Thursday, June 5, 2014

Essential Oil Pops

pineapple + orange essential oil = one yummy pop!

When I got the opportunity to join in on the Essentially Summer Recipe series, I must tell you....I was completely new to the idea of cooking with essential oils!  A quick spin around the blog and you can quickly see that I'm certainly not new to essential oils, in many ways I credit Young Living for giving us so many healthy & joy filled days....but, cooking with "oils"??

Now that we are on the last day of the series, aren't you all so incredibly inspired?  Each day it has made me soooo hungry and I'm eager to try so many of the recipes shared!  Did you see the Homemade Icecream that Marcie shared? 

We've been hearing the sounds of the icecream truck in the neighborhood frequently with the arrival of summer, so that meant I had to get busy creating a {healthier} treat to have on hand.

Let me just tell you, these are sooo incredibly simple to make!

1 (32 oz) container of vanilla yogurt
1 (20 oz) can of crushed pineapple
6 drops of Young Living Orange Essential Oil

If you have fresh pineapple on hand, that would be great too! I simply opted for a can of crushed because I had it on hand and was trying to make it as quick & easy as possible!

I mixed all the ingredients in a glass bowl and filled all the popsicle molds.  This recipe made enough for 12 traditional "popsicles" and 6 of the silicone pop molds (see below).  The traditional molds set up super fast, about 4 1/2 hours and they were ready!  The silicone molds take 5-6 hours.  This gave us a light tropical flavored popsicle that we all just loved!

Do you have someone who is dairy intolerant in your household?  It seems this is so common.

The silicone molds are really great for so many reasons....I personally prefer them with my children because they are much less of a mess than traditional popsicles!  They work more like the old school "push pops" and I thought that making a dairy free "icee type pop" would be perfect for these.  We filled some with the yogurt mixture from above, but for some we simply mixed the can of crushed pineapple with the six drops of Young Living Orange Essential Oil. They turned out great!  What a great alternative for those who can't have dairy!

I'm so glad that I've ventured into some new uses for my Young Living Essential Oils!  I hope you will spend a few minutes more here reading about the many reasons why I love "oils" and consider taking the plunge into the world of essential oils if you have not already!  You will see many of my most popular "oily post" in the right margin and may click here to read about how to order a Premium Kit and join my team.  

 Be sure to head over to read the Double Chocolate Peppermint Brownies recipe that is next in the series!

I'm thankful you stopped by the Essentially Summer Series!  Know that I have monthly oily specials listed HERE

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Prayer Alarms

As I approached 2014 I spent some time thinking about personal improvements that I needed to make for myself (and my family as well).  It had become glaringly apparent to me that the majority of my prayers revolved around teaching my children to pray.  I had and always have been faithful to stopping and praying with them multiple times throughout the day, however when praying with my four year old & two year old, no doubt there are things I'm not mentioning when with them.  

I needed to pray more about my marriage, my role as a Mother, and my business - and especially juggling it all.  Sure, I was praying about these things at least once during the day, but ONCE?  Is once enough, really?  Even more, if I was only praying once, was I exhausted when it finally occurred....well, of course! I wish I could tell you I was "better" and doing "more" all along.  I'm being honest here - and what I can tell you is that I took note and made changes and now I am doing BETTER and MORE and you know what?  Wow, I am reaping the benefits!

Prayer Alarms have changed me and my prayer life.  Yes, I have a million and one distractions in my life right now, but having alarms, on my cell phone, set periodically to go off throughout my day as a reminder to stop and pray has been a huge {yet simple} blessing to me.

Try it.  I promise only good will come from it!

1 Chronicles 16:11 - Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.

Psalm 145:18 - The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on Him in truth.

Colossians 4:2 -  Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.

James 5:16 -Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed . The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Wishing you much GOODNESS - Katy

Yes, the blog has turned into all-things Essential Oils.  My apologies if you have been following along looking for DIY's, recipes, and thrifting GOODNESS.  Here's the deal.  Everyday I get a message from a team member sharing how they are feeling better, sleeping better, having less struggles with their children, overcoming illness faster and weaning from prescriptions.  It is rewarding y'all.  Rewarding in ways I never imagined.  So truthfully, the blog is primarily about Essential Oils because they are changing my life and my family's life in ways I never thought is beautiful and I thank you for letting me veer from "my" path to following His plan for our family.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

So I'm opening a little shop on Etsy...

Truthfully my passion is selling essential oils because nothing thrills me more than to see people be healed through natural means ~ but, having said that, I still have an awful lot of creative bones that get the best of me at times!  I'm pretty certain I have been crafting since I learned to walk ((I know this because I see this in my Jules all the time!))

I'm putting my creative bones to work!

All pieces are handmade and all designs are made custom by ME!  I'm a lover of quotes and I create things that speak to me and are near and dear to my heart.

All of the jewelry is antique copper and pairs well with all things vintage!  I've collected lots of bronze and rust tone items from flea markets and yard sales that I like to mix with this jewelry collection and it all works together nicely ;)  

Sure, I'm sharing some pictures here, but there are more designs in the shop, and more designs in the works ---> so check the shop both now, and later!

And, while we are speaking of accessories ~

I'm also stocking some of these versatile burlap pins in the shop.  I love to add them to purses, bags, and hats!  Mostly I love that they are pins, so I can place them where I want and move them to whatever I want, based on my need {aka, mood}.

I trust you'll want to take a look in the SHOP, which officially opens for a quick sale ((just in time for Valentine's Day!)) on Monday, January 20th at 10am central time.  

Oh, and you might want to check out my dear friend The Barefoot Seamstress - she might just have a deal for you!

Thank you for supporting handmade, friends!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Big Girl Room

Since moving into the "old house" I have been collecting art for Sister-girl's "big girl room".  I'm not one to stress over when my kiddos give up the crib so in general I was in no rush but, as the collection was growing larger, so was my anticipation.  Each piece purchased so far has a memory or meaning behind it, and it is such an eclectic mix ~ but it is so incredibly SISTER-GIRL!  

I really adore her room.  It's complete enough for me to truly love spending time in there with her and yet it was designed so that we can continue to add to the collection, so the fun will continue!

The rug was my inspiration for the room ~ I loved the vibrancy (again, so true to this child!) and I R-E-A-L-L-Y loved the green.  You bet I was scared toting that rug into Lowe's and having them mix paint to match having never seen it painted before, but wow, I am so completely in love with it!

The headboard was a DIY by my Lifetime Love; an antique mantle with family history that we painted and filled with a fabric inset.

Sweet Sister-girl, what special memories adorn your wall!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Gluten Free Cornbread

I was raised on cornbread and sweet tea.  I'm of the opinion that life just isn't really being lived if you give these essentials up!  Sure, limit them maybe, but going gluten free would have been devastating if I would have had to give up everything ~ so I'm adapting.

My gluten free cornbread is a mock of my Mom's.  It is not sweet.  It is not thick.  It in no way resembles that "stuff" you mix in the small box.  If you are accustomed to the sweet/fluffy/cake-like cornbread that is close to a dessert, know that this is entirely savory and may be a bit Earthy to your palate at first.

I kinda like that Earthy word and apparently I r-e-a-l-l-y like my cornbread that way.  Don't we need to train ourselves to recognize more depth of flavor anyways....drift a bit from all that sweet, ya know?

Well, Mom's cornbread is crisp on the edges and is D-I-V-I-N-E when taken straight from the hot oven and spread with a good quality butter.

It took a few tries, but I promise, I have nailed it!

First, add two tablespoons of coconut oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet and place in a HOT oven.  (400-450 degrees)

Second, in a mixing bowl combine:
   1 cup gluten free baking mix
   1 cup cornmeal ((not cornmeal mix, that is most frequently NOT gluten free))
   1/2 tsp. salt
   2 eggs
   12 oz. evaporated milk (1 can) OR  12 oz buttermilk

Once the skillet is HOT and the coconut oil has melted, coating the skillet well, remove from oven and use a spoon to dip a bit of the hot oil out and add that to the batter in your mixing bowl.  Mom does I do this!  Mix and then quickly pour the entire batter into the HOT skillet.  You should hear a crackle, this is the crust forming, which will prevent it from sticking to your skillet.  Place skillet in the oven and cook until lightly golden brown.

In my oven, I heated my skillet with the oil at 450 degrees, then turned the oven to 400 to cook the cornbread.  I cooked it on a lower rack for 15-18 minutes, then moved it to the top rack on broil for the final 5 minutes.  You should be able to accurately tell how fast the bottom of the cornbread is cooking based on the crispness around the outside edge.  Admittedly my old oven has a slower broil than I recall my modern oven having, so watch closely!

You can slice the cornbread into wedges directly from the pan and serve, or you can turn it out similar to a cake on a plate so that the uniform bottom side is now up....a crisp layer, ready to be buttered!

If you really must have it sweet, add honey, it is lovely!  We LOVE it with a scoop of Homemade Pimento Cheese on top ~ it's reminiscent of a fancy grilled cheese, which sure is a treat for a gluten free girl!  There is really no way to go wrong, serve it next to pinto beans if you want to feel super Southern ;)

And....if you are new to cooking gluten free or possibly accommodating a guest in your home, TRUST ME, you may have to search to find gluten free cornmeal.  I read sooo many bags of "cornmeal" that all contained wheat or flour.  I suggest checking the designated gluten free section of your local grocer.

Yum.  I'm wishing I had some now!

Homemade Pimento Cheese

I adore nothing more than to pack a picnic and one of our family's favorite picnic foods is homemade pimento cheese.  I have always made it very frequently in the spring and summer as I can always find a reason to pack a picnic but, over the past few weeks we have been eating it with several other Holiday favorites and it has been a good fit.

I frequently have friends ask for my recipe and I'm hesitant to share it because it is so simple! For years I responded with you just "make pimento cheese!"  But as time has passed I realize that my homemade pimento cheese really is different from storebought, and I do a couple of things different from most.

So, here you go!

Mix Well ~
8 oz. colby-jack cheese
4 oz. pimentos with juice
approx 1/2 cup mayonnaise 
pepper to your liking 

Now, here are the important things:

  • You MUST shred your own cheese, either with a hand grater or food processor --- do not buy shredded cheese from the store (contains a waxy like substance that dulls the flavor of the cheese).
  • You MUST include all of the juice from the pimentos.
  • Sure, you could use cheddar and occasionally if I am making a large batch for a get together I will mix in some cheddar, but to REALLY experience the GOOD stuff, yeah, stick to colby-jack!
  • Like many foods, pimento cheese it best when served fresh.  It will save for several days in the refrigerator, but if you are making it to impress your friends, then make it just a few hours in advance.
  • This recipe serves me, you are going to want to go ahead and multiply the recipe ~ it's that good. 
  • I HIGHLY recommend Duke's Mayo. It's just the best. No paid endorsement. The end.

There is really no wrong way to serve pimento cheese.  It is excellent on a roll or cracker, but we are a gluten free household so I've been making it and serving it scooped on top of gluten free cornbread (piping hot, straight from the oven).   If you love a fancy grilled cheese then I guarantee you will love pimento cheese on a hot slice of cornbread!

Enjoy this simple and GOOD recipe, friends!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Young Living Essential Rewards

I get this question multiple times a here you go! Hopefully this helps if you are new to the world of Essential Oils and our Oily Family!

Did you just "by chance" end up here and want to learn more about Essential Oils?  Perhaps these pages would interest you:  Essential Oils Journey   /  Day 1  /  Beating Sick Season   

Thanks for visiting!