Monthly Archives: December 2016
So this recipe makes 2 Pies! One for you and one for…ok fine, you can have both 🙂 Or in my case…62 mini pies. My darling daughter requested these for her 4th grade holiday party. I happily obliged and not only did i have enough for her class, there was plenty left over to give out to friends and family (and then for me to steal a couple as well). I did them in foil cupcake liners as these seemed like the strongest material. Give yourself plenty of time (and some wine) especially if you have little bakers in the kitchen helping. Enjoy!
Ingredients & Layers
Layer 1: Oreo Crust
About 50 chocolate creme sandwich cookies (makes about 2 cups crumbs)
1 cup butter, melted
- Place cookies in a food processor and process until they’re fine crumbs.
2. Add melted butter to food processor and process again, just until combined.
3. Pour butter and crumbs into a 9-inch baking dish and spread evenly.
4. Pack down with a flat bottomed glass. Refrigerate crust for an hour before filling.
Layer 2: Chocolate Filling
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
4 ounces baking semi-sweet chocolate
12 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1. With an electric mixer using a whisk attachment, beat heavy cream until soft peaks appear. Place in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Melt baking chocolate in a microwave-safe container for one minute on high. Stir and heat the chocolate again for 30 seconds. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Set aside to cool.
3. With an electric mixer, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. Whisk for 5 minutes. Place egg mixture in a heatproof glass bowl. Over low heat, place bowl over a medium saucepan filled with 1/2 inch of barely simmering water.
4. Stir the eggs occasionally until they reach 160 degrees F with an instant read thermometer.
5. Place eggs back in the electric mixer and whisk for 8 minutes. Set aside.
6. In the same electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
7. Slowly pour in the cooled semi-sweet chocolate and the eggs. Beat until well combined.
8. Carefully fold in the chilled heavy whipping cream until well blended.
9. Pour the filling into a 6 inch ready made oreo crust. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate.
Layer 3: Peppermint Vanilla Ice Cream Pudding
1 Package Vanilla Pudding Mix
1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream
5-10 Drops Peppermint Syrup
Vanilla Pudding (using the directions on box for amount of milk). I subtract about 1/4 cup of milk and use a cup of (good, creamy, yum) vanilla ice cream in the pudding mix. Once I have my pudding mixed I put in peppermint drops. You’d be surprised how little you need. I usually do about 5-10 drops, but to taste. If too much, put in a little more ice cream. If too little, plop a few more drops in. Once tasty, it’s done. Add in layer and refrigerate.
Layer 4: Whipped Cream
1. 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2. 1-3 tbs Confectioners Sugar
3. 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract (more to taste)
In a mixer, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Make sure not to over-beat, cream will then become lumpy and butter-like.
Layer 5: Candycane Sprinkles
5 Candycanes-Smashed to sprinkle size 🙂
Freeze or refrigerate till ready to serve!
Water is an in-flight essential: And the small cups they bring around during the food service are not enough. Plane air is very dry. Every passenger on the plane breathes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. In order to bring in more oxygen, fresh air is pumped into the cabin. However, the air at such high altitudes has very little moisture, making the cabin air dry. That is what makes your skin feel dehydrated.
Downsize your beauty items: There are plenty of reasons to minimize your favorite skin care items before a vacation (and we’re not just talking about the TSA’s 3-ounce rule). If you can’t go a day without your luxe cleanser, have special formulas for acne or sensitive skin, or just hate tiny hotel freebies, fill up miniature bottles. Some brands come in travel-size options, but flight attendants rely on the empty jars at places like The Container Store. You can also head to your local drugstore and pick up the travel-safe containers that won’t leak.
You can never have enough moisturizer: To combat the dry air in the plane, you’ll need to pack a face lotion, a lip balm, and an eye cream. Here are some favorites from Facialworks : Hydra revitalizing cream , cucumber peptide eye cream, and a good hydrating lip balm.
SPF is the most important thing to pack: While flying at high altitudes, you are closer to the sun’s harmful rays especially if you’re in the window seat. In fact, pilots count a higher risk of skin cancer as an occupational hazard (now airlines use sun shields in the cockpit to protect the pilots from sun exposure). You should consider sunscreen a requirement for flying. We recommend either facialworks power protect spf 40 (tinted), or clear protect spf 40 (matte finish). Don’t forget to reapply if your flight is longer than two hours.
Losing your luggage isn’t the only thing you have to think about: “I worry about the higher levels of radiation that I’m exposed to at high altitudes, “The higher the altitude and the higher the latitude, the more radiation.” OK, don’t freak out. Pilots are exposed to more radiation than even nuclear-plant workers, but they spend hours on end in the cockpit. As an occasional traveler, you can temper the radiation in the plane by stocking up on antioxidant-rich snacks. Sip green tea during the flight, and opt for a kale salad and fruit over the in-flight pretzels. You can also find skin care products rich in vitamins A, C, and E. But the best option? Fly at night.
Nuts– Nuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids which help protect the skin from UV ray damage. They’re also loaded with Vitamin E which helps protect the skin from oxidative cell damage.
Bell Peppers– Bell peppers (especially yellow) are one of the best foods to eat to obtain Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential to keep your skin looking bright, even, and firm. It helps rebuff the skin from external environmental stressors and plays a role in collagen and elastin production.
Soybeans– Soybeans contain a phytoestrogen known as isoflavinoids that mimic the estrogen that we lose as we age. Estrogen is an important hormone for promoting collagen and elastin production and preventing them from breaking down.
Fish– Fish, especially salmon and tuna, are also filled with omega-3 fatty acids that keep the skin cells healthy and able to support the structure of the skin.
Broccoli– Broccoli is rich in B complex vitamins which also contribute to collagen formation. Eating more of this veggie will help keep your skin looking supple and youthful.
Carrots– Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, which restores and regenerates damaged collagen.
Tomatoes– Tomatoes contain an antioxidant known as lycopene, which acts as a natural sunblock and protects the skin from sun damage. Lycopene is also great for eye health which will help keep your eyes looking white and bright this holiday season.
1.) Always cleanse your face at night
Throughout the day our skin is exposed to numerous toxins and pollution (yuck!) not to mention the build up of oil and and makeup that can clog our pores. It’s important to wash all that off in order to keep our skin clean. If you’re exhausted at the end of the day and climbing into bed beats washing your face every time, try washing it right when you get home to avoid waiting until you are less likely to do it.
2.) Apply your powerhouse products at night
My motto is protect and correct! Protect your skin throughout the day and correct at night. Our skin repairs itself while we sleep, so to see the best results from your products sleeping in them will help treat your biggest skincare concern. For example, if your main concern is aging, use your most anti-aging products (retinol, glycol, or peptides) at night. If you need to work on hydrating your skin using a night cream with hyaluronic or squalane will be your best bet. For acne-prone skin using products with salicylic will be beneficial.
3.) Get Enough Zzz’s
Sleep can help reduce stress which can reflect on our skin’s appearance. Stress can induce acne flare-ups and darken under eye circles. Getting enough sleep every night can help assure that you look and feel your best. Your skin will thank you!
4.) Clean your Pillowcases Regularly
I don’t think I need to go into detail with this one- Just a friendly reminder!
5.) Use an eye cream every night
Eye creams are imperative for reducing fine lines, puffiness, dark circles, and dehydration. I like to use a hydrating eye cream during the day (which also helps my concealer look better without creasing) and an anti-aging eye cream at night. Look for an eye cream with ingredients that target whatever your main concern is. Cucumber is a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient that can help with puffiness. Vitamin C and peptides are also great eye cream ingredients.
My Favorite? Facialworks pure cucumber eye. It’s organic and super hydrating!