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Regrow Your Fruits and Veggies!

This week is pretty nutty.. My daughter turned 4 yesterday and her birthday is on Saturday. I have been blessed and cursed with a creative spirit. It is soo fun coming up with all of the ideas and making a big party, but…..  it’s a huge party for a 4 year old haha. I just can’t help myself though, so this week I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off making sure it’s perfect. Ill post pictures later!  2 words… Monster Trucks! Woo!!

Anyway, so I’ve read a lot about how to grow your own veggies from the unused portions that you usually discard! I’ve never tried though until the other night we were at my in-laws and she mentioned she was going to grow back her romaine lettuce!

I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to track the results and share them with you! We went over there tonight and guess what… It’s growing!!

Here is what we started with.

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Just cut off the leaves that we used and set the base of the lettuce in water! This was taken on Sept 13th! We put it in the window sill and let it work its little growing magic!

2 days later… Today Sept 15, this is what we have..

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ITS GROWING!!!!  How stinkin cool is that!?!?

You can do this with other veggies too!

Lettuce- Any lettuce, bok choy or cabbage you can grow it easily. Take the left over scrap and place in water…Make sure it gets plenty of water and keeping the leaves misted with water a couple times throughout the week. Leaves will start to sprout within a couple days. You can grow it back in the water or you can transplant it into soil if you wish.

-Celery– Once again one of the easiest. Place the scrap in a bowl with a little warm water in the bottom. Keep the bowl in direct sunlight for about a week. Once you see the leaves thickening at the base, you can transplant the celery to soil and it’ll grow to full length.

-Lemongrass– Place the leftover root in a glass bowl or jar with just enough water to cover it and leave it in the sunlight. After a week, you will see the new growth and then transplant it into soil to grow like regular grass.

-Bean Sprouts– Keep about a tablespoon of beans and place in a jar with shallow water. Leave overnight and drain the water off in the morning. Place the beans back into the container. Cover the container with a towel overnight and rinse the next morning. Keep doing this daily until they start to sprout and reach the size you desire.

-Potatoes– Potatoes can be grown by just using the peelings! They just need the eyes! Cut the peelings into two inch pieces, just make sure each piece has at least 2 eyes on them. Allow them to dry out overnight and then plant them into soil about 4 inches deep. Make sure the eyes are facing upward! It’ll take a few weeks but your potato plant will start to grow.

-Sweet Potatoes– Cut the sweet potato in half and suspend it over water using toothpicks to hold it up in a jar. Roots will grow and sprouts will form on top within a couple of days. Once the sprouts grow to be about four inches in length, twist them off and place in water. When the roots in the container get to be about an inch, plant them in soil. Watch it grow!

-Pineapple– Take the stop and insert some toothpicks and suspend the top over a container with water with the water just about reaches the base. Change the water every 2 days. Once roots start to grow, transplant it into the soil. If it’s cold outside, plant it indoors.

-Peppers– You can grow any peppers by just planting the seeds and keep the planted soil in direct sunlight. They grow pretty fast and don’t take a lot of care. Once you get peppers grown, save the seeds to plant again.

-Tomatoes– Just like peppers, you just need the seeds. Rinse your seeds and plant in soil. Once you notice growth and its a few inches high you can transplant them outdoors if you wish. They love plenty of sunshine and warmth. Water a few times a week.

-Herbs….Basil, Cilantro etc– Most herbs can be grown by taking a long stem with some leaves and placing it in a glass of water. Leave it in a bright area and it’ll start to sprout roots. When the roots grow a couple inches long you can transplant it into soil.

-Fruit– Most fruit can be grown by planting the seeds. However all take their own care on how to either germinate the seeds/pits or dry them out before planting. Either way, it takes years to grow fruit trees, but once they are grown and fruitful, you can have it forever!

There ya have it for just a few! Enough to get you started on your growing scraps! If you have any other tips or tricks on regrowing your food, share down in the comments!

Enjoy!



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Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles (No Canning)

Summer… oh how I have a love hate relationship with it. I HATE the super hot humid days, but I love and can not get enough of the cook outs. Just something about a flame grilled burger.. YUM.. Another thing that I love is that my 3 year old loves burgers as much as I do! So, what goes best with burgers?  PICKLES!

I do have to say, I’m a pickle freak! 100% hands down, pickles are my thing. With burgers though, I need bread and butter pickles. One thing I can deal without though, is all the crap that comes in store bought, jarred pickles. Have you ever read the ingredients? Yea, no thank you.

So, I decided… Ill make my own! It was sooo easy! Check it out.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 lbs mini cucumbers

1 1/2 tbsp kosher salt

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp celery seeds

1/8 tsp ground tumeric

DIRECTIONS

Slice cucumbers into thing slices.

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Combine cucumbers and salt in a bowl and mix until thoroughly coated. Put the cucumbers into a shallow backing dish. Cover and refrigerate for 1 1/2 hours.

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Move cucumbers into a colander and rinse thoroughly with cold water.

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Combine all remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium heat, stir until sugar is dissolved.

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Fill an airtight container with the cucumbers and pour the hot vinegar over the cucumbers. Let stand at room temp for 1 hours. Cover and refrigerate for 1 day.

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Enjoy! Will last in refrigerator for 2 weeks.

 



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How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven.

I could eat hard boiled eggs all day long… My favorite way to eat them though, on a salad. They just mesh so well with the salad dressing. It’s wonderful…..However what isn’t wonderful…. is making them. I dread boiling the water and then second guessing the whole process. Do I put them in when the water is cold and bring it to a boil or do I put them in after it boils? I can never remember. Then once they are done, that stupid green ring from being over cooked appears! UGH!! It always fails me.

Now, since I’ve been using the oven method, I always have boiled.. uhh I mean baked eggs in my refrigerator! It is fool proof. I love it! So, today I thought I’d share how I do it. Plus, to top it off.. they peel soooo easy! It’s crazy! Before, I had the ugly, crater eggs. Now, they are perfectly shaped.. Yes, they may have some not so pretty spots that I’ll show you here in a bit, but trust me you’re going to love this.

What you need: eggs, a muffin tin and an oven!

Step 1: Put eggs in muffin tin.

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Step 2: Bake at 325 degrees for 30 mins.

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Step 3: Remove eggs from oven and immediately place in an ice bath until cool.

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Step 4: Peel your eggs. I personally like to lay it on a paper towel putting firm pressure on it….

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and roll….

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Giving you a cracked shell all around.

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LOOK!!!  A perfect egg!!

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However….  DO NOT BE ALARMED! There will probably be some dark spots on your egg where it rested against the pan! It’s still yummy!

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The inside is PERFECT!! No Green Ring!!!

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There you have it.. How to make the perfect unboiled, hard boiled egg that’s baked! Best method yet! If you like a softer egg, just take it out sooner. All ovens are different, so you may have to play around with times! ENJOY!!

If you have anymore quick hacks like the egg baking, post down in the comments!!

 



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DIY Homemade Orange Oil

I’m a pretty big essential oil user. Once I found out how great they can be, I always have a ton in my cabinet. I diffuse them in my children’s rooms while they sleep, apply topically for certain issues and my favorite..using them to clean! One of the best things to clean with is citrus! It smells great and cuts any grime!

I read a while ago on how to make your own orange oil and I thought I’d finally give it a try. Orange is one of my husband’s favorite ones, so I figured if I could make an extract, this could cut down on the money I’m spending on some oils.

This was a pretty simple process. In the end, I got exactly what it promised… an orange oil extract! Here’s how you do it!

Step 1: Collect as much of the outer skin of the orange. I used a peeler and used about 4 oranges. Try to get as little of the white as possible.

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Step 2: Allow all the peels to dry out for a few days on a paper towel. They will get very hard.

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Step 3: Fill a jar with all the dried out peels. You can also grind up all the peels before putting them in a container (optional).

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Step 4: Cover the peels in vodka…I wouldn’t use any fancy vodka… any cheapo bottle of vodka will work for this. Cover with a lid. Shake well occasionally over the next 3 days.

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Step 5: Over the 3 day period the orange peels will plump back up and release their oil. Strain the peels into another container through a cheese cloth or coffee filter.

20160728_075521_resized20160728_075919_resized  Step 6: Set aside orange and vodka mix for 1 week. To speed up the process you can put mixture into a shallow dish (I did this after 1 day realizing it would be evaporate much quicker). The Vodka will evaporate leaving just the oil….   *TIP at this point if you wanted to stop, this would make a great infused vodka!

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Step 7: Take the oil that’s left in the container and strain through a cheese cloth or coffee filter one last time to remove all sediment from the oil.

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Step 8: There ya have it. Homemade Orange Oil Extract.

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Keep in an air tight container, use and enjoy. Since this is an oil extract, I probably wouldn’t use topically. I am personally using this mixed with vinegar for cleaning purposes and it has worked wonderfully. Smells great and cleans well! Since this is what I usually use my orange oil for, this is a great substitute from purchased oil.

Do you have any other great oil extract recipes? Please share below in the comments!



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DIY Soap Nut Laundry Detergent

As you probably saw in an earlier post that I did for NaturOli, I have soap nuts! I have been using soap nuts/berries now for about 2 years. When I first started using them, I never thought that these little things were going to get my clothes clean, but after a few washes, they proved me wrong. I absolutely love them. Plus, You can’t get anymore natural and organic than a nut from a tree.

The convenience of using the soap nuts is great. You take 5 or 6 and toss them into a muslin bag and into your wash. They can even be reused a handful of times. Hardest part about using them is remembering to find them after the wash so they don’t find their way into the dryer!

As easy as they are to use, lately I’ve been using them to make a concentrated liquid to wash my clothes instead. So simple to do once again and this helps anyone that doesn’t like using just the nuts.

I decided to share the recipe on how you can make your own soap nut liquid at home!

Here is what you will need:

-6 Soap nuts

-2 Cups of Water

-Rosemary Essential Oil

That’s it!!

Step 1. Grab 6 Soap Nuts…  I used NaturOli

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Step 2. Put 2 cups of water in a pot.

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Step 3. Add the Soap Nuts and bring to boil.

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Step 4. Mash Soap Nuts in the water to release the soap from the nuts.

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Step 5. Simmer on low for 30 mins.

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Step 6. Let cool and strain into a jar. Squeeze excess soap out of the soap nuts.

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Step 7. Add 10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil. Rosemary is a natural preservative and aids in cleaning. Plus, it has a nice scent!

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Step 8. Store in an airtight container. If you add the rosemary, shelf life will be close to 10 days. If you do not add the rosemary, your shelf life will be much shorter!

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And there you have it! Add a tablespoon per load and this will be a great way how to extend the life of your soap nuts.

Don’t forget once your soap nuts are spent, you can grind them up and add them to your soil for plants. It has great nourishing properties to help give your plants and soil some life!

HERE is a great deal to get some Soap Nuts and some other great products!

AND you can get an additional 10% OFF by using the code:   ohmyorganics16

If you have any tips or questions about soap nuts please share below!



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Homemade Non-Toxic Baby Wipes

So, as a mom I can say, baby wipes are my best friend. With every dirty face and sticky finger, I keep a stack of baby wipes near me at all times. However, the chemicals and fragrances that are in them, I have always HATED using them on my children. My poor babies would scream if I wiped them when they had a diaper rash and it took me forever to realize that the wipe was in fact making the rash worse.  Nothing like rubbing chemicals on an open wound..

There are a ton of ingredients that are hidden in baby wipes. One being formaldehyde…  You may not see it on the label… but it’s there. Formaldehyde releasers are lurking..  Look for these common ones..

  • Diazolidinyl Urea

  • DMDM Hydantoin

  • Imidazolidinyl urea

  • Quaternium-15

  • Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin

  • Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate

  • 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bronopol)

  • Polyoxymethylene Urea

  • 5-Bromo-5-Nitro-1,3 Dioxane

  • Methenamine

  • Glyoxal

  • Benzylhemiformal

How about those lovely carcinogens??  Yup..they are in there. Some to look for are Ethylene Oxide and 1,4-Dioxane..  Cancer Causing… If you can’t find those on the label. Look for these instead.

  • Bis-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 Dimethicone

  • Potassium Laureth Phosphate

  • Polysorbate 20

  • PEG-75 Lanolin

  • Ceteareth-20

Ya no thank you….Solution= Make Non-Toxic baby wipes!!

Thankfully, I represent a non-toxic company (Pure Haven Essentials) that offers a full line of products that makes this recipe so easy. If you do have your own favorite non-toxic, organic brand that you prefer to use.. then you can use that too 🙂

The way to make these baby wipes can not get any easier. It’s minimal ingredients and will take less than a couple minutes.

Things you will need:

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1 roll of paper towels

A sharp knife

2 cups distilled water

A container to store wipes

1 Tbsp Non Toxic Hand Sanitizer

2 Tbsp Non Toxic Baby Wash or Shampoo

2 Tbsp Melted Organic Coconut Oil or Olive Oil

A few drops of essential oil (lavender is what I use)

Step 1. Cut Paper Towel Roll In Half with Knife

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Step 2. Remove Cardboard from rolls

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Step 3. Mix oil, shampoo, sanitizer and essential oil in water

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Step 4. Soak both rolls of paper towels in mixture

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Wipes are DONE! Easy Peasy! Store in an airtight container.

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Another huge benefit to making your own baby wipes is…..  SAVING YOU MONEY!!  You may not think that it’ll save you a lot, but on average almost $400 is spent yearly on packaged baby wipes.  Making your own baby wipes, even ones that are non-toxic will only cost you around $167 a year!

Do you make you own wipes? What are you favorite wipe recipes?

 



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