Ever Had Spiced Hibiscus Flower Tea?

Can’t wait to try this!

Crazy Green Thumbs

One of my favorite plants to grow down here is hibiscus. It is truly a beautiful plant and the flowers are breathtaking.

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I am not the only one who appreciates hibiscus. We frequently have hummingbirds in the garden sipping hibiscus nectar. My favorite part about the plant though, is that it’s edible. Hibiscus is high in vitamin C and iron. It is high in antioxidants as well. I find it interesting that it is iron rich considering hibiscus often suffers from iron chlorosis (a condition caused by a lack of available iron in the soil. You can spot it in the above picture as the light colored leaves with dark veining). Hibiscus may use and store more iron than most plants which might make it more susceptible to iron chlorosis. That would be a great question for a specialty grower or botanist.

Hibiscus is a member of the mallow family…

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Dry Shampoo Fail

Last summer, I experimented with a friend’s dry shampoo and I was amazed with the results.

I decided to look up on my go to site, Pinterest, for a DIY dry shampoo. This was an epic fail. However, you might find it works.

1/2 of cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of corn starch
Few drops of essential oil- I used lavender oil.

Shampooing/washing ones hair too much can lead to the natural oil of the hair to be stripped away.

Make sure to apply dry shampoo approximately 6 inches away from head to receive the best results.

Dry shampoo soaks up excess oil from the hair, not the scalp.

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Nuts about coconuts

Summer is quickly approaching. Time to stock up on essentials.

Protect your skin with coconut oil. I’ve been applying it daily since my world travels and I can see a huge improvement in my skin. – It has good amounts of the antioxidant vitamin E, which is very protective. Plus, it leaves your skin looking smooth, clear, and radiant.

Second, fill your freezer with coconut Popsicles! Everyone loves a cold treat on a hot day, especially next to the pool.

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Bashing Around Washington D.C.

I had such a blast in our nation’s capital this past week. The company was even better!

Top 5 things to do in DC

1) Rent a bike! – Capital Bikeshare had stations all over the city. The first 30 minutes of each trip are free. Each additional 30 minutes incurs an additional fee. Plus, it saves you so much money compared to paying a cab fare.

2) Go sightseeing at night. – The monuments have a total different feel at night.

3) Stuff your face with Georgetown Cupcakes! My word! Those things were a party in my mouth!!!

4) Pay attention to the Metro map. On second thought, it’s not always a bad thing to get lost.

5) Wear walking shoes! Even though you want to look cute, comfort is always key!

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Cherry Blossom Followers

This week, I’m up in the Washington, D.C. area sight seeing the beautiful Japanese cherry blossoms. The trees are like nothing I have ever seen before. Crossing it off the bucket list.

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Cilantro Red Pepper Crusted Mahi Mahi

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This week’s special!

1/2 cup fresh cut up cilantro
2 tablespoons of red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper
4 filets of mahi mahi

Preheat oven to 375 degree Fahrenheit.

Place olive oil in pan on stove top, medium high heat.

Take thawed filets and season with salt and pepper to liking, both sides. Then, dredge filets, one side only, with cilantro and red pepper flakes.

Now, place fish cilantro side down into pan. Cook til fish starts browning on edges. (1-2 minutes) ***Be careful, oil will go everywhere. Then, place fish in a baking dish to put bake in oven for 3-5 minutes.

I honestly felt like a real cook after this meal. Delish!

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