Sunday Thoughts And A Recipe 29/3/2015

2015 has been a really challenging year for me thus far, it’s forced me to confront truths I’ve hidden away from for so long, being by myself with no one to keep me company apart from my thoughts has helped (more like forced) me to accept my flaws, ponder upon past mistakes and view my future realistically.

I’ve learnt that I haven’t been the greatest friend, daughter or sister. I hope to change that this year, to be more present, in touch and caring. I’ve started journaling and exercising, it’s been pretty therapeutic I now know where I lack and hopefully these bad traits won’t stand in the way of my future relationships.

To being a better friend and confidant here’s a recipe to share with a friend over while sharing secrets or giving advice, this Sundays recipe is the perfect gift, also a delicious warming drink for the cooler nights to come.

    Masala Chai:
    Ingredients:

* 12 cardamom pods
* 1tsp whole black pepper corns
* 1tbspn fennel seeds/6 star anise
* 1tsp cloves
* 1tsp ground coriander
* 1tsp cumin (optional)
* 1 cinnamon stick
* 2tsp ground cinnamon
* 1tsp ground black pepper
* 3tsp ground ginger
* 1/2 cup loose tea (any tea of your choosing)

* 1tsp ground nutmeg (optional)

    Instructions:
Poke holes in the cardamom pods

Poke holes in the cardamom pods

Toast all the whole spices

Toast all the whole spices for about 6-8 minutes or till fragrant

Grind the spices

Grind the spices

Add loose tea leaves, followed by the freshly ground spices and then the ground spices

Add loose tea leaves, followed by the freshly ground spices and then the ground spices

Cover and shake your jar, to mix the contents together

Cover and shake your jar, to mix the contents together

    Directions for use:

* 1 cup water
* 1/2 cup milk (to me coconut milk turns this tea recipe to a dessert)
* 1tbsp tea mixture
* Sweetener to taste

Bring the water to a boil, add the tea, lower heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add sweetener and milk and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Strain and enjoy hot or cold!

Protective Styling Check In: Week Two ( June 24-30)

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but just for emphasis I’ll say it again I LOVE MINI TWISTS!!! I honestly do, they change up your look without putting weight on your hair like extensions do…

That being said I’m not a fan of mini twists in the first week, no mam’ I am not, they all crooked and tight from twisting , they look like struggling earthworms in vinegar (I had a lot of boy friends growing so yeah), they also not uniform pointing in different directions, they just not cute at all so a rinse is always a must for me in the first two weeks or so.

I washed my hair last Friday, what I had done was a hot oil treatment with coconut, palm, olive and avocado oils the night before, I rinsed the oil out first thing in the morning then while my hair was still wet I poured Oat milk onto my hair, covered it with a plastic cap and went about with my day. I finally washed it off about two hours later and I don’t know if this was the Oat milk or the hot oil treatment but my hair was let shiny and soft, unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures ­čśŽ

When I first mentioned the fact that I was going to do a protective style challenge, I mentioned that I would be basing my scalp with castor oil, I use an old Inecto plus colour developer, I add 20 drops Lavender and 10 drops Rosemary essential oils then fill the bottle with castor oil. I use this on my scalp three times a week. Anyway thank you for reading this and as always peace, love and prosperity to you all

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Homemade Gherkins

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I’m a gherkin loving fool, honestly I am….. So when I saw these mini cucumbers at our local Woolworths, I knew it was time to learn how to pickle my own cucumbers. Don’t worry you can pickle regular sized cucumbers just as easily as mini cucumbers.

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Before we begin let me start by saying, you can make refrigerator gherkins or processed gherkins.. Processed gherkins are the one’s you buy at the store, they placed in boiling water for 5 minutes, the downside is that the cucumbers will be slightly cooked. Whereas the refrigerator gherkins have a shelf life of a couple of weeks instead of a year.

I didn’t use dills. I used what I had and I had onions, mustard seeds and dried chillies oh and of course vinegar and salt, anyway here’s what I did.

You’ll need:

0.5 large onion
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 dried chilli pepper
1 large pot
1 medium sized pot
Glass jar with lid
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 cup vinegar (White or Apple Cider)
1 cup water

First thing I chopped up my onion

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  • Secondly I chopped one dried chilli
  • Then I added the┬ámustard seed to the onions and chillies

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  • Thirdly I added a litre of boiling water to a large pot with my glass jar (to sterilise the jar) and brought to a boil

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  • I then washed and dried my cucumbers
  • Cut off the stems, the stems contain enzymes that can make your gherkins limp

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  • Next I┬ábrought the vinegar, water and salt to a boil

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  • Add your onion and spices to the jar and then tightly pack in your cucumbers
  • Once the salt has dissolved, let the brine cool and then pour over your vegetables (well technically fruit)
  • Gently tap the jar on your countertop to release air bubbles
  • If you want to make refrigerator pickles just tighten the lid and leave for┬á at least 48 hours (The longer you leave them, the more flavourful they’ll be)
  • For a┬álonger shelf life then process the gherkins, by placing the jar in a pot of boiling water, when the water comes to a boil again, wait 5 minutes then remove Image
  • Let the gherkins cool at room temperature, leave for at least┬á48 hours or longer before opening. processed gherkins will last about a year on the shelf and several weeks once opened
  • Refrigerated after opening

 

 

 

Cleansing mud mask for Natural Hair

Cleansing mud??? Yeah you read that right, well my mud of choice has to be the amazing Bentonite Clay.

Well here’s the 101. Bentonite clay is the natural result of aged volcanic ash and water. Bentonite clay is one of the most powerful and healing clays, it can be used internally to alkalize and pull toxins cleanly from the body, it can also be used externally to cleanse hair and pull toxins from the skin, this clay has an alkaline ph and a high negative ionic charge which holds

Bentonite clay should be grey/cream in colour and nothing near white, it should turn green when mixed with clear liquids. Bentonite clay is odourless and should never be stored or mixed with metals, as this will lessen the positive toxin pulling effects of the clay

Why use it on your hair?? Well simply this clay will pull all the toxins/build up from your hair and leave your hair clean and conditioned thus increasing the hairs ability to absorb and keep moisture. Moisture = stronger and healthier hair

You’ll need:

1 part clay, 1 part apple cider vinegar (ACV) and/or 1 part aloe vera juice/water and 2 tablespoons of any carrier oil

Preparation: prep your area by placing old newspapers on the floor and wearing an old or freebie tee

Directions:

    1. Add everything together in a plastic or wooden dish

    2. Mix everything together, it doesn’t always turn out smooth for me. Be sure to use non-metal utensils

    3. Part the hair into 4-6 sections depending on how long your hair is

    4. Apply as you would a relaxer, start from the roots working it down to your ends. Apply on damp hair to make the application process easier

    5. Be sure to massage the scalp.

    6. Once all the sections are done spray your hair and apply a shower cap or a plastic bag especially if you plan on leaving it on your hair for longer than an hour, remember this is a clay nd it’s meant to be kept moist or it will harden

    7. Leave it on for 30-60 minutes. Also be careful if left on for too long it can dry hair

    8. Rinse with lukewarm water and conditioner

    9. You can deep condition after or apply your everyday sealing/moisturising/styling products

    If you try this please let me know how it works out for you! As always peace, love and prosperity

    1 part Bentonite clay. for my lenght I used a quarter of a cup

    1 part Bentonite clay. for my lenght I used a quarter of a cup

    1 part ACV

    1 part ACV

    Stir together

    Stir together

    Add in the aloe/water and continue stirring

    Add in the aloe/water and continue stirring

    Add in your oil, I used coconut oil and palm oil

    Add in your oil, I used coconut oil and palm oil

    Pick a section and mist it with water, I used my hair tea spritz

    Pick a section and mist it with water, I used my hair tea spritz

    Massage your scalp with the clay

    Massage your scalp with the clay

    Apply the mask to your hair, working from roots to ends

    Apply the mask to your hair, working from roots to ends

    Put on your shower cap/plastic bag... I had to use a plastic bag because my shower cap has a hole :(

    Put on your shower cap/plastic bag… I had to use a plastic bag because my shower cap has a hole ­čśŽ

    My hair is on the dry side because I fell asleep, but it's clean none the less

    My hair is on the dry side because I fell asleep, but it’s clean none the less

    Three strand twisting my hair for the week

    Three strand twisting my hair for the week

Hair spray for moisturised hair

Remember my post about tea and its benefits for hair, Hair Tea post Well if you do, then you might also remember I promised to share what I use it for. Well one way I use my blend is by making hair spray and boy oh boy does it smell good. If you try this please let me know and as always.
Peace, love and Prosperity

You’ll need:

Boiling water,
Tea,
Whisk,
Vegetable Glycerine,
Coffee filter (use tea bags if you have)

Directions:

Add 3 teaspoons of the tea

Fold your coffee filter

Place your coffee filter folded side down

Add 300ml of boiling water to your tea

Steep till cool

Once cool add 3 tablespoons of Glycerine

Whisky away, then pour into your spray bottle. And there it is

Add 3 teaspoons of your tea blend into your coffee filter/ tea bag

Add 3 teaspoons of your tea blend into your coffee filter/ tea bag

Fold your coffee filter

Fold your coffee filter

Add 300ml of boiling water to your tea

Add 300ml of boiling water to your tea

Once cool add 3 tablespoons of glycerine

Once cool add 3 tablespoons of glycerine

Whisk away

Whisk away

Hey ladies!