Month: January 2014

Peanut butter & honey yogurt dip

pb & honey yogurt dipI have a confession to make. I’m having a really hard time getting off the sweets after indulging over the holidays. Is anyone else with me?  A co-worker suggested green tea in the afternoon. Are you kidding me?…how do you chew on that? I like snacks and that feeling of being deprived just doesn’t work for me. I think I’ve found a much better option and it’s called Peanut Butter and Honey Yogurt Dip. Here’s a recipe that’s satisfying my sweet tooth AND is pretty healthy too. Got 5 minutes?…you can make some too.

pb & honey yogurt dipIngredients:

  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter, use the good stuff not Skippy
  • 1 tablespoon liquid honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined. I like a small whisk for this but a spoon will do. Play around with it to suit your taste. More peanut butter may be your jam!
pb & honey yogurt dipI’m enjoying dunking apple slices in this dip as a mid-afternoon snack but also try it on your morning oatmeal or a digestive biscuit. Packed with protein, this is a much better everyday choice than say, caramel sauce! It also pairs really well with green tea!

Leaving on a jet plane…or 3!

Megduerksen.comYou guys, I’ve been keeping a pretty big secret. Partly because I still can’t believe it’s real and partly because I don’t like thinking of what it’s going to take to reach it.

I am going to Whatever Craft Weekend in Kansas!! For a maker-geek like me this equals winning the lottery. In fact, I did win their lottery to get my space. I leave today and will be home very late on Sunday. Twelve ladies gather at the Newton home of Meg Duerksen to craft, eat, go antiquing, craft and eat some more. Friday night involves sewing an adorable ruffled apron and the rest of the projects are a surprise.
Megduerksen.comI.
Am.
So.
Excited.
If you have no idea what I’m going on about, enjoy checking out links to Meg’s blog and the craft house details until I get back with a FULL report.
imagePlease wish me luck for the 3 flights and 12 hours of travel each way! I do not fly well. Keeping my eye-on-the-prize of just getting there! Bon voyage friends!

Top two photos by Meg Duerksen, used with her permission.

Coffee & coconut anti-cellulite scrub

Coffee and coconut anti-cellulite DIYDid you know coffee is a natural anti-cellulite treatment? Nope, me either. A horrifying event led me to this awesome discovery. I was in the dressing room at Lululemon trying on leggings. There’s not a lot of room in there however, quite a lot of mirrors and lights. To glow on the exact chunky, bumpy, extra bits that you’re trying to hide in said leggings. The whole experience was second only to the agony of swim suit shopping…which is coming.

I did a little googling and learned that coffee grounds can be used to make cellulite busting products and can be paired with moisturizers for double duty bath products. Coffee, bath…I love it when a couple of my favourite things unite. I whipped up this 2 ingredient scrub to feel like I was taking control.

  • 1/4 cup coffee grounds (recycled from my French press or your coffee maker)
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled

Coffee and coconut anti-cellulite DIYRemove as much water as you can from the coffee grounds by straining them. Place them in the bottom of a clean jar. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave at  30 second intervals, let it cool a little then pour on the grounds and stir. Continue to stir every so often until the coffee is evenly distributed and the oil firms up. You can speed this process up by putting it in the freezer for a few minutes. Put a lid on it. You may notice I switched jars partway through. The first one had too many crevices and coffee grounds were getting stuck there. So, learn from my mistake and use a jar with straight sides!

To use, rub on wet skin while in the shower, particularly dry spots and *ahem* trouble areas. Be gentle and use a circular motion, then rinse. Also rinse your tub after use! The coconut oil can leave a little bit of slipperiness and there will be some stray coffee grounds, not the big mess I had thought there might be though.
Coffee and coconut anti-cellulite DIYCoffee and coconut anti-cellulite DIYNow for a quick rundown of the benefits:
Coffee: contains antioxidants which are anti-inflammatory. It acts as an exfoliator here and smooths away dry skin cells to reveal softer skin. Its caffeine draws excess moisture from skin making it feel firmer and smoother.
Coconut oil: naturally moisturizers, fights acne, won’t clog pores and contains vitamins and minerals.

As an aside, if you find leggings that fit and tuck in your over-40 imperfections, they may very well be worth the sticker price. And you can totally justify the splurge with all the money you’re saving on DIY cosmetics!