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Exfoliating Scrub

Howdy again, kind people.

Well, it’s cold and it’s windy, and it snowed for a little while Friday.  And now it’s supposed to snow again on Monday.  And Monday’s snow could potentially be a snowstorm.  But after that it warms up.  It might even reach 40 degrees!  Maybe I should get out my swimsuit and tank tops, huh?  Haha.  🙂

When it’s cold out there’s nothing better than a nice, long soak in the tub, especially when you have some skin-softening soak and maybe a candle going.  Lately whenever I take a bath or shower my cat Pie just has to be in the bathroom with me.  It’s absolutely adorable.

Now, of my three cats Pie is definitely the most reserved.  She is the quintessential cat.  If you want her attention, YOU have to seek HER out.  She will not come to you.  But a couple weeks ago, everything changed.

Now whenever I’m ready to take a bath I’ll tell her what I’m up to, and in she’ll come, meowing excitedly.  She sits there, wagging her little stub tail.  And she’ll curl up right on the bathroom rug.  What can I say?  Women like the spa treatment, even if those women happen to be cats.  😉

Right in line with the idea of pampering yourself is the recipe I have for you today.  I’ve never had an exfoliating scrub on the blog before.  I’m actually a little surprised because I love to make them.

I’ve made all kinds before: cocoa powder, brown sugar, white sugar, sea salt, coconut oil.  This one leaves your skin feeling really silky smooth.  I love to use it on my face in the winter because usually I’m about as dry as dry can be, and I love how the olive oil makes it feel.

So if you’re in the mood to pamper yourself, give this one a try.  Just remember to turn on the faucet for your furry friends.  Maybe they want to join in too. 😉

(From an exfoliating scrub recipe on Hello Glow)

Exfoliating Scrub
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Mix together and store in an airtight container. Use on face, legs, and arms, then rinse.

 

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Maple Oatmeal Scones

Morning, all!  And a happy, happy day to you.  It seems like there are quite a few storms all over the place.  Stay safe!

Whenever it snows right after Christmas I always feel a bit torn.  The Christmas decorations are down around here, but as soon as those flakes start falling I have a resurgence of Christmas cheer.  I feel like I should make a sugar cookie or something.  But then I don’t because usually the holidays make you stir crazy enough with baking and wrapping presents.  So I just let the feeling pass.  😉

Speaking of Christmas stuff, I’m pretty sure this was the last year for me and the real tree.  Seriously.  The needles were flying everywhere.  And this was the second year in a row where the tree just didn’t have that strong of a pine odor.  So maybe next year I’ll just get a fake tree and light a fir candle.  🙂  Or just decorate a house plant.  That’s sounding pretty good right now too.  😉

But of course there is still plenty of winter left to go, and although I know we’re all supposed to pretend that we want to drop five pounds, I feel like giving into my caveman instinct to eat something yummy and sleeping.  So here are some delicious Ina Garten maple oatmeal scones.

Ina knows what she’s doing, so of course these scones are fabulous.  I’ve made them for years, and just like every Ina Garten recipe, they turn out every time.

So maybe to feel a little healthier I’ll just alternate from taking bites of these scones to taking bites of celery…or sips of kale juice.  Or maybe I’ll do a few sun salutations where I put the scone in front of me like a donkey with a carrot.  Actually, with me that would probably work.  😀

(From an Ina Garten maple oatmeal scone recipe on Food Network)

Maple Oatmeal Scones
 
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb cold unsalted butter, diced
  • ½ cup cold buttermilk
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 beaten egg plus 1 tbsp. milk or water for egg wash
  • For glaze:
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, oats, baking powder, sugar, and salt, and mix.
  3. Mix in the cold butter at low speed until incorporated. There should be pea-size pieces of butter in the dough when it's the right consistency.
  4. In another bowl combine buttermilk, maple syrup, and eggs. Add it to the flour mixture and combine until just blended. The dough might be sticky.
  5. Pour the dough out onto a well-floured surface and pat into a ¾ inch round circle. Cut the dough with a 3 inch round cookie cutter and place onto prepared cookie sheets.
  6. Brush lightly with egg wash and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are crisp and the inside is done. Allow to cool.
  7. While the scones are cooling, make the glaze by combining all glaze ingredients in a medium bowl and stirring until smooth.
  8. Drizzle scones with glaze.

 

 

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Cappuccino Mix

Hey there sweet people!  How’s it going today?  Are you all having a great weekend so far?  It’s COOOLD here.  Nine degrees is the high today, and boy can you feel it.  Even though I love the winter I am a total wimp when it comes to the cold.  So I’ve taken a very important step in making myself a little toastier and a little more like a warm, content kitten.  I’ve started wearing thermal tights under my leggings and pants.  This is the first year I’ve done this since I was a kid and I have to say…what the heck was the holdup?  I could have been warm for all those years!  All those cold walks outside.  Silly, I’m just silly.

Well, never again.  I refuse to go back to being chilly.  🙂

Speaking of these LONG January days, It’s a pretty exciting day up here in Minnesota because the sun doesn’t officially set until 5:00 pm.  Wow!  We’re starting to gain that time back.  😉  Isn’t it just sad that 5:00 pm makes me happy?  I wish it was about 8:45…but what can you do?

I know what you can do.  You can drink something warm and comforting.  That’s right.  This is my third and final post in my string of what I’ve decided to call “warm drinks to keep away the January chill.”  The title needs some work, huh?  🙂  But as someone who loves being warm, I just couldn’t help but focus on warm, yummy beverages.

This drink is for all of those sweet cappuccino drinkers.  Even though sweet cappuccino drinks aren’t very authentic and may not be the fanciest thing in the world, I hold a soft spot for them.  I remember getting them at the gas station along with a chocolate chip cookie when I had good attendance in grade school or did really well on a test.  So if you all have that sort of nostalgic feeling about them, this is definitely the mix for you.  And can you believe it contains Nesquick?  It’s like two childhood favorites in one.  I was obsessed with Nestle’s Quick (remember when it was still called that?) when I was young.  We didn’t have it very often and I used to make my milk seriously THICK.  Well, this cappuccino mix has it plus a few other pantry staples.  And there you go.  Cappuccino forever!  🙂

(From a cappuccino mix recipe on Taste of Home)

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Cappuccino Mix
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1 cup Nesquick
  • ⅔ cup instant coffee
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and store in airtight container. To make a serving, stir 3 tbsp mix into six ounces of hot water.

 

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Hot Cocoa Mix

Ahh, winter.  The Christmas candy is hardly out of the stores and now it’s Valentine’s EVERYTHING.  Would you really want to buy Valentine’s candy for someone in early January?  Firstly, it would just be hanging out for a month.  Secondly, it would NEVER be hanging out for a month because I’d eat it long before then. 😉

But let’s not think about faraway candy right now.  Let’s think about the present moment.  And in the present moment I am cold!  ⛄

I’m about as layered as you can get, which is really no surprise for me because I get cold in the middle of the summer.  There may or may not also be a heating pad nearby like I’m an old lady or something.  Not saying. 😄

Well, last post I brought you white hot chocolate mix, which is perfect for warming you up inside and out.  But what about those who don’t like white chocolate?

How about some rich, chocolatey hot cocoa mix instead?  Now no one is left behind!  Warm drinks for all!!

This is a Martha Stewart recipe.  And of course Martha wouldn’t let us down, right?  It’s rich, indulgent, and oh, so satisfying.

Now we just need to crack out the homemade marshmallows!  😋

(From a hot chocolate mix recipe on Martha Stewart)

5.0 from 1 reviews
Hot Cocoa Mix
 
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups sugar
  • 2¼ cups cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • Milk, for serving
Instructions
  1. Mix sugar, cocoa powder, and salt together. Store in an airtight container.
  2. To make a mug of hot cocoa, add 2 tbsp of mix to hot milk and stir.

 

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