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.

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?

Essential Oil Lip Balm

2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp beeswax pellets
2 tbsp shea butter
EO to reach scent, as desired (the sweet spot for me is 40 drops of peppermint, but that changes based on what you are using an what your desired end result is)

You'll need .  . .
double boiler (I think easier than the microwave method)
a tiny, disposable pipette
lip balm blanks or tiny containers
something to stir with

In the double boiler, melt the coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter.  Do this over medium heat and be patient.  Keep stirring.   When it's smooth, take it off the heat, but leave it over the water.   Add the EO and stir.

Stand all the blanks up or prep them in such a way that you can fill one and quickly move to the next.  Use the tiny pipette to fill the blanks.   Let set until hardened.   Make a cute label & spread the love by giving as a gift :)   Give or take, this recipe yields about 18 tubes of lippy.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Marilyn's Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Mix the first 5 ingredients.   Beat eggs slightly.  Add eggs and oil to the dry mixture.   Stir in zucchini. Don't overmix it!    Makes 6 jumbo muffins or a dozen regular size; fill the cups pretty full -- just over 3/4.   Sprinkle chocolate chips on top! Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes.

1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
2 cups of shredded, peeled, de-seeded zucchini
1/3 cup oil


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Marilyn's Pumpkin Bars


Overnight Oats

This would be great if I liked overnight oats.  Why I choose to hold onto recipes that I don't like is beyond me ... but maybe someday, someone around me will be an overnight oat fan.  Hmm.  Things that make you wonder if you're a hoarder.