Monday, May 4, 2020

Homemade Bath Bombs {DIY}

I've been trying to make the most of our shelter in place time by trying new recipes, crafts
and projects that have been on my someday list. I have a pretty long list and it's always fun
to try something new, especially when the project or recipe turns out just as you hoped it
would! Today we're making homemade bath bombs.

I've been using Young Living essential oils exclusively for a little over a year now and I
love learning new ways to get rid of toxic beauty and cleaning products in our home and
replace them with natural products.  (You can read more about why I love Young Living here.)

Homemade bath bombs are all natural, they smell amazing and using them is a nice way
to pamper yourself! We can all use a little self care about now!

Madison and I love to make homemade bath bombs. She's an expert at molding them together!
Sometimes we add soap sprinkles or dried lavender that I purchased from our local lavender
farm. You can also add coloring if you like, but I prefer a more natural look.

Homemade bath bombs are fun to make and even more fun to use.
Give them a try!

Homemade Bath Bombs with Essential Oils

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup Citric Acid
3/4 T water
1/4 - 1/3 cup almond oil or melted coconut oil (I start with 1/4 cup and add more as needed)
12-15 drops of essential oils (Lavender, Stress Away, Gentle Baby are some of my favorites)
Bath Bomb molds 
dried lavender or soap sprinkles (optional)

In a medium bowl whisk together all of the dry ingredients.
In a separate small bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.

Add the wet to the dry ingredients VERY SLOWLY. If you pour it in too quickly you will
activate the citric acid, which creates the fizzing afffect. Mix until combined and the
ingredients look like wet sand.

Fill each half of the mold, packing the mixture in until it's overflowing. Press the halves
together and firmly hold for a few seconds. If it does not hold together you may need to
put it back into the bowl and add a little more almond oil. Gently pull the mold apart to
remove the bath bomb. Lay the bath bombs on a parchment lined baking sheet and let
them dry for at least 24 hours before enjoying in the tub.

To use - add one bath bomb to the tub. Relax and enjoy!

This recipe yields 3 large bath bombs. 

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Baked Banana Oatmeal

Small Batch Baked Oatmeal

Hey friends! How are you all holding up?

I've settled in to working from home and have come up with a schedule that works for me.
I miss my co-workers and visiting our residents, but I do enjoy being home with our
sweet dog Scout, going for walks in the middle of the day if I choose and not having to worry
about what I'm going to wear to work every day. Leggings and sweatshirts for the win!

I don't know about you, but I've been craving all the comfort food. Oatmeal is one of my all
time favorites, maybe because my mom used to make it for us when we were kids. She made
the cook on the stove top kind, not instant, with brown sugar, cinnamon and milk. It was so
warm and cozy! I've been thinking about her a lot lately (last week marked two years since
she passed away), so I decided to make this baked banana oatmeal in her honor.
It gives me all the feels and now I have breakfast ready for the week. I hope you enjoy it too!

Baked Banana Oatmeal

2 cups rolled oats
2 ripe bananas (one mashed and one for slicing for the top)
1 1/2 cups milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1 egg
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 T coconut sugar or brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray a glass pie plate with cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and coconut sugar.
In a small bowl whisk together mashed banana, milk, egg and vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Pour oat mixture into the prepared pie plate. Top with sliced banana.
Bake for 30 minutes or until set.

Frost with nut butter of your choice. Serve with fresh berries and milk.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

WW Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Weight Watchers Oatmeal Bars

Over the weekend I posted this photo on my Instagram stories with the caption that I
make these bars every weekend and it's true! When I started WW (formerly know as
Weight Watchers) last April I found that most of the granola or protein bars that I had
been eating had more smart points than I wanted to use for a morning or afternoon snack
so I began making these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Heart-Shaped Bird Feeders {DIY}

Birdseed heart for Valentine's Day
I've been feeling extra crafty lately - making essential oil diffuser bracelets and diffusers
for your car. Sitting in my office/craft room and creating is so relaxing and satisfying.
I don't take the time to do it often enough!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Semi-Homemade Heart Shaped Pop-Tarts

Homemade Strawberry Pop-Tarts

Hey friends! I'm coming at you today with a cute and easy dessert to make for Valentine's
Day. Semi-homemade heart shaped strawberry pop-tarts!
This recipe is super easy when you use prepared sheets of refrigerated pie crust.
Feel free to make your own pie dough if desired. I have yet to master pie crust, so I went
the easy route.

This recipe makes four heart shaped pop-tarts. You can easily double the recipe if needed.

Heart shaped homemade pop-tarts are simply adorable and my family loved them!

Semi-Homemade Strawberry Pop-Tarts

1 refrigerated pie crust (save the other half for later)
1/4 cup strawberry jam
2 tsp. corn starch
1 egg
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 T heavy cream (or more as needed)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Heart shaped cookie cutter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl mix strawberry jam with cornstarch. Crack the egg into another small
bowl and whisk.

Flour a large work surface and lay pie crust on top of it.  Roll out the circle.
Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out 8 hearts. You will need to gather the dough
scraps and roll out to be able to get 8 hearts. Place four of them on the prepared baking

Spoon a tablespoon of jam mixture onto the center of 4 of the hearts.
Brush egg around the edges of filled hearts to form a glue.
Place a dough heart on top of jam. Using a fork, crimp the edges to seal.
Repeat with remaining hearts. Brush tops with egg. Using a knife, make a 1/4 inch
cut in the center of the dough to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden. Some jam may leak out of the sides, but that's okay!
Cool completely before frosting.

After pop-tarts have cooled, in a small bowl whisk powdered sugar, vanilla and cream.
Spread glaze over each pop-tart. Immediately top with sprinkles.
Allow glaze to set a bit before serving.

Yield - 4

Friday, December 13, 2019

Sprinkle Thumbprint Cookies with Icing

Hey friends!
I'm smack dab in the middle of holiday cookie baking and I couldn't be happier.
I LOVE listening to Christmas music and baking by the glow of twinkling lights - so cozy!

Today I am sharing a recipe that I have been trying to perfect for years. Thumbprint cookies
are my husband's absolute favorite cookie and not just any thumbprint cookie - Giant Eagle
grocery store thumbprint cookies. Giant Eagle is a very popular grocery store chain in the
Pittsburgh, PA area, where my husband is from. He grew up enjoying these delicious, buttery
cookies and every time we go to visit we have to stop by Giant Eagle to get some!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Pasta with Shrimp, Olive Oil, Garlic and Chili Flakes

This post is in partnership with Moms Meet. All opinions stated in this post are my own.

Shrimp Pasta

Hey friends! It's been awhile since I've shared a dinner recipe around here, so today I'm
sharing a shrimp and pasta entree that is so delicious! It's pretty easy too -  cleaning
the shrimp is the hardest part!

The ingredient list is pretty minimal, which I love - especially for a weeknight dinner!
Shrimp, pasta, tomatoes, fresh spinach, a few spices and extra virgin olive oil is all
you need.