Sephora Makeup Picks |Quirks and Twists|Today for Friday Favorites I am sharing my makeup must haves. Tis’ the season for parties and get togethers so make sure you are putting your best face forward while mingling. 


1. Smashbox Soft Lights: This shimmer bronzer is great way to achieve a soft, subtle glow. You can blend all the colors or pick and choose to customize a color.

2. Laura Mercier Shimmer Block: This is one of my favorite products in my makeup bag. Sometimes I use it to highlight areas like my cheekbones or eyes and at other times I apply a light dusting over my entire face for a sun kissed look. 

3. Sephora Bronzed and Blushing Face Palette: This set includes a bronzer, a classic blush, and a bolder blush for those times you need a little more ‘umph’. It’s a great all in one set to throw in your bag for a mid-day touchup. 

4. Marc Jacobs Perfect Tan: This matte bronzer is great for conturing. It can be layered to go from a soft to a bolder look with a few swipes of the brush. 


1. Givenchy Le Rouge: This, ladies, is THE lipstick. I have just about every brand and color of lipstick available and this is my absolute favorite. I love the colors (shown is the warm red poppy. I also have and love the coral orange), I love the way to glides on, I really love how well it stays on. It is the priciest lipstick I own but worth every penny.

2. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: I love the NARS matte lip pencils for a fun, day look. They stay on for hours and the matte color is an easy way to pull off a bolder lip during the day. A must have. 

3. Sephora Collection Cream Lipstick: This lipstick has a little more sheen to it so its a great way to achieve a more subtle lip or layer it on to go bolder. It comes in a huge range of colors.

4. Tarte Butter Lipstick: This is a great option if you are looking for fun, bright colors and a moisturizer. 


1. Makeup Forever Artist Shadow: I’m not one to wear a lot of color on my eyes. I usually stick to the neutral end of the spectrum. I love the Makeup Forever shadow in Sahara because, while being neutral, it adds a great shimmer that really makes your eyes pop. 

2. Clinique 8-Pan Palette: This palette has colors for day and night so it is a great all-in-one package. 

3. bareMinerals Eyecolor: I love bareMinerals for the all natural ingredients. I love this shadow because it can be worn dry for a hint of color or wet for a bolder look. 

4. Clinique Stick Shadow Tint: This shadow is a great way to layer on the color. It goes on sheer but can really pop with a few swipes. It also comes in lots of pretty colors.


Holiday Cocktail Roundup |Quirks and Twists|I’m sure by now you have your holiday menu written and have checked it twice, but what about your drink menu? Often the cocktails are an afterthought…a little coke…a little rum…that should cover it, right? Hold the phone. Lets put a little love into our drink menu this year. Lucky for you I’ve done all the legwork and rounded up the best of the best so all you have to do is choose your favorite and sip away. Most of these can also make for a great mocktail by leaving out the booze and tweaking an ingredient. What is your favorite holiday cocktail? If you have a killer one share in the comments! 

1. Rosemary Infused Holiday Cocktail | 2. Cherry Almond Cream Cocktail | 3. Winter Sangria | 4. Fig Thyme Cocktail | 5. Cranberry Bourbon Fizz | 6. Cranberry Margarita | 7. Vanilla Pear Cocktail | 8. Kahlua Hot Chocolate | 9. The Best Eggnog in the World | 10. Slow Cooker Mulled Wine | 11. Easy Pomegranate Mojito Cocktail | 12. Cider Rum Punch |

Caramelized Onion and Kale Strata |Quirks and Twists|

One of my favorite meals around the holidays is Christmas morning breakfast. It reminds me of being a kid when my mom would prepare a big spread after we had opened our presents. Now it’s the one meal I take full charge of and prepare for my family. I try to always have a variety of savory and sweet options, and lots of it, considering I’ve got four always-hungry men in my family to feed.

This strata is a great way to feed the masses. It is meatless, but with the addition of caramelized onions, kale, mushrooms, and smoked gouda, you won’t be missing the crumbled sausage. Though if you do need to throw in something meaty, I highly suggest pancetta.

 Caramelized Onion and Kale Strata |Quirks and Twists|

This dish can be made the night before, making it easier on you the morning of. I also suggest making sure your bread it nice and crusty. If you need to hurry this process, cube the bread and throw it into a 375-degree oven for 10 minutes.

Go ahead have two servings, there’s kale in there.

Caramelized Onion and Kale Strata
Serves 6
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
  1. 8 Cups of Cubed Bread
  2. 1 Onion Thinly Sliced
  3. 3 Cups Kale, de-stemmed and chopped
  4. 1 Cup of Sliced Mushrooms
  5. 1 Clove of Diced Garlic
  6. 1 Cup of Smoked Gouda
  7. 1/2 Cup of Half & Half
  8. 1 1/4 Cup of Milk
  9. 8 Large Eggs
  10. 1 Teaspoon of Hot Sauce
  11. 1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Mustard
  12. Salt and Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Caramelize your sliced onions. In a separate frying pan, sauté your mushrooms until cooked thru. Once cooked add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, add the kale and cook until wilted.
  3. In a bowl whisk your eggs, milk, half & half, mustard, hot sauce, and salt and pepper.
  4. Put a layer of your cubed bread in a greased 9x9 pan. Then layer half your onions, mushroom mixture, and 1/2 cup of cheese.
  5. Layer the rest of the bread and then the rest of the onions, mushrooms, and cheese.
  6. Pour your egg and milk mixture of the strata.
  7. Bake for 45-60 minutes. Or until crispy on top and there is no jiggle in the middle.
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Holiday Gift Guide |Quirks and Twists|

We are right smack in the middle of the holiday season and it is time to get serious about wrapping up your gift buying. I always have someone on my list who proves to be a little tricker than the rest. I wander around peeking into store fronts thinking “what the heck should I get them??” Don’t tell me you haven’t been there. Well today I am going to help you by sharing 11 unique, anyone would love ‘em gifts. There is something for any girl (and even a couple for guys). From the whiskey lover to the tea drinker, I’ve got you covered. All of these come from my new favorite store in Columbus, Tigertree. Lucky for you, they have a online store too so you can shop from anywhere. 

1. Twilight Tea Towel Set | 2. Tea Tube Infuser | 3. Ceramic Salt Box | 4. Wood Wick Candle | 5. Incan Plateau Scarf |6. Duck Bag Tote | 7. Brass Plant Mister | 8. Flip Mittens | 9. Retro Pen Set | 10. Happy Leather Flask | 11. Book Darts |

  • This is such a good roundup!! Unique picks for sure. I really love that bag, As well as those cute little mittens. Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Annie! The mittens are great. They flip down and even have a way for your thumb to peak through for texting :)ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    I’m getting the pens and several other things from that site. Thanks for sharing now I have a new go to shop!ReplyCancel

Chocolate Peanut Turtle Recipe |Quirks and Twists|

Every year around the holidays, my dad panics and insists that homemade candy needs to be made, as if Christmas will not happen if we don’t have any. I have no problem making homemade candy, it’s just that he usually makes this announcement a day or two before Christmas, hence, the panic.

Chocolate Peanut Turtle Recipe |Quirks and Twists|

So in order to satisfy his sweet tooth and to avoid pulling out the candy thermometer, I’ve thrown together these little makeshift candies. They’re a lot like buckeyes, minus the buckeye shape.

These, of course, can be made in a number of ways. Try using different types of nuts and chocolate or maybe add a drizzle of carmel. These candies aren’t made to be pretty. They are more of a rustic, sweet treat.

The next time you’ve got a panicking family member who needs candy pronto, these are your candies!

Chocolate Peanut Turtle Recipe |Quirks and Twists|

Chocolate Peanut Turtles
Serves 6
Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 1/2 Cup of Whole Peanuts
  2. 1/2 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips
  3. 1/4 Cup of Peanut Butter
  4. 2 Tablespoons of Cream
  1. Place one tablespoon of peanuts on a greased and lined baking sheet, totaling 8 tablespoons.
  2. Place a teaspoon of peanut butter on each pile of peanuts.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl place chocolate chips and cream. Microwave in increments of 30 seconds until fully melted.
  4. Allow chocolate to cool slightly to avoid melting the peanut butter. After one minute of cooling drizzle a tablespoon of chocolate over the peanuts.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze for at least an hour.
  6. Store in refrigerator.
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