Blowing off Steam: Cooking and Other Adventures

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Do You Wanna &%!? A Snowman?

I don’t know about you, but Frozen has infected my house and it’s not showing any signs of clearing up anytime soon.  It appears to be a nationwide epidemic at this point so we might as well buckle in and enjoy the ride!  I personally love the movie and the songs but sometimes a video gem like this comes along and makes me love them even more!

Enjoy Frozen, the censored version.  Suited for immature adults everywhere.


I throw my hands up in the air and start flailing them around, grunting, yelling and running in circles.  I flop to the ground, give a fantastic final cough and then go silent.

My 3yo daughter doesn’t blink an eye and says calmly to her brother, “Nico, Mommy’s dead.”

My 6yo son has no response except to change the ROKU channel.

I lie there a couple seconds more, holding my breath.  Nobody moves.  Their level of concern for my safety is truly astounding. 

Maybe letting my son watch clips from Return of the Living Dead was a bad idea.

Some people.  Hrmph.

“Homemade” Body Wash

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!  As you may know, our Christmas holiday was a whirlwind of Christmas, moving (3 different, 6 hour round trips due to a gross underestimation of how much stuff we actually had) and then unpacking, organizing and making sure the house looks like we have lived here for 10 years in a matter of two days.  That last part was totally unnecessary but I am a psycho so in my world it HAD TO HAPPEN.  And it did, because I am awesome.  I am an awesome psycho.

Anyway, nothing to do with any of the above but I just made a batch of homemade body wash and realized that I never shared with you guys the recipe!  There are a million recipes of this stuff going around the internet so I basically took what I wanted from each and made one that works for our family, specifically for my two eczema prone kids with oat allergies!

Body Wash

We have already established that I stink at taking pictures so I didn’t even try to edit this one! We all have our talents.

The base ingredients are simple, but in my version there are a few that I had to get online or at a health food store.  Personally, I prefer Amazon for all of my ordering because everything seems to be cheaper!  I don’t work for them or anything, just a big fan!


  • 1 bar of all natural soap.  I used this one, which I was able to find on sale for $2.99 and bought a bunch of them:

Baby-Mild Bar Soap

  • 1/2 gallon (8 cups) of purified water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable glycerin.  I used this one, which cost $6.79 for 16oz:

  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil.  I used this one, which I found for $9.24 for 16oz:

  • 2 Tbsp pure, unrefined, African shea butter.  I had some that I purchased from the Co-Op when we lived in VA but I don’t have the package anymore to give you the info.  It’s about $12.50 for an 8oz package.

Making this is so easy!  You have to grate the soap into a large stock pot.  Then add your purified water and heat on medium heat, stirring constantly until the soap is melted.  Add in shea butter, glycerin and grapeseed oil and stir until combined.  Remove from heat and add in your favorite essential oils for fragrance.  For this batch I added orange and lemon essential oils for a citrus scent.  I also love coconut and vanilla.  It’s all about personal preference!  For super sensitive skin you can always leave out the fragrance.   Essential oils not included, the estimated cost based on the ingredients I used was $5.55 for 8 cups (64oz) of soap.  Not a bad deal if I do say so myself!!  To put in in perspective, the 30oz bottle of Jason soap I used to pour mine into was about $13.

Keep in mind that this isn’t like your store bought soap, creamy, ultra foamy and full of chemicals.  This is thinner and feels like it shouldn’t be working but believe me, it’s so much better for your skin!  I am sure there are ways to make it creamier but I haven’t experimented with them yet because we are so happy with how this soap helped our skin!  It might take some getting used to and you won’t get that “squeaky clean” feeling after washing with this because that “squeaky clean” feeling is actually the commercial soaps stripping your body of all it’s moisture!  Give it a shot.  Experiment with it and make it your own and hopefully save a ton of money!  I would love to hear your versions if you try this!


You Want it How, Exactly?

Break it down for me please.  I am still so confused by this video and song.  First they are in white and they are transparent in an airport and the people are moving so, so fast behind them and then they are in black outside of the plane and then, BAM back in the airport.  They go back and forth, back and forth but they NEVER EVEN GET ON THE PLANE.  Where were they going?  Are they afraid of flying?  Which one wants what, what way?  Help me!

The Next Chapter

Where do I start?!  OK here are a few of the super exciting things that have happened over the last few weeks:

1) Thanksgiving was great, even though the kids wouldn’t eat 1/2 of the food I made. 

2) I stepped in dog poop in my BARE feet.  IN.MY.BARE.FEET.  Maybe I shouldn’t have complained so much about the pee.

3) Our Elf is back!  We have already established that I am the worst Elf mom ever but remember what my husband did last year?

3) I thought I broke my toe but in fact, I just smashed it so hard I caused nerve damage but the bones didn’t break.  Obviously, I have toes of steel.

4) I am officially the worst Black Friday shopper ever.  I need a whole new wardrobe so I went to the mall, Target, TJ Maxx and Steinmart and came home with $100 in groceries.  I suck at shopping for myself and I need an intervention.  I also need a new omelet pan and a wooden spoon so feel free to send me one.

5) My son just had his 6th birthday (today, actually) and he proclaimed his celebration (yesterday) to be the “best day ever” so that makes me happy!  We actually had to cancel his birthday party but we replaced it with his favorite dinner, a trip to the Dollar Tree and a free movie courtesy of my awesome friend!!  Frozen was great, by the way.  Even with all of the singing.  The new repertoire of songs this season has inspired a lot of creative lyrics from my kids.  My daughter is now carrying on the Chickens in Paradise legacy. 

6) Oh yeah, and there is also the little news that MY HUSBAND GOT A JOB!! After over 8 months of searching and completing personality assessment after personality assessment he accepted an offer a couple of weeks ago!  We will be moving again, but we will be going back to North Carolina and back to our friends and a town we love so that should ease the stress of the move a bit!  If we get the house we want we will be moving the week after Christmas so the next couple of weeks are going to be INSANE with packing, applying for kindergarten, finding a preschool, changing addresses, getting cable/internet and OMG just saying all of those things out loud and knowing I just did all of this 1 1/2 years ago make me twitchy.  Breathe… OK I am good now.

We are definitely going to miss our new friends here in Roanoke.  We are so lucky to have met some truly awesome people who have been crazy supportive and generous throughout this tough time.  We are also going to miss the awesome scenery here!  Thankfully there will be trails where we are going but it’s not quite the same without the elevation.  I am proud to say I have actually run mountains!

So that’s the what’s what in our world.  I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving and Hanukkah (if applicable).  My next project, aside from all of the moving shenanigans, will be to come up with a menu for Christmas.  What are your favorite Christmas dishes?  I would love suggestions!!

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