Monday, October 7, 2013

Luscious Lemon Bars

Luscious Lemon Bars </b> 2 c. flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ c. sugar Dash of salt 1 c. butter ½ of water ¼ tsp salt ½ of lemon juice 4 eggs\ 6 Tbs flour 3 drops lemon ess. oil 1 ½ c. sugar Lemon zest (optional) Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix together flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter until the dough reaches a fine crumb consistency. Press the dough into the bottom of a 9"x13" pan. Bake for 20 minutes till golden. While crust is baking, beat eggs in a large mixing bowl. In a separate dish, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to eggs, and stir until smooth. Gradually stir in lemon juice, water, and lemon oil. Pour mixture over baked crust, and return to the oven. Bake 30 minutes or until set. Allow to cool completely, and sift powdered sugar over the top. Garnish with zest if desired. *Substitute orange oil and orange juice to make orange bars

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Benefits of Lavendar









Lavender and Honey Ice Cream

Makes 1 quart

INGREDIENTS

2 cups (480ml) heavy cream
1 cup (240ml) milk
Zest from 1 fresh Lemon
1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
1/3 cup (110g) honey
5 egg yolks
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: Violet Gel Paste Food Coloring or combination of Blue and Red Food Color drops

DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, milk, lemon zest, lavender flowers and honey. Heat to a bare simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and cover. Set aside for 15 minutes.
In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Slowly whisk the cream mixture into the yolks, then pour everything back into the saucepan.
Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom as you stir. While the custard heats, stir in the salt and vanilla extract. If adding coloring, stir in a few drops at a time to reach your desired color (color will lighten approximately in half when churning).
Gently cook until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spatula or wooden spoon, about 4 minutes.
Pour the custard through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean container. Place the container in an ice bath and stir the custard occasionally until it is cool, about 20 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
Churn custard in a frozen KitchenAid® Ice Cream Maker Attachment for Stand Mixers according to manufacturer directions. While churning the ice cream, place the container in which you will store the ice cream in the freezer to chill.
After the ice cream has reached its desired consistency, place in the chilled storage container. Store the ice cream in the freezer until ready to serve.
Lavender Honey Ice Cream Recipe
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Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender is fantastic for stress relief and anxiety, particularly when inhaled or massaged into skin. It can also soothe skin irritations, bug bites, minor burns and minor allergic reactions on the skin. I love lavender so much that I also use a drop or two to scent my homemade all-purpose cleaner because it makes my house smell so nice.
  • Kids’ sleepy spray: Ever since my boys were babies, I’ve been using lavender in their rooms to help them sleep. As infants, I’d put a washcloth with a couple of drops of lavender oil on a table next to the crib so the scent would waft around the room. Now that they’re bigger, I use a linen spray with half a cup of water, a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and a few drops of lavender oil, then I spritz their pillows and sheets lightly while they get ready for bed. They love the way it smells, and it seems to help them calm down enough to sleep. I noticed with the doTERRA oil, I only needed a couple of drops in my spray, as opposed to the half dozen drops I normally put in of another brand.
  • Bug bite soother: My oldest son is a bug magnet ― he gets little bug bites all the time, no matter what manner of bug repellent we put on him. For some particularly itchy mosquito bites he had, I rubbed a single drop of lavender oil over them. He said the itches went away, and he did stop scratching, which helped the swelling go down. Win!
  • Burn salve: I burned my hand making dinner one night, so I tried a mixture of about half a teaspoon of coconut oil mixed with 2 drops lavender, and I applied it to the burn. While the salve was soothing, it didn’t seem to help much more than running the burn under cold water. Lavender oil in coconut oil would make a great, relaxing massage oil though.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Benefits of cucumbers

It is one of the oldest cultivated crops and believed to be originating in the northern plains of Indian subcontinent. The plant is a creeper (vine) like other members of Cucurbita family, for example, gourds, squashes, melons, zucchini, etc.
Botanically; it belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family; and is known scientifically as Cucumis sativus.

Cucumber is easy to grow. Varieties, varying in size, shape, and color, are cultivated all around the world. In general, the fruit features dark-green skin, crispy moisture rich flesh, and small edible seeds concentrated at its core.
As in other squash members, cucumbers too are best-harvested young, tender and just short of reaching maturity, at the stage when they taste sweet, have crunchy texture, and unique flavor. If left uninterrupted, the fruit continues to grow in size, its skin becomes tougher and turns yellow, and seeds become hard and inedible. Fresh cucumbers are available throughout the season and can be eaten raw as is or in vegetable salads or juicing.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

doTERRA Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

doTERRA’s  Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients:
1 ¼ cup Butter
2 cups White Sugar
2 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
2 ½ cups Flour
1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Salt
1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
Directions:
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1.  Preheat oven to 350˚F
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2.  In large bowl cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.  Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.  Add to creamed mixture and stir until entire mixture is an even dark brown.  Add dōTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil and stir until evenly blended.
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3.  Roll dough into balls about 1” in diameter.  Roll each ball in granulated sugar and place on
parchment covered cookie sheet.  Cookies will spread during baking.  Bake for 8-10 mins or until tops have a crackle appearance



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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

doTERRA Ginger & Coriander Chicken Soup




Ginger & Coriander Chicken Soup
A delicious healing soup which is fantastic for sore throats and seasonal colds. But don’t wait until you are not feeling well, as it is delicious and warming anytime you are in the mood for something comforting and fragrant.
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Ingredients: 
1 small bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
3 cups chicken broth
3 cups water
1 ½ to 2 lb. chicken breast, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon corn starch
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoon corn starch
½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2-3 drops doterra’s ginger essential oil1 drop doterra’s coriander oil
½ teaspoon sesame oil, optional
2 boiled egg, peeled and diced
Preparation:
1. Rinse chicken and partially freeze (2-4 hours). Remove from freezer and slice thinly.
2. Marinade sliced chicken in salt, pepper, and cornstarch. Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Using a small cup combine ½ teaspoon olive oil with essential oils, and sesame oil, and set aside.
4. In a large pot, bring chicken broth and water to a boil. Turn heat to low and add cilantro, Continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
5. While simmering, add chicken and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
6. Stir blended oils into the soup, and garnish with cilantro leaves and diced eggs