Spicy Candied Brussels Sprouts
AHHHHHHHHHHHH. Presidential campaign commercials have begun and they never stop. I hate it so much. When we moved into our house, I didn’t want to have cable. I would have been totally fine with just Netflix and Amazon. But the fiancé wanted sports, so we got cable. But now I’m stuck with watching commercials of people who fight like middle school kids then laugh and smile a lot during commercials. And since I trust no one, I hate them even more. I believe nothing they have to say but then I’m forced to listen to their bullsh*t. Shouldn’t there be some sort of ‘ignore all’ button when it comes to those commercials? I mean, we can control everything else, why can’t we control that? Riddle me that!
A couple people over the past few days have asked about my chemical peel and my experience with it. So I’m going to tell you a quick story. This chemical peel thing isn’t new to me. When I was dealing with really miserable cystic acne, I tried everything. Including multiple chemical peels. So this is not a new experience for me. BUT I’ve gone to different people for chemical peels and this has been my best experience by far. So the reason I do chemical peels is simple: it makes your skin look better. It cleans it up, helps with some acne as well as scaring (which I have a lot of from my cystic acne), smoothes it out, and helps with aging. I really do think it’s one of the easiest things you can do to help with wrinkles and long term changes that we encounter as we get older. I’m a person who is happy to spend decent money on my face because I know it’s only getting older as we speak. So I see a medical esthetician on a regular basis to work on dark spots, red marks, acne as well as wrinkles. I absolutely love it and really see a difference!
So the peel itself is not that fun, that’s for sure. They just put a cream on your face and it burns and then they do it more. You hold a fan in front of your face to cool it down, but it still sucks for sure. Your skin is red and slightly orange afterwards and feels kind of tight. You definitely don’t really want to go out in public. The next day it feels tight but I was still able to wear makeup and go about my day like usual. By the end of the first day, it begins to crack and you get dry skin just like if you had a bad sunburn. And then your whole face is peeling like a motha f*cka. I used a super intense lotion to help with the peeling, but you still peel everywhere. It’s on your clothes, in your hair, on your pillow. Everywhere. It’s really annoying. I definitely makes you not want to go outside. But then by the 5th or 6th day, you skin looks amazing. The color looks even, acne is gone, it’s smoother. It’s seriously awesome. And worth all the miserable days.
And that’s that. I got one this past week just to help my skin look smoother the day of our wedding. I will still see my medical esthetician a couple more times beforehand to make sure I’m looking my best the day of! She does all kinds of fun stuff! So if you have any questions about the chemical peels, feel free to leave a comment!Print
Spicy Candied Brussels Sprouts
- Yield: 3-4 1x
- 1/2 pound bacon, chopped
- 10 ounces brussels sprouts, halved
- 1/4–1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- lemon zest, for garnishing
- Place bacon in a large saute pan over medium heat. Cook bacon until crispy then remove and set aside. Remove excess bacon fat, leaving behind about 3-4 tablespoons in the pan.
- Place brussels sprouts cut side down in the pan and sprinkle with salt. Let brussels sprouts cook for about 4-5 minutes, until completely browned then turn over and repeat. Sprinkle with a bit more salt and garlic powder.
- Once cooked on both sides, reduce heat to medium-low then pour balsamic vinegar, hot sauce, and maple syrup into the pan, move around the brussels sprouts then let cook for 3-4 minutes, until the balsamic vinegar thickens then add bacon back to the pan and mix.
- Garnish with lemon zest before serving.
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