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Monday, July 27, 2015

My Family's Original Whoopie Pie Recipe

Whoppie Pies (makes 40)

1 c. Shortening       1 c. cocoa
2 c. Sugar               ½ teas. Salt
1 c. Sour Milk         1 teas. Baking Powder
1 c. Hot water         2 teas. Baking Soda
4 c. Flour                2 eggs 2 egg yolks (save whites for filling)

Mix as you would any cake batter.  Drop by spoonfuls onto greased and floured cookie sheet.  Bake at 400°
For 10 minutes.


2 egg whites            2 Tbls Powdered sugar & 4 c. added  later
2 teas. Vanilla         4 Tbls milk
4 teas. Flour            1 1/3 cup shortening

Beat together all these ingredients.  Then add 4 cups powdered sugar and beat well.  Fill in between 2 cookies with flat sides together.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

5 New One-Minute Microwave Mug Cakes | Enjoy Easy Meals

These are quick and yummy for the tummy!  They are also great for a quick breakfast or even a snack or dessert after dinner.  You can adjust them to your dietary needs or restrictions very easily.

5 New One-Minute Microwave Mug Cakes | Enjoy Easy Meals:

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Beverage Companies That Use Stevia In Their Diet Soft Drinks

Aspartame, Splenda, Saccharin and Sucrolose FREE Diet Soda

I had written this for a few reasons.  The first was becasue people were looking for a soft drink that was diet and that did not use any of the popular poisons in it.  Now the second reason is because I just read an article put out on NatureNews about the Pepsi Cola Company getting rid of the poison Aspartame, but they are substituting it with Sucrolose, which is just another brand of poison in our drinks.

Aspartame can do much damage to a body that many do not know about.
Many contemporary health practitioners call modern disease syndromes ASPARTAME DISEASE because aspartame is at the root of diseases such as:

  • fibromaylagia
  • restless leg syndrome
  • migraines
  • vaginal irritation
  • tumors
  • allergy
  • multiple sclerosis
  • bladder cancer
  • central nervous system
  • infertility
  • weight gain
  • Parkinson's Disease. 

The chemical structure of aspartame causes the body to mimic these disease symptoms, but the bottom line, it's aspartame disease.

*Source: Phenylketonuria (PKU) - Aspartame

People who are diabetic or they just want to drink beverages that have a much lower sugar content really ae looking for a good soft drink and something that they enjoy with their meals or just ice cold on a very hot day.  It quenches their thirst.  Many are drinking these Asparte=ame lazed drinks because they do not know of any other brand and they also are inder the impression that it does not do any harm to them.  That is a big false statement and a huge Red Flag!

There is Good News and this company has been around since 1905.

There is a product that is diet and has no Aspartame in it and you can get it everywhere that you see other diet soda products.  It is Royal Crown Cola and is made by the Royal Crown Bottling Company and they have many offices and factories world-wide..

They originated in Clumbus, Ga when a young pharmacists  thought up of the idea of a new soft drink.  Claud A. Hatcher made this new and unique soft drink for his small store and family at first but grew into what we have today.  The original name was Chero-Cola and later they renamed it Royal Crown and added a few new products like Royal Crown Ginger Ale, Strawberry and then Root Beer

*Source: Royal Crown Bottling Company of Winchester, Va

Instead of aspartame, Sucralose or Saccharin they were using Splenda to sweeten the Diet Soda and other beverages. They did answer the call from all their consumers that they needed a better sugar sweetener that is of a more natural ingredient and they changed their diet colas to answer tis call.

Just recently they came out with a new product using Stevia instead, called RC NEO. According to The TRENDMonitor (a Food and Beverage Review Nwsletter) it is making a great impress in the International markets..
Some of their products include: 
  • RC Cola, Diet RC Cola
  • 7-UP
  • Sunkist
  •  A&W Root Beer
  • Ski
  • Welch’s Grape
  •  Big Red
  • Country Time Lemonade
  •  Snapple Teas
  • Red Bull Energy Drinks
  • Sierra Mist
  • Nehi products

You can hear their product video here: Royal Crown Cola Launches World Best Stevia Sweetened Cola 

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

I researched and wrote this article. Please do not copy and paste any part of this article, picture included for your own use. I will find you and report you for stealing.  It is my right to change any information therein at any time and/or change the location of my article. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Non-Food in Your Food

What You Don't Know Won't Kill You 

Facts you may not know and maybe don't want to know about YOUR Food
.............But what about when it comes to processed foods? Is there really any way to know how many insect parts has been ground right up with the rest of the ingredients? Probably not.
Think insect parts and rodent hairs are more of a rarity? Think again. An Ohio University fact sheet estimates that we eat from one to two pounds of insects each year, and without knowing it.
This is Gross, but is it Dangerous?
Quite the contrary. "They're actually pretty healthy," says Dr. Philip Nixon, an entomologist at the University of Illinois, in regard to insects, "If we were more willing to accept certain defect levels such as insects and insect parts, growers could reduce pesticide usage. Some of the spraying that goes on is directly related to the aesthetics of our food."
How Many Rodent Hairs and Insect Parts Are In...?
The FDA's action level for peanut butter is 30 or more insect fragments or one or more rodent hairs per 100 grams.
Here is a very brief sampling of the FDA's Food Defect Action Level list. They begin investigation when foods reach the action level they've set. According to the FDA, typical foods contain about 10 percent of the action level, but others say they contain more like 40 percent.
·        Insect filth: Average is 60 or more insect fragments per 100 grams when 6 100-gram subsamples are examined OR any 1 subsample contains 90 or more insect fragments
·        Rodent filth: Average is 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams in 6 100-gram subsamples examined OR any 1 subsample contains 3 or more rodent hairs
·        Insects and insect eggs: 5 or more Drosophila and other fly eggs per 250 ml or 1 or more maggots per 250 ml
·        Parasites: 3% of the fillets examined contain 1 or more parasites accompanied by pus pockets
·        Insect filth: Average of 225 insect fragments or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples
·        Rodent filth: Average of 4.5 rodent hairs or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples
·        Insect filth: Average of 30 or more insect fragments per 100 grams
·        Rodent filth: Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams
·        Rodent filth: 1 or more rodent excreta pellets are found in 1 or more subsamples, and 1 or more rodent hairs are found in 2 or more other subsamples OR 2 or more rodent hairs per pound and rodent hair is found in 50% or more of the subsamples OR 20 or more gnawed grains per pound and rodent hair is found in 50% or more of the subsamples
·        Insect filth: Average of 75 or more insect fragments per 50 grams
·        Rodent filth: Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 50 grams
Can these things be avoided? To avoid all unsavory food components, it seems, would be to stop eating all together. And perhaps we're just being too squeamish. After all, as Dr. Manfred Kroger, a professor of food science at Pennsylvania State University, says, "Let's face it, much of our food comes from nature, and nature is not perfect."

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

I researched and wrote this article. Please do not copy and paste any part of this article, picture included for your own use. I will find you and report you for stealing.  It is my right to change any information therein at any time and/or change the location of my article. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Who Eats Bugs and Some Recipes For Them

Mexico eats Grasshoppers and will buy them by the pound and they are fried before they are consumed.
Ants are ground up and used as a butter in Columbia.
June beetles, grasshoppers, ants, mole crickets, water beetles, katydids, locusts and dragonfly larvae are fried, boiled and sautéed with other vegetables in the Philippians.
Asia's favorite is the Water bug in which they will roast and served whole.
Some restaurants in their Washington D.C. are already incorporating bugs in their cuisine. One restaurants favorite is the chocolate chirpy chips. Recipe is below.
Farmers are even telling us that if we eat these bugs they will spend less on pesticides.


They bring about some emotional disturbances in people and in others they are just considered to be bugs. The movie industry has taken off with the emotionally charged patrons by showing horror movies about all kinds of bugs crawling, eating and just wreaking havoc on the screen. Those who are not afraid of bugs keep telling us they are just bugs and to get over it! Well, have you considered eating those bugs? Seriously they are very high in protein, Calcium and Iron and a few other nutrients that we need.

Did you know that many people eat insects as their main source of food? There are some that you cannot eat because they cause some allergic reactions and can make you sick, but I had listed some of the ones that are eaten and eaten regularly by other places such as Thailand, Africa and other nations of the world. No siree, bugs will not take over the world!

I think the tide is changing for the bugs. We will control them because we will harvest and eat them in many delicious dishes. They are even chocolate covered.

These are some of the yummy bugs that are edible: Dung Beetle, Tarantula, cicadas, locusts, mantises, crickets and grasshoppers, giant water bug, pupae of silk moths and other moths and butterflies, wasps' and bees' larvae and termites.

Bugs have a high amount of Protein, Calcium, Iron and fat. The highest nutrition Bug is the Water bug coming in at Protein: 19.8 grams, fat: 8.3, Carbohydrates: 2.1, Calcium: 43.5 and Iron: 13.6. These are more nutritious than a glass of Milk and don’t have the side effects that milk has!

The next one that is the highest in these things are the Red Ant, Dung Beetle, Grasshoppers, and Silk Worm Larvae. You can read all of the ones listed here and more on the Insect Nutritional Chart
You would be surprised at how many nations thrive on just eating bugs. From Africa to Thailand and the West is just getting in on the practice.

Bugs will not take over the world now!

What Do They Taste Like

Raw yellow jacket larvae have a sweet, nutty flavor, deep fried greater wax moth larvae tastes like bacon, crickets deep-fried have a crunchy, tangy flavor,
Dry roasting a pound of honey bees (about 3,500 bees) in an oven at low heat for eight hours can be used as flour.  
Just think of the possibilities and someday eating insect popcorn, using crickets as a new treat at your local theater.

Some Recipes I Found For Your Pleasure

Chocolate Chirpy Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
two eggs
1/2 cup dry roasted crickets
1 12-ounce bag chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla; beat until creamy. Beat in the eggs. Gradually add the flour mixture and insects; mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Dropped by rounded measuring teaspoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for eight to 10 minutes.

Note: Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled depending on supply of crickets available.
Stir Fried Grubs for Your Garden Salad
Herb-Grub Garden Salad
1 bag of mixed spring lettuce 
4-5 Palm Weevil Larva (fresh) 
½ lemon 
¼ cup olive oil 
¼ cup hearts of palm 
1 quartered beef tomato 
½ sliced red onion 
2 tsp. capers 
Pine Nuts 
In large bowl place washed lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and hearts of palm. Pre-heat sauté pan. When hot add 1 tbs. oil, capers, and live larva. Add lemon and salt. Sauté until golden brown. Remove from heat chill larva in sauce. Add to salad the remaining olive oil, and lemon juice. Pour cooked larva with sauce over the lettuce and garnish with pine nuts.
Chocolate Covered Crickets

Chocolate Covered Grasshoppers
baker's chocolate
candied crickets
Melt baker's chocolate in double boiler.
Fill molds halfway with chocolate, add grasshoppers, and fill rest of the way.
A tasty surprise in every one!

Hot-Cicada Nacho Grande
1 lb. of Large Corn Chips
1 cup of dry-roasted Cicadas (can substitute crickets) 
2 tsp. fresh chopped cilantro 
¼ cup of fresh jalapeño peppers 
½ lb. shredded cheddar cheese 
¼ cup black olives (sliced) 
1 tsp. chili powder 
1 tsp. olive oil 

Place dry-roasted Cicadas (or crickets) into small bowl. Add olive oil and chili power. Toss lightly with pinch of salt. On microwavable plate put small layer of chips followed by ¼ cup prepared Cicadas, olives, jalapeños, cilantro and cheese. Repeat until there is a mountain of chips. Place into microwave for 45 seconds to melt cheese. NOTE: has prepared Crick-ettes that can be substituted for Cicadas.

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere
I researched and wrote this article. Please do not copy and paste any part of this article, picture included for your own use. I will find you and report you for stealing.  It is my right to change any information therein at any time and/or change the location of my article. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

My Mother's Candied Sweet Potatoes

My mother's recipe is rather simple and 
I don't like the kind that has the marshmallows in them and 
baked until it is a mush. 
Mine is all done on the Stove Top.  
It can be made at the last minute too.
Open a can of Sweet Potatoes and empty into a saucepan.
Heat for about 3 minutes.
Remove Sweet Potatoes and set aside.
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar to the liquid

Boil until about half of what it was before you added the butter and sugar.
Put the Sweet Potatoes back in the sauce you just made and heat thoroughly.


© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Coconut Milk Pancakes

Today I ran out of boxed pancake mix and was looking for an easy recipe from scratch. I usually only cook from scratch unless I am brought home these little surprises from my hubby. Oh I don't mind the surprises as all. So searching for a simple and quick recipe I improvise the standard pancake recipe.

One day of the week I will make a big batch of pancakes and freeze them for the rest of the week as an easy and quick breakfast for my dear hubby or me when I need something to eat with my cup of coffee.

Being allergic to any dairy products I had to switch out some ingredients and here is my recipe for pancakes. This recipe makes many small pancakes. After they cooled, I used a piece of wax paper in between the pancakes and stored them in a large Ziploc Freezer bag and put them in the freezer. I did the same with a few but put them in the refrigerator instead.

So here is the recipe that I used.

Coconut Milk Pancakes

2 c. Self-Rising Flour

1/2 teas Salt

1 teas Baking Powder

2 Tbls Splenda

I can Coconut Milk (add water until the desired consistency you want)

1/2 c Canola Oil

2 Eggs or the equivalent of Egg Beaters if you are allergic to eggs.

1 teas. Vanilla extract or Imitation flavoring

Mix all together and pour the batter in the desired size you want on the 375 degree griddle. Turn after bubbles form and pancake looks a little dry.

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Which Cow Produces Better Milk

This is an excellent article on the different kinds of dairy cows, what the facts are for Guernsey and Jersey Milk and what Channel Island Milk is like.

Do Guernsey or Jersey Cows Produce the Better Milk?

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

I researched and wrote this article. Please do not copy and paste any part of this article, picture included for your own use. I will find you and report you for stealing.  It is my right to change any information therein at any time and/or change the location of my article. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

My Mother-In-Laws Applesauce Cake

My husband's father is diabetic and we all had a recipe for him to be able to eat. This is a dilicious diabetic Apple Sauce cake that doesn't taste diabetic at all.


Combine and Boil until no water remains and fruit is soft. Set aside:

1 C. Raisins 
1 C. Dried Fruit 
2 C. Water

Combine and set aside: 
2 C. Flour 
1 teas. Soda 
½ teas. Salt 
½ teas. Nutmeg 1 ½ teas. Cinnamon 

Combine these, then mix with Raisin Mixture:

2 eggs 1 C. Applesauce 
2 Tbsp. SPLENDA 
¾ C. oil 
1 teas. Vanilla 
½ C. Chopped Nuts 

Stir this mixture into dry ingredients.

Pour into Greased and Floured Bundt Cake pan and bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

Monday, March 16, 2015

My Husband's Family's Recipe For Polish Mistakes

Polish Mistakes

These are served Christmas Eve after Midnight Mass in my husband's family. They are really good. His mom (god rest her wonderful soul) served the children, which were all her children and the grandkids, cheese, peperoni slices and crackers as snack the night before Christmas. These were the best treats for us on very cold and snowy nights. Usually we has a hard time getting up Division Street on the side of the mountain in Oil City, PA. It really was a nervous time getting up that in the packed snow and we looked forward to these snacks to warm us up and replenish us after the stress we endured out on the roads. Such great memories. His mother is gone now and his father in a nursing home.


Brown and Drain: 1 part Hamburg 1 part Sausage

Add: 1 jar Velveeta Cheese 
1 teas. Garlic Salt 
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

Spread on Party Rye Bread.

Bake at 350° for 10 minutes

These freeze well.

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

Friday, March 13, 2015

My Cookies Recipes From a Boxed Cake Mix

I got this off the Internet and tried it and it was good. It is just the basic recipe. I wanted to give it a try before I shared it with you. I found it quite easy and you could make all kinds of cookies from all kinds of flavored cake mixes.

I also found the consistency thick enough that you could even make rolled or cut cookies from the mix recipe. They didn't come out like little cakes, but like real cookies that were made from a cookie mix.

I did a little bit of experimenting with a Spice Cake Mix and added some raisins. They are very good. I am not sure if my oven was too hot (I used the temperature they suggested) or what, because the edges came out a little browner than I would have liked. They are still good though.  They weren't burnt.

I am going to experiment some more with other flavors of cake mixes and adding other ingredients, like chocolate chips, nuts, dried cherries or even dried cranberries and other yummy things. The possibilities are almost endless!

Cake Mix Cookie Recipes 

Basic** Cake Mix Cookies

1 Box of Cake Mix

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup of Oil

2 Tbsp Water for a hard cookie,  **Add 1/4 Teaspoon more if you want a softer cookie


Bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees. Cool on backing sheet for about 1 minute and then transfer them to cooling rack.

Makes about 18 cookies, depending on how big you make yours.

Chocolate Kahlua Coconut Cookies

This is a variation on the original cookie. I used a Chocolate Cake Mix.

I used 1/4 cup (One Stick) warm Butter instead of the Vegetable Oil 
and added it after mixing in the eggs so that it wouldn't cook them.
I replaced the water with 2 1/4 tbsp Kahlua liquor
and added about a cup of coconut 
and about a half cup of chopped peanuts.

I was able to roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball and then after placing it on the cookie sheet flattened them with my fingers.

I didn't need to grease the cookie sheet.

They came out very yummy and the edges did not burn.

Heavenly Cookies From A Boxed Cake Mix

 This variation uses a box of Betty Crocker Super Moist Vanilla Cake Mix.

Add to this 1/2 to 1 Cup of White Chocolate Chips and the same for the Crushed Peanuts.

You will need to use a Spray Oil on your pan because the White Chocolate Chips will burn and stick to your pans.


Pina Colada Pudding Cake

1 Box White Cake Mix
1/3 C. Dark Rum 
**1 small box Instant Coconut Cream or Vanilla Pudding Mix
 1/4 C. Vegetable Oil
4 Eggs
3/4 C. Water
**1 – 2 C. Flaked Coconut depending on flavor of pudding avail.


Blend all ingredients EXCEPT Coconut.  
Beat 4 minutes at med. Speed.  
Pour into 2 GREASED 9-in. Cake Pans.  
Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 min.  DO NOT UNDERBAKE.  
Cool pan for 15 min.  
Remove and place on Rack.  
Frost with favorite Frosting.  
Sprinkle with Coconut.

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My Mom’s Best All Beef Meat Loaf

My Mom’s Best All Beef Meat Loaf

Prep time 15 min  -  Total time 120 min

Ingredients for 8 servings

         2 lbs Ground Beef (Best to use fresh and not frozen---frozen tends to fall apart)  
         1 Small finely chopped Onion  
         I Egg Lightly Beaten  
         1/2 Cup Cracker Crumbs, Bread Crumbs or Quick Cooking Oatmeal (this makes a creamier textured meatloaf)  
         1/2 Can of Tomato Soup. Reserve the rest in the can for the topping. Recipe for that will follow

Mix all ingredients together well. Shape into loaf and put in Loaf Pan.
Make a channel in the top of the meatloaf to pour topping into.

**Topping: Add 3 TBLS Brown Sugar, and fill the can to the top with Catsup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.
Bake for 11/2 hours at 350 degrees.
**Make a gravy if you wish (the fat tends to separate from the tomato sauce). Pour drippings from pan into pot and heat until boiling, Add 1 teaspoon flour and stir until thickened.
Serve with Mashed Potatoes or Rice, Rolls and a Vegetable.

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

Hamburger Cabbage And Apple Goulash

Hamburger Cabbage And Apple Goulash

I had fresh hamburger, but was all out of ideas on how to cook it besides just hamburgers.  So I put the question up on my Facebook page and got some great ideas.  I did not use them though and I had thought of something as I was cooking up the hamburger in the skillet.  Well I rummaged through my refrigerator and came up with this dish.  My husband loved it.  He had two large helpings.  There was just enough to put in individual containers for our lunches today.  Here is how I made it:
1 ½ pounds of fresh Ground Beef or Hamburger
I/2 Head of Large Cabbage, diced
1 Large Onion, diced
1 Large Apple, diced
¼ Bag of Wide Egg Noodles
1 Packet of Mushroom or Brown Gravy Mix made as directed on the packet.


Cook about 1 ½ pounds of ground-beef in the skillet.  Drain when half cooked. 
While this is cooking chop up about a half of a head of Cabbage, One large onion and one large apple (any kind you wish).
Add the Onions and the Cabbage 1 ½ cups of water and about ¼ bag of Noodles.  Cook until the noodles are soft. 
Add a packet of Mushroom or Brown Gravy Mix to 1 cup of water and mix well.  Pour over the Beef and Vegetables.  Let that simmer a few minutes so the gravy is a little thickened.

Add the apples turn off the heat and put the lid on it.  Let it stand for about 5 minutes.  You do not want it to stand too long or the apples become mush.

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

Poultry Quarters Smothered In Cream Soup

Debbie Allen's Smothered Chicken

One Whole Chicken cut in pieces or 2 of ea: Breasts, Thighs and Legs
1/2 stick butter
about 3 tablespoons Olive or Vegetable Oil
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
I can of Milk or for Milk Free use 1/4 cup of Non Dairy Creamer and 1 can water
2 teas. ea. -Salt Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder -mixed together
Sprinkle chicken pieces with seasonings. In large skillet Brown (don't cook all the way) the chicken pieces in the Oil and Butter.
Mix the soups and milk together and pour over the chicken pieces. Simmer for about 1/2 hour.
Use the sauce for over Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Noodles, Toast or Baked Potatoes. It's very versatile!

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Make Your Own Facial Scrubs and Cleansers

Make Your Own Facial Scrubs and Cleansers

Make Your Own
There are some of us who need something extra or something different than what is offered on the market. It is a good idea to know what the different ingredients are that go into a facial scrub or mask or any kind of product that you put on your face does. A rule of thumb is that if you can eat it then it can be put on your skin. At least that should be the way everything is made today.
Most things have an oil or base to them. There are many kinds of bases that you can use. Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and most Vegetable and Nut Oils that you cook with can be used.
You can also use Vegetable Butters, such as Cocoa and Shea butters. These are solids and would be good in facial creams.
You can also use these for aromatherapy. When you make your own you can be sure that you know exactly what you are putting on your face. There are many essential oils that do different things that you can choose from. Peppermint, for one, will open pours and cool the skin.
It is also easier to make these and put them in decorative containers and give them as gifts. You know what your friends and family likes and prefers.
Buying pre-made gifts can be very expensive. Make your own and save money. Which is better? Most people that I know like gifts that are home-made. I like them because it isn't just what ingredients or products that go into it, it is the love that is put into making the finished product. It is also better because you know what kinds of chemicals or ingredients you are putting into you labor of love. Here are some great Facial products that you can make yourself and with all natural ingredients. Get your children involved and have a Party as you make these wonderful gifts. Everyone enjoys saving money and making things to give. Enjoy!

Apricot Rose Face Mask and Scrub

This makes enough for a single use.
1 apricot - organic is best
2 tablespoons finely ground oatmeal
1 drop rose essential oil
Take out the seed of the apricot and mash it up in a bowl.
Add the oatmeal and blend well, then
add the rose essential oil.
Rub the paste all over your face, scrubbing gently around the nose and chin.
If there's any leftover in the bowl, treat your hands to a hand mask!
Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse well with warm water. Gently pat skin dry with a towel.

Acne Blend
This is an excellent recipe for clearing up acne.
.75 oz. of jojoba oil
8 drops tea tree essential oil
6 drops bergamot essential oil ("bergaptene free" )
4 drops lavender essential oil
Mix the above oils to a clean bottle or jar. Shake the container gently before each use. Apply this oil to the face every evening, about one half hour before bed. The oil blend works best with massage. When massaging, rub the oil into the face, being careful to work around any cystic acne (massaging cystic acne may make it worse). To treat this type of acne, massage the oil in a circular motion around the pimple. This will increase blood circulation to the area and help to flush out the toxins. For daytime use, these essential oils can also be mixed into a base of plain, unscented skin creme (not lotion). Continue use of the oil even after the skin has cleared up - adding a few drops of carrot oil to the original blend can help reduce spotting caused by previous breakouts

An Exfoliating Fruit Mask for All Skin Types

Fruits contains natural hydroxy acids (AHA) that make your skin smooth and soft while cleansing it deeply.
AHAs are an important ingredient in many skin creams and moisturizers because they help exfoliate the skin. Increased exfoliation, or renewal of the skin cells, gives skin a younger, more vibrant look. But exfoliation can also cause skin irritation, so honey's natural moisturizing ability makes it a perfect accompaniment to any AHA products.
1/4 Mango
1/2 tsp. Lemon,
Grapefruit or Orange Juice
2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
Puree the mango in a blender and mix it in a bowl with the juice of your choice. Add the essential oil. Apply on the entire face and leaveit on for at least 10/15 minutes. Rinse well with tepid or warm water. ***DO NOT go into direct sunlight after applying this mask. Citrus, like any Vitamin C treatment, are skin sensitive and can cause pigmentation when in contact with sunlight. It is best advised to use this mask at night.

Angel Water Skin Toner
You will need:
1 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons rose petals
4 tablespoons sage leaves
3 tablespoons lavender blossoms
2 tablespoons rosemary
3/4 cup rosewater
Heat the vinegar and pour it over the herbs. Place the mixture in a quart jar and cap it with a non metal lid. Shake daily for ten days. Strain and add the rose water

Clay Mask For Oily Skin Types

Ingredients you will need:
1 cup of lemongrass
8 cups of boiling water
1/2 cup white clay
1 tablespoon of peppermint extract (optional)
Steep the lemongrass in water for 20 min. cool, then stain. Place clay in shallow container. Mix in enough lemongrass liquid to become paste-like. Apply mask to clean face allow it to dry. Rinse with warm then cool water. Left-overs can be frozen or refrigerated.

Facial Scrub 1Basic Scrub:

1/4 C rolled oats
1/4 C powdered milk (buttermilk or goats milk works great)
1 TBSP plain or sea salt
Extras added to above:
1TBSP cornmeal (for extra exfoliation)
1TBSP rose petal powder
1TSP neem powder (for problem skin)
Put all ingredients in food processor and process until fine. Add fragrance/essential oils drop by drop while processing. To Use: place TBSP amount in palm and wet (water/hydrosol/floral water) until paste-like. Gently, massage into skin and rinse well. Note: I use this on my skin daily and modify as needed. Other additives could be: powdered lemon or orange peel, powdered lavender buds, etc.

Facial Scrub 2Sea Salt 1/8 cup

Oatmeal (the kind you get in the grocery store is fine)
1/2 cup Unscented Shower & Bath Gel 2 oz.
Bergamot essential oil 10 drops
Lemon essential oil 15 drops
Ylang Ylang essential oil 5 drops
To make the Facial Scrub mix all Ingredients in a nonbreakable container, you will want to cut up your Oatmeal first in a blender or something of that nature so the pieces are not so big. If you need more of an exfolliant effect add some Whole Poppy Seeds

Facial Scrub 3Friday Night Facial

A once a week facial is a wonderful treat for your skin. I have a very simple regimen for Friday nights before bed. It's not as exciting as my Friday nights were when I was younger, but my skin sure appreciates it more!
The Steps:
Cleanse: Use a gentle, non-soap cleanser such as oatmeal or a mild soap. Rinse well and pat skin dry with a clean towel.

A Couple of Masks
1.  Green Clay Mask
Tablespoon Green Clay 1/2 - 1 Tablespoon Water (enough to make a thin paste) Apply to face and allow to dry then gently wash off

2.  Honey, Vinegar and Almond Mask
Use this mask for facial toning and softening. Great for very dry skin. 
2 tbls. honey 1/4tsp.vinegar 1/2 sweet almond oil
Heat honey until honey is soft and pliable. Add oil and vinegar. Mix well until you have a smooth consistency. When it is cool enough, apply to face. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere