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Rainbow!

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This is our afternoon snack today… my son loves rainbows.  🙂

Great idea for kids – big or small!

Could make a great addition to any birthday table….  ??

So many options!

Happy, healthy eating y’all!

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Valentine Cookies!

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Who wouldn’t want to receive one of these?!  🙂

Without the smarties, these are vegan!

What you’ll need…

  • 1c of ‘earth balance’ coconut ‘butter’
  • 1.5c of organic white sugar
  • 4c of organic white (unbleached) flour … for a GF option, use Bob’s all-purpose GF flour
  • a splash of good vanilla
  • 1tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2c of  ‘So Delicious’ coconut milk

In your KitchenAid or with a hand blender, cream your coconut ‘butter’.

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Add in the sugar and keep beating until fluffy-ish.

Add in your vanilla, baking powder and then slowing add the flour.

Once all of that is somewhat combined, gradually add in your coconut milk.

The mixture will appear to be quite crumbly, but it will absolutely come together.

Form into two balls.

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Place them in the freezer for half an hour…….  or longer.  We left ours in overnight and only used one of them this morning.  You can keep the dough in the freezer for about a month…  but why would you?  🙂

Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface with a good rolling pin.  (Find Acres Away Woodworks on FB – fabulous rolling pins!)

Bake your cookies in a moderate oven for about eight to ten minutes.

Cool completely before decorating.  If they’re warm the icing won’t act as a ‘glue’ for your decorations of choice.

Use confectioner’s sugar with just a bit of water for your icing…

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For ours, we drew a think line of icing around the outside so our smarties would stick to the cookie.  🙂

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Add smarties or whatever red or pink treat to your cookie that you like… we’ll be writing a few names on ours a little closer to V-day!

Please note that smarties are NOT vegan or gluten-free.

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Great little homemade Valentine gift for the special little people in your life!

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Enjoy!!

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Rosemary/Lemon Sea Salt!

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I think this just might be my new favorite homemade gift… it’s SO good!

What you’ll need…

  • 1c of coarse sea salt
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • peel of one lemon
  • a spice or coffee bean grinder!

Turn your oven onto a low (225-250) temperature.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Finely grate the zest off of one lemon and place that zest on the parchment.

Roughly chop your rosemary leaves and add to the one cup of salt that you’ve place in a separate bowl.  Give it a little stir.

In about four batches, you want to place the salt and the rosemary into the grinder and whiz away until all is quite fine.  Literally.

Pour each batch onto the cookie sheet… joining the lemon zest.

With your very best tool, your hands… ‘massage’ the mixture until there are no clumps and everything is mingling nicely.  🙂

Bake for about ten minutes, remove and let cool.

Again with your hands… ‘break’ the salt apart in to a fine sand.

Place into 125ml mason jars, tie a pretty little ribbon around it and you there you have it… a perfect little homemade gift!

This is not a salt that you want store away for a year or so… use it up!  🙂

14 more sleeps!  YAY!

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Sugar Scrubs!

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Scrub:

  • Mix about one cup of brown sugar with six or seven tablespoons of grapeseed oil (or something similar) and add in two tablespoons of freshly ground cinnamon.  We love to use this one on our hands…especially in this weather!  🙂

Peppermint Sugar Scrub:

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  • Mix about one cup of white or cane sugar with six or seven tablespoons of grapeseed oil and add in one teaspoon of ‘Simply Organic’ peppermint extract (YUM!).  Smells like candy canes!  🙂

Wrap these with a pretty bow… may attached a little cinnamon stick or a candy cane to the bow and you have a lovely little hostess gift!

And a little goes a long way!

Have a peaceful day y’all…

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