thewildsix

A family of six and their fearless journey through life, love and the pursuit of all things yummy

Lemon Blueberry Muffin Madness June 6, 2012

Filed under: Food, Wine, and Nummies — Brandi @ 6:58 pm
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This is a KILLER recipe. It originally called for a 1/2 cup melted butter, but I’m trying to cut down on the calories, so I substituted plain Greek yogurt. Turned out amazing! Give it a try. Anything with a berry is pure heaven. p.s. They work out to be about 155 calories per muffin. HALLELUJAH!

2 c. flour

1/2 – 3/4 c. sugar

1 T. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

zest and juice of one lemon

1 egg

1 c. skim milk

1/2 c. plain yogurt

1 – 2 cups fresh blueberries

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat you egg, lemon juice, zest, milk and yogurt together. Using a wooden spoon, mix in your dry ingredients. Don’t over mix! Stir in blueberries and put in greased muffin tin in a preheated 375 oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Make 12 FULL muffins.

LEMON BUTTER TOPPING (when you don’t care about the calories!)

1/4 c. melted butter

2 T. lemon juice (or more to your liking)

1/2 cup sugar

Mix together until smooth and drizzle over slightly cooled muffins. Hello delicious.

 

Getting Wild With a Papaya Mask May 27, 2012

Filed under: Stuff for your Face & Bod — Brandi @ 2:10 am
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Anytime I can get my hands on a ripe papaya (that doesn’t cost a King’s ransom), I snatch it up and take it home, slice it and put it in the fridge. Between using the seeds in salad dressings and putting the flesh in salads and smoothies, I also use it on my face. Papaya is insanely rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin C. It has a knack for getting rid of those McNasty free radicals. Since I quit smoking and just turned 40, Mumsy needs all the help she can get! Don’t use it everyday, but this recipe will last three days out of the week.

For this mask, I used:

3 cubes of papaya (mashed)

1 T. fresh plain yogurt

2 T. ground almonds (or raw oatmeal)

1 T. honey (SUPER moisturizer)

Mix thoroughly and smear on your face, avoiding eye area. Let sit for 10 minutes and then rinse off with tepid water. Your skin feels radiant. No joke. Sweet papaya lovin’!

 

Update on Using Soap Berries/Nuts May 26, 2012

Okay, gave my natural soap a try as a bug repellent on my plants in the yard. I had a pot of annuals come back to life. Now, there is SOME nibbling going on, but I’ve managed to keep my pots, grape vines AND veg on the right track. Just cook down a batch of 5 soap berries in about 5 cups of water. Let cool and put into a clean spray bottle. Spray the leaves AND underneath. Yeah! No chemicals! Oh, and I’ve been spraying the elixir on my body and the twins…no bug bites yet. I love stuff that has a million uses. Thank you mother nature…you truly are the bees knees. Here’s the link to get your own soap berries: www.naturoli.com

p.s. Here’s a shot of my stainless steel fridge – the soap cleaned it beautifully and prevents greasy finger prints and my house is full of greasy little fingers.

 

Hair 911! May 16, 2012

Filed under: Stuff for your Face & Bod — Brandi @ 4:54 pm
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Okay, since having the twins, my hair is bonkers and it’s doing the same to my mental well-being. It feels like hay and no matter what I put in it, it STILL feels like hay.

I googled some dry hair tips and am going to give olive oil a try.

1/2 cup olive oil

Heat it up in a pot or microwave and “paint” on to hair with pastry brush. Wrap in a plastic grocery bag and let sit for 30-45 minutes. Shampoo.

Supposedly, it makes your hair soft and shiny. I’m in desperate need of soft and shiny. I’ll let you know how it turns out, but until then, any suggestions? I NEED TO TAME THE HAY!

p.s. My hair is curly and fine.

 

Quick and Probiotic Facial Cleanser May 12, 2012

So easy, so refreshing. Use it either as a morning cleanser or a mask at night (leave on for 10 minutes…no more!) I love this one.

2 T. ground almonds (make your own in a processor – MUCH more affordable. Keep rest in ziplock in freezer)

1 tsp. honey

1 egg white

2 T. plain yogurt (make your own by heating 1/2 gallon whole milk to 90 degrees, let cool. Add 1/3 c. plain yogurt. Cover and let sit for 24-36 hours. Voila!)

Mix together. Store in airtight container in fridge. Stir before using. Will keep for one week in fridge.

 

Making My Own Laundry Soap/Cleaning Solution/Shampoo

Filed under: Stuff for the House — Brandi @ 3:44 pm
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What the bleep?! Making my OWN? It’s sounds nuts, but soap nuts/berries have been used for millenia and I discovered this from fellow blogger, arealfoodlover.wordpress.com. She’s doing amazing things with old techniques like fermentation…anyway. Jumped on the soap berry bandwagon and began my experiment this morning.

Soap berries can be used for laundry, shampoo, cleaning supplies, natural pesticides for plants and veg, pet shampoo, etc. The list really is endless. But I mixed up a batch for laundry, shampoo, plant spray and cleaning supplies. There isn’t a product more green than this people! Here’s what I did.

I ordered a 2 lb. bag of the nubbies from naturoli.com and went to work. I boiled two handfuls in about 10 cups of water for 60 minutes. I strained them off into various containers: two for the fridge and the rest into ice-cube trays to freeze for future use (thanks real food lover!). There are obviously no preservatives, so it has a short shelf life. I made just enough to cover us for the week. There’s six of us and between shampoo, baby wash, laundry, cleaning and dishes, I think I made just the perfect amount.

A note about the shampoo – Violet and I add orange blossom water to make it smell dreamy! Next time we’re adding a concoction of steeped herbs. We’ll let you know how it turns out! 

Between being totally green and saving you a rear end load on soaps, cleaners and shampoos, soap berries are the way to go. No school like the old school!

 

Quick Italian Bread…via the big kids! May 10, 2012

Filed under: Food, Wine, and Nummies — Brandi @ 12:45 am
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Love this recipe from Emeril Lagasse. I cut down on the salt a tidge. It’s quick, tasty and hearty. Caius and Vi did an amazing job and they were so proud of themselves. Yummm…

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Italian Quick Bread

Dissolve your yeast in the warm water and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Put your flour, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Put a well in the middle and add your yeast mix and the olive oil. Start pull the flour into the liquid in the middle with a sturdy plastic spoon. Once the liquid is absorbed, flour your counter and put the dough onto the flour and let it sit for about 3 minutes to allow the flour to absorb any remaining liquid.

Begin kneading your dough on a surface dusted with flour. Add flour if your dough begins to stick to your hands. Knead for about 10-15 minutes. Put your dough into a greased bowl, cover with a towel and let rise for about an hour and a half or until doubled in size.

Deflate your dough. Throw down some flour and shape your dough into a long loaf with rounded ends. Place it on a greased cookie sheet or baking stone dusted with cornmeal. Cover with towel and let rise for about 45 minutes. Heat your oven to 425 degrees.

Once your dough has risen, take a serrated knife and put cuts about a 1/2 inch deep going down the length of the bread. Make the cuts at an angle and use QUICK strokes and let the knife do the work. Beat an egg white in a bowl and brush the white onto your bread. Place bread in the oven and bake until it’s a deep golden brown. Yummmmm! Now look at you go!