If you like making your own granola, this Kitchen Sink Granola is really handy because there are lots of substitutions you can make, depending on what you happen to have on hand. You definitely need rolled oats and a few other things, but there’s lots of flexibility Continue reading
When hot weather comes around, I usually crave watermelon. It’s so refreshing and it’s good for you too. And I discovered that watermelon is also great for making flavored water! Combining chunks of juicy watermelon with fresh mint and tart limes makes a great-tasting summery drink! You just have to plan ahead a little, since you need to chill the mixture for 1 to 2 hours before drinking.
I buy watermelon regularly throughout the summer and I grow my own mint in a large pot, so I had everything I needed to make this except for the limes. You can make it without limes, but I like the refreshing zing they add to the mix!
WATERMELON-MINT-LIME WATER by NancyC
Makes 1 large pitcher
- 3 cups cubed watermelon chunks (cut in 1/2″ size cubes)
- 4 sprigs of mint (a sprig is a stem with 6 to 8 leaves), lightly crushed or rubbed (to release flavor and scent)
- 2 limes, thinly sliced (use organic limes or wash limes very well!)
- 7 to 8 cups of water
- 2 to 3 cups of ice
Add cubed watermelon, mint sprigs, and sliced limes to pitcher, then add water and ice. Chill for 1 to 2 hours to infuse flavors, then serve, pouring into ice-filled glasses. Tastes best the day it’s made.
It definitely does taste best the day it’s made, but you can finish drinking this flavored water up by the second day if you have any left over. It really is refreshing and more fun to drink than plain water! What do you like to add to your water?
Who would have thought that black tea could be used as a window cleaner? I think it’s a great idea–so many people drink it, so they have it on hand, and it’s a great eco-friendly alternative to conventional chemical-laden cleaners. I didn’t come up with this idea myself–the tea experts at Choice Organic Teas, makers of organic, fair trade certified teas, told me about it and sent me some samples of their black tea to try it out! They sent me their Classic Black, English Breakfast, and Wild Forest Black teas–any black tea should work for making the window cleaner.
I used the Classic Black tea and found that this window cleaner is really easy to make. I was also surprised at how well it cleaned my windows! Here’s how you make it:
BLACK TEA WINDOW CLEANER
What you’ll need:
- a clean, empty spray bottle
- 3 tea bags of black tea
- 1 cup of hot water
Directions: Steep tea bags in 1 cup of water for 4 to 5 minutes; remove tea bags and let brewed tea cool. Pour the cooled tea into your spray bottle. Spray on windows and mirrors and wipe thoroughly with a paper towel or cloth.
That’s all there is to it! it’s nice to be able to clean your windows using natural ingredients instead of chemicals, isn’t it? This sure comes in handy for spring and summer cleaning! Have you ever tried making your own window cleaner?
When I heard about the book Whole Body Reboot by Manuel Villacorta, M.S., R.D., the thing that got my attention was the 5-day smoothie detox plan, because I love smoothies. But this book is about much more than smoothies–it’s about Peruvian Superfoods and, as the cover mentions, includes a healthy eating diet plan and recipes to detoxify, energize, and supercharge fat loss. The book explains that Peruvian super foods fight cancer, reduce inflammation, boost energy, and enhance memory. There’s lots of great-sounding recipes and color photos in Whole Body Reboot–some recipes that sounded good to me were:
- Roasted Artichoke Mashed Potatoes
- Power Trail Mix
- White Bean Avocado Wrap
- Quinoa Parmesan Pizzettes
- Sweet Potato Waffles
And there’s lots of recipes for different ways to fix chicken, fish, and pork in healthy ways.
At the beginning of the book, in chapter 2, is where you’ll find the Jump-Start Reboot Diet Plan. And that’s where you’ll find the five detox smoothies. The one I decided to make, the Orange Reboot, is supposed to be made on day 2 of the plan. It’s a lightly-sweet smoothie made with a blend of carrots, orange, and papaya, along with a few other very healthy ingredients. It’s also flavored with cinnamon, which gives the smoothie a nice spicy flavor. Considering I’m not that crazy about carrots, I thought the smoothie was pretty good.
So if you want to give your body healthy reboot, you’ll have to check out the book. And here’s the Orange Reboot smoothie recipe if you want to try it out!
ORANGE REBOOT DETOX SMOOTHIE from Whole Body Reboot
Makes 1 large serving, about 21-22 ounces
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh carrots
- 1/3 of a peeled orange, chopped (I used a medium-sized orange)
- 1 cup chopped fresh papaya
- 1 1/2 cups coconut water
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons (or 20-25 g) Protein Powder (rice, pea, or whey)
Put all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
There are a total of 135 recipes in Whole Body Reboot and 4 weeks of menus. You might need to add some new ingredients to your pantry to make some of these recipes, like Lucuma and Pichuberries. It sounds like a very healthy way to eat. Have you ever tried a diet like this?
Are you planning on dyeing some Easter Eggs this year? I’ve found several sites that show how you can use natural ingredients as dyes for your eggs–fruits, veggies, herbs, and spices like blueberries, oranges, red and yellow onions, paprika, and much more! I haven’t tried any of these yet, but I thought I’d go ahead and share some helpful links with you! Above, the photo of these pretty pastel-colored eggs is from Better Homes and Gardens–see instructions here at bhg.com.
You need to check out these naturally dyed eggs at the blog Dreamy Whites–they are beautiful and so is the blog!
At Your Homebased Mom, you’ll find out how to create dyes that produce these soft earthy colors–such great shades! See instructions here at yourhomebasedmom.com.
Here’s a nice variety of soft colors from Kaleyann.com–visit her blog for how-to’s here.
If you’re wanting colors that are a little more vivid, you’ll find tips at A Few Short Cuts.
MarthaStewart.com also has instructions for dyeing eggs naturally–look at those rich colors!
Have you tried dyeing eggs with natural ingredients? Do you prefer using natural or regular dyes?