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DIY Lemon & Thyme Salt Scrub

21 Nov

Anyone else completely blown away that Thanksgiving is here? I mean seriously where did this year go? It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start prepping and shopping for Christmas. If you’re like me, you need lots of little gifts for the folks at church and the office. I have a hard time isolating who to give something to and it gets sorta expensive really quick. So I like to have a little arsenal of quick, thoughtful, make it yourself gifts you can whip up on a chilly Saturday. You know, like this scrub.

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I actually made this Salt Scrub back in the Summer for a friend who was getting married. I made me an extra little pot to leave in the guest bathroom. I actually use it on my face and let me tell you, it gives me the nicest glow and softest skin ever. I found the recipe here, and used their infused salt method.

  • 1 cup kosher salt (half kosher, half pink Himalayan)
  • 1/2 cup pure organic almond oil (half coconut, half olive oil instead)
  • the zest of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, leaves stripped from the stems

I made a couple of little edits. I did half epsom salt and half pink Himalayan salt to give it a pretty color. Himalayan salt is a little pricey, and suppose to be good for you so I didn’t want to waste it all on a scrub. But it does give the scrub a little more color which bumps up the gift factor. If you’re making this for several folks, I would probably just use all kosher or sea salt to keep the price down.

Also, I didn’t have almond oil at the time so I did half olive and half coconut oil. I really like the way this mixture feels on my skin so I would keep it. Plus almond oil is also on the pricey side.

You could add a little bit of lemon essential oil to bump up the lemon factor, but citrus oils can make your skin sensitive to to sun so use your own judgement.

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I bought a pretty glass jar for like a dollar at Walmart and these pretty wooden spoons from etsy. Made a little tag and tied it with some twine. Ta Da!

Also if you want a more Christmasy looking label you can download these. They’re super pretty. I used them last year to label my jam gifts.

Pinterest Recipe Boards

20 Mar

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One of the main reasons I became so addicted to Pinterest was the ability to pin all the wonderful recipes I found while browsing my Google Reader (R.I.P). I started with a simple board of Things I Wanna Cook. Well over the past year or so that’s really gotten out of hand. So I decided to sit down and go through it and make separate boards now (plus weed out things I tried that failed or just wasn’t appealing anymore). Let me say it’s hard to decide where to place something, because well it could go in many places. I did my best. Below are links to my food boards, along with my favorite out of each + the one I want to try to most.

EAT WELL
Fave: Carrot Muffins
Can’t wait to try: Chili lime sweet potato chips

PASTAS, BREADS, & CASSEROLES
Fave: Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Red Lobster anyone?)
Can’t wait to try: Mellow Mushroom Pizza Dough

DELIGHTFUL DESSERTS
Fave: Chocolate chip cookie dough + Brownies + Oreos
Can’t wait to try: Apple and Goat Cheese Empanadas + like all of them really

MIGHTY MEATS
Fave: Buffalo Chicken wraps
Can’t wait to try: Copy Cat Chick-fil-a nuggets

SOUPS
Fave: Creamy Tortillini Soup
Can’t wait to try: Thai Chicken and Coconut Soup

PARTY FEAST
Fave: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Can’t wait to try: ALL OF THEM. Sorry couldn’t pick a top one here.

On a sad note, some of my pins have gone missing. Another good reason not to place all your eggs in one basket. Happy Cooking!

Massaged Kale Salad

1 Mar
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Photo credit: Tasty Kitchen

I was asked the other day why I would choose kale over spinach. I’ve always had a love hate relationship with spinach. Don’t get me wrong it’s tasty alright, but I always end up tossing a bunch of it because it starts to wilt on me. I’m also a big texture person when it comes to food and I just need a little crunch now and then. Thus enters kale.

If you follow many food blogs, you’re no stranger to how “in” kale is right now. I personally enjoy it as kale chips, pulverized to bits in my smoothies (you don’t taste it, REALLY you don’t), or I’ll toss it into things raw. It’s sorta bitter alone, but paired with things it adds a healthy kick to your meal. I mean have you heard about Kale? It’s loaded with all sorts of goodness.

My friend found this recipe yesterday for a Kale salad from Tasty Kitchen and well I happened to have a huge bag of it needing some use. Today we made our version of it. We omitted the quinoa (I’m sure it would taste great but we did this at work), and added some other leftovers. I was very happy with how pretty and bright the salad turned out. (I thought about taking a picture of it, but I’m really starting to get paranoid that folks will think I’m weird if I’m always taking a picture of my food.) This is something I would definitely make if I had company over, needed something for a brunch or bridal shower, or just wanted to be all fancy fancy by myself.

Kale Salad
recipe adapted (but mostly just like) from Tasty Kitchen’s version

– About 3-5 cups of kale, sorta torn apart and remove any clunky stems
– Matchstick carrots
– Crumbled goat cheese
– Pink lady apple, cubed (or really any apple, but this adds a pretty color to the salad if you leave the peel on.)
– Craisins

Dressing:

– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
– 1 packet of stevia (I omitted the honey and lemon juice)
– Minced garlic (I just threw a spoonful in, adjust to taste)
– Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl. Pour over kale and massage into the greens for a few minutes until well coated. Add in the rest of the ingredients and toss.

I’m sure some nuts or croutons would be divine in this, we basically went with what we had on hand.

2013 Wall Calendars

15 Nov


1. retro //2. pink & yellow //3. musical //4. eat seasonal //5. deer

Not sure when I became obsessed with calendars but I’ve made it a tradition to get one for Christmas every year. They make lovely and affordable gifts.

So Doable Holiday Ideas

10 Nov


I could post a bazillion images for Christmas inspiration. I’m sure since Nov 1 you’ve been bombarded with them (Pinterest isn’t helping). My mind is on overload from all the things I want to try. Truth is, most of the time I’m incredibly stressed this time of year with everything going on. So this year, I’m making a very edited list of things that are doable. I think narrowing down to just a few things really help you focus on quality instead of quantity.

1. Snow Globes: So easy. Use empty mason jars, or even food jars (just clean out well) in various sizes. Add fake trees, snow, and other delightful things. Makes such a cute centerpiece.

2. Snowman Red Velvet Cake: Is this not adorable? Maybe not on the easy scale exactly but it’s worth the challenge right. Especially with such a well-written tutorial. You know you would be the belle of the ball showing up with this at your Sunday School Party.

3. Pom Pom wrapping paper: Leave it up to go ole Anthropologie. Way too cute. I’m also way too cheap to actually buy this from them when I know I can do a DIY version. Wrap gift with brown kraft paper or white paper. Paint polka dots or buy tiny pom poms from a craft store and hot glue to package. Tie up with yarn and a big ole yarn pom pom. Pom poms are pretty easy to make and even kid friendly. Here is a nice video tutorial.

4. Hot Chocolate on a Stick: Here’s a twist if you’re looking for a way to spruce up your food presentation at a party. Also cute to wrap up and give as a take-home gift. Especially with these free printable tags courtesy of A Pair of Pears.

*Photos from their respective sources

Give Thanks: Thanksgiving Day Must Haves

1 Nov

1. Bunting Table Printables// 2. White Ceramic Turkey Salt & Pepper Shakers// 3. Yummy Rustic Pies// 4. Give Thanks Card// 5. Hand Painted Floral Tray

DIY-Halloween Party Must Haves

16 Oct

1. Free Printable Zombie Invitation// 2. Apothecary Jar Decor// 3. Spooky Candle Wrappers// 4. Ghost Cake Toppers// 5. Pretzel Skeleton Party Favors