Author: A Little Driftless

Recipe: [Slowcooker] Creamy Wild Rice Soup with Butter Roasted Mushrooms

‘Tis the season of comfort foods! All soups are my close friends when winter, or really any weather below 20C, encroaches upon my area. I wanted to share one of my favorite recent discoveries as I have seemingly consumed nothing except soup & crusty bread the past two months. I absolutely adore Half Baked Harvest’s cooking blog if you have never checked it out before! I gather a lot of inspiration from her meals so this recipe is a slightly bolder, spicier dish than her original dish. I have included Metric & Imperial conversions, as well as ingredient alternatives because a few products are more difficult to find in France than the USA. Flavors It tastes like a giant bowl of comfort & love! It is creamy, it has citrus zest, it has the heatiness of only aged parmesan can give our souls & an extra kick of spice derived from the Mediterranean. The dish is filling without being too heavy with wine & broth to cut the density of cream & cheese. Also, it …

Camino de Santiago: A 500-Mile Pilgrimage for Park Preservation [The Conversation Fund]

My name is Jessica. I have been called an outdoorsy person, once or twice. I hike. I boulder. I trail run. I camp. My very first memory was going on a hike. My father has worked security for state & national parks for as long as I have known him, despite all of his short-coming I have learned to love & respect nature from him. He was leading me along a trail in the autumn, my toddler self kept complaining about the newly gifted hiking boots were hurting my feet. We paused a few times along the trail so my father could loosen the laces around my ankles to prevent blistering. When we finally got home & my father was taking off my boots, we discovered a giant beetle had crawled down the loosened ankles of my boots. I screamed & cried for hours after seeing the hard-shelled bug attached to my socks. My father kept taking me into the bathroom to show me my safe foot in the mirror after he released the beetle outside, …

Review: Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Serum – 20% Vitamin C

I have recently returned to the birthplace of baguettes from an impromptu visit to my sweet home, Chicago. It would not be a trip home without a few consumer indulgences, which is how I ended up with this little vial of Vitamin C. It was a quick trip so I let my shopping senses take the lead without doing as much research into products or brands as I like to do when time allows. This Seoul Ceuticals review took some unexpected turns as I began researching the product, the real question is where to even begin! Brand If you have followed my blog for any length of time, I try to be an active consumer & use my purchasing power as I see wisely. I will pay higher price tags for products from brands like Amore Pacific that do a lot of social good, I do not buy from brands like L’Oreal that have made past mistakes & have not done enough to compensate for it to earn my favor or money. Seoul Ceuticals is …

Barcelona – The Eateries

I apologize for missing in action on this blog lately! One of my resolutions for 2018 was to post more regularly on this blog, but I’ve already fallen behind. January was just a lot to handle. A death in the family led to an impromptu trans-Atlantic trip back home. Work was chaotic as well, a long with a myriad of other excuses I could use. Finally, I do have a head start on a number of posts I have been meaning to write out with all the time lulls that accompany travel! While this blog has exclusively been skincare related over the years, I had the realization last year that it is still my personal blog & I would like to include more aspects of my life. I am going on my third year of living abroad & working remotely, which has allowed me to travel more & I want to document my individual experience. So to initiate this new aspect of my blog, I wanted to start with the gastro-tour of a recent trip …

The Minimalists’ 21-Day Journey: Days 8 – 14

A quick review of last week is I am a digital nomad that has hoarded more than my two suitcases can hold so I am trying out a few different purging techniques. Last week’s focus of The Minimalists’ 21-Day Journey involved evaluating our personal goals & things that we own, we began making connections between the physical objects we need to fulfill our daily routine & help us accomplish these goals. This week will center on the purge phase of our unused tangibles. Day 8: Belief We begin the next week by continuing to examine our belief systems. Previously we examined facets of ourselves, like personal fears & relationships; both interpersonal connections & attachment sto objects. Today, we are supposed to look at what we think is important & why. Are they societal expectations or own ideas? Both authors have been caught up in their luxury hoodie jobs associated with Silicon Valley, they were always striving to collect collegiate degrees like Poke’mon & increase their income to the next tax bracket. The authors thought this …

Camino de Santiago Pre-Planning: Overview & Trip Delay

Thousands of pilgrims each year follow in the early 9th century footsteps that carved this path to the burial site of an evangelical apostle. So what does a non-Kosher Jew in her mid-20’s from Chicago expect to get out of this experience? It’s not a very interesting story, I want to prove to myself that I can do it. I do not have a wayward life story or emotional strife of Cheryl Strayed. I have had a stable professional career since I graduated uni in 2013, I have been fortunate enough to earn opportunities that allowed me to live as a Digital Nomad going on two years. While neither myself or my life are perfect, I am content. As my mum has often asked me since I told her about this hike, why not join a gym if I want to prove I can be strong or adopt a puppy if I want to demonstrate independence? I have never been an intimidating person, I am lanky & petite girl that people inherently want to coddle …

Review: Innisfree Jeju Bija Anti-Trouble Cleansing Gel

I have just come around to testing this cult classic cleanser. While cleansing is not the most exciting step of a skincare routine, this cleanser always seemed particularly lackluster for me. However, only trial can prove if this bija is bae or bust. Brand Innisfree is a South Korean company that launched in 2000. Their products are focused on natural ingredients & also one of the only Korean cosmetic companies that is ECOCERT certified, an organic & free trade certification. The company is also involved in local socially conscious efforts that can be done by anyone, such as promoting recycling cosmetic containers & selling handkerchiefs as an alternative to disposable tissues. I do prefer to see more global efforts & corporate transparency from such a big brand, but Innisfree’s parent company is AmorePacific & I have rambled many times about all their great efforts to make the world a better place. Routine Placement The is a water-based cleanser that could be used in AM & PM skincare routine. It would be used as the second …