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Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Try this easy DYI Peppermint Sugar Scrub for soft, smooth hands, elbows and feet thanks to Barlean's Coconut Oil. | happyfitmama.com

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barleans. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Quite a few years ago, my aunt gave me a recipe for a DIY sugar scrub. I was amazed at how soft my hands and feet were after using it. The ingredients were super simple yet did better than any product that I could buy in a store. I religiously used it but then fell off the bandwagon.

Even though we are early in the winter season, my skin is already angry. Particularly my hands and feet. When I’m at work at the hospital, I wash my hands constantly. The soap isn’t the most skin friendly. It’s meant to kill mega germs after all. That, and the dry indoor heat, leaves my hands super dry with cracked cuticles. My hands age 40 years every winter.

And my feet. I’m a runner. Enough said, right? We aren’t allowed to have pretty feet.

I’ve yet to find a lotion that can help keep my hands soft all winter long.

In the upcoming year, I’ll be working with Barlean’s on spreading the word about their great products. I’ve loved their Omega 3 Swirls for years but had no idea they made so much more than that. FYI – Check out my Key Lime Pie Yogurt Parfaits made with Barlean’s Key Lime Omega Swirl.

This month we are focusing on coconut oil.

Peppermint SUgar Scrub with Barlean's | happyfitmama.com

I was super excited when I came across my aunt’s old sugar scrub recipe. The original recipe didn’t call for coconut oil but I knew it was the perfect addition. Coconut oil is great for cooking and baking but it’s just as marvelous for your skin and hair.

Barlean’s coconut oil is non-GMO, fair trade, gluten free, non-hydrogenated, organic, solvent and chemical free.

Nothing but pure coconut!

That reminds me. I need to get back to Oil Pulling. Have you done that? I swear my teeth got a little bit whiter from the coconut oil.

This Peppermint Sugar Scrub is perfect for softening dry, rough hands, feet and elbows. The sugar gently scrubs away the dead skin while the coconut oil makes your skin feel silky smooth.

Try this easy DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub recipe for soft, smooth skin. It's a great gift too! | happyfitmama.com

Peppermint Sugar Scrub
 
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Coconut Oil (I use Barlean's)
  • 1½ - 1¾ Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Peppermint Essential Oil
Instructions
  1. Warm coconut oil for 15-30 seconds in the microwave until soft in a glass bowl.
  2. Add 1½ cups sugar and Peppermint Essential Oil to warmed coconut oil. Mix.
  3. If too wet, add more sugar.
  4. Spoon into a container that has a tight fitting seal.
  5. Use on hands, feet and elbows to smooth and soften skin as needed.

 

I like using peppermint for it’s pick me up scent (my house smelled amazing after mixing the scrub together) and it’s perfect for the holiday season. Feel free to add whatever essential oil you desire. A citrus or lavender would be yummy.

It’s the perfect gift to give for someone who could use a little pampering. I’ve mixed up a batch for each of my kids’ teachers. Of course, mix up a batch to have on hand for yourself. You deserve to be pampered!

Linking up with Meatless Monday even this isn’t a food recipe. But you could eat it if you really, really wanted to I guess! :)

Have you made your own beauty products before?

Do you use coconut oil for anything other than baking or cooking?

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Easy Gingerbread Cookies

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting Happy Fit Mama!

Visions of Gingerbread Cookies have been dancing in my head since my family and I visited Santa’s Village in Northern New Hampshire back in August.

While in the park, we all smelled the amazing scent of fresh baked cookies. We followed our noses and finally found the source at a bakery. You can’t have Santa’s Village without cookies, right? In this bakery were fresh baked Gingerbread Men and Women ready to be decorated and devoured. They were so good. Warm out of the oven. Not too crispy and not too soft. And it had just the right amount of spice with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.

I made a mental note to make Gingerbread cookies when December rolled around. And so did the kids. They’ve been asking weekly!

Here’s a super easy Gingerbread Cookie recipe that’s perfect for cut out cookies and decorating.

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Step one: Mix the dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients.

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Step two: Roll the dough into a ball and put it in the fridge to chill for one hour.

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Step three: Roll out the dough and cut out the cookies

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Step four: Place on a cookie sheet and bake

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Step five: Decorate as you wish and enjoy!

For years I’ve been using Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs. I love that it’s a New Hampshire based company (that’s available all across the U.S.). But the biggest thing that I love is that it’s a business that’s been in the LaFlamme family for generations. (Did you know it’s Sandra from Organic Runner Mom’s family?) Sourcing eggs from small family farms rather than big box factory farms is of utmost importance for quality of eggs and the treatment of the chickens. Pete and Gerry’s also was the first Certified Humane Free Range egg producer in the country. Their chickens have a safe, comfortable place to live with free access to grass, dirt and ample space to roost, take a dust bath, scratch and all the other things chickens naturally do. What’s not to love about that?

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4.0 from 2 reviews
Easy Gingerbread Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ C Unsulphured Molasses
  • ½ C Coconut Oil, Melted
  • ⅓ C Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Egg ( I use Pete and Gerry's Organic)
  • 2¾ C All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Ginger
  • ½ tsp Ground Cloves
  • ⅛ tsp Ground Nutmeg
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, beat molasses, melted coconut oil, coconut sugar and egg till well blended.
  2. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.
  3. Stir molasses mixture into flour mixture.
  4. Roll mixture into a ball and cover with plastic wrap before placing in refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees when ready to bake.
  6. Lightly flour surface and rolling pin. Unwrap dough and roll ball out till desired thickness.
  7. Cut out cookies with cookie cutters. Place each cookie on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Repeat process as many times as needed for remaining dough.
  9. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Once done, remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minute on cookie sheet before transferring to cooling rack to cool completely.
  10. Enjoy as is or decorate!

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Linking up with Meatless Monday and Foodie Friday.

What’s your favorite holiday treat?

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Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Try this easy and delicious Butternut Squash Apple Soup recipe for a healthy dinner for the whole family to enjoy. | happyfitmama.com

This post in sponsored by Frontier Co-op in partnership with Mambo Sprouts. All opinions are my own.

At the beginning of the year, I made a pledge to go through old blog posts to clean things up and take better pictures of recipes. I cringe at some of my early pictures. While I’m still no stellar photographer of food, my skills are a tad bit better.

It’s now November and I’ve been slacking on updating.

Until today!

I first posted this Butternut Squash Apple Soup recipe three years ago. Every fall, I make oodles of it. It’s so easy and so delicious.

There’s just something about this time of year that makes my brain turn to soup.

I don’t mean I can’t think straight or my brain is mushy. I’m talking about a belly warming bowl of hot soup.

Every week since September, we’ve been having at least one or more meals that revolves around soup. Nothing warms your belly and makes you feel all nice and toasty compared to soup. Pair it with crusty bread or a sandwich and it’s nothing but pure comfort food.

Try this easy and delicious Butternut Squash Apple Soup recipe for a healthy dinner for the whole family to enjoy. | happyfitmama.com

Years ago, when I first started making this recipe, I had a craving for Butternut Squash Soup. I love butternut squash but Ron isn’t the biggest fan. He likes other varieties of squash just not butternut. I played around with ingredients and thought that maybe adding one of Ron’s favorite fruits, Granny Smith apples, I’d convert him. Or at least get him to like the soup so we can eat it during the cold months.

The result? Ron LOVED it! It looks like baby food but tastes like applesauce from the tart Granny Smith. Plus, I love how simple it is. I’ve thrown this together on a busy weeknight and had dinner ready in now time. It’s good as is or for added protein, I’ve thrown in black beans or quinoa. They make a great addition!

This has become a staple in our house. I’m thrilled Ron is on the butternut squash bandwagon. I knew he was a convert when he made this soup all on his own to bring into work for a potluck function.

Score one for the butternut squash team.

Try this easy and delicious Butternut Squash Apple Soup recipe for a healthy dinner for the whole family to enjoy. | happyfitmama.com

5.0 from 2 reviews
Butternut Squash Apple Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, chopped.
  • 1 - 2 Granny Smith apples (depending how sweet you like it), cored, chopped
  • 4 Cups low-sodium Organic Vegetable Broth
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pepitas for topping (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Add onion and carrots. Cook 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add butternut squash and apple.
  3. Stir in broth and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  4. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20-30 minutes until squash is tender.
  5. Let soup cool slightly and puree in small batches in food processor, blender or with immersion blender.
  6. Stir in cinnamon and pepitas (is using) just before serving.

One of my favorite spices to add warmth to recipes is cinnamon. Usually I use just the average store brand ground cinnamon. I won’t anymore after trying Frontier Co-op’s Vietnamese Cinnamon! There is so much more flavor. Frontier Co-op has a 5% more oil content than the average cinnamon which results in an aroma and flavorful kick. Frontier Co-op sources their cinnamon from a specific region and believes in giving back to the area. They supply books, desks, and room and board so the children in these remote farming communities can attend a distant regional school.

Try this easy and delicious Butternut Squash Apple Soup recipe for a healthy dinner for the whole family to enjoy. | happyfitmama.com

Frontier Co-op has a line of spices, herbs and extracts for all your cooking and baking needs. Every pinch you use, nourishes people and planet. They pride themselves on not using GMOs, ETO or irradiation, so you can feel confident that you are getting nothing but wholesome and delicious.

For more Meatless Monday ideas, be sure to check out Confessions of a Mother Runner and Running on Happy/The Fit Foodie Mama link up.

What’s your favorite kind of soup?

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