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DIY Moss Bath Mat

Moss Bath Mat

Moss Bath Mat

 

How awesomely fun is this! You can create you own Moss Bath Mat that gets water from the steam in your bathroom as well as from you when you dry off! Make sure to place the mat directly outside of your tub or shower like you would any other mat. I think this is a great use of greens in the home especially if you are someone who isn’t good at keeping plants alive. I personally managed to murder a cactus that has been in my office for the passed 3 years. I think I need a lesson in not murdering plants which is why this mat is so appealing to me. I found this fun little project right here if you want to see the full article.

Supplies:
Plastazote Foam Roll
Scissors
X-ACTO Knife
Stencil
Hot Glue Gun
Assorted moss plugs

Directions:

1. Measure and cut two sheets of plastazote foam from the roll at 24-by-12 inches each. This plastic-foam material is what is used in making commercial moss mats, and is ideal for wet-dry use.

2. Lay one of the sheets of plastazote in front of you and place a large stencil in the center. It can be of any shape you want. Stick simple shapes if you are a beginner.

3. Trace the shape with a white crayon, since the plastazote material is dark in color.

4.. Cut around the shape tracing with an X-acto knife. Cut down through the entire depth of the material, and push out the cutout shape, leaving a perfect hole in the shape of the stencil. Do this as many times as you want on the material. Place smaller stencils around the large cutouts and repeat, as you please.

5. Squeeze a line of hot glue along all four edges of the second sheet of plastazote material. Layer the sheet with the holes over it evenly, pressing the edges together. This creates a single mat of about 2 inches thick. The top layer features perfect molds for filling with moss.

6. Moisten the top layer of the mat after it has dried for an hour. This gets it primed for the moss. Spray it with a fine mist of water from your shower head or a spray bottle.

7. Fill each “mold” in the top layer of the mat with your own selection of moss plugs, which can be purchased online or from specialty nurseries and gardening stores. Irish moss, Spanish moss and some forms of live sphagnum moss thrive well in these living eco-shower mats.

Raw Chocolate Banana Pie with Whipped Coconut Cream

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Raw Chocolate Banana Pie-with Whipped Coconut-Cream

 

 

I found this recipe on www.onegreenplanet.org and I had to share it because bananas and coconut are 2 of my most favorite flavors ever and now they are mixed with chocolate! Let’s get real this is about to be the most delish pie on the planet! I’ve never actually attempted raw recipes but I have most of this stuff at home already so why not try it right.

 

Crust Ingredients:

1 cup organic  pecans
1 cup organic walnuts
1 1/2 cups organic dates or raisins
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla

Filling Ingredients:
3 peeled organic bananas (save one to slice)
1/4 cup organic cashew butter
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/4 cup agave/maple syrup
1/4 cup nut milk (use as little as possible)
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup cacao powder

Coconut whipped cream Ingredients:
1 can coconut milk, put in the fridge overnight
Seeds from 1 vanilla pod
1/8 teaspoon stevia or powdered raw sugar

Directions:

1. To make the crust, process the nuts (in your food processor) into very small crumbs and add the dates or raisins. Process until it all sticks together. Press into a pie dish and put in the freezer.
2. To make the filling, blend all the ingredients until smooth then let it set and thicken in the fridge. When it’s thick enough, spoon into the pie crust and layer with that remaining sliced banana. Set in the fridge.
3.To make the coconut whipped cream, put your mixing bowl and whisk in the freezer. Take the coconut milk out of the fridge and spoon off the really thick stuff on top. Put this in your mixing bowl with the stevia/sugar and vanilla seeds and whisk until it’s thick! Spread this all over your pie and let it set in the freezer or fridge for a few hours.

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