DIY Whipped Body Butter

DIY Whipped Body Butter

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! Colorful lights are twinkling, the smell of pine is all around, there is an icy chill in the air and my skin feels like an old leather boot. Nothing like a drop in temperature to dry out my already scaly skin. Unfortunately for me, nothing ages you more than dry skin, well aside from smoking and tanning booths maybe. 😉

What to do when your thirsty epidermis needs a drink? Don’t look to those store bought body creams. They are laden with chemicals that will do more harm than good. All you need to nourish your flesh is likely already in your home. Coconut oil and Shea butter are powerhouses of moisture. Coconut oils is high in saturated fat or tryglicerides. When applied topically these fats help keep skin feeling silky smooth by retaining the moisture content of the skin. Shea butter also high in fatty acids is an incredible moisturizer as well. Not to mention effective in healing eczema, stretch marks, dandruff and psoriasis. I used Shea butter throughout my pregnancy and even though stretch marks run in my family, I didn’t get one… And I stretched quite a bit . 😉 I added a few other goodies to my homemade body cream but they are completely optional. You will need some type of electric mixer to whip your oil and butter to create the fluffy finished product. An electric hand mixer will do fine or better yet, use a stand mixer if you have it. The faster the speed of the mixer, the lighter and fluffier your butter will be.

Because we are not adding any preservatives to this homemade cream, you’ll want to take a few precautions in order to extend it’s shelf life. First, you’ll want to use a clean scoop to administer the butter at each use. If you dip your fingers in it, you will likely contaminate your product with bacteria and spoilage will accelerate. Another way to keep your butter fresh longer is to keep it in a dark, relatively cool place. I keep mine in my medicine cabinet in my bathroom. Sunlight and heat will shorten shelf life as well. Also, make sure that any utensils, storage jars and surface you are using are sparky clean and dry. Water will contaminate your product quicker than anything else. Another useful tip, make super small batches. The less you make, the quicker you’ll use it and the less likely it will just sit around and possibly turn sour. Smell your homemade product before each use. If it smells funny, throw it out!

Alright, now on to the fun stuff! Here is my super quick recipe for amazingly luxurious homemade body butter,

Whipped Body Butter

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw organic Shea butter
  • *5 drops of organic rose-hip oil
  • *5 drops of essential oil. (I used ylang ylang)
    *optional

Process

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  2. Using sparkly clean mixer, whip butters and oils together for 7 minutes on highIMG_4280.JPG
  3. Using clean utensil, transfer whipped body butter to clean airtight container and store in cool dark place.

Enjoy your decadent body butter. Your skin and whoever has the privilege of caressing it thanks you!

 

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Gluten Free Dinner Rolls

Gluten Free Dinner Rolls

Hello lovelies! I have been enjoying this past week down in Southern California with my family. It’s been a luxurious few days. Lots of lounging, talking, laughing… nothing special I suppose but it’s meant the world to me to be here for the holiday. Getting to watch my mama light up as she plays with my daughter has been so darling, magical really. I’m beginning to really revel in these moments and truly appreciate how precious they are. I’m not taking a single one of them for granted. My mother has been known to be a bit of a grump. Her life growing up was rough to say the least. To be honest I’ve never seen her so happy as when she is being a grandma to my Marvel. I love it more than I can express to you. My mommy happy? It’s just the best. If you haven’t gathered by now, I’m having a wonderful week. 🙂

It’s raining today in Los Angeles. The air smells of wet concrete and dried foliage. I sit inside, writing to you all while my girl naps, the sounds of my family screaming at Sunday Football games is ringing in my ears. I feel content. I feel at home. 🙂

My Thanksgiving dinner was simply scrumptious. Perfectly roasted turkey, creamy garlic mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, maple roasted carrots, green beans and my favorite fluffy gluten free dinner rolls. My rolls were an excellent addition to the feast. If you are gluten free and have been searching for a perfect dinner roll, today is your lucky day. I found this recipe years ago in a holiday edition of Living Without Magazine, I tweaked it ever so slightly and they have been gracing the Thanksgiving table every year since. You will love them. Everyone does… gluten eaters and non eaters alike.

Gluten Free Dinner Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dry active yeast
  • 2 teaspoons honey powder (or sugar)
  • 2 cups heated almond milk
  • 2 cups sweet rice flour
  • ¾ cup potato starch (not potato flour)
  • ½ cup gluten free AP flour (a blend of garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, white sorghum flour, fava bean flour.)
  • 3 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup melted ghee
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Process:

1. Combine yeast, honey powder and warm milk in a bowl and whisk until honey powder is dissolved. Let sit until mixture is foamy, about 5-10 minutes.

2. Combine flours, starches, xanthan gum, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Mix with an electric beater on medium-low to break up any lumps in the potato starch.

3. Add the yeast, eggs, ghee, honey and vinegar. Mix on medium-low until combined. Then turn the beater on high and mix for 3 minutes. Batter should be very thick and smooth.

4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush 2 standard muffin pans or 1 standard and 1 mini muffin pan with melted ghee.

5. Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop batter into muffin pans, filling about ¾ full.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel and put aside for about 30 minutes or until dough has almost doubled in size.

6. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.

7. Let cool slightly and serve warm with ghee or butter.

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This recipe is not the most nutritious you’ll find on my blog, this is true. But who cares? I personally cannot be sustained on veggies and seeds alone. 😉 My life is more enjoyable when it includes some well placed indulgence. ‘Everything in moderation, even moderation.’  I thoroughly enjoyed every delicious bite of this fluffy, buttery roll. I sure hope you do too. ❤