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Essential Oils After Dinner Citrus Mints

After Dinner Citrus MintsI’ve had several people ask me this week for my recipe using Young Living Essential Oils to make after dinner citrus mints.  They are really easy to make and a fun way to incorporate your essential oils into cooking.

I actually made an entire batch of these back at Christmas, kept a few out, and then stuck the rest in the freezer.  Before company comes over I just set a few out to thaw and then we enjoy as an after dinner mint.  They also make nice desserts for the girls. Sometimes after dinner they get a frozen one.  It’s sweet enough to make them feel special and small enough that calming them down at bedtime isn’t impossible.

Essential Oils After Dinner Citrus Mints

  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 5 drops Peppermint essential oil (I use Young Living)
  • 10 drops Orange essential oil (I use Young Living)
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil (I use Young Living)

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Place the first two ingredients in a saucepan.  Set the heat on low and stir together until smooth. Getting these two ingredients to a more liquid state makes it easier to blend the powered sugar in.  Once it reaches your desired consistency remove the saucepan from the heat.  Next, pouring a little at a time add the powdered sugar and stir with a spoon until it’s well blended.  The powdered sugar gives the mints their firmness and helps each mint hold their shape. Add enough sugar so that your mixture feels firm… not too greasy.

Next, add your essential oils. You can adjust the drops depending on your taste.  You can also play with what oils you use.  For instance you could use Lime, Grapefruit, or even Citrus Fresh.

You can shape your mints by pressing into miniature molds, forming into small balls and then pressing flat with your palm, or rolling the dough out and then slicing.

I chose the latter method for sake of time.

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I rolled sections of the dough out and cut into 1/2″ pieces.

After, that let stand for a few hours… and then they are ready to enjoy!

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These are so easy y’all and because you aren’t heating the essential oils you are not degrading them.  Which means you get the added benefits that each oil offers… like these for Lemon.

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Peppermint Sugar

We decorated our house for Christmas this past weekend but like most projects, the house ended up in a little bit of a mess afterwards.  So, I’m busy getting the house back in order and will be back later in the week with a Christmas tour of our house.

In the meantime I just had to share something new I have discovered.

Peppermint Coffee!!!

Why am I so excited about it?  Well first let me preface by saying a don’t drink a lot of coffee… it’s sort of like a special treat for me. I love it.  I really do, but usually if I drink for more than one or two days in a row I end up with a headache.

In case you don’t make a habit of keeping up with every detail of my life or are new here at Color Transformed Family (welcome!),  for over seventeen years I suffered from migraines.  It’s a whole other story and you can read more about it here. The short version of it is that now I am able to keep my migraines at bay by eliminating certain foods from my diet.

Occasionally, I splurge on my diet and treat myself to a cup of coffee or something else.  Coffee is a tricky one though because most flavored coffee contains artificial flavors and other chemicals that can give me a headache.  Boo!

So, I normally use unflavored coffee and stick to using just milk and sugar to it.  Friday I was craving a cup of coffee so I decided to treat myself. I poured my cup of coffee only then to realize we didn’t have any sugar!  And then I remembered that I had a jar of peppermint sugar scrub that I made a few weeks ago at a holiday party.  I took a few pinches and added it to my coffee, mixed a little milk in, and then took a sip.

Peppermint Sugar

YUM!!!

It was delicious… and free of artificial flavors.

How?  Here’s the recipe.  Check out how simple it is.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

2 cups of white or cane sugar

¼ cup organic extra virgin coconut oil

10-20 drops of Young Living  Peppermint Essential Oil

Red food coloring (optional)

Directions:

1. Pour sugar into medium sized mixing bowl

2. Add coconut oil until desired consistency is reached; stir

3. Place a few drops of peppermint essential oil into the mixture

4. Divide your sugar scrub mix into two equal portions

5. Add a drop or two of food coloring into one of the portions (be careful not to add too much!)

6. in mason jar, alternate pink and white layers of sugars to create a “candy cane” effect. Press sugar down with a spoon to compact between layers.

This recipe makes several jars worth so you can give the rest away as last minute holiday gifts if needed.  And the red food coloring is totally optional.  It does make for a cute candy cane looking presentation if you use the food coloring.  I used food coloring because I originally intended to use this as a sugar scrub… but now it doubles as sugar for my coffee!

The next day I tried my new concoction out on Michael Luke and he loved it!  His favorite part was that the peppermint was not super overwhelming but instead a light refreshing touch to the coffee.

You could easily add this to homemade hot chocolate too if you wanted.

For more information on how to purchase a bottle of Peppermint essential oil individually or for information on purchasing Peppermint essential oil as part of an amazing group of oils with lots of other goodies click here

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Family Friday/ Pinning & Dining Combo: Pumpkin Spice Cereal

I’ve seen several pumpkin spiced recipes floating around on Pinterest lately and I have it on my mind to give one of the DIY Pumpkin Spiced Lattes a try.

Noah has discovered her own pumpkin spiced concoction that she loves.

She’s not one to shy away from bold flavor… earlier this week she fell in love with taco soup.  Pumpkin spiced cereal is so much more appetizing than plain old baby cereal and helps to add a little more variety to their diet.  Plus, spices have lots of great benefits.

For anyone wanting to replicate this yummy goodness for their little one, below is what you will need.

Pumpkin Spice Cereal

  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Baby cereal (we use Gerber)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • Vanilla almond milk (enough for desired consistency)

I mix everything together and then serve.  Noah likes it cold so I don’t bother heating and having to worry if it is too hot for her.  She loves it!  So spice up your baby’s breakfast with a little pumpkin spice.

Does anyone else have any baby food secrets to share?  I am all for new ones.  Or what yummy foods do you like to add pumpkin spice to for  your taste bud satisfaction?

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