Tuesday, July 31, 2012

{recipe} Italian Style Swai

I've mentioned in the past that Swai is my newer favorite budget friendly white fish. I've been experimenting with recipes since I found it in abundance in our Mid-West supermarkets over a year ago. Swai is a sweet, mild, flaky fillet that is super hearty and amazing for any dish that requires longer cooking times. Where a fish like Tilapia will dry out after 15 minutes of cooking, swai is best when cooked 30 minutes or longer, making it an easy protein replacement in a lot of traditionally non-fish dishes.

This recipe is a super easy, healthy play on an Italian Parmesan dish. It is also incredibly forgiving, making it easy to omit or add alternate ingredients. The swai is replacable with boneless, skinless chicken breast and other proteins, including vegetarian replacements like veggie chik'n patties or slices of tofu.

2 large swai fillets -or- 4 smaller fillets
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 fresh squeezed lime
1 teaspoon Italian Seasonings
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 small onion
2 large tomatoes
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 box {8 ounces} whole grain angel hair pasta

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and spray a glass baking pan with non stick cooking spray. Lay your fish fillets in a single layer in the baking pan. Dice up the tomato and onion. In a large bowl, mix the diced onion and tomato with the extra virgin olive oil, fresh lime juice, white wine, Italian seasonings, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Stir gently and pour the mixture evenly over the fish fillets in the baking pan. Sprinkle the bread crumbs on top, then the parmesan cheese. Bake in your preheated oven for 40 minutes.

With 15 minutes of cooking time left on the fish, cook your pasta, drain and toss a small amount onto each plate. Top the pasta with a heaping serving of fish and the tomato, onion and garlic wine sauce. This Recipe Serves 4-6...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

New! and End of Season


Café con leche
A stunning soap creation with rustic Spanish flair - an incredibly warm and comforting blend of espresso and scalded coconut milk, with an undertone of rich planifolia vanilla. It is then steeped and topped with an extra dash of hand ground unroasted Costa Rican Coffee. This bold, buttery, coffee and milk blend is amazing any time of day or year.

Coconut Castile Solid Shampoo
One of our best selling limited edition blends - An enticing mix of creamy, smooth coconut milk and rich, moisturizing olive oil. This is a very special recipe created to gently cleanse and condition.

Lemongrass and Goats Milk Solid Shampoo
A bright and invigorating mix of lemongrass with a slight undertone of lavender, all blended with creamy goats milk. Created to nourish, deeply moisturize, soothe, soften and aid in the development of superior scalp health for lustrous hair. 

Sugared Pecan Solid Shampoo
A super rich blend of pecan, caramelized brown sugar and the soft buttery aromas of unrefined cocoa and shea. Made up of a delicate cleansing blend of coconut and sunflower oils. Soy protein is added to nourish and moisturize, sugar to soothe and soften and is naturally colored with cocoa powder.

Nag Champa Solid Shampoo
A raw aromatherapy blend of pure sandalwood balanced with patchouli, citrus, vanilla, lavender, jasmine and rose. This is a very traditional smooth and creamy earthy scent blend.

Sugared Pecan Solid Conditioner
This new natural handmade solid conditioner edition is a super rich blend of pecan, caramelized brown sugar and the soft buttery aromas of unrefined cocoa and shea. Chrysanthemum extract, rose flower water, fruit extracts, rich oils of macadamia, jojoba and avocado and a natural colorant of ground cocoa powder finish off this hair and scalp loving solid conditioner. This conditioning bar will tone, soothe, repair, protect and moisturize.

Nag Champa Solid Conditioner
This all natural handmade solid conditioner is a raw aromatherapy blend of pure sandalwood balanced with patchouli, citrus, vanilla, lavender, jasmine and rose. This is a very traditional smooth and creamy earthy scent blend that helps to aid in relaxation.

End of Season

Pomegranate Cherry Solid Conditioner
A stunning, limited edition, fruity floral union of bright pomegranate, currant, and floral cherry blossom and magnolia - a very fresh and clean essential oil blend. Only a few left in stock - scheduled to be replaced with one of our fall blends.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Adventures of Frugal Mom

Melissa, fellow mother of 3 girls and fabulously frugal blogger - recently had the opportunity to take the Milk & Honey Naturals brand for a spin. What did she try?? A Sampler Lover's Grab Bag assortment of handmade soaps, solid shampoos, facial and shaving bars. You too can browse the assortment of sampler sets in the Milk & Honey Naturals Etsy Shop by clicking HERE.

Click Here to Read about Melissa's Experience


Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Gourmet Soap Gift Sets

Make a long lasting impression with these thoughtful gifts. Each hand wrapped and custom tagged soap gift offers the ability to share one -or- two uniquely beautiful handmade product created with pure, loving ingredients, packaged with a modern flare.

Each gift set includes custom penmanship in the included gift tag.

For ease, both the single and double gift sets automatically come with the new season’s best selling handmade soap blends -but- in case you had your eye on something particular, each gift set is completely customizable.

Gourmet Soap Gift

Saturday, July 21, 2012

{recipe} Mini Raspberry Cream Cookies

This is my absolute crowd pleasing favorite recipe. It's a self dreamt twist on an old classic my mother taught me, her mother taught her, and so on - The Big Cookie. What started out enormous is tidied up, refined and modernized. It is ridiculously easy and in one bright and refreshing bite, says I care. The compliments are endless if you bring these little guys to your next get together.

1 log Pillsbury sugar cookie dough
50 fresh raspberries
1 package cream cheese, left out to room temp
1 cup sugar

  • Variations: You can also go 100% homemade by making your own from scratch cookie dough. The fruit is also easily exchangeable. Some other favorites of mine are blackberries, strawberry slices or kiwi.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Divide the cookie dough log in half.  Press each half into a greased cookie sheet {you'll need 2} in a 1/4 inch thin layer, keeping the dough about 1 inch from the edge for room to expand. Bake them until just baked and barely lightly golden. Remove the cookie pizzas from the oven and pat them lightly with a spatula to make them fall and flatten out a bit.

Let them cool just enough so that they are cuttable, but not starting to harden; approximately 10 minutes. With either a 1 inch, or 1.5 inch round cookie cutter {you can also use a shot glass}, cut all of your mini cookies and set aside to cool completely.

Mix together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. It only takes a minute or two. Spread the icing onto each mini cookie, then top all of the iced mini cookies with 1 fresh raspberry. Voila! Easy as...well, cookies!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Milk & Honey Naturals Giveaway

It's finally here!! Milk & Honey Naturals special giveaway to celebrate the Senior Partner's {that'd be me!} big 30th birthday!

About Milk & Honey Naturals
Milk & Honey Naturals is a family business. My name is CourtneyJo - I'm the creator, designer, photographer, organizer, writer, hands on maker, accountant and dreamer behind the brand. At Milk & Honey Naturals you will find a full range of unique body, face and hair care products created with naturally occurring ingredients. Each and every item in the shop is made the old fashioned way - by hand and in small batches, making each piece completely unique from any other. Our hub is located in Kansas City, MO, supplying our products to retail customers and wholesale buyers around the world.

It is our highest priority to source the finest raw, organic and natural ingredients we can find from reputable sources -Near- To support local business and cut down on shipping pollution as much as possible -And Far- For the unique and hard to find. All of the products are environmentally friendly and produced, biodegradable and priced responsibly to offer the finest, affordable natural body care.

The inspiration for all of the handmade products is drawn from travel, food, drink and nature. Our family loves to travel and I’m a complete foodie. I like to take the things that I smell, taste, touch and see and recreate them with my own interpretation so that I can keep them with me always. While my ideas come together organically through sensory inspiration, each and every piece in the Milk & Honey Naturals shop serves a special purpose.

I love that I can share my experiences, creativity, culture and love for life through my handmade natural products while simultaneously supporting general health and well-being.

A Special Gift for Everyone
As a thank you and special birthday gift for everyone's patronage, new and old, we're offering a 10% discount code to be used on any and all orders during the entire month of July: Code JULY10 - use at check out in the Milk & Honey Naturals Etsy shop.

The Prize
A specially put together gourmet gift set with a value over $100. This set includes a little of everything from the entire Milk & Honey Naturals line: 4 handmade body soaps, 2 solid shampoo bars, 2 solid conditioner bars, 1 Cocoa Cream solid lotion, 1 Citronella Cream solid lotion repellent, 1 solid parfum, 1 creamy lip embellishment, a duo {2} of Facial Purifying Bars, 1 silken shave bar and a Sunflower Aloe facial cream.

How to Enter
Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter -with- many extra entry opportunities given for following The Everything Soap Blog via GFC, tweeting about this giveaway, liking our Facebook Page and following via Twitter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway This giveaway will run from today to Friday August 31st at midnight, Eastern Standard Time. Good Luck!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

{recipe} Easy Chik'N Pot Pie

Whether you're vegetarian, or just looking to load up on some much needed veggies and plant proteins, this little self created recipe based on a Bisquick chicken classic is sure to please even the most finicky of eaters.

8 ounces Morningstar Farms Veggie Chik'N Strips, diced
1 and 2/3 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 {10 ounce} can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup Bisquick
1/2 cup milk
1 egg

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix together your chik'N, thawed veggies and cream of mushroom soup. Spread the mixture into bottom of non greased 9 inch round glass pie pan. In a separate bowl, mix the Bisquick, milk and egg. Pour the Bisquick mixture on top of the mixture in the pie pan and spread evenly. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the top turns golden brown. Enjoy!!