This past weekend I went home to Lexington, Virginia for a friend’s wedding and to visit my parents. My parents have been having “home church” lately with some close family friends that used to go to our church and I got to experience it and contribute a little. I really liked it! I go to a big church right now, so experiencing something different was refreshing- especially with a small group of people including my parents and another family I’ve known for YEARS, so I felt comfortable enough to share and contribute. Which probably wouldn’t be the case with most people. I’m pretty introverted and tend to only share and contribute with people I feel really comfortable with. 🙂
Anyways! My dad started off talking about Luke 8: 3-14 where John the baptist was baptizing people and telling them to repent of their sins, and that their lives should show the fruits of repentance. We noted that the specific fruits of repentance were different for each group of people and we were chatting about what ours might be and how we can figure out what those might be for us individually. I mentioned that it reminded me of the fruits of the spirit as well as 1 Corinthians 13. We often associate 1 Corinthians 13 with romantic love, quoting it at weddings and such, but its not often used as a verse for practical application in our lives. I’ve always liked to use this verse for pinpointing flaws in myself. It really comes in handy! Everyone in the group seemed to really like this idea so I thought sharing it here might be helpful for others!
I’ve specifically found this verse to be helpful in relationships. Whether its family, friends, your spouse or a total stranger, we all have interactions with people that don’t exactly go so well where we know we didn’t handle something the way we should have. OR a lot of times when we have unpleasant interactions with another person, we like to point the finger at the other person and what they’ve done wrong, ignoring the way we’ve acted, or something we’ve said or done. Next time this happens to you, think about 1 Corinthians 13! It helps point the finger back at yourself instead of the other person, because in any relationship or even stranger-interaction, its a 2-way street and we need to only worry about ourselves and what we’ve done so we can admit it, correct it, and hopefully do less of it in the future. 😉
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” Specific ones that often jump out to me personally are “keeps no record of wrongs” and “not easily angered.” I can also always use a little extra patience. 🙂 I seriously believe that if you use this verse to constantly check yourself, you will be so much better for it. Ask yourself at the end of the day, or specifically after an unpleasant interaction with another person: “Was I patient? Was I kind? Have I been envious? Have I boasted? Am I prideful? Was I rude? Have I been self-seeking? Have I been easily angered? Have I been keeping track of someone’s wrongdoings? Do I delight in evil? Do I rejoice in the truth? Do I protect, trust, hope and persevere?” There is usually always at least one thing from that list that we didn’t quite do if we’re being honest with ourselves at the end of the day. This verse really helps me to remember little things that I otherwise would not have thought of. I need to remember this verse and use it more often, so I’ve designed a little printable below that can be hung on the fridge or inside your bathroom cabinet or wherever you will see it to be a constant reminder. Feel free to print it off and hang it up if you think it might help you too!
One other point… After I shared about this verse, my dad chimed in to reminded us of 1 John 4:8 that says “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” God is love. So you could also recite 1 Corinthians 13 and replace “love” with “God” and it would be true. So if we want to become more Christ-like, this is a pretty great place to start. I think it is my favorite verse now.
This is a question I hear pretty often, so I thought I would address it here and explain a bit about my experiences in starting my own photography business, where it has ended up, and my future with it. This is kind of long and goes into details that I feel are important in understanding my journey and decisions I’m making for myself and my business. You’ve been warned. 🙂
For those who don’t know, I have a photography business that specializes in portraits of families and children, while occasionally shooting other things like couples, engagements, seniors, etc. I started this business unofficially during the fall of 2011 kind of by accident. I always really enjoyed photography, but knew nothing about the technicalities of it. An old classmate of mine contacted me about shooting his engagement photos. As someone who just purchased my first “real” camera and loved taking photos, this seemed like the coolest and funnest opportunity, so I took the job, not knowing what I was doing whatsoever. 🙂 After that session I was so excited, and thought I had done a pretty awesome job. (Ha! If I only knew.) From there I went on to create a Facebook page to share my work, and spent my days learning more and more about photography, light, shooting in manual, interacting with and posing clients, contracts, legalities, taxes, business licenses, and the list goes on. I used my friends and sister as my subjects, doing fun photoshoots all the time which helped me grow. Somehow this passion eventually did turn into a real, professional, tax-paying business, and I did get much better at it!
I’ve always had pretty realistic expectations about my business and knew that if I ever wanted it to be a full-time job then I would have to do a few things- Charge a lot more for it, work a lot harder, and continually invest a ton of time and money back into it. Becoming a full time professional photographer can be done, but it is incredibly challenging hard work. I have a few photographer friends who have done this and I have so much respect for them. It is really not an easy job. Even though it may look and seem simple, easy, and fun- it is WORK. I found this out in a huge way when I relocated my business from Virginia to Tennessee.
In Virginia my business was pretty small-time, but also growing. I lived in a very small town where everybody is connected by mutual friends and acquaintances. Word of mouth goes a long way in a town like that and its the best advertising you can get! Here in Tennessee I live in a suburb town of Nashville which is a lot bigger than what I’m used to, and growing rapidly. And of course when I first moved I didn’t know anyone. There are wayyyy more people here, and also way more photographers. I didn’t have a clue as to what I was going to do to get my business up and running in my new town.
I did some research for ideas, and talked to a few photographer friends and eventually decided that I would post a “deal” on Living Social and Amazon local for my business. If you’re not familiar with these sites, they work with local businesses to give them a boost of traffic by advertising for them and selling a voucher for their service that is significantly discounted- which is awesome for consumers and sucky for the business owner. Just saying. At the time I thought this would be the easiest and fastest way for me to get my name out there even though it would mean working for next to nothing. The deal sites took my normal rate, which was already very low at the time, cut it by 75% because they said they can’t sell photography vouchers for any more than $xx amount, and sold the vouchers for that much. In turn I got roughly 40% of the total profit. They got half, and I got half, but the credit card precessing fees got taken out of my half so it ended up being even less. Once the deal was finished, I ended up selling about 60 vouchers for hour long photo sessions, which I was stoked about. Little did I know, I was about to lose my love for photography and be completely miserable for the next 5-ish months..
After spending hours of time responding back and forth to emails from that many people, trying to schedule that many sessions (while working a normal day job), traveling to and from the sessions, actually shooting them, culling and editing the photos, and then following up with the individual clients, I ended up making significantly less than minimum wage for a ton of very stressful time-consuming work. When I ran the deal, it was the late summer of 2013, which meant that everyone who bought a voucher wanted fall photos in time for Christmas, and I was trying oh-so-hard to accommodate everyone’s wishes. I was working like crazy y’all. Every single Saturday and Sunday that year I had a session or two and even some during the week. I think one weekend I had 5.. I had zero time to enjoy my favorite fall season or do anything other than work, take photos, edit, and email people. During this time, I started to really hate photography, and honestly, I dreaded every single photo session I booked. If someone had to cancel or reschedule last minute or if we got rained out, instead of being bummed/upset/annoyed which would be a normal photographer’s reaction, I REJOICED. I knew that had to be a bad sign. I was burnt out and found absolutely no joy in my business anymore, which was really sad!
Eventually the crazy rush of the Living Social clients subsided, winter began, and I got to lead a calm pleasant life again, but I was left wondering. Wondering if it was worth it. Wondering if anyone would actually rebook me with my normal prices after paying a fraction for the same thing previously. Wondering if this was the beginning of my success story, or if I was done. I decided to be proactive with the base of clients I had formed and I used a variety of marketing strategies to try and keep my business going. Email lists, mini sessions, referral cards, hand-written thank you notes, repeat client discounts, black Friday deals. To make a long story short, I never really found anything that worked that well for me.
Business has slowly dwindled and dwindled, and eventually I just stopped trying. When asking successful photographers for advice, they’ve always said the same things. “Raise your prices…You’ll find clients that really value you once you charge more…You need to value yourself and your time and your art and then you’ll find the type of clientele who will…If you keep offering deals, you’ll only attract people looking for a deal…You can’t be successful unless you’re charging enough for your time…” And so forth. These types of sayings are all too common to hear in photography groups. They emphasize all these points from a business and money perspective. I know that these statements are true, but they’ve always come off as harsh and almost snobby to me. Please know that I mean no disrespect to any photographer who has ever given advice like this- I know this way of thinking is what has led to many successful businesses, but to me, it makes it all about the money which has been what’s ruined it for me. I guess I’m just not much of a business person! When I was constantly hearing those things, and thinking about my business from that point of view, I got kinda caught up in my ego and thinking about how much my skills were worth and how to find people who would finally see that and appreciate it and pay for it, which then made me feel snobby, which then made me feel guilty. My goal with my business was never to make a ton of money. It was to do something I loved as a job, with the perk of getting paid for it and creating beautiful images for people to treasure. If I didn’t love it anymore, what was the point? Over the course of the past couple years I tried raising my prices and I’ve tried discounting them. Both have given me minimal results at best, and neither ever made me any happier with my business.
Whew!!! That was a lot of stuff to get out. I write all of that to basically say…My business is on the back burner right now. I haven’t totally quit, but I’m also not really moving forward. I’m trying to find my love for photography again and to stop thinking of it as work. This year I’ve had a handful of paid sessions, and that’s it. I’m enjoying most of my weekends photoshoot-free and absolutely loving it; not taking any spare weekend for granted. I’ve started taking photos for me again, of things I want to take photos of (mostly nature, food, and everyday memories). I’ve volunteered my services for my church, which I’ve enjoyed, and I’m taking some photos for friends home in Virginia, for free/donation or as a trade/barter, and that’s the way I like it right now!
This might be totally weird, but when I get paid to do a session I feel like there is so much more pressure on me. Its a totally different mindset to me to volunteer my time for people who I know genuinely appreciate it, versus just getting paid to do a job and having certain expectations put on me. I have more creative freedom with volunteered work, and I feel legitimate joy for being able to help and give someone that gift. The formalities and money aspects of business were truly turning me away from something I used to have a real love and passion for. I’ve had family and close friends encourage and persuade me to stick with it, telling me I can do it, and saying that I shouldn’t “waste” my talent but honestly, it would be a true waste for me to continue to do business like that and to keep dreading and loathing photography like I did. The little money I was making just wasn’t and isn’t worth it to me.
Maybe I will decide to quit my business. Maybe I’ll take a year or two off and revive my business feeling fresh and renewed. Maybe I’ll go on to have an incredible successful photo business in the future. I really have no clue at this point. I’m open to any and all of those options, but right now I’m just starting to fall in love with my hobby again, and its been a slow process. Prayers and encouragement are more than welcome! If you’re one of my clients reading this, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting me to capture precious memories of your family. I truly appreciate each and every person who’s ever hired me and don’t want anyone to think I’m opposed to working with them in the future. If you are interested in a session, please do reach out to me. For the rest of this year at least, I’m not turning away opportunities for photo work, I’m just in the slow-lane and not actively pursuing bookings. If for some reason I’m not able to work with you, I still have lots of photography connections and will be more than happy to find someone in your budget who can work with you. OR I am always open to trading and bartering as I wrote in my previous blog post. If you have a service, skill, or product you offer and want to trade for photos, please let me know!
If you read all of that, thanks so much. I know it was long. If anyone has any questions regarding my business please don’t hesitate to ask. I know that wasn’t exactly a good news post, but its also not bad news, because I’m in a better place now and enjoying life and finding more inspiration. That, to me is so much more important. 🙂
This is a just for fun post to learn about me and some of my *new* favorite old fashioned habits. 🙂
Since moving away from home I’ve occasionally written home to mom and dad, and now its a more regular thing and my dad writes me back on behalf of them both. I also now write to my sister MaryBeth in Alaska and my cousin Mandi in Massachusetts. Some of my favorite people ever! With Facebook and the internet its really easy to talk to people whenever you want, but there is something SO so special about receiving a handwritten letter or note in the mail that someone took the time to write you. Especially when its filled with hilarious inside jokes and bright colorful stickers all over it (MaryBeth ;)) I keep and treasure every note I get, no matter how unimportant the contents might seem. If any family or friends want a pen pal, let me know, I write back! Getting mail is so great and always puts a smile on my face!
4- Growing a Garden:
This past summer was the first time I tried gardening. I really enjoyed it and had a pretty successful season! My dad had a garden growing up for as long as I can remember, and fresh summer vegetables just can’t be beat. A quote that I love is “Growing your own food is like printing your own money.” I’m not sure who said that, but its so true! This past summer I had a container garden since I don’t have my own yard or space for a ‘real’ garden yet. I grew zucchini, bell peppers, cayenne peppers, tomatoes, onions, and herbs. Watching the little seeds sprout in the spring and turn into full plants is so rewarding and exciting. After this past summer, I can’t imagine not having a garden every year.
3- Repurposing/Reusing Things:
Repurposing and reusing things that would otherwise go in the trash is not only creative and fun, but it is useful and can save money too. If we have old clothes that aren’t donate-able, Ryan usually uses them for “shop rags” since those are usually used for messy jobs anyway. I also love saving any glass bottle or jar to store my different homemade beauty products and such. Canning jars are always handy too for storing things like homemade broth. Mason jars are usually about $1 a piece if you buy them new in the store, but save an old honey jar and its free! You can also make cute decorations out of things normally thrown out. This is a photo of a blue-tinted wine bottle that I took the paper wrapping and sticky residue off to make it into a cute vase for my sunflower. 🙂
2- Trading & Bartering:
This is something I would really love to do more of. Trading and bartering your skills, services, or product for another person’s used to be common, but doesn’t seem too common anymore. I design logos and also do food and portrait photography and have loved trading for services with others before. These photos are from a shoot I did with my former hairdresser (I say former because she moved away. :/) We traded a cut and color for a photo session of her and her husband. I think I was extra lucky with this one, because look how photogenic they are! These ended up being some of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. I also love to barter with my high school friend, Meghan. She’s an excellent seamstress and makes amazing outfits and photography prop items. She also made table runners for my wedding. (Check Out Her Etsy Shop) I helped her design her logo and I’m also taking her family portraits later this month. Trading and bartering is an all-around win for everyone involved! You both get something you want for basically free. Sure, you’re giving away your own service, but for most people, giving away a service is better than paying for something with money. Its also a great way to network. (If anyone I know has a skill, service, or product and you want to barter with me for design or photo work, please let me know! Even if its something I don’t need right now, I’d love to have a network of people to trade and barter with in the future! Its seriously the best!)
1- From-Scratch Cooking:
This one is probably obvious if you’ve read my blog or know me at all.
Some time, not long after Ryan and I got married I decided we were going to eat healthier- but not in a going-on-a-diet type of way or avoiding carbs or fats, but more of a eat-only-whole-foods-made-from-whole-ingredients type of thing. For me, this just meant to stop buying processed commercially made food and products and to start making my own stuff, the old-fashioned way. As much as I can anyway. 🙂 This doesn’t exactly mean everything we eat is “healthy” as some people think of “healthy”, but its made from whole ingredients and isn’t so processed with preservatives and whatever else goes into that pre-packaged stuff, so it is healthier.
Doing this has made me a much better cook! I’ve learned how to make so many things I would have just bought a mix or box to make before. This not only saves us money, but its better for us, and obviously homemade always tastes better. I love it! Some of the things I used to buy pre-made were boxed side dishes like flavored rice, or scalloped potatoes, boxed muffin and brownie mixes, packets of spice mixtures, frozen hashbrowns and french fries, pizza crust mix and pie crusts, etc. This seemed kind of challenging at first but I got used to it in no time and learned how easy it is to make stuff myself even if it takes just a bit longer. This is still a work in progress and there are still a handful of items I haven’t quite mastered to make myself, but I’m working on it! Convenience food is great sometimes, don’t get me wrong, but most evenings I have time to make things myself- it just takes a little bit more planning ahead. And it doesn’t take that long at all now that I’ve gotten the hang of this. 🙂
What are your favorite old fashioned habits? Does anyone else love letter writing, bartering, or gardening? Does anyone want to barter for some photos!? Let me know in the comments. 🙂
Hey y’all! My blog got a makeover today, what do you think!? I am so excited to have purchased my first theme. (I got it from this Etsy shop.) Anyways, this post is about making your own “bisquick!” I’ve had several people ask me for this recipe so I thought it was time to share it on here. I’ll also be adding some recipes for things you can make with it! I use this ALL the time. Ryan always cooks breakfast for us in the mornings, so I like to have this on hand to make life easy when he wants to make pancakes. I also use this for homemade biscuits, my mug cobbler, and in mug blondies! (I made this the other day and they turned out SO good. I’ll be sharing this recipe soon!) So this stuff really comes in handy and is so so simple to make. I make mine in a giant mason jar so I can just add the 4 ingredients and shake it up. Here you go!
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-4 cups whole wheat flour (I love this brand)
-3 tbs. baking powder
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp salt
Mix well! 🙂
-To make pancakes, mix 1 cup of mix with 1 cup of milk, 1 egg, and 1 tsp vanilla.
-To make biscuits, mix 1 cup with about 2 tbs butter and about 1 cup of milk. Knead with more mix until its a biscuit dough consistency. Roll out and cut into biscuits, or just make drop biscuits!
If you have a wide funnel like this one, it makes it really easy to make the mix in a jar!
It is officially pumpkin-everything season, and if you’re like me, you try and make and eat as many pumpkin flavored things as possible. After all, that’s one flavor that you’re only supposed to eat in the fall! And it makes fall all the more special. 🙂 I absolutely love pumpkin bread and wanted to create a healthy recipe that we could enjoy all season long.
This is my second attempt at a pumpkin bread recipe. My first attempt was…not so good. Our teeny tiny oven is pretty difficult to use sometimes. Ryan and I are living in our fifth wheel camper right now while we save for our first house. Its pretty fun, and I truly am enjoying this season of our lives, but I do not enjoy our oven.. I have to cook things longer at a lower temperature to get things to cook all the way through without burning which can be a challenge with some recipes. So that was an issue with baking a thick loaf of pumpkin bread. It also turned out way too UN-sweet. I wanted lightly sweetened, but the previous recipe wasn’t hardly sweet at all which is no good..So I revamped it and swapped my loaf pan for a donut pan. This attempt was much better!
My dad suggested to me that I try using butternut squash instead of pumpkin. I had never heard of this before, but he said that its sweeter than pumpkin. He also told me that butternut squash is all my Nanny ever used in her pumpkin recipes. That was enough reason to give it a shot! So I guess technically these are butternut squash donuts, but that doesn’t sound as good. Haha
The ingredients that make these donuts sweet are the banana, sorghum, and honey!
-1 medium butternut squash (or about 1 3/4 cups pureed squash)
-2 tbs sorghum syrup
-2 tbs honey
-1 tsp vanilla
-2 cups whole wheat flour (I use this)
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp baking soda
-2 tsp vital wheat gluten (I use this)
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-1/4 tsp nutmeg
Peel and seed your squash. Cut into cubes and boil until cooked. Puree the cooked squash. (This takes some time so I did it the night before.) Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. If mixing by hand, mix wet and dry ingredients separately before mixing them together. Grease your donut pan (Buy one here, they come in handy!) and add the batter. Bake at 350 for about 10-15 minutes. You can eat them as-is, sprinkle powdered cinnamon sugar on top for a sweeter treat, or make a glaze!
*Notes on Sorghum: Curious about sorghum? I didn’t know anything about it until I visited the Amish farms with my parents a few weeks ago. I bought a huge jar of the stuff for just 6 bucks so I had to read a bit about it! Its similar to molasses. Check out the photo below for a few fun facts about it. 🙂 If you don’t have sorghum (which is highly probable) you can substitute any other natural liquid sweetener like more honey, maple syrup, or molasses.
In honor of National Coffee Day I wanted to share a delicious latte recipe with y’all!
Ryan got me an espresso machine last Christmas and we loved using it during the cold months. We haven’t used it at all in the past few since its kinda too hot in a Tennessee summer to enjoy a latte, but today I broke it out again in honor of coffee day, and the start of fall. If you like maple, you’ll love this naturally sweetened maple latte! 🙂
-1 shot of espresso (or about 1/3 cup of super strong coffee)
-roughly 1 cup of milk
-1/2 tbs. real maple syrup (adjust to your sweetness level)
-1/8 tsp. vanilla
-1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Brew espresso or coffee and add to mug. Add the maple syrup, vanilla, and spices, and stir well. Steam milk and pour milk into your mug and top with the milk foam! If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can heat the milk and then add it. 🙂 ENJOY a guilt free fall beverage!
I’ve been meaning to make some apple-y things since I bought a big bag of winesap apples from the Amish farms last week. My parents were visiting from Virginia and we ventured up to Kentucky where there’s a lot of Amish farms and they all sell different things. (Its so neat and really cheap! If you’re in middle Tennessee, you must go.) Apple-y things are so perfect for fall, which is in 1 week, y’all!! So I was pretty excited to try a new version of my low sugar cobbler except make it quicker in the microwave.
This recipe makes 2 servings of cobbler, and it only has 1 tsp. of coconut sugar per serving. (Plus a tsp. of honey.) Surprisingly I actually thought it tasted really sweet. Lately, since I’ve been making more low/no sugar recipes, my taste buds seem overly sensitive when I eat sweets.. Like, splurge desserts I use to LOVE have seemed like sugar overkill to me. I guess that’s a good thing though. 🙂 Anyways, here’s the recipe!
-1/4 cup baking mix*
-1/4 cup oats
-1/4 tsp. cinnamon
-2 tbs. melted butter
-2 tsp. coconut sugar (or substitute brown sugar)
-2 tbs. milk
-1/4 cup chopped pecans
*(Note: I make big batches of homemade baking/pancake mix that works great, but you can also just use flour with a pinch of baking powder + baking soda, or regular bisquick/pancake mix if you have it)
Chop the apple and divide between two mugs. Add a tsp. of honey and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon over each mug and and stir. In a separate bowl, mix the crust/topping ingredients together until all moist. Divide this batter between the two mugs. Microwave each mug individually for 2-3 minutes, depending on your microwave. Enjoy!
Tonight Ryan and I made personal pizzas for dinner. We love doing this! Its really fun to make our own little pizzas and we both get exactly what we want. (Mine always looks something like the photo below. Imagine that, with about 5 times the amount of toppings piled up high with tons of garlic and hot peppers…That’s what Ryan’s looks like.) Such a great dinner for a Friday night!
I got this original recipe from my dad but since it called for bread flour, I modified it a bit since I never have that. This one uses whole wheat flour with vital wheat gluten added to give it more airy-ness. It will still work without the wheat gluten, but will be a bit more dense using whole wheat flour. The original recipe also called for a little sugar which I typically leave out cause its just not needed. Makes it a bit healthier! 😉 Here’s the quick easy whole wheat pizza crust recipe!
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Preheat the oven to 400. Dissolve yeast in warm water and let it sit 5 minutes. Add salt, flour, and olive oil and knead in extra flour. Let it sit another 5-7 minutes. Oil your pan and pat out the crust! Add toppings and bake for 15-20 minutes.
I like to use cast iron skillets for pizza crust because it makes it extra crispy and never sticks. We also like to brush garlic butter around the crust before baking. SO GOOD!
Ryan and I both have a sweet tooth.. Since we’ve been trying to eat healthier, sugar is something we don’t use much of anymore unless its a splurge. (That’s what weekends are for ;)) So for those weeknights when we are really craving something sweet I’ll make something low sugar or sugar free. I came up with this recipe one night when we were really craving cobbler but I couldn’t find a recipe ANYwhere that didn’t have at least a cup of white sugar in it. Fruit is so sweet by itself so I don’t understand why that much sugar would be needed anyway! So I use a bit of honey and a little bit of coconut sugar for sweeteners in this recipe which makes it much healthier than your regular cobbler and only 345 calories per serving. (Not including the ice cream!) There are tons of fruit options for this too! You can use apples, peaches, pears, or any type of berry. I used strawberries because I have bags of them in my freezer from my parents’ garden and need to use ’em. Hope you like it!
-2 cups sliced/chopped fruit
-1 tbs. honey
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 cup coconut sugar (can substitute brown sugar)
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-1/4 cup melted butter
Put fruit in 8×8 baking dish and drizzle honey on top. Mix. In a separate dish mix the dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix. Spoon crust mixture evenly over fruit and bake for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
And in case you’re curious about coconut sugar, I did some research and put together a few facts about it!
Those who know me well know that I’ve been giving up most of my commercial beauty and health products and making my own cheaper and healthier alternatives. So far I’ve been successful in giving up commercial face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hair products, and even some makeup! (I’m sure I’ll post more on these soon!) Its such a neat feeling knowing that I can easily and cheaply make (or do without) things I was spending so much money on before. Even better when these things contain a fraction of the ingredients, and I actually know what they are, and that they’re great for me. Its a win-win. And its been fun for me too. Ryan has been calling me potion lady as I experiment creating my own things. 🙂
He’s been asking me to make him a face wash lately and tonight I came up with this! He likes face washes to be really scrubby, so I did what I normally do…went straight to Pinterest to read over a dozen DIY face wash recipes and then used all those ideas to come up with my own. The result is a super scrubby scrub that is also super moisturizing so you don’t even need to put moisturizer on afterward. Your face is left feeling exfoliated and super smooth. He liked it!
The ingredients you’ll need are:
-1/3 C. Coconut Oil
-1/4 C. Sugar
-1 Tbs. Aloe Vera Gelly (I use this one!)
-2 Green Tea Bags
-3-4 drops Vitamin E Oil (optional- just really good for your skin!)
-5-6 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional- great for keeping acne away!) (My Favorite Brand!)
Cut open tea bags and add the dry tea to the rest of the ingredients, and mix! Super quick and easy. Very customizable too. Add more or less sugar for more or less scrubby-ness, or just adjust the coconut oil. And you’re done!