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Traditional Shepherds Pie

One of my favorite Sunday dishes to make is traditional shepherds pie. Growing up, I had had American style shepherds pie. The kind with ground beef, corn, and potatoes. It was good. But this recipe is even better!

The origin of shepherds pie dates back to Scotland and northern England where shepherding was a common way of life. Potatoes, lamb, and root vegetables such as carrots and onions were common.

I’ve adapted this recipe over time and it has come to be my own. My husband adores this meal and often over indulges himself when I make it. You can easily double this recipe to feed a large family or host a dinner party. With this meal at the center you’ll be the talk of the town for weeks!!!

Ingredients

2 pounds of Ground Lamb

1 onion

9 baby carrots

1 sprig of Rosemary

1 sprig of thyme

3 Russet Potatoes

8oz Chicken Stock

2 Tablespoons of tomato paste

1 cup of Red Wine

2 tablespoons of Worchestersire sauce

3 cloves of garlic

Method

1. Wash and peel your potatoes. Dice them and add them to a pot of water. Boil until tender

2. In a large nonstick skillet, Brown your ground lamb.

3. In a food processor or chopper. Chop together the carrots, onions, garlic, rosemary leaves, and thyme leaves. Be sure the consistency is close to a rough paste.

4. Once the meat is browned and most of the liquid cooked off. Add the carrot/onion mixture. Stir to combine and cook down.

5. Add the wine, chicken stock, and tomato paste and worchestershire sauce. Allow to simmer until it forms a thick sauce.

6. While the meat sauce simmers. Strain and mash the potatoes. You may choose to add your own extras to the potatoes like sour cream and chives.

7. Once the sauce is reduced. Transfer to a large dish. Top with the mashed potatoes. Be sure to rough up the potatoes with a fork. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Clean Your Dishwasher!!

Your dishwasher, it’s a staple in your kitchen, a must have in every modern kitchen. Day in and day out you load it up with your dirtiest dishes and day after day it leaves your dishes spotless. It’s cleans your dishes, but do you clean it? Keeping it clean can even help your dishwasher run more efficiently.

Over time grease, soap scum, and small food particles can build up in your dishwasher. This buildup just breeds bacteria and can lead to funky odors. Yuck!!!

What I do once a month is use a simple 3 ingredient recipe that leaves my dishwasher smelling and looking spotless.

Method

1 cup of Vinegar

1 cup of Baking soda

10 drops of DōTERRA Purify Essential Oil Blend

Using a dishwasher safe vessel, fill the vessel with one cup of vinegar, and 10 drops of the Purify oil. Place the vinegar oil mix on the top rack of your dishwasher.

Next, sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda on the bottom of your dishwasher.

Finally, run your dishwasher like normal!!

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All Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

I’ve become more conscious lately about what we put down our pipes. We have a septic system and if you know anything about a septic system you know that eventually that water leeches out into the ground. I’ve decided to cut back on the amount of harmful chemicals we put down the drains. I’ll talk more about that in a future blog post.

Today I made my own all natural toilet bowl cleaner and it worked really really well!

We have well water, and due to the well water being high in minerals and calcium we get rings and build up in our toilets. As you can see it doesn’t exactly look the best.

I threw together the toilet bowl cleaner in less than five minutes and cleaned my toilets beautifully.

True. It’s not 100% perfect, but it’s MUCH better. I don’t ever intend to toss out all chemicals all together. Some cleaning products are necessary for sanitation purposes, but for now I have this all natural cleaner I can use between deep cleanings of my bathroom.

Ingredients

1 cup of baking soda

1/4 cup Citric acid

15 drops of DōTERRA’s Purify essential oil blend

1 tablespoon Castile soap

Method

In a mason jar I combined all the ingredients and gave them a good shake. To the toilet bowl I poured in a generous amount until it bubbles up. Be careful to not use too much or the bubbles will overflow. After waiting a few seconds I scrubbed away with my toilet bowl brush. Finally I flushed the bubbles away to reveal a shiny clean toilet!

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Garden Spray

I love to garden. Currently I have zucchini, several herbs, cucumber, eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes.

A few weeks ago I discovered that aphids were making quite the home out of my eggplant. If you know anything about aphids they aren’t a good insect to have, they’ll nibble away at everything.

After doing some research as to how I can ward of these little vermin naturally, I came up with my own garden spray that proved to be quite a success.

You’ll notice when I make my essential oil sprays that I use amber glass bottles. One reason I use glass is because it’s more eco friendly, I can reuse them over and over. Another is because glass doesn’t react with essential oils. Also, the amber color protects my spray from UV light. You can purchase my favorite amber bottles Here.

Method

Fill your spray bottles up until you have about one inch left of space. Add 25 drops of cedar wood essential oil, 20 drops of peppermint, 5 drops of wild orange, and a tablespoon of Castile soap. Give your bottle a good shake and vigorously spray your plants, being sure to knock off the aphids. Spray your plants as often as twice a day.

I’ll tell you. After only 3 or 4 treatments the aphids were gone!!!!