May 19, 2013
I'm really liking the idea of pre-made breakfast. Like how this oatmeal was made overnight, this french toast was too. sort of. The night before, I threw all of the ingredients together and let the egg mixture soak into the bread overnight, and then baked it in the morning.
May 15, 2013
May 14, 2013
Over breakfast with my mom, we sat next to a bushel of these flowers that we cut and brought in from the garden. Their strong fragrance still lingering in the air although not for too much longer. These flowers are called Night Blooming Jasmine, or sometimes Lady of the Night, and for good reason, too. They bloom at night, of course, and that's when their fragrance is the strongest.
|How they look bloomed at night|
While we sat by breathing in nature's perfume, my mom told me a tale about them, a sort of folk tale from her country, Laos. It was said that there was a boy who loved a girl, and as fate would have it, their love was forbidden. Determined to be with each other nonetheless, they would sneak out at night and the boy would bring her flowers. Their love filled the air and seeped into everything around them, including the flowers. So while the two lovers spent their night together, the flowers bloomed. When the boy left in the morning, so did the fragrance. It was left to linger until nighttime, when the lovers were again reunited.
How sweet? :)
LABELS: story time
May 12, 2013
For Mother's Day, I kept up with the tradition of making breakfast for my mom. Nothing too big and fancy, just as she likes it. We shared some sweet biscuits and jam over tea and coffee. I am so thankful for everything my mom has done for me and all that she has taught me. She is the reason I am who I am today.
Recipe and more after the jump
LABELS: sunday breakfast
May 8, 2013
When it comes to beauty rituals, I am pretty simple with it. But I recently started making my own sugar scrubs inspired by my cousin. So in the spirit of the upcoming summer, where I imagine many pina coladas and coconut scented sunblock in my future, I decided to make a "Pina Colada" Sugar Scrub. It's made by mixing together cane sugar, melted coconut oil and lemon juice with zest. That's it! It smells wonderful and leaves your skin feeling soft and fresh. Use it for your hands, face and body.
Pina Colada Sugar Scrub1 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
1/4 cup of organic virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
Mix all ingredients together and add more coconut oil to fit your preference.
Wet your skin with warm water and gentle exfoliate with a dollop of sugar scrub.