Homemade Creamy Peppermints

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Essential Oil Creamy Mints

I saw a recipe on Pinterest and knew right away that I needed to try it using Essential Oils.

Last week while I was visiting at my mom’s house we decided to give this recipe a try with our favorite essential oil.

I chose Peppermint Essential Oil because, well I wanted a Cool Christmasy flavor.

You could easily use Lemon, Orange, Cinnamon, or any other essential oil flavors.

This recipe is SO easy, but you will need to follow each step exactly otherwise your creamy mints will end up a mushy mess.

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: I only recommend Young Living Essential Oils when using in food.

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Creamy Peppermints Gifts

Creamy Peppermints Recipe

INGREDIENTS

8 oz cream cheese, softened at room temperature
5 cups powdered sugar
1-2 drops of peppermint oil
1-2 drops food coloring

You’ll need an icing bag like this and a star tip to make these mints.

kitchenaid mixer

DIRECTIONS

Beat softened cream cheese with a mixer.
Slowly add in powdered sugar until stiff peaks form

peppermints process

Add in Peppermint Oil and Food coloring as desired.

Peppermints Oils

Note: Peppermint Oil is very potent, a little goes a long way!

Now prepare your icing bag and star tip.

piping bag

 

Fill the bag with your mix and you’ll be ready to start piping out the mints.

Make sure to cover your cookie sheet with wax paper.

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: It helps to tape it down if you don’t have someone to hold it still for you.

Thankfully, I was making these with my mom so we took turns piping out the mints and holding the wax paper still.

Peppermints piping

What I love most about these mints is how unique each one comes out looking.

Our first few tries didn’t look so pretty, but it didn’t take long to get the hang of it.

Allow your mints to sit for an hour or so, until they form a “crust” and carefully flip them using a butter knife so the bottom can harden a little too.

Store these in the fridge for up to a month, or the freezer for up to 4 months.

These Creamy Mints melt in your mouth!

I am planning to make a bunch and put them in mason jars and tie some ribbon and a Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil sample to them for gifts this Christmas.

Creamy EO Peppermints

So this is normally where I give you info about how to buy the essential oils that I ended up picking after doing a ton of research, BUT, it is Black Friday, and this is Saving Dollars and Sense, so I’m offering a pretty awesome batch of freebies for those of you who want to get started with essential oils!!

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And you will not find a better deal here… well, probably until Black Friday next year. ;)

If you get a premium Young Living starter kit (which is, on its own, a really great deal at $150) by November 30th…

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…then I will ALSO mail you a super helpful Essential Oils Reference Guide (you can look up almost anything in it and see which oils have been used to help with that problem), a set of essential oil labels to keep your oils organized, AND I will give you $25 Amazon Gift Card!

I’m using all of my commission that I would make off of your purchase to give you these freebies because I truly believe that you will absolutely fall in love with these essential oils as much as we have!

Oh, and one quick thing. You get ELEVEN 5 ml bottles with this deal. Several people always ask each time I talk about this starter kit if it’s just the samples. Nope, you get everything in the picture below with your kit including the 11 5 ml bottles of oils!

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If you are ready to buy a starter kit, then be sure to sign up as a wholesale member (with one of the premium starter kits) through the instructions below by November 30th to take advantage of these freebies!

1.  Head over to the Young Living page here and fill out your information.

2.  Be sure the “Wholesale Member” option is checked so that you don’t end up paying retail prices (which are 24% more than wholesale).

3. Be sure the “sponsor ID” and “enroller id” say 1580039 (so that I can send you your free book!)

4. If you do not feel comfortable putting in your social security number (this is only for tax purposes if you decide to turn this into a business) then you can get an EIN from the IRS in just a few seconds here and use that number instead (the IRS just needs to be able to connect some number with you for tax purposes).   They need a Social Security Number or an EIN because if you make $600 or more per year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail (which is required by law). Young Living will never share this info with anyone.

5. Select which starter kit you want to get. My recommendation would be the Premium Starter Kit (and that’s the one where you get all of the freebies!) Those are the oils that I use almost every single day! You can get the kit that’s $150, or you can get a kit for $160 with the bamboo essential oil diffuser!

6. I’d recommend skipping the Step 3 (Optional) part of the sign-up process. I’ll send over an email with more details on that part of things after you sign up (if you’re going to be purchasing products monthly then it’s a great program that will give you credit back with each order and save you on shipping costs).

7. Go through the checkout process.

8.  After you sign up, send an email to theoilnation@gmail.com mentioning the code “STSOILS” and letting me know that you signed up through this promotion so that I will know to send you your freebies!  Feel free to ask any questions in the email and I will also help you find the information that you need. :)

BONUS Step 9 (COMPLETELY Optional!)  If you would like to earn 2 bonus oils this month (the bonus oils this month are CHRISTMAS SPIRIT and GINGER),  then get your order total up to 190 PV (different products have different point values).  You could get the Start Living With Everyday Oils kit and automatically have 100 point value… then you’ll just need 90 more points to get the bonus oils.  For example, you could grab an extra bottle of Thieves Oil at 33.75 points, 15 ml bottle of Lavender at 23.5 points, 15 ml bottle of Lime at 11 points, and the 14.4 ounces of Thieves Household Cleaner at 22 points (just pour one capful of the concentrated Thieves cleaning solution into a spray bottle and it lasts for a really long time!) All of those items will bring your total points up to $190.25 which will qualify you to get the two BONUS oils!  (This step is completely optional!)

IMPORTANT:  This promotion is only available when you sign up with the sponsor ID and enroller ID as #1580039.  Also, if you recommend this promotion to a friend (or group of friends) and they sign up too through this promotion then please let me know so that you can get credit for referring them. :)

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Does signing up make me a “distributor”?

Nope! You are not required to sell anything at all to anyone. When you become a wholesale member, you get a special link that you can share with friends and get credit from their purchases, but there are no minimum sales amounts at all. In fact, 90% of the wholesale members in Young Living don’t do the business side at all. They are buying from Young Living because of the quality alone.

Am I required to make a minimum purchase each month?

There are absolutely NO minimum monthly purchase requirements. To remain a wholesale member, you have to make $50 worth of purchases per year to keep your membership. But if there’s a year that you don’t make a $50 purchase, you can reinstate your wholesale membership discount by just placing a $50 order.

If you do find yourself making regular purchases each month, then Young Living has a rewards program (called Essential Rewards) where you can make a nice percentage back in product credit each month on all of your purchases. So that’s a neat program to join if you find that you *want* to purchase regularly (but it’s not a requirement for being a wholesale member).

Why should I buy from Young Living instead of other essential oils companies?

It does seem like a new essential oils company pops up every day, doesn’t it?

I can’t speak to the quality of other companies, but I can say that Young Living was the only company in my research of essential oil companies that could answer all of my questions about purity in a way that was satisfactory to me.

Young Living was the only company that has their own farms (in the regions where the plants should be grown), could absolutely guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides were used in the growing of any of their oils (they use essential oils for pest control and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing, and use many different testing methods not just GC/MS which only tests for certain chemicals, not whether those chemicals are synthetic or not), and only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant.

Young Living also was the only company that was directly in charge of essential oil farming operations. Every other company I researched goes through some kind of an “oil broker” to buy their oils. They have to trust that the oil broker is telling the truth, who has to trust that the essential oil distilleries are telling the truth, who have to trust that the farmers are telling the truth about what they say they are doing.

With Young Living, you just have to trust one company instead of several.

I feel like it’s a trust step either way (anyone could be lying) but I felt the most comfortable trusting Young Living since they are a full-disclosure company. ANYONE can visit the farms, participate in the harvesting and distillation, view the Young Living labs, and see the entire process. That’s not an option with any other company.

How will I know which oils to use for what?

One of the benefits of getting a starter kit through this promotion is that you also get to join our private Facebook group that’s specifically for questions about essential oils!

The reference guide that I’m giving away as part of this promotion is also a HUGE resource. You can look up almost anything in it and see which essential oils and supplements can be helpful.

Does Young Living only sell essential oils?

The answer to this one was suprising to me when I first got my starter kit! Young Living actually has an entire line of personal care products, supplements, meal replacements, energy drinks, and more! Almost every product incorporates essential oils (for example, frankincense is absolutely wonderful in facial products), but there’s a wide variety of products available.

Please let me know if you have any other questions at all and I will do my best to answer them!

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

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Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Now that the weather has turned brisk, nothing warms me up like a hot bowl of Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings.

This is just about the easiest recipe, and everyone loves it too!

chicken and dumplings ingredients

 

INGREDIENTS
Change Servings
2 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
1 can Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can Condensed Cream of Celery Soup
1 Onion, finely diced
2 ribs of Celery, sliced
3 cup Chicken Broth
6 oz frozen Peas and Carrots
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Poultry Seasoning
16 oz can Refrigerated Biscuit Dough

chicken and dumpling process

 

DIRECTIONS
Place all ingredients, except biscuit dough, in slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

chicken and dumplings process
Remove chicken breasts from slow cooker, shred and then return to cooker.

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

Roll dough for each biscuit to about 1/4″ thick and cut into strips. drop strips into cooker and cook on high for another hour.

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
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Recipe type: Dinner
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1 can Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 can Condensed Cream of Celery Soup
  • 1 Onion, finely diced
  • 2 ribs of Celery, sliced
  • 3 cup Chicken Broth
  • 6 oz frozen Peas and Carrots
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Poultry Seasoning
  • 16 oz can Refrigerated Biscuit Dough
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients, except biscuit dough, in slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  2. Remove chicken breasts from slow cooker, shred and then return to cooker.
  3. Roll dough for each biscuit to about ¼" thick and cut into strips. drop strips into cooker and cook on high for another hour.

 

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Cherry Cordial Cupcakes

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cherry codial cupcakes

This Cherry Cordial Recipe comes with a hidden surprise that is sure to be a hit over the next several weeks as we celebrate with friends and family!

I am planning to make them a couple times to take to parties, possibly even church. We host a big family Christmas Party that I will definitely be making these for!

The list of ingredients includes pretty much everything I usually have in my pantry, except for the cherries which you can find on sale everywhere this time of year.

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INGREDIENTS

1 box Devils Food Cake Mix
Vegetable Oil (per box)
Eggs (per box)
Water (per box)
1/4 cup Flour
32 drained Maraschino Cherries
1 Box Chocolate covered Cherries
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
8 oz Cream Cheese
4 tbsp Butter
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
Hershey Chocolate Bar

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DIRECTIONS

Mix cake mix according to box directions.
Place cupcake liners in pan and fill them half full.
Roll 16 maraschino cherries in flour. Place one cherry in the center of each cupcake.
Bake in 350 oven 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack.
Put chocolate covered cherries, powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter and cream in a pan over low heat.
Bring to a simmer crush the cherries and stir until melted.
Simmer for 10 minutes then allow icing to cool for 20 minutes.
Frost cupcakes.
Scrape chocolate bar to create shavings.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry and chocolate shavings.

Cherry Cordial Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box Devils Food Cake Mix
  • Vegetable Oil (per box)
  • Eggs (per box)
  • Water (per box)
  • ¼ cup Flour
  • 32 drained Maraschino Cherries
  • 1 Box Chocolate covered Cherries
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • ¼ cup Heavy Cream
  • Hershey Chocolate Bar
Instructions
  1. Mix cake mix according to box directions.
  2. Place cupcake liners in pan and fill them half full.
  3. Roll 16 maraschino cherries in flour. Place one cherry in the center of each cupcake.
  4. Bake in 350 oven 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Cool on a wire rack.
  6. Put chocolate covered cherries, powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter and cream in a pan over low heat.
  7. Bring to a simmer crush the cherries and stir until melted.
  8. Simmer for 10 minutes then allow icing to cool for 20 minutes.
  9. Frost cupcakes.
  10. Scrape chocolate bar to create shavings.
  11. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and chocolate shavings.

 

How to Safely Cook a Frozen Turkey

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How to Safely Cook a Frozen Turkey



I have always heard that you can never cook a turkey unless it has had time to completely thaw in the refrigerator only for several days.

Last Thanksgiving I thought I gave my turkey plenty of time to thaw, but the morning of Thanksgiving it was still a little frozen inside. I did what I could and put it in a water bath until it was thawed completely, but what if you have a turkey that is frozen solid?

You can cook a frozen turkey!

I was shocked when I read that this is completely safe as long as you follow a few tips for cooking a frozen turkey from the Mayo Clinic.

Cooking a Frozen Turkey is a lot easier than it may seem.

Turkey Ingredients

INGREDIENTS
1 frozen Turkey
1/2 cup Butter
1 Medium Onion
2 tsp minced Garlic
3 tsp Poultry Seasoning
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper

DIRECTIONS
Turkey will take about 1 1/2 times to twice as long to cook from frozen.
Preheat oven to 325.

frozen turkey

Remove wrapping from turkey and place breast down on broiling pan.
Place in oven for 3 1/2 hours.
Remove from oven and see if bag with liver, gizard and heart can be removed from the neck area. If not return to oven and continue checking every 15 minutes. If the bag is plastic, do not let it begin to melt or it will ruin turkey.

Turkey Prep

Flip turkey breast side up and return to oven for another 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and see if neck can be removed from the body cavity from between the legs. If not return to oven and continue checking every 15 minutes.

turkey prep 2
Peel outer skin off onion and place in body cavity along with garlic.
Rub body down with butter and season with salt pepper and poultry seasoning.
Return to oven to finish cooking. Check for temperature in thigh of at least 175 and in breast of at least 160. Baste turkey with juices every time you check temperature.

Cooked Turkey
When temperature is reached, remove from oven and tent in aluminum foil for 30 minutes to allow turkey to rest before carving.

roasted turkey

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Free Jiffy Cookbook

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Request a FREE Jiffy Cookbook!

This is a cute little cookbook full of good old fashioned recipes that make a great addition to your recipe collections. Fill in your mailing information and you’ll receive your FREE cookbook in a few short weeks.

Request yours here.

Turkey Cupcakes

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Turkey Cupcakes




Thanksgiving is a fun time to pull out kid friendly recipes like these Turkey Cupcakes.

They are easy enough to make and would be a fun cooking project to work on with your kids. Plus they would make a great addition to any other Thanksgiving Table Decorations for Kids that you might be planning to do this year.

You might also like to add Turkey Toes to the table.  Make sure you grab the FREE Printable needed to make them.

Now for the Turkey Cupcakes recipe:

Turkey Cupcakes IngredientsINGREDIENTS
1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
3 Eggs
1 cup softened Butter
2 tbsp Milk
5 tbsp Cocoa Powder
4 cup Powdered Sugar
1/4 cup Chocolate Sprinkles
1 bag Candy Corn
48 Candy Eyes
1/8 cup Red Candy Melting Chips

DIRECTIONS
Bake cupcakes according to box directions.

Turkey Cupcakes mix

Allow to cool.
Whisk or sift together cocoa powder and powdered sugar.
Cream butter and vanilla in a large bowl
Slowly add in the powdered sugar cocoa powder mixture, and milk as needed, until everything is incorporated and frosting is right consistency.
Beat for 5 minutes to make sure it is fluffy.

Turkey Toes frosting

Ice cupcakes then sprinkle or dip tops in chocolate sprinkles.
Insert 5-7 candy corns along the back edge of each to make tail feathers.

Turkey Cupcakes Process

Pipe more icing from the fron edge to the middle of each to make turkey neck and face.
Push 1 candy corn into head to make beak.
Place 2 eyes above beak.
Place red melting chips into corner of zippered sandwich bag.
Microwave for 45 seconds and knead to insure that they are melted and smooth.
Clip corner and pipe a waddle on the beak and down the neck of each turkey.

Turkey Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup softened Butter
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 5 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ cup Chocolate SPrinkles
  • 1 bag Candy Corn
  • 48 Candy Eyes
  • ⅛ cup Red Candy Melting Chips
Instructions
  1. Bake cupcakes according to box directions.
  2. Allow to cool.
  3. Whisk or sift together cocoa powder and powdered sugar.
  4. Cream butter and vanilla in a large bowl
  5. Slowly add in the powdered sugar cocoa powder mixture, and milk as needed, until everything is incorporated and frosting is right consistency.
  6. Beat for 5 minutes to make sure it is fluffy.
  7. Ice cupcakes then sprinkle or dip tops in chocolate sprinkles.
  8. Insert 5-7 candy corns along the back edge of each to make tail feathers.
  9. Pipe more icing from the front edge to the middle of each to make turkey neck and face.
  10. Push 1 candy corn into head to make beak.
  11. Place 2 eyes above beak.
  12. Place red melting chips into corner of zippered sandwich bag.
  13. Microwave for 45 seconds and knead to insure that they are melted and smooth.
  14. Clip corner and pipe a waddle on the beak and down the neck of each turkey.

 

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