Monday, 7 April 2014

I'm Not Here Because I'm Somewhere Else Instead

Hi everyone!  I haven't given up on this blog and I won't be giving up on it in the foreseeable future.  I'm not here because I'm completing vocational placement at a childcare centre so I can get a nice piece of paper that says I know how to do things.
When I'm not at vocational placement, I'm at appointments, getting boring medical stuff sorted out.
So basically, not only is my plate very full, I'm pretty sure I have more than one plate, here.
I hope to see you all again soon!

Lots of love,
Cassandra Louise.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Garden Update!

Things are really growing in my garden.  Since last I showed you, I've harvested my potatoes.  I got this many:
Which is really very good.  My big tomato plant has become so laden with fruit that it's being pulled down the stake:
And as you can see, they're lovely big tomatoes (these ones are barely half grown, if that), and the plants had a great start being surprise compost tomatoes:
As for the surprise compost tomatoes that sprouted with my lettuces, I've transplanted the two survivors into their own tub together:
All but one of my baby lettuce were eaten by a caterpillar (you can see the remaining one at the edge of the tub in the picture below) but new lettuce have sprouted, which you will also see:
The tiny surprise radish plant has gotten quite big.  I will need to transplant it and soon, as it's in the tub with the big tomato plants and tomatoes tend to "eat" other plants for nutrients.
Happy gardening!

Lots of love to you,
Cassandra Louise.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Re-energising Face Mask

OR, if you want to pretend to be posh, "masque".  Everything sounds more posh in French.
First: Welcome to March!  First day of Autumn in the southern hemisphere, although someone really needs to tell the sun about that...
Moving on.
Today's post is a "beauty" recipe.  Benefits of this mask may include: better circulation to the face; less dry skin; less oily skin; less pimples; more "awake" looking skin; reduced puffiness; through-the-roof "touchability" of the skin.

You will need:

  • Olive oil or apricot oil
  • Instant coffee
The reason you need to use either olive or apricot pil is because these are the closest in viscosity to our natural skin oil (sebum).
The reason you have to use instant coffee is because of the way it behaves when wet, ground roasted coffee just doesn't behave the same way.

**Important note: caffeine can be absorbed through the skin, so this will count towards your daily caffeine intake**

Warm one tablespoon of your chosen oil over a cup of hot water, or your tea (microwaving the oil can change its properties)
Add one tablespoon of instant coffee into the oil.  After a few seconds, all the oil should be absorbed into the coffee.

Stand over your sink (I use the kitchen rather than the bathroom) and rub the coffee mixture all over your face and down your neck.  It is safe to use around your eyes, but try not to get it in your eyes.  Don't rub hard, as you should never scrub your face vigorously, and the instant coffee will be slightly crunchy.  When you are done, you should look like this:
Except with your face instead of mine.  You won't get my face by using this mask, sorry (it would be too confusing for my mum if everyone looked like me.  I'm sure you understand).

Leave the mask in place for 10-15 minutes, or while you drink that tea.  You can't hurt yourself by leaving this mask on a bit longer.

Stand over the sink and wash the mask off with just water, then go sit down for a while and touch your own incredibly soft face.  You may even like to make other members of your household come touch your face.  You will feel amazing (to touch.  Emotional state will vary).

The reason using an oil close to your own sebum can correct both dryness and pimples is because dry skin is caused by not enough sebum, and this replaces that, whereas oily skin is caused by too much sebum.  By putting a "sebum replacement" on your skin, it thinks it's already made some and doesn't bother making more (or at least as much) and the bacteria that causes pimples can grow in sebum but can't grow in olive or apricot oil, as long as it's a 100% pure oil.
The caffeine in the coffee has a "warming" effect, which is code for "brings blood toward it", so it will temporarily increase circulation to your face and improve your complexion as a result.
My disclaimer for this post is I'm totally not a real scientist, not a beauty expert and I only know what I've been told, but this mask does feel lovely.

Happy... ahh... masking??

Signed with love,
Cassandra Louise.

Friday, 14 February 2014

A Little Update So As To Not Be A Slack Blogger

I'm currently researching a big, fancy, journalistic-type blog post, which you may have an idea about if you follow me on the Twitter-machine.  It's not left much time for blogging about other things, but I thought I'd share a little bit about my op shop trip last week.
I went to Lifeline looking for something suitable to wear to a job interview.  I didn't find anything, but I did find this:
I saw her and immediately I was flooded with memories of my mother's aunt, one of my best friends and favourite old people as a child.  She loved dolls, Asian-inspired art, musical instruments and antiques.  As this doll is all of those things, I had to get her.  I took a deep breath and hoped whoever had priced her didn't know what dolls like this are worth and what a collector will pay.  I picked her up and turned her over to find the price sticker... $1.50!  If it is possible to smile audibly, I'm sure I did!  I went right to the counter and bought her.  I took my new little sister to the cafe with me and she sat on the table and "played" for me while I had a coffee.
On my way home, I stopped in at the Asthma Foundation op shop, and found a book by one of my favourite writers, Maeve Binchy, for $1.
All in all, a good day op shopping.

Lots of love to you,
Cassandra Louise.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Green Pasta - Meatless Monday

Last week for Meatless Monday, I shared this lasagne recipe which feeds six people, four very hungry people or eight people who are having a lot of salad with it.  This week I'm linking up with Little Wolff again, and sharing something that feeds just one person, and only takes one small saucepan to make.

To make my green pasta, You will need:
 Any kind of dry pasta.  I happen to have penne, so that's what I'll use.
 Frozen spinach that comes in little segments like this:

Half an avocado, chopped into bits.
Vegetable stock powder (or any stock of any kind.  You're clever, you can adapt it).
You'll also need olive oil.

Add water, 1 teaspoon of stock powder and a drizzle of olive oil in a small saucepan.
When the water boils (oh yeah, you'll have to turn the stove on), add about a handful of pasta, the avocado and the spinach all at once.  Yay!
Break up the spinach cube by poking it periodically with a wooden spoon.  Let the whole thing cook according to the directions on your pasta packet, which is usually about 10 minutes, then give it a good stir.
Drain off excess liquid if you prefer, or have it as a nice light broth.  A sprinkling of pine nuts would be nice in it, too.  This recipe makes about this much:
Which is excellent for a quick lunch for one person, and of course could be easily adapted to feed more.

Happy cooking!
Cassandra Louise.

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