I’ve been busy since I last posted. Here are some things that I have done while away.
Here is something I love to make but my stomach hates me for eating too much of when I do. This is what I call barley risotto, it has onions, mushrooms, butter, chicken broth, leftover roasted chicken and yes barley.
Unfortunately my daughters kitty, Bruce, got down and sick, come to find out he has some chronic illness that if stressed enough will bring it on. Poor thing was sick for about a week and really loved medicine time…we mixed it with wet food. He is such a character.
We adopted this cutie, the stressor to kitty :(. Ended up being too much for our whole family, other critters included so we had to give him back. ;(.
Our sweet momma dog, Cleo, left us a few weeks after we got crazy dog. It was very hard for my hubby and I, especially my hubby since he had had her since a pup.
Our sweetie, Dexter, passed away a few weeks ago. Come to find out since ferrets have so much inbreeding they don’t live very long due to tumors or other illnesses. We think he had a tumor on his pancreas.
We got this cutie, Nutmeg, seeing that our other ferret baby seemed to be lonely and depressed due to his brother passing. She is alot of fun and crazy in a very little package. Lol
WIPS and projects is progress…
Will explain them more later! Bye for now!
I saw a recipe for lentils and liked most of it, minus the soy sauce, but adding a few more ingredients.
It was called Canal House Lentils recipe, but I made it my own.
Sauté leeks (that are chopped how you like and cleaned well), minced garlic, and chopped mushrooms in butter.
After about 5 minutes or so, add a tablespoon of tomato paste and sauté for a few.
Add a cup of lentils and 2 1/2 cups water and simmer until done. The directions say 45-55 minutes, mine didn’t take 30, Im still getting used to my stove.
Due to the over doneness of the lentils I added cream and a cup of cooked barley (cooked in 2 cups chicken stock until it adsorbed it all) to add depth and flavor.
I had seconds. Adding some cooked chicken would make it a whole meal.
This is something else I will be making soon but for myself. Lavender will not be in my mix, Sandalwood most likely won’t either.
Hair perfume is a great way to leave those you pass by with the sweet and enticing aroma of essential oils. Lightly spray it on your hair to keep it smelling sweet and fresh. Feel free to switch up the essential oils used in this recipe to create your perfect aroma.
⅓ cup rose water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
5 drops Ylang Ylang oil
4 drops Rosemary oil
5 drops Sandalwood oil
3 drops Lavender oil
4 drops Grapefruit oil*
Note: You can purchase rose water at most health food stores (the Vitamin Store is a good example) in the soap and hygiene aisle.
1 In fine-mist glass spray bottle, add rose water, vanilla extract, and essential oils. Add more or less essential oils depending on your preference.
2 Shake and spray on hair as desired.
*Please note that citrus essential oils are photosensitive and can lighten your hair if exposed to UV rays.
*Also please note, use and storage of your essential oil mixes are best in dark glass.
An inexpensive, non-toxic alternative to commercial cleaners, this essential oil All-Purpose Spray will soon become your go-to cleaning agent. When you want to keep your family safe from chemicals and leave your home smelling fresh and clean, this all-purpose spray can help you get the job done.
You can use any essential oils of your choice, however, we recommend using some of the best essential oils for cleaning, including Lavender, Lemon, Wild Orange, Eucalyptus, doTERRA On Guard®, Peppermint, and Grapefruit. When you use this all-purpose spray to wipe down surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen, and other common areas, you’ll be doing the environment a favor, while keeping your family safe and adding an extra element of freshness to the home.
Currently with the hubby and watching, of all things, Sweeney Todd and I mentioned I could make him homemade shaving cream. I remembered a recipe for it on dōTERRA’s blog.
Shaving cream recipe
Fortified with natural lubricants and essential oils, this shaving cream improves razor glide for a close, comfortable shave. Great for men and women, this shaving cream will leave skin smooth, healthy, and moisturized.
⅓ cup shea butter
⅓ cup coconut oil
¼ cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
5 drops Sandalwood oil
5 drops Peppermint oil
5 drops Melaleuca oil
1 Place all ingredients except for essential oils in double boiler.
2 Once melted, remove from heat and let sit three minutes.
3 Add essential oils and stir until combined.
4 Let shaving cream rest until hard.
6 Tip: You can put it in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.
8 Using hand or stand mixer, whip shaving cream until light and fluffy.
9 Place in container of choice.
It can be difficult to find an effective glass cleaner that isn’t full of toxins and chemicals that are damaging to the body as well as the environment. If you are looking for a natural alternative to hazardous glass cleaners, try making your own! This essential oil Glass Cleanser will allow you to use some of the best essential oils for cleaning—Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Wild Orange—to wipe away fingerprints, water stains, and more.
Using three simple ingredients, you’ll be on your way to cleaner windows and mirrors in no time. And when you use this natural glass cleanser, you’ll smell the inviting, fresh scent of essential oils, rather than breathing in harsh toxins all day.
Add a little shine to any of your lackluster wood furniture with this essential oil Wood Polish. doTERRA essential oils like Wild Orange, Arborvitae, and Lemon oil can help restore shine to wood tables, floors, chairs, and more. Although wood furniture should only be polished every few months, neglecting to maintain and clean wood regularly will leave it looking dull, worn-down, and old.
Using simple ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard at home, this wood polish DIY will infuse life back into your wood pieces—helping them to look new again. If it has been a while since you gave your wood furniture a little TLC, try this essential oil wood polish today!
If you are constantly looking for natural alternatives when it comes to cleaning and freshening your home, this Natural Air Freshener with essential oils is right up your alley. With only a few ingredients and easy assembly, you can quickly add the fresh scent of essential oils to any area in your home using this simple DIY.
The best part about this DIY is that it gives you the freedom to use your favorite essential oils. Just choose a few oils that you like best, and add them to the mixture to give it a fresh, long-lasting scent. Essential oils like Cassia, Geranium, doTERRA Balance®, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Purify, doTERRA On Guard®, or Wild Orange will add a powerful, refreshing aroma to this natural air freshener that is sure to brighten up any area of the home. While many store-bought fresheners contain toxins and chemicals, you can rest easy knowing that his natural air freshener provides a safe alternative for adding a little freshness to your home.
The stovetop is often home to some of the biggest and toughest stains in the kitchen. Splatter from spaghetti sauce, leftover grease, and caked-on residue can quickly cover the stovetop, leaving you to scrub away the grime.
For a clean stove in less than 20 minutes, try this essential oil Stove Top Cleaner DIY that uses the doTERRA Purify Cleansing Blend, baking soda, and other ingredients to leave you with a sparkling clean stove. Not only will the stove top look great once it is free from stains and grime, but this mixture leaves behind the uplifting, clean scent of Purify essential oil.
Cleaning out a grimy microwave caked with stains or a refrigerator full of mysterious sticky residue is not a fun job. However, stains, spills, and other residue will soon be replaced with the lovely scent of Lemon essential oil with this simple Refrigerator and Microwave Cleaner DIY.
What once was a dreaded chore will soon be a simple task with a little help from vinegar, hot water, and doTERRA Lemon oil. Not only will this DIY save you time, but you’ll also smell the refreshing scent of Lemon each time you open the fridge or microwave.