Grapefruit Cookies are Perfect for Parties

April 18, 2011 by  
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Grapefruit Cookies are Perfect for Parties

Grapefruit cookies are easy to make and are appropriate for many different types of events. From holiday parties to wedding receptions and baby showers grapefruit cookies are the right thing to serve when you want to provide a chocolate free option for your guests. Grapefruit cookies are also perfect for kids parties when you want to serve something that isn’t packed with sugar. There are several different kinds of cookies that use grapefruit you can make like:

Grapefruit Sugar Cookies – These simple to make cookies are perfect for showers, or for when you have friends over for a book club. They are also fabulous for teacher gifts. To make these cookies follow the basic sugar cookie recipe but add the zest of half a large and fresh ruby red grapefruit. That may seem like a lot of zest, but you’ll love the flavor when it’s finished. You can also add a few teaspoons of fresh grapefruit juice if the dough seems dry. When you take the cookies out of the over add a little more zest on the top of the warm cookie. Your guests will love the tangy and sweet flavor.

Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies – These cookies are a great twist on the classic sandwich cookie. To make these fresh and light cookies start with a basic sugar cookie recipe and add grapefruit zest. Make the cookies small and thin, like shortbread. Make at least 24. While those are cooking mix up a filling by mixing honey, confection sugar, melted butter, and a about half a cup of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Whip until it has a mousse like consistency. Frost half the cookies with the filling and then top with another cookie and serve. These are wonderful for summer picnics because they are so light and refreshing.

Tangy Grapefruit Cookies – These cookies have a little more bite to them and are great with cocktails. Mix up a regular shortbread dough, but add a cup of fresh ruby red juice and some grapefruit zest. Bake the shortbread, and then top it with a glaze made by combining fresh orange juice and fresh grapefruit juice into a simple syrup. If you want to give the cookies a bit more tartness you can place peeled grapefruit sections on top of each cookie. To make the cookies sweeter add peeled orange sections. These cookies are wonderful at holiday parties when people don’t want to eat chocolate or other traditional heavy or rich sweets.

Grapefruit and Other Kitchen Basics Can Give You Beautiful Skin

April 2, 2011 by  
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Grapefruit and Other Kitchen Basics Can Give You Beautiful Skin

Grapefruit and other fruits and vegetables can do amazing things for your skin. Did you know that you have everything you need to get beautiful skin right in your kitchen? It’s true. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on fancy face creams and other skin care products to get naturally beautiful and healthy skin. The key to getting great looking skin is to always use fresh ingredients that are chock full of antioxidants and nutrients. Grapefruit juice and orange juice are both packed full of antioxidants that fight free radical damage that can make skin look sallow and old. The light and lovely scent of grapefruit juice is added to many chemical based skin care items but you can get beautiful skin and a great scent by using real fresh grapefruit juice. Here are some of the items you probably already have in your kitchen that can give you great skin:

Eggs – Egg whites are a fantastic thickener for homemade scrubs and cleansers and they also make a great face mask. Combine some fresh grapefruit juice, egg whites and oatmeal to make a soothing and toning facial mask that will make your skin glow. Leave it on until it hardens and then rinse it off with warm water and you’ll see that your face looks lifted and healthy and your skin smell great.

Olive oil – Olive oil is light, not greasy, which makes it great to use in skin care products. Olive oil is very moisturizing and when mixed with a little fresh orange juice or grapefruit juice you can use it on your face under your makeup to keep your face hydrated throughout the day. If you have skin that tends to be a little on the oily side add a bit of Tea Tree oil to the mixture to help control any oiliness.

Fresh fruit – One of the best things you can use for skin care is fresh fruit. Fresh grapefruits and oranges can be juiced and the juice used in cleansers, toners, shampoos and other items. The segmented fruit can be pulped in a blender with juice and olive oil to create a silky body wash. Add everyday table sugar if you want to create an exfoliating scrub that won’t be too harsh. For hard to exfoliate areas like your feet add fresh grapefruit pulp, grapefruit juice, and olive oil to about a cup of table salt. The salt scrub will leave your feet smooth and silky and the fruit and oil will make them soft and ready for summer sandals.