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Easy Homemade Chocolate Pudding

homemade chocolate pudding

This pudding reminds me of my childhood pudding. The time before pudding came out of a box and my grandma still cooked it in a pot. Sometimes we forget that simple can be really good. We are losing sight of how good basic ingredients are. Homemade doesn’t mean hard. Homemade doesn’t mean impossible!

This recipe requires simple ingredients you probably already have in the house, without any of the dyes, preservatives, or artificial flavors that hide in the pudding box.

homemade chocolate pudding

It’s also a very easy recipe to make – no baking in a water bath, no eggs to curdle. All ingredients go into one pot.


You’ll end up with something so simple yet so satisfying. The perfect pudding!

homemade chocolate pudding

I don’t know about you but I love pudding “skin”. If you absolutely hate it, cover the pudding with plastic wrap to create a tight seal on the surface.


Chocolate Pudding

(Adapted from Edible Rhody). I increased the sugar amount from 2 to 4 tablespoons.


4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk
4 ounces chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon  vanilla extract


In a medium sized heavy saucepan, mix together sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt. Gradually whisk in milk and cook the mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly. the mixture will thicken in two to three minutes. remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract and chocolate.

Pour into small mugs or dessert bowls, top with anything you like, and chill in the fridge for about two hours.

Homemade Lip Balm

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DIY Lip BalmMy lip balm is seriously something I can’t live without. My lips will dry out and it bothers me to no end. I have a  lip balm (or two) in my purse, my car, my night stand, my kitchen, and sometimes in my pocket.lip balm diydiy lip balmI’ve always wanted to make homemade lip balm, and honestly,  I don’t understand why I waited this long. I guess I figured making lip balm was some sort of complex science that requires unusual equipment and ingredients. Turns out  homemade lip balm is easy, quick, and inexpensive.  I made mine using just three ingredients: Beeswax, coconut oil and essential oil. Here’s how I did it.diy lip balmFirst, I melted one tablespoon of grated beeswax with one tablespoon of coconut oil in the microwave for around 30 seconds or so.

lip balm diyNext, I added three to four drops of essential oils. It’s so fun making these because each lip balm can have a different scent. I added Nature’s Truth® Peppermint Essential Oil and Nature’s Truth® Happiness Essential Oil to my mixtures. diy lip balm Single oils such as Peppermint and Lavender have been my go-to essential oils for years. I use them often in DIY air fresheners (all you need is essential oil, distilled water, and a spray bottle), household cleaners, face scrubs;  in my baths and for stinky running shoes.

Here’s a great tip, especially for the hot summer months. Just add a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball or two, and stick them in your shoes overnight. By morning, they will be much less offensive.

Nature’s Truth® Happiness Essential Oil is my new favorite. This blended oil has a sweet and fruity  scent which includes Cedarwood Oil, Lemon Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Tangerine Oil and Jasmine Absolute Oil. It’s hard to describe how wonderful this scent is. It’s “uplifting” and “energizing” . If you love essential oils as much as I do, you need to try Nature’s Truth® Happiness. The name alone is wonderful: Happiness™.

DIY Lip BalmOnce you’ve added the essential oils, pour the mixture into lip balm containers or tubes. This must be done quickly since the mixture will start to harden right away.diy lip balmAs you can see, making your own lip balm is very easy. The great thing is you can customize your lip balms by adding a different essential oil to each container or tube.

diy lip balmI found the Nature’s Truth® Essential Oils in the vitamin aisle at Walgreens.  Their selection is quite impressive. I wish I could have all of their oils. Next time I’ll try Nature’s Truth® Peace and Balance Essential Oils and their recently launched collection of Essential Oil Roll-Ons, which feature their most popular essential oils pre-blended in a base of sunflower seed oil in convenient roll-on bottles. This makes it easier than ever to apply oils topically on-the-go.

Nature’s Truth® Essential Oils are derived from 100% pure plant sources, and are paraben-free and gluten-free.

I hope you guys try this lip balm and love it as much as I do. This homemade lip balm actually sinks into your lips without leaving a slick barrier. Also, are you a fan of essential oils? What’s your favorite scent and how do you use it?

If you haven’t tried essential oils yet,  start discovering Nature’s Truth® aromatherapy products with this $1.00 off coupon.

Have a wonderful week!

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Homemade Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

cinnbreadMainI love freshly baked bread. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bagel, whole wheat bread or a french baguette,  I don’t discriminate. So, when my daughter Christy decided to bake this cinnamon bread, my mouth watered just thinking about it.cinnabreadcollage
cinnbreadThis bread is amazing! It’s crispy on the oustside, fluffy and soft inside. It’s  sweet and full of cinnamon. cinnbread1Right before it went in the oven.cinnbread5I love it with a cup of coffee for breakfast, as a snack or even dessert. Perfect for any time of the day.cinnbread4Christy knows how much we love this bread, so she always makes two loaves. Thanks, Christy!cinnabreadchristy1For those of you who haven’t tried this cinnamon goodness, you’re really missing out.