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Pumpkin-Sugar Body Scrub. Years ago when I managed a day spa, one of my favorite facials included a Pumpkin Enzyme Peel.

Pumpkin-Sugar Body Scrub

That Pumpkin mask was so magically transforming that it inspired me to try working with at-home pumpkin treatments. Raw pumpkin has natural enzymes that eat away layers of dead skin cells and rejuvenate skin texture. In my kitchen I don’t have a whole lot of raw pumpkin on hand but I sure do have the canned stuff. Cooked pumpkin may be missing those potent enzymes but happens to be jam-packed with other good stuff like Vitamin-A, Vitamin-C, and lots of antioxidants that help in fighting free radicals. Not bad for a little can of pumpkin! Mix that nutrient rich pumpkin puree with coarse sugar or salt, a bit of honey, and moisturizing sweet almond oil and you have a potent little Pumpkin-Sugar Body Scrub.

DIY Naturally Scented All-Purpose Citrus Vinegar Cleaners. I've been on a quest to rid our home of toxic chemicals for both health and environmental reasons.

DIY Naturally Scented All-Purpose Citrus Vinegar Cleaners

Did you know? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be 10 times to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. One of the culprits is common household cleaners emitting toxic fumes. UGH! Homemade Vanilla Extract. I love the scent of vanilla in anything from candles to soap and the flavor of vanilla in baked goods and desserts is second to none.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

If a recipe calls for one teaspoon vanilla extract, I use at least two; but likely more and use a slow, heavy hand when pouring. All that pouring makes my food taste amazing but my wallet doesn’t like it. Storebought real vanilla extract is pricey and I can make extremely fast work of a two- or four-ounce bottle that sells for $8.99 to $10.99, and up. Two ounces, that’s for one batch of cookies, right? Homemade vanilla extract saves money and even if it didn’t, when it comes to taste and flavor, there is just no comparison. The only thing special that’s required when making vanilla extract is patience. To make vanilla extract you need vanilla beans. When selecting beans, they should be soft, pliable, tender, and flexible. Next, you need alcohol (at least 35% by volume) in order to extract the vanilla from the vanilla beans, thus the name, vanilla extract.

How to Make Homemade Peppermint Extract.


Homemade Kale Chips - Healthy Snacks: 6 Foods You Can't Overdo - Shape Magazine - Page 6. Make it: 1.

Homemade Kale Chips - Healthy Snacks: 6 Foods You Can't Overdo - Shape Magazine - Page 6

Preheat oven to 375°F; 2. Wash 2 bunches of kale, remove stems, tear into small pieces; 3. Toss with 2 tsp olive oil and spread on baking sheet; 4. Salt lightly; 5. Bake until crisp and slightly golden around edges (10 minutes). Detox Salad. One of my favourite things to do after visiting Whole Foods is to re-create salad bar foods or specialty products at home for much less money.

Detox Salad

Baked Zucchini Sticks with Spicy Queso Dip. Kale, Fennel and Apple Salad – Honestly YUM. Who doesn’t like kale nowadays?

Kale, Fennel and Apple Salad – Honestly YUM

My favorite preparation of this ever-popular leafy green is raw in a salad. This is my go-to salad recipe for kale and has a wonderful combination of different flavors and textures– the pairing of fennel and green apple go so perfectly with the hearty kale. You can substitute the Parmesan and walnuts with any other hard cheese and nuts you may have lying around. Ingredients:1 bundle of lacinato kale1 large fennel bulb1 Granny Smith apple1 1/2 cups of walnutsabout 1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano ReggianoDressing:1 small shallot, mincedextra virgin olive oilapple cider vinegarsesame oilsea saltfresh ground black pepper. Thai Rice with Mâche, Coconut Milk and Crunchy Vegetables. Beet and Citrus Salad with Pinenut Vinaigrette. How to Steam Vegetables: 7 steps (with pictures) Edit Article Vegetables & EquipmentSteaming VegetablesUsing a Covered PanIn the Microwave Edited by Flickety, Sondra C, Eric, Travis Derouin and 15 others Steamed vegetables are a nutritious and quick choice for any dinner table.

How to Steam Vegetables: 7 steps (with pictures)

There are several methods to choose from, and you don't need any fancy kitchen equipment to get the job done. To get going on tonight's delicious, nutritious, colorful dinner, you'll need a steamer, covered pan, or microwaveable bowl. Ad Steps Method 1 of 4: Vegetables & Equipment 1Pick your vegetables. 3Devise some equipment. Method 2 of 4: Steaming Vegetables. How to Store Vegetables & Fruit Without Plastic. How to Store Vegetables & Fruit Without Plastic. Squash Au Gratin. Recipes for 101 Simple Salads for the Season. Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower 'Wings'.

Looking for a healthier (and kinder) alternative to chicken wings?

Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower 'Wings'

Try these juicy, tangy, and spicy buffalo cauliflower “wings”! Deliciously versatile and with just enough “kick,” these bite-sized pieces of cauliflower offer an eerily similar experience to eating chicken wings. With all the flavor and none of the guilt, this is a secret-weapon recipe that every vegan cook should have in his or her kitchen. Enjoy! SpicyBuffalo Cauliflower ‘Wings’ 1 cup water or soy milk 1 cup flour (any kind will work—even gluten-free!) Preheat the oven to 450°F.Combine the water or soy milk, flour, and garlic powder in a bowl and stir until well combined.Coat the cauliflower pieces with the flour mixture and place in a shallow baking dish. Makes 4 servings. Detox Salad. Make a modular felt trivet. Related to yesterday's coaster project, here's a template for making a larger modular felt trivet.

Make a modular felt trivet

No sewing or gluing required. How to Make Marshmallow Fondant. How to Make Marshmallow Fondant I am not a pastry chef, nor do I own a bake shop.

How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

However, I can show you How to Make Marshmallow Fondant. How to Make Cream Cheese at Home. After having nailed — if I do say so myself — how to make homemade goat cheese chèvre style, my confidence as an amateur cheesemaker has soared. In fact, for the past few months, every time I open the fridge, I can hear the collective gasp of all liquid dairy products. And they’re right to tremble in fear; my refrigerator has become the place where milks and creams from different animal species come to curdle and age. Homemade cream cheese is my latest project. Boasting freshness, creaminess, and a bit of tang, freshly-made cream cheese has completely ruined me for commercial cream cheese. Admittedly, in things such as cheesecake or other baked goods, wherein cream cheese is baked along with other ingredients, the vast difference between commercial cream cheese and homemade cream cheese is not so obvious. And this is when knowing how to make your own cream cheese comes in handy.

I got help from Chef Grégoire Michaud‘s latest book, “Got Cheese?” 50 Fabulous Hand Made Christmas Gifts! Top 10 Kitchen Tricks That Speed Up Cooking. So you’ve started beefing up your cooking skills, but the process is still a little tedious. Here are 10 surprising kitchen techniques that will save you a bunch of time — not to mention wow your friends. Some food tips that will change your life &124; Funny Pictures, Videos, Pics. French Onion Soup and Pretty Nails! Moroccan Recipe: Chicken Tagine with Apricots, Almonds & Chickpeas Recipes from The Kitchn. If you don't own a tagine, don't fret. You can use a Dutch oven, as I do, or any other heavy cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. Cook's Illustrated has performed various cooking tests and confirmed that, although the conical tagine makes a particularly striking table presentation, stews cooked in other cooking pots tasted equally delicious.