Bath Bombs: What Are They & How Do They Work?

Bath Bombs are created using sodium bicarbonate [baking soda] & citric acid. By combining these two substances & then tossing those into a bath tub filled with water a fizzing effect will occur; like the effervescence of soda. Baking soda & citric acid are also good for your skin. They both relax muscles & soften skin.

There are other ingredients usually added to bath bombs to make them smell good & feel even better. Dead Sea salts are added to help soothe & detoxify. Essential oils smell fantastic & provide therapeutic aromatherapy benefits. Natural dyes from fruit & vegetables can also be added to make the water turn a beautiful color.

These photos below will show how a bath bomb works in action!

 

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Bath bombs can provide not only a healthier bath but spa quality relaxation time. Turn your normal bathing routine into decadent indulgence! Fill your bath water with nourishing essential oils & healing elixirs by simply popping in a cute bath fizzie. Your skin & senses will thank you!

 

Hammy Egg Cups Recipe

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To make Hammy Egg Cups, try the following recipe:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lightly butter or oil the cups of a muffin pan.

Take one or two slices of ham & line each cup of the muffin pan with them.

Place shredded cheese at the bottom of the ham cups.
OPTIONAL: Add garlic, dill, peppers, onions, mushrooms or whatever you like to spice up your eggs with.

Then crack an egg into each ham cup. Scramble the eggs if you like them firm. (This can be done in a separate cup to make things easier)

Place muffin pan in oven & cook for about 10 minutes, until the top of the eggs look firm & the top of the ham is browned.

Add cheese, salt & pepper to taste.

Serving suggestion: if you DON’T scramble your eggs, serve the cups with toast for dunking. This is a traditional English breakfast. Perhaps some tea & scones?

Rye Prosciutto Panini Recipe

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Pumpernickel on left, rye on right

Rye Prosciutto Panini Recipe

 

This is the recipe for a prosciutto panini I thought of. One day I put it together & upon discovering it was delicious, I decided to share it with all of you.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Prosciutto
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Rye bread (or bread of your choice)

ESTIMATED TIMES:

  • Preparation – 3 minutes
  • Grilling – 5 minutes

PREPARATION:

  • Cut mozzarella into thin slices.
  • Finely mince rosemary, basil & garlic.
  • Brush Olive Oil on the grilling surface of the panini press.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Put rye bread pieces side by side. Place a slice of mozzarella on each piece of bread.
  2. Grill in panini press until cheese melts & bread is crispy for the perfect panini!

How to Properly Burn Oils & Waxes

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Now that I gave you the basic run down of my two favorite kinds of oils and why I adore them so much I want to instruct you on proper burning/warming of them. It is one thing to enjoy your fragrances out of a bottle by spraying them or dropping them on your hands. It is entirely different to place them in a diffuser. This makes the fragrance open up like a flower in bloom. You will discover layers to your favorite fragrances. Some layers you will love and others will not be your favorite. By burning and warming scents you can truly appreciate how complex & distinct they are. Since every person’s body chemistry is slightly different you will also notice that you scents smell much different on skin than in the air. Scents also change depending on if they are sprayed or warmed or burned. Spraying scents does not give them the chance to bloom & open up to their full potential. Burning scents in a tea light diffuser will give them a strong and complex scent but the scent will not last as long as one being warmed by a gentle electric light bulb. Scents that are warmed by a light bulb are a good choice for people who like lighter scents and burning is probably your best bet if you enjoy a strong, potent fragrance.

Hello Kitty Wax Tart

Recently I have started using fragrance oil infused waxes. At first I was skeptical. Why add wax to perfectly burnable oils? Because they look cute and are a lot easier to use. It can get messy working with some sticky oils & glass bottles & glass droppers. Having a plastic clam shell container with break away pieces of soy wax are seriously easier to store & use. If you drop a container of wax it is a lot less of a hassle than dropping an 8 oz bottle of essential or fragrance oil. Wax tarts are also a much cheaper alternative to oils. Even if you have a distillation kit and create your own oils it can get very expensive to buy exotic flowers & plants to make oils from. Wax is a great way to use less fragrance oils but still get that same potent scent in the air.

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The environment in which you use your oils & waxes greatly affects how much you will smell them & how long they will last. Fragrance tends to be the most potent & longest lasting in cool, dry air. This goes for candles as well as warmers containing oil or wax tarts. Remember to keep your candles & warmers away from drafts & things that cause them such as a/c vents & ceiling fans. This will ensure proper fragrance disbursement within the room & will also keep your oil/candle burning longer!

Stuffed Crust Pumpkin Pizza Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 ball of dough
  • 1 lb fresh Mozzarella
  • 1 lb of any cheese you like (I used white cheddar)
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Thyme
  • Wheat Flour, as needed to flatten the dough

Directions

The only prep work needed is to let the dough get warm and leavened by leaving it out for two hours. This allows your pizza skin to expand and become more stretchy. You could also grate your favorite cheese and some of the mozzarella, but leave longest parts to cut into strips for the crust. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F as you begin following the Directions below.

Stuffed Crust Pumpkin pizza Step 1

Stuffed Crust Pumpkin pizza Step 1

  1. Step ONE: Flatten the dough to your desired width and thickness. Use an ironing pin or a bubble popper designed for pizza dough to rid your pizza skin of any CO2 bubbles that formed in the crust. For a stuffed crust pizza, make the radius of the flat dough 1″ (one inch) greater than your pizza stone or tray. Cut the mozzarella into 1/2″ (half inch) diameter strips. Line your cheese up in a ring 1″ (one inch) inside the edge of your pizza skin, then pinch the crust closed.

     

  2. Step TWO: Spread your pumpkin puree like a sauce in a thin layer over the center of the crust.

    Pumpkin Pizza Step 2

  3. Step THREE: Add any additional cheese you enjoy to the crust (I really like cheddar and Colby). Leave enough space between the crust-cheese and the sauce, so you can pinch the crust closed and do so NOW. You can do this step directly after flattening the dough.

    Pumpkin Pizza Step 3

  4. Step FOUR: Add the cheese! Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the surface of the pizza.

    Pumpkin Pizza Step 4

  5. Step FIVE: This time I added thin sliced fresh mozzarella. Now you are ready to bake your pie. Put it in the over for at least fifteen minutes, but watch it and make sure the crust is firm as it turns light golden brown.

    Pumpkin Pizza Step 5

This pie is a fabulous blend of salty and sweet. The pie can be cut into 8-10 slices. It was the most festive dinner and breakfast I had all year!

Pumpkin Pizza Finished