Erin Gleeson’s New Cookbook “The Forest Feast”

I have loved the forest feast blog ever since I first discovered food blogs; it is different from any other blog out there with a ton of creativity.  I love how she incorporates watercolor into her posts, especially since I like to dabble in it myself.  I think her cookbook is so awesome, not only are the photos gorgeous but the recipes are really simple and perfect for entertaining.


I was so lucky to be able to go to her book signing at Bookshop Santa Cruz for her new beautiful cookbook and if you haven’t picked it up yet do yourself a favor and go get it!


I liked how she showed slides of her cabin in the forest and photos from her cookbook while she talked about the process of creating it including the cover.


The bookstore staff made and served appetizers from her cookbook and as you can see they were disappearing fast.


There were quite a few people waiting in line to get their book signed.


Erin is super sweet and very personable.


Signing, signing and more signing : )


She signed my book with happy cooking and that is special to me because Robby and I love Jacques Pepin and he says it after his cooking shows.


Here are a few examples of what you will find inside.  I thought these Asparagus Pastry Straws were the cutest appetizers ever!


I can see my self getting addicted to these Curried Crispy Carrots.


These Winter Citrus Sangria look and sound amazing!

I’d tell you more about her but everything you would want to know is on her press page here.

Check out her blog

Buy her Cookbook

Brewers Yeast Scrub/Mask for Mature, Oily or Acne Skin

The great thing about this is it is a scrub and a mask all in one.  It is soothing from the oats yet stimulating from the brewers yeast and will regenerate and bring oxygen to your skin while tightening your pores.  You will love how it brings a glow to your skin.


Recipe: 1/2 Cup

  • 1/4 Cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 2 Tablespoons Brewers Yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons Cup Almonds
  • 3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • Olive Oil and/or Honey  (Optional)


Grind the almonds until coarsely ground in a food processor then add the oats pulse a few times then add the brewer’s yeast and turn on then drop the lavender in while on until well combined.

Wash your face, neck and chest and add a little of the scrub/mask in your hand or small bowl and mix with a little water, oil and/or honey for extra moister and scrub in circular motions very lightly letting the scrub do the work then leave on for 15 – 20 minutes and rinse well.

* If you use honey make sure your face is wet with water or a hydrolsol otherwise it’s to sticky to scrub.

*You will feel tingling from the brewers yeast, this is normal.  It is bringing circulation to your skin.

Or you can apply this in the shower, first wash your face, neck, chest, arms and hands then gently scrub in circular motions and leave on while you wash your hair and body etc. rinse off.

Spray with a toner and apply a face oil or lotion to trap in the toner.

           Use: 1 – 3 times a week

Skin Benefits:

Oat Powder – All skin types.  Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. Cleansing, softening, moisturizer, toning, protective to the skin, lifts away dead skin cells, helps fade age spots, smooths skin, protect the skin, helps minimize scars, make a paste for rashes & insect bites.  Anti-Inflammatory, anti-oxidant & anti-itch.

Brewers Yeast - Great for mature, oily, or acne skin.  Helps to clear problem skin, minimize brown spots, tighten pores, pull out Impurities, helps UV damage, stimulates blood flow, circulation & brightens complexion.  Anti-bacterial.  High in B Vitamins, Chromium & Selenium.

Almond Meal – All skin type.  Cleansing, moisturizer, softening, smoothing, nourishing, lifts out impurities by unclogging pores, cleanses away dead skin cell & replenish skin oils.  Anti-Inflammatory & antioxidant.  High in vitamin E which is great for premature aging

Lavender Essential Oil – All skin types – balancing oil, meaning if you have dry skin it returns it to a normal state and the same goes for oily skin as it balance the sebum production, this is why it is used on all skin types.  It reduces inflammation, soothing, healing and rejuvenating.


Olive oil - Penetrates deep into the skin.  Dry, sensitive, wrinkles, itchy & inflamed. Soothing, very mild, attracts external moisture, cell regenerator & plumps the skin.  Anti-aging, anti-Inflammatory & strong anti-oxidant qualities.  Contains vitamins A, E, K, minerals & proteins.

Honey is extremely moisturizing and soothing to the skin as well as it is high in enzymes so it has a exfoliating effect.  It is an antibacterial that is great for blemishes as well as with the antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.  It is an anti-oxidant that helps slow down signs of aging and helps bring a youthful glow to your face.

The Drunken Botanist

 This is one of those great kitchen/bar book must haves! The Drunken Botanist  was the winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals 2014 Judges Choice Award, and the 2014 Northern California Book Award Drunken-Botanist-Book-

Author Amy Stewart receives a New York Times Best Seller for her sixth book she’s written.  As the title suggests, it combines her lifelong interests in botany and well-made cocktails. The book explores hundreds of plants that are fermented, distilled, macerated, infused, mixed, and otherwise made into drinks.

Website: Drunken Botanist

                Amy Stewart




The Besty Did A Video On Us : )

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