Category Archives: Organic

Late Night Jammin! 

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Sometimes it is hard to did. The time to get stuff done… Especially when there is a mid-season finale to watch too, The Walking Dead!  
So in between the episode and The Talking Dead, my husband and I decided to can some jelly. 
Over the summer, we picked about 20 pounds of fresh local organic strawberries. We love strawberries!  We had about 5 in the freezer. 

We defrosted them, got organic sugar, and pectin and grabbed our jars off the shelves.

 We measured out 6 cups of strawberry meat and slightly blended them in our vitamix. We left some chunks of fruit for the jam!   

As we heated up the strawberries in a pot, we sanitized the jars (boil for 10 minutes). Kids were added after roaring boil was done. 

The strawberry meat was mixed with 1/4 c of organic sugar, 6 tablespoons of pectin and 1/4 c of lemon juice. We brought that to a boil, which couldn’t be stirred away and then added 4 and 3/4 cups of sugar. Brought that to a boil and the began to fill the sanitized jars. 

  

Once jars are full, you put the lids on and make sure tighten the screw top lid. 

Then you place back in pot of boiling water for 3 minutes to sanitize. 

 

Once that’s completed you can take them out and allow to come to room temperature. You may here kids pop, that’s ok, that’s just the jars sealing! 

It takes about and hour and half to complete! 

We love making it and can’t wait to pick more fruit this summer to make more! 
Till next time! 😀

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Natural Beauty 

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I so want to have vegan, organic, and animal cruelty and paraben free, etc makeup and face wash. 

However, I am having a hard time with the prices. I know that they are better and healthier for me, but I also want to make sure I’m not breaking the bank. I WISH, like really wish I could just go to the store and buy all the makeup and face care items I want; but then I wake and realize this is real life… Haha! 

I am however making better decisions when my “bad” items run out. I am replacing them with new. I have also come to the realization that my makeup lasts FOREVER… I do not wear it as often as I used too, staying home. Which for real is real natural beauty.. Haha! 

Pretty much my everyday look!

But my face & body wash, and lotions go a lot faster! Those are the things I use everyday… Or every other… Haha! Depending on if I can squeeze in a shower… 😛

So here is what I have been able to replace:

Love this face wash! even my husband likes it, because it isnt girly smelling.

Here is my face lotion and toner,. same company as face wash! when i made the switch iI did breakout a bit(but thats common for me-especially when switching to new)

  

Toothpaste. i had been reading some bad things about glycerin and floride, so i wanted to find alternatives. im not sure im completly settled on this one, but its not bad.

  

I love this for my crows feet. I feel like it works. I just have to remeber to put it on !

  

Oh! What don’t I use this for?! Haha! Coconut oil is great! I use it EVERYDAY! This is my hair gel, deep conditioning and hair growth routine. LOVE LOVE LOVE COCONUT OIL!

  

Another eye cream. I use this on occasion., im not sure how I feel about it.

  

LOVE THIS! Best shaving gel! smells good!

   

Of course i use my doTERRA oils to make my own concotions. (i sell)

These are most of the items I have changed too over time. I’m sure there are more in my house and of course there are other items not pictured that I tried and just stopped using. but I can’t think right now… Haha! Plus, the kiddies are now calling for me! 

I just keep reminding myself “don’t buy the same chemical laced product when it runs out, buy a vegan, organic, and animal cruelty and paraben free, etc product to replace! 

I want to talk about a clay mask I use too! Next post! 


Till next time! 😄


*i am in no way associated with any company or product mentioned in post except doTERRA. I am an independent wellness advocate. 

Vegetable Broth

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Well this morning I woke up and was feeling motivated to do something different, besides cleaning…lol! I’ll have toget to that later though…

Over the past two months, my family has made a move to a more plant based diet! So,my husband and I have been collecting our vegetable scraps. When we first began this, we had. Bag in the fridge we would place our scraps. Quickly we realized it would be better to have a freezer continer. So we took a “Tupperware”(not rely Tupperware, but easy to associate) and put it in the freezer. Once we were done slicing. Choping, and peeling veggies, we would just place them in the freezer. 

Remember to NOT put bitter veggies in the scrap container like, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage or anything that is starting to rot (duh?!).  DO put in celery, garlic, shallots, onions, carrot peels, green onion prices, mushrooms, bell peppers, and herbs like rosemary, parsley, and thyme. 

When you have about 5 cups of scraps this is what you do: (thank you Thug Kitchen). 

1- in a large pot fill with about 9-10 cups of water, add scraps. 

 Here is a shot of the beginning. 

2-get this going to a simmer over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon (I had to add more after the hour. The broth was a little bland) of salt and pepper. Add 2 bay leaves if you have. Let simmer for an hour uncovered to get all the flavors out! 

  Simmering for about 30 minutes. 

3-turn off heat, let cool and then strain veggie scraps out.

  After an hour!

You can freeze broth for later or put in fridge(use in a week).

Put your container back in the fridge and start filling it up again! 

  

Hope you like! 

I choose to freeze mine for later use!

Till next time! 😄

*I am in no way associated with Thug Kitchen or Tupperware. I just love Thug Kitches recipes and I wish I owned Tupperware! 

I’m a Thug…Well in the Kitchen!

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Holy F*cking Cookbook!…Oops, pardon my language, I’ve just been enjoying the Thug Kitchen Cookbook! 😄

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If you haven’t heard about it, please watch this video….Mind you it contains explicit language.

Thug Kitchen Cookbook Trailer(explicit)

I laughed so hard, I almost peed myself…after all the laughs, it made me really think. They were absolutely correct.

Luckily for Christmas, my mother gave us the book.

This cookbook has helped my family make healthier food decisions and realize what good vegan/vegetarian food is.

I’m not going to lie, going from a meat family to making vegan/vegetarian choices is overwhelming. I really thought we would get bored with flavors and items. However, we are not! It has also made us explore flavors and items we have never before. For example, vegan ricotta for lasagna.

My favorite part of this cookbook is how it is written. No, I’m not just talking about the foul language…However, I do have a mouth of a truck driver (no offense) can relate to it , and enjoy reading it. What I mean is that the book is written in a way to make it sound like your best friend is telling you how to cook these amazing recipes. It doesn’t read as if it were condescending and making you feel overwhelmed.

It’s real and down to earth. It also gives a great description of how the food should look, feel and taste. I also like that if there is an item in the recipe that can be hard to find or substituted they name the alternative.

We made the White Bean Balls with Kale Wedding soup. Which was delish! From the recipe we were able to adapt it to a previous dish, zucchini noodle pasta. This time, we made the zucchini noodles, the bean balls and sauce.

Here is the bean ball recipe:
“BEAN BALLS
Cooking spray
3 cups cooked kidney beans*
¼ cup chopped onion**
½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup nutritional yeast*** or flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
2 teaspoons no-salt, all-purpose seasoning blend
1 teaspoon each dried thyme, basil, and oregano
½ teaspoon grated lemon zest” -taken from Thug Kitchen online.

Like I said this book has helped my family make conscious healthier decisions. I highly recommend it to anyone!

Check out their website:Thug Kitchen

*I am in no way affiliated with Thug Kitchen. I am just a huge fan of their cookbook and had to share! If you want tasty dinners, go buy the f*cking book! Hahaha!