Homemade Salsa

Its only appropriate that I add a Salsa recipe after my last blog on storing cilantro !! This would be a perfect gift. Its fast and easy and DELICOUS !! You can make this mild or spicy but either way, it will be great. Try this super simple and healthy recipe.

Recipe:

  • 4 lbs tomatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • up to 3 small jalapeno peppers
  • 1 anaheim pepper 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 bunch cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 scant teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 scant teaspoon season salt
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 scant teaspoon lemon juice (either fresh or bottled)
  • freshly ground black pepper

Core and roughly chop all produce. Remove seeds from peppers as desired. For milder salsa, remove all pepper seeds; for spicier salsa, leave some or all seeds in. Working in batches, use a food processor to chop tomatoes, onion, all peppers, garlic, and cilantro to desired size. I pulse mine until it’s just a little chunky. Pour salsa into a large bowl and add all seasoning and lemon juice. Refrigerate until needed. Makes 4-5 pints.salsa

How to store -Cilantro

I am a cilantro fanatic !! Im always finding recipes where I can incorporate it in the dish. Everything from eggs to nachos, I try to add cilantro. My problem was when I brought it home from the store if it wasn’t used quickly enough, It went bad. I was constantly buying it. So when I found this handy way to keep cilantro on hand, I was so excited. I bought some and it now sits in my window sill next to my aloe vera and basil plant. All you need to do is get a small bowl or glass and add your cilantro and a small amount of water to the bottom. That’s it, that’s all !!! Now you (and I) will always have this fresh tasting herb plant on hand !! cilantro

Dairy free Hot ChocoAlmond Milk

Yes, the cold weather is upon us !! I love this time of year. Wearing sweaters, boots and scarves. Fixing big warm meals of chili, stew. How can a cold autumn or winter evening be complete without a warm mug of something chocolatey and warm. Try this super easy recipe that perfect for movie nights in with the family. Its healthy, easy and quick !!

Recipe

1 cup (almond) milk

1 tsp honey

2 drops vanilla extract

1 pinch ground cinnamon

Heat milk on high until the milk is very hot and begins to foam. Stir in honey and vanilla, then sprinkle with cinnamon before serving.

YUMM !!! hot cocoa

DIY-Gift Idea-Coconut Rum Body Scrub

scrubThe basis for this recipe is super easy and very easy to tweak to your liking. I love making homemade gifts and I really love it when they are easy, the kids can help and I can make extra for me !! ☺ I found this on my all time favorite thing Pinterest and I had to add it to my gift list. I will be posting many more gift ideas to get us ready for the holiday season. Try this awesome recipe and Enjoy !!

 

Recipe:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil (may need to soften in the microwave just a bit)
  • 6 Coconut Rum teabags (found at World Market or online)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Add your sugar to a large mixing bowl. Open up the tea bags and stir in the contents. Add the softened coconut oil to the mixture and stir in the vanilla and honey. Wa-La !! That’s it !! Add this wonderful mixture to a beautiful jar and you have a fabulous gift for a special someone !!

Cooling aloe cucumber mask

This really cool recipe is perfect for one of those refreshing at home spa days. You can also use this is you have any acne and it can be used on the whole body. Its simple and my favorite part is brewing natural chamomile tea to add to your concoction. Check out the recipe below !! Enjoy !!

 

Cooling Aloe Cucumber  Mask

Recipe 

  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 bags chamomile tea
  • 1 whole cucumber with peel, chopped
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel (from either a fresh, whole leaf or bottled)
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

1. Pour the boiling water over the tea bags to make a strong tea.

2. Once the tea has cooled a bit, remove the tea bags, pressing them to extract as much tea as possible.

3. Put the tea in a blender or food processor, add the cucumber, aloe  vera and lavender oil, and blend until you have a smooth mixture.

4. To use, spread the entire mixture over your body or the sunburned area using your fingers or a small paintbrush.

5. Leave the mask on for 20 to 30 minutes. You may want to wrap up in an  old sheet or a large towel so you can sit or lie down and relax.

6. Afterward, rinse well with cool water, pat your skin dry and don’t forget to moisturize!

 

DIY-Healing Salve

My girls know my mantra by heart….put some Shea Butter on it. For every bruise , cut,burn or scar you can use it for healing the skin. I ran across this amazing healing salve and I loved the idea of adding healing essential oils to the mix. This recipe calls for beeswax pastilles, but I would substitute for Shea butter. Check out this easy recipe !!

All Purpose Healing Salve Recipe:

1  Cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

1  Cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4  T. Beeswax Pastilles

1/2 t. vitamin e oil (optional)

To each jar add:

10  drops Lavender

8  drops Lemon

6  drops Melaleuca

1/2  teaspoon Vitamin e oil (optional)

Fills {4} – 4 oz glass mason jars or small glass jars of choice. Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer as well as antibacterial.  Olive oil has lots of anti-oxidants, including Hydroxytyrosol as well as anti-inflammatory properties.  Lavender soothes and heals, Lemon cleanses and disinfects while Melaleuca is antibacterial and antifungal!

Melt the coconut, olive oil and beeswax in a warm bath, stirring with a knife every few minutes until melted. This will take at least 15 min, you want a slow melt.

Add the essential oils to the empty jars and pour into glass jars of your choice and let cool. Put a paper towel over the jars while cooling and wait to cover with lids until completely cooled down.  Shelf life is approximately 8 months.

Thanks to Camp Wandersalve

DIY-Lighten your hair with Cinammon

How EXCITED was I when I found this phenomenal way to lighten my hair. I have been thinking about it for a while, and really only wanted to lighten it a few shades. This easy to follow recipe is simple and you can leave it on 4 hours to over night. Cinnamon is a know skin irritant so if you feel any tingling or burning you will want to wash it out, but I would also suggest adding shea butter or olive oil to your scalp and hairline to make sure the mixture doesn’t come in contact with these sensitive skin areas. Check out the recipe below and enjoy !! cinnamon

 

 

Materials Needed:

  • Your Favorite Conditioner
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Plastic Processing Cap
  • Honey (optional; has additional bleaching and moisturizing properties)
  • Time (Depending on preference;anywhere from 4 hours-overnight)
  • Soft bonnet hair dryer/heating cap (optional)

Step One: Prepare Cinnamon Mixture

Add the conditioner, cinnamon, and honey (if desired) together in a plastic container. The amounts needed are determined by the amount of hair you have. Make sure that you have added at least 3 tablespoons of cinnamon to make sure you get even color rather than streaks of color. However, it is okay to add more. Mix the contents together with a plastic spoon as metal can react with your mixture. Cover the mixture while you wash your hair.

Step Two: Shampoo/Co-wash and Condition Hair as Usual

Nothing new here. Wash and condition your hair as you normally would. It’s best to detangle your hair here rather than saving it for later. Braid hair in sections to prevent tangling during application of cinnamon mixture.

Step Three: Apply Cinnamon Mixture to Sectioned Hair

Applying the mixture to sectioned hair ensures that you are coating all the strands. Your hands are the only tools you need for the application. Since you detangled prior to it should be easy for you to finger-comb the mixture through your hair. Re-braid the section and move on to the next section. Complete this step over entire head. Cinnamon is a known skin irritant so it may tingle for a few minutes but it will go away. If the tingling persists or becomes unbearable, rinse it out immediately.

Step Four: Processing Time

There are a few options for this step. You want to treat this mixture like you would a deep conditioning treatment. Place the plastic processing cap over your hair. You can either sit under a bonnet dryer/heating cap for 30 minutes or you can wrap a warm towel around your head for 30 minutes. Another option is to just let your body heat do the work for you for the entire processing times. Whatever option you choose, the mixture should stay in your hair for at least 4 hours. The longer the processing time, the more results you will see. Therefore overnight is the best option.

Step Five: Rinsing the Mixture Out

Make sure you rinse the mixture out completely. The pressure from running water straight from the bath tub faucet can help in rinsing the majority of the mixture from your hair.

Step Six: Enjoy Your New Color

While you shouldn’t expect your hair to go from brunette to blonde, you can expect hair that is 2 shades lighter than your original color. The more applications you do, the more change you will see.

Thanks to Hubpage

DIY-Brown Sugar

I love brown sugar. Little did I know that you can make it simply  from ingredients you already have in your pantry. We use brown sugar for so many things, even buying it in bulk from our local Bulk store, Sams !! When I found this recipe, I knew it would save us money and we would always have it on hand in case we ran out. Try this easy recipe , your oatmeal will thank you !!

 

Recipe:

1 Cup White Sugar

3 tblsp molasses

 

Using your food processer (or blender) add in 1/2 cup sugar and molasses. As the ingredients blend add in remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Blend until mixed well. Enjoy !!

Note: For light brown sugar add 1 1/2 tblsps molassesBrown sugar pound cake

DIY Dishwasher Liquid

How excited was I to find this awesome easy recipe for DIY Dishwasher Liquid !!! It uses ingredients that are easily found and my favorite…Castile Soap from Dr Bronners. You will need a spoon and a container to store your liquid. You can even use your old dishwasher liquid container if you still have it. Check out this great recipe!!

  • 8 cups of water (divided)
  • 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 1/4 cup of Castile Soap (Dr. Bronner’s)
  • Pot
  • Spoon
  • Container
  • Measuring Spoons

Directions:

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil…While waiting for water to boil get your other ingredients measured out in the cups.After the water has started to boil, remove it from heat and begin to pour your Washing Soda, Borax, and Castile Soap and stir it until in dissolves.  It will look like really hot soapy water!!

Cover the pot with a lid and let it set overnight!  You could also move it to a
container that allows you to pour easily.  I let mine set in a plastic pitcher
after it had cooled in the pot for an hour or so.  As it cools it will gel up a
bit, just take your wooden spoon and break up the clumps and it will liquefy
considerably.

Mix it up really well and use a funnel to pour it into your container, and ADD
your remaining 4 cups of water. DONE !!!

DIY electrolyte drink

After a bout with a cold, flu, or stomach virus it is always recommended to add electrolytes back into your diet. Usually, we will run to the store grab the pedialyte and call it a day. But me being an avid label reader, seeing all the unreadable and unknown substances in it caused me great alarm. So of course through research I found a super easy way to make your own electrolyte drink. Its perfect for the whole family and its great to have on hand just in case. You can use it after illness or after a long hard workout !! Check out the recipe here:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups of water (filtered or purified) or raw coconut water
  • 2 tbsp organic raw honey or organic maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan Pink salt or Celtic sea salt (I like Himalayan better – it has 84 trace minerals)

Equipment and Accessories

  • Blender
  • Mason jars

Add all ingredients  to a blender and blend well. electro