DIY Coffee Body Scrub with Mandarin Essential Oil for Winter Skin Care

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Learn how to make a simple 5-ingredient DIY coffee body scrub for winter skin care in just 5-minutes. This easy, natural beauty recipe with mandarin essential oil will help you achieve the look of naturally glowing skin. It exfoliates away dead skin cells, hydrates skin and helps to tone for firmer looking skin.

DIY Coffee Body Scrub with Mandarin Essential Oil for Winter Skin Care. Learn how to make a simple 5-ingredient DIY coffee body scrub for winter skin care. This easy, natural beauty recipe with mandarin essential oil will help you achieve the look of naturally glowing skin. It exfoliates away dead skin cells, hydrates skin and helps to tone for firmer looking skin. I love that the caffeine in the coffee helps to tighten and tone skin so it looks visibly firmer.

Here’s the Skinny on DIY Coffee Body Scrubs for Winter Skin Care

If you’ve even had your significant other ask why there’s dirt in your buttcrack, then you’re already down with coffee scrubs. A DIY coffee body scrub is probably the messiest scrub in existence, but there’s a reason why everyone loves them, and why no one wants to give them up. Accidental dirty buttcrack or not.

Literally the first time I used a coffee body scrub — it was Frank’s and a freebie in my monthly ipsy box — I was a little freaked out. The coffee grounds not only turned the water a muddy brown, but they also looked like little black ants. Getting everything to go down the drain after it was all said and done was also a challenge.

So let’s hope your shower head isn’t stationary or you’re going to be hauling a giant Pyrex measuring cup out of your kitchen cabinets. Then, you’ll also want to be prepared to mop water off your floor with a towel. Because it gets on the shower curtain, the sides of the tub, hell, places you’ve never even seen soap scum take hold.

After having said all that, you must be wondering, is a DIY coffee body scrub really worth the mess? The answer is still yes. 

Ingredients for making a natural essential oil coffee scrub recipe for winter skin care

This DIY coffee body scrub with mandarin essential oil comes to you courtesy of the December Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box. (I’m told, however, that these boxes are selling out in the MIDDLE of the month, so if you want this one, then act now! Coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE scores you a free bonus box worth $40 AND a coupon for $40 off your next purchase of anything your heart desires this holiday season. Otherwise you’ll get a starter box and a bonus box so you won’t have to wait around for the new box to be released.)

Beauty Benefits of Using a DIY Coffee Body Scrub

This easy skin care recipe is made with just 5-ingredients and it smells amazing. The ingredients for this DIY coffee body scrub includes two types of coconut oil — solid and liquid — coffee, sugar and mandarin essential oil.

I love that the caffeine in the coffee helps to tighten and tone skin so it looks visibly firmer — at least for the day. And sometimes (hello, holly day party!) a day is all you need. Plus the exfoliating effects of the sugar and coffee grounds can also help reduce the visible appearance of fine lines as it softens skin. The coconut oil in this DIY coffee body scrub recipe also hydrates dry or maturing skin, so it looks and feels healthy.

This DIY coffee body scrub is such a simple beauty recipe to have so many beauty benefits. But that’s part of what makes it totally worth any clean up drama you may encounter. (Also, why is it no one else ever talks about the mess from making your own DIY coffee body scrub???)

Coffee scrub packaged in jars with label

Ready to give this mandarin scented DIY coffee sugar scrub a try? Here’s the recipe from the December Simply Earth Box. If you actually order the box, you get cool index sized recipe cards for all the recipes included inside, every single month! It’s a great way to finally put those index card files to use that your kid used in (the way back) elementary school years. (Or if anyone actually remembers using them for address cards when everyone still sent snail mail and email was a bizarre concept.)

This month’s box also included recipes for making a citrus Christmas room spray, Christmas candy diffuser blend, candy cane lip balm, a cold buster roll on and a peppermint & pine salve.

DIY Coffee Body Scrub with Mandarin Essential Oil for Winter Skin Care. Learn how to make a simple 5-ingredient DIY coffee body scrub for winter skin care. This easy, natural beauty recipe with mandarin essential oil will help you achieve the look of naturally glowing skin. It exfoliates away dead skin cells, hydrates skin and helps to tone for firmer looking skin. I love that the caffeine in the coffee helps to tighten and tone skin so it looks visibly firmer.

Mandarin & Coffee Body Scrub Recipe

This DIY coffee body scrub recipe has a shelf life of six weeks. It’s kid-safe for ages 2+. (But why would you want to share?)

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup coconut oil
1 Tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
1/2 Cup ground coffee beans
1/2 Cup sugar
15 drops mandarin essential oil

Recipe cards and essential oils from the Simply Earth essential oil recipe box

Instructions:

Use a measuring cup or Tablespoon to measure out the (solid) coconut oil. (3 Tablespoons equals 1/4 cup.) Place it inside a 12-cup glass Pyrex measuring cup. Then measure out one Tablespoon of the fractionated (liquid) coconut oil. Add the liquid coconut oil to the container with the solid oil. (You’ll receive both types of coconut oil with your free bonus box from Simply Earth when you sign up for their monthly essential oil recipe box! Just be sure to use the coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE)

Heat the coconut oils until the solid coconut oil has melted. You can do this either by using the double boiler method on your stove or by heating the oils in the microwave for 15 seconds, repeating as necessary until melted.

Once the coconut oil has liquified, remove from heat. Then add the mandarin essential oil. Stir to combine.

Next, measure out the coffee grounds and sugar using a measuring cup. Then stir into the melted coconut oil and essential oil mixture. Mix until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated throughout your DIY coffee body scrub. 

Now spoon your coffee body scrub into an 8 oz. container or equivalent. I actually used two 4 oz. low profile amber jars I had on hand from SKS Bottle & Packaging

Screw the lid(s) onto your container(s) of DIY coffee body scrub, then label as desired. (Simply Earth does send out sticker labels for all the recipes in their essential oil boxes. However, there’s only one for each product.)

Ingredients for making a body scrub with coffee, sugar, coconut oil and mandarin essential oil

How to use Your DIY Coffee Body Scrub:

To use this coffee body scrub, remove desired amount before entering the shower. Then simply massage onto wet skin in the shower using a circular motion. Let the scrub sit on skin for about ten minutes, then rinse off.

Yield: 8 oz.

DIY Coffee Body Scrub with Mandarin Essential Oil

DIY Coffee Body Scrub with Mandarin Essential Oil

Learn how to make a DIY coffee body scrub for winter skin care. This easy, natural beauty recipe will help you achieve the look of naturally glowing skin.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 1/4 Cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
  • 1/2 Cup ground coffee beans
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 15 drops mandarin essential oil

Tools

  • Tablespoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Glass 12-cup Pyrex measuring cup or bowl
  • Utensil for stirring
  • Microwave
  • 8 oz. jar or container

Instructions

  1. Measure out the solid and fractionated coconut oil. Combine in a medium glass bowl or Pyrex measuring cup.
  2. Heat the coconut oil in 15 second increments in the microwave until melted. Then remove from heat.
  3. Add the mandarin essential oil. Stir well to combine.
  4. Measure out the coffee and sugar. Then mix these ingredients into the melted oils until thoroughly incorporated.
  5. Spoon into an 8 oz. jar or container for storage.

Notes

This product has a shelf life of about six weeks. To use, scoop desired amount from container for use in the shower. Then massage onto skin in a circular motion onto wet skin. Let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse clean.

Also don’t forget to purchase your subscription to Simply Earth. Use coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE to receive a $40 off coupon AND a free bonus box of ingredients and materials (valued at $40) at no extra cost. Sign up here. You can also try my own original DIY coffee body scrub recipes, which you’ll find below.

How to make a DIY body scrub for winter skin care using coffee and sugar

More DIY Coffee Body Scrub Recipes

Once you’ve master this easy DIY coffee body scrub, be sure to try some of my own DIY coffee body scrub recipes. These natural skin care recipes require a few more ingredients, however, they’re totally worth it! 

If you love this DIY coffee body scrub, then be sure to follow my DIY bath & body board on Pinterest for more great winter skin care ideas.

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Christmas Soaps for Holiday Stocking Stuffers: Beautiful Handcrafted Artisan Soaps They’ll Love

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Handmade artisan Christmas soaps make the perfect stocking stuffers for the holidays. When I used to sell handcrafted artisan soaps on my farmers market in the way way back, everyone would scoop up bars and bars of soaps for their stocking stuffers. It almost made standing for hours in the bitter cold worth it. And while I did enjoy my time as a seller – and the people most especially! – I don’t think I will ever go back to the chaos and challenges that come with selling handmade products throughout the holiday season. (Or summer even. I will never forgot those 100°F temps and having to keep cool by soaking my feet in a giant bucket of ice water.)

Having been a soap seller I now find it more important than ever to support other fellow artisans, whether they make handmade soaps or something else. Shopping small really does make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who craft their own products by hand. By supporting independent artists, you are not only directing supporting them and their families, but your community as well. When you shop from a small business 67% of the money you spend stays local. And that can have a big impact for everyone you care about.

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Handcrafted Christmas Soaps for Holiday Stocking Stuffers

While I encourage all of you to get out and support your local artisans at seasonal holiday craft fairs and farmers markets this year, you can also avoid some of that insane holiday bustle AND still make a difference by buying from handmade soap artisans online. Following is a curated collection of my favorite Christmas soaps this from Etsy soap artisans. (You can also browse more handcrafted artisan soaps. Or check out these other handmade holiday gift ideas.)

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Clockwise from top left:
Mrs. Claus Cookie Soap Bars via Lucky Tree Soap Co.
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Candy Cane Soap via The Fine Farmhouse
Frosty Snowman Soap via Bubble Bloom Co.
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Clockwise from top left:
Gentle Santa Soap via Tailored Soap
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I hope you love these handcrafted Christmas soaps as much as I do! If you’d rather make your own soaps for the holidays, you can explore all of my homemade soap recipes here. Or check out my holiday DIY projects for other handmade Christmas gifts you can craft at home. Explore more DIY Christmas gift ideas on my Pinterest board here along with these creative Christmas gift wrapping ideas on Soap Deli News.

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Christmas gifts wrapped in natural brown Kraft paper with foraged evergreens and botanicals for eco-friendly gift wrap

Beautiful Gift Wrapping Ideas for Christmas

Holiday gift giving isn’t just about the presents. It’s also about the presentation. Otherwise we wouldn’t take the time to deck the halls and fill our entire December decorating our homes for the holiday season. Christmas is that one time of the year, other than Halloween, when it’s socially acceptable to go all out. Beautiful, bold, tacky – so many lights you cause a blackout on your neighborhood block. If you’re going to put all that time and money into decorating for Christmas, then your handmade gifts must also look the part!

Eco friendly natural gift wrapping ideas for Christmas with dried botanicals, oranges and forage evergreen leaves.

Therefore, I present you with a collection of my very favorite gift wrapping ideas for Christmas. These holiday gift wrapping ideas not only look beautiful, but they’ll also give your Christmas presents a professional gift wrapped look. So friends and family will not only be delighted with the presentation, but also a wee bit jealous that you pulled off something so amazing. (And, yes! You CAN totally score that Pinterest win with everyone of these Christmas gift wrapping ideas!)

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Many of these Christmas gift wrapping ideas also double as a second holiday gifts themselves. Whether it’s a handmade Christmas ornament or a fun addition to seasonal holiday decor, many of these gift wrap designs do more than just look the part. Therefore many of the ideas serve as unique ways to ensure your gift wrap is saved for the future (or reused for gift wrap the following year) rather than being tossed in the bin after the excitement of unwrapping gifts is over. So your Christmas gift wrap is both stunning and eco-friendly. Which DIY holiday gift wrap idea will be your new favorite way to style your handmade Christmas gifts?

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1. DIY Macrame Feather Christmas Ornaments via The DIY Mommy: These macrame feathers do double duty as both holiday gift toppers and a handmade gift. Basically two gifts in one, these delightful gift wrap design elements can also be reused next year as an ornament on a Christmas tree or pretty home decor for small spaces.

Wrapped Christmas presents in brown Kraft paper with bakers twine, holly leaves and berries and DIY clay Christmas ornaments as beautiful holiday gift toppers.

2. Eco-friendly Needle Felted Wine Bags via Soap Deli News
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4. DIY Colorful Holiday Felt Bows via Lost Mom
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6. Glitter Striped Gift Wrapping Paper Tutorial via Tikkido: This holiday gift wrap idea is a fun and frugal way to upgrade your washi tape into a design element for your handmade Christmas presents for the holidays. Don’t have glitter washi tape on hand? Make your own using glitter and double stick tape! A simple and easy Christmas gift wrap hack that even the kids can master!

DIY gift wrapping ideas for Christmas using brown paper, evergreens and bakers twine then using Christmas ornaments as gift toppers for holiday gifts.

7. Christmas Paper Bag Gift Bag Ideas via My Blah Blah Blahg
8. How to Festively Wrap a Christmas Loaf Cake via In  My Own Style (Plus check out these Christmas food gifts you can make!)
9. DIY Glitter Gift Tags via White House Crafts
10. Printable Holiday Treat Labels via Proper

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11. DIY String of Lights Gift Wrap via The Crafted Life: Add some color to Christmas gift wrap with this easy Christmas gift wrapping idea for bright and merry string light gift toppers. They can be upcycled at a future date for winter crafts, holiday projects or as ornaments on a miniature Christmas tree.

Natural Christmas gift wrap inspiration with a handmade Christmas gift wrapped in brown Kraft paper tied with twine and topped with a felt Christmas tree ornament.

12. Gumdrop Treat Boxes via Oh Happy Day!
13. DIY Ruffle Fabric Gift Bag Tutorial via See Kate Sew
14. Christmas Character Gift Tags Tutorial (with Video) via SugarPea Designs
15. DIY Peppermint Favor Box with Cricut via Giggles Galore

Holiday Gift Wrapping with DIY Miniature Winter Scene Gift Toppers via Lovely Indeed: This easy gift wrapping hack is so stunning your friends and family may not want to even open their gift. Not only is it a beautiful way to present your handmade Christmas gifts for the holidays, it will also give your holiday photos of your Christmas tree and the annual unwrapping of gifts that instagram worthy punch.

16. Holiday Gift Wrapping with DIY Miniature Winter Scene Gift Toppers via Lovely Indeed: This easy gift wrapping hack is so stunning your friends and family may not want to even open their gift. Not only is it a beautiful way to present your handmade Christmas gifts for the holidays, it will also give your holiday photos of your Christmas tree and the annual unwrapping of gifts that instagram worthy punch. 

Wrapped handmade Christmas gifts in simple geo black and white holiday wrapping paper tied with bakers twine and topped with an evergreen sprig and a heart shaped Christmas gift tag.

17. DIY Christmas Ornament Favor Bags via A Pretty Fix (These make adorable gift toppers!)
18. Wrapping Your Gift with a Gift via Salvaged Living
19. Festive Holiday Candy Boxes via White House Crafts
20. Easy Gold Geometric Garland Gift Wrapping Tutorial via Tikkido

Eco-friendly natural ways to wrap gifts for Christmas

21. Beautiful Free Gift Wrap Ideas with Foraged Evergreens & Brown Kraft Paper via A Piece of Rainbow: If you’re practicing a zero waste lifestyle or simply want your handmade Christmas gifts to be wrapped as eco-friendly as possible then these natural gift wrapping tips and tricks are perfect for you! Explore a variety of free 5-minute Christmas gift wrapping ideas that incorporate foraged evergreens and wild botanicals with recyclable brown Kraft paper in this collection of DIY Christmas gift wrapping ideas for the holidays.

Natural eco friendly rustic Christmas gift wrap inspiration

22. Printable Sewing Themed Gift Wrap with Thread Spool Gift Toppers via See Kate Sew
23. Creative Gift Wrap Ideas for Kids via What Moms Love
24. Simple Holiday Fabric Gift Wrap via Northern Feeling
25. How to Make a Gift Bag Out of Wrapping Paper via A Beautiful Mess

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For more holiday gift wrap ideas, be sure to check out my Pretty Packaging & Gift Wrap Ideas Pinterest Board. You can also find last minute holiday gift wrap ideas here and here. Along with some of the prettiest DIY gift wrap ideas for Christmas here. I also have a huge collection of printable Christmas gift wrap and tags here.

Wooden initial monogram Christmas ornament gift tags for handmade holiday gifts from Clouds and Currents

Or explore artisan Christmas gift wrapping ideas for inspiration (or to purchase) on Etsy via my curated collection of the prettiest packages. There are hundreds of great Christmas gift wrapping ideas including this idea for wrapping your gifts with (best selling) initial wooden Christmas ornaments from Clouds and Currents on Etsy (pictured above.)

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Christmas Food Gifts: Ideas for Christmas Food Gifts for Friends & Family This Holiday Season

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Let’s face it. Gift giving is hard. And if you’re dating someone new or you’re simply on a budget, figuring out your Christmas gift list can be crazy stressful. However, there is an easy way to both save money this holiday season and give Christmas gifts that everyone is sure to love. Christmas food gifts are an easy way to please everyone on your list. It’s both a simple way to ensure your gift doesn’t get returned to the store, and it’s a delightful treat that your recipient will enjoy throughout the holiday season.

Snowman marshmallow in cup of hot cocoa

Ideas for Homemade Christmas Food Gifts

Rather than spending money on pre-made Christmas food gifts, I love to make my own DIY Christmas gifts. This makes gifting quick, easy and totally budget friendly. Not only am I able to make all my DIY Christmas food gifts in bulk, but the ingredients cost a lot less than the pre-made versions. Keep reading for a collection of fifty of my favorite DIY ideas for Christmas food gifts for friends and family this holiday season. Or check out this collection of handmade food gifts to get more inspiration for your holiday gift list.

Christmas gift basket filled with food

Easy Holiday Gift Ideas for Friends & Family

DIY Christmas Food Gifts: Mason Jar Whiskey Infused Maple Syrup via Country Girl's Life

1. Mason Jar Whiskey Infused Maple Syrup via Country Girl’s Life
2. Homemade Dulce de Leche with Printable Labels via Country Hill Cottage (Gift this Christmas food gift with a recipe!)
3. Homemade Holiday Pancake Mix in a Jar via Sheri Silver
4. Classic Holiday Nut Brittle via My Baking Addiction
5. Spiced Apple Cider Gifts in a Jar via Country Girl’s Life

Creative DIY mason jar gifts for Christmas. How to make a cute DIY snowman mason jar gift filled with white chocolate covered pretzels or other winter holiday food treats to gift to friends, family, teachers and neighbors this holiday season. These easy DIY Christmas gifts also include free printable Merry Christmas gift tags for your handmade Christmas gifts for the finishing touch.

6. Snowman Mason Jar Gift with White Chocolate Covered Pretzels via Soap Deli News
7. Homemade Holiday Tea Gifts with Printable Chalkboard Labels via Soap Deli News
8. Homemade Soup Mixes in a Jar via Wholefully
9. Holiday Spice Mix Gift Ideas via Club Crafted
10. Homemade Vanilla Extract via Gimme Some Oven

Easy bourbon balls recipe with Woodford Reserve. The ultimate no bake Christmas dessert for last minute DIY holiday gifts. These easy Christmas treats not only taste delicious, they’re also gluten free. So everyone can enjoy the delectable taste of chocolate and bourbon this holiday season. A delightful no bake dessert for Christmas, this easy bourbon balls recipe can also be made with rum or customized with your favorite ingredients whether it be coconut or dried raspberries for a flavorful holiday treat!

11. Easy No Bake Bourbon Balls with Woodford Reserve via Soap Deli News
12. Hot Pepper Jelly via Skip to My Lou (This one’s easy enough for first timers!)
13. Chocolate Cake in a Jar with Printable Labels via Country Hill Cottage
14. Holiday Apple Pie Jam in a Jar via The Stripe
15. Whole Wheat Santa Sugar Cookies via Sprinkle Bakes

DIY Ideas for Christmas Food Gifts: Upcycled Baby Food Jar Hot Cocoa Snowman via Crafty Morning. Here’s a cute and cheap Christmas gift to put in a stocking or give to a friend..a hot cocoa snowman jar! You could use any small jars you find at the craft store but the baby jars are a bit bigger to hold more goods.

16. Upcycled Baby Food jar Hot Cocoa Snowman via Crafty Morning (An eco-friendly & frugal Christmas food gift.)
17. Homemade Molasses Cookies via Soap Deli News (Be sure to make extras of these food gifts for yourself!)
18. Holiday Candy Bark via Country Hill Cottage
19. Peppermint Brownie Mix in a Jar via Skip to My Lou
20. Curried Lentil Soup Mix in a Jar with Printable Labels via Happy Deal Happy Day

Easy Vegan Chai Cookies via Hello Nest (Plus a chai spice mix Christmas food gift idea.)

21. Easy Vegan Chai Cookies via Hello Nest (Plus a chai spice mix Christmas food gift idea.)
22. Peppermint Bark Christmas Gift Idea with “In Case of Emergency Break Chocolate” Printable Gift Tag via Polkdot Chair
23. Vanilla Chai Tea Mix Gift via Soap Deli News
24. Whiskey Infused Vanilla Peach Jam via Everything Pretty
25. Herb & Spice Infused Honey Gifts via Lovely Greens

Marzipan Pine Cone Treats with Printable Gift Boxes via Country Hill Cottage for seasonal winter food gifts.

26. Marzipan Pine Cone Treats with Printable Winter Gift Boxes via Country Hill Cottage (This is such a unique Christmas food gift idea!)
27. Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies with Pecan Streusel via Soap Deli News
28. Lavender Hot Chocolate Mix with Printable Labels via Country Hill Cottage
29. Double Chocolate Snack Cake Mix in a Jar via Homan at Home
30. Easy Dark Chocolate Truffles via Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Pick Me Up in a Cup Coffee Christmas Food Gift Idea via Stampington & Company. This project is a simple way to grab a cup of coffee with someone, near or far this holiday season. These test tubes have all of the fixings for your favorite cup of joe or cup of tea and makes an excellent gift for your coffee-drinking friend.

31. Pick-Me-Up in a Cup Test Tube Coffee Gift via Stampington & Company
32. Organic Chai Tea Mix via Soap Deli News
33. Boston Cream Pie Fudge via Sweet ReciPEAs
34. Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe via Soap Deli News
35. Digestive Cocktail Bitters for the Foodie via Soap Deli News

Hot Apple Cider Cinnamon Spice Mix in a Jar via Savory Nothings: Easy Christmas Gifts in a Jar

36. Hot Apple Cider Cinnamon Spice Mix in a Jar via Savory Nothings
37. Vanilla Mocha Coffee Marshmallows via Soap Deli News
38. Mini Sherry Christmas Bundt Cakes via Two Sisters
39. Oven Baked Christmas Candied Pecans via Salty Side Dish
40. White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies with Holly Leaves via Evermine

Homemade gingerbread pear loaf recipe for the holidays.

41. Gingerbread Pear Loaf Cake via Country Living
42. Giant Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows via Modern Parents Messy Kids (Kids love these Christmas food gifts!)
43. Homemade Gingerbread Flavored Granola via Savor + Savvy
44. DIY Hot Chocolate Ornaments via Smart School House
45. Sugar Cookie Sack Gifts via Celebrate Creativity

DIY Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar via Evermine

46. DIY Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar via Evermine
47. Santa Clause Rice Krispie Treats via Two Sisters (Another kid approved Christmas food gift favorite.)
48. Chocolate Dipped Snowflake Oreos via I Heart Naptime
49. Red Wine Infused Sea Salt for Foodies via Two Loves Studio
50. Festive Vegan Meringue Kisses via Lauren Caris Cooks

Holiday gifts and snowman marshmallows in hot chocolate

If you love these ideas for homemade Christmas food gifts, then be sure to check out my DIY Food Gifts Pinterest Board. Or explore more homemade holiday gift ideas here.

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Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe: A Warming Winter Dinner Idea (Plus Heart Healthy Bacon Alternatives)

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Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you’ve made heart health a priority!

Winter Dinner Ideas: Mushroom and Bacon Risotto Recipe (Plus Heart Healthy Bacon Alternatives) Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you've made heart health a priority! This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by either omitting the bacon called for in the recipe or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon.

I’ve really been trying to eat healthier the past few months. My dad somehow miraculously avoid a heart attack at 72. However, he also had three heart surgeries over the course of a year. He’d been tired a lot and had been falling asleep when he’d sit down. Not being one to talk the doctor about his concerns, on top of having a super shitty primary care doctor, when he finally addressed what was going on, it wasn’t good. Tests revealed that one artery was completely blocked and another wasn’t far behind. When clearing out his arteries roto-rooter style at UVA didn’t fix the issues, he went back for stints. My parents didn’t even tell me about the third surgery. (My mom somehow thinks I’m fragile.) I heard about it, much later, through an off handed comment my brother made.

My family, on both sides, have a history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. So it’s a real concern for me, especially as I’m headed through my mid-forties. Luckily, I’m doing okay on both counts. However, I’ve tried to eat healthy and take care of myself. Unfortunately, the past two years were rather tumultuous for me emotionally. Like most things, this affected not just my emotional health, but my physical health as well. My energy levels and my weight both took a hit. 

Not only did I change the situation I was in (and more than once) I also changed my eating habits. I stopped drinking gin and (high fructose corn syrup) tonic on the reg (to deal with chronic pain) and found a supplement regimen that worked for my fibromyalgia. I gave up the muscle relaxers I’ve used for years to cope after going cold turkey off pain killers and started taking valerian instead. Then I started eating better. I moved toward (or rather closer than I’ve ever been) a more vegetarian diet with fish, seafood and eggs – with meat only occasionally and very much in moderation. I started doing push ups and going dancing again. Basically I started living with intent rather than just existing. 

Since doing these things, I’ve gone down 16 lbs. I look great and I feel better. My emotional state is much improved and my focus, though still wildly ADHD a few days a week, is better.

Sauteed onions with mushrooms, olive oil and thyme for risotto

And yet, here I am, sharing a freaking mushroom risotto recipe – with bacon. 

Bacon is delicious. Healthwise I’m totally okay with indulging every now and then. Friends and family make that practically a must on special occasions, holidays and dinner dates they host. Intellectually, I realize that pigs are pretty smart animals. As someone with a dog who I consider family, it does bother me that I enjoy pork as much as I do. So I try not to think about it for too long. But then, I remember that pigs can eat people and leave zero trace behind. That helps ease the guilt. 

In the end, I’ve found there are more reasons not to eat pork than there are to gorge myself on a plate of baby back ribs. However, food, like most things in our lives, is a personal choice. Therefore, because I enjoy treating myself from time to time, this recipe has bacon. If, however, you’d like a healthier approach to my mushroom bacon risotto recipe, feel free to substitute the bacon for a healthier alternative. 

Heart healthy alternatives to bacon in mushroom bacon risotto. Bacon is delicious. Like all things, however, too much of anything can be a bad thing. Especially where heart health is concerned. So if you've given up beef and pork, have gone totally vegetarian, or are simply taking a break from bacon because it's impossible not to overindulge, here are a few healthy alternatives for the bacon in my mushroom bacon risotto recipe. Try my warming winter dinner idea for mushroom bacon risotto now.

Healthy Alternatives to Bacon for Mushroom Bacon Risotto

Bacon is delicious. Like all things, however, too much of anything can be a bad thing. Especially where heart health is concerned. So if you’ve given up beef and pork, have gone totally vegetarian, or are simply taking a break from bacon because it’s impossible not to overindulge, here are a few healthy alternatives for the bacon in my mushroom bacon risotto recipe.

Tempeh Bacon for Vegetarian Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Tempeh bacon is a vegetarian alternative to bacon. It contains less fat and has zero cholesterol. While traditionally made from slightly fermented soybeans, tempeh bacon can be made using any type of bean including black-eyed peas, black beans and chickpeas. Not only is tempeh bacon a good source of fiber, it’s also high in both vitamin B6 and magnesium. To prepare, simply slice then cook in oil over medium-high heat about four minutes each side.

Turkey Bacon for Healthier Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Turkey bacon is most definitely not bacon, but it’s not a bad substitute if you’re still eating meat. While still not totally healthy – I mean it IS still processed meat – it’s white meat rather than red meat. It also has HALF the amount of saturated fat as the real deal.

A similar alternative to turkey bacon is duck bacon. Just be aware that duck bacon doesn’t get quite as crispy as the real deal.

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe: A Warming Winter Dinner Idea (Plus Heart Healthy Bacon Alternatives) Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you've made heart health a priority! This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by either omitting the bacon called for in the recipe or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon.

Vegetable Bacon for Heart Healthy Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Eggplant, and other veggies properly seasoned, can take on that smokey flavor you get from bacon. Simply add some smoked paprika, dried Chipotle chili peppers or a savory sweet sauce to your vegetable of choice then grill, smoke or roast. Additions such as fresh, grated parmesan cheese as garnish once the dish is plated can make up for the loss of the “beefier” bacon texture. To prepare a healthy alternative to bacon using eggplant, simply slice the eggplant then roast at 225°F for 20 to 30 minutes, or until crispy.

Tofu Bacon for Vegetarian Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Tofu bacon is another healthy alternative to bacon. It’s processed a bit more than tempeh bacon, however it’s high in protein. In addition, tofu bacon also contains all eight essential amino acids, and a notable amount of both calcium and iron.

To make it, you’ll need to start with really thin slices of tofu. (Otherwise you won’t get that bacon-like crunch.) Then marinate the tofu in a blend of 1 cup soy sauce, 2 Tablespoons tomato paste (you can freeze the rest in Tablespoon portions in an ice cube tray), 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (Annie’s makes a vegan alternative), 2 Tablespoons maple syrup, 2 Tablespoons liquid smoke and 2 cups water. Mix to combine than marinate thinly sliced tofu at least four hours to overnight.

Once you’re ready to cook your bacon tofu, simply strain the tofu slices from the marinade. Then fry the tofu in a skillet over medium high heat until crispy. If desired, you can reserve the marinade for another veggie dish later.

Now that you know you can make substitutions for the bacon if desired, here’s my mushroom bacon risotto recipe. I hope you enjoy it in your very favorite way as an easy, warming winter dinner idea.

Mushroom bacon risotto recipe. Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you've made heart health a priority! This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by omitting the bacon or by substituting it a bacon alternative.

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe

This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by either omitting the bacon called for in the recipe or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon, mentioned above.

Ingredients:

1 ⅔ cup arborio rice
7 cups of warmed chicken or vegetable broth
1 large onion, finely chopped
2-4 Tablespoons of olive oil or avocado oil, divided
½ to ¾ cup of finely grated parmesan cheese, divided
1.5 cups freshly chopped mushrooms of your choice
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons quality salt
Fresh sage
Fresh thyme
5 pieces of very crispy (but not burnt) bacon (or bacon alternative)
2 Tablespoons of bacon fat to cook the mushrooms (or heart healthy olive oil)
Fresh ground black peppercorns

Ingredients for making mushroom bacon risotto

Instructions:

Begin by warming the chicken or vegetable broth in a medium sized pot. While the broth is warming, you’ll start a second pot on the stove. 

In a separate medium-large pot, heat one tablespoon of either avocado or olive oil over medium heat. Then sauté the onions in the oil until fragrant. (Alternately you can also Continue to cook until the onions have browned.

Next, add two additional Tablespoons of oil to the pot with the sautéed onions. Then stir the rice into the pot of sautéd onions and oil.

Cooking Risotto Rice in Broth

Stir the rice for about a minute in the oil. (It will seem like a lot of oil to start, but it will help the rice cook.) After a minute, ladle in one cup of warm broth.

While the rice cooks, stir often. The more you stir the risotto, the creamier the final version of the mushroom bacon risotto dish you serve will end up being.

Once the rice shows signs of having absorbed the liquid, add a second cup of broth. Continue stirring the onion and risotto mixture, as in the previous step.

Sauteed mushrooms with thyme

As the risotto is cooking, sauté the mushrooms in a nonstick pan with either bacon fat or olive oil and a couple sprigs of thyme. Once sautéed, set aside.

Continue adding more broth to the rice, stirring often. Partway through stir in the salt and add some fresh sage to the pot. I used one small sprig of fresh sage with about eight leaves on it.

Creamy cooked risotto rice.

The risotto is done cooking when the rice grains are plump, creamy and completely cooked through. At this point you no longer need to add additional broth. Instead, stir in most of the freshly grated parmesan cheese, while reserving the rest for plating.

Spoon the mushroom bacon risotto into bowls or plates for serving. The top the risotto with the crispy bacon or bacon alternative, sautéd mushrooms and additional parmesan cheese. Serve immediately, while stir warm.

If desired, you can serve this warming winter dish of mushroom bacon risotto with a light bodied glass of pinot noir. Enjoy!

Yield: Serves 5-6

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe

This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is the perfect warming, winter dinner idea. Accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme, you can make risotto dinner recipe hearty healthy by either omitting the bacon or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅔ cup arborio rice
  • 7 cups of warmed chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2-4 Tablespoons of olive oil or avocado oil, divided
  • ½ to ¾ cup of finely grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1.5 cups freshly chopped mushrooms of your choice
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons quality salt
  • Fresh sage
  • Fresh thyme
  • 5 pieces of crispy bacon (or bacon alternative)
  • 2 Tablespoons of bacon fat to cook the mushrooms (or heart healthy olive oil)
  • Fresh ground black peppercorns

Instructions

  1. Warm your broth of choice in a medium sized pot on the stove. Set aside.
  2. Heat one Tablespoon of either avocado or olive oil over medium heat in a medium-large pot. Sauté the chopped onions in the oil until fragrant, then continue to cook until the onions have browned.
  3. Add two additional Tablespoons of oil to the pot of sautéed onions. Then stir in the rice.
  4. Stir the rice for about a minute in the oil. After a minute, ladle in one cup of warm broth.
  5. Stir the rice often to ensure a creamy risotto.
  6. Once the rice has absorbed most of the liquid, add a second cup of broth. Continue stirring the onion and risotto mixture occasionally.
  7. While the rice cooks, sauté the mushrooms in a nonstick pan with either bacon fat or olive oil and a couple sprigs of thyme. Then set aside.
  8. Continue adding more broth to the rice as it cooks. Partway through stir in the salt and about eight leaves of fresh sage.
  9. Once the rice grains are plump, creamy and completely cooked through it's ready. Stir in the bulk of the freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  10. Spoon the mushroom bacon risotto onto plates or into bowls for serving. Top with the crispy bacon, sautéd mushrooms and remaining parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 650 Total Fat: 42g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 27g Cholesterol: 167mg Sodium: 1210mg Carbohydrates: 21g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 45g

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