Thursday, April 4, 2013

Pumpkin Oatmeal in the crockpot...

I did make Pumpkin Oatmeal in my crockpot over the Easter Holiday and I have to say - it's okay...I'm not wild about it, but I would do it again, just not right away.

I used this recipe, although I cut the sugar in half - between the sugar and the maple syrup, it just seemed like a lot!

This made 9 cups, so I was able to freeze a bunch.  Can't get my kids to try it, though. ;-)

Here's the recipe if you don't want to click on the link:

Servings: 9 (1 cup each)
2 cups steel cut oats
1 12 oz. can fat-free evaporated milk
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
5 1/2 C water
1 C sugar
2 t pumpkin pie spice
1/4 C maple syrup
1. Combine all ingredients in crock, stir well. Cook on low for 8 hours or 3 hours on high (stir every hour to keep from getting a crust).
2. For an apple version: substitute 2 cups sugar free applesauce for the pumpkin. Add 1 large chopped apple. Substitute 2 teaspoons cinnamon for the pumpkin pie spice.

I definitely want to try the apple version.  Yum...

Oh, Pinterest...

...How addictive you are!

I have been scrolling through Pinterest ... regularly ... for the last week. I am tossing around starting to sell some craft items utilizing my Silhouette, and I've been looking for inspiration. In the process, I've pinned literally hundreds of pins. One of the pins that caught my eye was this pin:

I am a HUGE fan of coconut lime, so this certainly fits that bill. So, I decided to try making the scrub.

Coconut-Lime Scrub

1/2 cup coconut oil (I used Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil)
1 1/4 cup white sugar
3 TBSP fresh lime juice

I did microwave the coconut oil to measure it easier. I placed all the ingredients in a jar, mixed and stuck the concoction in the refrigerator. After the coconut oil hardened a bit, I stirred the mixture again.

And this is what I've got:

I haven't used it yet. It smells ... very coconutty. I don't smell much lime in it. I plan to use it the next time I'm in the shower - I never have time to pamper myself with a bath. I'll let you know how it works!