Saturday, July 27, 2013

posted at God Craft Life -healing

Just wanted to link up to my post on my spiritual healing journey with God

Beyond the Woods-Emotional Healing and the Power of God
on God Craft Life.

Also linked up to Weekend Whatever over at Creative Christian Mama

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Coconut milk hair wash/honey-coconut face mask- week 2 update

I am liking the hair wash more now that I diluted it a little. I am however having a great deal of frizzy trouble with the hot humid weather. Which is typical for me. Summer is the worst for my type of hair.
What I have done is use shea butter to smooth my hair down. It works!
Just put a quarter sized dollop of pure shea butter in the palm of your hands and rub hands together to melt and smooth over hair.

The face mask using the left over coconut pulp mixed with honey and tea tree oil is just awesome. I didn't get any blemishes which I usually do certain times of the month.  I was just amazed.

Woo HOO!

Snack Time! Coconut Oil Refrigerator Fudge revisited

 This week I am linking up with Creative Chritsian Mama at her Whatever Weekend Link-up

I decided to add blackstrap molasses to my coconut oil refrigerator fudge

The original recipe was

2 TBSP of cocoa powder
1 TBSP Honey
1 TBSP  peanut butter or other nut butter
1/4 Cup coconut oil
1/4 Cup unsweetened coconut flakes

makes about 6 squares

this time I added
1 tsp of blackstrap molasses
4 medjool dates chopped
You can add peanuts or other nuts or seeds to your liking

 This makes a slightly thick and gooey bar. But I like the taste difference with the molasses

This must remain refrigerated and best eaten quickly or it gets a little messy on a hot day. As you can probably see in the picture it started to get a little melty while I was trying to change the light setting on my phone's camera. Its a sweltering day today.

In case you were wondering what is that black and white object in the background? Well that is Betsy the moo cow tea kettle. Someone was giving it away at work and I snatched it up.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Meal Planning

Here we go some real food recipes worth posting.

We have the appetizer, dinner, and desert. These pictures are making my mouth water.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Crock Pot beef Carnitas Tacos

GF Chocolate Cookies
Stuffed Spiced Acorn Squash GF
Stuffed Spiced Acorn Squash GF

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Coconut/Honey Skincare Recipe. Part two

This week I am linking up with Creative Christian Mama at her Whatever Weekend link up

I tried the coconut milk hair wash yesterday and found it a little too greasy after it dried. I decided to add more aloe vera to the mix and a little water and will see how it is tomorrow. Having naturally dry hair I think it was almost right but a little tweaking will probably do the trick. If you have naturally greasy hair this probably wouldn't be the right hair cleansing method to try.
The positive is that my scalp is dandruff free!!!!!

As for my skin, I also thought the coconut pulp (which can be saved from making coconut milk), and honey mix was pretty good but added more honey to it and tried it today. My skin is smooth but a little less oily from the coconut.

The mixture looks a lot like applesauce. I decided to put part of it in the freezer to keep for another time.

So here is the recipe

Approx. 1/4 cup left over coconut pulp from making coconut milk
10 drops of tea tree oil
3 to 4 Tbsp of manuka or raw honey.

Apply to face with tips of fingers- just note a little bit goes a long way and the coconut pulp can be a bit messy.
Leave on your face for approx. 10 min.
Wash of with warm water.

I am going to have to try the ice cube tray trick for the hair wash and maybe the face mask too. That way you only pop out one small portion at a time and let it melt to use for the day.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ph Balanced Coconut Milk Hair Cleansing Method/skin care tip too

I am always looking for good hair cleaning methods. I have tried the baking soda/water mixture as a cleanser and ACV rinse and found it dries my hair and scalp too much. I have tried aloe vera mixed in with the ACV and that helps some. I have also tried just honey/water mixture as a cleanser and ACV/aloe mix as a rinse and it still seems to dry my hair and scalp. I had a long time ago tried coconut milk, in a can and liked the softness of my hair afterward but my scalp itched like crazy. Now that I am making my own coconut milk I think I may try this again.

Update: Tried it. I made a coconut concoction with coconut flakes and aloe vera juice. This makes at least two or three shampoos worth.

1/2 c unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup of aloe vera juice
5 or more drops of melaleuca oil (tea tree oil)

 I blended all three ingredients together in the blender, and strained the pulp out (don't throw out the pulp!). poured the "milk" in a glass jar. I used about a third of the mixture to wash my hair and am waiting for my hair to dry to see how it feels. It seems softer and less dry.

What I did with the pulp:
I set aside the pulp and added honey and a few more drops of tea tree oil to use as a facial mask. My face feels so smooth. The oil from the coconut flakes really is great as a moisturizer. Tea tree oil is great for acne and honey is a great moisturizer as well. All three ingredients are antibacterial.

Here is the pin of the week

Coconut milk/aloe vera hair wash. Read original source post here


Friday, July 5, 2013

Finally added a links for healthy living page!

Check out the tabs at the top. I added a links page to make things easier to find.

Many of the links are links I mentioned in my earlier posts and I will be adding more links as I go along, I am sure.

Hope these are helpful for those interested in taking charge of their health

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Healthy snacks

So yeah, I have been eating things I shouldn't and yup my gut is not happy.

One of the things I am finding with this new job is that I tend to get so busy I don't eat lunch. Not good because I end up exhausted and not thinking clearly.

I knew this job could be like that but I need to bring snacks with me to carry along where ever I go.

One idea for snacks is to buy some grass fed gelatin and make some gelatin snacks. Also make my own fruit leather. I've seen some good recipes online.


mango gummy treats
DIY Fruit leather

I am so anxious to go back to eating better. I cant wait to do my shopping this weekend.