I get so excited when I see the trees budding and the daffodils blooming. It never gets old!
Mr. Bee is excited too!
Spring cleaning is on my brain and I need to make a plan. I've been checking pinterest for some organizing and cleaning tips (I don't have as much time as I'd like) and hope to share some links here on the blog soon!
When ever I make these Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins I like to measure out the dry ingredients pop them into a ziploc bag and have it ready on hand for the next time I'm ready to make a batch. It saves time and all you gotta do is add the dry ingredients to the wet and you're done.
These muffins are a huge hit!
I chop up semi sweet chocolate (instead of white).
1 3/4 cups (225 grams) all purpose flour
1/2 cup (100 grams) white granulated sugar
1/4 cup (55 grams) light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (2 ounces) (65 grams) white chocolate chips or chunks
3 large ripe bananas (approximately 1 pound or 454 grams), mashed well (about 1-1/2 cups)
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C)and place the oven rack in the middle of the oven. Either line 12 muffin cups with paper liners, or you can butter or spray them with a non stick vegetable spray.
In a large bowl combine the flour,sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and white chocolate chips.
In a medium-sized bowl combine the mashed bananas, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, lightly fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients just until combined and the batter is thick and chunky. (The important thing is not to over mix the batter. Over mixing the batter will yield tough, rubbery muffins.) Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Bake about 20 - 25 minutesor until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool for five minutes and then remove muffins from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.
I'm back with another Cosmel product that I'm loving AND some exciting news.....Cosmel now has their very own website/shop! YAY!
Back to this New Cell Serum. This is my second jar so yeah I really do love it. What's so special about this serum, well it's got 10% AHA and vitamin C. Now that I have been using AHA's for a while I will never go back. It has improved my skin as far as clarity, texture and brightness.
This serum is to be used at night (and make sure to wear spf during the day whether or not you're using AHA's). One thing I noticed is that the colour of this serum changes (turns orangey). I had an idea why this happened because I remember watching or reading about a certain natural product review (can't remember which one) but I did ask Cosmel and they confirmed my thoughts.
The vitamin C oxidizes and therefore the colour changes but it doesn't effect the quality of the product. All Cosmel products are tested and then tested some more. The vitamin C remains stable which is very important or else you don't get any of the benefits of the vitamin.
My main reason for using this serum is for my hyperpigmentation (which I have noticed a tiny improvement, it takes a very very long time to see improvment with hyperpigmentation especially if you're not using non perscription products). It layers nicely with other products like creams or oils. I will sometimes use Pai rosehip oil together with this serum.
In the morning my skin is so so soft and smooth!
Serum s voćnim kiselinama (AHA 10%) za izbjeljivanje kože idealna je podloga ispod noćne kreme. Priuštite si tretman i osjetite promjenu na vašoj koži. New cell serum smanjuje pigmentacije nastale od sunca i u zreloj dobi. Sadrži ekstrakte bilja – tratinčice, lipe, zelenog čaja i aloe vere kako bi vašoj koži dala vlažnost i svježinu.
Some of the gorgeous ingredients include Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis oil (sweet almond oil) which is awesome for all skin types, lactic acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice which protects the skin from UV damage, and because of the salcylic acid and high antioxidant value, aloe is used in skin-care products as an anti-aging and healing agent. Jojoba seed oi, daisy flower extract (brightens skin), rosehip oil (high in vitamin C, anti aging), glycolic acid, citric acid......what did I tell you, awesome ingredients!
The texture of this serum was a surprise to me. The serums I use all have a light gel like textrure and this serum is like a very thick cream (but not greasy or heavy). I did have the chance to talk with the owner and mad scientist (I mean that in the best way) behind this brand) and she prefers the texture of creams for her face products.
As for the smell....it's a bit weird, not bad but hard to describe. It's not strong and it doesn't linger on your skin
I've mentioned this before but if you're new Cosmel is an all natural brand (natural organic dermo cosmetics since 1990). They do not test on animals, handmade, no artificial colours and fragrances, paraben free and all their packaging can be recycled. Awesome right?! :)
I'm so happy that I can now shop Cosmel on line, unfortunately they only ship within Croatia but I'm hoping this will change. Shipping is 20 kuna and you have serveral options to pay including PayPal.
This is huge for me. I try to do everything and nothing ever gets done 100%. I try to fit in too much into my day and become frustrated because I don't get half of it done and feel like a failure but I realized I need to be realistic about my time and situation.