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Deciding to DIY your skincare can be a stressful endeavor. You start out strong, committed to using all-natural ingredients. You think, My skin will thank me! My wallet will thank me! But then you start researching, and it’s all downhill: A double boiler? A blended emulsion? Special waxes? Forget it. That’s how I felt when I entered the crazy (but awesome) world of DIY. But it’s not all as challenging as you might believe. In fact, the best DIY skin-care recipes are easy to make and have just a few high-quality ingredients—like the three olive oil-based projects below. Read More
This is not the fluorescent green-apple martini you may have tried on your 21st birthday. This is your grandmother’s famous apple pie but in a martini glass—and with bourbon. (Grandma would surely approve.) Delicious served straight up, on the rocks, warmed in a mug for one, or made as a punch for all your fall gatherings, November Dream is the perfect dessert drink for the season.  Martini  2 oz. bourbon 1½ oz. organic apple cider ¾ oz. cinnamon clove brown sugar  simple syrup * 2 tsp. orange brandy liqueur 1 Tbsp. Read More
Europeans have been baking with olive oil for thousands of years, so they know that if you partially freeze olive oil, it acts a lot like butter. Once in the oven, the cold pockets of oil react with the heat to make steam, creating flakiness. About an hour before starting to bake, place the olive oil in a thin plastic container. Freeze until it’s opaque and congealed but still soft, like the consistency of slightly melted sorbet. Top this pie with a scoop of coconut-milk ice cream and you’ve got a dairy-free confection that’ll tempt even die-hard butter lovers. Read More
Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? This version gives you all that cheesy goodness using cashew cheeze sauce. Plus, it’s adaptable: you can basically mix in whatever you’d like and get your fix. Read on for a few ideas. Total Time: 30 minutes Active Time: 20 minutes Makes 4 servings Cost per serving: $1. Read More
  Beet vodka only takes three days to steep, and the end result is a deep red infusion that’s slightly sweet, with an earthy aftertaste—it’s dangerously smooth and delicious. Bonus: The Romans believed beets were an aphrodisiac, so pour some out on Valentine’s Day and let this beet booze get you in the banging mood. Making the Beet Vodka Wash, peel, and cube three medium beets and place them in a dry, clean, half-gallon Mason jar. Fill the jar with a liter of vodka (we used Tito’s). Seal the jar and shake well. Read More