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I can’t believe I have been out of my mind and forgotten to write here.

I made more soap about a week after my first one, it was kinda a mess. I learned a valuable lesson, don’t buy my scents from the local stores, buy it online… but I also learned to look online about my scents because they are not all created equal.

I wanted to make an Ocean Swirl for the next soap. To which I sort of did.

The scent or fragrance should I say, that I used accelerated the soaponification that it got so stiff so quickly that I couldn’t see that there were holes as I was trying to swirl and no matter how much tamping down I did. This fragrance was from an online source.

Then I made another soap, I call Kiwi Swirl, fragrance from a local store and it accelerated the soaping process even more that it was like oatmeal…. then while trying to smooth out the top it started to already gel.

Then after the next day, unmolded and cut, it was seeping oil. I thought I was going to lose my mind. After curing for awhile, it has a few more weeks, but its not oily anymore!

So, because my 1st 2 batches were alittle wonky, I made samples out of them.

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I made soap!

I made soap! I am excitedly waiting for them to cure, 4-6 weeks seems like an eternity!

This is my oatmeal, milk & honey. It has colloidal oatmeal, goats milk and TX honey in it. It smells so good!

This is my Ocean Swirl. It smells so clean and refreshing!

I did learn something with both, so learning more as I go. Yay 😁 me!

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Soap making

Well, I purchased everything to get atleast one batch if not two different batches of soap done. Unfortunately it is going take awhile to get the supplies to me tho, I thought it would take a few days not over a week.

😔, I guess I have to relearn patience…especially since the setting time for the soap is going to be a month as well.

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Spring Cleaning with Lemon Essential Oils

If you’ve been feeling the itch to get some spring cleaning done, you may notice some areas of your home have been neglected for far too long. Luckily, doTERRA Lemon oil can help make cleaning those long-forgotten nooks and crannies easier. Here are 10 ways you can use Lemon to clean your home.

I personally love lemon essential oil, I use it every time I wash my clothes, because it not only freshens the clothes but the washer too. I love to diffuse it and add it to my water, takes the blah out of it and it makes it better for you!

1. Microwave—Microwaves are notorious for being tough to clean, especially after mishaps involving spaghetti sauce or tomato soup. To ease the pain of cleaning, simply microwave a cup filled with water and a few drops of Lemon, then wipe clean!

2. Dishwasher—Pour distilled vinegar into a dish and add 5–10 drops of Lemon oil. Place this dish in your empty dishwasher and run on high.

3. Stove Top—Lemon oil makes cleaning one of the dirtiest areas of the kitchen easy. Add vinegar and Lemon to a spray bottle, and watch the grime disappear!

4. Appliances—From dust to greasy food spills, appliances collect more dirt than you might think. A simple solution of Lemon oil, water, and vinegar will help you clean toasters, refrigerators, mixers, and more.

5. Garbage disposal—If you’ve been smelling something funky coming from your sink, it might be time to clean the garbage disposal. This DIY for Lemon disposal refreshers should help!

6. Ceiling Fan—Fan blades collect dust at turbo speeds and cling to them for as long as you let them. To avoid choking on dust bunnies while cleaning your ceiling fans, spray the inside of an old pillow case with a Lemon/water mixture and loop the fabric around each blade.

7. Washing Machine—Run a mixture of Lemon oil, baking soda, vinegar, and water through your empty machine on the hottest setting to break up dirt build-up and mildew. Scrub any excess with a sponge, then run the machine again with fresh water.

8. Trash Cans—Regularly cleaning out trash cans can eliminate odor. For indoor trash cans, spray the inside and outside of each can with a mixture of water, Lemon oil, and vinegar, then scrub with a sponge.

9. Windows and Windowsills—The same mixture of Lemon oil, water, and vinegar in a spray bottle that you’ve been using all around the house will do wonders for your windows and windowsills. Simply spray glass and wipe with a clean cloth or paper towel, then move onto ledges and sills with a toothbrush or damp sponge.

10. Air Vents—One of the most overlooked areas to keep clean in your home is the air you breathe! Clean vents with a sponge dipped in warm water, vinegar and Lemon oil to help eliminate allergens and dust from filling the air around you.

Lemon oil acts as a powerful cleaning agent and the possibilities are truly endless! Share this post and let us know how you like to clean with Lemon oil.

Lemon Spring Cleaning

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Carnitas…..Tortas and rice

Multipot and my rice-cooker to the rescue! Spanish rice and pork carnitas made in about an hour…and voila, tortas and rice!! It was so yummy! 😋

Rice was easy….in the rice cooker, add amount of rice (I used 2 cups and 3 1/2 cups water), pieces of an onion (I have to keep them big to fish them out of hubby’s and sons serving…they are so soft and yummy I eat them up!), a heaping tablespoonful of tomato bouillon with chicken flavor, and either some garlic powder or some crushed garlic

Making the carnitas, I used my multipot on sautĂ© on high and browned the pork in oil, (1 1/2lbs of chunks of carnitas) adding spices as I go. I added many spices, cumin, garlic, salt & pepper, oregano, adobo seasoning…whatever you want. Follow the pots instructions…I add a cup of water and set on pressure cook on high for 55 minutes.

So soft it can just be mashed with a spoon to be shredded up.

Toasted bread (badillos) on the griddle, bottom has refried beans, meat, avocado, tomato, lettuce, traditionally mayo on the top part of the bread, I like sour cream.

Sooo yummy!! 😋

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Been busy….

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!

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Lentils recipe…my way

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.

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Essential Oil Hair Perfume

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.

Ingredients

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.

Instructions

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.

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Essential Oil All-Purpose Spray

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 Guard¼, 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.

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Essential Oil Shaving Cream

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 dƍTERRA’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.

Ingredients

⅓ cup shea butter

⅓ cup coconut oil

Πcup Fractionated Coconut Oil

5 drops Sandalwood oil

5 drops Peppermint oil

5 drops Melaleuca oil

Instructions

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.