Saturday, July 19, 2014

Exfoliating Coffee Sugar Body Scrub

Homemade coffee scrub serves two purposes: exfoliate skin and improve the appearance of cellulite. Plus, it offers the aroma of freshly, brewed coffee! 

I love making homemade skin and haircare products. Generally, homemade products with natural ingredients work better than anything I've bought from a store. I have been making this homemade scrub for over a year and it's quickly become one of my favorites. It's also inexpensive to make and lasts forever.

I've come across many variations of a coffee scrub, some recycle used coffee grounds(which is a great way to reuse the grounds) but I prefer fresh. Fresh ground coffee smells amazing, and is the perfect pick-me up in your morning shower. I also grind my own coffee beans and leave them a little coarse--the perfect texture for exfoliating.

In addition to freshly ground coffee, you will need: sea salt, brown sugar, and olive oil. I use olive oil because I always have it on hand, but any skin-nourishing oil would work. I suggest coconut oil or almond oil as an alternative. Stir the ingredients together and keep in a mason jar or sealed container in your refrigerator.

I start with a small handful, and massage all over my leg/thigh area. Continue to massage for a few minutes to really exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin.

I typically use this once to twice a week. Overall, I have noticed an improvement in my skin-tone and cellulite appearance. The scrubbing/massaging really the overall improve and texture of your skin. The coffee scent is an added bonus. It perks me up in my early morning shower!

One thing about this scrub, it can get kind of messy! I typically use the scrub at the beginning of my shower, and what's left in the tub will rinse away as the water is still running. Don't be alarmed if the bottom of your tub looks dirty. It will dissolve and rinse away.

Coffee Sugar Body Scrub

  • 1/2 cup freshly ground coffee (if grinding your own coffee, leave the grounds coarse)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar or raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

1. In a small bowl, mix coffee, brown sugar,  and salt together. Break up any lumps of brown sugar. Stir in olive oil until well mixed.

2. Store in a mason jar and refrigerate. Lasts up to one year.

3. Use in shower on wet skin. Massage into skin for 3-5 minutes to exfoliate and treat cellulite.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Five on...Saturday?

I had this post ready to go yesterday but got busy and forgot to post! 

I hope everyone has had a good week. Here is my recap:

1. Today officially starts my week long vacation! I couldn't be more excited. I really don't have plans, just ready to relax and do what I want. And maybe get some things done around the house and for the blog...

2. My tomato plants have shot up like crazy. I originally put tomato cages around them but had to stake them up this week. I probably waited too long to stake them, as they were a mess to untangle. Last year my tomatoes did not do well, so I'm excited that these plants are growing. I have quite a few tomatoes and I've already harvested a some this week.  It looks like they will be hardy plants this year!

3. This little guy turned one this week. He's going to be such a big boy. He already weighs the same as our four year old cat and I know he'll continue to grow. He may be headed to the groomers soon. His hair is out...of...control. Isn't he cute though?

4. My nieces, Lily and Olivia had birthdays this week. I am looking forward to their birthday party on Saturday.

5. As you may notice, the blog looks a little different than before. I have a new design (yay!) and am working on the layout as well. It's still a work in progress and I have a few things to tweak, but hopefully it will be much easier to navigate my new site.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I will be back next week with some new recipes!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Layered Taco Salad

All of your favorite taco fixings in a easy, layered taco salad. It's one of my favorite, quick summer recipes!

I think summer is officially here! These last few days have been hot and humid

During the sweltering, summer months, I prefer to fix easy recipes that don't involve the oven. I have a tiny kitchen in my house and it doesn't take long for it to heat up.

Salads are always a good option, but it has to be a hearty salad that will be filling for Mark. This taco salad is very simple to throw together--it's ready in three easy steps: prepare meat, prep toppings, and assemble salad!

Growing up, my Mom made a taco salad that was mixed together in one large bowl. Later on in my junior high years, she came up with this idea to do a layered taco salad. It's a simple process of making taco meat and preparing various toppings. This "build your own" style allows everyone to choose the toppings that they please. Don't like beans? Add more meat. Don't want tomatoes? Add more salsa or cheese or any of your favorite toppings. This salad is completely customizable!

Notice how simple of a dinner this was: I photographed the salad on a paper plate. I's probably a food photography no-no. 

Sometimes, simple food just needs a simple setting. :)  

Layered Taco Salad

  • Tortilla chips
  • Taco meat - you can find my recipe here
  • Black beans
  • Freshly chopped romaine lettuce
  • Diced tomato
  • Shredded Monterrey jack and cheddar cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa

1. Prepare Taco Meat.
2. Prep other ingredients: chop lettuce, dice tomatoes, and shred cheese.
3. Assemble salad as desired.

Source: Tasteful Cuisine