September 27, 2012

Silkiest, Softest Hands.

I don't know about you, but I am pretty addicted to the sugar scrub I wrote for "Softest, Silkiest Legs". I absolutely love it! Infact, I used it last night. I have been wanting to write a scrub that uses coconut oil and is a little bit grittier, so it would be more like a hand or foot scrub. I had my little sister, Bradey in mind. She loves sugar scrubs and likes my first scrub but really would rather have a gritty scrub over an oily one. This recipe was pretty much written just for her!

I put Hadley down for a nap a little while ago and decided I would get to work on this little beauty! I want to take some over to a friend tonight because she is watching Hadley while Clint and I go to the Brad Paisley & The Band Perry concert. (Free tickets and VERY excited!!!!)

I really hope you enjoy this scrub as much as all of you have enjoyed the last one. Infact, that blog alone has 1.7 million hits, so apparently that scrub is a success!!! ENJOY!!!!

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub
3/4c Coconut Oil (I used the Whole Foods Brand Organic Refined)
1/4c Olive Oil
2c Sugar
Zest of One Lime
Juice of One Lime (Came out to almost 1/4c)

Whisk together your coconut oil and olive oil until all of the lumps are out of the coconut oil. Begin to whisk in your sugar one 1/2c at a time. After you have added 1 1/2c, start using a spoon to combine. Add your zest and stir. (Picture to the right is before you have stirred, at this point, it will look like mashed potatoes with lime zest!!!) You want to add your lime zest and lime juice separately because if you at the same time, they will clump together. Finally, add your lime juice and stir. After you have added the lime juice the texture of the scrub with become smooth.

Please let me know how this scrub worked for you and PLEASE, share it with your friends!!!

Poisoned... Ugh.

I love the rare occasion that we get to dine out! Seriously! With an "allergy" and a toddler, it's near impossible these days. I know restaurants that offer gluten free dining have become more available for people like us but sometimes, I wish they just wouldn't offer it if they can't keep their gluten and gluten free areas separated.

Sunday after church, we dined at Mellow Mushroom over in Jacksonville Beach. For starters, they were SO busy because the Jaguars (football) were on TV in the bar. That should have been my first red flag. If they are really really busy then they probably aren't going to be careful. Secondly, our pizza came out and was still cold in the middle, to the point that the cheese wasn't even melted. To me, that's a total bummer because on the rare occasion that I do get to dine out, it's even more rare that I get to eat pizza. REAL pizza, from a restaurant, not the kind I make at home. I ate one piece and shared a piece with my little girl. Apparently, I shouldn't have eaten at all!!!!!!

On our way home, I started getting a headache. I didn't think anything of it because we sat outside and it was very bright and when it's bright like that, I tend to get a little headache. BUT, as the evening progressed, my headache got worse and I was very nauseas. Sunday night, I went to bed elevated and with a killer headache and woke up a lot during the night with the same thing. The next morning, I felt ok, still had a headache but decided to power on!!! I ran over to base and got my sister a little "college care package" together and mailed it to her and then went for a walk with a friend. During this time, I started having some of the worst stomach cramps imaginable. Luckily, when we got home, Hadley went down for a nap and I was able to sit in agony and do my Bible Study (inbetween trips to the bathroom of course). It was one of the worst cross contamination issues I have had!!! Anything I ate or drank on Monday would go straight through me. My husband kept telling me that I needed to get fluids in me and I refused!!! Told him that I would drink water or gatorade as soon as my stomach chilled out!!! Ugh... I'm so glad that is over and I am pretty sure I am DONE with Mellow Mushroom for a while. It's not worth it. I love pizza and it is a WONDERFUL treat to get to have, but basically, I paid $20 for pain. Bad pain. Horrible pain. Would rather give birth again kind of pain!!!!!

Be careful as you eat out and don't be afraid to boycott a restaurant for a while if they have made you sick. Take to social media, tell all your friends and definitely let the restaurant know!!! My stomach hurts just thinking about the pain I was in...

September 18, 2012

GF Apple Cinnamon & Oatmeal Muffins

I've been wanting to make a recipe for a good apple cinnamon muffin for a while, but I didn't want it to be the "typical" AC Muffin that you can buy in the store. When you buy a packaged muffin mix, the fruit inside is always dried and it's full of things that you don't necessarily want in your breakfast.

This morning, while Hadley sat in her high chair and ate eggs and strawberries, I made these yummy muffins! Normally, I take a recipe and try it and then add or subtract some things to make it better (in my opinion). Today's recipe is 100% me!!! I didn't look at any other recipe to create this one, I just started throwing things together and did it!! I'm quite proud of myself because this doesn't happen very often, especially since I was going back and forth between cooking and taking care of Miss Priss!

I hope you enjoy these muffins! Hadley ate SIX. Yes, you read that right, SIX!!!!! (Mini size of course!!)
Apple Cinnamon and Oatmeal Muffins

1 1/2c. Pamela's Baking Mix
1/3 + 1T Milk
2 Eggs
1/8c White Sugar
1/8c + 1T Brown Sugar
1/2c. Gluten Free Oats (I used Bob's)
1 Green Apple, Diced (See picture below)
1T Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, combine the Baking Mix, Milk, Eggs, Sugars, and Cinnamon and combine with a whisk. Once nicely combined, stir (Do not whisk) in Oats and Diced Apple. Here's the measurement that my one diced apple came out to. A little over a cup.

Grease a muffin pan (Mini size or Regular size) and fill each one 1/2-3/4 of the way full, depending on the size muffin you want. I always fill my cups 1/2 way full because I can make more muffins that way!!!

For a regular size muffin bake 15-18 minutes. For a mini size muffin bake 13-15 minutes.
This recipe makes 8-10 regular size muffins or 15-18 mini size muffins!!! I went a little goofy and made 12 mini muffins and four regular ones!

ENJOY!!!! :)