Homemade Kale Chips

Kale chips are so easy to make.  I have no idea why people buy them from the grocery store.  Kale chips are the fun, easy way to eat your greens and when you make them at home, you can season them however you like.  Here is what you will need:

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  • Clean dry kale leaves
  • Olive oil (butter or oil of choice)
  • Salt, pepper and/or seasoning of choice

 

 

 

 

Here’s what you do:

1. Heat oven to 350

2. Hand tear kale leaves into bite sized pieces and place in a mixing bowl (throw stems into the compost bin)

3. Add salt and seasonings to 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil

4. Add olive to kale and coat thoroughly as though you are tossing a salad.

Next, spread the kale out evenly and in one layer on a baking sheet like this: 

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Bake for about 10 minutes or until nice and crispy.  They will look like this: wpid-20131112_212942.jpg

Enjoy your Kale chips.  (Crunches) mmmph, I put way too much salt on these…

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The Miracle Remedy

Got Seasonal Allergies? You might want to try The Miracle Remedy

Taken individually, apple cider vinegar (ACV), raw honey and garlic each have wide variety of health benefits.  When combined, they give us a powerful remedy for over a dozen ailments and dis-eases.  Taken daily, The Miracle Remedy is an amazing prescription for overall good health.  The ACV eats fungi and bacteria and contains many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and dietary fiber (including iron, calcium, copper, and potassium), while at the same time having very little fat and sodium.  Raw honey is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.  When sourced locally it contains local pollens and acts as a natural vaccine for seasonal allergies.  It contains protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin C, folate, choline, and potassium.  Garlic has been proven to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites and contains vitamin C, B6 and selenium.

 

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1 cup locally sourced raw honey

8 cloves of garlic, peeled

 

 

To make this tonic combine the above ingredients in your vitamix and blend on high for about 30 seconds, transfer it to a glass container, seal it and refrigerate it for five days before using.  This gives the ACV an opportunity to pickle the garlic and really marinates all of the ingredients.  When its ready, add 1 tsp to a cup of water or juice and drink.

 

Benefits of the Miracle Remedy

  • Balances blood sugar levels
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Stabilizes blood pressure and lowers risk for stroke
  • Reduces risk for heart disease
  • Acts as a blood thinner
  • Treats stomach ulcers
  • Aids in digestion and regularity
  • Reduces acid reflux
  • Reduces the risk of digestive cancers
  • Kills or slows the growth of certain cancer cells
  • Helps with weight loss by making you feel full
  • Clears mucus and congestion
  • Treats coughs/upper respiratory infections
  • Helps fight the common cold and influenza
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Eliminates seasonal allergies
  • Calms the nerves
  • Relieves pain in joints from arthritis
  • Soothes sore throats
  • Makes ticks and mosquitoes less likely to bite
  • Controls candida
  • Contains anti-oxidants

 

I make my family take this tonic every day.  If one of us has a cold we up the dosage and take it before bed as well, which gives the immune system an extra boost while the body is at rest during the night.  For digestive issues and weight loss this tonic can be taken before eating.

  • Do use unfiltered apple cider vinegar, the unfiltered variety has the “mother” at the bottom of the bottle
  • Do use locally sourced raw honey, which is not heated or filtered and had all of the nutrients left in tact
  • Do NOT take this tonic with cranberry juice. Garlic and cranberry juice may cause the digestive track to explode with uncomfortable gas (thank me later)

 

What’s your family’s Miracle Remedy for Seasonal Allergies?

Homemade Toothpaste

We ran outta toothpaste the other day (yes, I typed outta). I usually buy Trader Joes brand since it’s well under $3 and it has no floride or other ingredients that I disagree with. However, since I wasn’t planning to go shopping for a few days I decided to make us some.  Gotta have clean teeth. Now I must confess that my children dont care for our homemade toothpaste as much because it is gritty.  However,  that being said, its pretty darn good. Its a much better take on the baking soda and peroxide combination my mother used to make us brush with when we ran out of toothpaste.  These kids nowadays don’t know how good they’ve got it. Anyway, here’s my recipe:

 

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Ingredients:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Bentonite clay
  • Stevia powder
  • Baking soda
  • Essential oils of your choice (peppermint, spearmint, clove, etc)

 

Instructions:
1st combine equal parts bentonite clay, baking soda and stevia. Mix together in container of your choice, just make sure it comes with a lid.

Next, add just enough peroxide to make a smooth paste. Add a little at a time and stir to make it just right.

Finally, add the essential oils of your choice and stir well.

Give the paste some time to volcano out and call the kids so they can watch this awesome science project. Give it a few minutes.

Stir again to make it smooth and you’ve got toothpaste.

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Tips:

You will want to keep this tightly sealed as it will dry out quickly if you dont. I used to transfer the paste to a camping tube so it could be used  like brand name toothpaste but a certain 4 year old poked a big hole in the spout of the tube, rendering it useless. I’ll pick one up next time I go to Cabela’s.

It comes out better if you use a scale to measure each of the dry ingredients in equal weight. Since the baking soda weighs the most, and stevia weighs the least you will end up with a toothpaste that’s sweeter and not as salty.

My teeth have never been whiter. Try it for yourself and come back to let me know what you think.

The ABC’s of Castile Soap

Dilute Dilute Dilute.

I swear by Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap in my house for everything from hand washing soap to bathtub cleaner.  I’ve used the unscented liquid soap as a baby wash by adding just a little bit to baby’s bathtub and wiping him down sponge bath style.  I put the diluted soap in my foam dispensers for hand washing in the bathrooms and the kitchen, lavendar is my favorite for that.  I am in love with the rose scented Castile soap as a bodywash and keep a 32oz bottle in the shower.  The citrus scent, however, is a close second.  I use the peppermint soap to clean my floors with which keeps the city mice out of my house.  One whiff of peppermint and they gladly find someone else’s hole.  I have even used the Castile soap bars in my homemade laundry detergent recipes.

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Dr Bronner’s natural oil based soaps are truly all-purpose.  They can, however, be a little expensive (especially for a frugal sistah like myself).  At $10 a quart, I’m gonna need them to last me a while.  So, as soon as I bring home a 32 oz bottle of liquid Castile soap I dilute it using a 3:1 ratio of water to soap and transfer it into an empty vinegar bottle.  This ratio instantly stretches one quart into a gallon and last’s me a good 3-4 months. Cha-ching…money’s worth!

So the next time you pick up a bottle of liquid Castile soap (wordpress keeps making me capitalize Castile.  Is that really necessary?), instantly quadruple its volume using the above ratio.  Remember the ABC’s and dilute, dilute, dilute!.

 

Materials needed:

• an 8 oz bottle of Dr Bronner’s liquid Castile soap (or one 32 oz bottle)

• a 32 oz bottle preferably with a squirt top (or an empty 1 gallon container)

• Water

 

Instructions:

1. Pour the castile soap into the larger bottle

2. Fill up the empty soap bottle with water 3 times and add it to the larger bottle

3. That’s it.  Easy like Staples.

 

*Tips*

If you are new to using Castile soaps and you want to get a few scents all at once I would suggest you get the smaller 8 oz bottles of soap and dilute into a 32 oz bottle.  It will be plenty.

If using as a hand soap I strongly recommend getting a foaming soap dispenser.  Diluted Castile soap is too watery for a regular dispenser but works perfectly as a foam soap. Undiluted, it will clog up your dispenser.

 

Other ways I use Castile soap:

• last resort shampoo (its a little too oily for me but, it will do if there is nothing else on hand)

• fruit and vegetable wash, excellent

• occassional dish washer detergent

• occassional dish washing liquid. It doesnt produce any suds in the bucket but if I pour it on the dish rag directly Im good

• bubble bath without the bubble

• a make do laundry detergent

• all purpose surface cleaner (see my recipe for a homemade soft scrub here)

• Couple it with peroxide to clean my gladrags and moon cups *ladies

• Homemade baby wipes (unscented)

• Foot soak (peppermint)

 

Simply put, I use this stuff on everything.  Did I miss anything?

Homemade Clean Microwave

Ok so, I was at work yesterday (work is the only place where I use a microwave) and I went to the kitchen to warm up my lunch.  It was well after lunch hour and apparently, someone had a blowout in the microwave and they did not clean up after themselves. Look at this mess.

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Gross right? I was NOT putting my food in that thing. But, I remembered this tip that I once read that I had filed away in the back of my mind since we dont have a microwave in our home.

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A cup of vinegar in the microwave on high for 2 minutes loosens up all the stuck on gook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All you have to do is wipe it all off with a wet rag (I used a paper towel). You don’t even have to scrub hard, it wipes right off and since its only vinegar, there’s no rinsing required… Thats my kinda clean.

And whalah:

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ALL CLEAN!

Have you tried this technique?