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August 2018

  • InFriday Spa-day, Personal Essentials

    Lavender Chamomile Sugar Scrub

    Spa-day Friday is here at the Shedquarters and we’ll be bringing you new “spa day” ideas every week. This week, we’re making an amazing Lavender & Chamomile Sugar Scrub.

    Here’s what you need:

    • 4 TBLS Sugar
    • 1 TB Apricot Oil  or (Almond, Grapeseed, Avacado, Coconut)
    • 2 tsp Glycerin
    • 10 drops lavender essential oil
    • 5 drops chamomile essential oil
    • ++Optional dried lavender flowers (See my Tips)

    How to make the lavender chamomile sugar scrub:

    Add the sugar and apricot oil to a bowl and stir. More oil may be needed depending on the sugar you use.  Add oil as needed to make sugar wet but not over saturated.

    In a separate container mix the glycerin and essential oils together and then combine them with the sugar mixture Stir well and add a few more drops of essential oil or apricot oil to reach the desired consistency and scent  You can add the dried lavender flowers if desired.

    Read my Tips on Scrubs and other Personal Essentials.

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  • InPersonal Essentials

    Tips on Making Body Scrubs, Facial scrubs, Soaps or Bath Infusions

    When you are making any type of sugar scrub, bathtub soak, or bars of soap and you use any type of dried flowers, oatmeal, coffee, seeds…remember they will be on your shower floor in your bathtub.  You will have to clean the tub, or shower floor.   They will be slippery…especially, when you use oils in your products that to will leave a slippery residue on the tub or shower floor.  My advice would be to keep in your shower a long handled scrub brush to clean before you shower.

    Here are a couple of options for you, but you can also find similar items at Walmart, Home Depot, Target or where ever you shop.

    https://www.amazon.com/MSR-4436-Telescopic-Tile-Scrubber/dp/B0058MIR8C/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1535539673&sr=8-18&keywords=long+handled+scrub+brush+for+shower

    https://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips-Extendable-Scrubber/dp/B00L9X4WCE/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1535539673&sr=8-5&keywords=long+handled+scrub+brush+for+shower&dpID=21f8JwLdp2L&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

    Check out my scrub recipes

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  • InCocktails, Thirsty Thursdays

    A Cuban Take on Mojitos

    Welcome to Thirsty Thursdays at the Shedquarters!
    On a recent trip to Cuba, my friends came back with a new (some a renewed) love of mojitos. I’ve always been one that could take them or leave them, but these gals told me I had to try a mojito made “the Cuban way.” So here we go…
    Here’s what you need:
    • 12 -15 small fresh mint sprigs, plus 4 more for garnish.
    • 14 cup sugar, plus.
    • 2 tablespoons sugar, sifted (can use superfine sugar)
    • 12 cup fresh lime juice, chilled.
    • 34 cup white rum or 34 cup golden rum, chilled.
    • 8 dashes Angostura bitters.
    • 2 cups club soda, chilled.
    • crushed ice

    Here’s how to make the mojitos:

    1. In a large container or bowl, muddle mint with sugar until the mint is coarsely chopped and the sugar has turned a shade of green.
    2. Add lime juice, rum and bitters and stir until sugar dissolves.
    3. Strain into a small pitcher.
    4. Pour into iced tea or mojito glasses that are filled about 1/3 with crushed ice and top each drink with 1/2 cup of the club soda. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve.
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  • InPersonal Essentials

    Why Scrub with Sugar You May Wonder?

    Making your own sugar scrubs is easy, affordable, and good for your skin!

    Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid which increase new skin cell production and breaks down the protein that keeps the dead cells hanging onto your skin. The result is glowing, polished, baby smooth skin! You can use most of the sugar scrub recipes on your face or body. It’s always a good idea to do a test on your skin in a small area before applying to your whole face or body. Wait 24hours for any reaction before applying to a larger area on your body or face.

    If you have very sensitive skin, I’d suggest switching to oatmeal for gently exfoliating instead of sugar. Salt scrubs are great but can be too rough on sensitive skin. I prefer to use salt only in feet scrubs! Take care to never scrub irritated skins or wounds.

    Homemade sugar scrubs are also very cost effective, easy to make and great to be given as gifts!

    HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE SUGAR SCRUBS?

    The basic ingredients you will need are organic unrefined coconut oilgrapeseed or safflower oil and of course sugar! You can substitute grapeseed oil or safflower oil with carrier oil like almond oil or sunflower oil. Just keep in mind that oils have different scent and texture.

    For example, if you use olive oil in your homemade sugar scrub, you will end up with a greasy scrub. It’s best to use lightweight texture oil like safflower or grapeseed oil. Those oils will absorb to your skin easily, making your skin well hydrated but not greasy.

    Also, choose a certified organic carrier oil so you don’t end up with pesticides on your skin.

    HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR DIY SUGAR SCRUB RECIPES:

    • To achieve a sandy texture for your sugar scrubs, use a ¾ cup of oil and 1 cup + ½ cup of sugar.
    • Adding dried herbs, flowers, clays, seeds and fruits in a scrub takes it to the next level!
    • Using fruits in sugar scrubs help getting rid of dead skin, exfoliate and contains natural vitamins.
    • Replacing fresh fruits by essential oils makes the scrub last longer.
    • Use brown sugar from dark colored scrubs but lighter sugar for scrubs with pink or yellow shades (like the rose or grapefruit scrubs).
    • Depending on the carrier oil you use, you may have to slightly adjust the ratio sugar vs oil.
    • The texture of wet sand is nice for a body scrub but sometime it makes it hard to apply, consider making sugar scrub cubes, see recipe below.
    • Keep the sugar scrub air tight and free of water or humidity so it last longer.
    • If you use fresh fruit juices, fresh herbs, water or aloe vera (any kind of liquids) the scrub will not last long – probably a few days or a week the most. You also may end up with mold or bacteria so it’s best to use within a few days and keep in the fridge.
    • Using fruit powdered extracts or dry herbs will allow your scrub to last longer without the use of preservatives.

     

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  • InDetox Waters, Water Wednesdays

    Blueberry Orange Detox Water

    Wednesday is Water Day here at the Shedquarters so stay tuned for a new detox water recipe every week. This week, we’re looking at a Blueberry Orange detox water.

    Here’s how to make it:

    • 1 cup Blueberries
    • 1 large orange sliced
    • 1 pitcher of water
    •  *** Best herb to add would be mint

    Mix it all together let infuse over night

    Detoxing Benefits

    • Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and contain folate and B vitamins. This fruit is great for the immune system.
    • Blueberries are another one of nature’s superfoods. They are rich in vitamins and phytochemicals known as flavonoids which may help to reduce heart conditions in young women. They are also a good source of manganese which is essential for bone growth and can aid the replenishment of this mineral after menopause.

     

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  • InRecipes

    Bloody Mary Pickles

    My husband loves Bloody Mary’s in the morning on the weekends or on vacation. Who doesn’t right??? He also loves pickles, so I thought…what would happen if you combined the two – Bloody Mary Pickles.

    So, I went about trying some recipes for pickles to have with hamburgers, hot dogs…well just about anything that would have that same spicy flavor and let me tell you, these are delicious! You can add other ingredients to make them your own too. You can make them spicier by adding more hot sauce or horseradish or adding a slice of cooked bacon might give them some smoky flavor. The sky is the limit with these flavorful babies!

    Here is the basic recipe:

    • 3 small pickling cucumbers, cut lengthwise
    • 3 lemon rounds
    • 1/3 c. tomato juice
    • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
    • 2 tsp. prepared horseradish
    • 1/2 tsp. black peppercorns
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 garlic clove, cut into thirds or minced
    • Dash of hot sauce
    • 1/4 c. vodka

    Pack cucumbers, lemon rounds, and garlic into a glass jar.


    In a small saucepan, medium heat, combine tomato juice, lemon juice, horseradish, peppercorns, salt, and hot sauce. Bring to boil, remove, and add vodka.

    Pour over cucumbers. Let cool completely, then seal with lid and refrigerate until cool. These Bloody Mary Pickles are amazing and are sure to be the hit of your next party.

    Pass the Bloody Mary Pickles please!

    #pickles #bloodymary #bloodymarypickles #bloodymarymix

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  • InCanning

    Simple Peach Jam

    What to do with all of these fresh peaches I found over the weekend?

    I picked up about 8 very large peaches this week and decided to use them for some simple Peach Jam made with no sugar. I am always trying to find recipes that I can substitute the white sugar to make it more healthy for us, and this turned out really well.

    Here’s my recipe:

    • 8-10 large peaches
    • 1 – 1 1/2 cups of honey (to taste)
    • 1 vanilla bean
    • 1 teas of butter
    • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
    • Zest and juice of 1 lemon (or 3 tbls of lemon juice)

    Peel and chop peaches and combine with all ingredients in a large pan. Bring to a low simmer for 1-2 hours. Let them cook down and become thick. Ladle into jars and water bath for 10 minutes.

    I purchased this Power Cooker and use it for canning. It works like a charm and it’s so much easier than the water bath method when you are doing small batches. If I was going to make a lot of something, I would still bring out the big canner, but this one is the perfect size for smaller batches of canning and might be a great way to get started for a newbie in canning.

        

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