Buh-Bye Mosquitoes

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Hello My Lovelies!!

I used to hate summer because Mosquitoes love me…seriously! They chew me up super bad. And then I get these horrible welts that make me look like a polka dotted crazy person. But this year…I said no way! I ordered some Citronella oil, bought a citronella plant (which has taken over..plant those things in a container!!) and a few other oils to see if I could keep the mosquitoes and other biting insects at bay. Y’all! I’m so excited! I made a bug bite roll on and bug spray using my oils and a few other natural ingredients. So far…I’ve only gotten bit twice. Hurray! I’ll take 2 bites over 250 any day. Sorry not sorry mosquitoes!

Here’s the recipes I used:

Bug Bite Roll On

Bug Spray

I also wanted to make a yard spray. But I have a multitude of cute furry things that live out there…some squirrels, possums, rabbit, Penelope & Patches. So I wanted one that wouldn’t hurt them if they came in contact with it. This recipe is the coolest thing every! I was a little unsure about it at first..but it works! The hardest part was finding stale beer. I don’t drink so I called a few friends and thankfully one of them some that he let me have :)

Mosquito Yard Spray

1 bottle of Mouthwash
3 cups Epsom Salt
3 – 12oz stale beer

Mix the ingredients together until the salt is dissolved. Spray anywhere outside where you sit, around the pool and it will keep the mosquitoes away for 80 days :)

The stronger you make your mix the longer it lasts. It’s safe to use on or around plants or flowers :)

Plus it smells like mint!

XoXo!

One Not Itching for the First Time Ever Lemon

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Kale Chips? Say What!

Hi Lovelies!

I just read an awesome blog today about how to make kale chips! I must go home and make some tonight! Kale is one of my favorite foods. Loaded with all kinds of things that make your body happy. I’ve never thought about making kale chips! I’m really excited about this recipe!

Thought I’d share :) Check it out via Toddler Approved: Garlic Parmesan Kale Chips.

XoXo!

One Lemon with the Munchies

Müesli Mmmmmmm

Well it’s that time again. Endless chocolate cravings, salt cravings and the bottomless stomach that never reaches full. The desire for potato chips and froyo, Chinese food and anything greasy. So this month I set out to find a healthy alternative to TOM {time of the month as my sister and I call it because everyone knows what you’re talking about when you say Aunt Flo..}.

I eat like a professional fittie boss three weeks out of the month but that one week inevitably does me in. BUT NOT THIS TIME!!! Muahahahahahahaha :)

I love Bob’s Red Mill products and I’m always looking for something new to try. I happened upon a bag if Muesli, which I didn’t know they sold in the states and wondered what I could make with it besides breakfast. I’ve had it for breakfast in Germany :)

Never heard of Muesli? Well let me introduce you :) Muesli is a tasty blend of rolled oats, wheat, rye, barley, almonds, date crumbles, raisins, sunflower seeds and walnuts that was developed by a physician in the early 1900’s to meet the nutritional needs of his patients in the hospital. He discovered their diets were lacking fresh fruit and essentials that they needed to survive. It can be eaten hot or cold and is the perfect year round breakfast food :)

Well wouldn’t you know good ole Bob was one step ahead of me! There nestled on the bag was a recipe for Muesli Chocolate Chip Cookies. Everything in the recipe covered my cravings. There’s salty, sweet and crunchy just waiting to be made.

What You’ll Need:

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Muesli :)

3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour

2/3 cup Applesauce

3/4 cup Brown Sugah

6 oz of Chocolate Chips (this was too much in my opinion so you might want to try less.)

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1/2 tsp. Vanilla

1 Egg (If you’re completely vegan substitute 1/4 cup applesauce or 1/2 banana mashed.)

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Preheat your oven to 375* (mine cooked quickly so I might turn it down a hair next go round.)

Sift your flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl and set to the side.

Next, blend your applesauce, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Fold the egg in and slowly begin adding your flour mixture.

Begin adding your Muesli :) then throw your chocolate chips in, give it a good twirl with the spatula and boom! You’re ready to place them on the cooking sheet. Lightly grease your cookie sheet. I prefer vegetable or grapeseed oil poured onto a paper towl and wiped onto the pan. I’m sorry but anything packaged with aerosol can’t be good for you.

20130715-211351.jpgYou’ll want to scoop it by the tablespoon. I used my handy dandy red cookie dough scooper :)

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Keep a close eye on them the first time you try. I almost burned mine because they cooked so quickly.

Remove from oven, let cool and enjoy!

Viola! A healthy snacking alternative. My dad even ate two and liked them :) (he hates healthy food unless he doesn’t know it’s healthy! hee hee)

XOXO!

Lemon