Valentine’s Day Pampering

 

Happy Holidays!

Oh wait!  They’re over.

Well then, Happy New Year!  May 2013 bring you nothing but love, laughter and happiness.  Oh my Goodness!  The end of January is practically in sight.  Crap.  I guess Happy New Year is a bit late too.  Well, I mean it anyways.  May what’s left of this year bring you all I mentioned just now.

The last month of 2012 was filled with Christmas celebrations, parties, play dates, an overload of toddler cuteness and sugar, massive colds and feeling miserable.  Christmas was supposed to be a day of yummy foods, drinks, pressies, movie watching and a delicious dinner.  Unfortunately, other than Santa’s deliveries and the joy those brought on, the day was filled with stuffiness, immense sinus pressure and misery.  The only cocktails I got to enjoy contained DayQuil, NyQuil and Mucinex.  A few days later, David decided to show his sympathy by coming down with the same cold and I had to be instantly recovered for the sake of the household and all that live here.

We battled the cold, we persevered and moved on.  Some time soon I will update on all the adventures our family has been up to, but for now I wanted to share something exciting:

I am officially the owner of the “Mompreneur Title” and I’m wearing it proudly.  Pamperosity has launched, and things are moving forward.  The website is being designed (which is such an exciting process), I opened up my Etsy Store and I’ve done a good amount of R&D over the past few weeks.  Yep, trying out scrubs, bath bombs and other products are part of the job – I chose well.

And today…

…today we are launching

Our Valentine’s Products!

 

Chocolate Love Body ScrubPhoto by: David Beeler

 

Yes, it is what you think it is: Chocolate Body Scrub! Say “Hello” to your new Guilty Pleasure.  There’s real cocoa inside this jar from heaven and without smelling like a candy bar (the scent is subtle) you’re left with oh-so-soft skin.  Like any other chocolate product, go ahead and enjoy it by yourself, or… share with someone special…did someone say the word “Aphrodisiac”? (Just don’t eat it!!).

An 8oz. jar of Chocolate Love Body Scrub sells for $12.50.  Click here to order.

 

Valentine's Bath BombsPhoto by: David Beeler

 

Oh la la, romance!  Pretty and heavenly smelling Heart Bombs.  A combination of Rose & Jasmine oils make for one relaxing (and romantic) bath experience… I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination.

A set of 3 Heart Bombs sells for $8.75.  Click here to order.

So, on this note of romance, and pampering, and to tie back to where we begun: I wish you a pampered, relaxed and sweet 2013!  Pamper yourself and pamper those around you.  Treat yourself well, you deserve it!!

 

Until next time,

Savor food, savor family and savor life.
~ Marieke, aka HRH Mommy

 

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Pamperosity – The Launch

 

 

A few weeks ago, I announced the big news of embarking on the “Mompreneur” journey.  Well, I’m well on my way and though the waters vary from smooth-sailing to sometimes rough and choppy, I am loving the experience and I am completely energized and motivated with this new initiative.

Pamperosity is all about handmade, all natural bath & body products.  Not only do I make all products myself, the recipes are my own recipes, put together by me, myself and I.  I believe that everyone should pamper themselves and treat themselves nicely.  After all, when we, ourselves feel good, we pass that on to those around us.  And honestly, it’s just NICE to pamper yourself at the end of a busy day, when all the craziness is behind you, the kids are in bed, dishes are done and it’s time to unwind.  A nice scrub or a nice bath, a cup of tea or a glass of wine and the day winds down in perfect harmony.  Yep, that’s what I’m all about.  I just wish I had more of those harmonious evenings…

I admit that it’s been a bit quiet on the blogging front here, but believe me when I say that the past few weeks have been nothing but quiet for me: My awesome friend Erik Larson designed my logo, my amazing husband and I designed my business card and the labels for the jars and I have come to learn a lot about the packaging options for my products and about labels and the different types of material used for those.  I got a refresher course in Chemistry (oh how I loathed that class in high school…I never thought in a million years I would ever come to use it) and now I am in the process of finding a web designer/developer and I am getting ready for the big day…

Saturday December 1 is when Pamperosity officially launches with a Launch & Pamper Party here in Los Angeles.  To all those in the LA Area, I extend an invitation.  I would love it if you joined me.  It promises to be a fun eve with complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and hand massages.  Try out some products and get some Holiday shopping done.  If you’d like to attend, drop me an email at: marieke[at]pamperosity[dot]com and I’ll provide you with the details.

Soon I will grace all of you with a Giveaway in which I will give away some heavenly product, so stay tuned for that.

Photo by: David Beeler

 

What products do we have right now?  Here ya go:

  • Lavender Body Scrub – relaxing, calming, soothing…in other words, perfect for the end of the day.
  • Citrus Body Scrub – refreshing and revitalizing.  The perfect wake-me-up scrub to start the day with.
  • Brown Sugar Body Scrub – brown sugar, oats and coconut oil.  So delicious, you could almost eat it.
  • Paradise Hand Scrub – the hand scrub that gives you a whole-body-experience and leaves your hands silky soft.
  • Lemon Elbow Scrub – perfect for the rough and/or dark patches on the elbows.  Yep, it really works.
  • Peppermint Foot Scrub – refreshing, soothing and moisturizing.  Perfect for tired tootsies.
  • Lavender Bath Bombs – aromatherapy to the max.  The beautiful smell, softens skin, relaxes the soul.
  • Ylang Ylang Bath Bombs – RELAXATION!
Photo by: David Beeler

 

Until my website is up and running, my Facebook page is my portal of information.  Wanna see the products?  They’re up there as well, in the album geniusly  named “Products”.  Stop by, “like” me as the awesome reader that you are and drop me a line.  I’d love to hear from you.

So, I’m off to do some more product research.  I’m gonna draw a bath, get in, drop one of my heavenly Bath Bombs in it and decide if they’re ready to be sold.  Yep, it’s hard work and I’m lovin’ it!

 

Until next time,

Savor food, savor family, savor life.
~ Marieke, aka HRH Mommy

 

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Chicken Parmesan – Comfort Food

 

Chicken ParmegianoPhoto by: David Beeler

 

Unless you’re a vegetarian, for many people Chicken Parmesan is mentioned on the list of “comfort foods”.  To me, growing up in Europe, Chicken Parmesan was a new concept when I arrived here in the United States, 13 years ago.  I didn’t quite get the hype, but figured, it’d give it a try.  Some time.  And I did.  A few months ago.  Yep, it took me 13 years to try Chicken Parmesan.  Why?  ‘Cause it’s chicken.  With tomato sauce.  Topped with cheese.  It doesn’t take much imagination to get the idea of what that would taste like.

And then I watched a DVR-ed episode of The Pioneer Woman on a Sunday afternoon while David had gone to work out, the kids had their “quiet time” and I had my Mommy Time.  And I have to admit: I don’t know how she does it, but that lady manages to make everything she makes, even something as straight forward as Chicken Parmesan, look so enticing, it makes me want to crawl through my TV screen, straight into her kitchen. So I had to try it.

And I did.

And I thoroughly enjoyed the meal.  It was flavorful, easy to make and the whole family loved it.  It’s the perfect weeknight meal.  I lack the history, I lack the childhood experiences, but I can totally see how chicken Parmesan could make it onto the “comfort food list” of my children.

 

Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and pounded flat
  • 1 lb. thin linguine
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole medium onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cups chicken stock
  • three 14.5-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more if needed
  • Basil chiffonade, for serving

 

Directions:

  • Mix the flour and some salt and pepper together on a large plate.  Dredge the flattened chicken breasts in the flour mixture and set aside.
  • Cook the linguine until al dente.
  • Heat the olive oil and butter together in a large skillet over medium heat.  When the butter is melted and the oil/butter mixutre is hot, fry the chicken breasts until nice and golden brown on each side (2-3 minutes per side).  Remove the chicken breasts from the skillet and set aside.
  • Without cleaning the skillet, add the garlic and onions and gently stir for 2 minutes.  Pour in the stock and scrape the bottom of the pan, getting all the flavorful bits off the bottom.
  • Allow the stock to cook down until reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the crushed tomatoes and stir to combine.
  • Add the sugar and more salt and pepper to taste and allow to cook for 30 minutes.
  • Toward the end of the cooking time, add the chopped parsley and give the sauce a final stir.
  • Carefully lay the chicken breasts on top of the sauce and completely cover them in the grated Parmesan.
  • Place the lid on the skillet and reduce the heat to low.  Allow to simmer until the cheese is melted and the chicken is thoroughly heated.  Add more cheese to taste.
  • Place the cooked noodles on a plate and cover with the sauce.
  • Place the chicken breasts on top and sprinkle with more parsley and basil chiffonade.
  • Serve immediately.

Serves: 8

Enjoy!

(Recipe by: The Pioneer Woman, aka Ree Drummond)

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Quinoa with Pine Nuts, Green Onions and Parsley

 

 

I admit: when I first heard of quinoa I assumed it wouldn’t be something I would like.  I expected it to be bland and boring. Then I tried it and I loved it.  It is so versatile, it comes in many different (pretty colors) and it is the perfect side dish to pretty much any dinner.  This quinoa recipe isn’t much different.

I love pine nuts.  I love to eat them when they are still warm from being toasted, I love them in salads, AND I love them in quinoa.  They add a wonderfully nutty flavor to the dish, while the onions add the kick and the parsley contributes on the freshness front.  Despite not feeling great last week, David ended up serving himself 3 times.  Okay, so I couldn’t stay away from it either.  No leftovers on this one.  Yum.

Quinoa with Pine Nuts, Green Onions & Parsley

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1-3/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • Dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup pine nuts (or slivered almonds), toasted in a dry pan
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley

 

Directions:

  • If the quinoa needs to be rinsed, rinse with cold water and let it drain in a fine-mesh strainer for at least 5 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy pan.
  • Add the quinoa and saute until it starts to smell toasted, usually 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the stock.  Be aware of the sputtering in the pan, when the stock hits the hot pan.
  • Add the salt and bring the mixture to a boil.  Lower the heat  and simmer the quinoa, covered for 15 minutes (or until all the liquid is absorbed).
  • When the quinoa is done, let it stand, covered for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff the quinoa with a fork, stir in the toasted pine nuts, sliced green onions and chopped parsley.
  • Serve immediately.

Serves: 4

Enjoy!

(Recipe by: Kalyn’s Kitchen)

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Apple Pomegranate Crisp – An Indulgence Worth Going For

 

Apple Pomegranate Crumble

 

‘t Is the season!  Pomegranates are back and I am over the moon.  [insert happy dance]  A couple of weeks ago, I received the first 3 in my produce delivery and though they might have been picked a fraction too early (they were quite tart TART), I ended up putting them to very, very good use.  I decided to make an apple pomegranate crisp.  Let’s just say that the crisp didn’t make the 24 hours on my countertop.  Even David, who was a bit under the weather, couldn’t stay away from it.  SCORE!

Warm gooey apples and pomegranate arils topped with crispy, sweet and buttery oats…go ahead, dig in!  The apples and pomegranates bring a dose of tartness to the table, the spices really come through and the oats make the crisp…well…

And this is where I would tell you pomegranates are high in Vitamin B and potassium and that one apple a day will keep the doctor away.  Seriously, who cares about the nutritional value of this crisp.  Make it, and sinfully indulge, ’cause it’s that good.

Apple Pomegranate Crisp

Ingredients:

  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils (seeds)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

 

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In  large bowl toss the apples, pomegranate seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Sread in a 9×13″ pan.
  • In the same bowl stir together the oats, flour and sugar and drizzle in the butter.  Stir with a fork to obtain a crumbly mixture.
  • Sprinkle over the fruit.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until bubbly.

Serves: that depends on how how many people are around to smell this crisp baking in the oven…seriously, I’d think it’s dessert for 4-6, especially when you serve it with a bit of vanilla bean ice cream.

Enjoy!

(Recipe by: Abundant Harvest Organics)

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