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Bar-B-Que Sauce —Homemade and Sugar-free

22 oz. homemade frozen Tomato sauce ( Yes I make my own)

1 Frozen or fresh Mango

3 tsp Dry Mustard Powder

1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

!/4 tsp Garlic powder

1 Tbsp. Onion Flakes

1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt or whatever kind you use

1/4 tsp Course Ground Pepper

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

1/4 Cup Lemon Juice

Mix some of the tomato sauce, the mango, and all the spices in a Magic Bullet or other mixer until fairly smooth. Pour out into a saucepan, add the rest of the tomato sauce and the lemon juice. Cook until it begins to thicken, and all the flavors are melded. Half an hour or so. Pour into a Mason or other heat-proof jar and refrigerate to store until you want to use it.

Andrew’s Chili Recipe

1 lg can Crushed Tomatoes
1 lg can Diced Tomatoes
1 1/2 lb. Hamburger
1 bag Frozen Peppers chopped
1 Onion chopped
1 can Kidney Beans drained
1 can Corn drained
1 pkg. Chili seasoning
Worcestershire sauce, soy Sauce, Paprika, Cumin, and Cinnamon to taste.

Cook burger, saute peppers and onions, add rest of the ingredients and cook for 8 hours.

75 uses are for Young Living essential oils

75 ways to use essential oils


I have not tried any of these yet…  ET

Please note these 75 uses are for Young Living essential oils. Not all essential oils are the same. Young Living essential oils are therapeutic/medicinal grade, verses many oils on the market, which are cosmetic/fragrant grade.

1. Ease pain 
Apply a few drops of Pan Away blend to the affected area and layer with Peppermint for a natural analgesic effect.
2. Freshen stinky sneakers and shoes.
Place cotton balls with sever…al drops of either Thieves, Peppermint, Geranium, Lemon or Tea Tree into shoes overnight.
3. Scent a room for mood. 
Gently scent a room using the YL Travel Diffuser or Ultrasonic Diffuser try Evergreen Essence or Christmas Spirit during winter, or Citrus Fresh essential oils during spring and summer. For romance, try the blend Sensation.
4. Scented dryer sheet. 
Add a few drops of your favorite YL essential oil to a dampened washcloth, toss into your clothes dryer when drying laundry.
5. Repel flies 
Fill a 32 oz. spray bottle with water, add 20-30 drops of Peppermint, shake often. Spray kitchen counter-tops, around windows/doors – and yourself (do not get spray on your face or eyes!)
6. Eliminate food odors in the fridge.
Add 1-2 drops Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Thieves, or Purification essential oil to 1 cup of water. Using a sponge wipe surface of icebox, freezer, oven, trash cans.
7. Air Freshener spray.
Add 20-30 drops of Peppermint, Lemon, Thieves, or Purification to a 32 oz. spray bottle of water – spritz into the air for a nontoxic freshener that kills odors rather than mask them.
8. Repel mice and squirrels in the home.
Put several drops of Peppermint oil on cotton balls in problem areas where mice enter.
9. Carpet freshener. 
Add 10 drops of Thieves or Purification with 3 drops peppermint to 1 cup cornstarch or baking soda, stir well, let sit for 24 hours in a closed jar. Sprinkle carpet and vacuum after about an hour.
10. Doggy odor? 
Try YL Lavender Shampoo and several drops of Palo Santo essential oil when you give your dog a bath. Massage in mixture for 20 minutes, rinse… your dog will smell amazingly GREAT!
11. Non-toxic dog flea collar. 
On a soft rope put several drops of Purification and Palo Santo, then put the rope into a bandanna to tie loosely around the dog’s neck.
12. Scent your room while you vacuum. 
Put 2-3 drops of your favorite YL oil on a cotton ball placed inside the vacuum canister of your vacuum cleaner.
13. Tired muscles and aching joints? 
Add one part each Pan Away, Peppermint and Basil oil to 4 parts V-6 or Jojoba. Massage into area as needed.
14. Deodorant powder.
Mix in a small jar – mix 2 oz. Cornstarch, 1 oz. Baking soda, and a few drops of either Geranium, Melrose, Thieves, Joy, or Lavender essential oil.
15. Massage oil. 
Add 10 to 12 drops of your favorite YL essential oil to 2 oz. of YL V-6 Massage Oil base.
16. Refreshing soak bath.
Blend in a small jar one drop each of Juniper, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon or Fennel to 2 oz. of sea salt or Epsom Salts. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the salt mixture to a warm bath and soak.
17. Stay awake and alert. 
Put a couple drops each of Peppermint and Rosemary on cotton ball near the car heating/cooling vents for a refreshing scent.
18. Sleep well. 
Place hanky sprinkled with a couple drops of Chamomile and Lavender oil under our pillow.
19. Smelly hotel rooms while on vacation. 
Add a few drops each of Chamomile and Lavender to travel-sized mister, or a few drops of Thieves or Purification.
20. Athletes foot / nail fungus. 
Dab a couple drops of Melrose on toes and rub on feet to soothe burning, tired feet and to combat foot fungus.
21. Ease headache. 
Massage 1 drop of Peppermint, Lavender or Pan Away on temples (avoiding eye area) and back of the neck for relief.
22. Scented stationery gift. 
Add a couple drops of Lavender, Jasmine or Ylang Ylang to a cotton ball, place stationary and envelopes and cotton ball in a zip-lock baggie for 24 hours. Put into a pretty box with a nice pen, tie with ribbon.
23. Aromatic sachets. 
Add a few drops of Citrus Fresh, or your favorite YL essential oil, to dried flowers/herbs in lightweight decorative cloth bags then tie with a thin ribbon.
24. Potpourri. 
Fill glass jars or decorative boxes with dried flowers scented with a few drops of of your favorite YL essential oil.
25. Perfume. 
Add 25 drops your favorite YL essential oil to 1 oz. jojoba oil. Let sit in a tightly capped bottle for two weeks before using.
26. Bath oils. 
Add a few drops of Lavender, Release, Peace & Calming, Gentle Baby, or Ylang Ylang essential oil in a small jar of apricot or almond oil and stir thoroughly. To use: put 1-2 TBSP in warm running bath water.
27. Arthritis or stiff joints. 
Mix 2 drops each of Wintergreen, Cypress, and Lemongrass with 2 tablespoons of V-6 massage oil. Apply topically to achy joints.
28. Bathtub scrubbing cleaner. 
Mix 1 cup baking soda, 6-10 drops of Thieves essential oil in a bowl. Pour mixture into an airtight container to have on hand. Use this mixture the same way you would use SoftScrub.
29. No calorie, refreshing, flavored water. 
Add 1-4 of either Lemon, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Spearmint, Orange or Citrus Fresh to a 16 oz. glass of water.
30. Lavender-Peppermint Foot Soak for tired feet. 
Mix together in a small bowl: 1/4 cup Epsom Salts, 2 drops each of Lavender, Peppermint and Chamomile essential oils, add to warm foot bath water, soak for 10-15 minutes.
31. Peppermint Hot Chocolate/Peppermint Coffee. 
Make your hot chocolate as usual, take a toothpick and dip it into the center hole of your bottle of YL Peppermint essential oil (only a tiny amount will get on the toothpick, which is what you want), then swirl the toothpick in your cup of hot chocolate – perfect! You may add an entire drop, like I prefer!
32. Dipping Oil (for bread) 
In a small dipping bowl put 1 oz. of olive oil and one drop of either Mountain Savory, Oregano, Thyme, Marjoram, or Basil. Set dipping bowl on table so everyone can dip as desired..
33. Copper polish. 
Add 1 drop of Lemon to a soft cloth and gently buff.
34. Aid digestion. 
Add one drop of either Di-Gize or Peppermint to a tall glass of water. Di-Gize can also be rubbed onto the tummy area, you may want to use a carrier oil.
35. Fever sponge bath. 
Add 2 drops each of of Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender into your basin of cool water. Submerge a washcloth into the basin and wring, gently wipe body.
36. Alleviate depression.
Put 1-2 drops of Geranium, Lavender, Joy and Bergamot on a hanky or in your YL Travel Diffuser or Ultrasonic Diffuser.
37. Moth repellant. 
On a cotton ball, put 4 drops each of Lavender and Cedarwood, put cotton ball in chest or drawer.
38. Asthma.
Add 1 drop of Frankincense to the crown of the head.Rub RC essential oil over the chest and breathe in both of these oils.
39. Help heal cold sores. 
Apply 1 drop of either Lavender or Melrose to the cold sore.
40. Cleanse and heal open wounds / antiseptic spray. 
Use a drop of Lavender and Tea Tree (Melaleuca) to the site of the cut or scratch. These essential oils can also be put into a small spray bottle with distilled water and used as an antiseptic spray.
41. Burns. 
Lavender – need I say more?
42. Dandruff and hair loss. 
In a small 4 oz. spray bottle filled with distilled water, add 8 drops each of Lavender (for dandruff) and Rosemary (for hair loss and to stimulate scalp), spritz scalp before bedtime and brush/comb in. I would also take YL Omega Blue supplement as many skin and health conditions are the result of deficiency of omega 3s.
43. Flu going around? 
Add a drop of Thieves essential oil to the bottoms of your feet and in a capsule and swallow.
44. Prevent MRSA / staph infections.
To your YL diffuser or air freshener spray, add 20-30 drops of either Lemongrass or the blend R.C. – these can also be added to the blend Thieves.
45. Bathroom air freshener. 
In a 4 oz. bottle filled with water, add 6 drops of both Lemon and Purification.
46. Callous or bunion? 
Apply 1 drop of Lemon oil morning and night.
47. Increase shelf-life of fresh produce. 
Fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of Lemon oil. Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir. Be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water.
48. Sanitize counter-tops.
In a 4 oz. bottle filled with water, add 8 drops of either Thieves or Lemon essential oil or use Thieves Household Cleaner.
49. Sanitize and disinfect dish cloth. 
Soak your dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water and 1 drop of Lemon oil to disinfect and kill germs.
50. Frustration / Depression / Uplift Mood. 
Rub a drop of Joy oil over the heart and on the bottom of each foot. The Feelings Kit is for promoting emotional clearing and may be another good choice.
51. Inflammation and Bruises. 
Apply a couple drops of PanAway oil topically on an injured area to reduce inflammation and bruising – NOT for open wounds.
52. Blemishes. 
Apply 1 drop of Purification or Lemon Oil to blemish – keep away from eyes!
53. Dry aging skin solution.
Add 1 drop each of Frankincense, Lavender and Sandalwood to a tablespoon of Coconut Oil – apply a very thin amount on face before bedtime.
54. Dog ear mites. 
Apply Purification oil and Peppermint oil diluted with V-6 Massage Oil to a cotton ball and rub just inside the ear to eliminate ear mites in dogs. Do NOT put essential oils into ear canal!!!
55. Blisters. 
Rub a drop of Purification or Ylang Ylang essential oil on a blister to cleanse and disinfect.
56. Sore throat. 
Rub a drop of Purification oil on the outside of a sore throat when it is first beginning. Or, gargle with Thieves essential oil a few times a day, then swallow!
57. Air travel germ protection. 
Before leaving home, put a cotton ball with 4 drops of either Purification or Thieves, into a baggie – open baggie often to inhale the aroma. You can also apply a drop of either Thieves or Purification to the soles of your feet for protection from germs too.
58. Over-active and hard to manage children. 
Diffuse the blend Peace & Calming for 15 minutes every 2-3 hours and apply the oil to the bottoms of their feet.
59. Sciatica pain. 
Rub 2-3 drops of PanAway at the base of the spine, Valor all along the spine and to the feet.
60. Cranky man around the house??? 
Rub 1 drop of the blend Joy between your palms and then spread over the face and neck after shaving.
61. Chiropractic adjustments. 
Before your Chiropractic session rub a couple drops of the blend Valor on the soles of your feet, this will will help your body get in alignment much faster.
62. Embedded ticks on people and dogs.
Put 1-2 drops of Palo Santo or Purification essential oil on the embedded tick to dislodge and kill the tick.
63. Getting rid of Bedbugs.
Before going to work, completely fill with Purification and turn on your TheraPro  Diffuser in your bedroom with the door closed, and let the diffuser run all day. Do NOT enter- keep children and pets away.
64. Natural Laundry Detergent. 
Use 1 TBSP Thieves Household Cleaner in place of all laundry detergents. It will not make suds and cleans laundry really well.
65. Protection in your kids bedrooms spray. 
In a 6 oz. spray bottle, add 8-12 drops of either Lavender, White Angelica, Valor or Sacred Mountain and spray under beds and in closets- it helps encourage calmness, courage and protection.
66. For bites and boo-boo’s. 
Lavender essential oil and Purification bring relief.
67. Dog with back pain. 
Try Deep Relief Roll-on on your dogs back, you will have to move the fur so the essential oil gets on their skin.
68. Nutritious and delicious ginger ale. 
Try pouring one bottle of Ginger Brew (found in most health food stores) into a tall glass and add 1-2 oz. of NingXia Red for a delicious and nutricious carbonated beverage.
69. Get rid of facial wrinkles.
Rub a couple drops of both 3 Wise Men and Copaiba essential oils on your face every night to help regenerate skin and smooth wrinkles. Frankincense essential oil is a miracle oil!
70. Eliminate greasy build-up from shampoo. 
Try any of the YL shampoo’s and conditioners. These non-toxic products are amazing! No more flat, greasy build-up again! Plus, you will save a ton of money on the conditioner because it is so concentrated.  I like the lavender one.
71. Muscle cramps in calves.
Try rubbing in 5-7 drops of Gentle Baby essential oil.
72. PMS symptoms? 
Try Dragon Time essential oil or Clary Sage oil. Rub either on abdomen, or on the feet.
73. Window cleaner. 
Try 5 drops of Lemon in a 14 oz. spray bottle filled with water, or simply use Thieves Household Cleaner.
74. Anxiety? 
Try equal amounts of both Orange and Lavender essential oils in your diffuser.
75. Bee stings. 
Try 1 drop of either Thieves or Purification essential oils on the location of the sting for relief.

If you are interested in using essential oils for your everyday healthcare needs, click here.

Orange Vinegar – All-Purpose Cleaner

I think clementine peels will work too,  as will lemon or lime if those with your favorite scents.. ET


Put orange peels in a jar, fill with vinegar, let sit for 2 weeks and presto, you have natural all-purpose cleaning solution!



Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, set aside an un-
greased baking sheet.

Step 2

In a large mixing bowl combine flours, baking powder and xanthan gum; cut in butter with pastry blender.

Step 3

In another bowl mix together the honey, eggs, grated lemon peel, lemon juice and water. Add liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with fork.

Step 4

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 10 times. Pat dough into round shape 1″ thick and brush with lemon juice; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Cut into wedges and place edges onto baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

Makes 8 scones.

Lemon Coconut Cream Scones Recipe

Heat oven to 425 degrees farenheit.

2 C All-Purpose Gluten-free Flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c sugar
1 1/4 C (unsweetened) coconut cream or coconut milk
zest of one lemon or orange

Combine all the dry ingredients. Add the citrus zest to the liquid. Mix the coconut cream into the dry ingredients until it barely holds together. (If the dough seems at all dry, or it isn’t coming together quickly, add more coconut cream and quickly mix it in.) Flour your hands with white rice flour. Pour out the dough onto a floured surface, then press it together as gently as possible until it just comes together in a thick disk. Cut into eight equal pieces, carefully transfer them to a baking sheet, sprinkle with sugar, and bake for 8 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into them comes out clean.

Enjoy your gluten-free dairy-free scones! Feel free to top the scones with a citrus glaze, but I think these stand well on their own.

Sewing how to: Sewing Easy Sewing Stitches from: Sew Dresses and More Sewing Dresses and More that Fit and Flatter You!

Sewing easy sewing stitches is the best way for beginners to get started. There are often times when machine sewn projects also need some hand sewing done. Once mastered each sewing stitch can add to the beauty when you sew dresses, make a sewing tote or add to any other handmade ideas.

Here is an excellent chart I found from Britannica Online Encyclopedia. If you need further instructions on how to perform these sewing stitches, I added some sewing directions below.

2f7cf27e287fe92 Sewing how to: Sewing Easy Sewing Stitches



Running stitch is made of up and down stitches of equal length. When finished, take needle through to other side and run under the stitches on the wrong side of the fabric for 3 to 4 stitches. This stitch is used to sew seams, as a gathering stitch, when quilting and is great for outlining in decorative thread.

Hemming stitch is made by beginning the stitch inside the fabric that is folded down and taking a few threads from the outer fabric, then bring the needle back up through the edge of the fold. This stitch is mainly used when hemming any sewing project.

Basting stitch is similar to the running stitch in that is is made of up an down stitches, however, the basting stitch is made with long stitches and can be made without knotting the thread so it can be easily taken out. The basting stitch is used to hold two or more pieces of fabric together, usually so that the fabrics do not shift while stitching the permanent stitches.

Catch stitch, also known as the Herringbone stitch, is worked making a diagonal stitch from left to right across the fold, turn the needle to the left and make a small stitch in the fabric from right to left, bring the needle out and up towards the right to the folded fabric (forming an X with the thread), then with the needle still turned to the left, make a small stitch in the fabric from right to left. Continue making small stitches from right to left but crossing over the previous stitching to form an X. This is another stitch used to hem sewing projects or to securely attach something like handles to asewing tote.

Slip stitch is made by bringing the needle out from the fold of the hem, hiding the knotted end in the fold, pick up a few threads of the outside fabric and then sticking needle into the fold and sliding it along the inside of the fold, bring the needle back out and continue across in this fashion. This stitch is another hem stitch.

Back stitch is made by bringing the needle up from the back of the fabric, stitch back to the right and bring the needle back up to the left leaving a space between where the needle comes up and the beginning of the last stitch, continue across repeating these steps. The back stitch is the strongest hand stitch and is made to imitate machine sewing and as an outline stitch in decorative stitching.

Overcast stitch is made by making diagonal stitches over the raw edge of the fabric. The stitches should be the same length and equally spaced. Overcast stitches are used to prevent the fabric from fraying. The length of the stitch should be related to how badly the fabric will fray.

Invisible stitch is made in between the two fabrics, taking a few threads from the top fabric and then a few threads from the bottom fabric. This is used to draw two edges together invisibly for projects that have two edges that have been turned under, such as lining when sewing dresses and suits, sewing on an applique.

There is no doubt that even if you plan to only sew dresses by machine, that you will find many times that you will sew stitches like these to add beauty to your finished project. Practiced often you will be sewing easy each sewing stitch.

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Why am I doing all this?????

It’s a long story, so way back in the day, even before some of you were born I was a skinny child. Yes, there was enough food, but my family ate wisely. My Mom and Dad both worked so dinner had to be prepared in advance or made quickly. Since we are talking about the days before fast food, take out, and delivery, my Mom had to be resourceful. That is why I learned to make pot roast at age nine. It became one of my specialties. I still remember slicing vegetables and browning them in bacon fat. Then adding the meat and popping it in the oven, or covering it with a tight lid and cooking it on the stove with the liquid from a can of vegetables, usually green beans or tomatoes.  I would experiment with  spices, whatever vegetables we had on hand, and then adding different liquids to help the meat cook. My parents thought I was a fantastic cook and it saved them a lot of time. I have always added to the ideas that I started as a child.

Now, I use spices with almost everything that’s cooking. My motto is: ‘Start with a recipe and adjust it with whatever I have on hand.’ Unfortunately over the years my family has had many delicious meals, but I was often unable to reproduce them, because I didn’t write down the changes. Now I have a way to record what I’m cooking and keep it for future use and share with others.

I have been eating a lower carbohydrate diet for for about 5 years. This Spring my husband, Bob, and I started the South Beach Diet. It was very successful for him and for a while for me. Then I had a surgery and became less active, but didn’t stop eating. Now I need to get serious again and make sure I’m eating correctly and doing some exercise every day.  Now that I’m keeping track of the recipes, I will be able to make again the ones that my family likes best, share with others, and get your feedback..

Let me thank you now for any feedback that you give..