Sugar, Sugar

Ready to make some magic?! I am a maker. I love to make! So what are we making today? SKIN BRIGHTENING SUGAR SCRUB! This quick and e-a-s-y recipe is not only great as a gift, but you’ll want to make extra to keep for yourself! Bonus, you probably have most – if not all – of the ingredients already! It smells amazing and makes your skin super soft! Keep a jar of it in your shower, or next to your kitchen sink to use on your hands after washing dishes, or to exfoliate after the gym!

soooo….what do you need?

1 c. white sugar

1 c. baking soda

1/2 c. sweet almond oil

20 drops essential oils

I usually love to use Orange Essential Oil, But this time I used grapefruit and tangerine!if you’re making this for a gift, wrap the jar up with a pretty ribbon and decorate with a dried orange or tangerine.

I gave these as Christmas gifts last year, they are also great for friends, neighbors, teachers, new moms, co-workers, hostesses – you name it! Everyone will love it and what’s more thoughtful than something you’ve made?

To learn more about essential oils, please visit my Instagram page @wellandinspired

If you are interested in purchasing oils. There are two ways: retail or wholesale/distributor.

If you sign up for wholesale/distributor, you will receive 24% off retail prices!! You may also sign up for Essential Rewards and can receive points back on products you purchase as well as reduced shipping! All of this is amazing and will allow you to introduce more oils into your daily routine!

You can purchase Young Living essential oils through me here please ensure you enter my code: 3054083

Happy making!!

xo

Renee

All photos by me! 🙂

(Original recipe using lavender essential oil found in the amazing book The Hands on Home by Erica Strauss)

Blackberry + Pear Galette w/Woodsman & Wilderness

Happy Saturday!! If you’re like me, the second fall hits, I am alllll about all the baking. Galettes are such an easy dessert to whip up. They are simply a rustic version of a pie – easy-going and they don’t need to be perfect, which is why they are so charming! Don’t get me wrong, I still love pie-making, but this is quicker and a great desert to have your younger children help with.

My seven year old made this Blackberry and Pear Galette almost completely by herself, I just helped with the directions.

DSC_4943I forget how simple crust really is to make and it’s always fun to get your hands into the dough!Collage1.jpgWhile our dough was in the refrigerator, she mixed up the ingredients with our beautiful Woodsman & Wilderness spoon DSC_4961 copyDSC_4970 copyShe rolled out the homemade dough using her rolling pin from Woodsman & Wilderness – made just her size and beautiful to work with! Like any kid, she loves when anything is just like something I have, but scaled down to her size. It’s much easier for her to work with than a larger rolling pin, so I love having it in our kitchen, especially since we love baking together! It’s is also great for my younger daughter, who is three! I can’t wait to use it for Christmas cut-out cookies!DSC_5025How beautiful is this rolling pin?!?Collage2DSC_4993 copy-Recovered copy

DSC_5000-2 copyYUM!Collage3DSC_5016 copyDSC_5023 copyDSC_5039 copyDSC_5047 copyThe only thing we would do differently next time is omit the rosemary, neither of us especially liked the added flavor of the rosemary, but otherwise it was delicious, especially with a big ‘ol scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

I found this particular galette recipe on Pinterest:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour plus extra for your work surface
  • A pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoon sugar divided
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons iced water
  • 2 packs fresh blackberries 12oz each
  • 1 small-medium sized pear. cut roughly into small cubes
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place the flour, salt and 1 tablespoons sugar into a bowl.
  3. Add the butter, cut into small pieces
  4. Break the butter up in the flour with your fingers or a pastry cutter until it’s like the size of small peas.
  5. Add the iced water and gently mix until it all comes together.
  6. Place the dough in a zip lock bag and keep in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to relax.
  7. Add the blackberries, diced pear, 2 tablespoons sugar and rosemary to the bowl.
  8. Toss well coating the blackberries with the sugar and rosemary.
  9. Roll the dough out into a circle about 10 inches wide in diameter.
  10. Transfer the pastry carefully to a large baking tray with a piece of parchment paper.
  11. Place the blackberry mixture in a pile in the center of the pastry leaving a 2-inch border.
  12. Fold the border in towards the blackberries creating a break wall to stop the filling escaping.
  13. Using a pastry brush, glaze the pastry with some of the milk and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar.
  14. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 375 degrees F.
  15. Bake for a further 40-45 minutes or until the galette crust is golden and the fruit is slightly bubbling.
  16. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

Pantry m a k e o v e r!

We moved to our house back in March and we had most of the interior painted white (specifically the most dreamy “White Dove” by Benjamin Moore). For whatever reason, I was like oh, don’t worry about the pantry, I can paint that myself. Who cares, you say? It’s just the pantry, right? Well. The former owners had painted the shelves and the wall behind and on the sides of the shelves red. Like bright, blood red. Not a great color for a pantry closet. (The before photos are at the end for your viewing pleasure! 😉 ) It drove me crazy. So finally I got up the nerve to paint. I knew it would take a while and with three little kids, it’s hard to find the time. But I am so thrilled that I went ahead with the project, even though it took me practically all day. I primed, painted, went through everything, tossed some things, organized others. It was fun! Plus, I’m so in love with my new pantry I keep opening the door just to look at how nice and organized it is. Haha!

DSC_7408DSC_7404DSC_7395DSC_7391DSC_7375DSC_7365DSC_7377DSC_7359…and I had a little helper, so of course I had to document him! 😉DSC_7417DSC_7411DSC_7428

as promised, here are some photos of my process…Photo Aug 05, 12 38 40 PM

primed…Photo Aug 05, 6 15 50 AM

first coat…Photo Aug 05, 12 18 25 PM