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Homemade Pesto with Lemon Thyme Recipe

June 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hey! It’s been a while since I’ve made a Tasty Tuesday recipe.  Well, as you know, I’ve been busy.  But here’s my new find. Last week I noticed that my basil plants were getting better and bigger.  I decided to make my first batch of homemade pesto. As I am not one to follow recipes and guidelines, I wandered around my small garden in search of inspiration, looking for a spinoff on a great pesto recipe. 

Natural remedy for ear infections

June 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Natural remedy for swimmer’s ear that works better than doctor’s medication! I have this great homemade recipe that I use fairly often to cure outer ear infections (also known as swimmer’s ear). I have always been prone to such infections, and as far as I can remember I spent a few weeks every summer as a child having to put drops in either ears and keeping clear of the pool for an even longer period of time.

Another look at household cleaners

April 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

  I stumbled on this article this morning.  I remembered reading it but with time totally forgot which were the “worst household cleaners”.   I prefer green stuff, but I will sometimes use chemical cleaners when I need a little extra boost.  So, what a surprise it was for me to see the brand “Simple Green” on top of that list! Another proof that I should really really start making my own cleaners! Another surprise to me was the Comet Powder.  I always thought that it was the same as famous brand “Bon Ami” since they are both cleansing powders and sit side-by-side on the grocery shelf. I used Comet because my mom used it when I was a child. I still have some under my kitchen sink that I use from time to time to give my kitchen sink a thorough cleaning. Oops. I guess I’ll have to get rid of it. Lucky for me I’ve always been wary of other types of cleaning, especially the “Febreze” kinds that pushes a bunch of chemicals in our breathing air.  But reading this article really made me think I should make my own cleaners. So, in order to give me a little push, here are a few links on how to make our own cleaners. Now I really have no excuses to use chemical cleaners! http://mymerrymessylife.com/2012/03/diy-homemade-laundry-detergent-cheap-and-green-free-printable-2.html http://premeditatedleftovers.com/naturally-frugal-living/5-easy-diy-cleaning-products-you-can-make-yourself/ http://amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com/2013/02/no-grate-no-cook-liquid-laundry.html http://www.survivingthestores.com/homemade-cleaners-floors-counters-tubs-non-toxic.html http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/stories/make-your-own-housecleaning-products http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/stories/cheap-and-natural-cleaning-alternatives http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/09/make-your-own-antibacterial-soft-scrub-cleanser.html   […]

Delicious Chocolate-Pecan bread

April 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s Tasty Tuesday and this week I’d like to share this great recipe I came up with last week. As I was baking yet another batch of bread, I decided to mix things up a bit and create my own sweet chocolate-pecan bread. I was amazed by how tasty it was toasted with butter. In fact, It is so delicious that I ate it all in just 2 days…. Oops! So much for my “not eating too much bread for breakfast” diet. Here’s the recipe.    

How to make your own cereals

April 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

My son recently started eating finger foods exclusively.  We’re done with the purees, Yay! Ever since I’ve been looking for a cheerios-like cereal, something that is great for tiny little fingers and nutritious without the added high-fructose corn syrup and chemicals.  Even though General Mills said they stopped using GMO’s in their famous cereals, I still don’t trust the brand.  And while there are now a few alternatives in organic cereals, I found out most of these brands are sub-brands of the giant General Mills. I personally distrust any company who opposed Prop 37 and General Mills was on the top 15 funders (along with Monsanto, Kelloggs and Coca-Cola) with a meager 1,135,300$. What have you got to hide, Mr. General Mills? Because I really really REALLY don’t want to encourage them I’ve decided to make my own cereals. The first thing I did was Google “how to make your own cereals”, because really, who knows what goes into this breakfast staple?  I finally found a few recipes that were helpful. Here they are: This is where I got my inspiration for the recipe. I decided to add applesauce and got that idea from here. This link seems great but the intense labor made me squirt. Since there wasn’t one perfect recipe you will find my own recipe below. It turns out it doesn’t taste like Cheerios at all!  They taste more like a crispy muffin top, which I am […]

Helene’s carrot cake

April 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here is one of my family’s heirloom…  My precious grandmother’s carrot cake recipe. It’s so good I can eat it all by myself.  I think the secret ingredient is what makes it so delicious!  Along with the cream cheese frosting 😉

Update on radish leaves plus recipe

April 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Last Sunday I decided to use up all those radish leaves that were in my garden. Inspired by the Internet and this recipe, I cooked us something from the garden. Below is the recipe.   Radish leaves are edible and taste very fresh.  Their taste is somewhat bitter so if you are not a fan of that I suggest you substitute 1/2 radish leaves for 1/2 basil leaves, or add a tablespoon of something sweet such as maple syrup or honey to cover the bitterness.   Overall, I’m glad I tried a recipe with radish leaves.  Now they won’t get tossed out; they’ll be used to make great pasta dishes!      

Lemon-Raspberry Banana Bread

April 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s Tasty Tuesday! Here is my great Lemon-Raspberry Banana Bread.  It’s easy to make, and delicious!  Plus, it gets rid of these overripe bananas laying on the kitchen counter attracting fruit bugs…

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