Moisturizing Coffee + Sugar Body Scrub (diy + oil-free)

from THE FREE SPIRITED  click link for full recipe and instructions

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Blend up your brown sugar if you want it finer

Mix in vitamin C powder – it’s great for skin and also can act as a preservative to prolong shelf-life

With a spoon mix in vegetable glycerin

Add in coffee grounds and mix again

Store in airtight container

To Scrub: Apply to damp skin and scrub in circular motions, rinse clean and moisturize

enjoy making your own coffee sugar scrub and get all the details at the link below.


No Bake Raspberry Tart


No-Bake Raspberry Tart


This mini version of a simple no-bake tart is easy to take to work as an afternoon snack, but you could also make several portions to serve as individual desserts at a party.

• 8-oz (250 mL) mason jar

1⁄4 cup graham cracker crumbs (60 mL)
1 tsp melted butter (5 mL)
1 tbsp granulated sugar (15 mL)
1⁄4 cup cream cheese, softened (60 mL)
2 tbsp sour cream (30 mL)
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (15 mL)
1⁄4 cup raspberries (60 mL)
2 tbsp raspberry jam (30 mL)

1. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, cream cheese, sour cream and lemon juice.
3. Press graham cracker mixture firmly into bottom of jar. Layer cream cheese mixture and raspberries on top.
4. Spoon jam into a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High for 30 seconds or until runny. Stir jam, then pour over berries. Let cool completely, then seal jar and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, until chilled, or for up to 2 days.

Makes 1 serving

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borrowed from THE KITTCHEN

The Most Delicious Thanksgiving Corn Recipe
i will add my vegan version as well.  for health reasons, my cardiologist insisted i become vegan.  it’s interesting to convert recipes and have them still be delicious!
Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  15 mins
Total time:  30 mins
Serves: 8-10
  • 7 ears of Corn
  • 1 small Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 small Green Bell Pepper
  • ¼ cup of Water
  • 2 tablespoons Butter OR 2 tbs of vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar OR your favourite non sugar sweetener
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese OR 8 oz vegan cream cheese.  i use tofutti.
  • ½ cup Half and Half OR 1/2 cup of soy creamer or organic soy milk.
  • 2 tablespoons Flour
  • ¼ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan OR vegan parmesan cheese
  1. Shuck the corn, rinse it, and slice the corn off the cob. Finely dice the bell peppers.
  2. Heat the water and butter in a pot. Once it starts steaming, add the corn and the bell peppers. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients (except the Parmesan), and stir to combine. Once the cream cheese has melted, pour into a casserole dish.
  4. Top with the Parmesan and bake for 375 degrees for 15 minutes. You can prepare this recipe up to this point a day or two ahead of time and then bake it just prior to serving.




4 cups of chicken TVP shredded or cubed

2 cups salsa verde

2 cups vegan mozzarella shreds

2 cups Mexican vegan cheese blend (daiya has a monterrey jack)

3/4 cup vegan sour cream

10 oz. no boil lasagna noodles

1 or 2containers (15 oz) of vegan cream cheese

1 10oz can of fire roasted green chilis

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Combine chicken, chilis, salsa verde and sour cream in a large bowl and season generously with salt and pepper, cumin and chili powder.

Spread 1/3 of the chicken mixture in the bottom of a large baking dish and cover with lasagna noodles.

Top with another layer of chicken mixture, then cover with cream cheese mozzarella and Mexican cheese.

Repeat with another layer of chicken, cream cheese and cheese, then top with lasagna noodles.

Cover noodles with remaining salsa verde and cream cheese, then sprinkle remaining mozzarella evenly over the top.

Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 10-15, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Remove from oven and serve hot.

make your own vinegar


Vinegar is easy to make, from a variety of products. And you can make your own mother of vinegar too, although you don’t actually need it. All you have to do is add already-made vinegar to apple cider, in a proportion of 1:4. However, to make mother of vinegar, expose a mixture of one-half vinegar and one-half cider to a temperature of 80 degrees for a few days. The thin scum that forms on the surface is mother of vinegar.

learn more at the link! homemade vinegar


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Love quinoa but want to expand your repertoire beyond the usual grain salad or pilaf? These crisp-crusted quinoa cakes provide a mild canvas for the bold flavors of olives, peppers, and greens. With white beans to give them some heft and heartiness, they make a terrific meatless main course. CLICK THE LINK FOR ALL THE IDEAS.

12 ideas for cooking quinoa




hot pepper jelly

the brand of pectin shouldn’t matter and i personally wouldn’t go rushing out looking for the one listed in this recipe unless you want to.  i love pepper jelly. you can put it on anything and it’s great with cream cheese on a fancy cracker. mmmmm.  DON’T FORGET TO WEAR GLOVES AND DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE, EYES, ETC!  this is the voice of experience lol. ouch.

my jalapenos went crazy this year while my romas did not, so i have a surplus of peppers. yay!

here is the link with all the details: