DIY Gingerbread Lip Scrub

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From the crisp days of Fall right through Christmas the delicious and spicy flavor of Gingerbread is absolutely perfect.  But, along with the cold air and biting wind come chapped and dry lips and sometimes applying gloss is not enough.  Your lips need to be exfoliated just like your skin.  Enter this yummy Gingerbread flavored lip scrub!  Make it for yourself.  It’s an easy make-at-home splurge.  It’s also a wonderful gift for friends, family, or even a nice homemade gift for the teacher.   This recipe is easy to double or triple for multiple gifts.  You can find small pots on Amazon for a great price to store it in.

Note:  While you will still get the benefit and the aromatherapy using powdered ginger, I recommend including some fresh if you can.  It is more potent and has a wonderful warming quality. Fresh ginger is fairly inexpensive, too.  When you’re in the produce department, simply break off a small piece and you pay by the pound.  It goes pretty far.
 

Gingerbread Lip Scrub

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • ½ tsp. Ground Ginger
  • ¼ tsp. Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Cloves
  • ¼ tsp. Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Vitamin E Capsule
  • Optional: a tsp or so of fresh ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container.

Notes

Using vitamin E is a great benefit to your lips, but also helps preserve the ingredients to give them a longer shelf life. Lip scrub should be good for up to 2 months. Keep in refrigerator and it should last even longer.

To use: Simply apply a generous amount to lips, rubbing in a circular motion, rinse, and wipe away excess. The oil leaves your lips moisturized and soft.

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DIY Gingerbread Lip Scrub

Easy Irish Soda Bread! (Nut-Free)

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Easy Irish Soda Bread

I’ve mentioned this before.  OK, I’ve mentioned it many times.  My grandmother’s maiden name was Mitchell.  Oh yes, I’m Irish and extremely proud of my heritage.  Well, except that the DNA tests have shown that our family isn’t originally Irish after all.  It’s probably Norse since there really isn’t such a thing as “Irish.”  Oh, whatever.    I’m Irish enough that I was taught how to make Soda Bread!  That surely counts for something, doesn’t it?

Now, I will start by saying that if you’ve never had Soda Bread, you need to lower your expectations.  This isn’t meant to be an insult in any way.  It’s simply that we tend to have lofty expectations of many traditional foods that are quite different from what we’re typically used to eating here in the US.   Soda Bread benefits greatly from buttermilk, but suffers in that it consists of ingredients available under less wealthy circumstances.    Nevertheless, I like it a lot.  It reminds me of Bisquick shortcakes, but it is much better in that it is more moist and tasty thanks to the buttermilk addition.  If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can easily make your own with these substitutions, too!

DIY Buttermilk Substitutes

Lemon Juice 
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup milk

Vinegar
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 cup milk

Yogurt
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup milk

If you like, you can also add a cup of raisins or currants to the mix.  I don’t typically add them, but that’s me.  I also eat mine with salted butter and my husband prefers honey.  It’s up to you, really.  Either way, you’ll find that  what seems to detract from this recipe is the same thing that makes this recipe wonderful – you likely have the ingredients on hand.  With that in mind, you can pull it together quickly anytime! It’s also an easy and lovely addition to your St. Patrick’s Day table.

Easy Irish Soda Bread (Nut-Free)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 4 cups all purpose flour (or wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup currants or raisins, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, mix butter, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. Stir in flour. Mixture will be powdery/crumbly.
  4. Pour in buttermilk and blend well. It should still be slightly crumbly and dryish, but come together when pressed.
  5. Lightly flour your work surface.
  6. Turn the bread out onto your floured surface. Lightly knead it only to help it take shape and form it into a round loaf.
  7. Pat it down in the middle to flatten it some. It should be around a 9" loaf.
  8. Using a long knife, score an X into the loaf cutting nearly all the way through.
  9. Bake 35-45 minutes until lightly browned on lightly greased baking sheet. Rotate halfway through baking.
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Easy Irish Soda Bread