recipes

DIY Beauty Treatments

Remember when I posted about the face mask making machine  back in 2011? Well, here are some great summer beauty recipes you can make from home with no fancy mask machine required, just a blender and some fresh ingredients!

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My cat Tigger loves oatmeal and honey masks. He won’t stop trying to lick my face!

All of these wonderful recipes were created by Nina Curtis at Blendtec. I happen to own a Blendtec and absolutely love it! If you don’t have a high powered blender like this try these recipes in whatever you’ve got. They might just end up a little chunkier.

Organic Oatmeal Cleansing Exfoliator (Tigger’s favorite)
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Gentle exfoliation is a great to remove built up dead skin cells and stimulate circulation which will leave your skin smooth and vibrant.

Using organic steel cut oatmeal, blend ½ cup of the oatmeal in the Blendtec Twister Vessel until it becomes flourlike. Combine equal parts water to create a thick paste or use the guide below to customize the appropriate recipe for your specific skin condition.
Customize: with approximately equal parts to make a thick paste.

Normal Skin~ mix with water or rose, chamomile or peppermint tea infusion
Oily Skin~ mix with goat milk yogurt and a ¼ teaspoon organic lemon juice
Dry Skin~ mix with raw, organic honey
Sensitive Skin~ mix with a ripe banana

Massage this oatmeal paste gently onto your skin, using upward and outward motions. Leave for five to ten minutes, rinse with tepid water, pat gently and apply moisturizer.

Pineapple Papaya Skin Smoother for the Face, Body and Feet
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1 ripe papaya
1 teaspoon papaya seeds
1 cup pineapple
1 tablespoon raw organic honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Put all of the ingredients into the Blendtec Twister Vessel and blend until smooth. It takes a powerful blender like Blendtec to pulverize the papaya seeds into powder like particles that gently yet thoroughly exfoliate the skin. This skin smoother contains enzymes and physical particles for maximum exfoliation, to smooth, brighten and even out skin tone. If your skin is easily sensitized or sensitive use the Organic Oatmeal Cleansing Exfoliator.

This is an ideal skin smoother for the face, body and feet.

Apply to dampened facial skin and gently massage all over the face for about 30 seconds, paying special attention to the t-zone area of the face. Leave on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse. Apply your favorite moisturizer.

For the body, step into your shower and apply all over the body paying special attention to areas where the skin is dryer and or thicker, like the elbows and knees. Vigorously massage the thighs, buttocks and back of the arms to exfoliate thoroughly and stimulate blood circulation. Finish with your favorite body cream.

For the feet, apply onto feet and wrap with saran wrap and cover each foot with a hand towel for 10- 15 minutes. Remove saran wrap, massage feet well and rinse off. Complete with your favorite foot cream.

The Hand Smoother
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Ever notice how people ask your age and then look at your hands? Well you don’t have to
give it away. During fall and winter our overall skin condition can look and feel drier and our
hands tend to suffer the most. Gentle hand exfoliation is great to do on a regular basis to improve skin texture, tone and smoothness. Follow with your favorite hand cream.

Ingredients:
4oz. ground almonds or almond meal
4 tsp almond oil
4tsp lemon juice
1 ½-2 oz organic goat milk yogurt

Put all of the ingredients into the Blendtec Twister Vessel and blend until smooth, to a thick consistency. Use about the size of a walnut and rub over both hands as if you were using soap, for one to two minutes, rinse off and apply hand cream….Voila!

Store remaining product in a glass container, label and keep in the refrigerator up to two weeks. Use daily or two to three times a week depending on skin condition.

Skin ‘Glow’ Smoothie (bonus!)
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Yield: approximately 4 cups
2 cups young Thai coconut water
1 handful organic spinach
3 stalks (single ribs) celery
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 ripe organic pear, cored and chopped
1 ripe organic frozen banana
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Pinch of Pink Himalayan salt, re-mineralizes the body with minerals and trace elements essential to our health and wellbeing.

Add liquid first into the Blendtec Wildside vessel, then combine all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Place any remaining smoothie in a glass jar and store in the refrigerator up to 24 hours. The Blendtec ‘Twister’ Vessel is ideal for making all kinds of skincare products and it’s just the right size. All ingredients should be organic as much as possible. Glowing skin begins from the inside out…enjoy this smoothie three times a week.

Do you have any awesome DIY beauty recipes/tips?

 

Ròk Sushi Kitchen Hermosa Beach

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My new friend Missy, me, my old friend Stephanie and Kim Lai from Eatin Asian (totally photo bombing us) at the Ròk Sushi Kitchen media tasting!

Spring is just around the corner and Ròk Sushi invited me to the unveiling of their new seasonal cocktails. Ummm…yes please! Everything was delicious. I didn’t have a favorite because they were all so unique and refreshing. Exactly what I would want to be drinking 1 block from the ocean in the heart of Hermosa Beach. If you are in the area you have to stop in and try a cocktail along with 1 (or 2 or 3 or 4) of their AMAZING hamachi tacos! The shell is a wonton!! I could eat them all day for the rest of my life! If you aren’t in the area they were kind enough to share their spring cocktail recipes so you can recreate them. Cheers!

The Bubbly Cali
The Bubbly Cali

1oz No. 209 Gin
1oz Medlock Ames, Verjus
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Fresh Basil
Sparkling Wine

The Shishito Pepper Martini
The Shishito Pepper Martini

1 1/2oz Shishito Pepper Infused Vodka
3/4oz Pepper Simple Syrup
1/2oz Combier Orange Liqueur
Lime Juice

The Floral Citrus
The Floral Citrus

1 1/2oz No. 209 Gin
1/2oz Aperol
3/4oz Lemon Juice
1/2oz Combier Orange Liqueur
1/4oz Violet Liqueur

Tokyo Mule– It was so good I forgot to take a picture!

3oz Tozai Typhoon Sake
3/4oz Ginger Simple Syrup
1oz Banzai Bunny Sake
Fresh Ginger

Ròk Sushi Kitchen  is at 1200 Hermosa Ave at the corner of Pier Ave in Hermosa Beach. Happy Hour is Mon-Fri 5-6:30 and all spring and summer on Friday nights starting at 9:30 there will be food and drink specials and a DJ.

 

Ham, Barley & Pea Soup

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This recipe is for all of my friends that are freezing in the midwest and rest of the country aside from Southern California where we are having unseasonably warm weather. My husband Wade made this with our leftover holiday ham bone and it was delish. Here is what he had to say:

“I like to use leftover bones to make delicious soups after the holidays. It’s super easy to do but it does require some time. The longer you cook your stock the more rich and concentrated the results will be. This year I decide to use the leftover ham to make a ham barley pea soup. Here’s how to make a yummy meal that will satisfy those cold weather cravings all week long.”

Stock Ingredients
1 left over bone-in ham from the holiday
2 large carrots
4 celery stalks
2 medium onions
5 cloves garlic
2 star anis pods
1 pepper
1 teaspoon whole allspice
2 bay leaves crumbled
1 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 meyer lemon with skin
10 thyme sprigs
2 tablespoons olive oil

Simply sauté all of the ingredients together in a large stock pot for about 5 minutes or so. Add 6 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered until liquid is reduced by half, approximately 4 hours.

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Soup Ingredients
1 cup barley
1 cup dried yellow peas
1 cup dried green peas
2 large carrots quartered and sliced
3 celery stocks thinly sliced
1 yellow onion diced
2 cups of diced ham (fat trimmed)
salt

Add the dry ingredients to the stock pot and simmer for 40 minutes to an hour until cooked tender. Meanwhile, sauté onion, salt, carrots and celery until onion becomes translucent. Finally, add ham and transfer to stock pot. Simmer for 5 minutes, adjust seasoning and serve! You can shave fresh Parmesan or Romano on this soup if you like and enjoy!

 

Cookbook Giveaway

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I am so excited to be able to giveaway 2 copies of this book, Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen. It was written by my awesome, talented friend/chef Joni Marie Newman, and the photos/styling were done by my hubby Wade. It is his first published work and I am so proud of him. Even if you aren’t vegan you should get in on this for the beautiful photos and hey, maybe you will be inspired to try something. You never know! To enter just leave a comment below with your favorite vegan dish!

Entries must be posted by Monday January 13th at 2pm PST. 2 winners will be chosen at random and contacted by email. The giveaway is open to readers in the U.S. only. The prize is valued at $19.99 and will be shipped directly to you from the publisher.

*Thank you to all who entered! Congratulations to Christian and Rebecca! You are my winners! Check your email!

 

Go Greek!

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1) Go Greek is a cozy little shop tucked into Bedford Dr. in Beverly Hills. 2) I am sucker for a gorgeous chandelier! 3) Me and Jonathan, the owner of Go Greek.

I love LA and blogging has given me the unique opportunity to meet so many new business owners in this vast City of Angels. I love the passion behind what they do and learning what drives them. This week I had the pleasure of meeting Jonathan of Go Greek, a hot new yogurt shop in the heart of Beverly Hills. Not only do they do “fro yo” but they offer fresh yogurt as well. They are so many possibilities here. It’s a little shop full of deliciousness. Perfect for a snack, dessert, bite to eat or something to go. If you are in the LA area and love yogurt you must stop by Go Greek. They take pride in making everything fresh and authentic!

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1) A delicious plain yogurt with a traditional Greek  Spoon Sweet or “carrot marmalade” topping. My favorite sweet treat of the night. They also have other unique Spoon Sweet toppings such as Rose Petal and Quince. 2) They have a huge selection of toppings for their fresh and frozen yogurt. 3) Go Greek also offers an array of Greek Honey from Crete as well as Olive Oil. 4) My favorite savory fresh yogurt of the night was the Greek salad.

The kind folks at Go Greek gifted me a jar of Pine Thyme Honey that we used to make a honey mustard for our Christmas ham this year. It was delicious! You can also use this recipe as a marinade for chicken or as salad dressing!

Honey Mustard Marinade and Dressing
1/2 cup Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
1/4 cup Go Greek Pine Thyme Honey
1/8 cup olive oil
2 table spoons white balsamic vinegar
pinch salt
fresh ground pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients together until even consistency is obtained. Its easiest if you add the honey last so it doesn’t stick to the bowl.

Go Greek is at 452 N.Bedford Dr. in the heart of Beverly Hills.

 

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