Nov 27 16

Dear Liver: My Detox Strategy After Holiday

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Dear Liver... My Detox Strategy

Current feels: Dear liver, I’m sorry for everything. Please accept this salad I just had as an apology.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving (for my Americans) or just a beautiful weekend (for everyone else). Mine was lovely, full of food, family, friends, and a few other indulgences.

I already knew I was going to have a busy weekend… but then I said yes, to basically every outing suggested, so I went out way more nights than I had initially anticipated. I don’t regret anything, but I am ready to turn my focus onto myself and my health, now that I have some free time.

Let’s talk about a few easy detox options that you can do after you’ve indulged. None of these ideas are drastic. They would all be a great addition to your self care routine once in a while.

  1. Lemon Water
  2. Dry Brushing
  3. Green Tea (while avoiding caffeine and alcohol)
  4. Drink more water
  5. Exercise
  6. Try a detox smoothie recipe
Oct 17 16

Pumpkin Cake with a Cinnamon Maple Glaze

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Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Maple Glaze

Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Maple Glaze

Ingredients

1.5 Cups Flour

1/2 Cup Sugar

1.5 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Salt

2 Eggs, beaten

1 Cup Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 Degree Fahrenheit. Spray your mini bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Whisk together all of your dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spices). Set aside.

In a separate bowl beat eggs and gradually add the pumpkin puree. Add vanilla extra and beat until well combined.

Add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in 2 batches until just combined. Be sure to not over mix.

Evenly distribute your batter into your mini bundt pan. My pan had 6 molds, and I had plenty of batter for 6. I probably could’ve stretch the batter and made more cakes.

Bake for 40 minutes. Take out of oven and let cool. Once cooled cut the bottom of the cake to create (a snack!) a level bottom. To construct the “pumpkin” you’ll flip one mini cake over, so the cut side is up. Put another mini cake on top with the bundt side up.

Optional Décor: In the photo I tried 3 different decoration styles. The easiest (and best IMO) is a light powdering of powdered sugar. I also melted some chocolate chips for a chocolate drizzle. I added strawberries to those cakes, to make them look more colorful. The third “décor” was a maple cinnamon glaze, which didn’t add much presentation-wise, but doesn’t it wound cool!

The pumpkin “stems” are pretzel rods broken in half.

Happy Baking!

Julie

Oct 14 16

5 Costumes For Basics

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13diy
Mmmmkay friends. Time for a costume DIY!

All you need is one black dress. We’re going to add some very basic items, many of which you already own, and turn that one dress into 5 costumes.

Open your closet. We’re getting started right now.

Costume 1. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys.

This costume is a classic for a reason.

Add: Pearls, tiara or sparkly hair clip, black gloves, black heels, cigarette strainer, oversized black sunglasses. If you want to be super true to the movie, don’t forget a coffee and a pastry.

Costume 2. “Basic” Witch.

There’s 2 options here. You can be a witch. Again a classic, simple Halloween costume that will never go out of style. OR you can go the topical/humorous route and be a BASIC witch…

Option 2A. Witches hat, cute black shoes

Option 2BASIC. ADD: To go coffee cup, cell phone, scarf, boots and leggings

 

Costume 3. Cat or Bat

This costume is following the “Mean Girls” philosophy that you can add animal ears to any slutty outfit and make it a Halloween costume. Keeping it simple and then adding a easy, big impact costume piece here is critical. So if you’re a bat, go for a cape or wings of some kind. If you’re a cat, paint your face or bring a cat toy when you go out.

ADD: cat or bat ears and either a tail or wings. Animal facepaint is optional, but definitely encouraged!

Costume 4. French Maid.

It’s a silly costume, but still a classic.

ADD: white apron, foofy heady band, feather duster, heels

Optional: Use a horrible French accent all night

 

Costume 5. Burglar.

This is a fun excuse to wear a mask. Just make sure you don’t walk in the dark by yourself. NO ONE WILL SEE YOU.

ADD: Mask, black gloves, money bag, black shoes for a quick get away.

Oct 5 16

DIY Pineapple Jack-o-lantern

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DIY Pineapple Jackolantern

I love pineapple. I wouldn’t say I love Jackolanterns, but they are synonymous with Halloween, so I had to do at least one jackolantern for this 13 DIYS of Halloween series. I love how the pineapple turned out. I think it looks amazing, and it was actually very simple to do!

I also posted this DIY on my youtube channel, so if you want to see the video instructions, check them out below.

Tools Required
Cutting Knife (large one and a paring knife if you have it)
Pineapple
Small candle or small battery operated light
Bowl to collect cut pineapple
Pineapple Corer *optional!

Directions:
1. With your knife chop off the top of the pineapple.
2. Take out the inside of the pineapple. I used a nifty pineapple corer which makes this process so simple!
3. Using a smaller knife or paring knife cut out the design of your jack-o-lantern’s face. You could do a design other than a face, just keep in mind the flesh of the pineapple is a little more delicate than that off your typical pumpkin.

4. Take a minute to clean up the insides of your pineapple. There may be some extra pineapple juice, ie. snack time!

5. Insert a candle and place the top back on your pineapple! You’re done!

Oct 3 16

13 DIYS of Halloween: Blood Jello Shots

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I hope you don’t mind. We’re kicking this 13 DIYS of Halloween off with some alcohol!

You can check the video for instructions on how I made these jello shots, but I will also include a recipe below. Enjoy!

Strawberry “Boobs and Blood Bag” Jello shots

Ingredients:

1 Package Strawberry (or any red flavor) Jello

1 cup boiling water

1/2-3/4 cup Vodka, chilled

1/4-1/2 cup Juice *optional

Red food coloring

Plastic cups/syringes/blood bags for jello

Coconut oil

How To:

Empty 1 package of jello in a bowl. I used less than the entire package, so that the jello might be a little easier to “shoot.”

Add 1 cup of boiling water and mix until gelatin is dissolved.

Add vodka and juice/water, which adds up to a total of 1 cup of cold liquid. I added about 3/4 cup vodka and for the remaining 1/4 cup I used cranberry apple juice, but you could just use water.

Add red food coloring to your liking and stir until well dissolved.

At this point if you do not want to use syringes, you could use plastic cups for jello shots or even a glass pan like for making normal jello. BUT where’s the fun in that?!

Using Syringes:

Take the plunger out of the syringe and wipe coconut oil on the rubber part. This will help for when it is time to “take” the jello shots. You could also use a non stick cooking spray. I just liked the taste and ease of using coconut oil the best.

Insert the plunger back into the syringe. With the syringe in the bowl of jello, empty all air our of the syringe and then pull back to fill your jello shot. Repeat for all desired syringes.

Finally chill your jello shots in the fridge until it sets. I let mine set overnight, and they were still good a few days after.

Take your jello shot and share your results with me!!

 

Julie