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Monday, September 29, 2014

My review of Young Living Essential Oils

Holla!

It has been ages since I've posted so its time!  I want to give my opinion of Young Living essential oils/company.  I have been doing research about essential oils for over a year now and this past May I finally signed up with Young Living.  I ordered the starter kit which includes 10 oils, a diffuser, some sample size oils to give to friends and family and an extra oil, in my case it was Stress Away.  The cost for this kit was $150 and I was fine with that.  I quickly signed up with their essential rewards program that allows you to earn points to spend on products when you place your required 50 pv per monthly order.  That was okay with me too.  I ordered another kit, the golden touch, and some other oils that I wanted to try.  That was great.

I joined several Facebook pages dedicated to YL oils and their use, which was fine.  I quickly realized that some of these groups did not allow any type of negative comments about YL oils AT ALL.  Comments were removed.  You cannot speak negative words about YL or their products.  I found this to be a little annoying.  Maybe I wasn't there the day they passed out the YL kool-aid...but I just need to say what I need to say, so I did.

I continued to do research and even attended a doTerra party to see what they were all about, which turned out to be essentially the same thing.  Both companies say they are the best, their oils are the only "therapeutic grade" oils that can be taken internally.  Both make claims about purity and both tell you do not buy any other brand, EVER!  Both have a monthly membership program that earns points that can be "spent" on their products.  And both companies are Multi-Level Marketing companies, yes a dreaded MLM or pyramid.

The problem I found with YL is that a lot of pressure is put on growing your down line.  I know not every up line is the same, but I found that actually educating new members about the oils they are buying was lacking.  Another thing that really bothers me is that when you order your starter kit it does not come with a concise book that tells you how and when to use your new oils, or in what situations you should not use certain oils.  If you are going to use even the basic oils you need to know this information.  Some oils should never be used on children or babies.  Some can cause a reaction with medications you may be taking, and the list goes on.

Anyway, as of today, I have spent my ER points and canceled my membership to YL.  I have found an essential oil company that I like that is not a MLM company so I will be using them from now on.  The company I have chosen is Native American Nutritionals, and yes they will provide all the scientific testing and most of their oils are derived from certified organic or wild grown plants.  I'm sure there are many out there that will have negative comments about NAN, but that's okay.  We all have a right to our opinion.

Essential oils are wonderful and can have great health benefits if you know how to use them.  If you choose to use essential oils, please educate yourself and seek advice from a certified aromatherapist if possible.  And remember, just because someone who sounds important at a YL or DT essential oil party says its okay for you to use an oil a certain way, always, always look it up yourself.  There are many great books on the subject and many great websites with tons of information.

What I don't like about YL:
1. Even if you don't join their ER program you are still required to purchase a minimum of 50 pv per year in product.
2. If you are a member of their ER program you are required to purchase a minimum of 50 pv per MONTH in product.  This adds up to about $63 per month plus shipping and tax.
3. Their started kit does not include a desk reference that tells you how and when to use the oils.
4. Members can be pressured to recruit new members to grow their down line.
5. I have seen a lack of education in every level of member.  I'm not saying I know everything either, but I have seen some really scary questions answered with some really scary answers.  Sometimes even stupid answers.
6. It is almost impossible to contact customer service at YL.  Their phone help is a joke and the chat is terrible too.  I spent THREE hours today waiting in the chat line to chat with a rep to use my ER points and cancel my membership.  Yes, three hours.....and it wasn't the first time I've waited that long.  And they rarely respond to emails.
7. YL products are more expensive than non MLM companies.  I'm sure this is because they have to pay all those commissions in the pyramid.
8. Because this is a Multi-Level Marketing company, when you join you are required to give them you social security number.  This is because every member is viewed as a self-employed member who will grow a business with YL.

And that's just my opinion.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Crock pot skirt steak

Serves 2

1/2 pound skirt steak
1- 10 ounce can rotel
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium bell pepper, diced
1 T. Ketchup
1 T. Your favorite steak sauce
Two shakes of garlic powder, chili powder and salt and pepper. 

Mix everything except steak in crock pot. Lay steak on top. Cook on low 4 to 6 hours. Serve on tortillas or over rice. 


Friday, June 28, 2013

Buckwheat pancakes

I've been listening to "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the description of Almanzo making buckwheat pancakes made me want to try them. They are delicious!
I topped mine with real maple syrup. My dogs were very interested in what I was eating, and they each got one after I had mine. 
The recipe:
3/4 cup buckwheat flour
3/4 cup self rising flour
2.5 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1-1/4 cup milk
2 egg whites
3 tablespoons melted butter or margarine

In a large bowl add flours, baking powder, salt and sugar. Stir with a whisk to mix. 
Add the milk, egg whites and melted butter or margarine and mix till smooth. 
Cook on a griddle using about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake. Brown on both sides and spread a little butter or margarine on each pancake as they get done. Top with your favorite syrup, Almanzo used molasses, I used maple syrup.  Enjoy!

Yield: 10 to 14 pancakes. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Freezer Burritos

I love burritos, but I hate the ones you buy in the freezer section at the grocery store, so I tried making my own frozen burritos and it works very well!  I usually make a dozen at a time and take half to work with me to put in the freezer there.  Pop one in the microwave for a minute or two and YUMMY!  I really like that I know what is in it and I can customize it any way I choose.

 My fillings:
Spanish rice; I made it in my rice cooker
Ground beef, browned and seasoned
1 can chili beans
Shredded cheese
Sour cream mixed with my homemade salsa; you can use your favorite

I wrapped the whole stack of tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwaved them together for a minute.  Then, one at a time, I placed them on foil and filled and rolled.
Place the burritos into a freezer bag or the bag that the tortillas came in, put the date on it and put  in the freezer.  I have done this at least 10 times now!  I love that I have an instant meal when I'm tired and don't feel like cooking.  They heat up beautifully in the microwave.

I actually use pre-cut foil wrappers.  You can find them at Dollar General on their $1 isle.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pioneer Woman's Olive Cheese Bread - OH MY GOODNESS!!!

We had our Christmas Eve party this year as pot-luck and I decided to give Pioneer Woman's Olive Cheese Bread a try.  The recipe is dead simple.  Let me just say what everyone at the party said "Oh my goodness!!!  This bread is the BOMB!  Give me the recipe!"  And it was the bomb and I suppose it should be, with almost a pound of cheese and a full stick of butter...

This is NOT my photo.  It was gone too fast to even think about getting one, haha.  This photo is straight from the Pioneer Woman's website.  She gets full credit here!  Click here to visit Pioneer Woman's website.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French Bread
  • 6 ounces, weight Pimiento-stuffed Green Olives
  • 6 ounces, weight Black Olives
  • 2 stalks Green Onions (scallions)
  • 1 stick Butter, Room Temperature
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 3/4 pounds Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated

Preparation Instructions

Roughly chop both black olives and pimiento-stuffed green olives. Slice green onions into thin pieces.
Combine butter, mayonnaise, cheese, olives and green onions in a mixing bowl. Stir together until thoroughly combined. Spread mixture onto French bread that has been sliced lengthwise. Bake at 325ºF for 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and browning.
Mixture can also be refrigerated (up to two days) and used as a dip. Great with crackers.
Thank you Ree "Pioneer Woman" for this wonderful recipe that we will definitely make again and again.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Crock Pot Mongolian Beef or Chicken

Ingredients:

1.5 pounds beef, cubed.  I used sirloin, but you can use stew meat, round steak or whatever you have or is on sale.
1 Tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 to 3 Tablespoons corn starch
1 onion chopped
1 Tablespoon Sriracha sauce, optional

Into your crock pot add the oil, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, water, brown sugar, chopped onion and sriracha sauce, stir to combine.  Coat your meat cubes in the cornstarch and add to the pot.  Cook on HI 2 to 3 hours or on LOW 4 to 5 hours till done.  Serve over rice.  Garnish with green onion, peanuts or whatever you like.  This recipe was super simple and was good.  I thought it tasted pretty close to what I've had at an Oriental Restaurant.
You could also use chicken, but the cook time may be shorter.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Make ahead Manicotti - Super Easy

What you need:

1 box Manicotti noodles
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce, I used Prego
1 can of diced or crushed tomatoes, I used home canned crushed
1/2 carton of cottage cheese
1 carton ricotta cheese
1 egg
shredded cheese to taste any kind
1 teaspoon Parsley flakes - optional
Chili Powder to taste - optional

In a bowl combine ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, parsley flakes, 1/2 cup shredded cheese and egg.  Mix well.  In a bowl or pitcher combine spaghetti sauce, canned of diced tomatoes with liquid and chili powder to taste (I probably used 1 to 2 teaspoons) and stir.

Spray pans with a non-stick spray and pour about 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce mixture into the bottom and spread around.  With a spoon, fill the manicotti noodles UNCOOKED.  Line up in pans.  Spoon remaining filling around if there is any.  Pour the remaining sauce over top, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight.  If you are freezing cover with plastic wrap and then foil and place in freezer.

To bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake 30 to 40 minutes or until bubbly.  Top with shredded cheese and put back in oven to melt.  Remove, let it set uncovered for 10 minutes and serve.  For this recipe to work it must sit at least 8 hours before baking.  To cook right away, you would need to cook the noodles before filling.

 I forgot to add the egg...I just noticed!  Still tasted great though :)
 Make sure to cover as much of the noodles as you can.  You should have plenty of sauce.  And of course you can use a homemade sauce.
I put two trays of 5 in the freezer for later and baked one tray with 4 the next evening.