Happy February! In honor of this lovely month I’m hosting a giveaway for some really amazing organic skincare products from One Love Organics. One Love Organics has offered up THREE of their Master the Art of Double Cleansing Gift Sets and these kits are going to make you quite smitten with their entire collection of carefully crafted goodies.
Each set contains their most popular product, Skin Savior Balm, which I never leave home without. It’s a multi-tasking product that can do everything from cleanse your skin, remove your mascara, moisturize your skin, treat bug bites, tame flyaway hairs and more! It smells like oranges and will bring a smile to your face every time you open it. You also get their Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, which is super gentle on your skin and also makes a pretty amazing dog shampoo (says Walter). The kit also includes one of my all time favorite products—-The Rose Clay Cleansing Sponge! These little sponges are made of konjac-manna plant fiber and will not only make washing your face incredibly fun and relaxing but will also smooth your skin and detoxify your pores. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it? If you can’t hold out be sure to grab The Master Art Of Double Cleansing Kit ($ 39.00) which is available for a limited time.
Contest is open to US Residents only. Contest closes on February 13th at 10:00 AM CST. Winner will be announced February 13th by noon and contacted via email.
If you’ve been around here long then you know that me and Moscow Mules go back quite a ways. I don’t get so excited for the classic version but I love flavored variations of the classic drink (check out the recipe for my cherry + mint moscow mule) and lately I’ve been really into spicy liquors, pepper infused simple syrups, and infusing my own concoctions. And out of all that spiciness comes The Angry Mule, a classic Moscow Mule with a bit of a kick (pun!).
TO INFUSE THE VODKA: Start by de-seeding and thinly slicing one fresh jalapeno. Place 3-7 slices (depending on how spicy you want it) in the bottom of a jar. Next, peel fresh ginger root and add 2 1″ chunks to the jar. Add 2 tsp sugar. Slowly pour 10-12 ounces of vodka over this mixture. Close jar and shake well. The vodka will take on the jalapeno flavor rather quickly, but the ginger takes a bit more time to sink in. I recommend waiting 12-24 hours, then straining the mixture through cheesecloth before proceeding with the steps below:
1 shot Jalapeno + Ginger Infused Vodka (see above)
1 can of Ginger Beer
2 Fresh Jalapenos
1 Fresh Ginger Root
Angostura Aromatic Cocktail Bitters (available via Amazon, $11.75)
Ice Sphere Mold (available via Amazon, $10.52)
Place 2-3 thin slices of fresh jalapeno to the bottom of a glass, add 3-4 splashes of Angostura Bitters and muddle. Add ice or ice sphere and slowly pour 1 shot of Ginger + Jalaepeno Infused Vodka over the ice. Top with your favorite ginger beer. Garnish with candied ginger.
I’m a pretty huge fan of anti-aging everything but can we take a minute to appreciate how amazing it is to look back on our years and reflect on where we’ve been? I felt like I changed a lot from 16 to 20 and a lot from 2o to 25. I think we assume that when we reach 25 we’ll be the person we were meant to be—-but I feel like the most change has taken place over the course of the last 4 years, from age 25-29. What are the major differences, you ask? I think 29 year old me is more aware of others. I’m more concerned with how I make other people feel and how my skills or resources could help them. I’m more aware of my own potential and feel empowered by possibility. 29 year old me is more confident, more comfortable, and more grateful. So anyways, here’s to (hopefully) many more years of unfolding.
Quote: “Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.” by Mark Frisch created using KG Chelsea Market Font from DaFont.com (free for personal use only without donation) over watercolor.
Come January in Wisconsin, we tend to get some peeks of spring, but mostly, it’s cold. And cold means cozy means soup. Right? This red lentil and veggie soup is special because it is actually really versatile. The lentils make it super protein-rich, but I would not argue with the addition of hot Italian sausage (cooked right after the leeks and garlic), but it can also be completely vegan if you use vegetable broth. Any combination of veggies would be great, but when it comes to tomato-based soups, the heartiness of kale is wonderful. As noted in the recipe, you can play with the amount of spices here depending on your tastes. Let us know if you decide to try out this recipe!
Red Lentil & Veggie Soup
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium leek, cleaned and sliced (how to clean a leek)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes, with juice
6 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth
1 cup red lentils
2 handfuls torn kale leaves (about 4 large stalks)
kosher salt & pepper
In a large heavy pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. When shimmering, add the sliced leek and saute until soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. Now add the bay leaf, cumin, chili powder, coriander and paprika.* Stir to coat the leeks, then add the diced tomatoes with the juices, broth and lentils. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat to low and simmer 15-25 minutes, until the lentils are tender and have soaked up a lot of the broth. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired, as well as the kale leaves. Stir to combine and serve.
*A note on the spices: If you like foods a little more spicy, feel free to double the amounts of cumin, chili powder and paprika as well as adding a pinch of cayenne pepper. In the amounts shown, you will get the flavors of the spices, but not so much spiciness.