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Batty Bites

Batty Bites

Batty Bites

 

 

I love this time of year and I know I have mentioned how much I love Halloween. I found this super adorbs simple party fun recipe on All You Magazine. These are the kind of appetizers that everyone will enjoy and you won’t have to spend forever trying to get them right! I also like that they are simple enough to incorporate into other holidays. Add some fun shaped pretzels/crackers/treats and make them reindeer antlers or make a top hat and it can be a leprechaun! You can play with the cheeses and use different colored sesame seeds, nuts, cracker or chip crumbs to compliment the cheese ball. You can also make monster bites or witches maybe vampires and ghosts! Soo much fun! Get creative!

 

 

Ingredients:

1 (4 oz.) package organic cream cheese, softened
8 ounces soft, organic goat cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup organic pesto
2 tablespoons organic coarse ground black pepper
2 tablespoons organic poppy seeds
8 organic pitted black olives, sliced
32 organic whole pepper corns
32 triangular organic tortilla chips (blue is fun but any color will do)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mash together cream cheese, goat cheese and pesto.
2. Let chill for 40 minutes.
3. Shape mixture into 16 2-inch balls.
4. Roll in black pepper and poppy seeds to cover.
5. Press two olive slices into balls for eyes
6. Place peppercorns in centers for pupils.
7. Insert chip on either side of ball for wings and serve.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Not So Latte

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Not So Latte

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Not So Latte

 

 

Lately everyone has been drinking fall spiced coffees and other drinks to celebrate the new cooler season. I have been noticing when I try said drinks they taste almost like perfume or potpourri! I sure don’t want to drink that so this morning it occurred to me that I have all of the accoutrement to make a spiced coffee of my own. How difficult could it be really? I am normally a black coffee drinker so an actual “latte” seems too milky to me usually unless I am drinking the coffee as a dessert or some sort of treat. This AM’s coffee turned out better than I even thought and only took me a few minutes to make.

Ingredients:

Organic Coffee (I used a light coffee with no particular flavor but if you already have a flavored coffee that would probably add to the mix nicely)
Organic Cinnamon
Organic Sugar
Organic Pumpkin Spice
Organic Honey
Organic No Fat Milk

Directions:

1. Brew your coffee as you normally do.

2. Once in your cup add the cinnamon, sugar, honey, pumpkin spice and milk to taste.

3. Stir and serve!

Pumpkin Pie Frapp-amazing

Pumpkin Pie Frapp-amazing

Pumpkin Pie Frapp-amazing

 

I am in love with fall! Pumpkin flavored things, especially drinks! When I saw this recipe from one of my fave blogs I had to share it with my loverly greenies!!! This recipe is simple and quick which makes it even better. I know the picture shows the frappe in a mason jar but how much fun would it be to drink out of mini pumpkins or even a cored out apple with perhaps a cinnamon stick as a straw  to give it some extra fall feeling!!

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened organic coconut milk
2 Tbsp. organic canned pumpkin(not pumpkin pie)
1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
1/4 tsp.organic pumpkin spice ground
1 tsp. stevia
5 ice cubes
2 tbsp. whip cream, fat free
1 dash cinnamon, ground

 

Directions:
In a blender add coconut milk, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin spice, stevia and ice cubes. Blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass (or fall fruit)  and top with whip cream and sprinkle of cinnamon.
Makes 2 cups

Fresh Citrus Candle

Fresh Citrus Candle

Fresh Citrus Candle

 

 

I just found this on Facebook from one of my friends and I think it is an amazing idea!! This is so simple and a great way to reuse citrus rinds instead of just throwing them out, you can also use the rinds as extra exfoliant in body butters, washes and scrubs! This is a simple and quick way to freshen up your home with ingredients you already have at home! No more having to go out and spend money on sprays, candles or other expensive fresheners. I cannot wait to try this!

Supplies:

Citrus Fruit (orange/lemon/lime/grapefruit)
Organic Olive Oil
(olive, vegetable, olive, coconut, avo, whatever you have at home)
Essential Oil (if you want to mix scents and get fancy)

Directions:
1. Cut the fruit in half.
2. Cut out the fruit but leave the core center attached.
3. Pour oil in to the cored out fruit.
4. Add any other essential oils or even bits of the fruit in to the oil.
5. Light the stem and it will burn for hours.

The FURminator

The FURminator

The FURminator

 

 

 

It’s that time of year where your fur baby is shedding to puff up for their winter coat. Personally my I have to vacuum and dust everyday to keep us from being over whelmed by fur from all 4 of our little lovies. The last time we took our pups to the local pet store they recommended The FURminator a million times to us. They even brushed out both of our babies to show us how well it worked.
I’m not going to lie that sucker literally got the hair off in no time flat and for whatever reason the pooches didn’t even put up their normal fight about being brushed. The groomer at the store even said you could use it on cats (of which we have 2) if we wanted. The little button on the top of the brush even removes the hair from the brush for you.
I am seriously in love with The FURminator. My house needs to be vacuum and dusted only 3 times a week now haha. If you haven’t tried The FURminator yet and you are being overwhelmed by your pets shedding I really do suggest it. The FURminator is a little pricey but to be honest it was completely worth it. If you prefer to take your pet to be groomed go ahead but apparently this is the very brush they are all using.
Right now Only Natural Pet Store is having a pretty cool sale to help reduce the cost of your FURminator Coupon Code NATURALPET15 – 15% Off Only Natural Pet Brand Products!

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Apple Cider-tini

Apple Cider-tini

Apple Cider Tini

 

 

 

I can smell Halloween in the air which makes me soo excited. In honor of fall and my excited0ness I have found the perfect fall drink to perk up my spirits and hopefully yours as well.

 

Ingredients:
Prairie Organic Vodka
4 oz organic fresh apple cider or instant (fresh usually tastes better)
4 oz Prairie Vodka
1 oz organic lemon juice
1 tsp organic cinnamon
Organic Cinnamon Sticks
6 or 8 organic apples (any once you prefer)

Directions:

1. Take your apples and cut the tops off. You can use an apple corer or a melon baller to remove the middle of the apples. You can also save the inside to make fresh apple sauce with. Waste not want not. Put the finished apples in the fridge.

2. Mix the cider, cinnamon and vodka together and put in fridge.

3. When you are ready to serve you can pour the cider into the apple cups and garnish with a cinnamon stick in each cup. You can also use brown sugar and cinnamon to line the top of the apple for added taste.

You can use warm cider as well if you want to spice up your party fun. I would still keep the apples either warm or room temperature. You can use this drink for a Thanksgiving or Halloween Party.

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Are You Keeping Your Labor Day Green

Go Green for Labor Day

Go Green for Labor Day

 

 

I know most of us have off of work this Monday September 5th for Labor Day and we love to go out and shop the amazing sales everyone, even green businesses, are having but have you considered partying, shopping or wasting? Why not take the time to clean your yard, fix broken things around the house or even better do some fun crafts from things that have been lying around the house.

I thought I would share my Labor Day weekend plans/ideas and maybe they will inspire you to do the same!

1. Clean up our yard. After the hurricane our garden and lawn is covered in leaves, branches and garbage which needs to be sorted through and recycled. I will also keep an eye out for things I can use to make crafts for this weekend.

2. Get veggies and herbs out of my garden that are ready to be picked.

3. Cooking for the week using what I have gotten from my garden and from around the house that has been sitting there waiting to be used.

4. Decorate my house for Halloween. I have been waiting all summer to decorate and since the weather has been much cooler lately I see no reason not to.

5. Clean and organize the house. There have been some cabinets, closets and drawers that I have been ignoring that need some organization. In the process I can put things aside to use in crafts.

6. Work out! Why not get your fitness on while you have a 3 day weekend! Healthy minds start with healthy bodies. Plus if you are putting all of this effort into cleaning up the environment you can save some time for yourself right?

7. Find fun fall crafts to do for Halloween, fall or back to school anything. Remember to use the items you found from your yard or when cleaning out your closets, cabinets and closets.

8. Have family time. Play games, watch a movie or eat a family meal. You have 3 whole days to spend together make the most of it. Take this time to learn more about how your family can be greener!

9. Take time to relax. Read a book instead of watching television. Make some at home spa treatments for yourself. Take a nice bath to release the stresses from your daily life.
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Global Girlfriend Scarf

Global Girlfriend Scarf

Global Girlfriend Printed Leaf Design Scarf – Orange

Sadly, Fall is on its way and we must come to terms with the fact that warm weather is only going to be around for a bit longer. On the plus side now is the perfect time so search out new cold weather accoutrement!! This orange little piece is perfect for cooler weather around your neck, head or even as a decoration on your handbag! The simple  retro-flower pattern makes sure it will last way past fall into next summer!

Global Girlfriend has an excellent selection of perfect fall scarfs in beautiful colors and patterns to satisfy every green-diva! One of the major benefits to purchasing one of these scarfs is that proceeds from every purchase made is given to a woman’s worthy charity! All of the items on Global Girlfriend are woman made, environmentally friendly and Fair Trade!! Your purchases also help these woman get educations and even get seed money to start their own businesses! Another little tid-bit is Global Girlfriendalso operates the Click-to-Give sites we click on every day to help hunger, rainforests, rescues and so on!