Easy Homemade Granola




This recipe is a staple in our house!  I mix up a new batch every two weeks and it has completely replaced our breakfast cereal.  The nuts add a ton of protein and fat so little bellies stay full all morning long.  You can substitute any nuts or seeds that you'd like. 



Easy Homemade Granola

Ingredients:
7 cups of old fashioned oats
1 cup of sliced almonds
1 cup of chopped walnuts
2 cups of chopped pecans
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
1 cup of unsweetened coconut (optional)
1 cup of raisins
1 cup of dried apples, chopped
3/4 cup of butter
1 cup of honey
2 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp of salt
2 drops of

 2 drops of
nutmeg vitality oil
 1 drop of

 

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the old fashioned oats, almonds, walnut, pecans, sunflower seeds, and coconut (if using).

3. In a small saucepan, add the butter and honey and stir on low heat until melted. Remove from the heat and add vanilla, salt, cinnamon bark vitality oil, nutmeg vitality oil, and ginger vitality oil to the melted honey and butter. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.

4. Line two 10″ x 15″ baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the oat mixture evenly between the pans and spread into an even layer.

5. Bake for 75 minutes.

6. Allow the mixture to cool for 20 minutes. Break the granola into small chunks and stir in the dried apples and raisins. Store in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

 Enjoy!!


Lemon Bread



Today we are making Lemon Bread! 🍋 This is the recipe that made Ryan's Grandma say, "Wow.  I'm glad you joined the family!" (And she is a tough cookie).  Ha! 

 

This Lemon Bread recipe can take on several variations!  My favorite is Lemon Almond Bread but you could omit the almonds and add a few drops of Lavender Vitality to make Lemon Lavender Bread like the photo! 


 Ingredients
 For the bread:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons lemon zest
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
2 large eggs slightly beaten
8 drops of
Lemon Vitality oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

 

For the lemon glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
5 drops of
Lemon Vitality oil
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 Tbsp milk
3 tablespoons sliced almonds for garnishing the loaf

 

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.


2.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. In a small bowl, combine sugar and lemon zest. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant. Add in Lemon Vitality oil.  Whisk into the flour mixture. Set aside.


3.  In a separate medium bowl, combine the milk, oil, eggs,  vanilla, and almond extract.


4.  Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.


5.  Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Place the loaf on a cooling rack and cool for 15 minutes. Loosen the sides of the bread with a knife. Carefully remove loaf from pan. Let cool completely on wire rack.


6.  While the bread is cooling, make the lemon glaze. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, Lemon Vitality oil, and almond extract. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle the glaze of the lemon almond bread. Sprinkle sliced almonds over the bread. Cut and serve. Enjoy!  

 

 What are you whipping up in your kitchen today?

Easy DIY Household Cleaners



Ahh!  There is nothing better than a clean kitchen!  The reason I started using essential oils was to mix up my own household cleaners.  I wanted to reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals as much as possible.  I was tired of getting bloody noses when I cleaned the bathroom, and I didn’t want to worry if my children got into the cabinet under the kitchen sink.  I’ve found that the homemade versions work just as well as conventional cleaners and they don’t leave me lightheaded when I’m finished using them!


Some reminders when mixing your own cleaning products.

 1. Essential oils are very potent and can break down plastic so it is best to use
 glass spray bottles if you are cleaning with essential oils.

2. It is best to use distilled water when mixing up your own cleaning supplies. Tap water contains bacteria and can grow icky things if it is sitting in a bottle for a while.

3. Give your spray bottles a shake before using to help disperse the oil into the water.



Here are some of my favorite household cleaning recipes.

 All Purpose Cleaner

 Fill a
 glass spray bottle 2/3 of the way with white vinegar and 1/3 of the way with distilled water. Add 20 drops of 
Lemon essential oil. Great to use for stove tops and stainless steel appliances. Add 10 drops of Thieves or Purification essential oils for an extra boost.


 
Carpet Deodorizer
 Add ½ a cup of baking soda to a bowl. Add 6 drops of
Purification essential oil. Mix with a spoon until the essential oils are evenly dispersed. Sprinkle liberally over the carpet and let it sit for 20 min. Vacuum up the baking soda and enjoy the fresh smell of your carpet! You may want to double this recipe for a larger carpet.



Dryer Balls
If you are looking to ditch the toxic dryer sheets, wool dryer balls are a great alternative. I love to add 6 drops of essential oils to one of the balls for a fresh smelling load of laundry. You can add any essential oil you would like. Lemongrass is my favorite!


Glass Cleaner
Ingredients
1 cup of Distilled Water
1 cup of White Vinegar
 16 drops of
Lemon essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a
glass spray bottle. Shake to disperse the oils before each use.



Kitchen Sink Scrub
You will Need:
 
1 glass jar
2 cups of baking soda
 10 drops of
 
Lemon essential oil
 10 drops of
Thieves essential oil

Pour all of the ingredients into the jar and mix together.

 When it’s time to use it, sprinkle the mixture all over the sink and let it sit for a minute. Add 1 tsp of
Castile Soap (or dish soap) and scrub all over with a brush and rinse it down.


Bathroom Tile Scrub
Ingredients
1 cup of Baking soda
1/4 cup of
Thieves Household Cleaner
 10 drops of
Lemon essential oil

Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl or jar until it forms a paste. Scrub the paste over the tile and allow to sit for a few minutes. Rinse off.


 
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Ingredients
1 capful of
Thieves Household Cleaner
Baking Soda

Sprinkle Baking Soda around the inside of the toilet. Add capful of Thieves Household cleaner and scrub with toilet brush. Easy peasy!


Do you have any favorite cleaning recipes you’d like to share?  Leave a comment below!

Tub and Tile Scrub



If you are looking for a heavy-duty cleaning product, this is going to be your best friend.   You can easily get tough jobs done without having to breathe in toxins.

Here is a quick and easy recipe for deep cleaning using your Thieves Household Cleaner.


Tub and Tile Scrub
What you will need:
3 cups Baking Soda
 ¾ cup of
Thieves household cleaner
1 Tbs of Distilled White Vinegar
 30 drops of


Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. It will be the texture of a paste. Store in an air-tight container or jar. Best if used within three months.




Body Butter



Body Butter
Ingredients:
scant ½ cup
shea butter
½ cup
coconut oil
¼ cup
almond oil
20 drops of
essential oil

Instructions: Melt shea butter and coconut oil over medium heat on the stove. I use the bowl of my stand mixer as a double boiler and let it rest on top of a pot of simmering water to do this. Once melted, let the mixture sit until it reaches room temperature. Stir in the almond oil. Place the mixture in the refrigerator and allow to cool until it turns opaque (a little over an hour). Attach bowl to the stand mixer and whip with the whisk attachment on medium until it is light and fluffy. Make sure you don’t whip too quickly or the mixture will melt. Add essential oils of your choice and lightly whip again until soft peaks form. Add to glass jars.

 *Lavender, Orange, Elemi, Melrose, Cedarwood and Frankincense are all great essential oils to use to support your skin.
 
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