A Fall Grits Morning

Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases listed in this post. It’s a crisp, cool fall Saturday in North Carolina and that means one thing in our family: Time for grits! We can make grits year round, but there’s something about eating a warm bowl of grits in the fall that makes…

Pumpkin Patch in Virginia

It all started about five years ago. My sister and I had toddlers and we wanted to start a tradition with them. Since my sister lived near a pumpkin patch that holds festivals each year, she suggested that we take the kids there. So, we lugged three toddlers, baby bags, snacks, and strollers to a…

Egg Muffins-Gluten-Free

I had to share this recipe with everyone because it is an easy breakfast to make that everyone will enjoy. We wake up early in my house.  Because the kids head to school around 7:25 (that car pool line is looooooonnnggg), I am always looking for quick ready to make breakfast meals for everyone.  Egg…

A Candle and a Recipe

I recently began doing something new with my business.  Whenever someone orders a candle, they get a recipe card to match the candle scent.  This was never part of my business plan.  It was never something I thought of doing before. It just came to me one day.  I really love selling candles and my…

DIY Beeswax Wraps

Disclaimer:  As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases highlighted in this post. In an effort to use less plastic in my household, I began using beeswax wraps.  So far, my family loves them.  However, since I use beeswax for candle and product making, I wanted to try and make the wraps myself. Beeswax…

Spiced Coffee

*Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases listed in this post. About fifteen years ago, I wanted to learn ways to make my own coffee. I was in my mid-twenties and my parents came to visit me. My Dad, born and raised in Harlem, NY, always had a cup of black coffee…

Why Beeswax?

At RoK Handmade, we create beeswax candles, as well as beeswax and soy blend candles.  While I enjoy a good soy candle (and I have soy candle companies that I love), I am just too devoted to beeswax.  When I am asked why I have chosen to make beeswax, or mostly beeswax, candles, people are…

Lazy Cookies-Kid Friendly

Yesterday, I worked a craft fair from 9am-4pm. It reached a high of 94 degrees. Needless to say, I was absolutely exhausted when I got home. My family pampered and I got some great sleep, but the last thing that I wanted to do today was cook hour long meals and snacks. I stumbled upon…

Balancing a Busy Week

Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases, such as items highlighted in this post. Last week was extremely busy for me, partly on purpose. My family and I are heading on vacation next week, so I tried to cram as many duties into last week as I could. My goal for each…

Once A Month Grocery Shopping

Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases, such as items highlighted in this post. So it’s that time and I honestly get excited about it.  In our household (family of 4 and a pet), we get paid once per month, which means that we have to be pretty tight with our budget….

Gluten-free Stove Top Lasagna

*Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases, such as items highlighted in this post. While it’s a balmy 93 degrees here in North Carolina, Mondays in my family always means pasta night. Recently, I made stove top lasagna using gluten-free lasagna noodles. This recipe constantly gets a thumbs up from my family,…

Craft Fair Prep!

*Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, such as items highlighted in this post. The month of May and June have been busy for the family business! Aside from shipping orders, we also participated in a local craft fair. I completely forgot how overwhelming and exhausting craft fairs can be. They were…

Hot Pressed Soap

Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, such as items listed in this post. Earlier this year, I posted about making soap using the melt and pour method. Well, I am happy to say that the hubs and I made soap differently this time. We made hot pressed soap and cold pressed…

Gluten-free Pumpkin Muffins

Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Every now and then, I need to make a simple breakfast for everyone. We love a southern breakfast, so my family is used to grits, eggs, and bacon. However, there are some mornings where I need something that can be cooked quickly (we’re up around…

Best Kitchen Tools

Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. As a full-time, working parent with a family allergic to commonly used ingredients, finding time to cook was a major challenge.  I tried everything from cooking at night, mass cooking, making quick 30-minute meals, and freezing meals to use later.  While all of those things…

Making Cheesecake Bites with Kids

My children have been cooking with me and Mr. H. since they were around 4 years old. Things such as stirring, pouring sugar, or take their time learning how to whisk eggs were always fun activities. We let them get messy and learn ways to control holding, stirring, patting, and more.  Therefore, it was no…

Homemade Baby Wipes

I was sitting by myself the other night, reminiscing about when my first was just born. My husband agreed to leave his job to care for her because daycare was expensive, the only one that we felt comfortable with was out of our price range, and my job offered better insurance. My husband, at the…

How to Make Body Wash

*RoK Handmade does not sell body wash, but we do sell soap here. Have you ever had trouble finding a body wash that works for your skin? So did I, and I needed a body wash that would work for my family, and that’s when I found this recipe for homemade body wash. It feels…

Making Beeswax Candles

Candle making can be one of the most relaxing and calming crafts, if you know how to do so. To get started, learn how to make the perfect beeswax candle.