Melissa

Luxurious Retreat Tip: Shopping at Ethnic Markets

“From Greenland’s icy mountains, from India’s coral strand, where Afric’s sunny fountains roll down their golden sand.” -Reginald Herber (Missionary Hymn) Ethnic Shopping is the next best thing to taking a vacation. The aromas, vibrant colors, textures and flavors of these little shops are a feast for the senses. This will change the way you…

Frugal Bath & Beauty: Cleopatra’s Milk Bath

Milk is rich in protein and fats that nourish and moisturize the skin. Soak in this milk bath for at least 20 minutes. I love using apricot oil in this recipe, but you can use whatever perfume or essential oil you wish. Garden of Eden is a fantastic resource for scented oils that smell wonderful…

maui mango crisp + coconut whipped cream

  Mmmmmm! Mango crisp is such a beautiful summer treat. It reminds me of a dessert I enjoyed while visiting a little restaurant in Lahaina, Maui. Whenever I cook with mangoes and ginger, the scents transport me to that amazing, tropical island. for the crumble topping: 1 cup all purpose flour 1 and 1/2 cups…

Wine Tasting Notes : Conundrum

This sweet summer wine is named “Conundrum” because of the many varietals of grapes used to create it. It poses sort of a wine “puzzle” for anyone who is into tasting wine. I absolutely love it! It’s especially nice to serve while eating al fresco. I am not usually a fan of sweet wines, but…

Frugal Bath & Beauty : Green Goddess Avocado Mask

This recipe was originally published in my second book, “Welcome Home” on page 77. Renew your skin for spring! Avocados are rich in natural fats and emollients that will leave your face soft and dewy fresh… Combine: 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato 1 whole mashed avocado 3 Tablespoons honey Massage mixture…