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A Perfectly Chic Braided Bun

Ever feel like you are in a hair slump? When it’s messy buns and ponytails for days on end? We’ve all been there. Sometimes mastering a perfect blowout our gorgeous waves can feel daunting. Luckily for you, the lovely Amanda from Advice from a 20 Something has the perfect solution to your bad-hair-day blues. Her braided bun is amazingly chic and easy, and she shows us how to master it ourselves in the video below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1. Separate small sections of hair on each side of your head. Choose the amount of hair based on how large you want the braids to be.
2. Braid each section and secure the ends with a small, clear elastic.
3. Gather all hair, including the braids, into a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Remove the elastics.
4. Twist the ponytail into a loose bun and secure. For added volume, gently loosen hair at your crown.

If you’re like us, there’s no such thing as too much braid inspiration. Luckily, there are tons of stunning braids out there. Take a peek at some of the most stunning styles below!

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Salted Beer Football Pretzels

Beer and pretzels go together like the Patriots and a slightly deflated ball. I kid, I kid. But seriously the only thing better than a classic pretzel is this football shaped treat perfect for the upcoming Super Bowl game. It’s infused with beer and goes swimmingly with your favorite dipping sauce. ( Ahem these kicked up condiments will do the trick!) For even more, have a look at our Puppy Bowl inspired shindig.

Salted Beer Football Pretzels
prep time
1 Hour/s 30 Minute/s
cook time
8 Minute/s
total time
1 Hour/s 38 Minute/s
Serves 12Ingredients
  • 1 packet active yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 cups beer
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Sea salt for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Mix yeast, 1 tsp sugar, and warm water in a small bowl and let stand 5-10 minutes until foam.
  2. Mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Mix in olive oil, then yeast mixture. Mix for about 5 minutes.
  4. Roll dough into a large ball, then place in mixing bowl covered with damp towel in a warm area until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  6. Form dough into a long log and use a pizza cutter or knife to cut out long skinny strips to form the pretzels. Each football pretzel needs 2 long strips for the football shape, one skinner long strip for the middle line, and three skinny bitty strips for the laces.
  7. Mix baking soda and beer together in medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it begins to bubble, then reduce heat to low.
  8. Dip the pieces of dough for one football into beer mixture for about 20 seconds, then remove with a slotted spoon and let excess beer drain off. The dough should have puffed slightly.
  9. Arrange the dough pieces in a football shape on the prepared baking tray. Start with the outer shape, then add the middle line and then the pieces for the laces, pinching together the dough at each meeting. Repeat for the remaining pretzels.
  10. Bake for 7-8 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sea salt.
  11. Let cool slightly and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Recipe: SMP Living

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Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Everyone knows the real star of a Super Bowl party is the munchies with the commercials being a close second. The line-up of apps is a much anticipated topic in our household and this year, Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn is the leading contender. Who doesn’t love bacon? And mixed with caramel and popcorn – it’s enough to make you rethink your current Super Bowl menu.

Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn
prep time
20 Minute/s
cook time
25 Minute/s
total time
45 Minute/s
Serves 6Ingredients
  • 5-6 slices of bacon
  • 12 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 (14oz) bag of Kraft caramels
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place bacon strips, side by side, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes until crispy.
  2. Remove bacon from oven and place on paper towels to cool, then chop bite-sized pieces.
  3. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the popcorn into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  4. Unwrap caramels and place the caramels, butter, water, and cayenne in a large saucepan. Cook on low heat until melted, stirring frequently.
  5. Quickly fold the bacon into the caramel mixture, then pour onto the popcorn. Toss the popcorn like a salad until caramel is thoroughly mixed in.
  6. Pour the popcorn onto prepared baking sheet, then flatten and break into clusters while the mixture is still warm. Let cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Recipe: SMP Living

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