Pumpkins had their heyday around Thanksgiving but the party continues thanks to sweet treats and pampering treatments incorporating this and other scrumptious cold weather ingredients. This holiday season, spa-goers can escape the wintery weather and rejuvenate at The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn (San Diego) with the Winter Made Fresh Daily Treatment utilizing a decadent combination of vanilla, maple syrup, and figs. It begins with a soothing warm vanilla massage followed by a brown sugar and maple scrub, topped off with a fig wrap with a cinnamon scalp massage for the ultimate holiday treat. Each seasonal ingredient is chosen with its benefits in mind, including rich essential vitamins B and C from figs, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of vanilla, and more than 20 health-enhancing compounds including vitamin A and B in maple syrup. Post-treatment, continue bathing in bliss and unwind with a complimentary warm vanilla bean black tea.
The pampering doesn’t have to stop thanks to spa director Kate Santesieri’s Spa at Home Recipe and executive pastry chef Margaret Nolan Carvallo’s Food at Home Recipe featuring everyone’s favorite squash, pumpkin. This restorative spiced scrub refreshes skin. Pumpkin is full of beta-carotene and the anti-aging vitamin A. The enzymes found in pumpkin naturally break down old skin cells, encouraging new cell turnover, which helps to nourish dry, dehydrated skin.
Spiced Pumpkin Scrub
- ¾ cup of organic cane sugar
- ¼ cup of Epsom salt
- ¼ tbsp. of ginger almond oil
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of nutmeg
- ¼ cup of pumpkin
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Massage the scrub into damp skin and allow it to sit for two to four minutes. Wipe excess from skin, rinse, and repeat.
- 3 cups of white sugar
- 1 cup of milk
- 3 tbsps of light corn syrup
- 1 cup of pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup of white chocolate chips
- ¼ tsp of salt
- ¼ tsp of cinnamon
- ¼ tsp of nutmeg
- ¼ tsp of allspice
- ¼ tsp of clove
- 1½ tsps of vanilla extract
- ½ cup of salted butter
- ½ cup of chopped pecans (optional)
- Mix together sugar, milk, corn syrup, pumpkin, and salt in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling. Do not stir.
- When mixture register 232 degrees F on candy thermometer, or forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water, remove pan from heat.
- Stir in pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, butter, chocolate chips, and nuts.
- Set mixture aside and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Stir mixture until it is very thick and loses some of its gloss.
- Pour into a greased pan or onto a flat surface. Allow to cool and then cut to desired size.