Sunday, May 26, 2013

Swap Out Chocolate Cake

Swap It Out:
Chocolate "Cake" 



Ingredients:
1 cup almond flour
¼ cup raw cacao powder (it’s a superfood!)
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup dark organic chocolate chips
1 cup raw honey or Agave
2 free-range eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine the dry ingredients (almond flour, cacao powder, sea salt, baking soda, and chocolate chips) in a bowl. 
In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients (honey, eggs, and vanilla). Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and mix until well combined. 

Pour the batter into your cake pan.
(I used a tart pan, but you can any pan!)
Bake for 20 minutes depending on size.  At the 15 minute mark, use a knife and insert into the middle to see if the knife comes out clean. If so, the cake is done.
Let cool before icing or decorating. 

Icing:
I whipped heavy whipping cream with agave, cream cheese & vanilla.
Yes I know I did not measure it out. Basically I used about 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, 4oz cream cheese (1/2 a package), then I added agave to sweeten and 1tsp vanilla. tossed it all in my kitchen aid mixer with the whipping attachment and whipped away! I used the cream the next day, so it wasn't as "stiff" as it was when I first whipped it. It looked just like whipped cream :-)
I added fresh, local strawberries, because WHY NOT?
Yumm!!

Have a great Sunday!
Stacey


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mosquito's Eating You Alive?

Mosquito Repellant?



Apply a ¼ tsp. of Shaklee’s Basic H into a 16oz spray bottle and dilute with water. Spray Basic H on areas of your skin where you do not wish to receive bug bites.
*(keep away from eyes)

While you may doubt how well a “nontoxic” insect repellent works, first consider what a more conventional repellent may be doing to yours and your family’s health.

Though the EPA states that DEET (the active ingredient in conventional insect repellents, developed for the army in the 1940s) is safe when used according to the label’s instructions, other studies suggest it may have some toxic effects.
According to a study completed last year by BioMed Central (BMC) Biology, DEET slows or even stops the body’s production of the acetylcholinesterase enzyme.Without this enzyme, side effects include: headache, exhaustion and mental confusion with blurred vision, salivation, chest tightness, muscle twitching and abdominal cramps.
Children and pregnant women are especially at risk!
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry shares that the cases reported in which pregnant women used DEET during their pregnancies resulted in multiple birth defects including heart problems, with one case being congestive heart failure.
And in 1995 alone, the National Poison Control Center received over 6,700 reports of repellent exposure. Two-thirds of those reports were children under the age of 6 (source: Quantum Health).

Shaklee’s nontoxic Basic H formula is an insect-repelling alternative for anyone wary of applying chemicals to their skin or their children’s. It also relieves the itch or sting from bites as well.*

*Disclaimer: The mixtures and usages are from folks just like you and me and are not from the Shaklee Corporation. Follow all product directions. No product claims or guarantees... just what many Shaklee folks have experienced for over 50 years.


Friday, May 3, 2013

Saving FACE?



SAVE your FACE & skin too!

Take a few minutes to look at what you are putting on your skin to "PROTECT" it from harmful UV rays. It could be that what you are rubbing on your skin is toxic, possibly causing more damage than anything else. Many sunscreens contain a chemical avobenzone.  This chemical is shown to actually breakdown when exposed to UV light....particularly unfortunate for a sunscreen!!
You can go to this REPOST about protecting your skin year round.





This is what my entire family use all summer long!

One tube has lasted me past the entire summer.
This is a cost of about .30 cents per day!

To read more or to order go HERE


Have a great day,

Stacey