Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Be Prepared For A Spontaneous Gathering With Holiday Treats

Beyond calendar commitments, it always feels like someone special is in town or wanting to get together in a moment's notice with a drop by during the holiday season. The best way to be welcoming to potential guests is to be prepared! I love to have holiday treats sitting in my favorite holiday tin, so I can easily sway a friend to pop by when they ask if we are home.  It's also nice to mix up my favorite standbys with some unique offerings:

Mexican Tea Cookies (not only because I am a lover of all the tea) 

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 
  • 3/4 cup Whole Trade™ powdered sugar, sifted, plus more for dredging 
  • 2 teaspoons Whole Trade™ vanilla extract 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 cup very finely ground pecans or almonds 
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
Cream together butter and sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, flour, pecans and salt. Blend well. Gather dough into a ball, press into a flat disc, wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Scoop and roll dough into small teaspoon-sized balls and place on a non-stick baking sheet about an inch apart. Bake 8-10 minutes until barely golden. Remove, let sit for 1 minute then gently dredge cookies in sifted powdered sugar. Cool completely and recoat with powdered sugar. 
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: Serving size: 2 cookies150 calories (100 from fat), 11g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 20mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 12g carbohydrates, (1 g dietary fiber, 4g sugar), 2g protein.

  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1 (8-ounce) log Wellspring™ Creamery® Cranberry Orange Goat Cheese 
  • 1 egg 
  • 2 cups 365 Everyday Value® Organic 100% Whole Wheat Pastry Flour 
  • 24 fresh or frozen cranberries

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, beat sugar, butter and goat cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in egg until well combined, and then beat in flour.  

Roll about 2 tablespoons of dough into balls and arrange 2 inches apart on a large, parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Use a fork dipped in water to flatten each cookie. Press a cranberry into the top of each.  

Bake until just firm and deep golden brown on the bottoms, about 15 minutes. (To make 4 dozen smaller cookies, use about 1 tablespoon dough for each, and bake 12 to 13 minutes.) 
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: Serving size: 1 cookie130 calories (50 from fat), 5g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 25mgcholesterol, 20mg sodium, 19g carbohydrates, (1 g dietary fiber, 10g sugar), 3g protein.

Looking for more suggestions or a place to share you holiday traditions? Check out #MyHolidayTradish

Disclosure, I was compensated by Whole Foods Market as a WFM Ambassador for this post. Content is purely at my discretion. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Keeping Up A Beauty Routine Without Sacrificing Values

Is it possible to align with your personal values while staying true to your makeup rituals? I believe it is. There are cosmetic companies helping us achieve those simple goals, makeup with out all the added chemicals. The truth is, we don't know what impact cosmetic additives have on our body, so why not avoid the impact if at all possible? I believe we can lessen the impact with mineral based cosmetic products. Mineral Fusion is one of the companies leading the way, it was founded in Denver in 2007.

Mineral Fusion's Mission:

Our goal is to leave skin and hair in better condition than we found it. This includes selecting effective natural ingredients, as well as making our products free of gluten, parabens, talc, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, SLS, and phthalates. We NEVER conduct animal testing, and never will, nor do we ask others to do so. We are committed to sustainability and utilize wind power, soy inks, packaging from recycled materials and packaging that is recyclable.

I've been giving Mineral Fusion a try now for a month and I am super happy with the results. I haven't experienced any difference with Mineral Fusion from conventional cosmetic products, with the exception of how much better I feel when using them! Whole Foods Market carries a complete line of Mineral Fusion products, so you don't have to sacrifice a favorite product in your routine. Whole Foods Market is also carrying some holiday exclusives, I LOVE the Mineral Fusion sheer moisture lip tint, it's like putting butter on your lips. 

Here's a glimpse of some of the Mineral Fusion products found at Whole Foods Market:

Mineral Fusion:
Disclaimer, I was compensated by Whole Foods Market as a WFM Ambassador for this post. Content is purely at my discretion.