!

Here’s what it looked like after proofing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

After my dough had proofed, I floured my countertops with a whole crap-ton of APF.  (This dough is extremely sticky and the liberal flouring really helps with cleanup.)  I used a sifter for even distribution, but regular old sprinkling works perfectly!

 

 

Once floured, I rolled and pulled and scraped my dough out of my mixing bowl and onto the floury countertop.

 

 

I de-ringed and dunked my hands in some flour and gave that baby a flip, tuck and roll.

 

 

You don’t want to overwork your dough so once it’s formed into a nice little button, give your hands a rinse and let that baby rise.

 

 

Thirty minutes is all it takes and while your dough is proofing again, you can start to prep your oven.

Crank it up to 450 degrees and get your Dutch oven (D.O), lid and all, in there to get nice and toasty while the oven preheats. If you don’t have a D.O., you can use any baking dish as long as it has high sides and a lid, but the cast iron really helps create that beautiful crust on the bottom of the loaf.

 

 

After the thirty minutes has elapsed and your oven and D.O. baking dish are both nice and hot, carefully slice an “X” into the top of your pillowey ball of dough and transfer it into the D.O. dish.

 

 

Pop that lid back on and get in the oven. Set your timer for 30 minutes and start to plan all of the delicious things you are going to do with your loaf once it’s done!

 

 

After thirty minutes has elapsed, remove the lid and admire your almost-finished product.

 

 

It was at this point in the breading process that I had to freak out a little… I couldn’t believe that I created something that looked so pretty and that smelled so good!  (Seriously, your house is going to smell like a bakery)

After having a quick peek at your loaf, toss that lid into the sink (remember, it’s HOT!) and get that bread back into the oven.  Your loaf needs another ten to fifteen minutes uncovered to brown that crust up and you’re in the home stretch!

 

 

It is now time to remove your D.O. from the oven and transfer your gorgeous loaf of bread onto a wire rack to cool.

 

 

You are going to be tempted to immediately slice and devour the fruits of your patience but the bread slices MUCH easier after it has had the chance to cool for a few minutes.

 

 

This loaf sat on the counter for about half an hour before I grabbed the serrated knife and got to slicing.

 

 

Mr. Pizza Arm approves!

 

 

 

Bon Appetit!

 

 

 

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I’m a PNW girl from the top of my head straight down to the tips of my toes. I was born and raised and currently live in the gorgeous upper left with my railroading husband and our cat Dean. I am a full-time executive, part-time student, and find myself spending the majority of my free time in the beanery (aka kitchen) baking, sauteing, roasting, boiling, broiling and most importantly, EATING! I am honored to be a guest of Amber, The OG, and can’t wait to share more of myself, my recipes and my tips on life with all of you wonderful Broads!