Makers Gonna Make: Horchata Recipe

Horchata—a beverage typically made from ground rice, almonds, sesame seeds, barley, and/or tiger nuts—is popular in South America, Spain, and Puerto Rico. It can be made with countless different ingredients and the base will not always be the same, but the drink itself almost always resembles a creamy, cinnamon-flavored delicious milkshake!

This recipe is a great start for creating your own personal horchata. Feel free to spice it up with nutmeg, cocoa, or even other nuts like peanuts and cashews. Enjoy cold or hot; both are equally tasty!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of long-grain white rice, rinsed
  • ½ cup of sugar (or to taste)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

Tools

Measuring cup, measuring spoons, blender or food processor, cheesecloth, pitcher

Let’s do it!

  1. Combine your rice with 4 cups of water in a blender, and pulse until it is coarsely ground up.
  2. Transfer your rice mixture into a large bowl, add another 4 cups of water, and soak at room temperature for 3 hours.
  3. Pure the mixture in a blender in batches until it is smooth.
  4. Strain through a cheesecloth into a pitcher and mix with sugar and vanilla extract.
  5. To serve, stir the horchata well, pour into ice-filled glasses, and garnish with a dusting of ground cinnamon.

In the Kitchen: Coconut

From coconut water to coconut flakes, and from coconut milk to coconut oil; the coconut is an amazingly versatile product! Used in foods, body care, hair care, and even dental care; the coconut not only smells great but includes a number of health benefits too.

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Coconut is frequently used in a number of health and beauty products because it is known to be naturally antibacterial and antifungal. Coconut oil, in particular, can be utilized for cooking, oil pulling, and skin care. It also penetrates better than other oils, making it a powerful moisturizer for both hair and skin. Plus, you get the added benefit of smelling like a tropical paradise when you use it!

Ritual Roasters cold brew mint coffee soap bar

Here are a few of our favorite coconut-based recipes, beauty products, and more.

Coconut Gin and Tonic: Nothing says summertime like cool and refreshing cocktails enjoyed outside in the sun. The coconut water in this cocktail not only adds electrolytes and minerals to your drink, but it lends a great coconut flavor without being too overpowering. Garnish with some lime, mint, and a little umbrella and you’re all set to relax.

Ritual Roasters Cold Brew Mint Coffee Soap: The star of this show is Ritual Roaster’s cold brew coffee, but the main ingredient in this soap is a coconut oil base! The mint in this organic soap bar adds the just right amount of uplifting kick to the soothing and familiar aroma of coffee. Combined with coffee oil (for skin soothing antioxidants) and coffee grounds (to help exfoliate dead skin cells), this soap helps stimulate circulation, get you clean, and make your bathroom smell amazing!

Coconut Milk Ice Cream: Don’t have an ice cream maker? Don’t worry; you don’t need one for this recipe. This 3-ingredient vegan ice cream is not only easy to make, but it’s versatile too! You can use this coconut milk ice cream as a base to add your favorite flavors and topping to, or even make an “adult” version of it by spiking it with any booze of choice.

Coconut Oil Hair Mask: Coconut oil makes an excellent deep conditioner for your hair. This particular mask—combined with honey and heated slightly to help hair follicles open up and absorb the mixture—leaves your hair soft, shiny, and smelling like cookies! Just leave it in your hair for 30-45 minutes then shampoo, condition, and style as usual.

In the Kitchen: Negroni Week Recipe Roundup!

Negroni Week Recipe Roundup

Launched in 2013, Negroni Week was created as an effort to raise money for charities around the world. Participating bars and restaurants mix classic Negroni cocktails that result in donations to their charity of choice.

This year, Negroni Week takes place from June 4th to June 10th. Here are some Negroni cocktails for you to ask for the next time you’re out with friends (or to even try making at home)!

The Breakfast Negroni: Great for brunches or a late night pick-me-up, this drink combines orange marmalade and an Irish tea infusion for a the right amount of caffeine, sweetness, and kick.

Sparkling Negroni Punch: This sweet beverage is perfect for parties; light, bubbly, and delicious! You can serve in tall glasses with fruit for garnish or leave in a punch bowl with a ladle for guests to serve themselves.

FroGoni: This drink is half refreshing smoothie, half slushy cocktail. It’s perfect for enjoying at summertime BBQs, relaxing by the poolside, and even lazy hot nights on your balcony or porch.

Blood Orange Negroni: Blood oranges not only lend a stunning color to beverages, but a perfect blend of tartness and sweetness too. Add an entire slice to the finished cocktail for a real show-stopper!

Original Negroni: You can’t have a list for Negroni Week without including the classic Negroni. This simple and delicious cocktail includes just 3 ingredients—and an ice cold glass!

Makers Gonna Make: Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

This recipe combines the subtle aroma of lavender with the classic flavor of cold, refreshing lemonade. Its vibrant and beautiful hue makes this a fun beverage for the kids to enjoy on a hot summer day or for moms to turn into cocktails for a rejuvenating night in with friends. You can even consider serving this simple drink at your next BBQ, picnic, dinner party and more! The combination of citrus and floral undertones will make this drink a hit, no matter who you’re serving it to or what you’re serving it with.

When using lavender in recipes, I find it’s best to use fresh lavender (but you can easily use dried lavender for this recipe as well). Just remember; use lavender sparingly. Like rosemary, this highly fragrant herb doesn’t take much! Too much and your risk your recipe tasting like our Lavender soap (great for showers, not so great for beverages).

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of water
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • 3 tbsp of lavender (pull the flowers off the stem before measuring)
  • 2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Lemon slices and sprigs of lavender for garnish (optional)

Etta + Billie Lavender Lemonade Recipe for Spring and Summer

Tools

Measuring cup, measuring spoons, juice squeezer (if you don’t want to do it by hand), pot, pitcher

Let’s do it!

  1. Combine water and sugar in a large pot over medium heat and bring to a boil under the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Turn off the heat and stir in honey and lavender.
  3. Allow your mixture to steep for 2 hours (1 hour if you want less of a lavender flavor), keeping the heat off.
  4. Strain the liquid, removing the lavender, and mix in your fresh squeezed lemon juice.
  5. Pour into a large pitcher, serve over ice with some lemon and lavender as garnish, and enjoy!

Go-To Tips: Spring Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

Spring Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

Who else dreads yet loves a big “spring” clean?  The concept of a super clean kitchen/house is wonderful but not the reality of spending an entire day cleaning it. There is always the option to pay someone else to clean your house but my honey and I are on a money-saving bender right now so that is not an option. In an effort to make our lives a tad easier, I found some great tips for getting the various areas of the kitchen clean and organized in no time. Bonus: they all use natural cleaning methods. One of my favorite tips to make cleaning less terrible – add a mimosa break because nothing makes cleaning more palatable than an adult beverage. 😉

Get the Kitchen Clean

Spring Kitchen Cleaning Checklist from Wholefully with a printable checklist option (I do love a good checklist). Nice way to focus your cleaning efforts and you can always break the tasks up so you’re doing one set each day for 9 days.

The 11 Most Popular Kitchen Related Cleaning Hacks on Pinterest Right Now – from the Kitchn

DIY Natural All Purpose Cleaner – I share my easy and effective recipe here.

Keep the Kitchen Clean

Keep the garbage can, laundry basket, etc smelling fresh with this tip.

Brilliant list of ways to use command hooks to keep your kitchen organized from Apartment Therapy.

A few cleaning hacks to add to your daily/weekly kitchen list to keep your kitchen clean and save you some time too!

Makers Gonna Make: Citrus All-Purpose Natural Cleaner

Citrus All-Purpose Natural Cleaner

One of the first things I changed when I started going natural was my cleaning products. A big motivator was ridding my house of the terrible smell of most cleaners. I am not one who is comforted by the scent of bleach, especially since it seems to hang in the air for hours. Then there’s the environmental impact of all those chemicals going into the water system and just hanging out on my counters and sink. It just did not seem pleasant or responsible. Of course, there are a plethora of natural cleaning products out there but once I realized how easy it was to make my own I figured there was no point in purchasing them. Plus, I can use the money I save on a fancy coffee and a donut. 😉

With a few simple ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen like vinegar, dish soap, and citrus, you can mix up this effective natural cleanser. My favorite recipe consists of citrus infused vinegar but if you don’t want to bother, you can just skip that part and add in essential oils instead.

Why these Natural Ingredients Work

Citrus Peels: Peels of citrus fruits contain the essential oils which are naturally powerful degreasers and deodorizers, making them great for cleaning. 

Vinegar: Clear acidic liquid byproduct of fermentation of fruits and grains for alcohol. Distilled White Vinegar is about 5% acetic acid and 95% water. The acetic acid combined with vinegar’s pH of 2, naturally inhibits the growth of bacteria and mold. A 2010 study showed that a 10% dilution of Malt Vinegar (acetic acid of 5-8%) was as effective as commercial cleaning wipes at killing the H1N1 Flu virus*. NEVER mix Bleach and Vinegar – harmful chlorine gas is the result!  

All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe Citrus Peel Vinegar

Part 1 – The Citrus Vinegar

I love this because it uses a bunch of citrus peels that I’d normally just compost. I typically start a jar of vinegar and just keep adding peels to it over the course of a few weeks.

Ingredients
Peels from 1-3 lemons, oranges, grapefruits or pomelos
1/2 cup – 1 cup vinegar, depending on how many peels you have

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Cut peels from your citrus of choice being careful to avoid the pithy white parts and put into a clean glass jar (plastic is not a good choice for this project).

TIP: I use peels from lemons I’ve used in cooking and baking – just squeeze juice, then cut away peel and add to jar of vinegar.

All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe Citrus Peels

Add enough vinegar to cover peels.

All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe Infused Citrus Vinegar

Let peels and vinegar co-mingle for at least 2-4 weeks.

All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

Strain vinegar and toss peels into compost.

Citrus All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

Keep vinegar in an enclosed container.

Part II – The All-Purpose Natural Cleaner

Etta + Billie Citrus All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

Ingredients
1/2 cup – 1 cup citrus infused or regular distilled vinegar*
1/2 cup – 1 cup distilled water
1/4 – 1 tsp of natural dish soap
*If you don’t have citrus vinegar you can add 15-20 drops of essential oil – any combination of lemon, lime, orange, rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus would work well.

Collect all ingredients and equipment for the recipe (measuring cups, bottles, measuring spoons, funnel).

Etta + Billie Citrus All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

Measure out the distilled vinegar and add to the bottle.

Citrus All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

Measure out the distilled water and pour into the bottle.

Citrus All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

Measure and add liquid soap. Shake gently to make sure everything is mixed.

Etta + Billie Citrus All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

To Use: Spray on kitchen and bathroom counters, sinks, floors, stovetops, etc and wipe down to clean and naturally disinfect (one material you shouldn’t spray on is Marble – the acetic acid and any citrus oils will etch the surface. Try using a combination of distilled water and a tiny bit of dish soap).

Makers Gonna Make: Ginger Vanilla Almond Butter

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Almonds and almond butter have been all the rage for the last few years and I’m guilty of jumping on the bandwagon. I’ve spent tons of $$ on almond butter. But it was so damn good, especially in smoothies, and on bread and with bananas…clearly the list could go on. When I finally got my hands on a Blendtec blender, I started whipping up my own because it’s ridiculously easy and I can control exactly what goes into it (seriously love that blender more than almost anything, except my soda stream…). This recipe came about after trying some of the amazingly inventive butters from Big Spoon Roasters (who we also happen to do a limited edition soap colab with – sadly sold out but stay tuned). The flavors of this butter are great for fall (or anytime, really). Slater over toast, add to a smoothie or just eat straight from the jar. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • A cup of almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2-3 pieces of candied ginger
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 or 2 tsp of honey

Tools
Blender, 8 oz jar, roasting pan, measuring spoon, measuring cup, spatula

Let’s do it!

  1. Roast the almonds in the oven at 350° for 10-15 minutes, let them cool for 10 minutes before using them
  2. Put 2-3 pieces of candied ginger into blender, pulse until pieces are broken down almost to a paste (unless you want chunks them pulse until they’re at the desired size)
  3. Add the room temp roasted almonds
  4. Add a couple shakes of cinnamon, coconut oil and vanilla.
  5. Add a pinch of salt
  6. Add 1 or 2 tsp of honey
  7. Blend all the ingredients together until smooth
  8. Store the butter in a tightly sealed container in the fridge or dig in immediately!

Tips:

  • Add a 1 tsp to 1 tbsp of sunflower oil to obtain a more creamy consistency
  • Replace cardamom for the cinnamon, yum.
  • You can store your almond butter in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Remove from the fridge 15-20 minutes before you want to dig in for the best texture!

Makers Gonna Make: Grapefruit Cardamom Rose Cooler Recipe

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This recipe combines two of my favorite flavors (grapefruit and cardamom) together in one cooling, sweet and tart beverage. Perfect for warm days. I’ve been a grapefruit lover for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I’d always asked my grandma Etta for half a grapefruit for breakfast (no sugar) cut just the right way (Etta was the only one who knew how to do it correctly) so that I could scoop out the flesh and create  “grapefruit soup”. It’s still my favorite way to eat a grapefruit. I developed a deep love of cardamom while exploring the world of soapmaking. It’s spicy, herbal, sweet notes are incredible in both desserts and savory items. Plus, it blends beautifully with citrus and most stone fruit.

I brought these two lovely scents together in the Grapefruit Cardamom line of products at Etta + Billie 7 years ago and I’m still obsessed. Which is how I came up with the recipe for this Grapefruit Cardamom Rose Cooler. Check out the video I made for the recipe with written directions below.

Ingredients

  • ¼ – ½ tsp rose water (this is surprisingly flavorful so start with a little and increase as desired)
  • ¼ tsp or more cardamom
  • ½ – 1 whole peeled pink grapefruit
  • 1 cup of Water
  • Ice

Tools
blender, measuring spoons, a glass

Let’s do it!

  1. Add half grapefruit in the blender
  2. Put ¼ teaspoon of rosewater
  3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom
  4. Toss in 4 or 5 ice cubes
  5. Pour in a cup of water
  6. Blend until obtain a silky smooth (I have blendtec and set it to fresh fruit or smoothie mode)
  7. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

 

 

Makers Gonna Make: DIY Organic Coconut Oil Lip Scrub

DIY Coconut Oil Lip Scrub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY is a real mixed bag for me because I love a good project but I also want my thing to look like it does on the interwebs (ahem, like everyone else on the planet). Thankfully, I’ve got a great sense of humor which helps me relate to all those craft mishaps here plus I acknowledge the ridiculousness of obsessing over Pinterest perfect photos all the time (ain’t nobody got time for that). That being said, this lip scrub DIY is actually really useful (lip care is no joke) and very hard to f-up so the photos are going to be darn pretty and your lips are going to be super soft and healthy. Make the lip scrub and social media bomb your followers. You’re welcome.

Watch the video to learn how to make your own fabulous lip scrub at home (directions included below)

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil (better if organic)
  • ½ tsp sunflower oil or olive oil (also better if organic)
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp brown sugar (even better if organic, are you starting to notice a trend?)
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp turbinado sugar (you can double the amount of brown sugar if you don’t have turbinado sugar. And guess what? organic is preferred)
  • ¼ tsp grated lemon peel (optional and you don’t need to be precise – ALSO please make sure this is organic if nothing else unless you like pesticides in your lip scrub, then you do you*)

Tools
Small bowl, whisk, spoon, grater, a couple of small jars and clean hands

Let’s do it!

  1. Take a small bowl and add 1 tbsp of virgin coconut oil
  2. Add 1/2 tsp of sunflower oil and mix well with coconut oil using the whisk
  3. Add 1 + 1/2 tsp of brown sugar
  4. Add 1 + 1/2 tsp of turbinado sugar and mix until fully blended
  5. Grate about ¼ tsp of lemon peel to add a gentle scent and touch of alpha hydroxy acids
  6. Mix all the ingredients together
  7. Fill your jars using a spoon

Tips
Add an additional ½ tsp of brown sugar or turbinado sugar if you want an intense treatment. Sugar’s crystalline structure is better for more delicate facial skin including lips.

This lip scrub will stay good for about 2-3 weeks if you keep it in your fridge or at least out of your bathroom.

*So why is organic my go to? Well, besides the reduction in exposure to super nasty chemicals for myself and my loved ones, it’s better for the environment (think less chemicals leaching into waterways, oceans, forests…you get the picture) and better for the farmer workers (think about how much direct exposure they deal with every day as part of their job). 

Makers Gonna Make: DIY Natural Facial Mask for Spring

Etta + Billie Makers Gonna Make DIY Spring Facial Mask Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello! I’ve been quiet for way too long but I swear I had a good reason! I’ve been cooking up something new. For most of my adult life, I’ve had a very difficult time writing. Talking on the other hand, is no big deal to me. So, rather than continuing to force myself to write (clearly, not very successfully), I’m starting a video series along with the blog to get my thoughts and fabulous recipes out there. The new series is called Makers Gonna Make (surprise, surprise), in it I’ll be featuring DIY recipes of all kinds, other tips, hopefully some maker spotlights and tours. Feedback is welcome! Check out my first video below along with an extended transcript of the video. Tell me how the mask making goes!

I’m sharing a simple spring natural facial mask recipe. With each changing season, you need to think about changing up your skincare routine. Now that we’re into spring, it’s time to undo some of the damaging effects of winter. Winter can seriously f*#%k-up your skin. The intense drop in temp (ok, not in most of CA but everywhere else) combined with increased use of heating = a moisture zapping and irritating environment for your skin. By spring, skin can be dry, flaky and red.

To combat that damage and prep for the weather change, the best thing you can do is gently exfoliate and moisturize the heck out of your skin. Contrary to popular belief, when exfoliating, the gentler, the better. Particulate exfoliators, like crushed walnut shells, can actually cause micro-tears in your skin, furthering irritation. The best way to gently exfoliate is with a soft sponge/organic cloth and/or AHA infused face wash or mask.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids are powerful, but gentle, way to exfoliate the top layer of skin, aiding cell turn over and instantly brightening complexions. AHA’s are naturally found in sour milk (kinda gross) and yogurt (thank goodness they’re is an alternative to option one), citrus fruit and apples. All make solid smoothie ingredients (obviously excluding the milk) and can be whipped together with a few other ingredients to make a mask. Yay for multi-tasking. The other important skin soothing step to getting skin back to glowing is moisture (I explain more below). Let’s get down to it!

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp full fat yogurt (thick is best)
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp lemon juice (we use Myer lemons from my friend Molly’s tree in the video) Note that lemon juice/oil can make skin more sensitive to the sun so keep that in mind when you decide to make and apply the mask (ie Sunday night, instead of Sunday morning – perfect pre-GoT)
  • 1/2 tsp local honey (why? Because it soothes skin, hydrates and can help clear up blemishes)
  • 1 strawberry or 2 blueberries (why? Because they contain a whole lotta antioxidants which help fight free radicals, i.e. they help slow down the aging process of cells – dropping serious knowledge on you guys right here)

Tools:
Small bowl, whisk, spoon, facial brush (optional) and clean hands

  1. Take a small bowl, add 1-2 strawberries/blueberries and mash
  2. Add 1/8-1/4 tsp of lemon juice and mix thoroughly
  3. Add 1 tsp of honey and mix until fully incorporated
  4. Add 1-2 tbsp yogurt
  5. Mix together with spoon or whisk until blended well

Apply to clean damp skin using facial brush or fingers, being very careful to stay away from eye area (lemon juice + eyes = a lot of expletives). Gently massage mask into face using small circular motions. Leave mask on for about 5-10 minutes (perfect time to read your favorite book, blog, magazine and maybe sip on some Rose). Rinse mask off with luke-warm water, pat skin dry, apply toner if you have it (I like plain old rose water or orange water), apply favorite serum or face oil (I’m loving Lyeska skin serum right now and of course my bath + body oil), then a light to medium weight moisturizer (I like Birdy Botanicals and Aesop). Apply mask 1-2 times a week and skin will be in lovely shape in no time.

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