Friday, August 3, 2012

Cocoa Roasted Almonds

I found a recipe for Cocoa Roasted Almonds on Pinterest. They only had a couple of ingredients, so I decided to give them a try about 10:30 last night. The perfect late night snack for the Olympics! I doubled the recipe, and it worked well. I hope all of you have a great Friday! Here's how:

1 cup plain almonds (I buy the big jars of the Target brand, they are the best I've found)
1 tbsp. maple syrup
2-3 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tbsp flour
dash of salt (my own addition to bring out the flavor)
cooking spray

1. Mix almonds and syrup together with wooden spoon to coat.
2. Add flour and cocoa powder and coat.
3. Throw in salt
4. Mix all well and pour on baking sheet
5. Bake at 275, recipe called for 25 minutes, but I only did 20.
6. Allow to cool, as eating them out of the oven is a bad idea!!!!

Here's the website, too:

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Honey on Yo' Face

So, I saw on Pinterest where you could put straight honey on your face as a homemade mask. I, a little skeptical, wasn't sure if I wanted to smear this sticky substance all over my face. Curiosity and no homework got the best of me, so I tried it. Whoa. It feels amazing! When you first apply the honey, it has a warm feeling, very relaxing for a home spa night (insert enthusiasm here). After you leave it on for about thirty minutes, the stickiness goes away. It becomes very soft, like body oil. You simply wash it off with lukewarm water and that's that. My pores seemed smaller and my skin felt super soft. Plus, what can beat the price of honey compared to cosmetic masks? I LOVE this natural method. I'll be using it time and time again.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

You can often find good deals in stores, though, not always the best deals. If you're looking for an everyday item like tennis shoes, workout wear, or pullovers, to the internet you must go. In particular, I've found a great place for popular staple items. I know, it sounds risque, yet, it's a Zappos outlet! Haha! They provide free shipping on all orders, which is a must. They might be last season's colors, but who cares? I highly recommend checking this site first, before you do what I call, "replacement shopping." You'll save time, gas, and money! Holla! Here's a couple great items they've got going right now, if you're interested:

1. Men's Patagonia Synchilla, retail $119, here, $35.00! Patagonia

2. Asics, my favorite workout shoe. ASICS