It’s very use to produce some homemade cosmetics and it’s a lot of fun.
Make your cosmetic products simply with the culinary ingredients and bee products as well as herbs from the garden.
Last week I prepared a great set as gift for birthday and it was funny way for myself to discover some new interesting ingredients.
As all skin products, some people may be allergic to this or to that, you have to adjust the recapture to your needs!
Tip: combine beeswax and oil by melting them in a small pot to about 80°C or better in a small bowl over a pot of boiling water.
Note: the Beeswax Skin Balsam is not in the photo.
The all-purpose balm described below, is the balm I use for my skin since ages and I’m very happy with this. Perfect to protect you skin against the cold weather and to take care of your hands before and after gardening! If you need a sun protection I use a sun protection cream before and then our beeswax cream.
The second version is very similar, the only difference is the addition of Tiger Balm. Tiger balm isn’t designed for use on lips, but I discovered that in small amounts it works well against irritated lips or nose; but be careful, maximum 1% Tiger balm content in you mix and only for one or two days! If it is too much this will either irritate you skin!
Salt Bath make you feel the water smooth and sea salt is a natural ally to balance, protect, and restore the body and skin. This also can help balance and improve hydration, strengthen the protective barrier of our skin.
Rosemary and lemon scent together give us a lot energy and they work as mood enhancer.
This is an old very powerful method to improve the texture of your skin. It can also help to fight acne!
Crystals of sugar work a natural scrub, the oil and beeswax are a great carrier and help you skin to smooth the skin while you are scrubbing with the crystal. Lavender texture works as scrub but also gives to the mixture a great scent!
Foot soaks are very effective against tiresome of feet, dry and damaged skin of feet, cracked heels, stinky feet and many others. Take a foot basin large enough to hold both of your feet in it, add 2 tablespoons of the mixture. Then soak your feet for about 30 minutes and keep rubbing your feet gently using your fingertips or a sponge. In this way you will remove a lot dead cells and exfoliate the skin. Rinse well with water and apply any of good hand and body lotion to keep your feet moisturized. Best if you use the Beeswax balm I’ve suggested
The use of the avocado pit was the most surprising discovery of this beauty set! I would have never thought that this could be used and in the internet I saw that this can be used as additive to food!
The procedure of preparing the pit was easy: wash, remove the dark skin, grate and let it dry overnight or more if necessary. Then process it to get the powder! The colors changes form light to dark orange in only a few minutes, that’s OK, no worry! Here a few more suggestion how to use this seed: https://toughnickel.com/frugal-living/avocado-seed
Since I discovered “Wikiloc” at the moment my favorite App, I’m looking around for small excursions and opportunities to enjoy the nature, take pictures and to do something for our health.
Last weekend the weather was great, warm down here in the town, but the same time I saw that in the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) everything was covered with fresh coat of snow!
We decided to try and we followed a trail around a small lake which I discovered in the map.
As we did not get early in the morning and lunch time was approaching my family decided to stop in a restaurant we got a great colored meal and a some Black Forest cake! We eat with the eyes as well, don’t we?
Well after the lunch we tried to take a trail in the forest which was marked in the map, but almost invisible in the nature (see the title!)! Trees over the trail and about 40 cm snow. We tried to follow the trail, as least we knew where we were and we could not get lost. It was fantastic, away from everybody else, an incredible light; a dream landscape!
With the snow we spent much more time as expected, we reached the summit as the skiing area was empty and we enjoyed the sunset walking back to the starting point.
What a great day!
Note: Photos by my daughter and myself
Trail link with more photos:
Only one month and the spring will be here! Last year in September we harvested our apples and since now we have some in our not heated cellar. Our old apple trees gave us a lot these delicious fruits which I learnt to appreciate during the last years.
Apple is not equal to apple, we have old kinds of them, but I don’t know how they are called. Anyway I experimented with many recipes and so we never get bored from them.
Today I would like to present you a soft juicy apple cake with a special touch! It’s a special version of the famous Thurgauer (from Thurgau, Switzerland) apple cake: the addition of rosemary.
Today, herbs are not only used for savory recipes, the taste of sweets can be enhanced and the result will be upgraded with such a single step.
Note: the recipe fits for a baking mold of 26 cm (about 10 inches), but I made a cake of 14 cm (about 9 inches) plus a mini one for give away with some almonds for decoration! I also used small apples from the garden as they fit in both cake molds.
additional to coat butter and ground almonds
Crazy for ravioli? How many times we bought from the store „Ravioli ai Porcini“ and how many times we realize that they are not really tasty as they should be.
Here is the alternative: prepare these yourself for special events it’s fun, economic and the result is much better that whatever you can buy!
Don’t wait and try this recipe:
Do you need a special touch for your Valentine’s Day dinner?
These very versatile crackers, can be used as decoration for your tables, can make a great addition to soups, as base for appetizers and are great if served with a red spread or tempting salsa!
The great thing is this recipe is that you don’t need a lot of ingredients, and you can adjust it to taste!
Suggestions: add other spices/herbs/garlic powder or other additions to the dough, top with seeds, brush with oil.
You need (for about a dozen of 3 cm wide pieces):
The “Cueva del Viento” is a cave in municipality of Icod de los Vinos in the north east of Tenerife. This is Europe’s largest lava tube and is considered to be the 5th largest in the world after four of Hawaii’s volcanic wonders. Its underground passageways form tunnels spanning over 17 Km (10 miles).
The cave (or better the caves) had been formed by the hot lava from the Pico Viejo volcano eruption about 27.000 years ago. As the lava flows and comes into contact with the air, the surface of the flow cools and hardens, forming an outer layer while the lava continues to flow through it until the flow stops, thereby forming the volcanic tube.
To visit this place you have to join an organised tour which will bring you to the place and you will have a chance to explore a small part of the tunnel. The tunnel itself remains closed and to preserve the delicate ecosysteme only a small part is open to the public. All reservations are made online!
We tried to capture some impressions of this place with the camera and with lightroom presets I’ve made the dark parts of the picture become more visible. I hope you will enjoy them!
After the the transfer by minibus and parking we enjoyed a short walk along old trays. Our guide (we got a great French speeking guide) explained us the difference between the different lave surfaces: the smooth one pahoehoe and the rough (painful to walk on) A’a lava. Places with A’a lava are known as “malpais” (for example the Malpais de Güimar) as this places cannot be used for agriculture.
The tunnels of the Cueva del Viento
Here an official video of the cave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW2anlp3ASU
More about the “Cueva del Viento”:
Christmas time does not finish on the 25th of December! For the Spanish and in general the Latin tradition the “3 Kings Day” is very much celebrated and it’s a day filled with joy!
This day is celebrated on the eve of 5h of January (not the 6th) and we were very lucky to assist at this festival in the South of Tenerife, in Los Cristianos! While in Santa Cruz de Tenerife the Kings arrives by air (elicopter) in the big stadium, in Los Cristianos they arrive with the ship!
Everybody, especially the children is highly excited and all way at the port and along the streets. Music and a lot of people actin follow the Kings. A real feast of Joy!
Chocolate smell is almost irresistible especially if you get high quality chocolate! I used high quality of dark Swiss chocolate!
These recipes are almost identical and I really can’t say which the best is. In the first one I really appreciate the Kirsch addition, the result is amazing and the work needed is sooooo little!
The first recipe is also known as „Sven’s Shoggikuchen“, the second one is lightly bigger and it came from a package description and suggestions of the chocolate.
The cake is best if served slightly (only slightly!) lukewarm while the core is still soft melted. If you have leftovers and you place the cake in the fridge, the cake will get a fudgy center. J
We inverted the cake on a plate and inverted it again on the plate for serving. Then we used a spatula to transfer the slices to the single plates. And WOW, you will see how your guest will ask for some more! It taste really as you wish!
We stated this year with a few days holiday on a great island as Tenerife, an island with different climates, beaches and a volcanic landscape. The days we spent on the island were well loaded with highlights and all this now seams to be a dream.
I don’t want to forget this experience and I’m happy to share what I saw and felt in this amazing place.
We bought the flight, booked our overnight stays and prepared the program (or better the options) ahead.
A great discovery was the highly recommended app of Wikiloc! With this tool hiking was incredible attractive and we discovered an infinity of options. All you need a good Smarphone and place (with WIFI) to load the maps and the trail ahead while during hiking the GPS will sufficient and you will not need the internet.
The fist trail we followed (by Nacho 1951) was a great hit; I really recommend to follow his trails if you are on Teneriffe. He is a great expert and a good guide!
Coming from the south we reached the Anaga after about 30 minutes drive through an enchanted forest and spectacular views!
The walk starts in Taganana from the central of “Plaza Nuestra Señora de Las Nieves”; we walked along historical trails from where we enjoyed the spectacular views and we reached the incredible beautiful laurel forest (“laurisilva”).
We shortened the trail going back to Taganana by car, so that we had some more time to explore the north coast passing from Benijo whith the black sand beach and having a look to the village of Draguillo.
This wonderful dish is part of the traditional street food in Thailand and it is one of the most wanted dishes.
Today we were really missing Thailand and this dish was really comforting! We love pad Thai!