Homemade Bath Bombs

So with Christmas coming around the corner I had the great idea of making bath bombs for my friends. Most of them have kids and lead stressful lives. So what better way to wind down than with a bath and something to make it feel nice. Of course I found this idea through Pinterest.

Ingredients:

2 c baking soda

1 c citric acid

2 ts essential oil

2 ts body oil

1/2 ts colorant (optional)

spray bottle of witch hazel/water

1/2 c Epsom salts

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Mix dry ingredients together, first, in a bowl. Then in a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients (except the witch hazel/water).

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Combine the mixtures together, mixing everything together really nicely.

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Then use your spray bottle of witch hazel/ water, and spray the mixture (5-6 sprays should do it). But make sure to use your other hand to mix it together or it will start reacting. And the way you know you have enough sprays is the mixture can stick together when mashed in your hand. Do not put too much spray in or else you will have a mixture that will double in size and will not come out correctly.

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Then quickly pack mixture into a mold, and allow to dry. You can make use of any type of mold: metal, silicon  a ball. If you go the route I did, just allow it to dry in the mold.

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FAQs:

1. Make sure the essential oil lids stay with the correct container to keep smells from mixing. Also if you do not have body oil, you can make use of 2 ts of essential oil and 2 ts of olive oil.

2. If you decide to use colorant, buy the liquid type not the gel kind.

3. Using witch hazel against water, there is truly no difference.

4. You can buy everything at a Whole Foods, King Soopers (local grocery store with a natural foods area), or Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers.

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Pinterest Recipe Tryout #4 – Herb Crusted Pork Chops

 

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I just made this recipe last night, with creamy potatoes and peas…and let me tell you omg, there is no freaking way this recipe could be any better. No seriously, I love pork and this recipe just adds to the flavors of the meat. The recipe was crazy easy to make and very good. I will keep this as a top recipe to make for my family. Also, it is not very fattening, its a recipe designed for those who would want something light on fats and etc.

Pros:

Healthy

Easy to make (10 minutes of cooking…what?? love it)

Juicy and crunchy

Cons:

Do not allow the pork to over cook on the skillet, takes the taste of the ingredients away

Make sure not to add too much salt, it can truly over power

Herb Crusted Pork Chops
Yield: 4 servings
INGREDIENTS

4 boneless pork chops, fat trimmed
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Rub mustard evenly over pork chops. Combine panko, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper in a large bowl and dredge pork chops in panko mixture.Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan and swirl to coat. Add pork chops, saute for 2 minutes or until golden brown.Turn pork over and place skillet in oven for about 8 minutes or until pork reaches 145 degrees in the center.

Enjoy!

Recipe link: http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2012/03/herb-crusted-pork-chops.html

Pinterest Recipe Tryout #3 – Teriyaki Chicken

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Alright, so my husband decided he wanted teriyaki chicken for dinner. One, thing was that I did not have a recipe that was quick and easy to make what he wanted. And I was in need of a recipe that I already had ingredients for, because I just didn’t want to walk to the store (lazy I know). Anyways, as I was researching I came across the recipe posted on allrecipes.com and it seemed really easy. Let’s just say it was amazing! I loved how it only had 5 ingredients and did not take long to make at all. The flavor of the teriyaki was really good too. This dish is a must have, especially if your looking for easy; yet, really good.

Pros:

Ingredients were easily ready in my pantry

Teriyaki was sweet and added so much flavor to the chicken

Cons:

I truly can’t think of any

Ingredients

1 (3 pound) whole chicken, cut in half

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions

Rinse chicken halves, and pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken cut side down in a 9×13 inch baking dish. In a medium mixing bowl, combine sugar, soy sauce, grated ginger and garlic. Mix well, and pour mixture over chicken. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake chicken uncovered in the preheated oven for 1 hour, basting frequently. Test for doneness, making sure there is no pink left in the meat. Let cool slightly, then cut into smaller pieces to serve.

Recipe Link: http://allrecipes.com/rec
ipe/teriyaki-chicken/detail.aspx

Pinterest Recipe Tryout #1 – “Corn Dogs Muffin Style”

Pinterest Recipe Tryout #1 – “Corn Dogs Muffin Style”

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So since I have become a follower and pinner of Pinterest, there are many ideas which I want to try. So I decided to go for my recipe board. I decided to do the “Corn Dogs Muffin Style”, on foodgawker. Let me tell you it’s AMESOME! I love corn dogs and having this recipe is just like those that are sold by the company, State Fair.

** UPDATE**

I have recently remade this, and added more milk to the mixture to make the jiffy mix a bit more creamy. And once it was cooked, the mixture did stay together better.

Pros:

Tastes amazing

Very easy to make

Takes hardly any ingredients

Cons:

It does crumble up when trying to eat

Can be messy for any small child

Overall, I loved the recipe and would def try it again and hopefully find a way not to make it crumble. I hope so of you guys will try it also.

(http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/12/01/baked-corn-dog-muffin-style/)

Happy Friday! ❤