Snag these Beautycounter Products for the Fall and Holiday Sales

United States

It's no secret that I'm a massive fan of the Beautycounter brand, not only because they have great products that work but because I strongly support the mission of affordable clean beauty for everyone. As a mom of a teen, who wants any beauty product she sees on Tik Tok, it's important to me that regulation laws change for better health. Unfortunately, the U.S. is far behind European Union and Canada, but we're making progress over here, and Beautycounter is a company leading the way. 


And when remember, when you buy from my Beautycounter shopping link, I reward you for choosing safer products by giving you 5 percent back in reward points for use toward free products with a top value of $100


Beautycounter has several sales throughout the year, plus my own curated sales to get you more reward points. When you find the products on sale plus the reward points, then that helps you save money.  


Counter+ Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm


 

With a blend of lotus extract, jojoba seed oil, and avocado seed oil, Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm soothes and destresses skin while increasing luminosity. The one thing I tell my daughter is that she needs to wash her face, and she should do it nightly no matter how tired she is and wants to get in her bed. It's the one thing I've done consistently in my life for 53 years now, and if you need to take your makeup off at the sink, this is a great product. Once your makeup is removed, this balm can double as an overnight facial. The cleansing balm is a Beautycounter best seller, and you could get away buying just one a year, depending on how often you use it. Seventeen magazine calls it splurge-worthy with many pros, and remember, when you buy from me, you wiSo whenet 4 reward points to use toward free products. So when this product is on sale, it's always worth the splurge. 


Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil




Beautycounter's Countertime line is fantastic. Actress Kate Hudson tells Marie Claire that she uses the cleansing oil as part of her nightly routine. This luxurious, lightweight cleansing oil gently yet effectively removes makeup and impurities without stripping essential lipids from the skin. Rich in vitamin E, fatty acids, and our plant-derived Retinatural™ Complex, the formula reinforces the skin's fragile moisture barrier for a soothed, nourished complexion. The Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme  Cream and Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream are two of my must-have products. 


All Bright Brightening Facial Oil






Facial oil was one of the first products I ever purchased from Beautycounter. It's also a product that I will never ever go without. A little bit certainly goes a long way, and I use this as All Bright Brightening Facial Oil as my morning moisturizer. Made with omega-rich marula oil for intense hydration and antioxidant vitamin C for a brighter, even skin tone, our quick-absorbing formula is lightweight and silky-smooth with a citrus scent. 


Be sure to browse my Beautycounter website and definitely contact me with questions. And as always, shopping my blog supports my work as a blogger, and you will earn reward points back. In addition, my Facebook group offers special curated sales where the discounts are deeper. 

 

Recipe for Raleigh Kanki's Garlic Chicken Fried Rice in Honor of its 50th Birthday

Raleigh, NC, USA

North Carolinians have celebrated special occasions at Kanki Japanese House of Steaks and Sushi in the Raleigh area for 50 years. My husband celebrated birthdays there as a child. We started doing the same tradition for our son, who will be 17 at the end of the year. Some people don't even have a special occasion to dine there. Instead, they enjoy the hibachi menu after a day of shopping at Crabtree Valley. 50 years in business. That is quite a milestone in the restaurant industry. 


Kanki hibachi-style Rice

If you've never been to Kanki Japanese House of Steaks and Sushi, you dine at a table with others unless your dining party takes up an entire hibachi grill. A server takes your order then the chef prepares your food in front of you. Each chef always has their own personality. Kids clap. Parents take photos, and it's pretty magical when a young child sees the chef turn the grill into a huge flame. Personally, I always hope I get the Teppanyaki Chef with the "wee-wee" boy who puts out the fire. Of course, not everyone loves the wee-wee boy like my family does, but that silliness, along with the fabulous yum yum sauce and the fried rice, has always made this restaurant a favorite of mine. 




Now that my kids are older, they also want sushi and the hibachi entree. It was less costly when they ate the kid's meal. Those were some good times. I rarely choose anything else but my usual filet mignon and shrimp, with my filet, always being medium-rare. The chef always nods like it's the best choice and typically gives me extra rice because half of it is gone before he can put my shrimp and steak on my plate. I always have the good intention of taking some of it home, but the white sauce mixed with the fried rice, meat, seafood, and vegetables just tastes so darn good that I end up waddling out of the restaurant with about five pounds extra in my stomach. 


Kanki white sauce


Kanki has been locally owned and operated since its flagship location opened at Crabtree Valley Mall in 1972. Since then, Kanki has opened two additional locations - one in North Raleigh and one in Durham/Chapel Hill. Kanki is known for being the Triangle's favorite place for celebrations. Kanki is proud to have been voted "Best Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar in the Triangle" for more than 14 years!


Kanki Hibachi Grill


In honor of its 50th Anniversary, Corporate Chef Alex Cordova shared the home-chef version of fried rice with me. I'm thrilled to make this at home because I love Kanki's Fried Rice. This version is a complete meal with chicken. 


Garlic Chicken Fried Rice


Kanki Garlic Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups of steamed white rice (short or medium grain)
1/2 cup of diced chicken, cut small
1/8 cup of green onions
1/4 cup of chopped white onion
1/4 cup of chopped carrots
1 tablespoon of garlic-butter
Soy Sauce
Salt
Pepper
Sesame Seeds 
Cooking Oil

Heat oil in a pan. Add chicken. Salt and Pepper. Cook until about 1/2 way cooked. 

Add carrots and onions. Toss well. Move the mixture to one side of the pan. Add additional oil. 

Crack egg. Move the pan away from direct heat and begin to scramble the egg. 

Once scrambled, mix egg and chicken together, then add the white rice. Mix. Toss for a minute or two.  

Add 1 tablespoon of garlic butter to the rice mixture. You can add a little more if you love the flavor. Continue to mix and make sure all tiny rice clumps are separated. Finally, add a little more salt and pepper to the rice. 

Continue to cook by mixing, tossing, and removing any rice clumps.

Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. Continue to mix for another minute. Toss in some sesame seeds. You do this last for it to remain crunchy. Mix.  

Plate the garlic chicken fried rice in a bowl. Toss with more sesame seeds. 

From heating oil to mixing sesame is approximately a five-minute process. Kanki calls this a single serving, but more than likely, it would feed two people unless you wanted to eat two cups of rice.  

Oh my, I now realize how much rice I eat Kanki in person.

Happy 50th Kanki!! We are so glad to celebrate with you. 


Photo Credits: Carolina Stamey


Delicious and Easy Blackberry Pie Recipe from NC-Founded Tupelo Honey Cafe

North Carolina, USA
Updated and rewritten: August 2022
Originally Posted: April 2014 

This post was originally written before the popular restaurant Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen and Bar opened near NC State in the Village District in Raleigh, NC. I attended a media event for the release of the restaurant's second cookbook: Tupelo Honey Cafe: New Southern Flavors from the Blue Ridge Mountains. The first-ever Tupelo Honey Cafe began in the Blue Ridge M mountains of Asheville, NC in 2000. Since then, the popular brunch and dinner restaurant has expanded into 13 additional Southern and not-so-Southern states. The award-winning Tupelo Honey brand operates four locations in North Carolina. Two locations in Asheville, one in Charlotte, and one in Raleigh at 425 Oberlin Road. All Tupelo Honey locations are under the direction of Executive Chef and Culinary VP Eric Gabrynowicz, who helped author the restaurant's third cookbook highlighting Southern Spirits and Small Plates. 

The first recipe I ever made from the cookbook was the restaurant's recipe for scrumptious Blackberry Pie.

Blackberry Pie Recipe from Tupelo Honey Cafe



Blackberries are in peak picking season in North Carolina from August to early September. The fruit grows best in Western North Carolina. I have many fond memories of picking fresh blackberries in my grandma's yard. Yes, God probably didn't intend for us to get the health benefits of the scrumptious berry in a sweet dessert, but who can resist a blackberry pie once in a while? Blackberries, in season in late summer, provide fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and antioxidants. When I don't buy directly from my NC-produce box or the farmer's market. I typically choose the Driscoll's brand in my local grocery store. Driscoll's website is also an excellent resource for all berry recipes. Berries can be used in many, many ways. Honestly, I'm obsessed now with Driscoll's recipe section and plan to try some of their recipes to get more berries in my family's diet. 



Blackberries have any many health benefits. The black berry can be used in many recipes. Benefits include Vitamin C, Fiber and Antioxidants


In its cookbook, Tupelo Honey has its own pie-crust recipe. Those who have been following me for years know that I rarely bake cakes, and pies, so it will not be a surprise when I tell you that I used storebought pie crust. However, I'm fond of the Pillsbury brand the most. So, other than making my own pie crust, I followed the recipe. 


HinesSightBlog Version of Tupelo Honey Cafe's Blackberry Pie Recipe 


Ingredients:
7 cups of fresh blackberries ( I buy Driscoll's brand when at the grocery store the most)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon of Sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water
Tupelo Honey Pie Dough Recipe, page 205 in the cookbook (I use Pillsbury even though the recipe does not seem hard. It's easy for me to use storebought. Use directions on the box). 

Heat over to 375 degrees.

Toss blackberries with vanilla in a large bowl. Combine the 1/2 cup of Sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk to blend. Add to blackberries and toss gently to coat. 

Put your crust in a pie pan and mound the fruit mixture on top of the crust. 

Place the second pie crust on top of the fruit mixture and crimp the two crusts together.

The cookbook wants you to make 5 petal-shaped vents in the center of the top crust, forming a flower design. I'm sure I tried but failed miserably, so I put five vents in the crust. Brush the top crust with the egg wash mixture and sprinkle lightly with 1 teaspoon of Sugar. 

Place the pie on a baking sheet. Bake until the bottom crust is golden and the fruit is bubbling. If you douse your own crust, then bake for one hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. I would check the storebought crust at the 45-minute mark until ready and determine if done baking. If necessary, cover the edges with tinfoil if they begin wrapper-brown or loosely cover the pie in tinfoil if the center browns. 

Let the pie cool and serve it warm. If you are local to NC, I suggest getting some vanilla ice cream from the NC-State University-founded Howling Cow Creamery. The fabulous NC-made ice cream is also available in select Harris Teeter lo. PintsNorth Carolina and pints are sold at the creamery location off Lake Wheeler road in Raleigh. It's one of my 's favorite places to go for homemade ice cream. 



Delicious and Easy Blackberry Pie Recipe. Blackberry Pie Slice



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Creamy Chicken Alfredo and Spinach Soup Recipe in 20 Minutes or Less

Spring and Summer are when you want easy meals.  My family likes alfredo sauce so I always keep a jar in my pantry for quick meal ideas.  I made this soup in early spring and liked it.  However, I would substitute lasagna noodles for rotini pasta or pasta shells. 


Creamy Chicken Alfredo and Spinach Soup
Created by Epicure. Photo credit: Epicure



Ingredients

1 tsp oil
1 lb (450 g) ground chicken or chicken breasts 
1 jar of Alfredo Sauce or Alfredo sauce packet
2 cups hot water
5 lasagna noodles or pasta of your choice 
2 cups milk
4 cups of baby spinach

Toppings (optional): sliced cherry tomatoes, grated cheese

Preparation

  1. In a large Multipurpose Pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Crumble in ground chicken. Cook, stirring often and breaking up chunks as needed.
  2. Add sauce mix and water; stir to combine. Cover; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once boiling, coarsely break in lasagna noodles. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until noodles are tender about 8 min. Stir occasionally. I am going to switch this out to rotini pasta or shells next time. 
  4. Stir in milk. Keep partially covered and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally for 2 min. If using jarred alfredo sauce, I would add some milk to reduce thickness so it is a soup consistency,  but you do not need to do the #2 step except to heat the sauce. 
  5. Remove from heat and stir in spinach until wilted.
  6. Add toppings just before serving, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Per serving (about 1 ½ cups): Calories 390, Fat 15 g (Saturated 5 g, Trans 0.3 g), Cholesterol 115 mg, Sodium 390 mg, Carbohydrate 33 g (Fiber 2 g, Sugars 3 g), Protein 31 g.



Pot of creamy  chicken alfredo soup with spinach. Garnished with cherry tomatoes and cheese


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