Pantry facial recipes

Another Birthday Ticket event was a homemade facial that I like to call the pantry facial. As my wonderful man treated me to this in our own bedroom during nap time,  I was delighted to discover all the ingredients were natural and normal pantry items. For the full method of these applications go here. But below are the steps and recipes.

After it was over I asked if I could book one with him once a month, or every 3 weeks as the site encourages. It really was the best facial I have ever had!

Step 1 Steam

Steam your face to encourage the removal of wastes, improve skin hydration and loosen dead skin cells.


2 liters of water

2 tablespoons of dried herbs (or 4 tablespoons of fresh)

Step 2 Cleanse

 Cleanse your face with “Cookies and Milk” to remove impurities and dead skin.


2 teaspoons of oatmeal

2 teaspoons dried milk

1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon

Enough water to make a paste

Step 3 Mask

Relax with a mask and eye compress.


2 slices of cucumber

2 tablespoons of honey

2 teaspoons of milk

Step 4 Tone

 Tone your skin with a refreshing cucumber tonic to cool, soothe and refresh the skin as well as remove any remains from the previous treatments.


1/3 of a cucumber (peeled)

Cotton balls

Step 5 Moisturize and Massage

 Moisturize your skin by massaging your face with a facial oil.


“Using a facial oil will nourish your skin with essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. It won’t clog your skin or make it more oily, in fact, it can help restore balance to an overly oily skin.”

½ to 1 teaspoon of cold pressed vegetable oil

Good choices are; jojoba (light), sweet almond (medium), olive oil (heavy).

Rashes, Scrubs, and Sweets

Oatmeal Bath

We have been experimenting with lots of new recipes here.

From bath additives for baby, to scrubs, to edible recipes. Vange has had a HORRID diaper rash for about 4 days now. Heat rash is common now that life here is sweaty and humid 24/7, but this one is in the nether regions and my two favorite natural diaper remedies haven’t been working one bit, this one (smells awesome) or this one (is a creamy protective layer similar to Desitin).

 So I remembered back when A had a horrible rash and I found a recipe for an oatmeal bath that cured her right up. Put this in a sinkful of water and let  baby play for a while in it, a few times a day.


1/3 – 1/2 cup ground oats (grind in a food processor, coffee grinder, or blender)

1/8 cup baking soda ( optional)

mix into bath water, skin will feel silky.

EVOO Scrub

I have been wanting to make myself a scrub, to sluff off that dead skin and have a natural moisturized feeling after my shower. I finally got around to it. This recipe is the simplest I have found and SO easy to put together. It was great! Other than the salt on my new finger cut. Ouch. I felt moisturized for so long. M thought I smelled like food, but I enjoyed the scent.

If you enjoy scrubs, make yourself one of these. It’s really good for your body to get that dead skin off  (regularly)and have a natural, non-chemical moisturizer. And it’s much easier on the wallet than buying one. Maybe this is how the starz have great looking skin…

1/2 C salt ( sea salt if you have it, table salt is fine)

1/2 C EVOO ( extra virgin olive oil)

1 clean Jar

If you want a bigger batch just do equal parts.

I decided not to until it had my complete OK, as not to waste my precious EVOO.

Mini Monkey Bread (with butterscotch):

a hungry onlooker

As I have been looking around for recipes I can make here that I made there, one recipe that kept coming back was Monkey bread. My kids fell in love with it the summer of ’09 and have never forgot it. Every dessert is measured against this delicious treat. Since I haven’t been able to find brown sugar, (I have heard rumors of it being in Delhi but have yet to locate it) and I can’t get enough of a supply by hijacking the little packets on the table from Haagen- Das Store when we go (yes, I have done that), I reverted to searching for a recipe to make monkey bread without it. This is what I found:


2-3 rolls biscuits (cut into 4th’s)

1/2 C sugar

2 T cinnamon

1 package butterscotch quick serve pudding mix

1/2 nuts *optional

1/2 C butter ,melted

 Grease pan. put nuts in bottom, if desired. Mix sugar, cin, & pudding. Roll dough pieces in mix.

When pan is half full, sprinkle mix and 1/2 butter on top.

Repeat and end with remaining mix and butter.

Bake at 350 till top is browned. Let stand 3 minutes and flip over on plate.

I got my MIL to bring me a bunch of the pudding mixes (since they are pretty cheap), and I found a mini bundt pan in Delhi recently. I debuted my surprise on the morning of A’s birthday along with her requested waffles. It was a mini one, which was great because that’s probably all my micro/convection could hold, and the rest of the day entailed many more sweats to come.


Since I get my butter in big 500 gm blocks, I am not always accurate on the butter measurements in my cooking.

Next time I will  follow those measurements to a “T”, cause it seemed a little lacking in that gooey department.

I will also add more cin/sug mixture in the pan before I go dropping my balls in.

Speaking of the dough balls, we don’t get canned biscuits here so I went in search of a recipe to make the balls from scratch.

My wonderful husband located some yeast starter for me on the other side of the city, after I sent him off with a Urdu name for it.

But after I made the cupcakes and frosting the night before I was pooped and wasn’t up to making dough from scratch,

since I am not that comfortable with dough-making anyway.

 SO, I googled if “making biscuit dough out of Pancake mix was an option” and I discovered this recipe:


2 C Pancake Mix

2/3 C milk

Mix and knead.

Pinch off 1-2 in balls/ chunks.

You may need to double this recipe if not doing a mini MB.

 * I forgot to knead it but it still worked great

So I did it , and it turned out perfect.

 I liked the Monkey bread enough to keep picking at it throughout the morning, A said that she is still partial to our origional recipe ( I somewhat agree), but M and Vange didn’t have any complaints.

 I also added salted, roasted peanuts at the bottom of the pan to get that salty/ sweet thing goin. So they end up on the top when you flip it. That seemed to be Vange’s favorite part and A ‘s least favorite, which worked out a good trading system for them.

If I only had a Garden…

This would be the first thing I would plant in it. What beats deep red wonderful garden tomatoes? After eating them here at Tom and Sarah’s for the last few weeks, I don’t know If I could ever go buy the bland, gassed tomatoes from the grocery store. It’s almost better to not have any! (If I can be so bold?)

This is a Genovese or Constoluto Tomato. I love how it looks like a pumpkin with the creases! But even more wonderful is eating it in a salad or on my sandwich. I remember in youth (sigh) eating garden fresh tomatoes that my dad grew. I can’t help it, it’s deep in my heritage:) Besides it saves money!

Going green?

This is representative of a new “box” I am officially putting myself in. This last year I have slowly gone over to the “green” side. I typically dislike being part of a fad, and actually I began my migration before it started becoming popular to go green, but I am choosing to dive in more at a time when its cool. Oh well! I wanted to start doing cloth diapers with Arwyn, but my mind was changed. But now with Evangeline I am doing them and the above pic is one brand of covers that I am starting with. The link takes you to a site that sells everything you need/want/ or don’t know you want for doing cloth diapers.

My friend Tiffany started “re” talking me into cloth diapers when Malachi was born, and now that I am living with my friend Sarah who also does them as well, I am seeing how easy it really is, unlike the cloth diapering I was brought up in. Other than the main reason of not wasting so much in disposable diapers and how bad they are for the environment, I LOVE that they save so much money. With Arwyn and Malachi in diapers we really felt the dent in our pocketbook every time we ran to the store to buy our $20 box of diapers that would last us a week or so.

So I did a little research to see what was the most affordable way to start us on cloth diapers, along with asking Sarah a million questions and I came up with a start up cost of $100, and that included a few things that weren’t NECESSARY. Once Evangeline is born it will only take two and half months to make up that cost, and then its pure savings! Oh how I love being resourceful!

Why am I going green?
1 I feel like there was a disconnect between my belief that we as humans are wasting the resources God has given us and trashing our earth in the process, and how I am contributing to that in ways in my own life
2 I find great satisfaction in being resourceful and getting the most out of what I have, especially as our budget gets tighter.

What other ways am I going green?

1 using canvas bags at the grocery store- which also saves money on your purchase by the way
2 using natural products- shampoos, soaps, lotions, cleaners that are made from natural products and not loaded with chemicals. Which depending on your choice doesn’t always save money but I do believe it is in some ways saving my body and it might saving money on medical expenses down the road.
3 washing/reusing your Ziploc, juice containers, and plastic containers like cottage cheese etc.- this one seems small and I have to give credit to my mother in law for this idea, but boy does it save money

But as my interest grows I am wanting to hear more ideas about what I can be incorporating into my life. Do you have any?

If we had our own yard I would definitely be putting in a garden and composting just like our fellow roomie’s the Stanton’s. Maybe some day:) So from now On I will share a post of a new green idea that I am trying or wanting to try, in the hopes that I recruit more people to incorporate these things into there lives.