Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Yes, it has been quite some time since we've posted on our blog. We've been quite busy lately (yeah, yeah, we know... that's no excuse!) But we have managed to find a little time to squeeze in a post for you today.
We have made an amazing Hand Scrub that we are sure you will enjoy! We are offering it on our website for you to purchase AND we are also giving you the recipe right here today for you to make it yourselves!! Whew-who! Yep, we're feeling a bit spunky & generous today... (and it's rainy and gloomy, boo!) We must have Spring Fever!!
This recipe is will leave your hands super clean & moisturized without leaving your hands feeling oily or greasy. We came up with the perfect measurements so that this wouldn't be an oily scrub.
Ok... Here goes:
This batch of Hand Scrub will make approximately 4 ounces of scrub.
1 T. Virgin Coconut Oil
2 T. Mango or Shea Butter
1 tsp. Avocado Oil
1/8 tsp. Red Palm Oil
1/8 tsp. Vitamin E Oil (we use pure Vit. E oil so if you use a blended Vit. E oil, you may add more)
5 ounces of White Sugar (1/8 c. plus 1/2 c = 5 ounces)
1/8 c. plus 1 T. Ground Oatmeal
1/8 c. Cornmeal
Zest of 1/2 Orange (equals about 2 T.)
10 drops of Orange Essential Oil
5 drops of Vanilla Essential Oil (we use a pure Vanilla EO, not a blend. If you use a blend, add more)
Measure out your hard oils & butters and place them in a microwave safe glass container. We microwave this at 50% power for about 2 minutes or until ingredients have melted. Allow to slightly cool before adding to the rest of the ingredients.
Measure the remaining ingredients (excluding the Essential Oils) into a large bowl. Pour melted oils/butter mixture into the rest of the ingredients and stir really, really well. Once you have mixed the ingredients well, then add the Essential oils and once again, stir & mix really well.
Place this scrub in a glass container with lid for storage.
We hope that you have enjoyed this post. And please, let us know how your scrub turns out!!
And Remember: The sky is the limit on what recipe you can come up with by using different oils and/or butters. Please feel free to "tweak" this recipe to your liking.
Thanks for reading & have a Happy Day!!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Growing up, my brother and I were fortunate enough to have our Mom be able to stay home and raise us while our wonderful Dad was out working very hard to support his family. When we would get home from school, it was always the usual tasks: cartoons or play outside, snack before supper, homework, supper and watch a little more tv before going to bed.
There were many times when we would snack on a few chips or an ice cream sandwich before supper. But, on those "special occasions, we would have some of Mom's delicious home made chocolate chip cookies! I don't know what it is about chocolate chip cookies but seems like no matter how old you get or how many you eat throughout your life (or at one sitting), you just don't seem to get tired of chocolate chip cookies!!! There are 1000's of ways to make them and all of them are quite delicious :)
Over the years my Mom always used the same recipe and it wasn't until this last decade she came across a new recipe that slightly updated the old one and I'm here today to share it with You! Of coarse, I put a slight twist on my version but nevertheless; they are still an amazing treat that will make your taste buds jump for joy!
And just in time for the Holidays when everyone (or we'd like to think everyone) is in the "baking spirit"! So let me introduce you to my all time favorite "Mom's Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies" recipe:
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. Virgin Coconut Oil, (if you don't have Coconut Oil, just use an extra 1/2 c. butter)
3/4 c. Brown Sugar, packed
1/4 c. Coconut Sugar, (if you don't have Coconut Sugar, just use plain white sugar)
1 (3.5 oz.) package of Instant French Vanilla Pudding mix
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 tsp. Baking Soda
2 c. Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
2 1/4 c. All-Purpose Flour
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.*
2. Cream together butter, coconut oil and sugar. Mix until the mixture is creamy and slightly fluffy.
3. Add pudding mix, eggs and vanilla. Mix some more.
4. Combine flour & baking soda, sift together if you'd like. Add this to the cream mixture & mix.
5. Fold in the chocolate chips. The batter will be thick and a little hard to stir but just use some muscle!
6. Drop the cookie dough on a cookie sheet by the teaspoon or however large you would like your
cookies to be.
7. Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are slightly browned.*
8. Cool on baking rack. Store in an air tight container & enjoy!
This recipe makes approximately 35-40 cookies depending on what size you make them.
Ok, for the side notes:
I bake my cookies for 8 minutes at 365 degrees. I live in a higher elevation and have found that baking at this temp for 8 minutes makes the PERFECT cookie! They are soft and lightly browned on the bottom. So, please adjust your cooking times and temperatures for your location.
So, there you have it! Mom's delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I hope you enjoy making and eating them as much as I've enjoyed sharing this recipe with you.
By all means, please leave us feedback and let us know how these cookies turn out for you! We'd love to hear from you!
Thanks for reading our 1st blog post! Have a Happy Day!