Saturday, June 12, 2010
12 drops citronella essential oil
12 drops geranium essential oil
Combine essential oils and water into a spray bottle. Shake well and spray.
And if making your own doesn't sound enticing, I was at Whole Foods today and saw a pre-made, essential oil based bug spray. I can't remember the brand name, but if you'd rather buy the pre-made version, you know where to find it!
Labels: bug spray
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Anywho - Along the path of my healing journey, I've created and experimented with many, many, raw recipes. This is one that I really enjoyed eating. And I'll have you know that my mom, albeit a very UN-picky eater in general, really liked it also.
Green Chard Wrap w/Sunflower Seed Paté
1 avocado, sliced
1-2 Roma tomatoes, diced
Cumin, to taste
Real Salt, to taste
*I didn't have shallots for the paté recipe, so I used red onions in lieu of them.
Question: How are you all doing in your quests to find health? What are some of the difficulties you've encountered, and what are some of the solutions you've found to those obstacles?
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I've had this recipe for a looooong time. I've purchased the ingredients intending to make it at least 5 times now. But for whatever reason, I've been apprehensive about actually making it. I mean, let's be honest here. Kale soup? It doesn't exactly conjure up appetizing images yo.
But guess what I have? A little brother named Mason who will eat anything. Not even kidding. ANYTHING! So, being the selfless older sister that I am (ahem), I called him up and asked him to come be my guinea pig over for dinner. He happily obliged.
Everyone say, "hi Mason".
Look at that smile. I know, right? He LOVED it!
But in case you're a bit distracted by his adorable-ness. Here's another view (of the soup, not Mason).
KALE AND CHICKPEA SOUP (except that I used northern white beans)
2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil
2 medium onions, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 celery stalk, diced
6 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can chickpeas or northern white beans, rinsed and drained
7 cups vegetable broth
1 - 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
about 7 packed cups fresh kale (leafy parts torn from stalks), chopped
Heat the oil in large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook about 10 minutes or until they begin to brown. Add the carrots and celery and cook about 3 more minutes. Add the tomatoes with juice and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer. Add the chickpeas and simmer 5 more minutes. Add the broth, bay leaves, lemon juice, rosemary, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Add kale and reduce to a simmer. Simmer about 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and add salt to taste.
quick tip: Be SURE to remove the bay leaves. They are fabulous to cook with but should never be consumed. Trust me. I've tried it. It's more or less just the...essence of the leaf you want to be able to detect.