MERMAID FACE MASK: SPIRULINA, HONEY + BANANA

Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Honey + Banana || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca

How about feeling fresh and vibrant? How about being super chill and good to yourself? How about some food on your face?  Yes? I am here to grant your wishes my lovely mermaid/merman.

This face mask is adapted from the blog Kale & Caramel by Lily Diamond. If you don't know about her, you must must must go check out her site. Sometimes there are things we can't control in life. By sometimes I mean most times. Take this moment right now. I am sitting in a cafe trying to write something profoundly zen to pair with this face mask. Instead this place is filled with eleventy thousand kids who are doing, but not limited to, the following things:                                                               * Boy with rainbow striped pants (rocking them btw)– wildly smashing toys on the ground while roaring.                                                                                                                                                                                     * Kid in the designer clothes– screaming bloody murder because his expensive sweater feels scratchy on his skin but his mom says it's too cold to take off so he's sh*t out of luck.                                               * Kid with a bowl haircut, crusty nose and wet lips– loudly playing a piano-kazoo hybrid whilst staring into people's eyes. I gave him a stern look like, “Stop that. It's annoying". He just glared at me even harder and continued playing but began swinging his head back and forth as if taunting me. I tried to outstare him but apparently he doesn't require the need to blink. He may be a real-life demon and now I've just become his nemesis. Maybe he has come to this cafe to put us under his piano-kazoo spell and then suck our souls out through his slobbery mouth. His mom is saying, “shhhhh shhhh honey" although we all know she's the one who allowed him to bring his most annoying toy into the usually quiet coffee shop. That or she's also under is his satanic spell so maybe she didn't have a choice.                                                                                                                                                                   * Blonde cherub with pigtails– “mummy. mummy. mummy. Mummy. Mummy!                                            MUMMY! MUMMY. MUUUUUUUMMMYYYY!" Parents are skilled in the fine art that                      is tuning out their own children. And with good reason, their insanity would be certain without it.      Unfortunately the rest of us don't have that skill. Instead my body involuntarily convulses when kids   scream.                                         

It's a madhouse in here right now. And what seemed like an actual hell in the first few minutes has become more of an entertaining movie with a wide range of emotions. I had to give myself a few minutes to accept that this is where I am right now and to embrace it. Children are the best teachers of patience, a skill I'm always working on. So thank you? Except for that piano-kazoo kid. He is the devil reincarnate.   

Shout out to all moms. I love you. You are angels. You are strong and vulnerable. You are tolerant and  giving. You are loving and nurturing. You are the sun and and the moon. You clean up vomit and touch other people's poop. You keep smiling. You don't sleep a full night for years. You are keeping humans alive since the dawn of time. You are boss ass bitches and you deserve a break. Actually you deserve one million breaks. Welcome this simple but transformative face mask into your life and take a minute, (or ninety) if you can.  

I've decided to give myself a weekly spa night where I relax, take care of myself and set my mind and body up for the week from a calm and grounded place. Here are some ideas to give yourself a soothing night of relaxation and self love. (Maybe some of these sound too granola for you and that's cool. Just do whatever you know that helps you relax and take a few moments to yourself.)

  • Light candles to create a peaceful glow. 
  • Put on relaxing music. Whatever chill vibe strikes you: instrumental jazz hip hop, Bob Dylan, classical, nature sounds, meditation + spa-like music etc. 
  • Make a detoxifying drink. Herbal tea, infused water, kombucha, switchel, golden milk, chicory almond milk latte, fresh pressed juice, smoothie. 
  • Burn some relaxing essential oils, incense, sage etc. 
  • Apply a face mask. This one feels soooo good on your skin and gives a glowing look and fresh feeling afterwards. It's very detoxifying and great for blemishes because of the antibacterial properties in honey and all the vitamins and minerals in spirulina. Check out more info about the benefits at the bottom of the post!
  • Cucumbers or steeped + cooled chamomile tea bags on your eyes. 
  • Skin brushing. I'm obsessed with skin brushing right now guys. It's so good for you and it's making my skin feel incredible. It stimulates your lymphatic system which will boost your immunity by draining toxins from your body and keeps things moving. It exfoliates and is said to increase skin circulation and reduce cellulite. My brush (photo below) cost $12 and worth every penny. Read about the how to's of skin brushing here.
  • Read a book.
  • Meditate. Omg guys! I found the best meditation app awhile back called Insight Timer. There are endless guided meditations for everything under the sun (sleep, anxiety, confidence, pain, relationships, chakras etc). You can do as little as a few minutes which works wonders for the mind, especially on a regular basis. 
  • Take a hot shower. You could also do a contrast shower (alternating between hot and cold) for increased immune system benefits. 
  • Lotion up with a body butter or oil.
  • Journal. Take some time to write out anything that feels stuck lately, what you're moving forward with, ideas, fun plans to come, self reflections, or maybe just stream of consciousness or doodling. If you want to embrace your crunchy side, do a moon phase focused entry. 
  • Colouring book
  • Tarot cards 

Now go relax my beautiful unicorns!

Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Banana + Honey || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca
Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Banana + Honey || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca
Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Banana + Honey || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca
Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Banana + Honey || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca

One more thing. Let's take a lesson from badass ladies like mothers and be a boss ass bitch. (click that link. You know you wanna...)

Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Banana + Honey || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca
Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Banana + Honey || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca
Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Banana + Honey || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca

MERMAID FACE MASK

the benefits                        

Raw Honey:          Anti bacterial (good for acne/pimples and cleansing                            pores), anti viral, antioxidants (good for anti aging                            treatments), vitamins, a natural preservative.

Spirulina:            High concentration of vitamins, nutrients and                                    antioxidants, helps eliminate toxins from the skin,                              anti aging properties from vitamin e, selenium +                                tyrosine.

Banana:               Moisturizing + hydrating from potassium, nutrients                              that support skin health (vitamin e + c), a "natural                            botox"–wrinkle reducing nutrients and helps fade                                dark spots on skin.  

the magic

inspiration:                      The desire to use spirulina in another way                                         besides downing a shot or turning a                                                   delicious smoothie into a bottom feeder's                                           delight.

the feels:                          soft + cooling

might like if you're into:   The Little Mermaid, food fights, reducing                                           stress, face painting, sea monsters.

the science

ingredients:

  • one tablespoon raw honey (raw honey isn't processed so it keeps all the vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients that are amazing for the skin.)
  • one tablespoon spirulina
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed

method: 

  1. Mix honey and spirulina together in a little bowl until combined. Add banana and mix all together. It may be lumpy depending how ripe your banana and that's okay. Put it in the blender for a minute if you want it smoother. Wash face to make sure it's clean. Paint on face mask with a brush or smear it on with your hand. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash off with warm water in the shower or with wash cloth. Apply face serum or moisturizer for extra hydration.

Recipe adapted from Kale & Caramel.

 

BANOFFEE BIRTHDAY PIE

Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

This pie feels like humble celebrations. Only a few ingredients and finished with a billowing whipped cream–it is perfect for any day of festivities.

It was my best friend's birthday this week and I am sure we've known each other for many life times. We help balance one another in times times of need and madness. We all go a little crazy sometimes. And it's okay. Serendipitous coincidences happen to us on a regular basis. Without knowing–we will make the exact same dish for dinner, have the same idea or thought, apply for the same job, end up at the same cafes or bars without plans and we live in a city of millions of people. Even existential life crises have arose at the same time... Although it's better when they don't because it's a lot of obscure universal conversations with alternate crying. At least we take turns, I guess? 

I'm always excited to celebrate birthdays of the people I love–it makes me happy thinking of how they have changed my life and how blessed I am to know them. So this year a pie with some thick dulce de leche and a massive cloud of whipped cream was in order. I gave it to her alongside a bottle of tequila and a large green juice. Because it's all about balance, right?! 

Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

I love how easy it is to make dulce de leche from sweetened condensed milk. If you haven't done it, you are in for a massive sugar high and tooth-achey ride of your life!!!! Because I don't believe you can resist eating this straight from the can if you are human.                                                                                        If you resist, you are officially a non-human. And you should try it because all the humans are doing it, dude.

Boil the can of condensed milk in a pot of water and then like magic you peel open the top and voila! Dulce de leche! Alchemy at it's finest. Simmering time varies depending on how dark you want yours. I like mine dark. Real dark, with intense caramel notes and richness. You can make a bunch of cans at once which store in your cupboard for months. Then you have dulce de leche on hand to top over your ice cream, spread on cookies, or eat by the spoonful. Dangerous? Yes. Do I regret it? Never. 

(note: for more detailed instructions on boiling, see recipe at the bottom of the post)

Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

Things to know about banoffee pie:

1. Banoffee = banana + toffee".

2. It's a messy pie–gooey, sloppy and doesn't stay together very well. Kids will love it.

3. It's a classic British dessert aka pudding. 

British food is one of my favourites. Not enough people give credit to this cuisine in my opinion and I've even heard people say British food is terrible. And when they do I say,

ARE YOU F*$KING CRAZY!? Have you had an English roast dinner?! It's literally one of the most delicious things on the planet! And what about meat pies? Cornish pasties?! Ummm SCONES! HELLO! Yorkshire pudding! Scotch eggs?! F*&KING FISH AND CHIPS MOTHERFU*%ER!!!" Then they start looking scared because I'm apparently being too intense.                                                         So then I'm all, Just kidding. Ha. Ha.😬 Because it's awkward. But I wasn't kidding guys. I wasn't.

Is anyone else obsessed with The Great British Bake Off?! If you are, then you'll be familiar with the brilliance that is Banoffee. 

Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

I was way too eager this time and didn't let the pie crust set in the fridge so this happened. But it's important to embrace the imperfections and messiness of life. It's also important to be patient... But that's something I'm not that good at.

Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

BANOFFEE PIE

t h e   m a g i c

i n s p i r a t i o n :                    it's a celebration bitches!

f e e l s :                                      crunchy + soft + gooey

e a t   w i t h :                            coffee, espresso, tea, lemonade, margaritas! 

m i g h t   l i k e   i f   y o u ' r e   i n t o :           retro pies, stone cottages, rolling hillsides, small town fairs,                                                                                     balloons, bouncy castles, playing in the mud.

t h e   s c i e n c e

i n g r e d i e n t s :

  • 400 g digestive biscuits
  • 156 g butter (11 tbsp)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (or 1 can of pre-made dulce de leche)
  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups of whipping cream
  • dark chocolate, for grating

m e t h o d :

Dulce De Leche        

*Takes 2-3 hours*  Make one or many at a time. They will keep in your cupboard for a few months.

  1. Remove label from can(s) of sweetened condensed milk. Place can on it's side in a large pot (so it doesn't bounce around and make annoying sounds while simmering for hours). Fill pot with water so that it comes 2 inches or more above the can. 
  2. Turn on the stove to high heat until the water comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue to let it simmer for 2-3 hours depending on how dark you want your dulce de leche. I let mine simmer for 2 hours and 45 minutes. *make sure to keep checking your pot and adding water so that the cans are ALWAYS covered with water, apparently they can explode if not. 
  3. Remove cans from water carefully with tongs and place on a wire rack to let cool. Do not open them while they're hot, the caramel may spurt out because still hot. I refrigerated mine overnight to get a nice thick texture when spreading it into the pie. 

Pie

  1. Use a food processor or mortar and pestle to turn digestive biscuits into fine crumbs. Place in a medium bowl.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over the stove on low heat. Pour butter into biscuit crumbs, 1/3 at a time while mixing until evenly distributed. 
  3. Press biscuit dough into a tart or pie pan between 9" to 11.5" in diameter. 
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm it up.
  5. Open dulce de leche and spread into the pie shell with a spatula or off set frosting knife.
  6. Cut bananas into even slices about 1 cm thick and place across the dulce de leche.
  7. Whip the whipping cream until thickened. Sweeten slightly if desired. I left mine plain because the dulce de leche and bananas are very sweet together so the cream helps balance the dessert.
  8. Spread on the whipped cream thickly with a spatula.
  9. Grate dark chocolate on top to amount desired. 

*Will keep in refrigerator for another day or two.