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rock candy suckers

rock candy suckers diy

Rock candy is so pretty…so why wouldn’t you want to make them at home!? I thought they would be a super easy project that I could enjoy, no problem….but I wasn’t successful the first time I tried making these. I did something wrong and they did not form crystals…they didn’t do anything. Darn it! But the second time I made sure I let the sugar-water reach a rapid boil and it was a success! I love the way they turned out.

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Supplies:

  • 8 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Cups Water
  • Candy thermometer
  • 5 Jars
  • 5 Clothes pins
  • Food coloring
  • 5 Candy sticks

The night before, soak sticks in water for about 20 min then roll in sugar. Place on paper towel or plate and let dry overnight.

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Gather jars and designate a remote area to place them. (They need to sit untouched for 1 week for crystals to form)

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In a medium sauce pan bring water to a rapid boil.

One cup at a time add sugar and let dissolve completely before adding next cup. Once all the sugar is added and the sugar-water is clear, remove from heat. (I let my sugar water boil for a while, like 10 min…..my water temperature was anywhere between 250 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit)

Add food coloring drops to jars.

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Once cooled, pour sugar-water into jars…this mixture will make 5 suckers. (I doubled it)

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Put stick through a clothes pin and place into filled jar. Make sure the stick is not touching the sides of the jar.

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Cover and leave alone for approximately one week or until crystals are at desired size.

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….and TADA!!

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Enjoy!

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garlic nail strengthener

Garlic Nail Strengthener

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Do you have crappy nails!? ME TOO!! Paper-thin nails that always break, peel and bend. Not cool! I’ve tried all of the polishes that promise to give you strong and long nails, but I have never noticed a difference.

The other day, on a rerun of Dr. Oz, they were talking about how garlic can help in strengthening and growing your nails! This may seem weird and stinky but don’t worry…the smell disappears once it is dry!

I just started this method so I will report back on the long term results soon!

Follow these simple steps and let me know if it works for you!

  1. Use any basic clear polish.
  2. Finely chop or mince 1 clove of garlic.
  3. Drain approximately 1/4 of the polish out of the bottle as to not overflow.
  4. Pack the chopped garlic into the bottle.
  5. Put the bottle away to steep for 7-10 days.
  6. Apply 2 coats of polish to bare clean nails and let it dry.

 

*Also…I would like to apologize to my followers for all the annoying e-mails last Friday. I just learned how to use Polyvore and I didn’t realize what I was doing on there was showing up on my blog too. I was trying to make an Albin Home Vision Board.

 

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diy dark spot corrector

 

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For some annoying reason I have been battling dark spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, on my forehead, upper lip, and under my eyes…I look dirty! My best friend, who happens to be a dermatologist, told me it is from the sun. The dark spots are a new thing for me and it is not something I can learn to accept. Pretty skin is important to me…So I did some research and found a few remedies I wanted to try (in addition to hydroquinone cream). Aloe vera has beneficial skin healing powers, it contains all kinds of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties while helping your skin shine brighter and lighter. I read that aloe vera works on hyperpigmentation by encouraging the skin to regenerate new skin cells while also moisturizing and cleansing. Even though dark spots are pretty difficult to treat I thought it was worth a try! After reading through several different recipes I decided to make my own very simple aloe vera mask with coconut oil and lemon juice. The acidic juice will also help lighten the dark spots and give the aloe vera gel a longer shelf life.

Gel may have a slight pink tint due to oxidation.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Lemon juice
  • Coconut oil

Method:

  • Cut the end and rough sides off the aloe Vera
  • Using a sharp knife, slice off the top rind to expose the gel
  • Using a spoon or the knife scoop the gel into a bowl
  • In a small food processor add approximately 3 to 4 heaping tablespoons of gel
  • Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Add 3/4 the juice of 1 lemon…more than half but not every drop
  • Blend for approximately 1 minute

To use:

  • To use as a mask apply to face and neck for approximately 10 to 15 minutes (it’s really slimy and slippery so apply mask in appropriate location, like the bathtub)
  • To use as a toner, dip cotton ball in gel and rub on face and neck, focusing on dark spots. I like to do this at night then wash my face in the morning and continue with my normal routine.

These remedies can take up to a week or more for any discernible results to be seen.

Keep the concoction is your refrigerator, it will last for approximately 1-2 week(s).

My aloe vera leaf was big and I had leftovers/extra…I blended the remaining gel with lemon juice to create aloe vera juice. I kept it in my refrigerator and consumed 1 to 2 tablespoons per day.

 

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coffee face mask

 

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This is a recipe I found in one of my favorite magazines called Willow and Sage, originally from Sarah Howard’s blog.  I really liked it and thought you might too! Coffee is surprisingly great for dry winter skin helping to improve blood flow making your skin appear radiant and bright.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground coffee beans (I used Folgers)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened whole milk/unsweetened almond milk (I used coconut milk)
  • 1T raw honey

Mix the ground coffee beans with the cocoa powder. Mix in the milk, and stir until it creates a paste. For a thicker paste, use less milk. Fold in honey. Apply to skin and let dry for up to 20 minutes. Rinse off, and store any extra mask in the fridge for up to three days.

 

Let me know if you decide to try it out!

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christmas cookies

We leave Christmas Day to have Albin Christmas in Red River, NM! It is suppose to snow…a lot…so yay for a white Christmas. Anyways…back in the day, Zac’s mom use to make these really yummy peanut butter Ritz crackers covered with almond bark, I call them Christmas cookies. Last year we decided to make them a part of our Christmas tradition. And by we, I mean Zac. He made them last year and then again this year. I have to give him photo credit as well.


  

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Ingredients:

  • Ritz crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate almond bark
  • Vanilla almond bark

Method:

  • Make peanut butter sandwiches by spreading peanut butter between two Ritz crackers (make sure to “break” a couple Ritz with peanut butter for a snack while cooking)
  • Heat chocolate almond bark on stove on low heat
  • Once melted completely coat peanut butter sandwiches using tongs to flip and recover sandwich from chocolate
  • Allow to dry/harden on a cookie sheet (cover in parchment paper for easy cleanup!)
  • Meanwhile heat vanilla almond bark on low heat (two squares is plenty for the drizzle on top)
  • Sprinkle hardened cookies with vanilla
  • Make ahead of time and freeze (We like them better cold/frozen)

We usually make 3 sleeves of cracker sandwiches, because it gets old making all of them.  That works pretty evenly for a whole package of almond bark.  We have tried making them with the white almond bark and drizzle with chocolate, but we prefer them dipped in chocolate with the white drizzle!

Enjoy!

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diy facial toner


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Creating  your own products is fun, and you know what is going into them. If you really look into what you are letting your skin absorb from store-bought items, it can be scary. Green tea is great for your complexion…it improves the skin’s elasticity, helps draw out impurities and reduce large pores. Plus its cost-effective, and great for gift giving!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Green Tea bag or 1 T loose tea
  • Lavender Essential Oil (90 drops total, 15 per bottle)
  • Boiling Water (2 1\2 cup)
  • Bottle for storage (6)
  • Labels (6)

Method:

  • In a large bowl pour 2 1/2 cups boiling water over 1 tea bag or approximately 1 T loose tea.
  • Let steep for 3-5 minutes.
  • Strain with cheese cloth or remove tea bags.
  • Put in the fridge to cool.
  • Put 15 Lavender drops in each bottle.
  • Funnel cooled tea into bottle.
  • Attach label

Let me know what you think!

Side note: the inspiration for this post comes from- www.xovain.com

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Shrimp Ceviche 

  

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Ceviche is a great dish to enjoy on the beach in Mexico or, in my case, the couch in Oklahoma. This recipe is light, refreshing and easy to make. I just love it.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 lb shrimp, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions

  • Remove the tails from the shrimp.
  • Place the shrimp and half of lime juice in a bowl.
  • Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • In a different bowl mix the remaining lime juice, red onion, jalapeño, tomato, garlic and cilantro.
  • Let veggies soak 15 minutes.
  • Combine both bowls and season with salt.
  • Serve with saltine crackers.

 

I hope you like it!

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tabouli|tabbouleh-tomayto|tomahto

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Tabouli is a Lebanese dish from the Eastern Mediterranean, it is light, citrusy and fresh. My mom introduced me to this dish a long time ago and I have been hooked since. One of my family’s favorite places to eat is Joseph’s restaurant near Drumright, Ok. Not only do they serve my favorite tabouli they have the best steak sauce I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. I love Joseph’s food so much my husband took me there to eat before he asked me to marry him. Since I am not able to find tabouli in Boise City, I decided to learn how to make it. I hope you like it as much as me!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Bulgur wheat
  • 3/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup Lemon Juice (approximately)
  • 3 T finely chopped Parsley (approximately)
  • 6 to 8 Green Onions
  • 3 Tomatoes (approximately)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

Directions

  • Rinse bulgur wheat in a fine strainer
  • In a bowl combine rinsed bulgur, olive oil and lemon juice. I used the juice of 5 fresh lemons. Depending on your personal taste you can add more or less lemon juice. The bulgur will soak up the oil and juice.
  • Chop parsley, green onion and tomatoes then add to bowl.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Refrigerate for a few hours, preferably over night.
  • Taste and correct seasonings
  • Serve with wheat thins or crackers

You can eat on this for a couple of days. I think the longer it is in the refrigerator the better it tastes.

Let me know what you think!

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blue cheese steak salad

blue cheese steak salad recipe

blue cheese steak salad recipe

blue cheese steak salad recipe

blue cheese steak salad recipe

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This recipe is my version of the Blue Cheese Steak Salad from Zebadiah’s in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Ladies, even my husband likes this salad!

Ingredients 

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red or yellow onion
  • Sliced almonds (candied, honey, plain, whatever you like)
  • Blue cheese, crumbled
  • Your favorite marinated steak
  • Balsamic vinegar

Directions

  • Marinate and cook your favorite steak. I like to cook mine on the grill.
  • Let the cooked steak cool in the refrigerator
  • Chop lettuce and onion (I prefer red onion on this salad, I just chopped yellow incase my husband didn’t want red)
  • Cut cherry tomatoes in half
  • Build salad with listed ingredients
  • Top with steak, almonds, blue cheese and balsamic vinegar

I did not list any measurements because I like to keep everything in separate pyrex containers in the refrigerator and build my own individual salad. When you get tired of blue cheese just swap it out for shredded cheese and easily make a completely different salad

 

Enjoy!

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