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Cake Making

My cousin, Mary Beth, devouring the cake icing.

I made my first ever cake from scratch today, with a lot of guidance from my grandma. It was quite an experience, but really fun. So fun that I think I might try it again, someday… Here’s the recipe, in case you want to try it out.

Red Velvet Cake

1/2 cup shortening

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 cups of flour

1 tablespoon cocoa

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

2 ounces of red food coloring

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon vinegar

What to do with all your ingredients:

Cream the shortening, sugar, eggs until light. Sift the flour, cocoa, and salt 2 times. When done sifting, add alternatively with the buttermilk, red food coloring. Beat well. Then add the baking soda and vinegar. Bake at the 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Delicious.

Icing

5 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
1 cup  butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cook flour and milk until smooth and thick, stirring constantly. Cool thoroughly. Beat sugar and butter well with electric beater. Add vanilla, mix well. Add to cooled flour and milk mixture. Beat until right consistency to spread. Becomes fluffy like whipped cream.

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Do It Yourself Body Lotion

Today I was talking to my grandma about body lotions and perfumes and how I’m trying to stay away from buying such products from big name stores that aren’t environmentally conscience. Here are some instructions on how to make your own body lotion.

  1. Decide whether you would like to add an herbal infusion to your natural body lotion. You may add 2 tsp. of fresh chamomile, rosemary, eucalyptus or other herbs to 1 cup of boiling water and allow to simmer on low heat until it reduces to 1/2 cup. Use your herbal infusion in place of distilled water when making your lotion base.
  2. Make your basic body lotion base. Combine 1/2 cup of distilled water or herbal tea, 1/2 cup of a carrier oil and 1 tbsp. of liquid lecithin in a blender. Choose an extra virgin or cold-pressed oil as your carrier oil. Appropriate oils for body lotions include grapeseed, coconut, olive and sweet almond.
  3. Add up to 20 drops of other healing oils to your natural body lotion if desired. Some popular healing oils include geranium, vitamin E, myrrh and tea tree oil. At this point you can also add 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil or a combination of oils.
  4. Blend the natural ingredients in a blender on “whip” or “cream.” Carefully pour your finished body lotion into a bottle with a tight fitting lid. If you live in a hot climate, store your lotion in the refrigerator to extend shelf life or keep your lotion in a cool, dark place.

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