Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tomato Soup

Today was gloomy. Grey skies and rain were just begging me to come home, put my PJ's on and relax.
Unfortunately I have a lover who is under the weather and needed some comforting. What better way to sooth an achey soul than a bowl of homemade soup! This tomato soup is easy to prepare with items you would typically find in your pantry. It is ready in no time and so comforting on a cold fall day.
As the days grow shorter and the rain just won't stop, try making a pot of this soup and you will begin to warm up the moment you take your first sip.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Goodbye Sweet Summer... Welcome Beautiful Fall!

September is feeling more like October this year which means I have to say goodbye to summer earlier than I anticipated. This, I do not like. I love summer for its summer dresses, long nights, sweaty days and no socks. I hate socks.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Zucchini Boats

Toot! Toot! All aboard this delicious supper!!
Zucchini boats are easy to make, totally versatile and a great way to use up the last of the lovely vegetables in your garden!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Product Review: All Natural Lip Products

If you could only pick one beauty product to have for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
My choice ~ Lip balms!
I use to have a problem with picking my lips, it was one of my worst habits. I would constantly have chapped lips and I would pick the skin off my lips, which would in turn make them even worse than before.
What I finally realized was the chap stick I was using wasn't doing my lips any good. A lot of commercial lip balms out there give temporary relief from dry lips but have ingredients in them that don't help repair the skin and keep them healthy. Many commercial products have chemicals and preservatives that are meant to make them last a long time, but those ingredients end up in your bloodstream and are by no means good for you. Start reading labels, if you can't recognize or pronounce more than half of the words on that list, do you really want that in your body?
I have tried a lot of lip products, whether coloured or just moisturizing and have comprised a list of my favourites:

Burt's Bees -Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil - $4.50
This is my #1 favourite lip product! I have tried other Burt's Bees lip products but found this one to be the most soothing for lips. They never dry out (so no more picking skin off - Yay!! Bad habit kicked!), the scent is subtle, the moisturizers are long lasting and one tube lasts a long time. With commercial lip balms I would be reapplying every hour or so, with this product I put it on after I brush my teeth in the morning and I usually only reapply once during the day. Also, it is 100% natural - score!! It is widely available and cheap - definitely give this a try!
Korres Lip Butter - Jasmine - $12Very creamy and rich with a subtle pink sheer colour. Long lasting, a little goes a long way! Super moisturizing from the Shea butter. Comes in other colours but I love Jasmine for the touch of pink.

Cheeky Cosmetics Organic Lip Gloss - First Kiss - $12
Handmade, all natural, organic and Canadian! I can't recall how I found this company but I fell in love instantly. Everything is handmade with all natural ingredients and their lip gloss is oh-so-amazing! With a touch of peppermint oil, organic, natural ingredients and mineral pigments, their lip gloss glides on smoothly and stays on well. P.S. - their eye shadows are AMAZING!

Friday, September 2, 2011

A Simple Supper for One - Quinoa with Teriyaki Broccoli and Spinach

I do love cooking a big meal for my boyfriend and I but every once in awhile I get the house to myself and am able to cook whatever I want, no questions asked!
Tonight I made quinoa with broccoli and spinach mixed with some herbs and teriyaki sauce, it was flavourful and kept me full for a long time.
This can definitely be doubled for two people or keep it as is and use it for a side dish!