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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Not So Latte

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Not So Latte

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Not So Latte

 

 

Lately everyone has been drinking fall spiced coffees and other drinks to celebrate the new cooler season. I have been noticing when I try said drinks they taste almost like perfume or potpourri! I sure don’t want to drink that so this morning it occurred to me that I have all of the accoutrement to make a spiced coffee of my own. How difficult could it be really? I am normally a black coffee drinker so an actual “latte” seems too milky to me usually unless I am drinking the coffee as a dessert or some sort of treat. This AM’s coffee turned out better than I even thought and only took me a few minutes to make.

Ingredients:

Organic Coffee (I used a light coffee with no particular flavor but if you already have a flavored coffee that would probably add to the mix nicely)
Organic Cinnamon
Organic Sugar
Organic Pumpkin Spice
Organic Honey
Organic No Fat Milk

Directions:

1. Brew your coffee as you normally do.

2. Once in your cup add the cinnamon, sugar, honey, pumpkin spice and milk to taste.

3. Stir and serve!

DIY Organic Body Butter

DIY Body Butter

DIY Body Butter

 

 

I have just run out of body butter. This annoys me to no end and lately I have been annoyed at the prices of good quality body butters as well. I like my skin to be smoothed and moisturized just like everyone else but I don’t appreciate paying an arm and a leg for good ingredients. I am not sure why it didn’t occur to me to make my own as I have made plenty of other beauty products. I have almost all of these items at home with the exception of the raw shea butter. I have looked at a bunch of recipes for body butter so below is a compilation of a few I liked best. If you make your own you can customize the scents and as you get better at it you can add other ingredients specific to your skin type. A little goes a long way with making your own so even if the ingredients may be a little costly you can make much more than what you would purchase at a store.

Ingredients:
1 cup Organic Raw Shea Butter
½ cup Organic coconut oil
½ cup Organic almond oil
Several drops essential oils like these Organic Pure Essential Oils Set (a few drops goes a long way so be careful) *Not all essential oils are skin friendly or child friendly. Please do your research before adding.
Glass or plastic jar or canister to put the butter in.

Instructions:
1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler.
2. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
3. Stir in almond oil and essential oils of your choosing.
4. Place oil mixture in freezer or outside to chill for 20 minutes.
5. Whip until the mixture has a buttery looking consistency.
6. Put in canister or jar.

Tips:
You can use what ever oils you prefer if you have allergies or preferences, just make sure you keep the ratio recipe ratio is 75% solid to 25% liquid.
The chilling step is the most important. If you don’t let the mixture cool properly, your butter won’t whip correctly or stay whipped. About 20 minutes in the freezer for this recipe works best. Make sure you scrape down the sides before mixing.

Banana Honey Dog Treats

Brie's Banana and Honey Dog Treats

Banana Honey Dog Treats

 

The holidays are as usual a time of giving but can get expensive! A thoughtful gift for someone who you don’t know what to give or for pet lovers is homemade dog treats. I always find it more thoughtful to make a gift. I know we are all very busy this time of year so here is a simple recipe that is healthy for the pooches. Our pets take such good care of us it is only right for us to show them appreciation during the time of year when everyone is spending time with their loved ones.
I found this recipe here at Allrecipies.com which had a variety of other simple dog treats to choose from.

 

 

 

Ingredients:
2 Cups of Water
2 Organic Bananas Mashed
2 Tbs Raw Honey
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Organic Egg
4 1/4 Cups Organic Flour (adjust for any allergies)
1 Tsp Baking Powder

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets.
3. Combine water, mashed bananas, honey, vanilla, and egg in a large bowl.
4. Stir in the flour and baking powder.
5. Beat dough with an electric mixer on medium speed until ingredients are thoroughly combined for about 1 to 2 minutes.
6. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until no longer sticky, 5 to 8 minutes.
7. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into mini shapes with your favorite cookie cutter.
8. Place dough shapes on prepared baking sheets.
9. Bake in preheated oven until cookies are lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
10. Turn off the oven and leave cookies until thoroughly dry and crisp, 30 to 40 more minutes.
11. Remove baking sheets from oven and allow cookies to cool on pans for 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack to fully cool.

 

 

Homemade Non-Toxic Glitter

Homemade Non-Toxic Glitter

Homemade Non-Toxic Glitter

Glitter is clearly one of my most favorite things on the planet. Thanks to Planet Pals (where I found the recipe)  you can now make your own homemade non-toxic glitter! I am over the moon type excited to try this out! This is the best thing to ever happen since glitter was actually invented I think! If you have tried this let me know how it worked out for you, I’d love to hear about/see the results. You can also use this glitter for food because is it only food coloring and salt or sugar! You can get tons of uses out of it.

Supplies:

Baking Pan
Tin Foil
1/4 cup of salt (or granulated sugar)
1/2 teaspoon of LIQUID food coloring

Directions:

1.Preheat an oven to 350 degrees oven for 10 mins
2. You can use 1/2 cup coarse salt (non iodized) or 1/2 cup granulated sugar and add 2 -10 drops food coloring, adjust for desired color. You can mix colors also to get fun new colors!
3. Spread the mixture out in an even layer on a foil-lined baking sheet.
4. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
5. Allow your homemade glitter to cool before using it.

NOTE:
Paste food coloring can result in smoking. You may also store it in an air tight container for several months. This stays drier and stores wonderfully as is but even better if you spread colored salt/sugar in a thin layer to air dry for about an hour or microwave in 30 second intervals, stir and repeat for about 1-2 minutes or until moisture is evaporated. You can also add a few grains of rice to absorb any moisture.

Organic Homemade Kitty Treats

Organic Homemade Kitty Treats

Organic Homemade Kitty Treats

 

 

Over the holidays I usually purchase my friends and families pets safe and organic treats for the holidays but it never really occurred to me to make them myself. I know it is a little more time consuming but with all of the other holiday backing going on why not right? I found this quick and simple cat treat recipe that any cat would love.

Supplies:
cookie sheet
½ cup organic whole wheat flour
½ cup non-fat, organic powdered milk
½ cup cooked and chopped organic chicken
1 tbs. organic vegetable oil
1 organic egg, beaten
¼ cup water
1 tbs. chopped, fresh organic catnip

1. Mix together the powdered milk, flour and catnip in a bowl.
2. Add the egg, organic chicken, vegetable oil and water and mix until dough becomes sticky.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
4. Grease the cookie sheet to make sure the treats don’t stick.
5. Form treats in to any shape or size you like. You can even use cookie cutters if you have ones small enough.
6. Place on cookie sheets to bake for 10 minutes.
7. Take out of oven and flip treats to cook for another 10 minutes so they cook evenly on both sides.
8. Remove treats from the oven and let cool before giving them to your kitty.

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Homemade Nutella!

Homemade Nutella

Homemade Nutella

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup raw organic whole hazelnuts
1 1/2 cups organic whole milk
3/4 cup organic nonfat powered milk
1 Tbsp. mild-flavored organic honey
pinch organic sea salt
1 heaping cup chopped organic bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, or chips
1 scant cup chopped organic milk chocolate, or chips

Directions:
1. On a rimmed baking sheet, toast the nuts in a 400ºF for 10 minutes, or their skins have begun to pop.

2.Transfer to a towel and gather into a bundle.  Then rub together to remove as much of their skins as possible.

3. While the nuts are still warm, put them in the food processor.  Blend them until they are finely ground to look pasty and thick, almost like natural peanut butter.

4. In the meantime warm the milk, powdered milk, honey and salt in a small saucepan just until the mixture starts to boil. Then remove from the heat.

5. Set a glass or stainless steel bowl over a pan of simmering water (or in the microwave) with the chocolates in it. 

6. Melt the chocolates, stirring occasionally until smooth.

7.  Add the melted chocolate to the ground nuts and continue to process the mixture, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

8. Add the warm milk mixture and process until everything is well blended and as smooth as you can get it. Makes about 2 cups.

Adapted from the Encyclopédie du Chocolat


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