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Candy Free Easter Basket Ideas

On my Facebook, I asked for ideas for candy-free Easter basket fillers–just for myself.  The ideas from my friends were so good, I am passing them on to you!



water bottles








disposable cameras



coloring books


a small toy


jump ropes



nail polish

sidewalk chalk

play doh


laughing cow cheeses

goldfish crackers

fruit leather

change in different amounts

bug boxes



art supplies

a kite

beach towels and swim suits

silly putty


Don’t I have smart friends?


Blueberry Baked Oatmeal for a Crowd

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

6 eggs

1/2 c. honey

1 can coconut milk plus 1 1/2 c. water OR 3 c. whole milk

6 c. old fashioned oatmeal

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. vanilla

1-2 c. blueberries, fresh or frozen

Mix wet ingredients well, then add and stir dry ingredients.  Gently fold in blueberries.  Pour into oiled 9X13″ glass baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for around 35 minutes.  Enjoy with extra honey and cream!

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Easy Dairy Free, Sugar Free Hot Chocolate

Dairy Free Sugar Free Hot Chocolate

1.  Heat one can coconut milk plus 3 cans water till steaming.

2.  Place 1 T. cocoa powder and 12 drops stevia into 6 mugs.

3.  Add hot coconut milk to each mug and stir well.

We have really enjoyed this recipe this winter!  I know spring is just around the corner, but maybe we can squeeze in a few more days of hot chocolate drinking!


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Dairy Free Sugar Free Fluffy Chocolate Mousse

I’m such a sucker for creamy, fluffy desserts.  It’s the thing I miss most since we don’t keep dairy products in the house any more.  So this one thrilled me!

I found this recipe on Pinterest and now it seems to no longer be linked to the original blog.  I wish I could give credit to the recipe inventor, who called these “frosting shots.”  (Edit: In the comments, Leah pointed  me to Chocolate Covered Katie as the inventor.  Thanks, Leah!) It would make good icing, but it makes a really great mousse!

Basically, it’s this.

Put  cans of coconut milk in the refrigerator so the coconut cream will rise to the top and get thick.  (I use Golden Star, which is the cheapest and doesn’t contain emulsifiers that prevent the milk from separating.)

Open the cans and scoop out the cream, leaving the liquid in the can.

Place cream in mixer bowl and whip until fluffy, just like whipped cream.  Along the way, add cocoa powder and liquid stevia to taste.  (I use GNC liquid stevia.  I have heard that it has the least offensive aftertaste.  I think it tastes nice.)

My proportions were 4 cans of coconut milk, approximately 2 t. of cocoa powder and around 60 drops of stevia, give or take.

Spoon into dessert cups and refrigerate awhile longer.  It will get very thick.

So decadent and delicious!  Just in time for Valentine’s Day!


Affordable Cold Air Essential Oil Diffuser

Recently I made the determination that I needed to diffuse some essential oils in my house for therapeutic purposes (mainly thieves oil, an oil with a funny name and an interesting story).  An aromatherapist told me that the diffuser must be a cold air diffuser and recommended a good one—at around $200!  Another knowledgeable friend recommended one in the $120 range.  There was no way I was going to pay that much for a diffuser when I am just beginning!  After a lot of research I found  the Spa Scenter diffuser by Hubmar for $35 on Amazon.  All in all I’m very pleased.  It’s easy to use and clean, it takes up a small amount of space, and it runs quietly.

Is it the best diffuser available?  Probably not.  But it meets my needs as I begin to learn about essential oils and how to diffuse them.  I’m sharing this because I imagine that I am not the only one who is hesitant to begin diffusing oils because of the prohibitive cost.

I ordered most of my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs and mixed my own thieves oil, which was much more affordable than buying thieves premixed.  I understand that Young Living essential oils are supposed to be the purest oils and they seem to have a corner on the essential oils market.  I don’t know if they are actually that much better than those from Mountain Rose.  Maybe they are; I have no way of knowing. I do know that Mountain Rose is a reputable company and I felt comfortable purchasing from them.  I will continue to use these oils unless I find out that they are unsafe.  So far I have been happy.

Do any of you use essential oils?  Any tips for getting started?

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