I used to have terrible skin. The Oil Cleansing Method singlehandedly turned my skin around. I used a mixture of castor oil, tea tree, and sweet almond oil, twice a day for several months then once a day until the oil and acne were under control. If I find my skin doing the most now, I’ll go back to TOCM and get my skin together.Read More
I've been craving soup and stew in these cold temps. I recently visited my friend Candice and she made tomato soup for dinner. It was yummy so I decided to make my version instead of my go-to butternut squash soup. I loooove this kind of pureed soup. There is something so comforting about the warm velvety soup especially with a piece of buttery garlic bread to dunk in it. Excuse me while I go heat up another bowl!Read More
Mashed Sweet Potatos
Folow these instructions for my sage sweet mashed potatoes. This time around I️ used stock instead of cream and it was magically delicious. I️ also omitted the sage from the boiling process
For the brown butter simply melt 1/2 stick of butter on medium know heat in a metal or light colored pot. You want to have clear view of the color change as itnhappens. Swirl the pan occasionally to be sure the butter is cooking evenly.
As the butter melts, it will begin to foam. The color will progress from lemony-yellow to golden-tan to, finally, a toasty-brown. Once you smell that nutty aroma, take the pan off the heat and transfer the browned butter into a heat-proof bowl to cool.
The milk solids will cook faster and you'll see them settle on the bottom of the pan like the dregs in a bottle of wine. When you transfer the brown butter to a new container, try to leave as much of this sediment in the pan as possible. You can also strain the butter through a fine meshed strainer or cheese cloth to remove all the particles.
Make sure that all the veggies are cut into even pieces so they cook evenly. You can use whatever vegetables, potatoes, or squash that you have in your house. Add two tablespoons of maple syrup or balsamic for extra caramelization.
What you'll need:
- tomatoes on the vine
- 3 red bell peppers, seeded and diced
- 1 red onion, quartered
- 2 tbs Fresh herbs (I used thyme, rosemary, and a little bit of sage)
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- Salt & pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C).
In a large bowl, combine veggies, spices, and oil. Spread evenly on a large roasting pan.
Roast for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring every 10 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked through and browned.
Slow baking salmon leaves the fillets incredibly moist and tender.Read More
I grew up eating and growing greens. So you can imagine that I’ve prepared and eaten them many different ways. This is my current favorite way to enjoy them. There is something comforting about the flavor of the fire roasted tomato goodness and it creates to most tasty pot liquor. My favorite ways to eat them are with a classic herby baked chicken with mashed sweet potatoes or overtop grits. This is an amazing hearty meatless option for shrimp and grits.Read More
TMI alert! Sometimes I like to fast for the first half of the day when I feel bloated, ate too much, or I need to get things moving 💩. I'll drink tons of lemon water and/or #fresh juice. This morning I made celery, green apple, and lemon #juice and it was so good I had to share. I love tart so this was right up my alley. I used the brevel
What You'll Need
- 2 large stalks of celery
- 2 large lemons (no skin)
- 9 Green apples
All together it made two of the bottles pictured. Just what I needed. Enjoy.
I can't eat a boring salad. There is simply no reason to. I'm on a forever quest to make new and interesting simple salads that taste delicious. My most recent obsession is grilled salad. After you make this salad head on over to my other grilled salad recipe and get you some.
What You'll Need
- 2 heads of romain lettuce
- Fresh parmesan
- Grape tomatoes
- Fresh lime juice
- Olive oil
- Caesar dressing
Cut each head in half lengthwise and wash thoroughly. Get in the nock and crannies being careful not to rip the leafs off the head. Carefully slice the brown part off of the bottom of the stem, make sure you keep it in tact. Dry the lettuce really well and set aside.
I used a stove top cast iron grill pan, but feel free to use a traditional grill. Cut tomatoes in half lengthwise (I used two heaping handfuls) and place them in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste, I also added a dash of onion and garlic powder and a pinch of cumin, however those ingredients are optional. Squeeze juice of one lime and drizzle olive oil over top. You want there to be extra liquid to spoon on the grilled lettuce.
With the lettuce facing inside out, drizzle a bit of olive oil, not too much, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place each head inside facing down on the grill. The heat should be pretty hot so that you get those glorious grill marks and a bit of smokey flavor. This will take just a few minutes.
Serve immediately, if you let it sit the lettuce will wilt and that's not cute! Spoon the tomatoes overtop the lettuce along with some of that good juice. Using a veggie peeler to shave off as much of the fresh Parmesan as you like. I added a small amount of Caesar dressing on top. What's one more drizzle?
I served this salad with a simple baked chicken made with salt, pepper, fresh herbs and lemon. Enjoy!
Having good teeth was always something that my mother stressed when we were young. It's one of those things that she did not have until she was an adult and as kids she wanted us to have. I refused braces, because I didn't think I needed them, but white teeth?! Sign me up. Back in the day we simply used to dunk our tooth brushes into a box of baking soda and call it a day. Now there are so many options, but with my sensitive gums I keep going back to old faithful. In addition to baking soda I've added activated charcoal to the mix. If you want, you can use them separately but I've found that the mix works wonders on my teeth and is a bit less harsh than using baking soda alone.
Activated charcoal helps whiten teeth while promoting good oral health by changing the pH balance in the mouth, helping prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease. Baking soda has a mild abrasive action that helps to remove plaque and polish, clean, and deodorize your teeth.
I keep my mixture in a round shallow tin can, because it's easy to use. First I wet my toothbrush, place my toothpaste on the brush, and then dip the brush into the mixture. You do not need a ton.
Here are a few tips for using this mixture:
- Only use 3-4 times per week, especially if you have sensitive teeth or gums
- Protect your bathroom surfaces, activated charcoal can be a pain to clean up so be careful
- Floss! The activated charcoal will highlight all the nasty build up on and between your teeth
Most salads are pretty lame. Lettuce, cucumber, tomato, blah, blah...😴. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind a simple salad but Summer is the perfect time to spice them up with grilled veggies. Grilling makes everything better. If you don't have an outside grill, get yourself a cast iron stovetop grill pan for similar results! You can also roast the veggies.
What you'll need
- 1 green squash
- 1 yellow squash
- 1 onion
- 1 each red, yellow, orange pepper
- Garbanzo beans
- Sunflower or flax seeds
Cut the squash in thick slices lengthwise, the onions in fat rings, and the pepper in large quarters. Everything should be fairly large so the pieces do not fall in the grill.
Cover all the veggies liberally with olive oil, season with salt, and pepper and get grillin'.
Let the veggies cool down a bit and cut them into bite size pieces.
In a bowl toss the grilled veggies, fresh arugula, beans, and seeds. For a salad like this you want a very simple dressing. The grilled veggies are the star of the show. I used nostrum cocktail shrub, olive oil, salt, pepper to make vinaigrette. You can use olive oil, balsamic or red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. And voilà you have a magical summer salad.