Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mystery Shampoo

Please don't be scared off by the title "Mystery Shampoo". It's a good mystery. As far as I can tell there's nothing scary about it-not like those mystery containers in the back of my fridge.
 I am part of a group called http://www.influenster.com/. And they sent me a box with little bottles of Shampoo, Conditioner and Split End Serum. The only thing they told us was that it was made by L'oreal, which isn't as big of a clue as it sounds as L'Oreal makes 27 brands of hair care.
The Shampoo: It was shampoo. It worked alright. I found my hair was a little greasy on the top after using and my hair is never greasy. 
The Conditioner: The conditioner was very thick, almost a mayonnaise like texture, which creeped me out a little bit, as I don't normally put mayonnaise in my hair. But it was moisturizing. 
The Split End Serum: As I'm sure you know, I never have split ends and my hair always looks perfect. In my dreams.
In reality this was my favourite part. I made sure I only used it on the ends of my hair, and it helped keep my hair smooth and less frizzy than normal. 
All in all I really liked these hair products. They all had a lovely scent. It smelled like those little yellow banana candies.
So what is the #mysterybrand. I have no idea. It's different from any other brand I've used before, both in scent and texture.
 What do you think it is?
 I'll update when I find out.

It's Garnier Damage Erase Shampoo. So if you want the best smelling hair around. Use this.

Sunday, September 15, 2013


I knew Pinterest was good for something.
creative designs muffin tops baking cups
Source here .

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Happy Birthday!

My big baby had a birthday last week. 

 She turned into a princess. At least so she tells me.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Stink, Stank, Stunk.

 I have a problem. It's those nasty cloth diapers. They stink, and I don't know what to do about it.
I refuse to let my house become of those stinky cloth diaper smelling houses. You've been in them. You know what I'm talking about.
 This is what I do, and it worked all right, but now that it's getting warmer it's starting to smell.
I rinse them right after use, and put them in a pail with a lid and every two days I rinse cold, wash hot with an extra rinse at the end.
But that pail, it stinks.
So if any of you have any helpful tips I would love to hear them.
Please, pretty please. I need help here!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pretzel Cinnamon Buns

I came across this Cinnamon Bun recipe on Pinterest from the Cinnamon and Thyme Blog. It looked like just my sort of thing. So of course I made some.
This is quite possibly my new favourite cinnamon roll/danish/knot/breakfast bread recipe.
This is their recipe with a few small adaptations.
Please go to the Cinnamon and Thyme website for original recipe and directions.

Pretzel Cinnamon Buns
500 ml milk
130 g of butter
12 g instant dry yeast
100 g of sugar
pinch of salt (I used a scant 1 tsp.)
Karadamoma * 1 teaspoon (I used a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger)
850 g all purpose flour 

150 g blanched almonds (Used a bit less. I was tired of Shelling Almonds.)
130 g brown sugar
80 g softened butter
4 teaspoon cinnamon (you can use more or less)
5 tablespoons water

For the coating:
1 egg (beaten)
pearl or coarse white sugar (skipped)

Heat the milk just a little bit (so that it's warm), add butter and stir until melted.

Place the flour, sugar, salt yeast and spices in a mixing bowl; mix well.
Add the milk mixture.Knead the dough until it's smooth and elastic about 8 minutes. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the filling: In a food processor, dice almonds into medium fine crumbs.
Mix almonds with butter, cinnamon, sugar and water. Stir until it's a paste-like mixture. If the filling is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water.

Divide dough into 3 parts.  Roll the dough into a 18 by 12 rectangle about 1 cm thick. Cover two thirds of the dough with filling. Fold the top third over, and fold the bottom third over that like a letter.Cut (horizontally) into strips, about 3 inches wide and twist each strip into a "nest" shape.
Put them on a baking tray with silicone paper, brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle with sugar and let stand another 20 minutes. Bake at 200 ° C, about 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!