Cranberry Sauce & Cream Cheese Dip

Cranberry sauce is a popular Thanksgiving dish, but it is one of those items that is too often just eaten from a can. If you’ve never tried to make your own cranberry sauce, then make a goal to try it this Thanksgiving! It’s so easy and tastes infinitely better than what you get from a can. Plus, you can add essential oils to increase the already tasty flavor and health benefits!

Cranberry Sauce

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) honey
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) orange juice
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) fresh cranberries
  • 1 toothpick cassia or cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop orange essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Bring sugar, honey, water, and orange juice to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add cranberries. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10–15 minutes or until sauce thickens. Smash cranberries with the back of a spoon, if desired.
  3. Remove from heat, and allow to cool completely before stirring in the essential oils.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


This cranberry sauce also makes a fantastic dip! If you have any left over after your Thanksgiving feast, spread it over some cream cheese, and set it out with some crackers. It’ll be gone before you know it!
If you only have a little left, you can always add some extra ingredients to make it spread a little further. Here are a few flavor combination ideas:

Basic Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip: leftover cranberry sauce, cream cheese. Spread cream cheese into a shallow bowl. Spread the cranberry sauce on top.

White Cheddar Cranberry Dip: leftover cranberry sauce, grated white cheddar cheese, cream cheese, fresh cranberries. Mix it all up, and heat in the oven until bubbly.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Salsa: leftover cranberry sauce, minced jalapeno pepper (seeds removed), 1 toothpick cilantro essential oil (or chopped fresh cilantro), 1 toothpick cumin essential oil, green onions, cream cheese. Spread cream cheese in a shallow bowl. Mix remaining ingredients, and spread over cream cheese.

Crunchy Cranberry Dip: leftover cranberry sauce, celery, green onions, chopped walnuts, cream cheese. Spread cream cheese in a shallow bowl. Mix remaining ingredients, and spread over cream cheese.

No matter how you enjoy your cranberry sauce, this recipe is a must-try this Thanksgiving!

Harvest Turkey Sloppy Joes

These Harvest Turkey Sloppy Joes put a fun autumn twist on the average sloppy joe. You’ll love the rich flavor, and your body will thank you for the healthier ingredients! Everyone who tried this recipe gave it a big thumbs up!

Harvest Turkey Sloppy Joes

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. (450 g) ground turkey (for a vegan option, substitute this with 1 cup [190 g] dried green lentils)
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) coconut oil or avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (210 g) diced butternut squash
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. (2 g) mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. (2 g) ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. (1 g) paprika
  • 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup (245 g) canned pumpkin puree
  • 3–4 Tbsp. (45–60 ml) maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1–2 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 2 drops cumin essential oil
  • 1–2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil

Instructions:

  1. If using lentils: Add the lentils and 2 cups (480 ml) of water to a pot. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 8 minutes. Add in the cubed butternut squash, and simmer until both the squash and lentils are tender, about 7–12 more minutes. Drain any excess water, and set aside.
  2. If using ground turkey: In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add in the ground turkey, onion, and butternut squash, and cook until the turkey is cooked through and the butternut squash is soft (about 7–10 minutes).
  3. Add in the garlic, tomato paste, mustard powder, cumin, and paprika. Sauté for another 30 seconds.
  4. Add in the tomato sauce, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add in the apple cider vinegar, salt, and essential oils. Stir to combine. Remove from the heat, and serve with buns or flatbread, over potatoes, on a salad, or as desired. We enjoyed our sloppy joes with onion slices, lettuce, and avocado on a Kaiser roll.

Autumn Chocolate Brittle

This chocolate brittle is so yummy! Who doesn’t like orange- and cinnamon-flavored chocolate topped with dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds? (If you don’t, then maybe this post isn’t for you—but you are seriously missing out!) This recipe is as healthy as you make it. You can make the chocolate as dark as you please and add lots of dried fruit and seeds to get a good source of antioxidants and fiber, along with the benefits of the essential oils. You can also make this mostly chocolate (sweetened to your preference) and eat it for dessert. Either way you like it, we’ll show you how to make it.

Autumn Chocolate Brittle

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • Chocolate (your favorite bar, or use the recipe below)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1–3 toothpicks cinnamon or cassia essential oil
  • 1–3 toothpicks clove essential oil
  • 1–3 toothpicks orange essential oil
  • Dried cranberries
  • Shelled pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas)
  • Pumpkin pie spice (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (you can spray or oil the baking sheet to help the parchment paper stick to the sheet), and set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate, or make the recipe below.
  3. Add salt and essential oils to taste. Start with a toothpick of each oil, and keep adding until you like the taste.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper, and spread as thin as you like.
  5. Sprinkle the cranberries and pumpkin seeds over the chocolate to your liking.
  6. Sprinkle the chocolate with pumpkin pie spice for a little extra flavoring, if desired.
  7. Let the chocolate come to room temperature; then freeze it until it’s completely solid.
  8. Once solid, use a knife or your hands to break the chocolate into fragments.
  9. Store any leftovers in the freezer or the refrigerator.

Homemade Chocolate

  • Servings: 2–2 1/2 cups (480–600 ml) melted
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 30 cocoa butter wafers (about 2.5 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) cocoa or cacao powder
  • 2–4 Tbsp. (30–60 ml) maple syrup or powdered sugar
  • 3–4 Tbsp. (20–27 g) powdered milk (optional; omit if using maple syrup)

Instructions:

  1. Melt the cocoa butter wafers in a double boiler over medium heat.
  2. Once mostly melted, mix in the rest of the ingredients. Keep stirring until everything is fully melted and combined.
  3. Feel free to taste it and add more maple syrup or sugar if you want it sweeter.

For a healthy dark chocolate version: use cacao powder and maple syrup. Omit the powdered milk.
For a sweeter milk chocolate version: use cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and powdered milk.

Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Delight your tastebuds with the wonderful flavors of autumn that abound in these Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins!

Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins

  • Servings: 9–10
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Muffin Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (120 g) white whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp. (8 g) arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 g) baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 1/2 tsp. (1 g) allspice (optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (142 g) plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (67 g) cane sugar or lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) melted coconut oil
  • 2 cups (200 g) peeled and chopped apple (we used Granny Smith, but you could use sweeter apples)
  • 2–3 drops cinnamon or cassia essential oil
  • 1–2 drops clove essential oil
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) chopped walnuts (optional)

Cinnamon Topping Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. (22.5 g) whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) old-fashioned oats
  • 3 Tbsp. (37.5 g) coarse cane sugar or brown sugar (not packed)
  • 2 Tbsp. (24 g) coconut oil, plus more if needed
  • 1 toothpick cinnamon or cassia essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, arrowroot powder or cornstarch, baking soda, salt, and allspice until combined.
  3. In another bowl, mix together eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract, sugar, and essential oils until well combined.
  4. Melt coconut oil on the stove over low heat.
  5. While the coconut oil is melting, peel and finely chop the apples. Toss chopped apples in with the flour mixture. Stir to coat the apples with the flour mixture before they brown. This step helps with evenly dispersing the apples throughout the muffins.
  6. Pour wet ingredients and melted coconut oil into the flour/apple mixture. Add raisins and walnuts, if desired, and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, or the muffins will turn out dense.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cavities, filling each one about 3/4 full.
  8. Cinnamon Topping: In another bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and coarse cane sugar or brown sugar. Add 2 Tbsp. (24 g) of coconut oil, and stir in a toothpick of cinnamon essential oil. Add a little more coconut oil if too dry or a little more flour or oats if too wet.
  9. Top each muffin with the cinnamon topping.
  10. Fill any empty cavities of the muffin tin with water to ensure even baking.
  11. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  12. Allow muffins to cool for 5–10 minutes before eating.

Essential Oil–Spiced Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving just isn’t the same without pumpkin pie! The essential oils in this recipe give a great flavor to the pie, and you will love adding the cinnamon whipped cream to your slice!

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Essential Oil–Spiced Pumpkin Pie

  • Servings: 16–18 (makes 2 pies)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

Pumpkin Pie Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) melted butter or coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup (160 g) brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. (11 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. (.5 g) nutmeg
  • 4 drops clove essential oil
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil
  • 3 drops cinnamon or cassia essential oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 can (12 fl oz./360 ml) low-fat evaporated milk
  • 1 large can (29 oz./822 g) pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 2 (9-inch/23 cm) uncooked pie crusts

Cinnamon Whipped Cream Ingredients:

  • 1 pint (480 ml) heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (31 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1–2 drops cinnamon essential oil (If you don’t love a lot of cinnamon flavor, add a toothpick at a time until you reach the right amount for you.)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. In mixer bowl, combine butter or oil, sugars, flour, nutmeg, and essential oils. Blend until mixed.
  3. Add eggs and egg white. Blend on high speed for 1 minute. Reduce mixer to low speed, and gradually add evaporated milk. Mix until well blended.
  4. Add pumpkin purée and vanilla extract. Mix again until blended. Pour into unbaked pie shells.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F (175°C); without opening oven door, bake for an additional 50–60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Note: If crust is getting too brown, carefully cover with a foil tent 45 minutes into baking.
  6. Cool pies for 2–3 hours. If you like your pumpkin pie cold, store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  7. For the cinnamon whipped cream, whisk the heavy cream until it starts to form stiff peaks. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon essential oil, and whisk for a few seconds to incorporate into the cream. Taste, and stir in more cinnamon essential oil as needed.
  8. Serve each pie slice with a dollop of cinnamon whipped cream, and enjoy!

Here are a few other recipes to round out your Thanksgiving meal:

Pumpkin Muffins

muffinsThis time of year, everything is pumpkin! Fill your home with the delicious aroma of baking and spices. These muffins are yummy and flavored with essential oils just perfect for the season!

Pumpkin Muffins

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) flour
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) sugar or agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup (48 g) coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (180 g) pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) water
  • 3/4 tsp. (3 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) nutmeg
  • 3 drops clove essential oil
  • 4 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 1/2 cup (85 g) chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).
  2. Mix dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients together.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients just until mixed. Do not over mix.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon into a muffin tin lined with paper muffin cups. Fill each one about 3/4 of the way full.
  6. Bake for 20–25 minutes.

Enjoy with some hot cocoa on a cold day!

 

Class Idea: Make & Take Autumn Room Sprays

Seasons are changing, and autumn time is here. The leaves are changing colors and falling on the ground. Along with these changes, we begin to notice different smells such as apples baking, pumpkins and squashes cooking, and sweet spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger. Maybe you aren’t surrounded by those smells, but wish that you were. Well, we’ve got the solution and essential oils to make it easy for you!

You will love how these room sprays bring the autumn scents into your home! You could just make them for yourself, but why not turn it into an easy essential oil make-and-take class and share the love with others?

The idea for this class is really simple:

  1. Invite all the people you want. Make sure to remind them about the class a week before and the day before, because people really do forget.
  2. Order these items from AromaTools (aromatools.com):
  3. Gather the rest of your materials. These are the other items you will need:
    • Essential oils: cinnamon, ginger, clove, orange, cardamom, rosemary, and patchouli
    • Distilled water
    • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) measuring spoon(s)
    • Scissors (for cutting out the labels)
    • Funnels (helpful, but optional)
  4. Print off these instructions on regular paper and these labels on the blank label sheets from AromaTools.
  5. Prepare a short lesson about essential oils and their benefits. A great topic to discuss is how the essential oils in these sprays have antibacterial properties and can help purify the air and support the immune system. Remember to keep the lesson free of health claims and speak generally of supporting the immune system rather than listing specific conditions if you plan on discussing any business opportunities with an essential oil company. You can find great information for your lesson in Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. Here are a few pages from the 8th Edition to help you get started: pp. 6–10; 28; 29; 218–19; 288.
  6. Make one of each of the sprays listed below before the class so your attendees can try them and choose a scent they would like to make.
  7. Prepare your make-and-take stations. Set up the materials so it is easy for everyone to make their room spray. It is up to you whether or not you charge your attendees for making make one or more sprays, but we suggest allowing each attendee one free spray and charging for extras if they desire more than one. Make sure to have enough instruction sheets to allow each attendee to take one home in case they would like to make any of the other sprays on their own.
  8. Offer refreshments, if desired.

This is a great class to simply give your attendees a little information about essential oils, time for asking questions, and a fun autumn-scented spray to take home with them. If you want to discuss the business side of essential oils, this class is an easy one to do that as well.

Fall Room Sprays

  • Servings: Yield=2 Tbsp. (30 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Pour glycerin and essential oil in the spray bottle; swirl to combine.
  2. Fill the rest of the bottle up with distilled water. Screw the lid on, and shake to mix. If possible, let sit overnight before using to allow the ingredients to integrate.
  3. To use, spray around the room as needed. Do not spray directly in the face.

Essential Oil Autumn Blends:

Pumpkin Spice:
3 drops cinnamon
2 drops ginger
2 drops clove
2 drops orange
1 drop cardamom
Spiced Chai:
3 drops cardamon
2 drops cinnamon
2 drops clove
1 drop ginger
Orange Pomander:
4 drops orange
2 drops clove
2 drops rosemary
Fall Leaves:
6 drops orange
1 drop patchouli
1 drop ginger
Autumn Spice:
4 drops orange
3 drops ginger
2 drops cinnamon
Snickerdoodle:
5 drops orange
2 drops cinnamon
1 drop clove

Beautiful, Scented Fall Leaves

Don’t you love the colors of fall leaves? This is probably one of the best things about the seasons changing! So why not use them for decoration? Dipping the leaves in beeswax actually preserves their color so they can last through the season. We decided to try taking this idea to the next level by adding essential oils! Now you can experience the colors AND scents of fall at the same time!

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When picking leaves for this project, keep in mind that the leaves need to be dead and somewhat dry. Don’t pick them off the tree because they still contain a fair amount of moisture that will cause the leaf to turn brown rather than be preserved in its beautiful color. If you have leaves that are fairly moist (let’s face it—the leaves on the trees are prettier!), then you can dry them by placing them between pages of a book for a couple days before dipping them in beeswax.

Also, if you are doing this project with kids, keep in mind that melted beeswax can be hot and this project can get a little messy; so keep your work area covered in newspaper or wax paper for easier cleanup. One idea for working with children is for an adult to dip the leaves and hand them to the child to shake off the excess beeswax and lay on the wax paper to dry. Children can also help string up the leaves and create garlands.

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For easiest cleanup, allow the beeswax to dry completely; then scrape/peel as much as you can off your dishes and either save for another project (leftover scented beeswax would make a great candle!) or throw in the trash can. Use really hot water to melt the remaining beeswax and wash dishes with soap.

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Scented Fall Leaves

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • Beeswax
  • Essential oils (Some great fall scents include cinnamon, clove, cassia, orange, ginger, cardamom, cedarwood, patchouli, and frankincense)
  • Fall leaves
  • Wax paper
  • String

Instructions:

  1. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, saucepan, slow cooker, paraffin wax bath, or microwave-safe dish. You will want enough beeswax to be at least 1 inch deep. (We used a 2 cup glass measuring cup with 1/3 cup of beeswax placed in a small pot with water to create a double boiler. This amount worked well for the 20–30 small leaves we waxed.)
  2. Once the beeswax is melted, add essential oils to create your desired scent. (We used 2 drops of clove, 2 drops of orange, and 2 drops of cassia for the 1/3 cup of beeswax, and it smelled great!)
  3. Hold the leaves by the stems, and dip them into the beeswax. Make sure to cover the whole leaf.
  4. Gently shake off the excess beeswax, and let the leaf dry for 15–30 seconds before placing on a sheet of wax paper to finish drying.
  5. Note: If the beeswax starts to cool (you’ll notice it gives the leaf a thicker coating when this happens), reheat the beeswax for a minute before continuing. Leaving the beeswax on a low heat source is easiest, but use caution if children are helping.
  6. Once finished with all of your leaves, string them up by tying a little knot around each leaf along a piece of string, or use them in any of your favorite fall decoration ideas.

Extra Idea: