Use Oil to Clean Your Face?!

In a minute I’m going to share with you my new facial cleanser & moisturizer that I literally grabbed from my cupboard. Oil!! Eeew! But first I want to update you on my progress with the yeast free diet.

I FEEL GREAT! Sorry to yell, but man! I was expecting by today to feel run down, upset stomach, headache, etc. That is what I read I would feel anyway. But instead I feel energized, lighter, less cobwebs in the brain & HAPPY! And last night I passed my first big test. I was at a meeting & at the end they always serve a scrumptious dessert. Last night it was build your own sundae. Ice cream is my downfall. I love it, I love the toppings even more & they had all my favorites. But I was a good girl & grabbed a glass of water & chatted while the other ladies enjoyed their delicious looking sundaes. What surprised me is I didn’t feel cheated. In fact the ice cream didn’t even look good to me. Wow. That is simply amazing to me!

Measurement report:

Weight: Lost 3 lbs!

Waist: 35″ (when I say waist, I mean the blubber right below my belly button)

Thighs: 21″

Arms: 11.5″

Today I finally remembered to measure my muffin top, tree trunks & bat wings, so I’m not sure if I’ve lost any inches yet, but I will measure myself again on Friday & see if I’m making any progress in those areas. I know my tummy is shrinking because of the belt notch happy dance I got to do yesterday! 😉

Todays Meals:

Breakfast: Pomegranate oatmeal & coffee drink

Lunch: It’s looking like egg or tuna salad will finally have to make an appearance. 😦

Supper: Cube Steak, mashed potatoes & gravy, vegetable medley

Snacks: Pumpkin seeds & almonds, yogurt

Now onto my fun find that I couldn’t wait to share with you!!

Cleaning Your Face With Oil! olive-oil-extra-virgin-with-olives_500x300

I have been so excited to share this with you guys because it sounds so gross, but the results are AMAZING!

I read on My Merry Messy Life about the oil cleansing method. That’s right, OIL!! Sounds so wrong doesn’t it? I pictured rubbing my face with a French fry when I first read it! But as I read on, it all started to make sense!

Oil, contrary to popular belief does not cause acne. Hormones, bacteria & dirt do. In fact, your body produces oil, or sebum to repair itself of the oils name brand cleansers strip from your face! I know this is true because I would wash my face at night & wake up in the morning & find my face feeling & looking like an oil slick. So I’d fix this by re-washing my face & slathering on a heavy moisturizer. What I didn’t know was I was in a vicious cycle of stripping my face of it’s natural oils (again) & replacing them with synthetic moisturizer. Later in the day I’d have a greasy looking face & usually would have a few break-outs to go along with it. Lovely.

Cleansing with oil boils down to this simple chemistry: Oil dissolves oil. I only lasted 3 weeks in high school chemistry, but even I can understand this! By putting oil on your face, it will remove your make-up & dissolve the dirt on your face, leaving it clean & moisturized because it is working with your body to replace the oils it has been so desperately trying to produce. *Little helpful side note, you can use oil to wipe off the oily grime around your stove’s vent because of this same concept!! Again, it sounds so wrong but is OH so right! 🙂

What You Will Need:

Castor Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or any other carrier oil, such as sunflower, almond or jojoba

Optional: an essential oil such as Tea Tree Oil to fight acne prone skin

Here is the “recipe” for the different face types, courtesy of My Merry Messy Life:

  • Oily Skin – 1 part Castor Oil to 2 parts other oil, or 30% Castor Oil and 70% other oils
  • Combination Skin – 1 part Castor Oil to 4 parts other oil, or 20% Castor Oil and 80% other oils
  • Dry Skin – 1 part Castor Oil to 9 parts other oil, or 10% Castor Oil to 90% other oils

The process to follow makes me feel like I’m in my own personal spa each evening!

  • Take your oil mixture & rub between your fingers to warm the oil
  • Massage the oil into your face for at least a minute. This feels so good because you can literally feel the junk dissolving from your face!
  • Take a warm, moist towel & lay it over your face. I gently press it into areas such as around my nose, chin & forehead. When the towel has cooled off, remove it.
  • Take the towel & gently (!) wipe off the oil & junk. Don’t rub or scrub, just gently wipe.

You are now left with a clean, naturally moisturized face. When I wake up in the morning my face is not overly oily like it used to be. And there are no dry, flakey areas either, which I sometimes get, in the winter especially. I don’t even need to moisturize in the morning before I put my make-up on. And no, my face does not look greasy as the day wears on. My make-up has never looked better! MKB says I even glow! ::blush::

Another thing I’ve noticed is my over-sized pores are not as noticeable. My face looks smooth & supple! If I could get rid of my sun spots, I would have no problem going make-up free! The oil cleansing method is THAT good!!

One more observation…after I am done cleansing my face, I take the oil that is remaining on my fingers & rub it into my hands. I’ve got old woman hands. Lots of little lines & wrinkles. Not pretty at all. But since I’ve been putting the oil on my hands, they also look supple & line free! Amazing!! Same goes for my lips! They are looking plump & moisturized. Not chapped & thin! Oil is simply amazing!!

You may experience a few break-outs when you start using the oil facial cleanser, but what is happening is the junk is getting drawn out from deep down. Soon you will have a pimple free face that is perfectly balanced! You will be so impressed! After one week, I am!!

This is just one of the “homemade” health & beauty recipes I am trying. As I try more, such as homemade shampoo, I will share them with you & my experience in using them! The way I look at it, if I am working this hard to cleanse my body from the inside, why shouldn’t I work as hard to find better ways to cleanse my outside! 😉

Til next time, kids! Remember to keep it simple cause life doesn’t have to be hard!


Results after Day 1 of going Yeast Free!

I am happy to report that my tummy bloat is already ceasing!! 🙂 I was so happy this morning when I went to buckle my belt & I had to return to a notch I hadn’t used in…well, a while. 😉

I did stick to my plan, for the most part. While I was preparing supper last night, I caught sight of some golden raisins in my pantry & I grabbed a hand full. They were so sweet & plump. I savored every last one! But other than that, I didn’t cheat! Yeah ME!

My sister texted me yesterday & told me she was proud of me for sticking with it. I had to fess up that I have tried this “diet/detox” 2 previous times & only lasted 3 hours each time!! So I’m not really someone to be proud of. I do have better motivation this time, so I really think I’m gonna make it all the way through!

I did have a major brain fog moment yesterday. I had put some oven cleaner on a spot in my oven in the morning & totally forgot about it until last night when my daughter went to use the oven. Holy smoke balls!! So that was fun.

And I also was pretty itchy by the end of the day. I hadn’t been sweating or had huge amounts of sugar, sugar also sets off my body rash, so I believe the detox is already working & the itchiness is my body’s way of letting me know I’m on the right track!

I was pretty tired by the end of the day, which is a symptom to be expected during the next 2 weeks. I fell asleep pretty easily, but then around 10:30 I woke up & was very jittery, like I had had too much coffee. I had a hard time falling back to sleep after that. Not sure if that is a symptom of a detox or what it was, but I didn’t care for it.

Today I did have my regular cup of coffee. I just can’t drink that tea. Thinking about it made my stomach turn. I looked at the sugar content of my coffee drink & it’s less than the sugar in a sweet potato. I’m allowed sweet potatoes, so I’m putting “coffee drink” back on my OK list. 😉

For breakfast I had the pomegranate oatmeal. It was very good & quite filling! So I’m excited about that.

For lunch I am going to have left over pepper steak. That turned out so delicious, I can’t wait to have it for lunch. Plus, I’m excited that I’ve had enough of each supper meal to eat for lunch the next day. I’m not looking forward to egg salad with out the creamy Miracle Whip dressing!! ::shudder:: The longer I can prolong that meal, the better.

Snack today will be a rice cake & some yogurt. This will help with my sweet tooth & hopefully I won’t need to break into the raisins again tonight!! 🙂

For supper tonight I am making chicken breast with roasted asparagus & sweet potatoes.

And as always, I will have my lemon water with me all day.

I hope you are finding these day plans useful. I’d love to hear from anyone that is doing this detox or has done it in the past & what your experience has been.

Tomorrow I am going to share with you some of the other good things I am doing for my body besides changing what I eat. For example, I have been cleaning my face with olive oil for the past few days!! Sounds disgusting, doesn’t it? But wait until you read about my experience with it so far! I bet you’ll be trying it soon, too!

Til next time, kids!


Osso Buco

I have been so excited to share this with you! This is one yummy meal! And the fact that I cannot pronounce it makes me think it’s fancy too. Fancy & yummy is win~win in my book. 😉

There will be lots of “I did this instead” in this recipe, so pay attention! See, we live in a small town that doesn’t always carry everything a girl would hope for. So we are left to make do substitute. A lot. Also, this calls for veal shanks. Sorry, not gonna happen. I grew up on a farm. I saw calfs be born, I saw them wobble around while figuring out their first steps, I bottle fed a few. Just can’t do it. So already I was subbing beef short ribs for the veal because P.W. said I could. Yes, I see the irony, it’s still a cow. I can eat a cow, but just not a baby one. The cow lived a full life, the calf did not. That is my justification.

Osso Buco

8 veal shanks (right here I cringed), can sub beef short ribs. (here I sighed relief)

Kosher salt & black pepper to taste

2 tbls. butter

2 tbls. olive oil

3 garlic cloves, peeled

Two 12 oz. bottles dark beer (I used light beer b/c that is all we had)

One 28 oz. can whole tomatoes

1 rosemary sprig (left out for MKB)

1 thyme sprig (left out for MKB)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees (I went 350. I explain why below)

Season the beef short ribs…OR the country style PORK RIBS because I couldn’t even find beef short ribs at our store (GRRRRR!) with salt & pepper.

Heat the butter & oil in a heavy pot over high heat, then add…your meat of choice. ::eye roll::       And by the way, big thank you to my mom for the dutch over I got for Christmas. I have used it a zillion times already & each time the meals were delish!! Shout out to the mom in law too for PW’s cookbook! It has served us well!

Sear both sides of the meat until golden brown. Remove the meat from the pot & set aside.

Throw in the garlic cloves & add the beer. Allow to bubble & cook for 5 min. It smells SO good!

Return the meat to the pot

Crush the tomatoes with your hands & put them in the pot. What PW didn’t tell me is keep your hand low into the pot while crushing the tomatoes. I had seeds & tomato matter everywhere!

Throw in the herbs if you are using them, which I did not.

Cover the pot & cook in the oven for 3-4 hours, or until the sause is thick & the meat is fork tender.


By this time MKB came in the kitchen to see what’s cookin’. He read the recipe & said “VEAL? Where did you get veal?” See, he even knows & he doesn’t grocery shop! I told him I was using pork ribs because I couldn’t even find beef short ribs to substitute. He said “Well that is pork.” Thank you Captain Obvious. I said “Ya. So?” He told me pork would take longer to cook. I listened to him because he has this annoying habit of always being right, but thank goodness I trusted my nose 2.5 hours into it, checked the PORK ribs & saw they were done to perfection, thankyouverymuch. I did have my oven set to 350 though, so keep that in mind if you use pork. 350 for 2.5 hours.

See how much fun we have at our house? Dontcha wish you lived here? Oy.

This was a very delicious meal. I give it a 4 out of 4 because everyone loved it. I know it’s not true Osso Buco because that evidently means veal included, but hey…do what you can with what you’ve got! 😉

I served it with homemade mac & cheese & green beans with light butter & seasoned pepper.

I served it with homemade mac & cheese, green beans tossed with light butter & seasoned pepper.










It was quick & easy too! Always a bonus in my kitchen!

Til next time, kids! Enjoy!


Italian Meatball Soup

CWPW = Cooking With Pioneer Woman. 🙂 Today I am sharing her Italian Meatball Soup recipe. It is the 1st thing I have made from her new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Food From My Frontier.

This was our New Years Eve supper. It was pretty cold yesterday & since we had spent a good bit of it outside, I wanted something HOT and soothing for supper! There is nothing more soothing than soup! Here is the recipe as Ree wrote it…I had to make adjustments because my husband hates Italian seasonings of any kind. So I will mention in the recipe the things I left out. 😉



3/4 pound ground beef

1 large egg

2 garlic cloves

7 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste (not necessary! seemed salty enough without adding more)

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground oregano (left out)

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

3 tablespoons olive oil

7 cups low sodium beef stock

2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste

2 whole bay leaves (left out)

1 teaspoon peppercorns (left out)

3/4 cup diced onion

3/4 cup diced carrots

3/4 cup diced celery

1 cup russet potato (just realized I left this out! doh!)

1/2 pound cabbage, sliced

Make your meatballs by mixing the ground beef, egg, garlic, 3 tbls. of parsley, the lemon juice, salt, pepper, ground oregano, and grated Parmesan in a bowl.

Roll into 1 inch balls.

In a large pot (I used my new dutch oven!) heat the olive oil over medium – high heat. Brown the meatballs in batches, turning to brown 3-4 min. per batch. They don’t have to be cooked all the way through because they will finish cooking when added back to the soup.

When the meatballs are done, remove them from the pot and add the beef stock. Add some salt to taste. (I did not do this.)

Stir in the tomato paste.

I skipped this next step:
Make a bouquet garni with the bay leaves, peppercorns and the 4 remaining tbls. of parsley. Tie up in cheesecloth and add it into the soup.

Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat and let it simmer for 30 min.

Remove the bouquet garni and discard.

Add the diced vegetables and the sliced cabbage.

Finally, add the meatballs to the soup. Let simmer for 20 min.

Serve up in soup bowls and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.

I will rate these recipes on a scale from 1-4 being there are 4 people in our household.

Example: 1 out of 4 would mean 1 out of 4 people in this house liked this recipe. 😉

This recipe got a 4 out of 4! Incredibly everyone liked this recipe and my husband went back for a 2nd bowl! Always a good sign. But like I mentioned, this did tend to be a bit salty for us, so next time I will back off the salt and I will add the potatoes!! Geesh!

This was a great start to a new year of cooking with the Pioneer Woman! If you have made any of her recipes, I’d love to hear what it was and how you liked it!

Til next time, kids!