RePost: Beat “Winter Skin” on a Budget

My hands are SO DRY right now, and it’s snowing, and I really need to exfoliate. Check out this blast from the past with some great skin care recipes!

A Measured Life

When I got out of bed this morning, there was frost on the ground. Three days ago it was 80 degrees. Ahh, November in South Jersey. As long as it’s not snowing yet, I’m okay with it!

I’ve always suffered from a bit of dry skin. When I was overweight, I rarely noticed it, but I did have very dry elbows in the winter. During my weight loss journey, I developed a rash over 60% of my body. It was red, patchy, itchy and AWFUL. My doctor thought it was ringworm, so I got anti-fungals. I went to a dermatologist who thought it was eczema and prescribed prescription moisturizer and bleach baths. None of it worked. Finally, I went to an allergist, had a patch test. It was discovered I was allergic to NOTHING. (Okay, I was allergic to nickel but something like 96% of the world is allergic to…

View original post 550 more words

Fine, I’ll Blog About PUMPKIN *sigh*

It’s pumpkin recipes time so I’m re-posting this pumpkin blog from 2015, plus you should check out the Moroccan Pumpkin Falafel recipe I wrote for Blazing Caribou Studios! Happy Autumn!

A Measured Life

Yeah yeah, I know, it’s October. Pumpkins and apples and ghosts (OH MY). I guess it’s finally time to write the dreaded pumpkin post.

It’s not that I don’t like pumpkin. I do, a lot, actually. It’s the permeation of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING that drives me crazy, mostly because it always starts before actual autumn begins. Also, I ABHOR pumpkin spice lattes. Sorry folks, but I’ll pass. Keep your cloves and nutmeg out of my frackin’ coffee! Blech.

QzifXu7But pumpkin itself, actual pumpkin, can be so delicious in so many different ways. (Actually, any varietal of winter squash is delicious to me. LOVE ME SOME SQUASH.) Last year I made a pumpkin chili that was delicious, and this year I’m trying something new: Pumpkin and Chickpea Stew. I saw the mouth-watering photo on Pinterest, and since the recipe includes all sorts of delicious things like cilantro, chickpeas, tomatoes and pumpkin, I…

View original post 1,070 more words

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Coconut Milk Panna Cotta

I’ve got a new ridiculously chocolaty recipe coming before THIS Valentine’s Day, but I thought I might remind you of last year’s delicious recipe!

A Measured Life

IMG_20160211_175946So it’s that time of year where rich foods are eaten, chocolates are gifted, and pounds are gained. I know I posted a list of delicious, decadent, probably calorie-laden recipes the other day. But if you’d rather keep your weight steady and still enjoy a dessert that feels sinful without the calories, try this delicious recipe… FOR LESS THAN 100 CALORIES. No joke!

**Note: this technically isn’t a true panna cotta, because true panna cotta is a cooked custard made with eggs and cream. This recipe uses gelatin to set the non-dairy milk.**

Dark Chocolate Coconut Milk Panna Cotta

Serves 420160211_065415

  • 1 1/2 cup Unsweetened SO Delicious® Coconut Milk
  • 1 envelope Unflavored Gelatin (I used Knox)
  • 1 oz Unsweetened Chocolate (I used Baker’s)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 4 tsp no-calorie sweetener (I used sucralose)
  • 2 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I used Ghirardelli)

20160211_065835In a small ramekin…

View original post 135 more words