Mar 27, 2017

DIY Body Butter



So yesterday I had a little spare time and I needed to make a batch of my favorite body butter so I decided to put together a series of pics and instructions on how I make MY DIY Body Butter.

This is MY favorite recipe.  There are tons of recipes on the web. You may have to try a few to find the one that you love, or make some tweaks.  but I encourage you to keep at it until you find the recipe you love. That's how I actually got this recipe, I started with one I got from a friend and made changes to fit my liking.

This is a wonderful moisturizing lotion.  It melts into an oil once it is applied to your body but soaks in rather nicely.   I like to use it before bed.  I started using this recipe last fall and this is the first winter in a looooong time that I haven't had cracked dry heals.

Here are the list of ingredients:
1/4 Cup Cocoa Butter
1/4 Cup Shea Butter
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Almond Oil
10 Drops Vitamin E Oil
7-10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil ( I use Young Living)
7-10 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil (I use Young Living)
2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
 


Directions- First I create a double boiler by placing a metal bowl into a pan that has a little bit of water in it.  I make sure the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl once it is placed on top.  Bring the water to a boil to heat the bowl and place the ingredients above into the bowl (up to the Almond Oil).  Remove the pan from the heat and sit it aside to wait for your ingredients to melt slowly.  You do not want the temperature to get too hot.

Once all ingredients are melted remove the bowl and allow it to begin cooling.  Once the bottom of the bowl is cool to the touch, I usually place the bowl into the freezer for a few minutes to speed up the process.  Remove it from the freezer when it looks like this:


It will be just beginning to harden around the edges of the bowl.  At this point you will want to add the rest of the ingredients.  and mix them together.  I use either a hand mixer or a stand mixer.






I used a hand mixer for this batch.
once the ingredients have been combined place the bowl back into the freezer until the mixture is more solid but not so much that it has become hard.  At this point you will want to begin mixing.  This is where a stand mixer is nice because the more you mix, the fluffier it will become.  
mix......... mix................. mix until you get it nice and fluffy.   This will take a while.  Put it into a container that has a lid.  It will be a little soft at first because it is a little warm from all of the mixing but it will stiffen up once it has cooled back down to room temperature.   I like to put mine in a small glass container and give them as gifts but you can use anything you may have around the house too. I found this glass container at TJ Maxx for next to nothing.  I really hope you enjoy this as much as I do.  If you have any questions let me know!






Feb 26, 2017

Delicious Philly Cheese Steak--A Super Easy Weeknight Meal

TodayI want to share a Pinterest Success story. Yeah me!

I found a Crock Pot recipe for Philly Cheese Steak that is so delicious and so easy, I just had to write a quick post and share it.




Click on this link to find the recipe-  Mom on Time Out.  

My husband couldn't get enough. I mean it was "melt in your mouth" good.   We will definitely make this again and again.

I found some super thinly sliced round steak to use in this recipe which made it even easier.  After cooking in the crock pot, it was so tender and delicious. 

I strayed from the recipe just a tad ( which is pretty normal for me).  First of all, I poured the stock into the crockpot and realized it was chicken stock and not the beef stock that was called for, so I threw in a couple of beef bouillon cubes and hoped for the best. Second, I had forgotten to buy Provolone cheese so I used Monterey Jack.  Third, I decided to put some butter on the buns before placing the in the oven.

This would be a great week night recipe because it was so fast and easy.  I hope you give it a try!

Have an amazing day.
Jerri



Jan 15, 2017

Valentines

Well it has been a long time since I have posted on this blog!  I just don't find the time now that I work.  I was inside all weekend due to the impending ice storm.  I decided to put my time to good use and get some valentines done. I love to craft on rainy days.

I'll try to get most of the cards posted that I got done today. I'm being lazy and using my new iPhone to capture these images.  I know it's not quite the quality as when I use my camera with the proper lighting and all, but I am rarely here during daylight hours and I don't want to pull out my tent and lights etc.  I'm just going to make this work ha ha.

The first card I created is a digital image from the blog Fred She Said.
This is a pretty old image called Nolan's Monster.
The digital image is NOT a valentine.  It is just the monster, holding a stick with the leaf on it.  I try to think outside the box when I get ready to make a card.  I feel like I get more bang for my buck.

Here's how I made my card.  I used an embossing folder to create the heart background.  After I colored and cut out the monster, I positioned him on the card so that it looks like his stick is at the bottom of one of the background hearts.  I colored in that heart with my R27 Copic marker, I then added a bit of clear Wink of Stella and some Diamond Glaze on top of the heart to give it a shimmer, like a balloon.  I added some googly eyes to the monster to make him extra cute.  Copic colors used for the monster are:  B23, B21, B32, YG05, YG23 & YG25, BV20 & BV23.  I used my white Prismacolor pencil to highlight some of the areas and to add some little dots to the monster.  I think he turned out pretty cute! It's been a while since I've had to time to color, so I definitely feel out of practice but I hope you enjoyed what you saw here today. Maybe I'll have more time to craft in 2017. 

I appreciate you visiting my blog.  Let me know if you have any questions. I'd love to hear from you.  

 I hope you have an amazing day.

DIY Body Butter

So yesterday I had a little spare time and I needed to make a batch of my favorite body butter so I decided to put together a seri...