Dec
03

DIY Oatmeal Honey Soap

It’s one of the things that every single one of your friends and family members use: soap. If you know someone who doesn’t use soap, I bet you wish they did, hehe. Regardless, you know people who know people who use soap.

It feels like I’m feeding you all a really bad pickup line that I need to recovery (quickly) from. 

Also in this post: the awkward announcement that everyone I know will be receiving homemade soap for Xmas this year (hi mom! hi dad! dirty much?)

DIY Oatmeal Honey Soap

Allow me to redeem myself.

I sat on the couch a few nights ago reading through a copy of Flea Market Style Magazine. In the magazine, there was mention of a company that stopped making an exfoliating soap that apparently everyone loved. Included was a quick DIY recipe that caught my attention. There were so few ingredients, I was shocked. I had no idea making soap was so easy.

On Black Friday I set out to Hobby Lobby to pick up the essential ingredients and although I didn’t find everything I was looking for, I was able to to make a few substitutions. Just like that, I had all the necessary tools to make my own soap at home. A moisturizing shea butter base and a soap mold are the only two ingredients that are mandatory in your soap making, the additives are all optional but allow you to completely customize your soap. I purchased a cheap, plastic soap mold because it was all that was available at Hobby Lobby but I have since then ordered a few silicone molds that make removing the soap from the mold easier. I’ll have to say that I am pretty impressed with the cheap soap molds though, they got the job done! I chose the shea butter soap base because of it’s moisturizing properties and because it works well with the honey and oats that I decided to use in my soap.

DIY Oatmeal Honey Soap

In my soap, I added two high-quality ingredients. // My dad recently had a shipment of fresh, recently-harvested honey sent to me from his girlfriends family. Complete with a portion of the honeycomb intact, IT IS AMAZING in color, purity, and flavor, and was a perfect addition to my soap. Honey is naturally antibacterial, full of antioxidants, and it is extremely moisturizing and soothing, which makes it just as good for the skin as it is for the tastebuds. I’m already begging for a second shipment of that honey by the way….

In addition to the honey, I used organic rolled oats that offer a mild exfoliation when the soap is used directly on the skin, and has anti-inflammatory properties which will soothe dry, irritated skin (what’s up Colorado).

DIY Oatmeal Honey Soap

5.0 from 1 reviews
a DIY Oatmeal Honey Soap recipe
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Serves: 4½ lb. soap bars
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs.shea butter soap base
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
Instructions
  1. With a sharp knife, cut the shea butter soap base into large chunks and put it in a microwave safe measuring cup (something with a handle).
  2. Microwave the soap base in 30 second increments until it is melted.
  3. While your soap base is melting, line the soap molds with 3-4 tablespoons of the oats.
  4. Stir the honey in to the melted soap base and then pour in to the molds (over the oats).
  5. Allow your soap to set overnight then pop them out of the molds.
  6. Voila!
 

The scent of your soap will be determined by the type of honey that you use so choose wisely. I would recommend using a honey that is high-quality and locally sourced.

This recipe will make approximately 4 1/2 lb. bars of soap depending on the type of mold that you choose to use. If you don’t have a proper mold, you can use an old butter container or an empty coffee creamer container. I made a big soap bar for myself in an old coffee creamer container, it’s boss.

Several of my friends have tested my homemade soap and have mentioned how smooth, soft, and moisturized their skin feels with this rich formula. Colorado winter, bring it on. I’m sure your friends will say the same if you hook them up with a bar.

To finish off your soap before gifting, tear small sheets of parchment paper and tape them around the soap. Use twine or ribbon for decorating. 

Love

Crista


Aug
10

“Hey guys! I’m Mary and I write Chattavore, a food blog based in Chattanooga, Tennessee (which I happen to think is pretty much the best city on earth)! I’m not vegan, but I’m kind of a vegan wannabe. I love to eat at vegan restaurants (I think not cooking with animal products forces more creativity from the chef) and cooking vegan recipes, so I was pretty excited when Crista asked me to guest post here on peace. love.  quinoa.!

“I work for my local school system (I used to be a teacher, but now I’m a behavior analyst), so to me summer means four things: (1) summer break (WOO!); (2) strawberries (okay, that’s really more spring here in the South, but that means summer is coming so WOO!); (3) tomatoes(!); and (4) peaches. PEACHES!

Coconut Peach Oatmeal

“I honestly don’t remember caring too much for peaches when I was a kid. I know my mom bought fresh peaches when I was a kid but most of my peach-eating memories involved canned peaches, usually eaten with cottage cheese. My only vivid memory of a fresh peach was when my grandmother’s friend gave me a peach to bring home (maybe she had a tree? I don’t remember why she gave me a peach!). I held that peach in my hands the whole twenty-minute drive to my grandparents’ house; by the time we got there, the peach fuzz had made my hands itch like crazy.

“Fast-forward to adulthood…I have gotten over my itchy hands and commenced a torrid, seasonal love affair with perfect summer peaches. You know the ones…they just yield when you press on them. You know the skin will give you a fit when you try to peel it off. And when you take a bite, juice goes everywhere. This is the stuff of my dreams, people.

“Peaches and coconut? Gah. Honestly, I am not a big-time eater of oatmeal, but after discovering Megan Gordon’s method of toasting oats from her book Whole Grain Mornings then picking up a trick from America’s Test Kitchen of cooking the oats in a flavorful liquid instead of just water, I have made my peace with oatmeal. Because when its done well-like this coconut peach oatmeal is-oatmeal can be divine. So, peel a juicy peach and crack open a can of coconut milk…and make this coconut peach oatmeal!

Coconut Peach Oatmeal

the Chattavore's Coconut Peach Oatmeal
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Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • pinch salt
  • 1 large peach, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons toasted nuts (I used walnuts, but I think macadamia nuts would be delicious here!)
  • 2 tablespoons dried coconut
  • maple syrup (optional)
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the oats and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly browned and fragrant, about five minutes.
  2. Stir in the coconut milk, water, and salt. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid has been absorbed and the oatmeal has thickened.
  3. Pour the oatmeal into a bowl and add the peaches, nuts, and coconut. Add a drizzle of maple syrup for sweetness if desired.
Coconut Peach Oatmeal

Credits // Author & Photography: Mary Haymaker from Chattavore

Love

Crista


May
20

OMG, is this REAL?
Chocolate + Hazelnut + Butter. + Banana + Coconut + Oatmeal
Like, seriously? Does it get any more dreamy than that?

Breakfast or Dessert? Or Both?

This combination of ingredients almost never even happened because I originally had peanut butter on my mind.
((peanut butter + oatmeal = tasty))
Quite frankly, I wasn’t very happy to discover that I had run out of peanut butter and had none available for my oatmeal that morning….
but then… I rediscovered the Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter in my cabinet. I added it to my oatmeal in place of the peanut butter and created this heavenly breakfast (dessert). It was so darn rich that I could only eat half the amount of oatmeal in one sitting than what is typical. Good and worth it.

I used Justins Chocolate Hazelnut Butter but if you don’t have that you could make this oatmeal with hazelnut butter and a few dark chocolate chips. (I don’t think that would suck) 

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Oatmeal // peace. love. quinoa

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Oatmeal {vegan}
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup steele cut oats, cooked
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons Chocolate Hazelnut Butter (or hazelnut butter + dark chic chips)
  • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance vegan butter
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • a pinch or two of dried coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, warm the steele cut oats in almond milk over medium heat until the oats have absorbed the milk.
  2. Add the butter, agave nectar, and Chocolate Hazelnut butter to the oats. Stir until combined.
  3. Top with banana and dried coconut flakes and serve immediately.

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Oatmeal // peace. love. quinoa

 so good.

Love

Crista


Apr
28

Oatmeal in a Jar

While in Nashville, we stumbled upon this adorable little store, Haulin’ Oats that sells organic oatmeal in mason jars, layered with a variety of different ingredients and flavors. When you are ready to eat, you simply add hot water to the oats and voila – breakfast is served. I can totally get down with the concept.

Oatmeal in a Jar

Laura bought 4-5 jars of the oatmeal to take home, fell in love with them. I think I’m going to make a few “jars-of-oatmeal” on my own. It’d be so easy (and fun!) to gather your own ingredients and make these up. 

Oatmeal in a Jar

Here are a few combinations I’d like to try:

1. Chocolate Cherry:
organic oats, dark chocolate chips, dried cherries, brown sugar

2. Fruit & Nut:
organic oats, mixed nuts, dried fruits, brown sugar, shredded coconut 

3. Chocolate Coconut:
organic oats, dark chocolate chips, roasted coconut chips, almonds, brown sugar

4. Cinnamon Raisin:
organic oats, raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar

Love

Crista