A Cook's Best Secret!

A Cook's Best Secret!
This is a cook's best secret! When you're cutting onions, leave an open bottle of Thieves on the cutting board as you chop and you'll be tear-free! You're welcome! 

Vitality Infused Salt & Sugar, Plus Chocolate Covered Pretzels!

Vitality Infused Salt & Sugar, Plus Chocolate Covered Pretzels!
These recipes were shared by fellow oiler, Sara Sterling, and I had to pass them along to you! Let us know what flavor options you fall in love with! 

A great way to share YL during this festive season is through the Vitality oils! These recipes below are great for gift giving – for teachers, neighbors, secret santa, hostesses...and virtually anyone you can think of!

1. Vitality Oil Infused Salt

You can use an almost empty bottle of vitality oil and add the salt of your choice to it. Let it sit for at least 24 hours and it will infuse the salt. You can also put some salt in a bowl and add a couple drops of your vitality oil of choice, then place your infused salt in a fun container (think test tubes, jars, etc) and create a cute label for it with ideas on how to use it.
  • Use Basil or Oregano Vitality infused salt to finish Italian dishes
  • Lemon Vitality infused salt is great on chicken and fish
  • Try Lime Vitality salt on your margarita glass
  • Basil, Thyme or Rosemary infused salt makes potatoes and veggies taste wonderful when roasting
  • Also think holiday meals...turkey, potatoes, stuffing… yum! The options are endless! Sage Vitality infused salt would be amazing in stuffing!
2. Vitality Oil Infused Sugar

This is the same concept as the salt above. You can use any type sugar. Turbinado, sanding or coconut sugar have larger crystals, which looks beautiful on top of roll-out cookies.

Use Lemon, Lavender or Peppermint Vitality oil infused sugar to sprinkle on top of sugar cookies or Christmas cutouts. You can also flavor your coffee or hot cocoa (Peppermint or Cinnamon Bark Vitality oils are my faves!) Alternatively, you can use these infused sugars in place of regular sugar in your favorite recipes for an extra punch of flavor!

3. Chocolate Covered Pretzels

These are simply my favorite. Use your chocolate or almond bark of choice and follow the directions for melting.  Add in a few drops (according to taste) of your favorite Vitality oils. I did 3 large scoops of chocolate into a ramekin and added 3 drops total. Dip in pretzels, then lay on parchment paper or cooling racks to dry. Don’t dry them on your plates – trust me, I did this and it was a disaster trying to get them off!

Here are some flavor ideas:
White Chocolate or Vanilla Almond Bark
· Lemon Vitality
· Key Lime – Lime Vitality and vanilla extract
· Lavender Vitality
· Peppermint Vitality
· Chai – Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, Cardamom Vitality oils

Chocolate or Chocolate Almond Bark
· Orange Vitality
· Peppermint Vitality
· Thieves Vitality
· Cinnamon Bark Vitality
· Spicy Mocha – Cinnamon Bark Vitality, sprinkle cayenne powder on top before chocolate hardens

You can decorate your pretzels with sprinkles, opposite chocolate, or anything you want. Place them into cupcake liners inside a tin or a treat bag. (Really, anything works.) Add a cute label. Avery.com has free templates and you can print them or have Avery print them.

Have fun and enjoy! Happy DIYing!

A Few of My Favorite Things: Holiday Recipes

A Few of My Favorite Things: Holiday Recipes
Keeping our theme of "A Few of My Favorite Things" going, I wanted to share with you 6 of my favorite holiday recipes that I've gathered over the years and found to be a huge hit! Just in time for your holiday planning and perfect for parties, hostess gifts, neighbor gifts and holiday gatherings, you'll be loved by all when you make these delicious, VITALITY OIL infused recipes!

This cheese "crack" - umm...BALL - recipe is the #1 favorite recipe I've ever made -  hands down! Totally addicting, I can promise you won't have any leftovers and you'll have people begging you for the recipe! Sage, Marjoram, Thyme, and Black Pepper Vitality Oils give this recipe it's incredible flavor!


#2 on the list is Peppermint Fudge (or brownies). Peppermint Vitality Oil provides a burst of minty flavor that you'll LOVE! I like to add 6-10 drops of Peppermint Vitality, but start with 3 drops and see if you'd like to add more. This also makes a GREAT gift!


#3...if you need fun nibble to leave out at a party or to enjoy during a family movie, try this yummy Rosemary Popcorn recipe! Made with Rosemary Vitality Oil, the savory flavor will keep you coming back for more! Not a fan of Rosemary? Check out the other Vitality Oil options listed in the recipe!


#4 is another holiday favorite that reminds me of visiting grandparents and neighbors throughout the season. There always seemed to be a dish of nuts sitting out to tide you over until the meal was ready. This is a fresh twist on that family favorite using your Vitality Oil of choice - Rosemary, Basil, Sage, Marjoram, Thyme or Cinnamon.

#5 is a twist on a favorite, family recipe that we've enjoyed for years. I simply traded out the orange juice for Orange Vitality Oil. What a wonderful, citrusy burst of flavor it added! Try it as part of your Thanksgiving meal or for enjoy it during the morning parade! Drop off a batch at a neighbor's house and you'll make their day!


No holiday season would be complete without #6 - hot apple cider! Infused with immune supporting Vitality Oils in both recipes, you'll not only love the flavors, your body will thank you!

BONUS RECIPE: Healthy Butternut Squash Soup (Young Living Blog)
I've made and enjoyed this recipe before and I literally just got the ingredients to  make it tomorrow for the first time this season. Click on the picture below or the link above to access the recipe and watch the video of it being made. 


Mangia! Buen Apetito! Enjoy!

*Each of these recipes call for Young Living's Vitality Oils. Please be sure that the oils you're using are pure and safe for dietary consumption.

A Few of My Favorite Things: Halloween

A Few of My Favorite Things: Halloween
Our family has a unique way of "celebrating" Halloween. We give out candy, like so many others, but we also have a cocoa and cookie stand set up. We offer everyone who comes a cup of cocoa and ask if they mind if we say a quick prayer for them while we fill their cup. It's rare that anyone ever says no and oftentimes the parents will share a specific request for prayer. It's another way that we can love others well.
A Few of My Favorite Things: Halloween  



HALLOWEEN POTION INGREDIENTS (from YL's blog)

  • 2 quarts fresh apple cider
  • 1 orange, unpeeled and cut into slices
  • 3 drops Lemon Vitality™  essential oil
  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark Vitality™ essential oil
  • 1 drop Clove Vitality™  essential oil
  • 1 drop Nutmeg Vitality™ essential oil
  • Cinnamon sticks, for serving

Directions:

1. Combine apple cider, orange slices, and essential oils in a large pot and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes or more.
2. Discard orange slices.
3. Serve warm. Add 1–2 cinnamon sticks to individual cups when serving.

And...just for fun, click on the picture below to read YL's hilarious blog post on how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse (just in case it happens this Halloween).  


Don't miss our blog post FILLED with my favorite pumpkin recipes including a room spray, a diffuser blend, a few cooking recipes, a nourishing face mask and so much more. You can check it out at: A Few of My Favorite Things: It's Pumpkin Season! 

A Few of My Favorite Things: It's Pumpkin Season!

A Few of My Favorite Things: It's Pumpkin Season!
'Tis the season for pumpkin EVERYTHING! Here are some favorite, pumpkin-themed, essential oil recipes perfect for the season!


(Shaundra Tinney)






PUMPKIN PIE BARS (Elizabeth Bailey)
CRUST
1 cup Einkorn Granola
1 cup Einkorn flour (or white flour)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 drops Thieves Vitality

FILLING
1 can pumpkin puree
1 can evaporated milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
3 drops Clove Vitality
5 drops Nutmeg Vitality
5 drops Thieves Vitality

DIRECTIONS
Preheat over to 350. Crush Einkorn Granola in a blender to finely chop pieces. In a mixing bowl, stir together crushed granola, flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar. Mix in butter, vanilla, and drops of Thieves Vitality until mixture binds together. Press into the bottom of an 8x8 square baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile in a mixing bowl, blend together pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, brown sugar, and eggs. Add vanilla, salt, and drops of Clove, Nutmeg, and Thieves Vitality. Pour mixture over the baked crust. Bake in oven for 40 minutes until golden on top and middle of pie just slightly jiggles. Remove from oven and all to cool for 1 hour. Refrigerate at least an hour to allow the pie to finish firming up. Cut into squares and serve with whip topping if desired. ENJOY!



Pumpkin Spice Coffee (Stephanie Ours)
Pumpkin Spice is back, baby!! But let’s be honest, those coffee store drinks aren’t exactly the best for you. 
Here’s how you can use your Vitality oils to create your own:

Mix together in an empty (and clean) 15ml bottle
-20 drops Nutmeg Vitality
-10 drops Ginger Vitality
-30 drops Clove Vitality
-20 drops Orange Vitality
-30 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality
Swirl it all together. Now for the fun part. Infusing your coffee!!!

1. Open a new bag of your favorite Fair-trade organic coffee. 
Stick your nose in the bag and inhale deeply (Ok, you can skip that part, but seriously, not much smells better ).
2. Drop in 30-50 drops of the Pumpkin Spice Blend.
3. Reseal the bag and give it a good shake. Now let it sit for 24 hours.***
4. Brew coffee as normal.

Want more Pumpkin Spice Flavor? Add a drop right to your coffee!
Bonus: This perfect Pumpkin Spice Vitality blend can be used to infuse into all your favorite fall recipes!!
***Note from Andrea: I recommend storing the beans in a GLASS container, rather than the coffee bag. 
Citrus oils can break down plastic, transferring those compounds to your coffee.


No Bake Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats (Danyelle Ho)
Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Organic Peanut Butter
1 Cup Organic Canned Pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 Tbsp Honey
2 1/2 Cups Organic Oats
Mix all of the ingredients together. Roll spoonfuls of the mixture into balls. 
These treats should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
Pro Tips:
* Add a Ningxia Wolfberry to every ball for an extra health boost.
* Add a few drops of your pup's favorite oil to the mix. Copaiba is a favorite for my senior pup and has a mild flavor.
* Einkorn Berries would be a great addition too!