How to clean with oil

So, I did an odd thing this weekend. I gave myself an oil facial. Seems counter-intuitive, right?

Well, let me tell you, my skin felt amazing afterwards! It felt soft and hydrated. And the key to good skin around these dry parts is hydration. I once had a dermatologist tell me that you can take the same woman, same amount of wrinkles, and she will always look more youthful if her skin is hydrated.

Now, if you have finicky skin that runs and bit oily anyways, there’s a blend for that, so no worries. I would encourage you to check out this site for more details.

As a note, I chose to steam my skin over a pot of hot water on the stove versus applying a hot towel – just personal preference I guess. Unlike the woman in the post linked above, I’m not sure I’ll do this on a daily basis as my cleanser, but I’ll definitely do it a few times a week.

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Grilled artichokes

I’ve been eating grilled artichokes almost every night for the past week.  I could stay on this trend for awhile. Especially when I’m paring that ‘choke with the best sauce ever! Honestly, these are really easy to make and taste amazing, sauce or not.

The manfriend likes artichokes, but doesn’t understand them. “It’s a lot of work for not a lot of yield,” he says. Spoken like a farmer in the making! No, eating an artichoke will likely not fill you up. But who cares when they taste so good!?

Here’s what you do:

  1. Buy an artichoke. Usually one per person. Try to find artichokes with tight leaves.
  2. Cut the bottom stem off so you have a level, flat base for your artichoke.
  3. Fill a pot with about an inch of water and set a steamer basket in there.
  4. Place the artichokes in, put on the top to the pot and let these babies steam (for about 40-50 minutes).
  5. The artichoke is done when you can pull out one of the leaves fairly easily.
  6. At this point, cut the artichokes in half and scrape out the hairy crap (the choke) in the middle making sure not to damage the heart.
  7. Drizzle the outside with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper. Do the same to the inside.
  8. Place on the grill and grill each side for 5-7 minutes.
  9. EAT!

Home Hacks

As you might have guessed, I love to learn new things – new odd things in particular. And if you haven’t read my “About Me”, please do so. You’ll find out that I’m a decendent of a woman who could win a national title in Trivial Pursuit due to all the odd, seemingly useless (but not really useless, as it turns out) things she knows. I am becoming more and more like her everyday. So this site, Home Hacks, is like liquid gold in my book.

In a nutshell, this site is a blog that explains how to do things around the house. Now, I’m not a big DYIer, but some of this stuff is just quirky and cool! Below is a list of some of my favorite posts:

If nothing on my list interests you, I recommend perusing the site yourself. Something is bound to leap out at you!

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