Category Archives: Recipes

I’m hopelessly addicted to the All Recipes App on my phone and I love to cook. I also enjoy trying out new recipes. Most of the recipes in this section were retrieved from the All Recipes site. I am not attempting to take credit for them. If they weren’t from that site it’s most likely something I found on Pinterest. I do a lot of “doctoring” of recipes as I find they are missing key ingredients and the individuals writing them are not the most experienced cooks.

Milk Baths **Recipe Included

Essential Oils and Baths….
Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 11.15.21 AM
 
So while preparing for a relaxing bath the other night. I texted a friend asking for relaxing oil combinations. She responded with the following recipe:
 
5 drops of serenity
2 drops of lavender
3 drops of white fir
 
I also had lavender/chamomile bath salts I added. My friend then followed up the text with:
 
MIX WITH 1/2 C EPSOM SALTS OR MILK
 
Umm, wait, what? This is not something I had previously done, but is very important. Usually my husband and I put the oils directly into the tub and you can visually see them floating on the surface of the water. By adding them to either the epsom salt or the milk the oils are broken down and can better be mixed with the water to be absorbed by your skin.
 
So since I wasn’t previously aware of this I just grab the milk out of the refrigerator and added the oils. (I had already add my bath salts prior to receiving this text message.) It worked amazingly well and I feel as though I slept better last night.
 
So this morning I was looking online and there are indeed better ways to prepare oils for baths. Here is a recipe that is new to me that I can’t wait to try out:
 
It’s a 2:1:1 ratio of powdered milk** (moisturizes), baking soda (softens skin) and cornstarch (soothes irritation).
 
So if you use 1 C of powered milk then utilize a 1/2 C of each baking soda and cornstarch. It it recommended to store this mixture in a glass or metal container because again plastic is not recommended when using some oils. To this mixture add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil(s). Allow this mix to sit at least 24 hours prior to using. This specific mix would be good for quantity two baths.
 
**Note: The higher the fat content of the powdered milk the better and more moisture your skin will absorb. The articles that I found recommended powdered goats milk or coconut milk. I haven’t done too much shopping around for these items, but with the internet I think it’s safe to assume one can purchase anything they’d like. If not there are sheep across the road perhaps I could sneak over in the night and milk them?!?
 
As always please feel free to share recipes, ideas or recommendations. I love hearing them.
 
Until then,
Happy Oiling

Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup

I’ve been known to be a bit of a soup hound in the fall. I don’t really enjoy making the same soup time and time again. I like to mix up the rotation. This recipe is amazing and super easy. It’s also well liked by the entire family which makes meal time even better. The last thing I want to do at the end of a long day is fight with my 5 year old to eat her dinner.

I’m not entirely sure this recipe is low in calories due to all the bacon and bacon grease, but I figure you only live once. However, once is enough, if done right.

Ultimate Potato Soup

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Haha, this recipe brings back great memories for me. In 2009 I had lost my job when the manufacturing plant I worked for closed their doors. I was pregnant with our first child and we had planted our first garden. My husband and I put in one or two squash plants and one or two zucchini plants. I have a really hard time just throwing away food. (Even if it’s 2,000 zucchini’s hahah).

I was unemployed and waiting for the first fall semester to begin so that I could go back to college and finish my undergraduate degree. My husband was working full-time and I needed something to do. The few friends I had worked during the day and we had no family in town so….I resorted to baking.

Things really got out of control at one point in the summer and I was literally banned from baking as I had managed to completely fill all of our freezers with variations of this recipe. I then threatened to start filling our neighbors mailboxes with zucchini, it was at this point in the summer that I awoke one morning and the plants were gone. Well played husband, well played.

blueberry zucchini bread

Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This recipe was found on Pinterest and comes to us from the following blog. I really enjoy Olive Garden’s endless soup and salad lunch. I just can’t always get there to enjoy it, so when I found this recipe I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was very similar. I personally feel that there is one or two small ingredients missing that I just can’t put my finger on. However, it’s very close and amazingly good!

I had never cooked gnocchi previously before and found that it was surprisingly simple and easy. This has definitely been added to the list of ever growing family favorites.

Screen Shot 2015-11-21 at 7.58.23 AM

Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Orange Glaze

So I really don’t follow too many other blogs, mainly because I don’t have that sort of time right now. However, I stumbled upon this blog and found this simply amazing recipe. I usually make the bread itself ahead of time. Then freeze or refrigerate until ready to serve and make the glaze right before serving. My husband enjoyed this recipe so much that he requested that I make it for Christmas morning with his family a few years ago. It was a huge hit!

Screen Shot 2015-11-21 at 7.50.33 AM

Urban Legend Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I find that I use the same recipes again and again. I went to make chocolate chip cookies last weekend, but I had dumped the chips into a sealing container and disposed of the bag. I usually just make the recommended recipe on the side of the bag and go on with business as usual. Plus, I’m not a creature of change, I’m pretty consistent.

Anyway, after the panic subsided (lol) I turned to Google. I found and used the following recipe and my family actually prefers these cookies over my traditional ones. So in this case things turned out for me. If you are looking to change things up I would highly recommend trying out this recipe.

Happy baking my friends.

Urban Legend Chocolate Chip Cookies

Quick Hawaiian Haystack

This dinner is a family favorite and requires limited cooking and preparation.

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 12.27.16 PM

Ingredients:
2 (10.5 ounce) cans of cream of chicken soup
3 COOKED boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup of milk

Prepare these items in individual bowls for addition to plate:
4 cups of cooked white rice
1 bag of chow mien noodles
1 (8 ounce) can of pineapple tidbits, drained
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 stalks of celery chopped
1 green or red pepper chopped
3 green onions chopped
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 tsp soy sauce or to taste

Directions:
1 – Mix chicken soup, cooked chicken and milk together in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until smooth and heated through. The recipes I used says this should only take you 5-10 minutes, but I also find that it takes me longer.

2- On your individual plate spoon requested amount of rice. Layer rice with the items from the bowls as wanted. Enjoy!

Caprese Avocado Chicken Salad

So it’s been extremely warm in our rental with the recent heat and our air conditioning has been struggling to keep up so we decided we need to try and eat more meals that require less cook time. In looking through recipes this week I stumbled upon a caprese avocado chicken salad. We tried it and it was amazing, our children opted to eat theirs with ranch over the recommended dressing.

Don’t take my word for it, try it out for yourselves (you won’t be disappointed).

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 12.15.32 PM

Ingredients:

Boneless grilled chicken breasts seasoned with salt and pepper
Avocado
Fresh Basil
Cherry tomatoes (quartered)
Fresh mozzarella balls (halved or quartered depending on size)
Fresh spring salad mix

Dressing:
1/3 cup oil oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp lemon juice

Delicious Fruit Smoothies

Fresh Fruit Smoothie

1 banana
6 ice cubes
2 heaping tablespoons dehydrated peanut butter

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 8.11.15 AM
1/2 cup milk
Optional – If I have fresh fruit like berries, apples, or pears. I will often times throw a couple in for taste.

I personally prefer the chocolate PB2 in my smoothies, but they are both good. I think they are becoming more readily available, but I purchase them at Target.

Put all the ingredients listed above in the blender and mix until smooth. This recipe makes one 12 ounce glass – this could vary based on the amount of ice, size of banana, et cetera.

Enjoy!