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My First Simply Earth Essential Oil Box

Whew! The past week has been CRAZY here! I mean a full moon almost always causes chaos but a  super blood moon can wreak all kinds of havoc in my house! On top of that I decided to rearrange a couple of rooms… lol… we only have a couple of rooms, right? Just kidding, but just because our house is small doesn’t make it any easier.

Things are finally getting settled down and everything is pretty much organized, well at least as organized as it can be for now, so I’ve been trying to catch up on some things that I need to work on. As I was checking emails I noticed that I was scheduled to get a box from Simply Earth (yep, that’s an affiliate link at no cost to you) and panic set in for a moment as I wasn’t 100% sure that I had indeed received it. After running to the bedroom to check I did find the package safe and sound waiting for me to open it. I grabbed the phone and filmed a quick video to post on YouTube. (See the video below.)

I was so happy to open it up and see what all they had sent me. I just wanted to share it with everyone and what a better way to do it than a video? I love essential oils and I am always trying out new blends and recipes. Sometimes it gets complicated to know what is what and where to get it.

I can’t thank them enough at Simply Earth as they have made my life so much simpler by including almost everything I need for the recipes that they sent with this box. These are all recipes that I will be trying out soon in our home, especially that Sore Muscle Roll On!

So, if you haven’t watched the video you are probably waiting for me to tell you what exactly was in this box that has me so excited…

This February Essential Oil Box from Simply Earth included:

  • four essential oils: lemon, oregano, ravensara, and defender blend
  • menthol crystals
  • coconut oil
  • 3 roll on bottles
  • 1 small bottle
  • 2 inhaler tubes
  • 6 recipe cards



Pretty awesome, huh? That’s not all though as Simply Earth is on a mission to make it easy and affordable for people to have a natural home while giving 13% of their profits to help end human trafficking.

If you want to check out their site and maybe grab a box of your own then use my code KIRBYSKORNERFREE to get a $40 gift card emailed to you after subscribing on your first box (SUBSCRIPTION CAN BE CANCELLED ANYTIME).

If you like the essential oil diffuser in the video you can get yours here and the wooden storage box here.

Note: The only thing that I was lacking when I made up my recipes was some oil droppers. These make things so much easier when trying to measure out the drops precisely. You can probably order them from the Simply Earth site or get some here.



Kid-friendly, Freezer-friendly, Three Bean Soup Recipe:

Kid-friendly, Freezer-friendly, Three Bean Soup Recipe:

This delicious soup is perfect for a cold January day! It’s super simple to make, kid-friendly, freezer-friendly, and inexpensive – ‘cause we need a little break after last month, amen?

It dresses up fancy for a potluck or company, but I’m actually just making it for lunch at home (yum!) Check it out here: Kid-friendly, Freezer-friendly, Three Bean Soup Recipe

**This post contains an affiliate link!


Blackberry Pig in a Poke

Blackberry Pig in a Poke

For the Dumpling Dough:

  • 2 c. self rising flour
  • 2 T. Shortening
  • 1/2 c. – 1c. milk, (maybe a tad more) just enough to get the dough soft

For the filling:

  • 2-3 c. blackberries
  • 1 c. sugar

For the glaze:

  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • nutmeg, optional


You will need a large pot with boiling water and a cheesecloth or flour sack. (I used a large flour sack towel.

Gently mix the blackberries and sugar together, let sit.

Mix the shortening into the flour until crumbly. Add the milk to form a soft dough. Roll the dough out, on a lightly floured surface, into a rectangle. Get it about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.

Now take the blackberries and spread them onto the dough leaving about 1/2 inch from the edges.

Carefully roll the dough up, like a jelly roll, and form into a circle.

Be very careful and place this onto your cheesecloth or flour sack. Tie the ends up tightly.

Now drop this into your boiling water and let cook 20-25 minutes. Watch closely to prevent boil overs.

While the dumpling is cooking you can mix the glaze.

Whip the butter with a fork or mixer and then gently stir in the brown sugar.

When the dumpling is finished cooking remove it from the water. I let mine sit in the colander for 5-10 minutes.

Then carefully open it up and slice it or spoon it out of the sack. (You could try to transfer it to a pretty platter but mine didn’t make it that far when they found out what I had made.)

Then spoon some of the brown sugar glaze on top, it will melt into the dumpling.

Gently sprinkle, or grate, a bit of nutmeg on top.


I think this would also be good with some vanilla ice cream.

If you aren’t crazy about the brown sugar glaze you can try this one:


  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2-3 T milk


Whip the butter until fluffy.

Gradually add in the sugar.

Add the vanilla and mix well.

Add just enough milk to make it spoonable.

Serve over the dumpling or your favorite dessert.

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Hot Cocoa

My kids, and myself, love Hot Cocoa. The weather right now is just right for sipping on a steamy cup. I have many fond memories from when we lived in Virginia and North Carolina that involve this delicious treat. It is even better after coming in from building snowmen and having snowball fights.

We haven’t seen any snow since we’ve moved to Florida several years ago but the weather still gets a bit nippy. This weekend was definitely cocoa weather. I used the Keurig to make my cocoa to take out to the woods with me. Just place the cocoa in your mug and set it under the Keurig. You don’t need a K-cup as the hot water will flow right through it, into your cup, and Voila… Hot Cocoa. Enjoy it as it is or add some marshmallows.

We also enjoy making this when we have our ‘Polar Express’ parties… hopefully I’ll be writing a post about this soon. This is also a great treat to take camping with you to enjoy on those crisp mornings.

I have two versions of this and you can try them both to find your favorite. I often make double batches as we can go through quite a bit of this rather quickly. (You will need a large container with a tight lid to store this in.)

Hot Cocoa (Cheaper version)


  • 2 c. powdered milk
  • 3/4  – 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. powdered creamer
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened Cocoa
  • marshmallows (optional)


Mix everything together and place in a sealed container.

Spoon about 1/3 cup of mix into a mug. Add boiling water and stir.

Top with marshmallows and serve… this will be HOT!

This next recipe is just as easy to make but it can be a little more expensive depending on the price of the chocolate mix you use.

Hot Cocoa (Richer version)


  • 2 c. powdered milk
  • 1/2 c. powdered chocolate milk mix (Nestle)
  • 1/2 c. powdered creamer
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/8 t. salt


Mix everything together and place in a sealed container.

Spoon about 1/3 cup of mix into a mug. Add boiling water and stir.

Top with marshmallows and serve… this will be HOT!

Shepherd’s Pie in a Skillet

This recipe is fairly simply and easy to put together. You could leave off the French Fried Onions if you like. I might also try it with some shredded cheese the next time I make it.

If you don’t have an oven proof skillet you could transfer the meat mixture to a 9×13 greased casserole dish and bake.

** I have been informed that is technically a ‘Cottage Pie’ as it does not contain lamb… but you could make this with ground lamb if you like.

Shepherd’s Pie in a Skillet


  • 2-3 c. Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1-2 T. olive oil (optional)
  • 2 T.  all purpose flour
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 pack Lipton dry onion soup mix
  • 1/4 c. ketchup
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 2 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 t. dry mustard
  • 1 can of mixed vegetables, corn, or green beans, drained (or use 1-2 c. steamed veggies)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 c. French’s Fried Onions (optional)
  • 1/2 c. shredded cheese (optional)
  • parsley (optional)


Preheat oven to 350

Brown the hamburger in an oven proof skillet. Drain the grease and rinse, if desired. If you drain the grease you may wish to add olive oil.

Add the flour to the cooked hamburger and heat on low for 1-2 minutes.

Stir in the soup, dry soup mix, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, water, and mustard. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Remove from heat.

Smooth the meat mixture into a layer. Top with the drained veggies. Then spread the mashed potatoes over everything and smooth out to the edges.

Top with the French’s Onions and/or the cheese. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are lightly browned.

Serve HOT!



Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole: Crockpot Version

This is the crockpot version of one of my favorite recipes. I got this recipe from a church dinner. Serve with mashed potatoes and rolls.

Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole: Crockpot Version


1 lb ground hamburger, or ground turkey, browned

1-10 or 12 oz bag of frozen mixed vegetables, steamed

1 can tomato soup

1 pack onion soup mix, optional

1-2 c. shredded cheese, I usually use cheddar


Place the browned ground beef in a crockpot.

Add the remaining ingredients except the cheese.

Cook on low 2-3 hours on low or 1-2 hours on high.

Top with shredded cheese.

Cook 10-20 minutes until cheese melts.

Set to low until ready to serve.

Markdown Meals: Chicken Salad on Croissants

I have been doing a lot of grocery shopping at Walmart just because it is so close to me. Normally I really dislike Walmart and if there was another grocery store closer to me then I’d probably go there but right now Walmart it is.

I happened to pass by the deli section and found these rotisserie chickens marked down to $2.01! I’m not sure what they normally sell for but I grabbed two of them. One Traditional and one Lemon Pepper. I had also snagged a package of mini croissants on the mark down cart for less than $3.00.

Today I used the traditional chicken to make Super Easy Chicken Salad croissants. I served these with some cherry tomatoes on the side for a quick lunch.

Here is the recipe:

Super Easy Rotisserie Chicken Salad


  • 1 cooked rotisserie chicken (or use 2-3 cooked chicken breasts), shredded
  • 1/3 c. mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 stalks celery (optional)
  • 1 boiled egg, chopped (optional)
  • 2-3 T. Pickle relish (optional)
  • onion, chopped (optional)
  • raisins, chopped apples, chopped nuts or whatever other add-ins you might like (optional)


Mix everything together in a bowl. Season to taste. Enjoy on a bed of lettuce, in a croissant, or on toast.

It was so simple and so good! You could use whatever seasoned chicken you prefer.

This is just one example of a quick, easy, and delicious meal that you can make on a budget. I spent less that $8.00 for the meal and it fed myself and 6 kids.


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Super Easy Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Super Easy Rotisserie Chicken Salad


  • Meat from one cooked rotisserie chicken (or use 2-3 cooked chicken breasts), shredded
  • 1/3 c. mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 stalks celery (optional)
  • 1 boiled egg, chopped (optional)
  • 2-3 T. Pickle relish (optional)
  • onion, chopped (optional)
  • raisins, chopped apples, chopped nuts or whatever other add-ins you might like (optional)


Mix everything together in a bowl. Season to taste. Enjoy on a bed of lettuce, in a croissant, or on toast.

Blueberry Dump Cake

This recipe is so easy! Give it a try and you will see just how easy it is. If you don’t like blueberries then try this Apple Sonker recipe.

Blueberry Dump Cake


  • Blueberry Pie Filling or use store bought
  • 1 boxed yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter or margarine, cut into pats


Preheat oven to 350

Grease and flour a 9×13 pan or baking dish.

Pour the pie filling into the pan.

Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the pie filling.

Arrange the pats of butter on top of the pie crust.

Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

So easy! Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make this extra special!

Fried Cauliflower/Vegetables

I had never heard of Fried Cauliflower until my little sister came to visit one time a few years ago. I was pregnant at the time and not able to eat a lot of anything but this was something that I was able to eat and keep down. I have made this several times since then and everyone loves it.

I’ve heard of Fried Broccoli but never tried it however I do believe you could substitute broccoli (or other veggies) for the cauliflower in this recipe.

Fried Cauliflower


  • 1 head of cauliflower, washed and cut into small chunks
  • 1 box of House of Autry Medium Hot breading mix (you could probably use another kind but this is what we use)
  • 1 c. buttermilk or water
  • oil for frying


Line a plate with paper towels.

Heat the oil in a large skillet or deep fryer.

Dip the cauliflower in the water or buttermilk.

Then coat in the breading mix.

Drop the coated veggies into the hot oil and fry 3-5 minutes until golden brown.

Drain the veggies on the plate and enjoy!

Try these with this Cajun Dipping Sauce. ** link will update soon

Crockpot Chicken Joes

We all like Sloppy Joes but have you tried them with chicken instead of hamburger? Well my kids love this and my littlest one calls them ‘Chicken Joes’. They are so easy to put together and I almost always have the ingredients in my pantry and freezer to throw these together.

Crockpot Chicken Joes


  • 3 – 4 chicken breasts, uncooked
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can  Sloppy Joe Sauce (We normally use the original but the BBQ is good as well.)
  • 1 small onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped (optional)


Place chicken in the bottom of the crockpot.

Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken.

Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or low for 7 hours.

We like to eat this on buns with french fries or sometimes over pasta with a salad.

Apple Crisp in a Crockpot

I love apple crisp. This recipe always takes me back to when I was young.


Apple filling:

  • 1 c.  brown sugar
  • 1/2 c.  sugar
  • 5 large apples, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 t. cinnamon

Crumb Topping:

  • 2/3 c. oats
  • 2/3 c. brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 3-4 T. butter, softened
  • 1 t. vanilla


Mix together the apple filling ingredients. Spread onto bottom of slow cooker.

Mix together the crumb topping ingredients until blended. Sprinkle over top of the apples.

Cover and cook on low for 4 hours, or high for 2 hours.

Turn off the crockpot and let sit, covered, for one hour so the caramel can thicken.

Enjoy as it is or with some vanilla ice cream.