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Lemongrass Lime Sugar Cube Scrub

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I have two faults that almost anyone would agree with.

Number one: Being unwaveringly frugal. . .  or as my mother would say CHEAP. But is that really a fault? To me, it’s not. I just like making sure that I get the best deal possible. 

And number two: As my grandmother would say, never leaving well enough alone. I can’t help it, I like improving things. I like adding my own twist to recipes or updating old tried and true ones. And I don’t discriminate. I have no problem updating my own recipes at all. Everything can always be improved upon. 
For example, the recipe I posted a couple of years ago for Sugar Cube Scrubs

My old recipe was simple and basic:

1 part melt and pour soap

1 part liquid oil (example: olive, apricot kernel, avocado, grapeseed, safflower, sunflower, etc oils)

3 parts granulated sugar

I’ve learned a little bit about scrub making in the past 2 years, and I wanted something packed with even more moisturizing ingredients. Enter the new recipe. . . .

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With mango butter (you could easily substitute shea or cocoa butters) for its wonderful ability to both moisturize and protect skin and safflower oil for its easy absorption, this is my new go-to recipe for making sugar cubes. 

Ingredients:

2.95 ounces melt and pour soap

1.1 oz olive oil

.4 oz safflower oil

2 vitamin E capsules**

.35 oz mango butter

7.5 oz granulated sugar

Colorant (about an 1/8 teaspoon of hydrated chromium oxide green powder mixed with just enough natural glycerin to make sure that all of the powder is incorporated)

Lime essential oil 1/4 tsp

Lemongrass essential oil 1/8 tsp

*The first 5 ingredients are measured by weight. 

**Just the cut or puncture the end of each capsule with scissors and squeeze out its contents to use.

Equipment I Use:
Microwave safe bowl

Whisk

Disposable Cup

Measuring Spoons

Digital Scale

Spoon

Silicon Mold similar to this one.

I start off by getting the colorant ready and mixing it with just a bit of vegetable glycerin until the powder is completely incorporated and there are no clumps. Most of the colorants that I use are natural or semi-natural, and most come from one of my favorite suppliers, TKBTrading.com. They have a huge selection of quality colorants. 

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Start off by weighing out the mango butter and melt and pour soap into a microwave safe bowl.

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Microwave in 30 second increments, making sure to check it after each time and to never leave it unattended until melted. 

Add in the liquid oils and whisk until completely incorporated. Add the essential oils and the colorant and whisk.

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Now, add in the granulated sugar and stir until it’s all completely incorporated. It will probably be fairly thick, so place back in the microwave and heat in 30 second increments until the mixture is thinner and a much more easily pourable consistency.

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 Remove from the microwave and whisk again to make sure all of the ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Then spoon or pour into your mold. 

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 Wait about an hour or until the cubes are completely hardened before unmolding. 

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The best thing about making sugar cube scrubs is that if they don’t turn out exactly how you’d like, simply pop them in a microwave safe bowl and remelt them. 

To use: In the shower, smash a cube (you can use a whole cube or break one into pieces) in your hand. Rub all over dry or rough skin (they’re also great for heels that need a little exfoliating) avoiding any sensitive areas. Rinse off. 

Or put them in a pretty box with mini cupcake liners, add a ribbon, and ta-da! Perfect for a Mother’s Day gift. 

Don’t want to make your own? The Lemongrass Lime Sugar Cube Scrub is listed in the Etsy shop right now, along with Neapolitan, Lavender Mint, and Lemon Meringue Pie. Click here to visit the Scrub section of the shop. 
Lemongrass Lime Sugar Cube Scrub
 
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Ingredients
  • 2.95 ounces melt and pour soap
  • 1.1 oz olive oil
  • .4 oz safflower oil
  • 2 vitamin E capsules
  • .35 oz mango butter
  • 7.5 oz granulated sugar
  • Colorant (about an ⅛ teaspoon of hydrated chromium oxide green powder mixed with just enough natural glycerin to make sure that all of the powder is incorporated)
  • Lime essential oil ¼ tsp
  • Lemongrass essential oil ⅛ tsp
Instructions
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, weigh out the melt and pour soap and the mango butter. Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments, checking after each time and not leaving unattended, until melted.
  2. Whisk in the liquid oils. Then, add the colorant and essential oils, and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the sugar and combine.
  4. If the mixture is too thick, heat in the microwave in 30 second increments, checking after each time and not leaving it unattended.
  5. When the mixture is a thinner and pourable consistency, remove from the microwave (being careful in case the bowl is hot). Whisk again to make sure everything is well incorporated.
  6. Spoon or pour into the mold.
  7. Wait for about an hour before unmolding.
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How to make goat cheese (chevre).

My life has been all about milking lately. Morning and evening. The girls have really been doing their jobs well. 

So what to do when you have so much extra milk you could practically bathe in it (Oh wait, I already do that.)?

Make cheese, of course!

How To Make Goat Cheese

Now, to make goat cheese, you can get really fancy and purchase specialized things like cultures and rennet and things like that, but I’m all for simple and inexpensive. Although, I’m not ruling out any cheese making purchases in the future.  

And when I say simple, I really do mean just that.

Two ingredients. That’s basically all this farm-style goat cheese has in it. Of course, you can pizzazz it up with a few extra additives for a little more flavor. 

First, you start with milk. 

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Which we have. This is slightly more than 2 quarts of fresh goat milk, and I used a another 2 quarts in all for this batch.

Now, you can totally use pasteurized milk to make goat cheese. Or you can use raw, which is what I did. 

Pour the milk into a large saucepan, and slowly heat to about 180 to 186F degrees, stirring constantly to try to keep the milk from scalding. If it does scald, that’s perfectly fine. Just try not to scrape the yucky stuff on the bottom up into the milk. 

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Once it has heated up to the desired temperature, remove from heat and stir in the apple cider vinegar (you can also use white distilled vinegar, lemon juice, or even citric acid. The milk will almost immediately begin to separate into curds and whey. This is my favorite part because it’s really neat to see the cheese forming in front of your eyes.

Allow it to set for about 10 minutes. 

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In the meantime, place a colander over a large bowl and line it with at least two layers of cheesecloth (Having trouble finding cheesecloth in the store? Try checking the crafts section).

After about ten minutes have passed, pour the curdled milk in the lined colander.

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The liquid in the bowl is the whey. I’ve read of people using it to bake with, as an extra ingredient in smoothies, to make ricotta, and as a protein booster (whey is full of protein). I haven’t used it for anything extra, but one day!

Bring the edges of the cheesecloth together to create a ball of cheese. Hang the cheesecloth covered ball of cheese over a bowl for about 1 to 2 hours so that any extra whey can drip out.

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I hang my cheese ball from a cabinet door handle, but some people also hang them from wooden spoons laid across the top of a tall stock pot. 

Once your cheese has finished dripping out whey, unwrap it and add any extras that you desire.

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This one had salt, pepper, garlic, and fresh rosemary added, but you can do things like fruit, nuts, sun dried tomatoes, chives, or any other herbs you’d like. Mix it all together, then pack it into a container (I just use a regular old Tupperware-type container) and place in the refrigerator. Allow about 2 days for the flavors to meld together for the best taste, but if you want to, it’ll still be perfectly tasty to eat right away.  

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I love goat cheese. 

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On salad. 

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Broccoli.

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Or on baked potato wedges. Or just by itself.

How to make goat cheese (chevre).

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon of goat milk
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Cheesecloth
  • Colander
  • Large Saucepan
  • Large Spoon
  • Thermometer

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan or pot on top of the stove on medium to medium high heat, allow the milk to slowly reach 180 - 186F degrees.
  2. Once it has, stir in the apple cider vinegar. The milk should begin curdling almost immediately. Allow it to set for about 10 minutes.
  3. Place a colander over another bowl (to capture the whey) and line the colander with two layers of cheese cloth.
  4. Pour the curdled milk into the lined colander. Gather together the corners of the cheese cloth to create a ball shape. Hang over a bowl to drain for about 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Remove the ball of cheese from the cheesecloth and place in a bowl. Add salt, pepper, or any other additives you'd like and stir together until it's evenly incorporated.
  6. Place in a sealable container. Refrigerate for a couple of days for the best taste.
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DIY Fail

You know how much I love to DIY any and everything. 

And most of the time my little projects turn out well. But sometimes, eh. Not so good. Even downright horrendous. 

Which brings me to my latest DIY disaster. . . Ombre hair. 

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I love anything ombre, even Kardashian-esque highlighted hair. And when I was quoted a price starting at $100 (starting at — which would most likely quickly reach the higher echelons of that price with my thick hair). My cheap self said, ‘Nothing doing.’

But the above result? Not quite what I was expecting. And after three days, it was back to normal, everyday reddish brown for me. 

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The moral of the story, other than, been there, done there, and moving on, is this: I will not be following a certain ombre kit’s instructions to the letter again. 

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DIY Lemon Ginger Cough Drops

The past few weeks were all about bronchitis for us, which meant that several days saw me speaking in a whispering voice that would fit in in any library. 

So, to ease the sore throats in our house, I made DIY cough drops. Lemon Ginger, to be exact. With a little cinnamon and cloves through in for good measure.

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Since, I didn’t have a mold (or well, to be more precise, I didn’t have any suitable molds that I don’t use for soap making), I turned to powdered sugar and a measuring spoon to create them.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper. Spread out powdered sugar until it’s at least as deep as the measuring spoon.

 

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Then, simply dip the measuring spoon into the sugar repeatedly to create molds. I used a half teaspoon for mine, and they turned out the perfect size.

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DIY Lemon Ginger Cough Drops

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Line a small cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. I used about 3 cups of sugar in all.
  3. Use a measuring spoon to make molds, by dipping it into the powdered sugar.
  4. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, making sure to whisk.
  5. When the mixture reaches 300F degrees on a candy thermometer, remove from heat and pour into each mold.
  6. Allow the cough drops to cool then toss in the powdered sugar to keep them from sticking to each other.
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DIY Glitter Pine Cones

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Yesterday, I posted about making scented pine cones. So, today it’s time to get all sparkly and make glitter pine cones. 

I love these things, but I’m part magpie that way. Or maybe I’ve just watched too many episodes of Gypsy Sisters and have developed an appreciation for all things glittery and blinged out. 

No matter, these colorful babies are everywhere.

They’re in bowls. . . .

DIY Glitter Pine Cones

 

On plates. . . . 

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And in my bedroom.

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Supplies Needed:

Pine Cones

Glitter (in your preferred colors)

Spray Adhesive (such as Elmer’s Spray Adhesive)

Aluminum Foil (or Wax Paper)

Disposable Gloves

Ziploc Bags

First, gather together as many pine cones as you want. You can get them from craft stores, Walmart, Big Lots, dollar stores, or if you’re like and love anything free, from the yard. 

Which is exactly what I set out to do a few days ago, and after just a couple of minutes walking around our yard, I ended up with an armload plus some of project material. Which was great until I noticed a buzzing against my arm. Completely thinking that it had to be some gigantic stinging insect attached to said project material, I was on the verge of dumping every last carefully gathered pine cone when it dawned on me.

Not a bee. Not a wasp. Nor any other type of bug.

Nope. It was my Fitbit. One of those pesky little pine cones must’ve been bumping it as I walked.

Yeah, what can I say? It was a ditzy moment. But back to our glittery project. . . . 

If you picked your pine cones up outside, it’s a good idea to sanitize them by baking on a foil lined cookie sheet in a 200F degree preheated over for at least 30 minutes.

IMG_2779 Once, they’re cooled, take them outside cause this is the messy part and there will be glitter and glue everywhere. 

I placed mine on a piece of aluminum foil to protect the table I was working on, but you can use anything you have on hand. . . old newspaper, wax paper, cardboard, etc. 

Wearing gloves (because seriously, you’ll have glue and glitter all over your hands if you don’t), spray the pine cones one at a time with the adhesive. 

Then, place in a ziploc with the glitter of your choice. . . . 

I chose three different colors: gold, turquoise, and white.

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Once in the sealed ziploc bag, shake it. Shake it like a polaroid picture!

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Once each pine cone is sufficiently glitterized to your tastes, let them air dry on the aluminum foil and voila!

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