My favorite time of year is finally here! It takes a little longer for Fall to arrive here in Central California so I am so excited to take it all in and enjoy everything about this season. One of my favorite Fall traditions is making Hot Apple Cider. I find comfort in sitting with friends and family and holding a warm cup of delicious cider. I also love making it myself. This recipe is quick and easy and will fill your home with the scents of Fall. Enjoy!
What you need:
One liter of all natural, no sugar added Apple Juice
2 Cinnamon Sticks
2 whole Cloves
2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 Orange sliced thinly
What to do:
Simply add all ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil for 1-2 minutes and turn heat to a slow simmer for 20 minutes. Pour into glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick or slice of orange and enjoy!
This recipe is a staple in my home. It is so easy, I’m sure it will become a favorite in your house too. I filmed myself cooking this dish, but it’s a little shaky. So, feel free to watch, or simply read the recipe below.
What you need:
Salt and Pepper to taste
Garlic & Herb Seasoning (I use Salt-free Mrs. Dash)
What to do:
1. Heat on High a grill pan, or use the BBQ outside.
2. Place cleaned and cut asparagus on the hot grill.
3. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Allow to cook on grill for 2 minutes. The asparagus will turn a bright green.
4. Drizzle with olive oil.”
5. Flip asparagus and allow to cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
6. Sprinkle with garlic and herb seasoning.
7. Remove from pan and enjoy!
Here is the final product…Tasty!
Since I started this blog, my Dad has had his eyes out for organic products and ideas for me. It is so sweet! He is one of my biggest fans and I really appreciate all of his support. One of his great finds came in the form of an awesome soap company called Good Fortune Soap out of Tennessee. This company is the passion project for owner and soap maker Jennifer Jack. She makes all natural soaps, lotions, candles, scrubs, and much more. I have been so impressed with her customer service and products. The packaging is adorable, the ingredients are pure, and the Faucet Soap that I was able to try is amazing!
Jennifer sent me Faucet Soap in her best-selling Sweet Spice. This soap comes in a mesh bag that lathers with the soap, is refillable, and has a drawstring that can hook right onto your shower caddy. This soap smells so good. It is spicy with cinnamon, orange, and clove scents. Smelling this soap is like smelling Fall. This product also comes in Citronella Grapefruit, Peppermint Tea Tree, Sandlewood Lavender, and Apple Jack scents. The lather that this soap creates is full and velvety and addicting! It rinses clean and leaves your skin moisturized and lightly scented. I love this soap and will definitely be ordering more when I run low.
Check out Good Fortune Soap’s website for more natural bath and body products like 3-in-1 Oils, Body Lotions, Massage Candles, Lip Scrubs, Shave Soap, Room Sprays and more. Visit Good Fortune Soap to see all of their products and become a fan on Facebook to see weekly specials and other fun tips and tricks from Jennifer! Jennifer also provided me with extra product for a GIVEAWAY, so stay tuned for that video with rules and dates…coming soon!
Disclaimer: Good Fortune Soap did provide me with this product for review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’m always looking for healthy easy snacks and this one is as good as it gets. These sweet and salty Apple Chips are all natural and so simple!
This recipe is so easy! All you need is:
1. Salt to taste after baking.
2. Apples. Any kind will work, but I prefer Gala.
You will also need a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for baking.
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Next, simply wash and thinly slice your apples. You want them to be as thin as you can get them. Using a mandolin or food processor might help with this process, but I prefer to simply slice them using a knife…I’m not a fan of appliances :).
Place apple slices on to a parchment paper cookie sheet. If you do not have parchment paper, spray your cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Put cookie sheet into the 200 degree oven for one hour. Check the apples halfway through and flip them if necessary.
After apples are cooked, they will be brownish and dry-looking, remove them from the oven and sprinkle lightly with salt on both sides. Allow to cool for 30-45 minutes and enjoy! You can store these in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to five days, but they are so good I doubt they will last that long in your cupboard.
I hope you enjoy these amazing and healthy Apple Chips! They are crispy just like a chip without the additives and guilt :).
The finished product!
I love to paint my nails. I have a different color of polish on at least 3 times a week, which means at least 3 times a week I’m using nail polish remover to remove my polish. Traditional nail polish remover is made out of acetone, which is a highly flammable liquid that removes polish quickly, but dries out nails and cuticle. So, I was super excited to come across this Organic Nail Polish Remover from a company called Karma Organic. And I was even more excited when I was sent a bottle of this remover for review. Watch my video for more information and a demo :).
This nail polish remover is amazing! I have used it to remove my polish 4 times now and I’m in love with it! This product is: 100% Biodegradable, 100% Soy based, non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, free of any petroleum ingredients, derived from farm crops which in turn supports American farming, packaged in 100% recyclable glass bottles, comes in Lavender, Tea Tree, or Unscented with Vitamin E Oil, and each bottle is 4 fluid ounces and costs $12.
Please visit the Karma Organic website.
They also sell non-toxic nail polish, as well as body and skin care.
*Disclaimer: Karma Organic did provide me with this product for review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
While doing some research on organic certification, I came across this really cool website for organic farmers and retailers called The Organic Trade Association. The site is mostly full of information for tradespeople, not for normal folks like you and me, but they did have an awesome article on 10 Good Reasons To Go Organic, so I thought I would share their reasons with you all. You can visit the site by clicking here.
10 Good Reasons To Go Organic
1. Organic products meet stringent standards
Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs.
2. Organic food tastes great!
It’s common sense – well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.
3. Organic production reduces health risks
Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us.
4. Organic farms respect our water resources
The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.
5. Organic farmers build healthy soil
Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.
6. Organic farmers work in harmony with nature
Organic agricultural respects the balance demanded of a healthy ecosystem: wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fence rows, wetlands, and other natural areas.
7. Organic producers are leaders in innovative research
Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture’s impact on the environment.
8. Organic producers strive to preserve diversity
The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.
9. Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy
USDA reported that in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2% of farms. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops.
10. Organic abundance – Foods and non-foods alike!
Now every food category has an organic alternative. And non-food agricultural products are being grown organically – even cotton, which most experts felt could not be grown this way.
All information was taken from The Organic Trade Association.
I have been using some fun new products lately and wanted to quickly share them with you. Of course, they are all-natural and good for your body and skin. I also threw in a couple “lifestyle” products I can’t live without. If you have any questions about them, please feel free to ask me :). So let’s get started…
Shea Terra Organics African Black Soap Elixer in Mint Marrakesh $17
Kiss My Face Moisture Shave in Cool Mint $4
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer in Light to Natural $8
Alba Un-Petroleum Multi-Purpose Jelly $4
Starbucks To-Go 16 oz. Cold Cup $12
Bath&Body Works Reuseable Shopping Bag $2.50