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Atole – My Favorite Winter Breakfast


I know what you’re thinking, it’s May, why would I write about my favorite winter breakfast? On April 1st, my dad passed away while playing the congas. My father was a lot of things, an artist, a musician, a poet, but he was also a really great cook. My love for food has a lot do with him and his cooking. While he introduced me to so many dishes, it’s the memory of him making “atole” that I really hold dear. What’s atole? In the southern United States, you have grits. In Mexico and New Mexico, we have atole. It is usually made thick like a porridge or thin and drinkable. While you can make it using regular cornmeal, I grew up eating it made from blue cornmeal.

I am the youngest of 3 and by the time I was born, my mom was ready to go back to work, and my dad happily volunteered to be a stay-at-home dad. I was lucky to have this time with him. While I could go on for hours with memories and hilarious “dad-raising-daughters” mishaps (allowing me to dress myself – think polka dot shirts with contrasting striped pants and the ever present ” my dad did my hair” messy side ponytail) it is him making me atole that I will offer up today. After my sisters would go to school, my dad would make us breakfast and it was often our favorite – atole. No one else in the family liked it. My sisters were put off by the color, my mom didn’t like the flavor. My dad and I loved it, it was our thing. He would make it with milk, cinnamon and maple syrup (I would sneak extra sugar when he wasn’t looking).

As I grew up, he’d send me to school with a thermos of atole to drink until I graduated from high school. As time moves on, I find I am reflecting on “little” memories the most. The everyday moments we shared.

Every time I eat atole I will make a little extra for him.

So, here it is, an adaptation of my dad’s Atole:

Ingredients:

2 cups water
1 cups atole (blue corn meal)
2 cups milk (less for a thicker porridge style. I subbed almond milk because reg. milk doesn’t love me anymore)
Maple syrup and cinnamon to taste (you can sub honey, agave or sugar)

Bring your water to a boil in a saucepan. Slowly whisk the Atole in, avoiding clumping.
Bring to a boil and add the cinnamon and syrup; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk in milk as desired (no more than ½ cup for porridge style Atole).

You can flavor this however you want. Add vanilla? Sure! Make it savory? Why not!

 

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WEEKLY FAVORITES: IX

This week I have a few new items and some long time favorites. With spring fast approaching, I’ve been leaning towards a more natural look and as a result, the theme is pretty neutral:

Black Pearl & Gold Eye Patches by Petitfeé – If you follow me on Snapchat (s0njablade), then you see me using these all the time! If you’re visiting and staying with me, I’m making you try them because they are so amazing. I will use them on long flights, when I’m hungover, when I don’t get enough sleep, or just when I need a little extra pick me up. Buy these now, and thank me later.

Double Wear Foundation by Estée Lauder – This foundation has a cult following for a reason. It’s buildable, has great coverage and feels so light on the skin. It has serious lasting power and looks so natural! I’m in the shade ”Ivory Beige and know that I will be reaching for this one time and time again. The only caveat, it needs a pump. Luckily the MAC foundation pump fits this bottle, so it’s a quick fix.

Time Revolution Essence by Missha – This is a great dupe for SKII’s famous essence. It helps to hydrate, improve skin elasticity and brighten. I will use this after toner and pat into my skin with my palms.  I love it and the fact that it doesn’t have a scent.

Sun Fluid by Dr Jart+ – This is a skincare sunscreen, so you don’t have to worry about it breaking you out. With an SPF of 30 you can trust that this can provide you with protection for everyday use. It doesn’t have that sickly piña colada smell that most sunscreens have, doesnt ball up under makeup, and is slightly mattifying. I have a sample size but will purchase the full size once I run out.

Mineral Blush in ‘Wild Honey’ by Becca – Like the rest of the world, I love Becca’s highlighters and this blush has a lot of the same qualities. The powder is finely milled, it blends like a dream, is pigmented and so beautiful. This has become my everyday blush. It’s perfect for a quick wash of color to bring some life back into my face.

Sculpting Lipstick in ‘Intense Nude’ by Estée Lauder – I received this as a gift when I purchased the foundation above and it’s quickly found a permanent place in my bag. My natural lip color is a bit maroonish and this is my perfect nude. It’s really pigmented, hydrating and comfortable.

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Weekly Favorites: VIII (The Mask Edit)

Happy March everyone! This week, I am focusing on my favorite skincare step: MASKS! I love to mask. It’s a great way to treat yourself (and your skin) and turn an average skincare routine into a spa-like experience. As I previously mentioned in my Products to Avoid for Acne Prone Skin, I am constantly on the hunt for products that will keep my skin clear, reduce my pore size and keep the sebum at bay. As a result, I have put so many masks to the test and these babies are my TRIED AND TRUE! If you want to know what other products I use in my skincare rotation click here. . . OK, let’s get to the good stuff:

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – No, this is not a mask. It is a beautiful collection of poems. It is split into four different sections and depending on your vibe, you can choose to skip around or read it front to back and let the story unfold.When I’m masking I like to disconnect, and I’ve been dedicating this time to poetry. (For those of you that don’t know, poetry was my first love and it’s a part of me that I have neglected for too long. This book is bringing it back!)

Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask by CLINIQUE – THIS mask. If you purchase any of these products, may it be this mask! This is hands down the best charcoal mask on the market. Yes, better than GlamGlow and better than Boscia. This mask actually does what it’s supposed to. Mattify? Check. Unclog pores? Check. Refine pores? Double check. If you’re oily, acne prone or just in need of a detoxifying mask, look no further. I will typically use this once a week and I am always so happy with how my skin looks and feels afterward.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay – This is a hefty one and has a cult following for good reason. Not only is it insanely affordable, you get 1lb of product for $6 dollars, this mask is intense. Because of the bentonite clay, this is a deep, deep cleansing mask and you don’t want to use it too often. Typically, I will use this about once a month, or when I really need a skin detox like after I’ve been traveling etc. The only annoying part (lazy girls raise your hands) is that it’s a powder, so you have to mix it into a paste yourself. I like to mix mine with apple cider vinegar and let it do it’s magic!

Botanical Mask Pack by Bonvivant – Because I do rotate between clay masks, I like to balance out with a moisturizing/healing/repairing sheet mask once or twice a week. I love Bonvivant’s sheet masks! They are so affordable ($1!) and they have a wide range to suit your skincare needs. The sheet itself is really thin and sturdy, so it adheres to the skin really well! I also appreciate that they don’t have a strong scent. Another sheet mask that I love, but isn’t pictured because I used it last week, is the Donkey Milk Healing Gel Mask. It’s a great mask for when your skin is irritated or if you have an active breakout.

Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask by Milky Piggy – I feel like when Korean skincare became popular in here the states, this was the mask that everyone gravitated towards and wouldn’t stop talking about. This innovative mask will start to bubble and foam (ie carbonation) as it oxidizes with the air, making this one of the most entertaining masks you can purchase. While it might seem gimmicky, it’s actually packed with really great ingredients such as charcoal, pomegranate extracts, green tea, and collagen. Not only do I enjoy the experience of this mask, I also really love the glow this mask gives me. I recommend applying this mask when you’ve had a particularly trying day, as it’s guaranteed to lift your spirits!

Original Skin™ Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay by Origins – When I am looking for a luxurious experience, I reach for this product. With ingredients like Canadian willowherb, Persian silk tree, Mediterranean rose clay and exfoliating jojoba beads – how can you go wrong?! Not to mention it has the most pleasant and soothing scent. This mask leaves my skin so soft and radiant! It isn’t as powerful as the aforementioned clay masks, so I will use this about twice a week. I absolutely love this mask. Love. Love. Love

So tell me, what are some of your favorite masks?!

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Weekly Favorites: VII


Happy Saturday! I can’t believe how fast February is flying by, but I have to say, I’m already over the winter so I’m welcoming March with open arms 🤗.

That said, here are a few favorites that I’ve been loving lately. Some are oldies, but goodies and some are new classics:

Tartlette in Bloom Eyeshadow Palette by Tarte – I have been reaching for this more and more recently. This is one of those palettes that I used all of the time and then just sort of forgot about. It is so beautiful and versatile, the shadows blend easily and are so pigmented. I have been loving using the shade “Funny Girl” in the center of my lid over my next favorite below. . .

Multistick in Brioche by Bite Beauty – If you’re not familiar with Bite Beauty, get familiar. Their lipsticks are incredible, they use food grade ingredients, and they cater to a wide variety of skin tones. These sticks have a different finish depending on how you apply them – powdery with a brush, soft if straight from the bullet etc. This is a great product, for those lazy days. I love to apply this on my lid for a quick wash of color and apply “Funny Girl” from the palette above for some dimension. Pat it on your cheeks and lips and you have a great monochromatic look. I love this.

Boy Brow in Brown by Glossier – This is hands down my favorite brow product. Here’s the thing with my brows, they are thick and have the shape I prefer, but I do have some gaps that need to be filled in. This product is so easy, again lazy girl vibes, it adds pigment, fills in any gaps and lays the brows down all in one step! I was using the shade black for a while, but it felt super harsh, so I have switched to brown. I think it adds dimension to my brows, without looking sharp. I highly recommend this product.

Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation by Sonia Kashuk – Yes, this is from the drugstore, and yes it’s AMAZING. I love this foundation, not only is full coverage but it is so light on the skin. Trust me when I say you cannot feel this on the skin. It blends really nicely, doesn’t oxidize and has a beautiful finish. Downside? They have a terrible shade range. The darkest color is #6 in Camel. For some reference, I use #5 in the shade Bamboo, the second darkest shade, and it’s winter time, meaning I am at my palest . . .! If you can find it in your shade, get it because it’s great.

Rose Petal, Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Toner by Thayers – Can I get a clap for this tried and true toner? I have said it before, and I will say it again. I LOVE rose in my skincare. In my cleaners, in my oils, in my masks and this toner is EVERYTHING. It’s hydrating, cleansing, alcohol and paraben free, and so gentle on the skin. The scent is pleasant and I find it to be both calming and invigorating at the same time. Oxymoron? Test this toner out and tell me that you don’t agree.

Batiste Dry Shampoo – This is my ride or die dry shampoo. It is $6 and works wonders on my hair. I wash my hair every 3 or 4 days and as a result, I need a dry shampoo that can inject some life back into these locks. I use the dark and deep brown version because my hair is a deep and dark brown, hence I can avoid any pesky white cast. Not to mention, I love the way this stuff smells!

Cleansing Oil by Simple – I am a firm believer in double cleansing. Not familiar? Double cleansing is when you use an oil or a balm to remove your makeup, sunscreen etc and then follow up with your regular facial cleanser. I have tried a lot of cleaning oils and had yet to find one that compared to, the now impossible to find, NUDE Clarifying Cleansing Oil. That is, of course, before I found this one. It removes all of my makeup with ease, it doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind and it’s affordable. It’s formulated for sensitive skin so you know it’s not going to cause any irritation. I was experiencing, what I assumed to be dermatitis on my eyelids, but I couldn’t pinpoint what was irritating my eyes, until i realized that my cleansing oil was my most recent addition into my skincare. Once I switched to this, the irritation subsided and I have yet to experience any discomfort (knock on wood).

 

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My Favorite: Golden Milk Recipe

What is golden milk? Think of it as turmeric tea or if you’re feeling boujie it’s a turmeric latte.

Why am I drinking this? Tumeric is chock full of curcumin which is a powerful anti -inflammatory and digestion booster. This is also a great way to boost your immune system, has been said to help clear the skin and is great for your liver. Paired with cinnamon, coconut oil, ginger and black pepper (which increases the bioavailability of the curcumin) you’re in for an overall health tonic.

This stuff has been my lazy morning/soothing evening drink of choice. I’ve tried a few golden milk recipes but found them to be a bit too bitter for me. Below you will find my tried and true recipe 😋.

***  I used cashew milk today, but feel free to use whole milk, almond or the milk substitute of your choice. Keep in mind, the higher the fat content of your “milk” the better you’re going to be able to absorb the turmeric. With that said, I added coconut oil to amp up the fat. ***

GOLDEN MILK RECIPE

  1. 1-1 1/2 cup of milk
  2. 1 teaspoon turmeric
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  4. 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 teaspoon honey
  7. 1 teaspoon grade b maple syrup
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (or a nub of fresh ginger
  9. Pinch of black pepper
  10. Pinch of nutmeg

Combine ingredients into a small pot or sauce pan. Whisk and bring to a boil, then let it simmer for a few minutes. (This process should take no more than 5 minutes). Strain into a cup and enjoy! If you’re still on that boujie tip, use a milk frother to make it nice and silky.

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Weekly Favorites: VI

Hey everyone! It’s been a month (!) since my last post. January was a crazy month. I turned 30, went on vacation and then came home and made some pretty big life changes. More on that later…

Today, I want to get back to my favorites!

Brush Cleaning Egg by AOA Studio – Ahem, this is $1! Yes, $1. It cuts my brush cleaning time in half. Best purchase ever. I bought several. You’re welcome.

Black Orchid by Tom Ford – I received this as a gift, and I’m so glad I did. I would tu have purchased this scent in my own. It’s warm and spicy and insanely sexy. Overtime the spicy notes settle and it sweetens as it warms to your skin. I’m constantly getting compliments  on this.

Forro Luna Two for Combination Skin – I love this. It makes my skin super soft and thoroughly deep cleans. I love that one charge lasts up to 7 months (!) and that you never need to purchase any replacement equipment. It’s sylocobw so bacteria is going to cling to it and it’s super easy to clean.

Luminoso baked blush by Milani- this is a cult favorite for a reason. It’s super affordable, and is insanely flattering on all skin tones. This will always be in my bag.

Vanilla bean lipscrub by Eco lips – my girl Darcy hooked it up with some natural products for my birthday! This has quickly become one of my favorites. It is effective and isn’t overly sweet like a lot of other lip scrubs.

Twig by MAC – this is my go-to “your lip color but better” lipstick. I love this. I will never not have a tube of this.

Dandelion Root Tea –