It’s Fall: Time for Pumpkin Soup!

We love fall because it means that its PUMPKIN SEASON. This pumpkin and sage soup is on of our favorite fall recipes from Foodie Crush.

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Ingredients

  • 4 sugar pie pumpkins
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 pound butter or 2 cubes, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 bunch sage, reserving a dozen leaves
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Over medium heat, heat oil in a large stockpot, add onions and bring temperature down to medium-low to sweat onions until translucent. Meanwhile, cut pumpkins in half and remove seeds.

3. Place sage leaves in each pumpkin half and place on a baking sheet, skin side down. Brush with a 1 tablespoon melted butter and roast for 45 minutes.

4. When softened and pumpkins can be pierced with a fork, remove from oven and peel skin from pumpkins.

5. Combine pumpkin with remaining ingredients into stock pot, except butter with onions. Simmer for 1/2 hour.

6. Remove from heat and add mixture to blender in batches, incrementally adding butter and onions. Adjust seasoning to taste.

7. In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons reserved butter and add reserved sage leaves. Sauté until lightly browned.

8. Serve soup with a dollop of mascarpone, fried sage leaves and a whirl of olive oil if desired.

 

‘SCANDAL’ INSPIRED CLOTHING LINE AT THE LIMITED

We all secretly (and some not so secretly) wish we could look like Olivia Pope. Now we can. Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Kerry Washington and costume designer Lyn Paolo, in partnership with Elliot Staples, head of design from The Limited, have developed a new fashion line exclusively for The Limited inspired by Shonda Rhimes’ top-rated ABC drama, Scandal, which airs Thursdays at 9pm EST and premieres its fourth season this fall.  “The Scandal” Collection which contains more than 70 items, with prices from about $49 to $250 will be released September 23rd and are scheduled to be available through May, the end of the 2014-15 television season.

We can’t wait to shop the fierce jackets and pant suits!

 

5 Minute Healthy Fro Yo!

Our friends over at  Just a Taste posted this deliciously treat that we just had to share. It will curb your cravings with out all the guilt! Try this one before it gets too cold out!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or full fat)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  • Add the frozen strawberries, agave nectar (or honey), yogurt and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor. Process until creamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve the frozen yogurt immediately or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.
  • Kelly’s Notes:
  • I prefer a more tart frozen yogurt, but you can add additional agave nectar or honey if you want a sweeter-tasting dessert.
  • Fresh strawberries can be used in place of frozen, however the fresh strawberries must be frozen solid.

 

Are Fruit Juices the New Junk Food?

Fruit juices and smoothies are popping up all over but are they really as healthy as they seem? Many experts say the processes of juicing destroys essential nutrients. And while you might not be getting the full nutritional bang for your buck, in many cases, what you are getting can hurt you: lots and lots of sugar.

Sleep – A Good Way To Manage Your Weight?

Is your lack of sleep causing you to gain wait? Losing sleep may increase your appetite and result in weight gain. Recent research has focused on the link between sleep and the peptides that regulate appetite. Ghrelin stimulates hunger and leptin signals satiety to the brain and suppresses appetite. Shortened sleep time is associated with decreases in leptin and elevations in ghrelin. Not only does sleep loss appear to stimulate appetite. It also stimulates cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods.

This isn’t a magic weight loss claim. Tucking in for 12 hours isn’t going to instantly turn you into a size 0. “Just getting less sleep, by itself, is not going to lead to weight gain,” study researcher Kenneth Wright, an associate professor of physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said in a statement. “But when people get insufficient sleep, it leads them to eat more than they actually need.”

So what to conclude from this new research? If you are trying to manage your weight make sure you are getting some adequate snooze time.

Summer BBQ Recipe – Grilled Corn With Seasoned Salts

Grilled corn is a staple of summer. Sweet and delicous nothing says summer BBQ like a corn on the cobb straight off the grill. There are hundreds of ways to grill corn but here is our favorite recipe from Food & Wine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Maldon or Halen Môn Welsh sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse smoked salt
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 8 ears of corn, shucked
  • Vegetable oil, for drizzling
  • Unsalted butter, for serving

Directions:

  • Prepare the salts in 3 small bowls: Mix the Maldon salt with the orange zest, the kosher salt with the paprika and the smoked salt with the black pepper.
  • Light a grill. Drizzle the corn with vegetable oil and rub to coat the corn thoroughly. Grill over moderate heat, turning often, until the corn is lightly charred all over and just tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer the corn to a large platter and serve with butter and the seasoned salts.

5 Must-Try Beauty Products For Spring

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We can’t get enough of these brand new products that are sure to be our spring essentials!

Spring Products

There is something about spring that just makes us feel refreshed and rejuvenated,  but after months of bitter cold it may not look like that’s the case. To address this issue, we scoured the market for the latest and greatest beauty products that leave you as fresh as a newly bloomed flower! Here’s what you have to try this month:

Sulwhasoo Snowise Ex Brightening Mask

SulwhasooSulwhasoo’s new Snowise Ex Brightening mask is quite miraculous! This ultra-luxurious at-home treatment is formulated with traditional Korean herbs, and fermented in ginseng for 2 weeks, which makes for some seriously clear and bright skin.

The Snowise Ex Brightening mask can transform even the most dull and dead skin, making it a great post-winter pick me up.  You can buy yours here for $130 for 10 masks.

Palladio Herbal Lip Lacquer and High Intensity Herbal Balm

PalladioPalladio’s new Herbal Lip Lacquer and Balm is the answer to our chapped lip prayers! The Herbal Lip Lacquer delivers serious shine that lasts and lasts, and Vitamin E and coconut oil to moisturize while creating a protective barrier from the elements that can parch lips. Meanwhile, Palladio’s High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm is equally as decadent, and delivers the precision of a pencil while helping to prevent chapping.

Palladio’s new Herbal Lip Lacquer and Balm will perfect your pout, and keep your pucker protected as the weather warms up. The Herbal Lip Lacquer is available here for $8 and the High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm is available here for $7.

Jurlique Purely Bright Eye Correcting Cream

JurliqueCan’t seem to get rid of under-eye problems no matter how much sleep you get? Then Jurlique’s Purely Bright Eye Correcting Cream is the spring product for you! This advanced eye cream targets dark circles, eye bags and discolorations to make you look bright and perky, even if it’s Monday morning! Made from 95% natural ingredients, this powerful product will make you look wide awake.

Use Jurlique’s Purely Bright Eye Correcting Cream as your secret weapon this spring! You can buy yours here for $45.

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ME Revival Collection

DermelectThis nail polish breakthrough puts the meaning into manicure as the first peptide-infused color treatments for weak and fragile nails. The 2-in-1 comes in an impressive variety of shades, but most impressive is the product’s ability to strengthen brittle nails. UV protected and formaldehyde-free, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ME Revival Collection will give you a manicure that you can feel good about.

Treat your tips with the Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ME Revival Collection, available here for $14.

glō minerals Luxe Liquid Foundation SPF 15+

Luxe Foundation

If you’re looking for the perfect foundation to transition into spring, than glō minerals Luxe Liquid Foundation SPF 15+ will certainly be your savior. The formula is made with light-diffusing diamond powder, which creates a dewy glow throughout the day. But perhaps the biggest benefit of this breakthrough formula is that it contains SPF to protect your skin as the weather warms up.

Pamper and protect your skin with the new glō minerals Luxe Liquid Foundation SPF 15+,available here for $54.

Which new spring products are you coveting? Tell us in the comments below!

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.

A Journey into Oil Pulling – Part 2

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Part two of Hot Mom Angel’s experiment with an interesting new wellness trend.

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Hi again! It’s Angel from Yay Baby! blog checking in with you for an update on my journey into oil pulling.

As you may recall from my previous article, I started oil pulling with organic, unrefined coconut oil almost five weeks ago and although the changes I have noticed so far aren’t earth-shattering, they are obvious and welcomed.

To achieve maximum benefits you are supposed to swish a full tablespoon of oil in your mouth for a minimum of 20 minutes a few times a day.

No way could I do that when I first started out, but I gradually increased the amount of oil and time spent swishing; and I’m proud to proclaim I can now manage to swish that entire tablespoon of oil in my mouth for a whopping 25 minutes! My cheeks and jaw are pretty tired after my final spit but it’s doable.

I swish at night after my daughter has gone to bed because there is no way I could be mute with swishing for 20 minutes with a toddler running around. Sometimes I swish again while she naps, but not every day.

The biggest change I’ve noticed with this regime is remarkably fresher breath in the mornings. I used to have terrible “morning breath” and a bad case of “cotton mouth” when I first woke up. Now, after these past several weeks of oil pulling my mouth feels moister and from my teeth to my tongue, there’s an overall greater feeling of clean. I no longer feel the need to avoid my husband’s good morning kiss until I brush. And he hasn’t complained either.

Also, my lips are getting super moisturized. I haven’t had to use lip balm in weeks. My pucker feels plump and smooth.

Let’s recap:

  1. Fresher breath
  2. Cleaner Mouth
  3. Softer Lips

Sounds like a recipe for a smooch fest if you ask me.

Tune in again next month for my final installment of A Journey into Oil Pulling.

If you haven’t already be sure to check in with Part One of this series for tips on how to start your own oil pulling adventures.

Happy swishing!

Angel-150x150Angel is a stay-at-home mama to a feisty, rambunctious toddler girl named Jacquelyn (aka Jax). A lover of all things adorable, Angel enjoys party-planning, cooking, napping with her daughter and date nights with her husband. You can catch up with Angel at Yay! Baby blog where she muses about motherhood, shares delicious family favorite recipes and offers tips for fabulous entertaining. There’s always reason to shout out loud – Yay Baby!

Turn Your Instagram Pics into Nail Art

Turn your favorite instragram into a tangible object with the new app NailSnapsNailSnaps lets you turn your photos into one-of-a-kind nail polish stickers you can apply yourself in minutes for custom, wearable art. They are currently in fundraising mode and we can’t wait for them to be in production. So fun!

5 Fat-Blasting Recipes For Swimsuit Season

Five fat-blasting recipes you can actually feel good about enjoying, just in time for the weather to heat up.

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Despite the temptation to hit snooze on your alarm, daylight saving means that spring is right around the corner. Warmer weather, longer days and a serious dose of sunshine have never seemed more exciting after an especially brutal weather. But, if you’re anything like us, the first thing that comes to mind as the sun starts shining is the imminent approach of bathing suit season, a time that can be equal parts terrific and terrifying.

This year, we’re determined to avoid the latter with fat-blasting recipes that will bring your bikini body back in no time. Yes, you heard us right! We sought out a series of mouth-watering meals made from ingredients that have been shown to reduce fat and even burn more calories. We know it sounds too good to be true, but looking svelte in your swimsuit has never been easier. Check out the healthy recipes below!

Roasted Habanero and Mango Salsa via Life’s Ambrosia

Guacamole

Let’s face it, warm weather basically screams creamy guacamole and fiery salsa, so why not combine the two to create the best of both worlds. That’s exactly what this mouthwatering dip does, all while boasting impressive fat-blasting abilities. That’s because hot peppers, particularly spicy habaneros, contain a compound called capsaicin, which is shown to speed up the metabolism while curbing the appetite.

Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken via Life of Meg

Greek Yogurt

Forget about parfaits and smoothies because Greek Yogurt has so much more potential! The versatile ingredient can be substituted for a variety of unhealthy options like butter and mayo, and the health benefits it provides are seriously impressive. In fact, the high protein content in Greek Yogurt means you will feel full and satisfied longer, while the body burns extra calories during digestion.

Iced Green Tea Limeade via Kitchen Treaty

Green Tea

The health benefits of green tea have been touted for years, but new research shows that it’s particularly effective in burning belly fat. Therefore, it’s no surprise that green tea is a go-to ingredient during the pursuit of a toned tummy. Take advantage of the increasingly warm weather by indulging in this chilled version of green tea while you watch the pounds pour off.

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries via The Pioneer Woman

Brussel Sprouts

This recipe is a triple threat when it comes to delicious and nutritious ingredients, but balsamic vinegar is the star of the show. Not only is it tart and tangy in all the right ways, but balsamic has also been shown to break down fat in the body. Impressed? Try this dish that can be served as a main course or a side, and finish feeling both slim and satisfied.

Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps via Foxes Love Lemons

Lentils

Lentils are a great vegetarian options for meat lovers because they share a similar rich and hearty taste and texture. So before you indulge your craving for a double cheeseburger, try this take on a classic sloppy joe. Why? One reason is lentils contain 35% of your daily iron needs, providing a fix for the nearly 20% of Americans who are deficient in the vitamin. Because the body’s metabolism slows down when it lacks necessary nutrients, indulging on this savory ingredient may cause an extra fat-blasting boost.

Which fat-blasting recipes are you dying to try? Let us know in the comments below!

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.