Fresh Finds!

Fresh Finds for Spring!  Spring 2018

Spring is here and I have more fabulous finds for you to make and enjoy! Fresh from my garden I have made my lovely Chicken soup that goes great with sandwiches and scones or even a salad. Right now the tomatoes are amazing in the garden as are the greens. Now is the time to replant and prepare your garden for herb growing that will last throughout the entire summer. Many of our herbs are hearty and can live through even the coldest of our months but often I will replace the basil and parsley as they need a fresh planting for the best plant growth. The salads we make this time of the year should be light and filled with good things for our bodies such as fresh vegetables and nuts. You’ll have fun making my Spring Pea and Couscous salad …even if you opt to leave off the ham and add in some fruit! Our skin is begging for moisture as we enter out of the winter climates and back towards days more sunny. To help with all the changes I have created  an Amazing Anti-aging Eye Mask, A grapefruit sugar scrub and a orange marmalade lip balm. Enjoy!    
Auntie A’s Amazing Anti-aging eye mask What you’ll need: Vitamin E oil and egg whites are the key ingredients in this eye mask. The property of both are a staple in many over the counter products to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It is so easy to make your own using the same basic ingredients. You’ll need: 2 egg whites whipped and one capsule of Vitamin E oil. Blend the oil into the egg whites and then using a makeup brush gently place under eyes and on forehead where you see wrinkles. After about the amount of time it will take to drink a cup of tea, rinse that baby off and viola! 

Alisa’s Pinky Grapefruit Sugar ScrubFor Spring, you can brighten up your face complexion by using a Rejuvenating scrub. I love to try new ones each spring and I make them up and then keep them in the refrigerator. They usually keep for a week so you can use more than once or use on all the rough parts that have been covered up over the cooler months. They are so easy to make and so affordable that it seems silly spending lots of money over store bought when you can easily make them yourself! One of my favorites is my Pinky Grapefruit sugar scrub. You’ll need: 1 cup of sugar2 Tbs. of squeezed grapefruit juice and 1 tbs. olive oilMix all ingredients together and then place in a glass jar for keeping. Use in the tub all over your face and any rough spots and rinse. The juice will act as an astringent and the oil will soften as the sugar pulls off all the drab dry skin leaving you just glowing!

Alisa’s Citrus Marmalade SalveGranny used to always put mentholated cream on her lips at night and it kept her from ever having chapped lips. Sometimes I slather on a dollop of ponds cold cream and just let that sit on my face and lips overnight…often I end up tasting it there next morning! During the spring though I don’t need as much moisturizer as I do in the winter months so 
I opt for an eye treatment and then a salve for my lips. My Citrus marmalade salve is perfect for keeping my lips soft and supple and it tastes good too! You’ll need: 1/2 orangezest from the orange1tsp. honey2tsp. petroleum jelly2 drops of vitamin E oil6 drops of essential oil de orangeHeat up the orange juice, zest, honey and stir until consistency changes then add 1/2 teaspoon of this syrup to the petroleum jelly and stir in the oils. Place in a small airtight container. Be sure to use topically approved oil de orange.

Spring Pea and Prosciutto SaladMy Spring Basil and Pea salad with prosciutto is a light salad that is perfect with a bowl of tomato basil soup. Sometimes I leave off the ham, while others I add red pepper flakes to make it more spicy. This is such a basic dish that can be manipulated based on what you have fresh in the house. For example, you can add almonds and mandarin oranges and cranberries to change it entirely to something sweet! What you’ll need:  ½ cup uncooked couscous (not pearl couscous) ½ cup water or chicken broth 16 ounces (about 3 cups) frozen peas ½ cup chopped parsley ½ cup crumbled feta cheese ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans In a medium saucepan, bring the cooking liquid to boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat, stir in the couscous, cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff with fork. While the couscous is cooking, heat a large pot of water to boil. In a medium bowl, create an ice bath with lots of ice and water, set aside. Add the frozen peas to the boiling water and let blanch for 1-2 minutes or until the peas turn bright green and are warmed all the way through. Drain in a colander, and immediately drop the peas into the ice water bath so they stop cooking. Drain from ice water before adding to salad. In a serving bowl, combine the fluffed couscous, peas, parsley, and feta.
Auntie A’s Fresh Caldo de Pollo Soup
I can think of no better time of the year to whip up a bowl of soup brimming with fresh veggies than in the spring. When paired with homemade crackers or a applewood bacon cheese melt it is filling and healthy! When Brian and I were first married all he liked was white meat but over the years he has changed to also like darker meat and the soup is so much richer when using both. You’ll Need: 7-8 thighs skinned and 6 breast tenderloins2 tbsp. oregano2 tbsp. garlic powder2 tabs. onion powder1 diced Zucchini1 diced yellow squash1 can of diced tomatoes2 jar of vegetable brothtwo handfuls of cilantro
Place the chicken and spices with a dollop of olive oil in a pan and cook , remove the chicken from the pan and cool. While that is cooling place all the other ingredients in the same pan…you don’t want to loose that yummy stuff on the bottom and let them start to cook. When the veggies are a little soft go ahead and pour the vegetable stock into them and an other jar filled with water. Dice the chicken and then add that in and toss a handful of cilantro. Simmer until chicken his done and veggies are as well! Spoon into bowls and top with more cilantro and cheese if desired! Yum! 

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