Move over Scentsy! These all natural wax melts have ingredients I'm proud to share. More importantly, they lack ingredients that make people sick, harm the environment, and endanger animals. Actually, they're so simple and work so well that it really makes me wonder why in the world people would make these things with all the junk they like to put in them. It makes NO SENSE!
So, here it is - a short blog post for a really easy wax melt that's also pretty awesome.
Recipe (Yields about 1 ice cube tray with 1/2oz wells):
5oz coconut oil
3oz beeswax (those little pellets melt faster and are easier to weigh out)
A glug, drip, shake, or tap of the essential oils of your choice (really, just put what you want to put, it's not rocket science)
Tiny crockpot (I use this one - affiliate link)
Glass measuring cup (Like this one - affiliate link)
Something to stir with - butter knife or spreader works well
Silicon candy mold or ice cube tray (mine holds approximately 1/2oz in each well)
I start by putting about half an inch or so of water in my tiny little crockpot (below) and turn it on. I use a glass measuring cup to hold my ingredients, but I don't use the measuring cup for measuring in this recipe, so don't worry with that. I use my kitchen scale and weigh my ingredients. Now, weigh out your coconut oil and beeswax into the measuring cup and place the measuring cup into the crockpot. Cover everything with a towel and let it heat up. When the beeswax is completely liquid, give it a good stir, unplug the crockpot, then add the essential oils. Finally, pour the mixture into your ice cube tray/candy mold and let harden. You may want to speed the process in the freezer. They pop out very easily after a stint in the freezer. Store in an air tight container. I use small plastic bags.
These wax melts have a higher beeswax content than many other recipes I found online because I wanted them to melt nicely, but I didn't want them to melt when I didn't want them to melt. They're firm, but melt nicely and quickly enough. You can also use them for solid perfume or lip balm, so get creative with your essential oils. You could also infuse the coconut oil with herbs before starting this recipe for a custom wax melt with added benefits.
A lot to celebrate
This year was a very special year, as we had a lot to celebrate. Mr. Higher Ground was turning 40, the kids were turning 6 and 3, the ages where so many new adventures begin, and we had been here on the farm for 8 months. It wasn't just a birthday party, by any means. We wanted to share what we'd been working toward for the past 8 months with our family and some of our new friends.
The theme of our birthday bash was, appropriately, "Down on the Farm," and was almost like a miniature Fall Festival. We rented a moon walk and slide and tried to incorporate a bit of the farm throughout the evening - from the food to the activities. We even had a feeding time for the goats, chickens and pigs where the children got to feed pumpkin "innards" to the animals. That seemed to really thrill everyone and made them feel a part of farm life, if just for a brief time. All in all, I think it was a really fun time for everyone and the children were all smiles.
Pulling off Paleo
When most people think of birthday parties, the first thing they think of is cake and ice cream, right? Well, we do things a bit differently around here, so there would be no brightly colored, sugary icing, and no store-bought ice cream with God knows what in it (beaver butt). Instead, we threw one heck of a Paleo friendly birthday bash, complete with layers of Butter-Rum-Pear and Vanilla cake, frosted with Maple Vanilla Cream Cheese frosting, and topped with butter toasted pecans. The ice cream? Goat Milk Maple & Banana with milk from our very own goat! The rest was simple - BURGERS! Nothing fancy here, just grass-fed hamburger meat from one of our new farmer friends with the option of lettuce wrapped or on a bun (*cringe*).
You may be wondering how our non-Paleo (and even non-remotely-healthy-eating) friends and family responded to our "different" menu. One of the kids actually said "I can't believe healthy food can taste so good." That was enough thanks for me! Mission accomplished!
Now everyone has gone home, the bouncy houses are returned, the tables are down, and the cake looks like an attempted murder. All must return to normal but it is a bit hard to believe everything is over. No more planning. No more stressing. Just the sweet memories made. I couldn't have pulled any of this off without the tremendous efforts put fourth by my dear husband, my mom, my aunt, and my in-laws. They really made this happen and made it all so special while I was a bundle of nerves. Thanks a million times over for your unwavering love, support, and help! Until next year...
Just your average ex-scientist turned herb loving, natural living, homeschooling mom, wife, and homesteader who values common sense, real food, real people, primal instincts, and self-sufficiency.
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