Lately I haven’t been getting the desired results when I purchase lotions and body butters. They felt watery and were lacking the creamy texture that would make my skin feel soft and smooth. Reading the ingredients were overwhelming when I couldn’t pronounce them or have knowledge of what they were.
I started searching online for instructions on how to create what I needed in my own kitchen. Since our skin is the biggest organ on our bodies, creating my own butter would be better because I would not be using the harmful chemicals.
One dilemma I came across in my search for the perfect recipe was do I melt everything and then harden it again in the freezer so I can whip it. Or do I make sure everything is room-temperature and whip it without the extra steps.
After going through the pros and cons I decided to whip the room-temp ingredients. That way I would bypass the possible grainy results of overheating and destroying the good qualities of the ingredients, thus being discouraged that I wasted products that aren’t cheap.
On one you-tube video I watched the person said it’s easier if you use a Kitchen Aid mixer than a hand mixer if you have one. It just so happens I have a Kitchen Aid and I used it. It was true-she knew what she was talking about.
I think I purchased more products than I needed and I added a little of most of them to the mixture. At that point I wasn’t following any recipe and I couldn’t repeat it if I tried.
I have no knowledge of how the body butter is supposed to feel minus all the additives. The end result was creamy full-bodied butter. I smoothed it on my arms, legs and feet and they felt wonderful. That was on dry skin. I can’t wait to use it after a shower.
If this works out I will try my hand at scrubs, lotions and who knows what else.
I recently had a birthday and with that came contemplation. I decided to get back on the wagon to good health.
The first part of my plan is exercise. The plan included my bicycle, a balance ball and weights. Of course, walking ‘s not forgotten.
I purchased the balance ball that came with a DVD to assist me in properly using the ball. It took a little searching to locate the weights but I was successful.
Careful examination of the bicycle revealed flat tires. I pumped them up hoping I didn’t put too much or too little air in them.
After filling the tires I decided to take the bike for a spin to make sure I had enough air in the tires. It has been so long since I rode it—a really long time. I forgot it was a little challenging getting on the bike because my legs are short. The bad part about trying to get on was I couldn’t get my leg up high enough and had to almost lay the bike down to get my leg over. Upon mounting I had to hang onto the trashcan to get on the seat. Then down the driveway I went, wobbling like a first time rider.
I made my way down the alley huffing, puffing and peddling like I was in a triathlon.
I got as far as three houses from my house and was out of breath, so I turned around and barely made it home.
Maybe, just maybe cycling should not be the first activity I work on.
I was walking down the hall to my bedroom earlier this month. I heard a noise behind me.
I heard a raspy breathing sound with every step I took. When I stopped walking the breathing sound stopped. I thought I was in a horror movie and the creature was about to take me out.
As I took another step I realized that raspy breathing was coming from me. It became funny once the fear left. My starring role in the horror movie was over before it started.
Every inch of my face hurt along with both ears aching. The muscles in my neck and chest got a workout because with every breath I coughed, coughed and coughed some more.
Another fear set in. I thought I might have pneumonia-never had that before. I made a trip to the doctor to get an x-ray. The doctor didn’t give me the x-ray I went for because the diagnosis was a sinus infection and bronchitis.
It didn’t end there. The medicine was complete but the rattling cough remained. Back to the doctor I went. This time an x-ray was taken.
The x-ray showed no signs of pneumonia and all was clear. Yeah me.
I’m well on the road to recover. The x-ray gave me a peace of mind.
Every once in a while a great tasting piece of beef is on the menu at my home. Some days it might be a juicy steak or maybe a slow cooked brisket. It could be a nice roast.
For a while now there has been a conversation about how bad the beef is. I’ve heard about the inhuman way they treat the cattle while raising them and slaughtering them.
There is a saying that we are what they (animals) eat. So my guess is we can be affected when they are shot up with antibiotics and hormones. The way the animals are slaughtered affects the meat also.
This makes me nervous when I go to the store to buy meat. What exactly am I getting?
A change came to my home. I now buy directly from farmers that raise grass-fed cattle and feed them no grain at all. I like the taste of the beef I buy from the farmer. It is healthier for me. Some of the issues I use to have I no longer experience because the cattle are not all shot up with antibiotics and hormones.
Some people complain about the cost of the beef. I personally think the price is comparable to buying beef from the store. I heard someone say pay farmers now or pay hospitals later. That’s one way to look at it.
For me at this time in my life I will spend what it takes to get me a good pierce of beef.
So Where’s The Beef?
The Farmer’s Market. I’m going this weekend.
I was an adult when I first encountered an avocado. My first experience was not a good one. It tasted bland and didn’t feel right on my tongue. That ended as quickly as it started.
Quite a while after that experience I tasted guacamole. I was in love. All the ingredients were perfectly combined and tasted wonderful. Love met me on my plate.
I found out that avocados are good for us. They have nutrients that our bodies need. I decided to try them in different ways. They are good in salads, with scrambled eggs and on hamburgers. I added a half of one when I made a smoothie. It helped make the smoothie extra smooth. Since the taste is not overbearing, it didn’t add to or take away from the smoothies taste but added needed nutrients.
I saw a recipe for hummus that had avocados added to it. I’m going to make that recipe. It’s a healthy recipe and that’s a good thing. I’m sure there are many ways to eat avocado and I’m going to find them.
If you’ve never had an avocado, try them. Tasting bland is a good thing because you can season it the way you want. If you’re into healthy eating, you can add this to your meal-planning list.
Do you eat avocado? How do you like yours?
This week the unexpected happened to me.
I went to the dentist because a couple of teeth that a needed to be looked at.
One tooth has a root canal and the other one felt like part of the filling was missing.
After getting X-rays the doctor discovered that the tooth with the root canal was infected and the filling had disappeared out of the other one.
I was referred to a specialist for a consultation. The doctor agreed that the root canal tooth needed to be extracted. The tooth had previously been treated for infection. The treatment eased the pain but didn’t eliminate the infection. As the result of that I’ve walked around with the infection for about a year. Another unexpected.
Today I’m minus the tooth and working on eradicating the infection totally. After the infection is gone I will continue on my quest for restoration. With no more unexpected detours.
Have you had any unexpected in your life?
Trains whistle blowing
Where is the train
Can this whistle I hear
Only in my head?
Maybe it is
Maybe it’s not
With every push
On the muscle tight
Trains whistle blows.
No more pain
What is there to gain?
Release of tension
That is caused by strife
Relaxation that is needed
To get on with life.