Cooking for the Holidays with Essential Oils


I love using essential oils while cooking. Whether I’m making a morning protein shake, cooking up vegetables, Italian foods and even in a marinades of all types. Essential oils are a great way to enhance the flavor of your foods, and even come in handy when you run out of a favorite spice.



Turkey Injection Sauce

Let’s talk Turkey! Turkey is our second main course here at home, and usually only made when we have guests for the holidays. But I know this is the showstopper for most families over Thanksgiving. I hope someone decides to give this a try, and reports back with their thoughts, because I think this will be a real winner. I’m all about brining, basting, injecting, and filling the turkey with a bounty of fragrant lemons, apples, herbs, onions and garlic to boost the flavor, and keep the bird moist. I don’t use stuffing in my turkey, because I feel that it draws some of the juice and flavor out of the bird. So this method would totally be up my alley.


Orange Glazed Honey Ham

This year we opted to go with Beef Wellington for Thanksgiving. However, Ham is usually the preferred thanksgiving main course in our home, and will likely be made for Christmas this year. I love the smell, taste, and caramelization you get from combining orange with cloves and cinnamon. These three essential oils will definitely be ‘essential’ for our next ham.


Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are one of my husband’s favorite side dishes. I seem to try a new style every time I make them. I’m going to add this to my always growing list of options. They sound perfect for a festive meal.



Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Lovers, be sure to check this recipe out. It combines the warming spice of Cinnamon Bark with the brightness of Lemon.

A little note on Lemon, IMO it’s one of the most versatile essential oils to use in cooking. I always have back-up of this. A couple drops in my morning protein shake, added to lightly steamed or sauteed green vegetables, cooking with poultry, and my favorite – in deserts. It’s an all around go-to oil that does a great job of lifting the flavor of whatever you add it to.


Southern Corn Bread Stuffing
Stuffing, this is seriously my downfall. I love all types of stuffing, and have yet to try one I didn’t like. However, I remember how my mom was always very particular that it had to be made how grandma prepared it. I get it, stuffing recipes – like Aunt Bettie’s pie crust, are often handed down through the generations. But if you’re still coming up with “your recipe”, give the one below a try. You can also substitute the “like ingredients” in your stuffing recipe with the essential oils below.


Lemon Butter Green Beans
This is actually one of my favorite ways to make green beans. The lemon is the perfect compliment, and also make the beans the perfect compliment to any poultry or fish meal.




The Ultimate Gravy

Good Gravy, do I love gravy! I rarely make rich and heavy foods throughout the year, but come holiday time – all bets are off. Gravy is good on everything thanksgiving, well – maybe not pie, and this recipe sounds like a powerhouse of flavor. Yum!!!





Homemade Cranberry Sauce

A new twist on an old favorite. I LOVE Homemade cranberry sauce. Don’t serve it from the can, put the time in and make it awesome. This recipe might even cut a few steps out of the work, for you.



Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie. Wow, that brings back memories. My cousins and I used to challenge each other on how fast we could eat it, like it was a contest. I remember one year, my younger cousin put an entire piece in his mouth at once. Hands down, he was the winner. I’ll never forget that.
Anyway, check out the warm and spicy essential oils to use in this recipe: Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, Clove & Ginger. All the amazing flavors you expect in a good pumpkin pie. Give it a try this year, and let us know what you think.


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Family Reunion

This weekend, we took a family trip to visit my husband’s parents and his extended family. Cousins from Wisconsin and Seattle also flew in with their families, to join in the festivities, and make it a family reunion. We missed seeing a couple of family members, but for the most part, everyone was there. Throughout our trip, we took trips out to the local winery and brewery, but the highlight was getting a chance to see our nephew’s first baby, Keegan. He is simply perfect in every way.

Here is a picture of most of us out on the Family Farm in Augusta, MO.



Bob & Ellen (far right), my mother and father in law, run and manage the orchards from their century+ old farm in Augusta, MO. If ever you’re in the area, be sure to call to see what’s in season. They have large orchards filled with various apples, peaches and berries throughout the year, and of course pumpkin season is always fun on the farm. Throughout the year, Ellen makes and sells a wide variety of preserves, and her apple butter is hands down the best I’ve ever had! You can contact them through their website to place orders to ship direct.

Augusta also has several wineries, shops, and bed & breakfast locations. My favorite stop in town is Kate’s Coffee. The owners are so nice and accommodating to guests, and they have a large variety of fresh baked quiche’s and sandwich offerings daily. Their coffee is fantastic, but just a bit more special since they serve it in a french press. After you’re done there, check out the antique and home decor shop up the street. Just beautiful. You can also peek in and see the studio and work of Sam Stang, an incredible glassware artist, who features handblown work in galleries across the country.

Life Update & Renewed Focus

Sadness, Joy & Life In Between.

A little over a month ago, I lost my mom. She was only 61 years old at the time. After years of failing health and continued illness, her body finally gave in. We were fortunate enough to be able to take the boys to see her before she passed. I know they still can’t fully comprehend what happened, but as they get older, I think they will appreciate having the opportunity to say goodbye. Here’s a picture of my mom, with us at our wedding in 2003.

While we were prepared for this for some time, you’re never really quite prepared for the impact it has on you, emotionally or physically. I’ve spent the better part of the past month reflecting on life, and how to make it better not just for myself, but for my family. Shortly before my mom passed, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, osteoarthritis, and an under-active and enlarged thyroid (no tumors present).  Adding all of this together, it really become a stressful situation.

Taking stock of life: where I am, where I want to be, and what I want to do be a better wife, mother and individual became a primary focus. This prompted some fairly swift changes in our home. I stepped aside from a number of community service and school related committee responsibilities, and decided I needed to take better care of what I put in to my body, exercise more, and go back to doing things that help relieve my stress, so that I would be a happier and healthier person for myself and my family.

As a result of these changes, you will likely see this blog evolve a bit. I’m still focusing on essential oils, it will always remain an import part of our life and health focus. But I will begin expanding to share more on other health related topics (diet and exercise), and hobbies that bring happiness to my life. Soon you will begin to see posts on projects we are working on in our home, as well as some of the sewing or craft projects that I enjoy. I hope my regular followers stay with me, as I move forward – and contribute their ideas and input in the comments section. You can also follow me on instagram @katrak13 or the Daily Dose of Joy on Facebook.

Thank you all for your support over the past year.