Brazilian Iced Coffee

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It’s 86 degrees and balmy in beautiful New Hampshire today.

A perfect day for a Brazilian pick me up.

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Brazilian Iced Coffee

Makes 3 Cocktails

1 Cup Strong Coffee or Espresso, chilled

2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar

6 Tablespoons of Canned Coconut Milk

2 Ounces of Dark Rum

1/8 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Cinnamon Sticks for Garnish

Open canned coconut and whisk the liquids and solids together in a bowl, set aside. Pour the coffee and sugar in a measuring cup and stir until sugar is dissolved. 

Fill three rocks glasses with ice.

Fill a cocktail shaker 1/2 full with ice. Add the coffee and sugar mixture, coconut milk, rum, and cinnamon. Shake until shaker is cold and frosty. Pour into tumblers and garnish with cinnamon sticks.

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Homemade Body Butter

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DSC_4636My mom sent me the best handmade body butter for Mother’s Day. Made from all organic ingredients and whipped up to a light and fluffy butter that melts when it hits your skin. Not too oily and not so absorbent that it just soaks right in. Just the right amount to keep me moisturized. I was so intrigued by it that I did a bit of research and figured out that it is absolutely simple and fun to make my own.

I am a lotion fanatic. I typically have dry skin, although moving to a more humid climate has helped, I lotion from head to toe usually twice a day. I cannot stand that irritating crinkly feeling of dry skin!

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Uplifting Peppermint Body Butter

Once you have the basics on hand, the essential oil scents you can add are endless. You can even add essential oils that act as a natural summer bug repellent, sleep aids, oils to perk you up, oils for muscle fatigue and headaches, etc.

Here’s a list of aromatherapy recipes I found on the internet that you can experiment with.

There are numerous carrier oils you can use as well. But if you’re going to focus on the body butter, make sure you use at least two types of oils that solidify at room temperature or you won’t be able to whip it into a body butter.

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Calming Lavender Body Butter ~ Place it next to your bedside so you can rub it into hands, elbows, and feet

What You Will Need To Make My Body Butter:

16 oz. Organic Raw Unrefined Filtered Shea Butter

8 oz. Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil

8 oz. Organic Cold Pressed Pure Jojoba Oil

Pure Organic Essential Oils Of Your Choice

(I did lavender – 10 drops, lemongrass 15 drops & Eucalyptus Globulus 15 drops, & Peppermint 15 drops)

Kitchen Scale

Double Broiler (Or large pot & glass bowl)

4 Cup Glass Measuring Cup

3 Glass Bowls, such as cereal or soup bowls

Stand Mixer

Paper Towels

Containers to store body butter

*Store containers that aren’t being used in the refrigerator for use later.

Bring double broiler or pan and glass bowl water to a boil and reduce temperature to very slow simmer. Measure shea butter and coconut oil on kitchen scale and add. Do not allow any water to come in contact with the oils.

Stir occasionally until the shea butter and coconut oil are completely melted. Do not allow to boil. The warmed water under the glass bowl is sufficient for melting.

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Remove bowl/broiler  from water/heat and set aside. Allow to cool on the counter to room temperature.

When completely cooled, add the jojoba oil and stir to combine. Pour oil into the glass measuring cup and distribute evenly among the glass bowls.

Add the essential oils (several drops will be enough!) to each bowl. I did different oils in each bowl, to make three types of body butter. Cover with plastic wrap, and place in freezer for 30 minutes.

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Remove the bowls from the freezer. They will be mostly solidified.

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  Attach the whip to your mixer and beat one bowl of oil at a time until light in color and fluffy stopping the mixer and scraping down the sides often. In between bowls, wipe down the whisk and bowl with paper towels.

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Spoon or pipe into containers of choice. If you choose to pipe the body butter, oil the inside of the piping bag with a pastry brush first with a little jojoba oil.

If you’re going to make body butter for gifts, look for fancy jars and containers in discount stores and craft stores such as Ross, TJ Maxx, and Michael’s. I made these for my own use so I just spooned mine into simple canning jars and did a basic decorated label with ribbon. You can find really neat printable labels, tags, and ribbon in most craft stores if you plan to give them to friends and family. Get creative and have fun!

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Natural bug & tick repellent with Lemongrass & Eucalyptus Globulus

Hot & Spicy Pickle Juice Bloody Mary

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Our son is here visiting for an entire month! We are so happy to have the opportunity to spend some extended time with him. The week long Christmas visit went by much too quickly. Having someone here means my routine is out the window and life seems busier than usual, but not too busy that I can’t share my delicious Bloody Mary cocktail recipe with you.

Enjoy!

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I cannot even remember the last time I had a Bloody Mary. I stopped drinking beer and hard alcohol drinks when I realized I was allergic to gluten. As those of you with food allergies know, when you’re out in a restaurant you never know exactly what you’re being fed regardless of what the menu says.

I was thrilled when I found a vodka that was made from grapes! Supposedly, the distilling process of any grain alcohol removes the gluten so it should be safe, but I am still sensitive to it. I can feel it within 5 minutes in my joints. So I’m perfectly happy to make a cocktail every now and then at home with rum, grape vodka, or agave tequila…all of which are delicious.

Hot & Spicy Pickle Juice Bloody Mary

*makes one Bloody Mary

Fill glass half full with ice

2 ounces Ciroc Vodka

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

1.5 ounces Spicy Bread & Butter Pickle Juice

Dash of Worcestershire Sauce

Dash of Tabasco

Dash of Kosher Salt

Few Grinds of Fresh Pepper

Fill to top with 100% Tomato Juice

Garnish with slice of lemon, celery, pickled beans, & hot chili peppers.

Cheers!