Even though I don’t have a neatly written New Year’s resolution, I do feel like there is this great joy of having a clean slate and the ability to pick up new habits. When I read this article about letting go of commitments and mental clutter it made me laugh out loud and, at the same time, it felt painfully close to home.
I would be happy to make it a 2016 goal to care less and enjoy more. Part of that is probably admitting that we all have strange habits.
So in a very 2016-liberating way I am saying out loud that I am scrubbing my bum with old coffee grounds.
And making this scrub resonates very much with something that I am trying to achieve for years already, namely to actively relax more instead of always running around. Doing a weekly scrub (hopefully accompanied by a splash in the bath tub) sounds like a great start to that.
A couple of notes to this scrub: it will not make the prettiest gift (in that case I’d rather advise you to make this one) and you will have to rinse your shower cabin extra afterwards.
Having said that: this is a great product (some even claim that you end up all perky due to the caffeine in the used coffee grounds, how promising is that!) that is easy and cheap to make.
I’d like to cheer to shiny skins and smooth behinds in the upcoming year. 😉
Homemade Coffee Body Scrub
- 1 cup of used coffee grounds (or as much as you have)
- ½ cup of coconut oil, slightly softened, hazelnut oil or any other oil that you find pleasant (you can even use olive oil) (or as much as you need to transform the coffee grounds into something that resembles very wet sand)
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon (optionally)
- Mix all ingredients together and head off to the shower. One note is that the coffee grounds have a limited expiration date, so don’t store this mixture for longer than let say a week. The cinnamon will make the mixture smell divine, but is a sheer luxury.
- In case you decide to play with the amounts, just make sure that you have enough oil so that the end mixture resembles something like very wet sand.
Now that we are approaching Christmas (!), hereby some ideas for easy and homemade Christmas gifts. Some of these gifts take a little more time than others, but I would argue that as long as you have the ingredients at hand, it is easier than heading over to a real life store (brrrr). Last year’s hit was the Cacao Mix, which unintentionally also turns out to be the least labor-intense one of all (what can I say – everybody wins!).
Have a wonderful one. 🙂
Here are some links for inspiration: Rosemary-Garlic Salt
, Tomato-Chili Salt
, Cinnamon-Vanilla-Orange Liqueur
, Homemade Gin
, Dark Chocolate Truffles with Cranberries & Chili
, Rum Balls
(if you have some leftover cake), Ginger Syrup
, Almond Clusters with Dark Chocolate & Hibiscus Salt
, Peanut-Butter Cups with Sea Salt
, Homemade Body Scrub
(or a scrub version using Coconut and Orange
), Caramelized Macadamia Nuts
, Ginger Salted Caramel Chocolates
, Honey-Nut Pots
, Coffee Liqueur
, Homemade Body Butter Bars
, Vanillia Essence
for a baker, Homemade Fig Mustard
, or some really easy but pretty Chocolate Coffee Cups
I take true pride in cooking nice stuff and am happy to shine off as much as I can. Having said that, I am also a fierce believer in making things as easy as possible.
This Tomato Tapenade is a perfect example of that. The biggest effort that concerns this recipe is dragging the jars of dried tomatoes home, a thing that can actually weigh down your shoulder bag quite a bit. Other than gathering the ingredients, you only have to blender all together. This with a really amazing result.
The recipe is very forgiving and you can simply amend it to your likings and cupboard content. You could for example add grated parmesan cheese, paprika powder, fresh parsley, walnuts or almonds instead of the feta cheese. I’ve chosen to leave out the more traditional capers and anchovis, as I simply like it this way, but you could easily add these seasonings.
I love to eat this on top of a slice of good quality bread, possibly topped with some cheese or dolloped on top of a bowl of pumpkin soup, as a pasta sauce (served with red peppers for example) and next to grilled meat. These pots are on the list for this year’s Christmas presents but besides giving them away I will most definitely keep one to mix into some linguine pasta or to eat it as a sauce (mixed with Greek Yoghurt) next to some Hasselback Potatoes. View Full Post
I always tend to forget how much work moving really is. There is something about putting things into boxes that makes me lose everything I have on my hands (cycle keys, anyone?). And I really never learn (sorry Anton).
While I was supposed to keep things (keys) organised this weekend, I made this liqueur this weekend. I know, there is no real justification for that, but I feel very efficient as I now packed both booze and spices into one bottle that would have otherwise traveled alone. Plus, I can now ditch the booze bottle and the spice packaging and we have gained something pretty to put into our new kitchen. We really do all win at the end of the day!
This liqueur is really pretty and also very much autumn and winter in a bottle.
I used an aged rum to support the sweet flavorings of the spices, but you could also consider using a bourbon or vodka. This liqueur will also improve over time, so if you are tempted to make this, it could be a very good idea to make more so you will have plenty on hand once the holiday season rolls around.
Also: this one on moving still makes me laugh.
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We are moving!
Whereas I am mentally already living at our new place, fact is that physically almost all of our stuff is still acting like it is belonging to our old home. The place is not boxed up, but still things start to get missing and move around.
This also implies, very contra-intuitive, that there is a need to empty the cupboards and fridge.
In ways I feel blessed (for a good laugh, please do look at this Instagram Account #blessed) with such a stocked freezer as we are still having proper meals. For two weeks straight, I know, I am ridiculous.
Also, it turns out, I have a thing for spices and salts. Instead of packing boxes I have decided to make things to empty our cupboards and to fill up the jars and bottles we would move empty otherwise.
Starting off with this Tomato-Chili Salt, moving on to make more Limoncello (I don’t have any excuse for that, sorry), making even more Vanilla Essence, I decided to take a turn and make this Roasted Garlic Rosemary Salt.
It completely surprised me and I think it might be one of the best things I’ve made in a long time. The salt is super aromatic, the roasted garlic cloves dry up to become a little leathery, rather than hard, but still blend in perfectly with the salt.
The project does take a little patience and will take up a bit of space on your kitchen counter but you will be super happy to have done so. Also, and I know this is coming a little early, but I can imagine this to be beautiful gifts in holiday season, divided in little pots or small pouches.
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