"Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding". Prov.4:7(NKJV)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Homemade Chicken Broth

Not to long ago I posted a recipe of my bone broth. I mentioned I do make clear broth sometimes by using skin on/bone in chicken breasts. Well I thought I should come back to share with you how my clear chicken broth looks in case anyone was confused. It’s just like the one you buy at the store in the cans/carton, but I get to control what ingredients is or is not in it.

IMG_20150422_222208_097As I stated before I just cook a few bone in/skin on chicken breasts in 6-8 cups of water until done. I take out the pieces of chicken and lay aside to cool down. I strain the broth, pour into big glass canning jars, let cool down, cover, and then refrigerate over night. In the morning I take the jars of broth out and remove the fat off the top layer that has risen. I pour broth into ice cube trays to freeze a few hours or use right away in a dish I’m cooking. Once the broth has frozen I pop out the cubes into 1-2 gallon size (already dated/labeled) Ziploc bags. As for the chicken I pull off the skin and bones and put into a different Ziploc bag I have for used bones and put in freezer to use for a new batch of bone stock.  I chop or shred the meat and divide into quart size Ziploc bags to freeze. I love to have these on hand for meals like casseroles, soup, salad, sandwiches, fajitas, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, chicken pizza, buffalo chicken dip, or whatever other uses you can think of. Just think about things you would use canned chicken for. The sky is the limit with what you can do with this.

Note: You can add veggies like chopped onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and some herbs to your water if you want more flavor, vitamins, and nutrients in your homemade chicken broth. At times I season my broth with a little salt and pepper, but have been known to leave it out since I’m going to season the dish I’m cooking it in. Also note to stock up on chicken breasts when they go on sale for 99 cents a pound. I buy 3-4 family packs just so I can have 1 reserved for making homemade broth and have cooked chicken on hand :-)

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Soft skin without using lotion

I have not bought any lotion for 5 years now. That may sound strange but it’s true. You won’t find any bottles of lotion in our home. I do carry hand lotion in my purse but it was from a gift set I got from someone Smile. As I continue to get older I notice changes in my skin. It’s harder to keep moisturized than in my younger years. Another problem I deal with is hard water. No matter what type or brand of lotion I used my skin would not stay soft and moisturized.

hair & body oil How did I solve my problem? I have shared my Shealoe mix and now I have a version of Naptural85’s DIY hair and body oil. In my mix I have:

2.5oz. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1.5 oz. Jojoba Oil
1oz. Castor Oil
1oz. Avocado Oil
1oz. Grapeseed Oil
1oz. Sweet Almond Oil
1oz. Apricot Kernel Seed Oil
5 drops Vitamin E oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Directions: In an 8 oz. applicator bottle (mine has measurements on the back) I pour in the oils one at a time using a funnel. I screw on the top and shaken to mix the oils together.

finished oil How to use: Immediately after I finish my shower and towel dry, I rub some of this oil onto my skin while my pores are still open. As my skin finish drying the oil is absorbed in and keeps it soft and moisturized all day long. I do the same thing if I’m using my Shealoe mix. The great thing about both is that I can use them on my hair and body since I know what I’ve put in them. The hair and body oil is great for doing hot oil treatments as well as making a great sealant when doing twists.

Don’t worry about being oily. Our skin absorbs these oils very well. A little goes a LONG way. You won’t have to use much to get the job done. I sometimes change up the essential oil to create a different smell. I no longer have the need to buy lotion since my hubby and son uses these too. Believe it or not this saves us lots of money because we’re not having to use so much like we did with lotion. I used to have to buy lotion in bulk at Costco ever six months so I wouldn’t have to keep having to buy it each month. It’s been 5 years now I we don’t miss the lotion.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Complete Steak Dinner in a Crockpot

I was busy, short on time, and needed a quick dinner idea in  a hurry. This did the trick and we were all pleased with the end result.

complete steak dinner

steak dinner Complete Steak Dinner in a Crockpot

Boneless steak of choice (enough to feed 4)
Steak seasoning
1 medium onion cut in wedges
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup Italian dressing (I used the roasted red pepper kind) or broth
6-8 red skin potatoes (small to medium size)
Olive oil
veggie of choice (corn on cob, asparagus, ect.)

I srayed the inside of a 6 qt. crockpot (mine is oval shaped) with cooking spray. I placed the onion first in the bottom of the crockpot. I seasoned both sides with 1/2 pkg. of the seasoning that came with my box of steak (you can use steak seasoning or salt and pepper to your desired taste). I put that on top of the onion. Next I poured the Worcestershire sauce and dressing on top of the meat. I washed and scrubbed the potatoes. I rubbed all over the outside of them with oil. I pricked the sides with a fork and sprinkle sea salt on skin. I pulled off a BIG piece of foil. I set all the potatoes in middle and close forming a big packet (like when you grill veggies). I placed the packet on top of steaks.

cooked red potatoes
This is the potatoes already done.

If you are using corn on cob, cut pieces of foil for each ear to be wrapped in. Set corn on foil pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Now cut thin slices of butter to put in each. Close tight and fit each piece around or on top of potato packet. Put top on crockpot and cook on LOW 6-8 hours or High 4 hours.

*If you are using something like asparagus, make a packet similar to the potato one (using less foil), drizzle on olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on top. Toss and seal closed. Do not add this packet until the last hour of cooking time. Place on top of potato packet and cover.

**Note: In my picture I had already added the steak w/seasoning and onion so they didn’t make the picture. I used up the rest of my salad dressing so that’s why the bottle was empty :-d. I ended up making green beans instead of the asparagus. As I mentioned in the beginning I was kinda busy so I didn’t get around to adding them. This is a meal I would love to make at least once a month or maybe more using chicken breasts, or any other boneless meat.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jamaican Black Castor oil and updates

JBCOSome have wondered and asked why I prefer using Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) over regular castor oil. To be honest I’ve never tried regular castor oil on my hair. I may buy some to try when I visit Whole Foods (I want a pure one without any extra stuff in it). When I went natural, I started reading online and looking for products to use that most naturals “raved” about. I was new to the whole “natural thing” and only wanted to put the best I could afford on my hair. I planned to only put things on my hair that I thought would help me along in the process to long healthy hair.

Some of the great benefits of using JBCO is that it’s good for helping to thicken your hair where it’s thinning and help with hair growth. The smell is not that pleasant so I usually use a good smelling essential oil to and to it. One of the ones I bought this last time around has a lavender scent. It’s also thicker than regular castor oil and absorbs well in my 4b/c hair. I like the way it softens my hair when I use some in my deep conditioners and hot oil treatments. I’ve heard it can be used as a sealant on your twists too. The other thing I use JBCO for is to make my Shealoe and kimmaytube’s leave-in conditioner. Now for some updates.

I finished using up all the Cantu Complete Creamy Co-wash Conditioner. I got about 5-6 washes out of it. I loved the slip I got so detangling was easy. A little went a long way for me so that could be why I got this many washes out of it.

Cantu Shampoo
I finally got around to using the Cantu Cleansing cream Shampoo. I love that it is sulfate, silicone, paraben, and mineral oil free. Believe me when I say a little goes a LONG way. I’ve only used this twice and learned the hard way the first time around. There was so much suds I could have used them to wash off the rest of my body. LOL A quarter size drop was all I needed for my entire head (soaking wet hair). WOW!!!

Giovanni direct leave-in

For the longest I have been wanting to try Giovanni Conditioners. I finally got around to catching some Direct Leave-in Conditioner on sale. I have used it a few times and love how it absorbs in my hair. It smells good to.

Well that’s all I have to share for today. I’m currently trying something new that I may share about in a future post. I’m still learning along the way so I need to focus my attention on that for now. As always thanks for taking the time to stop by and read Smile.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Philippians 4:4-8

Philippians 4:4-8 (KJV)

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be made unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report,
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

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