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Archive for May 17th, 2010

What do you do when you have a bag full of key limes? Make Key-Lime Pie of course!  As I was not wanting to make full pies as it would be shared with others I opted for making mini tart-lets instead.  The process is actually very easy and very tasty. 

What you will need:

Filling

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup warm water

1 tbsp lime or lemon gelatin

1 cup + 2 tbsp non-fat dry milk powder

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup lime juice

2 egg whites

Sprinkle gelatin in water.  Mix milk powder to 1/2 cup warm water and heat to steaming (40-50 sec in microwave). Stir in the gelatin and sugar until dissolved and allow to cool to thicken.  Add the lime juice to the milk mixture and stir well.  Crack eggs and separate then beat egg whites until stiff  before folding in the lime mixture.  Place in fridge until ready to use.

Crust

1 1/4 cups graham crackers crumbled

1 stick butter, melted

1/4 cup sugar

Add sugar to graham cracker crumbs and stir to evenly distribute.  Add butter and stir in with fork until moist enough to stick together.

Using mini muffin tins add liners or grease well with cooking spray.  Add graham cracker crumb and press to form bottom layer.  Spoon the key lime filling on top.  Bake 350 degrees (F) for 20-25 minutes or until it takes on a clear sheen to top.  Let cool before removing.

These can be made using regular size muffin/cupcake tins also or made into a key lime pie using the same process.

Garnish with whip cream or Redi-Whip and lime zest.  I used whipped cream and a cake decorator bag with a large star shape tip.

Makes 3 dozen tart-lets

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Homemade skin toners, cleansers, facial scrubs and masks are exceptionally easy to make, cheap and best of all work!  With the high cost of skin care products today coupled with our stress filled life styles. Why not give yourself a chance to pamper yourself at home.  Be it daily cleansing and renewing regime or a weekly “spa” night.  Take the opportunity to pamper yourself without breaking your bank. The following are tested and tried recipes I personally enjoy and use on a daily or weekly schedule.  Remember to be sure to switch up now and again to give your skin a fresh recharge.

Herbal Vinegar Face Toner

1 part vinegar

6 parts herb infusion (sage, lemon balm, lemon grass, lavender, mint, basil)

Make infusion as you would a tea, add fresh or dried herbs to boiling hot water and steep for 10 minutes, strain.  Let cool and add to vinegar.  Saturate a cotton ball with toner and use to clean remaining residue and pores after washing.

Herbal Facial Scrub

1 tbsp ground oatmeal

1 tbsp ground thyme

1 tbsp ground dried lavender

4 drops of lemon juice

Grind dry ingredients into fine powder and mix until uniform.  Add lemon juice and mix well.  Store in glass container.  Use 1/2 cup mixture with enough water to make paste. Gently massage into skin before using cold water to wash face.

Skin Cleanser (For Dry Skin Areas)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp honey

2 tsp cider vinegar

Mix together and apply to face, elbows, knees or dry skin areas for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Scented Toner

1/2 cup fresh or dried lavender

1/4 cup fresh mint

1 1/2 cups vinegar

Chop herbs and cover with vinegar. Place in sunny window for 2 weeks then strain.  Dilute with 1/2 cup water and bottle.  Apply morning and night between cleansing and moisturizing using a cotton ball application method.

Pore Cleanser

1 bag peppermint leaves or tea

1/4 cup witch hazel

1 cup boiling water

1 tbsp lemon juice

Place peppermint in boiling water and steep for 15 minutes. If using tea fashion just insert bag to water and steep.  Let cool.  Add witch hazel and lemon juice. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.  Apply daily.

Sunburn Relief

2 tbsp aloe vera gel  (amount of one leaf)

5 drops lavender oil

Mix ingredients together and place on sunburn or skin irritation.

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