Category Archives: Cooking/Recipes

Give Me Some Sugar

I love scrubs, and the exfoilation benefits they provide. Store bought ones however can be a bit pricey and loaded with chemicals. Here’s my natural recipe for personal and gift use:

You will need:

  • Sugar (brown or white)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond Oil
  • Ground almond shells (optional)
  • Honey Almond scent (purchased in the soap making aisle at any craft store)
  • Food color
  • Jar with lid

Most recipes online call for mixing the sugar and oils in a jar. I find that by doing this you get a “gloppy” mixture which isn’t a pretty experience to use. I mix my scrubs in a metal mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.

First add the sugar (and ground shells – optional) with a few drops of vanilla. Next add a bit of oil and mix. Do not over-pour.  You will notice the sugar becoming lumpy in appearance. Continue to add oil, and mix until you get a dry yet smooth appearance. This may take 3 to 4 times however it prevents you from having a gloppy and runny mix. When you achieve the smoothness you want, add one drop of food coloring. Mix the sugar until the mix is a solid color. Mix in honey almond scent and store in lidded jars.

As this recipe does not contain preservatives, please use caution. Do not keep the mix past 2 weeks, and scoop out what you wish to use. I store mine in the fridge for freshness.  Remember natural homemade scrubs will eventually spoil.

Guest Feature: Pretzels & Pearls – Cupcakes!

When my co-worker Kimmie shared with me that she was starting her adventure in blogging, I was excited. When I discovered she shared a coveted cupcake recipe on her blog, I was ecstatic! Kimmie is a talented baker, and as one of her test subjects I can share with you that the Mr. Do Right cupcake, is a treat you MUST try. Mr. Do Right is a sweet potatoe souffle with a savory butter cream frosting, topped with maple syrup. Bacon is optional, but trust me – it’s a must!

Drop on by Kimmie’s new home on the web, welcome her, and try out this recipe: Will Blog For Food from Pretzels & Pearls.

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German Chicken

What I liked about this recipe was the simplicity of the ingredients: sauerkraut, chicken and barbecue sauce. I’m not a big fan of sauerkraut, but the barbecue sauce sweetens it up. Try it out, I’m sure you will be surprised:

Chicken – any part, I used thighs
A bottle of barbecue sauce – used a thick honey blend
Sauerkraut, drained

    Preheat the oven to 375, line a baking dish with sauerkraut, then chicken on top. Layer barbecue sauce over the chicken and cook 35 minutes (took me around 50 so adjust time to the amount of meat used).


    Recipe used:


    Wheat Cheese Bread

    Tried out this bread recipe from for an afternoon project, and I mean literally all afternoon.  I modified it by using wheat flour, safflower oil, and added a cheese topping after the counter rise. The cheese was layered twice, with the second 15 minutes left in the 45 minute bake time.  I’m pleased with the finished project and it has a slight hint of sourdough like taste. Fantastic with slices of baked deli ham:)