Chocolate Fix

Cocoa nibs blog photoThis morning I woke up craving NOT coffee but chocolate! I love to play in the kitchen.

Did you know that Cacao nibs are a natural way to get a chocolate fix?

2 cups of coconut milk (from the milk section)

1 teaspoon of cocoa powder

1  frozen banana

sprinkle of Chia seeds (Cause it wouldn’t hurt to add them)

sprinkle of cocoa nibs to taste

a drizzle of organic honey

Blend in a blender and you have a sweet sensation that’s not too sweet.

A quick chocolate CRAVING fix!

*Oh and for a shot for my skin I added a spoonful of  NeoCell Super Collagen powder…for hair,skin nails,bones, joints and more! To get my glow on and to be a Glow Getter.

 

 

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Schools Out! What can you do with…

Barbie…Your daughter or granddaughters?

Summer is still here and your daughters and grand daughters are still out of school.

Here are a few fun things to do with them this summer!

Today I shared on TV what you can do and how much fun it can be!

  • Bonding time:Do a little makeup at home day. Show them how to apply a little lipstick or gloss,a blush,nail polish and or a bit of glitter. A little goes a long way.
  • Show them how to take care of their hair or braid the hair …Barbie Hair conditioner for detangling works wonders!
  • Teach them that SUNSCREEN is a best kept beauty secret! Protecting their face and body from the sun is very important.Use dolls as demo’s.
  • Enjoy making or serving yummy refreshments like fruit infused water,pretty pink lemonade,candy,Pez and or yummy  pink cupcakes.Make it like a beauty party!
  • Another fun idea is:To show them how they can write a story book and they are the main character.All they need is an empty unlined notebook and some markers  or crayons. Encourage them to be creative.
  • Princess Patch Parties is  a local company if you’re lucky enough to live in Jacksonville Florida in the Murray Hill section of town that offers birthday and mini spa parties with facials and a little mani & pedi outing. Pink and frilly place where glitter rules! www.princesspatchgirlsspa.com      
  • Lip gloss D.I.Y. with you and or their friends with a MINI bar of Hershey’s chocolate or some crushed up candy mixed with a  dash of OrganIc coconut oil from Whole Foods Market. You will need to assist children with this in the microwave for a few minutes. What you’ll have is a shiny,lip softening lip gloss.No it won’t last you’ll watch them lick it off and laugh the afternoon away.
  • I will share these ideas and more on the video from the segment. JUST A CLICK AWAY! http://www.firstcoastnews.com on The Chat
  •  ENJOY watching and hope you will try some of my outside the box ideas!

 

The It Smoothie Shake

Here is a low calorie delight recipe I found from one of LA’s chef’s.Celebrities so LOVE this shake! You will too.

I am kinda addicted.

Blueberry Chocolate Antioxidant Shake

1/2 cup of blueberries

1 ripe banana

1 1/4 tablespoons of cacao powder

1/2 teaspoon goji berries

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons of agave nectar

small pinch of sea salt

1/3 cup of water

2 1/2 cups of ice

Blend all these beauty filled antioxidants and ingredients except ice until smooth. Add ice and re-blend approximately 15 seconds for a thick shake.I love this as a breakfast or snack treat!

I also LOVE to take this NEOCELL  blueberry beauty supplement daily…Read the bottle for it’s goodness for your SKIN,joints,eyes and so much more!

Get going and glowing,Gorgeous! #glowgetter  #neocellBlueberry HAliquid_016185-09665-3

 

Hurricane comfort!

choco-smoothie-blog-photoGoing stir crazy!!! Been indoors for 24 hours.

The palm trees are doing more than swaying,gray and ugly looking outside and the rain is pounding on our house. We are in the middle of hurricane Matthew! Wish I could take a photo but don’t dare step out of our house. We usually lose electricity in our area of Jacksonville Florida when there are tropical storms and hurricanes but by the grace of God we have lights and AC and the other comforts we all have grown to love and take for granted. Kind scary.

Very stressful! I have eaten all the good healthy food and now unto potato chips,circus peanut candy and ginger snap cookies!

MY thighs are gonna rise after this storm. He! He! I am in my kitchen and discovered a recipe card I got from an event I attended. I just made this for my husband and I know he is going to flip when he wakes up from a hurricane nap. It was so delicious…my lips told me.

 

This shake is SO delicious and EASY to make!

I found it at http://www.peanutbutterlovers.com I guest speak at the Southern Women Shows and they are always there handing out recipes,free peanut samples and do a cooking stage presentation too.They represent the peanut farmers.

1 cup of low fat chocolate milk

1 ripe frozen banana

2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter of your choice

Blend above and you’ll have a creamy,dreamy,decadent delight!

To my husband I will be a rock star in my kitchen (because of this DRINK recipe)and you can be too! But you don’t need a husband or beau to enjoy this LUSCIOUS drink!

 

 

D.I.Y.Candy Cane Hot Cocoa

You’ll lick your lips & shake your hips after making this yummy cocoa!83MV93521 1/3 cups of instant chocolate drink mix

1 /13 cups of malted milk powder

1/3 cup of baking cocoa

1 cup of confectioners’ sugar

6 tbsp.powdered non dairy creamer

3 cups of non fat dry milk powder

1 1/2 cups of miniature semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup of crushed candy canes (about 40 mini candy canes)

Each Serving

3/4 cup hot water

 

1.In a large bowl,mix chocolate drink mix,malted milk powder and baking cocoa. In another  bowl,mix confectioners sugar and creamer.

2. In each of the flour 1-pint canning jars,layer 3/4 cup of nonfat  dry milk powder,3/4 cup of chocolate mixture, 3 Tbsp.chocolate chips,1/3 cup of confectioners sugar mixture, 1/4 cup of candy canes.Pouring ingredients through a large funnel or waxed paper cone.Press and pat candy canes down to fit if needed.

3.Cover and store in a cool  place up to 2 months.

NOTE:

To prepare hot cocoa,place 1/3 cup of combined mix in a mug and stir in 3/4 cup of hot water until blended. A dollop of whip cream will make your hot cocoa even yummier.

* Marshmallows optional if you’d like to skip the candy canes.

ENJOY!

( I found this delightful recipe from Sara Tatham  in the Taste of Home magazine) Thanks Sara!

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D.I.Y. Snackin’ for Beauty!

Healthy Beauty Snack for those cravings we all seem to have  for crunchy and sweet!  

This  delicious recipe IS SO EASY to do…give it a whirl and try something new.

It is so good for you, your body and for prettier skin too!  

1 package of Goji berries

1 package of golden berry or gooseberry

1 bag pecans

1 package of cashews

1 package of pistachios (out of shell)

1 package of chocolate cocoa nibs I love making these by the bowl.

Stir up, for a dash of chocolate I like to add cocoa nibs and last. Place in mini bags and take on the airplane with you, in you car or at your desk at work. ALL of the ingredients are healthy in moderation and so yummy too. If you don’t like one or two of the ingredients skip it. Prepare as little or as much as you want.Then stir it all together.

The various nuts and berries are filled with anti-aging beauty,Vitamin E, A and zinc.They also are great for the immune system,vision,stress relief and cholesterol too.  Asians look at Goji berries as long life and good health musts! EXPLORE the nuts and berries at your local Whole Foods Market and more.

photo skin snackThey are truly super foods in a snack!

TOP 12 List to Visit in Chicago oh my!

Have I got a lot to share with you from my all things beauty and yummy stops! 

Looking for a beautiful blowout bar? Blowtique IS the go to place. They offer several styles The Chicago,The New York  The LA and more!

Thread Away is a salon for the ancient ritual. Threading is another form of hair removal for face or brows.

Mud Facial Bar is the new hot spot for cleaning your face.The specialty is MUD.

If you are looking for an elegant place where the whose who of Chicago goes to get their hair done and more. Book an appointment at George the Salon

Besides the Magnificent Mile of Michigan Avenue.

Glamour Closet offers designer and other brand bridal gowns at awesome prices.

AGACI (in downtown Chicago) is a great place to shop and enjoy THE LATEST and greatest in all things accessories and fashion.And the PRICE is right!

LOVE FOOD? Me too!

FOOD CHICAGO

Check out the many YUMMY FOOD TOURS…Chocolate Tour,ChinaTown tour and more!

Eat, walk and be merry.

One of the companies is:

http://www.chicagofoodplanet.com

Pierogi Heaven in the LOOP area downtown Chicago. I AM POLISH so this place really rocks my lips and heart.

Off The Tracks Grill for quick breakfast and or lunch only. AWESOME Chicago style hot dogs!

EATALY is all the rage in NYC and has now arrived in Chicago.If you love all things Italian you will love this shopping and dining mecca. They even have a Nutella Bar.

Chinatown has some awesome bakeries,bubble tea spots and DIM SUM. My
absolute fave is Ming Hin Cuisine.

This is just a taste of what I love and explored. I love visiting this beautiful,friendly, chic city!

Chocolate SPA!

mask cocoaYesterday I featured on TV a few of my fave recipes for a Girls Night In or something fun to do with him! I created these recipes from Whole Foods ingredients my fave’ store!

Valentine’s day shoppers kept me busy at my studio…so here are the recipes to glow on with chocolate!

Here are a few of the recipes to enjoy!

Yummy Chocolate Balm 1 small plastic or glass jar 2 soup spoons of Coconut oil organic Microwave the above. Fill a jar  and let it harden a bit and add the following… 4 White or Dark chocolate drops like you use to make cookies Close the lid and it is ready to give or enjoy.

Cocoa Face Mask 2 tablespoons of Greek plain yogurt 1 tablespoon of organic cocoa powder unsweetened 1 generous drizzle of Agave nectar or honey Stir them all together and you’ll have a creamy and dreamy face mask! Apply on the face with a fan brush or with your fingers. Pretend you are icing a cupcake. Leave on 10 to 15 minutes. It will firm up gently on the skin. Rinse with luke warm water and a washcloth. Enjoy the luxurious feel and scent of fresh cocoa powder filled with antioxidants and your face will FEEL awesome. For MORE information on yummy things to do with cocoa,chocolate nibs ,chips and more! Visit: http://www.news4jax.com  and click on The Morning Show  Happy Valentine’s day!

Peter Max kissed me!

Peter WJXT4

Today at the TV station I was doing a segment on all things Chocolate Beauty and having a Girls night In or a spa night with your sweetie.

While setting up my DIY yourself spa treats I heard a familiar voice over my shoulder. I have a GREAT memory for voices and accents too. It was a man with a northern accent. Being from NYC and NJ this accent warms my soul and reminds me of home.He asked me what was I doing and what were all the things. I was so focused on what I was doing I did not turn around but answered his questions. He told me he loves chocolate.

When I was all done…I tied my apron on and saw a familiar face to go with the voice.It was the next guest for the show had arrived and he too was waiting his turn. Then the camera crew started setting up some GORGEOUS,colorful paintings and it all came together to me. PETER MAX the world-renowned artist was in front of me!!!

Before I did anything else I put my hand on my heart and said I thought that was YOU and your soothing voice too”. He smiled and cupped my cheeks in his hands and kissed me! YES, he kissed me not once but bunches and with a happy smile on his face. Did I mind? NO, they came so quick and from a man who appeared so kind and romantic.

Something we definitely see in his artwork! I have always been a fan.

I asked if I could take a photo of him. He posed perfect and then he was up to go on set and be interviewed.

After his interview on his guest appearance/event at the Ponte Vedra Cultural Center he was ready to leave. The news crew had put my microphone on and I had to go LIVE in seconds.No time to say a proper goodbye.So across the studio on a commercial break I whispered with a loud voice…”Goodbye,Mr.Max”. He immediately turned around and blew me some air KISSES with his hands.

LOVE was and is in the air today and my ST. Valentine’s Day started in the most fabulous way!!!

There are ALL kinds of love.Husband and wife love,BFF love d the love of your family and children love. But this kind of stranger love winked at me today in its own special way. I embraced this life moment and happy I MADE HIM SMILE.

There is a beautiful saying I am not sure who said it and if I am completely writing it right.

“People may forget what you said,forget what you did but NEVER forget how you made them feel”

Peter Max made me feel fabulous and special today in his own quiet way!!! I only regret not having the time to take a photo with him today.

I may never wash my cheeks again.

Kiss! Kiss! Hope you are having a fabulous ST. Valentine’s day.

If you don’t know this man’s work that will color your life and world…

Check out: http://www.petermax.com

Chocolate Bliss he can’t resist~

Valentines15pc I LOVE TO BE ROMANTIC and do the unexpected…not only on Valentine’s Day but every day. I found these chocolates on line made with love by a charming chocolatier. As always I had to share them with you.

This Valentine’s day celebrate in a new way by serving your  handsome hunk of burning love Chinese take out in bed chopsticks included.

If you are celebrating with your sweetie why not wear a silky kimono and chopsticks in your hair (if your hair is long enough) Or think of another sexy way to shower your love in your own way.

Then relax,sip some champagne or wine. Kiss the night away and pull out this box of chocolates. WOW Chocolates are like a bag of Hershey’s KISSES (which I so love) ON STEROIDS!

Gorgeous gift boxes filled with beautiful bites of assorted gourmet chocolates and luscious lip joy in one box.

Live it up,Love it up. And if you don’t have someone special in your life… You can still celebrate V-DAY and treat yourself to this glorious box of chocolates and enjoy.  YOU are special! Love is in the air…I smell it.

http://www.wowchocolates.com