Monday, February 24, 2014

Coconut Oil



It wasn't that long ago when I strolled into a makeup bar.

I was just wasting time and having fun.

I picked out some new colors to try and the person helping me went to work on transforming my makeup look.

It was fun and I did like the new colors.

I even bought some things.

But during the play session, the sales person was telling me all about the "organic, simple" eye makeup remover.

I wasn't paying much attention until I heard, "there's only one ingredient!  How great is that for your skin?"

I chimed in, "What's that?"

Coconut oil.

While I did like the remover, I didn't buy any .  . . I wanted to buy color!

But I did tuck those little words away, " . . .only one ingredient; coconut oil."

Once home, I began to look into the use of coconut oil as a cleanser.

Sure enough!  It is widely regarded as an all-natural option in the health and beauty world!

One site I looked at suggested buying organic so that no harsh chemicals that might have been used in processing would end up on your face. 

I thought that was a great suggestion!

Here's also what I found about using coconut oil as apart of your beauty routine:

  • The lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid present in the coconut oil make the oil:  antioxidant, antifungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial in nature and helps to remove dirt, make-up and bacteria from the skin.
The other day, when the Mr. was heading to the store, I had him pick up a jar of organic coconut oil.

$6.99!

Do you know what the makeup bar was selling a VERY small container of coconut oil for?

$20.00!

WHOA!!

I came home, scooped out a small amount into a container and put the pint size jar of coconut oil into the cabinet in the kitchen. 

You never know, I may want to make something yummy with my new-found makeup remover!

A little amount of the coconut oil, rubbed between your hands, will warm it up and emulsify it so that it's easy to rub across your eyes, or anywhere else you want to use this miracle!

Once I smeared it over my entire face, I used a clean wash cloth to remove any of the residue.

My face felt amazingly clean and smooth.

I'm sold!

Today, I was thinking:  I could make my own facial scrub and lip scrub with the coconut oil.

I am going to scoop out some more of the coconut oil into a small bowl and I'm going to mix brown sugar into it.  I'll make it the consistency that I prefer and I'll use that as a lip buffing sugar.  If I'm really fancy, I'll throw in some extract for a bit of smell . . . maybe coffee flavoring!

Then!  I'm going to scoop out some more of the coconut oil into another container and I'm going to mix in some white sugar.  Again, making it the consistency that I want and I'm going to mix in some almond extract and that's going to be my body sugar for the shower!

For $7.00, I can't mess things up too bad and I'm so excited to be able to be creative AND save money!

There are lots of great articles to read, but here is a link for some easy-to-read information about coconut oil in your beauty routine.  http://www.buzzle.com/articles/coconut-oil-for-face.html

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lemon-Poppyseed Blueberry Bread with Crumb Topping and Lemon Glaze



That's a mouth full . . .

literally!

You'll want a mouthful of this delicious and easy breakfast bread!

It's so easy!

By this time in the school year, I'm so tired of fixing the same old things for breakfast for my cherubs;  I'm looking for something new to feed them.

Confession:  those two lines above--they're a lie.

I don't usually fix breakfast for the cherubs during the week.

The Mr. does.

But I usually have all the things for him to fix breakfast and I try to have some easy "go to" things for some of the "busy" mornings, just to make it easier on him.

That's just the kind of wife I am!

This is definitely an easy go-to-breakfast treat  . . .

not only for breakfast,

but when you want a snack,

or a dessert.

It's delicious for most anytime of the day.

I'd like to tell you that it freezes well,

but I have no idea!
It doesn't last long enough at our house!
My boy cherub can polish it off in a flash!

Lemon-Poppyseed Blueberry Bread

1 box blueberry muffin mix (like Betty Crocker)
1 TBSP poppyseeds
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
2 lemons, zested and divided
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oatmeal (I used old fashioned, but use what you've got)
3 TBSP butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Open the blueberries from the mix and drain.

In a bowl, mix the muffin mix, poppyseeds, egg, milk and zest of one lemon.  Stir in the drained blueberries and mix well.  Pour into a greased loaf pan.

In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, oatmeal, and butter together to form a crumb topping.  Sprinkle evenly over the muffin mix.

Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until done thoroughly.

While the loaf is baking, in a small bowl, juice the 2 lemons and add the zest of the second lemon.  Add enough powdered sugar (about 3/4 of a cup . . .but this will depend on how much lemon juice was yielded from the lemons) and stir well.  You are wanting a pourable glaze, but not too thin.  It should have a little substance to the glaze, but not thick, either!

Remove from oven and let rest for about 10 minutes.  Gently poke small holes in the loaf, with a fork or knife.  You just need a few, you're not taking out any aggressions or anything like that!  Pour your lemon glaze over the loaf and allow to cool.  Remove the loaf from the pan and place on a serving plate.

Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Caramel Popcorn, Too



My boy cherub has "Freedom" this weekend.

"Freedom" is like the old "D-Now" weekends.

In the midst of a busy schedule, it's a spiritual get-a-way;

like a mini camp!

I have worked all week and wanted to send snacks to my cherub's "host home."

You know teen-aged boys.

Now put 8-10 teen-aged boys under one roof.

There's not enough food supply to satisfy!

One of the things I made is this super-easy caramel corn recipe.

I was trying to think of something a little different but something that I could make in a hurry.

This recipe won!

Caramel Corn

3 bags of microwaved popped popcorn
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter, sugar, syrup, and salt on high until bubbling. Cook for 1 min, stirring constantly.  Remove from the heat and and mix in baking soda. Stirring well until the mixture is light in color and well mix (will rise a bit).   Put popcorn in a very large bowl, roasting pan, or one of those plastic cupcake/cake holders with snap on lid; pour caramel over popcorn. Stir the popcorn, coating well, or snap the lid on the container and shake vigorously until well coated.  This is what I do!  Place the coated popcorn on a cookie sheet and put in the oven for 20-30 minutes.   Remove and let it cool.  Break into pieces and enjoy.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Orange Fruit Dip





Over Christmas, we had brunch with my brother and his family.

My sister-in-law made mixed fruit with dip.

It was so yummy!

I asked for the recipe and she willingly shared;

as long as I gave her credit!

Maybe I should call it "Jen's Orange Fruit Dip!"

When I actually got around to making it again for my family,

I couldn't find where I had written it down!

I searched the internet and found several recipes that were similar, and many that were the very recipe she had given me!  I believe the one she used is from Kraft.

I love this because it's yummy, easy, and can be used for more than fruit!

Dollop it on pound cake, pancakes, French toast, and of course, fruit!

Orange Fruit Dip

1 cup plain, nonfat yogurt (I used Greek Vanilla; it's what I had)
1/4 cup sugar
1 TBSP orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
2 cups thawed Cool Whip
 
Whisk the yogurt and next 3 ingredients together in a bowl.
Fold in the cool whip.
Refrigerate until ready to use.  Store in the refrigerator.
        


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Glitch!

There's been a glitch and I didn't know it!

That tells you about my computer skills!

I'm only good when everything works right!

When it doesn't, I'm in real trouble.

T.R.O.U.B.L.E!

I don't speak "computer."

I don't understand the written code of computer.

I turn it on

and want it to work.

That's my knowledge level!

So when I learn that current blog posts aren't being delivered to your e-mail account.

I don't know what to do!

I've googled some possible situations.

I've tried to fix it,

but honestly, that's very similar to me telling the Mr. I'm going to work on the car!

Tonight, I've tried another option but I'm not real sure that the problem will be resolved.

This is sort of a "test post" to see if it's all working correctly.

  . . .and when I say, "all" -- I don't really know what I mean by that

except for you to receive the posts in your "inbox."

If it's "all" working right, then I'm not going to change anything else and call it a good day at the office!