How many times do I hear myself say, "where is that big orange binder?" or "has anyone seen that big orange binder?" The big orange binder has been accumulating recipes, kinspiration & original recipe cards tucked into plastic sleeves for my entire-almost-forty year existence. "The Big Orange Binder" is an organization attempt. It's a recipe with a story neatly packaged in a place where I'll always be able to find the ever-elusive . . . Big Orange Binder.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Peggy's Oatmeal Cake

OATMEAL CAKE
Preheat oven to 350*

Combine and let stand 20 minutes:
1 cup   Quick Oatmeal   1 ½ cups
1 ¼ cups boiling Water  1 ¾ cups

Cream together:
½ cup Shortening    ¾ cup
1 cup Brown Sugar  1 ½ cups
1 c White Sugar        1 ½ cups
2 Eggs                         3 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla              2 tsp.
Add Oatmeal mixture. Beat well.

Sift together:
1 ½ cups Flour    2 cups Flour
1 tsp Soda            1 ½ tsp
1 tsp Baking Powder  1 ½ tsp
½ tsp Salt           1 tsp
3 tsps. Cinnamon    5 tsps

Add to creamed mixture and beat well. Pour into greased 9X13 pan. Bake at 350* for 35 minutes.
ICING
4 oz softened Cream Cheese
1 stick softened Margarine
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 ½ to 2 cups Confection Sugar
Splash of Milk

Beat until fluffy.

Friday, December 8, 2017

DoTerra Candy Can Sugar Scrub

From DoTerra's blog:

Ingredients
¾ cup white sugar
12 drops Peppermint oil 
Skin safe food coloring
 
Tip: In place of white sugar, you could use sea salt. In place of Fractionated Coconut Oil you could use almond oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil. 
 
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar and Fractionated Coconut Oil in bowl. 
  2. Divide mixture equally into two bowls. 
  3. In one bowl, add red skin safe food coloring. 
  4. Layer red and white scrub to create a ‘candy cane’ effect. 

DoTerra Holiday Room Spray

From DoTerra's blog:

This easy DIY Holiday Room Spray welcomes all those who enter your home. It is inviting, uplifting, and will promote a happy environment during your holiday festivities. 
 
Ingredients
15 drops Frankincense oil
15 drops Grapefruit oil
30 drops Douglas Fir oil
Water
 
Instructions
  1. In glass spray bottle add essential oils and top off with water. 
  2. To use, shake the bottle then spray.
Note: Depending on the size of your spray bottle you may wish to use more or less, but make sure to keep the ratio of twice the amount of Douglas Fir to equal parts Frankincense and Grapefruit.

Pooch Paw Balm

2 T coconut oil
2 T any other oil (I use avocado or olive)
2 T shea butter
2 T beeswax pellets

This is really a basic balm for any/all cuts, bumps, bruises and owies . . in the puppy paw balm, I just don't add anything else to it ;)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Honey Pumpkin Sugar Scrub Cubes

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shredded soap

Melt together over medium double boiler.  When smooth-ish, remove from heat and pour into:

1 cup of white granulated sugar

Mix well, then add:

1 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp of honey

Mix well.   Press into molds and allow to firm up.   When firm, remove from molds and make gift presentation.   * Note:  this can be kind of crumbly and will fall apart if left to open air . . so maybe a cute baby jar?

Brown Sugar & Maple Syrup Soap Scrubbies

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shredded soap

Melt together over medium double boiler.  When smooth-ish, remove from heat and pour into:

1 cup of brown sugar

Mix well, then add:

A big splash of maple syrup

Mix well.  Press into molds and allow to firm up.   When firm, remove from molds and make gift presentation.   * Note:  this can be kind of crumbly and will fall apart if left to open air . . so maybe a cute baby jar?

Vanilla Coffee Sugar Scrub Cubes

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shredded soap

Melt together over medium double boiler.  When smooth-ish, remove from heat and pour into:

1 cup of white granulated sugar

Mix well, then add:

A big splash of vanilla
about 1/2 cup of coffee grouds

Mix well (should look like smashed up oreos, but smells like chocolate . . . . total sensory overload!)

Press into molds and allow to firm up.   When firm, remove from molds and make gift presentation.   * Note:  this can be kind of crumbly and will fall apart if left to open air . . so maybe a cute baby jar?