Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

AppleCiderVinegarTonerI have a love/hate relationship with apple cider vinegar. On the ‘love’ side, it is supposed to be incredibly healthy for your digestive system and SHOULD be taken as a tonic every day.

On the ‘hate’ side however, I absolutely cannot stand the taste of it. I’ve tried mixing it with every combination of juice and sweetener I’ve heard of and still gag before it even comes near my mouth. Alas, for my digestive system…

 

BUT…according to the recipe I found online (link at the bottom of this post), apple cider vinegar toner can offer the following benefits to your skin:

  • Rich in natural alpha hydroxy acids
  • Lightens sun and age spots
  • Dissolves dead skin cells
  • Balances the skin’s PH
  • Improves acne and acne scars
  • Helps minimize appearance of pores

Directions:

1) Pour 1 part apple cider vinegar into a glass jar, bottle or container.
2) Add 2 parts distilled or filtered water.
3) Shake the bottle to combine the mixture.
4) Apply the toner to your freshly cleansed skin using a cotton ball or pad, avoiding the eye area.
5) Apply your usual, daily moisturizer after the apple cider vinegar toner has dried.
6) Shake well before each use.  Store in a cool, dry, dark place (No need to refrigerate).

And Kowabunga! I find this new use for it! I must confess, I haven’t tried it yet but it will happen today! Finally, a use for the jug in my kitchen cabinet…it takes so little to make me happy, doesn’t it? LOL!

http://tasty-yummies.com/2013/05/22/how-to-make-your-own-apple-cider-vinegar-facial-toner/

Wonderful Strawberry Muffins!

I found another wonderful recipe on Facebook.
The only downside? I CAN’T STOP EATING THEM!!!

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
3 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and mix well.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to butter mixture.
  4. Add vanilla. Gently stir in strawberries.
  5. Spoon batter into muffin pans.
  6. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over muffins.
  7. Bake at 400º for 20-25 minutes.

The recipe said it makes one dozen muffins but I got almost 2 dozen out of the batch 😀