Friday, July 11, 2014

Homemade Mayo

Oh hai!
remember me?


To be fair, I'm not even sure I remember how to do this.

Life happened, also lots of changes dietarily speaking, but lets just start with the farm fresh eggs I got my hands on, and my new-found avoidance of all things processed.  They obviously add to homemade mayo right?

I found two recipes online that sounded promising and sort of blended them together. (get it?) 
SUCCESS - oh so yummy!!!

There were things I liked about both, mainly using the entire egg and not just the yoke like recipe 1, and blending two kinds of oil like recipe 2.

All ingredients were room temperature.  The eggs actually haven't been refrigerated at all since being laid this morning. (it's not weird)

2 whole eggs
1 TBS lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground dry mustard
1/4 tsp himalayan salt
2/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup coconut oil

I used my ninja ultima blender at a 2 speed setting.

Start with just eggs and blend until smooth
add lemon juice, mustard and salt, blend until smooth.
with blender going slowly, slowly drizzle in the olive oil first.  I should have timed myself but it felt like several minutes just for the olive oil.  
With the coconut oil since it is solid at room temperature I heated it just enough to make it liquid and then drizzled that in. 

That's it!!

Want to know what I plan to do with it?
veggie dip
chicken salad
creamy veggie salads
deviled eggs
egg salad
and obviously a plain ol' condiment 

Wednesday, July 02, 2014


Natural Homemade Sunscreen Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (This is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder). This makes a natural SPF of 20+ or more can be added.)
  • Optional: up to 1 teaspoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
  • Optional: up to 1 teaspoon Carrot Seed Oil
  • Optional: up to 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)
  • Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference

How to Make Natural Sunscreen

  1. Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives, or other foods.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
  3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
  4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
  5. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
  6. Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.

Additional Notes:

  • This sunscreen is somewhat, but not completely, waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming
  • Make sure not to inhale the Zinc Oxide- use a mask if necessary!
  • This recipe has an SPF of about 20, though adding more Zinc Oxide will increase the SPF
  • Add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smooth sunscreen
  • I recommend coconut or vanilla extract or lavender essential oils for fragrance
  • Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge
  • I prefer to store in a small canning jar and apply like a body butter. It will be thicker, especially if you use coconut oil in the recipe.
  • remove the Zinc Oxide and this makes an excellent lotion recipe!

An Even Faster Way To Make Sunscreen:

  • Get a bottle of your favorite lotion (that doesn’t contain citrus oils!)
  • Add a couple Tablespoons of non-nano  Zinc Oxide
  • Mix well
  • Use as Sunscreen
You can also make Sunscreen Bars by using many of the same ingredients and which are easier to apply!


Yep, here's a recipe for homemade toothpaste. Why not!

3 Tbsp Redmond's Clay
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp whole ground stevia (green one)
3/4 tsp unrefined high mineral salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp distilled water
1/4 tsp peppermint essential oil
Blend coconut oil, stevia, salt and baking soda and peppermint oil in a glass bowl. Mix in Redmond's Clay and slowly add water and stir until smooth.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Crock pot Chicken Taco soup--The recipe I used at Brighton

1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (12 fluid ounce) broth
2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning. I make my own so it’s gluten free. I’ll post the recipe later.
3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts
shredded Cheddar cheese(optional)
sour cream (optional)

crushed tortilla chips(optional)


  1. Place the onion, chili beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, beer, and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. Add taco seasoning, and stir to blend. Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 5 hours.
  2. Remove chicken breasts from the soup, and allow to cool long enough to be handled. Stir the shredded chicken back into the soup, and continue cooking for 2 hours. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired.


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