Friday, August 28, 2015

Loving Thieves Oil

So Excited that my Young Living Kit Arrived Today!! Perfect Timing!  School Just Started and Germs are already spreading.  I had not been sick for over 1 year.  (Until this week) I have been Fighting a Cold since Tuesday.  As soon as the mail man dropped off my Young Living Starter kit this morning, I opened it up and cracked open the Bottle of Thieves.

I placed 1 drop of the Thieves Oil in an 8 ounce glass of water with a pinch of salt.  Gargled this until it was gone.

Thieves Smells wonderful!   I can't wait to use this in my new diffuser.  The Blend has Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Lemon, and Eucalyptus Radiata essential oils in it.    It is a Powerful Essential Oil Blend that may help support healthy immune function and contribute to overall wellness when taken as a dietary supplement.

Here is a link to other great ways to use Thieves..
8 Great Ways to Use Thieves Oil

Young Living is Having a Great Promotion  Extended Until August 31:     
and take a look at the  Young Living Website

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Fresh Apple Spice Cake

What to do when someone shares fresh apples from their tree- Make Fresh Apple Spice Cake

Smells Wonderful!! Great with ice cream and caramel sauce

1 cup chopped Walnuts
1/2 cup dark rum
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup white sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup avocado oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp grated orange zest from 2 oranges
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced into 1/4 inch pieces (3 to 4 apples)
Vanilla Ice cream
Caramel Sauce

Preheat 350 degrees. Grease and Flour 9x13 inch baking pan

Place Walnuts on a baking sheet and toast them for 5 to 10 minutes until lightly toasted. Set aside. Combine the Rum and chopped dates in a small glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for 60 seconds. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, and orange zest on medium speed for 3 minutes.  Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves into a medium bowl.  With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, just until combined. Drain the dates, discarding the liquid.  With a rubber spatula, fold in the dates, walnuts, and apples into the batter.  Spread into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Set aside to cool, cut into squares, and serve warm or at room temperature with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of warm caramel sauce.

This Cake can be made ahead and stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Spicy Tomatillo Salsa Verde

I love the method of Blender Salsa Verde - So easy to make and so fast and so good with fresh ingredients. Awesome with your favorite tortilla chips and a margarita!

  •     1lb tomatillo, cut into quarter seeds and all
  • 2 jalopeno peppers - seeds and all
  • 1onion, rough chopped
  • 3peeled cloves of garlic
  • 1 -2chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 11 cup fresh cilantro or 1 cup fresh parsley or 1 cup fresh basil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Put all in Blender and Blend until smooth! Thats it 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Spiced Apple Cake with Orange Glaze

Was in the Fall Baking Mood yesterday!  After I had spent the afternoon in my studio creating fall things for my booth and an upcoming show, I came home and make this cake for an after school snack! Super moist and full of Fall Spice Flavor!!

Spiced Apple Cake with Orange Glaze

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg- Fresh Ground
1/4 tsp ground cloves
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup apple butter
For the glaze:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
orange zest from 1 orange
2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.
Cream sugar and softened butter in large bowl.  Add eggs, beating thoroughly.  Beat in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk.  Stir in apple butter.
Pour into a greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan
Bake in 350°F oven 55 to 65 minutes or until cake tests done.  Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Make orange glaze by combining powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange peel. Spoon glaze over warm cake.

adapted from:  Musselmans

Monday, August 10, 2015

Mid-Century Painted End Tables

It is hard for me to decide what to do with mid-century furniture that needs some love.   I loved that these end tables were solid wood and very well constructed.  The Tops were a bit worn and were covered with a few water rings..   I decided to keep them simple~ a Couple Coats of one of my favorite colors a grayish blue mineral paint and a simple stencil in a taupe color.   This Color is so similar to Annie Sloan's Duck Egg..

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Cookie Decorating Workshops Coming Soon!!

Learn the Basic Art of Cookie Decorating.  We will learn all the basics:   how to prepare a cookie for decorating, how to color and create different icing consistencies, how to find and use cookie decorating tools and special techniques to give your cookies the professional look!
This is a 2 hour class.  Limited to 12 people. Each Class will have a Different Festive Theme showcasing 6 different Designs.  Everyone will leave the class with a dozen beautifully decorated cookies to take home.  Cost is $55.

Are you interested in Hosting a group for a Hands-on class or demonstration using a different theme or technique?  Just Gather your friends, , volunteer groups,  or book club.... and send me a message or give me a call to set up a time just for you!  

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