stressed? just take a soak!

in today’s crazy world, one thing each and every one of us deals with is stress.

we all know it, we all feel it.

i’ve learned that the trick to dealing with it is to make sure to take a lot of time for self care, whether it be a nice, warm cup of tea, curling up with a favorite book (even if you’ve read it a hundred times before), or taking a nice bath and soaking away the pains and frustrations of the day.

we carry so much stress with us throughout our lives, so much so that doctors warn against not finding away to shake it off is hazardous to our health and could even shorten our lives by a considerable amount, and as for myself, that is terrifying.

so, i decided that i was going to do my part to help you wonderful readers to destress and relax, if only for a little while.

every little bit helps, right?

anyway, here’s some recipes for some simple and easy bath salts to melt that stress away!

i hope you enjoy.

relax about it

a calming mix of relaxing aromas to loosen those muscles and slow down those crazy thoughts.

ingredients

    • 2 cups epsom salt
    • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
    • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oils
    • 5 drops lavender essential oils
    • 4-5 drops soap coloring of choice

directions

    this recipe is super simple and easy to create, either in bulk or in an as-needed capacity. i find that this is imperative, because what good would it to do stress someone out while they’re making the thing they want to use to de-stress?

    it’s just really counterproductive, if you ask me.

    we all have different tastes and idea of what we like and what we don’t like and that’s perfectly a-okay!

  1. mix the epsom salt and the kosher salt together until it’s well blended and evenly intermingled. ]
  2. add the soap coloring and mix. some people like to use a spoon and actually stir, but i like to play it fast and loose and just swirl the bowl around like i’m sloshing water around.
  3. NOTE: it may clump together and that’s totally fine. keep mixing and it should eventually start to break up and spread the coloring around as it should.

  4. add the essential oils and mix. add as needed, but remember, a little goes a long way. i usually start with just a few drops and go from there.
  5. once you have the proper incorporation of essential oils, place the salts into containers for safe keeping.
  6. when you go to use the salts in your bath, use as little or as much as you’d like, though, again, a little goes a long way and you don’t want to overpower yourself.

    have fun with it and find out what works best for you and most importantly, relax!

it’s rhubarb time!

everyone loves summer, and i’m no different, but there may be just one thing i love more, and that’s rhubarb.

way back, earlier in the spring, i stumbled across a local market selling rhubarb in bulk and… well… i may have over estimated just how much rhubarb you get when it’s processed and diced.

needless to say, i ended up with a lot.

i made some muffins (see recipe below!) and froze the left overs.

and then, everyone found out i was on the hunt for more of the tart vegetable and all hell broke loose.

not only was i harvesting rhubarb for myself, but i was also harvesting the vegetable for other people.

(i may or may not have a problem.)

the point of the matter is, i have a freezer full of rhubarb and i could not be happier. i plan on using most of it to make some strawberry-rhubarb jam, but should have enough left to make a few pies or a crumble.

either way, i am a happy, happy baker.

easy-peasy rhubarb muffins

a tasty treat on a summer's day

ingredients

    • 2 1/4  cups flour
    • 2 1/2 tsp  baking powder
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 1/4 cup sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 cup milk
    • a splash of vanilla extract
    • 2 1/2 cups diced rhubarb
    • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar

directions

first, preheat your oven to 350º f. i know from experience that it can be really frustrating when you have everything ready to be put into the oven, only to open the door and have it be stone cold.

next, mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. set aside.

now you want to mix the eggs, (slightly cooled!) melted butter, sugar, and vanilla together in a separate bowl. when this is done, it should look disgusting, but bear with me.

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take the other bowl of dried ingredients and add them to the wet ingredients gradually, stirring as you go.

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once that’s finished, add in the rhubarb and gently (!) fold it in, evenly incorporating it through the batter.

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now, line (or grease, depending on what you prefer) some muffin tins and fill the cups until they are 3/4 full.

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bake for about 8-10 minutes, depending on your oven.

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enjoyyyy!

this recipe can also be made with strawberries or apples or even blueberries, if you prefer. just watch the moisture and bake times and you’re good to go!

when you try these out, please be sure to drop by and let me know what you thought!

xx