Easy Crock-Pot Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Instead of the original recipe that takes quite a bit of time to bake in the oven, I experimented with some of the ingredients, took some out, added my own, and used a crock pot instead. This recipe is always a hit at parties, potlucks, and family gatherings. It’s quick, easy, and yummy! Enjoy!

Easy Crock-Pot Broccoli & Cheese Casserole

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 package (16 ounces) frozen chopped broccoli
1/3 cup milk
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’ s Condensed Cream of Chicken & Herb Soup
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’ s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’ s Condensed Cream of Broccoli Soup
1 jar (8 ounces) pasteurized process cheese sauce (like Cheez Whiz)
2 cups minute white rice
1 cup of warm water
Large Crock-Pot

Heat the butter in your crock-pot high on heat.
Stir the broccoli, milk, soups, and rice.
Bake at high heat  for about 20-30 minutes, stirring every 5 or 10 minutes until the mixture is hot and bubbling.
Then add cheese.
After its ready, set your crock pot on low or warm. Then serve. :)

Skin Care Tips for the Fall Season

The days are getting shorter, the nights colder, and the breezes just a little bit crisper. It’s officially fall, and along with the festivities and fun that come with the season, the changing weather means taking a look at your skin care needs. Here are some tips to help your skin stay healthy and beautiful as you transition from the long, hot summer into the cooler and crisper days of fall.
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Moisturizing
You know your skin needs moisture and hydration to looks its best, and hopefully you’ve been keeping dull, lifeless skin and premature aging away by making moisturizer a part of your year-round daily beauty regimen, even through the summer. You may know that your skin’s moisturizing needs change with the seasons – summer’s warm weather often requires a lighter moisturizing formula to deal with sweat and higher oil production, while a cold, dry winter means heavier, more intense moisturizing. But what about the somewhere-in-between days of fall? That can change depending on the weather, your climate – and your skin type. During this time, it’s important to pay attention to what your skin is telling you, and transition from your summer moisturizer to your winter version slowly as your skin reacts to the cooler, dryer air.
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Sunscreen
Fall may mean a chance to break out your jeans and light sweaters, but just because the weather is cooler – and your skin is more covered up – doesn’t mean you can pack away the sunscreen for the season. Any skin that’s still exposed to the sun, including your face and hands, are at risk for sun damage from unprotected over-exposure. In fact, the cooler air can sometimes be more dangerous, as the lack of heat can leader to longer exposure and more damage without immediately feeling it. This is especially true in warmer climates, where fall brings a cooler air that still welcomes shorts and t-shirts. Liberally apply a high SPF sunscreen to any exposed skin while enjoying any outdoor fall activities, and give yourself everyday protection with a facial moisturizer containing sunscreen.

Exfoliate
Even if you protected your skin, a long summer of time spent in the sun can leave your skin looking dull and lifeless. Slough off the layer of dead skin and start fall with a fresh, clean face and unclogged pores by exfoliating your skin. A mild exfoliating scrub, a washcloth, and motorized facial brushes can all be helpful in removing dead, dry layers, but be sure to be gentle and use extreme care to not harm your skin by exfoliating too aggressively at home.
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*For more effective results, schedule a professional microdermabrasion or chemical peel with me so I can safely remove the dull skin and leave your face looking fresh and rejuvenated.
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Dry Weather
The upcoming winter months can severely dry out and damage your skin, particularly on your hands, face and lips. It may still be fall, but right now is a great time to stock up on the supplies you’ll need to protect your skin when winter gets here. Start getting in the habit now of applying extra lip protection and applying extra moisturizing to your hands, cuticles, and areas like your elbows and knees that dry out quickly. By preparing yourself now, you’ll thank yourself when winter comes around.

AprilApril M. Monterrosa is the Owner of  The Lil Spa Room , PCA Skin Certified, a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor, Founder of  Wonderfully Wise Women, & a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine. Just a simple &  Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, & a licensed Cosmetologist of 17+ years, blogging about things I love most…Beauty, Love, Life, Spa, Wine, Women Empowerment, Random thoughts, and everything else in between! Check out my Other Blog at: wonderfullywisewomen.me

Best Time of Year for a Facial

Maybe you don’t have the time or the cash to have regular facials. For you, a facial might be just a yearly indulgence. If you are going to do it only once a year, the best time of the year to get a facial is the fall. Although the outdoor cold and indoor dry heat in the winter are dehydrating to the skin, the worst time for your skin is the summer. Considering the time spent in the sun, the exposure to chlorine in pools, and the increased time outdoors (which means more contact with air pollution), summertime can be very damaging to the skin. A fall facial might help to repair some of the damage the summer season has caused. It could unclog your pores, get rid of dead skin cells (remember that sunburn?) and moisturize dry skin — all the better to face the trials of the cooler weather ahead. For more information on skin care, Check out the rest of my blog or book an appointment with me.

Live, Love, Spa,
April M. Monterrosa, The Lil Spa Room
Phone: 210.896.4445
Address: 123 Southbridge 
(Inside Visions for Hair Salon)
San Antonio, TX 78216
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