Homemade Organic Ranch Dip

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I’ve been working on trying to reduce the amount of preservatives I’ve been putting in my body on a daily basis. This Organic Ranch Dip Recipe is a healthy alternative to the One in the packet that is loaded with preservatives and ingredients I can’t even pronounce. 

Since so many of us are on organize and clean out mode this time of year... why not think about cleaning out your spice cabinet or drawer and replace all of them with Organic spices? I mean... if you are like me, then the majority of your spices were expired anyway. 

Thankfully Organic food has become more readily available and isn’t as expensive as it used to be. I can remember trying to change what went my body ten years ago and eventually gave up because we just couldn’t afford the Organic foods back then.   

Luckily stores like Aldis and Trader Joe’s make it so much easier and a whole lot less expensive.  

This journey for me is all about moderation and making better choices with what I put in my body.  I will not get it right all the time, but it’s all about trying and taking baby steps to a healthier lifestyle. 

Here is a great organic dip that I have for a snack everyday and I love to dip organic celery, carrots or cucumbers in it.

 

 Homemade Organic Ranch Dip

 

1 Cup Organic Sour Cream

1 teaspoon Organic Dried Parsley

1 teaspoon Organic Dried Chives

1/2 teaspoon Organic Dried Dill weed

1/2 teaspoon Organic Onion Powder

1/2 teaspoon Organic Garlic SALT

1/4 teaspoon Organic Pepper


Mix all ingredients together and store in a glass container in fridge.

Use for dipping Organic Veggies in.


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Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread

This recipe is so yummy and great to serve on a Saturday morning for breakfast or as an after school snack.  

I used pumpkin pie spice but you can substitute it with cinnamon. Either way it is delicious.  

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 Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread

 

For Sauce

Melt the following over medium heat for 5-7 minutes

- 1 Cup packed Light Brown Sugar

- 1 1/2 Sticks Salted Butter

- 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (I used @mccormickspice brand) or Cinnamon

- 1 teaspoon Vanilla


Set Sauce aside and add 1 Cup of Toasted Pecans to bottom of oil sprayed Bundt Pan.

Pour half of Sauce evenly over Pecans.


In a Ziploc Bag add:

- 1 cup of Granulated Sugar

- 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice or Cinnamon

Shake Bag vigorously to mix.

 

Open two cans of Jumbo or Grand Biscuits and cut into Sixths. Toss in ziploc bag and thoroughly coat each piece.

Add all sugar coated Biscuits to Bundt pan evenly covering the pecans. Pour remaking Sauce over the Biscuits and Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes and flip onto decorative plate.


For Icing:

Mix together:

- 6 Tablespoons of softened salted Butter

- 1/4 cup of softened cream cheese.

- 1 teaspoon Vanilla

- 1 1/2 sifted Cups Powdered Sugar

- 2 Tablespoons Milk

Put in Gallon ziploc bag and snip corner. Drizzle over warm Monkey Bread.

Best if served Warm!


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Denmark Cottage Christmas 2017

This Christmas I went with a more simplistic/elegant design. It was perfect! Thankfully it’s not much to take down and put away and I’m not tired of looking at it yet, so I highly recommend the more simple approach. Music : Francesca Battistelli (Heaven Everywhere)

GLOGG

GLOGG

 We started our Scandinavian themed Christmas off with an awesome adult drink called Glogg. This hot beverage is commonly served this time of year in the Nordic countries. It is made with lots of alcohol and some amazing spices. Todd and his buddies loved it. In fact, I have already had to make two batches. I’ve included the recipe I used below in case you want to make some for yourselves! 

Hair tutorial for a more modern look

Some of you have requested a hair tutorial, so my amazing hairdresser Alissa was kind enough to share how she gave me a more modern look while still keeping my icy blonde hair.  I will upload a a video of how I style it at home soon. So stay tuned! 

Milk Paint and Why it's a Favorite

Milk Paint and Why it's a Favorite

SO whats the difference in this and other paints you ask?

Well... you know how all these old furniture pieces have that white chippy finish to them??

Well that's what  you get when you paint with milk paint! If you look back at my other post on some pieces I painted using different types of paint, you can see the difference. There are some tricks to get a lot of "chippiness" and since I have only painted a couple pieces using milk paint, I can only tell you what I have learned thus far.

Favorite Self Help/ Parenting Books

Today I wanted to share some of my all time favorite books that have helped me so much over the years. Some of these books I have read multiple times depending on when I needed it most. I thought I would share these with you in hopes that they will help you.

First up is one of my all time favorite parenting books: "12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Mom." This book was a lifesaver for me when our children were young. This is the book where I learned the "five minute quick clean". I still use that tip to this day! Not only does this book help you with organizing your life but, she also shares how to prioritize things so you are not overwhelmed with taking on too much. She also gives tips on becoming a better wife and christian. This is a must read, so do yourself a favor and download it now or buy one asap HERE.

Next parenting Book I highly recommend is "Boundaries With Kids"

In my opinion, one of the most tragic things we have done as a society when parenting, is teach our children that we will clean up the messes they make rather than letting them feel the pain of making bad choices. This creates a child and eventually an adult, that they can make excuses for their bad behavior and never own up to it. "This book helps you teach your kids to take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions." 

You can purchase Boundaries with Kids HERE

Here a few additional great reads for Parents:

Transparenting

And for those of you who have a strong-willed child, these two books are a MUST!

Parenting with Love and Logic

Strong-Willed Child

Next up: Is Your life out of control?

Do people take advantage of you?

Do you have trouble saying no? 

Do you others to quilt you in to doing things?

If you answered yes to any of these, then this book is for you! Heck, even if you didn't answer yes, do yourself a favor and get this book!

BOUNDARIES

Two books that have changed my spiritual life and helped me grow stronger in a relationship with God were these two amazing books:

Experiencing God

and 

The Purpose Driven Life

It doesn't matter if you are just starting your spiritual journey or a seasoned Christian, these books will change your life. 

I hope you will find any or all of these books as helpful as I have all these years. Mine still sit on my bookshelves so that they are easily accessible to myself or my family members. Enjoy!

Denmark Cottage Chocolate Cake

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This is our favorite chocolate cake! Here is the recipe I have used for years. I perfected it when I had my cake business a few years ago, in fact, this pic was from my business baking days. Even now it's my go to chocolate cake recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!! .

Denmark Cottage Chocolate Cake

In a Kitchen Aid Mixer mixer combine these first five ingredients.

•3 cups all purpose flour (white Lily)
•1/2 cup cocoa sifted (Hershey) •2 cups sugar
•2 teaspoons baking soda•1 teaspoon salt

Mix on low speed with paddle attachment for a few minutes to combine.

Add in:

• 1 cup of coffee • 1 cup water
• 2/3 cup vegetable oil • 2 teaspoons vanilla • 2 tablespoons vinegar

Mixture will be very thin but this is what makes it such a moist cake! Spray two 8 inch cake pans with Wilton Baking spray with flour and pour batter evenly into both pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Do no over bake. Cool on racks.

Denmark Cottage Chocolate icing

•2 sticks salted butter softened •1 teaspoon vanilla (Nielsen Massey)
•2/3 cup cocoa powder (Hershey)
•1 lb confectioners sugar
•1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (for coffee flavored icing, add 2 tablespoons of instant coffee to cream)

Cream butter in Kitchenaid Mixer for 2-3 minutes. Add vanilla. Slowly add confectioners sugar 1 cup at a time. Add cocoa powder. Mix until combined and gradually start adding heavy cream. I like to whip mine on medium high speed to get it fluffy. 

For this particular cake pictured.. I first sliced each 8 inch cake in half and iced in between the layers so I had four layers of cake. I iced the top and outside and then used my hands to coat the sides with  Chocolate Vermicelli (purchase on Amazon). I piped the petals using the Wilton piping tip #125 and then added more chocolate vermicelli to the center. Now I want some chocolate cake!

Download recipe HERE

Highlight and Contour

Highlight and Contour

Today's Friday favorite is Kat Von D shade + light contour pallet. It's amazing what contouring can do for my face. I love how it gives my cheekbones definition as well as my chin and jaw line. It also can make my nose look more narrow and it's so easy to do!

Eyebrow Tutorial

Eyebrow Tutorial

This is my first video and might be my last, since it took me 10 times to do it😏 please be nice😊

I'm certainly no expert, but I think most makeup artist would agree that Eyebrows can literally change the look of your face. If you are like I was in the beginning, I couldn't ever get the shape right and it would take me entirely too long, at least that was the case, until I found the Sonia Kashuk #27 eyeliner brush. Total game changer for me!! I think it's because of the angle and how narrow it is. The key is to line underneath the eyebrow first then do the same at the top and just fill in the middle of the brow as you go. 

Chalk Paint

Chalk Paint

Today we are sharing our favorite go to paint. We love the flat matte finish it gives to our furniture pieces. You could also use a flat white paint, but the finish on the chalk paint is more of the look we are going for.

All You Need is Love....

All You Need is Love....

All you need is love... Oh if only that were true... Relationships would be a lot easier.

 There is no doubt we have all had times in our marriage or relationships (including us), where you lose that passion you once had due to so much happening in your lives. I can remember feeling at the end of the day that I had nothing left in me, especially being intimate. Well fast forward to where we are now and we can truly say we feel as much in love today (if not more), as we did when we first started dating. So how did we get to that place ? 

Favorite Things Friday

Favorite Things Friday

It's favorite things friday again and since its the Christmas season I thought I would share a few of my Christmas favorites wih you.

First off.. This is my favorite Christmas candle EVER! Every year I get this candle as well as the wallflowers and room spray from Bath N Body Works and my home smells like a fresh cut tree.