Monday, June 3, 2013

Homemade Meatballs-The one and only

Personally, Never been a big fan of Meatballs.... BUT- These are AMAZING, Oober Easy too. =)


---PREHEAT TO 400 DEGREES---

OK- So Ingredients, here we go:

1 Lb Ground Beef (I always use extra lean, or ground Turkey works great too.)
1/2 Tsp.- Salt
1/2 Tsp- Garlic salt
1 1/2 Tsp- Italian Seasoning
3/4 Tsp- Dried Oregano
1 Dash- Hot sauce
1 1/2 Tbs- Worcestershire Sauce
1/3 cup- Milk
1/4 cup- Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup- Seasoned Bread Crumbs

**Mix all dry ingredients into the ground meat(excluding bread crumbs), Add hot sauce, and Worcestershire.  (Keep kneading) Add milk, cheese, and bread crumbs- Mix well.

Make a bunch of 1" balls, place on cookie sheet, bake for 20 minutes.

Hope you all loved this as much as I did.

Make sure to let me know how well it turned out for you. =)


- Unfortunately don't have a pic at this time, try to make these soon and will update

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Like I have said before- I have a very picky eater.... The Boyfriend.

Homemade Alfredo Sauce, that is super easy, and taste even better? What's not to love?

1/2 cup- Butter
1 Pkg- Cream Cheese
1 cup- Milk (Most people believe to be a thick, delicious sauce it needs to be whole milk- No way)
1/3 cup- Parmesan Cheese
1 Tbs- Garlic Powder

** Melt butter  add cream cheese. One mixed up, add milk, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and salt/ pepper to taste.

Viola!  All done. =)

Homemade Creamy Italian Dressing

I dug through SO MANY different recipes that have lists a mile long for a simple salad dressing. In the end, Just had to make my own. My boyfriend is a picky eater, so here's my first and last attempt at making this Creamy Italian Dressing to die for!

Super Quick and Easy- Not to mention AMAZING!


1 cup -Mayo

2 Tbs- Vinegar (I prefer Apple Cider Vinegar)
1 Tbs- Sugar
1 1/2 Tbs- Italian Seasoning
1/4 tsp Garlic Salt
Sprinkle with pepper 

**Whip it up, and enjoy.



If you want it a bit more runny use a bit more Vinegar.


The thickness of this dressing could be used for a dip as well.


End Result? AMAZING-NESS!   My boyfriend puts this in everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. 


Let me know how well you all like my homemade concoction. =)




Friday, May 31, 2013

Homemade Coffee Creamer





Homemade Coffee Creamer – Over 2 Dozen Flavor Varieties!

Ok, so for whatever flavor of creamer you want, you start off with the same basic ‘base’ recipe.

14oz sweetened condensed milk
1 3/4 cup milk or cream (whole, lowfat, skim, almond, soy, heavy cream, half & half etc – whatever your preference, however the more fat, the more creaminess)

Mix the ingredients together well. I like to add them to a mason jar and shake it like crazy. You could also opt to use an old (washed) creamer container.

French Vanilla Creamer

2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR vanilla coffee syrup

Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

Chocolate

2-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
(1 tsp vanilla extract, optional)

Chocolate Almond

1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon almond extract

Strudel

1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Vanilla Caramel

2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate Raspberry

2 teaspoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons raspberry syrup

Irish Cream

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Coconut

2 teaspoons coconut extract

Samoa (like the Girl Scout Cookies)

2 teaspoons coconut extract (or sub coconut milk or cream of coconut, heated & strained, for the milk/cream)
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping

Peppermint Patty

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Cinnamon Vanilla

2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pumpkin Spice

3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Honey Vanilla

1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Homemade Coffee Creamer - over 2 dozen flavor possibilities and one base recipe!

Almond Joy
1-2 teaspoons coconut extract (or sub coconut milk or cream of coconut if you heat it first, strained, in place of the milk & extract)
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Sweet Cream
Use 1 3/4 cups of heavy cream instead of the milk in the base recipe
2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR the inside of a vanilla bean, scraped
1 teaspoon almond extract

Chocolate Orange
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1-2 teaspoons orange extract

Hazelnut
2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

Chocolate Hazelnut
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

Cinnamon Cake
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Salted Caramel
2-3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
1/2 teaspoon salt

Eggnog
replace milk in base recipe with equal amount of heavy cream
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons rum extract
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Toasted Almond
2 teaspoons almond extract

Directions & Tips:
In all these recipes, anything that has a dry or thick ingredient (like cinnamon, honey, etc..) should be heated up with a small amount of your milk/cream from the base recipe so it can dissolve properly. You don’t want grainy creamer! Then, add the rest of the milk/cream along with the sweetened condensed milk.

If you want really creamy creamer, use heavy cream instead of milk in your base recipe.

I stick a piece of tape on my mason jar lid with the expiration date from the milk I used. I use this as a guideline as to when the creamer should be used by.

Please feel free to play around with amounts of extracts and other ingredients used if you like stronger or less intense flavors!! And, let your imagination turn, and make up your own combinations. Use this as inspiration to create your very own perfect homemade flavored creamer!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Homemade Coconut Shampoo



HOME MADE COCONUT SHAMPOO




INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup castile soap
2 teaspoons oil (I use coconut)
Mix all of the ingredients in an empty shampoo bottle or jar and shake. 
You can keep it in the shower for one to two months, but seriously? It will be gone before then!
I love this recipe because I know what I am putting in my hair!  I have naturally curly hair, and it is a nightmare! The more I can do to keep it hydrated, the better. This is a GREAT shampoo, and leaves your hair smelling amazing! If you want to add some essential oils feel free! Let us know What you used and how good the smell turned out!

Body/ Face Scrubs

I will be the first to say WOW! These scrubs I swear by. I have been asked on multiple occasions if I will make them for people, and in all honesty...they are SO EASY TO MAKE!

If you have read any of my other posts you will be able to tell I am a big fan of coconut oil. When I was introduced to this product I didn't know I would turn out obsessed! 

OK. I have 2 Recipes for ya'll  =)

Keep in mind, you can fiddle with the recipe if you feel as if something will work better for ya!

Vanilla-Honey Scrub-

Well, the title pretty much says it. You will need Vanilla extract, Honey, brown or white sugar, and yes, coconut oil. 

(I have two of these sitting in my bathroom. The brown sugar is not quite as rough as the white sugar, so depending on how badly I need to exfoliate i know which to grab.)

2 Parts of Sugar
1-1.5 Parts oil (I did mine with conola oil)
Big Ol' Squeeze of Honey

After mixing this up you can decide whether or not you want more honey or not. 


Coconut Scrub-

This one is even easier than the previous!

Equal parts coconut oil and sugar

Ta-duh! All done!


I know that we all worry about what we put on our face, but I have used both on my face and had amazing results both times. They are also very good for elbows, knees, feet, you name it!

Creamy Dreamy Coconut Body Butter

Super Simple, Super Scent, Super Nourishing... What can get better than SUPER, SUPER, SUPER??

I know! NOTHING!!


What do you need to get the best body butter that heals anything I've ever put it on? Coconut Oil... Yup, That's it!


Get a bowl, a mixer, and a big clump of coconut oil. Whip it, and you're done!

Homemade Concealer/ Primer

I like my concealer to be lighter than my foundation, also with any sort of green tint helps tremendously to cover those red spots (I use Spirulina)


Make a loose powder Foundation, and add my Body Lotion to make a creamy consistency. (Personally, I like my concealer to be more creamy and my foundation I prefer to be loose powder). 

Once thick enough to cover those imperfect spots put in container with lid. 

You may want to make it a bit thicker to use as a primer. I just use Spirulina,cornstarch, a pinch of cocoa powder, and some of my homemade lotion.

Homemade Make-up REMOVER

No stinging, No super oily face afterwards? I call that a win!

Easy Peasy Recipe:


Equal parts of- Witch Hazel, any oil (I prefer coconut oil for just about anything), and filtered water.


Can't say it gets any better than that!

DIY INSTA-TAN


I remember when I was younger and has the best tan ever, then I grew up (and became reliant on my jeans) and now I have some super white legs. 

With this Super easy and Super cheap homemade self-tanning spray I'm back in my shorts. =)

Supplies-
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 2 cups boiling water


Sponge or spray bottle (Either sponge it on or spray it on and rub in)
Put the 2 cups of water in a pot and bring it to a boil, turn the stove off and put the 4 tea bags in and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.
If using a sponge, soak it in the tea and wipe all over your body. 
If using a spray bottle, fill it and spray on your body and rub in.
Let your skin dry and then apply another coat if you want a darker shade. 
For a warmer tan:
  • Cocoa powder
  • Body lotion



If you want that extra warm glow in your color, slowly mix a little bit of cocoa powder at a time with a handful of body lotion. When your are comfortable with the light brown color, apply it all over your skin.
*Make sure that you are dry when putting clothes on so that they don’t stain.

Tan should last for 3 to 4 days!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Fun Bean Bags DIY




Meet, The Rollie Pollie:
It’s a chair, it’s a toy, it’s your favorite pillow.
Made of durable cotton twill or soft vinyl, each bag is actually a slip cover (with another Rollie Pollie inside) then filled with mounds and mounds of soft cluster stuffing. So if it gets dirty, just zip it off and throw it in the wash. And with a handle on top, it’s easy to toss around. Ready for a pillow fight? We’ll let dad referee.

This is a MINI-Tutorial for the Rollie Pollie, showing the basics of how to make one.
The Full, Detailed pattern can be found at the MADE SHOP
The detailed pattern includes: 
Tons of info about Fabric selection, sewing with zippers, where to buy the right filling for your Rollie Pollie, How-to make an Insert Rollie Pollie and a slip-cover to go over it (easy to wash), and TWO different sizes of Pattern Pieces, which can be printed right on your home printer!

In this mini-tutorial, we’ll show you how to make the Insert Rollie Pollie.
Okay, let’s get started!
The Rollie Pollie is made of two pattern pieces (shown in the drawing below). You will need FOUR of the SIDE pieces, and TWO of the Top and Bottom circles. If you’d like to add a handle, cut a rectangle about 1-inch longer than the circumference of your circle piece and about 3 inches wide.
If you want to make a slip-covered Rollie Pollie (by adding a zipper), you will need to make ONE of the SIDE pieces, 1-inch wider in the middle to accommodate the extra zipper seam.
Create your pattern pieces on a large piece of paper or on a piece of junk fabric. Then with a fabric Marker or Sharpie, trace your pattern pieces on to your fabric. Depending on your pattern size and the width of your fabric, you will need anywhere from 2-4 yards of fabric. For the insert Rollie Pollie, it’s best to use white fabric (so it doesn’t show through the outside slip cover). Twill and heavier cottons work best:
Once your pieces are cut out, place two of the SIDE pieces back to back, pin all the way down ONE side:
and sew down that side:
This next step is not necessary, but it will make your Rollie Pollie stronger. Serge off your seams. If you don’t have a serger, do a zigzag or leave the edges raw:
Repeat the above steps, attaching all your SIDE pieces to each other. When you get to the last SIDE, YOU NEED TO LEAVE AN OPENING IN THE SIDE so that you can get the stuffing inside. I like to mark my start and stop points with pins, so I don’t forget to leave an opening:
Then with all of your sides sewn together, place your Circle pieces on the top and bottom of your Rollie Pollie. Pin them down, sew all the way around, and you’re almost done!
Turn the Rollie Pollie inside out and fill it with stuffing. I chose CLUSTER STUFF, found at Walmart. (The Rollie Pollie Pattern has more detailed info about all stuffing options).
Fill it as full as you like. You want it to have a little give. But the stuffing will also smush over time, so get a lot in there.
Pin the opening shut:
And though this is bulky to do, sew the opening shut with your machine. It doesn’t need to look pretty because it will be inside the slip cover. Just make sure it’s sewn SHUT!
Stick the Insert into your slip cover and……
You’re done!
Fore more detailed info and helpful tips, please see The Rollie Pollie Pattern at MADE.

Homemade Make-up: Foundation/ Bronzer/ Blush/ Eye Shadow

I've found that making my own makeup has not only saved me money, but also helped my skin. I like using a cleaned out or new spice container for my loose powders. You just simply shake once, open the lid and take your powder from the lid.


For Loose Powder-

Mix together then store in a spice jar, make-up container, or an old compact. 


Pressed Powder-

If you want to make it a more solid base so that only a little sticks to the brush, use a few drops of essential oil or rubbing alcohol to mix with the powder and push down in a compact. This will make it hard like a regular compact.

Creamy/ Liquid-

If you want a more creamy product, add some homemade or scent free lotion, petroleum jelly, or coconut oil. (I prefer coconut oil, I whip it with my little handheld mixer before adding. It makes for a much easier application). Store in jar with lid or pump.


You can also add this combination to some homemade or scent free lotion, petroleum jelly, or coconut oil to make a liquid foundation. (Use your personal preference on how thin you want your liquid foundation)

**KEEP THIS IN MIND- Cinnamon adds glow, cocoa adds depth and darkness, and nutmeg adds a sun-kissed brown. Cornstarch spreads it all out and lightens it.


Foundation

~ This recipe is similar to a mineral make-up, though lighter, and smoother…
Start with a base of cornstarch (2tsp), then slowly add in cocoa powder (1Tbs),nutmeg (1tsp), and finely ground cinnamon powder (1tsp) until you get a shade close to your skin tone. You can then store in a jar or old powder container and use a brush to apply. It will most likely take a few tries of mixing to get the color correct for your skin tone.

You can also add this combination to some homemade or scent free lotion, petroleum jelly, or coconut oil to make a liquid foundation. (use your personal preference on how thin you want your liquid foundation)

Bronzer/Blush

 Similar to above, natural bronzer and blush can be easily made with a base of cornstarch and by adding more cocoa powder, cinnamon, and ground nutmeg to get a darker shade.

You can also try powdering dried beet root or dried flowers (hibiscus, rose, etc.) to add a pink tone which works well as long as you can very finely powder them.



**If you are one for a more creamy, or pressed, or liquid bronzer/blush, see above.

Eye Shadow

My personal favorite eye shadows are neutral, pressed powder. Using cocoa powder (brown shades), and cornstarch(light shades), BUT if you like all the colors of the rainbow- you can use dried food coloring in addition to your base (cornstarch).   My favorite is just cocoa powder with a tiny bit of Cornstarch mixed in for smoothness.

**If you are one for a more creamy eye shadow, see above.

Facial Toner


This is for OILY skin- For combination or Dry skin omit the alcohol


  • Clean Empty Plastic Bottle
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 2/3 Cup Witch Hazel
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Tbsp Rubbing Alcohol

Juice the lime and strain any pulp and seeds from the juice. You should be able to get 1/2 cup of juice from one good sized lime, if they are smaller you may need two. Funnel all ingredients into the clean plastic bottle. Shake well. Apply to CLEAN SKIN twice a day. Make sure you shake the bottle before each use. Store out of direct sunlight as it will diminish the effectiveness of the toner.


DIY MAKE-UP SETTING SPRAY



What is a setting Spray? PURE AMAZING-NESS- That's what!

I love my Mac Setting spray  (Fix +), but to spend $21 for a 3.4 oz bottle? I knew there had to be a way to DIY.

Setting sprays are always great to have for a quick grab in the summer, when it feels like your face is melting off.  One simple spray and you're good. (I always keep a to-go spray bottle in my purse. Around $.97 at Walmart)

I am sure you all know, bottom line, Glycerin = Sugar. Don't be scared yet. With the sugar water diluted you won't end up having syrup on your face- Also, Make sure that you  DO NOT SPRAY TOO CLOSE TO YOUR FACE. A simple spray about elbows length away is enough. 

Using this recipe you can change the scent to whatever you like! 

Personally, I like using Filtered Rose Water (it's mild, and has a great scent)- If you have redness in your skin the rose water will help.
Another option is adding one part witch hazel- it makes it feel less sticky.

~HAPPY SETTING~



Recipe

  • 1 part pure glycerin (You can find it in the facial care, pharmacy, cooking, or even craft stores) 
  • 3 parts Filtered water (or replace with rose water) 
  • Spray bottle (you can always decorate any spray bottle you put it into)   

Combination Skin- Mix 1/4 glycerin to 3/4 water inside a spray bottle

Oily skin-  Mix 1/5 glycerin to 4/5 water
Dry skin- Mix 1/3 part glycerin to 2/3 parts water.