I started using a brush and cup to shave when I went to Africa and I never went back to that foam in a can. First of all, a bar will last you about ten times as long and save you money. Secondly, if you travel, there’s no chance of it spraying out in your bag. The bar soap uses no propellants. My skin is super sensitive to fragrances and I searched my whole life for a shave soap that wouldn’t burn but finally my wife just started making one for me. She sells them for $4!
The light green color of this shave cake comes from olive oil infused with home grown basil and hemp oil. the subtle scent comes from tea tree
and eucalyptus essential oils which have disinfectant and skin healing
properties in case of any slip ups. I also used bentonite clay for and
extra smooth lather for a great shave.
((Bread is intimidating. And the more you learn about it, the more intimidating it becomes. Different kinds of yeast, hours and hours of rising, who has time?
It’s not as hard as it seems, but for those of us who want to bake bread, but need it super-fast, have I got a secret for you!
One cup greek yogurt, two cups self-rising flour. It does have to be those two things, but beyond that, you can add your own things and just go with it. Herbs and spices, dried fruits, cheese, whatever. You mix it with your hands until it combines into a dough. It does form a dough, and not a batter, like banana bread, so you can then form it into shapes.
I added cheese to the dough while mixing, formed it into spirals, brushed it with olive oil that basil has been infusing in, and topped them with more cheese.
I baked these for about 15 minutes on 350.
Here’s the finished product with the rest of my dinner.))
Crossing Knives, Chapter 1: Amuse-Bouche, California Style
Well, here it is at last! After a few non-inspired weeks, it seems I got my mojo back this weekend.
I must warn everybody that this is my first time writing AU Tom, and after so much Loki it still feels a little weird to not have an established character to write about. But I’m really excited about this story! I’ve been doing research on cooking techniques, designing several supporting characters… I even have pictures of every main character’s home (but that’s stuff for a later post).
One thing I want to ask of my readers this time is this: if you send me feedback, tell me what you like about the story, but also what you don’t like. I don’t want to become complacent, as if I didn’t have anything to learn. That ‘don’t like, don’t read’ thing doesn’t apply to my fanfiction. You see something you don’t like? Splendid! Please tell me what it is so I can fix it / discuss it / whatever.
Chapter 1: Amuse-Bouche, California Style
“Luke! Why aren’t you here, mate? You’re missing the party of the century!”
Luke Windsor recoiled a little from the avalanche of sounds coming from his phone. First, his friend’s voice on the other side of the line was unnaturally shrill and harsh, maybe because he was trying to make himself heard above all the noise. There were other voices around, mostly women’s voices… competing for his attention, no doubt. And then, to complete the assault to his ears, a background tapestry of loud electronic music, not exactly Luke’s favorite.
He looked around him, still feeling a bit groggy. He had been enjoying a quiet evening in the peace and calm of his elegant Mayfair flat, until… Realizing that he had fallen asleep on the sofa, and that his neck was suffering from it, he went back to the conversation with a groan.
“Tom, it’s almost two in the morning, so I think the relevant question would be why are you partying on a Monday. We run a restaurant together, remember?”
Lemon and Basil Infusion for everyday wellness. Both lemon and basil are anti-inflammatory and support the immune system. To make, slice half a lemon. Squeeze the juice from the other half into a pitcher. Add agave for sweetness. Fill the pitcher with water, the sliced lemons, and a handful of basil leaves that you rubbed between your palms. Let steep for an hour.
Drink to support your health and to bring a little extra luck and protection into your life.