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.



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 for the awesome smoke graphics. Aye!



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. 



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.



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” ~ 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!


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.

Check out previous “Sunday from Scratch” posts.