B&B:Fit

High-res babycakesnyc:

Our forthcoming iPad/iPhone App is many things: a bake-through of much of my first two books, a televisual cheatsheet for vegan and gluten-free baking, an indulgent and beautiful art project. It is BabyCakes NYC without the subway ride or the parking ticket. We scored music from four of our favorite musical acts and new recipes from a James Beard award winner and also a New York Times four-star-earner!
Love, Erin

babycakesnyc:

Our forthcoming iPad/iPhone App is many things: a bake-through of much of my first two books, a televisual cheatsheet for vegan and gluten-free baking, an indulgent and beautiful art project. It is BabyCakes NYC without the subway ride or the parking ticket. We scored music from four of our favorite musical acts and new recipes from a James Beard award winner and also a New York Times four-star-earner!

Love,
Erin

Vegan Gelatin

So, I’m always up for trying new and exciting ingredients in my cooking. Recently, I’ve been dabbling a little bit into candy making, only because recent health issues have insured that I can no longer eat a lot of the foods that I enjoy.

Here’s the jist on that problem. A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with delayed immune sensitivity response, or delayed-type hypersensitivity, to dairy. Before, I was just labeled lactose intolerant, but now it has somewhat…evolved. What this means is that my body pretty much considers dairy a toxin, so I sweat a lot, get migraines, and depending on the amount, even throw up. It looks at it the way it looks at diseases.

Because of this, a lot of the foods that I once enjoyed I’m now trying to find alternatives to. One thing I enjoy is “froyo” with gummy bears. I’m trying my hand at making vegan frozen yogurt (still trying), but I also decided that why not try making healthier homemade gummy bears, too? I mean how hard can it be? It’s actually not hard at all, as long as you keep an eye on it and make sure the temperature of the sugar syrup is right, but that’s a whole different story.

I’ve tried Agar Agar as a gelatin substitute for a while now, but I just recently heard about vegetable gelatin from Le Sanctuaire off of Gilt. Le Sanctuaire’s Vegetable Gelatin is obviously in powder form and is made from harvested seaweed.

This vegetable gelatin in Le Sanctuaire’s 4mular line not only gels liquids, but also suspends ingredients in them (think chocolate in chocolate milk, or the fruit puree in a raspberry vinaigrette), thickens and binds. Derived from various seaweed species harvested from Brittany to Bali, it’s a great gelatin alternative for vegetarians and vegans. - Gilt

So, I bought some. I’m curious to see how it works. Gilt Taste is invite only, and yes, they have sections for meat, seafood, etc, but just search “vegan” and you’ll find products from Babycakes NYC, Vegan Divas, etc. If you’d like to join Gilt Taste - along with Gilt Groupe, Gilt City, Jetsetter, and Park & Bond - here’s an invite. Enjoy.

Just How Safe Are Your Products?

I had recently read an article that talks about how over 4000 lbs of sunscreen was off into the ocean. From there, the article listed the best types of sunscreen for you from EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. EWG’s Skin Deep lists just about every product you could own from shampoo, to conditioner, to toothpaste and then rates them to just how good they are, 10 being the worst. They base their points around toxicity, cancer causing, allergies, among others. So, I decided to go ahead and check how my products score.

First, let’s start with the face and lips. They don’t have my current lip balm listed, however they do have the old one. I currently use Smith’s Rosebud Salve, which the older one had a score of 1 so I’d assume the new would have a similar score. I don’t like carrying the tin around with me so I also use Burt’s Bees Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter, which sadly gets 3. The kicker came for my mosturizer. I use L’oreal Men’s Expert Vita Lift Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer with UVA/UVB Sunscreen SPF 15 which logs in at 7 with the worst area being Developmental & reproductive toxicity. My cleansor didn’t do so hot, either. I use Neutrogena Men’s Skin Clearing Face wash ranking in at 5.

Next, lets look at oral health. My toothpaste, Tom’s of Maine Natural Toothpaste in Spearmint, is awesome, scoring no points at all with it being all natural and organic. My mouthwash isn’t too bad, either. I use The Natural Dentist Healthy Gums Daily Mouthwash in Orange Zest which scores 2 points.

Hair is next. Neither my conditioner or shampoo did that well. I use Organix Shampoo/Conditioner Renewing Moroccan Oil with the shampoo having a score of 4 and the conditioner at 5, both having high scores in Allergies & immunotoxicity
and overall hazards. My body wash is Dr. Bronner’s 18 in 1 Hemp Soap in Citrus Orange and has a score of 1.

Lastly, is body products. I use Skin Quench Hemp Body Lotion which, sadly, has a score of 7. My deodarent is at 7 also, which I use Brut 24 Hour Protection Deodorant. None of my colognes are good. Each of them came in at 10 points.

Pretty much I need to rethink what body products I use. Clearly, I haven’t done so well.

to find out how you score, go here

bonersandbitches:

So, after a few B&B writers - Lindsay, Kathleen and Kathleen’s girlfriend, Vanessa - recently moved into their new apartments, I’ve constantly been thinking about what I would buy for my apartment if I, of course, had one.

One thing that all of us seem to enjoy doing is leaving little messages around each other’s places (Kathleen writing on Lindsay’s bathroom mirror in soap, leaving funny drawings at Lindsays, writing ‘Revenge’ on Kathleen’s driver’s license). So it got me thinking about what little object I could have for my drunken buddies to write me crazy messages for my hangover the next morning. Then I found these Bamboo Dry Erase Panels by Three by Three Seattle. I love these things. They’re eco friendly, and really good looking. I’m not a terribly eco friendly person, but I really like the way eco friendly products look. I like wooden products more than most. I already have an idea for what my non exist living room might look like, but you don’t want to hear about that.

So if you need a little dry erase board that you can write little notes on (or your drunken buddies) and want to be green, too, then these are perfect.

I’ve recently tried LesserEvil snacks and they are really good, especially their Kettle Corn. Their Black & White Kettle Corn is regular and chocolate and it’s delicious. They’re also really good for you and are

  • No Preservatives
  • Baked!
  • Less Fat
  • Huge Serving Size
  • Cholesterol Free
  • No Corn Syrup
  • No Preservatives
  • No Trans Fats

Hangover Cures

New Year’s Eve is known for two things, getting terribly drunk and making out at midnight. Okay, you could add the ball dropping if you want, but it’s only used to cue when to lip lock. Sorry, I can’t really help you how to kiss, but I can help a little with the hangover with these few tips.

1. When you’re hungover, take Alka Seltzer, which is Aspirin-based, and Resolve, a Paracetamol-base. Together they well help your headache and balance out your stomach.
2. Take Milk Thistle, in caplets or drops, beforehand. Milk thistle helps eliminate toxins from your liver, and we all know where liquor goes.
3. Drink coconut water. Coconut water contains electrolytes that will help rehydrate and cool down your body.
4. And last, Lindsay swears by taking Advil. I’ve never tried it, coconut water works for me, but she claims when she takes it she feels fine.