Compound Butter 3 Ways

View my YouTube tutorial of these recipes here! πŸ™‚

What you’ll need:

I used 5 sticks of butter and divided them into three to create 3 different kinds of compound butter for Thanksgiving. These make an amazing gift to bring along to the holidays. The sweet flavors can be used on rolls, biscuits, toast, cinnamon rolls, and so much more. Savory compound butter is amazing on a nice crusty bread, served as an appetizer with crackers, or used to flavor meat. Keep on Reading!

DIY Holiday Series: Orange+Clove Bath Bombs!

You can view the tutorial here:Β https://youtu.be/I8JGeNzA-aA

Who doesn’t love a bath bomb? If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out! They are so fun and relaxing, but they can get expensive if you buy them retail. Why not try making your own in bulk and have enough to gift around the holidays? BONUS: Orange and clove are great for our bodies. Orange essential oil boosts immunity and helps to alleviate anxiety. Clove gives a natural relief from inflammation and pain.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup oil, such as coconut or olive
  • 8-10 drops essential oil, or to your liking
  • 2 Tbs cloves, ground
  • food coloring (optional)
  • molds
  • To package them for gifts, you will need: some type of container, such as clear bags, ribbon, and labels or tags

Instructions:

  • Combine epsom salts and food coloring in bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine citric acid, baking soda, and cornstarch. Mix well.
  • Add a little of the epsom salts mixture to this main bath bomb mixture. Mix well.
  • In the main mixture, add ground cloves, essential oils, and oil of choice.
  • Add a little of the epsom salts mixture in the bottom of each mold.
  • Press mixture into molds or ice cube tray, pressing very firmly and packing into the mold.
  • Wait for bath bombs to dry. It may take up to 48 hours. They will become very dry and hard, but be gentle with them.
  • Package however you like! Enjoy πŸ™‚

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The Most Darling Handmade Holiday Gifts

Personally, I think it’s super important to have access to high quality, handmade items by small businesses at our fingertips. Going to craft and holiday fairs just isn’t as easy with a little one, so I like to scour the pages of Etsy to find sweet little happies that remind me of some special people in my life.

Here are some suggestions from my favorite shops for affordable + adorable holiday gift ideas and stocking stuffers! Keep on Reading!

TOTALLY Random Haul! | Possible Holiday Gift + Outfit Ideas

Hey y’all! Here’s a quick collection of some SUPER random things I have found on shopping adventures recently – wanted to share some possible holiday wardrobe + gift ideas! Does your family take pictures every year for the holidays? What kind of outfits do you guys wear?

Breastfeeding Tips from an (almost) Failed Breastfeeder

In the end, however you choose to feed your baby is right. It’s your decision. Don’t be bullied into thinking that breastfeeding is the only way or the wrong way, and same for formula feeding. Ya never know, this might be your first lesson in parenting: rolling with the punches, like it was for me.

Have you ever wanted something so much and thought about it endlessly, that when it finally is time for that thing to take place, and it doesn’t happen like you imagined or dreamed, you just feel like curling up and going back to sleep?

I’ve talked previously about the attempt to nurse my first and only, Josie, from day one. To recap, or if you haven’t read my previous blog (read it here) about why I care about helping moms – she just wouldn’t latch. Not kind of, not at all. My overwhelming love for her made her mad or something, I don’t know, and the doctors/nurses didn’t know either. We eventually got the hang of it with one another and I have breastfed her through 15 months old, so dreams do come true y’all. Keep on Reading!

Rev Up Your Everyday Routine: Beauty Recommendations from a Mama with No Time for the Bad!

If you’re a lady in a time crunch or you’re rockin’ it on a budget, I’ve rounded up a few ingredients to add to your quick beauty routine! Check out these skin, makeup, and hair products that I’ve made part of my everyday get-ready. Keep on Reading!

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Chex Mix

A couple things to note about this recipe!

  • You can really make it your own by adding whatever dry ingredients and/or candy you want. Some suggestions: bagel chips, almonds or other nuts, raisins, Reese’s Pieces, butterscotch chips, cheez-its, etc.
  • The seasoning measurements below provide a pretty light flavor. If you like extreme flavor, be sure to ramp it up!

Watch me make this recipe in my vlog, here! πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

10 cups of dry ingredients, I used:

  • 3 cups rice cereal squares
  • 3 cups corn cereal squares
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 3 cups pretzels

Β½ cup apple cider

Β½ cup butter

Β½ cup coconut oil

β…“ cup worcestershire sauce

1 Tbsp garlic powder

Β½ Tbsp onion powder

2 tsp salt

Directions:

Turn your slow cooker on high.

Add all your dry ingredients, butter, and coconut oil.

Stir to cover all the pieces.

Add seasonings and all other ingredients.

Stir again to ensure all pieces have been covered.

Cook in slow cooker for 3 hours, stirring at least once or twice during that time.

Spread the mixture out on parchment paper or baking sheet.

Heat oven to 350Β° F. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool.

Pour all of the chex mix in a gallon size ziploc and add your candy.

Shake and enjoy! πŸ™‚