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Friday, December 2, 2016

DIY Bath Bombs

DIY Bath Bombs

It’s finally December! A busy, but wonderful time of the year. I think everyone can agree that gift giving can be tricky (and expensive) at times. Sometimes it’s nice to give someone a homemade gift- it’s meaningful, unique, and DIY’s are always fun to do! The other day my friend and I were Christmas shopping at Target (where else!?) and decided to get the supplies to make homemade fizzy bath bombs to give as Christmas gifts. It only takes a couple of ingredients and items, and a few of ‘em are probably sitting in your cabinets already! My friend and I had so much fun making them and they're so easy. Below is the recipe and process, and I'll also attach a link with the FREE printable recipe and process below (including a picture of the finished product!)  

Here's the link for the printable recipe and process:  
Bath Bombs Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
·       1 cup of citric acid
·       1 cup of baking soda
·       1 cup of Epsom salts
·       ½ a cup of melted coconut oil
·       10 drops of essential oils
·       Liquid food coloring (if desired)
  *We spent a long time searching for citric acid, which we finally found in the baking aisle at      Raley's!

Additional Supplies:
·       Silicon molds
·       2 medium/large bowls

Directions:
1.   Measure your Epsom salts into a bowl, then add 1-2 drops of food color and gently stir around. Let them sit and absorb the color.
2.   Now combine dry ingredients, baking soda and citric acid, in a large bowl. Gently whisk with a large spoon.
3.   Next, slowly add melted coconut oil to the dry ingredients and mix gently, don’t mix to fast or the liquid could create a reaction with the citric acid.
4.   Once all the coconut oil is added, add the essential oil and then finish combining everything by kneading it together with your hands. The mixture should feel like damp sand.
5.   Place your mixture into the silicon molds and pack it down tight.
6.   Let the bath bombs sit and dry for about 24 hours, then ENJOY!





  

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Christmas Gift List

It's that time of the year again, the most wonderful time of the year! I don't know about y'all, but I love the holidays, especially Christmas. Yes, at times the holidays can be a little stressful (and cold!)... there's meals to make, goods to bake, families to visit, and gifts to buy. All of these tasks take time and money which just adds to the stress. I personally am trying to be better about planning, organizing, and budgeting. I created this cute little Christmas Gift List printable that will hopefully take a little stress away, and make one aspect of Christmas a little easier! All that's on there is a space for the name and gift ideas, but I usually pencil in prices as I go to help me stay on budget.  

        Here's the link for the FREE printable! 
Christmas Gift List FREE Printable



            

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

        Since it's mid-November here in Northern California, and finally starting to feel like Winter I thought I'd share my easy chicken noodle soup recipe with everyone! It's a recipe that my grandmas best friend shared with our family many years ago, she calls it the, 'Sensational Chicken Noodle Soup' recipe. Over the years we have made it our own by changing a few things here and there. Everyone in my house loves it, and it makes a great hot meal on a cold winter day! 


Sensational Chicken Noodle Soup


Ingredients: 
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth (I usually use the lower sodium version)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1-2 carrots chopped or diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 1 cup of uncooked egg noodles (I sometimes use more than a cup)
  • 1 cup of cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
  • Pepper to taste



Step 1:  Mix broth, pepper, onion, garlic, and celery in large saucepan. Bring to a boil.

Step 2: Stir in noodles, chicken, and spices to taste if you like                            

Step 3:  Cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, or until noodles are tender (sometimes i let the soup simmer on low for longer so the ingredients can 'get to know each other')

        *Note:  This is a smaller recipe, we usually double it if we want to have lots of yummy               leftovers.





Friday, April 29, 2016

First blog, first post!

Hey all, I've thought about creating a blog for quite some time now... And tonight I finally did!  At the moment, I'm thinking that this blog is mostly going to contain posts about my adventures in the kitchen.  But I'm also going to be sharing my daily struggles with college, work, and just everyday life in general.  So keep in touch and let's see how this goes!