Posts Tagged ‘sarah goes organic’

Hot Apple Cider Recipe

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!

Grilled Asparagus

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:
Fresh asparagus
Salt and Pepper to taste
Garlic & Herb Seasoning (I use Salt-free Mrs. Dash)
Olive Oil

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!

Good Fortune Soap Giveaway!

**CONTEST CLOSED**

A few days ago I did a product review on Good Fortune Soap and their natural Faucet Soap in Sweet Spice.  I love this product and I especially love this company.  You can see my Good Fortune Soap Product Review for details and more information on the company and other products they offer.  Jennifer Jack, the owner and soap maker, was generous enough to provide me an extra Faucet Soap for one of my readers!  This soap is awesome and is fast becoming my favorite new product. 

To win, follow these simple steps:

  1.  You must subscribe to my blog.  Just click on the “subscribe” button located on the upper right side of your computer screen. 
2.  You must leave a comment on this video.
  Let me know what you have done to go organic, or what your favorite blog entry is on my site, or what you plan on working on to become more “green”.  You can pretty much say anything you want to, but each comment you leave has to be different from the last. 
3.  The more comments you leave, the better chance you have to win! 

Contest starts with the posting of this blog and closes on
Wednesday October 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm
I will use random.org to choose the winner and will let you all know who wins after the close of this contest.
If you have any questions, please email me 🙂

You can purchase this Faucet Soap and other products at
www.goodfortunesoap.com
Good Luck and happy commenting!!

Good Fortune Soap Review

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!

 

 

 

www.goodfortunesoap.com

Disclaimer:  Good Fortune Soap did provide me with this product for review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Homemade Apple Chips

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!

Fight Allergies…Naturally!

I have never suffered from allergies…until now!  I have had uncontrollable itchy watery eyes and there seems to be no particular rhyme or reason to when or how long these symptoms will last.  I have taken allergy medication, but to be honest, it makes me feel drugged out, light-headed, and loopy.  I do not like feeling like that!  So I have been doing research on natural ways to provide relief for my allergy symptoms.  If you also suffer from allergies, hopefully these all natural tips will help you too.

An Orange a Day Keeps the Dr. Away:  I have always known that vitamin C is one way to fight off cold symptoms, but I never knew why exactly.  The vitamin C found in orange juice and other citrus is a proven antihistamine.  Doctors recommend taking 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily during allergy season (an average size orange has about 100 mg).  Also, taking a vitamin C supplement all year round could help prevent allergy symptoms all together.

Garlic Scares Vampires and Allergies Away!
Both garlic and onions are high in quercetin which is an antioxidant that prevents cells from releasing histamine.  Eating both of these vegetables daily will not only flavor your foods, but they could prevent allergy symptoms.  If you are not a fan of these flavors, or if you don’t want to stock up on breath mints, you can invest in a quercetin supplement, like Natural D-Hist.                                                          

                                    

When in Doubt, Put  Green Tea on it!  Not only do the EGCG’s found in green tea fight wrinkles making you look younger, they also block histamines and IgE.  Green Tea is officially a natural miracle brew!  For the most EGCG rich tea, only steep the tea for three minutes, any longer and you could risk breaking down these powerful antioxidants too much.

 

 

Clean Up! Clean Up!  Everybody Clean Up! 
Every time you open up your front door, you are bringing in pollen and dust into your home.  Take off your shoes as soon as you enter your home to prevent tracking in unwanted dirt, dust, and pollen.  Also, you should sweep and mop your floors at least once a week as well as vacuuming and dusting your home.  Doing these chores will not only make your home look wonderful, but it will eliminate allergy causing spores in your home.  

 

K-I-S-S-I-N-G!  Not only is kissing fun, but it reduces inflammation caused by stress.  Also, a resent study showed that allergy sufferesr had lower levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE) after kissing a loved one.  IgE is a marker of allergic reactions.  So, get busy and get kissing to relieve allergies!

                               

How to Save Money While Going Organic

I often get questions about how to save money while going organic, so I have compiled a few tips on the subject.  These are simple ways to cut costs on fresh whole foods and other organic ingredients.  Please leave comments below on how you save money while shopping for organic food.

Plan a Menu
The easiest way to save money is to plan meals.  Plan on 2-3 days worth of meals including snacks.  Make a shopping list of exactly what you need to make those meals and stick to that list at the grocery store.  Making a shopping list at home will help you to utilize all of the food you already have and will keep you focused on specific food items at the store.  Take an inventory of what you already have on hand and plan meals using those things.  Planning ahead also eliminates the stress of wondering what to cook after a long day at work and lessens the urge to eat out.

 

 

Cook at Home
I love to eat out, but let’s face it, its expensive.  The amount of money you spend for one night out could purchase all of the groceries for 3-4 days of cooking at home!  I try to limit my eating out to special occasions.  Also, purchasing ingredients to make your own salad dressings, breads, and drinks can save you tons of money.  Plus, making your own condiments and sides at home allows you to control everything about what you are consuming.

 

 

Buy in Bulk
Warehouse stores like Costco provide inexpensive ways to purchase large amounts of foods.  Frozen fruit and meats, for example, are a great deal at Costco and can be stored in your freezer for long periods of time.  Places like Whole Foods Market offer a bulk food aisle featuring bins of organic rice, nuts, grains, and seeds all at discounted prices.  Purchasing larger bags of greens is usually a better deal than buying a small bag and taking advantage of “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” promotions at stores is a great way to buy in season, fresh produce.

 

 

Shop at Farmers’ Markets
I love shopping for produce at farmers’ markets (See my Farmers’ Market Blog Post Here).  Not only do you get to purchase in season, locally grown produce, but you generally save money because you get to cut out the middle man by purchasing directly from the farmer.  Most vendors are also organic farmers so you are automatically getting the best fruits and veggies available.

 

 

Eat in Season
To save lots of money buy only fruits and veggies that are in season.  Purchasing these items not only takes advantage of what is naturally being grown that time of year, but also will ensure you are getting the freshest, least genetically modified produce possible.  If you find great deals on certain fruits or veggies, you might consider freezing them to cook later or even dehydrating fruit to snack on all year.

 

 

 

Plant a Garden
This is the simplest way to go organic.  Starting a garden is interactive and rewarding.  If you have a large space, go crazy!  Plant lettuce, tomatoes, squash, green beans, pumpkins, strawberries, peppers, potatoes, and carrots.  If space is an issue, plant a pot of tomatoes, or a herb garden on your window sill.  Growing your own food will generally yield a 200% savings.  For every dollar you spend on the garden, you should produce $2 worth of food.

 

 

Eat Less Meat
Bottom line, meat is expensive.  And the average American eats much more meat than necessary.  Treat meat as a treat.  Only buy it for special occasions or when you find great sales.  When cooking meat for meals, try to stick to specific portion guidelines.  For example, one serving of chicken, red meat or fish should be 3 ounces, or roughly the size of a deck of cards.