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by Erin Weaver

Aging is a natural part of life and one that we should feel lucky to experience. Friendships grow stronger with age, we get to watch our families grow and develop, and emotions level out to provide us with a more even and balanced outlook on life. However, many of us are still afraid of aging physically. There is a huge industry built on the back of anti-aging, but you don’t have to splash out on a lot of expensive products to stay youthful. These top tips will keep your skin firm and youthful throughout your life.

Always Apply Sunscreen

A sunscreen that contains UVA protection and an SPF of at least 30 is necessary for anti-aging skincare, even if you don’t live in a hot climate. Apply a generous amount before you leave the house in the morning and reapply throughout the day.

Take Off Makeup Before Bed

If you wear makeup, make sure to take it off and rinse your face before you go to sleep every night. A thorough makeup remover should be the foundation of your nighttime skincare routine.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Use a rich moisturizer every morning and night to plump up your skin and keep it looking and feeling youthful. There are plenty of affordable moisturizers for all different skin types on the market, so you won’t struggle to find one that suits you. This tip will keep your face and body looking young.

Add Vitamin C

Vitamin C is the world’s best-kept secret when it comes to anti-aging. It lessens the appearance of wrinkles and keeps your skin firm, so try adding a vitamin C treatment or serum into your nightly skincare routine.

Drink Your Water

What you’re putting into your body matters just as much as what you put on it. You should always make sure to stay hydrated so your skin doesn’t dry out. Drinking two liters of water a day will make your skin naturally plump, moisturized, and beautiful.

Don’t Smoke

Smoking is bad for your body and contributes to fine lines around your mouth and cheeks. Quitting smoking is important for your inner health and outer youthfulness, so there are a huge number of benefits to giving up this bad habit.

Use Silk Pillowcases

You spend around a third of your life sleeping. During that time, your face is pressing into a pillow, so make sure your pillowcase isn’t a harsh fabric that tugs at the delicate skin of your face. A silk pillowcase will help to reduce skin damage while you sleep.

Take Omega-3 Supplements

Omega-3 helps to replenish the natural oils in your skin so taking an omega supplement will allow your body to naturally regulate its moisture. This leads to healthier and younger looking skin, so it’s a great addition to your anti-aging skincare routine.

These top skincare tips will keep your skin in good shape as you age. The earlier you start them, the more effective they will be, so make them a part of your routine as soon as you can.

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Nanny’s Biscuits With Chocolate Gravy

It is so, so cold outside! As we delve into the belly of winter, every homesteader is trying to warm up.

What better way to warm up than cook a hearty breakfast?

As a child I used to spend winters at my grandma’s farm. She lived in the middle of nowhere in the Oklahoma woods, so we often spent time together in the kitchen. That’s where I learned about a beloved secret of Southern cooking: chocolate gravy.

I know what you’re thinking. “Gravy” and “chocolate” sound like they shouldn’t go together. But they do!

My Nanny would make a batch of biscuits (made with butter from her cows, no less) and top them with a generous heap of chocolate gravy. It was the perfect way to wake up and face a chilly day.

In the spirit of winter and coziness, here’s my Nanny’s recipe for chocolate gravy and biscuits.

P.S. Pigs will happily eat your leftovers!

Chocolate gravy ingredients

⅓ cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons flour
¾ cup sugar
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate gravy directions
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, sugar, and salt.
  • Pour the dry mixture into a sauce pan and whisk.
  • Slowly pour in your 2 cups of milk, whisking constantly. Whisk until all lumps are gone.
  • Cook for 7 minutes, whisking slowly. The gravy will thicken and start to boil.
  • Once it’s thickened to your likeness, take the pan off heat.
  • Stir in the butter and vanilla.
Biscuits ingredients

1 ¾ cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, frozen
⅔ cup milk

Biscuits directions
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a food processor, add flour, baking powder, and salt. Pulse until combined.
  • Add chunks of butter into the mixture, pulsing as you go.
  • Pour the butter-flour mixture into a large bowl.
  • Stir in ⅔ cup of milk and work into a rough dough with your hands.
  • Roll the dough into ½ inch thickness.
  • Use a biscuit cutter or dinner glass to cut biscuits into desired size. Transfer to baking sheet with parchment.
  • Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes, until they’re well risen and golden brown.

To serve this delicious breakfast, simply top the biscuits with chocolate gravy. Enjoy with a cup of coffee to warm up before a busy day of homesteading.

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