Author Archives: Coleen

she {hearts} grumpy playdough

I feel like my household has been a little on the grumpy side lately, so I decided to make some playdough and add essential oils to it.  I used wild orange, but any citrus blend like lemon, lime, grapefruit, or orange is very uplifting to energize the mind and body.  Sounded perfect for my family!

Gather your ingredients:

3 cups of flour (I used fresh milled hard white.  It’s all I had.)

2 Tbsp oil

3/4 cup salt

3 Tbsp cream of tartar

1 1/2 cup boiling water

10-20 drops of essential oil

food coloring

1.  Start by stirring together your salt, flour, cream of tartar and oil in a large bowl.

2.  Add the boiling water and keep stirring till it gets a little stiff, then use your hands to knead mixture until it forms into dough.

3.  Once its mixed pretty good and has cooled down, add essential oil and food coloring.   Knead the dough until the dye is thoroughly mixed in.  It may take a bit of arm strength but keep it up!

Once your done, its playdough time for the whole family!  Let the giggles begin!

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You could even use lavender essential oil to create a relaxing environment while your kids play.

Don’t forget to store playdough in air tight container!

she {hearts} chia seed pudding

I’ve got a sweet tooth! Surprised huh?!  I’m curbing it with another chia seed recipe.

This chia seed pudding is much healthier version than using traditional pudding mix.  Check out the recipe and try it! Feel free to change or add items to create it to your enjoyment.

This will make one serving.  Gather your ingredients:

she {hearts} chia seed pudding
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 dropper full of liquid stevia
  1. In a mason jar combined all ingredients together and mix it up!
  2. Refrigerate at least one hour. After the first 30 minutes, stir pudding with fork so it doesn't stick together.
  3. After an hour it's ready to eat! Top with fruit or nuts if you want!

Enjoy!

she {hearts} chia seed jam

I’m sure you have heard of these little seeds.  I have heard of them but it was from YEARS ago and that jingle comes to mind every time. Chia pets!

I did not realize you could eat them and how healthy they are for you!

These tiny little seeds are packed with fiber, which means it keeps them fuller longer and provides more energy. Chia seeds also have a small percentage of protein, many essential vitamins and minerals, like potassium and calcium, and a very high amount of omega-3. The seeds actually do contain extractable oil, a reason why the Aztecs called the seeds chian or oily.

Some additional benefits of eating chia seeds include:

  • Feeling full and losing weight without starving
  • Balancing blood sugar levels
  • Help prevent diverticulosis and diverticulitis
  • Add healthy omega-3 oil to your diet
  • Feel more energized all day long
  • Bake with less fat
  • Age defying antioxidants
  • Reduces cravings for particular unhealthy foods
  • Adds a flavorful punch
  • Saves you money

Are you ready to try them?

Here is a EASY way to make your jam!

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she {hearts} chia seed jam
  • 1 cup fruit
  • 3-4 tablespoons agave
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  1. 1. Put 1 cup of fruit of your choice (you can use fresh or frozen) into pot on stove and heat on medium to low for about 5 minutes. Then mash fruit with potato masher.
  2. 2. Stir in 4 tablespoons of agave (You could certainly use less or more depending on sweetness you desire) along with 3 tablespoons of chia seeds. Cook on low temp until it thickens, usually in about 5 minutes. Continue to stir so the jam doesn't stick to pot.
  3. 3. Remove from pot and pour into jar and let it cool. It's ready to eat!

Try it just as it is or on some homemade bread or mix it in some plain greek yogurt.  It is delish any way you eat it! Enjoy!

she {hearts} santa cookies

Our family has been making these cookies for Santa for years. They are his favorite and I bet you will enjoy them as well!

I got the original recipe from Paul Deen YEARS ago and have changed some of the ingredients to work for our family.

she {hearts} santa cookies
  • 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 1/2 hard white whole grain flour
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup honey granules
  • 1 cup sucanat
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 16oz maraschino cherries
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Using your electric mixer, place butter, honey granules, and sucanat together in bowl and mix until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla, then mixture aside.
  4. Sift together flour, soda, and salt.
  5. Add milk to butter mixture then add your flour, soda, and salt to butter mixture.
  6. In another bowl, combine chopped nuts, cherries and white chocolate chips.
  7. Then add to mixture, stirring only to blend.
  8. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for approximately 11-13 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

she {hearts} another ornament

I love wrapping gifts with not only a bow but adding just a little extra on the outside.  Sometimes that is in the form of something as simple as raffia bow with a cute tag or an ornament for Christmas.  This craft ornament is a little baby Jesus.

It makes a cute accessory to your gift wrap presents or make one to hang on your own tree as an ornament.  It is a simple and very flexible craft! Think outside the box, always!

Gather supplies: (I got everything from Michael’s)

small wood stars

wood boy game pieces (if you cant find these you could just use the round ball heads)

craft paint

wire (I used 20 gauge)

small bird nest

felt

sharpie

glue gun

1.  Start by painting your star and the head of your boy game piece.

2.  As that dries, twist end of wire to connect to bird’s nest.  Then wrap wire around end of pencil or I used my paint brush.

3.  Hot glue star to wire.

4.  Now is time to wrap the baby with felt.  I cut felt piece in half, then half again, one more time.  Put two dots of hot glue on neck and fold felt.

5.  Fold one side over and glue, then fold other side over and glue.

6.  Fold up bottom piece of felt hanging down, hot glue in place in the nest.

7.  Lastly tuck in those side pieces sticking out.  Use the sharpie and add two dots for the little eyes.  I added a string so it can be tied onto a gift, then later used as an ornament.  I also added some glitter to the star to give it a little pop.

Enjoy!

she {hearts} cinnamon ornaments

My girls and I made these cinnamon ornaments this weekend.  The house smelled wonderful while they baked.  We will be tying them to gifts for our family and friends this year.

Start by gathering supplies:

3/4 cups applesauce

1 bottle ground cinnamon (about 4 ounces)

cookie cutters of your choice

straw

ribbon

1.  Start by mixing cinnamon and applesauce together till it forms a dough ball.  You might have to start with a spoon to mix, then get in there with your hands to continue to mix it up.

2. Take about 1/3 of the “dough” and roll out between 2 pieces of plastic wrap till about 1/4″ thickness.

3. Take off top plastic wrap and cut with your cookie cutters.

4. Use the straw to make the hole for the ribbon.

5. Carefully place on baking pan and bake for 2 1/2 hours on 200F.

6. Let them completely cool for 1-2 days then they are ready to be used for gifts!

 

Enjoy!

she {hearts} diy christmas ornaments

Did you know Christmas is 42 days away?! WOW! Christmas is coming!

With that knowledge, I decided to make a few new ornaments for my tree.  These ornaments are very easy to make and would be a very fun craft afternoon for you and your kids, might be better for older children though.  

All these supplies I got at Michael’s!  I’ll show you 5 ornaments I created.  Feel free to come up with some new ideas based off these.  There are a lot of possibilities!


Gather your supplies:

The first ornament I cut strips from pages of an old book and stuffed them into the glass ball.  Done!

Next one is little bit more challenge.  Find the small bottle pipe trees, place a dot of hot glue on bottom of tree, then use tweezers to place in ornament quickly before glue drys.  Then fill with fake snow. Done again!

Third one is just as easy as the first, just fill with feathers. Done!

Fourth ornament, use any glitter color of your choice.  

First, fill empty glass ornament with a little bit of Pledge Multi`Surface Floor Cleaner and swirl all around the inside of ornament.  Pour excess cleaner back into bottle.

Place ornament upside down to allow excess to drain out.  

Next funnel a good bit of glitter into the glass ball and roll around to coat inside with glitter.  Turn ornament upside down and tap gently to shake out excess glitter.

The floor cleaner will harden and seal the glitter. Done!

Last ornament!  Fill with paint color of your choice and roll it around.  Use as few or as many colors as you would like.

Allow ornament to dry upside down for about 20-30 minutes between colors. Then you are done with your final ornament!

Enjoy!