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New Twist On Tuna & Pasta

Tuna & Pasta With Cannellini

 

I love tuna and pasta. It was one of my favorites growing up. There wasn’t a thing my mother couldn’t do with it. I eat it pretty regularly and it happens to even be one of my favorites to eat a sushi as well. I don’t want my tuna recipes to get stale or boring so I am always looking for ways to change things up. I will admit this recipe came at a time I didn’t have much in the kitchen and was too lazy to go to the store. That being said it was one of the most delish made up concoctions I have ever made!!

Ingredients:
2 cans Tuna
1/3 organic chopped yellow onion
1/2 can organic cream of mushroom soup
1/4-1/2 can organic cannellini beans (depending on preference)
1/2 table spoon of Brummel and brown
1/2 cup organic broccoli (or any green veggie you prefer i.e. peas spinach)
1lb organic pasta (any kind you prefer)
organic lemon juice
organic red pepper flakes
minced organic garlic
black pepper
organic fresh parsley

Directions:

1. Boil water for pasta.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
3. Grease glass baking dish (or any baking dish you prefer)
4. Mix the tuna, cream of mushroom, beans, veggies, garlic, red pepper, lemon juice, parsley, onion and any other spices you prefer together first in the baking dish and let sit (feel free to add cheese too because it is just plain delish.)
5. When pasta is finished cooking, drain and add that to the ingredients in the baking dish.
6. Cover the top of the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for approximately 30mins.
7. After 30mins remove the aluminum cover and bake for another 10 mins or until the top is light brown.
8. Let cool and serve!

DIY Simple Salt Scrub

DIY Simple Salt Scrub

DIY Simple Salt Scrub

 

I really value the art of DIY. It is something that makes me happy especially when it comes to beauty products. Maybe it is just me but I feel like DIY beauty products seem more luxurious when you put the time and effort to make them your own. The more natural the product the better I feel they work and the better I feel about using them. Now that doesn’t mean you can’t mess up the recipe or find one that isn’t so spectacular but with anything DIY it is mainly trial and error. The same can be said for products you purchase in a store as well. At least when you make them yourself you know exactly what goes into your beauty product and how much. That isn’t always the case for store bought items.

Ingredients:

Sea Salt (any kind you have ready to use)
Organic Essential Oils (any scent or scents of your choice )
Oil (any oil except baby oil)

Directions:

1. Find a clean jar that is easy to scoop the scrub out of but that won’t leak and can be opened quickly in the shower. I would suggest using a plastic container as this does have oil and you are in the shower so a glass jar may be risky. Plastic has its disadvantages too. A plastic jar will absorb any essential oils you add into the scrub, and that means that you can never use the jar in any other purpose.
2. Choose a salt to use. Almost any kind can work for example; sea salt, Epsom salt, kosher salt, or table salt which is usually the cheapest. Table salt tends to have smaller granules, which means you don’t have to break up big salt clumps. Epsom salt has relaxing properties, while sea salt is often used in bath salts. You can also mix salts to have different textures in your scrub. When you have found a salt or salts that you like, fill about half of your container with it. I used sea salt because I had a huge container of it that I am sure I would never have used.
3. Pick an oil to mix with the salt. Almost any kind will do just not baby oil as it does not absorb into the skin. I had a few different kinds at home so I mixed olive oil with a small amount of coconut oil. Coconut is a favorite scent of mine and I considered not even using essential oils but being that I have plenty of them it couldn’t hurt to use both. Coconut oil is very good for your skin as is olive oil so mixing the both I thought might work very well and smell delish. I also added some honey to this mixture which is also supposed to be great for your skin but it isn’t a must.
4. Fill the jar with oil until the oil covers the salt. Make sure the oil gets on to all of the salt. I poured some oil in then shook around the salt and continued until the oil looked like it had covered all of the salt in the container. You can use a utensil such as a spoon or spatula to mix your oil and salt together as well if you like.
5. Add a few drops of essential oils into the mixture. Some popular scents used in many store bought scrubs are lavender (relaxing), peppermint (energizing), orange, lime/lemon, rose, sandalwood, and vanilla. Or you can try extracts, like vanilla, almond, peppermint and coconut. Stir the salt scrub after you put add the essential oil.
6. Use your salt scrub on particularly dry areas of your body. The scrub works especially well on hands and feet too. I use loofah gloves for my body and pumice for my feet. I put the salt scrub on the pumice and scrub my feet with that which removes the dead skin just as well as any pedi place does. If your skin feels a bit oily, you can wash it off with some soap or body wash, but it is not necessary because usually the skin would absorb all the oil depending on how much you added to your scrub. Your skin should feel soft, moisturized, and exfoliated. You don’t have to but for added moisture I lotion my body after I dry off to make sure I am fully moisturized.

Rescue A Furb Today Please!

I love all of the work and effort rescues put into trying to save as many animal lives as they can. They work tirelessly and give so much of their own time, money and love to try to save these animals that most other people could care less about on a daily basis. The least we can do is make sure that we help them help these pets as often as we can. Pass this post, these pictures and links around as much as you possibly can! You never know you might be responsible for saving a life or maybe more!

Frank

Frank

 

 

Frank is a goofy boy! He is a staff and volunteer FAVORITE! Frank is social, polite, and knows how to charm everyone in the room. Frank LOVES to play ball! While out in the yard today, the volunteer said that once she got tired of throwing the ball for Frank, he took over and played fetch with himself! While in the office, Frank was calm and well- behaved, basking in all of the attention he was receiving. He sat down and spun around on his butt to face each person willing to pet him. Frank responded very well to positive reinforcement training, and seemed to really enjoy learning!

 

Ferry Mama

Ferry Mama

 

 

Ferry Mama is beyond beautiful! needs a home ASAP! She is obedient, affectionate and leash trained according to helpers. Everyone that met her says she is an amazing lady and would love to be in a home ASAP! Ferry Mama was found as a stray wondering the streets of Staten Island and would very much like to have a new forever home to be comfortable in.  She loves to snuggle and play and wants to share her love with someone that will love her back.

 

 

 

Chili

Chili

 

Chili is definitely one of the good guys, the kind your Mom refers to as ‘a keeper’. He’s sweet-natured, respectful, extremely friendly and stunningly handsome – just look into those bi-colored eyes and tell me you’re not smitten! Chili is snuggly and happy to see me when leashed up for a walk. Once out in the yard he’s even happier to see his favorite toy, the tennis ball. The only thing Chili enjoys more than tennis balls are his fellow dogs and he’ll literally drop what he’s doing and run over to greet them with a wiggly butt and happy ‘helicopter tail’. Chili keeps a clean den, uses the bathroom promptly once outside.

 

 

Nutmeg

Nutmeg

 

 

Nutmeg is sugar and spice and all things nice! Named for the seed whose color she shares, Nutmeg is a truly stunning beauty. With her soft, short fur and sleek physique she has the look of royalty. Nutmeg isn’t just a pretty face, she’s also an enthusiastic puppy with personality to spare. She really loves to play with her ball and is thrilled to meet other dogs both large and small. Nutmeg is a little timid around people right now and her tail stays tucked much of the time but she accepts petting and soft words and will obediently sit for treats before taking them very gently from the hand. In the street she walks low and very fast, the walk of a scared young dog. Her new family will need to help Nutmeg learn that the outside world is not going to hurt her and it’s OK to move at a slower pace but with time and love she will get there.

Gordon Set of 3 Multicolor Jeweled Handcrafted Candleholders

 

How beautiful are these candle holders!!  When I first saw them I thought they were made from recycled magazines but they are actually made from mango wood.  Mango wood is considered the new bamboo because of its ability to renew itself.  It isn’t hard enough to be used as flooring but can have many other decorative uses.  Apparently once a mango tree reaches 5 ft in diameter and over 90ft tall it no longer bears fruit.   The Gordon Jeweled Candle Holders are great for a gift or to decorate your home.  They can go with almost any color scheme.  The candle holders are a bit on the pricey side but for sustainable handcrafted home decor the price is quite reasonable.

Product Description: These eco friendly and exotic candle holders feature bright jewel tone accents. Spice up any setting!
Mango Wood is a sustainable wood. Asian farmers plant this tree for its fruit, which is picked and exported. Only when the tree stops producing fruit does it get timbered.

- Made by Gordon
- Each holds 1 pillar candle (not included)
- Large: 10″ high x 4.5″ diameter
- Medium: 8″ high x 4.5″ diameter
- Small: 6″ high x 4.5″ diameter
- Made of Mango Wood

 

Natural Train Letters – made in USA

How fun is this!!!??? You can get the train personalized! Growing up nothing ever had my name on it and I was always disappointed after searching endlessly and my name would never be there. I am not sure why personalized gifts are always so exciting but I feel like it adds a little something to the purchase.
You can show your support for the planet with an ethical and safe toy for your child or if you are giving it as a gift. You can never go wrong with that! The Name Train is also made in the USA which as you know is becoming more and more important by the day. Support our country and products made in it. The more we purchase the more opportunity we have to bring manufacturing back to our nation.  You can also recycle the train when you are finished with it.
You can use up to 8 letters which is pretty awesome if you ask me. Get a personalized Name Train. Engine, caboose, and 3 letters of your choice (add more letters for $4.75 each)
Ages 3+, made from hard maple with non-toxic finish.
Made in USA

You can find this an other great items at Our Green House.

Tribest – Soymilk Maker and Tofu Kit

Tribest - Soymilk Maker and Tofu Kit

Tribest - Soymilk Maker and Tofu Kit

 

 

I never really thought about making my own soy milk or tofu but this looks like it could be really fun. I found the Tribest Soymilk Maker & Tofu kit while I was browsing GreenCupboards.com. I am not sure why it never occurred to me that I could make my own but this is the exact reason why I “window shop” at my regular green stores. The variety of items out there that can really help you save money, time and energy are surprising. I will admit some products may not be completely effective but this one looks like a ton of fun. I have a feeling making your own tofu or milk might be difficult at first but once you get into the swing of things it could be so much easier than buying either at the store. If you are interested in this or other fun items for your home check out GreenCupboards.com.

Product Description: Soyabella is even more convenient and versatile with the deluxe SB-132 package. It adds the tofu kit and stainless steel lid. The tofu kit is a handy tofu press that squeezes soy curds into delicious tofu perfect for salads, snacks, or as a meat substitute. The stainless steel lid keeps your fresh soymilk covered while you clean the grinding head, extending the life of your Soyabella Soymilk Maker. The Soyabella Soymilk Maker is the elegantly easy way to make fresh soymilk and a variety of other delicious recipes in your own kitchen. Simply add soybeans and water to the Soyabella Soymilk Maker and you get fresh soymilk in about 15 minutes. Soyabella is also great for making milk from a wide variety of beans, as well as for making fresh rice milk, rice paste, sesame paste, and porridge. It can even be used as a coffee grinder and mill by using included accessories. Plus, the Soyabella Soymilk Maker is extremely easy to clean.

How is Tribest green? Tribest’s focus on healthy living is at the core of the wide range of energy efficient products they produce. With the Green Star in energy efficiency and conservation, Tribest continues to make household appliances that juice your fruits, not your energy bill. Take it from the eco-savvy developers at Tribest, using less electricity simple makes more sense. A reduced power bill means a reduction in electrical pollution. It’s aneco-appliance win-win with anything from the Tribest line.

Conch Shell Succulents

Conch Shell Succulents

Conch Shell Succulents

 

 

I was looking for some summer crafts to do since we decided against our garden this year as our outdoor fuzzy friends refuse to even give the garden a chance and everything we have tried doesn’t keep them out. I still love me some greenery and didn’t want to slack while the weather is so nice. I have been seeing succulents and succulent projects all over the place.  After much searching I have found a project that I love love love!!
Since it is summer and I know everyone knows at least one person who goes to the beach regularly and collects shells why not make great use of them. You have used sea shells as decorations before but why not as a planter right? This is an excellent way to upcycle! You can give the the conch shell planters away as gifts, do it as a party craft or even save it for next school year for a craft project. Conch shell planters can make beautiful decorations for inside or outside of your home. You can brighten up your office even! Here is all you have to do:
1. get and clean a conch shell
2. buy a pot or if you already have a pot of succulents you can use them
3. spoon

Make sure your conch shell is clean and big enough to give your succulent room to breath. You can really use any plant you want if succulents aren’t your thing.  I am really into the look of succulents lately here in NY you don’t really see them very often as decor.  I really like the look of them and there happens to be a wide variety to work with. Use your spoon to gently dig the plant out by the roots.  Once the roots and plant are out add a little soil to the bottom of the shell to make sure the roots will be covered.  Add the plant then the rest of the soil.  Make sure the soil and plant are packed tight enough to not fall out and there you have it! Your conch shell planter is ready.  I have seen some crafts where you can add wire or twine to hang the planter which is also a super cute idea!

 

Green Cupboards

Green Cupboards

Green Cupboards

It seems I have been slacking on my hunting down green businesses. I have been a bad beagle! I didn’t want to continue to disappoint so I have found GreenCupboards.com. I have written a few articles on items I have found at their store. GreenCupboards.com offers a wide variety of items such as toys, grocery items, outdoor, office and even electronics. I know many green retailers may sell green products but their values are lacking. GreenCupboards.comgoes out of their way to assure their customers that they are as legitimate as their products.

About GreenCupboards.com: Green Cupboards is a leading online retailer of eco-friendly products for homes and businesses. Based in Spokane, Washington, the company was the winner of a regional university business plan competition and was subsequently co-founded in 2008 by Gonzaga University graduates Josh Neblett, Sarah Wollnick and their Adjunct Professor, Tom Simpson.
Struck by the lack of one-stop shopping alternatives for eco-friendly merchandise, the co-founders set out to create a customer-centric brand and streamline the way people buy green. Greencupboards targets consumers who strive to do the right things to sustain the planet, yet are challenged to find a broad selection of eco-friendly products that work and cost about the same as a their non-green counterparts.
GreenCupboards offers the vastest array of thoroughly vetted eco-friendly products of any e-retailer in our market. We currently provide approximately 15,000 unique items from over 600 suppliers. Critical to our mission, we endeavor to provide an easy, fun and educational shopping experience, over-the-top customer service and competitive prices. To date, we have satisfied the purchasing needs of over 100,000 consumers.
GreenCupboards employs over 50 youthful, zany and eco-friendly minds. Our culture is as dynamic as the shopping experience we deliver.

Repurposing & Home Decor

Repurposing & Home Decor

Repurposing & Home Decor

I have been doing a lot of crafting around my house lately trying to see what I have to repurpose. Pinterest has been helping me with ideas as well but I wanted to see what some books have for repurposing ideas. I was almost on hoarder status saving things I knew I could get use out of but I wasn’t sure when I would find a use or for what and now I have found it.Repurposing & Home Decor has some really great ideas for me. Repurposing & Home Decor is an excellent how to for DIY repurposing projects as well as gives you advice on what not to do along with helpful tips. I am really excited to start playing around with some things I have laying around. I have a large backyard that I have been dying to fully utilize and this book is just the ticket to getting my yard where I want it to be.
What are your repurposing experiences? How tos? Do’s and don’ts?

Rescue A Dog, Save A Life

Please help these amazing animals find homes! If you don’t they will be destroyed. Do you have any idea how many dogs are destroyed a day, month year all over the United States? It is heartbreaking and horrible! Please rescue a dog and save a life!

Daniel

Daniel

DANIEL A0926583We know Daniel has a beautiful feminine features look at her face. We also know she is hurt, but we aren’t told more than that; what is hurt or how bad. She did get a green on her medical eval, so that means even though she was in pain she was polite, lady like and used her manners! Lets get her out and give her the vet assistance she needs because even though we don’t know what she’ll need from the vet.

Diamond

Diamond

DIAMOND (A0926174)Diamond came in with Queen, two scared girls now living in cages. Diamond can add pizzazz in your life~who doesn’t need that! A person visiting the shelter saw this happening and said, ” they are lovely, extremely timid, trembling dogs, both with tails tucked between their legs. Mild-mannered in every way. Both looking up into their master’s eyes for any sign of what was happening to them or what would come next. Shy, loving, fearful, trusting. He said good-bye to them and they were led into the back.

Eva

Eva

EVA (A0922743)Eva is a wonderful girl who is so well behaved and yet at risk of being put down soon if no one comes forward to foster or adopt her.  She is strikingly pretty with a well groomed coat, she appears to be house trained “going” as soon as we were on the street, she sits on command and takes treats very gently, she posed beautifully for her pictures, went into the play position when we met big dogs in the park, and ignored the small yappy ones. Eva is good on the leash, walking nicely, checking up with me to make sure everything was OK (and it certainly was!). This is a wonderfully affectionate little girl who will be happy spending time with her human no matter what activity might be happening -a long walk, a ball chase or simply curling up together watching TV. Do make a point of meeting Eva, she is ready to meet her forever family now. She is rated ‘green’ which means she will fit into any living situation. Please help her get out before it’s too late.

 

Eve

Eve

EVE (A0887616)Eve  has that look on her face that says, “what did I do wrong, tell me and I PROMISE not to do it again! With her tail WRAPPED around her ♥ She’s trying to comfort herself ♥ She was adopted for a month and then returned. Her former owners are moving~~Help a 4 year old petite girl out. Be her comfort

 

Frank

Frank

FRANK (A0925723)Frank is sleeping in his kennel. He is an older dog and I am wondering if I should disturb him. Let’s do it….I woke him up, picked him up, said a few nice words into his ears, and off we went for a walk…. Frank does not act that old… He trots around the block and when it was time to go back, insisted to stay out a little longer. Frank is a sweet little guy. He seems to have an eye infection but sees well at least with the other eye. He will need medical care upon his discharge from the Care Center. Frank likes to be on the lap and to be caressed. He is a gentle soul who deserves his place in the sun and among humans who will truly care and love him. Frank needs you now. Please start contacting rescues now.

Dutchess

Dutchess

 

DUTCHESS (A0925442) What kind of story could Dutchess tell us?? She’s already spayed, has a microchip but yet she is in a shelter and half starving? We’ll never know her story but we can can start a new one for her! Let’s start with saving her from death row! Next, take her home and feed her, give her some meds for her cough and LOVE LOVE LOVE her! ♥ She is a total sweetheart and is being overlooked tonight. Please don’t let it be the end of her story tomorrow. Rescue her before it’s too late. NO TIME LEFT!!!

ESSENCE

ESSENCE

ESSENCE (A0925137)A BEAUTIFUL girl with a heart and soul that will complete YOU! Let her Essence be a breath of fresh spring air. Let her start anew, she had a family once, for 2 months. She DESIRES another one. She has a FANTASTIC SAFER. Start your tomorrow and the rest of your tomorrows with an essential aspect for your life.