Super easy homemade cashew milk

I’ve been dairy free lately and let me tell ya, it ain’t easy. But thankfully nuts can take the place of dairy, and taste almost better! I have yet to make cheese or yogurt from nuts, but I’ve made cashew milk and almond milk. Oooh and I need to make raw almond butter- once our food processor is fixed😥. I used it so much making ooey gooey super healthlicious (healthy and delicious) date balls that I might have accidentally gotten some of those treats stuck in the place where you attach the blade. 😳

Anyways, making nut milk is surprisingly easy and is even better than store bought nut milk in taste and quality. Adding preservatives and fillers is completely unneeded ( and unnecessary) in fresh, homemade recipes and it is way better for you.

It’s so mesmerizing how you can just put a handful of nuts in a blender with water, wait 30 seconds, and then it turns into frothy, creamy, and delicious milk. If you like your nut milk to have some creamy and extra texture rich pulp, then don’t even bother straining it. Just put it in a glass jar and stick it in the fridge. But, if you like it to be smooth and pulp free, then you can just pour the milk through a thin towel or cheesecloth and then collect and save the pulp for extra creamy richness in smoothies, as a spread with some honey and cinnamon, or use it in the addicting, completely raw and vegan recipe I will be sharing soon!

If your’e the kind of person that likes their coffee black, toast plain, and water without ice and water enhancer recipes, then keep the milk plain and pure with its own flavors. But, if you like to add a little extra burst of flavor and sweetness, then you can try some of the yummy flavor variations below! Enjoy!

Makes: about a 1/2 gallon Serving size: 1 cup Stays fresh for about 5 days in the fridge

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup organic whole cashews
  2. 4 -5 cups of filtered water ( depending on the amount of creaminess you want it to have)
  3. pinch of salt
  4. Maple syrup, honey or stevia to sweeten ( Optional)

Optional flavor inspiration:

Cinnamon and orange: 2 tbs maple syrup + 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 2 drops YL orange oil

Hazelnut brownie: 1 tbs maple syrup + 1 squirt hazelnut stevia + 1 tbs cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. Soak cashews in a large measuring cup or bowl of water for 4 hrs or overnight.
  2. Place soaked cashews in a large blender with 4 cups of water. Blend on high for 30 seconds. Add more water if desired until preferred consistency.
  3. If straining, place a thin towel or cheesecloth over a large glass measuring cup or bowl and slowly pour milk in a little at a time. Let it drain a little, then squeeze the cloth until all the milk is out and only the creamy pulp is left in the cloth. Scoop the pulp out into a little bowl and repeat until all the milk is strained. Then, transfer milk back into blender and add in any optional sweeteners or flavors and blend for a couple second longer. Pour into a 1/2 gallon glass jar and store in fridge. Store cashew milk pulp in fridge also.
  4. If not straining, add in any optional add ins/sweeteners and blend for a couple seconds longer. Pour into a 1/2 gallon glass jar and store in fridge. Shake well before using.
  5. Add into your coffee, matcha lattes, smoothie bowls, muffin recipes and baking recipes, or pour into ice cube molds and freeze for adding to coffee and iced drinks! Enjoy!

Pineapple Charcoal Clay face mask🍍🌴☀️

Pineapple. What comes to mind when you hear word that (or read in this case)? I think of; tropical, juicy, sweet, happy, refreshing, palm trees, paradise. Well, did you know that you can also think of it as; full of antioxidants, PACKED full of vitamins, enzymes, ant- inflammatory, immune system boosting, and even has some anti- cancerous properties (source). How awesome is that? Even more awesome when it can be used in a face mask and have all the same properties for your face. Here are the amazing benefits of putting it on your skin:

Photo credit: iFocus Health

So, with that said, lets move on to the other beneficial ingredients in this face mask!

🍍 Pineapple- Like I said, amazing for your skin and packed full of vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes

🍍 Baking soda– a perfect exfoliated, cleanser, and skin brightener (source)

🍍 Bentonite clay– It draws out toxins, reduces large pores, soothes acne and fades blemishes, and tones and tightens skin. (source)

🍍 Activated Charcoal– Full of cleansing and dirt eliminating properties, activated charcoal is wonderful at deep cleansing pores, clearing up acne, and getting rid of those nasty blackheads. (source)

🍍 Raw Honey– Healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and extremely nourishing and softening to skin. (source)

🍍 Apple Cider Vinegar– Prevents acne, tones skin, eliminates toxins, and fades age spots and blemishes (source)

🍍 Lemon essential oil– acne and blackhead fighting, lightens skin, and reduces oiliness

Now, some tips before whipping up this awesome face mask:

  • Do a patch test. Everyone’s skin sensitivity is different and you always want to be on the safe side. So before slathering over your whole face, do a patch test on your cheek or jawline and let it sit for a couple minutes. You shouldn’t experience any sensitivity unless you are sunburned or have opened wounds (such as pimples that have been scratched or popped). If the baking soda you use isn’t aluminum free, it may cause skin sensitivity too.
  • Use at night. Lemon oil is amazing for your skin, but putting in on and then going out in sun will cause dark spots (that take months to go away) and skin sensitivity. I use lemon oil on my face during my nighttime skin care routine and never have a problem, but during the daytime, I wouldn’t take the risk.
  • Steam your face before applying to open up pores and have the best results!

Now for the face mask!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 small pineapple chunk ( fresh or frozen)
  2. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  3. 1 tsp bentonite clay
  4. 1/4 tsp activated charcoal powder ( or one capsule)
  5. 1 tsp raw honey
  6. 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  7. 1-2 drops Young Living Lemon EO ( I don’t use any other essential oil brand and I can’t say that any other type is safe to use on your skin)

Directions:

🍍 In a coffee grinder or small blender, blend the pineapple chunk until smooth.

🍍Put in a small glass bowl and add the baking soda. Let it fizz and calm down, then add the bentonite clay ( use a plastic or wooden spoon to mix because metal interferes with the properties of clay), charcoal, honey, apple cider vinegar, and lemon oil and mix together thoroughly until smooth. Add a tad of water if it’s too thick.

🍍Once it’s a good consistency, put your hair up out of your face and use your clean fingers or a small spatula/popsicle stick, and spread over your entire face, going around your eyes and under eyes, in an even layer.

🍍Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and lay back and relax. Watch a chic flick, read a book, sip some tea, do some blog posts or scribbling in your planner, do your nails, or take a bath. You deserve it from all the hustling you do!

🍍Once it’s time to take it off, use a warm wash cloth and just hold it on your face for a little bit to soften everything up. Then get some more warm water on the cloth and gently hold and wipe, and rinse cloth until your face is clean. Then put on your favorite moisturizer and finish your nighttime routine!

I hope you enjoyed this beauty DIY! comment if you want more DIYs like this!💛

DIY pressed makeup palette with savvy minerals

Young Living’s glamping beauty school is currently going on this week up here in Idaho and we are only 20 minutes away from the YL farm where it is being held at. My mom is attending, and I went with her one night for all the beauty DIYs they had. And I am so glad I did because this beauty DIY is a life changer! Making your own makeup palette is sooo simple and fun with savvy minerals!

I love how you can completely customize it with eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, foundation, and even lipstick. You can even create your own colors. And it’s super easy to do with savvy minerals because its powder makeup, and it’s all natural, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals or the makeup not forming well enough.

I had a lot of fun experimenting with making this pressed palette and I ended up doing two blushes, one bronzer, one lipstick, and several eyeshadows.What’s super awesome about this beauty DIY is that you can put most of your makeup necessities in the palette and use it while traveling for saving space! And it’s way easier to use instead of messy powder. The empty palette I got has magnetic removable pans and a nice big mirror with a cute lettered saying on it. I found the same palette on amazon( I linked to it below), it just doesn’t have the customization.

I hope you enjoy this awesome beauty DIY and try it out!

Materials needed:

  • Empty palette- This is the non-customized version of the one I have
  • Savvy minerals of choice or savvy minerals lipstick (to learn more about savvy minerals click HERE)
  • Candle and spoon if doing lipstick
  • Popsicle sticks or small plastic spatulas
  • Young Living ART Refreshing Toner in a small dropper bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Quarter

Directions for eyeshadow:

  1. Take the plastic insert out of the eyeshadow container using your nails, a popsicle stick, or a butter knife- be careful, it plumes!
  2. Add about 30 drops of ART toner in the eyeshadow and gently mix until it has the consistency of mud.

3. Scoop out the mixture into the eyeshadow pan and gently spread into it. Place a small piece of paper towel on it and put a quarter over it and gently press on it. Remove the paper towel and quarter and place pan in eyeshadow palette. Don’t touch it- it’s wet. It should look something like this:

Let it dry for about two hours. And that’s it for the eyeshadow!

Directions for blush, bronzer and foundation:

  1. Take out the plastic insert from inside the makeup container and scoop out a nice teaspoon or so and put into a small bowl.
  2. Add the toner, until the consistency is like mud and spreadable. You made need to add a little more powder and toner if it’s not enough to fill the pan.
  3. Spread it into the eyeshadow pan and place a small piece of a paper towel over it and a quarter over that. Press down gently and then remove.
  4. Place in palette and let it dry.

Directions for lipstick:

  1. Light the candle and scrape the top part off of the lipstick.
  2. Put it in the spoon and hold over the candle, mixing with a popsicle stick until melted.
  3. Pour into a eyeshadow pan and let it cool and harden.

Place all your eyeshadow pans into the palette and let everything dry and harden- about two hours. Enjoy!

Here’s my finished product! Colors: Top left; Summer Loved bronzer and Smashing blush. Bottom left; Miss Congeniality lipstick. Starting from top right, going down; Wanderlust, Residual, Determined. Left from Determined is Best Kept Secret, and one up from that is a mixture of Captivate blush, Smashing blush, and some of my foundation.

Vegan Zucchini Blueberry muffins

I’ve made a lot of muffin recipes over the around four years that I’ve been baking, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is probably the best one I’ve ever made.

I found the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen, but I altered it quite a bit. I love bread, and I love zucchini bread. And blueberry muffins. And chocolate chip cookies. And, well you get the idea. And these muffins are like zucchini bread, blueberry muffins, and chocolate chip cookies all rolled into one healthy, low calorie, vegan, and sugar free muffin. Oh and did I mention that its made with low gluten einkorn flour? I might have had four muffins the second time I made them🤫.

So not only is it amazing for your taste buds, but your body will also thank you for the nutrients and protein in it. These can be made vegan or with a couple eggs and honey for some extra protein. I’ll put both ways to make it in the recipe. I hope you enjoy!

Prep time: around 15-20 minutes Cook time: 25 Total time: 40-45 min. Serves: 12 muffins ( I always double it and save some in the freezer) serving size: 1 muffin ( about 120 calories a muffin)

Ingredients:

  1. 1 1/2 cups Einkorn flour ( I used Jovial with this recipe)
  2. 1 tsp Baking soda
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 1/2 – 2 cups shredded zucchini ( squeezed of excess liquid in a kitchen towel or cheese cloth)
  6. 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  7. One full squirt of hazelnut stevia ( it enhances the sweetness of the maple syrup/honey)
  8. 1/3 cup applesauce
  9. 1/4 cup nut milk ( I used coconut)
  10. 1 egg ( completely optional. I forgot to put eggs in my batch and it turned out just like normal)
  11. 2 Tbs melted coconut or avocado oil
  12. 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries or mixed berries
  13. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  14. 1/4 cup stevia sweetened chocolate chips ( optional but totally recommended 😉)
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a muffin tin with paper or silicone liners or lightly grease with coconut oil on a paper towel.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In a separate medium bowl, combine maple syrup/honey, stevia, applesauce, milk, oil, egg( if using), and shredded zucchini.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry and combine until there are no flour clumps left.
  • Fold in blueberries, walnuts/pecans, and chocolate chips.
  • Spoon into muffin tins until 3/4 full and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Let muffins cool for 5 to 10 minutes then gently take out of muffin tin and place on wire wrack or plate to serve. Slather with butter or enjoy just by themselves! Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Summer Crafts

I’ve always loved doing arts and crafts, but lately I’ve been doing a lot more crafty activities than usual! Embroidery, macrame, watercolor painting, and hand lettering have been my favorite creative hobbies lately. They’re also quite easy and very fun to do. It’s great to have something to do while sitting outside or watching a movie or just when you’re bored or have spare time. Pinterest is overflowing with great ideas for these crafts and how to do them. I get almost all of my embroidery patterns by just looking up a drawing or picture on Pinterest and printing it out! So below I have some of my favorite embroidery “patterns” from Pinterest and some of the things I’ve crafted lately.

The BEST Grain-free granola

This granola is sooo yummy and sticks together sooo well. You won’t even notice that there’s no grain or processed sugar in it! It is inspired by Megan Gilmore’s The Everyday Detox book which has so many healthy recipes. One thing that I love about baking is that almost all recipes are so versatile and customizable to whatever you like- and this granola is one of those recipes for sure! You can make it as simple or creative as you like and it is packed with good -for -you ingredients. Also… continue reading