Citrus Sugar Body Scrub

So Easy! So Awesome! So Yummy! So Moisturizing! So Cheap!

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Sugar
  • Zest of 2 Lemons
  • Lemon Essential Oil
  • Lime Essential Oil

I used one of my empty body scrub jars. I added all the ingredients together, closed the jar and shook it all up. That’s it, it is ready to use. I use it every time I shower and I don’t have to use body lotion anymore. I buy the coconut oil in bulk from Costco. I get a huge jar for $15. 

–update–
In times when I am out of my awesome body scrub and I am in a super hurry, I just throw some sugar (usually part raw part organic regular sugar) with the coconut oil. I leave out the zest and oils. And it still still fantastic!! I use it on my face and body. It makes my lips so soft.

Remineralizing Tooth Powder

Tooth decay, demineralization and remineralization found on Wikipedia

Tooth decay is an infectious disease, the key feature of which is an increase within dental plaque of bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus. These produce organic acids when carbohydrates, especially sugar, are eaten. When enough acid is produced so that the pH goes below 5.5 the acid dissolves carbonated hydroxyapatite, the main component of tooth enamel, in a process known as demineralisation. After the sugar is gone, the mineral loss can be recovered,or remineralised, from ions dissolved in the saliva. Cavities result when the rate of demineralisation exceeds the rate of remineralisation and the latticework is destroyed,typically in a process that requires many months or years.

I recently decided to try my best to go chemical free. I stopped using shampoo (I only wash my hair with water), got rid of all my hair products, body lotions, store bought facial cleaners, toothpaste, makeup and soap. I am now making many of these at home with simple safe ingredients. It is actually way easier than I thought it would be 🙂

Here is the recipe for my remineralizing tooth powder that I found on wellnessmama.com

Remineralizing Tooth Powder

* I ground up some dried mint leaves that are used for mint tea.
** Just used cooking spices

To Use:
I dip my wet tooth brush into to powder and brush as I normally would. I have been using this for about a month and I really think my teeth are whiter. I also scrub my tongue with it, and I feel like I have a happy mouth 🙂

Homemade Cleaner

I found an excellent homemade cleaner that I love and use on everything. It smells great and cleans up every mess I have tried it on. I keep a pretty container of old kitchen towels and rags in the kitchen. I just grap one for every new mess. I then actually have enough whites to make a full laundry load of whites!!
I found it in the Rodale, “Where Health Meets Life” online blog called “The Nickel Pincher”.

Check out the article “The Nickel Pincher: Spring-Cleaning, Naturally (and Affordably)”

Almost Everything Cleaner Taken from The Nickel Pincher with a few of my own notes
2 teaspoons borax
1 teaspoon washing soda (not baking soda)
Hot water
4 tablespoons vinegar (I use white)
½ teaspoon natural liquid soap
¼ teaspoon tea tree oil
8 drops rosemary oil
8 drops tangerine oil
8 drops lavender oil

Dissolve borax and washing soda (you’ll find both in the laundry boosters section of the supermarket) into 2 cups very hot water, strain the mixture through a very fine sieve (I use a paper towel inside of my funnel), and funnel into a 1-quart spray bottle (or pour in slowly, leaving behind any undissolved powder). Add the rest of the ingredients (you can find essential oils at a health-food store or for a lot less online) and shake to blend. Top off with more hot water and shake again.

This spray cuts through even the greasiest grime, and the essential oils help chase away germs and odors while leaving behind a delightful (and healthy) fragrance. The ingredients will cost you a bit more up front than buying a bottle of ready-made cleaner would, but in the long run they will make dozens of bottles of cleaner, costing far less per bottle.

To use, spray onto any hard surface, scrub as needed with the rough side of a kitchen sponge (give really yucky areas an extra squirt and a few extra minutes to soften before sponging), and wipe off dirt and cleaner with a dry cotton cleaning cloth. Toss the cleaning cloth (I use cloths cut from old terrycloth towels) in the wash basket when you’re done.

Curried Winter Soup

Modified from Curried Winter Soup from allrecipes.com

My first bowl of the Curried Winter Soup

This turned out really good. I added salt and Cholula to my bowl, and it tasted GREAT!!

Ingredients:
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves crushed garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
8 cups vegetable stock (I used Chicken Stock)
1/4 cup dry lentils (I used a 15-bean mix)
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1/4 cup uncooked white rice
1 cup frozen corn
1/4 cup elbow macaroni
1 small spaghetti squash

Directions:

  • Place cut side of the squash down in a lightly oiled baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes, or until a sharp knife can be inserted with only a little resistance. Remove squash from oven, and set aside to cool enough to be easily handled. Shred squash with a fork.
  • In a large soup pot, saute onions and garlic in olive oil. Add curry powder, cumin, and turmeric. When onions are transparent, add stock and lentils and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and add chopped tomatoes and juice.
  • If using brown rice, add the rice 10 minutes after adding the lentils, if using white rice, add rice after 25 minutes along with the can of corn. (Add the corn at the same time you add rice, white or brown).
  • After 35 minutes, add the macaroni and spaghetti squash. Simmer until rice and pasta are cooked.

Nutritional Information:
Yields about 7 servings.
Amount Per Serving Calories: 166 | Total Fat: 3.6g | Cholesterol: 0mg

Wonderful Short Ribs

from AllRecipes.com

Ingredients

1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce
3 tablespoons lemon juice
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 medium onion, cut into rings
3 pounds beef short ribs
1 tablespoon butter

Directions

In a large pan over medium-high heat, sautee onions with butter, add add ribs and brown. Then stir in tomato sauce, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in parsley, thyme, bay leaves, brown sugar, salt, and red pepper flakes. Sstir together until the mixture comes to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer; stirring occasionally and skimming fat from surface, until meat is tender, about 2 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves before serving. Or, 3-4 hours on low in the crock pot