Monday, July 8, 2019

Peanut Butter, Banana, Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal



 Wait a minute, is this breakfast or dessert? Well, my answer to that, is take your pick. This is definitely a recipe that will make the kids clamor for oatmeal for breakfast.  It will also be a dessert or a snack that  Mom will love to serve as a wholesome treat for the kids; I baked these up as a snack for a friend and her kids the other day when we had a get together at my house, and they were a big hit. You can make this recipe up in one big 8x8 pan, and cut it in to squares, or scoop it up with a serving spoon, or you can make it like I made this batch, in muffin tins, for individual hand held servings. Either way, they are delicious, comforting,  wholesome. and  wonderful for a make ahead or on the go breakfast.










Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 ripe bananas mashed
1 egg
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup milk of choice ( I used almond milk)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare muffin tins or 8 x8 baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips.
  4. Stir and mix until well combined.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips
  6. Scoop batter with 1/3 cup measuring cup and fill muffin tins or pour batter into baking dish.
  7. Bake 20 -25 minutes, until slightly golden brown, and firm in the middle.
  8. Enjoy!
Makes 18 muffins or 1 8x8 inch pan.
230 Calories per muffin






Enjoy!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Cowboy Macaroni Salad


Here's a satisfying cool summer recipe, that can be served up as a hearty, and delicious main course, or a wonderful accompaniment to a barbecue, picnic or potluck. This salad is a man pleaser, and is "Cowboy" approved... but I must say that the girls are going to love it just as much. It reminds me of "comfort food" in a healthy salad format. I used brown rice pasta, and fresh organic ingredients for this and is it ever delicious.




Ingredients:

For Salad:
12 ounces macaroni or shell pasta
1 lb ground beef
1 tsp garlic powder,
2 tsps onion powder
Salt and pepper to taste
6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 15 oz can pinto beans or black beans
1 cup frozen corn
4 green onions, minced
1/3 of one medium red onion, diced
1 small can green chilies
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, cubed or shredded
1 1/2 cups tomatoes, chopped
A few pickled Jalapenos for garnish ( or if you like it spicy (which my hubby does, add about 1/4 cup of chopped to the whole salad).

For Dressing:
1 1/2 Cups Green Salsa
3/4 cup Sour Cream
Juice from 1 Lime

Instrucions: 
  1. Cook, drain and cool macaroni pasta.
  2. Put ground beef into a medium sized skillet, and season with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. 
  3. Using medium heat, stir and cook ground beef.
  4. Drain and cool.
  5. In a small bowl, mix up dressing ingredients, until well blended, and set to the side.
  6. In a large bowl combine all salad ingredients, and stir to distribute evenly.
  7. Drizzle with the dressing, and mix gently together.
  8. Place in a nice serving bowl, and garnish with fresh chunks of cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and pickled jalepenos
  9. Serve and enjoy!









 






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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

10 of My Favorite Roller Bottle Recipes


These are some of my favorite roller bottle recipes. They are the ones I make over, and over again for my family and I.  I also love to give them away as gifts. You can read about how to make an essential oils roller bottle, on this post here.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


Basic Pain Remedy:
40 drops Peppermint
40 drops Wintergreen
Top with Carrier Oil 

Pain and Inflammation Relief:
20 drops Copaiba
10 drops Valor
40 drops Peppermint
40 drops Wintergreen 
Top with Carrier Oil

Lullaby: 
for a good night's sleep
40 drops Cedarwood
40 drops Lavender
10 drops Sacred Mountain blend
10 drops Marjoram 
Top with Carrier Oil


Calm:

for soothing and calming the emotions
 
10 drops Bergamot
10 drops Lavender
20 drops Valor
  5 drops Lime
Top with Carrier Oil



Inspire:
for energizing and uplifting the emotions
50 drops Grapefruit
30 drops Lavender
15 drops Release blend
  5 drops White Angelica blend
Top with Carrier Oil


Happy:
for uplifting the emotions
30 drops Bergamot
25 drops Orange or Tangerine
10 drops Valor
10 drops White Angelic
  5 drops Highest Potential
Top with Carrier Oil 



Bloom:   
Martha's Blend
 for rejuvinating and refreshing
10 drops Peppermint
30 drops Orange
20 drops Tangerine
20 drops Lavender
Top with Carrier Oil
 

 

Breathe:
40 drops Eucalyptus
20 drops Raven
20 drops RC
20 drops Tea Tree
10 drops Aroma Seize
10 drops Peppermint 

Tummy Aide:

20 drops Peppermint
20 drops Ginger
20 drops Fennel 
20 drops Lavender
10 drops Juniper
10 drops Lemongrass
10 drops Patchouli

Owie Aide
30 drops Melaleuca
20 drops Lemon
5 drops Frankincense 
25 drops Peppermint


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

DIY Essentil Oil Roller Bottle Guide

I have been loving essential oils for almost 20 years. We use them all the time around in our home, for healing, emotional support, first-aid, house cleaning and just the pleasure of the scent of them. I have always rubbed them on my body, diffused them, put them in my bath, put them in my tea and my food, but when I learned you could put them in a roller bottle and use them that way... well let me tell you that was the cherry on top! The person that first came up with the essential oil roller bottle, deserves some kind of metal  or at least a hug and a thank you from those of us that love them ("Thank you, whoever you are out there that thought these up!")  The first time I made essential oils roller bottles, I became addicted, and I think my family did too. Even my husband keeps a close eye on his roller bottles and ask for more when his are empty. The ease of making up a variety of remedies putting them into a bottle, taking them with you anywhere, and rolling them on with ease whenever you want them is what it's all about. 

So, I thought I'd share a quick DIY of how to make them, and I'll share a few of my favorite recipes with you at the end of the post. For this tutorial, I've included some fun little extras, that I have loved adding, such as dried flower petals and gemstone chips. You don't have to put them in of course, but they do add such a beautiful element to the bottle, and I imagine that there is some beneficial aspect to them as well.



What You Will Need:
  • Roller bottles
  • Essential Oils
  • Carrier Oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil)
  • Labels
  • Organic Dried Flower Petals, Flower Buds, Herbs Gemstone Chips, (optional)
  • Recipe Cards (optional)
Where you can get it:  Roller bottles, Carrier Oils, Labels,  Flower Petals and Buds, Gemstone Chips and Recipe Cards can all be ordered from Amazon or Etsy.  Look for good quality and organic ingredients when collecting what you need to go into the roller bottles; remember what goes onto your skin,  is absorbed by your body through the skin, you want it to be good quality and organic. I use Young Living Essential Oils, and have used them for almost 20 years now. I haven't found anything else that I like as well  Young Living Oils, as far as purity and quality. If you are interested in purchasing Young Living Oils, click the link here, or the link under the "Shop" Tab under my header.
 


Instructions:

  1. Gather your supplies and ingredients, and place everything on flat workspace.
  2. Decide on the recipe or purpose for your roller bottle, and if you don't have one yet, pick an appropriate name for it.
  3. Choose your label and apply it to the bottle: I like to apply the label first, so that I am applying it onto a clean surface, whereas when applying it at the end, there is sometimes oil on the outside of bottle, and the label may not stick as well.
  4. Add any natural elements to the bottle that you want to add, such as flower petals, buds, dried herbs or gemstone chips.
  5. Add essential oils.
  6. Top off the remaining space with the carrier oil.
  7. Place the roller bottle top into the opening in the bottle, and press until it is firmly in place. (Sometimes screwing on the bottle lid will finish securing the roller top).
  8. Shake bottle well, to distribute and mix the oils evenly.
  9. Roll on the bottom of feet, arms, legs, wrists, neck, back of the neck, back of the head and under chin, spinal cord, hips, or where ever you want it.
  10. Enjoy!

Tips:


  • Keep a recipe book or recipe cards and a pen at hand, so that you can write down any recipes that you come up with; then you have a record of what you have made, and if you like it, you can make it again, or share it with someone. 

  • Put your bottle into a "holder" of some sort, while you are adding oils, so that it will stay secure, and you don't accidentally dump it when it is almost full (yes, I have done that). I have found that the styrofoam that most of the bottle companies send their bottles in, is a perfect tool to hold the bottle when your adding oils to it. Another thing that works, is a small make up organizer that has lipstick compartments in it (you can find these at the dollar store).




    Any variety of labels will work nicely; be creative, make it attractive. For some labels, you can write the name of your recipe, and some you can order with the names already printed. I've used all kinds.


    You'll be able to see from this post the variety of bottles that can be found; My eyes light up any time I see a new bottle to try, and have fun collecting various styles..... and my girls have had fun helping me collect them, haha.




    Adding some lovely natural elements such as gem stones, organic dried flower petals, buds, herbs to your roller bottle really enhances your bottle, adding one more dimension to the roller bottle; the therapy of creating something beautiful.





    Step by Step

    1.     Choose a bottle, recipe and a label.



    2.   Apply the label.




    So pretty isn't it?


    3.  Choose a natural element you would like to add. (Optional)



    4.   Add them into the bottle.




    5.   Place the bottle into something that will hold it and keep it from tipping over (optional).  Add essential oils.





    6.  Use a little funnel or a dropper for the carrier oil (these often come with the roller bottles).



    7.   With your carrier oil, fill the bottle to the base of the neck of the bottle.




    8.   Place the roller top into the opening of the bottle and press to seal.  You can screw the lid firmly over the top and onto the bottle to help seal the roller top. 



    9.  Roll on the bottom of feet, arms, legs, wrists, neck, back of the neck, back of the head and under chin, spinal cord, hips, or where ever you want it.


     



    "Inspire"

    For 10 of my favorite roller bottle recipes, click here




    Good quality essential oils like Young Living Essential Oils can be safely applied topically, directly onto the skin (neat). Some oils, such as  Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon, Clove, Lemongrass, Thieves and Exodus are be best diluted with a carrier oil, because they are considered hot oils, and can cause a strong warming or heating sensation when applied directly.  Using a roller bottle, is a perfect way to pre-blend any oils, as well diluting them to your preference level. Below is a dilution chart, that shows you how many drops make up how much of a percentage of a 10 ML bottle.








                    Suggested Dilutions for a 10  ml roller bottle 
    • For babies zero to 1 years old: 10 - 20 drops essential oils into roller bottle, finished off with carrier oil; this is 5% to 10% dilution
    • For babies and children 2 to 6 years old: 20 -50 drops essential oils into roller bottle, finished off with carrier oil; this is a 10% to 25% dilution rate.
    • For Children 7 to 11 years old: 50- 100 drops essential oils into roller bottle, finished with carrier oil; this is 25%to 50% dilution rate.

    • For 11 years old to Adult: 100 -200 drops essential oils into roller bottle, this is 50% to 100% dilution rate, finished off with carrier oil.
    • For Hot Oils: 50 - 100 drops essential oils into the roller bottle, finished off with a carrier oil; this is a 25% to 50% dilution rate.

    Dilution Totals for a 10 ML Bottle
    A percentage to the amount of drops you use
    75%    =   150 drops
    50%    =   100 drops
    25 %   =     50 drops
    10%    =     20 drops
    05%    =     10 drops
    03%    =       6 drops

    My Little Essential Oils Directory
    Adrenal Support:
    Black Spruce, Lavender, Nutmeg, Frankincense, Geranium, Rosemary, EndoFlex/blend
    Calm: 
    Lavender, Valor/blend
    Bergamot, Chamomile, 
    Vetiver,
    PeaceandCalming/blend, Gentle Baby/blend
    Fever Reducer: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Angelica
    Muscle Ease Marjoram, Cypress, Lavender, Wintergreen, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Valor/blend, Copaiba, Black Spruce, Black Pepper 

    Thyroid Support: Endoflex Blend,  
     Black Spruce, Frankincense, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Spearmint
    Antibacterial
    Tea Tree, 
    Oregano, 
    Thyme, 
    Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Purification/blend, Bergamot, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Thieves/blend, Lavender, 
    Black Pepper, Myrrh, Frankincense, Cinnamon, Clove
    Cold, Cough and Flu Relief: 
    Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Oregano,
    Thyme
    Basil
    Lemon, 
    Raven/blend, 
    R.C. /blend
    Thieves/blend
    Longevity/blend
    Focus:   Peppermint, Frankincense, Bergamot  
    Veviter
    Basil
    Hair and Scalp Support: Rosemary, Sage, Clary Sage, Cedarwood
    Manuka
    Pain & Inflamation Relief: Peppermint, Copaiba, Wintergreen, Valor Blend
    Tummy Relief: Digize Blend, Ginger, Peppermint, Fennel, Marjoram, Black Pepper, Angelica



    Arthritis: 
    Copaiba, Wintergreen, Marjoram, 
    Valor/blend, Cypress, Black Spruce, Black Pepper
    Colic Relief: Fennel, 
    Dill, 
    Digize/blend, Lavender, 

    *See dilution chart for babies.
    Headache Relief: Peppermint, Wintergreen, Lavender, Chamomile


    Hormone Balance and Support:
    ForMen: Sandlewood,  
    Thyme, 
    Mister/blend
    Myrtle
    Skin Support: Lavender, Geranium, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Sacred Sandalwood, Black Spruce,
    Uplifting: 
    Grapefruit, Bergamot,  
    Orange, 
    Tangerine, 
    Valor/blend
    White Angelica/blend
    HighestPotential/blend, Joy/blend, 
    Ylang Ylang, 
    Black Spruce
    Brain Support:
    Frankincense
    Rosemary
    Lavender
    Bergamot
    Peppermint
    Clary Sage
    Patchouli
    Vetiver
    Orange
    Lemon
    Tangerine
    Marjoram
    Cedarwood
    Sandalwood
    BrainPower/blend

    Breathe: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Cypress, Peppermint, Black Spruce
    Cuts, Scrapes, Bug Bites: Melaleuca 
    Tea Tree, 
    Manuka, Helichrysm, Lavender, Rosemary, 
    Lemon, 
    Peppermint
    Immune Support: Oregano, Thyme, 
    Basil, 
    Clove, Thieves/Blend, Melaleuca, Lemon, Longevity/blend, Frankincense, Black Spruce
    Sleep: 
    Cedarwood, Lavender, Valor/blend, Bergamot, Marjoram, Vetiver, Sandlewood, Chamomile
    Weight Loss Support: Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Ginger  
    Peppermint

    Women Hormone Balance and Support : 
    Clary Sage, 
    Thyme, Dragontime/blend, 
    Rose, 
    Lavender, Progessence/blend
    Myrtle


    Tuesday, May 28, 2019

    No Sugar Strawberry Chia Jam


    This quick, easy, healthy, delicious, low calorie, low carb, no/low sugar Strawberry Jam has a special ingredient that makes a wonderful no sugar Jam. The ingredient is Chia seed. Chia seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and protein, and they are also wonderful little thickening agents that don't require cooking, sugar or pectin to create a jelly, jam or pudding. They work, by absorbing liquid and turning them into a thickened jelly or pudding. 

    The nice thing about this recipe, is that you can adapt it, and leave out the sugar, or add any kind of sweetener in any amount that you like with out worry of ruining the recipe; it is not a fussy recipe, and does not require exact measures to turn out a nice jam. Its a great way to create a low calorie jam, if your trying to watch calories or carbs.




    Ingredients:
    2 cups Strawberries, chopped
    2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
    Sweetener to taste, such as any of the following: 2 packets (1 teaspoon) Stevia, 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup,  2 Tablespoons Honey, or 2 Tablespoons Organic Cane Sugar

    Instructions:
    • Place the Strawberries and sweetener into a medium saucepan, and bring them slowly to a simmer.
    • Crush and mash the strawberries as they heat, to help release the juices. You can add a couple tablespoons of water, if your strawberries seem to need a little help making juice.                              
    • Once the juices have released, and the strawberries begin to bubble, allow them to simmer about 5 to 10 minutes, (until the strawberries have cooked to your satisfaction)
    • Remove from heat, and add the Chia Seeds; stir and mix well.
    • Pour mixture into jars, and refrigerate. 
    • The jam will begin to thicken within about 10 minutes, but allow to cool and thicken a couple of hours or overnight, for the best thickening. 
    • Enjoy on toast, waffles, pancakes, yogurt, cottage cheese or ice cream, etc.

    Notes:
    • For this batch, I made a double recipe, and filled 3 small jars, but 1 recipe makes 1 1/2  to  2 cups.  
    • Because this recipe has very little sugar, it will not store as long as traditional jam. It stores in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks, so its good to make small batches or, you can double it like I did, and freeze some of it.                                                                   
    •  It freezes, nicely, but be sure to leave about an inch of head space when filling the jar for the freezer, to allow for expansion when it freezes.                                                                             
    • I often freeze with the lid off and place the lid on once it has frozen, just to be sure there is plenty of room, and no excess pressure is created with the lid on.                                                
    • 2 Tablespoons of no-sugar added jam has approximately 32 calories and 5 carbs (3 net carbs).





    Clean and chop the Strawberries.







    Place strawberries and sweetener into the pot and simmer  over low heat 5-10 minutes.




    Remove from heat and add Chia seeds.



    Put into jars and store in the refirgerator 1-2 weeks.










    Enjoy!




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