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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Pumpkin Pie
From doTERRA International post

One drop each: cassia, clove, ginger and orange
2 cups of steamed or baked, mashed pumpkin (rinds to the chickens)
1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger (or 1 drop of ginger oil)
1 cup of organic heavy whipping cream,
1 cup of organic sugar (or honey)
6-8 egg yolks (local, pastured)
Springform Pie crust, see below.

Blend and pour into a springform pan with a pecan-coconut crust, bake 75-90 minutes at 350, cool, refrigerate overnight to cure, and you have one gorgeous custard. Hubbard squash also makes a great pie.

Springform Pie Crust is the pressed form of a crumbled bottom:
Combine 1/2 stick of melted butter (KerryGold)
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup organic sugar
Pumpkin pie spice to taste (Trader Joe's contains cardamom A+).

Let infuse/cool after stirring, press on glass/metal bottom of springform, pre-bake 15 minutes, cool, and add the pumpkin mixture prior baking.

Do not remove the "wall" of the springform until the pie has cooled 12+ hours; use a knife along the interior wall to aid separation sans damage, and the result is a gorgeous "tall" presentation of a true custard.


Homemade Canned Pumpkin

Well, it's that time!  Time to think about all things pumpkin!  I used my last jar of canned pumpkin this past week to make gluten free muffins, so it's time to restock the freezer.  You can also can pumpkin, if you want.

I had some volunteer pumpkins grow this year below our bedroom window (so cool) and now it is time for them to take their 2nd step in the adventure of their lives.  1st step was decorating our front porch.  :-)

Making canned pumpkin is so easy, you will not believe it!

The recipe I use calls for a pie pumpkin, but I have used both and loved both for baking and eating.   Pie pumpkins tend to be smaller, sweeter and less grainy.

1 pumpkin (Any size really.  Pie pumpkins are generally 8 inches in diameter.)

9x13 glass pyrex
Submersion blender/mixer/blender
Glass pint Jars (washed) (buy at garage sales or your local store)(I prefer wide mouth)
Lids (I love the plastic white ones)

1.  Cut pumpkin in half.  

2.  Scrape out seeds and stringy stuff (you can wash and roast the seeds in the oven for a yummy snack, wash and dry them and plant them in your garden next summer or throw everything in your garden for volunteer pumpkins next year now).

3.  Place both halves cut side down in a 9x13 glass pan.

4.  Fill 9x13 glass pyrex pan with 1/4 inch reverse osmosis water.  

5.  Bake for 30-45 minutes at 350.  At 30 minutes prick the pumpkin halves with a fork to see if it is soft.  If it isn't soft, bake for 15 minutes more.  

6.  Let pumpkin halves cool a bit.  Then scrape out pumpkin and place in a bowl.  

7.  Blend it up!  (I have always used my submersion blender here, but a mixer or blender should work too.)    

8.  Place pumpkin in pint jar, allow 1 inch space at top.  Put in freezer!  

9.  Thaw as needed.  And use just as you would a can of pumpkin.

1 pint = 2 cups = 16 oz  
1 small can of store bought pumpkin=15 oz

That's it!!

*If you prefer to pressure can your pumpkin follow these steps:
Follow steps 1-6.  
7.  Prep pressure can for 11-12 pounds.  
8.  Cut pumpkin into squares.  
9.  Place into heated pint glass jars.  
10.  Fill with boiling water, leaving 1 inch headspace.  
12.  Add lids and rings.
12.  Let pressure canner steam vent for 10 minutes.
13.  Put weight on and once gauge hits 11 pounds, start timer for 65 minutes.
14.  Maintain 10 pounds pressure.    

Share your homemade pumpkin recipes!

Here's a recipe using doTERRA essential oils!!
Pumpkin Pie


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

I use this recipe when I make cubed steak.  It is delicious!!!!!

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time:  20 minutes
Serves: 6

2 tablespoons KerryGold butter
2-4 ounces of fresh organic mushrooms
2 tablespoons of fresh organic onion, chopped or 4-5 dashes of organic dried minced onion
1-2 organic garlic cloves, minced (or the already diced up organic garlic from Meijer)
1/4 cup plus 6 tablespoons organic King Arthur all-purpose flour
2 cups of homemade chicken broth or stock
1 cup heavy cream (raw preferred, if not organic at least)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp organic pepper
1/4 tsp organic nutmeg

1.  Heat butter in a cast iron skillet.
2.  Cut the mushrooms into slices.
3.  Add mushrooms, onion and garlic to butter.  Saute until onions are soft.
4.  Stir 1/4 c + 1 Tbsp flour into the butter, mushroom, garlic and onion.
5.  Slowly stir in chicken broth.  Heat until slightly thickened, stirring frequently.
6.  Stir in cream plus 5 Tbsp flour and your seasonings.  
7.  Stirring constantly, heat till soup reaches consistency you are looking for.
8.  Use a submersion blender, and CAREFULLY blend soup to a smooth consistency while still in cast iron skillet.
9.  Spread over browned cubed steaks and bake at 350, covered with a baking stone for 1 1/2 hours.
10.  Enjoy!

Recipe:  From food.com

Monday, January 19, 2015

Autumn Diffuser Blends

The Best Diaper Cream

The Best Diaper Cream (clay)
2 oz cup shea butter (I buy this one.  But is not white.  It is yellow.)
2 oz cup coconut oil (I buy this one.)
1/4 cup bentonite clay (I buy this one.)
7 drops doTERRA lavender essential oil
7 drops doTERRA melaleuca
Almond oil (I would recommend this one.) or jojoba or avocado.  If needed.

1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and use a fork to mash all ingredients together.  If the cream is too dry, add 5-10 drops of Almond oil at a time and continue mashing until the consistency is that of a very thick paste.  This will take a few minutes but the end result is worth it.
2.  I then transfer cream to this container.
3.  Apply with clean hands as needed.
Lasts 6 months, approximately.

Keep Oiling!

Cooking with Essential Oils

This is doTERRA's own blog.  It is packed with wonderful information and recipes.

This link has a ton of cooking recipes.  You will love it!!


Lemon Cleansing Spray

Why Buying Essential Oils from Amazon or eBay ISN'T a Good Idea.

See this little thing? This little thing is a brand new cap for an essential oil bottle. This little
thing SCARES THE CRAP OUT OF ME!!!!! Do you want to know why?

Because dishonest people could buy these caps, buy bottles of essential oils....dump out 
half of the bottle of essential oil and refill that bottle with fractionated coconut oil, synthetic 
chemicals or who know's what else, put this new cap back on and sell it on Amazon or 
eBay and you would never know.

DO NOT buy oils from Amazon or eBay. Buy your oils directly from doTERRA or a

Wellness Advocate (doTERRA IPC).

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Diffuser Comparasion

I own all 4 of these diffusers and I love all of them but I do have my favorites.

#1 Favorite: Aroma Lite (I love that it goes for 8 hours.)
#2 Favorite:  Petal (Only goes up to 4 hours, but I still love everything about it. Especially the price.)
#3 Favorite:  Lotus (Love its style.  But only goes for 1 hour.)
#4 Favorite:  Aroma Ace (Love but can't use in bedroom.  Too noisy.  And DO NOT use fractionated coconut oil in this one.  Oils only.)  

Detox Bath Recipe


One of my favorites....The Petal!

Homemade Candles and Lip Balm

Recipes will be posted soon!