Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I guess you can tell I am a fan of coconut.  I have made several body products out of coconut oil.   Coconut Body Scrub; Coconut Body Lotion; Coconut Face Scrub.

This is the first time I am using coconut oil in baking.  The coconut oil is used instead of butter.

Coco Cookies 6

They smelled so good when I was mixing them…. and when they were baking the whole house smelled great!

Here is the recipe (adapted from Averie Cooks):

  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil (I just took the solid coconut oil & melted in the microwave)
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix first six ingredients well then mix in other ingredients one at a time, incorporating well after each one.  I just used a wooden spoon to mix no need to pull out a mixer.

I used my hand to form them and then placed on a lined cookie sheet.  Because you are using melted coconut oil they will be very soft.  Once they are on the cookie sheet, I put in refrigerator until they were firm (about 2 hours, it might take a shorter time, I just got busy with other things before I got back to them).  Cook for 9 to 10 minutes.

Coco Cookie 4

 

Coco Cookie 5

They were a real treat!

 

Coconut Face Scrub

Today someone asked me about Penny-Hill so I grabbed the computer and headed to the deck…. I am ignoring all the other things to do, laundry, vacuuming, kids, etc…

I am crocheting a blanket, the same blanket from a couple of months ago.  It is a little embarassing.  My daughter keeps asking to use it, so I ‘need’ to finish it.  Funny thing is that it has been a cool summer here and we could actually be using it at night.  I need to work on it a little each night.

Grapevine Blanket

Mt last post I made a homemade coconut body cream.  It was simple, check it out here: http://penny-hill.com/category/coconut-body-cream/

So in my attempt to use coconut oil I made a face scrub.  It has coconut oil and baking soda.  I was skeptical at first, but I really like it.

I mix equal amounts of the coconut oil and baking soda together then rub gently in a circular motion on my face.  Rinse and my skin is bright and soft.

Coconut Face Scrub

 It exfoliates and brightens my skin, natural and effective!  Give it a try.

 

Coconut Body Cream

I am a coconut fan.  Especially coconut and chocolate.  I am drawn to coconut and things that have coconut in it.  Whether it is something to eat or use.

A while back I made a Coconut Oil and Vanilla Essential Oil Body Scrub, which you can find here http://penny-hill.com/category/coconut-body-scrub/.   Coconut Oil has so many uses.  I have been looking around and trying some new things.

Like this, Coconut Body Cream.  Literally so easy.  Take one cup of Coconut Oil put in my standing mixer and mixed on medium for about 5 minutes.

Coco 1

 

Coco 2

That was it.  It whipped right up.  I did add some Vanilla Essential Oil, but you don’t need to.

Coconut Cream 6

It goes on nice and smooth and melts into your skin.  It smells really good too.

Coconut Cream 7

 

Put it in a cute little jar and it makes a great gift.  Enjoy!

 

 

Rosemary Body Scrub

A few weeks ago some of my girl friends and I went to the spa for the day.  We try to go every year.  It is a wonderful and relaxing day.

We went to the The Lodge At Woodloch in Hawley, Pennsylvania.  http://www.thelodgeatwoodloch.com/spa/

It is a great place.  They have an outdoor hot tub, a sauna and steam room as well as an indoor pool and hot tub.  We used all of them.  It was a beautiful, sunny day so once our services where done we spent most of the time in the outdoor hot tub.  So relaxing!

I had the Rosemary Awakening Treatment and it was fantastic.  It starts with a body polish of rosemary and citrus and then a full body massage.  It finishes up with a warm seaweed wrap.

They gave me a recipe for the body scrub so I made it.  It came out really nice, I added a little lemon essential oil to it for additional fragrance and moisture.

Rosemary Scrub 2

Rosemary Body Scrub:

  • 1/4 cup dried, ground rosemary
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 25 drops of lemon essential oil
  • Mix all ingredients together

Rosemary Scrub 5

It turned out really nice.  This would make a nice gift for someone, hostess gift, a teacher gift or just whip some up for yourself.  Hope you give it a try!

Rosemary Scrub 1

Sloppy Joes

We were waiting for a huge snow storm, but as the day has gone on it has been down graded it to only a few inches for our area.  I was preparing to have the day off of work and having the kids home but I guess we will all be going to school.  We will see, it is 6:00 pm and it is still not snowing here in North West New Jersey.

I have been working on this Grapevine Blanket. I am excited about it because the colors are so beautiful and the yarn is soft, can’t wait to finish and snuggle up with it.

Grapevine Blanket

Tonight we had Sloppy Joe sandwiches for dinner.  A favorite that I haven’t made in a long time.

Sloppy Joe

Really simple to make and is great as leftovers.

Sloppy Joes                                                                                                                (Adapted from Food Network)

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 ¾ cup catsup
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoon sweet relish
  • ¾ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ green bell pepper, chopped
  • buns ( I used small potatoe slider buns, but you can use your favorite)

  -Brown Beef in large pot and drain;                                                                                         -Return beef to the pot with all remaining ingredients except the buns & cook until hot         -Divide and serve on buns

Hope you try them!

 

Striped Scarf

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Well, the Groundhog saw his shadow and ‘darn it’ six more weeks of Winter.  Although, I am not surprised.   Two good things about six  more weeks of Winter…. I can continue making and wearing scarfs, cowls, etc… and I can continue to ‘try’ to drop a few pounds (never ending saga) before the warmer weather comes.

My sister-in-law was down staying here while she was teaching a quilting class.  She is a very talented quilter and has a website and business.  Jackie Kunkel at Canton Village Quilt Works.  If you are a quilter or know a quilter check out her website.  http://www.cvquiltworks.com/

I made this striped scarf and finished this weekend.  I love stripes in a scarf or shirt and I actually just ordered a striped jacket.  Can’t wait to get it.

Striped Scarf 5

  • I chained 120 across (you can make as long as you want);
  • Did a half double crochet for two rows in of each color until it was 6 3/4″ wide;
  • I used Bernat Roving yarn in colors of Rice Paper and Low Tide;
  • Weaved in ends and then added the fringe.

A fringe on the scarf just seemed to finish it off nicely.  Enjoy your day and I six more weeks of Winter!

 

 

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Emjoi Micro-Pedi, Pedicure Kit

I received an Emjoi Micro-Pedi, Pedicure Kit for Christmas.  I had been looking at it and wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the money on it.  But when my mom asked what she could get me for Christmas, I told her to get this.  It worked out perfectly.

I have to say that I really LOVE IT!

It takes away all the dead skin on your feet.  It also comes with attachments to use on your toes and nails.  Let’s face it, there is nothing like getting a pedicure and having your feet massaged but it keeps your feet looking great in between pedicures.  Especially during the Winter months when maybe you don’t go and get as many pedi’s.  I use it at night then lotion up my feet and put socks on to keep the moisture in.  Keeps my feet nice, soft and smooth.

Emjoi Col 3

emjoi col 4

Mine was purchased from QVC. http://www.qvc.com/

But they have a website with lots of other products.  http://emjoi.com/Micro-Pedi

Let me know you have one or get one and how you like it.

 

 

Easy Peasy Cowl & Wrist Warmers

Happy New Year!

Well, it is 2014.  Kids went back to school and back to work for me then ‘bam’ we had a snow storm and we all had off!  It is so cold here in the northeast, not sure how much more I can take.  It is just ‘bitterly’ cold, even the dog doesn’t like to stay out too long.

The extra time off allowed me to finish this cowl and wrist warmers as well as start another project.

Easy Peasy 1

  • Cowl is crocheted back and forth in rows, ends are joined together to make a tube.
  • I used a 10 1/2 “K” crochet hook.
  • Chain 90, work a half-double crochet across.
  • Turn, chained 2 and then half-double crochet across.
  • Repeat until cowel measures 10 inches.
  • Weave in ends and then sew together to make a tube.
  • Then I layed it flat and pressed it under a hankerchief with a warm iron

EP Collage 1

For the wrist warmers:

  • I used a 10 1/2 “K” crochet hook.
  • Chain 26, then work a half-double crochet back across.
  • Turn, chain 2 and work half-double crochet back and forth until they measured 6 1/2 inches.
  • Then you fold them in half and stitch up the side seam, leave a gap when stitching for thumb hole.
  • Once stitched up, I turned inside out and single crocheted around the thumb hole to edge it.
  • I then pressed them under a hankerchief with a warm iron.

EP Collage 2

Give them a try.  They make great gifts and can be used well into Spring.

 

Turkey Chili

It has been a while since I posted anything.  I have had a very busy Fall, lots of personal things to take care of and I started a new job.  Which is ‘huge’ because I have been home with the kiddo’s for the last 10 years.  It is a part time job that allows me to still be around for the kids.  Truly ideal, as they feel no impact.  There has not been much crocheting time!

Since the new year is ‘basically’ here, I took stock of my yarn.  I want to try and use it up. Here is what I have accumulated:

Yarn 1

Once I went through my yarn, I started going through some patterns to see what I would make.  I also had to get dinner ready.  I made some super easy, quick and delicious turkey chili.  The recipe I use is based on a Weight Watchers recipe but I have changed it over the years.  Here it is:

Turkey Chili

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil;
  • 1/2 vidalia onion, chopped;
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped;
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped;
  • 3/4 pound ground skinless turkey;
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained;
  • 1 (15 oz) can small white beans, drained;
  • 1 (14 1/2 oz) can diced tomatoes with zesty jalapenos;
  • 1/2 (14 1/2 oz) can tomatoe sauce;
  • 2 tablespoons of tomatoe paste;
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder;
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin;
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano;
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper;
  • Shredded Cheddar & Sour Cream

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add onion, garlic and bell pepper; cook until softened.  Add turkey and cook, breaking apart with wooden spoon until no longer pink.  Stir in beans, tomatoes, tomatoe sauce & paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender.  Serve with cheese and sour cream.

Turkey Chili 1

Also, here is what I am crocheting now.

Sneak Peak

I hope you stop back to see the finished project!

 

Scarf Weather

Scarf weather is here and I have to say that I welcome it!

Two Purple Scarf

We had a few cool days and nights and it was wonderful then it turned hot and humid and it was awful, even the dog didn’t want to go out.

I made two scarfs using the same yarn.  It is a light weight yarn and perfect for the beginning of Fall.

The first one is a curly scarf and uses only a double crochet stitch.  I have made this scarf many times.  The pattern can be found here, North Pole Ruffle Scarf: http://www.lionbrand.com/

Purple Curly Scarf

The next is a straight scarf that I just did a double crochet back and forth. First I chained 200 with a 10.5 hook then turned and did a double crochet back and forth until I was happy with the width.

Purple Straight Scarf

Here they are side by side.

Purple Scarf Collage

Hope you enjoy them and the cooler weather!