I don’t know about you, but when I host for the holidays people come over throughout the day up until the meal. They are hungry for something to munch on, while they smell all that food cooking. So there are always a few staple out in my house. Start with nuts, they fill people up and they are an easy to make and eat snack. These are super easy and so yummy!
Rosemary Lemon Roasted Almonds (or whatever kind of nuts you like)
Um popcorn is one of the best snacks, its good for kiddos and adults. It’s easy to make and easy to serve. So try this yummy and fall twist that is a blend of kettle corn taste and spiced flavors. Best popcorn flavorings, AND GO!!!
Another staple in our house is a cheese board! This is a way to do that without spending a fortune and still make it look sophisticated. Plus the herbs and cheese with crackers is an excellent snack. Make sure to make 2 because this will go fast!! What other starters are favorites in your house?
Herb Cheese Spread
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I love vintage, classic, old school things. One of those is the traditional barber shop. I take both my sons and sent my husband when he’s willing to our local one, Liberty Barber Shop. The guys there do some great beard shaping, and Crystal makes the boys haircuts quick painless and they look great. Anyways, one of the things they offer at old barber shops is a close shave. You know the one with the brush, lather, and single blade razor and leather sharpening. Well the closest thing I can give my hubs at home is some Homemade Bergamot & Spruce shaving soap. This mixture is a cross between lotion & soap and makes for a great shave.
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Note: The lather on this isn't as soapy as shaving gel, but it feels great and with an old fashion brush like this one, my hubby says it is the best!
In am in a continuous battle with pain and pain induced insomnia. Here's a little back story to why: I was a competitive gymnast for many years and during that time I pushed the limits of my body as many athletes do. Unfortunately for me, I also had a condition which caused more laxity in my joints than normal. Basically my joints stretched further and it put more stress on the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and cartilage in my joints. Add to that the many injuries and surgeries to fix them. No big deal for a teenager, but now I feel 20-30 years older than I am and I have the pain to go along with it.
Thank goodness for this amazing whipped body butter turned Aches & Joint Support cream, then sleep cream, and even beauty cream and energizing lotion. Yup it's amazingly versatile!!
What you need:
Recipes that I like to use:
Aches & Joint Support: (with the Magnesium Oil variation)
10 drops Panaway (starter kit)
8 drops Peppermint (starter kit)
4 drops Lemongrass
4 drops Copaiba (starter kit)
3 drops Wintergreen
3 drops Frankincense (starter kit)
Sleep: (used on feet & neck with the Magnesium Oil variation when it's for adults)
14 drops Lavender (starter kit)
10 drops Cedarwood
5 drops Valor (when available seasonally)
10 drops Frankincense (starter kit)
8 drops Melaleuca (aka Tea Tree)
12 drops Grapefruit
8 drops Bergamot
Beat the Yuck: (used on feet)
12 Drops Lemon (starter kit)
6 Drops Frankincense (starter kit)
12 Drops Thieves (starter kit)
6 drops Melaleuca (aka Tea Tree)
12 Drops Oregano
Chest Rub & Runny Nose: (used like vapor rub on chest & feet)
10 Drops Peppermint (starter kit)
8 Drops Lemon (starter kit)
10 Drops R.C. (starter kit)
6 Drops Eucalyptus Radiata
Baby Sleepytime Lotion
10 drops Gentle Baby
5 Drops Lavender (starter kit)
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I love how versatile these little lip balm tubes can be!! Of course, I can make cute lip balms for myself and the kids, but I can also use them to make my favorite oil combinations into easy to carry sticks. For those of you who don't love & use essential oils like we do, they have incredible wellness benefits and are all natural so we often use them to replace some of the medicines in our cabinet. We make bug bite relief sticks, and skin soothing lotion sticks, chill out sticks with calming oils for the kids, sleepy sticks, and my favorite calm & gentle baby stick.
All those are great uses for these little tubes. So here is how I make the base for lip balms and Oil Sticks.
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Did you know that Young Living has an entire line of Vitality oils designed to be used in cooking? Yup, you can ingest these oils and they add amazing flavors and health benefits to your food. Infusing oils into butters, oils, and vinegars is such an easy option to pack a flavor punch, just keep in mind oils are concentrated so a little goes a long way, more so with some than others. There is a handy guide at the bottom to help. But onto the star of this blog, flavored butters!
A flavored butter is so versatile, it can be used as is, garnish a savory dish, or in the case of this cinnamon butter add amazing flavor and healthy benefits to my morning oatmeal!
What you need:
Other options for butters that we like to make are citrus butters with Lemon Vitality, Orange Vitality, or Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oils. I love to make an herb butters to flavor chicken, turkey or fish. Let us know what you have tried in the comments!
If you loved this idea of infusing, keep an eye out in November. We will be posting our Holidays Cooking with Essential Oils to share all our recipes tips and tricks.
Sugar Scrubs are an essential for dry hands, and you'll find them in our home all year long. They help to remove dead skin and they infuse moisture and all the oily benefits they have infused in them in to your hands. This Lavender Sugar Scrub is an all year favorite.
The other reason to use sugar scrubs in because they are so simple to make and enjoy, and as a bonus with this make in the jar scrub there is little clean up!
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