Archive for February, 2010

Essential Oils

February 18, 2010

I learned so much at my Holistic Mom’s meeting last night!  I am so excited about all the information I learned regarding Essential Oils.  I currently have 4 EO’s, but wasn’t quite sure what to do with them other than Lavender for cloth diapers, Peppermint for deterring mice and ants, Tea Tree for acne soap and Frankincense (don’t remember why I had purchased this).  I’m excited to try out the EO’s I currently have with some of the new ideas and applications of them I learned last night.

For teething, I am going to try Thieves and Cloves mixed with Agave nectar.
For any upper respiratory sickness I am going to use Thieves on my thumb and then place it in the back of my throat.  It is supposed to make you feel well again very quickly.
Last night and today our daughter got Lavender rubbed on her feet with a little olive oil before bedtime and nap.  It seems to make her relax and feel special during this chaotic time.
For a fever, Lavender is going to be my go to in place of Tylenol. 

I learned that pharmaceuticals are based off of EO’s and herbs.  I never knew this.  I learned that your feet have the thinnest layer of skin and when you put EO’s on them, the EO’s go through every cell of your body within 20 minutes…powerful stuff.  I learned 19 EO’s that are safe for children…this will come in handy.  I learned how to use Lemon EO to take fluoride and chlorine out of your water.  I learned how to make my own hand soap using Theives….I will eventually try this.  Oh, I learned so much and still have so much to digest.  Can’t wait to share all my adventures with EO’s!

Hope you are all well!  Hopefully this little one will arrive soon and I will be MIA for a while I’m sure.  Take care!

Grateful For

February 2, 2010
*  Sore ribs…love this little one growing in my belly
*  New recipes…homemade ice cream and homemade caramel sauce…need I say more
*  Fun movie date with my sisters, mom and neice…Extraordinary Measures is definitely a tear-jerker that you will need tissues for
*  Car seat inspection last week.  It was freezing cold…seriously 16 degrees, but we found out that my daughter’s car seat was broken at the base and we have a new one on the way.  We have been homebound and this has definitely allowed for less stressful mornings.
*  Casadian Farms cereal on sale at Copps.  We bought 5 boxes and got a coupon for organic milk, so the total for each box comes out to $2.60….can’t beat that for organic cereal and it is yummy.  We are buying 10 more boxes, as this sale is too good to pass up and my husband eats cereal every morning before work.  Quick and easy.
*  Warm home.  We have been keeping our heat set at 65 day and night.  We have been covering up and wearing warmer clothes, but it has greatly saved on our heating bill.
*  Internet…this keeps me connected to the outside world, especially during these cold months where we don’t get to the park or out and about that much.
*  Fettuccine Alfredo leftovers.  Yum!  This was a great lunch yesterday.
*  Nap time…ahh…nap time!

Fettuccine Alfredo

February 1, 2010

This recipe is yummy and super easy to throw together…even with children underfoot or helping.  This recipe is from a daycare cookbook I received for Christmas years ago.

Fettuccine Alfredo

1 (16 oz) package egg noodles
1 stick butter
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Fresh ground pepper and salt to taste
 
Cook noodles per directions.  While noodles are cooking, melt butter in large skillet.  Add garlic to butter.  Stir in heavy whipping cream, add grated cheese.  Stir until smooth.  Drain noodles and toss lightly in cream mixture.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serves 6 (or two hungry adults and a child with some leftovers).

This recipe is super delicious and worth the fat and calories.  I personally don’t worry about fat and calories.  I think everything is moderation is the key.  Some garlic toast, cheesebread or a nice salad would be a perfect addition to this meal.  We usually add a side of broccoli and that is yummy too.  Enjoy!