Essential Oils & Home Remedies

First off, I am not a vet, I didn’t not consult a vet, I just did some research on the internet!

Another Warning: tea tree oil when not diluted properly is very toxic for cats and dogs!

Henry is very allergic to fleas and has been itching a lot lately, his poor tail is all bald now. My friend Jess makes her own soap and has gotten me into essential oils and their natural alternative to medicine. I looked up which oils works best for getting rid or and repelling fleas, so I bought lemongrass and tea tree oil at a local market.

To get rid of the fleas I bathed Hen with a soap mixture, making sure to dilute the tea tree oil enough to not be toxic!
Natural Flea Shampoo:
1 Bottle Johnson & Johnson lavender baby shampo
1 Drop Tea Tree Oil
2 Drops Lemongrass Oil

Make sure to mix the oils into the soap (shake it) so that the oils aren’t just sitting on top.

This mixture made Henry smell amazing! He smells so good! During the bath about 15 fleas came off!! I picked another 5 off him the next day but that’s all I found. He is still a bit itchy but it’s only been 2 days so I’m going to bathe him again this weekend. I’m hoping all the fleas will be gone within 2 weeks.

Henry has also been suffering from an ear infection, I went to the internet to find another cure using essential oils.
Natural Ear Infection Cure:
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
2 Drops Tea Tree Oil

Place two drops in the ear canal and rub the ear.

Within 24 hours the gunk in Henry’s ears has gone away and the ear infection smell has almost gone away. I did the treatment again tonight hoping that by tomorrow it will be completely gone!

These are just treatments that I have been trying out and from first impressions seem to be working!

Next thing is to conquer his stinky breath 😜

How do you treat your pets without going to the vet?

– K


Busy busy busy!

I suck at blogging regularly 😦 . I promised some gluten free recipes and so I’ll share my recipe from tonight’s dinner!

But first, an update on how the gluten free thing is going for me! So I knew from the get go that I didn’t have celiacs, food doesn’t easily upset my stomach or anything serious like that. I was simply trying gluten free to see if it helped me with my energy or anything else. We’ll that it did! I have noticed that when I eat gluten, shortly after I get tired, which during the day at work gets really annoying. Who wants to be tired in the middle of the day after a good nights sleep!

Going completely gluten free was really hard for me, I knew it wouldn’t be bad if I ate it so I caved sometimes and ate a cookie and other yummy glutinous foods. I did try to bake some gluten free goodies though!

So I am not officially gluten free anymore but I do eat mostly gluten free. I usually don’t eat breakfast but I make sure my lunches are gluten free so that I can keep my energy up and not feel like napping. I try to make my dinners gluten free as we’ll but sometime they aren’t, especially on the weekends when I know it doesn’t matter if I have to nap in the middle of the day, I have nothing else to do! Over the weekends Wade and I eat out a lot, and I can usually eat gluten free but sometimes pizza is just too good to pass up!

Okay so tonight I ate Chicken Marsala Casserole. It was so good! I’m definitely adding this one to my recipe box!

Chicken Marsala Casserole:

2 Tbsp Butter
10 oz Mushrooms
1 1/2 Tbsp Gluten Free Flour
1/2 c Marsala Wine
1/2 c Heavy Cream
Salt and Pepper
1 c Long-grain Rice
2 c Chopped Rotisserie Chicken
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium-high heat until just melted. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the flour on top and stir in for 1 minute. Stir in the marsala and cream and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in 2 cups water, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

In a greased 9-inch-by-13-inch casserole dish, spread the rice in an even layer; top with the chicken. Pour the mushroom gravy on top. Cover with foil and bake until bubbly, about 35 minutes. Discard the foil, sprinkle the parmesan on top and bake for 5 minutes more.

I might try this recipe with Feeding Children Everywhere lentil casserole next time instead of rice, just to try out different things.

– K

Gluten Free Pad Thai

My second dinner eating gluten free was Pad Thai. I found a recipe on Pinterest but when I went to Publix I couldn’t find gluten free soy sauce. There was actually one and while it didn’t have gluten in it, it did have corn syrup, so I decided against the soy sauce. I found a pre made pad Thai sauce that was gluten free so I decided to get that instead.

GF Pad Thai:

1 Spaghetti Squash
1 Cup Cabbage
1 Cup Carrots
(I bought the cabbage/carrot pre packages salad mix)
1 Clove Garlic
1 Can Waterchessnuts
Chicken Breast
Peanut Butter to taste
(I like mine with less of a peanut butter taste)
Pad Thai Sauce enough to cover everything

Preheat the over to 350
Start by cutting the spaghetti squash in half and removing the seeds.


Place the squash in a glass pan with about a centimeter of water cut side down. Place in the over and bake for 45 minutes.

While the squash is cooking, cut the chicken breast into cubes and season with whatever seasoning you like best. I used salt, pepper, and ground ginger. Cook the chicken in a pan, once the chicken is thoroughly cooked set aside.

Once the spaghetti squash is finished, scoop out the inside with a fork.


Sauté the cabbage, carrots, garlic, and Waterchessnuts in a pan for 3 minutes.


Lower heat to low and add in the spaghetti squash and chicken. Mix the pad Thai sauce with the peanut butter then add to the pan (enough to coat everything evenly).



What’s your favorite gluten free recipe?

– K

Graduation & Gluten Free

I officially picked up my graduation cap and gown on Monday!!!!! It feels so close and is coming so fast! All I have left is finals week. Naturally I’ve been more stressed lately, and it caused a major pressure headache the other day, it hurt like hell, which made me realize I need to get back into my yoga practice.

So that’s the update with graduation and now there’s another factor that is changing my life, I’m going gluten free. At least for a little bit. I don’t have celiacs disease (or at least don’t believe I do, I haven’t gotten examined by a doctor for it) but I am tired all the time, even after getting a good nights sleep. I figured I would try going gluten free to see if it makes a difference in the way I feel. Last night was the first gluten free night and my roommate Maria made a really good meal, chicken with white beans, tomatoes, and feta cheese. It was really, really good!! I’ll post the recipe with pictures next time I make it. For tonight’s lunch I made a quinoa black bean and avocado wrap (with a GF wrap of course), I put a little bit too much avocado, it overpowered the whole taste but overall it was really good.

Tonight’s dinner was GF Pad Thai! And since I work at a cookie bakery, and it’s really hard for me to resist eating cookies/cookie dough every day, I decided to try making some GF peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (which are my current favorite at work). This way when I start craving cookies while at work, I can still eat one and stick to the GF diet. All four of these recipes will be up soon, with many more to follow.

What’s your favorite GF recipe?

– K

Divergent Book & Movie Review

Heads up this is going to be a long post, sorry but it’s worth it!

I love to read! I’m one if those people who gets absorbed in books, I love to live in the world that books create! Not many of my friends read for fun and growing up my dad always told me that he was so proud that I love to read for fun. He told me that no matter how our finances were, he would always have money to buy me books even if we had to cut back in budgeting somewhere else.

Barnes and Noble is my bookstore of choice, I just love it. When I bought Hunger Games it suggested Divergent for those who read and enjoyed the Hunger games series. It sounded good but I didn’t pick it up immediately. When I saw the preview for Divergent I got excited to see it and my friend Kristy told me I should hurry up and read it before it came out. I like to have books on my bookshelf but it was the week to pay bills so I couldn’t buy it, Kristy sent me a link she found to read it for free online.

I saw the movie last night and here is my review for both the book and the movie! My review is about things I liked and didn’t like about the movie and book so I’ll try to do this without spoiling too much but SPOILER ALLERT!!!!!

Divergent the book: (with a synopsis)
I could not put it down!! I finished the book in 5 days, during a week where I had school and worked 38 hours. I stayed up late to read it and read it during class (MAJOR case of senioritis and a love for books).

Tris is a citizen of the Abnegation factor, which is known for being selfless. Although she finds it hard to be naturally as selfless as the rest of her faction. It’s her time to take the test which tells people what faction they are best suited for based on their choices in a simulation test. When Tris takes the test she is able to control it in the way that she reminds her self that the situation isn’t real so she can manipulate the outcome.

Because of the way she can control the simulation her test results are inconclusive, she is Divergent. When the time comes to choose which faction she will live in, she chooses Dauntless which is known for bravery. The initiation stage of becoming Dauntless are brutal. The first stage pushes them to their breaking point physically day after day. The second stage tests their mental strength and the third stage tests them emotionally. The fights are brutally vivid, and Tris’ Divergent status makes her a target so she must keep it a secret.

Tris finds herself falling for the initiate leader Four who is strong, stern, and deals Tris some tough love. When the faction Erudite (known for being smart) creates a simulation system that controls the Dauntless, they use the Dauntless soldiers to attack and over throw the Abnegation leaders who are the governmental type decision makers.

When the simulation serum doesn’t work on Tris’, her Divergent side is revealed she must protect herself as well as the ones she loves and the people of Abnegation. Tris finds out that Four is Divergent as well and together they set out to fight and make things right.

The book is intense and has the message of self discovery as well as standing up for what you believe in and what is right. It made me miss kickboxing (random thoughts that come up while reading about the fights), and want to work out to become stronger.

Divergent the movie:
It’s said that movies aren’t as good as the books they are made from, but the Divergent movie was up to par! Just like the book I loved it!

The movie was longer than I expected, and seemed long while watching it but it was with it. They didn’t miss the important details, and I’m glad they didn’t cut back.

I understand that it’s a movie is targeted at teens but the fighting in the book was brutal and the movie didn’t capture how intense the training/initiation was, and this is bit sadistic but there was a beautiful quality to how brutal and vivid it was. It showed how they pushed through and became stronger because of it. It was their transformation into becoming Dauntless.

Since I read the book, I know about the little details about how the characters act and think. I wish that during Four’s fear simulator he seemed more stressed out. It’s suppose to be his biggest fears and In the book, Tris is the one who talk Four through them and into claiming down and overcoming the situations, it shows Four’s vulnerable side and it makes their relationship stronger. I also wish they showed how evil Peter is, instead they just made him seem a little bit like a bully and in the movie you don’t really grasp how cruel he was. They also didn’t fully express how close Tris was with Christina, Will, and Al. So when Al dies it doesn’t seem as emotional and same goes with when she has to kill Will.

There was a twist in the ending. Instead of Four shutting the Erudite system down after Tris snaps him out of the simulation control, Together Four and Tris fight the Erudite running the system. In quick thinking to get Janine to shut the system down (since she’s willing to die instead), Tris injects Janine with the simulation control serum and demands her, which she has to obey because of the simulation, to shut the system down. Personally I liked the ending in the book because that’s how it was but I liked the small change in the movie ending better.

Overall I loved both the book and the movie! I definite recommend reading and seeing it! I’m going to start posting reviews of other books I’ve read so you can get a sense of the types of books I like to read (although there is a wide variety). If you have the same taste in books hopefully I can share some new ones with you!

I’m always looking for new books!
What are some of your favorite books?

– K

Triple Chocolate Guinness Cookies!


Today being St Patricks Day I wanted to bak e something fun for the occasion! Last year I made Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with a Whiskey Butterscotch filling and Baileys Irish Buttercream Icing!


Today I decided to whip up some Triple Chocolate Guinness Cookies!

Triple Chocolate Guinness Cookies:

1 (12-oz) bottle Guinness extra stout
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips

In a saucepan, combine the Guinness and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture has reduced and is thick and syrupy (about 20-30 minutes). You should have just over 1/3 cup left once reduced. Transfer to a bowl and cool slightl, this will help it to thicken as well.



While the beer is reducing you can sift together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. I forgot to bring my sifter to the boys house so I had to improvise with a mesh strainer.



In your mixer, or mixing bowl, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy.


One at a time, add the eggs and the egg yolk, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla. With the mixer on low, slowly add the cooled Guinness syrup and beat until incorporated.

Slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing just until everything comes together.


Mix in the white chocolate and milk chocolate chips until evenly distributed throughout the dough.


Preheat your oven to 325 F. and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using a small cookie scoop/ice cream scoop, scoop the dough on top the cookie sheet. Place them about two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.


Bake for about 18 minutes (rotating the baking sheets halfway through), or until the edges are set. I like mine crispy with a soft center, you can feel this when you check on your cookies, if they give too much when you tap the top then give them a bit more baking time.

These cookies are soft like brownies but they have the crispy edges that I like!




Do you have any fun St. party’s Day recipes? (Sweet or savory?)


Tea Parties and a Bridal Shower

Today I got to celebrate once of my best and oldest friends getting married! The wedding is in a couple of weeks but her bridal shower was today! It was held at The Garden Gate Tea Room in Mt. Dora. The room was so pretty!







The food was really good, it might just have been the best chicken salad I’ve ever had!!




They had a couple of teas available for us to drink, a hibiscus, and their southern belle which was peach tea. I choose the peach tea because it doesn’t get much better than that!



We played games and the bride to be opened her presents.




Kelly and I have been best friends since kindergarten, and although we got separated by college and distance at times, our friendship was always there! I was so happy I was able to celebrate this with her and I can’t wait for her wedding!

What’s your favorite tea room? I’m always looking for great tea places!

– K