I heart lemongrass

lemongrassI was washing the floor with the best mixture of floor soap in the world: baking soda, white vinegar and a squirt of dish soap with plenty of hot water in the bucket, and I wanted to add a little something.

I have many essential oils, but especially own a huge (too huge) freakin bottle of lemongrass I use for lip balm. I added a capful, like a tsp. in the bucket and what a great scent it added to the home! 🙂

Here’s great website for oils, and some excellent info on lemongrass: http://www.justaromatherapy.co.uk/acatalog/Lemongrass.html

Isn’t that amazing?  Have a great weekend!


Asheville and Deodorant

Yummy goodies!
Yummy goodies!

Noelle from Bayberrywoods Candles and myself had a blast at the Organicfest in beautiful Asheville, NC. Our tents were near a large, spouting fountain..I mean really, a lovely city!  I’ve been here before, but only then for fun!  Yet this was just as fun! The people were so nice, happy, and I made record sales! All my deodorants sold out and I brought so many!   Thank you so much, Asheville, for your warm reception.

asheville 2014 organicfest
My first and most memorable customer of the day! He wanted to use his new deodorant right then and there! LOL!

Sushi Sunday

I know on Sundays many ladies are in the kitchen cooking food for the next couple of days or even a week! They freeze containers of lasagna or soup or whatever to last them. I always admired those who did that, as I do not!  If I had more children, I bet I would though. Cooking takes up a LOT of time so this summer I am trying my hand at making sushi on Sundays to last a few days.sushi 2

3 cups of uncooked rice made enough for 7 rolls, so about 42 sushis total! (actually I think these have TOO much rice in them, so make that 8 rolls)

Tali will eat the ones with cucumber only. I also have some with spicy (not too spicy) bamboo shoots, kimchi, carrot, even spam or a bit of cream cheeese. Sometimes imitation crab when we have it. Mark LOVES spicy bamboo shoots. You can buy them in any Asian market in jars. I finally tried them, then kicked myself for not trying sooner! 🙂 Delicious! What have we all been missing out on??

I also have been making kimchi pancakes, which are awesome too! A 1/3 cup of rice flour, a 1/3 cup of regular flour and a cup of kimchi and can about 5-6 pancakes. That was another dish I wasn’t sure I would love, but it’s soooo tasty!

So this has been a year of Theresa getting more creative and learning more recipes from around the world. This summer I am going to focus on Mexican/South American ‘street’ food, and this Fall, African dishes.


tali sushi

Homemade Perfume

Here is something I just made while my dear son was still sleeping this Sunday:


Homemade perfume.  This was super easy since we keep vodka in the house (for tinctures..I’m not a fan of vodka for drinking). If you don’t have jojoba oil, I would suggest another like Vegetable oil. I wouldn’t recommend Olive oil–the kind I keep around the house is so fragrant and flavorful it could alter the scent you wish to create!

I used whatever essential oils I had on hand. This is the mix I am trying: 6 drops Ylang Ylang, 5 drops lavender, about 20 drops ‘Meditation’ which consists of cedar, sandalwood, and patchouli oils.  Turns out, lavender is REALLY strong, so I couldn’t use more than 5 drops as it really overpowers the other scents!! I mixed this up and I am storing it in a reused baby jar in the back of the cupboard for one month. So I hope to find a pretty bottle to store it in by then and I’ll let you know how it works out! Will you try this? Even just lavender would be lovely; it lifts moods and keeps bugs like mosquitoes away pretty well. If you do try it, let me know what you think. Ciao for now, ladies!!  Men out there..this would make a thoughtful gift!! 🙂

Making Yogurt at Home

Makes 7 pint jars of creamy yogurt. Has directions for almond milk yogurt too!
Makes 7 pint jars of creamy yogurt. Has directions for almond milk yogurt too!

I have made yogurt in the crock pot before and it turns out okay … sometimes! Even if it seems I am doing the same thing, at the same temperatures, sometimes the yogurt is too liquid-y, or smells bad.

We finally bought a Euro Cuisine yogurt maker at Target ($23.00) which basically heats the milk to a consistent temp and we have had delicious, organic (using organic milk) probiotic yogurt every time. After you heat milk on the stove and allow it to cool a bit, you add some yogurt that has the live cultures, whisk it in, and then pour the milk into these 7 pint sized jars that come with the kit. 8-12 hours later, yogurt! You do have to turn the heat off yourself, it does NOT stop automatically like a crock pot. Well, it’s cheap lol. But I love it.

Here is one link  out of many for instructions on homemade yogurt (FYI: that is one excellent homestead link called Granny Miller). I love doing this and there is SO much you can do with yogurt. I love it in the morning with fruit and honey. Add some granola! In smoothies it’s the best too. I like using it in place of sour cream and I LOVE sour cream so this is good healthy substitute for me. Have you made your own? How do you like your yogurt? Even our vet said if we give our cat anything that is ‘people’ food, a bit of probiotic yogurt is perfect for him!