Showing posts from August, 2014

Tomato Basil Salad

One of my absolute favorite dishes is Tomato Basil Salad. I will share the recipe below, however I will not list the specific measurements of each ingredient because it will really depend on how much you like of this ingredient or that ingredient. It is very delicious recipe and there are several variations of it which I will share.

Tomato Basil Salad

Tomatos, dicedOnions, slicedA couple cloves of garlic, mincedHandful of fresh chopped basilSplash of olive oilSalt to taste Pepper (optional)Mozzarella cheese balls (optional)Butter (for sautéing onions & garlic, optional)
To prepare this recipe, follow the ingredient list on how the food is to be prepared. Put everything in a bowl and mix together once all ingredients are chopped/sliced/minced/etc. The portions are not exact~ you get to decided whether you want more tomato than onion, or vice versa according to your taste buds. You can prepare this recipe fresh OR you can sauté the onions and garlic in butter and then add them to t…

From the Garden

Freshly picked from the garden...

White-Lined Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

Today my brother found this huge caterpillar at the place we work. We were amazed at the size of it! Here it was just crawling around in the dirt and we were wondering if it was poisonous or not (it had a spike on it's tail that we thought might be harmful). So my brother grabbed a ziplock bag from our cooler and we carefully put the caterpillar in it being sure not to touch the "poisonous spike". A poem I learned in biology last year was going through mind: Red on black friend of Jack. Red on yellow kills a fellow. Then I realized that that poem is for telling whether or not a SNAKE is poisonous not a caterpillar! The large green creature sat in that plastic bag for quite awhile until we got home and were able to look up what it actually was. Upon some online research, I found that it was a White-Lined Sphinx moth caterpillar (scientific name: Hyles lineata) or otherwise know as the humming bird moth. How neat! I found it to not be poisonous, so I let it crawl on my …

Grease Stain Removal

Ever feel that feeling dread when you just spilled grease on your favorite shirt (and even worse when you find the stain after you've already washed and dried it)? I sure have done that with several of my favorites and thought that they were ruined forever. But THEN I found a solution to removing grease stains from already laundered cotton clothes. It seriously works (I was so amazed and happy)! So don't throw it away~ there really is hope for your grease-wrecked clothes :). 

What you'll need: WD-40, baking soda, a toothbrush, cardboard and dish soap (Dawn is recommended, but I used Legacy of Clean and it worked just as well).

So here's the stain I treated:

First place the cardboard underneath the stain (between the front and the back of the t-shirt.) Then spray the stain with WD-40 (try to spray just the grease stain).

Next, pour on the baking soda (you'll need to add more than you think).

Now it's time to start scrubbing. Using a toothbrush, scrub until the bak…

Healthy Klondike Bars

This recipe is from Detoxinista and is very delicious! I melted chocolate chips and coconut oil in place of the chocolate coating since we didn't have any maple syrup left. I also used just honey in the ice cream recipe. Coating the bars in the chocolate shell..... well, it's a bit difficult and MESSY! But I think after a couple times re-trying this recipe, I'll get it down :).

Healthy Klondike Bars (Dairy-free, Paleo) Makes 8 bars
Ingredients: Vanilla Ice Cream Bars: 1 cup raw cashew pieces, soaked in water for 2 hours
1 cup water
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract Chocolate Coating: 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
5 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup Go to this link for the recipe instructions: