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Soft Monay Shopping Tips
Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for - flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.
Soft Monay Cooking Tips
Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness - it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.
47 Perfectly Delicious Dehydrator Recipes You Will Want to Try
Jennifer is a full-time homesteader who started her journey in the foothills of North Carolina in 2010. Currently, she spends her days gardening, caring for her orchard and vineyard, raising chickens, ducks, goats, and bees. Jennifer is an avid canner who provides almost all food for her family needs. She enjoys working on DIY remodeling projects to bring beauty to her homestead in her spare times.
Do you enjoy using your dehydrator to preserve more of your food?
Well, then be prepared to have your mind blown because I bet you aren’t aware of exactly how many recipes you can actually create using your dehydrator.
But you can make all kinds of delicious things from veggie chips to yogurt. Who knew, right?
So if that sounds interesting to you, then keep on reading because I’m going to bring you some of the fascinating food dehydrator recipes the internet has to offer.
100 Unique and Effective Homemade Body Butter Recipes
There are lotions… There are creams… And then, there is body butter! If you have dry, cracked, or damaged skin, you might need to give it some extra loving! Body butter is an intense moisturizer that absorbs into the skin leaving it feeling silky, smooth, and soft.
However, most store-bought body butter is filled with all sorts of weird ingredients that you’ve never heard of and probably can’t even pronounce. By using these body butter recipes and making your own, you can be sure of exactly what ingredients are going into it, and therefore, what you’re putting on your body.
Thanks to the internet, there are a lot of all-natural DIY body butter recipes for us to try! In this list, we have 100 unique and effective body butter recipes for you to choose from. So let’s get started!
1. Hibiscus Rose
Hibiscus rose for a simple divine moisturizing experience. Tackle those dry winters by keeping your skin healthy and moisturized.
2. Vanilla Spice Bar
Vanilla, spices, and everything nice. Use this body butter bar to leave your skin feeling silky and smooth.
3. Whipped Body Butter
After mixing the creamy ingredients of shea and cocoa butter with some sweet oils, add your favorite essential oil scent for a luxurious aroma.
4. Mango Body Butter
This body butter almost looks good enough to eat! The tropical sensations of mango will make you feel fresh and rejuvenated!
5. Honey Coconut
I like that they have made their own little label! This body butter will make a great gift for a friend or loved one!
6. Mocha Frosting
Are you telling me I can lather my skin with white and dark cocoa and smell like the delicious scent of coffee all day? Yes, please!
7. Whipped Gingerbread
The sweet scent of gingerbread during the cold winter months is something that will definitely get you out of bed.
8. Body Butter Base
This is a great recipe for a body butter base. Afterward, you can add your favorite essential oil scents, spices, and whatever else you want!
9. Pumpkin Souffle
A decadent skin treatment that you can make easily with simple ingredients. Soften, brighten, and moisturize your skin while smelling yummy!
10. Peppermint Pink
A delicate pink body butter that is appealing to the eyes and the nose! Peppermint will awaken your senses and nurture your skin.
11. Chocolate Hazelnut
A favorite for chocolate lovers! This creamy body butter is silky soft and feels incredible on the skin.
12. Coconut Lime
What’s your favorite use for coconut oil? Mine is for moisturizing, protecting, and nourishing my skin!
13. Lavender Mint
A refreshing herbal body butter that includes the beneficial soothing properties of marshmallow root.
14. Double Chocolate
Believe it or not… No, this is not a dessert! It’s a moisturizing treatment for your skin! Just try not to eat it!
15. Lemon Vanilla
Do you like the citrusy freshness of lemon? Mix that with the sweet scents of vanilla and you’ve got yourself an irresistible body butter!
16. Bronzing Butter
A silky body butter that not only moisturizes your skin but helps give your skin a little color and shine! Perfect for cold winter months.
17. Coconut Plum
A subtle scent with a lovely feel, this whipped body butter is more than just beautiful to look at. Try not to lick it off your fingers!
18. Pumpkin Spice
Pure autumn perfection all wrapped up in a little jar of creamy goodness. Cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, and cloves bring this body butter to life.
19. Cinnamon Vanilla
The cleansing effects of cinnamon are antiseptic and help nourish your skin. Some people are sensitive to cinnamon, so try a small amount first!
20. Orange Vanilla
Calming and soothing effects of orange combined with the aromatic wonder that is vanilla! Enjoy!
21. Soothing Melrose
This body butter contains Progest E and Melrose essential oil to nurture, protect, and heal your dry cracked skin.
22. Coconut Rose
Protect your skin and give it the love it deserves with a sweet coconut rose body butter. Feels great to apply after a long day in the sun.
23. Eucalyptus Mint
Finally! I’ve been waiting for a eucalyptus recipe! You only need a small amount of this ultra creamy moisturizer to lather on most of your skin.
24. Eczema Body Butter Bar
There are a few cool things about this recipe… It fights against eczema, it uses unique ingredients like hemp and oat oil, and it’s made in a push tube for easy application! Love it!
25. Mint Green Tea
Powerful ingredients such as matcha and vitamin E make this body butter a must-make for a dry and itchy skin.
How to Make Your Own Creamy Fudge
It’s a little bit of hard work paying attention to the exact steps in order and the varying times needed for the recipe, but it’s worth it for this amazing homemade fudge! It’s so versatile and delicious.
The Initial Preparation
It helps if you prepare before you even turn on the stove. First, if you are adding nuts, chop then toast them according to package directions and let them cool. Second, in a large heat-proof bowl, break up your chocolate bars. Third, cut your sticks of butter up and set out the vanilla with a measuring spoon beside it. When making candy, it’s good to work quickly. Next:
- Line a 9吉-inch pan with parchment paper.
- Butter a heavy, lidded, pot (my cast-iron enameled pan is absolutely ideal for this task, just be careful not to use metal utensils in an enamel pot or you might scrape the enamel).
- Add cream and sugar to the pot and stir together.
- Over medium heat, stirring constantly, bring mixture to a rolling boil (takes about 10 minutes).
- Once it starts to boil, cover the pot with the lid for 1 minute. This creates steam that will remove any sugar on the sides of the pan.
- Remove the lid and place a candy thermometer in or on the side of your pot. DO NOT STIR. Just let it boil away.
- When it reaches the softball stage, around 230˚degrees (takes about 15-20 minutes), remove your pot from the heat.
Soft ball stage: This is the stage when the mixture is the perfect consistency for soft, creamy fudge. If you heat it past this stage, it’s irreversible, so pay attention to your candy thermometer!
Tip: I definitely recommend getting a stand auto mixer! You’re going to have to do more stirring later on in this post so it’s a worthy investment.
Combining and Mixing Everything
Add the butter and vanilla and let it sit for 1 minute, don’t stir it together. Now, this is really important, WITHOUT SCRAPING THE POT, pour the hot candy mixture over your broken-up chocolate.
Next, using a mixer, beat your candy mixture until very smooth and no longer glossy. It will look a bit dull and this is a good thing.
Adding Some Fun Flavor
Now add nuts, candies, or peanut butter…stir-in whatever your heart desires!
I toasted store-bought pecan chips for about 6 minutes in the oven @350 degrees to bring out their flavor & aroma. Be careful not to over toast though as I burned my first batch of pecans. I did not add oil or anything to them, just spread them dry on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet. My kitchen smelled heavenly after.
Setting Your Fudge
Pour into your parchment paper-lined pan (I used an 11 pan) and cover. Refrigerate till well set (about 5 hours), preferably overnight.
Cutting Your Fudge
To cut the fudge, using the parchment paper, lift the slab of fudge onto a cutting board. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut into even squares.
Keeping Your Fudge Fresh
Once cut, put Creamy Fudge squares into a container with a sealed lid and keep refrigerated.
This Summer Cookout Food Menu Will Take Your Backyard BBQ to the Next-Level
Great cookout food, free-flowing pitchers of cocktails (and mocktails), summery music , sweet desserts, and your best friends gathered 'round a campfire (or huddled into your inflatable pool). Ahhh, sounds like the perfect day.
Playing host and planning a backyard barbecue to remember is a big task, though&mdashand the first steps are grabbing all of your cookout tools, sourcing the table settings (dollar stores seldom disappoint, but for elevated paper goods, Sophistiplate has a stand-out array), and curating an inexpensive, but crowd-pleasing cookout food menu for adults and kids alike.
There are the tried-and-true staples, like burgers, hot dogs, and grilled steak skewers, of course. But you can add a little flair to your menu with some special add-ons, like corn bread muffins (who could resist a little Southern soul food?), buffalo chicken dip cups, and barbecue chicken served with sticky peach barbecue sauce.
Whether you're just inviting over the neighbors, or finally hosting a long-overdue holiday extravaganza for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, the following recipes are sure to please the whole crowd. And with the menu set, the shopping complete, and the prep work taken care of, you can focus your attention on your guests and, most importantly, digging in.
Whole-Milk Ricotta Recipe
Traditionally, ricotta is made by reheating the whey after making cheese from ewe&rsquos milk. This simple variation shows how to make soft cheese ricotta using whole milk instead of whey the resulting ricotta has a good flavor and a high yield.
- 1 gallon whole milk
- 1 teaspoon citric acid dissolved in 1/4 cup cool water
- 1 teaspoon cheese salt (optional)
- 1&ndash2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)
- Combine the milk, citric acid, and salt and mix thoroughly.
- In a large pot, directly heat the milk to 185 to 195°F (do not boil). Stir often to prevent scorching.
- As soon as the curds and whey separate (make sure there is no milky whey), turn off the heat. Allow to set, undisturbed, for 10 minutes.
- Line a colander with butter muslin. Carefully ladle the curds into the colander. Tie the corners of the muslin into a knot and hang the bag to drain for 20&ndash30 minutes, or until the cheese has reached the desired consistency. The cheese is ready to eat immediately. For a creamier consistency, add the cream at the end and mix thoroughly.
- Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for 1&ndash2 weeks.
YIELD: 1 1/2&ndash2 pounds
- Mix everything but the food coloring together in a large pot until somewhat smooth. It will be lumpy. Not to worry, the dough will get smoother as it cooks.
- Cook the dough over a low heat. Mix frequently. The water will slowly cook out of the mixture and you’ll notice it starts to take on a sticky dough appearance. Keep mixing until the edges of the dough along the side and bottom of the pan appear dry. Pinch a piece of dough. If it’s not gooey, the dough is ready.
- Place the dough on a counter top or large cutting board that can withstand a little food coloring.
- Knead the warm dough until it’s smooth and then divide it into the number of colors that you’d like to make. I divided mine into four balls, flattened each of them, added a little bit of food coloring or liquid watercolors, and then kneaded it in. I added more food coloring to get the desired shades of yellow, pink, teal, and lavender.
- Play with the dough right away or store it in a large Ziplock bag or sealed container. Unused, it’ll keep for months. For play dough tool ideas, you can read this post.
There you have it, rainbow play dough (aka the best playdough recipe ever).
Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling
Hopia is yet another favorite 'merienda' or snack for Filipinos. Hopia is made of thin flaky pastry, traditionally filled with mung bean paste (Munggo). But nowadays, there are more variations to choose from when it comes to the filling, most popular is the Ube or Purple yam and the one I prefer more personally.
The truth is, I've been wanting to try to make Hopia for some time now (because of course, you can not buy them here in Germany) but it somehow intimidated me, it looks too complicated. just think about those thin flaky pastry encasing the filling ..and how the h*** do you form them into that round, flat disk shape. Scary right?! But somehow I had to summon up enough courage and give Hopia a go because a special lady, named Shirley, asked for it after she tried the Ensaymada recipe I posted here some time ago (and I am really glad she liked it..wink! wink!). So after some intensive research, I was ready to make my very first Hopia.
BEAN PASTE USING RED KIDNEY BEANS
As it turns out, it was not that difficult after all. Although it does require some muscle work when rolling the dough as thin as possible and believe me I've had arm muscle pain for some days that lasted longer than my Hopia that was gone so fast it was unbelievable. but it was all worth it.
Although Shirley asked only for Hopia Munggo, I also tried making some with Ube or Purple Yam filling since I have some already made using my Ube Halaya Recipe .
I like them both and so did Armin (apparently) but I like the Ube more, aside from the taste, the texture is finer but the Hopia Munggo (I used red Mung bean) gave me some feeling of nostalgia, it brought back memories of my childhood days when I and my siblings would go to our neighboring Sari-sari store to buy Hopia for our afternoon snack.
Fluffy Slime Recipe
If you’re looking for a general slime recipe, our base slime recipe can be found here: How to Make Slime With Contact Solution. We like to use contact lens solution instead of pure borax in our slime recipes. We recommend you try this basic recipe to start if you haven’t made slime before. It is easier to make than fluffy slime and will give you an idea on how much you need to knead and work the slime for it to form.
Fluffy slime is a lot of fun for kids to play with – however we recommend adult supervision and that adults should make the slime. See more safety tips at the bottom of this post before making your slime.
Once you have your fluffy slime made, have fun stretching and squishing it. Fluffy slime will leave indentations when you press on it which regular slime won’t do as easily. It’s a bit harder to stretch as it gives a fluffy consistency instead.
1/2 cup mango butter (find my favorite here)
1/4 cup shea butter (find my favorite here)
1/4 cup kokum butter (find my favorite here)
1/4 cup cocoa butter (find my favorite here)
1/4 cup coconut oil (the kind that’s solid at temperatures below 76 degrees) (you probably already have coconut oil in your pantry, but if not, find my favorite here)
1/4 cup sweet almond oil (find my favorite here)
1 Tbsp arrowroot powder (you can find this at most grocery stores in the spice aisle or find it here)
up to 30 drops of essential oil (optional)
In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. Cut butter into mixture until it begins to look like cornmeal.
Make a well with flour mixture and slowly add milk into the middle. Knead dough with your fingers and add milk when necessary. Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to desired thickness. Cut with small biscuit cutter.
Butter bottom of skillet and place biscuits in pan. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.