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organic | The Green Beagle - Part 2

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.

Indie Lee Hydrating Body Balm

Indie Lee Body Balm

Indie Lee Body Balm

 

Right now Beautorium is offering an amazing deal for you to be able to try Indie Lee” target=”_blank”>Indie Lee products NEW Indie Lee – Save 15% Today at Beautorium + Free Gift. You can’t go wrong with free gift with purchase now can you!  Indie learned a valuable lesson after suffering from a brain tumor that pointed to environmental toxins being at the root of the issue.  Indie decided to do something about this and help other people who might suffer as she did.  This is the kind of business/business leader I love to read about.  Stories about people who care and have learned from personal experience totally make me more interested in being a customer of theirs.  While cancer/tumors are always scary at least Indie Lee learned and continued to learn in order to help other people and possibly prevent what happened to her from happening to someone else. That is all she/we can ask for right?
Indie’s Story: After conquering a life-threatening brain tumor that pointed to environmental toxins as the culprit, Indie Lee awoke on April 22, 2009 with a new lease on life and the passion to create a chic and eco-friendly namesake collection. Comprised of the finest all-natural ingredients around the world, the line is designed to enhance the face and body with gratifying green glamour. Indulge in the luxurious feel and beautiful benefits of Indie Lee products while protecting the Earth– and your body. Unleash your inner and outer beauty with Indie Lee, an eco-chic collection of skincare products that combine style and sustainability without sacrifice. Click here for some more Indie Lee info. You can watch her story here too!!

Product Description: Indie Lee Hydrating Body Balm: Dab this all-natural, skin-softening formula over chapped elbows, dry heels, and anywhere that needs extra hydration. Formulated with jojoba oil, avocado oil, and beeswax to seal in maximum moisture.
Ingredients: Indie Lee Hydrating Body Balm is an all natural balm that helps to moisturize and heel skin without leaving it sticky and greasy. Because the Hydrating Balm does what it says it will do, and is non-drying like other products of its kind, it does not need to be reapplied constantly throughout the day to be effective. When used to hydrate heels, the user need not wear socks to keep from damaging linens as this balm penetrates and heals versus sitting on the surface of the skin.

If you are interested in other Indie Lee products click here!

Pint Sized Cauliflower Pizza Crusts

Pint Sized Cauliflower Pizza Crusts

Pint Sized Cauliflower Pizza Crusts

 

Pizza is one food I can eat probably forever. I personally change it up so much that it never gets boring to me. The fact that it can be so carby/greasy/fatty is one of the best and worst parts about it. What can I say I am a New Yorker who loves her pizza and I rest my case! Luckily for me I share an equally impressive love of veggies so when smushing both ideas together to make me a less squishy version of myself when enjoying many a delish pizza I say let’s go for it! I am actually really excited to try this. Cauliflower is super delish! I have made “mashed taters” out of them and a few other potato substitute recipes. A pizza crust is almost like a new frontier.  I found this recipe on one of my favorite food sites Tablespoon.com

 

Ingredients:

1 large head organic cauliflower (about 4 cups shredded)
2 large eggs
3 cups shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon dried organic oregano
1 teaspoon dried organic basil
2 teaspoons organic garlic powder
1 cup pizza sauce
12 fresh organic basil leaves
1 organic tomato, sliced into 12 rounds
1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1 Using a grater or a food processor to shred cauliflower into crumbles. Reserve 4 cups of the crumbles and store the remainder, if any, in the fridge or freezer for future pizzas.
2 Cook cauliflower in microwave for 8 minutes then allow to cool 10 minutes.
3 Add eggs, 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, oregano, basil and garlic powder and stir to combine.
4 Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
5 Lightly grease 2 baking sheets (or pizza pans); divide mixture into 12 balls. Place balls on sheets and pat each into a thin round about 4 inches wide. Bake in oven 15 minutes until golden brown (the edges might be charred; this is OK).
6 Remove sheets from oven and heat broiler. Top each mini crust with pizza sauce, basil leaves, remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and tomato slices.
7 Broil pizzas until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let cool.

**You can add any veggies or cheese you like to these pizzas. Don’t be afraid to experiment! I bet they would be good for breakfast instead of toast or potatoes also!!

Delish Veggie Hummus Cups

Delish Veggie Hummus Cups

Delish Veggie Hummus Cups

 

 

I love summer parties!! My favorite part is finding fun new foods to try to make for the guests. I prefer to make finger foods of sorts and if at all possible theme it. I am not sure why I am so obsessed with this but it just makes me happy. Summer time is the perfect time of year to make use of vegetarian recipes when even the most carnivorous of carnivores are more likely to eat vegetables to keep them rather than eat a hot cooked meal. This is also the best time to make use of foods people would normally turn down. I found this refreshing recipe at one of my favorite places Tablespoon.com. I have added a bit of my own touch to it but the original recipe looks just as delish.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (pre-made or make your own)
Organic Cucumber
Organic Tomato
Organic Red Bell Pepper
Black Olive
Hummus (any flavor you prefer personally my favorite it jalapeno or spicy)
Olive Oil

Directions:

1. Grease cupcake or mini-cupcake pan before placing dough in cups.
2. Pull apart dough or use a cookie cutter and place inside each muffin cup making sure there are no holes and that the dough is thick enough to hold the veggies and hummus but leave enough space so the dough bakes into a cup and not a muffin.
3. Poke small holes with a fork in the bottom of the cups to prevent the bottoms of them from rising and being unable to fill them effectively.
4. Bake the cups at according to the pre-made directions or the recipe you used to make the dough.
5. While the cups are baking, chop the cucumber, tomato, bell pepper and olive. I prefer to dice my olives but you can also chop them in to larger chunks.
6. Once the cups are finished baking, transfer them to a cooling rack and make sure to cool completely before filling.
7. Once cooled start filling with hummus and veggies. You can also fill some with just hummus or just veggies.
8. Serve when ready done and watch everyone devour!

**If you have feta lying around or different veggies go for it! If you have fresh fruit and whipped cream or cream cheese you can use those too! You can do so many things with this recipe it is really fun!

DIY Organic Body Butter

DIY Body Butter

DIY Body Butter

 

 

I have just run out of body butter. This annoys me to no end and lately I have been annoyed at the prices of good quality body butters as well. I like my skin to be smoothed and moisturized just like everyone else but I don’t appreciate paying an arm and a leg for good ingredients. I am not sure why it didn’t occur to me to make my own as I have made plenty of other beauty products. I have almost all of these items at home with the exception of the raw shea butter. I have looked at a bunch of recipes for body butter so below is a compilation of a few I liked best. If you make your own you can customize the scents and as you get better at it you can add other ingredients specific to your skin type. A little goes a long way with making your own so even if the ingredients may be a little costly you can make much more than what you would purchase at a store.

Ingredients:
1 cup Organic Raw Shea Butter
½ cup Organic coconut oil
½ cup Organic almond oil
Several drops essential oils like these Organic Pure Essential Oils Set (a few drops goes a long way so be careful) *Not all essential oils are skin friendly or child friendly. Please do your research before adding.
Glass or plastic jar or canister to put the butter in.

Instructions:
1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler.
2. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
3. Stir in almond oil and essential oils of your choosing.
4. Place oil mixture in freezer or outside to chill for 20 minutes.
5. Whip until the mixture has a buttery looking consistency.
6. Put in canister or jar.

Tips:
You can use what ever oils you prefer if you have allergies or preferences, just make sure you keep the ratio recipe ratio is 75% solid to 25% liquid.
The chilling step is the most important. If you don’t let the mixture cool properly, your butter won’t whip correctly or stay whipped. About 20 minutes in the freezer for this recipe works best. Make sure you scrape down the sides before mixing.

One Love Organic’s A Little Love Sample Pack

A Little Love Sample Pack

A Little Love Sample Pack

 

 

Have you heard of One Love Organics? I recently discovered them myself but I will say that I am intrigued. If you read about the team and the products I like this company’s sass! I like their ideas and the design of not only their website but the products themselves. One Love Organics donates 1% of their annual net revenues! Have you ever tried One Love Organics? Let me know how you liked them!

Product Description:
A cute little sample pack of our entire line, A Little Love Sample Pack includes single use samples of Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque, Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm, Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster, and Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum. Please Note: These are samples only. To really see the full benefits of the line for your skin, we recommend trying the Essentials To Go Travel Kit. This item ships for free! Total reflects free shipping at checkout. LIMIT 3 PER ORDER  $4.95 each

Ingredients:
1.5 ml sample of Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser

4 ml sample of Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque

4 ml sample of Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm

1.5 ml sample of Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster

1.5 ml sample of Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum

One Love Story & Philosophy:
One Love Organics is a natural, ethical and environmentally driven cosmetics company created by skilled cosmetic artisans. Our products are hand-made and hand-filled, using only the highest grade of ethically sourced raw materials to ensure the most effective, luxurious and guilt-free application. We trust in the healing power of plants.

Our philosophy is focused on a few supreme products—not up-selling a medicine cabinet full of mysterious jars. We give skin what it needs, using only ingredients that provide direct benefits. (Hint: water isn’t one of them.) One Love Organics encourage healthy skin and a happy outlook in pretty ladies, fussy babies, tough dudes, and everyone in between.

March’s Save Your Green


organic coconut water drink mix

 

It is almost Easter, Spring is so close to being here and there are tons of sales and great deals on many of the green items and stores you know and love. Even some you don’t know but totally should! There are plenty of deals on winter items as well as new spring things that make you life happier healthier and more conscious.  I saving money on smart purchases is about as green as you can get especially if said purchases save you money and the environment in the long run.

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Raw Chocolate Banana Pie with Whipped Coconut Cream

Raw-Chocolate-Banana-Pie-with-Whipped-Coconut-Cream

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.

Save Your Green For February


 

 

It has been a while since I have updated the save your green page and I do apologize but now it is back and better than ever! Spring is on its way and you know that means great deals and discounts on winter and summer merchandise. You don’t want to be left out of ways to keep your eco-life great and green!

 

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Save an additional 15% off these 100% bamboo sheets that are subtly cool and extremely breathable, plus it boasts a softer touch than a 700 thread count cotton sheet.

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Save 15% on OrigAudio Portable Speaker Set. Not only the speakers are portable and self powered, they are made up of recycled material. The Eco-friendly Speakers can be folded to fit your backpack or laptop bag.

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Banana Honey Dog Treats

Brie's Banana and Honey Dog Treats

Banana Honey Dog Treats

 

The holidays are as usual a time of giving but can get expensive! A thoughtful gift for someone who you don’t know what to give or for pet lovers is homemade dog treats. I always find it more thoughtful to make a gift. I know we are all very busy this time of year so here is a simple recipe that is healthy for the pooches. Our pets take such good care of us it is only right for us to show them appreciation during the time of year when everyone is spending time with their loved ones.
I found this recipe here at Allrecipies.com which had a variety of other simple dog treats to choose from.

 

 

 

Ingredients:
2 Cups of Water
2 Organic Bananas Mashed
2 Tbs Raw Honey
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Organic Egg
4 1/4 Cups Organic Flour (adjust for any allergies)
1 Tsp Baking Powder

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets.
3. Combine water, mashed bananas, honey, vanilla, and egg in a large bowl.
4. Stir in the flour and baking powder.
5. Beat dough with an electric mixer on medium speed until ingredients are thoroughly combined for about 1 to 2 minutes.
6. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until no longer sticky, 5 to 8 minutes.
7. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into mini shapes with your favorite cookie cutter.
8. Place dough shapes on prepared baking sheets.
9. Bake in preheated oven until cookies are lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
10. Turn off the oven and leave cookies until thoroughly dry and crisp, 30 to 40 more minutes.
11. Remove baking sheets from oven and allow cookies to cool on pans for 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack to fully cool.