I have a stack of cool kitchen books for you once again. And this one covers a large spectrum of interests: from sausage maker, quick sheet pan meals, to mixing all your own vegan beauty products.
Yes I am mixing meat and vegan beauty recipes together in one swoop, call me crazy, but my interests vary. I have trouble focusing one one subject very long and my mind wanders 🙂 Maybe your interests change a lot too and you are looking to explore new untapped skills! Here are a few suggestions for you to try. Or perhaps these books could become great gift inspirations. After all Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa … they are not really that far away!
I am including not one but two beauty recipes for you to try right now!
200 Best Sheet Pan Meals
As much as I like to plan an elaborate meal for friends, when it is me myself and I for dinner on a week night I look for quick options. We all have our favorite one-pot meals but ever thought of doing sheet pan meals as well? They allow you to cook several individual parts of your meal all at once. And cleanup is an absolute breeze (parchment paper!). Most of the recipes are fast to prepare and some recipes are certainly entertaining-worthy.
I really enjoyed the Pork Chops with Roasted-Apples, Pearl Onions and Thyme recipe. I want to try next the Sheet Pan Clam Bake. Or perhaps the Spicy Pinto Bean Burgers. And why not the California Fish Tacos with Cucumber and Pineapple. Even desserts are included in this cookbook, like Chewy Coconut Trail Mix Bars and Sour Cream Vanilla Pound Cake.
The Complete Art & Science of Sausage Making: 150 Healthy Homemade Recipes from Chorizo to Hot Dogs
I am fascinated with the art of making sausage. I have only tried once before and I went for a blood sausage recipe. Boy was it a learning process from little mistakes, but we had fun. So I was more than happy to check out this book. You’ll find in here easy-to-follow instructions for mouth-watering recipes plus all the tips and equipment needed. My only complaint ab the book is that I wish there would be meat alternatives suggested if one does not own a meat grinder… but you can still wing it.
Many of the recipes include exotic varieties from all over the world and as well as classics like pork, beef, lamb, chicken and turkey to more adventurous options like wild game and fish — and even vegetarian and vegan sausages.
The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty 125 Recipes for Vegan, Gluten‑Free, Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skin & Hair Products
Did you know that I have been a fan of making my own beauty products since my teenage years? I loved preparing my face masks and hair lighteners or conditioners. I have bought many books on this topic over the decades. I truly mean it when I say this book is the best and most complete I have ever seen, hands down! There are DIY recipe for products I have never seen anywhere else here. My one comment is that not all recipes tell you how long leftovers can last.
The tone of the book is witty, whimsical, edgy and inspirational. The vegan beauty instructions are easy to follow and have step-by-step photos. And to boot all the recipes are vegan and non-toxic, plus they cost pennies per treatment. Why spend $40 on a facial mask when you can make these vegan beauty products yourself for just a dollar or two.
The recipes are divided as follow:
- Face care: scrubs, cleansers, toners, masks and moisturizers.
- Bath and body care: washes, soaks, scrubs, body butters and oils, gel, bars and creams.
- Hair care: shampoos, conditioners, rinses, masks, serums, sprays and treatments.
- Makeup and cosmetics: foundations, lip balms with SPF, powders, bronzers, blush, eyeliner, mascara, eye shadows, fixers and lipstick.
- Unisex essentials: deodorant, powder, toothpaste and mouthwash, whiteners, shave cream, after shave, bug repellent, creams and a hand sanitizer.
Here are a couple of vegan beauty recipes to play with right away, courtesy of The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty by Sunny Submaranian & Chrystle Fiedler © 2016 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.
Matcha Green Goddess Facial Mask, page 103
Matcha is so good for you in a cup, why not on the skin? This is one of the best masks I have ever tried. The matcha really detoxified my skin and removed extra oils in my pores. But the best part is that after you rinse you will feel hydrated from the coconut oil. No need to top off with moisturizer.
Here is my face modeling the mask for you twice (don’t be afraid lol) cause I don’t care about being silly for my readers!
Matcha Green Goddess Facial Mask
- 1.5 tbsp water original said 3, too watery
- 1 tbsp matcha powder
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Pinch turmeric
- In a bowl (blender optional), mix water, matcha powder, coconut oil, lemon juice and turmeric until a paste forms. Spoon into a small bowl.
- Using fingers, spread a thin layer of mask all over damp cleansed facial skin. Let stand on skin for 10 minutes.
- Rinse face with warm water and pat dry with a towel. Store in refrigerator.
Flawless Powder Foundation, page 202
I never though I would make my own natural powder foundation! I actually rarely use this stuff, just to hide a bit of shine. I throw away products I buy like this because after a few year they are gross. This I can make just a bit at a time. Just go slow with adding your colorant and make a note of how much you used for the next batch.
Check out more of my natural beauty recipes:
Awesome collection of books I must say. I am a huge fan of face masks. I tried the matcha green mask. It left my face smooth and supple. I cant wait to order The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty book. Thanks for shining the light.
Gotta give this beauty mask a try… and the books really caught my eye!
I am sure you will like the mask and yeah pretty great book for DIY make-up!
How lovely! I love DIY beauty ♥
It’s the best right!
Wow, the Matcha Green Goddess Facial Mask sounds fantastic. I might just try it out. Doesn’t it make you crave for a matcha infused dessert when preparing it? 🙂 Thank you for sharing.
LOl not I don,t crave a sweet with it. I might put the frostng on my faec by accient and eat the mask ha ha. But i do recommend the mask for the face highly!
You are so funny Eve, I like making my own too, made so many face and body scrubs, foot soaks, lotions, moisturizers and I like using EOs a lot. But actually I never thought of using matcha on my face!! it is super expensive but I guess I might pamper myself with one of these masks :).
Glad I made you laugh 😀 A recipe does a lot of masks, maybe 4 to 6. It’s a nice little treat once in a while for 1 tbsp.
Nice idea about the make your own beauty products. I should make the matcha face mask – we love matcha! I could make a pot of tea and a face mask using the same ingredients, and relax and enjoy my tea while the mask works its magic. What do you think?
They actually suggest in the book to sip on a cup while the mask is on, double the benefits in and out 🙂
What a diverse collection of books! I love the sound of the sheet pan book…so useful! Love your photos as well:-)
Well who does not love a photo of a friend with green stuff on their face ha ha. Yeah the sheet pan is great, changes up dinner meals.
I used to love making my own masks when I was a teenager too! I forgot how fun that was!! 😀
I started in my teens too, then on and off. It’s always a blast to make your own skin regiment fresh.
I’ve made salt scrubs but that’s about it. Love that you shared your mask application!!!
LOL thanks, I have no shame.
Being a huge fan of homemade sausages, that sausage book looks awesome!! And now I know what to do with the nasty matcha powder that’s been sitting in my cupboard for a year. 🙂
I bet your sausages would be amazing! And yep great use for a bad matcha…all the benefits and no taste 🙂
I make bulk sausage sometimes, but have never tried stuffing casing. Probably should do that sometimes! And I had no idea people made their own beauty products — sounds like fun. For the right sort of person. 😀
Casings can be fun, quite an experiment the first time lol. Hey there is a whole unisex chapter in the book, you could make your own shaving cream 😉 Thanks for your comment!
Somehow I never thought in making my own makeup stuff…the green mask looks a lot of fun!
Love the pictures Evelyne 🙂
Hope you are enjoying your day!
Never made of making your make-up Juliana? oh boy you will have so much fun if you start exploring. Have a great week!
I’m going to look for that sausage making book. That sounds perfect for me. I like the idea of making my own skin care products but I never actually do so.
Yeah the sausage book is really good an complete.
I NEVER thought about making my own powder foundation and I’ve been playing at my own beauty mixes forever. I also know I wouldn’t nearly as good in that mask as you!
Hi Joselle, I was so surprised too when I saw the recipe, and so many others like that in the book!
LOL You look adorable behind that green monster :-)))
LOL thanks Angie, good halloween costumes ha ha ?