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8 Reasons Why I Keep Lemon Essential Oil By My Kitchen Sink

8 Reasons Why I Keep Lemon Essential Oil By My Kitchen Sink

 



Lemon essential oil (click here to see where I buy my therapeutic grade oils!) is one of my favorite oils to use in the household. Did you know it takes 75 lemons to make one bottle of lemon essential oil?!
It has millions of uses! I use it so often that I enjoy keeping a bottle of oil in my kitchen right next to my sink for easy reach!
Lemon oil has a million uses in the household, so picking my top 10 uses took a LOT of effort!
(psssst . . . you can buy pricey Doterra or YoungLiving Essential Oils but these oils are the ridiculously affordable and delivered to your door – check out these oils)
1. Disinfecting cleaner. Added together with thieves oil, vinegar, and water, and you get an amazing all in one (natural) cleaner!
2. Produce Wash. Wash your produce safely by adding two or three drops to a big bowl of water to wash your freshly picked (or purchased) produce!
3. Remove sticky residue. Lemon oil makes an amazing natural Goo be Gone. This works well for sticky hands, stuck on labels (soak the bottle in some water and lemon oil for a few moments), any adhesive, and (so I’ve heard) gum stuck in your hair!
4. Detox drink. You can also add a few drops of lemon to a glass of water for an uplifting detoxifying drink. Replace your normal cup of coffee in the morning with lemon water to help get your energy levels up and running! This also is a great appetite suppression oil, which is why it is part of one of my favorite drinks!
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6. Clean your microwave with ease.  Add water, a few drops of lemon essential oil and a bit of vinegar to a bowl. Microwave for five minutes and let sit for a few minutes. Remove the bowl and wipe out the microwave with a damp cloth (dampened with the vinegar and lemon oil mixture) and the stuck on mess should just come right off!
7. De-stink garbage cans. Add lemon oil to a cotton ball and put in the bottom of your garbage can before you put in a new bag to keep it smelling fresh. You can also add this cotton ball to your car, fridge, closet, or any other place that needs help!

8. Keep apples from browning. After cutting up an apple for a snack later on, spray some lemon oil and water on them to keep them fresh!




9. Add to dishwater. Add a few drops to your dishwasher soap container, or dish water in your sink, to help disinfect your dishes and get rid of grease and water spots.

 

 

Do you have any favorite uses for lemon essential oil? Be sure to stop by my Young Living page to see more oils and amazing deals we have going on when you sign up and purchase a new kit!

 

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Despicable Me Minion Bowl

 

Despicable Me Minion Bowl

These Minion Bowls are fun, festive and easy to make!


If you’ve got a Despicable Me fan in your life, try this easy recipe that celebrates the rambunctious homunculi. This spot-on recreation of one of Gru’s tiny henchmen will be the hit of any party.


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 You’ll need a few things to make these Minion bowls.

You can either stop at Michaels/Hobby Lobby or whatever your local crafts store might be.

I used the Wilton Candy Melts in Yellow and Blue (make sure you get the Dark Blue)

 

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You’ll need at least one latex balloon.  When I first started making these edible bowls, I would spray the balloon with Pam.  I learned pretty quickly that the balloons don’t need anything on them at all.

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 Melt the Candy Melts for about 60 seconds, then give a stir, then maybe pop back into the microwave for another 15 seconds.

Make sure that before you dip the balloon in the candy melts that its cooled off.

Once I dipped my balloon in hot melts and the balloon burst splattering green candy melts everywhere.

 

 

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I used a small glass to rest the balloon in and then let it sit in the fridge for 10 minutes.

 Then I poured myself a glass of wine while I waited for it to set.  (this is an optional step)

 

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 Do the same for the Blue Melts.

Then let it set in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

 

 

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Cut off the tip, I placed some scotch tape around the tie just in case.

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It will then begin to roll off the candy melts.  For the remainder, gently pull until it all comes off.

 

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 Using Black & White Decorative icing create the eye goggle and eyeball.

To get a finer point, you’ll want to use the Wilton decorative tips that you can find here

 

 

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Start to finish, this bowl takes about 20 minutes.

 The last thing that you have to decide is what to put inside the bowl.  =)

Happy Snacking!

 

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 P.S.  Here is another adorable Minion but this one has ZERO calories

P.P.S.  I have made a few other edible bowls this Citrus Bowl and the Watermelon Bowl

 

 

 

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Dallas birthday parties

Chocolate Playdate

Chocolate Playdate!

 

If you are looking for something to pair with a current birthday party event or just a sweet afternoon of fun, book your own CHOCOLATE Playdate!  I travel to you and the children get  to make their very own chocolate project withour Chief Chocolatier.


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These events are 75 minutes including:

  • Get a close up look of the raw cacao beans with a bit of education and insight on where chocolate comes from
  • One chocolate project that will knock the socks off any chocoholic

 

They will go straight away to work in their own chocolate factory cranking out the yummiest, most delightful chocolates.  If you want the Willy Wonka experience than choose this for your birthday party

 



Dallas birthday parties made easy

Head over to my Willy Wonka Birthday page to look at the possible chocolate projects your child might like – go here

 

 

 

 

My name is BECCA, and I love chocolate! And I love connecting with other people and children who love, love, love chocolate too! I create yummy recipes on my site I Really Love Chocolate as well as videos, chocolate craft ideas and introduce new chocolate bars from around the world. But nothing is more fun than sharing my love in person at your child’s party! Or even grown ups (who are just kids at heart when it comes to chocolate) Other ideas for parties include: Chocolate Tasting Parties, Chocolate BBQ Party, Chocolate BBQ Lunch Party, Chocolate Brunch . . . for all ages. Find me chatting with my fans here

 

P.S. Email through my contact form or iReallyLoveChoc@gmail.com

P.P.S. A 50% deposit holds the date of your party (we will do everything we can to accommodate your desired workshop date).  Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

 

 

Pricing estimates: Willy Wonka full parties range between $1,695 – 2,795

while Playdates mentioned here are approx $427

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Make Star Wars Chocolates

 

How to Make Star Wars Chocolates

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have Star Wars fans in your house? I do.  My husband, my nieces, my nephews, my parents  . . . . ok basically just about everyone I know is crazy about Star Wars and are anxiously awaiting the next Star Wars movie.

I created a scrumptious buffet of Star Wars chocolates.

When my friends have seen these they have gasped in excitement.  LOL.  It’s funny because I know it was so easy, just needed chocolate and a mold.

Supplies:

 

 

 

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Chop your favorite chocolate

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Melt the chocolate and then pour into the mold.Untitled design(21) Star Wars Chocolates

Let the mold chill in the refrigerator or freezer.

Then give out to your favorite Star Wars fans  =)

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P.S.  Check out my Star Wars Orange Cremes here

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 



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BBQ Cupcakes

BBQ Cupcakes




Let’s talk Summertime!

Memorial Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, the August birthday month (seems like everyone has a birthday in August) and then cap it off with the Labor Day weekend.  The summer calls for lots of pool time, picnics and BBQs which made me love the idea of these bite sized treats that your guests will get a kick out of.

This is made up of chocolate cupcakes, thick melted Blommer’s chocolate, black decorative icing, sprinkles and hot tamales. It’s really very easy to do once you’ve made the cupcakes.

For the hotdogs, I grabbed a box of Hot Tamales from the Dollar Store.  Seriously, it will save you half by grabbing some of your candies at that store or a similar one.

I hope this recipe would make it to one of your parties.

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I added a teaspoon of red food coloring to the yellow sprinkles to create a fire color.

 

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 After you have sprinkled on the sugar, pipe on your black decorative icing.

Next, add 3 hot tamales.

Finally, add 3 grill marks to your hot tamales with the icing.

Now serve to smiling guests =)

 

 

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P.S.  If your guests like these barbeque cupcakes then they’ll probably also totally dig these Star Wars Chocolates

P.P.S. Add this to your BBQ party and your guests might never want to leave (so just maybe click here, just maybe)

 

 

 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Luxury Chocolate Tasting: A Passport to the World

Here’s an amazing little fact for you: every ten years or so, a typical adult eats their own body weight in chocolate! With typical chocolate consumption ranging from about 11 pounds a year in the United States to 21 pounds a year in Switzerland, it takes only a decade to eat a person’s worth of the delicious dark brown. But just what is it that makes us eat so much chocolate?

 Join the Dallas Chocolate Sommelier

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What is chocolate?

Chocolate is a food derived from the beans of the tropical cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), much of it grown in western Africa where high temperatures and rainfall provide perfect growing conditions. The chocolate you eat is produced from cacao beans in a multi-stage process. After harvesting, the beans are allowed to ferment, then dried, cleaned, and ground to produce a paste. This is then pressurized to form two ingredients known as chocolate (cocoa) liquor and cocoa butter. Different types of what we call chocolate are made by blending the liquor and the butter in varying proportions. The finest dark (plain) chocolate is made with at least 70 per cent cacao liquor and butter, while milk chocolate is made with only 50 per cent. White chocolate is make from cocoa butter without added cocoa liquor.

Becca Niederkrom, Dallas’ Chocolate Sommelier will guide guests on a journey discovering chocolates from the around the globe. From tropical Islands to quaint European towns with wine or just straight-up bites of chocolate.
  This soiree for the senses is entertaining and will let you indulge in one of your most favorite guilty pleasures.  Enjoy this passport around the world with colleagues, clients, friends, or family in this one-of-a-kind experience!  (Tastings also available in California and New York)

Tasting chocolate, enjoying all things chocolate. While some chocolate tastings I’ve encountered only focus on the bars, we will journey across the globe with ALL things chocolate.  Its chocolate afterall and there’s no need to get so snooty about it  =)  Chocolate is fun!  I will share with you some best chocolate spreads, hazelnut butters, cookies, macaroons, cupcakes, caramels, baked bars . . in addition to the chocolate bars themselves.  We will enjoy and indulge in all things chocolate.  Is that going to be alright?  (warning: this is for serious chocolate lovers only)

This Chocolate Tasting Passport to the World offers you the experience of tasting these special chocolates from around the world.

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Chocolates from Belgium, London, artisans in Brooklyn, Italy, Africa, South America, Central America, Russia and everywhere in between will be sampled at this luxury chocolate tasting party.  From Bars to White Chocolate Champagne Truffles to Dark Drinking Chocolate . . your senses will be engaged in every way as Becca leads you through the stories of how the Chocolatier began, the origin of the chocolate and in some cases sipping the wine that goes along with the scrumptious treasure.

The EVENT will include:

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1. Chocolate Tasting: A Chocolate Tasting of 12 of the most delicious chocolates and treats from around the globe.  Some chocolates will be paired with wine while others like the sipping chocolate will shine on its own.

2. Homemade Truffles: With our love for chocolate continuing to grow, we will head into the kitchen to make our very own hand-rolled truffles.  You will then package them up and add them to your Chocolate Shopping bag (see #3).

3. Chocolate Shopping Spree: Each guest will peruse an elaborate layout of chocolate bars, cocoa specialty items, truffles, and fun surprises such as chocolate beauty products.  Using your knowledge from the Tasting of your new preferences, you will “shop” for  treasures to add to your gift bag (along with your creations).

Your evening of chocolate, wine and more chocolate awaits you.


**CUSTOM: please note – many businesses and individuals come to me for specific requests such as chocolate savory dinner parties or just the chocolate tasting, please email me and let me know what would work best for your business or needs.  Consults via email or phone only.

iReallyLoveChoc@gmail.com

My name is BECCA, and I love chocolate! And I love connecting with other people and children who love, love, love chocolate too! I create yummy recipes on my site I Really Love Chocolate as well as videos, chocolate craft ideas and introduce new chocolate bars from around the world. But nothing is more fun than sharing my love in person at your child’s party! Or even grown ups (who are just kids at heart when it comes to chocolate) Other ideas for parties include: Chocolate Tasting Parties, Chocolate BBQ Party, Chocolate BBQ Lunch Party, Chocolate Brunch . . . for all ages. Find me chatting with my fans here

P.S. Email through my contact form or iReallyLoveChoc@gmail.com

P.P.S. A 50% deposit holds the date of your party (we will do everything we can to accommodate your desired workshop date)

(looking for Children’s Birthday Parties or Corporate Chocolate Creativity sessions?)

 

 

             (looking for a simple chocolate event? Check out our Chocolate Playdates for a mini-Wonka party AND for                     adults check out these  Corporate Chocolate Creativity sessions: Becoming Willy Wonka and the