Vanilla Beans and Coffee Scrubs

Vanilla beans have to be one of my favorite things to work with. They smell amazing. There are so may health benefits and skin care benefits that are associated with them. I was working on a post for Herbal Living and knew I had to share how I combine vanilla with coffee to make a delicious scrub.  Continue reading

Coffee Scrub

Our first snow fall of the season and Mother Nature came at us with over a foot of snow. It was beautiful. There are few things as peaceful as the quiet sound of falling snow. One of the many reasons I love living in Michigan is the changing of the seasons. However, this time of year, my skin is taking a beating from the dry forced heat of the furnace and the many hand washings that go along with working in an elementary school. One of the ways that I combat dry skin is by making my own exfoliating, super moisturizing, coffee scrub. Continue reading

Inspired Cinnamon Espresso Bread Pudding {in a jar} #SundaySupper

Oh Friends, I have a bit of a confession to make. You see, I am obsessed with Mason Jars. I love them! I love to use them for everything, from making lotion to salad dressings, everything goes in a mason jar. They are great for gift giving too. Someone you know is sick? Give them the gift of chicken noodle soup…in a mason jar. I use them for cut flowers or as drinking cups. Really, mason jars fill so many needs around my home, more than just for canning, but I do that with them too. Continue reading

Tis The Season #SundaySupper

Tis the Holiday Season. It does not feel like December. Michigan has had a bit of unseasonably warm weather. No snow at all, but it is the holidays and I have been busy decorating and making memories for my boys.

The tree is up. The stocking are hung. Not by the Chimney with care but on some hooks, still with hopes that Saint Nick will find them. I have been busy making homemade gifts for friends and family. Vanilla extracts are bottles, lotion bars and now lip balm have been added to tins. The lip balm I made is a portion of beeswax, sweet almond oil, coco butter and a hint of Michigan Wildflower Honey. Continue reading

Lotion Part 2 and Baking Bread

Hi everyone, new to the blog and my trusty old friends alike. It has been a busy couple of weeks leading up to the Holidays, both Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. I have been hard at work experimenting with making homemade all natural lotions and baking bread. In my last post, I made lotion bars. They are really nice for rubbing on your elbows, knees and heels ladies. Well men too, if they want. You can also rub them back and forth between your hands and they warm enough for you to rub the lotion into your hands. It is the ingredients that make them hard. The Beeswax, coco butter and coconut oil are all hard in their natural state. This past week, I have been working with different ratios of adding olive oil to the mixture in order to create a softer lotion that could be scooped out of a jar or put into a pump bottle type of dispenser. Continue reading

Why Not Skin Care Too

Back to Basics and living simple have always meant spending more time at home with family and friends and also within my community. It incorporates eating locally and in my case keeping backyard chickens. Once those became a part of my everyday life, I also became interested in natural skin care products. I have always been a lover of the brand Burt’s Bees. I love their lip balms and lotions. The wheels started to turn in my head… why couldn’t I make my own skin products. Just last week, at a craft show in my small village, I purchased some shea butter bars. These were awesome for softening skin and seemed simple enough to try and recreate. Thank you vendor…You were my Muse and inspiration this weekend. Continue reading

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract, every baker has experience with this ingredient. In the store, you pay an arm and a leg, maybe even your first born child for a couple of ounces of Pure Vanilla Extract. It’s used in recipes from cookies and cakes to sauces and drinks such as hot chocolate and vanilla milk. The scent of vanilla extract has also been said to have many homeopathic remedies besides just smelling good. I have read that it can ease nausea as well as treat minor scrapes.  All these fine uses for the extract, and it only comes in small bottles for high cost at the super market.  Continue reading