Humidity Be Gone

 

Mel Howard | February, 11 2016

Little Things That Make My Life Easier-Part 1

 

Egg white and olive oil hair mask aka Humidity Be Gone.

Coming from comparatively zero humidity in Melbourne to an average 85% in Byron, my wavy sometimes curly, short hair is freaking the heck out. A friend at work gave me the perfect trick.

  1. In small glass jar, break one egg white, add a tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Screw on lid and shake like nobody is watching.
  3. Apply to hair.
  4. Leave in hair for 20 minutes (or three eps of Mad Men).
  5. Wash it out well in a COLD shower, ‘cause ain’t nobody got time for scrambled hair.

I jumped straight in the surf and by the time I was home, my hair was super shiny and had curled into perfect beachy ringlets.

Happy days.

Authors note: there are few times in ones life where you may find yourself laughing out loud at your own expense. Trying to neatly apply a sticky egg white mixture to your hair over a sink may be one of them. Neatly being the key word. Embrace the ridiculousness.

Lovelove

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[Credits: Words by Mel Howard and Illustration by Juliet Sulejmani]

Jam-Doughnut Muffins

IMG_6407Juliet Sulejmani | December, 30 2015

Balance in life is important right? So to balance up yesterdays healthy recipe, I have an un-healthy but easy, super delicious recipe for y’all.

I made these and they were melt in your mouth incredible and they took no time at all.

Just a note by the way, I’m not really good at cooking I’m just really good at following recipes and I enjoy making new things for fun and sometimes to eat.

I’ve been trying out a few of Nigella Lawson’s recipes from her book ‘How To Be A Domestic Goddess.’ So far everything I’ve made has been delicious, easy and it’s super great because she mostly uses ingredients that you would already have in your cupboard.

Here’s how to make these Jam-Doughnut Muffins:

Ingredients

  • 125ml milk
  • 85ml corn or other vegetable oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 100g castor sugar
  • 12 teaspoons strawberry jam
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 1 incredibly well-greased or silicon 12-bun mini-muffin tin.

Preheat the oven to 190C/gas mark 5.

With a fork, beat together the milk, oil, egg and vanilla extract. Stir this into the flour and caster sugar to combine (just): the lumps don’t matter and if you overbeat the muffins will be tough. Spoon the mixture into each muffin cup so that it’s just under a third full. Then with a teaspoon add a dollop of strawberry jam – about the size of a fat broad bean – then top with more muffin mix so that the cases are just about full.

Put them in the preheated oven and cook for about 20 minutes or until the tops feel springy and resistant and the muffins have puffed up into little toadstools.

Meanwhile, melt the butter slowly in a thick-bottomed pan, and lay the sugar out in a wide, shallow bowl. As soon as the muffins are ready, remove them from their moulds, dip them in the butter and roll them in the granulated sugar. Eat warm.

Makes 12.

My Notes:

  • I used butter to grease the pans instead of oil, just because I didn’t read that part, and I know I said I follow recipes really well, but I just naturally used butter because all other recipes use butter. Does anyone know what the difference? Maybe a health benefit?
  • And I used raspberry jam, just because that’s what I had in the fridge.
  • Also this was so QUICK!! Which I love, they also tasted amazing two days after I baked them. And they’re a good one to make fresh when peeps turn up unexpectedly and you can all be happy and enjoy fresh donut goodness in no time.

Jx

Healthy Chocolate Mousse

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Juliet Sulejmani | December, 29 2015

I don’t always feel like breakfast when I wake up, but when I do, I usually opt for the thing that requires the least amount of thought or effort: toast coffee.

Toast is delicious, sometimes when I’m feeling fancy, I make it into a jaffle. However I know that there are other yummy, easy things you can make yourself.

I found this delicious and healthy recipe online from I Quit Sugar for an Avocado Chocolate Mousse and I have adjusted it slightly to my own taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1 biggish avocado
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tbspn raw cacao powder
  • 1 tspn stevia
  • 1 Tbspn chia seeds
  • 1 tspn vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tspn cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Blend them all in a blender, pour into your bowl and add any topping that you’ve got in your house. I usually always love granola on mine and today I had kiwi fruit and mango. I would have loved banana, but they were brown eww. In the original recipe they used Coconut Cream instead of milk.

HERE is the I Quit Sugar original recipe.

Hot Tip: I’ve created a folder in my Notes on my iPhone called Recipe, and I create a new list in there with all the recipes I make often, but not often enough to remember the recipe. It makes it easier than having to search for the recipe online, which is what I used to do!

Let me know if you try it or if you have a different variation, or if you have any other great breakfast recipes.

Jx

[Credits: Words and Photography by me]

So many products!

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Juliet Sulejmani | December, 28 2015

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Hi,

Firstly, I just want to own up to not continuing my daily blogging. I stopped because I thought I was getting boring, I felt like I was just writing something and it wasn’t the best that I could do. I have however realised that, like Nike says, I just need to do it, JUST DO IT. So I’ll do it. Lol.

The other day I had some time to spend with myself, and thought I’d have a pamper sesh. So I had a nice bath, put on a mask, then put on moisturiser, then body moisturiser, then lip moisturiser and then hand cream and then I stopped. I looked down at all the products I had just used on myself and took a photo of four of them.

In the photo you can see:

1: Everyday Face Moisturiser by Frank Body

2: Aesop Body Balm

3: L’Occitane Hand Cream, and

4: Lips by Go-To

To be honest with you I was slightly overwhelmed and shocked can I say shocked, seems kind of strong, at the amount of products required daily if you can actually be bothered to make yourself nice and smooth. And by the way, I’m not going into the fact that most of these products I’m using are not 100% natural.

Is it just me or is it crazy? Who has time to use all these products everyday? If you had a full time job, full time family, a house to manage, cooking, cleaning, life, people etc. I guess that’s why some brands have 2in1 products or 3in1 or whatever.

Anyway, I’d love to know how many products you use daily, or what your skincare routine is like. I’m going to keep exploring skincare and products and I’ll post my journey here. Who knows, I might even blog daily again.

 

Jx

 

[Credits: Words and Photography by me]