Category Archives: DIY

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Skin Care: Tea Tree Oil

For the past 4 years I’ve been religiously cleaning my skin daily with diluted Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia).  This essential oil is ESSENTIAL  for controlling bacterial and fungal populations that get out of whack on my skin.  I clean my trouble areas, between my thighs and under my arms daily without irritation.  Check out my video below to see how I use this amazing oil.

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The Spanish Table: Tortilla de Patata

Meet the Spanish Tortilla…round and deliciously caramelized on the outside an ooy gooy and filling  on the inside.     This Spanish comfort food will have you saying… paella who?  By far the most typical food of Spain, you can find it anywhere and served up at temperatures ranging from steaming hot to damn did they even warm this up?!  Join me as I learn how to cook up one of these beauties from a real live epsanola.

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Spain on a Budget: Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Cheap Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Broke life ain’t no joke, but its half way worth it when you spend most of your money living and traveling abroad. Making ends meet is a must when balancing a basic needs teaching salary, with a life style of the rich and the famous traveling appetite. Luckily, living abroad in Spain doesn’t mean you have to skimp out on delicious healthy cheap meals. This dish I make on the regular. Its easy, healthy, takes minimal work, and its cheap. I buy my chicken at my local mercado where they dice up a whole chicken, including fileting my breast for around 5 euros. Then I head to the local frutería (any in Lavapiés or La Latina for the cheapest freshest non organic (pipe dreams) veg in the center) where I pick up a bag of potatoes and onions. So here is what you need to make this dish, but its versatile. Put in your favorite veggies and optional side of rice for a full meal.

Prep chicken in advance the more days the better

1 whole chicken cut into 8 pieces (breast filet optional)

2 cloves of garlic

1/4 or more of fresh Rosemary

1/4 cup of Parsley

1/2 lemon squeezed

1/4 cup of olive oil

Sea Salt and fresh pepper to taste

Clean chicken. Coat in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. In separate bowl mix 3 tbls of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, herbs, together. Coat chicken with mixture making sure every piece is coated with garlic and herbs. Put in container to marinate in fridge for as long as you can. This chicken marinated from Friday afternoon until Monday evening.

On cook day

Rustic chop whatever vegetable you want. I used

2 Turnips (peeled)

4 Carrots (peeled)

1 Green pepper

1 clove of garlic

1/4 Rosemary and Parley

Coated with olive oil and seasoned to taste.

Put veggies in pot( I used a pyrex) and stir to make sure they are coated. Place chicken on top of veggies and bake (375) with aluminum foil on top. Once chicken is done and visibly falling off the bone, remove foil and broil until browned. I coat the skin with a tiny bit of butter for crisping.

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Post Cut: Shaved Side

I’ve been thinking bout you.. you know know know.  Shaved Sides!!  For the past 2 years i’ve been playing with the idea of either cutting my hair into short shape, or shaving my sides.  Doing nothing, while still longingly researching the idea of doing it, I had no real plans, or balls to make the small big chop.  Until Thursday evening.  I had washed my hair and was checking my ends and I still was suffering the effects of harsh combing and dryness on my right side despite my monthly trims.  I watched a few videos and got inspired by the beautiful styles of  http://www.youtube.com/user/ahsiek1118?feature=g-all-lik  and http://www.youtube.com/user/askpRoy and the urge to do it became very strong.  So, I printed a CVS coupon and headed there for the clippers.  Luckily I made it there 10 mins before closing.   As I anxiously drove home, I could feel my adrenaline rushing through my body as the reality of what I was doing was becoming more clear.  Fear tried to creep in as I parted my section, but I had already spent hard cash and I knew I was not gonna waste my money.  And with a  matter of fact attitude, I cut the shit out of my hair.  As my braided clump fell to the floor, it felt dead, but  I felt energy pulsating from out the side of my head.  A shedding of the old to make room for the new me.  I love this look and it fits my personality to the T.   Stay tuned as I learn to care for my new cut and try a plethora of styles ; )

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Fun With Flaxseed Gel

Flax seeds are amazing in more than just one way.  Not only are these tiny little nutty seeds packed with heart healthy omega 3 and antioxidants that naturally control blood pressure, but also are the base for a home made natural gel that does wonders for your hair. Here is my recipe for flaxseed gel.  Each batch I vary the essential oils to meet my hair’s individual needs.

1/4 Cup of whole Flaxseeds (trader joes are around $3.00)

2 Cups of Filtered Water

Bring to a steady boil for about 15 minutes.  I like to boil it slowly while stirring constantly to have a more uniform consistency.  Once the gel reaches the consistency I need, I filter gel through panty hose and squeeze out remaining gel from seeds.  Refrigerate seeds to use for next batch.  I add the following to my hot gel mixture.

1 Tsp of Aloe Vera Gel

1 Tsp of Honey

1 mL of Vitamin E

4 drops of Rosemary, Basil, Cassia Bark, Lavender, Palmarosa, Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang

I also finish off gel with a slight squeeze of lemon to lower my gel to 5.5 to 6.0 pH range.

NOTE:  I also like to make  a thicker gel (with a consistency of egg whites) for longer twists styles (i.e smaller twist styles) that will remain in for over a week.  The thicker gel is great for retaining the style and hold over a longer period of time and can stand up to rinsing without loosing hold.

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