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Essential Oil for Carpal Tunnel

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Since I mentioned yesterday about using essential oil on my sore wrists (likely carpal tunnel syndrome), I thought I would post what I use to ease that pain.

Carpal Tunnel Essential Oil

  • .5 oz. bottle

  • olive oil (or coconut oil or any whatever you desire)

  • 4 drops marjoram

  • 3 drops lavender

  • 2 drops eucalyptus

  • 2 drops lemongrass

  • 2 drops peppermint

Rub on wrists in a circular direction.


Homemade Room Freshener

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One evening, hubby came home shortly after I had mopped the floor.  He commented on the smell, saying he really liked it.  However, it wasn’t what I used on the floor.  It was the essential oil mixture that I was using to ease the pain in my wrists from having having been doing way too much typing!  I decided to use those same oils and make a room freshener and it smells heavenly!

Homemade Room Freshener

  • Spray bottle  (I used a 16 oz. bottle)

  • Water

  • 10 drops marjoram oil

  • 10 drops lavender oil

  • 5 drops eucalyptus oil

  • 8 drops lemongrass oil

  • 5 drops peppermint oil

Add water to the spray bottle, leaving enough room to add the oils.  Add more water to fill the bottle when done.  Shake well before using.

Brownie Mix Recipe

Brownie mix:

6 c. flour
4 t. baking powder
4 t. salt
8 c. sugar
8 oz. can unsweetened cocoa powder

Combine and mix well.  Store in a large plastic container in a cool, dry place.  Label and date the contents.  Use within 3 months.  Makes 15 c. brownie mix.

Brownie recipe:

1/4 c. water
1/2 c. oil
2 eggs, beaten
2-1/4 c. brownie mix

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour an 8×8 pan.  Combine wet ingredients and mix well.  Add dry ingredients and mix.  Pour into pan.  Bake 25-30 minutes.

Pizza Spice and Pizza Dough Recipe

Pizza Spice

3 T. basil
2 T. oregano
1-1/2 T. garlic salt
1 T. onion powder
1 T. cilantro
2 t. salt
1 t. pepper

Store in a glass jar.  (I keep mine in an empty chicken bouillon cubes jar.)

To use:  2 T. spice mix added to 8 oz. tomato sauce.

Pizza Dough Recipe for Bread Machine

1 c. water
1 T. oil
1 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 T. dry milk
2 heaping t. pizza spice mix
1-1/4 c. white flour
1 c. wheat flour
1 t. yeast

Add all to bread machine and place on pizza dough cycle.
When the cycle is finished, let it set for 90 minutes.
Spread in pizza pan.  Top with pizza fixings.
Bake 450 degrees for at least 15 minutes.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Here’s what I actually use for mine:

Taco Mix

1/3 c. minced onion
2 T. Dried minced garlic
1/4 c. chili powder
1 T. Cumin
1 T. coriander
1 T. paprika
4 t. sugar
3 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
1/4 t. white pepper
1/2 t. red pepper
2 T. cornstarch

Mix well.  Store in glass jar.
2 T. = 1 package

To use:
2 T. mix
8 oz. tomato sauce
1/4 c. water


Coffee, happiness, and being thrifty

So does the title of this post have you thinking like this:

Keep reading.  It will all make sense.

Whenever I visit the coffee shop at work, I can use my badge and have the charges deducted from my paycheck.  At the end of the year, I always look to see the final total I’ve spent at the coffee shop, as well as at the cafeteria.  When I saw nearly $55 was spent on coffee alone, I started to choke.  Then I thought of it in different terms.  $55 seemed like a lot, until I divided that by 52 weeks.  That is just over $1 a week.  So $1 spent a week on some really good coffee that helps me find my “happy place” is money well spent.  And it really does help me find that happy place because it has more caffeine in it than what I drink at home, so it often gives me a much-needed boost in the middle of the afternoon.  I guess my thinking is that if something as simple as a good cup of coffee can help keep me in a very happy mood, that is PRICELESS.
As for the cafeteria, I only spent $7.44 for the entire year.  I usually bring my own lunch because it is so much cheaper.  Whenever I bring my lunch, I consider a “pay raise” to me just because I’m not spending at least twice that much for food from the cafeteria.