Archive for November, 2016


Making it smell like the holidays…

I normally turn to my Scentsy  collection when I want my home to smell like the holidays but they haven’t made the scent that tickles my memories of my childhood Christmases. That’s when a friend of mine reminded me of how you can just use your stove top and some easy to find ingredients that do the trick.

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What you will need:
1/2 cup cranberries
1 bay leaf
1 orange, sliced
1 green lemon
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp pumpkin spice
2 TBS cloves
2 1/2 cups water

Here’s what you do:
1. Fill a medium size pot with 2 1/2 cups of cold water, put on the stove top.
2. Add all the ingredients into the pot and simmer on the lowest level until all water has evaporated.

3. Refill and re-simmer (not sure that’s even a word but it totally works here so there ya have it…) until your home fills with the smells of the holidays.

.: Side Note:.
I use green lemons because they have a stronger smell then yellow lemons, but if you can’t find green ones try using two yellow lemons in it’s place.

Don’t get me wrong Scentsy has a wonderful Winter collection which I do turn to this time of year but some times you just need to make your own wonderful smells

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Quinoa Onion Rings

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What you will need:
3/4 cup of flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups quinoa
1 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 large onion

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. Preheat oven to 425F, then line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Slice onion into rings, approximately 3/4-inch thick.
3. In a bowl, whisk together batter ingredients: flour, cornstarch, milk, salt and water.
4. In another bowl, whisk together coating ingredients: quinoa, panko and spices.
5. Using your hands, dip an onion ring into batter, making sure to coat all sides.
6. Transfer ring to coating mixture and sprinkle all over
7. Place onion rings on baking sheet and repeat for the remaining rings.
8. Bake for 18 minutes, flipping once after 10 minutes. Feel free to broil them for a minute or two at the end to crisp.

.:Side Note:.
I find that normal sweet onion works best for these onion rings but you can easily use a large yellow onion.

I use normal all purpose white flour, but whole grain flour works well in this recipe as well.

This recipe can easily be dairy free just substitute soy milk in place of normal milk this recipe called for.

…Not only about themselves but with what they can accomplish.

I’m doing this shout out blog for SURF’S UP FOR AUTISM, because they are doing something truly amazing. They’re trying to gather donations so children both young an old can have the unique experience of surfing all within a dynamic, enriching  and inclusive environment. But they needs help to raise enough so no one gets left out.

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Surf’s Up is a free two day surf camp in Tofino, BC inspired by a father who’s son was diagnosed with Autism at age 4 and by age 5 was standing on his first surfboard.  From there a dream was born to create the first free Autism surf camp in BC for children and families living with Autism.

The organization provides each child with one to one time with a certified surf instructor and Autism Support Worker so that each surf session is tailored exactly to that child’s needs.  They also have a certified BCBA Autism Consultant involved in the planning and day of the camp.  All the wetsuits, surfboards, food for the day as well each child receives a medal at the end of the event are provided by Surf’s Up

They even include siblings in every aspect of the day!You can help make their 6th annual surf camp for children & families living with Autism a success.

Surf’s Up is a not for profit Society, 100% of every dollar received goes directly into the cost of running the camp!

If you can donate you can do so by clicking on the link below
https://www.gofundme.com/surfsupautism

Don’t feel bad if you can’t donate because you can still help by spreading the word
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