Easy Crawfish Etouffee Recipe

Being a Latina with German roots growing up in a Mexican neighborhood, who would have thought one of my favorite cuisines would be Cajun! I searched all across the web for an easy crawfish etouffee recipe. The ones that I found didn’t serve more than 4 people. With all the family get-togethers, I needed a recipe that would serve everyone enough to have a full belly.  This recipe serves about 6-8, for a smaller meal, cut ingredients in half.

Ingredients needed:

3 lbs crawfish tails (thawed)
2 large chopped yellow onions
A bundle of chopped green onions
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 fresh chopped tomatoes
3 cans of medium Rotel (you can use mild, medium, or spicy depending on how much heat you like.)
3 cans of Campbell’s golden mushroom soup
3 tablespoons flour
2 1/2 sticks of butter
2 tablespoons of Cajun seasonings
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Garlic Powder (to taste)
Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
White steamed rice

Directions:
Melt 1 1/2 stick of butter on medium high heat; add in your onions and green onions and sauté them until soft. Then add your chopped tomato, along with the Cajun seasoning. When adding salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper, start off with 1 teaspoon and just add a dash here and there according to taste. Cook the vegetable and spiced mixture for about 25 minutes and/or the till veggies are real soft and look smooth.

Once your veggies are done, add in your cans of Rotel. To make in add 1 tablespoon at a time of flour (add more butter if needed) to make a roux to thicken mixture. When the flour is mixed in well and the mixture is smooth, add cans of golden mushroom soup with 1-3 cups of water (depending on how thick or watery you want your etouffee) and crawfish tails. Stir the etouffee well and cook covered on medium for about 30 minutes. Be sure to keep tasting mixture and add spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper) as needed. Add the rest of the butter to pot and cook uncovered for another 20 minutes.

*As your etouffee is almost ready, cook up your steamed white rice.

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adding in crawfish and other ingredients

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dinner is served

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People Come and Go

Everyone enters our lives for a reason. They may be part of our lives for a short time or in it for the long run. Each person contributes experiences, memories, and qualities that make us who we are today.

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Look around you, who’s in your life today? Who’s come and gone? Some you may have expected to stay for the long run and those you didn’t are still in your life and may have greater meaning to you now.

Life is full of surprises. And even though I strongly believe you can control who’s stays in your life, I also think we can’t control who comes along in it.

Happy Friday and appreciate everyone that comes into your life.

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Marine Corps Nail Art

Came across this really cool USMC nail art as I was browsing online. Seemed appropriate to post today. Happy birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

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Picture courtesy of I Feel Polished

Spiced Cider Facial

Hello November…treat your skin to the aromas of Autumn.

A beautiful medley of classic fall scents including fresh apples, nutmeg, and cinnamon are present in this aromatic facial. This facial delivers a comforting, warming effect on the skin and gives your face a beautiful glow.This skin treatment includes an apple orchard enzyme that is a mild exfoliant as well as a great antioxidant/anti-aging treatment to get all the last traces of summer off of your skin! Then, while you relax and receive an awesome massage of your decollete, neck, shoulders, and scalp, a hydrating Autumn Spice mask is applied to your face to soothe away any inflammation and to calm the skin. Cinnamon creates a warming sensation in the skin while mangosteen, honeysuckle, and passionflower provide anti-aging benefits for healthy, nourished skin. Suitable for all skin types!

Included in the facial:

Apple Orchard Enzyme: This gentle enzyme is meant to be a mild exfoliant as well as a great antioxidant/anti-aging facial.  It will be warming to the skin.  Contains apple fruit extract and malic acid (a naturally occurring AHA).  Suitable for all skin types, but may not be suited for rosacea or sensitive skin due to the warming effect.

Autumn Spice Hydrating Mask: This hydrating mask has nutmeg to soothe inflammation, yet is also antibacterial.  Cinnamon creates a warming sensation in the skin while mangosteen, honeysuckle, and passionflower provide anti-aging benefits for healthy, nourished skin.  Suitable for all skin types.

Make your appointment today!

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Jacko’lantern Beauty Recipes

pumpkin beauty recipes-The Lil Spa RoomGood news for fridges already full to the brim: Leftover pumpkins from Halloween can be put to a second use on your face! While pumpkins smell and taste delicious during the fall season, they’re even more effective as a natural skin care ingredient. While many think the pumpkin is a vegetable, the gourd is actually a fruit because it grows on a vine and has seeds. This autumnal icon comes in various shades of green, yellow, and red, but we most recognize its bold and bright orange hue. And while many spas and skin care companies offer fancy pumpkin enzyme peels, you can re-create your very own tangerine-tinted treatments with ingredients from your fall pantry.

Pumpkin provides the skin with a natural barrier to help reduce the affects of over-exposure to Jackolantern beauty usesharmful environmental elements such as sun and wind. It contains high levels of vitamin A that helps soothe the skin and provides relief to sun-damaged skin. Pumpkin is rich in zinc, a very powerful antioxidant that acts as a shield to help protect the body against free radicals. Whereas the vitamin C present serves as a repair agent, treating any damage produced by harmful rays including fine lines and wrinkles. According to researchers, they contain over 100 ingredients to help make your skin look and feel younger. Instead of throwing away your Jack O Lanterns, get one more use out of that old pumpkin, and make yourself beautiful!

Skin Repair

Pumpkin is an excellent ingredient to help maintain great looking skin; it is suitable for all skin types and will help to restore moisture, elasticity, and natural glow to the skin. Because of the natural exfoliates and enzymes present it is especially effective for treating dry skin, these exfoliating enzymes help to remove dead skin cells and excess build-up of dirt and impurities. The natural properties of pumpkin also help stimulate circulation and healthy cell growth, which helps to promote healing of the skin and improving its overall condition.

Acne Treatment

Pumpkin contains vitamins E and T that are extremely effective to help treat and control acne. If you have acne prone skin and suffer from regular breakouts, then try pumpkin based skin care products to help promote healthy skin Pumpkin contains beneficial properties that fight inflammation, reduce pore size, and prevent breakouts by controlling excess oil in the skin.

Pumpkin soothes, nourishes, and moisturizes the skin; it acts as a carrier agent and assists other beneficial ingredients to absorb deeply into the skin, further intensifying results. Try out these simple homemade recipes to experience the benefits for yourself.

To do so, chop your pumpkin into several blocks; boil the blocks in hot water for up to 10 minutes. Make sure the pumpkin is soft enough to mash up, and then follow these easy steps:

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HOMEMADE PUMPKIN BEAUTY TREATMENTS:

Pumpkin Pie Face Mask
2 Tbsp cooked pumpkin
1 Tbsp raw honey
1/8 tsp cinnamon

OPTIONAL: 1/4 tsp heavy whipping cream For dry skin
OPTIONAL: 1/4 tsp cranberry juice or apple cider vinegar For oily skin

I  know this looks like a Thanksgiving pie recipe at first glance, but we promise this yummy beauty recipe feeds your face, not your mouth. The pumpkin and cinnamon invigorate and exfoliate, while the honey acts as a humectant. First, combine all of your primary ingredients in a small bowl. Then, if you wish, add heavy whipping cream, cranberry juice, or apple cider vinegar depending on your complexion. Blend the mixture gently, and then apply a thin layer of it onto your face, avoiding the eye area. Relax for 15 minutes as you enjoy the amazing aroma wafting from your skin. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Pureed Pumpkin Scrub

1/4 cup cooked pumpkin puree
1/4 cup brown sugar

The enzymes in this simple and delicious sugar scrub will slough dead winter skin off your body. Combine your ingredients in a small bowl, and then apply the mixture to your body in the shower. Scrub your skin gently in circular motions, and rinse off with warm water.

Pumpkin Pedicure

1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 raw egg
1/2 tsp raw honey
Plastic wrap

Soften dry, cracked feet with this natural enzymatic concoction. Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl and apply to clean feet. Wrap your feet with clear plastic wrap and let your tootsies marinate for 15 minutes (don’t forget to wrap in between your toes!). After time is up, rinse with lukewarm water and slather feet with your favorite foot cream.

Pumpkin Body Scrub:

1/2 Cup- Cooked Pumpkin
1/2 Cup- Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon- Cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and stir. It’s a good idea to lay out some newspapers on your bathroom floor because this could get messy. Take your mixture and massage into your skin for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and your skin will be exfoliated, healthy and glowing!

Pumpkin Face Masque:

3 Tablespoons of cooked or canned Pumpkin
1 Teaspoon of Honey
1/4 Teaspoon of Milk

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and massage into your face. Let sit for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Wash your face with your normal cleanser, if needed.

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Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup non-dairy milk – I used unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 banana
1 tbsp raisins or 1/2 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp gluten-free, alcohol-free pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch ground cloves
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Directions:
Place everything but whipped topping in the blender.
Blend until smooth

*Pour into your favorite glass and place a couple tablespoons of coconut whipped cream on top.
Sprinkle with cinnamon if you’d like!

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Halloween Candy Leftovers

I don’t have a problem admitting I have a huge sweet tooth, so when Halloween comes around, I tend to over buy candy. Here are some useful tips to get your money’s worth when overbuying sweet treats for Halloween.

  • You can freeze candy up to a year in the freezer.
  • Buy discounted Halloween candy for Christmas stockings and parties. Most kids don’t care if their Christmas candy is orange and black or if it has silver and gold wrappers instead of red and green.
  • Use leftover Halloween candy in Christmas baking and for making gingerbread houses.
  • Use grated or chopped chocolate in place of chocolate chips in cookies. It is easier to cut candy into pieces if you freeze it first.
  • Break Butterfinger candy bars into peanut butter cookie dough.
  • Sprinkle chopped chocolates on a white or chocolate frosted cake or use them to top ice cream and cheesecake.
  • Mix leftover chopped chocolates into cake mixes.
  • When making cupcakes, decorate the tops with one Hershey’s kiss or a mini candy bar.
  • Pour some leftover candy into a basket or pretty bowl to give to someone for a special gift. Even a Christmas bag full of an assortment of candies would be a gift that would delight anyone – kids, adults, co-workers or neighbors.
  • Chop up leftover candy apples for salads to give it a kick for the kids.
  • Send a box of candy to the troops! They love receiving care packages, especially with candy.
  • Use it for birthday party goodie bags.
  • If you work at a desk or own a business, spruce up your work space with a candy jar for clients. Or stash some away in your desk for those days your sweet tooth gets a craving.

Happy Halloween!

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