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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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Pinning and Dining: A New Series

To commemorate Summertime and the love of quick, easy, and delicious meals (or desserts).  I thought I would share some great finds I have found on Pinterest.

Source: food.com via Krystle on Pinterest

 

This recipe claims to taste just like a Wendy’s frosty and it does not disappoint. ML and I for the most part gave up fast food almost two years ago.  Before that Wendy’s chicken nuggets and frosties were a road trip staple for us.  Let’s just say we still long for a frosty almost every time we pass a Wendy’s. So when I saw this pinned on Pinterest I just had to give it a try.  We prepared it for a pot luck dinner party and everyone loved it.  To give it a healthy touch we used chocolate almond milk, and Whole Food’s version of cool whip.  The change in ingredients worked fine and did not alter the taste.  This has definitely become an ice cream favorite for us.

 

This pasta recipe I pinned from Ashley my friend over at Attempts at Domestication.  She shared this easy go to pasta recipe a few months ago and I just had to try it for ML.  He loved it and I did too because I already had all the ingredients on hand.  Using tomatoes, frozen vegetables, some spices, and a little left over wine this recipe leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the night.

Source: tastykitchen.com via Krystle on Pinterest

This is a fabulous cheesy chicken and rice bake.  I tweaked it a little by doubling the black beans and eliminating the chicken for a vegetarian alternative.  We love black beans, corn, and cilantro.  This recipe has them all and is packed full of flavor.  Who doesn’t love a one stop casserole dish for the Summer?  Pair this with some salad and you have a complete meal!

Sharing all these recipes has gotten me hungry and ready to cook.  I guess that’s a good thing for ML!  I love trying new recipes.  This post begins a new series I am starting titled “Pinning and Dining”.  I hope to share more wonderful recipes I have found or have pinned to Pinterest.  As well as give you real life pictures and comments on how it actually turns out.  I am sure ML will fully support this new series on the blog.

Have you found any new Summer recipes that your family loves?  Do you share our love of frosties?  Does your family have a theme night for dinner on certain nights of the week? (Italian, Mexican, comfort food)  I have thought about implementing this once Noah gets older.

Interested in more great recipes I have found on Pinterest?  See here, here, and here.

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