Spa Castle – College Point $25 Day Pass


Whether it is relaxation, family fun with kids of all ages, or a quick get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, you can find all of the above at Spa Castle. Enjoy unlimited access to the spa pools, sauna and steam rooms, and numerous lounge and relaxation areas during your day of paradise at Spa Castle:

• $25 ($40 value) for general admission for one person Monday to Friday
• $30 ($50 value) for general admission for one person Saturday or Sunday
• Enjoy complimentary toiletries and more at this extraordinary spa

Four-season spa facilities include Grand Spa outdoor pools, an Aqua/Tonic bar, waterfall, outdoor Hot Event Tub, body massage jets, eight saunas, including Ice Land and Infrared Zone, a bath and locker lounge, fitness center, and sleeping room.

Target September Beauty Box now available!


A nearly $40 value for just $10, this handpicked collection of must-have beauty products will keep you looking fresh and fabulous this autumn.  You are limited to one box per order.

S. W. Basics Organic Lip Balm
All-organic beeswax, extra-virgin coconut oil and fair trade cocoa butter work together to soak and heal dry, cracked lips without leaving a sticky residue.

Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream
Skin-perfecting, hydro-ionized mineral water infused with 6 essential minerals to give your skin 24 hours of continuous hydration.

Rimmel The Only 1 Lipstick in Naughty Nude
All-in-one lipstick with the perfect balance of high-impact color, moisture, all-day comfort and staying power.

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara
Get over-the-top lashes for a glammed-up look with cup-shaped bristles that lift your lashes to new heights.

Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner
Strengthen and restore your hair’s natural beauty with an all-natural deep conditioner for all textures and hair types.

Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser
An everyday liquid cleanser that deep cleans and exfoliates dirt and oil from pores, leaving skin clean, soft and smooth.

And either

OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo
A deliciously creamy and nourishing blend infused with coconut milk, whipped egg proteins and coconut oils to help strengthen and hydrate your hair.


OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner
A hydrating formula that softens and conditions your hair with a special blend of coconut milk, egg white proteins and coconut oils.

All-Clad 10-piece Master Chef 2 on Gold Box

61Y02tW+BvL._SL1500_Save on this All-Clad 700362 MC2 Professional Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Oven Safe PFOA Free 1-piece Cookware Set with this Amazon Gold Box Deal: $398.99.  

  • 10-piece cookware set includes 8 inch and 10 inch fry pans, 2 quart and 3.5 quart sauce pans with lids, 3 quart sauté pan with lid, and 8 quart stockpot with lid
  • 3-ply bonded design for fast, even heating throughout and easy cleanup; includes stainless-steel interior, aluminum core, and brushed aluminum exterior
  • Stainless-steel handles contoured to cater to a chef’s underhand grip and permanently secured with stainless-steel rivets
  • Capacity etched on base; flat stainless-steel lids trap in heat and moisture
  • Oven-safe up to 600 degrees F; limited lifetime warranty; made in the USA

Sour milk = queso fresco in minutes

sour milk collage 3If you’re blessed with a family whose milk usage varies from half to 2 gallons a week, depending on their cereal jones, you have faced the same dilemma:  Should it stay or should it go?  Here’s an easy-peasy way to use up the darned stuff that takes less than 30 minutes (most spent simmering on its own).

You’ll need:

sour or milk about to turn – use the sniff test – whole works best
white vinegar (if your milk doesn’t form curds on its own)
dash of salt to taste
stainless steel pot
candy thermometer


Dump milk into pot over medium flame; attach candy thermometer.  When temp hits 180-200° move pot and wait a few minutes to cool.unnamed (4)You are looking for curd separation, so if you don’t see anything after the temperature hits about 150° add a tablespoon of vinegar (more or less, depending on amount of milk) until you get some clumping.  unnamed (5)

This is how the cooled mixture looks when poured into cheesecloth-lined colander. unnamed (6)

I put the colander on top of a pot to collect the whey instead of pouring it down the drain.  While people rave about whey for baking, Chicago in August is not the time to take up a bread-baking hobby. Twist the cheesecloth to squeeze out more whey, but that’s it.  Leave as-is and crumble on tacos.  Press out more liquid for a firmer and drier cheese that will keep longer in the fridge.  Add a tablespoon or two of milk or cream to make creamy cottage cheese.

My gallon yielded roughly 3 cups of very tasty cheese.  While I added a teaspoon of salt, your craving might be different.  I now mourn all those years of wasted milk…

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