Thursday, April 13, 2017

Introducing The Mossy Kitchen



Hey ya'll I've missed you! I have not abandoned you or forgotten about you. Life just, well you know. It happens. And so I took a break for awhile. But now I am ready and raring to go. I decided that since I was gone so long I might as well start fresh, so I created an entirely new blog! Check it out! Hopefully it's easier to navigate. :) Without further ado I bring you...The Mossy Kitchen!

Can't wait to see you over there!!!


Sunday, January 10, 2016

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer


Ahh. The traditional vanilla latte. So delicious in all it's simpleness, I could probably drink this one straight. But that would be gross, so I won't. Ha! 

For a full list of all my homemade coffee creamers click here

Sweetened Condensed Milk:
  • 1/2 cup very hot water
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup powdered milk
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
Pour all the above ingredients into a blender and blend briefly until combined. I find it blends the best if you add the hot water and melted coconut oil in first. Once it's all mixed together add in the following and briefly blend again:

Flavor:
  • 12 ounces coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean (split it down the middle and use just the caviar)
Once everything is blended nicely, store in a glass jar (quart masons works well) and place in the fridge. Not exactly sure on the shelf life because I generally drink mine up within 2 weeks. 

This makes a super delightful, rich and creamy coffee creamer. Some of the substitutions you can make are as follows but bear in mind that these substitutions will alter the taste/consistency/nutrition. Not necessarily a bad thing, just letting you know!

Sweetened condensed milk:
  • Store bought sweetened condensed milk
Coconut oil substitutions:
  • Butter
  • Non-dairy butter
Powdered milk substitutions:
  • Powdered rice milk 
  • Powdered coconut milk
(I have not personally tried these, I'm just guessing they would work!)

Coconut sugar substitutions:
  • Regular cane sugar
  • Organic cane sugar
  • Brown sugar
Coconut milk substitutions:
  • Milk (your choice, dairy or non dairy)
  • Heavy whipping cream 


I'm sure there are other substitutions you could make if you so desire, these are just a few options to get you started. 

I hope you enjoy and cheers to a delicious cup of coffee!!


Spicy Mayan Mocha Coffee Creamer


My latest creation of homemade coffee creamer is spiiiicy! Brings some lovely heat and warmth to a chilly day. Definitely adjust the cayenne to the heat level you can handle. For the full list of homemade coffee creamers click here

Sweetened Condensed Milk:

  • 1/2 cup very hot water
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup powdered milk
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
Pour all the above ingredients into a blender and blend briefly until combined. I find it blends the best if you add the hot water and melted coconut oil in first. Once it's all mixed together add in the following and briefly blend again:

Flavor:
  • 12 ounces coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 drops cardamom essential oil (optional)
Once everything is blended nicely, store in a glass jar (a quart mason works well) and place in the fridge. Not exactly sure on the shelf life because I generally drink mine up within 2 weeks. If you are not sure you can use it that fast, I have successfully frozen the creamer!

**Be sure to use a high quality essential oil. Organic is best! Also, please do some research to make sure that you are comfortable ingesting essential oils in this way especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

This makes a super delightful, rich and creamy coffee creamer. Some of the substitutions you can make are as follows but bear in mind that these substitutions will alter the taste/consistency/nutrition. Not necessarily a bad thing, just letting you know!


Sweetened condensed milk:

  • Store bought sweetened condensed milk
Coconut oil substitutions:
  • Butter
  • Non-dairy butter
Powdered milk substitutions:
  • Powdered rice milk 
  • Powdered coconut milk
(I have not personally tried these, I'm just guessing they would work!)

Coconut sugar substitutions:
  • Regular cane sugar
  • Organic cane sugar
  • Brown sugar
Coconut milk substitutions:
  • Milk (your choice, dairy or non dairy)
  • Heavy whipping cream 


I'm sure there are other substitutions you could make if you so desire, these are just a few options to get you started. 

I hope you enjoy and cheers to a delicious cup of coffee!!



Monday, November 2, 2015

Gingersnap Coffee Creamer


So there's Starbucks. And then there's homemade. I'm not gonna lie--if you are used to super sugared up, fakey tasting coffee (hey--I don't judge, sometimes I totally indulge) then the flavor of the homemade version may take some getting used to. However, I guarantee that your taste buds will adapt and you will fall in love with this stuff. 

For the full list of homemade coffee creamers click here


Sweetened Condensed Milk:
  • 1/2 cup very hot water
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup powdered milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
Pour all the above ingredients into a blender and blend briefly until combined. I find it blends the best if you add the hot water and melted coconut oil in first. Once it's all mixed together add in the following and briefly blend again:

Flavor:
  • 12 ounces coconut milk
  • 1/8 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 4 drops ginger essential oil
  • 2 drops clove essential oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
Once everything is blended nicely, store in a glass jar (a quart mason works well) and place in the fridge. Not exactly sure on the shelf life because I generally drink mine up within 2 weeks. If you are not sure you can use it that fast, I have successfully frozen the creamer!

**Remember to use high quality essential oils! Organic is best. Also, please do some research to make sure that you are comfortable ingesting essential oils in this way especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

This makes a super delightful, rich and creamy coffee creamer. Some of the substitutions you can make are as follows but bear in mind that these substitutions will alter the taste/consistency/nutrition. Not necessarily a bad thing, just letting you know!



Sweetened condensed milk:
  • Store bought sweetened condensed milk
Coconut oil substitutions:
  • Butter
  • Non-dairy butter
Powdered milk substitutions:
  • Powdered rice milk 
  • Powdered coconut milk
(I have not personally tried these, I'm just guessing they would work!)

Coconut sugar substitutions:
  • Regular cane sugar
  • Organic cane sugar
  • Brown sugar
Coconut milk substitutions:
  • Milk (your choice, dairy or non dairy)
  • Heavy whipping cream 


I'm sure there are other substitutions you could make if you so desire, these are just a few options to get you started. 

I hope you enjoy and cheers to a delicious cup of coffee!!

***For additional flavors please click here.



Monday, October 26, 2015

Microdermabrasion


Need a little exfoliating power on your face? Well this is where it's at, my friends! 

Honestly I don't know very much about microdermabrasion other than they use some little tool to scrape all the dead skin off. Or something like that. I'm not at all sure why you need to go in and have that done when you can basically do the same thing in the comfort of your own home.

Please note that this is not my own original idea or recipe. I just tweaked it to my own personal preference. Feel free to use the essential oils of your choice, or none at all if you don't use essential oils. Either way you will still get a good gentle scrub that leaves your face pretty darn silky smooth. 

Microdermabrasion: Basic Recipe

  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon castile soap
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Essential oils of your choice, see below (roughly 5-8 drops total)
Directions:

1) Measure the baking soda into a small bowl. Stir in the castile soap and mix until it resembles fine crumbs.



2) Next pour in the white vinegar. This will cause the mixture to fizz and that's ok.  




3) Continue to mix and as you do it will magically become silky smooth.


4) Next drop in the essential oils, if using, and mix until well combined. 

5) Scoop this into a small glass jar and use as needed. I don't have an exact shelf life on this stuff, as it will vary depending whether or not you add essential oils and how you store it. But it should last you several weeks if not more than a month. 

To use:
  1. Wash your face to remove any makeup. Moisten face with warm water and taking a small amount of the microdermabrasion gently massage into the facial skin. Be sure to avoid the eyes. 
  2. Once thoroughly massaged in, rinse off with warm water. 
  3. Pat your face dry and spritz on a lovely toner and finish with a moisturizer. 
  4. Touch your face and revel in it's baby butt softness. Ha!

Feel free to use this once a week, possibly more depending on your skin. If you have extremely sensitive skin it would probably be wise to do a patch test first, especially if you are adding in essential oils. 

**Please note that if you use any citrus oils be sure to apply at night as they tend to make your skin more photosensitive.


Essential oils to use:
  • For normal skin:
    • Lavender
    • Frankincense
    • Lemon
    • Geranium
    • Fennel
  • For dry skin:
    • German Chamomile
    • Lavender
    • Palma Rosa
    • Rosemary
  • For greasy skin
    • Roman Chamomile
    • Orange
    • Lemon
    • Lavender
    • Clary Sage
    • Cypress
    • Bergamot
  • For blemished skin
    • Chamomile, German or Roman
    • Geranium
    • Clary Sage
    • Lavender
    • Myrrh
    • Tea Tree
  • For combating wrinkles
    • Clary Sage
    • Fennel
    • Lavender
    • Frankincense
    • German Chamomile
    • Myrrh
    • Lemon
    • Carrot
    • Orange
    • Rosemary
    • Palma Rosa

This is not by any means an exhaustive list of the oils you could use, but just an idea. Again, be sure to do a patch test on your skin especially if you have very sensitive skin!

Here a few combinations to get you started:

Invigorating & Brightening blend:
  • 3 drops lemon
  • 2 drops sweet orange
  • 2 drops peppermint
Acne Busting blend:
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 3 drops tea tree
Wrinkles Be Gone blend:
  • 3 frankincense
  • 2 lemon
  • 2 rosemary

Have fun and enjoy your lusciously smooth skin!!!



Saturday, October 24, 2015

Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Creamer


Mmm, this creamer is a little more "mild" than some of them. The flavor is pretty simple which is sometimes super delicious. It's just a bit of a twist on the vanilla latte with just a touch of cinnamon added to the mix. 

For a full list of my homemade creamers click here Sweetened Condensed Milk:
  • 1/2 cup very hot water
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup powdered milk
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
Pour all the above ingredients into a blender and blend briefly until combined. I find it blends the best if you add the hot water and melted coconut oil in first. Once it's all mixed together add in the following and briefly blend again:

Flavor:
  • 12 ounces coconut milk
  • 1 additional teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean (split it down the middle and use just the caviar)
  • 5 drops of cinnamon essential oil
Once everything is blended nicely, store in a glass jar (quart masons works well) and place in the fridge. Not exactly sure on the shelf life because I generally drink mine up within 2 weeks. However, if you don't think you can drink it that quickly, I have successfully frozen the creamer. 

**Be sure to use a high quality essential oil. Organic is best! Also, please do some research to make sure that you are comfortable ingesting essential oils in this way especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

This makes a super delightful, rich and creamy coffee creamer. Some of the substitutions you can make are as follows but bear in mind that these substitutions will alter the taste/consistency/nutrition. Not necessarily a bad thing, just letting you know!




Sweetened condensed milk:
  • Store bought sweetened condensed milk
Coconut oil substitutions:
  • Butter
  • Non-dairy butter
Powdered milk substitutions:
  • Powdered rice milk 
  • Powdered coconut milk
(I have not personally tried these, I'm just guessing they would work!)

Coconut sugar substitutions:
  • Regular cane sugar
  • Organic cane sugar
  • Brown sugar
Coconut milk substitutions:
  • Milk (your choice, dairy or non dairy)
  • Heavy whipping cream 


I'm sure there are other substitutions you could make if you so desire, these are just a few options to get you started. 


I hope you enjoy and cheers to a delicious cup of coffee!!

***For additional flavors please click here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Coffee Creamer


Ya know those accomplishments in life that you feel exceptionally proud of? 

This is one of mine. :)

As far as I know, this is a coffee creamer like no other. It is *relatively* healthy, can by tailored to fit your taste buds by using several different substitutions, and above all, several of these use essential oils for outstanding flavor. 

One of my biggest pet peeves with other homemade creamers were *shudder*... the chunks. While I love the idea of using actual spices in my creamer, I just could not get over chewing my coffee. No thank you! 

*Note: be sure to use high quality essential oils, organic is best.
Also, please do some research to make sure that you are comfortable ingesting essential oils in this way especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.





These are the flavors I have created thus far. Check back because I have several more to post!