Homemade Diaper Rash Cream Friday, Jun 7 2013 

My 2-yr old was recently battling a diaper rash. After trying various (expensive!) over the counter diaper creams, with no real results. During that time I ordered what I needed to make my own, and I’ve been so pleased with it! Even my son said “No owie!” after I put it on his rashy-bum. That’s quite a compliment! 🙂

I looked around online at various recipes for diaper rash creams, such as this one and this one, and  ended up making my own end product. I bought most of the ingredients from New Directions Aromatics (they have both a US website and Canadian website) as they have very good prices, decent shipping rate, and quick delivery.

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/8 cup shea butter
1/8 oz beeswax granules
2 tsp cornstarch
5 drops vitamin E drops (or empty one capsule) (optional, good for skin)
6 drops grapefruit seed extract (optional, as preservative)
1 Tbsp zinc oxide powder
1 Tbsp witch hazel (optional, its treats inflammation and swelling)
5 drops tea tree essential oil (optional, but anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal)
5 drops lavender essential oil (optional, but anti-bacterial, and anti-viral)

Place coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter, and cornstarch in a double boiler (or place a bowl in a hot water/boiling water pot), melt the oils on medium-low heat. Remove bowl and put on counter. Add in zinc powder, vitamin E oil, grapefruit seed extract, witch hazel, and essential oils. Using a slick blender or hand mixer, blend in well, until smooth. Pour into a jar, and let cool.

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Homemade Sunscreen Thursday, Jun 6 2013 

I made sunscreen, following this recipe, last week. The next day was a bright direct-sunlight day, so we got to test out the sunscreen! Josiah took the boys out on a long bike ride, and none of them got sun burnt! I’m so excited to have a good homemade sunscreen, with natural ingredients I don’t mind smearing on my children’s skin. I’m also excited to have a sunscreen that I can use on our 6-mth old baby when we move to Niger (Africa), next January.

Homemade Sunscreen

1/2 oz beeswax pastilles
1/4 cup (2 oz) shea butter
1/4 cup (2 oz) coconut oil
1/8 oz buriti oil (optional, good natural sunscreen properties)
2 Tbsp (1 oz) zinc oxide powder
5 drops vitamin E oil (optional, good for skin)

Place beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, and buriti oil in a double boiler (or place a bowl in a hot water/boiling water pot), melt the oils on medium-low heat. Remove bowl and put on counter. Add in zinc powder, and vitamin E oil. Using a slick blender or hand mixer, blend the zinc powder in well, until smooth. Pour into a jar, and let cool.

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles Wednesday, May 8 2013 

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I have made our own popsicles for the past 2yrs or so. I love making my own as I know exactly what is in it, and its not loaded with food colouring and sugar. 🙂  There are many cute popsicle moulds out there too, such as the one my son is holding in a start shape. The main one I’ve been making is Smoothie Popsicles, but we also really like the Coffee Popsicles! While I searched my blog for the links to those two popsicles, I came across one I totally forgot about, Peanut Butter Popsicles!

This week, I tried a new one: Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles. It is DELICIOUS! It’ll definitely become a regular part of our popsicle selection this summer. 🙂

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

1 cup strawberries, mashed
1 cup plain yogurt
Honey, to taste (or other sweetener of choice)

I put my strawberries through the blender, leaving some small chunks for texture. I quickly blended in the yogurt, and sweetened to taste with a bit of honey. Freeze in popsicle moulds, or in small cups with a spoon or popsicle sticks in it. Enjoy! 🙂

Toddler Flour Play Monday, Jan 21 2013 

I took some white flour and mixed in a bit of oil so that it would be a bit “crumbly” and not light and fluffy. My son loved playing in it, hiding toys and digging them out! I gave him a couple pastry brush, a 1/4 cup measurement, and a Tbsp. It makes a mess (though not as much as if it was just plain flour), but it’s a fun texture activity for toddlers!

Toddler Finger painting Monday, Dec 17 2012 

 

My husband had a great idea for our 1yr old. He let him to do some finger painting with mustard and ketchup, this way it would be ok if he ate some (not that he would lije the mustard!) and it will easily wash off the clothes, table, and floor. 🙂

 

Thought I’d pass that idea along! You could use many other things, such as BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, peanut butter, etc.

Christmas Day Food Ideas Friday, Dec 14 2012 

Christmas Day is a day I like to have as relaxed as possible, to enjoy the day with my family.

On Christmas morning, I like to have this Sour Cream Wheat Coffee Cake, as we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. It’s a yummy treat for Christmas morning, yet still healthy!

A salad I love making for Christmas dinner is the Make-Ahead Layered Salad, as it can be make the day before, looks so pretty, and tastes delicious!

You can make homemade buns using this 100% whole wheat bread recipe, and freeze them. Christmas morning, you just need to take them out and they will be thawed by dinner. You could warm them up, if you would like. Fancy it up by twisting them into a knot like a Kaiser Bun, or Tear-Apart Bread.

A few other Christmas day ideas are:

Cinnamon Orange Monkey Bread

Caramel Sticky Cinnamon Rolls

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Pie (YUM!)

Lemon Cranberry Oatmeal Pancakes

Romen Noodle Cabbage Salad

Garlic Butter Wednesday, Dec 12 2012 

 

My friend Linda made a large batch of this garlic butter to spread on homemade baguettes at a spaghetti supper we put together. It was delicious! We spread it on the baguettes (cut in half), and broiled it until toasted. There were no leftovers!!!

 

 

Garlic Butter

1/2 cup butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp garlic salt
Seasonings options: parsley, oregano, italian seasoning

Mix all ingredients together. Store in fridge or freezer until ready to use.

Christmas Baking Monday, Dec 3 2012 

It’s that time of the year! Time to start your Christmas baking. 🙂  With lots of festivities, and get-togethers, it saves a lot of time and money to make a variety of baking ahead of time and put them in the freezer. This way, when invited somewhere or having people over, it’s quick and easy to make a beautiful platter of Christmas baking in a jiffy!

Another good way of getting a variety of Christmas baking is hosting a baking swap! Invite 4-6 friends, each bring 1-2 items, and swap. Easy way to get a good variety, and a fun night too. 🙂

Here are a few of my favourite Christmas desserts to bake (most pictured in the tray above):

Christmas Thumbprint Cookies

World’s Easiest Christmas Candy

Raspberry Bars

Peppernuts

Lemon Squares

Puppy Chow

Buckeye Candy

Peanut Butter Mocha Checkerboards

Chocolate Mint Things (Shortbread)

Midnight Mint Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Homemade marshmallows

Date Squares

White Cream Fudge

Crispy Peanut Squares

Gingerbread Cookies

Coconut Chocolate Bars

Baked Beans Friday, Nov 23 2012 

 

Sometimes, I just crave baked beans. There’s something so yummy about them! When I make baked beans, I make a large batch and freeze some for later. This way I no longer need to buy cans to satisfy those occasional baked beans cravings. 🙂

Baked Beans

2 cups (1lb) dried navy beans*
10 cups water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 tsp salt
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cups water

Soak beans overnight.Heat beans and 10 cups water to boiling in a large pot. Boil uncovered for 2 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients except 3 cups water. Pour into oven-safe dish. Cover and bake at 350F for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in 3 cups water. Bake uncovered 2hrs, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender and desired consistency.

*I was out of navy beans, and made the above recipe with Mung beans successfully!

Recipe is slight variation from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook.

Soy Sauce Popcorn Wednesday, Nov 21 2012 

My husband thinks this popcorn snack is weird, but what does he know?! 😉  I grew up snacking on this, so to me it’s not weird, but I can see how it sounds weird. 😉  Give it a try, you never know, you just may like it!

I’m not overly keen on plain popcorn. Why would I want plain popcorn when I can have this kind, or kettle corn (this recipe, minus the food colouring), pink popcorn, or peanut butter popcorn? Or, if I want to invest my time in preparing it, caramel popcorn?

Soy Sauce Popcorn

Popcorn
Soy sauce
Nutritional yeast

Pop your popcorn, spray on some soy sauce (not too much, or it’ll be too salty), and sprinkle nutritional yeast on top. Yum!

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