Jojoba & Coffee Body Scrub

Spring has finally arrived for us on the west coast, and if you’re like me from California, you may have realized we’ve gone straight to summer. These past few months bundled up in the “cold” and cloudy weather has left my skin dry and dusty pale. As the sunny and 75 degree days have started to transition into our busy lives so has my beauty routine, and to help give it a boost I love using my easy homemade Coffee and Jojoba Body Scrub! The ingredients give this scrub so many benefits; coffee helps eliminate cellulite while the brown sugar exfoliates and the natural oils moisturize the skin. Aloe vera helps any new sun damage and the lemon helps even out skin tone. There are so many great and gentle ingredients I’m tempted to use it every time I shower!

1 cup of ground coffee

½ cup of brown sugar

1 ½ tbsp of Jojoba Oil

1 tbsp of Sunflower Seed Oil

1 tbsp of Aloe Vera

Few squeezes of lemon (add in the lemon zest too!)

I bought all my ingredients at the local Whole Foods market, and the lemons are from my garden. Jojoba is worth the money and has many different beneficial uses! I use it as my facial moisturizer in the morning (Jojoba Facial Moisturizer) and its in my hair spray for after the shower. There’s also alternatives and add-ins for the wet ingredients in the recipe. Sometimes I use honey or olive oil if I don’t have something available.

Step 1

Mix together your brown sugar and coffee, stir until well combined. Make sure theres no clumps of straight sugar or straight coffee.

Step 2

Mix together all of your wet ingredients. I started with the oils but it really doesn’t matter which order you add them in. I zested a whole lemon and sprinkled it in for smell and color! If you want to substitute or add in honey its easy to mix in if you heat it in the microwave for a few seconds to make it a better consistency.

Step 3

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix. The mixture should look a little darker from what the dry ingredients looked like because of the now added moisture. If you like your scrubs dryer- only add 1 tbsp of Jojoba. If you like it a little more moist and/or for those with dry skin, add in another squeeze of aloe vera.

Step 4

Pack the scrub into a container that you can leave in the shower, glass jars are always my go-to. I add a lemon slice on the top until I open it!  Scrub in circular motions and remember- a little goes a long way. This recipe gives me about 5 full-body uses. If I have time I like to leave it on my skin to dry for a few minutes. I’ve noticed this helps get away all the dry and dead skin as well as improve circulation. Be prepared it gets a little dirty in the shower but it smells great and it’s fun to use! Enjoy!

Xoxo, Olivia Vigo

Oven Roasted Brown Sugar Chicken

This is a recipe  I would ALWAYS ask my mom to make for me as a child. It’s hearty, delicious and is easy to make. I make double when I make this chicken dish as it tastes even more flavorful the 2nd day (and the third). Try it and let me know what you think! Enjoy!

*** I paired this dish with sautéed broccolini and thai jasmine rice that I made with organic light coconut milk instead of water. I try and use fresh organic ingredients as often as I can.***

Ingredients

4 Chicken Quarters

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp chopped shallots

3 cloves chopped garlic

3/4 cup chicken stock/broth

1 cup low sodium soy

2 cups brown sugar

1 heaping tbsp freshly chopped ginger

Directions  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a dutch pot on med high to high heat with your butter and olive oil. Generously salt and pepper your chicken quarters. Brown the skin of your chicken in the pot for about 2 mins on each side until it’s crisp and golden brown. Remove the chicken quarters and reduce the heat to medium. Add in the shallots and garlic. Deglaze the pot with the chicken stock. Scrape down all of the sides to make sure you get all of the delicious seasonings and flavors into the broth (I’m hungry already!). Add in the soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger. Simmer the sauce for about 5-10 mins. Add the chicken quarters back into the pot, place the lid on and bake for 45min to an hour. The chicken will be flavorful and falling off the bone. Mmm mmm mmmm!

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My “Better Than Bacon” Bacon

I am always looking for ways to spruce up our household favorites.This addictive to the bacon sends its over the top. I could eat an entire pan by myself! Try it and let me know what you think! Here’s the recipe… (comment below)

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Align your bacon on a baking sheet

sprinkle with black pepper (1 tsp for entire pan)  and brown sugar( 1 tbs for the entire pan)

Bake for about 10 mins

VOILA!

This simple and delicious recipe will change your world when it comes to bacon. Baking it in the oven also reduces the splatter when cooking it! Yummy!

Enjoy!

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