I’m still in Las Vegas. And it’s still hot. I’m told it cools off, but I’m sceptical about exactly when that happens.
Nonetheless, sorting things in my parents’ house is a process. And one of the things to fix is the landscaping. The almond tree in the backyard is seriously out of control and almonds are starting to appear! I had to call my mom to find out exactly what I’m supposed to do with them – as they don’t look like almonds in the store. Once I got that sorted, I became acutely aware of why almonds are SO ridiculously expensive! It’s quite time-consuming, and potentially dangerous, to get those little suckers ready to eat!
In short, the almonds grow in these little fuzzy, fluffy pod things (almost soft like a peach). When they start to split/crack open, they’re ready to pick. Then, you have the almond still hiding shell, which has to be removed, before you can either eat them raw or toast them a wee bit. Apparently, I’ll be getting the ladder out to get the ones high up over the next two months if I can’t shake them down.
On to the berries…
So, I was in Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago and saw a tiny jar of “blueberry acai face scrub” for $5.99. For real, it’s like everything there is $5.99 or less! Anyway, it looked intriguing, but I passed. Back in the store the other day, I thought, meh, for $5.99, why not try it. Who doesn’t like a good exfoliator, right?
On opening the package – OMG. It’s as bluish-red as a blueberry smoothie and smells like a blueberry muffin! As in, the entire jar is filled with blueberries. Obviously, the exact percentage is unknown, but it’s the second listed ingredient so you know there’s a lot of blueberry in there. It’s also not tested on animals. It feels really nice on – so there’s that. I did use it in the shower as I was afraid with blueberries there may be potential for staining (and the packaging even warned it was possible)…
I guess my point is, try it. You have nothing to lose.