Snowball Cookies

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We need cookies around here. Flavorful, fun and delicious holiday cookies that I can make with my family year after year. So, here we go!

I love snowball cookies and this vegan version is super easy to make and delicious! These cookies have a perfect, soft, crunchy texture with just the right amount of pecans and orange flavor. These can easily be made gluten-free by substituting the flour for your gluten-free flour of choice too. =)

My secret ingredient that made these cookies go from great to WOW, was the addition of orange essential oil. What, you say? Essential oils in cooking? Yep! Yep! Yep! I was a bit skeptical at first, but holy smokes! These cookies are bursting with the most amazing hint of fresh, pure orange flavor. It’s very subtle and just the right amount.

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Orange essential oil has plenty of awesome benefits beside making these cookies burst with flavor. Did you know that orange essential oil can be helpful to colicky babies and help them to sleep and it’s scent is uplifting, can boost immunity and induces relaxation. As a mom of three, I need everything I can to help me relax!

Back to these amazing cookies. Can you be in love with a cookie? I think I most definitely am!

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Snowball Cookies
 
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These cookies have a perfect, soft, crunchy texture with just the right amount of pecans and orange flavor.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 cookies

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 cup Vegan Butter, softened
  • 3-5 drops orange essential oil
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cups finely chopped pecans (pulse through a food processor until finely ground if you have one)

Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325°F.
  2. Combine butter and powdered sugar in bowl. Beat at low-speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well mixed. Add orange essential oil and stir well. Start with three drops and add more to taste.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour and pecans.
  4. Combine all ingredients to form a dough.
  5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 18-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar while still warm and again when once cool.

Notes
This made 24 snowballs, but you can get more if you make smaller ones.

Want to try out Orange Essential oil? You can order retail HERE. If you want to find out how to get essential oils wholesale, you can read more about that HERE.

The possibilities and options available to you and your health with the use of essential oils is so exciting to me. It is my passion to help others find natural solutions and options to support their own health. Please join my private facebook group to learn more HERE. You can always contact me directly to learn more virtuallyveganmama@gmail.com

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

Cocozia Coconut Water Review and Recipe

beetjuice1 (1 of 1) I was lucky enough to receive Cocozia Organic Coconut Water to review for my lovely readers. I use coconut water almost every time I make a smoothie or juice to boost my potassium and aid in hydration. Cocozia Coconut Water is 100% Organic , contains no pulp, no added sugar, no preservatives, and is not from concentrate. Cocozia is NON GMO verified, gluten-free, vegan and kosher. I found it to have a great taste, totally fresh and pure, I can actually enjoy this straight out of the container, unlike some other brands I have tried. I definitely recommend this one to try if you love coconut water!

I also love the added convenience of being able to order a case of twelve delivered to my door with my Amazon Prime membership. That way I always have it on hand and it’s one less item I have to carry home from the grocery store!

Enjoy this energizing juice to start out your morning for a vitamin and mineral boost. The added coconut water hydrates your body, contains a natural abundance of potassium and magnesium, as well as other electrolytes. This would be a great post-workout juice!

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Beet Blaster
 
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Recipe type: Juice
Serves: 1-2 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 raw beets, halved
  • 2 clementines, peeled
  • 1 apple, halved
  • knob of fresh ginger
  • 1 cup chilled Cocozia Coconut Water

Instructions
  1. Feed the beets, clementines, apple and ginger through a juicer. Pour into a glass, add the coconut water, stir and serve

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Jennifer

Look what I’ve found at Minted!

Sometimes I slack when it comes to ordering my Holiday cards and sometimes I am on it and they are done so early I’m really proud of myself. I wish I could more every year, but I’m not! It’s okay I’m late this year because I was introduced to Minted, the online marketplace of independent designers (minted.com). Have you heard of it?  Have you used their services before? I’m pretty excited to give them a whirl because I LOVE what they are all about!

Minted believes that great design lives and thrives in the hands of independent artists that people do not have access to through traditional retailers. Minted uses technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent, making Minted a place where artists can learn, gain exposure, and build their businesses. And they are not just stationary. They offer an Art Marketplace, Fabrics and Home Décor too. They even have a great blog called Julep that is loaded with inspiration. Now if that ‘aint awesome, I don’t know what is!

I already have the picture of my beautiful kiddos picked out, so maybe you can help me choose from the following gorgeous designs so I can get these ordered and shipped out! I can’t decide, so I need the help of my dear readers!

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Okay, here are my choices…sorry for the small pics! Minted let’s you add a picture and it puts it on every holiday card so you can scroll through and chose, but I could only add small pics to this post!

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I could have added more, because almost all of them looked great! But, I had to narrow it down to these six. Which one do you like the best?

Happy Holiday Card Shopping at Minted!!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Thieves Household Cleaner

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Since we’ve been using essential oils more and more in our daily lives, I knew I wanted to start making my own homemade products.  A DIY Thieves Household Cleaner was the first thing I wanted to make and it’s so easy. I also love that it’s less expensive to make your own and you can have control over what goes in it. If you’ve followed my blog for long, you know I care about the food we put into our bodies at our house. So it only makes sense for us to take it to the next level and start replacing all the chemicals we are using around the house.

Most of us assume that the products we are using in our home are safe, but that is not the case. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns that cleaning supplies have hidden toxins such as ammonia, lye, and chlorine. These ingredients can cause external irritation, and are harmful if inhaled. You can cut these chemicals by making your own cleaning supplies and that is exactly what I’m starting to do.

Some really cool background info on Thieves. I love this story!

Thieves was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. In the Late Middle Ages, Europe was devastated by the Bubonic Plague, which killed a third of the human population. Out of this period, a legend emerged of four thieves who were captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims. When the thieves were tried, the officials offered a lighter sentence if they would reveal how they didn’t contract the horribly contagious disease.

Thieves Oil, developed by Young Living, is inspired by this story. Thieves essential oil is a proprietary blend of cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus therapeutic grade essential oils. It smells insanely good! Thieves essential oil blend was created to offer the same kind of defense against modern airborne bacteria. In fact, studies conducted at Weber State University showed it to have a 99.96 percent success rate against airborne bacteria.

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We started with just diffusing Thieves oil or applying it topically to help support a healthy immune system. I am now also using the amazing Thieves to make this non-toxic spray for all my cleaning tasks around the house. I love it, feel great using it and my house smells incredible! I’m using it to clean counters, clean toddler toys, anything that needs cleaning – Thieves has it covered. Such a versatile essential oil – I’m in love!

The basic Thieves all-purpose spray solution for cleaning and disinfecting around the home is this:

1 drop of thieves essential oil for each ounce of water, or for a stronger solution, 1 drop for every 1/2 ounce of water.

Add the thieves oil first, then add water. It mixes better that way. Shake vigorously before each use. You can use this basic recipe or change it up by adding vinegar or castile soap.

I have a 16 oz bottle I use in the home – like this one:

AND it’s great to have the cleaner in smaller bottles to carry with you. I clean shopping carts, high chairs, toilet seats, basically anything that needs cleaning out there ;) with these bottles – like this one:

DIY Thieves Household Cleaner
 
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Recipe type: Non-Toxic All-purpose Cleaner

Ingredients
Basic Thieves Cleaner:
  • 1 drop of thieves essential oil for each ounce of water
or
  • 1 drop for every ½ ounce of water (for a stronger solution)
Variation 1: Makes 8 oz.
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 8-16 drops thieves essential oil
Variation 2: Makes 8 oz.
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons castile soap
  • 8-16 drops thieves essential oil

Instructions
  1. Pour thieves essential oil into a dark glass spray bottle.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Shake well before use.
  4. Store in a cool, dark place.

 

Want to get your hands on Thieves Essential Oil? You can order it retail from me HERE. Interested in learning about becoming a wholesale member with Young Living? You can read all about it HERE. Got questions? You can email me with any of your oily questions, that’s what I’m here for!!! virtuallyveganmama@gmail.com

Still have more questions and want to learn more? Join me and other essential oil enthusiasts in MY PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP. Get ideas, share tips, and chat with like-minded people. Just click the “Join Group” button in the upper right and I’ll add you.

XOXO,

Jennifer

When life gives you lemons…

Make lemonade, preferably lavender lemonade. But, since it’s October and not really lemonade season, I’m thinking this immune-boosting fall drink will do the trick!

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I have developed a new found love of essential oils, they have transformed our lives every since we started using these oily bottles of love. You can learn more HERE. But, more on all of this later!

I’m feeling optimistic and I’m embracing my can-do attitude. Just like the over-used proverb constantly reminds us that we can prevail with the right attitude. I know I have a compulsion to share, that’s why I blog in the first place. My reason for stopping my favorite outlet for creativity had many reasons. Negativity from outside sources was at the heart of it all. It’s been a rocky journey, but I’ve been blessed to have my family and friends during these times that have helped me immensely.

I was asked this question by a dear friend, “Do you know your “why”?” That glaring question is out there, I’ve seen it and I’m sure you have too. But, I’ve never been asked or asked myself that question, let alone answered it. What about YOU? Do any of us know our true purpose in life? Hey, and don’t worry I’m not going to get all philosophical on y’all, but I’m simply going to show you my “why”.

These beauties.

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And this guy – be still my heart.

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photo credit Denise Crull Photography

This is my “why”. My purpose and inspiration to powerfully move forward in the direction I want to go. To continue to share health, wellness and abundance with the people closest to me and to all that I will meet on this crazy journey.

So, this is happening =)

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I am so excited for the launch of my new website and it is everything I originally set out to do with this whole blogging thing, and so much more!

But before that happens, how about a little Q&A Juicing collaboration with Williams-Sonoma? Sometimes the universe answers me in many ways letting me know to continue to pursue my dreams. That I am on the right path.

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Yep.

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