Per doctor’s orders, she wants us to start trying different finger foods with our little one. Baked apples seemed like a delicious first finger food to try out. After searching, I only found baked apple recipes that included lots of brown sugar and oats. So I just threw together what I thought would be healthy and tasty.
-Apples (I used 2)
-1 teaspoon Cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
-2 tablespoons Coconut oil (half melted, the other half not)
You can vary the amount of ingredients to your personal preference. If you don’t like coconut oil or have an allergy, I’m sure you can use butter. Feel free to substitute other spices that you like. For this meal, I only had 2 apples which was perfect for my little guy and I to share.
Wash, peel and slice apples. I recommend slicing and not dicing the apples if you are making for your little one. Melt half of your coconut oil and pour over apple slices in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg and mix. Place apple slices into glass baking dish and put remaining coconut oil in small clumps sporadically on top.
Bake on 400 for 15 minutes. Check apples and stir around in the dish, cover with foil and bake another 5 minutes. Cool & serve.
Between Colorado’s cold Winter and my constant hand washing because of the baby, my hands are dry and rough. I decided regular over-the-counter lotions just weren’t cutting it. I perused through my pantry and threw together a few ingredients and viola, I have a hand scrub. After just one use, I am hooked (and so is my husband but shhhh don’t tell anyone ;). Here is the super easy hand scrub recipe from common pantry ingredients.
-2/3 Cups Sea Salt- I only had larger granule sea salt so I used my coffee grinder to make a little finer
-6 tablespoons coconut oil melted
-6 tablespoons olive oil
-6-10 drops of lemongrass essential oil (or any essential oil you might have on hand)
Place salt in bowl first, then pour melted coconut oil, olive oil and essential oil over salt and mix together.
Scoop a small amount on your hands (or body) and rub together. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Please note- Once coconut oil has been melted, it can return back to it’s solid form. To prevent your scrub from becoming too solidified, keep away from cooler temps. You may also use fractionated coconut oil which remains in a liquid form naturally.
I chose lemongrass for it’s antiseptic properties but I’m sure this scrub could work with a citrus scent or any other essential oil you might have on hand.