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Olive Oil Cake

Olive Oil Cake

My grandmother (Oma) was an amazing cook. Everything this woman prepared, was delicious. She cooked with all her heart and fed anyone that came through her door.  Oma didn’t own a single cook book, instead, she cherished a few handwritten recipes from her mother. She prepared simple dishes with simple ingredients. We never had a fancy meal. Roasted chicken, oven potatoes and carrots was our Sunday meal. Occasionally, we had apple strudel or plum cake for dessert. Frosting was reserved for birthday cakes, and she never sweetened whipping cream.

My grandmother’s grocery shopping looked very different than what’s in the typical grocery cart today.  Once a month, Oma and Opa did their “big” shopping. Their cart was filled with sugar, flour, olive oil, lettuce, apples, dry beans, fresh carrots, potatoes, milk, eggs,  fresh bread and fresh meats.  Today’s grocery shelves are packed with all kinds of boxes and bags, pouches and cans.  I’m not judging here, just noticing the changes.

Olive Oil Cake

This olive oil cake reminds me of the simple cakes my grandma used to bake. It’s quick and easy to make, without any “fancy” ingredients. The cake is so moist and delicious and tastes even better the second or third day. I love it with a cup of coffee. Never say no to cake for breakfast, right?!

You could frost it or add things like chocolate chips, blueberries, nuts, etc., but to me,  this cake is pretty in its own simple way.

Olive Oil Cake

Olive Oil Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 cups sugar

3 eggs

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3/4 cup whole milk

2 tsp grated orange zest

Juice of one orange (about 1/4 cup)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch springform pan (or a regular 9-inch bake pan) with a thin layer of olive oil. Line  the bottom with parchment paper.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl mix sugar and eggs until creamy, about 3 minutes.

Add olive oil, milk, orange zest, and juice.

Fold in flour mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until the top of the cake is golden brown and a knife inserted into center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes.

Olive Oil Cake

 

Homemade Shea Butter Lotion

shea butter

For Christmas this year, I made lotions and lip balm. They made cute stocking stuffers. The recipe for my lip balm is here. I have been making my own lip balm for almost a year now and I love it. I used these container tubes for the lip balm.

When it came to making my own lotion, I kept things pretty simple: Shea butter, olive oil or coconut oil, essential oils. The result is a rich and buttery cream that keeps the  skin healthy and soft. I use this cream daily after washing my face, and love how it makes my skin feel.

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This lotion is so easy to make.

Ingredients

4 ounces  unrefined shea butter

2 tbsp  olive oil or coconut oil

Drops of essential oils

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Shea Butter

This recipe includes shea butter which is very emollient and soothing to dry skin.  It is the white fat from the shea nut which grows mostly in Africa.  Shea butter is highly moisturizing and rich in vitamins A and E.  I bought a pound of unrefined shea butter and was able to fill six full 4 oz jars.

shea butter

Gently melt the shea butter over the stove using a double boiler. I just fill a small saucepan with a couple inches of water, then fit one of my bowls over the top to create a make-shift double boiler.

shea butter

Olive Oil/ Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for the body.  It soaks in quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy feel. Some people don’t like coconut oil so olive oil works just as fine in this recipe. I don’t have one particular brand of coconut oil that I use exclusively but I like this coconut oil.

Olive oil has been used on the body since ancient time. It’s such a simple ingredient yet it’s packed with anti-aging antioxidants and is great for skin, hair, and nails.

Stir the olive oil or coconut oil and essential oils into the melted butter, then place the mixture in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes, until it’s at least half-way solidified again.

Essential Oils

I added a few drops of lavender essential oil but there are many essential oils that would be great for the skin. You could also add beeswax. I saved mine for my lip balms.

shea butter

Then all you have to do is use a hand mixer to beat the butter until the lotion has a creamy texture.

shea butter

Transfer the lotion into a jar, and use as often as desired. It should last several months.

shea butter

Enjoy your soft skin!

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DIY: Cucumber Sugar Scrub

cucumberscrubmainA few months ago I blogged about how much I like my homemade Coconut Scrub with Tea Tree Oil. And I still love it. Over the summer, I have experimented with different ingredients I could add and found that I love cucumber in my water as well as in my scrub.  The cucumber in the scrub is cooling and soothes the skin. The oil (I used olive oil since the scrub needs to be stored in the fridge and coconut oil hardens in the cold) hydrates the skin and makes it soft. I also added tea tree oil because it’s so refreshing.

Ingredients:

1/2 cucumber

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 tbsp olive oil

5 drops of tea tree oil (optional)

Directions:

1. Puree the cucumber in a blender until it’s a liquid.

2. Add the sugar, olive oil, and tea tree oil (optional). If the sugar is dissolving, add more.

3. Stir everything together and store in a  container.

It’s important to keep it refrigerated so it stays nice and fresh.

cucumberscrub6cucumberscrub10I use this scrub all over my body. It’s so refreshing! Try it – you’ll notice bright, smooth and soft skin!:)