Saturday, October 4, 2014

Gluten Free Blueberry Breakfast Bars

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I have a son who will wake up every day this school year at 5:30 so he can do early morning seminary (religious studies class) and then be to school by 7 am for marching band. So, when is he going to fit breakfast in? Pumpkin muffins, smoothies, breakfast cookies and these awesome breakfast bars come to the rescue! They are equally awesome with almond flour or whole wheat depending on what your tummy or budget can tolerate. I have added some extra ingredients for added nutrition, but many of these are optional.

Makeover your "Nutrigrain" bars with these Breakfast Bars:



1 1/2 cups organic oats
1 cup almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup rapadura (or brown sugar)
1 1/2 sticks melted butter

Mix all the dry ingredients, then add the butter. Mix to combine and press half the mix in the bottom of am 8x8 bar pan...unless you lost yours, like me, then a round cake pan works great.



Filling:
1 cup blueberries (love it with raspberries too)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 scoop purple or red fruits/veggies from Blendfresh (optional)
1 scoop fiber powder from Blendfresh (optional...but the chia is an awesome natural thickener)
4 T real maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla

Heat the blueberries until the juices come out. Then mash with a fruit masher. Add the applesauce, syrup and vanilla. Then add the Blendfresh options if you have those. A little arrowroot powder or cornstarch will also thicken it nicely.

Pour the filling on the bottom layer of the crust. Then top with the remaining crumble. Bake at 350 for 25-30 min until browned.


Allow to cool completely before cutting. Store individually wrapped for on the go bars or serve up hot with ice cream...well maybe not for breakfast...unless no one is looking.

The Blendfresh products are optional, but add so much nutrition including fiber and phyto-nutrients from 12 different fruits and  All of it is GMO free and gluten free. To learn more about it, you can check out Blendfresh here.

Did I mention that since my son is 15 I also get to get up early every day this school year to drive him? I knew this day would be coming...but oh, Heaven help me!

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Essential Oils for Different Skin Types

Some of the best things we can put on our skin to leave it beautiful, vibrant and clear are found right in the kitchen! Time to get a little food on your face! Just remember to wash it off before you head out for the day!
 

But first, everything is better with essential oils and they are wonderful for the skin! You can choose the oil that is best for you based upon the type of skin you have.



For oily skin:
  • frankincense
  • bergamot
  • lavender
  • lemon
  • orange
  • rosemary
  • melaleuca
For dry skin:
  • cedarwood
  • clary sage
  • geranium
  • lavender
  • myrrh
  • sandalwood
For acne:
  • lavender
  • melaleuca
  • rosewood
  • black cumin seed

And of course whatever your mood, choose and oil that speaks to you. Now for the fun part:

Inexpensive oil wash:

Oil dissolves oil! I love washing my face with olive oil and essential oils. A teaspoon or so will do you. Then add a drop of two of the right oil for your skin needs. Is it dry? Add geranium and myrrh. Oily? Add lemon or frankincense. Lavender is awesome for the skin as it addresses oily, dry and acne prone skin. I To wash, get a hot washcloth and set on face to open up pores. Then rub oil on skin. Rub gently in circles to remove makeup and grease. Use hot cloth
to remove all the oil. No moisturizer needed.
(Image courtesy of m_bartosh at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Sticky Icky Honey Wash:

Raw honey is awesome stuff! It is Anti-bacterial, helps with allergies, and clears acne! It is slightly drying and deeply moisturizing. Rinse you face well with warm water. Add a little honey to your wet, warm palm and rub it on your face. Have you tried this? Do you like it?  I find it sticky and uncomfortable and nerve wracking as I worry about it getting in my hair. I prefer the oil cleansing method, but to each his own!
 (Image courtesy of Gualberto107 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)


Exfoliate:

1 cup ground oats
1/2 cup ground almonds (or almond flour)
5 drops essential oils (choose the best oil for your skin type)

Put all in a container with lid an shake it up. To use, take a T of mix and add a few drops of water and a drop of essential oils to make a paste. Rub on skin to get rid of dead skin cells and rejuvenate. Or add some water and orange oil and have a little breakfast!
(Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

My favorite moisturizer: 

1/4 cup coconut oil
5 drops wild orange oil

Use 1/4 tsp to moisturize and uplift. This also makes a great lip gloss that make you extra kissable. Seriously, try and keep the hubby (or wife) off of you!

*Warning: For those with photosensitivity, do no use and then go out in the sunlight. Although I forgot and walked all over DC and had no issues whatsoever.
(Image courtesy of Phasinphoto at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)


Face Mask:


Tighten your skin with egg whites! Separate the yolks and put them aside for this awesome chocolate milk, then whip up the whites until frothy, then add 2 drops of essential oils for your skin type or mood. Cover you face with the protein rich goodness and allow to harden for 15 min. This will tone and tighten you face. Finally, rinse with warm water and feel younger.

**Note, this face mask is quite controversial. I giggle reading the comments from people who love it and those who distain animal proteins. So, try it if you like. Don't if you are nervous. I drink my eggs raw too...I am just an adrenaline seeker...what can I say? (Image courtesy of artur84 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Cellulite reducer:




One 12 oz bottle of Coconut oil
1 15 ml bottle of grapefruit oil

Put both in a spray bottle. Spritz liberally on body after shower, focusing on problem areas. Rub it in. On a side note, grapefruit oil is an appetite reducer and stops sugar cravings in their tracks, so go ahead, be liberal with this oil!
(Image courtesy of Suat Eman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)




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Monday, September 8, 2014

Roller Bottle Make and Take

Eventbrite - Natural Remedies Class

****The Sept 30th Class location has changed! It will be held at my home.
 
 
Eventbrite - Natural Remedies Class

Retail Cost breakdown: (For 5 ml! Double the price for a full 10 ml bottle)
You can select the ones you want or buy the whole kit!

5 ml bottles:
Allergy Bomb: $4
Aching Muscles: $8.50
Belly Blend: $7
Bruise Blend: $8.50
Cough Blend: $8
Flu Bomb: $7.00
Focus Blend: $5.50
Owie Blend: $5
Sleepy Time: $12
Stuffy Nose: $5
Hand Sanitizer: $3.50

Total kit price for 5 ml: $74



Eventbrite - Natural Remedies Class

Here is a wonderful clutch to hold them in. You can purchase these online.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cinnamon Popcorn

Do you use your essential oils in cooking? Not all brands are appropriate for that, but I love how I can use doTERRA as a healthy alternative to synthetic food flavorings and extracts. Many of the oils add an extra level of sweetness without adding sugar. The amount used varies by taste. For really potent oils like oregano, basil, and black pepper, a tooth pick dipped in the oil and swirled into the pot is sufficient. For other recipes, I have found that 2-3 drops replace 1 tsp of extract. But play around with it drop by drop. Ready for a sweet and salty treat without adding any actual sweetener to the pot? Then you gotta try this popcorn flavored with all my favorite oils. Butter, coconut oil and amazing healthy doTERRA cinnamon...which tastes like a nice hot tamale, minus the HFCS and steroid filled gelatin! It takes no special equipment, but can easily be made in a popcorn popper too. 
 
 


2 T coconut oil (divided)
1/3 cup organic popping corn
2 T butter
3-4 drops doTERRA cinnamon essential oil
Sea Salt to taste.

1.  Heat 1 T coconut oil in a large pot with tight fitting lid.
2.  Add the popcorn
Once it starts popping, lightly shake the pot back and forth on the burner. Once the popping slows, take it off the heat. Remove the lid immediately. Melt the butter, mix with the coconut oil and drop in the oils. Pour over the hot popcorn, sprinkle with salt, replace the lid and shake until it is evenly distributed.

If using an air popper, mix the coconut oil with the butter and cinnamon oil and pour over the popped corn. For other treats made with essential oils, check out these recipes:

Orange Creamsicles



Smoothies



Chocoilates



Flourless Orange Chocolate Cake



Cranberry Orange Oatmeal



Key Lime Pie



Avocado Pesto



Lemonies




Go ahead and give them a try. If you need to purchase these wonderfully versatile oils, you can do that here.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Grain Free Spaghetti

Have you seen one of these before?
Can you guess what it is used for?
Clue number one: It is recommended for use in the kitchen, but it is so easy, you can use it anyplace.
Clue number two: it is really sharp inside, so fingers should be cautious.
Clue number three: it is not a pencil sharpener, but you would never know that by looking at the end result.
Clue number four, it helps to make a really fun dinner.
Clue number five...oh to heck with the clues...


 It is the most exciting thing since the Chia Pet..I think. I can take zucchini, summer squash, butternut squash, sweet potatoes or even a nice sized log if I wanted (oh, so that is where whole wheat pasta comes from :) and make it into spaghetti! Cool, yes?

I do not have anything against regular spaghetti. But I am always looking for a way to add more veggies to my diet in a way that doesn't make me want to amputate my tongue. Which would happen by the way if you were to put your tongue inside the Veggeti, so don't, kay?

Making "pasta" is so fast. Scrub you squash, then insert into the wide funnel and twist the vegetable. The long strings come out. Make as much as you want. It takes at least a whole medium squash to make a meal. Then steam it in some water for 2-3 minutes. Top with your favorite sauce or sprinkle with parmesean.

This is my favorite recipe:
1 yellow and 1 green zucchini
1 T butter
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce (there is a new jar sauce at Walmart that is 100% organic and $1.88 a jar!)

Make your Veggeti magic, and lightly steam the squash, drain. Then add the butter and garlic to a fry pan and toss in the cooked "noodles." Fry it up until there is garlic goodness on every strand. Then eat. I prefer this to spaghetti squash. As in, I will probably never buy spaghetti squash again because it kinda makes me gag. Serve this up with a salad and you have a full plate of veggies that vegetarians go nuts over and us carbivores omnivores eat because we know we should.

Have you tried veggeti? If not you can get it here (affiliate link).

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Introducing Blendfresh!

I have a new love at my house. Blendfresh is raw, clean, Non-GMO, and full of flavor and nutrition! Buying organic can get very costly. I don't have a problem with that as much as I do with my forgetting it on the counter or back of the fridge. Remember that organic spinach I got for $6.95 at whole foods? Oh yea, it is a stinking sticky black goo...Our chickens eat well! I know I am not the only one in the world who buys fruit and vegetables because I know they are good for me, but when it comes time to prepare them...well, I will reach for, um, anything else! Blendfresh has solved the problem solved here folks! I can not wait to share all the recipes I come up with hiding raw, dehydrated diverse fruits and veggies inside. My whole body is waiting with anticipation for the added nutrition. Launched on July 12 and ready to ship is a brand new product, backed by Blendtec, the most awesome blender ever. Time to whip up a smoothie!


One Tablespoon of raw veggie powder is equal to 1/2 cup serving of 12 fruits and veggies. Ones I would never think to purchase, and least of all know how to use, I consume on a regular basis. This has been a huge money saver for me. There are so many best things about this fruit and veggie powder but the big sale for me...there are no added ingredients. No -oxides or "natural flavor" or color or anything! What you see on the bottle is what is in the bottle!

All blends are:

Clean: 100% natural, unprocessed, GMO, and pesticide free (Overall organic product certification is being pursued.)
Rich: 100% nutrient-dense whole foods
Raw: Prepared at low temperatures to keep active nutrients alive
Diverse: Nutrients from multiple sources from every color group
Centsible: Substantial savings in every bottle

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Make a Portable Cleaning Tote

I am the least qualified person on the planet to write on organization. Seriously! But I am the person that I know most in need of it.  This is almost a foreign language to me. It is so important to get it right however, because let's face it, you can not be self sufficient if you lack organization. DIY becomes highly overwhelming if you can't make habits that fit into your day. But a wise woman recently told me, once you can make time work for you, the rest is cake.

So, baby step number one. (I think I saw this idea on Flylady.net.) Get all your cleaners in one place.


Oh wait....I actually have to back up one baby step here. My baby step number one was realize that you can't do it all and hire some help. Only I can be my kids mom. Only I can write my blog. Only I can nurture my business relationships, but someone....anyone....but me can come help clean my house. So, I asked a sweet young lady to come for 4 hours a week this summer and help. Oh my, what a relief. Problem is, every time she gets here, I run around the house looking for the cleaning supplies I want her to use. I have certain ways I like things done...aka, no chemicals, but my "cleaners" have a myriad of uses, so they could be anyplace. Time to stop all that time wasting nonsense and have everything I need in one place. Brilliant? I think so! Also, it makes it easy for the kids to do their daily chores.

So, here are the things we need to clean bathroom, kitchen and living room. (Disclaimer, I use doTERRA and Norwex products as part of my cleaning. They work for me. They are by no means required for a chemical free home. But if you are looking for something great, these totally rock!)

So, here are my must haves for my cleaning tote:
(Some affiliate links included)



1. Hired help...admit it, it feels good. (You can pay someone or trade a service for it)
2. Vinegar...just for cleaning
3. Baking Soda...just for cleaning
4. Shower cleaner (I use Norwex Descaler....awesome!)
5. Essential oils that are just for cleaning...I use lemon, On Guard, and melaleuca (Where to find)
6. Liquid Castile Soap... One bottle just for the cleaning bag.
7. Scotch Bright pad
8. A scouring cleaner: you can make one or use Norwex cleaning paste (love that stuff!)
9. Counter cleaner (I use doTERRA OnGuard cleaner concentrate because it is awesome, but you can use all kinds of natural home made guys.)
10. Cleaning cloths (I like Norwex travel Enviro Cloths) One for toilets and one for everything else.
11. Glass Cleaner...again easy to make, but I prefer just plain water and the Norwex Window cloth.
12. A micro fiber cloth or dusting instrument of your choosing.
13. Oil polish for wood. So easy to make. Spray down wood doors and cabinets lightly and wipe with microfiber.
13. A handy dandy tote for holding them all together so you don't have to waste precious time hunting.

How do I use them? Many of these ideas have links to original post. Feel free to click away and browse these natural cleaning solutions.


Bathroom:
Use the baking soda, vinegar and melaleuca on the toilet bowl like so... (Click here for a chemical free toilet)
Spray the outside of the toilet with the On Guard cleaner (Or vinegar) and wipe down with cloth.
Use the descaler or scouring cleanser and scotch bright pad to clean tub and shower
Use the scouring cleanser or Norwex Cleaning Paste for sinks
Use your glass cleaner or water and window cloth for mirrors and faucets.
Sweep and mop (not included in the tote, but wouldn't that be awesome)
Refill hand soap dispensers with castile soap and onguard.
Wood polish on cabinets

Kitchen:
Clean the stove top with lemon oil and baking soda.
Wipe down counters, tables and chairs with OnGuard cleaner
Shine the appliances with Polishing cloth or glass cleaner
Use the scouring paste on your sink
Dust the cupboards and apply wood polish...occasionally
Sweep and Mop floors. I really love the Norwex mop... only requires water, which is an awesome solvent and generally non-toxic.

Living room:
Use water and polishing cloth on windows
Dust surfaces and apply wood polish as needed.
Vacuum

Toss the soiled cloths in the laundry and once clean, return them to the bag. Now, help with laundry folding....is there an oil for that? Dang, first thing I have found that oils don't make it easier. Oh yea, I have 5 kids for that! Wahoo, let's get folding.

Do you have a portable cleaning kit? Has it simplified cleaning time?



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