Monday, July 5, 2010

Spa Night on the Cheap

Tomorrow night is spa night. Here's what I'm whipping up/stashing in the kitchen to get ready for it:

Salt Scrub (for my pedicure)-
2 cups epsom salt mixed with 1/4 cup olive oil & 10 drops of essential oil

Double Duty Cuticle Oil & Hot Oil Hair Treatment-
1 cup olive oil mixed with 1/4 cup dried peppermint, warmed over low heat for 10 min and strained through cheesecloth

Acne Treatment-
dot of apple cider vinegar applied to problem areas on clean face at bedtime

Face Toner-
witch hazel extract

Cellulite Body Scrub-
tomorrows leftover coffee grinds

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Menu Planning 6/27/10

Raspberry Poppyseed Muffins
Carob Banana Smoothies w/wheatgerm
Raisin Bran w/Milk
Ginger Coconut Milk & Cereal Bars w/Soaked Cashew Nuts
Ghost Bread

Sandwiches w/Whole Wheat Potato Bread
Hot Dogs
Organic Macaroni Casseroles

Snack Ideas:
Celery or Carrots & Veggie Dip
Granola w/Yogurt
Ants on a Log
Japanese Style Avocado

Everyday Italian Rice Salad w/Soaked Brown Rice
Spicy Sprouted Lentils
Pasta Feast, halved
Egg Quesadillas w/Whole Wheat Tortillas
Carrot Burgers w/Frozen Wheat Rolls

Tea Concentrate in a Jar
Homemade Iced Coffee
Homemade Komucha Mother
Hard Lemonade

Rhubarb Strawberry Jam
Lemon Dream Popsicles

Whole Grain Banana Oven Pancake

Just think of this as Thursday coming early. (This is meant for the next Pennywise Platter Thursday over at The Nourishing Gourmet.)

I wish I had a pic for this but I decided to flip the pancake over first before taking the photo. Well I forgot to grease my cooking dish and the whole thing ended up in a very ugly yet tasty pile. We really liked it though, it didn't need syrup or anything!


3/8 c. Oat Flour
2 T. Wheat Germ
5/8 c. Whole Wheat Flour
3/4 c. Water/Non Fridge Liquid+1 T Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice
1/4 c. Powdered Milk
1 t. Ground Cinnamon
1/4 t. Salt
1 T. Brown Sugar
1/3 c. Sugar
1/8 c. Butter
1/8 c. Applesauce, unsweetened
1/2 t. Vanilla Extract
1 Egg, beaten
1 Banana, mashed
1 1/4 t. Baking Powder
1/4 t. Baking Soda

Soak flours & wheat germ overnight w/shelf stable liquid & vinegar or lemon juice. I used vanilla soy milk.

Mix in the other ingredients adding the baking powder & soda last. Pour into a greased pie dish or cast iron skillet.

Cook at 375 degrees for 30-45 min, until toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!

I Love Lucy - The Complete First Season, $11.49

I love this show. I watched it all the time when I was a kid- and I was born in the 80's! Well, today Family Video is offering The Complete First Season of I Love Lucy for only $11.49. It's retailing for $20.49 on Amazon, not a bad deal for family friendly entertainment.

MN Deals: $10 for a 4-Pack of Tickets to The Works

Today (6/26/10) at Groupon you can get a family four pack of tickets to The Works for $10, normally priced at $20. They're located in Edina, Minnesota.

"At The Works, youngsters and families can enjoy interactive exhibits and hands-on activities that help make science and engineering interesting and fun, unlike building spaceship catapults. As a non-profit community organization, The Works focuses on inspiring interest in learning with the witch-developed trickery widely referred to as engineering. Visitors of all ages, and especially those between the ages of five and 12, can play with mechanisms, pulleys, structures, building blocks, shapes, optical technologies, imaging, and inter-dimensional portals. Some of the most popular interactive learning toys include a giant six-foot-tall zipper, a laser-light harp, and controlling robots. Additionally, families will have more time to build magnetic structures, fashion rainbow glasses, create their own lava lamps, and more, thanks to convenient summer hours that run through September 3 and keep The Works open from Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "

The Fine Print

  • Expires Sep 28, 2010
  • Limit 2 per person. Valid only for family admission. Not valid for other groups, events or birthday parties.

Also, yesterday's coffee deal is still available if anyone missed it.

Friday, June 25, 2010

MN Deal: $25 for 4 Week Beginner Yoga Class

Today (6/25/10) at Groupon you can get a four-week Absolute Beginner Yoga course for $25, normally priced at $45. They have 2 locations: Mpls & St Louis Park, Minnesota.

"The Absolute Beginner series meets once a week for four weeks and provides novices with the basic tools they need to get started down their yoga path with nice posture. During your month-long session, under the expert guidance of an experienced, friendly instructor, you will learn the fundamentals of yoga asana (poses) and pranayama (breath work), as well as gain a general understanding of the different forms of yoga so that you can choose to continue training in a style that best suits your current physical condition and goals."


  • Trained, experienced staff
  • Four-week class series
  • Learn the yoga basics
  • Good at two locations

The Fine Print

  • Expires Oct 26, 2010
  • Limit 1 per person. New students only. No refunds or exchanges. Registration required, based on availability.

MN Deal: $7 for $15 of Coffee at The Buzz Coffee & Cafe

Today (6/25/10) at Groupon you can get a $15 voucher at The Buzz Coffee & Cafe for only $7! They're located in Burnsville, Minnesota.


  • Fair-trade and organic drinks
  • Wide variety of cafe fare
  • BYOB
  • Saturday music sessions

The Fine Print

  • Expires Dec 28, 2010
  • Limit 5 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Tax & gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers.