Guacamole – Recipe

We LOVE avocado’s!!  In the last couple of years we have started eating them daily around here.  They are really great for you too!  A perfect first food for little ones even.  So in addition to just cutting one open to eat with eggs, on a sandwich or adding to a salad, we love to make a quick snack of guacamole.

 

My Mother-in-law has always made the best guacamole!  She makes a huge batch and if you are not early for the party then all that is left is an empty bowl.  It goes so fast!  I always thought that making your own quacamole was complicated and why not just buy it(super silly, I know!)  So my Mother-in-law was sweet to just adjust her recipe for what she thought for our family size of 4!  So now we make it all the time!

 

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A quick time saving tip…I take a whole red onion and chop it.  Then I freeze individual servings in tablespoons. One large onion will give you about 10+ servings.  I can then just quickly pull out my 1 tablespoon serving for a quick batch. It is thawed in minutes with the lime juice, sea salt and all the mashing and mixing.  We love this with even the optional items left out.  Even easier!

 

I wanted to share this SUPER quick and easy recipe,  just in case anyone else was like me…intimidated by even buying an avocado let alone making your own guacamole!

 

Guacamole – Recipe
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Serves: 4 to 6
 

Ingredients
  • 3-4 ripe avocados
  • 1 T finely chopped organic red onion
  • 2 T chopped jalapeno’s (optional – I leave these out for the little ones)
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes (optional)
  • Sea Salt to taste (more makes it better, keep salting and tasting)
  • 1 T lime juice

Instructions
  1. Mix well and serve with chips or cut up veggies!
  2. ENJOY!!

 

Shrimp Fried Rice

This is a really tasty recipe we’ve been making these past few months.  I was trying to think of a way to sneak more eggs into my little guy since he won’t eat them on his own!  I merged a few recipes together to come up with this recipe… it’s a crowd pleaser in our fam. :)  If you don’t like shrimp, you can use something else or leave the meat out all together.

Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp Fried Rice
 

Ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • 8-12 ounces cooked shrimp (peeled & deveined), thawed if frozen
  • Salt
  • 1 bunch of scallions (about 8), chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled ginger
  • 1 cup dry rice OR 3 cups cooked cold rice
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 bag frozen peas and carrots (about 2 cups), thawed
  • ¼ cup soy sauce

Instructions
  1. Cook rice according to package directions if starting with dry rice.
  2. Thaw shrimp and frozen veggies.
  3. Chop scallions, garlic, and ginger.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in skillet. Add scallion whites, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Add shrimp and heat through.
  6. Add rice and stir to coat.
  7. Push rice mixture to side of the skillet and add eggs to the other side and cook, stirring and working into rice mixture, 1-2 minutes.
  8. Add veggies and soy sauce. Heat through and serve.

Notes
I buy cooked shrimp because I think they are deveined better! But if you are starting with raw shrimp, cook those first, transfer to a plate, and then proceed with the recipe.

Enjoy!

Young Living Essential Oils – Review

I really want to title this post “How Young Living Essential Oils Have Changed My Life,” but I’m trying to make our post titles consistent for purposes of our Product Reviews page!  :)

YL Oils Changed my Life

I was introduced to Young Living essential oils a little while ago, and I can honestly say they have changed the way I take care of my family when someone is sick or injured.  I feel so much better-equipped to deal with sickness and injury than ever before.  Rather than feeling anxious at yet another illness or injury, now I just pull out my stash of oils knowing that they work for us!  I don’t have to use chemical-laden over the counter medicines or creams anymore.  I can take care of my family with these amazing oils straight from nature!

Young Living oils are therapeutic, or medicinal, grade oils.  These are NOT oils from your local pharmacy or even the health food store.  Young Living has been around over 20 years and oversees the entire process from Seed to Seal, so their quality is second to none.  This process assures that the oils have therapeutic properties, they don’t just smell good.  :)

My only regret with these oils is that I didn’t try them sooner.  I could do post after post about all the ways that Young Living oils have helped our family, so instead of taking over our Girls Just Want to Go Green blog, I actually started another new blog, The Well-Oiled Life.  I would LOVE for you to come visit me over there if you are interested in learning more about these oils!  I also started a Facebook page for posting tips and tricks, so if you’re interested, come ‘Like’ me at The Well-Oiled Life Facebook Page as well!

The Well-Oiled Life

I do want to share with you a few of the ways Young Living oils have helped my family and I…

Headaches

I used to get terrible headaches about once a month.  They would get so bad that the only way to get rid of them was to take Excedrin Migraine! Once I started using the oils, I found that a few drops of Young Living Peppermint Oil rubbed on my temples, the back of my neck, behind my ears, and directly over the ache would take away these horrible headaches!  You can read more about my experience with peppermint oil and headaches here.

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Allergies

This is a biggie for us… my 6-1/2 year old daughter has suffered with seasonal allergies since the time she was born.  This year we started giving her a drop of Young Living Lavender Oil (internally, in a drop of orange juice) at night, and she is like a new kid!  The lavender has given her such amazing relief, and we are SO thankful!  You can read more about her experience with lavender oil and allergies here.

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Cold/Flu/Fever/Viruses

I absolutely LOVE LOVE Young Living Thieves Oil for the winter cold and flu season for germs.  Thieves is an antiviral, antibacterial blend of clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon, and rosemary oils that is great for supporting the immune system and getting rid of germs!  I put a drop of Thieves oil on my kids’ feet before they go to school every day.  Thieves has definitely played a role in helping my kids get over some nasty bugs in record time.  I would use Young Living oils just for the Thieves blend alone!!

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Hot Flashes

Not for me, but for my mom.  :)  She was experiencing some major hot flashes especially at night, and a drop of Peppermint oil on the back of her neck has made them MUCH less severe, even eliminating them altogether at times.  You can read about her experience with Peppermint and hot flashes here.

I Could Go On…

Like I said, I could go on and on about Young Living oils, which is exactly why I started my other site!  These oils have worked in so many different situations for our family and for others I know.  No matter the injury or situation, I find myself saying, “There’s an oil for that!”  For further reading on why I personally ONLY trust the Young Living brand for therapeutic purposes, please see Why I use the Young Living Brand of Essential Oils.  These oils are so powerful!  If you’ve never considered them for your family, I really suggest learning more about them (pop over to The Well-Oiled Life!).  I would have loved to have these oils when my kids were babies, but I am so thankful to have them now!

If you want to try the oils but don’t know where to start, the Everyday Oils Kit is a great little starter kit.  It’s extremely versatile and can pretty much cover all your first aid needs!  This was my first kit, and I use every single oil in there for multiple issues!

One Last Thing…

Young Living is a network marketing company, which I know can be a huge turnoff to people… trust me, it hindered me from wanting to even try the oils at the beginning.  The first bottle I just bought, I did not ‘sign up’ or anything like that.  But once I start seeing results from them, the whole network-marketing-thing was a total non-issue for me.  I wanted these oils, and I didn’t care how I had to get them!  :)

Canus Goat’s Milk Soap – Review

I wanted to share with you this new bar soap I love for the shower, because it SMELLS SO GOOD!

It is the Canus Goat’s Milk Soap with Orchid Oil.  I LOVE how it smells!

Canus Goat's Milk Soap

It leaves your skin feeling soft and clean and slightly scented with orchid oil.  If there is one thing that I miss from switching over to more natural products, it is usually the scent.  Well this is not lacking here!!

It is too ‘flowery’ for my hubby, so he says.  :)  But I love it!  In the health food store it is pricey ($4.50 or so per bar), but if you buy it from Vitacost.com or LuckyVitamin.com, you can get a 3-pack for $6-$7! (at the time of this post)

Is there a natural bar soap that you love?

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Lotion

I decided to try this Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Lotion because I had tried the shampoo and LOVED the smell.  I was so excited to see they made a lotion in the same scent!  It’s kind of a warm, vanilla-but-not-vanilla scent.  My son told me I smelled like cookies.  But it’s not a sweet scent, just a warm yummy one.  :)

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Body Lotion

It’s made with frankincense and myrrh, which are actually fantastic for your skin.  All the ingredients are things you’d recognize.  The lotion is very creamy and not greasy.  This makes a wonderful body lotion, I love it!  It’s my new go-to lotion.  And the best part??  It was $10 at Target!!  Next time you’re there, see if you can smell it… I’ll bet you’ll love it!!

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