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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dryer Balls


I had to try my hand at making dryer balls because they are suppose to cut your drying time down and help with static and I hate using dryer sheets.  I cannot stand the smell nor do I like what is in them.  Since I have been using Essential oils the smell of things made with perfumes really get to me.  And why use something with nasty unreadable ingredients when you can make it yourself!
So I headed on over to Amazon, one of my favorite places to shop, and found some 100% wool roving yarn to make my own.

These are such an easy and quick project and I love easy and quick!
Just take your yarn and begin by wrapping it around two of your fingers.  I did this about 12 times, remove from your fingers and wrap the yarn around those loops turning after about 10 wraps each time.  I wrap it in all directions so it is as round as I can get it when I am done.  I keep doing this until I get a ball that is about 9-9 1/2 inches around.  When you are first beginning the ball you may have to take a few more wraps in each direction to get it started.  If it is not round in the beginning do not get discouraged it will get more round as you go along. 



After you get them to about the size you want, take a needle with a big eye and run the end in through the ball to the other side, do this a few times then cut the end off. 




Place your balls in a leg cut from a pair of panty hose, tying between each one.  Stick in your washer on the hottest cycle and run on a delicate cycle.  Then into the dryer on the hottest temperature.  This will felt your wool and make it so they hold together.  They will get more felted with each use.  I add Essential oils to mine to make my clothes smell nicer.  My favorites are lemon and other citrus oils!
Give them a try they are very easy and fun to make and don't take much time.  Tell me what you think if you do!

Blessings,
Anna

Monday, July 25, 2016

Easy DIY with YLEO

Today I got busy and made some lavender sugar scrub, lavender bath salts and lavender bath melts.  Three very easy projects if you would like to try making your own!
The lavender sugar scrubs only require three ingredients which is very nice!

Here is a pic of the sugar scrub and bath salts.  I made these to give away at a Christmas in July vendor event.


Lavender sugar scrub

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp Grape seed oil (optional)
  • 15 drops Young Living lavender essential oil
Directions:

  1. Mix together your sugar and oils.  Add 15 drops lavender essential oil or any other YL essential oil of your choice.  I choose lavender because it is nourishing for your skin.  Frankincense would be another good choice.  And that is all there is to it!  Store in a glass jar!
Lavender Bath salts

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 5-7 drops Young Living lavender essential oil (you can get some here if you don't have any! Essential oils)
Directions:
  1. Mix together Epsom salt, baking soda, and lavender essential oil.  Store in glass container.  Add about 1-2 Tbsp to your bath.  So nice and relaxing!  
Lavender bath melts

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 15 drops Young Living lavender essential oil
Directions:

  1. Melt your coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat.  Remove from burner and let cool slightly, about 30 minutes.  Add your essential oil.  Pour into silicone molds and put in refrigerator until hardened.  Add to your bath and enjoy!   You may have to store these in the refrigerator depending on the temperature of your home.



 Bath melts


Sugar scrub

Easy peasy!  And so much fun if you love to DIY!

Blessings,
Anna

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cooking with Young Livings Vitality Essential Oils


 I want to start a whole series of blog posts about cooking with essential oils.  As I was searching Pinterest today I could not find many recipes with beef and at my house beef is what is for dinner.  So I will be experimenting with some new recipes.  Some will be recipes I use all of the time and I will be trading out some of the spices for oils and some will be recipes that I create by experimenting.  Now when I am talking about using essential oils in my food I am only referring to Young Livings Vitality line.
  Young Living is the only company I use and if you choose to use another company I cannot guarantee the same results, nor can I guarantee the quality of any other essential oils, so use at your own risk.  Not only that but I am confident that Young Living essential oils are pure, therapeutic grade essential oils.  I have personally been to one of their farms and was able to watch the distillation process in person and I have great confidence in their seed to seal promise. If you would like more info on their seed to seal promise the link is here:  .https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/discover/seed-to-seal/index

I have been a member of Young Living for over two years now and have been using their oils internally and have not had any issues with them.  If you would like more info on the oils and how you can get them yourself you can go on over to my website where you can get a whole ton of info on Young Living and their products.   Here is the link:  https://getoiling.com/backroadessentials

 This first recipe I am sharing is a beef stew that I added oils to in hopes of it turning out as planned.  And it is beyond what I expected!  I thought it would be good by the smell but you never know, sometimes you are sitting there smelling dinner cooking and you think "Oh it is going to be yummy, only to find out that it was a total flop!"  You know what I mean?!  But this one turned out pretty good and my family thinks so too!  I hope you enjoy it!



Stew with a vitality twist
INGREDIENTS:
·         2 lbs stew meat or other beef cut into chunks
·         6 potatoes peeled and cubed
·         A bag of carrots or to your liking
·         ½ large onion, diced
·         Can of stewed tomatoes
·         Bag of frozen peas
·         ½ to 1 cup cooking wine
·         1 tsp sea salt
·         1 cup flour
·         1 tsp garlic powder
·         Olive oil
·         1 drop thyme vitality essential oil
·         1 drop rosemary vitality essential oil
·         1 drop basil vitality essential oil
·         1 drop black pepper vitality essential oil
DIRECTIONS:
1.       Add 1 cup flour and 1 tsp garlic powder to a large Ziploc bag and shake to mix.  Add the beef and shake to coat.
2.       Heat skillet on medium heat with about a tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom.  Add the beef and brown.
3.       While the beef is cooking cut up your potatoes, carrots, and onion and layer in your slow cooker.   Pour a can of stewed tomatoes over the top.
4.       After the beef is done browning remove from skillet and pour over the other ingredients in the slow cooker.  To the skillet add ½ cup cooking wine, bring to a boil, pour over ingredients in your slow cooker.  Top with the tsp of sea salt.
5.       Let this cook for several hours on low and stir occasionally.  When it is about done add your peas.
6.       About an hour before serving put your drops of vitality oils in a measuring cup and add about a half cup of wine to the oils, stir and pour over the top of the stew.  Let cook for another hour or so to soak up the flavor of the oils!  Serve with your favorite rolls!


A little about cooking with Vitality oils. They can be really strong so make sure you only add a tiny bit to start with.  I was not afraid to add a drop of each to this recipe because it was so large but if I made a smaller portion I would probably stick a toothpick in the oil and add it that way.  Experiment to see how it tastes before you add too much.

And because it is always so much nicer to see things in pictures I have taken pictures while I made it.







The vitality line of oils includes:
      Basil Vitality, Bergamot Vitality,  Black Pepper Vitality, Carrot Seed Vitality,
      Celery Seed Vitality, Cinnamon Bark Vitality, Citrus Fresh Vitality, Clove Vitality, Digize Vitality, Dill Vitality, Endoflex Vitality, Frankincense Vitality, Ginger Vitality, Grapefruit Vitality, Jade Lemon Vitality, Lavender Vitality, Lemon Vitality, Lemongrass Vitality, Lime Vitality, Orange Vitality, Oregano Vitality, Peppermint Vitality, Rosemary Vitality, Spearmint Vitality, Tangerine Vitality, Thieves Vitality, and Thyme Vitality, 

So you can see there are a lot of them!  I have a lot of cooking to do don't you think?

Blessings,
Anna

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Canning Cupboard Made with Pallets


Here is a project I completed a while back that I just had to share with you.  I had been trying to figure out a way to store my canning.  I could not find a good solution and did not want to spend a ton of money and I have a ton of pallets.  I have been wanting to learn how to build for quite some time and figured if my brothers were capable of building things then so could I!  I have four brothers and I believe they all have decent carpentry skills.  So I did some research on line and decided to just go for it.  I measured out my wall and decided on the dimensions that I thought I wanted, measured my pallets and started cutting!  Oh I almost forgot the first thing I did was to purchase one of these: https://www.amazon.com/Kreg-K4MS-Jig-Master-System/dp/B0044BBOQK/ref=sr_1_5?s=power-hand-tools&ie=UTF8&q
If you have never used one of these and you are thinking of building something I highly recommend getting one it is well worth the investment. It works great if you are building signs out of pallets also!
Here is a picture of the pocket holes that the jig makes.  I also added glue for extra support.  Especially since it would be holding so much weight!

This is a picture of the front it is the length of a pallet to make it easier for cutting, plus the length was just about what I wanted.

I actually made two frames because I had planned to make it twice the size but decided against it because it would have taken up the whole wall I was putting it on.  So I only used one of them.  I had originally planned on hooking the two together.  So glad I did not because the cupboard was very heavy when it was all done!
  
Just another view.

These are the boards I was using to design the top.



A look at the inside after one of the sides were put on.

 The outside view of the sides, don't you just love the pallet wood grain here?

 
Here is a front view with all of the shelves put in. 
Here it is all finished!  I painted it white, the paint I chose was a flat paint.  I then sanded it to make it look old!  If you can see one of the doors is a little warped which I thought added to the charm!

And here it is in use!
Makes the perfect coffee station!

What do you think?  Not bad for a first try!  I would love to see what others have made.  I just love the whole DIY!  And my all time favorite place to get ideas is Pinterest!  The only problem is I could waste way to much time looking and no time doing!

Blessing,
Anna



 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

And she's off!

Today I took my oldest back to the airport for her return trip to Australia.  She has been there since the first of January.  She surprised us all by showing up last month for her best friends wedding!  One of the best surprises I have ever gotten!  But a month always flies by way to fast so the day had come for her return flight.  This farewell was a little easier than the last I think.  For one thing it will be only five months until her return.  I am excited for her because I know she loves it!  And I am very proud of her for following this dream!
But let me tell you, when she made the decision to go to Australia I was hoping she would change her mind.  I could not imagine sending her across the world all by herself with no plan and no one she knew to meet her there!  But of course she had made this decision and was sticking to it and there was no way I was going to try and change her mind, not that she would have anyway.  And I never want to stand in the way of my kids' dreams.  So she got her passport and her work visa, booked her flight and this dream was becoming a reality!
A few nights before she left I could not sleep for the worrying that I felt for her!  What would happen when she got there with no plan and knowing no one! Of course I imagined all of the worst scenarios that my mind could imagine!  That was when I said to myself "get a grip.  You have to have faith and let her fly!"  I turned to Jesus and started to pray.  I put her in His hands and gave my worry to him!  After that night it has been okay.  I still worry of course but I know I have to let my kids follow their dreams and have faith that it will all be okay.  And she loves it!  So much so that she talks about wanting to stay their permanently.  I guess I better be saving for a trip to Australia!!!  We will see what she decides when she returns!
Dixie tried to stowaway!






Sad goodbyes!

And she's off!
Blessings,
Anna