Sunday, January 27, 2013

Cran-Orange Overnight Oatmeal

What you need:
1 cup Gluten Free, Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 cup Almond Milk, Original, Unsweetened

1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 Rehydrated Dried Cranberries (see method below)
Zest of One Small Orange, Organic
3 Tbls Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
2 Tbls Maple Syrup, Grade B

What you do:
1. Rehydrate your cranberries by placing dried cranberries into boiling water, heat off, for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2. Mix oats, cinnamon and nutmeg in bowl or jar and mix.
3. Mix in rehydrated cranberries.
4. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well, store in air tight container or jar.
5. Refridegerate overnight.
6. Place desired amount into microwaveable safe bowl, add 1 to 2 Tbls almond milk and microwave for 30 to 45 seconds.
7. Stir and enjoy!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Ultimate Lotion

The husband has dry, dry skin, all year long. The type of skin that just hours after he applies the heavy duty Lubriderm and Curel lotions it looks like he had never applied lotion in his life. The Prince and I only had minimally dry skin in the Winter only until we moves to NM, now we are a dry mess too!

I went on a Pinterest hunt and found various combinations of the lotion below and decided to settle on my own combo. Guess what?! It works wonderfully, hands, feet, whole body, small patches.. It works.

Here it is:
27 ounce bottle of Baby Lotion
7.3 container of Vaseline
2 - 4 ounce containers of Vitamin E

Through it all in a bowl, whip out your hand mixer, mix it up and put it back into the empty containers the supplies came in. To fill the bottle, put your lotion concoction into ziplock Baggie and snip off a bottom corner. Squeeze into bottle slowly!!

In the picture is a 13 ounce container of Vaseline. I only used about 2/3 of it. The rest I will use for lipgloss and eye makeup removal. It would be easier to just buy the 7.3 ounce size and use the entire thing.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Tomato Free Vegetarian Chili

I read that for my metabolic rate, I should stay away from tomatoes; who knows?
What I do know is that the Prince isn't a huge fan of tomatoes and I wanted to make chili. So, what's a girl to do? Make a tomato free chili, of course!

What you need:
1 Tbls olive oil
1 cup diced organic red onion
2 cloves garlic - chopped
1 diced organic green bell pepper
2 large diced organic carrots
1 can ( or two cups) UNDRAINED organic black beans
1 can ( or two cups) DRAINED and RINSED organic pinto beans
1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 cup frozen ( or fresh) organic corn
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
Salt to taste

What you do:
Sauté onions, garlic, green bell pepper, carrots in olive oil until onions are slightly soft. Add beans, broth and seasoning. Simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Add corn and simmer 5 more minutes.

Serve with optional toppings: cheese, sour cream, green onions, etc.


* The spice level is fairly mild in this recipe, feel free to add more chili powder or a touch of cayenne*

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Homemade Orange Cleaner

I saw this on a blog last night. I'll find the link and post it on a bit.

What you need:
2 oranges
Mason jar

What you do:
Place peel of two oranges in jar
Cover peel with vinegar
Close jar
Wait two weeks
Place in spray bottle and get to cleaning

* I made mine jar this morning.. I'll report back on the smell after two weeks.. I hope it citrus-terrific!