Homemade Mayo

Welcome to another exciting edition of Kitchen Adventures!  (Insert theme music of your choice) Today, we’ll be exploring home made condiments, specifically mayonnaise. Yep mayo, the most boring of Goop Group. Mayo isn’t actually as bland so you might think. If you make it yourself… This recipe for homemade mayo uses just 5 ingredients that you probably already have.

You will need
3 Eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp mustard
1/4 cup vinegar
1 1/2 cup oil
A blender

How to
Add all of the ingredients to the blender except the oil. Combine well. Add the oil slowly while the blender is running. Blend until thick. Takes 10-15 minutes. Scrape into a jar with an air tight lid and place in the fridge. Makes just over a pint of mayonnaise.

That’s all there is to it, folks!

A few notes
I used a stick blender, a regular blender will work also, and a food processor, but you will need to stop to push down the sides. Also, be mindful of the heat of whatever appliance you use. If it becomes too hot, stop and allow it to cool.
You can change the spices you put in per your preference. I have made this recipe with vegetable oil and coconut oil. I noticed no difference between the two. You can use whatever oil you choose… Though I would recommend against the motor oil.
This mayo will not be as thick as what you by in the store, but it is plenty thick for spreading on sandwiches. I haven’t tried it in a salad yet, but I’ve already decided to switch to homemade mayo completely. It will keep for several weeks in your refrigerator.

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Homemade Facial Scrub

As I live my life and gain experience in the world, I find I am growing more eco-conscious. I find myself wanting to grow my own food, reduce the amount of garbage I send to the land fill, and make my own health and beauty products. The last of these is the topic for today.  I want to phase out all of my store-bought products in favor of homemade ones by the end of the year.  I started with something simple, a recipe for facial scrub.  I made some up this morning and as I was making it, my brother asked why.

There are many reasons for making your own products at home. It can help reduce the amount of plastic that is thrown away.  It can be a way of finding products that don’t aggravate your allergies.  It can save you a boat-load of money in the long run.  But for me, there are two main reasons why I want to make this change in my life.  The first is probably common to almost everyone who makes this choice.  I want to know what’s in the product I am using.  If I make it, I can control what goes into it.  I can use ingredients that came from Fair Trade companies, companies that do not use GMO (genetically modified) crops to make their products, that do not use chemical pesticides, herbicides, or hormones.  I can support small businesses and local farmers.  OR not…the choice is mine.  The second reason is that I know that my health and beauty products were not tested on animals.  This is something that is very important to me.

The recipe that I used is very simple.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar – I used brown, white will do
  • 1/4 coconut oil
  • A few handfuls of used coffee grounds, you can take them directly from your coffee maker, just make sure to squeeze out any excess liquid.  You could also use fresh grounds if you want.
  • The contents of 3 vitamin E capsules
  • A very small dribble of honey
  • A few drops of peppermint extract – optional

Steps

  1. Mix the sugar and coconut oil.  I found that melting the oil, just slightly helped when combining the two.  No more than 10 seconds in the microwave.
  2. Add in your coffee grounds, and mix well.
  3. I used liquid gel vitamin E capsules.  Using a pair or scissors, i carefully cut the tips off and squeezed the liquid into the bowl.  If you can find the vitamin E oil, that works well too, just a few drops of it.
  4. Add the honey and peppermint extract
  5. Stir together well and pour into a jar.  Place the jar in the freezer to allow the coconut oil to solidify again.  Store in an airtight container (mason jar works well)  and use every other day.
Oh no!  What has happened to my face!?  Nah, its all good.  That black stuff is just the coffee grounds.

Oh no! What has happened to my face!?
Nah, its all good. That black stuff is just the coffee grounds.

To use:

Rub a couple of teaspoons worth on your face and massage gently in circular motions.  Wait a few minutes and rinse off.  Your face will feel sticky while the scrub is on and it will feel slightly oily as you rinse it off.  This is from the coconut oil and once you dry your face, it will feel smooth and soft, and not at all oily.  You could maybe use it everyday, depending on how delicate your skin is.  As with any new product, use sparingly until you know how your skin will react.  If you do have very delicate skin, use only once a week and use other, less abrasive creams in between.

A few notes:

If you keep this jar in your shower, be warned that the heat from your shower will cause the coconut oil to melt.  This product will keep for weeks outside of refrigeration.  It is my personal opinion that you should only make a month’s worth at a time.  You can make less or more, per your preferences.  I will use this product every day for the next couple of weeks and see how it affects my skin.  I will update this post with my findings.

Gardening Tips # 2

My last post featured a great seed starter pot idea.  And here I am with another one!

Hello everyone!

This pot features some origami action and is a fun, easy, and quick way to make a lot of pots.  All you need is some newspaper…or really, any kind of paper, but newspaper is best.  I think its best demonstrated via photos.  Enjoy!

Step Step # 2 Step # 3 Step # 4a Step # 4b Step # 4c Step # 5 Step # 6a Step # 6b Step # 6c Step # 7 Step # 8 Step # 9a Step # 9b Step # 10 Step # 11a Step # 11b Step # 12a Step # 12b Step # 12c Step # 13 Step # 14a Step # 14b Step # 14c Step # 14d Step # 14e Step # 15a Step # 15b Step # 15c Step # 16a Step # 16b Step # 17a Step # 17b Step # 17c Step # 18a Step # 18b Step # 18c Step # 19

I think that makes it quite clear…but if I have hopelessly confused you, I apologize.  Please feel free to contact me to clarify any of the pictures.  I’ll do my darnedest to help you.

All my love

Let’s Get This Squared Away

Welcome back, everyone!

Hope you are enjoying your Tuesday! It is a spectacularly beautiful day here and I feel just as spectacular!

And the topic of today is… Wait for it… Crochet!  I told you I would post about crochet, and this is me, keeping that promise! Crochet! Woo-hoo!

Ahem, sorry. Got a bit excited there.  Won’t happen again… No, can’t say that, it probably will. So, hang on tight!

Anyone who crochets probably already knows what a granny square is.  I was introduced to them recently when I got it into my head to make a blanket with them.  I’ve done 15 of them now, and I think I’m getting to be quite good at them.

Granny squares are incredibly versatile items. Combine them to create works of art for the bedroom (mine is Tetris themed). Or individually, they are cute and functional, as pillow covers, trivets, coasters, table runners, and so on. You can even make other shapes if you’ve a mind to.

How to crochet a granny square:
Abbreviations
St – stitch(es)
Slst – slip stitch(es)
DC – double crochet
Ch – chain
3 DC = 1 cluster (clstr)
Clstr, ch2, Clstr = 1 corner

ROUND 1:
Make a slip knot and ch 4. Slst into the first St in the ch to form a loop. This is called the “chain-4 loop”. Ch 3.  2 DC in ch4 loop. (Ch 2. 3 dc in loop.)x 3. Slst into first St of round. Ch 1, turn,

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After round 1, your granny square should look like this.

ROUND 2:
Ch 3, 2 DC into Ch 2 loop of previous round. Ch 2, 3 DC. (Ch 1, 3 DC, ch 2, 3 dc)x3. Ch1, Slst in the first St of the round. Ch 1, turn.

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Round 2

ROUND 3:
Ch 3, 2 dc in ch 2 loop. Ch 1, (3 DC, ch 2, 3 DC. Ch 1, 3 DC, ch 1.) x 3. Slst into first St of round. Ch 1, turn.

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Round 3

To continue with the granny square, each successive round increases by one cluster each side. Follow the same instructions as above. Make sure that you ch 1 on the sides and ch 2 on the corners.

To finish the square, snip the tale and pull it through the loop. Tighten it down. Weave the ends in.

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Finished with a slip knot.

That’s all, folks! How-to: crochet a granny square. I hope you enjoyed this rather long post, and that it’s useful to you. I’d love to hear about your experiences!

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The Finished Product!

Amber, over and out.