Sunday, August 24, 2014

Record Bowls - Inexpensive Christmas Gift #11


I remember going to Tower records and picking up a new album. I accidently left it in my car. The summer sun warped the record. Lucky for me the guy behind the counter let me exchange it. I never made that mistake again but I did learn that the sun and heat will reshape vinyl. We have a lot of old records that we really didn’t know what to do with so I decided to take advantage of the heat advisory today and repurpose some old tunes.



Making a record bowl is easy and fun. I start out by laying the records over bowls and cups and setting them in the sun. They melt around the bowl or cup which makes the next step so much easier. The record melts and forms around the base almost like fondant on a cake.
Once the bowl is melted sufficiently in the heat of the day, which is to say it looks more like a bowl than a record you can start shaping it with your hair dryer.



Set the dryer on the highest hottest temperature. You may want to do this outside because it will smell up the room.
Take the dryer and set it on the edge of the record. As the record melts you can start to maneuver the dryer from side to side to create a crease in the vinyl.



Move the dryer up to the top of the record. Remember the base of your bowl is the area where the label is so if you go too close to the hole in the center you’ll have an odd shaped base and it won’t sit on the table evenly.
Once you’re happy with the shape you’re done. These are great conversation starters and if you have a music or movie room or just love to entertain these little bowls will be quite a hit.
You can pick these old records up at any thrift store for anywhere from 20 cents to 50 cents each.
A gift of three bowls would be a wonderful Hostess or Christmas gift. You have to start now while the sun is hot. If you try to do this with only your hair dryer the likelihood of the record cracking is high.



And now for your Rock and Roll Joke of the Day from Yuksrus.com

My daughter was doing a project on 70's rock groups, and she
asked me to name 2 of them.
"Yes!" I said.
"Who?" she asked.
"There you go, there's two of them" I replied.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Eight Hour Roast Pork - Are you ready for some Football?

This Eight Hour Roast Pork recipe has been a favorite of ours for tailgating or just about anytime. I originally got this recipe from Suzanne Somers’ cookbook Get Skinny. Her recipe is called Twelve Hour Roast Pork but I find it’s hard for me to sleep with something sizzling in the oven so mine is simply an Eight Hour Roast. I've made a few other changes that I hope you'll appreciate. So lets go!



Start with a whole picnic shoulder of pork with the skin on (7-10 pounds)
12 garlic cloves finely chopped (I buy a jar of peeled garlic to speed things along)
1 1.6 ounce bottle of fennel seeds (I use about a half jar)
Salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
Juice of 3 lemons
4 TBSP olive oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Score the entire skin of the shoulder by slicing deeply through the skin and into the meat. (I cut one way and then the other making a checker board design)
Then I put the garlic down into the slits along with the fennel seeds. Next I shake on the ground red pepper, salt and pepper over the whole thing.
Put the shoulder on a rack in a roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes, or until the skin begins to crackle and brown.



Pour the lemon juice and olive oil over the meat.
Turn the temperature down to 250 degrees and roast for 8 hours.Baste occasionally.
The pork becomes crispy on the outside and moist from the juices on the inside.
Shred the meat and serve with your favorite BBQ sauce.



It reheats wonderfully and travels well.
GO DAWGS!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Fresh Fig Upside Down Cake with doTERRA lemon essential oil

My friend Kelly has a fig tree and it's so nice to just walk down the street and grab some figs right off the tree whenever they are needed.

I got this recipe off Caroline Rambo Dawson's blog "The Wanna be Country Girl"

Ingredients:
For the topping
1/4 cup salted butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey 
fresh figs cut in half (enough to cover the bottom of pan) The figs are small this year and they shrink when you cook them so pack them tight.
 


For the batter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup room temperature unsalted butter
2 whole eggs plus 1 yolk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice (I used 8 drops of doTERRA lemon essential oil instead and it worked great)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


 
Here’s how to do it:
To a cake pan or 10′ skillet melt the 1/4 cup salted butter. Once completely melted evenly scatter the light brown sugar and drizzle the honey on top. Arrange the figs cut side down on top of the honey mixture.

In a medium size mixing bowl beat the 1 cup sugar and the 1/2 cup  room temp unsalted butter until light and fluffy. Next add the eggs and egg yolk followed by the sour cream.

In another mixing bowl add 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.

To the wet mixture add the dry ingredients and beat until well incorporated then add the doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil and vanilla  and beat a few seconds more.

Carefully spread  the batter over the figs and run into a preheated oven at 325′ for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick come out clean.



For more information on how you can get doTERRA essential oils at a 25% discount - please contact me or go to www.mydoterra.com/growit and click on “signup/join” under Quick Links on the bottom left hand side of the page.

DoTERRA backpack makeover class recipes

I had a DoTERRA essential oils backpack makeover class last Thursday. It was fun and informative. I made Lavender Black Bean Brownies that were a real hit. I got all the recipes off the DIY blog page from DoTERRA. I also made Peppermint Granola Bars, Wild Orange Peanut-Butter Sandwiches, Citrus Bliss Fruit Dip and Wild Orange Power Bites. Here are those recipes.

For more information on how you can get doTERRA essential oils at a 25% discount - please contact me or go to www.mydoterra.com/growit and click on “signup/join” under Quick Links on the bottom left hand side of the page.

Lavender Black Bean Brownies

Ingredients:
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed.
2 large eggs
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
8 drops of doTERRA Lavender essential oil
3/4 cup chocolate chips, divided



Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place all ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Pour batter into large bowl and stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Pour into greased 8X8 inch pan and top with 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool and cut into pieces. Store in the refrigerator.



Peppermint Granola Bars

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup rice crispies
1/2 cups mini semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup coconut
1/8 cup flax seed
1/8 cup chia seed
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
6 drops of Peppermint doTERRA essential oil



Directions:
1. Mix all dry ingredients together and set aside.
Mix all wet ingredients together . Melt in a sauce pan over medium heat.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix uniformly.
Allow wet ingredients to absorb into dry ingredients. If mixture is too dry, add more coconut oil or honey. If too wet, add more oatmeal.
(This recipe was too dry and I had to add more honey to make it stick together)
Line cake pan with parchment paper. Pour mixture in pan and pat down.
Cook at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly brown.

Wild Orange Peanut butter Sandwich

Ingredients:
Peanut butter
Fresh banana slices
Honey
doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil
Whole wheat or gluten free bread

Directions:
Mix 2 drops of doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil into the peanut butter.
After placing on bread with bananas, drizzle with honey.
(Note: I mashed the bananas into the peanut butter with the honey and made it into a spread)



Citrus Bliss Fruit Dip

2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup honey
2 drops doTERRA Citrus Bliss essential oil
Use your favorite sliced fruit with this delicious fruit dip



Wild Orange Power Bites

Ingredients:
1 cups finely shredded coconut, divided
1 cup almond butter
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
6 drops doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil
Cocoa powder to coat

Directions:
Place all ingredients into mixer except for half cup shredded coconut
Add doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil and mix well
Roll into balls and coat in either the other half cup of shredded coconut or cocoa powder
Store in the refrigerator and eat whenever you need any extra boost of energy or before a workout. Great for an after school kids snack.

I also showed everyone how to make safe and effective DoTERRA essential oil hand cleansing gel.

5 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
4 Tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
8-10 drops doTERRA OnGuard Protective Blend essential oil
Small squeeze container
Mix and pour into the container. Shake well.

Most store bought hand sanitizer products are 60 percent to 65 percent alcohol by volume, according to the Maryland Poison Control Center, which is a higher alcohol content than most hard liquors - so why not make your own safe and effective gel?

For more information on how you can get doTERRA essential oils at a 25% discount - please contact me or go to www.mydoterra.com/growit and click on “signup/join” under Quick Links on the bottom left hand side of the page.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Raw Corn Salad plus DIY Ideas

I remember my Mom standing in our garden picking corn and eating it right off the stalk. She said it tasted sweeter that way. So when I make a raw corn salad I always think of Mom.



Take 3 or 4 ears of corn and slice the kernels off. Mix that with a can each of black and red kidney beans. A bunch of cilantro, onions, grape tomatoes (cut in half) and garlic. Then instead of chopping some pickled jalapeños (which is what I usually use) I chopped some green beans that I had put into a jar of Greek pepper juice. My Dad always put green tomatoes into left over pickle juice so I thought why not green beans? It worked!



I never really measure anything while making this salad. Just what ever looks good.
Then I add the juice of one lime, olive oil, salt and pepper.
This is really good and it’s very pretty.



I had a Do It Yourself with essential oils class this weekend. It was really fun. We made foaming hand soap, an Anti Aging Salve, a Soothing Salve, Lip Balm and we made Wild Orange Power Bites. Really easy and all healthy!




And now for some DIY projects I can share with you.


Earlier that day I had made some of my own handy wipes with essential oils. They are safer than the store bought kind.



The warnings on the back of those store bought clean up wipes are frightening.
“For surfaces that come in contact with food: Use only on hard, non porous surfaces and rinse thoroughly with water.” How many of you rinse your counter after using these?
“Precautionary Statement: Hazards to humans and domestic animals. Wash hands after use.” REALLY? YIKE!
Make your own safe wipes.

My friend Helen taught me how to do this one. Cut a paper towel roll in half. Put one half in an old coffee container (or a similar sized container) and use the other half later. I first soaked the container with water and baking soda to get the coffee smell out.



Then I took the cardboard roll out of the middle of the paper towels. After that I added On Guard, Purify and Lemon essential oils to a pitcher of water. Once that was mixed I poured it into the coffee container. Just use enough to soak the towels.



That’s it. The wipes come out one at a time, just like the store bought kind. Use the lid to keep them moist.




NOTE: I will use those heavy duty paper towels you can get from the hardware store next time. They are a little bit thicker but these regular paper towels will do for now and they make the kitchen smell amazing.




Lemon is a great disinfectant. On Guard has wonderful antibacterial properties. Purify cleans and deodorizes. Together they made a safe and efficient kitchen and bathroom cleaner.


Go to my web page www.mydoterra.com/growit/ or contact me and I’ll show you how you can get dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils that represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today for 25% off retail price!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Guinness Ice Cream

I was listening to the radio in the car one day and heard two women talking about making all different kinds of ice cream and creating unique ice cream sandwiches. One of them was a shortbread cookie with Guinness ice cream. I wondered what Guinness ice cream tasted like. And so a blog post was born.

I got this recipe off of the web site PopSugar-

Ingredients:

2 cups Guinness (16 ounces) That's almost two bottles.
2 cups heavy cream
1-3/4 cups whole milk
15 large egg yolks
1 cup granulated sugar


Directions:



In a large saucepan, combine the Guinness with the cream and milk and bring to a simmer over moderately high heat.



In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar. Gradually add the hot Guinness cream to the yolks, whisking constantly until well blended. (15 eggs is a lot! I am planning to make an angel food cake with the egg whites)



Pour the mixture into the saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly until it coats the back of a spoon, about 6 minutes; do not let it boil. Pour the custard into a medium bowl set in a large bowl filled with ice water. Let stand until the custard is cold, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.



Pour the custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. I got this ice cream maker from Cobb Hardware off Roswell Road in Marietta.
I added mini semi sweet chocolate bits during the last 5 minutes in the ice cream maker.
Pack the ice cream into an airtight container and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.



I've heard of people making floats by adding the ice cream to a glass of Guinness. It has a unique flavor but that's the point. Summer is a wonderful time for ice cream and a great opportunity to explore the possibilities! Have fun with it!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Carpenter Bee Control


A friend of ours asked how we kept carpenter bees from eating our pergola. "We have no carpenter bees”, I said, "but I’ll investigate how to manage your bees and let you know”.

She was worried that since the bees pollinate flowers, controlling carpenter bees may be a bad thing. I replied, “There were plenty of things they could eat besides your house, so let’s figure this out". I also found that the larva will attract woodpeckers and they will also destroy a house, which happened to be a problem for her in the past.

The very next week we had signs they had arrived! We saw sawdust on the top of the car we park underneath the pergola.



So I went to bugspray.com and ordered three things.
Drione Dust
1/2 inch corks
Crusader bellow

Remember, the female carpenter bee will sting--so make sure the hole is empty before you begin. The male bee won’t sting, but they are the ones that fly in and around you to scare you off. They have yellow faces; while the females have black faces.

The reason why it’s a good idea to get rid of them now is that the babies tend to return to the nest where they were born. One nest could turn into more with every passing year. The next thing you know, you have hundreds of holes in your deck or house that are also going to attract woodpeckers.




Drione has a baby powder like substance and it will make a “poof” of dust when shot into the holes. Make sure it doesn’t come in contact with your skin or eyes. (I should have worn protective goggles because it would have been safer.)
Use the Crusader bellow to poof the Drione dust into the hole. You can seal the hole with a cork after you let it stand for a few hours. If the cork won’t press all the way in with just your thumb you can hammer them in the rest of the way.



I have a stain pen that I used to color the cork a little closer to the pergola color so it won’t stand out as much.

There you have it. Simple as that.

Bugspray.com is a wonderful resource for bug control of almost every kind. I recommend you visit that sight.