To the Artists of Before

To the Artists of Before

Sometimes I wish
I could have been there

To hold an artist’s hand.
To whisper that their work
was worth it.
To assure them
their vision was grand.

To inspire the hopeless.
To smile at a lonely face.
Perhaps, with my help, their world
would have been a much better place.

But those before me
are lives I cannot touch.
I just hope they know
that they mean so much.

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Mango Salsa

If you have mangoes sitting around and want to do something with them other than eat them, what not try this recipe? We are going to use this salsa on chicken. What I love about this dish is how festive it looks! This is definitely something different to bring to a party which should go over fantastic.

Mango Salsa

2 cups Mango

1 cup Red Bell Pepper

1 cup Red Onion

A Bit of Thyme

(Most recipes use cilantro but I don’t like it but you certainly can use it. If you are more adventurous than I am then you could also use jalapeno and/or lime in this.)

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Spa Day

Lately I have been really gross because of the summer heat and humidity. I decided I needed to take some time today to make myself feel a little better. I mostly focused on herbal remedies to help keep my face healthy and happy.

Tea (For healthy skin)

1 tbs Dandelion Root

2 Sprigs Peppermint

Honey to taste

Cinnamon to taste

(Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer for around 15 minutes. Put your face over the steam to open up your pores and hydrate your skin. The tea itself can be sprinkled over the face or put on a wet washcloth to put on face.)

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Face Mask

1/4 cup Rose Water or Dried Rose Buds

1/4 cup Aloe Vera

1/2 Oatmeal

2 cups Distilled Water

(Follow cooking instructions for oatmeal. Let cool and then put on face. Leave on until dry and cold and then wash off with warm washcloth. For oily skin you can put lemon into the mix.)

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Moisturizer 

A few drops Vitamin E oil

A few drops Tea Tree Oil

2 tbs. Distilled Water or Rose Water

(Best to test this on a patch of skin before use if you can sensitive skin.)

 

 

Hair

Hair

Lushness spreads wildly.
Ends kiss her pale skin.
Folded kinks sweep shadow across her face.
Eyes match with sharp darkness.
Brittle breaks display remnants of an untold storm.
Opaque light plays creating different shades.
Life seeps into the strands.
Softness draws out hidden splendor.
I crave to slide my fingers through it.
Have it twirl and wrap within my palms.

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Contests Update

I just received my first submission into the two contests I have going on. I have also decided that the winner will be decided by likes as well as a poll I will post. I will post all the different entries on the same day to ensure no one has an unfair advantage.

If anyone wants to participate in the contest you still have the 30th of July to submit your entry to me by e-mail.

For more information about the contests Click Here.

Thank you for reading!

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DIY Essential Oils

Today I began the process of making essential oils from my herb garden and so can you! I will tell you how in a few easy steps you can create your own essential oils.

Supplies Needed:

  • Glass Bottles (twice the number of herbs/spices you have. So if you have 6 herbs/spices then you will need 12 bottles.)
  • Big Pot
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Funnel
  • Strainer
  • Scissors
  • Tongs
  • Timer
  • Labels
  • Herbs/Spices

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Instructions

1. Fill pot a little more than half way up with water and put pot on stove.

2. Remove caps from bottles and place them in the water (make sure to tilt their heads/openings downward so they will fill with water and not float)

3. Turn heat on high and wait for water to boil. Set a timer for the bottles to boil for 15 minutes.

4. Cut herbs from plants, put into strainer, and wash them with cold water. DO NOT SOAK IN WATER. Dry on paper towel.

5. After 15 minutes, turn off the stove and take the pot off the heat.

6. Take bottles out of the water and put on paper towels to let them dry for a few seconds. Put the bottle caps and the funnel into the hot water. You do not want to boil the caps because if boiled the caps loose their protective rubber.

7. Put herbs/spices into the bottles and put in the funnel.

8. Pour oil into the funnel slowly. Be careful not to have the oil overflow the bottle because it will make a mess. Also make you cover the herbs entirely so they are not sticking out of the oil.

9. Take the caps out of the water and put them on the bottles. Wash the oil off the bottles with dawn and water. Dry the bottles thoroughly.

10. Put the bottles in a cool, dark, and dry place where no light can get to them. Let them infuse for 3 weeks.

11. Check them occasionally and make sure they look okay. If you see anything growing then this means something went wrong in the sterilization process and you have to throw the oil out. Wipe off any residue which builds up on the outside.

12. After 3 weeks, your essential oils should be infused and ready to use. Strain out the herbs from the oil into sterilized (boiled for 15 minutes) bottles. The essential oils should be good for about 6 months.

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