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Easy Oatmeal Muffins

I’m a huge fan of oatmeal for it’s ease of filling my stomach and my kids.

Not to mention it’s health benefits.

  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps aid with weight loss
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Lowers risk of colon cancer
  • High in fiber
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Enhances immune response to disease
  • Aids in sleep
  • Leaves you feeling full longer

As much as I love oatmeal for a multitude of reasons, the texture of eating plain oatmeal alone is enough to make a girl gag.  Raises hand for sensory issues.

My kids love oatmeal as much as me, and when I discovered this simple easy oatmeal muffin recipe it’s become a staple in our daily diet.

I wish I could give credit to the original creator of this recipe, but unfortunately my recipe is a handwritten scribble of ingredients and adjustments I’ve made to make our favorite muffin.

With minimal sugar I feel comfortable letting my kids scarf down these muffins.

Behold.  The Easy Oatmeal Muffin, from my home to yours.

If you are anything like me, when you are looking for a new recipe the last thing you want to do is scroll through photo after photo, you want the recipe.  So I will grace you with this delicious recipe, and let you decide if you would like to scroll through the array of easy oatmeal muffin photos after reading the recipe.

Easy Oatmeal Muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups milk

2 cups quick cooking oats

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 cups all-purpose flour (or flour of your choosing)

1/2 cup sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Grease muffin cups or save yourself some scrubbing and line with paper muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine milk and oats; let soak for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add eggs and oil into oat and milk mixture, mixing together until combined.
  4. Add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into wet ingredients making sure all is combined.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups until cups are 2/3 full.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Makes 24 muffins.

The longer you allow the oatmeal to soak into the milk the sweeter the muffins taste.

1 duck egg, and 1 chicken egg makes for a perfectly fluffy muffin.

If you are anything like me and try to eliminate dishes when baking, I assure you that you can dump all ingredients into the same bowl.  My kitchenaid is my most used item on my homestead.

Hearth club happens to be my favorite baking powder.  And no they do not pay me to tell you this.

These muffins don’t last long around our homestead.  With just the right amount of sweetness, and fluffy texture these make for a perfect snack on the go.  Or post workout bite.

If you are looking for an easy, oatmeal snack I hope you give these muffins a try.

Happy baking!

Danielle

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Young Living

Christmas Eve Diffuser Recipe – Young Living

They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. – Matthew 2:11

Merry Christmas Eve!

Not sure how it’s already Christmas Eve but it is. My kids are glued to the computer screen tracking Santa’s every move. Every few minutes a “heyyyy mom” is shouted from my bedroom notifying me of Santa’s latest stops.

Refreshments litter the desk and a globe to visualize each stop Santa is making.

I adore the Offical Santa NORAD tracker, bless the volunteers that make this magical piece of Christmas for kids all over the world to enjoy.

Bringing me back to the day of Christmas Eve with my own two brothers anxiously awaiting Santa’s arrival. Spending the day driving my own parents nuts with the excitement and anticipation that comes with awaiting Santa’s arrival.

Between the “heyyy moms” and incessant giggles from my own two children I’m diffusing essential oils throughout the home using some of the sacred oils the Wise Men gifted upon Jesus’s birth so many years ago.

I think so easily we get caught up in the gifts, the sadness many feel around the holidays, and the political drama between families this time of year. It’s so easy to forget what the true meaning of Christmas is about.

On this Christmas Eve morning I want to share a diffuser recipe that reminds me of why we celebrate Christmas, purifying the air, hopefully bring some peace to my house, all the while praising the Lord for gifting us his son so that we can celebrate Christmas and enjoy the holiday season.

Christmas Eve Diffuser Recipe

  • 10 drops Exodus II
  • 7 drops Orange

Add oils to your diffuser, fill with water. Turn the diffuser on. Simple as that.

Let the sweet aroma of ancient oils fill your home this holiday season.

Exodus II is a sweet blend of cassius, myrhh, cinnamon, calamus, hyssop, galbanum, frankincense, and spikenard.

A blend of ancient oils, Exodus II is by far one of my favorite essential oil blends. A sweet, warm, cozy aroma filled with the oils of the Bible.

I hope you and your families have a blessed Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Danielle

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Homesteading

Get Rid of Aphids – 3 Simple Steps

This weekend I stepped into my greenhouse and was met with the horror of an aphid infestation.

Aphids are my gardening nemesis, soft-bodied, pear shaped insects that cluster so densely upon first glance it seems you will never be rid of them.  Sucking the plant juices, plants may develop distorted growth, causing leaves to turn yellow and drop off.  These tiny little life suckers can do a lot of damage in a little amount of time if left to their own devices.

I assure you there is a simple, safe way to annihilate these suckers from your plants with a few simple household ingredients.  It takes a little bit of time and effort, but it will stop your aphid infestation quickly.

To be honest I was a bit shocked to find our greenhouse infested with aphids considering outside temperatures hover around 20 most days right now.  The warmth of the greenhouse seems to be a sanctuary city for aphids during these cold winter days.

Usually I pick up a batch of ladybugs or praying mantis from my local nursery but with it being winter temperatures right now there isn’t any in stock locally.

I decided to use my standard aphid annihilation method using a few different ingredients around our homestead.  And a little bit of labor.

What You Need

Dawn dish soap, a bucket, and a sponge.  If you are anti-dawn dish soap, I’d encourage you to try Bronner’s dish soap.  Really any soap works to rid your garden of aphids, I just happen to love Dawn dish soap even though it does contain some groundwater contaminants.

Essential oils.  I used lavender and peppermint.

And a sprayer hose.

Most of us have these items laying around our homes or can easily be picked up at your local grocery store.

Step 1 – using a hose with a sprayer nozzle, spray each plant as well as the soil. Aphids die easily and can easily be killed with the pressure from the hose.

Step 2 – fill up a bucket with soapy water using dawn dish soap and water.

Wash every single leaf and stem of the infected plants. This is time consuming but it will kill most aphids.

Step 3 – mix water, 15 drops peppermint oil, 15 drops lavender oil and spray each and every leaf and stem of infested plants. I hit all plants even those without aphids just to be sure.

Why Lavender Oil?

Lavender oil comes from the plant known as Lavandula, the aroma of lavender is what keeps the aphids away from plants.

Why Peppermint Oil?

The scent of peppermint also works as a natural repellent for aphids as well as other insects.

Tip:  Spiders HATE peppermint oil.  If you spray the corners of your home with a diluted peppermint oil spray you will see all the creepy crawlies run for their lives. 

I continue to spray each plant and leaf with the essential oil mixture every few days to ensure that any aphids left behind get taken care of.  In about a weeks time you can be assured your aphid infestation will cease to exist.

I hope you don’t experience the disappointment of an aphid infestation, but if you do I hope you find these 3 simple steps rid you of any and all aphids.

Danielle

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parenting

Homemade Playdough – The Grinch Edition

“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

Homemade gifts are one of my favorites gifts to give during the holiday season.  I’ve always made our playdough at home.  Nothing against the store bought playdough, but I know what the ingredients are and it’s fun for the kids.

Both my children love The Grinch…he’s been playing on our TV for the last few weeks.  I thought what better way to entertain them on these frigid days then with a little homemade play dough with a touch of The Grinch.

Requiring only a few household ingredients and a few minutes of your time, it’s a perfect gift for classmates, and friends this holiday season.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 Tbsp oil (I use plain old vegetable oil)
  • 2 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
  • Food coloring
  • Optional: Essential Oils to add a Christmas scent.  I chose Northern Lights Black Spruce and Holiday Joy, but you can choose the essential oil of your choice.

Directions: 

Add red food coloring to water and stir.

Add all ingredients into a pan.  I chose Northern Lights Black Spruce for the green play dough.

Cook on medium heat stirring constantly to avoid large hard chunks.  I like to flatten mine across the pan like a pancake and flip as the color starts to darken.  Avoid overcooking to prevent dry play dough.

Repeat for the red playdough.

Roll the green playdough into a large ball.  Use your fingers to create an indent for the red heart.  Roll out a piece of the red playdough and shape into a heart.

Simple as that!  You can store in a mason jar for up to two weeks.

The homemade playdough Grinch Edition is an inexpensive gift to share with your child’s classmates and friends this holiday season.  It stores well, and smells amazing!

Merry Christmas!

Danielle

 

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Products American Homestead Loves

Natural All Purpose Cleaner

We use all purpose cleaners to rid our house of bacteria, germs, dust, and dirt not to inhale unhealthy, toxins, but that is exactly what we are doing with a lot of common everyday house cleaning products.

When you head into your local grocery store you can find an entire aisle dedicated to household cleaning products. Many popular household cleaners are in fact dangerous and toxic.

After some research and product testing I found that home & planet offers a safe, store bought all purpose cleaner that I feel comfortable using on our homestead.

Fact: The average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals.

  • Ingredients in common household products have been linked to asthma, reproductive disorders, cancer, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.
  • Yikes!  While trying to cleaning your home you might in fact be subjecting your household to dangerous chemicals.  I’ve been there, and I hope that you find this simple product review encouragement to seek a more natural way of cleaning your homestead with a product that can be purchased in most stores near you.

    Rather than a warning label most toxic all purpose cleaning products have been marketed to attract our attention, using flashy marketing to entice your average consumer and distract them from the ingredients within.

    While shopping for an all natural all purpose cleaner be sure to keep an eye out for plant-based, instead of petroleum-based ingredients.  Don’t be mislead by most marketing ploys.  Do your research, find  products safe to use in and around your home, not tested on animals.

    Despite the alarming ingredients in many common household all purpose cleaners in stores near you.  There are companies that offer natural cleaning products safe to use around your home, my favorite planet loving company happens to be home & planet.

    I am a lover of vinegar, baking soda, and Young Living Thieves All Purpose Cleaner for a lot of my homesteading cleaning chores, but sometimes I don’t want to mix up my own cleaning ingredients.  I want to head to my local Target and purchase something that will break down grease, kill germs, all the while offering a clean, natural all purpose cleaning agent that doesn’t consist of toxic ingredients.

    A while back while cruising Target I stumbled upon the cleaning section with endless rows of cleaning products.  I was immediately intrigued by the soft green label of home & planet multipurpose cleaner spray, and the fact that it contained vetiver and tea tree oil.  Two of my favorite essential oils.  If you haven’t smelled vetiver it’s one of my favorite scents.  A complex earthy, woody sweetness is the best way to describe it.  I’ve tried many different all natural all purpose cleaning products that have left me disappointed with the scent or there inability to clean, but home & planet has won me over.

    Vegan and cruelty free, the earthy, woody scent enticed me enough to place this natural all purpose cleaner into my shopping cart.

    Now the real test was how well does it clean?  I’ve purchased many all natural cleaners that just can’t get the job done.

    I’m happy to share home & planet knows how to create an all natural product that cleans the grime off multi surfaces, making this a must have household cleaner on my homestead.  Not to mention home & planets own love for the planet, and their push to make it a greener place.

    What cleaning benefits does Tea Tree Oil have?

    • Tea tree oil contains a number of compounds, including terpinen-4-ol, that have been shown to kill certain bacteria, viruses and fungi
    • Studies have shown that it kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, including E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae

    Why Vetiver in cleaning products?

    • Known as the “Oil of Tranquility” with an earthy aroma that is grounding, calming, and soothing.  Vetiver is the perfect addition to an all natural all purpose cleaner.  Why not clean your home with a scent that promotes a grounding, calming atmosphere.

    What exactly can I clean with this natural all purpose cleaner?

    • ceramic
    • chrome
    • concrete
    • corian
    • formica
    • granite
    • laminate flooring
    • marble
    • stainless steel
    • travertine

    I use this all purpose cleaner on countertops, the kitchen table, to clean up spills left via kids and animals, to clean mirrors, the interior of my car, doorknobs etc, etc.  It works wonders on so many surfaces, but be sure to do a test on each surface before going all in.

    I find that I use this for most everyday spills, all the while never leaving behind a film, or a mess.  For heavy spills I do allow it to sit for a few minutes before wiping down and it always gets the job done.

    I love so many different products by home & planet, this just happens to be one that is always stocked on our homestead.

    If you are in the market for a new all natural all purpose cleaner, I’d encourage you to give home & planet natural all purpose cleaner a try.

    Quick FYI, home & planet does not pay me to review their products.  When I use an all natural alternative I love to share it.  Part of my homesteading journey is to convert our homestead into as natural of an environment as I can. Free of toxicity in all forms.  Rather than spending 20 minutes googling cleaners in the cleaning aisle of Target, maybe you will stumble upon this and find yourself giving home & planet cleaning products a try. As a modern day homesteader I do enjoy the convenience of my local Target and love finding products that I can actually say I like.

    Danielle