Scentsable Living

Choosing a healthier way of life, the "scents"able way.


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Lavender Cupcakes with Orange Cream Frosting

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Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 vanilla beans, scraped (optional)
  • 2 1/3 cups plus 2 Tablespoons cake flour, not self-rising
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract (use 3 Tablespoons if not using vanilla beans)
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 3 drops Lavender Vitality Essential Oil

Frosting:

  • 4 ounces low-fat Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4-6 drops Orange Vitality Essential Oil 
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • Orange slices, for garnish
  • Lavender sprigs, for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 18 to 25 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine sugar and vanilla bean seeds. Blend using the back of a tablespoon to loosen any clumps of seeds, and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, add olive oil, eggs, yogurt, vanilla, milk, and Lavender Vitality Essential Oil. Mix for 1 minute. Add vanilla bean and sugar mixture and blend until completely combined.
  5. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
  6. To make the frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and Orange Vitality Essential Oil together in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy. Add sugar 1 cup at a time on low speed until completely combined.
  7. Increase the speed to high and mix until very fluffy and smooth. Frost cooled cupcakes.

 

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Energy Bites

This is a family favorite that we make for every hiking trip, outing, family road trip, you name it! It’s healthy, filling, and the perfect size to pack into individual baggies for each person. We have made some today as we prepare for our 14 hour road trip to Maryland. Let’s get right to the recipe, no lengthy article needed, right!?

Energy Bites

Ingredients:
* 1/2 cup chocolate chips
* 2/3 cup toasted coconut
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
* 1/2 cup peanut butter
* 1 cup old fashioned oats
* 1/3 cup honey (or agave nectar)
* 1/2 cup freshly ground flax seeds
* 1 Tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

  1. To make the no bake energy bites, just stir all of those ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.  (Or if you get tired of using a spoon, just use your hands.  That’s what I do!). Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for about a half hour.
  2. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  3. Makes about 20-25 energy bites.

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Peppermint Bark Popcorn

It was popcorn movie night last night and I decided to put a little spin on our popcorn. It was a welcomed surprise and now we’d like to share the recipe with you!

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Holiday Cooking with Young Living Vitality Essential Oils

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Ahhhhhh, the holiday season is upon us. I don’t know about you but my boys LOVE this time of the year. I mean, helloooooo, any holiday involving food is a great holiday, lol!

Young Living’s Vitality line of essential oils can offer natural, healthy flavor to many a holiday dish. They pair so well in the following recipes that I cannot wait to share them with you so that you can prepare your savory and sweet dishes in the weeks ahead.

 

 

Which recipe has you excited to try? Which Vitality essential oils are your favorite? Leave me a comment, I sure would love to hear from you!

Are you new to essential oils and not sure where to begin? Let me show you the easiest way to get started here.


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Essential Oil-Infused Wine

Did you know that you could enhance the experience and flavor of a good glass of wine simply by adding essential oil to the moment? Have I peaked your interest? Well then let me share with you what I have learned…

When selecting a wine, I learned that there are a few categories and terms to choose from. Terms such as woodsy, warm, crisp, fruity, floral, etc… You can do the same with essential oils and pair them accordingly. Let me show you how:

Riesling, for example, would pair well with a fruity essential oil such as mandarine, tangerine, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, jade lemon, or a fruity blend such as Citrus Fresh.

A woodsy wine would pair well with cedarwood, juniper, spruce, or fir.

A more floral based wine could pair lavender, rose, geranium, etc…

When talking about pairing essential oils with wine, there are two ways to enjoy this combination. One is simply inhaling the paired essential oil by running a diffuser in the desired room. The other would be to add to your glass, bottle, or recipe of the chosen drink of choice. Here are a few fun recipes to try.

 

 

The wonderful thing about adding essential oils to the evening is that they don’t interfere with the wine, they enhance it. May you take delight in trying something new with your next glass of wine.


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Young Living Halloween Roundup

Well, it’s right around the corner! Next week actually. I began looking into some healthier alternatives to the traditional treats and thought to share them with you.

Here we have a fun drink and snack with Witch’s Brew and Fruit Spiders.

 

Sink your teeth into this nutritious treat called Ogre’s Overbite.

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Also take time to enjoy these festive treats of Thieves-Infused Pumpkin Seeds and Halloween Popcorn!

 

Annnnnnd then there’s the trips to the bathroom after all of the fruit and healthy eating, lol. So how about some Halloween Poo Brew and a Trick or Treat diffuser blend to keep the house (ahem, and bathroom) smelling ummmmmm, not so scary, HA!!!

 

Finish the night with this Monster Repellent. Talk about cute! The kids will love them! Use the Monster Repellent for little ones who think there’s a monster in the closet, or under the bed. Or for the overactive imaginations that will soon follow Trick or Treat.

Happy Halloween from Scentsable Living!

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Pumpkin Hummus

In honor of ALL things fall right now, how about some pumpkin hummus using our Vitality line of essential oils such as Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, Nutmeg, and Clove.


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Feel free to browse through our other recipes in the kitchen.