I ran across this tutorial for fizzy bath bombs and knew I had to make them for you. Because as much as I LOVE receiving handmade goodies (if you’re thinking about sending some go right ahead), I DOUBLE LOVE giving yummy handmade stuff away. Which reminds me, please don’t eat these. I took a batch to Party City to pick out shipping containers and, I kid you not, women were following me around the store asking if I had cake. Yes they smell that good (I’m sure that will fade a little as they dry but the fragrance should perk up when they’re put in water).
Do you want a humble homemade valentine? Want an extra set to brighten someone else’s day with? Good, because I’m sending two sets to 8 lucky winners. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me who you’d like to love bomb with a homemade bath fizzy and how many people you’re going to have to kick out of the bathroom to enjoy yours. You don’t really have to tell me that second part.
Oh, and if you’re into yummy fragrances wafting through the air you really should make these. I used grated orange rind and orange blossom oil because they make me happy, but you could try dried clary sage with lemon and lavendar oils (for stress) or dried rosemary with bergamot (an energizing blend).
The instructions for the tutorial were a little confusing to me but I figured it out eventually. Here’s my (hopefully clear) explanation:
Pour baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch into a bowl (supercute assistant optional)
Add orange rind and 12 drops essential oil
Spritz the mixture and stir. Do this five or six times and then pick up a fistful and see if it will hold together in your palm. If not, continue spritzing and stirring until it will. (Note: The mixture will fizz a little, which is fine.)
When the ingredients will hold together pack them into an ice cream scoop (about halfway full).
Release into the palm of your hand and place on wax paper. Dry for 24 hours.
Enjoy . . . and by that I mean go the bathroom BY YOURSELF, draw a hot bath and grab a book (and maybe some wine, or some chocolate . . . or maybe your hubs. Oh dear this is a mommy blog I did not just say that. Close your eyes!)
Preserves are fruit prepared with pectin and sugar. Unlike the smooth texture of jelly or jam, large chunks of fruit are suspended in a syrup base. After the salty blueberry preserves debacle it seemed like a fool’s errand to try again, but the thought of sweet and tart yumminess atop Katja’s almond pancakes was too much to resist. Plus, I promised to come up with some easy cultured recipes. This is about as easy as it gets. Try boysenberries or blackberries if you’re feeling adventurous, but skip strawberries (they’re too acidic for the fermentation process) and blueberries are just gross for some reason. Mix in yogurt or serve over pancakes with a generous glug of maple syrup.
I read somewhere that a mom can pick out her newborn’s smell from a hundred other newborns. That’s impressive. But you know what would reeeealllly impress me?? Take that same newborn, fast forward about sixteen years, and then ask that child to pick out her mom’s blog. You know, like a blind taste test. No photos or telltale monikers, just a group of blogs. All your kid has to do is find YOU in the lineup.
I’m pretty sure mine wouldn’t be able to. They’d probably come across the post where I said I’m “raising my daughter to shine” and say “Oh! Oh! I want THAT mom!“And then they’ll take off their blindfolds and look in disbelief as I stand in front of them like a disgraced Pepsi can.
I wish parenting were as easy as blogging about parenting.
One of the reasons I love showing up here every morning is that no one knows the love of a mother better than other mothers. And on days that Katie thinks I am a grinch because I won’t let her eat her weight in raisins, you guys know I made that call because I love her. It’s nice to be affirmed that way.
But sadly, that is not the test. We know we love our kids, but do they?
Children do not experience our intentions, no matter how heartfelt. They experience what we manifest in tone and behavior. We cannot assume that children will know what our priorities are: we must live our priorities.
If it were just about me making “hard” choices “for their good,” I think I could live with them being annoyed with me sometimes. But that’s only half the story.
The truth is, I have given them the things I hold most dear: time, energy & sleep.
Unfortunately, I have learned that it is possible to give all three of those things without giving them what they really want: ME. When I am tired (which right now I really am. I fantasize about the day when our family will sleep in past 5am) it is so much easier to be on automatic and “do stuff” rather than be present with my little ones.
Right now their needs are so great it’s tempting to think we are connecting all the time. Mama feeds. Mama soothes. Mama sews JC Penny the bear (not the duck) back together. But slowly things are changing. I’m needed less. My involvement is optional, but Katie still wants me. If I keep meeting her heart’s desire (as I have been) with a glazed expression and a “I just need to do one more thing before we play” how long will it be before she stops asking . . . and caring?
I’m determined not to find out.Read More »
Daddypotamus here. We all have that point. You know . . . the one where being healthy, organic, or green is more hassle than it’s worth. And we make choices. For convenience. Maybe pleasure. Where even though we agree with the principle of what is best, something else is ultimately more important to us.Read More »
A family friend, Paul, nonchalantly mentioned that leaving a film of Ivory soap under ones arms would result in a fever by morning.
For YEARS my sister and I tried in vain to get it to work. We hoped and prayed and (most of all) scrubbed in hopes of a sick day at home with mom, but all we got for our efforts were very clean armpits. Thank you, Paul, for understanding the magic of home in the heart of a child and using it to get us clean. I’m sure my mom loved you for that.
I’d like you to know home is still just as magical to me. There is more laundry than I remember but it is sweeter, too. When all Katie wants to do is play in the snow . . .
. . and sweet Micah scooches himself up to watch her . . .
I make myself a bowl of old-fashioned bread pudding and rub dirt on my armpits. Because seriously, every day is a day at home with mom now . . . only I am the mom and you’re a liar. So there.
If you’re not Paul, I’d like to share this rustic dessert recipe with you. I hope it fills you with warmth and reminds you of the comforts of home.
1. Melt butter in a saucepan, then add milk/coconut milk/half & half.
2. In a separate bowl combine sucanat, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Whisk until well mixed, then slowly add milk mixture.
3. Place bread in a lightly greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.
4. Sprinkle with raisins, then pour batter on top of bread.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until set in center. Serve warm.
Bread Pudding Sauce (Optional)
Place ingredients in a saucepan and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes. Set aside for 5 minutes, then pour on warm bread pudding.Read More »
But there were no food stores in the town of Chewandswallow. They didn’t need any . . . The only thing that was really different about Chewandswallow was it’s weather. It came three times a day at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything that everyone ate came from the sky.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Gigi – What are you reading to her!?!?!
Me – What?
Gigi – Is that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs? I LOVE that book! Haven’t seen it since you were little.
And then she promptly sat down beside us for storytime. That’s when I realized that EVERY mom (including my own) has probably fantasized about meals falling from the sky at one point or another. Even the most avid food enthusiast can just. get. tired. of. it.
For me, those slumps are usually due to stress. Like, ahem, waking up to assist my son every couple of hours because he keeps rolling over and getting stranded on his back like a turtle.
Busy schedules, illness and other interruptions make it really tempting to forego cooking, but those are the times when our bodies need a little homemade TLC the most! If you are in this season (I am!) here are some ideas for filling your belly without draining your wallet or your time.
A simple “set and forget ” crockpot recipe, this hearty stew is a protein powerhouse. Fatigue and stress often induce sugar cravings which tax the immune system and create more fatigue. Eating protein instead will help prevent that vicious cycle. In addition to the chicken, quinoa is a complete protein (meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids), so you can get away with using less chicken if needed.
Another fatigue fighting benefit is that kitchen cleanup is quick and easy, too.
Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this recipe is more like a list of suggestions than a step-by-step guide. Do you have leftover chicken, a dollop of sour cream or chives fresh from the garden? Throw them in! At just $.74 – $1.04 per serving (per Kimi), this recipe is already super cheap, but if you’re feeling creative this is a great way to get rid of leftovers, too!
Check out the recipe here
“This recipe for Kale and White Bean Soup saves me in every way it can: when I’m tired and can’t cook, when we have even less money to spend on food, when I want something warming and nourishing.” ~ Jenny at Nourished Kitchen
We double (or triple!!) the butter, but other than that this is a perfectly satisfying meal for next to nothing.
Check out the recipe at Nourished Kitchen
A short stack of these almond flour pancakes will load you up with protein, vitamin A, folate, magnesium, vitamin E and more. Though there are fancier recipes out there (like, um, banana chocolate chip pancakes), this basic version one of my favorites. We love them on busy weekday morning’s or piled up high at a leisurely Saturday brunch.
Serve with the traditional butter and maple syrup, or if you want to mix things up give these a try:
There are tons of possibilities, so have fun and get creative!
If you want to ditch your non-stick cookware but don’t want to give up perfect pancakes, hop over and check out this tutorial on breaking in a new cast iron pan. When properly seasoned, cast iron skillets work beautifully as an alternative to Teflon, and they don’t release the six toxic gases that have been documented with synthetic non-stick coatings, some of which are potent enough to kill pet birds. (source)
I love my trusty cast iron skillet, and I’m so happy I made the switch.
Makes 5 small pancakes
This easy paleo falafel, which tastes like a hush puppy with the added flavor cumin and parsley, is a favorite of both kids and adults.
You can’t get much better then a warm, ooey-gooey, chocolate chip cookie! This version made with almond flour is sure to be a favorite.
Everyone knows that the best part of making cookies is sneaking a little of the dough before it gets popped into the oven. Inspired by that moment of joy from childhood, this almond flour-based recipe pairs browned butter cookie dough with the creamy goodness of vanilla ice cream.
Savoury sage & sweet apples make this homestyle stuffing a delicious, grain-free alternative to traditional bread-based dishes.
Ruby red strawberries folded into cakey batter and topped with a crunchy, crumbly streusel. Get the recipe here.Read More »
Last night I sat down and read your comments and cried. Thank you for taking up the cause of these children. It’s no feat of strength to type words out on a keyboard, but after yesterday I am going to step back for a day and rest. Tomorrow things will be back to normal, and because every child should have a childhood (including mine) I will continue to spend my days playing Go Fish and summarizing my kids lives in silly facebook updates.
But choosing to live my life does not mean I will “move on” from this.
It doesn’t matter that I didn’t carry them. My heart aches for their rescue all the same, and I will continue to find ways to be a part of that.
My sister-in-law left a great tip in the comments, but in case you missed it I’ve copied it below.
The child trafficking hotline number is 1-888-373-7888. Please add this number to your phone and call this number if you spot a questionable situation or a child in danger. Some children in this situation have already been spotted in DFW within the last week.
I did it. Have you?Read More »