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Pineapple Vinegar

Get ready to love the smell of your cleaning products!

I love using every part of the food that I’m working with. I use my bones to makes stocks and broths, orange peels become my air freshener and furniture polish, celery leaves go in salad and any scraps go to my animals instead of the garbage.

I’m not telling you so I can pat myself on the back. It’s a segway- trust me.

One thing that I LOVE making with my scraps is vinegar. And my favorite vinegar is pineapple vinegar.

Pineapple vinegar has long been a tradition in the West Indies. It can be used to make curtido (Latin American saurkraut) and also makes a great scented cleaner. I personally mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and get to cleaning. It cleans well, smells amazing, and isn’t harmful if the kids get ahold of it.

Let me cut the chit chat and get to the recipe. I get my recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, Nourishing Traditions. If you don’t already own it, I encourage you to get a copy! I omit the whey that is suggested in the book because it is optional and whey hurts my stomach.

Pineapple Vinegar

Skin and core of 1 pineapple

2 quarts filtered water (At least no chlorine. You don’t want the water to kill the good bacteria that is needed to make the vinegar.)

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes

Place all ingredients in a large glass container and cover with a cheesecloth to keep bugs and bad germs out. Leave on counter for 36 hours. Remove pineapple pieces and strain vinegar into clean jars. Cover tightly. This vinegar will keep for several months if kept in a cool place. Mine has never made it that long!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

 

Placenta Encapsulation: It’s not Weird! It’s Science!

You might have heard of placenta consumption. Whether you have a ryan goslingfriend that has done it, or you have heard of celebrities like January Jones
giving it a try. 
Consumption has been known to be controversial, but many eastern countries and more recently western countries believe it to be restorative. The placenta is the organ that surrounds the growing baby in the womb that nourishes the baby through the umbilical cord. Placenta consumption (placentophagy), which is centuries old, has gained popularity again in the United States in the past decade, mostly in the form of encapsulation. As a Encapsulation Specialist, I have spent the last couple of years learning a great deal about the placenta and had the pleasure of consuming my own with my last child. It was a wonderful experience!

What is Placenta Encapsulation?

Placental encapsulation is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground, and placed into pills. It is taken by the mother and it is believed to have a vast amount of health benefits.  It is taken shortly after giving birth and taper off as needed. It can be saved to use later in life; whether is be for menstruation, depression, menopause, etc.

What are Some Benefits?

The placenta is FULL of beneficial hormones and chemicals designed just for your body! Iron, estrogen, oxytocin, testosterone, cortizone, and interferon-just to name a few! While there has been no official scientific study on the benefits of placentophagy (a real shame), traditional study and holistic customs recognize a great deal of advantages that come with encapsulation!

  • It reduces postpartum bleeding at a faster rate.
  • It speeds up recovery. The stimulation of the shrinking uterus is increased.
  • It helps combat postpartum depression, something with which I personally struggled in the past.
  • It is known to increase milk production.
  • It can decrease pain levels shortly after delivery.

Is Encapsulation Safe?

Encapsulation of the placenta has shown to carry no risk if it is taken by the mother that produced it. It is not recommended to take the pills of another mother, as this was not your placenta and not your blood. It also should be noted that capsules need to be refrigerated like any other meat.

The Bottom Line?

There are a number of benefits and very limited risks to placenta encapsulation shown by women all over the world. If you feel like this idea is right for you, call your Midwife, Doula, or OB for more information!

Sources:

americanpregnancyassociation.org

placentawise.com

The American Journal of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children

[The opinions expressed on my blog are based on my own research, thoughts and experiences. Please keep in mind that I am NOT a health professional so please do your own research and consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or health. You should always do what is right for you.]

A Unique Use for Bentonite

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Wow that felt good to get off my chest. My kryptonite is cheese. Yummy raw dairy cheese. Any kind of hard, creamy, or stinky cheese you can imagine-I’m on board. What I’m not a fan of is pre-shredded cheese.

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I prefer to buy it by the block. Though it is safe, something about eating cheese dusted with bleached, chemically produced wood pulp (also known as cellulose) is weird to me. While this is a “fiber”, there are no nutritional benefits from it.

I do miss the convenience, though, of just opening a bag and pouring the cheese into whatever dish I am cooking. But in case you haven’t noticed, grating a bunch at one time and then storing it makes the cheese cake up. Hence the need for the cellulose.

So I was thinking: I wish there was something I could incorporate into shredded cheese that wasn’t just safe, but had benefits to it!

Enter the solution: CALCIUM BASED BENTONITE CLAY POWDER

First, let me tell you some great benefits that come with internal use of bentonite powder.

  • It allows cells to receive more oxygen

Bentonite clay helps to get oxygen into the cells because it has the ability to pull excess hydrogen from the cells, leaving room for oxygen to take its place.

When cells have more oxygen entering them, you feel more energized and your body can repair itself more easily from illness or hard workouts. (source)

  • It boosts your immune system.
  • It takes care of tummy and bowel troubles.
  • It helps balance out your pH levels. Read about the importance here
  • It restores your gut wall.

I gave it a try and I have never looked back! Just shred a block of cheese while you’re doing your food prep for the week. Sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of powder on the shredded cheese and toss. Put in a ziploc baggie and you have freshly shredded cheese that doesn’t cake up!

ENJOY!

[The opinions expressed on my blog are based on my own thoughts and experiences. Please keep in mind that I am NOT a health professional and AM NOT ALLOWED to claim that essential oils can cure, treat, or prevent illness, so please do your own research and consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or health. You should always do what is right for you.]

Homemade Chicken Broth

Properly prepared meat stocks/broths are SO beneficial for you!

  • The gelatin from the bones has been proven to be a wonderful aid for digestion, among MANY other benefits.
  • The cartilage can be helpful for treating bone disorders.
  • The collagen has been used to treat problems like rheumatoid arthritis.

There is no comparison between store bought and homemade! It is nutrient-dense and very cheap and easy to make! I like to use a variation of the recipe from the Nourishing Traditions cookbook that can be purchased through my Amazon store http://goo.gl/MULjFf

What You’ll Need (Makes 1 gallon)

1 whole 2 to 3 pound free-range chicken (They’ve started selling these affordably at Aldi now!! Thanks be to God!)

4 quarts cold filtered water

2 tablespoons vinegar (white or apple cider)

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2 carrots, coarsely chopped (I do not peel them. I make sure they are well washed)

3 celery sticks, coarsely chopped

1 bunch parsley (This is optional but recommended. The parsley adds mineral ions to the broth)

Instructions

If you have the feet and want to use them, that is great! It provides even more gelatin. Most poorly raised chickens will not give good gel so try to get a free-range if you can. Cut the chicken in to pieces. Breast, wings, neck, legs, and cavity. Remove the fat glands and gizzards from the cavity. Place chicken pieces in the pot. You will want a large stockpot.  Add water, vinegar, and all the vegetables except the parsley. Let it stand for about 1 hour. Bring to a boil, and remove the junk that floats up. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 12 to 24 hours. The longer you let it cook, the more flavor it will have. About 10 minutes before the stock is done, add the parsley.

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The finished product.

Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon. Strain the broth into a large bowl and refrigerate it until the fat congeals. Take out the fat and put you stock in covered containers or one gallon sized container. It can be refrigerated or frozen. My family goes through it so fast that there is never a need for the freezer.

The chicken left over after the stock is done will shred perfectly and can be used in recipes.

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Uses

Homemade stock/broth can be used as the liquid in soups, gravies, etc.

Drinking it daily during the cold and flu seasons is a great boost to the immune system.

It is great for adding to baby food! It gives their food flavor and gelatin that is so good for development!

Because it is a great digestion aid, it is also great for easing and getting rid of stomach bugs.

With it being so easy and inexpensive, you should make homemade stock a staple in your kitchen!

The medical information on this post is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

Easy Whey and Yogurt Cheese

Time to knock the dust off the blog with a recipe!

The cookbooks I use call for the use of whey in many recipes.

Whey is simply the liquid remains of curdled milk. It is used as a starter culture for lacto-fermented foods (including my favorite sauerkraut recipe I will share in a later post) and drinks. 1 tablespoon in a glass of water helps digestion. It’s a handy ingredient to keep in the kitchen. The cream cheese, which is the by-product, is much better than store bought. Better tasting and better for you.

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Getting her morning fix of yogurt cheese, egg yolk, and avocado!

There are several ways to make whey, but my favorite way is to strain yogurt. Mostly because there is no advance preparation! It can be used for cooking or on bagels. It also makes a great first food. Whether you are a WAPF groupie or you follow the FDA to a T, they both agree that plain yogurt can be introduced from 6-8 months; and my youngest little bug is a yogurt cheese fanatic!

First start with a good quality plain yogurt. I use Seven Stars Farm yogurt that I purchase from my local Earth Fare. Line a large strainer with a clean dish towel. Pour in the yogurt, cover, and let it sit at room temperature for several hours. The whey will drip into the bowl.

Next, tie up the towel with the solids and tie the sack to a wooden spoon placed on top of a container so the rest of the whey can drip out. When the towel stops dripping, the cheese is ready. Store the whey and cheese in the refrigerator. The yogurt cheese will last about a month and the whey about 6 months. A 32 ounce container of yogurt yields about a cup of cheese and about 1.5 cups of whey for me.

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[The opinions expressed on my blog are based on my own thoughts and experiences. Please keep in mind that I am NOT a health professional and AM NOT ALLOWED to claim that essential oils can cure, treat, or prevent illness, so please do your own research and consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or health. You should always do what is right for you.]

Lacto-Fermented Chicken Feed. Why and How.

It’s been about 3 months since our sweet chickens have made their way to our house and we have enjoyed the benefits of having pets that make us breakfast. And something called lacto-fermentation helps us enjoy it even more.

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If you’ve ever heard the word fermented before, you probably have in mind “sour kraut, yogurt, kimchi, wine, etc”. If you’ve been to my house and seen my laboratory kitchen, you might have kombucha in mind.

Just like fermented foods are good for a human’s stomach and digestion, it is also good for a chicken’s; which, in turn, is once again good for us.

Fermented feed can increase intestinal health which helps fight things like E-coli and other nasty pathogens. It can also strengthen the egg shells and increase egg weight.

To summarize, fermented feed produces better eggs and healthier (therefore happier) chickens. For more info on the WHY, visit the African Journal of Biotechnology.

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Now for the HOW

First, fill a glass or food grade container about a third of the way with your feed of choice. You’ll need to leave room for the grains to expand. I buy a basic layer feed from a local feed store, but if you want to be adventurous, The Elliott Homestead has a great recipe for a homemade organic feed that can really optimize fermentation.

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Second, fill the container with filtered water until it sits 1-2 inches above feed. Water straight from the tap has levels of chlorine that will kill bacteria, including the good that you’re trying to create. If you need to use tap water, just let it sit on your counter over night before pouring.

Next, cover loosely with the lid and leave in room temperature for 2-3 days. Try to remember to stir the feed at least once a day and add water as needed to make sure the water stays at the recommended level.

When you start to see bubbling and a cloudiness, you know your fermentation is in progress!

You want your feed to have a sweet/sour smell. It will smell like a fruity yogurt. That’s lactic acid. If your feed smells rotted, dump your grains and start over. If it has a bit of a yeasty scent, add about 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to balance it back out.

You never want to see mold. This is another reason to dump the feed! Always make sure you have plenty of water to prevent this from happening.

DSCN1195After 2-3 days your feed should be ready. You’ll know by the strong sweet/sour smell. Scoop and drain and feed your chickens. They will love it!

You can reuse the fermented liquid but I haven’t reused it more than a couple times. I don’t want the feed to go bad.

This is still a supplementation to the worms and grit that chickens love so much. If you want beautiful nutrient dense eggs, you still want them to be getting fresh green grass and worms! Let your hens roam for treats!

To conclude things, I’d like to introduce a new member of the Donald family: T-Pain, Baby, Blackie, and many other names the boys have gone through since Christmas.

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Disclaimer: Everything in this post is based off personal experience with my own chickens. Do your research and make sure you are comfortable with your own decisions!

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Thanksgiving-Style Brownies

I’m really excited about this Thanksgiving twist on brownies! Gooey chocolate, crunchy walnuts, and guess what? Dried cranberries! It makes a luscious treat for Thanksgiving or any time of the year!

Sweet & Simple Projects: 

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Ornament

Easy to make pipe cleaner Christmas tree ornament. So cute and a great kids activity!
You can make your own pipe cleaner tree ornament using a just a few simple materials, and the end result is a sweet little tree ready to hang on your real Christmas tree. This is a great craft to do with kids!

Hot & Cold Rice Bag Tutorial

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    A rice bag is probably one of the smartest things one can have lying around  your house (in their designated area). It is also super-easy to make! You can even make any size or shape you want. You can make hand warmers, like A Bee In My Bonnet or a foot warmer like V and Co. Today I am going to show you how I create a shoulder bag. The great thing about this design is that it sits comfortably around your shoulders. You can of course use it for other body parts such as backs, stomaches, feet, etc. It is 40 x 15 cm and is divided into four sections. This prevents the rice from going to one side only

Green Beans with Cranberries and Walnuts

Whether you are looking for the perfect seasonal side dish, or just love green beans, this dish is for you. They are coated in delicious butter and garlic, and then topped with cranberries and walnuts for a dash of sweetness and a bit of crunch. The key to keeping these green beans vibrant and bright is making sure to plunge them in an ice bath (see directions), and completely cool them down before continuing the cooking process.
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I knew before even making these that the guys would love them! How can you not like raw cookie dough? And dough without egg makes it safe to eat. Which meant I snuck a little bit while making them

The Reality of Getting Ready With a Child

                                      Winks and Eyerolls

Oh the carefree mornings…back when I was able to walking around as I pleased, take my time to make sure my makeup looked nice and the perfect outfit was picked out. This all seems like a distant dream. Those mornings aren’t around anymore and that’s ok. As a working mom (who is not a morning person), I’m going to tell you about my realities of getting ready with a child.

Mama’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

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Since it has turned all fall-like and cozy-feeling I’ve been making this {raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, processed sugar-free} chia pudding concoction with pumpkin for breakfast and snacks…anything to add more pumpkin to the season! Our visit to the pumpkin patch was just perfect for that crisp autumnal day!

Cocktail: Texas Lemon Drop Martini

If you have an upcoming holiday party or bachelorette party, these Lemon Drop Sugar Cubes are the perfect on-the-go mixer to make this simple Texas Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail. What makes this a Texas Lemon Drop Martini?? The Dripping Springs Texas Vodka of course. This vodka is pure and smooth…making it the perfect pairing in this cocktail.

Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess

The Holiday season is almost upon us. To this day, side dishes play just as an important role as the entrée in our house. Here are twenty-five feast worthy side dishes. 

This is such an easy and inexpensive DIY project. You can make your own Chevron Tray on the cheap…or you can choose a different pattern if chevron is not your thing.I was able to use a 40% Off a Single Item coupon at my local craft store…so the tray cost me around $5. The scrapbook paper was under a $1. I had the Mod Podge (decoupage) on hand…but if you don’t you can grab a bottle for $5- $10 depending on the size. I also sealed the wood with poly (optional).



November Beauty Favorites

   Unfading Beauty

My Bare Minerals Ready foundation was running out and was on the search for a paraben free and natural foundation. I loved my Bare Minerals but i was looking for something with a more natural look and not too heavy.



In the beginning i had a love hate relationship with the Tarte airbrush foundation ,the coverage wasn’t so good compared to Bare Minerals Ready  and it didn’t cover much of the redness in my face.

BLUEBERRY CREAM CHEESE PIE

My husband loves blueberry cream cheese pie and every year at Christmas, it’s his one request.
Of course, the boys also have favorites for Christmas, but though their so-called favorites may vary a bit, my husband’s request is always the same.

DIY snowflake necklace – Perfect gift for your girl friend

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Today I am sharing my first post for Christmas this year. It is about making a beautiful snowflake necklace for your sister, friend or your wife /girl friend (If you are a guy reading this post ;)) to gift this holiday season or may be one for yourself. It is so easy to make and you will be surprised “How gorgeous” it looks. If you can’t afford for real diamonds then this is something you should make to impress your girl. I am sure it has more value than the real diamonds if it is handmade jewelry by you.(Don’t you agree ? :))Lets start making!!

Coffee Filter Trees

If you have been following my blog a little, I think you can tell that I like to recycle, up cycle and use materials in new ways.
One of my favorite materials to use is coffee filters.
They are inexpensive and very versatile. 
I have used them for many projects.
With Christmas around the corner, I wanted to share an easy project today.
Coffee Filter Trees!
The other day I decided to use some of the fun fabrics I have to make some Christmas throw pillows for the living room.  I have had this Christmas Tree pillow on my Christmas Pinterest board for a long time so I was ready to give it a go.   I got my inspiration from this Christmas Tree Pillow Tutorial I followed on Inspired Honey Bee.  She actually got her inspiration from a tree pillow on Style Me Pretty.  I didn’t follow the tutorial exactly but I do love how they turned out! 

10 tips to make sending Christmas cards easy

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Sending Christmas cards should not feel like a chore
Whether you are planning your USA Thanksgiving or not, Christmas comes faster than Rudolph can blink his nose, and if you send out Christmas cards (See one of my most popular posts on this very topic) there is no time to waste.
Last year I shared a few tips on how to make sending out Christmas cards easy instead of a chore that we dread, or worse, that we feel obligated to do. Here’s my updated list:
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I’m so Thankful

I’ve recently become not a huge fan of Christmas time, but Thanksgiving really gets me in great spirits! I love Thanksgiving. It’s a great time to reflect on all the things God has blessed me with. So many that I could never fit it into a list…

But I Gave it a Shot Anyway!!

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1. My wonderful husband: He is such a blessing to me and my children! I do not know what I would do without my best friend and the love of my life!

10505380_10203632316202185_380169784626316716_n2) 3 beautiful children: They never let me get bored! I love who they are and can not wait to see who they become!

3) Health: I have been blessed to live in a country that currently gives me the freedom to make my own health choices. I can have my babies at home. I am able to provide my children with nourishing foods. I am able to deny shots that I deem unnecessary for my family. That’s a great thing! If you’re interested in the book that started my whole health journey, buy this book (http://amzn.to/1r5JrDV) It is a great resource!!

4) Godly parents: I had a mom and dad that loved each other and loved Jesus. They were a great example of a marriage that wasn’t 7f592-397338_10151195190908890_1195012329_nperfect but trusted in Jesus in everything! December 21st will be one year since I lost my dad, and I still have not forgotten his example of love!

5) My si21973_1269770757766_7437428_nblings1661263_10201610490773538_1612295373_n: We are a rag-tag group, but we are full of love for each other! I’ve never come in contact with a family that is close as mine. We have times where we want to kill each other, but we ALWAYS love and stand by each other! Losing my brother last December left a big hole, but it was quickly mended by the 3 of us girls coming together and keeping our memories of him alive!

6) My oils: Yes. I said it. Did you think I wouldn’t? I am so thankful for essential oils!! They have been so great for my family. I use them for sickness, recipes, and so much more!

7) Good friends: I have a great group of very diverse friends. They keep me sane and laughing. They love my family and take care of us if we ever need it. God knew what he was doing when He gave me my wonderful friends!

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8) Good television: I am thankful to be able to enjoy watching TV with my husband. God delights when we find joy in little things and I thank Him for great television like Lost, The Office, Parks and Recreation, The Walking Dead, and many more shows!

9) Online shopping: More specifically, Amazon and Vitacost. A lot of my shopping is done right in front of my computer and I am so grateful to have that access. It’s such a first world problem that I get frustrated when I am $3 short of getting free shipping! What a problem to have!! Join Amazon Prime – Watch Over 40,000 Movies & TV Shows Anytime – Start Free Trial Now

10) Jesus: I cannot say enough about Jesus! He saved me when I didn’t have any desire for a savior! He loves and accepts me just as I am.

[1] And you were dead in the trespasses and sins [2] in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—[3] among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. [4] But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, [5] even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—[6] and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, [7] so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. [8] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, [9] not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:1-10 ESV)

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? I would love to hear in the comments!

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Girly Multitasking: Make the Most of Your Workout

I feel better about life when my nails are painted.  It’s such a silly “first-world” thing that I’m almost ashamed to admit it…almost.  But I say that because I know I’m not alone in that fact.  I realize all of my male readers are currently rolling their eyes at me or clicking off my blog, BUT before you do, hang with me a second.  

I Am Officially a Curler

 
To be honest, that title is a stretch.  In reality,  I am now a member of a Friday night mixed curling league.  So I am assuming it is official.
For those readers who are from the Southern US or other parts of the Globe, you may have no idea what I am talking about.  For starters, being a curler has absolutely nothing to do with HAIR!

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies

Look no further for a kid-friendly treat this fall because this recipe for Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies is not only delicious, but these cookies are adorable! Get all the fall fun of pumpkin pie without grossing out your picky eater. These cookies are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dinner, school party, or work party! 

WHIMSICAL CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

All The V’s

We’re not a family of serious people, for the most part. I mean, just look at the decor on my desk: a Minecraft “torch,” a Doctor Who thermos that started leaking and was repurposed as a pen holder, a desk calendar from Someecards that currently says “Congratulations on not being sterile,” and there are very tiny painted characters from the Half Life video game series lined up under my monitor that my husband painted for me, because he’s awesome at painting incredibly tiny things and is also silly and nerdy like me. We’re dang near sole mates, I tell ya. Silly, nerdy, dorky sole mates.

Make Your Own Princess Hair Tie Holder

Gym. Craft. Laundry.

I am still in the middle of my decluttering project but I had to share this next craft with you guys.  Pea has long, luxurious, snarly hair so I always put it up.  If you have a little girl with long hair or long hair yourself you probably have the same problem I have…




Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub

You Brew My Tea

Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub
Who doesn’t love the smell of baked goods? Sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and other spices being warmed up in the oven creating an irresistible smell. They make an amazing scent for homemade body products too- Like this delicious Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub.   This scrub exfoliates gently and leaves your skin soft, moisturized, and fragrant. I like to keep a jar of this on the shelf next to the shower and use it a couple times a week for a quick spa experience. It also makes a wonderful homemade gift in a pretty jar with a simple tag attached to identify the scent.  What is your favorite body product scent?
 
 

Baked Cinnamon & Sugar Pumpkin Donuts

An easy, baked recipe. And what is great about this recipe if you don’t have a donut pan, just use a mini-muffin/cupcake pan and make these into donut holes. YUM!

With the cinnamon and sugar coating and the pumpkin and spiced donut, you seriously won’t be able to get enough.

I have always thought that donuts were hard to make, that was until I made them.

This fall will be known in our family as the “Donut Year” well become recently I have only made a few.

Including:


Infused Water

Robyn’s View

You know that you are supposed to drink those 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. But what are you to do when you can’t stand the taste of water? Maybe you think it lacks flavor at all and doesn’t interest you; maybe you think it has an off flavor that you can’t just get past because of the treatment to make it drinkable. Whatever the reason you are turned off by water, you can improve the taste and the nutrition of your water by infusing it with fruit.

Rustic Log Holiday Card Display

Anything & Everything

Pretty soon those beautiful family Holiday cards from your friends and family will start filling up your mailbox.  Will you have somewhere to display them when they do?  Well now you will.  I have always been the one that just places them all over the fridge, just crowding up space and leaving it looking even more cluttered than it already is.  So when I stumbled upon some branches from my neighbors tree that he had just trimmed, I jumped on the opportunity to take a few off his hands :)

 

The Importance of Daddy Time

In celebration of my husband’s recent birthday, yup my sister and husband’s birthdays are 4 days apart. November is a party month for us 🙂 Anyway, I thought I would take a break from the typical mommy post to talk about the importance of daddy time. My little guy has always had such a great relationship with my husband and I am so thankful for that. I am extremely blessed that I have a husband who from day one has been very hands on. This is going to sounds bad to admit but here we go…I didn’t even change one of little man’s diapers until he was three weeks old and my husband went back to work. Daddy award is deserved right there! 

Mason Jar Gift Bags Tutorial

                                       
Do you like to give gifts in mason jars? There are so many ideas for what to put inside-candy, jams, cookie mixes, candles, even sewing kits. Here’s how to wrap them up so the contents are a surprise: cute fabric drawstring bags! 

South­ern Grits & Germany

A Mothers Shadow

Grits
Can you for­give some­one who has wronged you or your family?
Can you love an enemy?  I have an expe­ri­ence to share that will encour­age grat­i­tude and extend­ing a help­ing hand.

Totally Rad 80’s Things Your Kids Need to Know

Before streaming, dvd’s, or cd’s.  There was the 80s.  Back when using your tape recorder to make a mix tape off the radio was cool.  A time when real people worked at the radio station, and you could call and dedicate a TOTALLY AWESOME song from White Snake.  Madonna was as scandalous as we got, and regular people still smoked cigarettes on TV.
Boy have times changed for the good and bad!  But you all know that as a child of the 80s you have a responsibility to share the neon pink, big-haired, blue-eyeliner days of the past.

Thanksgiving Decorations

thanksgiving collage
I love decorating for the holidays!  Each holiday is so different that it’s fun to come up with new things. I’m in love with my THANKS sign. It was so simple to do but makes a big statement. First, I sprayed my board with a texture spray paint. It is so cool, it looks completely different that regular spray paint 

DIY: Super Easy Snowflake Pipe Cleaners

Living Frugal with Erika

I love to find simple crafts to do indoors during the colder months. If you are looking for something fun, try this out! Not only is it a simple and fun craft, you can use them to decorate the house! Our kiddos love to see their decorations on our house! You can pick up the supplies needed at most any store and will not break the bank for this fun craft!

Bee’s Wax Christmas Ornaments

My cousin Amy brought a crock pot full of bee’s wax on her visit last weekend.  We wanted to make a few projects with it.  When I went downstairs to find candle wick to make candles, I found a Christmas chocolate mold instead and I thought to make ornaments with it.

Yellow Coconut Cake with Cocoa Buttercream Frosting

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Tender yellow cake is layered with fluffy cocoa buttercream, and all gently sweetened with the floral notes of raw honey.  Fresh milk, eggs with richly colored yolks, and dense coconut flour combine to make a cake of substance that won’t throw you into a sugar-spiral.  It is nice to enjoy your food without having to pay the price for it later!
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Slouchy Gray + A Fun Announcement.

How are your layering skills? Fall is a good time to get some practice runs in, before winter takes hold and we’re all bundled up three sweaters deep. Use this transitional period to figure out how to mix pieces that keep you warm without overdosing on the bulk.
 
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Um, there’s nothing better than a nice warm bowl of creamy chicken noodle soup to chase away the frore, fall chills. I usually make this creamy soup every fall (and winter) for my family. And it always turns out delicious! This soup will seriously warm your family up this fall (and winter), and it’s also perfect for those chilly days when you just cuddle up and watch TV with your family (um…who doesn’t love cuddling up with their family, right?). Your family won’t believe you didn’t spend all day chopping, stirring, and cooking this creamy and delicious soup. You can use whatever veggies you like — but I like to use carrots, celery, and an onion mix. You can use rotisserie chicken, baked chicken breast or leftover grilled chicken from the night before. Sounds super simple, right? That’s because it is.
 

Fall Chalkboard Sign

Don’t you just love it when a project turns out even better than you anticipated? This one sure did! I’d had this picture in my mind of a chalkboard sign with a pumpkin on it for quite some time and I found the perfect plastic platter at Dollar Tree for the base.
 
Friendly Public Service Announcement: This recipe is fully loaded. Fully loaded with all the decadent sorts of ingredients you would expect from an Ultimate Chocolate Brownie – if you are on a diet, anti-sugar, anti-butter, anti-chocolate, anti-eggs, and really you just like raspberries then I kindly suggest you buy some fresh raspberries and do not read any further, doing so will be harmful to your blood pressure if not your health ;-) This recipe is that good it comes with a warning – haven’t done that before! It is a sometimes treat, all things in moderation, moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips yadda yadda yadda……… 
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I grew up eating coconut right from the shell. Just as you see pictured here. Mmmm. It was kept on ice and opened when sold. The coconut water is so delicious. Double Mmmmm. And the flesh is really soft and sweet. Triple Mmmmm. Alright enough reminiscing.
That someone wasn’t me. I lie to my kids all the time.  I’m not just talking about the trifecta of deception:  Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.  I don’t creatively bend the truth.  I straight up lie like Pinnochio.  Am I ashamed?  No.  Lying to my kids saves my sanity, not to mention time and money.
Starbucks-Inspired Cinnamon Dolce Latte Recipe | www.pinkrecipebox.com
Let me set the scene for you. It’s the middle of June, 90+F in Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. The sun is beating down, we’ve been riding roller coasters for hours on end and our clothes have literally begun to drip with sweat. It’s time to re-hydrate. What drink do we choose to freshen us up on this scorching hot day. Why, a round of Cinnmon Dolce Lattes from Starbucks, of course.

Cornucopia Snack

It’s that time of year where we celebrate all that we have been blessed with! Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year! I love all things fall, football, comfort food, and my birthday and Thanksgiving has them all! 
This cornucopia snack is easy to make and the perfect sweet, salty snack to enjoy this Thanksgiving season! 

Texas Turtle Sheet Cake

Paper DIY Christmas Ornaments

GirlfriendsAreLikeShoes

handmade tree decorations

I found this adorable musical note paper at Michael’s and knew right away that I wanted to make some Christmas ornaments out of it.

I looked for a template to use and found this tiny box template at Craftsy in the free downloads.

I didn’t print the template out on my musical note paper, instead I edit it to plain white and just print out  a copy I could use as a stencil.

How to Make Mini Bolts for Storing Fabric

A Vision to Remember All Things Handmade Blog

I have this thing, weird as it may be, about being able to easily see ALL of my fabric.
Its a little difficult at times, especially with all different sizes of fabric.
This is the solution that I use for my fabric that is close to a yard to 2 or 3 yards.

Creamy Lamb StewUpstate Ramblings

Fall just seems to lend itself to soups and stews, and one of my favorite meats to use in stew is lamb.  So when I was asked to create a lamb recipe by the American Lamb Board I made this rich and creamy lamb stew, inspired by Indian flavors.


Whenever I wanted to sew something bigger than a hat or a ball, there’s that additional cumbersome work that needs to be done BEFORE any cutting and actual sewing can happen: tracing the large pattern from the template onto the fabric. Oh, I hated that! I wanted to sew, not to trace and draw and then observe how much I missed the desired pattern line…



Until I found out about this easy solution to do it:


How to Make Your Own Baking Powder

Raia’s Recipes

Baking powder. It’s the white fluffy stuff that makes your pancakes and biscuits rise, and it can be found in the kitchen of most baking moms across the country. But do you know what’s in it? Let’s take a look at the ingredients in one of the major brands of baking powder found in most grocery stores:
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