Farmhouse Fresh Hand Creams

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In the colder months, my hands get really dry and you’d think it would be easy to find an amazing hand cream. Most of them are either really greasy with zero fragrance or too overly perfumed. My favorite purse item this month, has been my hand cream from Farmhouse Fresh Goods a line of natural skincare products. I’ve tried it in Orange Sorbet and Fresh Melon. I actually just polished off the entire Fresh Melon so I’ll have to restock soon. They come in cute, travel-friendly packaging that reminds me of little oil paint containers. A little bit of this lush cream goes a long way. The melon scent is crisp, fresh and calming. The sorbet has pops of citrus and warm, spicy ginger.

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The texture is light and not overpowering at all. It lasts awhile, but I find myself reaching for it frequently because I love the clean smell! I’m getting ready to do my annual Christmas Favorite Things YouTube video and I definitely suggest Farmhouse Fresh Goods for holiday gifting. I’ve been grossed out by chemical infused beauty products lately and obsessed with green, all natural options. Some other cool products they sell that I plan on trying next:
- Sundae Best chocolate mask
- Wine infused overnight serum
- Clementine body oil
Have any favorite green beauty products? ! Let me know your favorites!!

Happy Halloween!! My favorite Halloween candy this year…

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Spicy caramel skulls from Veruca Chocolates are my favorite pick this season! You think it’s just an average caramel filling until the spicy pop of heat hits you at the end. It pairs wonderfully with the caramel and is not too overpowering. Their pumpkin truffle is artfully painted with a splash of orange and glittering edible gold. The skulls and bones are a scary mix of crunchy dark and milk chocolates.

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These peanut butter honey truffles from Hedonist Chocolates are designed by a local artist. They’re a lux, rich version of your average boring old peanut butter cup.

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I love the signature blue packaging on French Broad Chocolates and what’s inside is even better. Their pumpkin truffles are filled with a pumpkin spice Grenache and carefully dipped in white or dark chocolate.

I’m going as “cheese”, I found this shirt on http://www.zazzle.com

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And my best friend is going as a mouse:

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Happy Halloween xoxoxo

Breakfast…delicious for fall!!! Blueberry & Raspberry Pancake

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I love this recipe so much and I’ve been making it forever. I even have a video on it here Caitlin Cooks Pancake and I basically did the same exact thing except I added berries to the pan before pouring over the batter. My daughter went nuts over this (she loves anything I cook) but this one was a win. You can sprinkle it with powdered sugar (I’m cutting back) but if you want an added layer of sweetness, it’s heaven.

You’ll Need:
1/2C all-purpose flour
1/2C milk (I used 2%)
2T granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1tsp vanilla extract
1tsp almond extract
1/2C fresh berries
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1T butter
Powder Sugar (optional)

Make It:
1. Preheat oven to 425*. Butter a cast iron skillet and add the berries. Set aside.
2. Combine flour, milk, granulated sugar, extracts, salt and eggs. Mix with a whisk.
3. Pour batter into the skillet right over those berries.
4. Put pan in the oven and bake for 18 minutes or until brown on top (make sure you watch it so it doesn’t burn).
5. Sprinkle with a generous amount of powdered sugar, cut into quarters and serve immediately while it’s still warm!

Fall Apple Creme Brulee…with Greek Yogurt!

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Apples are everywhere this time of year and I’ve been experimenting alot of different recipes. This quick dessert requires minimal ingredients and it’s low on calories and sugar.

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You’ll Need:
4 apples, diced (I used Gala)
2C Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
Cinnamon, a few pinches (to taste)
Nutmeg, a pinch
3T raw sugar
1T butter

Make It:
Preheat oven broiler. Melt the butter on medium. Add the diced apples, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook until apples are slightly soft. Divide in ramekins and let cool in the fridge for 30 mins.

Remove from fridge, top with yogurt. Sprinkle each with raw sugar. Broil until the sugar lightly caramelizes (not burns, lol). Remove, cool a few minutes and enjoy. Yum!! A high protein, healthy way to eat an apple dessert. Xoxo

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Fall Skincare: Olive-Oil Infused Products by Olivella

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This is kinda’ funny, but when I’m making bread or oiling a pan and I use too much olive oil…I always rub the rest into my hands as a moisturizer. This works especially good when the weather starts ro change. Everyone is getting hip to all-natural products, but I’ve heard for years from my Nana and from chefs that olive oil is a great moisturizer.

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     Olivella has a lux, natural line of olive oil skincare. Their lip balms are being released this month, but I’m giving you a little sneak peak! I was so happy to get my hands on these bad boys! They come with a cooling roll-on applicator tip and come in lavender (relaxing), mint (so refreshing) and my personal favorite, limoncello (a sunny burst of zesty citrus). I carry them in my purse and use them a few times per day! My favorite product that they make is the 100% extra virgin olive oil moisturizer. I use this in the morning under makeup and at night. Cream-based moisturizers make my skin breakout…this stuff is amazing!! They also have makeup wipes that are very gentle (usually I can’t use the wipes bc they drive my eyes/contacts insane). These don’t cause any irritation at all. And when I need to relax, I use their vanilla shower gel in a bath. None of their products have an overpowering olive oil smell, very subtle and calming. I love olive oil!!

Tips for making the BEST Omelettes + Omelette with Spicy Peppers

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An omelette is a fantastic way to eat healthy, stay full and use leftovers. There are so many different combinations and anything goes! If I’m not in the mood to clean up after cooking, this is my “go to” meal.

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My fridge always has peppers, eggs and feta. This helps me avoid ordering unhealthy delivery on lazy days. Here are some tips to make sure your omelette always turns out great:

- Use a non-stick pan. This is so important! Even the best cook can screw up an omelette with a bad pan. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. My favorite pan is an 8″ hot pink non-stick pan from TJMaxx for $6. I use it over and over and have great results. With non-stick, the omelette will turn out slightly fluffy and mess-free.

- Don’t overbeat the eggs or the proteins will toughen.

- Use a baking spatula to fold the omelette and run around the sides (make sure you run the spatula around the sides a few times while the omelette is cooking)

- Don’t be scared of flavor!! Mix it up: load up the veggies, add in pesto, crushed peppers, any mix of fresh herbs). You can even use leftover spaghetti (I do this a lot), parm and ricotta, bake than slice to make a pasta fritatta.

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You’ll Need:
Mixed sweet peppers, diced (about 3)
Italian hot peppers (or poblano or serrano), diced
Fresh herbs, chopped (basil, parsley, dill)
3 egg whites, 1 whole egg (stirred)
Feta cheese, 3T

MAKE IT:
- Heat a nonstick pan on medium high. Pour in eggs and let them slightly set. Add remaining ingredients to the left side of the eggs. Cook slightly for another few minutes.

- Gently fold over the right side, and serve. I always use 3 whites plus one egg but feel free to use the whole eggs and it works good too. Enjoy!! :-)