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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!
Over-indulging at Thanksgiving is common, but it can cause a whole host of issues inside and out. To combat the excesses of the holiday season, all you need is a simple detoxifying and reinvigorating regimen that combines exfoliation, inflammation reduction and brightening to support the skin‘s natural ability to restore itself. Here are a few great treatments to help you recover from those over-indulgences.
Choose products that include sugar and fruit enzymes–these ingredients clean deep down into the skin, decongest pores and remove dead skin cells to reveal skin’s inner radiance.
To reduce inflammation or congestion, choose powerful, effective active ingredients such as salicylic acid from white willow bark and chamomile.
Look for brightening, tone-evening actives like licorice root, lemon peel and arbutin, which significantly reduce discoloration and spots for a brighter, more even complexion.
There’s nothing more important than keeping your skin and body protected from the stress the holidays can bring. Antioxidants work to reduce that oxidation process and speed cellular repair. There are many trendy antioxidants out there, but my favorites come from the vitamin world. Green tea & resveratrol (potent grape seed extract)–both of which contain phyto-nutrients, flavonoids and polyphenols–are proven antioxidants that restore balance and youth to both your body and skin. polyphenols–are proven antioxidants that restore balance
Thanksgiving break also brings about the onset of a colder, dryer, harsher climate. A dry epidermis can become annoyingly itchy and painful, not to mention the fact that we all want to look dewy and youthful, not dry and brittle! Keeping hydrated from the inside out is crucial. Drink lots of water and take good fats like flax, fish oils and quality olive oil. In addition, use moisturizers full of high quality, absorbable oils and humectants (like vegetable glycerin or honey) that help your skin absorb and retain water efficiently. For the body, organic apricot kernel oil and shea and cocoa butters will prepare your skin for the harsh weather to come.
From our wonderful friend Alex at Motherhood Together, she has come up with an amazing recipe (and story) for homemade deodorant!
I have had a love/hate relationship with deodorant for years now. I love that it makes me not smell like I just got home from three days at Coachella, but I hate that I have to rub all kinds of chemicals and artificial fragrance all up on my skin. After deciding to part ways with my regular deodorant, I decided (much to my husband’s horror) to start testing out different natural and non-toxic deodorants. Over the course of several months, I tried every freaking variety of natural deodorant I could get my grubby little hands on. The outcome? Not only did nothing really work, but some of it made me smell bad. Real bad. (Insert photo of husband’s once again horrified face here.) Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not typically a smelly person. Even on days when I skipped the deo altogether, I wouldn’t get offensively smelly, but some yet-to-be-determined ingredient that is apparently common in the natural deodorant world DOESN’T agree with me. I finally gave up and stopped wearing it at all, which also is just not a great option.
Something had to give! I knew there had to be an option that wasn’t loaded with chemicals, but that also didn’t make me smell like the crunchy hippy that I secretly truly am on the inside. I had heard about diy deodorants, but couldn’t believe that they really worked after all my trial and error with the store-bought crap. But here I was, with way too many partially used deodorant sticks/pastes/creams in my bathroom, and still no perfect match. So I gave it a go (commence extreme husband eye roll), and you guys, it WORKS!! AND, it is the freaking easiest thing ever! Here are the details:
First of all, it is possible that you have all of the ingredients in your kitchen already! The only one I didn’t have was arrowroot powder, but it can be found with the spices at any health food store (and lots of regular grocery stores). It is a white starchy powder that serves similar purposes to corn starch. It is light, flavorless, odorless and natural. The other ingredients are virgin coconut oil and baking soda! Easy as pie, right? I mean, it almost is pie.
First, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of arrowroot powder, and get those all friendly and mingled in with each other. It’ll look like this (very exciting):
Next, add 5 tablespoons of coconut oil to the mix, and it will look like this (only slightly more exciting):
Then give ‘er a good stir:
And, voila! You have earned your non-b.o. patch and are well on your way to Birkenstocks and tie dye t-shirts! If you really want to get fancy, you can add a drop your favorite essential oil for fragrance. I was a little weary of that because I’m still not sure which ingredient in the store-bought ones was my undoing, so I stuck to the basic recipe.
Next, fill all those empty cosmetic containers you’ve been hoarding and force your new-found crunchiness on all your friends! They’ll roll their eyes, but their inner hippy is doing that awkward closed-eyes arm flailing dance of joy😉
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
5 tbsp coconut oil
For more from Alex, visit her blog at Motherhood Together
Spices and herbs not only make your food taste delish, but most of them have benefits for your health and your SKIN! Here are some of my pantry staples to create quick and easy dishes with tons of flavor that also have skin benefits.
Turmeric: Turmeric contains compounds called curcuminoids, one specifically called curcumin. It is the main ingredient in turmeric and is highly anti-inflammatory and a very potent antioxidant. You can buy turmeric powder or in it’s natural form of a root. If you buy the root you can juice it or grate it into juices or smoothies. The root form is much more of an intense flavor than the powder. I like to mix it with a variety of different spices and sprinkle on chicken before cooking or on garbanzo beans and toast in a pan. It is a warm flavor and pairs nicely with coriander, cumin, cayenne, and fennel to name a few.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols. It is also anti-inflammatory, which aids in helping to fight off disease. Cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels and helps aid in fighting diabetes. Diabetes can often lead to Rosacea of the skin. It is also has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Cinnamon is a spicy warm flavor, good with savory and sweet dishes. I like to sprinkle on my bananas, oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies. For more savory dishes, think pork chops with apples and cranberries.
Garlic: Garlic is a member of the onion family and is high in the sulfur compound called Allicin, which is believed to bring most of it’s health benefits. Garlic also contains manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, selenium, and fiber. It helps to boost immunity and can fight off colds! (add to your chicken soup!) Great to put in any savory dish in my opinion. Pairs well with lemon, parsley, basil, coriander, cumin, fennel, sage, rosemary, the list is endless. Garlic contains antioxidants that fight oxidative cell damage and aging.
Cumin: Cumin is rich in vitamin C, iron, calcium, and vitamin E. The essential oils in cumin also have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. The vitamins rich cumin also fight free radical damage that causes aging in the skin as well as the body. It also aids in digestion. I LOVE this spice and is pretty much my go to for a lot of my dishes. It adds a very warm, earthy, almost smoky flavor. Pairs well with coriander, fennel, garlic, chile, and lemon. Delicious in a spice rub for meat.
Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne pepper has many health benefits. It aids in detoxification of the body, has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, and is a digestive aid to name a few. The pepper contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, manganese, and flavonoids which have powerful antioxidant properties. Studies have also shown that capsaicin has aided in the treatment of psoriasis when applied topically. Cayenne is SPICY! Add depending on your tolerance of heat to most savory dishes. Also, make a detox tonic by mixing with warm water (alkaline preferably), lemon juice, and raw honey.
Ginger: Ginger’s natural oil, Gingerol, gives it’s unique fragrance and is the main bioactive compound found in ginger. It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Ginger can also help aid digestion and menstrual cramps. It is a good source of B vitamins, folate, vitamin C and E, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
I prefer to use the root form of ginger. I like to chop it up (you can also grate on a microplane) and mix with garlic and asian spices with all vegetables for a yummy stir fry. I also love to muddle with mint, add lemon juice agave, and warm water for a delicious tonic.
Lemon: Lemon contains vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and fiber. Loaded with antioxidants and alkalizing benefits for the body. I love to add not only the juice of lemon to my dishes but also the zest! Great to make viniagrettes, add to garlic lemon chicken, tossed with roasted or sautéed veggies. Start you day with alkaline water and lemon juice before your coffee to alkalize your body.
Coriander: Coriander or Cilantro has many health benefits for the skin and internally. It has anti-fungal, antibacterial, detoxifying, and antioxidant properties that help to aid reduce inflammation of the skin and reduce free radical damage. Aids in the reduction of eczema and dryness of the skin. It is high in iron, potassium, copper, and manganese as well as vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate. I love to add ground coriander to spice rubs for meat. Add fresh cilantro to salads, salsas, or as a finishing ingredient to savory dishes for a punch of freshness.
Parsley: Parsley has a variety of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and B12, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, just to name a few. It has anti-diabetic properties, aids in reducing inflammation, and anti-carcinogenic properties. It also helps boost immunity. Add to juices, salads, viniagrettes, or as a finishing gremolota with garlic and lemon zest over meat. I prefer the flat leaf Italian parsley, it tends to be more flavorful.
Basil: Basil contains vitamin K, manganese, copper, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, folate, iron, omega-3 fats, and magnesium. Basil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. As well as antioxidant benefits from it’s high does of vitamin A. Add to viniagrettes, make a delicious pesto, add to salads, or as fresh garnish for savory dishes.
There are many more herbs and spices out there that have nutritional value to us as well as tasting delicious. I encourage everyone to stop at the spice aisle and look at your fresh herbs at the supermarket. These are low calorie ways to boost flavor without adding fat and sugar.
To store fresh herbs, wash them immediately when you get home from the market. Dry them very well with paper towel or clean cloth. Store with stems in a cup of water. You can also cover with a plastic bag to reduce leaves from turning brown. Store ground spices in a cool dry place, such as your pantry.
Greek yogurt has always been around, but has gained serious popularity in recent years. However, for me, this trend is definitely not just a fad. To me, greek yogurt is a miracle food! here are three amazing reason to always have some in your fridge.
Number 1: Its yummy!- Greek yogurt is packed full of protein, probiotics, and good dairy your body needs. Here is one of my favorite recipes:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup fat free vanilla greek yogurt
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
Toppings of choice (cinnamon, honey, berries. etc)
-Mix oats, yogurt, and milk together in a storable jar or container (something with a lid)
-Cover and leave in fridge overnight or at least 3 hours
Also, don’t forget that Greek yogurt is a great healthy substitute for mayonnaise when cooking. Instead of making your favorite dipping or topping sauce using mayo, use greek yogurt instead- you will not be able to tell the difference! Another great example is tuna. Sub out the mayo for Greek yogurt and you wont be disappointed!
Number 2: It’s healing!- OK, so we’re about to get personal and talk feminine issues. Yeast infections to be exact. They are something almost every girl has experienced, and it’s not comfortable. However, the good news is Greek yogurt is a natural remedy! Thats right! Greek yogurt contains healthy bacteria, cultures and organisms that when administered to the affected area using a safe applicator, can help heal your yeast infection!
Number 3: Its a face mask!- Greek yogurt is the easiest, most affordable addition to your skin care routine. It can be applied topically as a do-it-yourself face mask. Its packed with yummy nutrients for your skin such as:
zinc– which is anti-inflammatory, a natural astringent, and helps with acne
lactic acid– which is exfoliates and moisturizes dry skin
calcium– contains antioxidants
b vitamins– keep skin glowing and hydrated
Just apply an even layer of plain, fat containing (2% or higher) Greek yogurt to your face and neck for 20 minutes once a week! An easy way to achieve better skin!
So next time you’re browsing the aisles at the store, don’t forget to stock up on Greek yogurt. you wont regret it!
This past Sunday we closed down Facialworks for a wonderful and extremely fun event. Being in the skincare industry, we work with so many beauty and lifestyle bloggers. Not to mention, design, family, travel and just women with wonderful style who want to share their lives. So as a thank you, we wanted to invite them all for a day of pampering!
Mendocino Farms catered our event, and the food was nothing short of delicious. The two favorites were the Chilli Rubbed Chicken Skewers and the Curried Couscous.
We had two of our own estheticians Mallory and Natalie doing mini oxygen facials. For everyone who hadn’t had one yet, they were shocked by how amazing their skin felt. For our facial veterans, they were so happy to be able to come in give their skin some much-needed attention.
We invited Jessica from Sunless Rae to come in and do her custom organic airbrush tans and everyone left the party with a beautiful bohemian glow.
Veronica Fensel came in and set up a mini makeover station and glammed up as many girls as she could.
Whitney St. Clair from Blown Away Blow Out Bar in Laguna Niguel sent two of her gorgeous stylists Casey & Rachel to come do hair. The curls, braids and styles these girls did was nothing short of beautiful.
Beauty is pain right? Well on that note, we invited Lunch Box Waxing to come on over and assist with the less than glamorous part of our routines and the ladies left with the most perfectly shaped brows.
And last but not least, ET Chiropractic’s. Because who has ever said no to a massage?
Thank you to all of our vendors who contributed their services and to our wonderful staff who helped run the event!
Well the time has come. We have decided to Blog. Possibly Vlog. Our goal with this will be to introduce our brand, our products and ourselves! We will give you tips and tricks for proper skincare. Highlight new techniques and devices. Offer awareness on what ingredients to look for in your products and what to stay away from. There may be some recipes in here for good skin. Or some that just sound delicious. We want to expose our clients to our lives and our knowledge (don’t worry, there won’t be any politics here!) We love to travel so there is always a chance we will throw in a post about an amazing destination that we recommend!
But first, I want to introduce everyone to our gorgeous, kind and extremely smart owner. Facialworks is her first baby (she has a beautiful 1 year old and one on the way!) Her name is Meghan. She is the brains (and the beauty) behind all things Facialworks. Although not to take any credit away from her business partner/husband/man behind the woman Jason. These two make the perfect team! With Meghan’s knowledge of skincare, she has been a licensed esthetician for 8 years, and Jason’s a Business graduate from USC, they are uniquely qualified for the job. They pour their time and lives into keeping up with all things within the skincare industry.
As for our writers? We have decided to do this “family” style. All of our estheticians are excited to contribute! We will be introducing you to everyone over the course of the next few weeks!
So welcome and enjoy! If there’s anything anyone wants to know about, just leave a comment and we will gladly take the article request! Were here to help (and entertain :))