Citrus Splash Body Scrub – REVISITED

homemaker-chic-citrus-sugar-scrubSummer is on its way here and there’s no better time to revisit this refreshing citrus scrub. diy-sugar-scrub-homemakerchic-comA couple years ago I made up this recipe and used these charming jars from SKS bottle.

When I was asked to make some goodies to go in gift bags for a ladies retreat at our church I knew this scrub would be a hit. But there were a few things I needed to do differently this time.

 

First of all I wanted to use a jar with a plastic lid. Since metal and water are not best friends, I thought it would be better to use a completely waterproof jar for use in the shower. I landed on this 4oz plastic jar with a white dome lid. I like the look of the dome lid, it just looks like something you’d find in a cosmetics store and it really adds a nice professional touch to the finished product.

IMG_3128I also needed a water proof label. The paper tag label I used was nice for packaging, but once you took the ribbon off you might forget what was in the jar! (except you’d know exactly what it was when you opened it and smelled that delicious fruity aroma but I digress.) I had since made other scrubs and used these really cute Kraft paper labels, but they get wet in the shower and eventually peel off. So I found these fantastic plastic adhesive labels that you can print right from your standard printer. The clear labels made it look like I had the lids custom printed! They looked to clean and professional. This would be a good option if you wanted to sell your scrubs. These are Avery #22825 and you can download the template here.

30 scrubs later and we had lots of happy ladies with presumably VERY soft skin! sugar-scrubs-for-ladies-retreat-church-gift

So I hope you make this fun recipe and share with all your friends. Enjoy!

***FIND THE RECIPE HERE***

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Apple Cider Vinegar Cold Remedy

Homemaker Chic:

This time of year the weather in Florida changes more often than I change Luke’s diaper. We can go from 42 degrees to 80 in a matter of 1 day, and then back again, and reverse. It takes a toll on our nasal passages and unfortunately Luke and I have both come down with sore throats and sniffles. Luke get’s to rely on good ol’ fashioned breastmilk to make him feel better but Mommy relies on this tried and true remedy. I thought it was worth revisiting in case any of you are feeling crummy too. Here’s to feeling better fast!

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natural-cold-remedyWell I’m sick. Boo! I almost never get sick, and here I am sick as a dog for the fourth time since Luke was born (4 months ago). Now before you say my immune system is probably down due to lack of sleep I have to say that God blessed me with one of those fabled, magical, unicorn babies who has slept through the night since birth! I figure He decided to throw me a bone after all I went through. I digress.

I guess its probably just one of the joys of the postpartum phase where my body is unrecognizable and nothing works the way it used to, including my immune system.

Since I’m breastfeeding I was leary to take any over the counter medications lest I negatively affect my milk supply. So I got to thinking and googling and came up with this super awesome get-better-soon-elixer.

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Beet Juice Recipe PLUS Juice Pulp Muffins!

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Recently I’ve gotten into juicing! My dad loaned me his Jack Lalaine juicer several months ago and I’ve been meaning to try it. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago when a friend introduced me to a new vegetable stand about a mile from my house that sells organic veggies at great prices that I finally got the itch to make some tasty juices! I decided to start with beets. After trying a few different blends I finally came up with one that is so delicious, surprisingly sweet and super nutritious. Beet+Carrot+Cucumber+Apple.

I was shocked by how quickly the juicer did its job! In just a few minutes it had pulverized my fruits and veggies into a glorious deep red beverage, and spit out about 8 cups of pulp just as quickly. I was really surprised by how much pulp was left over. And I felt like it was such a waste to throw out all that good stuff, so I figured why not whip up some healthy muffins while I’m at it? So today you get a bonus Carrot Beet muffin recipe.

JUICE RECIPE:

  • 2 med/large Organic beets
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 2 small apples
  • 6 large carrots

WHAT TO DO:
Prepare the beets by cutting off the hard stem area, and peeling them. It is very important to use organic root vegetables because they are steeped in the soil and if that soil has pesticides in it you will have pesticides in your juice. Yuck. The first time I made this recipe I did not peel the beets and I found it had much too strong of a “dirt” flavor even though I thoroughly washed them. Cut the beets into small enough pieces that they will fit easily into your juicer. Craftsy The apples should also be cut into halves or quarters depending on the size. The cucumbers and carrots should fit just fine. Now juice! Since we are only using the pulp from the carrots, beets and apples, juice those first then set the pulp aside. TIP: After trying this recipe a few times I found that I was left with quite a bit of sediment in the bottom of my jug of juice after it settled in the fridge. To eliminate this I decided to pour my juice through a coffee press. You could also pour it through cheese cloth. This helped a lot!

carrot-beet-muffins-homemakerchic.com-juice-pulpMUFFIN RECIPE:

  • 4 cups juice pulp
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, mix sugar, oil, and eggs. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Fold dry ingredients into wet mixture and blend well. Fold in juice pulp, raisins, and blueberries. (Be sure to pick through your pulp firstto make sure it doesn’t have any large pieces that didn’t get chopped up by the juicer). Grease mini muffin tins with cooking spray (the kind with flour mixed in). Fill the cup almost completely full as these muffins do not rise a whole lot. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Eat them HOT! Enjoy. :) P.S. My toddler loves these healthy muffins!

 

Corona-rita Lime Cupcakes

margarita-lime-tequila-corona-cupcakes-recipecoronaritaIf you’ve known me for any time at all you might know that I happen to love Key West. And two things that I love to enjoy while I’m in Key West (or anywhere!) are Margaritas and Corona. The fresh lime flavor just sends me to paradise in a way little else can. So a few years ago when I learned that the Coronarita existed I had a mini-heart attack and had to order one as soon as possible. It tastes just as magical as it looks. But then I thought, how could this delightful marriage of tequila, lime and corona get anymore fabulous? And the magic continued…

I had seen recipes for margarita cupcakes floating around pinterest. And I’d used beer in cake before (like the guinness in my irish coffee cupcakes). So I had the idea to blend the two and make a totally new recipe.

I give you the Corona-rita cupcake.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Lime Cake Mix
  • 1 bottle Corona beer
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 limes
  • Sea Salt for garnish
  • Tequila for brushing (about 2 T)

For Frosting:

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 T tequila
  • 1 T freshly grated lime zest
  • 1 T freshly squeezed lime juice

use-corona-in-cake-batterDirections:

Prepare the cake mix but make the following substitutions. Instead of water, use the same amount of corona called for on the box. Instead of oil use the same amount of melted butter called for on the box. Pour batter into a muffin pan prepared with cupcake liners filling the cups 2/3 full. Bake as directed. Allow cupcakes to cool. Brush tops of cupcakes with Tequila.

Tip: Bake your cupcakes in plain white cupcake liners, and save your pretty liners for after they come out of the oven. Double up the liner so you have a bright and fresh look on the outside. You could also make custom cupcake wrappers if you’re feeling crafty.

tequila-lime-corona-margarita-cupcakes-recipeFrosting:

In a mixer cream together the butter, sea salt, lime juice, and tequila. Add the powdered sugar one half cup at a time, stopping periodically to scrape down the bowl (or try the new KitchenAid mixer attachment that has a spatula attached to the side and automatically scrapes down the bowl as it beats! I love this thing!) You can add more or less tequila and lime to suit your taste. I ended up adding more than I originally planned because I wanted it to really taste like a margarita.

I use a 1M wilton tip to frost my cupcakes. Garnish with a slice of lime, a little sea salt, and some lime zest. Your guests are sure to love this refreshing treat! Now who’s ready for a trip to Key West?

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Hot Pink Potato Beet Soup for Valentine’s Day

hot-pink-potato-beet-soup-for-valentines-dayWhen I was in college in Los Angeles we had a very progressive and very gourmet cafeteria. They served things like sushi, quinoa (before it was popular), tofu, and wonderful homemade soups daily. One of those soups was this glorious beet soup that was a velvety hot magenta pink color. I absolutely loved it. Recently I picked up a bag of frozen beets at whole foods with the intention of feeding it to my boy (he LOVES frozen vegetables, he must like the icey cold feeling on his gums.) So when I offered him a sample and he spit them out I figured why not turn the rest of the beets into a soup?

You know how much I love a good vegetable soup. This was is ridiculously easy and only has 8 ingredients. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 3-4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced.
  • 1 10 oz bag of frozen sliced beets
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 6-8 cups of chicken stock (depending on how thick or thin you want your soup to be)
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 4 tablespoons of real butter
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a medium-large sized pot sauté the onions in 2 tablespoons of butter. Cook them until they are aromatic and translucent. Just before they begin to develop color add the stock, beets, and potatoes. Boil until the potatoes are tender. Reduce heat and add the cream, butter, and cheese, then blitz it all up with an immersion blender. You can also add a little salt to taste. That’s it! Super easy. You can add more cream or some milk if you want a lighter pink color.IMG_1582

Mustache Bash 1st Birthday Party

mustache-first-birthday-party-boyWell 2015 is here, the holiday season is over (whew) and we officially have a toddler in our house. My little teeny tiny baby boy is not so teeny anymore. He turned 1 in October and he is surely giving me a run for my money. He is so fun, lively and active! Oh heavens is he active. When I started this blog 3 years ago I was not a mom-blogger. I now have a newfound appreciate for mom-bloggers and how in the world they find time to not only do crafty projects, DIYs and write recipes, but then they photograph and write about it!! How do they do it? In the 2-3 hours a day my prince is napping I have just enough time to clean up the house, do some diaper laundry, eat some lunch, and if there’s any time to spare I just want to stare at the TV and catch up on Parenthood (I can’t believe the series is ending!! Waaaaah!!).

So that might be why, over 2 months later, I still haven’t shared the awesome pictures of Luke’s Mustache Bash 1st Birthday Party! I spent about 3 months agonizing over details and I’m so pleased with how perfectly everything turned out.

Luke was obviously not interested in a family portrait. He also tripped and bit his lip just before the party started which explains the busted lip. Ohh boys. I thought it would be fun for my husband to grow a real mustache so he wouldn’t have to wear one for the party. So he doesn’t normally look quite this dorky, but he was a good sport. Lol. My poor husband is so cooperative with my silly ideas. I got the skirt custom made from BasiltheGirl on etsy. Isn’t it adorable?

mustache-familyMy vision for this party was a hipster, vintage, Atlanta style theme. I wanted chalkboards, burlap, and of course LOTS of mustaches. The exposed brick on our porch made the perfect backdrop for our hipster table.

First things first I hit Amazon.com. I found all sorts of amazing mustache goodies like the mustache straws, mustache cupcake picks, mustache napkins, mustache duck tape, fake stick-on mustaches, and the birch ware cutlery (don’t you just love the rustic look of those birch wood forks? I LOVE these!). I got chalkboard stickers and the chalkboard markers for the mason jar glasses at Michael’s. The chalk board signs also came from Michael’s. I tied twine around the mason jars to add a rustic touch.

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The food all had “manly” titles. Here is a list of what we had:

  • Big Cajones – Spicy Meatballs
  • “Was it the frank or the beans?” – Baked Beans with Hot Dogs (bonus points to the first person to get the movie reference!)
  • Stud Muffins – Chocolate Cupcakes
  • “Real Men Eat Their Veggies” – Veggie cups with Ranch dip
  • Bowtie Pasta Salad
  • Chocolate Pretzel “Cigars”
  • Manly Mustache Manwiches – Cookie Butter and Chocolate Spread Sandwiches
  • Mustache Brownies

I got the mustache cookie cutter on etsy. You’ll want a 5″ or larger cutter so you can get decent sized sandwiches. Mustache-manwiches

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I made the banner with Luke’s monthly photos of his 1st year, and also the “Luke Is One” banner using my sister’s Cricut, and hung them with some garden twine.

IMG_1348Seeing Luke’s month by month photos all in a row really made this last year feel like it went by so fast!! I can’t believe my little butter-ball is a running, hopping, vibrant little toddler now!

I spent a lot of time on the Chalkboard sign. I used a large sewing measuring stick to measure out my letters so each letter was the same size. I mapped out sections for each milestone and measured everything so it didn’t turn out wonky. Then I looked up fonts that I liked online and just copied the styles freehand using chalkboard markers. It took me a few days of working while Luke napped but I’m really happy with how it turned out! I waited until the day before his birthday party to measure him and weigh him so I had the most up to date numbers. P.S. You can buy these black foam boards for $5-$8 dollars at craft stores but I found them for a buck at the dollar store!! Always check the dollar store for craft supplies because they often have just what you’re looking for at a fraction of the cost.

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We also had a fun “Guess That Mustache” game. I did a google image search for famous mustaches and printed out 25 of the best ones. Guests were given sheets with 25 spaces, and instructions to write down their guesses. I took the extra time to wrap the pencils with twine using little dabs of hot glue as I wound the twine around. It just added another custom touch! mustache-party-table

Later in the party I read out the answers. My brother guessed every single one correctly and won a set of Mustache Chip Clips. Everyone had a blast trying to guess! (Btw, check out my awesome Bahamian blue ceiling on my porch! My husband surprised me by painting it while I was out of town a few months ago. We love the tropical Key West look it brings to our porch!)

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mustache-smash-cakeFor Luke’s smash cake I made a little mustache cake. It was so simple to do! I just baked a chocolate cake in a 6″ round. After it cooled I leveled it and cut it into a yin-yang shape. Then I flipped one side over and placed them side by side. I frosted it using chocolate frosting and a Wilton #47 basket weave tip. *Here’s a great tutorial with photos that might help.

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Luke thoroughly enjoyed his birthday cake! He’s such a sweet boy he wanted to share a bite with Mommy. And he went straight into the bath and took a nice long nap after a wonderful 1st birthday party!

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4 Secret Ingredients You Should Be Adding to Your Smoothies

When I was pregnant I was a smoothie fiend. I was drinking one almost everyday. Now my son LOVES them! I love adding good-for-you ingredients to my own smoothies, because I’m a health nut and I like veggies, but its a great way to pack tons of nutrition into a sweet treat for my boy. Here are 4 awesome ingredients that you should definitely start adding to your smoothies, and your kids’! (P.S. Click on the image above for a delicious smoothie recipe ala Amy, from the Fearless Homemaker,!)

This week I am super excited to be participating in Williams-Sonoma’s Smoothie Week. Williams-Sonoma is a magical wonderland for cooks. I happened to have been in the store earlier this week getting my mom a Chinois for her birthday. My dad thinks its a potato masher ::shaking my head::

1) KEFIR

Kefir is like a thin yogurt that comes in a bottle. It pours out easily and blends in perfectly. If you’re already adding yogurt to your smoothies then you should definitely make the switch to Kefir. Its much easier to pour in, than having to scoop out of those tiny cups. It adds just the right touch of creaminess, sweetness, and is packed with pro-biotics that help support a healthy digestive and immune system. You can find Kefir in most supermarkets in the dairy section by the butter and yogurt. It is best to get organic Kefir if you can find it because you want the milk to come from cows who have not been given antibiotics, hormones and steroids.

2) SPINACH

Adding spinach is a great way to load up on vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron. The reason I love adding spinach as opposed to other greens is because it adds virtually no flavor, and the soft leaves blend up very easily, even in cheaper blenders. I have a cheap black & decker blender and the spinach gets super smooth. I’ve tried Kale in the past but I found the stronger flavor was much more noticeable, and the tougher leaves didn’t get completely blended (I’m sure a vitamix would have done the trick. They happen to sell them at Williams-Sonoma and no they didn’t pay me to tell you that, I just know its a super awesome blender, and you can pick up things like fleur de sel or a fancy potato masher while you’re there!) I add about 2 handfuls. It will make your smoothie green but it still tastes amazing! Try it out!

3) CARROT JUICE (or any vegetable juice!)

You can pick up organic carrot juice at Costco for a good price. Or you can find it at any regular supermarket (maybe not organic). I love adding carrot juice because it adds little to no vegetable flavor, but it is packed with awesome benefits. You could easily add all sorts of vegetable juices to your smoothies, like cucumber juice, beet juice, or celery juice. This is a great way to sneak in veggies if you don’t like them, or if you have a hard time getting your kids to eat them.

4) COCONUT OIL

The benefits of coconut oil for our skin are pretty well known, but did you know that consuming about a Tbps of coconut oil a day can boost your metabolism and help you lose weight? Plus it adds a lovely light coconut flavor to your smoothies. That’s a good enough reason for me! You can also get a huge jar of coconut oil from Costco for about $16. One of these jars lasts me almost a year! That’s about as good as it gets.