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Make your own Aluminum Free Baking Powder

2 Sep

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It seems like every time I turn around there is another product we need to make ourselves or eliminate from our diet.

With Aluminum being linked to the rise in Alzheimer’s & my memory not being what it used to be – store brought Baking Powder has to go.

Aluminum is added to commercial baking powder to get the baking powder to react slower to heat, it is added under all sorts of names & guises the most popular being “sodium aluminum sulfate” but just because that name doesn’t appear on your packaging doesn’t necessarily mean you are safe.

This recipe for home made Aluminum Free baking powder acts much in the same way as the store brought ones, just without all the nasties & potential memory loss!!

Making your own baking powder is Super Easy & only takes a minute.

Aluminum Free Baking Powder a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Bicarb Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cornstarch or Cornflour

Combine & store in a sealed container as you would your store brought baking powder

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All baking powder looses its ability to rise over time. To check your baking powder is still raring to go simply boil half a cup of water & add 1/2 t of baking powder to it. If it fizzes like crazy you are good to go, if it’s a little lack lustre it might be time for a new batch.

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Easy Home made butter in your blender

30 Aug

I am lazy, a somewhat sad, but ultimately true fact!

The other day while discussing our favourite Organic brands with another Mum, I happened to mention that I like a certain type of store brought butter, to which the other Mum replied that she never buys butter & makes all the butter her family consumes.

A bad bout of Mummy guilt ensued!

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I don’t buy some of my butter, I buy ALL of my butter. So off I went to the supermarket in pursuit of pure cream to churn into butter – to dampen my Mummy guilt.

Home I came with my cream, excited to have a go. Only to consult the internet & find that making butter is a multi-step process that requires special butter bats (Whatever they are?) & lots of rinsing & kneading & other fun stuff.

Did I mention I am lazy??

So my cream languished away in the fridge, while I mustered the enthusiasm to get up close & personal with it & knead it into submission (butter).

Then I had an idea surely I could get my blender to do all the work, while I supervised! Thus this butter recipe was created. I find that this butter lasts just as long as butter made with lots of washing & kneading – just without all that time & effort!

Easy Blender Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 600mls Pure Cream – make sure it is just 100% cream, no thickeners etc
  • Salt, I use about a teaspoon –  but you can do it to taste – I like it salty

I made my butter in Bella (my Thermomix knock off).

To start pour in the cream & beat at the highest setting for two to three minutes. The fat (butter solids) separates from the buttermilk & the fat ends up above the blades.

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Pour off the buttermilk (saving it for baking, pancakes etc) all the while kneading & pressing the butter solids against the edges of the blender jug to squeeze out as much butter milk as you can.

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Once you have pressed out as much buttermilk as you can. You can add your salt & refrigerate your butter as is  – but it will only last a few days.

Or, you can wash your butter by adding water to cover your butter & a few ice cubes to your blender & blending for 30 seconds – this will wash & knead your butter for you :). You can omit the ice cubes if you live in a cold climate, they are just to keep the butter solid.

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Pour off the water, squeezing & kneading your butter with your spatula to remove all liquid, if your water is quite milky you can repeat the process until your water runs clear.

Then add your salt & put it into your container & viola you will have homemade butter and be the envy of all the other mums, without all the effort !!

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It will be our “Little Secret”

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Make your own natural deodorant – that works!

12 May

Its a fact of life here in Sunny Queensland, it is impossible not to sweat.

Deodorant becomes a necessary evil, its either deodorant or your very own personal space bubble.

Deodorant seems to be the more social of the two choices.

But I am sick of rubbing toxic deodorant full of aluminium, formaldehyde & parabens into my pits each morning – it may ward off odours and keep my friends close but, what is it doing to my health??

Aluminum can cause kidney problems, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and parabens can cause problems for our endocrine system.

So instead of rubbing this toxic cocktail into my lymph nodes, I decided to make a safe deodorant that contains no nasties, is easy to use & WORKS!

 One application in the morning keeps me fresh all day. The hard bars are easy to apply & easy to store. No white marks or stains on clothes. But the biggest thing is NO SMELL!
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Natural Deodorant Bars a’la Mama Going Natural
You will need:
  • 6 T Coconut oil
  • 4 T bicarb soda
  • 4 T Arrowroot
  • 1 1/2 T beeswax
  • 15 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 20 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 15 drops Grapefruit essential oil
Place your coconut oil & beeswax in a glass jar and put the jar into a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until all of your beeswax melts.
Take your jar out of the saucepan of water & let cool slightly. When the mixture has cooled to approximately 40 degrees (when it feels warm but not too hot on your fingers) add all of the other ingredients & stir well to combine.
Pour your mix into muffin, soap or chocolate moulds & leave to harden.
This recipe makes six bars, so there will be enough to share. It has a gorgeous citrus botanical scent with just a hint of coconut. If you want to make a more unisex variation add some tea tree oil in place of the Lavender & you will get a citrus wood scent that your man will be happy to wear.
Keep unused bars in a tin or wrapped in wax paper in a cool dark place till needed.
To use simply rub your yummy scented deodorant bar under your arms & leave to dry for a few minutes before putting on your clothing – that way you can ensure you won’t get any white marks on your clothing.
If your in a very hot climate keep your bars in a soap tin & scoop out a small amount with your fingers & rub it where needed!
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Make your own Coconut Butter – save a bucket load of cash

29 Apr

It seems every sugar-free or grain-free dessert recipe I come across these days wants Coconut Butter, which is great. But at close to $20 a jar at our local Health Food Store, we can’t be throwing that stuff around.

Now what if I told you, you can make your very own Coconut Butter for a fraction of the cost &  it’s super easy.

Would you be interested?

Making your own Coconut Butter is easy, it just takes patience, a bag of shredded coconut & some form of Vitamix, Stick Blender, Food Processor or a Thermomix.

You thought Coconut Butter was some magical part of the coconut, right?………me too.

It’s just poor old coconut flesh beaten into submission until it turns into rich dreamy butter, that tastes pretty similar to unsweetened Coconut Ice, remember that from your Sugar consuming days?

Because not everyone is lucky enough to have a Vitamix or Thermomix sitting on their kitchen bench I have included more in-depth instructions for how to make Coconut Butter with a Food Processor or Stick Blender.

My preferred method is actually the stick blender! – I love blending that coconut into butter – what does that say about me? Eeeek……..

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Stick Blender method for making Coconut Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • Bag of shredded Coconut
  • 1 t coconut oil (maybe)

Pour about a quarter of your shredded coconut (2 cups) into your blending container & start blending it.I find an up/down movement to be helpful once it starts to look like the image below add another two cupfuls & repeat the process until you have the entire bag in your blending container.

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This will take 10 minutes or so, so be patient. It will be worth it in the end, I promise.

Keep blending until the coconut starts to warm up & become moist. If this isn’t happening for you then add the coconut oil to help it along. Keep blending until your coconut has turned into a warm paste. Taste to make sure you are happy with the consistency, if it’s too grainy keep blending but if it is buttery & still a little powdery then you have successfully made Coconut Butter. Congratulations!

Now you can jar your butter & make some serious desserts!!

Food Processor method for making Coconut Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • Bag of shredded Coconut
  • 1 t coconut oil (maybe)

Ok so this method is a little more time consuming as you have to scrape down the sides of your food processor more often to keep the coconut blending so that it can turn into butter, but it is still completely do-able. I actually have found that sitting one side of the food processor on a stack of books helps to keep it on a lean & keep the coconut in the blades. To make coconut butter this way will take a little longer, but persevere. You will get there in the end.

Vitamix method for making Coconut Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • Bag of shredded Coconut
  • 1 t coconut oil (maybe)

Simply pour the entire bag of coconut into the blender and blend for five minutes at 6. It may need a few additional pulses on high to get a smooth consistency. This is definitely one of the easiest ways to make coconut butter 🙂

Thermomix method for making Coconut Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • Bag of shredded Coconut

Pour your bag of coconut into your Thermomix & set to grind for 3 minutes at 37degrees on speed 8. For a very smooth butter you can turn the Thermomix to speed 9 for an extra 30 seconds.

You may need to stop the Thermomix & remove the lid to push down the coconut off the sides a few times during the three minutes.

Viola you will have smooth, creamy warm butter ready to jar & use at your leisure

Now what are you going to do with all that yummy Coconut Butter?

Chocolate coconut fudge

How about Chocolate Fudge 

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Home Made Natural Lip Gloss

12 Apr

I am an un-ashamedly girly girl.

With that little secret out of the closet. I can now tell you how much I love lip gloss. I have probably owned a pot of every colour known to man; from shocking pink to clear, to full on glitter. You name it I have had it. Gloss fixes everything – right?

Well after reading about all of the nasties that go into lip gloss, I thought my little love affair was over. That was until I started making my own lip gloss & fell in love all over again!

Now I can slather on gloss without a care in the world; knowing that I am not licking, sucking and eating nasty chemicals & petrol by-products off my lips – yuk!.

This gloss is what I would call a finger gloss as it can be applied with your finger. The consistency is not hard enough for a chapstick tube, but not soft enough to be applied with a wand. It has beeswax to protect & nourish and castor oil to give it a nice slick shine, the addition of stevia & sweet orange essential oil will have you wanting to eat this from the pot – and guess what? –  you can!! – because there are no nasties!

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Finger Lip Gloss a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • 6gms beeswax – I use lovely unrefined honey infused beeswax
  • 15gms cold pressed castor oil
  • 6gms sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops liquid stevia
  • 5 drops sweet orange essential oil

Place the beeswax, castor oil & almond oil in a glass or ceramic bowl over a double boiler (I use a ceramic coffee mug in a saucepan of simmering water – it does the trick). Slowly heat the oils & stir to dissolve the wax. Once the wax has dissolved take it off the heat & leave to cool. Once you can start to see it setting around the edge, quickly stir in your stevia, essential oil & any iron oxides or mica’s you might want to use to colour the lip gloss.

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Being a girly girl I do like to tint mine with some red iron oxide and other mica’s depending on the batch!

This recipe would also work great with all castor oil if you don’t have any sweet almond oil, it would just make the gloss that bit slicker & give you more of a wet lip look. You can even make it with coconut oil as that gives the gloss a nice subtle taste & fragrance. The stevia can be omitted, I just like it as it makes the gloss feel more like the ones you buy from the cosmetic counter with its sweet orange flavour – but I do warn you, it is good enough to eat, so you may find yourself licking your lips!

If you decide to play around & add colour to your gloss with iron oxides, just add it a pinch at a time as the colour goes a long way. I have experimented with the iron oxides & made gloss that could double as lipstick all the way down to a light tinted gloss. The difference in the amount of iron oxide used is minute – so go slowly adding your iron oxides or your subtle pink gloss can turn into racy red gloss before you know it.

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Enjoy & have fun, this is a great activity to do with the girls in your life and say good bye to petro-chemicals on your lips – woo hoo 🙂

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