The aroma of ginger brings to mind many cherished holiday memories. Here at Seed, ginger essential oil is a favorite to use in our blends. It's warm, spicy and blends well with so many other oils. People tend to love ginger, so we're sharing some of our favorite ginger finds in today's gift guide.
Ginger + Chocolate? Yes, please!
Photo credit: Hedonist Artisan Chocolates
Hedonist Artisan Chocolates is a small business based in Rochester, NY. Everything is exquisite, with a beautiful presentation. If your gift recipient is a fan of ginger, you cannot go wrong with the Pistachio Ginger Bark. It is absolutely delicious!
Copper Mugs for Moscow Mules
Photo credit: The Old Corner Store
Benjamin here at (seed) happens to like Moscow Mules. When I first heard the name Moscow Mule, I wasn't sure if we were talking about a shoe style or an animal, but it is really just a splendid drink made of vodka, lime and gingerbeer. It dates back to the 1940's and is traditionally served in a copper mug. The Old Corner Store on Etsy has copper mugs that they customize, making a special gift for your favorite Moscow Mule fan.
A ginger blend -- Your way
Customize a gift with ginger!
1) Start with (seed)’s naturally plant-based, ultra-effective products. 2) Choose your favorite essential oils (up to three to blend per product) 3) Enjoy healthy, customized body care every day.
Ginger essential oil blends so well with other oils -- from grapefruit and orange to ylang ylang. Ginger is warm and spicy and it can be balanced out with juicy citrus or be made into a "manly" scent creation.
Not sure what to blend? Let me help! Email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you create your perfect blend. We can take some of the guesswork out of blending so you can have a stress-free shopping experience.
A yummy ginger homemade gift
These are my ginger cakes with a generous helping of whipped cream.
Do you like to bake? I do. Every year around the holidays, I make Gingerbread Cakes. I put them in mini loaf pans and wrap them up beautifully for gift giving. Here is the recipe:
My Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cakes
(makes 4 mini cakes in 3 X 5 loaf pans)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup molasses
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 t. vanilla extract
1 cup orange juice
Simmer orange juice over medium heat. While simmering, cream the butter and sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Add the egg. Stir in molasses and sour cream.
In a separate large mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Add the first bowl of moist ingredients. Now add in orange juice and stir.
Pour into four 3 X 5 bread pans which have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes, checking often as ovens vary.
I serve this two ways. I either whip up some heavy cream with Grand Marnier or use some homemade Lemon Curd. Recipes follow.
Grand Marnier Whipped Cream
Using 1 cup of heavy whipping cream in a chilled mixing bowl with chilled beaters, add Grand Marnier. The amount depends on how strong you wish your cream to be. I use 1-2 teaspoons. Add in 2-3 tablespoons of white sugar and beat on low speed for 30 seconds.
Now change to medium-high and beat the cream until soft peaks have formed.
Serve over warm gingerbread and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Lemon Curd (Recipe used is a favorite I found on All Recipes. It will keep in mason jars for a few weeks when kept chilled.)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
To make: In the top of a double boiler, beat eggs and sugar. Stir in lemon juice, butter and lemon peel. Cook over simmering water for 15 minutes or until thickened.
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Summer means sundresses, shorts, swimwear, and exposed skin. Most of us spend more time shaving our legs to keep them silky and smooth, but end up with occasional nicks, cuts, and razor burn. We are here to share our 5best shaving tipsfor a better shave this summer.
Prevent ingrown hairs with exfoliation.
We've talked about the skin care benefits of exfoliation before. Removing dead skin cells is essential, as flakes that have collected around the hair follicles will complicate your shave. If you have do not regularly exfoliate, this accumulation of dead skin cells will ultimately lead to ingrown hairs. Be sure to apply a body scrub regularly in the shower (but never right after shaving).
Don't shave right when you step into the shower.
Skin care experts agree: wait at least 3 minutes after being in the shower or tub to shave your legs. Why? It is important for the hair to be hydrated for an easier, tug-free shave. Go ahead and shampoo and condition your hair, wash your face, and then save the shave for later.
After agray and rainy spring, it is finally beginning to feel as it should -- like we are heading into summer! I love the feeling of soaking up the rays, but sun smarts are essential for your skin.
The sun's UV rays can greatly impact the condition of the skin. While sitting with our faces toward the sun makes us feel so good, it is important to remember that we have to be vigilant about our sun care.
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