Festiveness is everywhere! In my food and self-care practices…
Festivity Part One: I had a facial today here. It was heaven. I chose the spa because they focus on natural ingredients. I didn’t want harsh products on my poor face. After my first facial I felt super red and slightly in pain and I’ve never had super bad skin so I can imagine what it’s like for other people. This time was going to be different. I had already decided that before booking an appointment.
Other than my skin looking a little lackluster lately, I didn’t have any major concerns to addresss. I mainly wanted some advice on my type of skin and some sort of cleansing relaxation. The “seasonal facial” was right up my alley.
This was the description: “A botanical experience perfect for all skin types featuring vitamin-rich holistic products that enhance your skin’s natural balance and vitality. While your skin absorbs the healing properties of our masques, we’ll delight you with a decollete, full hand & arm exfoliation and body butter application followed by a warm tower hand wrap.”
The esthetician used hot buttered rum exfoliant, peppermint oil in my scalp massage, and some amazing cocoa face mask…yes. It was like I was getting a facial in Christmas land. So many hot towels draped over my eyes and my hands wrapped up. It was so relaxing and my face was a tad red (as to be expected) but it also looked dewy and renewed.
She did tell me that I had small blocks all over and it wasn’t super noticeable to me because I have small pores. She said that it was most likely caused by something topical. I literally never wear foundation so I knew it must be my face cream. Another fact I loved about the process was that I was given a “prescription sheet” of all the products she used on me in case I loved it and wanted to use something at home. It was completely this brand, Eminence Organic Skincare, which I have never heard of before now. It’s so tough for me to find something natural that also doesn’t cause any negative reactions or clogged pores. The “calm” line was recommended since I’m pretty sensitive…of course I am.I’m not one to be talked into a ton of products but I want my skin to be something I’m proud of. Instead of just choosing say the cleanser, or just the cream, I am trying this starter set so see how I like it.
Seriously. I loved every minute of it. I’m currently working them into my schedule because this needs to happen every six weeks or so.
Festivity Part Two:
Oh man. I had the best idea yesterday morning. I had some time to actually use the stove for breakfast. Normally I prep oatmeal the night before or so I wanted good pancakes. You know, with the little crispy edges that show up when you bake something in a pan? I use coconut oil usually but there’s nothing wrong with real butter! My stomach does not do well with egg yolks and I’m always on the lookout for something gluten free. My search led me to this easy recipe. It’s actually a waffle recipe but they’re always the same and I was not dusting my waffle iron off for a batch of 2.
It was so simple yet I was almost out of my regular almond milk and didn’t think I could squeeze a 1/2 cup out of it. I thought, “Hey! Who says I can’t substitute that for my beloved Good Karma Holiday Nog?”
Let me tell you. It’s one of the best “nogs” on the market right now. I’ve tried most dairy-free kinds so that’s saying something. It’s great straight up. I can’t wait to down a glass with a little plateful of gluten-free almond cookies this season. So…it had to be a great addition to my pancakes, right?
SOOO much better than I expected! My pancakes tastes like sugar cookies! I added just a hint of coconut oil at the end and drizzled some maple syrup but next time I wouldn’t even need that! The nog added its own sweetness.
Please try this recipe out! I got my nog at Wegmans but this time of year it’s usually at Giant and Target too! You can use any kind of dairy-free nog (or any kind of milk, I think) but I think you’ll love the festive feel to this breakfast.
Holiday Nog Pancakes
(Makes 2 large pancakes)
1/2 cup gluten-free flour (I love Bob’s Red Mill gf blend.)
1/2 cup Good Karma Holiday Nog
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
Mix all ingredients together. Cook on medium heat in pan with melted coconut oil. Flip once, when you see bubbles on the surface. It will take awhile! Practice patience.
I’ll be making these all winter long. Or at least as long as I can find great dairy-free, healthy drinks.
My favorite way to drink “egg” nog of the season. Christmas Vacation will forever hold a place in my happy holiday heart.