ART Skincare Line Review

I don’t know about y’all, but for years I had a hard time finding facial products that actually had a good effect on my skin. Yes, I’d found some that seemed okay for a few days, but then would come that horrible day when I would wake up to discover that my skin had broken out, and I’d realize that the product I had been using had done more to clog and dry out my skin than to nourish or moisturize it.

I have tried everything from Nuetrogena to expensive brands like Boscia, Murad and Glamglow. The expensive brands worked better than the cheaper ones, but they still weren’t what I’d hoped for. My skin still broke out, and I still felt too dry or too oily. Not to mention the “wrinkles” that are beginning to crop up around my eyes, etc. I needed to find a better way!

The last few months I have been experimenting with using essential oils on my skin. First I used Frankincense with a carrier oil on my skin at night. It did help keep my skin clear and brightened my complexion. It even took away a blue beauty mark I had on my forehead! See picture below.

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Blue Spot gone after applying Frankincense Oil Twice a Day on it!

Then two months ago I bought Young Living’s Essential Beauty Serum. I LOVE this product! It has great essential oils in it like Cedarwood and Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood that nourish and hydrate the skin. A bottle is only $20 too which is a steal! Since I have been using this (1-2 times a day) my skin is softer and smoother.

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And now this past month I have purchased The ART Skincare System by Young Living.
Young Living recognizes the incredible power of essential oils, and uses them in all their skin care products. In the ART line they have added frankincense and sandalwood to reinforce DNA renewal and replenish the skin. They also use the legendary wolfberry seed oil, which is known for its superior moisturizing and skin conditioning properties. Add it all together and you have an amazing formula for a truly unique and effective skin care system!

The ART system comes with a cleanser, a toner and a moisturizer. You can use these products alone, or in combination with other Young Living skincare products. I am still using my Essential Beauty Serum at night and layer the moisturizer on top of that. My skin is really starting to glow and smooth out!

Your skin is your largest organ. Treat it with quality products, and natural if you can.
From a former Sephora o’holic that has tried about every skincare brand out there, trust me when I say that the ART skincare line works. I challenge anyone to try it and not like it. It stands up to the best of them – but without ALL those nasty chemicals!
If you are ready to order click the link below.  It will take you to the Young Living website.  Choose retail or member (best pricing) and follow the prompts.
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Bon Voyage Travel Kit

So you like your Young Living Essential Oils but don’t know what to order next. Let me share a gem I have discovered recently.  Last month I ordered Young Living’s Bon Voyage Travel Kit.  You get 11 airplane carry on approved items for face and body that are packaged in a nice quality travel bag.  When I unboxed it I was amazed at how LARGE some of these items were! It is a great way to try numerous Young Living products at once without having to spend the money on full size versions.  I am loving everything I have tried so far and these items would make great stocking stuffers at Christmas time or to give as part of a gift basket to someone!

Bon Voyage offers 11 Young Living personal-care products inside an attractive, custom-designed, Young Living bag:

  1. Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste, 2 oz.
  2. Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, 29.5ml.
  3. Thieves Dental Floss
  4. Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash, 2 oz.
  5. Young Living branded Toothbrush
  6. Lavender Shampoo, 2 oz.
  7. Lavender Conditioner, 2 oz.
  8. Cinnamint Lip Balm
  9. Morning Start™ Bath & Shower Gel, 2 oz.
  10. Genesis Hand and Body Lotion, 2 oz.
  11. ART Light Face Moisturizer

These travel-sized toiletries make Bon Voyage convenient as well as compact—a perfect size for carry-ons or handbags.

 

Bon Voyage

 

Travel Kit Buy Now
Retail $72.37
Wholesale $55.00

Primary Benefits

  • Safe and effective personal-care products that are infused with Young Living essential oils
  • Convenient and compact for easy travel
  • Branded travel bag with travel-sized toiletries
  • Great gift idea
  • TSA compliant

If you have never purchased Young Living before, the best way to start is to purchase an essential oil kit with diffuser.  It is a great way to get started on your wellness journey and it allows you to get member pricing with Young Living, which is 24% cheaper than Retail pricing!  Click here to order.

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Einkorn Flour: A Wheat for the Gluten Free?

My husband has been gluten free for over 8 years now. In the beginning we were lucky to find one gluten free flour mix at the grocery store. Now there’s pancake mixes, flour mixes, cookies and cakes… and they’re all made with gluten-free ingredients that have been deemed safe.  But what if it didn’t have to so complicated?

What if eating gluten-free was as simple as choosing a better wheat flour?

Scientifically speaking of course, that can’t be true.  By definition, all wheat flours – all-purpose, bread, whole wheat (hard red and soft white), spelt, kamut,, etc. – contain gluten.  It’s how they were created and that’s that.

But the wheat on stores shelves today is NOT the same wheat that we once consumed long ago.  

Like many other foods, wheat has been optimized for the benefit of the farmers, creating bigger yields and disease resistant crops.  However, the changes that benefit the farmers could also be to blame for the recent rise of gluten-free sensitivities, intolerance and celiac disease. (source)

This is bad news across the board, whether you have food allergies or not.

A few months ago we discovered Einkorn Wheat Flour and every time we have cooked with it my husband has NOT gotten sick. This is amazing as he gets sick from food just fried in the same oil as products containing wheat! It has been life changing for us.

What Is Einkorn Wheat?

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Early on in the history of wheat, Einkorn grew wild in the Far East.  Soon thereafter, the first farmers began to plant and harvest Einkorn, making it one of the earliest crops.  As an unmodified, ancient grain, Einkorn contains 14 chromosomes.

A little while later, Emmer spontaneously appeared.  Emmer is the first hybridization of wheat, being part wild wheat and part goat grass, and contains 28 chromosomes.

Then, Spelt emerged.  Spelt is a hybrid of Emmer and goat grass, intentionally bred by migrant farmers in order to keep the desirable traits of goat grass and diminish the undesirable traits of Emmer.  Spelt is the second hybridization and has 42 chromosomes.

Over time, farmers bred Spelt and Emmer to create today’s Durum Wheat, Spelt and Soft Wheat.  These too have 42 chromosomes and along with Hard Red Spring, are the most common varieties of wheat used in the market today.

So Einkorn grain is the oldest form of cultivated wheat. But most of the wheat that is used today is a hybrid.  Hybridization can happen naturally when plants are near each other and the wind blows and cross pollinates. But that is not what we are talking about with the modern hybrid wheat. Modern wheat was engineered to have shorter stalks to create less waste and fuller heads of grain to produce more product. The problem with this hybrid wheat is that it has been engineered to contain 3 genomes and 42 chromosomes while the old Einkorn wheat only has 14 chromosomes! Those extra chromosomes create new proteins that man was never intended to consume. They are foreign to the body and can cause confusion in the digestive system.

The Effect of Einkorn Gluten Versus Modern Wheat Gluten

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This gluten chart shows the low-gluten content of Einkorn Flour in comparison with other grains.

All wheat contains gluten, and gluten consists of two proteins:

  • gliadin (which causes the rise)
  • glutenin (which causes elasticity)

Most individuals with gluten issues react negatively to the gliadin.

Einkorn has a higher ratio of gliadin to glutenin, so naturally we would think that it would be far worse for individuals with gluten sensitivities than modern wheat.  However, because Einkorn is not hybridized, the original DNA structure remains intact and actually helps the body to digest these gluten proteins properly.

From the way the starches in Einkorn are structured together, to the naturally high level of protein, to the ratio of soluble to insoluble proteins found in Einkorn wheat – it all remains unchanged as it was many years ago, equipping the body with the tools needed in order to break down and properly digest the grain.

So what does all this mean for you and me?

It means that people who are gluten sensitive or gluten intolerant are often able to consume Einkorn.

This does NOT mean that people with celiac disease are able to consume wheat.  That is an entirely different issue.

So while einkorn flour isn’t gluten-free, it has been found to lack some of the proteins that people with gluten intolerances can’t manage to digest. So if you have a gluten sensitivity — but one not as severe as celiac disease — einkorn flour may prove a good alternative to modern flours for you.

Where to Find Einkorn

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Einkorn Wheat was lost in the hubub of modern wheat for a long time, so despite being a very old grain, it’s relatively new to the current market of wheat.  A few health brands carry it currently.  Young Living is one of them.

They currently carry five items with Einkorn:

  • Einkorn Flour
  • Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix
  • Einkorn Spaghetti
  • Einkorn Rotini – NEW
  • Einkorn Granola – NEW

If you are interested in ordering please click here to do so.  Finding this flour has been HUGE for us and I am excited to see what other products Young Living will come out with using Einkorn Flour!

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Einkorn Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I have always enjoyed oatmeal cookies, but often thought that they were missing that little extra something. For this recipe I added in ground ginger and ground clove.  Everyone who has tried them loves the dimension the extra spices give the cookies.

Einkorn Flour has more protein and lower gluten levels than traditional wheat flour. Click here to learn more on why Einkorn Flour is a great ancient grain to add to your diet.

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Tips:

  • If you add more ginger and clove to the batter the cookies will take on that distinctive ginger snap flavor.
  • If you want a more dominate cinnamon flavor, reduce the clove and ginger or remove completely from your cookies.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter + 3 tbsp, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups Einkorn Flour
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp almond extract (optional)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼-1/2 tsp ground clove
  • ½ – 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup raisins

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In large bowl beat sugar and sugar until creamy.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, almond extract, and spices. Beat until incorporated.
  • Add flour and mix well.
  • Add oatmeal and mix well.
  • Stir in raisins.

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Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet. Press flat.  I am using a little less butter in this recipe and the cookies may not spread out as much as some cookie recipes.

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Bake 9-13 minutes or until light golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Enjoy.

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DIY Milk Bath Recipe

I heart baths. Love, love, love them. But I hate paying a ton for luxurious soaks. This DIY Milk Bath recipe is both economical and luxurious so grab a book, put on some relaxing music and get ready to soak away your troubles–all while using things you likely have in your pantry!

And hint hint….this is a GREAT gift idea to give the moms in your life for Mother’s Day!

DIY Milk Bath Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/4 cup Powdered Milk
  • 1/4 cup and 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup and 1 tbsp baking soda
  • Young Living Essential Oils – Purchase Info Here!
    • You could do any of the following combinations – have fun with this part!
    • 6 drops Ylang Ylang & 6 drops Lavender
    • 6 drops Stress Away & 6 drops Orange
    • 6 drops Peppermint & 6 drops Lime
    • Citrus Fresh, Peace & Calming, and Joy Essential Oil blends are other great ones to try!

DIY Milk Bath Directions:

Mix all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Add to a glass jar and cap tightly. Mason Jars are a beautiful and economical way to package this recipe.  Wait 24 hours before use.  The recipe can be used for 4 baths using a little less than 1/2 cup each time and can be stored for roughly 3 months.

Relax & Enjoy!

All things in moderation…..

So last year I got in on the essential oil bandwagon. I love them.  I really do.  I now have things in my home like all natural laundry detergent and natural hand soap that have essential oils in it.  I have roller balls of essential oil blends that I wear as perfume or for help with everyday aches and pains. I have an awesome homemade muscle rub cream that I swear melts away my neck tension every night.  But I am also living modern life.  I am a working mom who eats things like Orange Chicken (so delicious) from Panda Express for lunch.  I let my son do things like drink water from the garden hose or eat day old cheerios off the floor.  I also still have a medicine cabinet filled with things like Tylenol and Claritin because you just never know when you will need them.

When I decided to start this website last summer it was to be an outlet for me to write about my new role as a mom and explore this new world of essential oils I was excited about. It was also a creative outlet for me as I grieved the sudden loss of my mom last summer.  And over the past year I have been feeling more comfortable in everything. My son is going to be two in a few weeks and I still love my essential oils.  I also can think about my mom now without dissolving into a pile of grief.  It has been a good year.

But….

There are so many fanatics out there on both the essential oil AND motherhood front.   Sometimes I want to shout, “REALLY?  You really did power yoga, cooked an organic breakfast AND magically healed your sick child from one application of essential oils all before 9 AM?”

The reality of life is that sometimes you feel like super mom and other days you just survive till the kids go to bed. Essential oils have supported my family in an amazing way this year and I love them.  But I also will still take my child to the doctor if he gets really sick.

It is called moderation people. In the end, we are all just trying to make the best decisions for our family while trying to fulfill our dreams and ambitions at the same time.

Now excuse me as I get my 3rd cup of coffee for the day.  It is Friday after all and I am running on fumes at this point.  Moderation in the caffeine department can start tomorrow…

A Day in My Oily Life

Good morning! I thought it would be fun to invite you into my home and show you my typical oil routine. First up -Coffee!! And as I wait for my cup to brew I roll on my wrists some highest potential.

It is a blend of oils that sets my intention for the day. It combines the uplifting and inspirational qualities of Australian Blue with the power of Gathering to help bring greater unity of purpose. Jasmine is added to enhance self-confidence, while ylang ylang calms, soothes, and harmonizes.

Throughout the day it is my reminder to reach higher and think positive. I put a roller filament on the bottle so I just roll on my wrists and neck. I swear I have an extra spring in my step when I use this oil.

Theives Spray

Who else out there has a love/hate relationship with the diaper pail? Lol. To cut down on the smell (and kill germs) when changing out liners I always spray down with the thieves spray. Awesome smell and I love that is all natural and don’t have to worry if Bryces hands go all over this diaper pail later in the day when he decides he wants to throw out his own diaper.  This spray is also great for shopping carts, toilet seats, airplane trays, TV remotes….anywhere there are germs!

Mojito Blend

Hands down my favorite diffuser combo. Peppermint and Lime. Reminds me of mojitos and summer. Try it next time and see for yourself!  I love diffusing my essential oils to make the whole house smell yummy while also benefiting from the aromatherapy.

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Coming in from outside and washing our hands. I LOVE the thieves foaming hand soap. All natural, smells great and isn’t Bryce adorable? Lol. I am lucky that he likes to wash his hands. Even if it means him playing with the faucet for the next 5 minutes. The best part of this hand soap is it is all plant based ingredients and you can purchase a large refill jug that makes it cost effective and is environmentally friendly.

Kid Boo Boo

Bryce fell when he was outside so I used this great rollerball combo on him cleanse and protect the scrap he got on his knee.  This rollerball is so easy to make. Take a glass roller bottle and put 10 drops each lavender and purification or tea tree. Then Just put a little carrier oil in like grape seed to help oils spread when applied. Voila! Diy boo boo stick great for kids but I use all the time too. So convenient!

WorkOut

I have been trying to keep my New Years Resolution to move more and eat less.  I bought the Active and Fit Kit Young Living sells and LOVE both these products. The Cool Azul Sports Gel has 10% essential oils in it and the first ingredient in it is Aloe, making this product moisturizing as well as super cooling to your aching muscles and joints. And the Deep Relief oil works great as an “Icy Hot” type product.  One of my good friends just ran a half marathon and the next day she had no soreness! She swears these products helped her immensely recover from the run.

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Need I say more? A great combo.  Also try adding a few drops of Lime Essential Oil into your fajita’s or Key Lime Pie recipes next time you make them.

Skin Care

My new anti-aging combo.  Frankincense essential oil has helped keep my complexion clear, reducing my age spots and overall giving me a natural “glow.” I mix it with Maracuja Oil, which I love for its lightweight moisturizing properties. Living in Florida my skin doesn’t handle well heavy moisturizers. I find this combo to be working great for me currently.

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Ahhh….Bedtime. I love to put two drops of Valor on my feet before bed. It really helps my mind “shut” down and go to sleep. Thank you for following along with my day and I would love to hear what essential oils you must have in your “oily” day.

If you have not purchased essential oils and are interested in doing so, I recommend the starter kit. It comes with 11 essential oils PLUS a diffuser of your choice. Click here to learn more and purchase!

Good Sleep Good Life

SLEEP…..elusive for many, never enough, and the phrase “sleeping like a baby” is a joke because actual babies wake up A LOT during the night. I should know. My 21 month old is just now sleeping though the night! Lol

Getting more sleep is one of the major reasons I bought my essential oil kit. Bryce had such a hard time calming down at night and my anxiety issues would mean when my head finally did hit the pillow I would just…lay there thinking….totally not sleeping. Anyone with me here? I know I can’t be the only one. So frustrating because I would be SO exhausted yet my mind just would not shut off.

The first thing I did when I got my kit was diffuse lavender that night in Bryce’s room. I also massaged a drop of Lavender on each foot. And a miracle happened. My kid fell asleep. Like in 1/2 the time it normally took. I started thinking maybe there was some truth to this oil thing.

I started looking up essential oil combos for sleep and anxiety and found a lot. Apparently sleep is a popular subject in google land.

I placed another order and tried popular oils like Cedarwood, Lavender and Peace & Calming. Cedarwood and Lavender have been the winners for Bryce. We have made up a roller ball that he applies to his neck every night before bed. Valor has been great for my anxiety and I now fall asleep much faster and more importantly, stay asleep!!

Below are the most popular essential oils for sleep. I encourage you to try as many as you can and find “your” magic sleep combo.

If you are interested in purchasing essential oils I recommend getting Young Living’s Starter Kit because it includes 11 oils PLUS a diffuser.

Click here to order and for more info.

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Vetiver

  • Emotionally Grounding
  • Promotes calm and relaxation
  • Use for aiding better sleep

 

Cedarwood

  • Calming, purifying properties by stimulating the limbic region of the brain (centre of emotions)
  • Combats hair loss and stimulates hair follicles
  • May assist in skin problems (acne and eczema)

 

Lavender

  • Calms the mind
  • Diffused or used topically for calming effect
  • May assist in soothing muscular discomfort

 

Peace & Calming

  • Relaxes and calms
  • Promotes a calm emotional and mental state
  • Eliminates dark mood and thoughts
  • Rub into feet to promote relaxation and sleep
  • Consisits of Blue Tansy, Patchouli, Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang

 

Stress Away (Available as an Oil & Roll-On)

  • Gentle, fragrant blend that brings a feeling of peace and tranquility to both children and adults and helps to relieve daily stress and nervous tension.
  • Helps with normal, everyday stress, improves mental response, restores equilibrium, promotes relaxation and lowers hypertension
  • Consists of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, Lavender

 

RutaVaLa (Available as an Oil & Roll-On)

  • Promote relaxation
  • Helps overcome negative feelings
  • Aids in relieving tension
  • Consists of Ruta graveolens (rue) oil, valeriana officinalis (valerian) root oil, and lavender oil

 

Young Living Sleep Essence

  • Unique sleep-enhancing properties in a softgel vegetarian capsule for easy ingestion
  • Consists of 4 powerful essential oils that have sleep enhancing properties: Lavender, Vetiver, Valerian and Ruta Gravelens + combined with the hormone Melatonin = a powerful all natural sleep aid.

 

Roman Chamomile

  • Relaxing and calming for body and mind
  • Promotes sleep
  • Used for skin care and skin regeneration
  • Stabilizes emotions that are linked to the past

 

Valor

  • Calming and helps anxiety
  • Balances energy
  • Diffuses anger
  • Builds confidence
  • Consists of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Rosewood, and Frankincense

 

 

 

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Here is a picture of my son napping recently with our cat. Now that is a good sleep!

New Vitality Line of Essential Oils from Young Living

Young Living has just released a NEW line of essential oils, their Vitality line!  This is so exciting.

Vitality is a dietary essential oil line, a line of oils specifically labeled for internal use.  From a consumer standpoint, these oils are the same exact therapeutic-grade oils we are used to, but the labeling makes it easier for new members to know which oils to use topically/aromatically and which oils are for dietary use.  Everything in the Vitality line is for dietary use.

The Vitality line has 4 distinct categories: Herb, Spice, Citrus, and Supplement.

At the launch of this new line, here are the 27 Vitality oils broken into categories:

Herb

Basil Vitality
Lemongrass Vitality
Oregano Vitality
Rosemary Vitality
Thyme Vitality
Lavender Vitality
Peppermint Vitality
Spearmint Vitality

Spice

Black Pepper Vitality
Cinnamon Bark Vitality
Clove Vitality
Ginger Vitality
Carrot Seed Vitality
Celery Seed Vitality
Dill Vitality

Citrus

Bergamot Vitality
Citrus Fresh™ Vitality
Grapefruit Vitality
Jade Lemon™ Vitality
Lemon Vitality
Lime Vitality
Orange Vitality
Tangerine Vitality

Supplement

DiGize™ Vitality
EndoFlex™ Vitality
Frankincense Vitality
Thieves® Vitality

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If you want to purchase these oils at wholesale prices, you can read more Here about getting a wholesale account.

Pumpkin Waffles with Apple Compote

Another yummy combo using Einkorn Flour that we tried.  Try it and see for yourself. We are really loving Einkorn Flour for all our baking needs. So happy that we discovered it and Young Living.

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Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups Einkorn flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour (optional for crisper waffles)
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

 Directions

  1. Mix milk, pumpkin puree, butter, vanilla, and eggs together
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly until uniform and consistent
  3. Cook waffles according to the instructions for your waffle maker

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Apple Compote

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup of chopped pecans

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 Directions

  1. Melt butter under medium high heat
  2. Mix lemon juice with apples
  3. Sauté apples until slightly browned and softened (about 4-5 minutes)
  4. Add brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon. Sauté an additional 1-2 minutes.
  5. Place on top of waffles
  6. Top off waffles with whip cream
  7. Eat

 

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