Joanna Anastasia

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Sugar vanilla body scrub

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I love a good body scrub, that leaves your skin soft, smells great and is all natural. But I usually find them way to expensive. And when they are organic on top of it, then they get really ridiculously pricey. So it’s really much better to make your own, specially that it doesn’t take more than 5 minutes. Last year I’ve shared with you a recipe for a lemon body scrub, this one is sweeter in scent and leaves your skin even softer thanks to honey and olive oil. You can use only white sugar if you wish, and even though it feels right to use the best organic products for your skin, you can use regular ones too.


1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
Olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Start by mixing sugars together, then add honey, vanilla essence and as much olive oil as needed.

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Stir it well:

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You may want your scrub to be more or less liquid, I like mine quite liquid because I find it softer on my skin. So add olive oil slowly , and mix it well together. If you think it’s too liquid just add more sugar.

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You can also wrap it and offer it as a cute little gift:

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So easy, isn’t it?

Vanilla ice cream cakes

Vanilla cake cones

Back in the days I would be preparing margaritas for a party, but these days the word party has a slightly different meaning ;). So these cute little cakes are perfect for a party where kids are invited, and they are really simple to make too.
You could even use a ready made cake mix if you wish. Here is what you need :

Ice cream cones

Angel cake:
5 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Icing
1/4 cup soft butter
Icing sugar

Chocolate chips and colourful sprinkles

Start by placing tightly ice cream cones in the baking dish:

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Prepare the cake micture by first mixing together eggs with sugar until thick. Then slowly add flour , baking powder and salt. Gently pour the mixture in to ice cream cones. Bake on 350F for around 20 minutes or until golden. Now prepare the icing. Just mix together butter with icing sugar.

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And they are ready to decorate ! Just make sure they cool down or your icing will melt down.

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And if you don’t mind the mess let your kids decorate there cakes, they’ll be thrilled ! 🙂

Easy vanilla cupcake with pink vanilla icing

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Happy new year ! Let’s have a pink vanilla cupcake with a mini marshmallow on the top, for the 2014 ! To a sweet and positive new year 🙂 ! I made these for a little get together that we had with friends, and not only they are so good, but also a bit healthier then usually cupcakes intend to be. I used avocado oil in stead of butter, and honestly it turned the normal cupcake in to a what-did-you-put-in-to-it sort of a treat 🙂

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2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup avocado oil
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

icing:
1/4 cup softened butter
icing sugar
vanilla extract
2 drops of red food colorant

Mix the dry ingredients, then add the avocado oil, eggs, milk and vanilla extract. it should make exactly 12 cupcakes. Bake for around 25 min on 350 F. For the icing make sure that the butter is soft, and mix it all on high speed until it’s nice and fluffy. Place a mini marshmallow on top and enjoy the new beginning 🙂