Relatively expensive to buy, ridiculously easy to make!
1 stick butter (margarine works too)
1/4 Cup honey
Soften the butter at room temperature. Resist the urge to soften in the microwave because it doesn’t turn out very well.
Put softened butter into a medium sized bowl and add the honey. Using a hand mixer, beat on high speed. The butter will, after about 1 minute, clump into a ball.
Spread on toast, biscuits, pancakes or use it to carmelize onions. Delish!
My sister called me today to ask me how to poach chicken breasts. Sadly, it took me quite a lot of trial and error over the years to figure out how to do it right without overcooking (or undercooking). And I figured if I could share the “secret” with my sister, I can share it with you!
Without further ado….
- Take your skinless, boneless chicken breasts and put them in a stock pot.
- Put enough cold water in the pot to cover the chicken breasts by a good 3 or 4 inches.
- Do not put a lid on the pot
- Put the pot with the water and chicken on the stove and turn the burner on high.
- When the water gets hot and steam is rising and little bubbles are starting to form and pop (not boiling), turn the burner off and put the lid on the pot.
- Leave undisturbed (the hot water and steam are cooking those breasts).
- Once the water has cooled enough so you can comfortably put your hand in and take out the chicken, they will be completely cooked and ready for use in salad or what have you.
With summer upon us, I thought I’d share a recipe for lavender body powder that is easy to make, easy to store and best yet –the ingredients aren’t hard to find. If you aren’t crazy about lavender, consider using rose or some other fragrant petals. Or you could add another essential oil to the lavender to give a more complex scent.
1/4 C arrowroot powder (found in many natural food stores)
1/4 C cornstarch
3/4 C powdered lavender buds (you can grind them in a food processor)
1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon lavender essential oil
Place everything except the essential oils in a bowl and mix well. Add essential oil a few drops at a time mixing well after each addition. Store in airtight container.
You may want to change the proportion of arrowroot and cornstarch depending on your preference for skin feel.
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