Domino Sugar has a great recipe site that gives you ideas for homemade presents. It contains ideas for not only food but recipes for ornaments, sugar scrubs and more! Sugar scrubs are great for anyone as they can smooth dry hands, feet and knees and elbows. Helps to scrub away dead dry skin and replace the moisture with soothing oils. Visit the Domino Sugar Gift Guide.
1 cup – Domino® Granulated Sugar
1 cup – vegetable oil (I actually used Jojoba and Almond, equal amounts of each)
Oil from 1 vitamin E capsule
1 or 2 drops – of essential oil, lavender or orange (I used both)
1 16oz. – glass container with lid
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl until well blended. Using a spatula, transfer mix into the container and secure lid. Contents will settle, mix before using. Scoop a teaspoon or two of the scrub on your hands and gently massage in circular motions onto your skin. Leave on for 3 to 4 minutes before thoroughly rinsing. The scrub will tighten on your skin.
I do want to mention the glimmer comes from the oils not from added sparkles.
FTC Disclosure: Domino Sugar sent me a gift card so that I could make this myself. And I did just that last night!
I can’t even tell you how delicious this recipe is. I have had it pulled from a magazine since last year and finally made it Sunday. Of course I never stick to a recipe so I added the Cumin, green chiles and corn but feel free to keep those out, or add your own additions. You could also use whole wheat tortillas but corn ones are pretty good for you.
1 package corn tortillas
2 medium onions
4 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
small can of corn
1 large can tomato sauce
1 can tomatoes (i used the ones with green chiles for an extra UMPH)
2 teaspoons oregano
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 can mild enchilada sauce
1 can Mexe-beans (make sure they don’t contain lard)
3/4 pound Mozzarella cheese, shredded or thinly sliced
2 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Saute onions and garlic in olive oil till soft and transparent.
Stir in everything but cheeses and tortillas.
Place a layer of tortillas in a baking dish.
Place 1/3 sauce over them and spread layer of ricotta, layer of mozzarella, 1/3 parmesan Repeat twice.
Bake at 350 (for 20 – 30 minutes).
I think it only took me about 20 minutes to prepare. I have oregano and parsley ready, chopped and and frozen so I only had to cut garlic and onions. And we almost always buy blocks of cheese and grate it at home. So much fresher and less preservatives this way.
Yum yum get you some! =)
anyone have any leftover pumpkins? How about those decorative gourds?
Don’t throw them out just yet! Cut them open, pull out the insides and get gorgeous!
Gourds and Pumpkins contain vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, copper, phosphorus, manganese, iron and tons of beta-carotene! Plus they have so many anti-oxidants and hydroxy acids they act as a mild non-chemical, non-abrasive exfoliant.
To make your own Pumpkin/Gourd Mask simply:
- Scoop out the pulp, place in a blender or food processor and blend.
- If you have dry skin add 1 tablespoon of honey or yogurt per 1/4 cup of pumpkin or gourd puree.
- For acne prone or oily skin add 1 egg white. OR dissolve one aspirin in 1 tablespoon of water then add.
- Blend again to mix in other ingredients. (make sure you dissolve the aspirin in the water before hand)
Apply to face, neck and decollete and let sit for about 15-20 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. This can also be used on the backs of hands for age spots. All of the vitamin C and beta-carotene will help to aid in healing of aging skin, age spots, hyperpigmentation, scarring, dry skin and so much more!
If you have sensitive skin, make sure you patch test to make sure your skin will tolerate. Enjoy your vibrant skin!
I am a condiment lover. CondIMENT.
Come on you dirties Get your minds out of the gutter.
I crave fries just so I can eat ketchup. I only really like Heinz. Even though Red Gold is made in Indiana. Love my salads drenched in french dressing. Love my potatoes soaked in sour cream. etc etc etc. As my friend Ryan and I always say, “we need our food wet.”
Well let me introduce you to my newest and now favorite condiment. Thames Foods Comeback Sauce. Now the hard part, describing it. Cross between a mayo, non-buttermilk ranch and Roumelade sauce. What makes it unique is definitely the kick in your pants horseradish, but what will have you comeback is the seasoning and the way it actually enhances whatever you choose to drizzle it on.
Brings something special for everyone and a new dip for everything.
I made some good ol spicy chili yesterday. Normally I would douse the spice with a little sour cream, but instead I remembered Thames Comeback Sauce. What a complete difference it made. Now I admit my chili was pretty damn good with out any embellishments, but as I said before, I am a condiment girl.
I have also used it (and loved it) on an Everything Baked Potato. Chives, cheese and Comeback sauce. And Craig and both loved it on some simple grilled chicken a couple times over the summer. Might be the best on Cocktail Shrimp.
Thames encourages you to find new ways to use it too! But some of their favorites are on Cocktail Shrimp, Gumbo, onion rings and anything that will sit still long enough to get an extra bump.
I usually make Jambalaya for Christmas Eve. Pretty certain this year the Comeback with come with me and I know a couple cousins that will probably add it to more then just their Jambalaya.
If you couldn’t tell, this is a southern treat. Only found at a few places in the south, but expanding. See stores here. Ask your local grocer to carry it and send them to the website. And you can ORDER ONLINE here.
And as promised here is a recipe straight from the Thames Table.
This is best served warm, but is still very good once it’s cooled too.
Potato Salad (i promise this will be the most talked about side dish at your Thanksgiving table)
3 pounds small red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon kosher salt
4 bacon slices (uncooked), chopped
2 cups diced Vidalia or other sweet onion (about 2 medium)
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 tablespoons Thames Foods Comeback Sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 400°.
Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; toss to coat. Butter or spray your pan then arrange potatoes in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring once. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl.
Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan; set bacon aside. Add onion to drippings in pan; cook 15 minutes or until golden brown and caramelized, stirring frequently. Add garlic to pan; cook 30 seconds. Add onion mixture and bacon to potatoes; toss gently. Let stand 15 minutes.
Combine Comeback Sauce, honey, and vinegar in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add mixture and parsley to potato mixture; toss gently.
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Craig and I don’t eat at Bonefish Grill much. Seems the one by us is, well less then favorable. BUT we loved Bang Bang Shrimp Appetizer so much, we had to figure out how to make it at home!
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise (real mayo)
- 1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce (you will find in the ethnic section)
- 3 drops Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
- 1 pound shelled and de-veined shrimp
- Dry cornstarch
- oil for frying
- chopped scallions
- Mix mayonnaise with your Thai sweet chili sauce.
- Add hot sauce to taste.
- Dredge the shrimp in cornstarch.
- Deep fat fry the shrimp until lightly brown.
- Drain on paper towel.
- Then add to bowl and little fluff to coat with sauce.
- Serve on a lettuce lined platter or in bowl, top with chopped scallions.
Babies, especially newborns are susceptible to cradle cap and extremely dry skin. I know a lot of mom’s want to bath their new babies every day, but that isn’t a good idea.
When you do bath your baby try this recipe for kicking the cycle of dry skin. And you can use it yourself, because what mom doesn’t need a little bit of moisture love?
- ½ cup avocado oil
- ½ cup virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dry calendula flowers (if impossible to find you can use Calendula Oil, 2 tsps)
- 2 drops chamomile essential oil
Boil the calendula flowers in 2 cups of purified water for 1o minutes. Let it cool. Use a cheesecloth to separate the flowers from the water. (OR boil in a reusable loose leaf tea container.)
Combine all the ingredients in a a glass jar and use about 2 tablespoons per bath. If you can’t find Calendula flowers, they do sell Calendula oil. Just see what the ratio is, most manufactures add Calendula oil to a carrier oil. Use about 2 teaspoons of Pure Calendula Oil.
And don’t forget to add about 1 1/2 cups of warm filtered water if you use the calendula oil.
This would also make a great hair & scalp conditioner, cuticle treatment and whatever else might be drying up at this time of year!
See some of my other recipes in the Home, Skin and Food Recipe Category!
Sanitizer can be a necessity, especially during this crazy flu season. Sometimes you are places where just after you wash your hands, you have to place them somewhere questionable. OR maybe you just can’t get to water?
Just don’t overuse them!
I like to have wipes around me too, Avalon Organics makes a nice baby wipe that is flushable and biodegradable. It won’t clean you hands of germs, but if you have dirt caked hands, you probably don’t want to rub sanitizer all over them. Wipe can be so invaluable to travel with. Wiping knobs, seats, arm rests, toys you name it!
Keep in mind, you don’t need alcohol to kill germs, essential oils can take care of that. That is why inhaling them can be so good for you while sick. Tea Tree over a hot steamy sink, helps you heal and breath!
So I have a pretty simple recipe for you today. Some of you may have all the ingredients in your house. I almost always do minus the witch hazel. I pretty much always have a bottle around. I have been making this for years! it is great for camping, which is why I first created it!
DIY Hand Sanitizer
3/4 cup of aloe vera gel (NOT liquid, get the gel!)
1 teaspoon of oil (jojoba or grapeseed is perfect)
3 1/2 tablespoons of Witch Hazel (try and find pure, 100% witch hazel, if you can’t that is fine)
1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
8 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
8 Drops of Orange Essential Oil
8 drops of Grapefruit Oil
10 drops tee tree oil
Make sure you don’t use metal bowls, and if you have a spoon around that is plastic, or plastic coated use that for mixing. Mix very well. place into a small travel shampoo bottle. Preferably one that doesn’t unscrew, but you can use to squirt just a little out in your palm.
And Congratulations! add a dollop to your hands, and rub thoroughly!
Make a few of these, and tuck in lunch boxes, cars, purses, backpacks, and anywhere you might find yourself with out soap and water!
Good luck and stay healthy!!
I was watching the Today Show this morning, and although they haven’t gotten to the segment yet, they mentioned a segment coming up about all the uses for aspirin. I thought to myself, that would make a great post!
After all, who is going to remember what they said on the Today Show later today!?
The chemical name of aspirin is acetyl salicylic acid or Acetasalicylic acid, a white crystalline compound. It has analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory properties, and belongs to the class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The name was originally a trade name registered in 1899 by Bayer, but has become the preferred name for the drug.
Revive a dead car battery
Ever run out of juice for your car, and either you are in a tight spot to get jumped, or you are just plain with out cables- you may be able to get your vehicle started by dropping two aspirin tablets into the battery. The aspirin’s acetylsalicylic acid will combine with the battery’s sulfuric acid to produce one last charge.
Dry up zits!
You might remember a couple masks I have given you recipes for previously. Crushing one aspirin and moistening it with a bit of water, or even add it to honey or aloe vera pulp. Apply the paste to the pimple, and let it sit for a couple of minutes before washing off with soap and water. You can repeat, but wait at least 16-24 hrs in between applications
Soften hard calluses on your feet by grinding five or six aspirins into a powder. Make a paste by adding 1/2 teaspoon each of lemon juice and water. Apply the mixture to the affected areas, then wrap your foot in a warm towel and cover it with a plastic bag. After staying off your feet for at least ten minutes, remove the bag and towel, and file down the softened callus with a pumice stone.
Get rid of pit stains
Have t-shirts, or even a favorite white dressy shirt with sweat stains? I think sometimes they are deodorant stains too! Well before you throw them out try this! Crush two aspirins and mix the powder in 1/2 cup warm water. Soak the stained part of the garment in the solution for two to three hours.
Restore hair color
Yuck. Swimming can change your hairs color pretty fast, especially if you swim in largely treated pools. But you can usually return your hair to its former shade by dissolving six to eight aspirins in a glass of warm water. Rub the solution thoroughly into your hair, and let it set for 10-15 minutes.
I get dandruff in the summer sometimes. Crushing two aspirins to a fine powder and adding it to the normal amount of shampoo you use each time you wash your hair, should alleviate the problem. Leave the mixture on your hair for 1-2 minutes, then rinse well and wash again with plain shampoo.
Fungus ridden soil
Ever get that icky fungus on the soil of your houseplants? It can be treated by using aspirin. Dissolve one aspirin in a liter of water and sprinkle the mixture on the affected soil. Although this will fix the problem, care should be taken to not to make the mixture too strong if using around plants, as it may burn the leaves.Don’t pour it in like you are watering the plant, just sprinkle on top.
Apply to insect bites and stings
Control the inflammation caused by mosquito bites or bee stings by wetting your skin and rubbing an aspirin over the spot. Or use the acne treatment above and make a paste and apply.
Help cut flowers last longer
Put a crushed aspirin in the water before adding your flowers.
None of these are a replacement for medical advice!
Refresh hot feet!
I don’t know about everyone else, but the more cooped up my toes are in shoes and socks, the more they ache. I always feel like I need to let the dogs breathe!
So here is a very simple recipe you can use to refresh feet, and keep some circulation flowing!
1/2 cups sea salt. (fine)
1/4 cup of Coconut oil (or more if you have sensitive feet)
10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
6 drops of Peppermint Oil
Simply mix it all together. Wet feet, and massage in. This should last a few treatments, and feel free to do your legs too! Rinse off pat dry.
So now you have a scrub, but what about a moisturizer?
Same recipe, just subtract the sea salt! This Rosemary Mint Foot & Leg Energizing Moisturizer will make you feel like running a marathon….
Well maybe, but it does feel so good!
This recipe, is easy peasy! Just don’t drink the bath water, make a cup to enjoy for yourself!
Do you remember hearing the Cleopatra took milk baths? Milk is great for your skin, as it contains Lactic Acid. Lactic Acid is a moisturizing acid, that helps to very gently exfoliate, and moisturize at the same time. Milk also contains proteins and vitamins that our skin just drinks in!
If you are vegan, try substituting Rice Milk. I haven’t tried that route, as Craig drinks regular milk, so I just steal his for this treat! Rice Milk also has some great compounds, so I would think it would provide some benefit!
Hot Chocolate Milk Bath
2 Cups of Chocolate Milk (OR 2 cups of Milk and 2 packets of hot chocolate)
2 tablespoons of Vanilla Castile Soap, or plain (love Dr. Bronners for bubbles!)
2 tablespoons of honey
Add to a jar, and mix together. Makes one bath treatment. Start bath, add ingredients, and indulge! and don’t forget to take your mug of hot cocoa with you!