Archives for June 2016

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade: SodaStream Recipe Idea

Have a sodastream? Try making Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade.
Sparkling blueberry lemonade is a fun sodastream recipe idea. It packs a lot of flavor in a little drink. It's sweet, it's sparkling, and it's a lovely substitution for soda.

We love sparkling water in our house. I’m actually quite happy drinking a glass of sparkling water – nothing added.

But sometimes I crave a drink with a little added flavor.

That’s where this Sodastream recipe idea comes in.

Reasons to love this drink:

  1. It’s not really a recipe. It’s more of a serving suggestion.
  2. Adding sparkling water to your drink cuts down on the amount of sugar you are consuming from the lemonade.
  3. You get a serving of antioxidant rich blueberries.
  4. You only need three ingredients to make a refreshing sparkling blueberry lemonade.

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade Ingredients:

1/2 cup organic blueberries
1/2 cup organic lemonade
Carbonated water from your Sodastream (or purchased plain sparkling water)

In a blender, blend together the blueberries and lemonade. Pour into glass and top with sparkling water.

It’s that easy!

Need more sweet? Add a bit more lemonade and bit less of the sparkling water.

This recipe makes one serving of sparkling blueberry lemonade. You may double, triple or quadruple the recipe – depending on how many you need to make.

Did you know you can use a mason jar on the blender? I show you how to make this recipe in it’s own mason jar here:

Can’t see the video? Click here.

It saves me from having to wash the blender and the mason jars fit right into my dishwasher. Hallelujah!

What is  your favorite Sodastream recipe?

Homemade Natural Eye Makeup Remover That Works!

Ready to try a homemade natural eye makeup remover that works? I’ve got the best recipe.

Ready to try a homemade natural eye makeup remover that works? I've got the best recipe that will take off your eye makeup quickly and easily.

Making your own natural eye makeup remover is so simple and requires very few ingredients.

This best part about this formula is that IT WORKS!

I’ve tried it on several different types of mascara – all with fantastic results!

The first thing you’ll need is distilled water. If you don’t have distilled water, you will need to bring tap water to the boiling point then allow it to cool before proceeding.

Please do not skip this step. You’re dealing with your eyes, so it’s important to start with sterile ingredients.

Next, you need a carrier oil. I personally use avocado oil. (I also use avocado oil to get rid of my red bumps)

Avocado oil is perfect for the eye area because it has a natural concentration of both Vitamins A and E. This makes it a great choice for dry, dehydrated and mature skin.

Next, you need to pick a baby shampoo.

Ready to try a homemade natural eye makeup remover that works? I've got the best recipe that will take off your eye makeup quickly and easily.
I’ve tested this formula with both Burt’s Bees Tear Free Shampoo and BeautyCounterKids Nice Do Shampoo.

The Burt’s Bee shampoo is actually a 3 on the EWG Skin Deep database. However, I like that it is tear free.

The Nice Do shampoo is actually a 1 – meaning it is the safest formulation you can buy. However, it is not a tear free formula. The thing I do like about it is the scent. So there’s that.

Both baby shampoos worked great. You’ll need to decide what is most important to you.

Ready to try a homemade natural eye makeup remover that works? I've got the best recipe that will take off your eye makeup quickly and easily.

NATURAL EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

2 Tablespoons Baby Shampoo
1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
1 Cup Distilled Water

Combine all ingredients in a soap dispenser.

To Use: Shake ingredients before each use. Apply to a washcloth and then apply to eye area. Rinse off immediately.

I use these baby soft washcloths to wipe off my eye make-up.

These cloths are so soft – if they made a giant sized onesie out of this material – I would wear it.

Not. Even. Kidding.

Do they get stained by the mascara? Kinda. Really, it depends on your brand of mascara.

The washcloths are essentially re-useable eye makeup remover pads. I use them then toss in the laundry. It’s another way I can be green and save money.

Give this natural eye makeup remover and try – I’d love to know how it works for you.

What to Watch on Netflix: Free Printable

Ready for your next binge? Here’s a free printable of what to watch on Netflix!

What to Watch on Netflix A Free Printable Guide of the Top 50 Most Recommended Netflix Shows

Wondering what to watch next on Netflix? I’ve compiled the ultimate list of binge-worthy Netflix shows.

How did I come up with these 50 shows?

Facebook.

I’m in several different Facebook groups, and about once a month I’ll see a post where someone asks, “What should I watch next on Netflix?”

These are the 50 shows that get mentioned every single time. Every. Single. Time.

Just because they mention these top 50 shows doesn’t mean my list is complete.

Sure, you’d think with 50 shows I’d have covered it all. Except, you may have a gem or two that this list may have missed. So this printable has room to write them in.

This list is meant to be shared. Co-workers, moms-to-be on bedrest, your bestie that finally sprung for a Netflix subscription, college students home for the summer…. all the people need this list.

So print it. Then write in your own suggestions and share it.

What should you watch next on Netflix?

Download your What to Watch on Netflix Free Printable.


Can You Toast Sweet Potatoes in a Toaster?

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster? I find out!

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

Have you seen the newest Internet rage? It’s sweet potato toast and it’s taking over Instagram.

I love the idea of sweet potato toast. I’m always looking for ways to get more vegetables into our day, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

I started by slicing a sweet potato as thin as I could using a mandolin. Then I popped two slices into the toaster and used the highest setting per the advice of the world wide web.

This is how my toasted sweet potato turned out:

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

I had to stop the toast when I smelled burning.

I figured the sweet potato was sliced too thin. That’s when I decided I would hand cut the sweet potato a bit thicker and try again.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

Again, I set the toaster to high to toast my sweet potato slices. I’ll remind you, this is what the recipe on the Internet says to do.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

As you can see, the ends, where the sweet potato was thin, were totally burnt. I cut that part away and gave the remaining middle part to my two trusty sweet potato toast testers.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

We all agreed the center was under done.

Burnt edges. Under done center. Gross.

I then decided I would toast it on the highest setting once, then lower the toast setting by half, and toast it a second time, knowing I would have burnt edges that I would need to cut away.

That plan did not work.

I tried 3 more times to actually toast a sweet potato before I gave up. There was no combination of heat and slicing that actually produced anything resembling toast.

That’s when I though I’d give the microwave a try.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

Big mistake. BIG.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

I was not about to give up. There had to be a way. It’s all over the Internet!

I gave it one more try. This time I opted to use the broiler. I lined up a few slices on the broiler pan and broiled them on high for a little over 3 minutes.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

Finally! It worked! I made sweet potato “toast” in the oven on broil – not in my toaster!

The broiler worked to thoroughly cook the sweet potato with minimal amount of burning. Plus, I could slice the sweet potato a bit on the thick side so it could easily take toppings.

How to really make sweet potato toast. No, not in the toaster.

We smeared our sweet potato toast with almond butter then topped with a sliced banana and a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

Have you tried to toast sweet potatoes in a toaster? What were your results?

All Natural Dog Care: Flea and Tick Control

This all natural dog care review has been compensated by Only Natural Pets. All opinions are mine alone.
All natural dog care flea and tick control using essential oils that are safe for pets.

Copper on the path in our backyard. 

Welcome to my backyard! I love our backyard – and so do our dogs. We live on a heavily wooded hillside where 80% of the yard is left “wild.”

While I love the low maintenance aspect of our wooded lot, the dogs love that it attracts all types of wildlife.

Unfortunately, that wildlife includes all manner of creepy and crawly insects.

While fleas aren’t a huge concern in my part of Colorado, we definitely have ticks. And ticks love heavily wooded areas. Areas just like my backyard.

I fear ticks. While most people know about Lyme disease, did you know ticks can also carry Colorado tick fever?

Finding an all natural solution to flea and tick control is important to my pets and my family.

Any time I sit down in the house, I end up with Nina on my lap.

All natural dog care flea and tick control using essential oils that are safe for pets.

Having the constant contact between Nina and myself means I’m very aware that any little creepy crawlies that attach themselves to her feathery fur can easily get transferred to me.

I recently was able to try Only Natural Pets Flea and Tick Control products. With their all natural dog care line, I learned you can effectively fight fleas and ticks without pesticides.

The products I instantly fell in love with use essential oils. Their Easy Defense Herbal Oil Blend  contains neem, citronella, lavender, cedar, and other essential oils. It’s easy to apply using a dropper then rubbing it in.

All natural dog care flea and tick control using essential oils that are safe for pets.

I love the smell of this herbal oil blend. Copper thinks it smells great too!

Having animals that smell nice is a plus in my book.

All natural dog care flea and tick control using essential oils that are safe for pets.

While the dropper is great on Copper’s short coat, I love the Easy Defense Herbal Spray for Nina’s long hair.

The smell is definitely stronger. However, since Nina can start to stink in between groomings, it has the added benefit of being like a doggie perfume on her. 🙂

I’d definitely recommend spraying it on outside because it is potent.

All natural dog care flea and tick control using essential oils that are safe for pets.

I could still smell the herbal spray on her 7 days after applying it. It is that potent.

All natural dog care flea and tick control using essential oils that are safe for pets.

The other product that is a huge hit in our house is the Only Natural Pets Barrier Bites. These bites contain both brewer’s yeast and garlic. The dogs love them but they have no idea that ingesting them makes them less appetizing to biting insects.

All natural dog care flea and tick control using essential oils that are safe for pets.

It’s an easy way to get your dogs natural protection. I would definitely recommend adding these treats to your natural dog care routine. If you are going to give your dogs treats anyway, they may as well have some added benefits, am I right?

If you are like me, and you look for non-toxic but effective all natural dog care solutions, I’d love for you to give any of the Only Natural Pet Products a try. They have an entire line of products designed to prevent, control and repel fleas and ticks. By using Code AFGREEN at checkout, you can save 25% + get FREE Shipping on all Flea & Tick products at Only Natural Pet now through August 31st.

Muffin Tin Egg Sandwiches: Freezer Recipe

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up then freeze. Perfect for mornings when you are on the go.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings you are on the go.

I recently posted on my Facebook page that I was spending an hour making a bunch of freezer breakfasts for my daughter who has to be at work at 5 am this summer.

She’s been an absolute trooper about getting herself up and out the door in the morning.

Since I am still in bed at that hour, I wanted to have some healthy options for her that wouldn’t take a lot of time in the morning.

These Muffin Tin Egg Sandwiches are super easy to prepare.

You start by cracking one egg into each muffin cup.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

Once you’ve filled all 12 cups, lightly scramble the eggs. No need to go crazy, you are just looking to break up the yolk.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

It’s optional, but we always add a tablespoon of grated sharp cheddar cheese to our eggs.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

Plus, we really like to add about a tablespoon of green chiles. Again, it’s an optional ingredient.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

Being from Colorado, we take our green chile pretty seriously. I buy the huge jars of 505 Southwestern Hatch Green Chile at our Costco. It’s out of this world good and makes these egg sandwiches so tasty!

If you can’t find it in your Costco, you can find it here.

Okay, enough about my love of green chile.

You are now ready to bake your eggs. They bake up super light and fluffy.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

While the eggs are baking, you need to be cooking your bacon and slicing your English muffins.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

Finally, once everything has cooked, you assemble your sandwiches.

I use one strip of bacon, torn in half, on each sandwich. Then I wrap them tightly in foil and slide them into a freezer safe bag.

I know I don’t have to tell you this – but don’t heat the sandwich in the foil, k?

We use foil because once the sandwich has been microwaved, it can be rewrapped for eating on the road and the foil helps keep it warm. Then it can be tossed in the recycling bin.

Here’s a super awesomesauce picture of how I freeze them. Ok, terrible picture but you totally get the idea now, right?

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

That’s it! It only takes about 30 minutes to complete 12 sandwiches!

Muffin Tin Egg Sandwiches Freezer Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen large organic eggs
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper
  • optional: green chilis
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 12 whole wheat English muffins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Crack one egg into each cup of a muffin tin. Lightly beat each egg.
  3. Add approximately one tablespoon of cheese to each egg. Season eggs with salt and pepper.
  4. Optional: Add 1/2 tablespoon green chilis to the eggs.
  5. Bake eggs for 18-20 minutes or until set.
  6. While eggs bake, fry bacon slices. Allow to drain on paper towels before cutting in half.
  7. Split open English muffins.
  8. When eggs are finished and slightly cooled, run a knife around the edges of each egg. Pry egg loose and place on an English muffin. Top with two halves of bacon. Replace muffin top.
  9. Wrap breakfast sandwich in tin foil. Place in freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 6 weeks.
  10. To reheat: place sandwich in microwave and cook for 1 to 1/2 minutes.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/muffin-tin-egg-sandwiches/

I love having quick and easy meals in the freezer, don’t you?