Thankful For...

There's so much I'm thankful for. Just to name a few:

Homegrown tomatoes
Homemade Bread and the People Who Eat It

My kids' artwork: Here, three guys are jump roping for exercise. Created by Little Man.
Have a blessed weekend!
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Ooh La La: Coconut Love

Hi All! I hope you all are having a fabulous day! Oh happy day here in the home of coconut land ;-) ! I just got a jar of some coconut oil from Tropical Traditions. It is indeed a happy day!

Let me explain...I am a coconut lover. They are simply amazing things,those coconuts. I don't just devour them, I multi-use them. Smoothies, coconut water, coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut milk...you name it. If it is coconut related I am usually on board.

So, what do I mean when I say "I multi-use" coconuts? Well, I moisturize with coconut oil, too. It is my skin moisture-quencher of choice. Not just because it makes me think I am on some tropical island somewhere warm and sunny..it's also because I find it to be a healthier alternative to lotions and the such on my skin.  Years ago I was not concerned about what I put on my skin (with the exception of  during my pregnancies). This included makeup and lotions. After doing a great deal of research I discovered all of the nasties in commercial products and have chosen to ban them from my daily skin regimen. I'm so happy I did. Then I discovered coconut oil...the rest is history!

So, now I keep a small jar of coconut oil in my bathroom for my hair as well as my skin. Coconut oil is absolutely fabulous!! Softens so sweetly!!

Next in line to try: coconut flour. I've come across so many yummy-sounding recipes around the blog world that I must try it..I have a feeling that coconut flour will become a favorite as coconuts have such a great track record with me. Yes yes...thus the Twitter name: 'coconutkelly'.

Okay...so back to my mail goodie!! The virgin coconut oil I received from Tropical Traditions is super tasty, in fact, it is my favorite coconut oil to date. Bursting with coconut flavor...much more so than others I have tried. I give this virgin oil a thumbs up! The size, too, is a perfect amount as I use coconut oil frequently. And for the price you get a lot of bang for your buck!

Looking for some recipes for coconut? I was so excited to find this resource for coconutty recipes: COCONUT RECIPES

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.

Also...Thanks to Lindsay over at the Cotter Crunch blog and Tropical Traditions I have just tried for the first time some Tropical Traditions awesome coconut peanut butter! Wow! This stuff is amazing! I absolutely love peanut butter and coconuts. My taste buds danced when I tried this fabulous combination. Smooth and creamy. I can only imagine how wonderful it will be when I bake and top things with it. Seriously, I was so excited to have this in my possession that I just whipped out a spoon and enjoyed the creamy goodness straight from the jar. Yu-umm-y! Oh, do I have plans for this jar of yumminess. This jar won't last long as my ideas are flooding my mind as I type! Baking, smothered on toast...hmmm, where would I stop? ;-)

More coconutty news: I love coconuts so much that I have now changed the name of my blog to reflect that..so, now my blog name is now 'Coconuts and Freckles'. I am sure by now that you notice I am sooo indecisive with the name of the blog. Hahaha! I can be so exhausting, huh? That's what my husband thinks, too. ;-)  I'm sticking with this name, though..In fact, I asked my son and he said he liked the new name better. So, here we go...hold on tight! He was excited that his opinion mattered so much. It does!!

So, what do you think of coconut oil? What brands do you use? Also, have you tried coconut peanut butter yet? 
For those of you who are attending the Healthy Living Summit this weekend...I hope you all have a great time. Wish I could go,too! I am striving for next year!! 
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