10 Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil


You won't believe all the uses you can get out of one jar of coconut oil! From a great beauty product to fixing squeaky hinges in your kitchen, coconut oil is one product you should always have on hand. Here are 10 great uses to get you started!


Instructions:

  1. Strengthen cuticles - Rub a small amount of coconut oil on your cuticles nightly to soften and strengthen them.
  2. Help eliminate static hair - Rub a small amount of coconut oil in your hands and apply to hair from ends to roots, to eliminate static and leave a natural shine.
  3. Prevent cracked heels - Use coconut oil on the soles and heels of your feet to soften and smooth cracked skin.
  4. Whiten teeth - Mix together a teaspoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of baking soda to use as an all natural teeth whitener.
  5. Healthy coffee cream alternative - Use to replace cream in coffee as a healthy alternative.
  6. Polish wood - Bring your favorite cutting boards back to life with a shiny polish buff. Apply a small amount of coconut oil to a soft cloth and rub in a circular motion.
  7. Polish leather - Applying a small amount to a cloth and rubbing on your leather products will bring an instant shine back and condition your items as well.
  8. Moisturize skin - Use as an everyday skin moisturizer after showering.
  9. Makeup remover - Apply a small amount to a cotton pad and use as an all natural makeup remover.
  10. Fix squeaky hinges - Rub a tiny amount of coconut oil on squeaky hinges to soften and quiet the noise.

Crescent Roll Carrots with Egg Salad


If you’re looking for that “WOW” recipe to serve to your Easter guests this spring, you’ll love this fun novelty appetizer! Skip the veggies and dip, and whip up these quick and easy Crescent Roll Carrots with Egg Salad.

Pick up some cone molds or make your own with tin foil, and you’ve got the perfect base for easy crescent roll “carrots.” These are so delicious, and with the fresh dill as a stem, they’re almost too cute to eat!


Ingredients:

For the “carrots”

  • 1 tube Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 1 egg, whisked with 1 teaspoon of water
  • Orange gel food coloring
  • 1 bunch of fresh dill or parsley

For the egg salad

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup celery, diced
  • 1 green onion, chopped

Directions:

For the egg salad,

  1. place eggs in a saucepan and fill with cold water to cover.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Cover, remove from heat and let stand for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Drain and run under cold water until chilled.
  5. Place peeled, hard-cooked eggs in a bowl and using a fork or potato masher, mash eggs until finely chopped.
  6. Stir in yogurt, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper until smooth. Add celery and green onion and stir to combine.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

For the crescent roll "carrots,"

  1. unroll the crescent roll dough onto a cutting board, then press the dough to fill in the seams.
  2. Cut the dough lengthwise into 6 equal strips. Brush one strip with egg wash. Roll the strips into a 17"-18" long log.
  3. Using tin foil, cut off a piece and roll it into a cone shape (or use horn molds).
  4. Wrap one dough log around each cream horn mold and repeat for the remainder of crescent roll dough.
  5. Brush the orange food coloring over each carrot shaped dough, then set carrots on a lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 6-8 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Allow carrot crescents to cool for about 5 minutes, then carefully remove the cone and allow to cool completely.
  8. Fill each “carrot” with egg salad, then add a few sprigs of dill to act as the stem. Serve and enjoy!

Jalapeno popper soup


The greatest bar snack ever is the Jalapeno Poppers by a long shot! Lately, I have been thinking about ways to incorporate these flavors into everyday food. Today's task is soup!

This super creamy hearty soup starts with a pureed cauliflower base and has sweet peppers, corn and of course jalapenos for added texture. Serve it with smokey bacon and salty cheddar cheese right on top!


Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ green bell pepper, diced
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 3-4 jalapeño peppers, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 3 ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • pinch cumin
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

For garnishes:

  • Bacon Crumbles
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the bell peppers and onion, cooking until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the jalapeño peppers and the minced garlic, cooking for 1 additional minute.
  4. Stir in the corn and cauliflower, cook for about 3-4 minutes, then sprinkle the flour over top and cook until lightly browned.
  5. Turn heat up to medium, whisk in the chicken broth and cream, then cook until the mixture begins to simmer. Add the seasonings and continue simmering for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.
  6. Add the cream cheese and whisk until well-incorporated. Remove from the heat and garnish with desired toppings. Serve immediately.
 

Rainbow Jello Easter Eggs


Painting Easter eggs has always been a family favorite. Only thing is you could never eat them after! Until now!

Instead of painting your traditional Easter egg, how about making a super colorful egg and then eating it! Layering your favorite jello flavors into an egg shape will change the way you celebrate Easter forever!


Materials:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Drill
  • Hot glue gun
  • Syringe medicine dispenser

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz boxes of JELL-O in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple
  • 16 oz Cool Whip
  • 6 cups water, divided

Directions:

  1. Use the drill to cut a hole in the top of your plastic Easter eggs. If your eggs have small holes in them, use the hot glue gun to cover those holes so liquid won’t leak out.
  2. Spray the inside of each plastic egg with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Heat 1 cup of water for 2 minutes in the microwave until boiling. Mix in 1 box of JELL-O — we started with purple and worked our way up. Once the JELL-O is dissolved, add 1/3 cup Cool Whip to a separate bowl and pour half of the JELL-O mixture onto it. Stir until creamy.
  4. Use the medical syringe to squirt the Cool Whip JELL-O into the bottom of your Easter eggs. Cool in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes until the JELL-O has set.
  5. Now, add a layer of the purple JELL-O without the Cool Whip. Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.
  6. Repeat the steps with all of the different colors of JELL-O: Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red.
  7. Once the JELL-O has set, carefully remove them from the plastic eggs. Serve cold and enjoy!

Pom Pom Bunnies


Some Bunny Is Wishing You a Very Happy Easter!If you're looking for something to make for Easter, look no further! Pom pom bunnies are cutest little crafts out there and would be great to try out with your kids. Their soft pom poms and tiny button noses will be leaving your kids with a big smile on their face!

Choose the colors you would like to use, the size you want to make, and spend an afternoon with these adorable furry friends!


Materials Needed:

  • yarn
  • felt
  • pony beads
  • clear thread
  • hot glue
  • cotton balls
  • scissors

Directions:

  1. Wrap yarn around all four fingers to create your body sized pom pom. Keep wrapping until you have a thick amount of yarn.
  2. Carefully slip the looped yarn off your fingers and cut a separate 5 inch piece of yarn. Slip it underneath the looped yarn and wrap it around to the front, tying it REALLY TIGHT.
  3. Slip your scissors through the loops and cut until it starts to form a pom pom. Then trim it up until the ends are all even looking.
  4. For the smaller pom pom (head), do the same process but use only three fingers to wrap the yarn around.
  5. Cut out some ear shapes out of gray felt and a smaller shape out of pink.
  6. Layer the pink on top of the gray and pinch the bottom. Glue the pinched portion together.
  7. Glue the ears to the head of the bunny along with the black beads for the eyes.
  8. For the whiskers, loop some clear thread through your pink pony bead and tie it. Snip the ends to shorten the whiskers, then glue the pink bead to the face.
  9. And finally, glue the head on to the body and a cotton ball on for a tail.

Recycled Dog Sweater

Creating a cute outfit for a small pet was never so simple. This is a super easy project to do where you only need an old sweater that you no longer use. 


Simply cut one of the sleeves of the sweater, following the edge of the pattern that joins the rest of the piece. Then you should cut a couple of holes in the center for your pet's legs.

To prevent the threads from coming loose, you can use thread and needle to make some simple stitches on all sides of the outfit. Isn't it easy?

Mini Egg Cheesecake Dip


This dip is so easy and so yummy that it will soon become a family favorite. Use it as a dip for Nilla wafers, graham crackers, pretzels (or just on its own).


Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup confectioner&rsquo's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Cadbury Mini Eggs  candies, crushed

Directions:

  1. In a stand mixer or medium bowl beat cream cheese and butter together.
  2. Add brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Stir in Cadbury Mini Eggs candies with a spatula. Enjoy!