Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Must Have Winter Skin Products


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Since moving north our poor faces are not used to dry, freezing temps. Sure, it would get cold in the south but there was usually some humidity in the air to keep our skin from getting dry and chapped.

Mr.Surly and I have different skin types. My skin is dry (probably due to my multiple medications). His is oily but he suffers from eczema flares from time to time, on his arms especially.

I have certain products that have really helped our skin in winter months. My cheeks get dry and flakey. In addition to dry cheeks, Mr.Surly also gets severely dry on the sides of his mouth. He grows a beard for the winter for protection and warmth.

The following products have been live savers for our skin.

1. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser: This brand recommendation came from our dermatologist. We have been using this cleanser for years. If you want to try it for yourself go to the CeraVe website and they usually have a coupon.

2. Caudalie Moisturizing Toner: This toner is amazing. Mr.Surly probably loves it more than me, ha ha. On days when I have PT or don’t feel like washing my face I put this on a cotton pad & wipe it all over my face to “wash” it. If using it as a toner I like to pat it into my skin for ultimate moisturizing benefits.

3. Fresh Seaberry Oil: I started using this at the beginning of fall when I received a deluxe sample of it from Sephora. I fell in LOVE with it. I ordered a full size bottle and use it at night, focusing on my cheeks, lightly covering my T-zone. I like the smell of it. And it makes my skin glow. I use it morning and night.

4. Dr. Jart+ Sleeping Mask: I bought this last winter (our first winter up north in 7 years) because my poor face was so dry! By spring/summer the humidity picked up and I was able to stop using it. I didn’t rebuy it until recently when Mr.Surly requested it. I’d been rotating using the Seaberry oil and coconut oil (yes, the kind you cook with) as my nightly moisturizer. This year my skin is dry but not as chapped. Not the case for Mr.Surly. Poor guy is suffering around his nose and mouth and he needed the intense moisture this mask provides. It’s awesome for restoring moisture. Since he is oily, Mr.Surly only applies the mask to the dry areas of his face (cheeks, nose, mouth).

Coconut Oil: (not pictured) This is such a great, inexpensive moisturizer that provides so many skin benefits! I love it. I microwave it to liquefy then add thyme and eucalyptus oil, stir, then allow it to solidify. I keep it in small, 4 oz glass mason jar. (I got a 4 pk of them from Target)

The above are all pretty expensive (except for the CeraVe cleanser & coconut oil) but worth every penny. However, if you can’t stomach the prices I totally understand.

Another winter must is exfoliation. Gotta get rid of all that dead skin. My absolute favorite exfoilator is Dr. Brandt’s daily microderm abrasion. It’s incredibly expensive but amazing and lasts forever. You just need a tiny bit. It has the yummiest, lemony scent. The St.Ives apricot scrub is a popular drugstore brand but I don’t get the same level of exfoliation. Dr.Brandt's exfoliator has smaller, more gentle crystals. But I totally understand not wanting to splurge on the Dr.Brandt stuff. If you go to Sephora and ask for a sample you can try it out and it will last awhile because you only need a small amount. When I run out I'm going to switch to sugar as my exfoliator; I hear it works wonders.

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Note: NOT a sponsored post. I bought all items with my own money and loved them so much I had to share








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Friday, January 16, 2015

Blendtec vs Vitamix: Which is Better?


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I'm at a crossroad. I want a new blender but I'm unsure of which to choose. I have narrowed it down to either a blendtec or vitamix. But which brand/model to choose? I'm not sure. I'm wondering what the pros/cons are to blendtec and vitamix. I want to use it for juicing, smoothies, and perhaps an occasional frappuccino. Any input on either brand? I'm so confused on which to pick.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

A Look Back and Forward


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I can’t believe it’s a new year already. This past year has flown by; all my trips to The Clinic and physical therapy made the weeks & months just fly by. I have done basically no cooking so I apologize for the lack of recipes. My blog has changed from food to just life & beauty. I’m sure I have lost readers due to the lack of recipes, I mean hello, my blog’s name is surly kitchen for goodness sake. But I have to do what’s best for me. And people will like it or not. I share my illness to connect and help others like myself. My blog started as a visual cookbook of foods that I can eat without GI distress. I never set out to be popular or gain a lot of readers. I’m too sick to blog as a “job.” I don’t have the energy nor the time for that.

Anyway, I am very proud to say that I have been able to gain and maintain 10 lbs this year. This is important for someone like myself who suffers from fat malabsorption. I was able to do this through eating healthy fats (avocados, almond butter, coconut chips and nuts) and drinking coconut water every day. I’m still not back to pre-illness weight but I’m in a healthy BMI so that makes both me & my doctors extremely happy. Thank you healthy fats.

Pain-wise I’m better. Myofascial release therapy has done wonders for me. It has prevented, for now, any more nerve blocks. I’m also working on PT homework, which is hard to get motivated to do when you are battling chronic fatigue. But I’m listening to my body and forcing myself to get moving.

This year I’m focusing 100% on my health. I didn’t move 3 states away for nothing. I’m hoping instead of every 6 weeks I can get visiting The Clinic down to every 3-6 months. We’ll see what happens.

In the meantime I will blog when I can about who knows what. It will be an interesting journey.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Vintage Cocktails Recap


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Hope you enjoyed this vintage list of Christmas cocktails! I loved learning about all these classic cocktails.

Now I know why old glasses are so small. Most of these drinks need to be doubled to fill a current glass.

Bottoms Up!

Vintage Cocktails Recap:
Day 1: Maple Leaf
Day 2: Thomas & Jeremiah
Day 3: French 75
Day 4: Old Fashioned
Day 5: Bee's Knees
Day 6: Manhattan
Day 7: Gimlet
Day 8: Ward 8
Day 9: Pink Lady
Day 10: Classic Daiquiri
Day 11: Whiskey Sour
Day 12: Tom Collins

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Tom Collins


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Day 12:

I have always wondered how this drink got it's name; I just assumed it was from the man who invented it. Well, the story behind the name is much more interesting. It came from "The Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874." A man would be approached by a friend. The friend would tell the man how Tom Collins was talking sh*t about him. When the man asked who Tom Collins was & where could he be found, the friend would give the name of some bar. The man would storm off looking for Tom Collins, a person who didn't even exist. It was a popular joke in New York. You can read more about it here. I love fun historical facts.

This drink is so refreshing & non boozy tasting.

Tom Collins
2 oz gin (I used Watershed)
½ oz simple syrup*
½ oz lemon juice
Club soda, to taste

Stir gin, simple syrup, & lemon juice in stainless steel shaker filled with ice for 20-30 seconds. Pour into tall glass filled with ice & top with club soda, to taste. Garnish with lime wedge.

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Vintage Cocktails Recap:
Day 1: Maple Leaf
Day 2: Thomas & Jeremiah
Day 3: French 75
Day 4: Old Fashioned
Day 5: Bee's Knees
Day 6: Manhattan
Day 7: Gimlet
Day 8: Ward 8
Day 9: Pink Lady
Day 10: Classic Daiquiri
Day 11: Whiskey Sour

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Whiskey Sour


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Day 11:

Whiskey Sour
¾ oz lemon juice
¾ oz simple syrup*
2 oz whiskey

Shake ingredients over ice; strain into tumbler filled with ice.

*Simple Syrup: Mix equal parts sugar and water. Boil or microwave until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool before adding to drink.

Source: Alton Brown via Food Network

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Vintage Cocktails Recap:
Day 1: Maple Leaf
Day 2: Thomas & Jeremiah
Day 3: French 75
Day 4: Old Fashioned
Day 5: Bee's Knees
Day 6: Manhattan
Day 7: Gimlet
Day 8: Ward 8
Day 9: Pink Lady
Day 10: Classic Daiquiri

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Classic Daiquiri


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Day 10:

Classic Daiquiri
½ oz simple syrup
1 oz lime juice
2 oz light rum

Shake & strain into chilled martini glass. Serve with lime peel garnish or lime wheel/wedge.

Source: Alton Brown via Food Network

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Vintage Cocktails Recap:
Day 1: Maple Leaf
Day 2: Thomas & Jeremiah
Day 3: French 75
Day 4: Old Fashioned
Day 5: Bee's Knees
Day 6: Manhattan
Day 7: Gimlet
Day 8: Ward 8
Day 9: Pink Lady

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