Tip of the Week: "Coconut Oil" and all the wonderful things you can do with it…

So by now a lot of people know about coconut oil when it comes to baking and cooking. It’s a wonderful substitute for vegetable oil and olive oil. But wouldn’t ya know, there are TONS of ways you can use coconut oil around the house and our Tip of the Week video addresses just a handful, but it will get you started on the transition to using coconut oil for just about anything!

 

This is only the beginning here are some more uses for coconut oil not listed in the video:

  • drop a teaspoon into your coffee to add some flavor and some healthy fats to your morning drink
  • easily use it on your eyes to remove make-up
  • or just add it to your eyes as a moisturizer and revitalizer!
  • got a bun in the oven? rub some of that coconut oil where your skin is stretching to prevent marks
  • in the cold weather use coconut oil to relieve chapped lips

This list goes on and on! If it’s meant to be moisturized, protected, or soothed…chances are coconut oil can do the job! Tell us in the comment section if you have any uses for coconut oil that weren’t mentioned!

Tip of the Week #2 – "Water Storage"

This week’s tip is one EVERYONE can do. No farm or abundant supplies needed. Crap happens, your water company has issues, there’s been no rain, either way, water shortages are real and can be dangerous. To save yourself from the effects of a water shortage just follow these simple tips in this video!

Every week we will be sharing a new “Tip” to continue sharing our experience at the Blush Family Farm and helping our followers build their own self-sufficient future. Thanks for watching! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to get updates first!

One more summer breakfast from the Blush Garden!

My favorite part of summer in Texas is the amazing and plentiful okra! I love this delicious vegetable with my morning eggs.  Most people seem surprised when I suggest making them with eggs, so I figured I’d share the love here. Slice okra (I like it thick) then simmer in coconut oil briefly, add spices to taste.  You don’t have to scramble the eggs as you might assume, I like mine sunny side up and cook them right on the okra! Serve piping hot and enjoy! It feels good to eat a breakfast of eggs and veggies grown/raised right here at home!

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Chocolate Hemp Milk – A tasty Sunday treat!

Today I needed coffee, bad. But I’ve been off coffee for about two months so I decided I needed it in a yummy special way. Mixed with homemade chocolate hemp milk! Aliana LOVED this morning treat, and it is jam packed with things your body needs and loves!

Recipe:hemp milk recipe

Half cup of hemp seeds

One cup water

Splash of vanilla extract

Good squeeze of agave

Six heaping teaspoons of cocoa powder (I kept adding more to taste)

Put in blender (I used whole juice setting)

 

 

 

 

 

Then…enjoy!

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Lea’s Easy All-Purpose Natural Soap Recipe

Reposted with permission from Lea Harris of Nourishing Treasures.


Finding soap without a lot of additives can be difficult. Many soaps include fragrances and irritants that can cause problems for those who are sensitive. Other soaps may be too drying, requiring moisturization after you wash.

First, here is the recipe. Below you will find many uses for this soap.

Lea’s Easy All-Purpose Natural Soap Recipe

  1. Slice 1 lb. block of Olive Oil Soap Base into 1-2″ pieces.
  2. Place soap pieces in an old saucepan, stirring gently until melted.
  3. If you want, now is the time to add essential oils.15 drops of essential oil of your choice (I like Lavender or Peppermint) should do it. Stir gently.
  4. Pour directly into soap molds.
  5. Let set several hours, or overnight.

That’s it!

Keep in mind this soap is concentrated – a little goes a long way. Safe for babies and those with sensitive skin

Uses

Skin: I have discovered, as with many skin care products, that in order to be sure what I’m putting on my skin is safe, I simply need to make it myself. That is why I love this soap. I get cleaning power, and moisturization. This is an all-body soap, gentle enough for your face, and great for use with shaving.

Hair: I use this as a shampoo, and love the results – shiny, silky hair. To use:Rub the soap across a wet hand just a couple of times, then rub both hands together and lather well. Apply to hair, particularly to any areas that tend to be greasy for you (as in ends or scalp). As this soap is alkaline, you will need an acidic agent, such as apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to balance it out. Think of the soap as a shampoo, and vinegar/lemon juice as the conditioner.

BabiesThis is the only soap I will use in my daughter’s bath. I don’t have to worry about it setting on her skin or being occasionally swallowed while playing with her bath toys.

Soap scum: This soap is a must-have for bathrooms. It makes shower and tub clean-up a breeze. To use: Rub soap across wet sponge a couple of times. Wipe down shower/tub. Re-apply as needed. When done, rinse with water. No scrubbing required!

Stains: I have actually gotten out stubborn stains with this soap. To use: Wet the stained area, then take your bar of soap and rub soap across stain once or twice. Massage soap in until you get a nice lather, then rinse the stain out with cool water.

Greasy pans/stoves: Because “like removes like” oil-based soap is great for greasy jobs. Use on your stove, or for cleaning greasy pots and pans, as you would any other cleaner. A little goes a long way!

Please don’t forget to let me know how this works for you.

Shared on:Jo’s Health CornerWomen Living WellDay 2 Day Joys,GnowfglinsAround My Family TablePennywise Platter @ Nourishing GourmetLife as a MomHealthy Home EconomistHomemaker Monday Made by You Monday

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Make Your Own Laundry Powder by Lea Harris of Nourishing Treasures

This is an article republished from www.nourishingtreasures.com with permission!

I’ve been making my own laundry powder since my daughter was a baby almost eight years ago. Since I was washing cloth diapers, I wanted to be sure I wasn’t washing them in chemical-laden laundrydetergent. This method was so successful, I began using it on our clothes as well, and haven’t looked back since!

It is really easy to make your own laundry powder, and it isn’t expensive at all. You can find all the supplies you need right at Wal*Mart (washing soda, tea tree oil)- so they aren’t hard to locate, either!

So first, grab your supplies:

Since I no longer store my food in plastic containers, I used a Tupperware Bagel Keeper for my laundry powder. It is nice and square and deep with an easy flip-top lid. I am not sure if they still sell them, but you can use just about anything. Although I like using mason jars for so many things, glass in the laundry room isn’t something I want to risk.

Lea’s Laundry Powder Recipe

1. Dump a whole box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda in your container:

2. Next, add 20 drops of tea tree oil, and 15 drops lavender oil if you’re using.

3. Add the second box of washing soda. Mix well. I like to close the lid, flip upside-down and and shake to mix well. The oils may clump, so you’ll want to open it when you’re done mixing and check for lumps – if you find any, smash them with a spoon to break them down.

That’s it!

I use 1 TBSP Lea’s Laundry Powder per load of laundry. That’s it! I do have a front-loading washing machine, so you may need to double it for top-loaders.

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Baked Mahi Mahi

This week we decided to branch out and try a new treat – baked Mahi Mahi.  I had never had this type of fish before, so I scoured the internet for recipes that look good.

I found a luau inspired recipe that looked good, but we didn’t have all the ingredients.  I’ll post the actual recipe with a link to the original, my changes will be in (parenthesis). We felt the changes were a YUMMY addition, and suggest if you’re feeling brave to copy ours instead of the origional.

baked mahi mahi

Baked Mahi Mahi

White fish fillets with mild or sweet flavor.

Ingredients:

• 2 lbs mahi mahi (fish) fillets
• 1 lemon, juiced (I did not juice, just squeezed straight from the lemon)
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt (I minced an entire clove of garlic)
• 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1 cup mayonnaise (I used a cup of cream cheese)
• 1/4 cup white onions, finely chopped (I used fresh chives from the garden)
• 1 – 2 bags bread crumbs (I toasted a slice of bread and crumbled)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rinse fish and put in a baking dish. Squeeze lemon juice on fish then sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Mix mayonnaise and chopped onions and spread on fish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake at 425 for 25 minutes. Serves 4 people.

http://www.polynesia.com/baked-mahi-mahi.html#.UN20NramW2w

The Perfect Quiche Crust – In the Kitchen at the Blush Family Farm

Since our recent rooster slaughter, our egg production has more than quadrupled.  Now that we have so many coming in, I’m trying to make lots of egg-based dishes.  Last night I decided it would be quiche!

We haven’t made a grocery store run in a while, so this was an experiment in the utilization of our stored food, our fresh garden food, and a bit of creativity.

I found this recipe for the “perfect” quiche crust and adapted it to fit what we had in the house.  Here it is with my adaptations in parenthesis.

Quiche Pie Crust Ingredients
1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour, sifted (1 cup + 2 Tbsp gluten free flour, not sifted)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup butter (1/3 cup organic olive oil)

3-4 tablespoons milk (4 tablespoons of organic rice milk)

The recipe calls for a detailed mixing of the materials, I personally just added them all together and mixed with my spoon then hands. It was crumbly, but packed nicely into the well greased pie pan. John LOVED the crust.

The quiche ingredients are listed below, also with my adaptations in parenthesis.

Quiche Ingredients
1/3 cup onion, chopped (1/2 a large white onion from garden))

1 tablespoon butter (splash of olive oil)

¼ pound Swiss cheese (no cheese)

4 eggs

2 cups light cream (2 cups organic rice milk)

1-1.5 cups broccoli, chopped and lightly steamed (2 chopped jalapenos, not steamed)

(handful of dried tomatoes from last spring’s garden)

I placed all the veggies in the bottom of the pan and slowly poured the quiche mixture inside. We set our stove to 325, which always cooks hot. We checked it at 35 minutes and the bottom was slightly soggy, so we left it in for about 10 more minutes. The only thing missing was goat cheese, in our opinion!

Here is the pie crust and veggies, before I poured in the egg mixture.

Here is the entire meal before hitting the oven.

The final product.  YUM!

Chicken Jerky

One of the greatest blessings that comes with living on a chicken farm is the ability to experiment with new recipes.  Now, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t eat everything we make, but I sure enjoy making it, smelling it, and watching the reaction of my friends and family when they try it!

This past weekend we had a rooster slaughter and we made a trial run batch of chicken jerky.  It was  a HUGE hit, so today we’re making more!  This time the entire dehydrator (all 6 shelves) is full, and we tried a new recipe in addition to the previous one we tried.

The first recipe can be found here.

The second recipe is a total experiment and I look forward to telling you how it goes.  On Sunday we bbqed a whole bird for four hours on the smoker.  Yesterday we cut off the left over meat into strips and placed them in a bag of barbeque sauce to marinate overnight. Today I added the trail version to the top shelf of the incubator.  Since the meat is already cooked, I imagine this will take a much shorter time than the 5-7 hours the raw meat with take.

I’ll be sure to post an update with reviews soon!

Be sure to read the safety warning at the bottom of our first recipe if you decide to use it – there is always a risk of salmonella when using raw meat!

 

Slow cooker chicken soup with leeks and potatoes

This past weekend we had a rooster slaughter which means lots of kitchen work for me!

My first attempt at chicken soup this week burned.  Whoops.  So today we decided to try something new.  Using the slow cooker instead of the stove!

First we cut off strips of meat from the chicken to turn into chicken jerky.  More about that here.

I searched online and found a recipe that sounds like an excellent solution to my burnt-on-the-stove problem.

Here is the recipe (originally posted here).

Slowcooker chicken soup recipe featuring chicken, carrots, celery and potatoes.
Ingredients
1 whole chicken (3 to 4 lbs)
unrefined sea salt (as needed)
ground black pepper (as needed)
2 leeks (white and light green parts only, sliced thin)
2 bay leafs
1 yellow onion (peeled and chopped fine)
6 carrots (scraped and sliced into rounds 1/4-inch thick)
6 celery ribs (sliced 1/4-inch thick)
1 lb potatoes (peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces)
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley…
Instructions Rinse the chicken, inside and out, then pat it dry and season it well with unrefined sea salt and ground black pepper. Place the chicken in a slowcooker with leeks and bay leafs then cover with water. Cook on low for twelve hours. Add chopped onion, carrots, celery and potatoes to the slowcooker and continue cooking on low for an additional six to eight hours. Stir in parsley, pick out large bones and serve….

Read More at nourishedkitchen.com/slowcooker-chicken-soup/ © Nourished Kitchen

Here is a pic of the soup in progress – notice the chopped up chicken for the jerky 😀  I’ll update this post with finished pics and a review!