I am looking for smiles on peoples faces (without a face cover). I am craving all things we used to be able to freely do. I am counting down to when I can travel and get on an airplane again.But most of all I am looking forward to the day I can really hug family and hug a stranger too. Lately my pandemic cravings have me going for crunchy food like celery but I also have been up to no good with eating old fashioned candy. But since it is getting colder in Florida I am looking for cozy and warm. So today is going to be a relaxing self care and cooking up some edible delights and something in the slow cooker.
So with that said I am NOT going to get out of my silky gold pajamas and tie the hair up o my head with a hair mask that I will leave on for an hour or more. You can find hair masks by the jar on store shelves now but I also like to make them in my kitchen too.Even my husband enjoys these mask now and then.
The first thing I am going to prepare this morning besides a luscious big breakfast is Sangria.
I am going to let it cook away in a crock pot today. OR of course you can enjoy it cold too.
What I like to make my sangria with is:
2 bottles of dry red wine
1 cup of brandy
1 cup of cranberry juice (not cocktail)
1 cup of simple syrup
2 oranges sliced
1 cup of pomegranate seeds
1 cup of fresh cranberries
4 or more cinnamon sticks
*My husband likes it infused with a sachet of peppercorns but I skip it sometimes)
Pour wine,cranberry juice,brandy,orange slices,cinnamon sticks and the sachet of peppercorns (whole) to your 4 quart crock pot.Stir gently.
Set the cooker on high. Stir after one hour and place on low for a few hours.
Check on it and taste test and keep crock pot on low or save for another time and refrigerate what you don’t drink. But I promise you it will be enjoyed and ALL gone!
I like to add a few of Maraschino cherries to each mug before serving. If you’d like to embelish with a cinnamon stick go for it. Use it as your spoon.
This is so easy and fun to make!
Wine Face Mask…Yes Please!
Vinotherapy is the best therapy whether you use a K Beauty mask like Tony Molys wine sheet mask or you make it yourself. In drier colder weather I like to give myself a red or white wine face mask. Simple to make.I do this once a week when i can remember or cheat with a sheet mask. They are so convenient to use. Filled with anti-oxidants wine also is known to give the skin an instant glow. French women know all to well about this beauty skin care secret. And have you ever seen a Parisian woman’s skin? Lovely! Also some people enjoy drinking wine every day.
Before any facial mask you need to cleanse your face.Thoroughly! I like to wash my skin twice. By the way, as always you want to do a patch test on your inner arm above your wrist to see if you happen to be allergic to any of the ingredients.
WINE on and Carry on Gorgeous!
3 tbsp wine
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt (I prefer organic)
Combine and mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. I apply a sheer coat all over my face not the near the eyes and the lips and on the neck.
Leave the mask on at least 10 minutes.
Rinse well with a lukewarm water and a washcloth.
Apply a spritz of rosewater toner on a cotton round.
Lastly put on your favorite moisturizer.
Got some leftover? Refrigerate but remember it will expire and needs to be used in a few days.
Sip sangria all day give yourself some self care today and nibble away.