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How to Make Your Own Organic Kale Chips!

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Kale ChipsI have fallen into the kale chip craze, and I may need a rehabilitation program to get over how amazing this snack is. I wasn’t sure if I would be a fan of the crispy version of the bitter “super food,” so I journeyed to my local grocery store to purvey their selection of kale chips.

One brand was a curry flavor and did not look appetizing. Next, I found a vegan cheese version called Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale Chips. This one looked yummy, plus they were on sale, so those came home with me. As I was cooking dinner that night, I popped open the box and started munching on these leafy chips … and to my surprise, they were delicious! I was surprised by the flavor and how addicting they were. I nearly ate the entire box while making dinner!

While I was impressed with this crispy delights, I was not impressed…

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Natural Laundry Detergent

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I read a great line on DIY Natural’s blog the other day:”If they sell it in the store, you can make it at home.” This is SO true. In my quest to go all-natural, one of the easiest things to get rid of is that toxic crap they call laundry soap. It’s bad for you, it ruins your clothes, and destroys the environment. To add insult to injury, they charge ridiculous prices for it!

I am going to show you the two recipes I’ve been using that are all-natural. The best part is they are EASY to make and SUPER CHEAP! I’ve read a ton of blogs and articles about making your own natural laundry soap; some are more complex than others. The point of this blog is practical ways to live healthy and green on a busy schedule, so without further adieu, here’s some stuff that will clean your…

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DIY All-Natural 5 Minute Body Wash!!!

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When I began my mission to eliminate chemicals and toxins from my household that also included the products I used on my body. It’s scary to think about all the things we put on our skin (our largest organ) which we have been lulled into complacency to believe are safe. Instead of putting {insert long list of unnatural synthetic carcinogenic ingredients here}, I decided to do a lil digging to see what other’s are doing. My friend Sarah B. had recently posted on facebook a picture of homemade body products. I asked her if she would share her recipes with me, and she was kind enough to do so.

At first, it was hard to get used to the natural body wash – it was not gel-like like the products you would buy at the store. BUT!!! I instantly felt better about what I was using. It left me feeling…

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Vegetarian Grilling: Vegetable Tofu Skewers

One of my go-to dinners for summertime is grilled veggies. There are so many great vegetables to choose from and they taste amazing over an open flame. As summer winds to a close and fall puts that nip in the air … I can’t help but want to wander out to my grill and give it some more love before it’s too cold to use it. (Though, I’m not afraid to grill year-round.)

Being constantly busy with work and school, I need quick healthy meals to keep my body in working order. Here’s a little diddy I came up last night. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. (No leftovers! Ha!)

What you will need:

  • 1 pkg. of baked tofu
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 container of mushrooms (I chose crimini)
  • 3 skewers
  • spices
  • salt & pepper
  • oil/butter/non-stick spray

Serves two. All ingredients are organic.

Note: Tofu tends to stick, so make sure it’s properly oiled before putting it on the grill.

Let’s get started!!!

  • Pre-heat the grill.
  • Wash the zucchini, and slice into 3/4 inch thick rounds.
  • Wipe the mushroom caps with a damp cloth to get the dirt off, cut the stems off.

  • Open up the tofu and cut into about 1 inch chunks (I got 8 chucnks out of mine).
  • Sprinkle mushrooms and zucchini with salt, pepper, and your favorite grilling spices. I used pepper, garlic salt, and McCormick’s “Savory” blend.
  • Skewer your items in whatever order you choose.

  • I melted a couple tablespoons of butter mixed with a couple tablespoons of olive oil to brush on my veggies so they don’t stick to the grill grates. You can use whatever you want to keep it from sticking.
  • I turned my grill all the way to low beause it runs hot, but probably somewhere between low to medium will be perfect for cooking these.

  • Turn every 3-5 minutes, so they get a little char on them, but don’t burn. Brush them again with the buttler/oil mixture,
  • Remove after about 15 minutes and serve!

They are tasty on their own, or you can dip them in teriyaki sauce. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite food to grill?

Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy.

~Sharon

DIY Surface Cleaner: All-Natural & Non-Toxic

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When I was researching ways to get toxic chemicals out of my house, I stumbled upon some amazing information. One piece of information was how to make your own surface cleaner that would not only clean, but disinfect. It can be used in the kitchen, in the bathroom, and even on glass. It’s simple, cheap, and safe.

What you will need:

  • an empty spray bottle (if you reuse one from a previous product, be sure to wash it thoroughly)
  • white vinegar
  • water
  • dish soap (optional)
  • a funnel (to assist in pouring, also optional)

Here we go … Remove the nozzle and fill your bottle halfway with water (does not need to be exact).   Next, fill the other half with white vinegar.

The next part is optional: I add one drop of dish soap to this mixture. It helps with getting grease off surfaces. You can leave it out.

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The Great Tofu Scramble Adventure

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Okay, I know what you might be thinking … “tofu scramble sounds so gross!” Others may be thinking that this sounds incredibly yummy. Still, others might just be curious to see what the heck I’m talking about. I encourage everyone to keep reading. There is delicious food to be had!

For long-time tofu connoisseurs, this is nothing new. For me, this is an alternative to morning scrambled eggs. I don’t know why, but lately eggs have been … how do I put this nicely? … eggs are making me queasy and I just can’t eat them!!! So, I embarked on a googling adventure to find an alternative to the morning staple and here’s what I came up with:

Now, please forgive me in advance, I am of Italian descent so I do not measure anything when I’m cooking. I will give you my best approximation of how much I used…

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Lilly the Deer: Save her from being removed from her family

Please read this story … and if you are compelled, as I was, please sign the petition.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/lilly-the-deer-save-her-from-being-removed-from-her-family

Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy.

~Sharon

Coralganics

I was just scrolling through my Facebook feed and came upon this wonderful video of a little girl named Coral who has some important questions for Dr. Oz. Since I haven’t watched TV in over 3 years, I don’t know who Dr. Oz is, but I love this little girl’s message. More children should be as educated about our food supply as she is. Check it out!

Until next time, I send you peace, love and good energy!

~Sharon

Dandelion Sunshine Jelly

Check out this very interesting recipe from one of my favorite bloggers, Rural Spin. It’s a nice way to use up those so-called “weeds” in our yards … which turn out to be highly nutritious and a great food source. Eat dandelions! Don’t kill ’em 🙂

Rural Spin

Dandelion Sunshine Jelly by Rural Spin - www.ruralspin.com.

Making jelly using dandelion flowers is a commitment, no doubt about it. But if you enjoy tedium and working with lovely flowers, this is the jelly for you! And there is a real feeling of satisfaction you get from making a delicious food from what some call a weed.

My recipe is not straight-up dandelion jelly. To me, dandelion jelly deserves to be elevated a bit to reflect what I think of as its sunshine status. I wanted to layer flavors with dandelion’s honey-like flavor so the jelly tastes more like dandelion than just jellied flower parts. Because of this, I use honey as the sweetener to accentuate the natural dandelion flavor, lemon juice and zest for brightness, and cinnamon for warmth. This is a lovely, light, tasty  jelly to serve on toasts, with cheese and crackers, or as a glaze to a baked ham.

INGREDIENTS

Makes 2 pints

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DIY Beachy-Hair Mist

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Ahhh Springtime. So close to summer. Time for lost clothing, shorts, hikes, and camping. It’s also that time of year for beachy, flowy hair. One thing that just makes me laugh is when people buy “Beach Spray” for their hair. Don’t be fooled! You’re buying salt water (with perhaps, a little hair spray) in a bottle – this is a very sneaky scheme. It’s easy to get scammed into buying that beautiful bottle of stuff that promises to make you look like you just returned from the beach.

Well, I have a surprise for you!!! You can make your own for pennies on the dollar.

You will need:

  • Spray bottle (use one that you already own by washing it out and reusing it instead of buying a new one.)
  • Water
  • Salt, natural sea salt preferably
  • Hairspray (try this natural DIY version)

Simply dissolve a teaspoon or two of salt into some warm water, add a little hairspray if you choose, shake, spray! Yes, that easy.

For me, I have stick-straight hair. I spray this on my dry hair and scrunch it up with my hands until the spray dries. It gives my hair a little more texture than it normally has. The more natural texture you have, the more wave you will see. Be careful though, the salt will dry out your hair. Be sure to properly moisturize your hair so you don’t damage your hair. Just because it is a natural product, does not mean that it will not damage your hair.

Have you ever made your own beach mist or hairspray? What have your results been? What kind of recipe did you use?

Until next time, I send you peace, love and good energy.

~Sharon