The very first recipe I made after digging into my essential oils was the infamous sleepy cream. This cream was basically being called the savior of sanity for parents so I knew I had to give it a try. Before trying the sleepy cream, our bedtime routine would last about an hour (on a good night). We would tuck our blessings in and then they would pop back out of bed only to repeat the process a few times. It was tiring. For everyone. So, what did I have to lose?
I made up my first batch and that night I applied it to the feet of both of my blessings. To my surprise, no one came out of their room after the first “tuck”. Could this be true?! Well, I’m happy to report that this wasn’t just a one time occurrence. After months of using this cream, a “bad” night for us involves one of our two blessings coming out one time. That’s it. I’m in love.
To sweeten the deal even more, this stuff works on adults, too. My husband often wakes up several times during the night so he decided to try the sleepy cream. Sure enough, he slept the entire night and woke up well rested.
Sleepy cream for the win (and for everyone in our house)!
Speaking of recipes that are a “win” in our house, I need to share this one with you: Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread from 100 Days of Real Food. When we decided to clean up our eating, one of the first things this carb loving girl was in search of was a good bread recipe. I can’t tell you how many recipes I tried before I found this gem. The 100 Days website, as I mentioned in an earlier post, is such a great resource for people wanting to move to a clean eating lifestyle. Unlike many other websites that I found, this one actually makes clean eating sound manageable. A huge plus for this busy mom of two. So, without further delay, my all-time favorite clean eating bread recipe (adapted from 100 Days for those of us without a bread maker).
4 1/4 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 c warm water
2 1/2 tbsp yeast
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 c honey
- Preheat oven to your lowest temperature and turn off as soon as it preheats.
- Add your yeast, olive oil and honey to your warm water and let sit for approximately 8 minutes to allow the yeast time to rise.
- Meanwhile, add your flour and salt to your mixing bowl equipped with the dough hook. (This can also be done in a food processor if you don’t have a mixer with a dough hook)
- When yeast has risen, add to the flour and salt mixture and mix on the lowest setting for 1 minute. Then for 2 more minutes on the medium setting.
- Transfer dough to a large glass bowl that has been greased with olive oil and top with plastic wrap. Put into the oven (which should be warm- not on) for 45 minutes to allow to rise.
- Transfer dough to a greased loaf pan, cover in plastic wrap and return to the oven to rise for another 45 minutes. * Remove plastic wrap, preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake the bread for approximately 25 minutes (including preheat time).
- Enjoy! (You’ll want a slice while its warm. Trust me.)
Please note that my bread doesn’t seem to rise just by setting it on the counter, hence why I put it in the oven which has been warmed. If your bread rises on the counter, you can skip the first step and just let it do its thing on your counter.