Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Homemade Coconut Oil Deodorant...


I have found one of the best and easiest homemade coconut oil deodorants!

Here's what you'll need:

1/3 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. baking soda
1/4 c. arrowroot powder (found at your local health food store)
4 Tbsp. cornstarch (preferably non-gmo)
essential oil of your choice (I did Peace & Calming)

In a medium size bowl, mix the baking soda, corn starch and arrowroot.
Add in the coconut oil and use a fork to blend together.
Stir in about 5-10 drops of your essential oils.  Mix well.
You may have to add more baking soda to get your desired consistency.
(I had to add about 5 more Tbsp. of the cornstarch to get it thick enough.)

I stored mine in a pretty jar or you
 can use your old deodorant bottles from the store.

Gently roll on or use your fingers to rub on.

Me and my hubby love this!
No more store bought deodorant for this family!



I hope you take the time to at least try this, 
you won't regret it!
And it's all natural :)

My dear friend, Elizabeth has also made this
and if you would like to check her blog out,
click on the link below:


Have a great day!

Blessings,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's Fritter Time...


It's Fritter Time!!

Oh my....

These were out of this world GOOD!

Have you ever had a Fritter?
What's your favorite kind to make?

I have been on this "try new recipes" 
kick for a while now 
and I must say these were a hit!


Chicken Fritters

2 c. finely chopped, cooked chicken
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. parsley
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 egg, beaten
2/3 c. milk
oil, for frying

In a large bowl, toss the chicken with the salt, parsley and lemon juice.
Set aside for 15 minutes.
In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, egg and milk.
Stir well to blend.

Add flour mixture to the chicken and mix well.

In a large frying pan, heat about 1 inch of oil to hot.  
Drop batter by tablespoons into the hot oil 
and fry in batches without crowding for 2 minutes, 
until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels and serve.

I made a honey mustard sauce for mine.

Here's my recipe:

Quick Honey Mustard Sauce

1 c. mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard

Blend together in a small bowl.
Serve as a dipping sauce for the fritters.


I hope you give them a try!


Hugs to You,


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Make Time...


Hello Friends!

I wanted to tell you all a little something a
 precious woman named Twila told me the other day.

We went to visit all the Residents at my hubby's work 
and Twila comes up and she was just beaming with Joy
 that she was able to see my boys.
She tells me "they are so well behaved" 
and "they are just so adorable".
I told her Thank you so much, I really try my best.

She goes on to say with tears in her eyes
 I always made the time to spend as many 
moments and hours with my babies when they were little.
We always spent every hour of every day worth living. 
 I did the same thing with my grandchildren, 
she goes on to say and now my grandchildren are in their 30's!
And you know what's sad?
They don't come by, they say they are too busy.
See, I invested my time in my children and my grandchildren
and now they just don't make the time to do the same.
She tells me your babies grow up way too fast, 
enjoy them now and invest in them.

She gave my hand a gentle squeeze, 
a tear runs down her face
and she says I'm so glad for moms like you
 that make the time for little ladies like me.

This just broke my heart.  I grieved for her.

Dear Ones,
We shouldn't be so busy with life that we can't invest time
 in our families, friends, precious grandma and papa's.

Life is too short, to be too busy for a walk with a friend,
 a baking day with your mom,
a date with your spouse, 
a conversation with an elderly person...
the list is endless, really!

Our days are numbered here on this earth
Make the Time and Make them Count!


I hope you have a lovely day.


Thanks for stopping by!

In God's Grace,


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Welcome Friends...



Welcome Friends!

Welcome to our Homestead!


This is the place to be where you come
 for good fellowship and lots of laughs!

There are so many nice things to do out on the prairie
And you all are probably thinking, like what?

Well, did you know you can take a walk out on
 this old dusty prairie and actually stay on your own road?

You can see for miles and miles!



We got a pretty amazing view of the mountains on a clear day.

My children can play outside and you don't 
have to worry about something happening to them.
Well, maybe outrunning a dirt storm....

We always have something to do, ALWAYS!

Theres the garden to attend to, weeding (lots of weeding), watering,
burning lots of tumbleweeds, building a new garage and a new chicken coop,
playing tag, chasing the dogs, riding your bikes on our own little dirt road,
taking a walk, swimming (when it's warm) swinging, having a picnic outside.

I mean the list of possibilities are ENDLESS!

We are literally miles away from the closest store
And..... Guess What??

 I LOVE every moment of it!

Prairie life isn't for everyone,
 because at times it does have it's down falls.
But overall I thank God each and every day 
for moving us way out and onto the Prairie!

And you know another thing that is simply amazing?

God speaks to me even out here on the prairie!

He's moving friends, don't stop waiting...

Look for the signs and the wonders, 
they are out there!

Don't let your light burn out!



Always keep it full of oil and watch 
and see what the Lord has in store for you!

It will be full of endless possibilities!


I hope you have a wonderful day
And thanks for stopping by my little piece of heaven
(Even if it is on the Prairie)


In God's Grace,

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Laughter...



Have you ever just had one of those days or weeks that
you just feel like you have failed, you feel like giving up
or you just plain want to up and move?

Well, I have had one of those weeks!


It's been very hard and very trying,

So I wanted to take a moment and say: 

Let's stop and LAUGH!  Laugh like you mean it!

Roll on the floor laughing if you have too!

Just LAUGH!

Life is way too short to be all serious all the time.

I just simply LOVE this picture.
This monkey is Loving Life!

 
Why can't we just take time out of our
 day and laugh, giggle, be a little or a lot SILLY?!

Laughter is good medicine, did you know that?

  Don't let the those bitter moments or 

trying times take you down,
Brush them off and just Laugh!

Bring it On!




We all need a little encouragement every now and again
and today I choose LAUGHTER!



Will you join me?


Have a great day Friends,


In God's Grace,
Amy




Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pizza Cups...




We have had some unusual weather here 
in Colorado these last few weeks.

One days it's freezing cold 
and the next day it feels like summer.

We got some much needed rain 
mixed with a bit of snow
and now everything is wet and soggy!

I am not complaining, 
I am thanking Jesus for the moisture!

Keep on sending the rain,
 Lord for we so need more!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I have been trying to come up with some 
new and different recipes to use
and I found this one and I thought 
I would share it with all of you.

My boys said I get an A+ for this easy dish!

Yay! 
 I must been doing something right!


Pizza Cups

1 tube biscuits (preferably Grands)
pepperoni or favorite meat topping
1/2 c. pizza sauce
1 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese
dried oregano, optional

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
Remove biscuit rounds from the tube and slice in half horizontally 
and roll out each piece, thin.
Size should be large enough to go up the sides of the muffin tin.
Place into the greased pan and shape to fit.
Repeat with remaining dough.  Bake for 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool slightly.  
Now top each crust with filling of your choice, 
2 tsp. pizza sauce, cheese and the oregano.
Bake until the crust is browned and the cheese is bubbly, about 5-7 minutes.
Wait about 5 minutes before removing them from the muffin pans.

*You can also try making your own pizza crust 
or a biscuit dough instead of actually using the Grands biscuits.


I wish I would of made a double batch,
 these went rather quick!


Don't they just look inviting?

Come on you know you want to try them!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

In God's Grace,







Thursday, March 6, 2014

Homemade Butter...



I love to try anything new when it comes to baking or cooking!

I love being able to use wholesome ingredients
 to create something fresh and healthy for my family.

I don't know if you have noticed or not, 
but every time you go to the store and you look 
at the back ingredients list, 
it's really not that healthy for you.

I'm not an extreme health nut by any means, 
but I have been becoming aware of whats in my food.

Do they really need to put all those dyes in our food?
If you can't pronounce the ingredients, it's probably bad for you.

So, I got to thinking.....
Why not try to make life a little simpler by
 just trying something for the first time.

Make it from scratch if you can.

Know what you are putting in your mouth!

Think outside the box!!

And, this is how I came across trying to make Homemade Butter,
And I have made it three times now!

It is so good, it takes a little time to make, but it is SO worth it in the end.
And, if you have a kitchen aid, it really does all the work for you.

I didn't take step by step pictures when I made mine,
so I am posting the link that I found to be quite 
helpful when trying this for the first time.

All you need is:

One Quart of Heaving Whipping Cream
salt for taste
And or course a Kitchen Aid

Click on the link below:

I got 4-6, medium size bars from making 1 quart of whipping cream into butter.
  I wrapped them up individually in saran wrap 
and placed them in the freezer until ready to use.

And, you get one pint of freshly squeezed Buttermilk!
What more can you ask for?!

I hope you give this a try, 
you won't regret the decision one bit!

Yum-Yum!

Happy Baking,



Thursday, February 27, 2014

Homemade Elderberry Syrup...


Flu Season has arrived and it seems as though 
it gets a hold of someone in your household, every time!

My hubby came home last week with it and we were all prepared!

I got on that ol' trusty Google and started looking
 up home remedies for fighting the flu and I found this easy
 Homemade Elderberry Syrup recipe that cuts the flu in half the time.

Plus Elderberry Syrup has a lot of great health benefits too!

It boosts your immune system
It can treat an upper respiratory infection
It's rich in vitamins A and C



So, what you'll need to get started is:
2/3 c. black elderberries (fresh, frozen or dried)
3 1/2 c. water
2 Tbsp. fresh or dried ginger root
1 tsp. cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp. clove powder
1 c. raw honey


Place all of the above ingredients 
except the honey into a large sauce pot.
Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer 
for about 45 minutes or until liquid has reduced by half.
At this point remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled.


Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.


 When it is no longer hot, stir in the 1 cup Honey and stir well.


When Honey is mixed well into the Elderberry mixture,
 pour the syrup into jars.
Store in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Take daily to boost your immune system.

Standard dose is 1/2 tsp. for kids and 1 tbsp. for adults.
If the flu does strike, take the normal dose 
every 2-3 hours until symptoms are gone.

Have a great week,






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