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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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

 

COLOR YOUR WORLD!

Back in Florida and it is time for me to chat beauty and lifestyle on The Chat on NBC12. Today my TV segment is all about color and ways to color your world too!  If spring has not arrived yet for you…explore these wonderful colorful finds!

OPI has a new nail collection of infinite shine nail polishes named the Fiji Collection. With peaceful and festive fun colors like Living on the Bula-vard and Polly Want a Lacquer…these rainbow hues will make your manicure last up to 11 days. You don’t have to go to Fiji you simply have to own this collection of gorgeous shades inspired by Fiji’s sun,sand and water.

www.opi.com

Cotton Candy liners by Absolute New York has a fun new collection of milky pastel hues that will delight and highlight the eyes.What  playful pops of pastels! www.absnewyork.com

Want to learn more about Color? And what they say about  YOU?  Jaclyn Peresetsky’s book called Discover the Power of Your Colors is a must have for your book collection.http://www.jaclynp.com

The Bagel Store in Brooklyn,New York makes THE original bagel that broke the internet!

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Bagel artist Scott Rossillo has created the most color filled and delicious bagels I have ever seen. TODAY I am featuring a rainbow hue.He uses the same old fashioned techniques and wonderful ingredients used in bagel making for years. They offer a variety of awesome bagels and so much more.

Cotton candy flavored bagels? Yes, please!

Cream cheese with your bagel. Oh don’t even think of plain! A yummy artsy cream cheese they have created looks like sprinkles on a cupcake and it is called FUNFETTI and spreads like cream,tastes fabulous and looks dreamy.

If you’re craving a NYC style bagel and want to brighten your breakfast or snack world….you too can taste and get them.They ship bagels to your door. But I must mention there is a waiting list …so get on it darlings! I AM IN LOVE with this company and yummy bagel.

http://www.thebagelstore.com

754 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, New York 718-782-5856

*They also do catering and make the perfect gift!

Color brightens our world and makes us feel energized and fabulous!

Get some happy shipped to your door with any of the above color filled editions.

 

15 Things to Give Your Lover…

….when you are on a limited budget!!!  It is that time of year to show your affection with your lover or significant other.

Enjoy MY simply and fun ideas!

It can be as simple as a home-made card from construction paper,printer paper or decorative paper you may have at home.

Bake or buy them what they love…a pie,a cake,brownies,cookies.Or even a simple yummy muffin.Add a note card like “To My Stud MUFFIN”.

Make a bottle of  massage oil simply buy  almond oil,jojoba or grape seed oil.Attach a tag to it and ribbon with hearts or lips.Write that they are going to get a sensual massage from you.

Buy some Hershey’s kisses chocolate in the kind they like:Dark chocolate, milk chocolate,with almonds and more. Lay the kisses down with rose petals and make a trail from when they open the door to the bedroom. Or you can simply do this on the bed.

Another D.I.Y. you can do is make a jar of aromatic relaxing bath salts.Add a candle and you’re good to go.

Flowers are fabulous but so very expensive this time of year especially.Buy him or her a useful plant like rosemary,mint or fresh parsley.They are magic in the kitchen and plants purify the air.

Nothing says “I LOVE YOU” like strawberries gilded in chocolate,nuts and or sparkling shades of gold,red or pink sugar.He or she will swoon and love you for this edible gift.

Champagne is out Prosecco is in! And the best part it is cheaper.

There is nothing like a handwritten LOVE letter! Write like you mean it and on paper.Not a text message please. I have done this to my husband and I must tell you he LOVED it. The look on his face said it all. He still  has it. If is is too much for you to do…try a note on the mirror made with a simple soap bar and write the words  “I  LOVE you” or any short message or words that mean something special to the two of you.

If you have a few bucks treat them to a Passion Fruit Facial by Skin Spa by Casey at Jacksonville Beach. Everyone needs pampering! The skin will look amazing!

Don’t have money for a date on the town? Set up a picnic in bed or throw a pretty throw or blanket on the living room floor.Prepare a simple cheese tray with crackers or a rustic fresh bread.Add music and a cocktail. Feed each other grapes and enjoy the night kissing away!

If you don’t have money for a sexy chocolate sauce from those types of stores….try a simple bottle of Justin’s Hazelnut spread.You know what to do.Lick the night away!

If you do have some money and you want to spring…make HIS or HER heart sing with a custom bottle of perfume or cologne …JUST FOR THEM! http://www.blendcustomparfum.com2-2013 BLEND PARFUM STUDIO

I once found a REAL key at the hardware store that was white with a set of lips on it. I wrapped it in a big box with a V-day type ribbon and bow. I wrote a message with it that read “you have the key top my heart forever”. He got such a kick out of it.

I hope these ideas… help fuel your imagination for the perfect gift!

PS

If you don’t have a Valentine maybe it is time to be your own Valentine and treat yourself to something delightful.

A Pretty Yummy D.I.Y….

So can I mention how truly crazy busy I am especially this time of year? I know you are too…

I so wanted to post but my retail business has us helping Santa 8-10 hour days!!!

We are shipping glam galore. But I wanted to post something on my blog timely that you might want to make or do with your daughter,grand daughter or sister.

I truly LOVE  to D.I.Y. over the holidays especially. They make perfect gifts for YOU or for someone else! This Candy Cane Kisses lip gloss recipe can be made with traditional candy canes and with Jelly Belly flavored candy canes.They are so colorful and yummy!

What you will need is:

1 CANDY CANE

1/4 cup of fresh organic coconut oil (Or you can use Vaseline)

Simply smash the candy cane on the kitchen counter.

Put the above a few pieces of candy and a scoop of coconut oil in a microwaveable bowl.

Place in a microwave and melt them both.

Stir well.

Pull out and let it cool on the counter but before it hardens…

Scoop the two up and place in a small  jar.

What you’ll have is an awesome yummy candy cane FLAVORED lip gloss.

*FYI if you prefer to make a peppermint balm infused with a stronger flavor of peppermint add a drop of food grade peppermint oil.I love adding a few of the smashed pieces inside.Fun to look at and festive.

The coconut oil feels amazing on the lips.And softens the lips. The delicious refreshing mint or Jelly belly flavors and colors make it even more fun!

Enjoy!

I hope you are enjoying the beauty of the HOLIDAY season. Take time to have some fun!

 

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Magical YUMMY Cranberries!

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Cranberries…not everyone loves them… you understand,love or hate. But I love them! How about you? Do you like cranberries? Rethink them and don’t just eat them this time of year enjoy this  delicious beauty any time of the year.

At the top of the list…They help your body get rid of free radicals those nasty culprits that contribute to the aging process inside our bodies. And cranberries also do so much more!

They  help prevent dental problems like Gingivitis and gum disease.

Fights cancer like breast cancer cells.

Treat urinary tract infections.

Help relieve skin conditions like Dermatitis,acne and Eczema.

Strengthens the immune system.

So, add these sweet and tart delights to your food menu and enjoy!

*They also make  pretty amazing decor. You an make an ice mold with them for your holiday or new years eve party by simply making a mold of them with some rosemary.

 

 

George Clooney not included!

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I’m serious about and appreciate and good cup of coffee.

And my passion for desert flavors is real too. So I simply had to bring to your attention the new limited edition flavors of Nespresso.

Think Banana bread,Pumpkin Spice Cake and Gingerbread…all yum on the tongue.These are the new coffee capsules the company added to the already finest bean coffee’s they make. My lips just can’t resist.

I am in love with this top of the line brand.The Vertuoline Evolou machine brews the best cup of coffee I ever had. Really! And the unique centrifusion technology makes it buzz with delight. This one cup delight brews a mean aromatic cup of coffee in approx 20 something seconds.It is EASY to use…and comes out FAST,FRESH and FABULOUS!

And the cherry on top is the cafe like quality on top which is called crema…a generous frothy layer of love. I don’t use sugar because I am sweet enough and quite frankly I like the taste of it without it. The coffee machine also makes a delightful cup of espresso. Just like I have enjoyed in  Italia.

So you know what to do…if you are looking for the perfect gift for HIM,for her or for yourself.This is so worth it.

You gotta trust me on this. And of course actors George Clooney and Danny Di Vito will say that too.We foodies have to stick together.

Try it …you’ll LOVE it.

A yummy unexpected treat for Thanksgiving!

GOT LEFTOVER ACORN or mini pumpkin CANDY? Try this yummy recipe mix!

1 cup of candy

1 cup of salted peanuts

SHAKE in a plastic zip lock bag. Add a pinch of sea salt to taste. Serve with a beverage or alone.Your guests will love it. Especially if they love this candy.A great way to use up leftover candy.ENJOY!

I have been making this sweet and salty treat for years…you can too.

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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!

 

 

Beyonce drinks this …you’ll crave it too!

Whole_Foods_Market_logo.svgWTRMLN WTR is my latest DELICIOUS obsession. It’s also Beyonce’s new investment in the companies healthy drink addition to grocery stores like Whole Foods Market.

Its a watermelon water made with everything but the skin and no water added.I know the name is a bit weird but the flavor is not.

Here are the ingredients and hydrating benefits:

COLD PRESSED DRINK

NON GMO

POTASSIUM RICH

l-CITRULLINE (workout friendly)

Packed with VITAMIN C and LYCOPENE

Makes your muscles rejoice! Your body hydrated.

#hydrated+happiness

 

This summer don’t just eat some watermelon …drink it too. It is oh so good and good for you too.

If you are a fan of Bey…go get some at WFM.