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Artfire Giveaway September 27, 2009

Filed under: Cloth,Contentment,Environmentalism,Giveaway,Green Living,Reusable,Thrifty — findingtrueserenity @ 1:39 pm
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I just honestly stumbled across Heather’s blog which just happens to be doing a September 2009 giveaway!

All she asks is that you go to her store to pick out your favorite item and then let her know in her comments section.

I try to avoid disposables as much as I can, you can read about that here, so I naturally LOVED the 5 Reusable Pads Hemp Organic Bamboo Fair Trade Menstrual Pads!!!
artfire

Here’s what Heather had to say about them:

These particular pads are made from organic hemp fleece, bamboo and organic cotton that is fair trade.

The pads that I make are unique because you get 2 inserts for the pad:

The first insert is for light days

The second one is for medium days
then if you double them up, it is perfect for the beginning of your menses!!!

They close by a little metal snap!

These reusable pads are earth friendly and body friendly! Tampons and regular maxi pads contain dioxins, which can be VERY harmful to your body! Not to mention the dumps we are filling up with disposable menstrual products…think of all those applicators too!

Go green, keep the earth clean…and keep your most precious parts happy!

Hurry and check out her blog and her store! I LOVE that she promotes products that are as ethical toward animals, humans and the planet as she possibly can! That’s great girl!!!

Have a beautiful day!

Jes

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Thrifty Thursday: Homemade Grapevine Trellis June 18, 2009

Okay, I can officially say I have two of the greatest men in my life who I truly adore!  My husband and son noticed our neighbors throwing last years fancy gazebo with the metal scrolled corners out on the curb and a light bulb went off…”Didn’t mom want to make a trellis for the grapevine?”  Our neighbors were greatful we were taking their eye sore away and we quickly went to work. 

Here’s what it looked like before:

grapevine before

And after unbolting a few things and a little rearranging here is the final product!

grapevine after

And look, what do we see?

grape investigators

Oh wait…I know!  It’s baby grapes!

Baby grapes

So in the end this is thrifty and economical in a few ways…

1.  We gathered the items needed for the trellis curbside, while helping our neighbors, so there was no initial cost.

2.  The grapevine that we are training to climb this trellis will provide us with grapes this fall saving us even more on our food budget.

3.  We were able to repurpose something that would have otherwise gone to the landfill.

4.  And last but not least, the remaining posts and corners that we removed will be used to stake up our garden and the peas shall climb up the corner metal scrolls!   (Don’t worry, I will post about this later after my garden has matured a bit for another Thrifty Thursday!!!!)

I love being thrifty when you can create such a beautiful addition while helping others and Mother Nature!!!  And that is how we have it on Thrifty Thursday!   Thank you so very much for stopping by my first post on TT!!!

 

Yummy in my Tummy! January 16, 2009

Okay, I’m not sure why I have caught the cooking bug, perhaps for heat, but my family are loving it!!!! 

The other day we made this yummy meal.  Our neighbor had shared with us some homemade vegetable soup and we paired it with some vegan agave cornbread muffins  (absolutely delish BTW) and a spinach apple salad.

Soup, Salad, and Cornbread

 

Spinach Apple Salad

4 Cups fresh Baby Spinach

1 Large Apple, sliced thinly

3/4 Cup Onion, Chopped

Dressing:

1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar (we prefer using Braggs)

3 Tablespoons Honey

 

This was sooo good!!!  With the weather we were having this fit the bill!   But then, I was feeling a bit adventurous.  My husband asked me to make some homemade cookies, and I had been wanting to try a new recipe from the Vegeterian Times Complete Cookbook for a vegan version. 

Much to my surprise, the kids and husband LOVED them.  They are nothing like chocolate chip cookies that we are used to but they were very good.

No Toll Chocolate Chip Cookies

No Toll Cookies

Typical chocolate Chip Cookies are loaded with fat, sugar and calories.  Not these taste-alikes.  They contain almost no fat, are sweetened with honey instead of sugar and have only 55 calories per cookie.

3 C Whole-wheat flour

1 t Baking Soda

3/4 C Unsweetened Applesauce

3/4 C Honey

2 t Vanilla extract

3/4 C Unsweetened carob chips or semisweet Chocolate Chips (we used semisweet chocolate chips)

1/2 C Chopped nuts or sunflower seeds (optional)  (We didn’t use any)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl sift the dry ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients and mix well.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Drop the batter by the tablespoon onto a lightly oiled cookie sheet.  Flatten with fork.  Bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes.

 

Below Freezing

Filed under: Environmentalism — findingtrueserenity @ 4:00 pm
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BBRRRRRRR

It is absolutely FREEZING!!!!  We woke up this morning and this is what the thermometer said, -16 degrees.  Unfortunately, my dear husband had to defrost the water main coming into our house for 35 minutes out in this weather.

wind chill

As you can kinda see, the weatherman said the windchill for our area was -40 degrees.  In this weather it is best to stay indoors if at all possible, and remember your animals as well.  This type of weather is hard on all of creation!

 

 
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