Fancy Donuts!

By Libbie Summers for Terra’s Kitchen
Assisted by David Dempsey

I make homemade yeast donuts once a year. It’s a big production that I subject my family to with much pomp and circumstance leading up to the big day –donut Sunday! But, for donut cravings that don’t LAND on donut Sunday, I make these fast and easy Fancy Donuts!

With a fancy donut, the art is not in the making, but in the decorating. This is how an ombré of matcha colored glaze and edible decorations take a store bought cake donut from boredom to stardom!

Fancy Donuts
makes 12

What you need:
12 store bought plain cake donuts
3 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Matcha powder
Edible petals/flowers (violas, lilac, blueberry, carnation, nasturtium, marigold, bachelor button, chive)*
White sugar pearls
Sprinkles
Chocolate dipped pretzels
Edible Gold (if you want to be super fancy)
Donut Decorating, Libbie Summers, Terra's Kitchen, A food-inspired Life
What to do:
Make the glaze: Add the powdered sugar to a medium mixing bowl. Whisk in the milk and extract until smooth. Divide the glaze between 3 bowls. Leave 1/3 of the glaze white. Mix in just enough matcha powder to the second bowl to make a pale green glaze. Mix in enough matcha powder to the third bowl to make a darker green glaze. Cover the pale green and dark green glazes with plastic wrap (pushing against the glaze to keep from crusting over).
Dip and decorate the donuts: Working with one color of glaze at a time (white first) dip 4 of the donuts into the glaze and rest on a drying rack. Working while the glaze is still wet, decorate each donut with the flowers*, sprinkles, chocolate dipped pretzels and edible gold. Repeat the process with the remaining two colors of glaze.

*Go sparingly on the edible flowers…a little flower petal goes a long way!
Matcha, Libbie Summers, A food-inspired Life, Donut Decorating,
Fancy Donuts, A food-inspired Life, Donut Decorating,

Inspired by Rhubarb

by Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong

While most of the United States is buried in snow, we are harvesting the first spoils of Spring here in Savannah. This week we celebrate rhubarb in all its fashionable tartness. We’ve used it to make a puree, folded it into cream, “chutneyed” it, drank it with a little bubbly and captured its colors and history through an artist’s keen eye. Join us this week as we cut off the leaves and celebrate the stalk.

Libbie Summers, A Food-Inspired Life, Rhubarb

Libbie Summers, A Food-Inspired Life, Rhubarb

Food Beauty: 2 Homemade Citrus Skincare Products

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong
Assisted by David Dempsey
Models: Anna Heritage and Candace Brower

1. Anti Aging Citrus, Green Tea and Turmeric Face Mask
As much as we had a fun time playing with the video for this beauty secret, the truth is it really worked. My face felt so good after using this. Firm and a little tingly each time from the citrus.

A Food-Inspired Life, Homemade Food Beauty Products, Citrus Beauty Treatments
Anti Aging Citrus Green Tea and Turmeric Face Wash
makes approximately 1/3 cup/application for a day
2 cups/x6 (Anna holding above) makes a great gift for a week of treatments
What you need:
1/4 cup prepared Matcha, cooled (can substitute any green tea)
1/2 half lemon, juiced
1/4 teaspoon ground turmericWhat to do:
In a small mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients.
Use a cotton ball to apply all over face and neck.
Wait 10 minutes.
Rinse with cool water.
Pat dry.
Repeat twice a day (morning and night)

2. Grapefruit and Rosemary Salt Scrub
Trust me, your skin will feel amazing after using this rub. The bonus is the citrus keeps you alert and the rosemary is calming. Somehow it all works without driving you crazy. 

A Food-Inspired Life, Homemade Food Beauty Products, Citrus Beauty Treatments
Salt Scrub, Food Beauty, Skin Care, Homemade Beauty Products
Grapefruit and Rosemary Salt Scrub
makes about 1 ½ cups

What you need:
1 cup kosher salt
zest of 1 grapefruit
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely minced
½ cup pure organic almond oil
a few drops grapefruit essential oil (optional)

What to do: 
In a small mixing bowl, stir together all the ingredients. Pour into a sterilized jar with a tight fitting lid. (I sterilize mine by running through the dishwasher.)

To use: Stir mixture and apply to a clean body in the shower. Rinse and pat dry with a towel.

Note: Scrub will keep in an air-tight container at room-temperature for 4 months.

 

 

Miracle Anti Aging Citrus Face Mask

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Edited by Candace Brower
With Anna Heritage

It’s a miracle!! After using this 3 ingredient homemade face mask I looked years younger, felt infinitely cooler and immediately craved a bowl of bibimbap.

5 Interesting Ways To Use A Grapefruit

Recipes and Styling by Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong, Cedric Smith
Assisted by Candace Brower
5 Interesting Ways To Use A Grapefruit
I could probably name 100’s, but I get bored after 5.
Find all the inspiration, recipes, and pro tips all week long on my blog!
A Food-Inspired Life, Five Ways To Use A Grapefruit, Citrus, Life Hacks, How To
1. A Food-inspired Centerpiece
For a chic centerpiece on the fly, always look to the beauty of seasonal foods! Here, grapefruit just picked from the tree (or bought at the store) lined up like soldiers down the table maked for a striking centerpiece to a dinner party. Don’t forget to include your inspiration in at least one course so to inform the meal. 
When berry season seems so far away, this simple sauce is the perfect substitute spooned over morning pancakes, French toast or a simple sponge cake for dessert. 
A last minute gift of smooth skin and wide eyes is only a few ingredients away. If you’re making it for a friend, do yourself a favor and double the recipe and give a gift to yourself. 
A full blown toast party. 
When you want to impress and get a little nostalgic at the same time this is the cake for you. This Grapefruit Meringue Cake is a Baked Alaska via Brooklyn –old school meets something pretending to be old school. Make one for every two people at your table to promote a little table talk!