Soothing Cucumber and Avocado Mask

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1-2 Tbsp Aloe Vera gel

Peel the cucumber and place in the blender. Cut the avocado in half and scoop one half out into the blender. Add the Aloe Vera gel, and pulse until you reach desired consistency. Apply to clean, dry skin and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and moisturize  immediately after.

 

Benefits of Matcha Tea

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There are many health benefits of drinking matcha green tea. They include mental alertness/clarity and better immune defense. Matcha promotes relaxation and helps promote prevention and treatment of many medical conditions including but not limited to bacterial, fungal and viral infections, cancer and diabetes. It also helps in maintaining heart health and works as an amazing energy booster which is great for weight loss. Matcha tea bushes are grown inside to reduce the amount of sunlight from reaching the plant which reduces the rate of photosynthesis and helps slow the growth of the tea bush. This makes the leaves a darker shade of green and stimulates the production of chlorophyll and amino acids. By doing this it allows the tea to achieve the maximum of health benefits.  Therefore since you are drinking the whole plant even the leaves (ground to a fine powder) just one cup of matcha equals the benefits of drinking ten cups of green tea. But if drinking Matcha is not really an enjoyable experience you can add it to smoothies, milk shakes, baking, oatmeal, or lattes and adding honey to help sweeten.  I have added the blueberry and raspberry matcha tea to my diet to help aide in my weight loss and better health journey.

Simplicity Teas: Teas with intentions

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I received this wonderful box of teas from Simplicity Teas. Simplicity Teas is a monthly subscription box  ($14.99 a month) that allows you to taste test each tea- for tea lovers they recommend the Tea Enthusiast package. Each purpose themed package comes with three to four .5 oz specialized loose leaf teas. Your first package comes with a unique tea infuser. Each package is created with an intention in mind such as optimized digestion, beauty, detoxification, or getting the best sleep of your life. Each tea is organic, hand curated with herbs to provide a specific purpose (besides just tasting great!) to help improve a certain facet of your life and help you reach your health goals. Discover new and exciting flavors of teas! Simplicity Teas are created in small batches, packaged with love and each package provides you with roughly 15-20 cups of tea.

I really love the Simplicity Tea box because I am a huge tea drinker and love to try new combinations. I love how they have different blends for morning and night. They also have Sweet Tooth Pleaser that tastes like gingersnaps but without all those calories. The Good Choice tea is great to help curb your appetite and reduce those snack cravings. I really enjoyed try all these wonderful teas.

*I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review of the product.*

Blackberry Dumplings

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  • 1 quart /can of blackberries
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • ½ cup milk

Combine blackberries with cup of sugar and water in a large saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil. In a mixing bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt and 2 tablespoons sugar together. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly mix in milk with a fork to form a soft dough. Drop by spoonfuls into boiling fruit. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, the cover and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Can be served with vanilla ice cream.

Gooey Bars-Squares Recipe

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  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter (melted)
  • 1 egg

Mix well and pat into a well-greased 9×13 pan.

Topping

  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • 1 8oz package cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. vanilla

Mix well and pour over cake mixture. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into squares.

 

How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather

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I have seen a lot a talk and reviews about How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather and I knew that I had to read this book. Adriana Mather is a twelfth generation of Mathers in America going all the way back to the Salem Witch Trials and the first Thanksgiving.  This adds a lot to the content of this book letting you feel like you have a true insist to Salem and the Salem Witch Trials. How To Hang A Witch is a real page turner that once you start reading you will not put this book down until you finish. The story is full of twists and turns with an unexpected ending. This book is a must read for anyone who loves to snuggle up in bed on a cold night and enjoy a great adventurous story. How To Hang A Witch is a great mystery and romance novel.

(From the inside book cover) Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were? If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

 

Zucchini Cakes

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  • 3 cups coarsely grated zucchini
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise or plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil (coconut oil) for frying
  • 1 teaspoon butter

Place zucchini in a colander, sprinkle light with salt and let stand for 30 minutes. Press with paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible. Zucchini should be fairly dry and you should have about 2 cups. Place zucchini and remaining ingredients (except oil and butter) in a bowl. Mix well. Form into 8 patties the size of crab cakes. Chill. Heat oil and butter in a skillet. Add patties to skillet and cook on both sides until browned. Drain on paper towels. Serves 4.