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I don’t know about you but in the winter my hands suffer with the dry air, I am constantly looking for a decent hand lotion. After the good results I had making a lip balm I decided to try making a hand lotion. With three basic ingredient plus water I made a really nice lotion.

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Ingredients for making a hand lotion.

It’s too thick to use as a body lotion but works perfectly for my hands. When you first put it on your hands it seems a little greasy but it soaks in in no time. I used lavender as my essential oil but you could use whatever you want. I had the olive oil on hand and purchased the emulsifying wax from Mountain Rose Herbs. Next time I’ll have to find a recipe for making a homemade beeswax lotion as we have our own beeswax. I poured lotion into a wide mouth pint jar, which I now keep by the sink.

Here’s the recipe:

1 ¼ cup hot water
¼ cup emulsifying wax
¼ cup olive oil
15-36 drops of essential oil (depends on your taste)

In a Pyrex measuring cup I combined the olive oil and emulsifying wax and microwaved it on high for 1 minute or until the wax is melted. The temperature is about 155 degrees.

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Emulsifying wax and olive oil

I then removed the wax – olive oil mixture from the microwave and heated up the water in another Pyrex measuring cup for one minute. While the water was heating up I added the essential oil into my melted wax-olive oil mixture. I only used 15 drops of lavender essential oil.

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Melted wax and olive oil.

Then pour the hot water slowly into the wax-olive oil mixture and watch it turn milky white. At this point the temperature is about 125 degrees. I then poured the hot lotion into my wide mouth pint jar and let it cool over night.

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Lotion poured into pint jar.

I was a bit skeptical that it would thicken, however the next morning the lotion was a nice thick consistency.

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Hand lotion thickened overnight.

I could have used more essential oil but I really like the gentle fragrance of the lavender, it is not overpowering at all.

 

As a general rule I cook from scratch. Occasionally I will doctor up cake mixes or other time saving mixes. I have a son who loves Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. I discovered this recipe many years ago. It is quick and easy and you can have a batch of muffins in the oven in no time. I usually have the ingredients on hand so I can mix up a batch when my son is home.

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Ingredients

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

18 ¼ oz pkg White Cake Mix
6 oz pkg lemon pudding
2 Tbsp poppy seeds
3 eggs
1 ¼ cup water
⅓ cup vegetable oil

In a large bowl, blend cake mix, lemon pudding and poppy seeds.

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Mix dry ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs, water and oil.

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Combine eggs, oil and water.

Blend the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and gently stir. Line muffin tin with muffin cups.muffin liners Fill 2/3 full.muffin batter, lemon poppy sed muffins Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until done. Let cool 5 minutes before removing.homemade muffins, lemon, poppy seeds

Makes 20-24 muffins depending on the size of your muffin tin. These muffins freeze well too.

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These muffins freeze well.

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Ready to eat.

 

For some time I’ve been interested in learning more about homemade hand creams and homemade soap. In researching various recipes I came upon a recipe for lip balm and decided to give it a try. I was amazed at how quickly the recipe came together and the end product was wonderful.

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Ingredients for Lip Balm

I used our own honey and our own beeswax, which gave the lip balm a beautiful honey color.

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Grated beeswax.

The vitamin E oil is squeezed out of Vitamin E capsules; you get about 3 drops out of one capsule.

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Squeezing Vitamin E out of capsule.

I had several 1 oz metal tins, which I used to pour the lip balm into. I ended up with four 1 oz containers when done. Here is the recipe I used:

6 Tbsp almond oil
2 tsp honey
4 tsp beeswax, grated
5 drops vitamin E oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
8 – ½ oz lidded pots

In a double boiler, melt almond oil, honey and beeswax together. I used a tin can placed in water.

Melting wax and oil.

I used a tin can to heat up the oil and melt the wax.

Remove from heat, allowing mixture to cool slightly. Add vitamin E and peppermint oils, stir until well blended. Spoon into pots and allow to cool before covering. Makes 8 – ½ oz pots.

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Finished product.

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Peppermint Lip Balm

This blog is linked to Frugal Tip Tuesday!

As promised I will share my Killer Brownie recipe from my husband’s family. I have to admit I am a recipe collector! I not only have numerous cookbooks but I also have several recipe boxes full of recipes I’ve collected over the years. The first recipe I asked for was in grade school, I asked my best friend’s mother for her macaroni and cheese recipe. It was something I don’t remember my mother making and I thought it was delicious! Since then my collection has grown. I’ve mentioned before the collection of family recipes that my mother-in-law gave me when I was engaged.

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Well loved recipe collection.

It is a wonderful collection of delicious and well-loved recipes. When my grandmother-in-law passed away I inherited her recipe box. What a treasure, this brownie recipe originated from the recipe box but was also passed along in the collection of recipes from my mother-in-law. I will pass it along to you.

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Original Recipe

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Gram's Recipe Box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killer Brownies

2 eggs
1 cup of sugar
½ cup butter
2 squares of Bakers Chocolate (semi-sweet)
½ cup flour
½ tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
½ tsp vanilla

Melt the butter and chocolate over hot water. In a bowl, beat the eggs till light add the sugar and continue to beat. Add chocolate mixture, then flour, baking powder and salt. Then add vanilla. Spread in a 8×8 pan and bake 325 for 25 minutes or until done. I’ve also baked this recipe in a pie pan for brownie pie.

I then made a basic cream cheese frosting and spread it over the brownies (I doubled the recipe for the brownies). Once the frosting was spread I sprinkled on some of the crushed candy canes. What a delicious treat!

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Candy Cane Brownies

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Basic Cream Cheese Frosting

I also made the Peppermint Sauce, which despite its bright pink color is delicious. Poured over vanilla ice cream I can enjoy the taste of peppermint stick ice cream year round! This recipe is very easy and can be made in a matter of minutes. If you missed the link here is the recipe:

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Peppermint sauce ingredients

Peppermint Sauce

1 ½ cups crushed peppermint candy canes
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow crème (fluff)

In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Cook over medium-low heat until the mixture is smooth and the candy is melted, stirring occasionally. (I left some of the candy bits un-melted)

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Stir until melted.

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Combine ingredients in a pan.

Pour into an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator. Serve warm over ice cream or cake. Makes three cups.

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Bright pink Peppermint Sauce.

I wonder how many people end up with a pile of leftover candy canes after Christmas? I know we do. For some reason everyone likes to have them hanging on the tree but they never seem to get eaten up. I was looking at the pile of candy canes the other day and thought there has to be a way to make use of them rather then throw them out. After spending a little time on the computer I found numerous ideas!

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Leftover Candy Canes.

1. Stir them in your hot chocolate.
2. Use them to stir your tea.
3. Add them to a milkshake.
4. Break off the hooked end and dip the straight piece in melted chocolate.
5. Crush them.

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Crushed Candy Canes.

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Put the candy cane pieces in your blender.

The last idea had so many uses that I decided that’s what I would do. I took all of our candy canes and put them in the blender and made sugar cane sugar! This sugar can be used in many ways.

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My container of candy cane sugar.

1. Ice Cream Sprinkles (I love this idea, Peppermint Stick Ice Cream is my favorite)
2. Cake Sprinkles
3. Cupcake Sprinkles
4. On top of whipped cream in your hot chocolate
5. Sweeten your hot tea
6. Sweeten your hot chocolate
7. Use the sugar in recipes

Use them in recipes, what an idea! I found all sorts of recipes that you could use the crushed candy canes in.

Here are links to just a few:

1. Candy Cane Fudge
2. Peppermint Four Layer Cake
3. Chocolate Peppermint Bark
4. Peppermint Ice Cream
5. Candy Cane Brownies
6. Peppermint Meringues
7. Candy Cane Cheesecake

What did I do with our candy cane sugar? First I made Candy Cane Brownies, I didn’t use the recipe mentioned above but I will share the recipe I used this Friday, it is a recipe passed down from my husband’s grandmother’s recipe box. I also made some Peppermint Sauce. I’m hoping it will remind me of peppermint stick ice cream! I’ll let you know.

This blog is a part of the Frugal Tuesday Tip!

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Ingredients

This recipe originally came from the cookbook Bouquet Garni, a cookbook published by the alumnae of Mount Holyoke College in 1978. It is a collection of recipes from the alumnae and is full of delicious meal ideas. Parmesan Chicken has been a favorite for years, I love this recipe because you can mix up the crumb mixture and just keep it in your freezer. You can use just what you need for the number you are feeding. Once your chicken is defrosted you can put together a delicious meal very quickly. This recipe is good enough for company! The recipe says the crumb mixture is good on fish although I’ve only used it on chicken.

Parmesan Chicken

1-2 pounds of boneless chicken
½ cup butter
2 cups bread crumbs (seasoned work well too)
¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
⅓ cup chopped parsley
¼ tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika

Melt butter in a small pan. Combine remaining ingredients. Dip chicken in butter, then roll in crumb mixture and place in a shallow greased baking pan.

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Chicken before baking.

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Seasoning mixture can be stored in the freezer.

Drizzle butter that is left over the chicken. Cover with foil.

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Foil Covered Chicken

Can refrigerate till ready to cook. Bake ½ hour at 350 degrees covered; uncover and continue baking for an additional ½ hour. Bake until the chicken is tender.

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Dinner's Ready!

Leftover crumbs store well in the freezer. Mixture can also be used on broiler-fryer chickens that have been cut up and skinned.

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