Are Essential Oils Aphrodisiacs?

One of the first things that I remember buying after I got my very first paycheck was a bottle of drugstore perfume.  Does anyone remember Candies?  Yes, Candies was THE fragrance of choice for high school girls back in the nineties!  It made me feel more confident and attractive, and I’ve been told, was appreciated by the guys, too.

But using the synthetic perfumes isn’t something I’m willing to do anymore, and once I found the benefits of essential oils, I started to experiment with them in all areas of my life.

Even the love life.  Oh yes, I plan on going there.  

We’re all adults, right? Let’s chat about it then, shall we? 

Are essential oils aphrodisiacs?

are essential oils aphrodisiacs

Scents have played a very important role in romance for thousands of years.  Since ancient times both men and women have mixed up fragrant ointments and perfumes to both cover up unwanted odors and to make themselves more attractive to potential partners.  In fact, Cleopatra was reported to have scented the sails of her ship with rose!  (That had to cost a pretty penny!)

The perfume business is still big business, raking in 29 BILLION in revenue in 2015 (SOURCE).  Most people seem to have a subconscious understanding of the way that smell influences emotion, mood, and in this case sexual desire.   If we didn’t, we probably wouldn’t bother with the morning ritual of applying our personal scent.

For centuries people have sworn by all sorts of folk-aphrodisiacs from raw oysters to green coated chocolate candies as the secret to sexual satisfaction.  Results typically vary widely depending on who you talk with and sometimes people will lump fragrance, and particularly essential oils into that same boat.

are essential oils aphrodisiacs

So are essential oils aphrodisiacs?

Well, not in the magical folk-lore sense, but they can play a valuable role in helping spice things up in the bedroom for a few reasons:

Your body is created for sexual enjoyment.

Your body is designed for sexual enjoyment.  Every part of your body is delicately connected through a network of systems, the endocrine system (hormones), the nervous system (sensation and thought), circulatory system (blood flow to sensitive areas) to name a few.  Each of these parts  works in harmony to create the intimate moments that we desire.

When we have healthy bodies, and our systems are working at their best, then romantic encounters have the potential of being just what we hope for.  Magical!

Essential oils are the perfect companion to maintaining health and vitality.  Each system that is involved in the enjoyment of sex can be supported by the use of specific essential oils.  In this way, we can stay balanced and ready for a healthy love life.

Good overall health=better sex.  Plain and simple!

In that way, since essential oils may support the normal function of the body and keep the body balanced, they may help to stimulate the desire your body is already made to experience.

Here are a few things that may help support good reproductive health:

Reproductive System Final

Fragrance stimulates emotions and reduces stress

If you’ve ever smelled an old boyfriend’s cologne as you were walking through the mall, you likely experienced a rush of emotions as you turned your head to see who was there.

The smell of a home remedy might remind you of your childhood or a parent and bring up the feelings that go with those memories.  In fact studies on fragrance have found that just smell alone has the ability to enhance the perception of someone’s level of attractiveness (SOURCE).

In addition to helping to foster positive emotions, fragrance can also help reduce day to day stress (SOURCE).  Stress from work, family matters and life in general can often interfere with intimacy and thankfully there are scents to help us relax and reconnect so that we can enjoy a healthy sexual life.

are essential oils aphrodisiacs

So while essential oils aren’t a magical aphrodisiac, they absolutely can add to the sensuality and enjoyment of intimacy.  In fact we’ve found quite a few ways that essential oils have spiced up our love life.

I’ll share a few ideas with you!

Ways to spice up your love life with essential oils

Sensual massage

Massage is a fantastic way to connect with your partner and can be a nice way to unwind at the end of a long day or as the beginning to a night of fun!

For a long time I suffered through those uncomfortable on the bed massages (you know the one with your head craned awkwardly to the side and your spouse perched somewhere over the top?).    But, I just found this new method that we’re going to start using called Melt Massage.

A friend of mine shared a link to a Melt Massage video on her Facebook and I went to check it out.  It looks like it solves ALL of my problems of 1. no massage table and 2. not liking to be uncomfortable on my face on the bed, and it is a very tastefully done (aka. G rated)!  We’re going to take one of their Melt Massage video courses for Valentine’s Day this year!

Curious about how it works?  Remember the potting wheel scene from the movie Ghost?  Yeah, it is like that….you’ll melt, too!

But I digress….

So if you’re going to have a romantic massage you’ll want to have a massage oil to use.

Are essential oils aphrodisiacs

You can use this massage oil as a substitute for personal lubricant…it is fantastic! Just keep in mind you wouldn’t want to use it as a lubricant if you were using condoms, as the essential oils may degrade the latex.

Romantic Massage Oil:

To 4 ounces of neutral carrier oil (I like V6 carrier oil blend) add 30-40 drops (total) of essential oil.  Store in a glass container and use liberally to massage.

Romantic essential oils and essential oil blends you may want to try are:

  • Rose (because genuine rose oil is very expensive, try using along with other essential oils in a blend)
  • Jasmine
  • Neroli
  • Ylang Ylang (my personal favorite)
  • Sensation Essential Oil Blend:  A synergistic blend of coriander seed, ylang ylang, bergamot, jasmine, and geranium essential oils
  • Shutran Essential Oil Blend: A synergistic essential oil blend for men of blue spruce, ocotea, ylang ylang, hinoki, coriander seed, davana, lavender, cedarwood, lemon, and black spruce essential oils

Or you could use a pre-made massage oil like the Sensation Massage Oil that we use!  So nice!

are essential oils aprhodisiacs

A Soothing Bath

Whether you have a tub made for two or you just want to get some relaxation time in, a bath is a wonderful way to de-stress and get ready for intimacy.

Pick one of the essential oils listed above or try some oils meant for relaxation instead.

For a relaxing bath I like Lavender or the Stress Away blend of essential oils.

To make a relaxing bath salt:

Combine one cup of epsom salts with 8-10 drops essential oil of choice.  Mix into the water when drawing your bath until thoroughly dissolved.  Alternatively, mix the 8-10 drops of essential oil with 1/4 cup of unscented natural body wash and mix into bath water.

Putting the essential oils in either epsom salts or body wash helps them to disperse in the water and not float on the top.

Directly apply to your body

One of my favorite ways to use oils for intimacy is to apply them directly to the body.

are essential oils aphrodisiacs

Essential oils are a wonderful addition to intimate times. Just avoid using them on areas that will be exposed to latex or natural rubber products, as essential oils can degrade them.

Applying essential oils before intimacy can make for a magical experience.  You can apply them to:

  • the forearms
  • inner thighs
  • behind the ears
  • back of the neck

Pick your favorite romantic oil or blend and dilute with carrier oil as needed!  One of my favorite tried and true oils for intimacy is Ylang Ylang.  Does the trick every time!

are essential oils aphrodisiacs

Oils for her:

  • Sensation blend
  • Rose
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Sclaressence blend
  • Blue Spruce

are essential oils aprhodisiacs

Oils for him:

  • Sensation blend
  • Hong Kuai
  • Blue Spruce
  • Shutran blend

Essential oils can be a great way to bring some excitement to your love life, and you definitely can say that essential oils ARE aphrodisiacs!

Tell me, what essential oils would you add to the list for romance?


10 Kitchen Hacks that I Learned From the Food Network

I grew up playing chef and cooking show as a kid, like a lot of my friends.  I even starred in my first (and to date ONLY) cooking show at the tender age of 4 (local access “Cooking with Martha” in Stoughton, MA).  I have loved the kitchen from an early age.

Despite my love of cooking I didn’t get a lot of kitchen time until I was an adult.  The only trouble was, when I got married my passion for cooking far outweighed my skill.  Not to be deterred,  I started to teach myself everything I could about the fine art of food.

Looking back on the early days of Hamburger Helper and iceberg lettuce salads, I can say that I have come a VERY long way, and I can give most of the credit for my progress to the Food Network.

Say what?  The Food Network?

100% Serious.  It’s not just undercover restaurant shows and cooking competitions, my friends…oh no, there are some really great kitchen hack gems to be gleaned on the Food Network.  You just have to know where to dig them out.

10 Kitchen Hacks I Learned from Food Network

When we made the decision for me to stay home with my son after he was born my only request was “could we please get cable so I can have something to watch during the night when I am feeding the baby?”

So with some careful budgeting we picked the least expensive package that included the Food Network, and I embarked upon my midnight television cooking crash course.

And it worked…

Here we are ready for one of our bi-nightly Food Network University sessions!

Here we are ready for one of our bi-nightly Food Network University sessions!

In fact my husband said the day that I discovered Good Eats with Alton Brown is the day my cooking took a turn for the better.

After Alton Brown I sat under the virtual tutelage of Rachel Ray, Melissa D’Arabian, Iron Chef America (to date the only show that could MAKE me want to eat seafood), and Chopped to name a few.

Oh, and if you’re reading this Alton, any time you need a guest judge for Cutthroat Kitchen, I’m your woman, just give me a call!

I learned a lot of valuable kitchen hacks that have made my cooking more flavorful, quick, and less wasteful and I’m going to share those kitchen hacks with you!

10 Kitchen Hacks I Learned from the Food Network

1. Store nuts tightly sealed in the freezer.

kitchen hacks

Did you know that nuts go stale?  I didn’t before I saw Rachel Ray grab a plastic container of walnuts out of her freezer during one episode of 30 Minute Meals.

Nuts are ridiculously expensive when you buy them in the tiny recipe portioned bags.  It is much more cost effective to buy a larger amount and use them when you need them.

The trouble is, if you don’t use them quickly enough the oils in the nuts oxidize and start to taste “off”.  Not what you want to have ruining your famous banana bread.

Bonus hack: Toast nuts before you use them to enhance their “nutty” flavor.  Add nuts to a dry pan over low heat, stirring occasionally until you start to smell the aroma of toasted nuts.  Once you smell them, remove them from the heat right away.

2.  Use a bowl to collect your cooking garbage and then make only ONE trip to the trash can.


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The garbage bowl, or GB as Rachel Ray affectionately named it, is a genius idea, and I’ve peeled many a carrot, potato, and apple over my $1 discount store plastic bowl.

Yes, I do know that I could technically drag my trash can over, but then I’d be leaning over the trashcan peeling.  It’s just way more comfortable and convenient to use the garbage bowl at counter (and arm) level.

When you’re done, dump it once into your trash can, then toss the bowl into the dishwasher.  Easy, peasy!

3.  A sharp chef’s knife will replace a drawer full of uni-taskers.

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I was introduced to the concept of “uni-taskers” by Alton Brown (who, incidentally, greatly dislikes them).  A uni-tasker is something that has only one use, and otherwise clutters up a kitchen drawer.

A good quality, sharp chef’s knife can cut nearly everything in your kitchen much more quickly and with less clean up than a specialty gadget.  So save your money on that egg slicer or onion chopper and reach for your knife block instead.

4.  Any time you need your food to be cooked fast, enhance flavor, tenderize tough (or cheap) meat, or keep food moist grab a pressure cooker.

kitchen hacks

This little kitchen hack gem came to me courtesy of Iron Chef America (which coincidentally had the unfortunate side effect of making my husband hungry for restaurant quality food at 10 PM every single time).

I bought my first pressure cooker to make corned beef and cabbage, one of our family traditions, but really started to see the most benefits when I upgraded to an electric counter top pressure cooker.  I don’t have to babysit that model and it has different settings for different types of food to maximize its performance.

Not only that, but modern electric pressure cookers have so many safety features that you never need to fear you’ll explode a pot of beans all over your kitchen.

This isn’t your momma’s pressure cooker!

I use my electric pressure cooker every day, sometimes multiple times a day, and it has made some of the most delicious meals I’ve eaten, all in a fraction of the time it would take on the stove top or in the oven.  It enhances the flavors of food in a way that you really just have too taste to believe.

Bonus hack: Invest in a Bluetooth enabled electric pressure cooker to keep up with your food’s progress from your smartphone.  Not joking!

5.  Restaurants don’t throw away their leftovers, they re-purpose them!

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Having never worked in the food service industry I never wondered what happened to the extra bread that was baked and not used during that evening’s dinner service.  I never thought about the fact that every chicken carcass or beef joint was turned into something more, or that kitchen cuttings from carrots or celery might become part of the flavoring for a broth to be used the next day.

Restaurants are notoriously frugal and concerned with stretching the most bang for their food cost buck, and so here’s a few ideas that I learned that have served me well in my own kitchen:

  • Turn leftover mashed potatoes into Potato Cheese Soup or add your leftover beef roast and turn them both into a savory Shepherd’s Pie.
  • Make too much oatmeal?  No sweat, Leftover Oatmeal Bread to the rescue!
  • Collect leftover chicken bones (from whole chickens) and the trimmings from onions, carrots and celery in the freezer until you accumulate a gallon sized storage bag full.  Then toss in a crock pot with some salt, peppercorns, and a bay leaf or two.  Then cover with water, turn it on and come back in the evening to free chicken stock.  (Or, get it done in 2 hours in a pressure cooker for deeply flavorful, gelatin rich stock.)

One of the coolest features of the internet is that you can just open up your favorite search engine and you can call up any recipe you like to re-purpose almost any leftover!

6.  Cook once, eat twice!

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If you’re a smaller family, or even a larger one, creating “intentional leftovers” to freeze is a genius way to avoid takeout on busy nights.  So next time you’re making a lasagna, pasta sauce, or casserole, just make extra for the freezer.

Even when the meal you are making doesn’t freeze well, you can brown extra meat to freeze for quick meals later or chop extra veggies to grab from the fridge for another meal tomorrow.

It really doesn’t take that much more time to brown two pounds of beef than it does to brown one, and roasting two chickens lets you shred one for a quick meal from the freezer later.

Leverage your prep and cooking time to make another meal easier.

7.  Need a small amount of a specialty ingredient?  Buy it by the ounce at the deli counter or salad bar!

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Need just four slices of bacon, or a handful of olives?  It is often much less expensive to buy exactly the amount that you need by going to the deli counter or the salad bar.

Marinated artichokes, olives, baby corn, bean sprouts, specialty salamis, sausages, and cheeses are all fresher and less expensive when bought by the ounce instead of in a large package.

Why buy a larger amount just to let it go to waste in the fridge?

8.  Onions don’t need to make you cry, do this instead.

kitchen hacks

So I know that some people have taken to wearing swim goggles when they cut onions, and I bet that actually does work.  Truthfully, though, that’s just not my speed.  Thankfully the solution is much simpler (and less of a fashion risk) than that.

Put your onions in the fridge overnight.

Something about the cold environment keeps the volatile fumes from being, well, quite so volatile.  And so long as I remember to put an onion in the fridge before I need to cut it, it’s no more tears for me!

9.  Don’t use soap and water on your cast iron.

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If you’ve ever struggled with keeping your cast iron from sticking, then you’ve got a seasoning problem.  And if you are anything like almost any American cook, you may have tried cleaning your nicely seasoned cast iron with gasp soap and water.

Believe it or not, that is actually the wrong way to clean cast iron.  Soap will remove the protective and well loved “non-stick” nature of cast iron seasoning and turn your beautiful pan into a horrible mess.

The trick is to use kosher salt to clean your pan.  Once it has cooled enough to handle, sprinkle some kosher salt inside the cast iron pan, then get a paper towel that you’ve dampened with some water and scrub away the food residue.

The salt cleans the pan while leaving the seasoning intact.  Dry completely and add a thin layer of oil to the pan with a paper towel and you should be good to go!

10. Play Chopped in your own kitchen.

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I’ve often wondered how I would fare on an episode of Chopped.  The baskets of food they get surprised with sometimes seem do-able, other times seem impossible!

Whenever I see a basket, I like to come up with an idea of what I would do with those ingredients and, much to my amusement, sometimes that is exactly what one of the competitors actually does!

But back in real life it has been very useful to come up with creative ways to put together meals.  For several years when my husband was in business for himself we had some very lean seasons where going to the grocery store was not really an option for several weeks at a time.

Luckily, careful shopping (and monthly commodity distributions) during the more prosperous times meant that we were able to pull together different ingredients and get creative to make it through.  Some of our most unexpected successes came from “Chopped” style challenges in our own kitchen.

Thankfully our finances have improved greatly since those lean years, but we still try to see how long we can stretch going to the store and use up those foods that get shoved to the back of the fridge or back of the pantry.   It’s a fun challenge and keeps us from wasting food we already have!

So there you have it, ten of my favorite kitchen hacks, all learned from late nights, up with my baby, watching Food Network!

What’s your favorite kitchen hack you’ve learned from food tv?


9 Reasons You Should Use Essential Oils: A Video Essential Oils Class

You’ve heard about essential oils by now, but what is the big deal?

I get it, essential oils are all over the place.  You’ve seen them on your social media feeds, your friend’s Instagram and maybe in your favorite magazines.  When you see those posts, those articles, you have probably thought one of these questions:

  • What are  essential oils?  What do they do?
  • How do essential oils work?  How could they help me?
  • Why should I care?  Why would I want to use essential oils?
  • Who should use them?  Who can safely use them?

This video essential oils class will answer those questions and many more!

video essential oils class

That is a great question, and even if you hear amazing stories from friends or testimonials from a website, the fact remains, you need to know what it will do for you.  You want to know how it works, why you should use them, and who essential oils can help.

We’ve been using essential oils as a family for just under four years now, and I am still amazed regularly with the benefits we get from using them.  I use them for cleaning, as part of our natural personal care products, as flavorings in recipes, as part of our regular health and wellness routines.

Since our family started using essential oils:

Video Essential Oils Class

We all use oils and love them!

  • We’ve gotten rid of nearly a hundred over the counter, under the counter, and on-top of the counter chemical filled products.
  • We enjoy scents in our home without the synthetics in air fresheners,  plugins, scented melts or the fire risk of candles.
  • My kids and husband regularly ask for essential oils, because they know they work.
  • We have  a higher overall level of satisfaction with our health, our overall wellbeing and we have tools to deal with emotional challenges.

This video essential oils class (presented by Chiropractor and Wellness Professional Dr. Jim Bob Haggerton), helps to explain the 9 reasons why everyone should want to use essential oils.  If you are wondering if oils are for you, this video class will give you a ton of information to help you decide.

Dr. Haggerton has been using essential oils in his holistic wellness and chiropractic practice for several years and has seen tremendous results with his patients (which he shares in the video class below).

This video was shared with permission (the class starts around the 4 minute mark).

 Hands down, essential oils have been one of the best choices that I’ve made for our family.  We’ve been so happy with them, and I think you will be too!

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Einkorn Blueberry Oat Bars

There are two seals of approval for recipes in this house.  The first is when my 6 year old tells me that I should “put it on the blog, mom” with an enthusiastic thumbs up.  The second is when my impish just-turned-four-year-old hides out in the laundry room (where I futilely try to hide things) and chows down on it.

This recipe got BOTH sets of approval, plus the “make it again” from my husband who generally thinks attempting to “healthify” treats is a waste of time.

So here it is, on the blog, and I think you’ll like it, too!

Blueberry Oat Bars Recipe

So, what is this einkorn stuff?

I’ve been experimenting with einkorn flour for the last year in many recipes, and I have found that I get the best results with it in baked goods and quick breads.  Einkorn wheat is a form of ancient wheat that is much lower in gluten than modern wheat, and is the only form of wheat that has never been hybridized.

Einkorn baked goods seem to sit really well with us, and we don’t get the “stuffed” feeling that we usually get with whole wheat baking.  I’m looking forward to getting to developing more and more recipes with einkorn, and the ones that turn out, I’ll share with you!

Tasty enough for dessert, nutritious enough for breakfast!

These Einkorn Blueberry Oat Bars are sweet enough for a dessert, but are high enough in good nutrition that I’d serve a small amount with some protein on the side for breakfast.

You can also substitute whole wheat flour for the einkorn if you like, you’ll still get a great result!  So let’s talk shop!

Want to skip the instructions and pretty pictures and just print the recipe?  Click HERE!

What do you need?

For the filling:

  • 4 cups of frozen blueberries (You can start this with them fully frozen, but if you want to thaw ahead of time, keep all the juice that they will release to use in the recipe.)
  • 8 ounces of pitted dates, roughly chopped (Buy whole pitted dates, and then roughly chop them yourself.  Don’t get the type rolled in coconut or pre-chopped, as the additional ingredients in those types will affect the recipe.)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the bars:

  • 2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups of einkorn wheat flour + 2 tsp arrowroot powder (Arrowroot helps the einkorn to bind together and not be too crumbly.  If using whole wheat flour, just eliminate the arrowroot, and use 2 cups of whole wheat flour).
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of coconut oil, gently melted

How to make Einkorn Blueberry Oat Bars:

Instructions:

  1. Put the blueberries and chopped dates into a medium saucepan and stir over medium low to low heat.  As they thaw the blueberries will release all the liquid needed for the blueberries and dates to cook down into a thick paste.blueberry oat bar recipe
  2. Continue stirring the blueberries and dates until the fruits have broken down and come together and all liquid seems to be gone, leaving a thick fruit spread.
  3. Set fruit spread aside to cool and mix in the vanilla.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Measure out the coconut oil and set it to melt on the lowest setting possible on your stovetop while you’re mixing the dry ingredients.
  6. Use a little bit of coconut oil to lightly grease a 13×9 baking pan. Oh, and you’ll probably get some coconut oil on your hands…go with it and rub it in! FREE moisturizer!blueberry oat bars
  7. In a large bowl mix all of the dry ingredients thoroughly.
  8. Once the coconut oil is melted, add to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is completely combined.
  9. Press half of the dry mixture into the greased 13×9 pan and pre-bake in your 350 degree oven for just 8 minutes. blueberry oat bars
  10. Remove the pan from the oven and then spread the fruit mixture evenly over the bottom crust.blueberry oat bars
  11. Evenly pat the remaining crust mixture over the fruit spread and gently pat down.
  12. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 22-32 minutes (start checking for firmness at 22 minutes and pull the pan when the top seems set).
  13. Place the pan on a rack to cool completely before cutting and serving.

    einkorn blueberry oat bars

    Mmmmmm……tasty!

  14. Sit back and enjoy and then wait for your four year old to steal some when you’re not looking (if that applies to your house)!

Want to print this recipe?  Go ahead!

Einkorn Blueberry Oat Bars
 
Author:
Cuisine: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • For the filling:
  • 4 cups of frozen blueberries (You can start this with them fully frozen, but if you want to thaw ahead of time, keep all the juice that they will release to use in the recipe.)
  • 8 ounces of pitted dates, roughly chopped (Buy whole pitted dates, and then roughly chop them yourself. Don't get the type rolled in coconut or pre-chopped, as the additional ingredients in those types will affect the recipe.)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the bars:
  • 2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups of einkorn wheat flour + 2 tsp arrowroot powder (Arrowroot helps the einkorn to bind together and not be too crumbly. If using whole wheat flour, just eliminate the arrowroot, and use 2 cups of whole wheat flour).
  • 1½ cups coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup of coconut oil, gently melted
Instructions
  1. Put the blueberries and chopped dates into a medium saucepan and stir over medium low to low heat. As they thaw the blueberries will release all the liquid needed for the blueberries and dates to cook down into a thick paste.
  2. Continue stirring the blueberries and dates until the fruits have broken down and come together and all liquid seems to be gone, leaving a thick fruit spread.
  3. Set fruit spread aside to cool.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Measure out the coconut oil and set it to melt on the lowest setting possible on your stovetop while you're mixing the dry ingredients.
  6. Use a little bit of coconut oil to lightly grease a 13x9 baking pan. Oh, and you'll probably get some coconut oil on your hands...go with it and rub it in! FREE moisturizer!
  7. In a large bowl mix all of the dry ingredients thoroughly.
  8. Once the coconut oil is melted, add to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is completely combined.
  9. Press half of the dry mixture into the greased 13x9 pan and pre-bake in your 350 degree oven for just 8 minutes.
  10. Remove the pan from the oven and then spread the fruit mixture evenly over the bottom crust.
  11. Evenly pat the remaining crust mixture over the fruit spread and gently pat down.
  12. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 22-32 minutes (start checking for firmness at 22 minutes and pull the pan when the top seems set).
  13. Place the pan on a rack to cool completely before cutting and serving.
  14. Sit back and enjoy and then wait for your four year old to steal some when you're not looking (if that applies to your house)!

Tell me, have you ever tried einkorn before?


Teach Your Kids to Cook Real Food! A Cooking Class for Kids!

So, my son has a pretty serious bucket list for an almost seven-year old.  And one of the things highest on his list of must dos for the near future is to make an appearance on Master Chef Junior or Rachel Ray’s Kids Cookoff.

Now, this is the same child that I found in the kitchen at the tender age of four, surrounded by mixing bowls, measuring cups and all the ingredients he THOUGHT he would need to make muffins.  It was NOT the ingredients to make muffins, but he was enthusiastically mixing them up all the same!

So, quite clearly we need to get working on those kitchen skills for him to be ready when the shows come calling, right?

Time for a cooking class for kids!

One of the first things we started working on this week was using knives safely.  For a long time he was restricted to a dull butter knife and one of those kid-safe serrated knives that can hardly cut cantaloupe, but now that he’s getting to help with meal prep, I started to teach him how to hold a chef’s knife and cut simple foods like celery or carrot.

I was very excited when I saw the announcement that Katie over at Kitchen Stewardship was launching a new class to teach kids how to cook real food and I immediately went to check it out.

I was VERY impressed to see the class includes teaching safe knife skills (this part of the class is FREE, make sure you grab your spot!) and that the main course is full of wholesome recipes and lessons (with lesson plans!) teaching skills geared towards kids as young as two!  But don’t worry, it has content for the more advanced mini-chefs in your kitchen in the Intermediate and Advanced courses, too!

We’re using this course as part of our home school extras this quarter, because I really believe that it is critical to teach our kids HOW to make food that builds their body, and since my children have food allergies, these are skills that they will need to master so that they’ll be able to continue to eat safely and healthfully when they leave my little nest.

The course has three different levels and each includes:

  • Videos
  • PDF lesson plans
  • Printables
  • Recipes
  • And at the VIP level, an interactive group to help get the most out of the course!

Katie (the course creator) is a former teacher and she really gets how to make cooking make sense for kids (and for their parents) in a way that sticks.  And who am I kidding…I’ve never been to a cooking class in my life, so this is fun for me too!

One of the best parts is, though, that it is really affordable.  Each skill level course is just $29.95 or you can get access to them all for just $59.95!

For now we’re starting out with the free knife skills mini course, and you can too!  Go ahead and get registered and you’ll have the course in your inbox, lickity split!

Grab it by clicking below:

I want the FREE Knife Skills Course!

Once we’re confident with the knife skills we’re going to dig deeper into the main course. I am so excited….and I know my son will be, too.  After all, he’s got a call from Rachel Ray to get ready for!

Already know you’re ready to jump in with the full course?  (I know, right?  I’m pumped, too!) This is your chance!

I’m Ready to Teach my Kids to Cook!

Registration for the class closes on January 18th, so don’t miss out!

Tell me, how do you involve your kids in the kitchen?  What skills do you think they could improve on?  Share in the comments!