5 ways to use Christmas Spirit

Fill your home with the timeless aroma of Christmas Spirit™!

This YL favorite essential oil blend combines Orange, Cinnamon Bark, and Spruce to create a warm, spicy, and sweet scent.

Here are 5 simple ways to use Christmas Spirit.

1. Diffuse it during the holiday and winter months. The familiar notes of this oil blend help evoke feelings and memories tied to the joy of Christmas and peaceful moments. Adding a few drops to your diffuser can help family and friend reminisce over the past and create new memories for the future. But be warned, you will want to diffuse this all year long!

2. Sprinkle it on logs in the fireplace. Enhance your warm, crackling fire with an aroma that screams comfort and joy. It doesn’t get cozier than that!

3. Add a few drops to cedar chips or potpourri. This is a great way to enjoy the aroma in any space.

4. Wrap it up for the perfect holiday gift. Think of a special someone who hasn’t enjoyed Christmas Spirit before. There’s no doubt that they will love it! You can also share our Christmas Spirit Foaming Hand Soap which is infused with this signature blend and free of harsh, drying chemicals.

5. Infuse diffuser ornaments with this warm, spicy scent. Christmas Spirit is just what you need to add to these festive decorations.

Do you love Christmas Spirit? Let me know how you use it!


Holiday diffuser blends

Make your home smell like the scents of the season with these fun Holiday Diffuser Blends! What are some of your favorite diffuser blends this time of year?

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Oily tips for the holidays

Love these super fun “home for the holidays” oily tips! What other oils/tricks do you use to make your holidays more festive?!

Convinced yet that this is a good investment for you and others in your home? Let’s talk about the best way for you to have your own Young Living account and start stocking up on life-giving products that are safe for the whole house and effective as heck.

You’re going to want your own account – and the best way to do that is with any of our starter bundles. This is the bundle that about 90% of people start with – but there are other options. Become a member today: https://yl.pe/lori-tisdale

Join our team. And then join our online oil community. I’m passionate about sharing HOW, and WHY, and WHEN, and WHERE to use essentials oils. You are not alone.

Thanksgiving and Christmas… and God’s timing…

I got to see Gramps shortly before Thanksgiving… we had breakfast together again.  I love my times with him in the morning.  He seems more alert and talkative.  Most of the time he isn’t making any meaningful conversation – but I love that he feels content in talking, without judgment or ridicule.  THAT’s what it’s about!

So we talk… he talks, I ask follow-up questions.  Most of the time he shows emotion: surprise, sadness, concern.  I wish I knew what he was trying to say.

On the Saturday morning before Thanksgiving we talked about Gramma.  She passed away November 25, 1997.  I think a lot about Gramma the week of Thanksgiving.  So we talked about her a little at breakfast.  He did more of the listening… I did more of the talking.

I told him I missed her.  He simply looked at me with wide eyes.  I told him it was ok to talk about her… she was a good wife, mother, friend and cook.  He just kept looking at me.  I called her by name…

I wondered what he was thinking… I said I missed her more this year than ever before.  He just looked at me.   He never spoke her name or said anything about her.

Then I moved to a more light-hearted conversation.  I told him it was Thanksgiving in a few days.  His eyes got even bigger.  I reminded him that it was nearly time for turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy and yams.  He got excited… he took a deep breath, turned and looked at me… and said “YIIIIPPEE!” with a raised voice!  And laughed… we had a good laugh together.  The caregivers turned and looked at us, smiling.  It was a moment and level of emotion I hadn’t seen in a long time… I relished the moment with my Grampa.

Some of our family saw Gramps again a day or two after Thanksgiving… we did family pictures together at his home.  He had just woken from an afternoon nap and was somewhat alert, and talkative during the pictures.  But I think the sheer number of people there was a bit overwhelming for him.  In fact, I’m sure it was confusing… we try not to overwhelm him too much.  We would prefer he be happy and content and calm.  We would prefer to see him alert and talkative and present… and when he’s feeling pressure I think he clams up.  So we limit our large family visits… for his benefit.
I saw Gramps again the morning after Christmas.   And I wonder if this is our last Christmas with him.  What a bittersweet visit… I cried all the way home.

His home was still decorated… with “icicles” hanging from the ceiling, a Christmas tree in the corner and a Hanukkah display on top of the piano.  There was a board displaying the holiday celebration they had earlier in the month… with Hawaiian dancers and all.

He seemed extra “out of it” this morning.  He was hallucinating a bit:  waving to someone in the corner, talking to someone sitting across the table from him, etc.  I was there… but I wasn’t there in his world.  In his world he saw a co-worker from 40+ years ago walk into the room.  In his world he was talking to his sister across the table.  In his world he was still in the army.

In my world I hurt … for he is already leaving us.  Every time I see him he has slipped farther away.
His Peacefulness
My biggest concern is that he is content and peaceful and happy.  It breaks my heart when I see him clam up under certain circumstances.  It breaks my heart to know that he doesn’t feel he can talk about Gramma.  It breaks my heart to see him hold himself back from certain emotions.  It breaks my heart to see our family members hurt because he is slipping away.
I do believe some of our family members are already grieving his passing.  Every now and then some of his personality will shine through… but for the most part the Grampa I knew growing up is… gone.  I can’t pinpoint the moment he was gone… it’s been a slow digression over the past 6 months.  But he’s leaving us more every day… what a painful goodbye, for me.

My Uncle or Aunts or Mom may have a different take on this… but the Grampa I knew is mostly gone at this point.  He is a shell of the man he was… holding onto this earth for some unknown reason.

This I know, God’s timing is perfect…

Lord I know you will take him in your perfect timing.  You have a master plan… and while I don’t understand or even have the ability to comprehend it, I know you’re in control.

Christmas gifts for my kitchen…

For Christmas this year I received a beautiful gift (one of the beauties below) and then I purchased my kitchen a gift, or two (yes – the rest of the beauties below). In fact, I will openly admit that I love to buy gifts, for myself.

When my hero-of-a-hubby asked me what I wanted for Christmas I couldn’t think of anything except for kitchen stuff. I wonder if Gloria Steinem (or any of the NOW leaders from the ’70s would be disappointed at this wish list.) All I could think about was how upset some ladies used to get when they received a blender (or other small appliance) as a gift. But I digress… and now I’m thinking of a writing new blog post!

Anyway, I had my eye on most of these items for months… researched, and saved up my “allowance” to buy each one in the months leading up to Christmas. While I had already been using them I still wrapped their empty boxes and placed them under the tree! My hubby just laughed… “Another gift from ‘Santa’, huh?!” (and yes, he made the quotation marks with his fingers…sigh!)

The first perfect fit I found was this Lodge Logic cast iron 5″ skillet (pre-seasoned)… perfect for frying eggs, toasting spices and so many other things!!! Love, love, love… (the image below looks much larger than 5″… but 5″ it is.) (Approximately $15 at Walmart.)

I also found a Lodge Logic cast iron chicken fryer (also pre-seasoned), with lid… in this you can also make cinnnamon rolls, chili, cornbread, and so much more… (Approximately $25 at Walmart.)My hero-of-a-hubby bought me this early Christmas present: Kitty – the KitchenAid stand mixer. (Yes, I’ve finally named her!) This is something I have told him for years I wasn’t ready for you. You see… it’s a bad problem to have. I only have about 4 feet of counter space in our tiny/nearly antique kitchen. And I wasn’t sure I wanted to dedicate 1 of those feet to a mixer. This year I finally decided it was time. (Bought it at a great discount on Amazon.com several days before Thanksgiving… and the day after Thanksgiving it was only selling for $10 cheaper. I had it by then and couldn’t have been happier.)

We had the money set aside for it… so we took the plunge. It’s definitely an investment of both money and time… there’s more cleaning involved (I mean, ones DOES want to shine it up after every use – unlike the little handheld beater I’ve been using for over a decade), if you’re really into it you want to buy some of the accessories and additional attachments so you can grind meat, make your own pasta, etc… I’m not there yet. But I have a feeling I might want the pasta attachment at some point in the near future.

Um… and because I now had a stand mixer and could make some good doughs, then I also bought myself a Pie cutting board … but my hero-of-a-hubby still thinks that was from Santa. (Shhh!) (Approximately $28 at Walmart.)

And lastly I stumbled across these Matryoshka dolls (Russian nesting dolls) that also serve as measuring vessels. And when I think of nesting dolls I think of my childhood… and I feel happy. So I bought them.

Aren’t they adorable?!

Like I said, aren’t they adorable?! I’m going to put them out on the cupboard and see how long it takes my husband to ask when the babushka’s arrived… anyone want to place any bets? (These beauties were purchased at World Market, approximately $13.)

But lastly let me introduce you to a true gift… from an actual friend (not from “Santa”). A dear friend gifted me this adorable little porcelain birdy perched over the most perfect little porcelain bowl with the tinniest of porcelain spoons… from Anthropologie!!! (< — love that place!)

This truly is adorable!

But I’m afraid to use it… ‘cuz I’m notorious for dropping and breaking things. So, if you never see it in my kitchen again it’s either because I entered it into witness protection program (for it’s own good) or I have already smashed it to smithereens.

Love the porcelain birdy Mariam! Thank you for thinking of me and trusting me with this beauty…

enjoy your time in the kitchen…

because it’s Christmas Eve…

It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3

1. melt the chocolate (in a double-broiler), stirring until smooth…

2. dip large pretzel sticks into chocolate…

3. rest on cooling rack…

optional step… top with sprinkles, crushed up candy… or in this case toffee bits.

Package up nicely and give to a friend… or keep it for yourself. I won’t judge you…

enjoy your time in the kitchen…

RECIPE: Frozen Mocha Cheesecake

It’s rich… creamy and smooth, full of flavor and a perfect remedy for a sweet tooth! Oh yumm… thank you cousin Amy for sharing this recipe with us a few years ago. WHERE in the world did you find it?!

Secondly, thank you for continuing to make it for us… we love you more for it!

Here’s where I started… chocolate cookie pie crust, cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, instant coffee granules, heavy whipping cream and chocolate syrup.


Start with dissolving the instant coffee granules in some hot water and set aside.

Make quick work of whipping up the heavy cream… and set it aside…

Then whip up the cream cheese until fluffy… and add all of the other ingredients…

… sweetened condensed milk, chocolate syrup…

… dissolved coffee granules…

… and continue mixing until smooth.

Lastly, fold in the whipped cream. Slowly… and enjoy the prrocess…

It’s a beautiful thing…

Pour the mixture into the pie crust and tap the pie plate on the counter a few times… this will allow any bubbles to come to the surface and settle the mixture into the pie plate evenly.

Smooth the surface with the back of a spoon… and lick the spoon clean. Yes, I give you permission…

Carefully set pit plate in safe, flat spot in freezer until it sets up.

It’s so good you’ll want to go back for another bite… but only a bite… right?!

Frozen Mocha Cheesecake
Recipe shared by my Cousin Amy

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup chocolate syrup
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons instant coffee, in 1 tablespoon hot water
½ pint heavy whipping cream, whipped
1 chocolate cookie crumb pie crust

Whip heavy cream until the peaks stand, set aside. Whip cream cheese until fluffy. Add sweetened condensed milk, chocolate syrup and coffee. Mix well. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into pie crust. Freeze 4-6 hours.

Once ready to serve, remove from freezer and allow to sit out for 10-20 mins. It will be easier to cut if you use a warm butter knife.

enjoy your time in the kitchen…

Batch #14

It’s the week before Christmas… I’m busy in the kitchen working on batch #14 (or is it #15 now?!) of the Nutty Toffee.

I’m getting ready to crack this one apart and start another batch…

I wish I had another jelly roll pan this size… I could make 2 batches at once. Hmm… is it too late to add something to my Christmas wish list?

enjoy your time in the kitchen…

goodie platters…

I’ve been enjoying this week’s tasks: delivering holiday goodie platters like one of Santa’s lil’ elves.

And the fun will continue next week as packages go in the mail for those living farther away. Dentists across the country can thank me for promoting good cheer (and padding their wallets).

Are YOU giving/sending goodie platters to friends/relatives this year?

enjoy your time in the kitchen…