Hello Again!

Yet again dear readers I have returned,

I am unsure for how long this time around. I think when I posted last I told you that I was going back to school. It seems like on break is the only free time I really get but even that is somewhat untrue. You see I have unfortunately prioritized this last which is a real loss because I truly enjoy blogging. It helps me reflect.

I have been focusing on my Etsy more than this lately since I’m still hoping to get my first sale. I recently got from a forum post I created some great answers to my questions on how to tag items effectively to increase SEO.

My Shop Banner. You like?

My Shop Banner. You like?

I also am planning on learning how to cook and possibly videotaping my attempts. I could try to reach out to the college student community on a real life level as another college student struggling to make good-tasting, cheap, and quick meals.

Another reason I have been neglecting this blog is that I’ve gotten more involved in my college community lately. I’ve been continuing with Red Skies (a journalism wordpress run by a student staff), getting more involved with the English Honors Society, and the attempt of the Education department to create a branch of FEA (Future Educators of America). Not to mention I also work 8 hours in the Writing Center as a tutor.

All of this while keeping my grades up, hanging with my boyfriend on the weekends, and trying to make more items for my Etsy.

For now dear reader I hope you have enjoyed this ramble about my life. So much has happened. It is truly exciting and bit daunting.

I wonder if you all have forgotten about me. I would not blame you but I remember some of the lovely writings, art, and other wonderful ideas we shared. I’d love to share some more!

All the Best for You and Yours,

Megan

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Thought for Food Thursday: Honey Biscuit Recipe

Recently I found an amazing recipe for honey biscuits per request of my boyfriend who bought a lot of real local honey. 

Click Here To See The Recipe

The first time I tried it I think I needed the dough too much and stretched it out too thin because the biscuits weren’t flaky and lacked layers. However, the second time, they came out perfect. They are delicious and are definitely going to become a staple for meals to come. They also go really well with chili. 

Photo Credit: Donna Currie http://www.cookistry.com/

Photo Credit: Donna Currie
http://www.cookistry.com/

Every Italian Girl Loves Her Pasta

I’m not sure if I have mentioned this but am part Italian on my father’s side and, as most Italian people, I love my pasta. This is a favorite dish in our household and doesn’t take too long to make.

How to make it (It’s easy):

Boil pasta until cooked. Using a saucepan or skillet melt two stick of butter (or you could use olive oil here if you want to be healthier) with some garlic. I would say about 2 or 3 tablespoons of garlic. My mom puts shrimp into it but you could put anything else. Scallops or chicken or tofu would do nicely. For the tomato, you can see by the picture, that mozzarella and basil was put on tomato slices.

I always put a little Parmesan cheese on my pasta but since I am not fond of shrimp you don’t see any in the picture.

By the way..the basil there is fresh from my herb garden. I’m glad we have found a use for it and a yummy one at that.

 

Yum!

Yum!

 

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.)

 

 

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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Food & Flowers

Two of my favorite things. I spent today grocery shopping with my mom. We spent a long time in the produce section (which is our favorite section by the way) and we decided it would be a fine idea if I got the ingredients to make mango salsa. I will try to remember to share the recipe and how it came out. I hope you enjoy my pictures. I finally got essential oil bottles so I can make essential oils out of my herbs. I most definitely plan on posting how to make your own and show my process.

Iced Tea with Lemon Slices

Iced Tea with Lemon Slices

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This tea made by POM is really yummy. Usually it's too expensive but this time it was on sale. Yay!

This tea made by POM is really yummy. Usually it’s too expensive but this time it was on sale. Yay!

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