Wednesday, June 9, 2010

easy pudding pops

what's better than pudding... frozen pudding! This is so easy and everyone will love it on hot summer days!!

2 cups low-fat
1 small box of instant pudding any flavor

Prepare pudding according to package directions. Freeze pudding in pop molds or spoon into small plastic cups and insert popsicle sticks or plastic spoons. Place in freezer until solid. Enjoy!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

ayden's rootbeer bbq sauce

Ayden loves rootbeer and since we made a coke bbq sauce he wanted to make a rootbeer bbq sauce and boy was it yummy!!

1 (2 liter) bottle root beer
8 ounce can crushed pineapple
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup yellow mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons cold sweet cream salted butter

Reduce the root beer to 1 cup over medium heat in a large saucepan, this takes about one hour. Add the apple cider vinegar, ketchup, Yellow Mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, pineapple, salt and pepper. Stir well and simmer for twenty minutes. Finish the sauce by whisking in the cold butter. Enjoy on your favorite grilled meat!!

ice cream in a bag

Milk can become homemade ice cream in five minutes by using a baggie! This homemade, creamy treat is a summertime delight for kids and adults :)

1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup milk or half & half
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons rock salt
1 pint-size Ziploc baggie
1 gallon-size Ziploc baggie
ice cubes

Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it. Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully. Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes. Wipe off the top of the small bag, open it carefully. Enjoy!

coco baby bum cream

 Better than anything you can buy in the store!!
1 1/2 ounces coco butter
1 1/2 ounces sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons beeswax, grated
1/4 tsp vitamin E
4 drops of Melaleuca oil

Pour the sweet almond oil and coco butter into a small stainless steel pan over low heat. Add slightly less of the grated beeswax than called for and stir until melted.

OK this is a little tricky:

You need to test the consistency of the mixture by putting a small amount on a teaspoon and placing it in the refrigerator. (In the meantime your salve should remain on low heat on the stove top.) After a minute in the frig, the salve will harden to its finished consistency. To check this, it should be firm so that it does not melt when you touch it, but soft enough that you can easily pull some away from the spoon with your finger (like vaseline). If it’s too hard, add more oil, if it’s too soft, add more beeswax. When you’ve reached a good consistency, remove from heat and add the coco butter, Vitamin E and Melaleuca. Give it a good mix until really creamy, then add it to your air tight container and let it cool to room temperature. You can store it for up to 3 months!! Make sure not to double dip ;)

flower child (Calendula) baby bum cream

a great way to ease a red bottom or treat diaper rash!!

1/2 cup sweet almond oil
2-3 drops pure lavender oil
2-3 drops pure Melaleuca oil
1/4cup PURE Calendula Ointment

Mix all the ingredients together well an transfer to an airtight jar or bottle to use for applying to baby bottom. You can store it for up to 3 months in an airtight container but be very careful not to double dip!