This week was a long week for me. I am a bit overwhelmed with work, but for me, that is a good thing. Owning your own business can be very challenging, but in order to be successful you must stay positive…”as much as possible”, stay calm… “as much as possible”, and most of all…”Don’t get discouraged”. The business is slowly growing and I must keep up with the demand and always staying connected, along with being a mom 100%. I mostly work at night while she is sleeping but through out the day I am thinking about the next soap I am creating. Mabel is very independent, and hands on. She always wants to help me and be apart of whatever is going on that day. Some days it is fun, other days it is challenging (I just want to get work done). I decided to start a brand “Made with Mabel” . This makes it a bit easier for me, and more exciting because Mabel inspires me. I am able to include her and she LOVES it! Mabel is always ready to learn, and always wants to help me, which makes teaching her a pleasure for me. I want to continue to cease the moment for as long as I can…”I am loving her toddler years!”
So, this week Mabel and I experimented a lot with turmeric root. Did you know turmeric is a natural wonder in the healing world? It has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and anti-depressant since ancient times. Turmeric root is actually very easy to include in your every day lives. Mabel seems to enjoy the taste of turmeric but not if I over do it. We made turmeric smoothies. I just threw coconut milk, coconut oil, banana, turmeric root, cilantro, and pineapple in the blender. I used the extra juice to put into ice pop molds. Mabel and I made pasta and sprinkled grated turmeric with a bit of avocado oil on to the pasta… Mabel ate the entire bowl! We also made turmeric cookies, they are actually pretty amazing! The turmeric spice enhances the taste of the sugar, I only added about 1 tbsp to a batch of maybe ten sugar cookies. see bottom of page for Made with Mabel turmeric cookie recipe.
I have also figured out a way to include this wonderful root into my carrot ginger soap. The combination of carrot, turmeric, and ginger essential oil gives this soap powerful anti-aging and hydrating properties. This mixture is ideal for dry or acne-ridden skin. The turmeric inside the carrot ginger bars gently exfoliates excess skin, stimulates blood circulation and has all the antibacterial, antimicrobial and antioxidant benefits to revitalize your skin to look it’s best. The active ingredient in the carrot ginger soap is… carrot . I only use organic carrots, which I liquify in my own juicer to extract the carrots nutrients. Carrot is known for its multiple skin benefits. They have high content of beta-carotene and antioxidants which provide the skin with extra protection from the damage caused by UV rays and environmental pollution. I really do love this beautiful soap. The carrot juice in each bar creates an amazing lather and the turmeric adds to the beautiful color. The carrot ginger bar will be included into the kids vegetable soap line. It is already in my shop on avaquinns.com. My veggie soaps will be available this February 2018 at Duzer local and the Staten Island mall for more information follow me on Facebook, instagram, or register for email updates.
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup softened Butter
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
4 Tablespoons Non-Dairy Milk (I used almond milk)
1/2 Cup Finely Grated turmeric (you can also use turmeric powder but only 2 tbsp)
1 1/4 Cups Chocolate Chips.
Preheat the over to 350 F. Grease a pan or prepare with a non-stick mat. (These cookies like to stick to the pan, so make sure you don’t skip this step).
Use the fine side of the cheese grater to grate turmeric.
Bowl number 1, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt.
Bowl number 2, cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla, and non-dairy milk. Let the butter soften a bit, (not melt all the way)! Pop it out and mix with the other ingredients.
Now add the butter mixture into the flour mixture, add the turmeric and mix it all up.
Toss in your chocolate chips, give it a final stir and admire your pretty cookie dough.
Use a spoon to place onto cookie tray, let bake for 10-15 minutes.