STMT D.I.Y. Signature Scent Kit

 

I am loving my signature scent kit 🙂

What’s In the Box

The Instructions

What I Made 🙂

 

D.I.Y. Signature Spa Kit

Hello everyone! My boyfriend purchased a Do It Yourself kit for me last week and I have been making some of the Do It Yourself projects in the kit. So far, I have made a shimmer lotion and a roller perfume. I am going to make the salt scrub soon.

Roller Perfume

What you need: roller perfume bottle, dried flowers, fragrance droppers, essential oil, and stone

The two essential oils that come with the kit are rose and lavender.

Why are essential oils important:

Essential oils rejuvenate your brain. I especially love lavender and rose. Lavender and rose relieves stress and calms me. Different essential oils will have different effects and I will be talking to you about the therapeutic benefits of lavender and rose/

Lavender

Lavender is a very popular essential oil. I learned about lavender from my mother. In the past she has introduced me to lavender lotions and soaps. They use lavender in spas and beauty salons all of the time. It’s one of the most fragrant essential oils and it also relieves stress. Lavender also has healing qualities and can cure headaches, help fight against cold and flu. Some of the other therapeutic benefits from lavender are that it can act as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, decongestant, and deodorant.

What more can you want from an essential oil? Lavender can be used as a massage oil or added to a bath. You can also apply drops to a diffuser or your pillow for a relaxing sleep. For our Do It Yourself project, we will be adding lavender to a roller perfume.

Rose

Another one of my favorite essential oil is rose because I personally love the scent of rose flowers and the oil has a calming effect on me. Roses are derived from rose plants. Roses are distilled into essential oils. Rose petals are steam distilled and then you extract the oil.

Rose oil can be used to treat anxiety, depression, and digestion issues. Rose oil can also help those with heart and asthma problems. Rose is also very good for your skin.

Here is a video of me making the Roller Perfume.

Salt Scrub

 

What you need: Epsom salt, sea salt, jojoba oil, fragrance dropper, rose buds, round bowl, measuring cup, stirring stick, pen, and recipe card

Here is a video of me making the Salt Scrub.

Here is another Salt Scrub recipe below. I got this one from the Willow and Sage February 2019 digital issue. I purchased it online today and I thought this was a really cool recipe. Here are the screen shots of the recipe. I am also making a video of me reading to you all the recipe and how to make it.

Here is a video I made about the Citrus Salt Scrub recipe below.

Here are more salt scrub ideas from the Willow and Sage May/June/July edition.

 

Shimmer Lotion

What you need: lotion base, shimmer mica, and stirring stick

I made the Shimmer Lotion pretty much right after I got the kit and I did not get a video of the process. It was really easy. Today, I made a video about how I made the Shimmer Kit. Here it is below.

 

English Class: Indian Spice Box 4 Palak Paneer

Blog post in progress.

 

Palak Paneer

Spinach with Paneer

 

7 ½ to 8 ounces paneer, either homemade or shop bought, cut into 1 inch cubes

10 ounces baby spinach leaves

3 tablespoons oil, plus extra for shallow frying

1 onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons tomato puree

¼ teaspoon salt

2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped

1 whole green chili

 

Serves: 4

 

From the Spice Box

Whole Spices

½ teaspoon cumin seeds

 

Ground Spices

¾ teaspoon chili

½ teaspoon ginger

½ teaspoon turmeric

 

Heat some oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the paneer pieces in batches of 5-6 until a light brown color all over. Be careful when frying the…

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English Class: Indian Spice Box Part 3 Green Beans and Mango Lassi

Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua class,

Here is another English lesson today based off of recipes. The recipes are from the book The Three Sisters Indian Cookbook. It was written by Serena Kaul, Priya Kaul, and Alexa Kaul.

Kaul, Sereena, et al. The Three Sisters Indian Cookbook: Flavours and Spices of India. Simon & Schuster, 2010.

Hari Rajmah

Green Beans

 

What you need:

3 tablespoons of oil

1 onion, finely sliced

¾ inch piece of ginger grated

3 garlic cloves, crushed

½ teaspoon of salt or to taste

14 ounces of green beans trimmed and cut in half

2 tomatoes peeled and chopped

1 tablespoon of flaked coconut (optional)

 

Serves: 4

 

From Your Spice Box:

Whole Spices

½ teaspoon of cumin seeds

½ teaspoon of mustard seeds

 

Ground Spices:

¾ teaspoon of chili

1 teaspoon of ginger

1 teaspoon of turmeric

 

Instructions:

Heat the oil in a shallow pan over a medium heat and add the whole spices. When the seeds begin to sizzle, add the onion, ginger, and garlic.

Fry for 5 minutes or until the onion is soft and translucent.

Remove from the heat momentarily before adding the ground spices and salt; mix well for 1 minute.

Add 7 fluid ounces of water and green beans. Cover and cook over a low heat. Stir occasionally for 10 minutes until soft and tender.

Add the tomatoes and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently, to thicken and reduce the sauce until it is fairly dry.

Sprinkle with coconut (if using.)

Questions:

  1. What 5 spices do you need?
  2. In the second to last step, what do you do with the sauce?

Define reducing sauce.

 

Aam Ki Lassi

Mango Yogurt Shake

What you need:

2 large ripe mangoes, peeled and stoned

Pinch of salt

¾ pint chilled milk

1 ¼ pints natural yogurt

5 teaspoons caster yogurt

Ice cubes or crushed ice

 

From Your Spice Box:

Whole Spices:

1 cardamom pod, finely crushed

Instructions:

Puree the mango in a food processor or blender and pour into a mesh sieve with the salt.

Using the back of a wooden spoon, push the puree through and collect the thick juice. Discard the fibers that collect in the sieve.

Combine the juice with the whole spice and remaining ingredients except the ice, using a whisk or a food processor or blender until smooth.

Pour into tall glasses leaving space for some crushed ice or cubes. Cover and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes. Before serving, stir well and add the crushed ice or cubes.

Questions:

  1. What must you do to the mango?
  2. What must you pour the mango into with the salt?

Define puree.

Define sieve.

English Class: The Indian Spice Box Part 2 More Okra Recipes

Bhindi Masala

Spicy Okra

 

What you need:

11 ½ ounces okra

2 tablespoons oil

1 onion, roughly chopped

¾ inch piece of ginger chopped

2 garlic cloves crushed

½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)

8 cherry tomatoes, sliced

1 tablespoon butter

 

Serves: 4

 

From Your Spice Box:

Whole Spices

½ teaspoon mustard seeds

½ teaspoon cumin seeds

 

Ground Spices

½ teaspoon chili

½ teaspoon coriander

¼ teaspoon turmeric

¼ teaspoon garam masala

 

Wash the okra and dry between sheets of kitchen papers to remove the excess moisture. Top and tail them before cutting into ¾ inch pieces.

Heat the oil in a shallow pan over a medium heat and add the whole spices. When the seeds begin to sizzle, add the onion, ginger, and garlic and fry for 1 minute.

Tip in the okra, salt and ground spices, except the garam masala. Stir to coat the okra with spice mixture for 5 minutes.

Add the cherry tomatoes and continue to cook the okra for a further 10-15 minutes over a low heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in the butter. Mix in the garam masala before serving.

 

Questions:

  1. What 6 spices do you need?
  2. After the seeds sizzle what do you add?

Essay Question:

Define sizzle and use it in a sentence.

Notes:

According to the online dictionary:

sizzle– verb

– (of food) make a hissing sound when frying or cooking. Example: “The pork began to sizzle in the pan after it had been cooking for a few minutes.”

Synonyms: crackle, frizzle, sputter, hiss, spit, fry

sizzle– noun

-A hissing sound, as of food or cooking. Example: “The sizzle of bacon woke me up in the morning.”

Aloo Bhindi

Potatoes with Okra

 

What you need:

14 ounces okra

3 potatoes cubed

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander

salt

 

Serves: 4

 

From Your Spice Box:

Whole Spices

½ teaspoon cumin seeds

 

Ground Spices

½ teaspoon chili

½ teaspoon ginger

¼ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon coriander

 

Wash the okra and dry between sheets of kitchen paper to remove any excess moisture. Top and tail them before cutting each okra into 4-5 pieces.

Heat the oil in a shallow pan or frying pan over a medium heat. When hot add the whole spice and when the seeds start to sizzle add the potatoes.

Fry the potatoes for 2 minutes then add the okra. Stir, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are just soft.

Mix in the ground spices and a pinch of salt and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice and fresh coriander and partially cover if not serving straight away.

Questions:

  1. What 5 spices do you need?
  2. When do you add the lemon juice and fresh coriander?