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Citrus Essential Oils – Why You Need It

Making the decision to use Young Living Essential Oils daily was the best decision I ever made for myself and my family. If someone were to ask me what my favorite oil was, I’d have a hard time answering! I mean…I use so many of them for different things. The one only I always have with me is Stress Away. I have two tweens…need I say more?!? Besides stress away, I am also big on using the different citrus essential oils that Young Living has to offer. My favorites being Lemon Vitality, Jade Lemon Vitality, Grapefruit Vitality and Tangerine Vitality.

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils

Young Living, the ONLY brand of essential oils I will use (see their Seed to Seal policy to find out why), has a wide variety of citrus essential oils available. Besides the four I mentioned above, they also offer the following:

  • Lime Vitality
  • Orange Vitality
  • Citrus Fresh Vitality

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Citrus Essential Oil Benefits

So what do I do with my citrus essential oils and why do you need them? I put a few drops in my glass water bottlecitrus essential oils and drink that all day long. I either use Jade Lemon or Lemon by itself, or I like to combine grapefruit essential oils with tangerine (that combo is so good…you must try it)!

**Please note that I will ONLY use Young Living Essential Oils in my water. Their oils are pure, therapeutic essential oils and the oils part of the vitality line are safe to consume. Consuming essential oils from any other brand may not be safe.

 The citrus essential oils are extracted from the peels of the citrus fruits. This is very important to understand. You see, because they are made in this way, they are very high in limonene (D-Limonene) and that is VERY good for our bodies. With me following the Ketogenic diet, it is even MORE important that I drink water with citrus essential oils in it because it helps to balance my body’s pH level. I know that seems crazy, but despite the fact that citrus is acidic, when you consume the citrus oils, it is alkaline forming in the body. The benefits of d-limonene that I like are the fact that it aids in digestion, helps to detoxify the liver and d-limonene also helps to boost your mood. No one wants mama in a bad mood!

citrus essential oils

Using a glass water bottle with your pure essential oils is needed. Putting the citrus essential oils in plastic will cause the plastic to break down. You don’t want that in your water! Plus, I don’t know about you, but ice cold water tastes WAY better in a glass bottle than in plastic! It doesn’t matter which citrus essential oils you choose, the benefits are all the same and one that you will want to take advantage of! Just an FYI, Citrus Fresh Essential Oil also contains spearmint. I just wanted to point that out so you are as surprised as I was the first time I tried it. I was NOT expecting a minty flavor!

If you would like to learn more about essential oils, please use the Contact Me form at the top of this page. I would be more than happy to speak with you and go over additional benefits and how you can sign up and take advantage of an amazing 24% discount on your oils!!

Here’s the only water bottle I use (at a good price too!!):

Fuzzy Navel Homemade Gummy Bears

Making homemade gummy bears has become quite the thing in our house! Everyone has their favorite flavors. My husband loves the lime gummy bears and my kids love the raspberry gummy bears…me, on the other hand, I think the Fuzzy Navel gummy bears I made yesterday are the best! These non-alcoholic version of fuzzy navel cocktails are delicious! Just the right amount of peach and orange flavors to really compliment one another. Using my gummy bear moldfuzzy navel I found on Amazon, making these gummy bears are super easy! Especially since the mold I bought comes with a dropper…trust me…you want the mold with the dropper!

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Fuzzy Navel Gummy Bears Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 small box (3 oz) of Peach Sugar Free Jello
  • 1 small box (3 oz) of Orange Sugar Free Jello
  • 3 packets Unflavored Gelatin (I like Knox Gelatinfuzzy navel)
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

  1. Put the 1/2 cup water into a small sauce pan on low heat.
  2. Add both sugar free Jello packets and all three unflavored gelatin packets.
  3. Mix until it has all dissolved.
  4. Using your dropper that came with your gummy bear moldfuzzy navel, fill each of the little gummy bear compartments with your gelatin.
  5. Place the molds in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

Don’t you love how easy it is to make fuzzy navel gummy bears? Next time I make these, I plan on sprinkling a little citric acidfuzzy navel on the fuzzy navel gummy bears to make them like the sour gummy candies that I used to love! I used to eat that candy until my mouth was raw! If you are following the Keto diet plan like I am, these fuzzy navel gummy bears are a nice little treat for you to have! 4 or 5 gummy bears is about 1 g protein! And trust me, when you have given up sugar for as long as I have, those 4 or 5 gummy bears are plenty!

Have you made your own gummy bears yet? What flavor combinations do you like?

Homemade Gummy Bears

I’ve successfully given up sugar for the last 66 days. Say what? I know. It’s crazy. I am the person that used to be horribly addicted to sugar. However, since starting the Keto diet (and losing 44 lbs…go me!), I no longer crave sugar. At all. I can walk into a candy shop and not want to buy anything. Not because I am forcing myself to stick to this diet, but because I just don’t want it. However, there are those times, and I fully admit that it is purely psychological, when I feel like I want something gummy. When that happens, I make my homemade gummy bears!

Making Homemade Gummy Bears!

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The homemade gummy bear recipe is super easy. My friend Greg was the one that told me how to make them. Basically you take:

  • 1 big box of Sugar Free Jello
  • 2 packets of Knox Unflavored Gelatin
  • 1/2 cup water

3 Pack Gummy Bear silicone Molds- 150 gummy bears total +3 Droppers- BPA Free3 Pack Gummy Bear silicone Molds- 150 gummy bears total +3 Droppers- BPA Free

Put all of that into a saucepan on low heat and stir, stir stir until it is completely melted. Then pour into your favorite silicone mold (I like this moldhomemade gummy bears for the gummy bear candy), pop it into the freezer for about ten minutes and enjoy! It’s so easy!!

homemade gummy bears

I ordered this particular mold because it came in a two pack AND it came with the little dropper. Let me tell you…that dropper is ESSENTIAL! Just make sure you allow the air bubbles in the dropper to go up to the top or you will end up with bubbles on your gummy bears like I have on a couple at the top!

homemade gummy bears

How Did They Turn Out?

For this particular batch of homemade gummy bears, I decided to use a small package of strawberry Jello and a small package of lemon Jello to make Strawberry Lemonade homemade gummy bears! They are so good! You could totally use the one large box of Jello and make a single flavor, but coming up with different flavors is fun! Next I will be making Lemon Lime and a Fuzzy Navel homemade gummy bear (peach Jello with orange Jello)

Aren’t the homemade gummy bears cute?!? Definitely give these a try! If you are following the Keto diet, this recipe made 94 gummy bears. Using My Fitness Pal, you can totally figure out how many of the gummy bears you can eat for the amount of protein you would like. For instance, one gummy bear has 0 g Fat, 0 g Carbs and 0.3 g Protein. I just ate four gummy bears and that is 1 g Protein!

You can totally buy gummy bears at the store, if you would like…or you can make your own flavors at home using the adorable mold from Amazon!! I did read that you can make sour gummy bears by using Citric Acidhomemade gummy bears, but I haven’t tried that yet!

Gooj-Gummy Bear Molds- (Recipe included on the box) 3 Silicone Molds 150 gummy bears total +3 Droppers- BPA Free (3 Pack; Green, blue, and Yellow)Gooj-Gummy Bear Molds- (Recipe included on the box) 3 Silicone Molds 150 gummy bears total +3 Droppers- BPA Free (3 Pack; Green, blue, and Yellow)Citric Acid - 1 Pound - Food Grade , Non-GMO, Organic, 100% PureCitric Acid – 1 Pound – Food Grade , Non-GMO, Organic, 100% Pure

If your kids are like mine, then they really like gummy worms…you’re in luck! I found some really cool gummy worm molds you can pick up while you’re picking up the amazing deal on a gummy bear three pack mold!


Spicy Chicken Thighs Recipe

Since starting the Keto diet, I have learned to love chicken thighs. I know that sounds weird, but up until about a month ago, I never bought chicken thighs before. Honestly, I don’t know why…they are so much cheaper than chicken breasts AND they have a lot more flavor too! One of my favorite recipes that uses chicken thighs is this Chorizo Chicken Soup recipe. It’s delicious! The other day I picked up a package of chicken thighs and made one of the best dinners, even my son declared it a winner! This spicy chicken thighs recipe is also Keto friendly!! Not only is it Keto friendly, but it is also the best chicken thigh recipe EVER!

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Spicy Chicken Thighs Recipe

Ingredients

  • Package of Chicken Thighs w/Skin (I used a 5.5 lb package)
  • 6 TBS Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • Garlic and Pepper Seasoning (I used my favoritespicy chicken thighs blend)

Pro Tip…pick up this silicone baking mat. It really helps to crips up your chicken thighs. I use it ALL the time!

Kyson Silicone Non-stick Healthy Cooking Baking Mats16x11Inch SizeKyson Silicone Non-stick Healthy Cooking Baking Mats16x11Inch Size

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Season your chicken thighs on both sides with your garlic and pepper seasoning.
  3. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Mix the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce in with the butter.
  4. Dip each chicken thigh into the butter and hot sauce mixture, allowing excess to drip off before placing it on your baking sheet with sides, skin side down (I like the Norpro Stainless Steel Baking Panspicy chicken thighs). For more even cooking, place a rack on top of the baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. After the time is up, take the chicken out of the oven, turn the oven to broil (on high), flip the chicken over so it is skin side up, and broil for 15 minutes to get the skin nice and crispy. You may want to rotate the pan halfway through. Don’t they look like the best roasted chicken thighs?

spicy chicken thighs

If you are looking for recipes for chicken thighs, this is a must try recipe! I think next time I make them, I will use this spicy garlic seasoningspicy chicken thighs I picked up to add an extra kick! I know some people prefer boneless skinless chicken thighs and that’s OK. I’m sure you could use them in this recipe. You may want to reserve some of the butter/hot sauce mixture to brush on to the chicken periodically while they cook, but it should still turn out great. I haven’t made it this way, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t. Now I’m on the hunt for some good slow cooker chicken thighs recipes! I’m all about those chicken thighs!

What are your favorite spicy chicken thighs recipes?


Dessert Recipe: Springtime Muddy Buddies

Despite the fact that we just got dumped with a ton of snow, I can’t help thinking about spring coming soon and the Easter dinner I want to host. When I start thinking about hosting Easter, I then start thinking about what delicious dessert recipe I will make. Since my husband and I are following the Keto diet, I will probably make a cheesecake (no crust) for the adults and for the kids I was thinking about making this yummy Springtime Muddy Buddies recipe! Not only is it pretty with the springtime colors, but also a gluten free dessert recipe!

Springtime Muddy Buddies Dessert

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups Chex Cereal
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli White Chocolate Wafersdessert
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup+ Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Pastel Colored M&M Candy
  • 1 cup Pastel Mini-marshmallows

Directions

  1. Prep a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a large measuring cup, pour 3 cups of Chex cereal into a large bowl.
  3. Pour the white chocolate wafers into the top of a double broilerdessert (this can be used with any saucepan you have!!). Melt chocolate and stir often.
  4. Slowly pour the warm, melted chocolate over the Chex cereal. Using a wooden spoon, begin to gently mix the chocolate and the cereal.
  5. Make sure that all of the cereal is well coated with chocolate. Scoop the coated cereal into a large plastic bag. Add in the powdered sugar. With your hands, seal the bag closed and begin to shake the two together.
  6. Make sure that all of the pieces of chocolate coated cereal are covered with the powdered sugar.
  7. Gently pour the cereal onto the lined cookie sheet. Set aside to cool.
  8. Place the cereal back into the large bowl, once it has cooled. Measure out the M&M candy and the pastel mini-marshmallows to the mix.
  9. Store in a Ziplock bag or an airtight container. This is my favorite airtight containerdessert.

dessert

Doesn’t it look so good?!? I love that this doesn’t have peanut butter in it like traditional Muddy Buddies do. This way more people can enjoy this dessert deliciousness! I have a lot of friends that enjoy camping. Coming up with other camping dessert recipes, besides roasting marshmallows and making s’mores can be difficult. However, this is Springtime Muddy Buddies recipes is great to take along with you camping!