Lotion Bars

This is the other recipe that we made at the mini workshop, along with Raw Chocolate.


Conventional lotion in liquid form either needs to be kept in the fridge or have loads of additives. Enter the Lotion Bar!


These can also be used as lip chap! I have mine in a small bowl by the sink, it’s been used for a while not, I didn’t have any new bars, they’d all been given away to friends! So what you’re seeing is one that’s been used for months, they last a long time though!


Marius is obviously not a hand model. He’d just got home from work and he was making bamboo bow+arrows with Mac. I needed someone to hold it soooo…there he was.


Lotion Bars

Makes two bars

1 1/8 oz coconut oil

1 oz beeswax

1 oz cocoa butter

16 drops essential oil of choice


Melt together oil, wax and cocoa butter until just melted. Stir in essential oil. Pour into two muffin tin holes and put into the freezer to cool. That’s it!



-I like to heat up the muffin tin at 350F for a few minutes so they settle nicely into the holes.

-If you want two different scents, don’t stir in the essential oils, but pour them into the muffin tins, then individually scent each bar and stir well.

-Feel free to use a mini muffin pan for small ones to give away!




I Did It!

I finally made lip balm! I’ve been debating for so long. Then I saw Eden Hill‘s recipe for lip balm and it was sooo simple. How could I not?!



She used corn oil, but I wanted to use coconut oil. While more expensive, I felt it would be the oil right for me! Mom had some, and was only using a bit for deodorant, so she said I could use it. (I gave her a little pot in return.) I had an “Aha!” moment when she was taking the beeswax candle stubs out of her candleabras. She was going to get rid of them…I needed beeswax for my lip balm. So it turned out to be even more frugal, as she gave me 4 stubbies, weighing 1 1/2 oz all together, and I only needed 1/4 oz. I still have lots for next time! You will need an accurate scale for this.

I changed up the recipe a bit, so without further ado, here is my version!


4 tbsp coconut oil

1/4 oz beexwax

1 tsp honey


Melt oil and wax together in microwave or in a double boiler. I put it in my glass 1 cup measure into the microwave. It took 2 1/2 minutes, and I stirred 3 times. Then I poured it into a bowl, added the honey and whisked it together well. After that it went into the fridge for 5 minutes to harden up a bit (coconut oil is a solid below 24 degrees C.), whisked it together more then poured it between two 1/4 cup containers.

It made 1/3 of a cup altogether, and cost me about a dollar. I put that in the center console of my car, and now I’m set for lip balm for months! Wahoo!

Homemade Convenience- I love a good dip.

**Update July 2013…this post is badly in need of some new photos and it’s on my to do list! Bear with me if you’re reading it before then**

I’d say it’s almost a bad thing. I’ll eat it with my finger!

Whoops. Did it again.

And I decided it isn’t a bad thing. Especially when you make it yourself!

Yogurt, herbs, garlic, dried onion…perfection.

And Home made Dilly Dip was born šŸ™‚

Truthfully, I originally made it to cover up the ucky taste of salmon the other night. Then I used the leftovers to dip carrots in.

And I was hooked! You could add some mayo for a thicker dip as well. Or strain the yogurt so that it’s thicker.

Do you ever use that trick? Straining yogurt in a colander or strainer lined with cheesecloth or a paper towel for a couple hours to overnight makes your yogurt thick and tasty for tzatziki, frozen yogurt, dips or ummm, eating.

Ready for some healthy additive free dippin’?

I am!

Oh, and here is how we had it with salmon


Unless you’re into that kinda thing like Cowboy. Then you’ll think it’s “sooo delish you should make this more often daaahrlink.”

Okay so he’d never say that. He’s just say “This is good. Eat your fish.” Hah. Men.

p.s. Like our plates? We have blue ones too! And a matching set of beautiful red and cream that’s not so great and some of the plates break when you put hot food on them. Isn’t it great to be young and have everything hand me downs or thrift store found. Yes!

Yogurt Dill Dip/Sauce

3/4 c plain yogurt

2 tsp dried dill

2 tsp dried minced onions

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp salt

Mix all together and let sit atleast 30 min to let flavour combine.

Homemade Convenience #4- Baby Bum Rash Soother

If you’ve had a baby, you’ve had a baby with a bum rash. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t!


You leave them diaper free a bunch, lots of bum cream, if it’s really bad we’ll switch to disposables for a couple days to dry it out (Only been like that a couple times).


What I’ve found really works well though, is an oatmeal bath! Now you can put it in a fancy cloth bag, or buy some expensive ‘oatmeal soother bath’.


But some quick oats works just dandy!


I like to do this in a tub for two reasons.

1) Less oats have more effect

2) I can dump it outside or, strain out the oats so they don’t go down the drain.



In a tub, fill it with desired amount of water, I did about half full, in your desired temperature!


Stir in 1/2 a cup of oats and swish around. It’ll start to get cloudy, which is the ‘oat milk’. Try and keep them in there for as long as possible, at least 5-10 minutes. I sit right beside the tub and swish the oats every minute or so, to keep them releasing the milk.


When they’re done, pat them dry, diaper them up, and put them to bed! That is, if it’s bed time.


I’ve found this really heals a rash well, if there is open sores (So sad, Mac has had them before) it’ll do wonders for them!


“Thanks Mama!”

Homemade Convenience #3- Play doh!

**Update July 2013…this post is badly in need of some new photos and it’s on my to do list! Bear with me if you’re reading it before then**

I can’t believe that people buy play doh! We never had store bought play doh when we were little, it was ALWAYS homemade. The reason? It’s so easy! Thats why!

And cheaper. Isn’t that the big thing about my Homemade Convenience series?

Flour. Oil. Salt. Water. Cream of Tartar.

You probably all but the cream of tartar. You may even have Cream of Tartar like I do!

If you want, you can use colour, but it isn’t mandatory. I didn’t have any, and we didn’t miss it.

Stir together your flour, oil, salt, water and cream of tartar in a medium sized pot on medium heat.

It’s going to be good and runny and this point

Cook it while stirring. Not constantly, it’s okay to leave it.

It’s going to start getting thicker

And before you know it, it’ll hold together in a bowl, and you can scoop it out to cool on a chopping block.

Roll it together, and


You have yourself a nice warm ball of play doh for you and your kids to play with!


I just realized this is the second photo posted in a couple days where Mac has a bottle right beside him! He never usually does, but in these photos he had been sick and we wanted him to have as much fluids as possible, and giving him a bottle was the best way to do so.

Now. We don’t have no fancy play doh toys. Here, Mac has a giant straw, a chip clip and a couple canning rings. And a spoon. And he had so much fun!

Play Doh

1 c flour

1/2 c salt

2 Tbsp cream of tartar

1-2 tbsp oil

1 c water

food colouring, optional

Mix all together in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Stir occasionally until it forms a ball. Scoop together onto a chopping block and cool until handleable.

Looking at the Monster in the Closet

I have a cousin who, no matter how much a put a bug in her ear about using dried beans over canned beans, still used canned beans!

You know who you are.

Dried beans have crazy good reasons for being used over canned beans.

No added salt, not preserved in tin, way cheaper!

This is the cost breakdown for where I live.

1 can of beans = 1 3/4 c of beans @ $1.50 per can

1 lb of dried beans = 6 c of cooked beans @ $1.50- $2.75 per pound

Canned beans = $0.86 per cup

Dried beans = $0.25- $0.45 per cup

Are you a convert yet? Yes they take a bit of extra work, but I’m going to show you how to make that all easier for you!

Dried beans must be soaked, either overnight, or a one hour quick soak. I’m going to show you how I do the overnight method.

I filled quart jars (and one pint jar) with various beans I had. You don’t want to fill your container more than half, because they will swell that much!

Left to right is small white beans, garbanzo beans (chick peas), black beans, kidney beans and adzuki beans.

Here is what adzuki beans look like. They are pretty tiny. I’d never used them before, but heard my sister mention them once, and when I came across them for $1.50/lb, I couldn’t pass them up! This is a whole pound in the jar.

By the way, as much as it looks pretty using mason jars, they were a pain in my rear to get the overnight soaked beans out of. Use yogurt containers or another similar container.

Fill the container up to the top with water, and go to bed.

Look how much they grew!

This is where we get to the cooking. Different beans call for different cooking times. Anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. Bring them to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook away. Take a bean out, let it cool off, and bite it in half. A bit on the undercooked side is better. There will be white inside if they are undercooked. I cooked the adzuki beans waaay too long! I had 3 pots going on the stove one morning while we were plugging away getting ready for the day.

Drain, rinse and set aside the beans to cool. You can bag them in ziplock,

Oooorrr, if you’re a lucky gal like me, you’ll have a Foodsaver vacuum packer your Mom and Stepdad gifted you and your fiance for Christmas! Wahoo!

I packaged them all in about 2-3 c bags for easy thawing!

And labeled them with bean type and date. You can reuse Foodsaver bags, and even simmer them in water, so you could thaw these so easily. Look I now have 11 bags of various beans in my freezer! I used some in Chili I made that day. I’ll share that recipe soon.

S0 nice and handy!

Sooo much cheaper.

So Cousin? Do I have you convinced yet?

I wrote a whole darn blog post dedicated to it, just to trying and convert you!

Do you want me to bring over beans to your house and show you directly how to do this?

I am so dedicated to this mission, that I will even go that far!!!

Remember the Iced Tea?

Well I made nifty little gifts for a few of my cousins and Poppa for their birthday yesterday!

They went something like this…

You start with a wide mouthed pint jar. I typed up and printed out the recipe, cutting them to fit height wise.

Curl the paper inside, then place a lemon in the bottom of the jar

Then put two fruity tea bags and one mint tea bag on top!

Top with a square of fabric or pretty paper, then tie with string. I couldn’t find any nice string or twine…but Cowboy gave me his string line from his work truck. Nice neon green/yellow colour eh!

These were super cheap to make! Check out the recipe for Guilt-free Juice aka Iced Tea, here. I did already have the jar that I’d gotten at a second hand store for $0.25.


Fairly quick to throw together and everybody loved them!