If you've been reading for very long, you'll know that we're definitely big breakfast people here, and it's a common part of our everyday routine to get up early and go eat a good big breakfast. A lot of people don't like doing the same things all the time, and while it's true that Miss Ashley and I like to try new things and be adventurous, we also love sticking to our routine. It's nice to have your baristas know your name, and know what you want to order. It's ever so nice to fill your life with people and routines that you can depend on. So even if you're a rolling stone, why don't you try a little consistency, every now and then? It's good for the soul, you know.
Oatmeal baths. Seriously! I suffer from severely dry skin on my legs during the winter. When I say dry, I mean scaly, fishy looking skin that sheds in flakes. Gross, I know. I would lay awake at all hours of the night scratching my legs raw until they bled. And, getting in the shower to next morning was miserable, because the sores I had caused to myself would burn as the warm water touched them. I've tried a many different types of lotions, but the only eased the itch for a few hours before I had to reapply more. Applying lotion isn't so bad, but having to do it two or three times a day is sort of inconvenient.
Please someone tell me I'm not the only one turning into a fish!
Anyways, a dermatologist came into work one day and we somehow got on the subject of dry skin. She told me about the magic behind the oatmeal bath.
You can prepare your oatmeal bath two ways:
1. Fill a coffee filter or a tea filter full of plain (not instant!) oatmeal. Tie it up at the top, and toss …
What you need: 2 boxes of Pillsbury Pie Crusts 3 large apples 3/4 cups of sugar 2 teaspoons of cinnamon 6 tablespoons of flour 2 tablespoons of butter Makes: 24 Tarts Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Step 1: Using a cookie cutter, cut an even number of small circular crusts. Place half of the cuts an inch or so apart on a cookie sheet or stone for the bottom of the tarts. Set aside the other half for the tops to use later. Step 2: Peel your apples, and chop them into small pieces. Step 3: Combine the chopped apples, sugar, cinnamon, flour, and butter into a mixing bowl. (Use hands to mix ingredients.) Step 4: Place a spoonful of filling on the bottom cuts. Step 5: Place tops on. Using a fork, mash the two cuts together. Step 6: Cuts small slits on the top of the tarts. Step 7: Cook 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Bon appetit!
Do you remember the crepes I made that had the strawberry toppings on them from my last post? I thought it would be better to do the topping as it's own recipe because this topping is great on more than just crepes. So here's how you make it!
2 cups of fresh strawberries, sliced
1/3 cup of white sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1. Combine strawberries, sugar, and vanilla in saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally. (You will hear the ingredients sizzle at first, that's perfectly alright.) Using a wooden spoon mash the strawberries to help create the juice. Cook for 15 minutes.
2. (Optional): You can puree your strawberry topping for a more smooth looking topping. I prefer mine with the chunks of strawberries. This is also great on angel food cake! If you are interested in sponsoring Slight Elegant, I am offering 75% off Large, 3 month ads. Use the code SUMMER13.