Some of My Favorite Things

Last night, while the men in the house were watching UFC fights, I stepped in the kitchen and whipped up some sugar scrubs. I absolutely love them and it’s  so quick and easy to whip up a few batches. There are lots of recipes on the internet, Pinterest, etc. for inspiration. I use organic coconut oil and Young Living essential oils to make mine. For my base, I use 2 cups of sugar, white granulated, brown sugar, mix of both, whatever mood strikes me, and 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil. My favorite I have found so far is Bountiful Baskets organic expeller pressed coconut oil. I’m going to be sad when my big jar is empty if I haven’t been able to get my hands on another. I love this stuff!! 

Then I add 10 to 12 drops of the essential oil or oils of my choice. For example, if I use one I would put 12 drops of it, or if I use two oils I add 6 drops of each and so on and so forth. Sometimes I throw in a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend it all together til  well blended. I use my Kitchenaid stand mixer. 

White sugar mix:

A brown sugar mix:

Some recipes call for melting your coconut oil first. I haven’t found that step to be necessary.  It might depend on the brand of coconut oil and/or the temperature of the oil when you start. 

I find  with that amount of sugar and oil that I can fill four 4 oz. mason jars with one batch. Sometimes five, depending on whether I pack it down in the jar or just loosely spoon it in. Great for pampering yourself in the bath or shower, and for gifting. A note of caution, they can make your tub or shower floor a bit slippery. So take care when using. 

In no time at all last night, I whipped up a batch of coconut lime, orange with vanilla, and a brown sugar blend with lemon, lavender, peppermint, and vanilla. Mmmmm….

There are so many more combinations to try!  I also want to try some salt scrubs. Do you make your own scrubs? What are your favorites? If you haven’t tried them yet, maybe this will inspire you to treat yourself. Have a splendid Sunday, y’all!

Absolutely Ridiculous…

…that it took me so long to put the final stitches in the binding of this one. 

At least it’s finally finished. I love the way it looks on my pine log bed. We will enjoy using it. The pattern is Quarter Log Cabin from Eleanor Burns’ Still Stripping book. Two finishes in a week! That hasn’t happened in so long that I can’t remember when it happened last. 


It’s Cunningham peach truck day here and I have already made it out to get some. I look forward to their arrival every year. So good! I love to just eat them fresh, but a few of these will find their way into some cobbler. 😋

I leave shortly to make the two hour drive to the nearest airport to pick up my stepson for his summer visit. He lives in Texas, also, but the opposite end. The distance between us is a 10 hour drive. We could drive to Canada and across a few other states to get there about as quickly as to him, in the same state. Seems crazy, huh? That’s Lone Star life. I better get going! 

I Have a Finish!

Oh it feels so good! I finished Baby C’s quilt tonight. I can’t wait to get it washed and take it to him. ❤️

I love the 10 Minute Block pattern and tutorial. Such a fun, fast and easy pattern. 

I have so many WIP’s waiting in line to be finished, but first, I must start a new quilt! Because somewhere near the end of October, there will be another sweet baby boy for this Mammy to love! I’ve been looking over patterns the past couple of days, trying to settle on one. It definitely needs to be another fast and easy! 

The wedding, by the way, was just lovely. My new husband and I sat on the front row with my step-daughter and her husband and the other two sets of grandparents, with one chair  left empty for the grandfather that was there in spirit and in hearts. It was sweet. It was beautiful. It was perfect. 💙

Family, Past and Present

Today, we get ready to watch my oldest “step”-grandson (from my marriage to my late husband) marry his sweetheart this evening. It will be a fun wedding, cowboy style, in the pasture with reception dinner and dancing to follow. These moments and days are bittersweet. These are the days when my past life and present life collide a bit more, and emotions tend to be more unpredictable. It’s now five years post loss. Greg’s absence is always more “acute” at events such as this. This is his first grandchild getting married. I know that my stepdaughter will very deeply miss her father’s presence at the wedding. Tonight, my new husband will accompany me, and sit on the front “family” row, as the place by my side now belongs to him. I am so thankful that he has been welcomed into the family with open arms, and that I continue to be a loved and special part of my late husband’s family. And, that he also has welcomed them into his life. Our blended family is quite complex. On both sides. I am so blessed and thankful for this new love and this precious man to share my life with. There was a day when I couldn’t imagine it, and now I cannot imagine not having him in my life. I believe he and Greg were just both meant to  have a place in this journey that is my life and in my heart. Thankfully, there are no limits to love and no limits on how much or many our hearts can hold. 

Finally Friday 

It’s been a busy, busy week for me, but that pretty much seems to be the norm anymore. I was out of town from early Sunday morning until late Tuesday evening for a work conference with my job in criminal justice. I’m thankful that I now have Fridays off from that work, as I am also now the full time office administrator for mine and my husband’s new  oilfield related business. I worked on that job all morning here in my home office. Now, laundry is washing as I sit on the sofa and happily do a bit of hand stitching on Baby C’s quilt binding. I’m on the downhill curve to a finish! Yay! 

It’s a perfect day for it, too. The view from the sofa is rain on the windows with the sound of softly rolling thunder serenading me in the background. It’s nice to slow down for a few moments. Have a blessed Friday!