Clumsy Gourmet Empty Nester Messy Cook & Crafter Who Loves to Shop Online- Eat + Get Healthy Mon, 30 May 2016 14:05:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Supply List for Adult Coloring Books Zenspiration Zentangle Sat, 12 Mar 2016 20:15:58 +0000 [...] ]]> Point me in the direction of craft supplies for a few hours and I’m a happy camper!

The supplies you “need” for your adult coloring books are so much fun to collect and you can get started quickly with Amazon’s Prime Free shipping.

gelly roll pens by sakura jumbo pack

I swear sometimes I get things the next day and wonder how they can do that. You probably already have a few Adult Coloring Books and now you wonder what the best supplies are. I went to Walmart and found some very inexpensive markers that I love… but they bleed through the pages! Discovered that on the first one so now I put a piece of paper behind the one I’m working on if I am going to use those markers.. They also aren’t color safe so if I wanted to watercolor on that page I would ruin the whole thing.. So these are some of the things to keep in mind when you are coloring or doing some Zenspiration patterning, dangles, lettering or Zentangling (is that a word?)

Laura Fink swears by Sakura pens and so far I agree with her 100% although I’ve found a few other brands I’m a fan of as well.

The first thing you need are the high quality acid free permanent black markers.

The black fine tipped markers I like are:

Sakura Pigma Micron 3 pack of pens: size #01 and #03 for the detail and then using a #05 for more weight (this 3 pack is perfect to start)

Sakura Pens

These pens are just so luscious and have the most wonderful smooth paper feel when you are using them.

Gelly Roll Pens I Love

Sakura 6-Piece Gelly Roll Assorted Colors Stardust Meteor Pen Set this is a Dye-based gel ink ideal for writing and designs. The Stardust pens work best on white and light colored papers. This Gelly roll stardust meteor set captures the sparkle and glitter of stars to make handwriting extra-special the colors are: silver, marine, copper, pink, green and blue.

Sakura 10-Piece Gelly Roll  Moonlight Gel Ink Pen Set – Gelly roll moonlight 10 (bold point) gel ink pens. Archival quality ink chemically stable, waterproof, and fade resistant. Fluorescent Moonlight colors are not fade-resistant, but no smears, feathers, or bleed-through on most papers. Best effects on black paper and can be used on white paper. I haven’t played with these very much since I tend to use white paper but they are on my next thing to try list. 

Sakura 10-Piece Gelly Roll Metallic Gel Ink Pen Set – It’s really hard for me to decide if I like the glitter pens (aka Stardust) or these metallic ones best. I usually end up with probably far to much of these two on my designs but after all this is MY therapy so I’m ok with being a shiny sparkle lady. These are a MUST HAVE set!!! The thing that confuses me is that these have a glitter cap and the glitter pens don’t.. so don’t get confused.. or do.. it doesn’t really matter as they are both fantastic. The cool thing about using Sakura pens is that all the different types blend perfectly so you can have the same color palette but with the fun textures throughout your art or scribbling or doodling or whatever you like to call it. 

The Gelly Roll Metallics are archival quality ink chemically stable, waterproof, and fade resistant, No smears, feathers, or bleed-through on most papers. Metallic colors include: silver, copper, blue, red, green, purple, pink, emerald and 2 golds. 

  • Glides smoother than a ballpoint pen and doesn’t bleed or blot through thin paper like ordinary ink pens or liquid roller-ball pens
  • Dries permanent, water and fade proof

Sakura 10-Piece  Assorted Color 3-Dimensional Glossy Ink Pen Set. These pens are really unique! It dries to a glossy glaze look in 45-60 seconds and doesn’t bleed through most papers and vellum and is water resistant Colors included: white, yellow, peach, 3 shades of pink, purple, green, blue, and black. You get a raised effect that is delicate and can be crushed-down. The Dimensional Glossy pen is waterproof on most surfaces; use on light backgrounds, and on plastic, glass, ceramic and metal.

Sakura Souffle 10-piece Gelly Roll Gel Ink Pen Set – This is another one I haven’t tried yet but want to after watching the Sakura Video. Glaze and Souffle can be used on other surfaces other than paper. Souffle dries lighter and pastel than when you first draw it on. The Souffle looks fabulous on darker papers or on top of darker inks or paint.  The set consists of-Yellow, Orange, Green, Pink, Purple, Light green, Light orange, Blue, Gray and White. Joanne Fink’s video below shows you all of these fun Gelly Rolls!  

If you already know you are going to want everything then you can splurge on this jumbo pack of Sakura Jelly Roll pens that have all the glitters, metallics, golds, silvers and moonlights as part of the pack. The problem with these packs are the large number of gold and silvers. I use those only for accents but this pack has a TON so you might be better off with just getting exactly what you want in the smaller packs. I DO really like that storage case though… looking to see if I can find one that is similar.

This lucky lady WON this set so you can see her review here

Koi Coloring Brush Markers – This is a 12 color set for $20.12 on Amazon.. not bad per marker price. These work just like watercolors so you can get really pretty and blended effects in your coloring and zenspirations designs.

Koi Watercolors – I just bought this set so I haven’t gotten to play with it yet but I loved that it comes with a medium water brush. Just that brush costs $8 so I thought this was a great value and I can’t wait to play.

Sakura 24-Piece Koi Assorted Water Colors Field Sketch Set with Brush –  This Koi kit is a Portable field sketch kit for use on the go or at home and it includes brush, sponge, built-in palette, 24 mini watercolor cakes, plastic case with a  refillable koi water brush to transport and store water.

Maybe it’s just because I grew up coloring my folders with these pens but I’m still  a big fan of Flair pens. They come in lots of fun colors and last quite awhile. CLICK TO BUY

PEN CARE! Please store all pens horizontally when not in use. This will extend the life of all gel pens, microns etc.

For more information on the ZENTANGLE craze check out my new post here.

For everything Adult Coloring Book related check out the Coloring Book Addict’s website.

How to: Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs for Easter Sat, 12 Mar 2016 15:14:57 +0000 [...] ]]> decorated easter eggEvery year at Easter Mom’s fret about having enough hard boiled eggs to color for all the kids (including the big ones)

You know the drill you try to limit it to six for each person and then 4 of your dozen crack while boiling, 1 leaks out and makes a mess all over all the other eggs, you send your hubby to the store on Easter Saturday, possibly THE BIGGEST nightmare day ever… (other than when the weatherman here in Colorado says we are expecting a blizzard).

He comes how a little beat up with another dozen eggs, and you start the process all over again. What are you doing wrong??

 L.A. Times Test Kitchen and Food Editor Russ Parsons tells us:

How to make perfect hard boiled eggs…

“Place the eggs in a pan just big enough to hold them in a single layer. Cover them with cold water and bring them to a rolling boil. Cook for one minute, then remove them from the heat. When the water has cooled enough that you can put your hand in (about 20 minutes), the eggs will be perfectly cooked.”

This method avoids not only the cracking in the pan because of the single layer, you also avoid overcooking which is what leads to the nasty sulphur smell and the not so attractive green ring around the yellow yolk.

Try this method of preparing hard boiled eggs this Easter and see if it works for you.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs for Easter

Recipe Type: Holiday
Author: Chrissy Morin
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 6
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs are easy
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 2 quarts of water
  1. Place the eggs in a pan just big enough to hold them in a single layer. Cover them with cold water and bring them to a rolling boil.
  2. Cook for 1 minute after the water has boiled.
  3. Remove them from the heat.
  4. Let water cool. about 20 minutes

How to: Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs for Easter

How to: Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs for Easter


  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 2 quarts of water


  1. Place the eggs in a pan just big enough to hold them in a single layer. Cover them with cold water and bring them to a rolling boil.
  2. Cook for one minute.
  3. Remove them from the heat.
  4. Let water cool. about 20 minutes

How cute are these Easter Bunny Butt Cookies from Pillsbury??

Easter Bunny Butt Cookies
Bunny Butt Cookies

hese cute bunny butt cookies are sure to become a Easter favorite.


    • 1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
    • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 container (12 oz) fluffy white whipped ready-to-spread frosting
    • Pink gel food color, if desired
    • 22 miniature marshmallows
    • Assorted size candy sprinkles

Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes.Remove plastic wrap. Cut cookie dough into 33 slices. Cut 11 slices into 4 equal wedges; shape each wedge into ovals for bunny feet. Place cookie dough slices and bunny feet on ungreased cookie sheet.Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.In medium microwavable bowl, stir frosting and 1 to 3 drops pink food color until well blended. Microwave uncovered on High 10 to 15 seconds or until soft but not translucent.
To make bunny butt, frost 1 whole cookie slice and 2 bunny feet with frosting. Place bunny feet on bottom of cookie as shown in photo. Place 1 marshmallow in center of each cookie for tail. Decorate bunny paws with candy sprinkles. Repeat with remaining cookie slices and bunny feet.

See more tips here.

Looking for more ideas for fun Easter treats?

Many of these Easter Cookbooks are free if you have an Amazon Prime membership already. 

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How to Smoothie: The Basics for Beginners Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:19:25 +0000 [...] ]]> HOW TO SMOOTHIE!

Everyone likes their smoothies a little different so the key is to keep playing with it until you find the way you like it. I add a cup of crushed ice to everything because I’m menopausal so always #Hawt! but you might like them less icy and more creamy smooth. It also depends on your blender as to how it works best. Some you need to blend the greens with the liquid first but in the Ninja, it works better to blend the greens in with the initial frozen items too. Don’t be afraid to play with your food!


I chose a this Ninja for $99. The least expensive choice and mine is now about one year old and has withstood at least 200 smoothies along with lots of other tests and it works great. I also like the smaller smoothie sized pitcher. If I were to buy again I would probably get one of the options with the smaller blend and go tumblers here.
The Vitamix is always a favorite but a bit high priced for our budget.
The Simple Green Smoothie ladies prefer the Blentec. You can start using whatever one you have but these 3 will give you superior results when it comes to grinding those greens down where you can’t even tell you are drinking a salad.


To help lose weight (which I’m always trying to do) you need a boost of protein powder and I used to HATE it, it was so chalky and nasty tasting unless you got some with a ton of stuff that was bad for you. Recipes may or may NOT have it included but I normally add it. I have hunted and HUNTED and finally found this one. Garden of Eden Raw Protein. The regular formula comes in  Vanilla, Chocolate, Unflavored and Vanilla Chai. The weight loss version comes in Green Tea (which has no flavor at all) and . You can get it on Amazon subscription and save another 5%. This is cheaper than I find it at Whole Foods and Sprouts even with a coupon. I’m NOT a Vegan by any stretch of the imagination but it’s great for this use to not have any milk products for the Daniel Plan Cleanse and lots of other health plans.

  • Provides raw organic sprouted protein and live probiotics and enzymes
  • Excellent source of protein 17 grams and 33% daily value
  • Contains vitamin code raw food-created nutrients with their unique code
  • Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets
  • Easily digested supports digestive health and function with live probiotics and protein-digesting enzymes

The Raw Fit comes in Green Tea (pretty much flavorless and great for my smoothies) and Marley Coffee.. sounds yummy but I haven’t tried it.

  • Support healthy blood sugar levels and burn fat naturally with the power of Svetol Green Coffee Bean Extract, RAW Food Created Chromium, Organic Cinnamon, and Organic Sprouted Grains
  • Help regulate your cortisol levels and manage stress related cravings with RAW Organic Ashwagandha
  • Build lean muscle mass, help repair it after work-outs and sustain it on a sensible meal plan with 28g of RAW certified organic plant protein–a complete protein with 13 organic sprouts and a biological value of 98.2%!
  • Naturally filling and satisfies hunger with RAW Organic Soluble and Insoluble Fiber from certified organic grains, seeds, legumes and fruits
  • Promotes healthy and comfortable digestion and elimination with live probiotics and enzymes
  • There are other varieties to check out here but these two have my endorsement.



Costco has great deals on bags of frozen organic fruit and bags of Kale & Super Greens mix. Bananas are so inexpensive and pretty much make every smoothie taste wonderful. You never need to add any sweetener if you have a banana in your mix. You can use them either in their natural state or if they start to go a little too ripe, cut them into large chunks and freeze. Then put them into a ziplock bag to use throughout the week. Another tip we learned from Chopped Champion Jeremy Bringardener is to freeze chunks of cucumber in the same way and use them in your smoothies. This is the first green smoothie I ever tried and it pretty much changed my life. Lyfe Kitchen Banana Kale Smoothie Chef Bringardener demostrates his smoothie techniques in the video below. The sound is a little rough but we really enjoyed meeting him at the grand opening. Smoothies are also perfect for the Daniel Plan after your 10-day cleanse and even during the class you can modify the recipes. My friends that are getting into Essential Oils are also putting a few drops of those in their smoothies, I’ll let you know how that goes too.

This book “365 Vegan Smoothies” was very inspirational for me, it goes through lots of ideas for ingredients but also them split up into ‘Wellness Themes’ as well as a smoothie a day.


365 vegan smoothies bookSMOOTHIES: Smoothies for Holistic Wellness and Weight Loss.: 50+ Amazing Smoothie Recipes Inspired by the Alkaline, Paleo, Macrobiotic, and Mediterranean Diets.
Low Carb Smoothies: 75 Quick and Easy Low Carb Smoothies for Weight Loss
The Daniel Fast Smoothies: Easy, Quick, and Delicious Daniel Fast Smoothie Recipes

365 Days of Delicious and Healthy Smoothies: 365 Smoothie Recipes To Last You For A Year
Green Smoothie Of The Week: Lose Up To 7 Pounds In The First 7 Days With This NEW Improved 7-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse System (‘Recipe Of The Week’ Vegetarian/Vegan Cookbooks Collection Book 2)
The Smoothie Recipe Book: 150 Smoothie Recipes Including Smoothies for Weight Loss and Smoothies for Good Health


The Green Smoothie Bible: 300 Delicious Recipes
The Ultimate Smoothie Book: 130 Delicious Recipes for Blender Drinks, Frozen Desserts, Shakes, and More!
The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet: The 150 Most Delicious, Most Nutritious, 100% Vegan Recipes for the World’s Healthiest Drink

By replacing one meal a day with a Vegan Smoothie you’ll be not only helping yourself get healthier and have a gluten free an vegan meal on a regular basis, but you’ll be helping the planet too.

If you get stuck or have any questions, please feel free to connect with me on any of my social media accounts. I love to #FollowBack!

Young Living Essential Oils at Wholesale Prices Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:03:35 +0000 [...] ]]> Young Living Essential Oils.. what does that mean?

Yes, I have been thinking the same thing for years when people have mentioned them to me, a Doula friend of mine  swears by them for her pregnant and nursing moms and the new babies but I’m done with all that (my baby is 25) so I didn’t really pay too much attention.

Then my good friend Barb started posting photos of clean and healthy + cute things for her friends and family on her Crafty Side of Essential Oils page…. well I’m all about healthy products without junk,  you already know about my Daniel Plan detox…. and these were CUTE too so it was the natural next step to find out more about “Young Living Essential Oils.”

I wanted to make lip balm, and sugar scrub and bath salts and shower bomb DIY projects for my blog and make gifts for my friends and family and the most economical way to do that was to buy the kit. You get 10+  full size bottles of essential oils not just samples along with the diffuser (I didn’t even know what that was)  but once I got the kit and set up the diffuser… My oh my! Both my hubby and I have a hard time getting to sleep and then staying asleep. Add to that he had just been injured with two cracked ribs so he couldn’t roll over on his side.. the only way he can sleep and not snore and with all the pain he wasn’t sleeping well either. After the very first night of YL essential oils in the diffuser we both slept wonderfully well, better than we had in weeks.. maybe months. He snores VERY loudly so even if he’s sleeping soundly if he’s on his back I won’t be able to, but with the diffuser.. he doesn’t snore… 

young living easter sale on kit

Get you Young Living Essential Oils at a big discount by joining as a member and now through the end of March get a $25 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up below.

Steps to get your kit and open your account.

What do I get in my Young Living Essential Oils Kit?

Young Living just upgraded their website so this is a new link. It seems to work very smoothly from a computer (apple/pc) but might get tricky from a tablet or mobile. I recommend you bring up this message on your mobile phone, but conduct the sign-up process from a computer.

1. Click here to sign up for Young Living Wholesale Discounted Oils.

2.The “WHOLESALE” box should be checked, not “Retail Customer.” (Wholesale Members get 24% discount on all future purchases. Retail customers do not.)

3. My member number (2293337) should appear in the blanks that say SPONSOR ID and ENROLLER ID. If it does not, please enter it in manually.

It should look like this:

signup for young living essential oils at discounted price

4. Fill out the Sign-in information, writing down your pin, username and password when you choose it. You’ll need these in the future to log into your account, speak with Customer Service or communicate via Live Chat. Your pin is very important because it is how other people can access your account to help you in the future without needing a password.

5. Complete Tax information. Complete Tax information. Your SS# is requested for legal purposes, so that you have the ability to sign others up for kits (Young Living is a referral based business). If you never sign anyone up, your SS# will never be used. I don’t see this information at all. Young Living has been in business 20 years and this is part of the wholesale account for everyone.

6. Select “Premium Starter Kit.” TSelect “Premium Starter Kit.” It is typically the first choice offered.  This is the one with the Everyday Oils Kit and home diffuser. The other kit options do not include the oils kit. If you want the Home Diffuser it will be $150. The Bamboo Diffuser, which is a different design and reaches slightly farther, is $160. (I started with the tulip one but I’m sure I’ll be getting one soon for the living room.)

7.  Consider enrolling in Essential Rewards, Young Living’s loyalty program. Earn 10-20% back on your purchases, which can be redeemed at any time. Get reduced standard shipping (currently $8.99, no matter how large your order is). You commit to 50 PV per month (basically $50 of oils or other products), You can change your order as many times as you would like each month, skip a month, and cancel at any time without penalty. It is a pretty cool way to if you think essential oils will continue to be a part of your improved health and wellness. Essential Rewards is not required. You can enroll in it at any time if you wish.

8. On this next page you will be able to add additional items to your cart or you can continue to check out. If you have a coupon code you will be able to add it in the cart at checkout. For shipping, please be aware that those processing times are for actual shipping, not the time it takes to leave the warehouse. I personally use FedEx 5-7 shipping and plan on 2 weeks to get a kit. It usually comes much sooner but that is a good guide.

If you have any problems contact me here and I will help you out.

Questions about Signing Up for Young Living? from Young Living on Vimeo.

Here’s what you get in the everyday oils kit from Young Living:

  1. Peppermint
  2. Thieves
  3. Melaleuca Alternifolia
  4. Stress Away (You will want more of this one!)
  5. Lavender
  6. Frankincense
  7. Joy
  8. Lemon
  9. Panaway
  10. Purification

You also get the oils diffuser of choice, a booklet outlining each of the oils in your kit, a roller ball with a special surprise 11th essential oil, samples to share with your friends and family and a full product catalog.
If you are curious about what oils help with what? There’s a handy app for that!
Reference Guide for Essential Oils – Abundant Health

Why Young Living Oils?

I’ve bought oils at Walgreens and the craft store but I was only interested in the scents of them, there were some spammy people posting their links on my Facebook buy/sell page so looking into that brand didn’t excite me, PLUS their kit is a ton more expensive to get started. I wanted the good stuff but I didn’t want to have to be one of those obnoxious MLM people who are constantly inviting their friends over and bullying them into buying and selling a product. When you become a member of Young Living Essential Oils you are only required to buy $50 worth of oils a year to remain a member!! So there is ZERO PRESSURE to sell any ever. At Young Living they are more interested in helping you and your family with these essential oils, not building a downline. If you want some of the technical stuff about Young Living Essential Oils and how they process the ingredients from “Seed to Seal” you can read here:

Not only does YLEO (Young Living Essential Oils) own farms in 2 states in the US (Utah & Idaho) and own land or have partnerships with farmers in 6 countries: France, Ecuador, Taiwan, Owan, Israel and then They bought land in a rainforest in Iquitos, Peru! 

“After much investigation and interaction with government officials, Young Living has purchased more than 3,400 acres of wild Amazon rain forest, where we will be building a distillery, researching wild crafted and native plants, and distilling them to produce essential oils for Young Living.”

Why so many places? The US climate isn’t the best place to grown and capture many of the wonderful healing essential oils that have been being used for centuries.

Ready to start exploring oils making gifts and having fun? Click here! Everyone gets excited for different reasons.. what will yours be? I can’t wait to hear!

Limoncello Marinated Chicken Wings Football Gourmet! Fri, 22 Jan 2016 19:13:05 +0000 [...] ]]> Have you ever tasted something that forced you to change your whole way of thinking about a certain food?
Chef Mark Dym’s Famous Limoncello- Marinated Chicken Wings did that to me.
I don’t care for chicken wings, I know.. weird.. I don’t like hot sauce, wings are too messy, I try to avoid deep fat friend things… but Chef Mark Dym at Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza changed my mind.
Our waiter recommend them as a specialty and of course my husband loves wings so we ordered some. When they came to the table they were beautiful! No really, and the lemony fresh aroma that was wafting my way across the table made me reach over to try one.. WOW It’s not your typical sports bar wing.
 limoncello wings at marcos

Marco’s has shared their recipe with me. (You will want to write this one down folks!)

Limoncello Marinated Chicken Wings Recipe

Serves 5 to 6 (depending on how hungry you are)

Limoncello Marinade:

  • 3 whole lemons, quartered
  • 1/2 cup limoncello
  • 1/4 ounce fresh thyme (about ½ T.)
  • 3 ounces fresh rosemary (about 6T)
  • 1/4 ounce fresh oregano (about ½ T.)
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 ½ cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 pounds chicken wings

Chicken Wings Directions:

  1. Blend the quartered lemons, limoncello and rest of marinade ingredients in food processor.
  2. Fully coat the chicken wings and marinate in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  3. Remove from marinade, and bake or grill wings at 450 degrees until browned and cooked through, 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Actual coal-fired oven preferred, but not required.

-Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza

Nutritional information per serving: 674 cal., 66 g fat (9 g sat), 0 mg chol., 11 g carb., 1 g pro., 6 g fiber, 2322 mg sodium

There are two locations of Marco’s in Denver

Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza

10111 Inverness Main St.
Englewood, CO 80112
CALL 303.790.9000
11:00am – 10:00pm Daily
2129 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
CALL 303.296.7000
11:00am – 10:00pm Sun-Thu
11:00am – 11:00pm Fri & Sat

If you are really ambitious you can even make your own homemade Limoncello according to Giada De Laurentis Ingredients

  • 10 lemons
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle vodka
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar

Follow Giada’s directions here

Limoncello Marinated Chicken Wings – Super Bowl Approved

Limoncello Marinated Chicken Wings – Super Bowl Approved

Nutritional information per serving: 674 cal., 66 g fat (9 g sat), 0 mg chol., 11 g carb., 1 g pro., 6 g fiber, 2322 mg sodium


  • whole lemons, quartered
  • 1/2 cup limoncello
  • 1/4 ounce fresh thyme (about ½ T.)
  • 3 ounces fresh rosemary (about 6T)
  • 1/4 ounce fresh oregano (about ½ T.)
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 ½ cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 pounds chicken wings


  1. Blend the quartered lemons, limoncello and rest of marinade ingredients in food processor.
  2. Fully coat the chicken wings and marinate in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  3. Remove from marinade, and bake or grill wings at 450 degrees until browned and cooked through, 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Actual coal-fired oven preferred, but not required.



Note: We made a batch of these for the Super Bowl game and they were a huge hit! We didn’t realize it but of course it’s a great gluten free option for any potluck party. We threw in 3 pounds of wings and 2 pounds of drumsticks which were actually cheaper than the wings were and they were just as succulent. Next project is to try this with chicken breasts which would be gluten free and low fat/low calorie/high protein.. the perfect combination!

Update: Added 1 drop of Lemon Essential Oil to the marinade for these wings and loved the extra kick!

Please let me know if you tried this and how it turned out for you.

List of Essential Oil DIY Project Supplies Wed, 20 Jan 2016 21:25:17 +0000 [...] ]]> This is IT! The Mother load List of everything you will need to make all those cool DIY Essential Oil Projects.

DIY Essential Oils Supply List

Essential Oil Chapstick Supplies

DIY Mascara

Deodorant / Lotion Bar Supplies

Deodorant Containers – White
Deodorant / Lotion Bar Containers Clear
Deodorant / Lotion Bar Containers Black

DIY Bug Spray Supplies

Organic Witch Hazel

A glass spray bottle or this
Nice Big Kit  includes: 8 Oz Blue and Amber Glass Spray Bottle 1 Oz Blue and Amber Glass Spray Bottle and Stainless Steel Roll On 

Essential Oil Body Lotions, Creams and Butters

Shea Butter – Note: There are several of these around but this one gets the best reviews for texture and smell from people on Amazon

Cocoa Butter

NOW Foods Sweet Almond Oil

Citric Acid, 5-Pound – BULK Used for  Shower and Bath Bombs or small one 7.5 oz

Young Living Weight Loss Trio

Gel Capsules  Now Foods ’00’ Gel Capsules, 250 Count

Carrier Oil for Essential Oil DIY Use

This one is a great deal! A combo pack of Apricot, Grapeseed, Fractionated Coconut, Avocado Oil and Sweet Almond Oil for $24.99

Individual Carrier Oils

NOW Foods Sweet Almond Oil, Moisturizing Oil, 16 ounce
Grapeseed Carrier Oil. A Base Oil for Aromatherapy, Essential Oil or Massage use.
Coconut Oil (Fractionated). Base Carrier Oil for Aromatherapy, Essential Oil or Massage use 4 oz
Vitamin E Oil
Castor Oil

All sorts of Bottles, Jars & Sprayers

2 ml (5/8 dram) Amber Glass Essential Oil Bottle with Orifice Reducer and cap- 12 pack

Aromatherapy Glass Roll On Bottles, 10ml (1/3oz) Cobalt Blue Glass – Set of 6 + 2 Clear Pipette (Plastic roller not to be used with citrus oils. Metal Roller bottle is below)

Small Plastic Spoons (100) Qty

Love these Daisy Flower Mason Jar Tops, note that the center hole is too small for a regular straw to go through.. the reviews on Amazon say you have to get the thinner stainless steel straws if you want to use it that way.  $13.99 for 24 tops with free shipping.

Epica Stainless Steel Drinking Straws, Set of 4 Free Cleaning Brush Included – To use with citrus oils in your water.

Stainless Steel Metal Funnels – Set of 6

Wool Dryer Balls

Two Pack Blue Roller Balls with Metal Roller for use with Citrus Oils

6 Pack Roll On Green Glass Bottles
1 Ml Calibrated Glass Dropper – Straight Tip

Repositionable Washi Tape, Dots and Stripe Mother Nature, Green Blue, Set of 4 for decorating chapstick or lotion bar dispensers
Ball Jar Crystal Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands, Quilted, 4-Ounce, Set of 12

50 Clear, 5 Gram Plastic Pot Jars, Cosmetic Containers, With Lids for samples, lip balm etc.
Mason Ball Jar Lid with Straw

Ball Jars for Bath Salts in 3 Colors (Blue, Green & Purple)

Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands, Blue, Set of 6

Ball 1440061162 Collection Elite Brushed Silver Design Wide Mouth Jars 8 Oz with Lid and Bands, 4-Count


Large Grain Sea Salt

Pink Sea Salt

Epson Salts

If you are doing the Young Living Weight Loss Trio you will want to check out these stainless steel glasses with stainless steel straws. They not only keep your water ice cold and don’t react with the citrus oils in the trio. They are currently on sale from Starbucks

Essential Oils Storage & Display

30-Bottle Essential Oil Carrying Cases hold 5ml, 10ml and 15ml bottles  – Comes in multiple colors

5-Bottle Purse-size Essential Oil Carrying Case – Lavender with Aqua Green interior

10-Bottle Essential Oil Carrying Case – Black with Dusk Orange interior

Essential Oil Carousel Storage Display Rack for 15ml bottles – 3 tiered – Clear w/Mirrored Base

Professional Black Metal Nail Polish Mountable 5 Tier Organizer Display Rack – MyGift®

Professional Black Metal Nail Polish Mountable 6 Tier Organizer Display Rack – MyGift®

Young Living Essential Oil Diffuser Case for travel and storage with interior pockets for your oils- Fits both the Home and Dewdrop Diffuser. Click here to Order on Etsy. comes in other fabrics as well

super cute essential oils diffuser case

Requests from DIY Essential Oils Readers

10 DIY Colorful Empty Plastic Aromatherapy Inhalers with 10 Designer Labels. NOTE! Not Reusable 

Aromatherapy Essential Oil Blank Inhaler Sticks (12 Pack) Made in Usa, Medical Grade Plastic – REUSABLE!

Refill sticks to be used with reusable inhalers above. 
Aromatherapy Inhaler Refill Wick Stick Package of 12

Stainless Steel Tumblers for Drinking Oily Water

Glass Spray Bottle – Empty Refillable 16 oz Container is Great for Essential Oils, Cleaning Products, Homemade Cleaners, Aromatherapy, Misting Plants with Water, and Vinegar Mixtures for Cleaning or Cooking – Strong Reliable Trigger Sprayer with Mist and Stream Settings

8 oz Cobalt Blue Boston Round Thick Glass Spray Bottle – Perfect for Home, Cleaning, Cooking, Essential Oils, DIY, Gifts


Super cute if you were making soaps or lotion bars for kids!

Cosmetic DIY Supplies

Gold Mica Powder (for color and shimmer)
Magic Red Mica Powder 1oz, Metallic Pink Powders
Shimmer Pearl Mica Powder 1oz – High Shimmer Effect

 DIY Cleaning Product Supplies

Citric Acid, 5-Pound – BULK for DIY and Make & Take Parties. Citric Acid is used for Toilet Fizzies, Shower and Bath Bombs Or this smaller container to make a small bath.

NOW Foods – Citric Acid 100% Pure – 4 oz.

Aromatherapy Glass Roll on Bottles, Purple Frosted Glass with Metal Steel Roller Ball and Gold Metallic Top and Circle Labels – Set of 6 Bottles and 9 Labels

12 – Fancy Swirl Roll On Refillable Glass Perfume Bottle Purse or Travel Size 1/3 oz.

Aromatherapy Glass Roll on Bottles, Green Frosted Glass with Metal Steel Roller Ball – Set of 12

Set of 3 Verona Aluminum & Glass 10ml Roll On Bottle With Stainless Steel Ball for Essential Oil by Rivertree Life

DIY Soap Making Supplies

Goats Milk Base – skips the processing with lye and is kind to your skin (read through the Amazon reviews for more tips and recipe ideas) We like this recipe for Simple Citrus Soap

1lb Honey Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap Base

1lb Cocoa Butter (all natural) Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap Base

2-Pound, Clear Glycerin Soap Base

1lb Shea Butter Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap Base

DIY Soap Colorant

6 cavity plain soap silicon mold

You will want to bookmark this DIY Essential Oils Supply list to refer to again.

I am a Young Living Distributor and enjoy 24% off the retail price of my oils. You can too, just click  here to Purchase Essential Oils for 24% off

If you are looking for supplies for a project and can’t find them.. contact us here or comment below and we’ll try to help.

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Football Tailgate and Potluck Recipes Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:58:38 +0000 [...] ]]> Since everyone is going to be eating in front of a big screen TV for the next few weeks I’ve compiled a list of yummy Play off Football Game Recipes you can make the day of your potluck or before and freeze.

HUGE Game Day Recipe List for Your Playoff or Super Bowl Football Party

Do you need some ideas for snacks to take to your own tailgate parties? Here are a few options. Here are some other sports event snack recipes for your tailgate party.

Food Network Tyler Florence Teriyaki Chicken Wings Recipe football superbowl snack recipes

Photo Credit: Food Network Tyler Florence Teriyaki Chicken Wings Recipe

Perfect game day snacks for Football Fans

Bronco Cocktails to serve at the Superbowl Victory Game Day Party

These recipes come direct from Denver Bronco and Seattle Seahawks fans and friends of mine so you are sure to find a great option on these links.

In case you couldn’t tell I am a MASSIVE DIEHARD BRONCO FAN! OMAHA!

Peyton Manning is da man!

You can also find Peyton Manning Denver Bronco Fan Gear here, Broncos Fan gear for your dog here, and other Denver Broncos gift ideas here.

DIY Wool Dryer Balls + the Easy Way Tue, 05 Jan 2016 20:59:57 +0000 [...] ]]> DIY Wool Dryer Balls

I fell in love with the idea of Wool Dryer Balls when my friends started talking about them. I hate putting chemicals in my families clothing and you know I have a very spoiled fur kid with skin issues so I always have to worry about that too. So of course I read all the posts about how to make dryer balls then head to Hobby Lobby and look for 100% wool yarn. Not as easy as you would think there was only 1 brand of yarn that were 100% wool and it wasn’t on sale, (sad panda) but I bought two skeins at $7.95 each and headed home. I crochet and have rolled my skeins into balls for years so this was easy if not a bit tedious and hand tiring endeavor but you can do it and watch TV… the wool was a little harder on my hands than the usual soft acrylics I’m used to working with but I got my 4 medium balls completed.

DIY Wool Dryer Balls Supplies

100% Wool Yarn

Panty hose (old one’s with runs would be perfect but if you stopped wearing them in the 90’s then get the cheapest ones you can find.)

A couple of tips from DIY Natural’s post are to watch out for any wool labeled “superwash” or “machine washable.” This type will NOT felt or if you are really thrifty or green and have an old wool sweater you can unravel the yarn from, use it or pick one up on your local Varagesale or Goodwill store.

String or acrylic yarn to secure the balls after you make them

Crochet Hook  (I prefer Susan Bates) or large needle to secure the ends of the yarn.

DIY Wool Dryer Ball Directions

  1. Take the yarn and wrap it around 3 fingers 8-12 times, pull it off your fingers and wrap the yard in the center of those loops several times.
  2. Double those loops over on themselves and then begin wrapping the ball as tight as possible going in all different directions. As soon as the ball is a little bigger than what you want the finished product to be.
  3. Cut the yard and use the crochet or the large needle to bury the end of the yarn deep inside the ball. Tie the ball securely with string or acrylic yarn as you don’t want that to felt with your ball.
  4. Continue this process until all of your yarn is used up or until you have all the balls you want.
  5. Take the first ball and put it in the end of the nylons and tie off that ball with the string, put in the second ball and so on until you have group that looks like the picture here.
  6. Put them in the hottest water wash possible and then dry them in the hottest dryer possible. Repeat this process until they are felted.


Then to add that something extra to make your clothes and your laundry room smell amazing add a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil before you pop them in the dryer with your clothing.


My favorites are Lavender and Purification (Click here to see how to get the oils for 27% off retail)

Lavender is fantastic for your sheets and pillowcases because we all know it’s the one we put in the diffuser at night to help with sleeping and snoring and Purification works wonders on hubby’s socks and workout clothes to rid everything of any odor.

Now for the EASY WAY.. because this took me a lot of time and several SEVERAL loads of washing and drying to get them felted. You can just buy them from ladies who are more skilled at it than you are.

I bought these and love them. 

6 Balls for $15.95

These two are absolutely adorable and are made from 100% sheep’s wool, from New Zealand
Je T’aime Baby Wool Dryer Balls – 6 Pack XL – Lamb

Je T’aime Baby Wool Dryer Balls – 6 Pack XL – Heart

Felted Wool Dryer Balls on Etsy

Several amazing artisans on Etsy make Felted Wool Dryer Balls too.

BaaBaa Black Sheep has some of the most unique Dryer Balls we’ve seen and can even do special orders to your specifications.

felted wool dryer balls from etsy

Melissa at Monkey & Rub

darling wool dryer balls from etsy

If you like brighter colors these would be the ticket. You could also assign an essential oil to a color so you could always have the right scent for the load of laundry you are drying.

bright colored wool yarn balls for the dryer

Why Do Felted Wool Balls Work?

We wondered this too so here is what we have learned. The Lanolin in the wool helps to soften the clothes and eliminates static and the action of the balls drys your load faster which also helps with static. They bounce around in your load to separate the layers in there and make your dryer much more efficient as well so you are using less electricity and it takes less time. You may have heard of using tennis balls to do something similar and I admit I have used them myself when drying large items but learned because of my dog that tennis balls have chemicals in the glue and will release into your dryer with heat and aren’t super great for your dog to chew on either. (We prefer Chews on Belay for our spoiled one)

According to DIY Natural

Another common cause of static in the laundry is over-drying. When items are completely dry and no moisture remains, this invites static electricity into the mix. Allow clothes to dry only until they’re not wet anymore – tumbling around for excessive amounts of time in the dry heat increases static and increases your energy costs.

If you have a cycle on your dryer that turns it off when the clothing are dry that is your best bet to beat the static. You can also dry your synthetic clothes in a load separate from your natural fibers.

What are the benefits of using wool balls in your dryer?

  • 100% wool dryer balls increase fluffiness and reduce static as dryer loads tumble.
  • Dryer balls help to soften clothes naturally.
  • They decrease drying time, saving you money on utility bills.
  • Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are filled with harmful chemicals and perfumes that coat your clothing, eventually ending up on your sensitive skin
  • Dryer sheets are costly and not great for the environment since they aren’t reusable
  • Wool dryer balls are safe to use on cloth diapers. No chemicals!
  • Dryer balls are made from a renewable resource.
  • If you have a spoiled pet whose beds get washed and dried regularly, wool dryer balls also help get more of the pet hair off of their beds and blankets.

 Let me know if you have tried Wool Dryer Balls and if you made them yourself or decided to go the easy route and buy them already made and ready to go in our discussion on Facebook here.  

Looking for ways and recipes to use your Essential Oils? Join us on Facebook Essential Oils Recipes.

My Favorite Clean Margarita Recipe Mon, 28 Dec 2015 02:25:46 +0000 [...] ]]> I’ve had a crush on Margarita’s my whole life!

Ever since my parents used to let me sneak a taste of theirs at the local watering hole (GeJo’s) when I was in high school!  I thought maybe it was the forbidden fruit but 30 years later and I still LOVE Margarita’s. I  have gotten pickier through the years however.. I used to drink any margarita, $1 Marg night… I’m IN! But now I prefer real ingredients in my Margs.

Clumsy Gourmet’s Clean Margarita Recipe

best clean young living essential oils margarita recipe


(Makes 2)


  • margarita glassesCombine tequila, lime juice, Orange Liquor of choice (Cointreau or Triple Sec) and ice in the blender.
  • Blend until it is the way you like it.
  • Run cut limes around the Margarita glass and dip in salt or sugar. I have two of these rimmers one with salt and one with sugar
  • Pour Margaritas in glass
  • Add Essential Oils ( I didn’t want to lose any in the blender)
  • Stir in with pretty straws or these stainless steel ones that I love for my smoothies too.

If you’d like to make up the margarita mixer in advance, this is another option.


  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
  • 4 drops Young Living Orange, Lime or Citrus Fresh Essential Oils


You have two options

  1. Quick & Easy – 1:1 Sugar and Water… Shake until completely dissolved. The superfine sugar you bought to use for a rimmer works great.
  2. On the Stove – 2 parts sugar to 1 part water…
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring constantly.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. (Note: Do not allow the syrup to boil for too long or the syrup will be too thick once it cools.)
  • Allow to cool completely and thicken, then bottle and refrigerate if you aren’t using it right away.

Other Margarita Recipes you might like are the BeerRita, and 10 other Margarita Recipes here. 

Let us know on the Cooking with Essential Oils Facebook page if you give these a try.

Coloring Books for Adults! Are you obsessed too? Wed, 23 Dec 2015 03:29:52 +0000 [...] ]]> I’ve joined the ranks of the completely obsessed with coloring books for adults! Have you? Remember those cool folders we doodled on in junior high with flair pens? Those are back but even better than before!

Coloring Books for Adults

These books range in complexity from very easy to very complex and a few of them even have hidden treasures you will find as you are coloring.

I first bought a few from Creative Haven including the Creative Cats Coloring Book (of course) being a crazy cat lady in training.. by Marjorie Sarnat.

Dover Creative Haven Art Nouveau Animal Designs Coloring Book

Dimensions Coloring Book

NatureScapes Coloring Book

The pricing on these on Amazon is about half the price or less than Hobby Lobby or Michaels so even with a 40% off coupon its a better deal on Amazon.

I also discovered these on Amazon that I haven’t seen in person but really like the idea of… the paper is a little thinner but they have hidden items you discover while you are coloring in the designs on each page.

Enchanting English Garden: An Inkcredible Scavenger Hunt and Coloring Book

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book  – Johanna Basford

Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book

These are a coloring books I want next!

Balance (Angie’s Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1) – by Angie Grace She has dozens of themed coloring books for you to explore as well. 

Really excited about this one… Detailed Designs and Beautiful Patterns (Sacred Mandala Designs and Patterns Coloring Books for Adults). I’ll be doing a separate post on Zentangles, Zenspirations and Patterning but this one is a version of that. 

*Bonus* This coloring book comes with a free printable pdf version! When you are done with this coloring book, you can print out another to color again, free!

The Detailed Designs and Beautiful Patterns Adult Coloring Book by Lilt Kids Coloring Books is full of original, detailed designs and patterns for you to relax and color. Color the intricate designs and find yourself focused, centered, and at peace. The images are printed on large 8.5 x 11 high quality paper so you’ll have plenty of space to work on the details and be creative. After you are finished, you’ll have lovely works of art that are worthy of hanging on the wall.

Coloring is a creative, novel way for busy adults to relax and unwind from the hectic pace of modern life. Adults of any age and even older children who love to color can enjoy this unique and special coloring book.

Flower Designs Coloring Book by Jenean Morrison

Creative Coloring Inspirations: Art Activity Pages to Relax and Enjoy

Color Me Calm 

Our lives become busier with each passing day, and as technology escalates, so does our access to work, obligations, and stress. Constant stimulation and expectation have left us burnt out and distanced from the present moment. “Now” has become something that happens online, not in the space and time that we physically occupy. Color Me Calm is a guided coloring book designed for harried adults. Art therapist Lacy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter offer up 100 coloring templates all designed to help you get coloring and get relaxed. Organized into seven therapeutically-themed chapters including Mandalas, Water Scenes, Wooded Scenes, Geometric Patterns, Flora & Fauna, Natural Patterns, and Spirituality – the book examines the benefits of putting pencil to paper and offers adults an opportunity to channel their anxiety into satisfying, creative accomplishment. Part of the international bestselling Color Me series, Color Me Calm is the perfect way step back from the stress of everyday life, color, and relax!

Don’t forget to try Color Me Happy: 100 Coloring Templates That Will Make You Smile (A Zen Coloring Book) and Color Me Stress-Free!

Once I starting gathering supplies and getting offline and coloring instead of Facebooking….. I also discovered Zenspirations books by Joanne Fink and then Zentangles and patterning.. Oh boy.. that’s a whole other level where you get to embellish the coloring books that these other artists have created for you. Of course you are going to need LOTS of fun supplies…….


FREE Adult Coloring Pages to download