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Baked Margarita Spaghetti Squash

Baked Margarita Spaghetti Squash

Baked Margarita Spaghetti Squash

 

 

I cannot wait to try this recipe because apparently not only is it healthy, but its gluten free as well! I found this delish recipe on Facebook and only looked at it because the photo was really to yummy to pass up. I haven’t been eating as many veggies as I should and one too many carbs which is bad news bears in my book so I have to really start vegg-in it up! Also, since it is the winter I love using my oven to cook anything so help heat the house.

Ingredients:
1 large organic spaghetti squash
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 large organic Roma tomato, finely chopped
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh organic basil
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or non-dairy substitute)
1 tsp. each salt & pepper
1 tsp. organic garlic powder (I personally prefer to use fresh garlic but this is what it calls for)

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise down the middle.
3. Use a spoon to remove the seeds and center strings.
4. Drizzle the two halves with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
5. Place the squash, open side down on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
6. Remove from the oven, check to see if the squash is soft and easily comes up with a fork into a spaghetti like texture. If it’s too hard to remove, cook for another 10 minutes.
7. Remove from the oven, scrape and fluff the stringy squash with a fork. Leave the squash in the skin.
8. Turn the oven up to broil.
9.. Add the tomatoes and fresh basil into the squash, stir and top with the mozzarella cheese.
10. Place in the broiler for 3-4 minutes, until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.
11. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving the squash.

DIY “Febreze”

DIY "FEBREZE"

DIY “FEBREZE”

 

 

I literally just got this recipe a few minutes ago from one of my besties who swears by it and say her DIY version last longer and is much cheaper than purchasing ready-made fabric/home fresheners. Most people have these simple items at home and can make as much or as little as you want at a time. You can customize the scent of your freshener to the season or just your favorite smells. I always prefer to make my own products because you can usually save yourself money but you know exactly what the ingredients are. That always makes me feel more comfortable than buying something but I can’t lie that sometimes my homemade concoctions don’t always come out right.

Ingredients:

Your Favorite Liquid Fabric Softener (I prefer Method myself)
Baking Soda
Hot Water
Reusable Spray Bottlehttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=fashijonz-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00745X4UC

Directions:

1. Add 3 tbsp. Fabric Softener to empty spray bottle
2. Fill spray bottle with approximately 2 cups hot water slowly. {depending on size of bottle}
3. Add in 1 tbsp. Baking Soda
4. Mix once well and let it settle then mix again until the baking soda has completely dissolved.

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.

Snow Day Snow-made Ice Cream

 

By now I am sure we all have cabin fever from being snowed in for so long. How much digging can one do? Are you saying to yourself “if I see one more snowperson or fort of any kind I am going to lose it!!”? I was totally at that point today. So I turned to my trusty friend the internet. I found this idea from one of my friends who posted a photo of their very own snow-made snow ice cream on Instagram. What a great idea, right?!?! With all of this snow we might as well make good use out of it! The recipe is super simple and super quick to make.

Ingredients:
1 gallon fresh snow
1 cup organic white sugar (or substitute if you prefer)
2 cups organic milk (any fat content you like)
1 table spoon vanilla extract
Any sprinkles, cherries or other additions you want for added fun

Directions:
1. Gather 1 gallon of fresh snow
2. Add the sugar and extract and mix together
3. Add the milk to your desired consistancy.
4. Add all of the fun toppings you want

** You should serve immediately as snow does tend to melt quite quickly. You can put it in the freezer to save for later if you make enough.

2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th

2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th

2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th

 

 

The 4th of July is upon us again. I have been scouring blogs, articles and newscasts to find new green tips for your 4th. Here are some things that have been mentioned before and some new things I didn’t even think of.

1.We know Fireworks are no beuno! Besides the noise that scares outdoor animals and are harmful for the environment not to mention dangerous, did you also know that the 4th of July is the #1 day pets run away? I was unaware but I did recently find this out.

2.You know to make sure to use reusable/recyclable utensils for the event. If you are having a big party there is no need to have big garbage. There are plenty of affordable options for serving.

3.Make as little waste as possible. Give away left overs and don’t over cook. I know for parties people are always concerned about not having enough food. Purchase items you and your family will eat even after the holiday. You don’t have to make everything right now all at once. Make food in shifts. If people are still hungry you can always make more. You also don’t have to leave all of the food out. People will eat just because food is sitting there. Put out smaller portions. You can save on money and waste.

4. No one likes bug and this time of year there are plenty especially when there is food around. Try using natural insect repellents such as natural citronella candles, or essential oils such as cinnamon, castor oil, rose geranium and orange oil. You can find plenty of DIY repellent recipes online.

5. You know going local, organic and as meat free as possible is a great way to lower your carbon foot print. Make sure to do your best to adhere to those rules but also remember having to travel a far distance or spending money on expensive products sort of defeats the purpose so be reasonable with your decisions.

6. As your evening winds down you will be tempted to turn on all sorts of lights and light all kinds of fires. As tempting as fire side snacks seem there are many carcinogens released into the air depending on what you are using to start this fire. Use natural products ie plain old wood from your back yard. The same goes for the charcoal on your grill people, propane is a much more green alternative! Keep solar lights handy. If they are already outside of your house during the day you won’t need to turn on any additional lights. You can save on your energy bill as well.

7. Hand make and save your decorations. If you must purchase decor then go for sturdier options that will last for years instead of ones that might get ruined or not last the day. Making the decorations is a super fun option and activity everyone can share in. You can make it a fun family tradition.