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Simple Summer Recipes

Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

It’s already heating up; so, I’m trying to spend as little time hovering over a hot stove as possible.  Summer is a great time for raw veggies and simple recipes that don’t require any heat.  Here is a salad idea adapated from a Taste of Home recipe. Can’t get any more simple

3 chopped tomatoes

1 chopped red onion

1 chopped red bell pepper

1 tsp ground black pepper

1/4 C chopped fresh cilantro

1 tsp salt

2 drained cans of corn

1 garlic clove finely chopped

2 tbs olive oil

1/3 C balsamic vinegar

Mix and Enjoy

Sprouting

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Sprouting
5.49 is all it took to get me started with sprouting. I had my first sprout salad today – Delish!

All the salad consisted of was beautiful enzyme rich live sprouts and organic balsamic vinegar.

5.49 + 3 days – well worth the investment

Day one – use the water used to soak the sprouts in a green smoothie

Day two – continue to rinse twice a day

Day three – time to reap the rewards of your not so hard work

If you are not able to reach a health food store that sells sprouting jars – a mason jar with holes punched in the top should work fine. The sprouting jars come with mesh tops that allow the seeds to breathe a bit more but a home made jar will also serve you well.

If you don’t have the resources to garden I strongly advise you start sprouting. It really is as easy as it looks.

Let the Gardening Begin

Posted by on Apr 18, 2010 in Miscellaneous | 6 comments

Let the Gardening Begin

I haven’t yet graduated beyond potted gardening, but as you can see I have a hat which clearly indicates my serious gardener status.  Potted gardening is just a legit as the next thing, and not nearly as taxing.  I use the same pots every year so all that getting started requires is a trip to the gardening center, picking out the plants and soil, and following the directions the plants are sold with – pretty easy stuff.   The entire process only took about 2 hours (travel to the store included), and I will hopefully be eating off of these plants all summer.  I planted cilantro, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, jalapenos and red bell peppers.  I have big plans to make the Hubs lots of salsa this summer in addition to tons of salads for myself. 

Sweet Potato Pie

Posted by on Apr 16, 2010 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

I’ve had Sweet Potato Pie on the brain. 
Top of my to do list this weekend

  • 9″ pie crust
  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cups dates blended with water

Pre-heat oven at 350
Boil sweet potatoes – skin
Blend peeled potatoes with other ingredients
Bake for 40 minutes

Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Posted by on Apr 11, 2010 in Vegan $1 Menu | 0 comments

I’m not too thrilled with packaged food these days but sometimes I still get in the mood for something other than leafy greens.  I have a monstrous supply of oatmeal in the cupboard so I am finding all kinds of alternate uses for oatmeal.  I plan on grinding up some in the blender and using it as flour in the bread maker later on this week.  Today’s use of the oatmeal was pretty conventional.

§  1.5 cups oats
§  1/2 cup chopped walnuts
§  3/4 cup crasins 
§  1 tsp cinnamon
§  1 tsp kosher salt
§  1.25 cups soy milk
§  1 tbs flax seed
§  3 tbs water
§  1 tsp vanilla

1.    Preheat oven to 350*
2.    Combine ingredients
3.    Bake 40 minutes 
4.    Enjoy 


    Feeling Outdoorsy

    Posted by on Feb 28, 2010 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

    Feeling Outdoorsy

    The hubs and I are kicking around vacation ideas. I am thinking an active vacation would be a lot more fun than sitting around and eating all day. I’ve started looking through our vacation photos. The least expensive of our trips and one of the most fun is pictured below, a really simple camping trip (my very first camping trip) a few hours away from home. This is an idea I would like to revisit – no TV, no itinerary, plenty of fresh air, and plenty of time to take the hubs on walks. I am feeling outdoorsy and hoping that soon enough Hubs will see the light.




    Brace Yourself

    Posted by on Feb 18, 2010 in Cat Lover | 4 comments

    Brace Yourself

    This may very well be the cutest thing you have ever seen

    Money Talks

    Posted by on Feb 18, 2010 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

    If money talks, what does your’s say about you?

    “I don’t mind child labor, if it will save me a buck”

    “I have no interest in supporting small business”

    “Artisanship is a thing of the past.”

    “I love big buisness, factory lines, and facilitating the death creativity”

    Okay maybe that is a little extreme. I’m pretty sure no one intends to encourage child labor and or the death of creativity, but if you don’t consciously make an effort to avoid supporting these things, you inevitably will. I would like to believe that the bulk of the time my money says fairly nice things about me. Even though there is no way to control the actions of others, you do have power as a consumer. Don’t throw your money at people, organizations, or products that you don’t particularly want to succeed.

    I am passionate about supporting women and creativity. One of my latest discoveries is Moon Bees. http://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonBees Moon Bees is run by a work at home mom. I made a purchase last month and I am very pleased.  Etsy is one of my favorite sites and this just one of the many fabu shops.  Let me know what you find there and if you feel inspired to start selling your wares – be sure to tell me all about it. 

    Sick Day

    Posted by on Feb 16, 2010 in Miscellaneous | 3 comments

    I’ve been out of commission for a few days, but my trusty homemade cough syrup has me well on my way to recovery.  This will leave you a little smelly – so be prepared for a few days of celibacy. 

    • Chopped Garlic Bulb (Yes – the whole thing – don’t be scared)
    • Honey
    • Water
    • Lemon Juice
    • 10 drops Eucalyptus Oil
    Cover the garlic with wet ingredients and blend. 
    Let the healing begin.