Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I essentially use the "Libby's" recipe from the back of the can, with minor adjustments and changes if I am making it for a lactose intolerant friend. This is not a vegan recipe, but if you have suggestions for replacing eggs please share them, I'd like to make it vegan! Add to your favorite crust, or throw it in ramekins for a crustless pumpkin personal pie!
- 1 3/4 cups of pumpkin or a 15 oz can. (About one sugar pumpkins depending on size, you can freeze extra or make another yummy pumpkin recipe)
- 2 eggs, I haven't found a suitable substitute for vegans :(
- 1 12oz can evaporated milk or 1 1/2 cups soymilk. I really want to try this with soy nog!
- 1 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, i usually toss in a pinch of extra cinnamon too
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 c sugar
Saturday, January 21, 2012
These folks are grafting fruit bearing branches to ornamental pear and plum trees in the city. Unfortunately the DPW is calling it "vandalism" because, you know, fruit is so scandalous.
I for one haven't tried guerilla gardening, but I think it would be fun. A friend and I are planning to make some seed bombs next month before the rain season hits. I purchased some at Bi-Rite market for $0.50 each, but they look pretty easy to make
They actually had a workshop before me at Green Fest!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Butternut Squash Soup:
- 1 Butternut squash
- 2 Carrots
- 1 Leek with dark bits removed
- 1 med potato, I used red but I imagine any would work
- Olive Oil
- Curry Powder
- Salt and Pepper
- About 4 cups of veggie stock, or water with a veggie bullion cube
- Sriracha to tase
- Peel, chop and seed the squash. Chop the other veggies and put in large pot with enough olive oil to lightly cover the bottom of the pot.
- Brown the veggies for about five minutes. Add spices to taste.
- Add enough water or stock to cover, about four cups depending on the size of your veggies.
- Cover and simmer until ingredients are soft, about 30 to 40 minutes
- Throw it in the blender and puree away
- Add sriracha to taste.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Basic Cleaning supplies:
- Soap - Castile soap is all natural and made from vegetable oil, traditionally olive oil from the Castile region of Spain. Good at cutting grease on ovens, especially when used with an abrasive like Baking Soda or salt. It goes for about $10 - 15 a bottle depending on where you get it. You highly dilute it so one bottle will last a long time, many uses
- Baking Soda - sodium bicarbonate, or washing soda (sodium carbonate). I’ve never used washing soda so I cannot speak to that, but seen it used in laundry detergent recipes. Use baking soda for cutting thick grease (as ajax), de-oderizing, and silver polish (test first if antique!). Only $0.75 - 1 at many stores
- Vinegar - distilled white vinegar in a study by Good Housekeeping’s microbilogist in conjunction with 48 Hours found that vinegar kills 90% of mold and 99% of bacterial growth. This is at 5% acidity, which is what you would find in your grocery store. Costs $3 -5 depending on size, and dilute-able depending on your needs.
- Tea Tree Oil - most expensive on the list, powerful anti fungal. Great for killing mold spores and disinfecting. Dilute or use directly on mold, do not ingest. Essential oils like tea tree and eucalyptus are about $10 - 12 for a half ounce, use only a few drops.
Commercial cleaners go anywhere from $7 -10 a bottle, this is a fraction of the price by comparison, and priceless for your health.
Combining these basics:
- Vinegar + water = window cleaner, if there is a lot of grut, add some soap. Wipe off with newspaper to avoid residue drops.
- Baking soda and water - make into a paste, clean grease on ovens, silver polish
- Baking soda and vinegar - pour down drain, foams up like “volcano” school projects
- Tea tree and vinegar - spray on mold, leave to dry, then wipe off
All purpose cleaner:
2 parts water
1 Part vinegar
6-10 drops soap
7-10 drops tea tree oil
Combine in a spray bottle, adjust to your needs. If you have a more bacteria prone environment, add more vinegar. If mold is an issue, add more tea tree oil, etc.
- If you are concerned about scratching porcelain or silver with baking soda, test first.
- If mold is a big issue, call a professional. Mold is best beaten if you eliminate the source, i.e. the moisture.
- Use brushes or rags over sponges or paper towel. Rags can be thrown in the laundry, but sponges break down. If you need paper towel, go for recycled without bleach.
Monday, January 16, 2012
So yesterday my lip balm supplies came from Mountain Rose Herbs! I got right to making it when I got home... Here are the supplies:
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Lavender essential oil
You can mix and match and make your own recipes! I based mine from one I found through Mountain Rose Herbs, and I tweaked it a bit because I didn't want peppermint oil. I only added a tad of lavender because it is super strong. It's very easy. All I did was add my ingredients (minus the lavender) together in a pyrex doubled boiler until it melted down...
I got about 8 1/2 tubes which is pretty good considering I didn't spend much on ingredients AND I only used about 1 tablespoon of each ingredient. Much more lip balm to come for sure! So, you're wondering, how does it compare to store bought? It's certainly cheaper to get all these ingredients in bulk, so that's a plus. It's also great knowing exactly what you're putting on your face. No artificial stuff here, and you can get organic ingredients too. Texture wise it's a little more moist than your store bought chapstick. It's not wet enough to be a gloss though. When I make it again, I will use pots over tubes, because I don't think the texture is right for the tube. It does make your lips super shiny and tasty though! My lips are super sunburnt/chapped from the festival this weekend, so we will see if it heals them. One of the reasons I chose lavender, aside from it's beautiful smell and taste, is that it is said to have healing elements. I hope it works. Now my question for you....
What on earth can I do with this much beeswax and 7 1/2 extra tubes of lip balm?
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Earlier this week we made our finished worm home! It was easier than we expected and I'm glad I got it out of the way finally. We had to borrow a drill from a friend because we didn't have one, but that was the only roadblock. Once we drilled the holes in the box we put some newspaper bedding in
Then we just moved over the soil and food from the temp home
All done! Yay! I should have taken a picture of it oh well. The worms are happy and we've been keeping them on a steady diet of banana peels and cherry tomatoes that are past their prime.
We spent a good chunk of today clearing out old cookware in our kitchen to make space for canning supplies. I want HOMEMADE PICKLES so bad!!! Now I'll scour Craigslist for a canner, or worst case scenario get one on Amazon. In the mean time I'm thinking about doing homemade butter and buttermilk... Oh I also planted forget me not seeds in an old pepper container until they sprout and then I'll move them over...
Yay for reusing things!