1 cup Borax
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
1 cup Borax
Friday, November 11, 2011
Pumpkin Walnut Bread
4 cups whole-wheat flour or sprouted grain flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can (15 ounce) pumpkin
2 cups packed Sucanat or Rapadura sugar
1 cup apple juice
4 large eggs
1/4 cup melted, unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts
Combine dry ingredients in large mixing bowl and set aside.
In separate bowl (I used my mixer bowl), mix pumpkin, brown sugar, apple juice, eggs, butter and vanilla.
Add flour mixture a bit at a time, just until blended.
Add walnuts and stir.
Bake in two 9x5x3 loaf pans on 350 for 45 to 60 minutes or until done.
Cool in pans for a few minutes, then turn out onto plate.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Last year I think we did pretty clever things. I started planning a few months before by saving Macaroni and Cheese boxes after we ate them. The size of the cardboard was perfect for making block letters that spelled out "Happy Birthday". I also stockpiled all our Sunday newspapers. I cut strips, and made paper chains from them. I sprayed painted them to liven them up a little (not the most eco-friendly, I know....but it was a little blah). I saved the letters I made, because they were flat and easily fit into our file cabinet, the paper chains made it to the recycling bin when we were finished.
This year we are planning on reusing the letters (with a new coat of paint). We are also wrapping our daughter's gifts in festive cloth bags. I did this for Christmas this last year, and loved it. It took a whole 10 minutes to sew up the bags, and mere seconds to put the gifts inside, which is way less time than it would have taken for me to using actual wrapping paper. I love that we can reuse them.
We are also trying something new this year. We asked in our invitations (which were all sent via the internet except for a few for the grandparents) for guests to split their gift 50/50. Half the gift goes to a small toy for Tootsie Roll, and the other half is cash that is going to be collected to provide a goat or a cow to a family in need (we are doing this through Compassion International).
Now, onto the food. I am still throwing around ideas for this one. We don't want to push our ideas onto our family and friends by making them eat our exceptionally healthy diet. I am fine splurging and letting our daughter and our family eat junk food once in a while. This birthday party is going to probably be one of those times. I am planning on dipping small balloons in dark chocolate to create bowls, and then filling them with mousse and fresh fruit.
Our theme for the birthday party is a Tea Party, so we will be using a combination of corn-based throw away utensils, and my great grandmother's china she gave me (gasp, I know. Nobody uses china, but I think it is silly to have it and not use it).
Well, I think that about sums up most of what we are doing. I will probably put another post up here, after the party with how everything played out.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
To celebrate, my family and I are detoxing from are extended trip. We were inspired by Planet Green's article to detox.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Although this one is a little heavier on the science jargon it's worth a read
This one looks like it was in a newspaper, so it's easier to understand
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Enjoy! (you can youtube it)
John Forster & Tom Chapin © 1990
I had a turkey dinner, threw the bones away
They hauled them to the county dump without delay
By the following Thanksgiving they had turned to clay
They’re bio-de, bio-de, biodegradable garbage
Good garbage breaks down as it goes
That’s why it smells bad to your nose
Bad garbage grows and grows and grows
Garbage is supposed to decompose
Styrofoam is bad, it lasts a thousand years
Once a packing peanut’s born it never disappears
So crumple up your comics when you ship your chandeliers
‘Cause comics are bio-de, biodegradable garbage
Bridge: Well every time that you buy food you also buy the package
Bottles, boxes, cans, and bags; they end up in the garbage
Half of all our cash we’re spending on our trash
For the sake of Mother Earth let’s get our money’s worth!
Only buy bio-de, biodegradable garbage
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
How many other items in our home our actually making our lives more of a hassle? The washing machine? I am not saying this method is for everyone, but I do like how I now actually think about what I am doing, why I am doing it, and the cost-benefit analysis.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
This site sells reusable sanitary napkins and a nifty little device called a diva cup. Interesting. Even if one has no interest in making the switch to cloth reusable pads, I would still check out their info in the "tips and advice" as well as the "about" section for the company.
I love this man's story. He is a Christian from San Diego, and he felt like he had too much stuff, so he did something about it. He limited the amount of things he owned to just 100 items. Now we are talking just his items. He has a family with teen girls (I think teen girls), and they did not participate. He wrote about his experience (it has been some time since he did this).
I think it is awesome that he is finding happiness with less stuff. He had somewhat of a cheat because he had a large collection of books which is counted at "1 library" but I think that gives people with hobbies (sewing, scrapbooking, etc) the motivation to limit their other things. The point of the story is not following the rules to a T, it's about changing your perspective on why you buy, what you buy, and how much you buy. I think all of this has a huge part of being eco-friendly and green. There is so much stuff on this planet do we really need to get more of it?
on that note, another interesting site I found...
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Since I am so particular about what my daughter plays with, I set about making my own activities. Here is what I came up with.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Pea, Green Arrow Conv
I think some of these would be a lot of fun to try. However my list keeps getting longer and my yard is not growing at the same rate. I really only need a few seeds of each, not 250 or a pound of them. Soo, I am thinking about finding some other people who also want to try some vegetables and split the seeds.
Does anyone have any great ideas for gardening in a small place?
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
My family and I are more than a little tired of the snow everywhere and the blah produce section at our local grocery. I ordered some alfalfa seeds online and have been growing them in the house during this to help us get our extra vitamins. This sprouts are yummy and filled with all kinds of good vitamins. Plus they are easy to grow! We just fill up a quart size canning jar with water and a couple tablespoons of sprouts the first day. We cover the top with a pair of cut up hose. We rinse them a few times a day and in just 5 short days we have something that looks like what is above. They are delicious and great for my daughter to help with. We can see them growing so it keeps her attention span a little more. We put them in salads, on cold cut sandwiches, and in thai food.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
www.thedailygreen.com this site has a plethora of information. It explains the whys, hows, and what nots of how to do make a ton of stuff. I highly suggest taking a look. Even if you are not interested in the green movement it offers a lot of great money saving tips and advice for taking care of your family. (in the search engine I suggest looking up 'homemade shampoo') This site is awesome.....AWESOME.
www.progressivepioneer.com this site is a real mom of two kids and how her family makes their own things. Very creative and nice to hear stories about real life (ie sick kids and such).
www.sewliberated.typepad.com this lady is quite the crafty one. If any of you knit or sew or aspire to she has a fun blog. She also is raising her child in a Montessori environment and you can get a glimpse of what she does to make her house kid friendly.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
1 beaten egg
2 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer Gel
- 1 cup pure aloe vera gel
- 1-2 teaspoons of witch hazel (add until the desired consistency is reached)
- 8 drops of essential oils
Mostly Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer Gel
- 2 cups pure aloe vera gel
- 2 tablespoons 90% SD40 alcohol (perfumer’s alcohol if you can get it)
- 2-3 teaspoons essential oils
Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer
- 1/4 cup pure aloe vera gel
- 1/4 cup grain alcohol or vodka
- 10 drops essential oils
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup cashews
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup (as in REAL maple syrup)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, and brown sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.
Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.
(This recipe comes from Alton Brown, minus the coconut)
Thursday, January 27, 2011
2 tsp. salt
3 c. cold water
2 c. hot water
Add the salt to the flour in a saucepan. Pour in cold water gradually and beat the mixture with an egg beater until smooth. Add the hot water and boil the mixture until it becomes glossy. Beat it until it is smooth. Mix in food
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
½ cup Dr. Bronners
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
¾ tablespoons Tea Tree Oil and/or Vitamin E
2 tablespoons Glycerin
3 ½ cups water
Various Aromatherapy oils (ylang ylang, orange, eucalyptus, etc)
2 teaspoons Xanthan Gum
In a saucepan melt glycerin, and then combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle and shake well. The xanthan gum thickens the soap, so more or less may be used to reach preferred consistency
**This is meant to be a starting recipe, which adapts and grows to individual and family needs. It's not a science. Try different amounts of the ingredients to reach personal preference
Friday, January 21, 2011
1 Box of Borax
1 Box of Washing Soda
1 Box of Baking Soda
2 Bars of Fels Naptha
Grate the bars of Fels Naptha and combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container. Use 2 tablespoons per load.
*Fels Naptha can be found at Marsh, Meijer, and Rural King.
*Washing soda can be found at Rural King
As far as my guess-timation goes it cost about $.10 per load. I store the detergent in a 12 quart container and it last me about 9 months
Use ½ cup distilled white vinegar
Thursday, January 20, 2011
2 teaspoons natural liquid soap (Dr. Bronners, peppermint works well)
4 tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon water
½ teaspoon stevia powder or 2 tablespoons xylitol
10-20 drops peppermind oil
5-10 drops spearmint or orange oil
Boil small pan of water. Pull out 1 tablespoon, and stir in stevia/xylitol. Melt coconut oil and add. Blend well. Add essential oils. Pour in enough baking soda to thicken to toothpaste consistency. Fill a squeeze bottle (think of those picnic ketchup/mustard bottle)
2 cups Distilled White Vinegar
½ cup Hydrogen Peroxide
1 cup water
Use this cleaner for things like tile grout, or low contamination areas
For full strength omit the water (areas like the kitchen counters, bathroom sinks, doorknobs, etc.)
For scrubbing tubs or kitchen sinks sprinkle baking soda on the area and then spray with vinegar/peroxide. Let fizz and then scrub clean.
Table salt can also be added to the above for extra scrubbing power.