Home of Soap

What a weekend! A whirlwind of a weekend and it is not over yet. For the last two days I have been hanging out with my Young Living team members at the “Spring has Sprung” craft show in town.  We were there letting people smell essential oils, meeting new friends, seeing old  and well lets just face it…spending money!  My weakness this weekend was soap.  I met the sweetest lady who makes the most delicious smelling  soap, fizzy bath bombs, and bodyhomeofsoap butter, not to mention all natural, healthy, and pretty!  (I apologize for the poor quality photo taken on my phone…in “low battery mode hahah)  I came away with several yummy and colorful bars, we shall be the cleanest household on the block.

Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter,  Hemp oil and Sandlewood, Pink Grapefruit, Fresh Lilac, Green Citrus Splash and Honeysuckle soap are just a few I came away with this weekend.  The body butter shall even be my evening carrier oil with a drop of frankincense or lavender for a sweet sleep.  The bonus was my “Facial Acne” Bar  I am going to give this a test run.  I deal with red irritated looking skin on my face, probably hormone related, but nonetheless unattractive.  The facial bar has several soothing and healing ingredients such as oatmeal, Black Cumin Tea, Barberry, Lavender, Evening Primrose, Burdock, Lemongrass, Comfrey, Calendula, Bentonite  and Essential oils. I may even get brave enough to do a before and after shot…I’ll let you know hahaha.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, I am headed up to my “spa” (aka shower) to pamper myself with one of this delectable soaps.

Life, Light and Love

EmBee

PS Many of these soaps contain Goats milk, know to help balance your skins PH, also an anti inflamatory and more…Google it :)

 

 

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Bunnies, Duckies, and a Fish?

Anyone who hangs around me long enough know that the kitchen is my happy place. Now I am not talking about the everyday ordinary cooking, while it is not horrible  it is just a necessity. I am talking about the baking – experimenting moments that occur randomly.  For me it was a new sugar cookie recipe.  I love a buttery sugar cookie and have been looking for one that has that buttery flavor that you find in a real bakery cookie.  Not to mention I have always wanted to try to make “pretty” sugar cookies.  

Since I already had the new recipe to try the next step was to decide which cookie cutters to use.  I have many many cookie cutters but I always tend to pull out my favorites for the seasons. Since it is spring it was time to pull out the Easter/Spring cutters.  My oldest 12108857_951226721639591_3500465807299376736_ndaughter and I were going through the bags pulling out our favorites, trying to decide between the screaming bunny or the jumping bunny, flower, carrot, lamb, chick, duck and …fish??? Really, honey a fish?  Why yes mom, Jesus ate fish!  Hahaha fish it is!   Since the hard decision was made the next step was to mix up the sugar cookie batter.  I found the recipe right here. BEST COOKIE RECIPE.  Of course I was out of almond, but I did remember a new Vitality line of 5627Essential oils safer for use in foods…so Yep you guessed it.  Five drops in the batter did the trick, they had the best orangey flavor.  A couple drops in the icing as well. YUMMMMMMY.   The kids and I had fun decorating these.  It was different than we had done previously.    It was a thinner icing that pooled and we were able to do a “wet on wet” technique for a professional look.  They were the prettiest ones we have done yet!   Because we did a double batch we had lots to share and didn’t over eat! That is my trick …make enough to share and everyone to get one or two at home. Everyone (including my waistline) is happy.10154543_953146914780905_3202278963789670454_n

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Out, OUT YOU GO!

12801235_10153311076845614_7533804702309596455_nHere in the South we get a spring teaser and then a little a small burst of chilly weather before we bounce fully into warm weather.  Of course when that happens something else tends to occur as well….Allergies, colds, flu, and a wayward virus or two.  I am super thankful that we have avoided many of this year’s nasties.   The kids make jokes because as soon as one of them makes a sneeze or cough I bellow ” get the (fill in the blank) oil”.  Essential oil + prayer = a healthy enhancement to the immune system.  Unfortunately one lil bugger made its way into our abode trying to take out the youngest of the pack (you know the one…they never sit still or stop moving if they can help it). At the first sniffle I was already running hands dripping with Lavender, rosemary, and Myrtle oil (I kid,  it only takes a drop to get the job done) HOLD STILL CHILD , Mom is trying to anoint you! I have no patience for something anything that tries to upset our family equilibrium.  Diffuser running, Teapot brewing, Child restrained to rest, Ningxia Red shots (think super antioxidant juice)… Thieves on the feet. Life is almost back to the smooth running machine …all without the need for prescriptions, antibiotics, or additional medical expenses.  Out OUT YOU GO pesky virus, YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE! Does anyone else feel like sanitizing everything after something like this happens??? Thankfully I ordered the BIG bottle of Thieves Cleaner this month. 

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Silver, Sweet Saturday, Stephen the Sourdough, & S’mores Cake

Anniversary Flowers

Anniversary Flowers

I’ve had such a fun little weekend (and week) I thought I would make a post about it.  To start off with my hubby and I just celebrated our Silver (25th) Anniversary.  It is hard to imagine that we have been married for that length of time, some days it seems like just yesterday, though once in a while there is that moment when I think I feel every second (just kidding hunny).

We have been blessed in so many ways, but the best blessings are our four children. We are thankful every day for each incredible and unique one of them.   Well despite celebrating 25 years together our Silver Anniversary was pretty low key.  Originally we were going to celebrate with the kids and go on a Disney Cruise, but our new goal (of being debt free) caused the cruise idea to be put on a back burner for a future date,  hopefully for the celebration of reaching our financial goals.  We did find other ways to celebrate the establishment of our family, these included flowers (picture), going out to eat, Krispy Kreme, memorable moments posted on social media….you know the important things (haha).  One of my favorite ways we celebrated was the gift from my youngest son, personalized Saturday breakfast. He began planning this at the beginning of the week.  We were to have a happy faced breakfast (see photos).  Hubby’s was plain,

Hubby's Saturday Breakfast

Hubby’s Saturday Breakfast

but mine was adorned with tomatoes to represent “red kissy lips”.  While I was very thankful to be served a most lovingly made breakfast I did have to explain the importance of balancing carbohydrates and protein (one eye was a bagel and the other a doughnut) haha.  Apparently

My Saturday  Breakfast

My Saturday Breakfast

my breakfast also has a black eye with the chocolate doughnut. It is actually my favorite Krispy Kreme confection, chocolate custard filled (not to be confused with cream filled).  My second is their Cinnamon  bun.

While the pictures may prove contradictory to what I am about to post, I assure you it is a matter of perspective. For the most part we try to make healthy choices and limit our sugar intake to an occasional treat. Well maybe instead of saying “we” I should say I  try to influence them.  Are we perfect at this…NOPE! One particular healthy choice thing I do in spurts is bread making, sourdough to be exact.  I felt the urge to start another starter about 2 weeks ago,  this time we named our starter Stephen. Yes,  we tend to name them. Over the years we have had other starters with names such as Mike or Bob.  Doing a starter is very very easy…Filtered water, rye flour or spelt if you like a really sour starter (equal parts) leave on the counter feed every day after pouring a little out. (Yes there are more detailed directions somewhere in a blog post around

Stephen in his pickle jar mansion

Stephen in his pickle jar mansion

12802731_943626772399586_8497343814407950856_nhere..hahaha). Stephen has grown and performed beautifully.  We are thankful for his giant palace of a home. Many pickles were sacrificed by a friend of mine so he could have this wonderful mansion. ( Excuse the not so pretty picture.). Stephen made his first loaf of bread this week,  just in time to travel as a gift to a special lady who LOVES my sourdough bread.

So here comes the part that will seem contradictory after my  “healthy” assertions in the paragraph above.   I came home this past Sunday from a delightful few hours of Wizard of Oz practice to cries of “there isn’t any dessert in the house” I won’t name any names on who the crier was…I will leave that to your best guess.  Of course what follows was an invention of what we had in the house and cupboard.  A S’mores Torte cake.  Here is what I did. Preheat oven to 325 deg.

Make 2 chocolate cake mixes  (mixed according to package directions), I had a devils food and chocolate fudge, add 1 &1/2 cups chocolate chips. Using my really long Wilton bread pan I lined it with parchment paper (not sure if it was

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necessary but I didn’t want to take any chances) I then layered Graham crackers, Marshmallows, and cake mix batter. Repeating these layer until the batter was 3/4 the way up the pan.  I baked this at 325 deg. for 60 minutes.  Cake is done when knife inserted comes out clean.  We did leave it a teeny bit fudgey/underdone, because well Fudgey!  Turn cake out 12791035_943626699066260_4978625867040300829_nimmediately on a foil lined cookie sheet. Let cake cool then spread  one jar of Marshmallow fluff or creme  over the top and part of sides. Over low heat mix and melt Sweetened condensed milk (15oz) and  1 cup (maybe a little more )choc chips .  Take a spoon and drizzle over the Marshmallow creme frosted cake. This will cool and firm up into a nice fudgey topping

What made this fun was that as the cake baked the graham crackers made a unique pattern inside .  Remember those four precious gifts I talked about, they and the husband voted this an invention worth repeating.  While it may not look super beautiful it was absolutely delicious! 12767215_10208676343529272_1325408486_n

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