Start Your Week Off Right with This Veggie Juice Recipe

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Over the weekend I made this veggie juice recipe. I pretty much used whatever I had on hand as well as what my garden was ready to give me. **All ingredients are organic**

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole beet
  • 5 tomatoes (even though only 4 are pictured)
  • 1 whole onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • About 1 cup of spinach
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • Optional: 1 jalapeño (I didn’t add it in this time because the little one was having juice, but I really enjoy juiced jalapeño).

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If you are not a fan of beets, try only adding half of a beet instead, as the flavor is a bit overpowering. Next time I would add 2-3 garlic cloves instead of one. And maybe two carrots instead of four. If I would have had a cucumber, I would have added that as well. It’s fun to play around with different fruits and veggies – I have never made a juice I didn’t like.

What ingredients are in your favorite homemade juice?

Take care, Stephanie

A Fundraiser for a Fellow Blogger’s Father and Prayer Request

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Recently a fellow blogger’s father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The family is trying to raise money toward his cancer treatment and I offered to post the info on my blog. The family is asking for prayers and if possible, a donation towards treatment (no donation is too small) – they are greatly appreciative of either one. You can read more about John and make donations here. Let’s all take a moment to channel some positive healing vibes towards John and his family. Please pass along this info along to anyone and everyone .

Thanks!

Take care, Stephanie

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EcoGrrl Interview / Zip Lining in Wisconsin Dells

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Hey readers, in case you missed it… Yesterday I was featured as an interviewee on EcoGrrl’s blog. I guest blogged back in March for her about oils you should consider adding to your life and she was kind enough to include me in her interview series that she began over the summer. She is one of my favorite bloggers that I have met since entering this alternate world back in January. Pop on over to check out her website because I’m sure you’ll love her posts as much as I do. And if you want to learn more about me then head on over and read my interview.

Side note: I went zip lining with some friends last weekend and here are some pics!

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Good times.

Take care, Stephanie

Eco-Friendly Review and Giveaway: Woolzies Dryer Balls

As part of my mission to become more eco-friendly, I began washing our clothes with cold water.  Not only does washing with cold water save energy, but it also saves money; a savings of $0.50 or more per load!  Once I learned about fragrance, the unnatural scented chemical additive that has been linked to all sorts of health issues, I began to avoid it at all costs. According to Klaus Ferlow, a Master Herbalist, 95% of the chemicals in fragrances are synthetic compounds of petroleum and are the same ones found in cigarette smoke. The chemicals are absorbed by your skin and the vapors are inhaled. Many skin allergies are directly linked to products using fragrance, specifically eczema, psoriasis and contact dermatitis. But it doesn’t stop there, fragrance chemicals can also effect the brain, respiratory system and endocrine system. Not to mention the harm it is causing on our indoor and outdoor air quality. For more detailed information on the harms of fragrance, check out this article.

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So why am I talking about fragrance? Well because most fabric softeners includes fragrance (as well as many other toxic chemicals) and once I realized that, I started to get unscented stuff. Recently I learned about Woolzies Dryer Balls and now I’m pretty much a lifer.

Woolzies Dryer Balls are made of 100% pure wool and are an all-natural fabric softener. They are handmade in New Zealand and soften laundry without any chemicals, they also cut down drying time by an average of 25% per load!  These dryer balls also help reduce wrinkles and static!  They are hypo-allergenic and do not shed into the laundry, therefore they are safe for people with wool sensitivities. These dryer balls will last for 1,000 loads (money back guarantee), which make them super eco-friendly!

Each box of Woolzies contain six dryer balls. You use all six balls in every load that you dry. Since my daughter’s bedroom is right above the laundry room, I was concerned that the balls might knock around in the dryer, causing loud banging noises against the dryer barrel.  Fortunately, I did not notice any additional noise coming from the dryer and neither did my daughter. I was skeptical that they would actually reduce dry time, but they sure enough did. I used to dry all of my clothes on a medium heat for 50-55 minutes, depending what I was drying and now they are done around the 35-40 minute marker.  If you are a fan of scented fabric softener, then you can just add a couple drops of your favorite organic essential oil to a couple of the balls and fluff them up for about ten minutes. You will be delighted by the gentle scent that your clothes have throughout the day.

I’d definitely recommend the dryer balls and I’m excited for one lucky Minnesota From Scratch reader to win their very own set! To learn more about me and my eco-friendly lifestyle, read my interview over at EcoGrrl!

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What are some things you do around your home to keep it “eco-friendly”?

Take care, Stephanie

Fairy Festival 2013: Fairy House Contestants

Last weekend we went to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, which happened to be the “Fairy Festival” weekend. It was a fantastic weekend to go because our daughter LOVES fairies and in addition to the 10+ fairies that were circulating around the grounds, they also had a fairy house building contest. I did not expect the houses to be as elaborate as they were! I decided to snap a few pictures to show you all how incredible and detailed these houses were. I took the pics on my phone, so they are not the best quality photos, but they are still worth looking at! The images below are small, but if you click on a photo, a larger image will appear so you can see more detail.

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This is the fairy realm where you could go watch the fairies play music with bells and dance. They also had some animals to pet.

This is the fairy realm where you could go watch the fairies play music with bells and dance. They also had some animals to pet.

This is my daughter meeting Twig the Fairy. She is the highlight of the Ren Fest for many children. If you aren't familiar with her, google search her name and you will quickly become fascinated as my daughter is here.

This is my daughter meeting Twig the Fairy. She is the highlight of the Ren Fest for many children. If you aren’t familiar with her, Google search her name and you will quickly become fascinated by her, as my daughter is here.

Take care, Stephanie

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