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"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."
Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Springtime in a cup

My love of tea is far from a secret affair. Perhaps I adore my daily tea because I have some English and Welsh blood coursing through my little body...or maybe my love for the ritual was passed down from my mom.
When I was still sporting pigtails  and getting sundresses caked in mud,she often brewed the two of us pots of tea from the fragrant blends she purchased at Pier One Imports.
Well, whatever the reason.. I adore a good cup of tea and my kitchen often resembles a tea shop .
My cupboards house a plethora of tea varieties and my tea kettle never budges from its designated burner on top of my stove.
And my mom and I still share a pot regularly.
Today I am enjoying a fragrant blend called Mother's Bouquet from Harney and Sons Tea. It's an ideal cure for the Spring Fever you are undoubtedly suffering from.
Each little sachet is full of the most delicate looking blend of dried flowers and citrus. It's caffeine free, lighter in body.
It's flavor is smooth...slight floral notes with citrus sparkling through to leave you feeling as though you are enjoying a blue sky breeze in April.
In fact....If you need a gift for the tea lover in your life who loves classic fashion and arm loads of fresh cut blooms, I recommend you give them a tin of this tea.
It would make an ideal Mothers Day gift as well.
Enjoy this sunny Sunday...I know I will!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Simple Saturday supper

Today is about simplicity.

A casual supper of pasta with lean ground turkey, garlic,onion and red sauce to be sprinkled with shaved Asiago before serving.
Freshly baked garlic and salt baguette slices slathered in butter as the accompaniment  ...
Followed by frosted brownies for dessert.

My pictures are lacking as of late..using my phone instead of my camera. ..but sometimes you need to capture your snippets of the day with what is on hand  sooner than miss it altogether.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

L'occitane. ..love love

I had the great fortune of receiving a sample of this new Shea based face cream courtesy of Influenster and L'occitane.

Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of l'occitane . Many years ago I used their olive oil face wash and honey face cream. Neither of these products exist anymore. So I was over the moon to learn of their new Shea face care line.

I was so impressed by the improvement in my skin after three  days of using the sample  of moisturizer that I soon became the  owner of the entire line of Shea face care . It's  a three item line that includes a toner, cleansing oil and moisturizer.

I adore toners..so this product was an easy sell for me.
But I  have to admit that cleansing my face with oil sparked a little  flame of fear.  It's a great worry (and honestly its a misconception )that an oil based cleanser will cause breakouts.
I also know from personal experience that my skin is finicky with any moisturizer that's not water or gel based.

All of this said...my worries were quickly squelched out. My skin has never looked better.
I start by wiping a cotton ball of toner across my face, it's refreshing and begins removing makeup.
Next I massage the cleansing oil into my face and then add water to work it into a milky lather before rinsing off.
Once I've dried my face , I apply the Shea moisturizer . I use the light formula. I also use the immortelle eye mask duo cream. I feel it's the most amazing eye cream out there...it depuffs and smoothes fine lines in an instant.
After a week of using l'occitanes skin care, my fine lines are practically invisible, my pores are hardly noticeable, my skin tone is even and radiant....I'm amazed at how soft my skin is and how much younger my skin appears. 
I have received compliments on my complexion and I truly feel good about my skin. The few blemishes I used to get are also gone. For me,this skin care system is ideal and I  pray they never discontinue it!

If you have combination skin that doesn't seem happy with your current face care regimen, I strongly encourage you to give these products a try. ☺

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Classic Special k bars

This is an old-fashioned recipe from an old church cookbook.  My family has been making them for as long as I can remember! 

I posted this from my phone so not the best picture but you get the idea! 


1 c. Karo corn syrup
1 c. Sugar
1 c. Peanut butter
6c. Special K cereal
6 Oz chocolate chips
6 Oz butterscotch chips

In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the syrup and sugar to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter. Pour this over the cereal which you should have in a big bowl, fold together until the cereal is coated. Press the cereal mixture into a buttered 9x13 pan. Melt together the   two kinds of chips. You can do this in the microwave in 30 sec intervals.  Frost the bars with the melted chips. Let cool so the frosting can set,before you cut them into squares.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ack! My poor neglected blog

It's been awhile since I have written a blog  post.  Lots of curve balls have been thrown my way as of late.
I do  have a few recipes to post as soon as I have a little more time to sit down.
Thanks for hanging in there and being a reader!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Healthy Living Inspiration!

Check out the latest  #StumbleBloggers List @StumbleUpon  here--
A great page of ideas to keep your healthy lifestyle going :)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The dreaded flu!

Sadly my household has been stricken with the flu. I arrogantly thought we had escaped it's painful clutches.
Needless to say , the only thing we have been cooking is ginger ale lol. Ugh.
I did order a pizza for the rest of the family yesterday as they are a step ahead of me in getting well. I caught this a few days after everyone else.
Thankfully we did have a fantastic holiday despite it all. With our traditional Dutch inspired foods...I'll make a post about it soon.
Until then..I wish you all a very Happy and safe New Year!