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Monday, February 26, 2018

Oatmeal Coconut Cookie Scrub

This is the last of the sugar scrubs from the holidays.  Everyone knows that oatmeal is suppose to be good for your skin.  It is soothing to take an oatmeal bath, especially if you have dry skin.  I think you will like this scrub to make you skin feel really good. 
They fit well in these little jars.  Be sure to label the tops especially if you are making several different kinds. 
Looks like you are making breakfast. 
Start with 1/2 cup oatmeal.
Add it to the food processor and process until you make a fine dust.
See how it almost makes a flour like consistency.
Add 1 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoons baking soda
Mix that well.  Smells good too.
Melt 6 Tablespoons coconut oil.
Pour into the dry mixture. 
Place into your container to store.

Oatmeal Coconut Cookie Scrub

1/2 cup oatmeal
1 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
6Tablespoons melted coconut oil.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Loaded Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole

This is a perfect winter comfort casserole.  There's something so nice about a cheesy noodley casserole on a cold winter night to warm you.  I think you will like this casserole.

Doesn't this look good?  It is also good left over.
Don't all these ingredients scare you, it's really easy to put together.  It uses not one but three kinds of cheese!
Start with a can of cream of chicken soup.  You could use mushroom and I usually do.
1 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cup half and half
Cook 10 slices of bacon.  I bake mine.  You can cook it anyway you like.
Chop and onion
Cook your noodles per the directions.  Cook about one to two minutes less than the directions call for.  Yes you are juggling all these things at one time.
Saute the onions in a little olive oil.
Chop up some cooked chicken.  You can use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken or cook some yourself.
Drain the noodles
Add the onion to the mixture.
Ad the noodles.
Add about a cup thawed green peas.  I used more than a cup.
Add about 2 oz or as many as you like of the fried onions to the mixture.
Chop up all but two or three pieces of bacon.  Add to the casserole.
Grate 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup colby cheese, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.  You are going to use part of all these inside the casserole. Add as much as you like.
Pour the casserole into a 9x13 pan.
Top with remaining cheese or grate some more. Add the extra bacon too.
Cover tightly.  Place in a preheated 350 oven.  Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven.  Uncover.
Add the remaining onions on top.  Put back in the oven for about 5-7 minutes.  This casserole can be made ahead of time and you would just bake for a little longer.
Then enjoy.

Loaded Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe

3 cups chopped cooked chicken
chopped onion
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cup half and half
salt, pepper and garlic powder
10 pieces of bacon
1 cup frozen peas
12 oz egg noodles
2/3 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup colby cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
4 oz fried onions
Preheat oven to 350.  Bake covered for 30 minutes.  Uncover, add fried onions put back in oven for 5-7 minutes.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Here is another sugar scrubs from the holiday.  This one is one of my favorites.  Lemon smells so fresh and clean.  I think you will enjoy this one too.

The package up really nice for gifts. 
Simple ingredients.
Start with 2 cups sugar
Add 10-15 drops of lemon essential oils
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
Mix well. 
The jar it up.

Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe

2 cups sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
10-15 drops lemon essential oil

If you have it you can add some lemon zest to the mixture.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Cape Cod Cranberry Loaf

This is another recipe from back during the holidays.  One of the things I love about the holidays is fresh cranberries. I never realized how many things you can make with fresh cranberries.  This bread is good anytime of the day but it is really good for breakfast.  Cut you a piece, spread a little butter on it and lightly toast it.  I think you will like it. 

This recipe makes one nice size loaf.  You could make it in the small loaf pans if you would like to give some away or freeze a loaf or two.  It might make three but I now it would make two good small loaves. 
I know you have seen the bags of fresh cranberries in the produce section.  Buy a bag or two next year.  Buy three and put one in the freezer.  One day I want to go and watch them harvest the cranberries.
Rinse and look through the cranberries and discard any that are soft or bad.
Start by melting 4 Tablespoons of butter.
2 eggs
Add the melted butter after it has cooled a little
Zest from one orange
Then juice the orange
You need 1/2 cup of the juice.
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup walnuts.  You can use any nut you like but the walnuts go really well with the cranberries and orange.
Measure out 2 cups cranberries
Rough chop them.
Then mix well.
Pour into a sprayed loaf pan.  Place in a preheated 375 oven and bake 55-60 minutes.
I have to share my new trivets.  I found these at the craft show in December.  I thought they were really cute.  They had all kinds of shapes and sizes.
The bread fresh and warm from the oven.

Cape Cod Cranberry Loaf Recipe

1 large orange-zested and juiced
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
4 Tablespoons melted butter
2 cups chopped fresh cranberries
3/4 cup walnuts

Bake 55-60 minutes at 375.