A Prayer Before Eating

Over Thanksgiving, we went to see my mother.

As I have shared, my mother is an outstanding cook. 

A few years ago, she took a baking class with my other sister and learned how to make artesian sourdough bread. 

The place gave her a sourdough starter and she has been nurturing it ever since. A real labor of love.

The picture below is of my mother’s sour dough bread with a blessing for eating right and for the right reasons.
   

 Our thoughts are very powerful and set our intentions. I believe it is helpful to pray not only while cooking but before and after eating too. 

I hope that this will serve as a nice addition to the blog.

Enjoy!

Reference 

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. The Gentle Weapon: Prayers For Every Day And Not So Every Day Moments: Timeless Wisdom From The Teachings Of The Hassidic Master (1999) Jewish Lights Publishing; Woodstock Vermont 

Here is a link to the book, which I highly recommend:

Semi Off Topic– DIY Facial Scrub

Since the holiday season is upon us, I thought I would post on my latest creation: DIY Facial Scrub.

I really prefer all natural products. Since I started blogging, I have learned that there is a lot of information available on making DIY beauty supplies!

This year, I made DIY facial scrub to give as a gift to people.

I hope they will like it!

DIY Facial Scrub

Ingredients:

1/4 cup borax.

1/4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup white sugar. I think table salt would work too.

1/8 cup Activated charcoal powder – be careful, its messy! I used about 6-8 capsules, but less or none is also OK.

1/4 cup Bentonite clay powder.

Optional: ¼ – ½ cup of room temp coconut oil

Optional: 15-30 drops of essential oil, according to your taste

Directions:

Blend dry ingredients together. 

Ideally, it is easiest to use in a jar that has a lid with holes and then sprinkle as desired on fingertips; add water to make it spreadable  and then gently apply to face and or hands.

Optional: For an added moisturizing effect, slowly add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil at a time and blend thoroughly after each addition until the ingredients are saturated and smooth enough to apply according to your preferences. 

Optional: If desired, mix in essential oils of your choice. Personally, I don’t like to use them due to allergies, but, tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties, and I love lavender!

Coconut oil may liquefy if the temperature is too warm, so store in a cool dry place, or place in refrigerator to harden.

Reference:

https://raising6kids.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/diy-body-scrub-recipes/

Here are the pictures:

This is without the coconut oil:

   

Here is how Yaffa and I blended in the coconut oil:
  

Here is the final product in a small mason jar:

 
 

During the summer, I used the scrub without coconut oil.

Now that it is winter, I am making it with the coconut oil. It is great for my hands and nails, especially my cuticles!

Yaffa likes to use it on her hands and face too.

It is only slightly off topic as in theory, the ingredients are (mostly) all edible!

Try it, you might like it!