Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Little "Feel Good" Food

While we are trapped inside our snow castles, I found an amazing recipe in Sweet Paul Magazine that I had to share with y'all! It's Rich. It's Naughty. It's Decadent. And with all this snow and cold weather, it's....forgivable.

Well, what is it?

Amaretto-Baked French Toast with Pecans (cue the hallelujah choir!)

*Cooking in your pj's is best for this recipe*

Serves 4
3 Eggs
1 Cup of milk
3 Tbs of sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbs Amaretto (cue the choir again, pls)
1 Loaf brioche bread, cut into 1/2" cubes
1 Tbs butter (for greasing baking dish)
1/2 Cup of Pecans
Maple Syrup, to serve

Preheat Oven to 350F
In a large bowl beat eggs, milk, sugar & amaretto
Add Brioche cubes and let mixture stand (soak) for 5 minutes
Spoon into a 9" x 12" well greased baking dish,
Sprinkle with pecans
Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until golden
Pour maple syrup over bread and serve

Look outside, stick your tongue out and enjoy! :o)

Ciao Bella's

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The 2011 KAZA Feel Good Checklist

A New Year=A New You

Get your boots on and lets go for a walk, Bella's--

In the past,I had always dreaded Januaries. With the Holidays over, there was nothing to look forward to for months; just cold weather, more snow and having it get dark at 4:00 in the afternoon.

As women in cold-weathered-winters, we walk around in big clunky boots, big woolen hats that muss the hair, trying to be feminine with a runny nose, a cough that people mistake for a seal and pasty skin. We stop shaving our legs, neglect our cracking feet and hibernate our femininity until Mid-April...sometimes even May.

But I learned that we don't have to! My friend, Sandra (owner of Botany's Desire out in California)gave me some insanely good advice. Make January about taking care of you. It seems so simple, doesn't it? After all the running around for the Holidays, decorating, undecorating, shoveling, taking care of other sniffles in the house...it is time to take a little time to remember who we are.

At KAZA, we are starting 2011 celebrating you...me...us.

It's time for a change. It's time for us to do something different this year. This year, we will embrace January. That's right Bella's, hug the "blue" right out of it! Isn't that wacky that someone from sunny California gets it before we do? (Maybe because we are lacking the Vitamin D to think of such brilliant things, these days!-lol)

First things first; Take care of ourselves!

*Take our vitamins (including Vitamin D!!)

*Drink Tea throughout the day (I heard that tea is the internal healer)

*Stay hydrated (drink lots of water)

*Eat well. In this...(ok, I will just say it) crappy weather, we tend to not want to cook. Fast food is just so.....fast. Believe me, I am so guilty of this (Dragon Star & Applebee's Take-out know my voice now!). But, it is time for me to erase them from my speed-dial and start cooking again. Any good recipes?

*Exercise. If you would have seen my face as I typed that word, you would know it is harder for me to even think it-lol. But, moving increases our blood flow and just makes us feel good (still making that face, but I know it is true).

And dolly garnet, shave those legs! It is the first step before the pampering part. You can't (shouldn't...wouldn't feel right to)pamper yourself with hairy gams.

Our friend

Next; Pamper ourselves!
Pampering does not need to cost alot or take alot of time. But, for some reason, we just don't do it. But, we feel so fabulous when we do. So...let's just do it! :o)

We just brought in some insanely thick Turkish robes from Denizli, Turkey. These are Hotel quality and are selling very fast (not to worry, we have more coming). At 50$ per robe, it is the perfect first step to feeling pampered.

WARNING: Just don't weigh yourself while wearing these robes. They are so heavy and you will go into a deep depression, thinking you just gained 10lbs.

Facial Steams: Just a little pot of hot water and a tea bag, a towel to create a sort of cave and a 6 minute timer and you will feel like a million bucks!

KAZA also has facial steams available for 5$ (the container is good for 3 steams and contains organic wild mint, raspberry leaves, lavender, rosemary and wild clover)

Facial Cleansers: Mary from Earthway has done it again.

These facial cleansers not only feel incredible on the skin, but they look and smell amazing!

Evian Mineral Water Facial Spritzers:

Evian's cool mist rehydrates skin suffering from overheated or dry office air. It also revives your makeup throughout the day, and keeps you looking fresh by replenishing that much needed moisture.

Soft Handmade blankets (Fisherman Cable Pattern) 85$ each:

These are so cozy and crazy soft. Perfect for cuddling and sitting with your organic tea on a Sunday afternoon.

Candles: Just the look of a burning candle makes us feel warmer. Sometimes life is so busy, we forget to take time to light a candle that smells good (just don't be too busy to blow it out when you leave the room!). Or light a tapered candle at breakfast! Who says scrambled eggs and toast do not deserve a little ambiance?

Check these out at KAZA!

French-scripted tapered candles are gorgeous and are only 10$ for the set/2 Small
or 12,50$ for the set/2 Large.

Botanicals: Something actually living and green brings the summer inside. For me, smelling the dirt is almost as good as smelling the flowers, during the "dark months".

At KAZA, we have joined up with Spade(a fabulous local botanical design business) to bring in gorgeous botanicals & terrariums for the winter months.

And that is just a few things to think about, Bella's. We are in this together and can be fabulous through it all. And when May comes, we will be ready!

*A special thanks to Sandra at Botany's Desire for talking us out of hibernation xox

Ciao Bella's!