Sunday from Scratch ~ Homemade Buffalo hummus

49er Football is upon us!

I suppose football season in general is upon us…but if you’re in Norcal, then well, you know.

I meant to post this earlier today before the 1pm opener game. I made this for our friends’ potluck party and it turned out great, but I was maxed out on time when I sliced my finger on the food processor and had a near death experience. Ok death is slightly dramatic, but man, blood is meant for inside the body. God knew what he was doing.

Mind you, the hummus was spared, as this was before the recipe even started. I was trying to get the blade situated on my brand new food processor and ended up slicing my thumb and pointer finger (on my RIGHT hand of COURSE). No need to check the blades! Sharp. Real sharp.

So of course I wrapped the lady fingers up in a towel and proceeded to make a big ol’ batch of buffalo hummus because I was determined…and frankly, cheap. I didn’t want to waste all the ingredients or run back to the store.

Enjoy!

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2 cans of garbanzo beans (1 can drained, 1 un-drained)

Blend it all together and add 2 TBS of tahini sauce.

Tahini sauce (vs paste) is basically hummus without the beans. The upside of course is convenience- it has lemon juice, salt and garlic already added.

Then add about 1/2 cup of buffalo wing sauce for a hummus with a kick. If you’re a baby (guilty as charged) then stick with a 1/4 cup.

Blend it all together and add olive oil if needed. Mine was too chunky so I added it as needed.

Serve with tortilla chips, pita bread and/or celery!
*Thank you PicMonkey.com for the awesome smoke graphics. Aye!

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Sunday From Scratch ~ Blackhead face mask

Blackheads. That’s what’s up.

I never really paid much attention to the little buggers until a friend of mine started buying scrubs and washes in an effort to get rid of hers. I had fun with the Biore pore strips as a kid, but never considered it to be an issue.

Well you know how it goes. You see one, kill it and all of sudden 10 more come to it’s funeral. Or is that grey hairs? Who cares. Get rid of ’em.

I of course wanted to find a DIY mask in an effort to save some cash and see what if I could find something that wouldn’t harm my face. 

There are a bajillion DIY masks out there, but this was the easiest one I have seen. It’s literally baking soda and water. 

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Mix the baking soda with a teensy bit of water to make a paste. You want it to look like Elmer’s glue from 2nd grade.

I think the point is to put it on your blackhead prone areas but I just did an all over.

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Ok so what did I think?

Don’t keep it on too long… sucker burns! I definitely felt clean after I rinsed it off- and that all my pores were blasted open, so that’s good! Blackheads are basically dirt and grime that don’t get rinsed off your face and settle into your pores. It’s good to open them up (the best time is after a hot shower) and to keep your face clean. Are you washing at least twice a day and keeping your pillow case clean? Do it. Doctor’s orders.

Note: If you make too much of this paste (a little goes a loooong way) you can use it to clean your sink. Take a sponge and scrub that paste all over the inside of your sink or bathtub for a super white finish.

Is that bad that you can use a face mask to clean your sink? Let’s just go with “no”…

Sunday from Scratch ~ Super Food Salad

This ain’t your mama’s salad.

Except I got the recipe from my mom…so maybe it is?

Hmm.

When I was told that kale, cabbage and red onion was being served- the first thing I thought was bad breath.

And then I tried it, got hooked, made it for the roomie, she’s hooked…boyfriend is next…it’ll hook him for sure. And then there is you dear reader. You’re on deck!

It’s full of super foods like kale & cabbage, AND it’s raw, AND it’s made from scratch.
Even though it has Parmesan cheese, is it still considered ‘clean eating?’ Someone please advise.

Super Food Salad: Makes 2-3 servings (Best served fresh and cold)Image

Salad:
2 handfuls of raw kale (I buy the chopped bag at TJs)

1 handful of raw cabbage (shredded white cabbage- sold at TJs)

2 TBS chopped red onion

1-2 TBS parmesan cheese

1/4 cup chopped nuts (mom uses peanuts, I used almonds/walnuts. It’s all yum!)

Dressing:
1 TBS dijon or spicy brown mustard

1 TBS olive oil

1 tsp red wine vinegar (apple cider vinegar works too)

salt & pepper

Notes:
-Make sure your kale, cabbage and onion are chopped and/or minced. You want this to be somewhat of a ‘slaw’ type salad.

-Mix the dressing on the side and throw everything into a container with a lid.

-Shake what your mama gave ya.

-Put it in the fridge and serve it cold! I also like to saute chicken-apple sausage and toss it in.

Enjoy!

“Sunday From Scratch” ~ A little spritz

Do you ever feel like your bed needs a little spritz?

I have weird sheet wang.

I’m sure it’s all in my head, but I seriously sleep better knowing that my sheets and especially pillow case, are clean and free of sleepiness.

I wash my sheets once a week, but did you know that you should really be switching out your pillow case at least twice a week? Not only is it one big sponge for facial oil but it’s basically a breeding ground for acne. If you have blemishes, I highly recommend switching out the pillow case every other day. Experience the magic!

So I found a “recipe” for this spray and it was so easy to make, I couldn’t help but share! It’s basically a 3oz spray bottle full of water, with abut 6 drops of tea tree oil added. (Any essential oil will do). Tea tree oil is of course nice because of its natural blemish/acne fighting power.

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I spritz my pillow before bed and also did my makeup brushes after washing them recently. (Another tip I highly recommend!)

Happy spritzing!

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“Sunday From Scratch” ~ For the Hair

Sunday! Again!

Why are they so sneaky?

I dedicate this post to the days where washing your hair is just, not going to happen. Sometimes you don’t have time to lather, blow dry, product-ify, straighten, etc. And sometimes, you just don’t want to. They say it’s really not that good to do it everyday, so let’s listen them! I heart “them.” (Who are they?) It gives us the idea that perhaps we are doing what we are told. Gold star.

I try to limit washing my hair every other day, which of course takes planning with working out and going out, so it’s an ever changing balance. Here is something I found and thought sounded like a genius idea. It’s WAY cheaper than buying dry shampoo at the store, and it’s better (in my opinion) than sprinkling baby powder on my head. The dandruff look is on it’s way out I hear.

Here’s the recipe:

1/4 c cornstarch
1/4 c baking soda
1/4 c essential oil (I used tea tree oil but have also heard that lavender/rose oils are nice)
Some kind of fancy jar with a ribbon helps, but anything air-tight will do. Don’t forget a powder brush!

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take the brush and pat your roots. That’s where the oil comes from and that’s what we’ve come to get rid of! Make sure you brush afterward, as you don’t want your scalp flaky and white.

*Also, if you have really dark hair, I recommend tweaking this a bit. I’ve read that you can add cocoa powder, but I haven’t tried it.

This recipe was kindly borrowed from the blog: “Small Home Big Start

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“Sunday from Scratch” ~ For the Face

Happy Sunday!

This DIY post is all about the face. The one you have or the one you want, you decide 😉

My skin has always been on the  “combination” side, which is annoying… half of the time.  I suppose this is better than 100% of the time…?

In my quest for finding products with the most limited amount of chemicals, additives and basically…ingredients, I started with the face. I figured it was a pretty good place to start since I was having issues with random breakouts and dryness, and the overall fear (after too much research) that I was stripping my skin of it’s natural-naturalness.

*I probably sound like a Trader Joe’s insider/spy, but I really do love their products, and believe me…if they want to PAY me to write these, feel free! I’m right here! Come and get it.

Here is what I use on my face- Trader Joe’s Spa Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil. In case you didn’t know, tea tree oil is a natural blemish fixer-upper. It’s quite potent too, it smells like a spa!
+ This wash is cheap. Like $4.99 cheap.
  I can’t use it twice a day because it’s pretty intense and drys my face out too much.
+ Love the smell and just two squirts will give you enough to foam up and lather.

ImageWhen I get super dry, which happens, I rub a teeny bit of organic coconut oil on my face. I bought this from a Sprouts market in town. Yes, TJ’s sells it as well!

+ Also pretty cheap (and goes a long way) AND you can use it in your cooking, which I highly recommend. #MultiTasking
You will be kind of slimy… and don’t go to bed right away as it will get on your pillow
+ Totally worked for me. I used to use it everyday and now I’m only having to put it on select areas about once a week.
I wish it came with a spoon because when you get to the bottom of the jar it’s a please-don’t-let-my-hand-get-stuck in the cookie mason jar moment.
+ I also use it on my hair about once a week to give it a weekly rub down. Leaves it feeling super soft and yes, you have to shampoo it out! Don’t be a grease monkey and leave it in. We will no longer be friends.

For makeup users:

Stop using store bought eye makeup remover! They are ripping you off!! I dabbled with a few homemade removers, one that stung my eyes really bad and one that just plain didn’t work. I would share them, but I don’t really remember what the exact ingredients were…and well, you just shouldn’t try them.

Here is what mine looks like (using a 4 ounce bottle) and yes, it’s made up of two ingredients!

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Jojoba oil (pronounced “ho-ho-ba” much to my surprise, as I’ve been enjoying saying “jo-jo-ba” a bit too much) is another natural oil extracted from plants. I read up on it quite a bit, and it seemed to have a reputation for being a bit too oily. A little goes a long way on this one. So my remedy? Add water!

I didn’t exactly measure this, but you will get the hint. Add more oil if it doesn’t work. Add more water if it’s too oily. You’ll figure it out. I’ve seen your SAT scores, I know you can do it!
Let me know if you try these! I’m curious.

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“Sunday from Scratch” ~ Home & Garden

Hey kids!

I’ve decided on a new weekly feature called “Sunday from Scratch” I previously hinted at the fact that I’m dabbling with hippie-dippie-ness. I blame a combination of Pinterest and an obsessive need to Google… everything. The idea of homemade bathtub cleaner intrigued me at first because I thought it’d be cheaper. Then I started Googling and found that there is a whole lotta crap in a whole lotta products we buy. Out of fear of killing my unborn children, I’m trying to get crafty in the world of organic and DIY.
Granted, some experiments have been a grand success, while others a mere womp-womp. (Yes, I’ll share those too!) I’m hoping this new feature will not only allow me to share what I’ve learned, but also give me the additional incentive to keep exploring with new findings.

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Do you secretly like to clean? I mean, do you get a sort of thrill out of throwing things away and working up a sweat while you scrub-a-dub-dub? Just me? Pssh whatever.

Ok but do you KNOW what kind of chemicals they put in that stuff?? I made the mistake of Googling what all the hype was about and holy chemicals Batman! The worst part, is that they pay big money to make us think that you have to buy the cleaners they put in fancy squeeze bottles. Welp, thanks to good ol’ Martha Stewart, you don’t.

I made a homemade tub cleaner that works like a charm. Seriously never seen my tub whiter. Here’s the recipe I nabbed from Mama Stewart’s website, via Pinterest:

  • Add one teaspoon of liquid soap and several drops of an antibacterial essential oil (I used tea tree oil)
  • Add one cup of baking soda.
  • Add just enough water to form a paste.
  • Get to scrubbin’ with a sponge or brush!

Here’s the photo her highness posted:

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And here’s what I came up with. Mama Stewart and I don’t exactly share the same…aesthetic.
I blame the iPhone.

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Garden

I just love gardens. They remind me of my mom, especially tomato plants. Her Grandmother (“Mamas”) used to have a big ol’ garden down in Fresno and mom saw it as her own little escape. Do you think these things can be passed down through your genes? I do too.

So here is what I have started…

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If you look close enough you can see the round of a green tomato. It’s about the size of a plum!

I know you’re probably thinking, “Ummm, where’s the rest of it?”And I counter your question with a confession! I have this strange, thankfully not terminal, disease blockage known as Renter’s Mentality. I want a huge, sustainable garden with lots of veggies complete with a compost pile and two chickens, but because of said blockage, I can’t quite invest. I want to paint my room and put money into decorating…etc. How does one justify spending the money on stuff that you’ll only leave behind? Walker tells me if it makes you happy now, why sacrifice? I get it, but I can’t grasp it. I’m working on it.
Thus, my three-potted garden. And you can’t even eat a succulent, so…there’s that.

Question: Do you have Renter’s Mentality? And what are your thoughts on homemade products?