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Whipped Body Butter DIY recipe with Essential Oils, Makes a wonderful gift or just to pamper yourself, #GiftIdea, #DIY, #EssentialOils, #Oils, #MothersDay

Whipped Body Butter with Essential Oils

Great Mother’s Day homemade gift idea!

Having soft nourished skin is an amazing feeling… and lets face it, not all lotions and body butters are the same.  Many of them are full of fillers and water.  That is why making your own body butter is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.  You can tweak the recipe to fit your families needs, choose the scents and oils that you prefer and learn which products nourish your skin best.  Whipped Body Butter is EASY to make, and makes a great gift as well.

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Whipped Body Butter DIY recipe with Essential Oils, Makes a wonderful gift or just to pamper yourself, #GiftIdea, #DIY, #EssentialOils, #Oils, #MothersDayDirections:

In a double boiler, combine cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil and allow to melt over low heat.

Once everything is melted, allow to cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Add in essential oil and cornstarch and beat on high speed, for 5-8 minutes or until stiff peaks form.

Place back in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set.

Place in a clean, dry airtight jar and enjoy!

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Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Cocoa Butter
  • ½ Cup Shea Butter
  • ½ Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Vitamin E oil
  • Essential Oil of Choice ~ Some good options are Lavender, chamomile, orange, peppermint, yang ylang, neroli mixed with chamomile or Rose
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch (Optional)
  • Airtight Container
  • Stand or Hand Mixer
Instructions
  1. In a double boiler, combine cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil and allow to melt over low heat.
  2. Once everything is melted, allow to cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Add in essential oil and cornstarch and beat on high speed, for 5-8 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  4. Place back in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set.
  5. Place in a clean, dry airtight jar and enjoy!

Whipped Body Butter DIY recipe with Essential Oils, Makes a wonderful gift or just to pamper yourself, #GiftIdea, #DIY, #EssentialOils, #Oils, #MothersDay

 

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Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe ~ What to do with Green Tomatoes #Hacks

Recipe for Green Tomatoe Jelly made with jello. What to do with green tomatoes from your garden. Jelly recipe made with Jello

I am excited to share this Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe with you!  id you know that you can make Raspberry flavored jelly with green tomatoes.  I know it sounds WEIRD, I totally understand.  But take my word for it, you can not taste the tomatoes at all.  I did not tell my kids what was in the jelly till AFTER they ate a whole jar (took about a week)…. I then told them it was made out of tomatoes they wouldn’t believe me.   My husband said it taste like the filling in a jelly doughnut 🙂

This recipe is rather quick and easy, go ahead and give it a try!

Recipe for Green Tomatoe Jelly made with jello. What to do with green tomatoes from your garden. Jelly recipe made with Jello

Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe ~ What to do with Green Tomatoes

Cook time about 30 minutes

You will need:

  • 4 cups diced green tomatoes
  • 4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 6oz Raspberry Jello packet
  • 1 pint jars with lid and band for canning HOT and sanitized  (or use freezer container)

Recipe for Green Tomatoe Jelly made with jello. What to do with green tomatoes from your garden. Jelly recipe made with JelloStart by washing your green tomatoes.  The dice them and measure out 4 cups, add to a pot on the stove. Also add 4 cups sugar.  Stir the sugar and tomatoes till the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Turn off heat.  Use an immersion Blender to blend the tomatoes, til all the large chunks are smooth.  You can use a normal blender if you don’t have an immersion blender but remember it is SUPER HOT so be very careful.

Next mix in a 6oz dry jello package, still till well blended. Simmer for an additional 20 minutes.

Recipe for Green Tomatoe Jelly made with jello. What to do with green tomatoes from your garden. Jelly recipe made with JelloAdd the hot Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly  into a canning jar leaving a 1/2 inch of space in the top of the jar.  You want the jar hot, you can do this by putting them in hot water on the stove or putting them on the sanitize cycle in your dishwasher. Wipe the rim of your jar clean, add a lid secure with a metal ring. Turn upside down for 5 minutes.  Then turn them right side up again, most of them will “pop” sealed right after you flip them over.  But others might take a while longer. Make sure they have sealed, once opened store in the refrigerator.  Unopened jars of  Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly should stay good up to a year.

****** Update from reader Nancy 

I just discovered your Green Tomato Jam recipe and have a couple of comments that may answer a question or two from the comments I saw (I couldn’t find the comments again on my phone, so that’s why I came here).

1) Just semantics: it’s jam, not jelly. For jelly, think jello–clear, juice only.

2) This recipe is very similar to some rhubarb jam I’ve made for many years (I’m very old!). That recipe is boiled for 25 minutes, then jello and crushed pineapple is added. I made the mistake once of thinking that the jello was added instead of pectin, that the jello was what made it set up (I tried that once when I ran out of pectin for another recipe. Whoops!). Not so. The jello is merely for taste (strawberry is great with rhubarb; I can’t wait to try the raspberry). One of your readers asked if she could thicken it by adding more jello. No, that would just make it sweeter and “stronger” tasting.

3) (I guess it’s a continuation of the last) The natural pectin in the fruit/tomatoes is being developed by the cooking. So cook it more to thicken it.

Happy cooking, and thanks for the recipe!

Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe
 
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Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe ~ What to do with Green Tomatoes
Recipe type: Condiment
Ingredients
  • 4 cups diced green tomatoes
  • 4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 6oz Raspberry Jello packet
  • 1 pint jars with lid and band for canning HOT and sanitized (or use freezer container)
Instructions
  1. Start by washing your green tomatoes. The dice them and measure out 4 cups, add to a pot on the stove. Also add 4 cups sugar. Stir the sugar and tomatoes till the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Turn off heat. Use an immersion Blender to blend the tomatoes, til all the large chunks are smooth. You can use a normal blender if you don't have an immersion blender but remember it is SUPER HOT so be very careful.
  2. Next mix in a 6oz dry jello package, still till well blended. Simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
  3. Add the hot Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly into a canning jar leaving a ½ inch of space in the top of the jar. You want the jar hot, you can do this by putting them in hot water on the stove or putting them on the sanitize cycle in your dishwasher. Wipe the rim of your jar clean, add a lid secure with a metal ring. Turn upside down for 5 minutes. Then turn them right side up again, most of them will "pop" sealed right after you flip them over. But others might take a while longer. Make sure they have sealed, once opened store in the refrigerator. Unopened jars of Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly should stay good up to a year

 

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Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe

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DIY moss covered monogram ~ low cost decor ideas

Now that the long winter is drawing to a close, I really want to brighten my home up and welcome spring. I think this DIY moss covered monogram brings some cheer to my front door.


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DIY moss covered monogram

Making your own moss covered monogram doesn’t have to cost a lot. I used cardboard from my garage and the only supplies I had to buy that I didn’t have already was the moss. If you don’t have the supplies, I will link them below.

diy moss covered monogram supplies

You will need:

monogram (cut it to the size desired out of cardboard)

exacto knife (for cutting the cardboard)

hot glue gun

glue sticks

moss

fabric flowers (I made rosettes. You can also buy fake flowers at most craft stores)

Begin by deciding what size you want your monogram. Mine is roughly 18 inches. I wanted it for my front door to use as a spring wreath. Draw your letter on cardboard. You can freehand this, or create a stencil to trace. Then cut it out with your exacto knife. I went over each section just cutting the surface at first and then went deeper. So, I went over each spot a few times to be sure it was cut through.

diy moss covered monograms

Once your letter is cut out you are ready to glue the moss down. You can buy sheets of moss, that is definitely easier and cleaner. I liked the depth that using the bagged moss added. I liked that I could make it thicker and not so one dimensional. It is messy, so beware that you don’t want to be in an area that is difficult to clean. Simply glue small sections of moss down and cover the monogram.

Once I had it made I let it set for a while and decided to make my own rosettes instead of the fake flowers I originally planned on. I had some coral, turquoise and pink fabric on hand and they were very easy and quick to create.

I love the bright, cheeriness that the monogram adds to our front door. Perfect way to welcome in spring!

diy moss covered monogram spring

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Are you looking for a great Cinco De Mayo Recipe…. here is one to try.

Easy and Cheap Restaurant Style Homemade Salsa

I love salsa. The stuff from the stores just doesn’t cut it though. We eat alot of Mexican food at our house and buying fresh tomatoes to make a batch of salsa sometimes isn’t affordable. That’s where this recipe comes in. It is so CHEAP! It uses canned tomatoes instead of fresh and it’s even cheaper that the jarred stuff at the supermarket. Not to mention it tastes pretty darn good and you can use so many different ingredients to switch up the flavor! It was also great added in with the Vegetarian Taco Dip recipe. Enjoy!!
What you need:
2- 14.5 oz diced tomatoes (regular or Mexican style)
1 small can diced green chiles
1/4 bunch cilantro
2 cloves garlic
2 whole green onions
1/2 tbsp sugar
salt and pepper
Additional add-ins:
peaches
pineapple
jalepenos
anaheim pepper
bell pepper
lime
Directions:
Mince all ingredients in a food processor except tomatoes. Add tomatoes, pulse a couple more times, or until it reaches the consistency you prefer. Refrigerate before serving!
Easy and Cheap Restaurant Style Homemade Salsa ~ #CincoDeMayo #Recipe
 
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 2- 14.5 oz diced tomatoes (regular or Mexican style)
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
  • ¼ bunch cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 whole green onions
  • ½ tbsp sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • Additional add-ins:
  • peaches
  • pineapple
  • jalepenos
  • anaheim pepper
  • bell pepper
  • lime
Instructions
  1. Mince all ingredients in a food processor except tomatoes. Add tomatoes, pulse a couple more times, or until it reaches the consistency you prefer. Refrigerate before serving!
 Thanks to Hot Eats Cool Reads for this  saving money recipe for Easy and Cheap Homemade Salsa. I too am a huge salsa fan.  My favorite is  restaurant style salsa so this recipe has me all excited 🙂

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