Baked Oatmeal

A family I know recently had a new baby and baby made six.  They needed quick and easy meals that would last them a few days.  The first thing I thought of for them was baked oatmeal.  Its quick, its easy and everyone likes it.  Add your favorite fruit (or nuts) and you have a family friendly meal made to stretch.  I like mine with blueberries. Mmm.  Read, bake and enjoy

 

 

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Baked Oatmeal

Source:www.quakeroats.com

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 15 Min

Cook Time: 40 Min

Total Time: 55 Min

Serves:8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Whole Oats uncooked
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (or nutmeg or other spice of choice)
  • 1/2 cup sugar more or less to taste
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (or butter)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup fruits or nuts of choice opt. (blueberries are my favorite)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 8-inch square glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine oats, baking powder and spices.
  3. In medium bowl, combine butter and sugar; mix well.  To that add milk, eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  4. Add to oats; mix well. Add fruits or nuts of choice and mix
  5. Pour into baking dish.   Bake 45 mins to 1 hour or until golden brown. Remove from oven to cooling rack.
  6. Optional, sprinkle sugar on top after 30 mins and continue baking
  7. Serve with milk, maple syrup or homemade fruit syrup, even ice cream

 

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Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu Season

It been almost a year since I started this blog.  One of my firsts articles was about recipes and techniques for fighting the flu.  Well we have cycled back to cold and flu season now and I have taken the liberty of compiling a list of all of my articles that will help you and your loved ones stay healthy this season.  My new fav?  Good old fashioned Lemon.  Enjoy, and stay healthy friends.
Cold and Flu Season
Lemon Tonic
The Miracle Tonic
The Hot Toddy/Virgin Hot Toddy
Homemade Cough Syrup
Homemade Lysol
Onions as Medicine

The Power of Lemons – Homemade Beauty

Lemons for Beauty and Personal Care

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photo courtesy of pinterest

When I began researching lemons and their various uses I had no idea I would find so many uses for lemons in homemade beauty concoctions.  I found a plethora of great uses for lemons on your skin, hair, nails and even your feet and your smile.  Needless to say I had to share all of this stuff.  It was never my intention to highlight the use of lemons in personal care.  I just so happened to stumble upon this stuff.   I have to admit that the only lemon beauty remedy I knew of prior to this discovery was adding lemons juice/oil to witch hazel astringent for use as a toner… No Idea!  So, pardon my amazement, but without further adieu, The Power of Lemons in Beauty Products.

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Simple and Easy Summer Beverages

These are not your ordinary Iced Teas and Lemonades folks. These are summer beverages that POP!

I know it’s a little late in the season for this but, I just wanted to share how much fun I have been having re-creating delicious iced teas and lemonades this summer.  One of the things I love about summer is the re-opening of my local farm stand where I can go to discover new and exciting foods.  Last year I discovered Apple Mint leaves.
Overbrook Farmer's Market in Philly

Overbrook Farmer’s Market in Philly

Apple mint is a sweet mint.  It’s not as pungent as spearmint or peppermint, which makes it perfect for summer beverages.  I have an entire process dedicated to making iced teas and lemonades that I am more than happy to share with you here.

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How to get rid of fruit flies?

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally

Its summertime. That lovely time of year when fruit is abundant and temperatures are warm. The perfect environment for fruit flies to thrive. Pesky little critters they are. You never know how many you have until you pick up those nice, ripe, brown bananas to bake bread with and they all come flying up in your face, bothered that you have disturbed their feast. Yuk! In the midst of this fruit fly invasion you ask yourself and Google, “how do I get rid of these fruit flies?” Chances are, if you are reading this blog, you’re looking for a more natural solution than spraying your kitchen down with fruit fly Raid. Well, you know you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading

How to make scented Shea butter

Shea butter is a fat extracted from the ground pit of the fruits of the Karite trees throughout west Africa. It is a creamy emollient that can be used on ones skin and hair and can even be eaten, usually as a butter added to rice.  Raw Shea butter has the appearance of hard chunks much like cocoa butter but is actually much softer and creamier. It melts as soon as you rub it in your hands or onto your body.

 

According to Deyale Sports Center Blog (www.deyale.com) the following are some of the benefits of Shea Butter for the skin:   Continue reading

Homemade Toothpaste

We ran outta toothpaste the other day (yes, I typed outta). I usually buy Trader Joes brand since it’s well under $3 and it has no floride or other ingredients that I disagree with. However, since I wasn’t planning to go shopping for a few days I decided to make us some.  Gotta have clean teeth. Now I must confess that my children dont care for our homemade toothpaste as much because it is gritty.  However,  that being said, its pretty darn good. Its a much better take on the baking soda and peroxide combination my mother used to make us brush with when we ran out of toothpaste.  These kids nowadays don’t know how good they’ve got it. Anyway, here’s my recipe:

 

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Ingredients:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Bentonite clay
  • Stevia powder
  • Baking soda
  • Essential oils of your choice (peppermint, spearmint, clove, etc)

 

Instructions:
1st combine equal parts bentonite clay, baking soda and stevia. Mix together in container of your choice, just make sure it comes with a lid.

Next, add just enough peroxide to make a smooth paste. Add a little at a time and stir to make it just right.

Finally, add the essential oils of your choice and stir well.

Give the paste some time to volcano out and call the kids so they can watch this awesome science project. Give it a few minutes.

Stir again to make it smooth and you’ve got toothpaste.

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Tips:

You will want to keep this tightly sealed as it will dry out quickly if you dont. I used to transfer the paste to a camping tube so it could be used  like brand name toothpaste but a certain 4 year old poked a big hole in the spout of the tube, rendering it useless. I’ll pick one up next time I go to Cabela’s.

It comes out better if you use a scale to measure each of the dry ingredients in equal weight. Since the baking soda weighs the most, and stevia weighs the least you will end up with a toothpaste that’s sweeter and not as salty.

My teeth have never been whiter. Try it for yourself and come back to let me know what you think.