Grapefruit + Rosemary Salt Scrub

Grapefruit + Rosemary Salt Scrub - Sarah J. Hauser

I’ve become much more aware of my body since becoming a mother, painfully aware at times. From carrying babies in my womb to c-sections to nursing to lifting toddlers to running up and down stairs for pacifiers, toys, and water bottles, motherhood has proven to be physical work. 

Ten years ago, I quickly bounced back after pummeling my body at soccer practice and ate whatever I wanted without immediate consequences. Now, my often worn out frame needs me to be calmer, gentler, kinder. I’m so often unkind to my body, both in words and in practice. But this body is a gift - and three tiny humans, my husband, and I all need it to function as best it can. 

Back in January, I set the goal to simply do something good for my body every day for a month. Some days, I exercised or drank more water. Other days I took a relaxing bath or went to bed early. It was a month when I needed to rest and recover, a month to practice simply listening to my body and treating it well.

Despite my complaining at the end of long days, I’m grateful for this scarred, saggy, softer than I’d prefer body that’s able to carry a baby on my hip while chasing my twins. I can get down on the floor to play and stand in the kitchen to cook. It’s a tired body, sure, but it’s been dependable thus far. I don’t take that for granted, and I'm learning all over again what it means to care for it. 

Grapefruit + Rosemary Salt Scrub - Sarah J. Hauser
Grapefruit + Rosemary Salt Scrub - Sarah J. Hauser

Over the past few years, I’ve become much more conscious of not just the food I put in my body, but also the products I put on my body. I’ve found homemade scrubs, soaps, and other natural products to be a great way to treat my body well. 

Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is a magnesium-based “salt” instead of a sodium-based salt, and you can use it for everything from bath soaks to gardening. (Check out this post from Wellness Mama for more about Epsom salt and its uses!) I mixed it with apricot oil, a light, moisturizing oil that won’t leave your skin feeling greasy like some heavier oils. You can find apricot oil at most health food stores and some grocery stores - or on Amazon, of course. I like this cold pressed, organic one from Better Shea Butter.

Grapefruit + Rosemary Salt Scrub
Yields about 9-10 ounces (by volume)

1 cup Epsom salt
½ cup apricot kernel oil
8-10 drops therapeutic-grade grapefruit essential oil*
1 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary

Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl. Transfer to an airtight jar for storing or gifting. When you’re ready to use, give everything a good stir since the oil and salt may separate. 

To use, gently massage a bit of the salt scrub onto wet skin using a circular motion. Rinse with warm water. 

*Citrus essential oils can cause possible skin sensitivity, especially to sunlight. Also, if you’re pregnant or taking prescription medications, please consult your physician before using essential oils.

Almond, Coconut + Date Bites [and showing up empty-handed]

Almond, Coconut + Date Bites - The Homemade Haus

Almost every week, I show up at a friend’s house with a car seat slung over my elbow and two toddlers in tow. We let ourselves in the back mudroom door, and I try to remember to take my kids’ shoes off—although more often than not, I never bothered to put shoes on their feet in the first place. My twins make their way into the kitchen and I set the car seat in the corner, praying the baby stays asleep a little longer.

My son climbs behind the armchair in the playroom to retrieve the box of trains, and my daughter heads to the white, child-sized table to color. There are four of us that get together nearly every week, twelve kids between us all. A handful of the kids are at school during the day, so only having eight or nine kids around feels almost calm.

We attempt to catch up on life or discuss the book we’re reading together, but of course those discussions are interrupted by refereeing playtime or the crash of crayons being dumped. We can barely speak a full sentence without a baby crying or someone needing a diaper change. (More than once, I’ve changed a diaper only to realize on my drive home I left the dirty one on my friend’s living floor. I’ve considered not saying anything out of embarrassment, but I opt to send a quick text message apologizing and sheepishly asking her to toss the abandoned diaper.)

Once the chaos and noise level come to a head, we gather the tiny humans together for a snack. Maybe that’ll keep them busy enough for us to talk just a few more minutes. We divvy out veggie straws and raisins, crackers and fruit. It’s not uncommon for me to end up staying through lunchtime, in which case out comes the turkey, cheese, and bread.

But I never bring the snacks.

Keep reading and get the recipe at Coffee + Crumbs!

[Whole30] Almond, Coconut + Date Bites - The Homemade Haus
[Whole30] Almond, Coconut + Date Bites - The Homemade Haus
[Whole30] Almond, Coconut + Date Bites - The Homemade Haus
[Whole30] Almond, Coconut + Date Bites - The Homemade Haus

Full post and recipe instructions can be found at Coffee + Crumbs!

(Dairy-Free) Creamy Turmeric + Bourbon Cocktail [featuring Heritage Distilling Co.]

(Dairy-Free) Creamy Turmeric + Bourbon Cocktail [featuring Heritage Distilling Co.]

My favorite way to create variety in mixed drinks is to make flavored simple syrups. Simple syrup is just water and sugar, and throwing in spices, herbs, fresh fruit, or juices adds a unique twist without having to buy additional liqueurs or other cocktail ingredients.

If you've been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed I do this quite a lot - like in my Ancho Chile Manhattan, Fig, Vanilla Bean + Gin Cocktail, or Ginger, Lime + Five-Spice Cocktail. You can get creative by digging through your pantry or refrigerator and seeing what flavor combinations you can come up with!  

This recipe uses the same trick. Ground turmeric stirred together with sugar and water create a rich, golden syrup that's amazing with bourbon. I used Heritage Distilling Co.'s Dual Barrel Old Fashioned Ready Bourbon, because it has a hint of orange that's perfect for this drink.

And this time of year, the cold winter weather makes me want something creamy and comforting, so I added full-fat coconut milk. (You could also try using some cream or half-and-half if you're not avoiding dairy, although I do think the flavor of the coconut milk works really well in this drink.)

Grab a friend, shake up a couple drinks, sip, and enjoy!

(Dairy-Free) Creamy Turmeric + Bourbon Cocktail [featuring Heritage Distilling Co.]
(Dairy-Free) Creamy Turmeric + Bourbon Cocktail [featuring Heritage Distilling Co.]
(Dairy-Free) Creamy Turmeric + Bourbon Cocktail [featuring Heritage Distilling Co.]
(Dairy-Free) Creamy Turmeric + Bourbon Cocktail [featuring Heritage Distilling Co.]

Creamy Turmeric + Bourbon Cocktail
Yields 1 cocktail

2 ounces bourbon (I recommend using Heritage Distilling’s Dual Barrel Bourbon)
2 ounces full fat coconut milk
1 ounce turmeric simple syrup (see recipe below)
Ground turmeric or cinnamon sticks (for serving)

Add the bourbon, coconut milk, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds then strain into a chilled glass. Serve with an extra dash of turmeric or a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

Turmeric Simple Syrup
Yields about 6 ounces

½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup water
½ teaspoon turmeric

Add all ingredients to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat, stirring often, until the sugar melts and the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Remove from heat and allow the syrup to cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a couple weeks. 

For this post, bourbon was provided by Heritage Distilling Co. All opinions are 100% my own.

Orange + Toasted Sesame Chicken Wings [Whole30 compliant!]

Orange + Toasted Sesame Chicken Wings - The Homemade Haus

While I generally feel my best eating a mostly paleo diet, I don't have any intense sensitivities or allergies myself. I can indulge in a warm piece of bread alongside my soup or a few slices of cheese every once in awhile. When I eat the entire loaf of bread or block of cheese then yeah, I definitely have problems. Otherwise, I'm generally an omnivore and love learning about, cooking, and eating all kinds of foods (which is why you'll find everything from vegan to Whole30 to dairy-full recipes on this site!). 

That being said, after a few weeks of trial and error, I realized my nursing son was having issues when I ate wheat and dairy. To try to keep him feeling as good as possible, I'm back to cutting down on the bread and cheese. Unfortunately, that's just in time for the Super Bowl, then March Madness, and eventually baseball season in a couple months. Sporting events are not exactly the first place I look for wheat-free and dairy-free dishes. 

The more I learn, though, the more I'm able to find and create recipes for incredible game-day food that doesn't hijack my digestive system (and my son's). Wings have become a recent favorite. They're relatively easy to make, and you can create a million variations on the same theme. 

It's citrus season, so these wings get a sweet and sticky sauce made with fresh orange juice and naturally sweetened with dates. The sesame seeds may seem like a superfluous add-on, but trust me, they're not. They add the perfect amount of toasty flavor and crunchy texture. Don't skip them! 

Last night, I made the final test batch before posting this recipe. My husband and I stood in the kitchen and polished off every last bite. Our sauce-covered hands and faces were hardly picturesque, but I can confidently say these are literally finger-licking good. 


Orange + Toasted Sesame Chicken Wings - The Homemade Haus
Orange + Toasted Sesame Chicken Wings - The Homemade Haus
Orange + Toasted Sesame Chicken Wings - The Homemade Haus
Orange + Toasted Sesame Chicken Wings - The Homemade Haus
Orange + Toasted Sesame Chicken Wings - The Homemade Haus
Orange + Toasted Sesame Chicken Wings - The Homemade Haus
Orange + Toasted Sesame Chicken Wings - The Homemade Haus
Orange + Toasted Sesame Chicken Wings - The Homemade Haus

Orange + Toasted Sesame Chicken Wings
Yields about 4 servings


3/4 cups blanched almond flour
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2-3 Tablespooons clarified butter (or regular, unsalted butter)
2 pounds chicken wings, split at joints and tips removed if necessary
2-3 Tablespoons sesame seeds
Orange sauce (see recipe below)
Green onions, chopped (for garnish)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a shallow dish, mix together the almond flour, arrowroot powder, salt, and pepper.

Add the clarified butter to a rimmed baking sheet, and place the baking sheet in the oven until the butter melts. Remove from the oven.

Dip the chicken wings in the almond flour mixture, turning to coat thoroughly. Place on the butter-coated baking sheet. Repeat until all the wings are dredged and on the baking sheet, being careful not to crowd the pan. (Use two baking sheets if necessary.)

Bake for 40-50 minutes, flipping the wings halfway through. The wings are done when they’re browned, cooked through, and crisp (internal temperature should be at least 165 degrees).

While the wings cook, add the sesame seeds to a small sauté pan set over low to medium heat. Stir the seeds constantly until they’re browned and toasted. Remove from the heat and set aside. Make the orange sauce (see recipe below).

When the wings are done cooking, toss them together in a large bowl with ¾ of the orange sauce. Reserve ¼ of the sauce for serving.

Transfer the wings to a serving bowl or platter. Top with the toasted sesame seeds, and garnish with a few chopped green onions. Serve with the reserved sauce.

Dig in and enjoy!

Orange Sauce

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 4 oranges)
1/4 cup coconut aminos
2 dates, pits removed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne (plus more to taste)
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder

Add all the ingredients except the arrowroot powder together in a small bowl. Set aside, and allow the dates to soak for 5-10 minutes. This will hydrate the dates and make them easier to blend.

Using a food processor or blender, blend the ingredients together until smooth. Add to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly reduced.

Turn off the heat. Whisk in the teaspoon of arrowroot powder. Season with additional salt, pepper, or cayenne to taste. Set the sauce aside until the wings are done cooking.  

Note: If you are not avoiding grains or soy, you can try using all-purpose flour instead of almond flour and arrowroot powder, and sub in soy sauce for the coconut aminos. Soy sauce, in my opinion, tastes saltier than coconut aminos, so you may want to reduce the salt in the recipe.