Tahini & Garlic Dressing (With Lemon Essential Oil)

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Believe it or not, I just tried tahini for the first time the other day. I’d heard about it before, but didn’t know what it was or how to use it. For those like me, tahini is traditionally a middle eastern condiment made from ground sesame seeds. The taste reminds me very much of nut butter.

Because of its smooth consistency and mellow flavor, I thought that tahini would make an excellent ingredient in salad dressing. With a little bit of experimenting and tweaking, I’ve come up with a dressing that is sweet, savory, and super creamy.

Tahini & Garlic Dressing (With Lemon Essential Oil)

Makes approximately 1 cup.

  • 1/4 cup (roughly half a head) of roasted garlic, mashed
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 2 teaspoons of tahini
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 cup of water
  • 1-2 drops of doTERRA lemon essential oil

Once the garlic is out of the oven, mash it up. IMG_4906.JPG

The garlic doesn’t have to be perfectly mashed, it’s okay if there are a few chunks.

Next, add the olive oil and whisk it with the garlic. IMG_4908.JPG

Now, add the apple cider vinegar. You’ll notice the dressing starting to take shape. IMG_4909.JPG

Add the honey, tahini and salt, stirring after each addition. You can taste as you go in case you want to make any adjustments. IMG_4912.JPG

Add the water next, and lastly, the lemon essential oil. I used two drops, but you could use more or less, depending on your taste for lemon. IMG_4914.JPG

Give it all one last good whisking, and enjoy~

*Best if used within 3 days.

Are You Spending Too Much Money On Laundry Detergent?

IMG_4888.JPG Picture this: you’re walking down the laundry detergent aisle at the grocery store, and before your eyes, there is a sea of brightly colored bottles filled with tantalizing fragrances. There’s even such a thing as “Unstopables”, which we can thank Downy for. A little unnecessary, if you ask me.

So with all the different laundry products out there on the market, how do you know which ones are worth spending the money on, and which will get the job done for dollars less?

Through experience and  trial & error over the past 10 years, I’ve discovered which detergent and fabric softener are my favorite.

You should know that I don’t critique lightly- with a super messy toddler, and a boyfriend who comes home covered in grease sometimes, I’ve had to be particular with laundry detergent. If it doesn’t do the job to my standards, it gets the boot.

What do I look for?

  • pleasant smell
  • lasting fragrance
  • cheap
  • economical
  • ability to get out grease stains
  • softness of clothes

I used to use only Tide, generally the original. I had no problems with it, it’s a good brand. But I had no idea I was spending a couple extra dollars on Tide when I could have been getting Arm & Hammer for cheaper. The only difference I’ve noticed between Tide and Arm & Hammer is that Tide comes in a better variety of fragrances.

In my local grocery store, a bottle of Tide is about $11.99, whereas a bottle the same size of Arm & Hammer is about $6.99…wow!, considering they both are of the same quality.

If you can spend an extra few dollars on a detergent that smells tropical, then that is wonderful. But if you’re trying to save some money, considering going with Arm & Hammer next time you’re shopping.

 

Sneaky Ways To Get Your Boyfriend To Eat Healthier

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I love my dear Eric, but his diet is atrocious. The only vegetables he eats are the tomatoes used to make the sauce on his pizza. I worry about him, and he knows it. While it truly is not for me to say what he does and doesn’t eat, I can certainly make suggestions, be respectful of his decisions…and trick him 😉  Here are three of my “tricks”:

  1. Use a paper towel to blot. Ya know how fast food that comes in a paper bag leaves spots? It’s all the grease! Next time there’s pizza, fries, mozzarella sticks, etc., gently blot it with a paper towel, you’ll see all the grease that is absorbed. Sure, this isn’t going to make a huge difference, but it still counts.
  2. Use olive oil or coconut oil. Eric and I have a tradition that on almost every Saturday morning, I make him breakfast. When he asks for French toast, I use either coconut oil or olive oil on the pan instead of butter. Same things goes for when I’m making eggs. And he has yet to catch on, which says a lot because he has a very picky palate.
  3. Be particular with bread. If you do the grocery shopping, stop buying white bread. Instead, opt for whole grain. I used to be a white bread girl, thinking that whole grain just wasn’t the same. Guess what? I now think that it’s better. Sometimes if we’re out of white bread, Eric will reluctantly use a slice of my bread (that’s right, we have our own bread). This goes to show that he can eat whole grain and live to tell about it.

It can be frustrating seeing someone you love destroy their health with the food they eat, but hopefully over time a little tweak here and an adjustment there will eventually lead to better choices.

The Most Important New Year’s Resolution You Should Make

 

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2016 has brought me much joy, but also much sadness. It has brought me worry, anxiety, new ideas, strength, and most importantly, questions. Questions about where I’m going career wise, and in life in general.

When I look back at the struggles I’ve faced this year, there is one thing in particular that I’ve come to realize I need to work on: solitude.

Why solitude? Simply because there are have been some challenges this year that caused me to question what is best for me, and for my family. One of the options was for me to end my relationship and start all over as a single mom. The other option was to fight through the issues and work towards a solution. I am very happy that I chose the second option.

Looking back, I can see how moments of frustration and heartbreak have now lead to positive things happening. My relationship, while far from perfect, is now stronger, and we’ve learned a lot about each other in this past year.

Thankfully things worked out, but during times of uncertainty, I felt terrified of the possibility of being on my own. My mind has convinced me that the only way to be is to be a unit, that I couldn’t possibly be happy without a partner.

So that is why I believe that learning more about ourselves, and gaining personal strength is the most important resolution to make. You truly never know what the next day will bring. It is very risky to put your happiness in someone else’s hands.

Happy New Year!