The Rising Spoon

Sunday, March 22, 2015

DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

I've been on a mission the past year to slowly replace my store-bought cleaning, bath, and beauty products with homemade versions made from non-toxic ingredients and essential oils. I'm thrilled to announce that I've finally ditched all the commercial hand soaps in my home and am now using my own DIY foaming hand soap recipe.  

Why the switch? Well, I wanted to avoid synthetic fragrances and unnecessary ingredients in commercial liquid hand soaps. Like, triclosan for one. Not to mention the fact that those so called "anti-bacterial" hand soaps aren't any more effective than plain soap and hot water. Don't believe? The F.D.A. admitted it themselves in this news release.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Roasted Curry Chicken Thighs with Grass-Fed Butter

Roasted Curry Chicken Thighs with Grass-Fed Butter

If screens were scratch and sniff, then you could experience how intoxicating these roasted curry chicken thighs made my home smell when I pulled them out of the oven. Much to my dismay, this is impossible. 

So, what's the next best thing? Staring at drool-worthy food photographs on Pinterest? I wish! How about actually making the recipe at home. It takes a teensy bit of effort, but it's totally worth it.

Lucky for you (and me), this recipe is super easy. It has only a handful of ingredients and the oven does most of the work. It takes a few extra minutes to pan-fry each chicken thigh in butter, but this helps bring out the flavors in the spices. It makes a huge difference. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies


Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies | therisingspoon.com

If I said I've been eating three cookies for breakfast every morning for the past five days, would you believe me? Well, it's true! Although, these aren't your average cookies. These, my friends, are breakfast cookies! 

That means they're a little special. And even healthy. Yep. I know the word "cookie" is not usually synonymous with health and that even "healthy" is a subjective term, but give me a chance to explain. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Easy Coconut Rice with Coconut Milk

Easy Coconut Rice with Coconut Milk

If you're looking for a way to jazz up your next meal without a lot of work, look no further. Coconut rice is fragrant, buttery, and has a nice balance of savory and slightly sweet flavors. 

Full-fat coconut milk and few pinches of turbinado give it a hint of sweetness, which pairs nicely with the side dish's man flavors: garlic and onion. Taking a few minutes to saute the onion first in coconut oil adds extra coconut flavor that comes out in the final dish.

Friday, February 20, 2015

How to Make Flavored Toothpicks with Essential Oils

How to Make Flavored Toothpicks with Essential Oils

Do you ever find yourself mindlessly chewing on random objects like pens, pencils, straws, toothpicks, or stirrers while deep in thought? Are you the person who always has to have gum or mints on hand? You probably have a slight oral fixation. Don't worry, you're not alone. I'm a self professed "chewer" myself. Let's be friends! [Insert awkward & dorky high five]

Whenever I exert lazer focus on a particular activity that's brain oriented like writing, my habit of chewing on stuff goes into full force. Either that, or popping my knuckles. I much prefer the former. Maybe it's a way to release physical energy while I'm so mentally focused or keep my body busy creating rote movements (like white noise) while my mind is focused elsewhere. Either way, chewing is going to happen.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Creole Rice and Beans with Sausage

Creole Rice and Beans with Sausage

Thanks to a local Cajun and Creole restaurant here in East Dallas, I've developed a taste for slow cooked food with deep layers of spice and flavor. But ordering out Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Shrimp and Grits, or Crawfish Étouffée three nights as week does a number on my pocketbook! 

(Side note: I'm eternally grateful this restaurant doesn't serve beignets, otherwise I'd have an even tougher time resisting it!)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fifteen Kitchen Hacks To Save Money, Prevent Food Waste & Make Your Life Easier

Fifteen Kitchen Hacks To Save Money, Prevent Food Waste & Make Your Life Easier

In my nearly decade-long self taught cooking journey, I've slowly picked up habits that help make my time in the kitchen much smoother and organized. 

Since my food lifestyle has changed over time to an emphasis on real food as opposed to "processed" commercial food, my fridge and countertops are often stocked with perishable produce. (Sometimes cheez-its, too. Hey, I'm not perfect.) These fruits, veggies, and meats will spoil quickly if I don't take the extra care to store and prepare them properly when I get home from the store or market.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood Orange Margaritas

One of my favorite seasonal fruits in the whole entire world is blood oranges. Peaches come in at a close second, but this takes the cake. Nothing beats the gorgeous hue and tart sweetness of blood oranges. Use these babies in place of a regular orange or in any recipe that calls for citrus, and your eyes and tummy will thank you! 

Food is more fun when it's colorful, right?