Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WasteLESS Wednesday ~ Creative Composting

Composting is a new endeavor for me, so today I thought it would be fun to look at creative ways to accomplish this!  Some folks are so clever!  And, of course, I found these on that addictive site I love - Pinterest!


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Over The Edge Event ~ Giveaway


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Remedies To Treat Acne ~ Natural Etc.



Don't hide your face ~ acne doesn't need to ruin your day!   

Acne is a common and chronic skin disorder in all parts of the world today.  Studies suggest it affects millions of people of every gender, race, and age.  According to research done, it affects  nearly 80 percent of the females and 90 percent of the males in the teenage population.  Acne is also known to occur in adults as well as in infants.  Normally it is found on the neck, face, back, and chest.  This is an annoying condition and should be addressed, if at all possible.
There are many ways to treat acne.  One of these ways is through the use of natural acne treatments. Some of the more known natural acne treatments are with the use of lotions and cleansing agents.  These are usually made up of benzoyl peroxide, creams and gels that consist of modified forms of vitamin A, and some antibiotics that are put on to the skin directly or can be taken orally.
The most basic and simple way to prevent acne from ever developing is a good diet. A diet that is based on unprocessed and whole foods is excellent.  Your doctor or nutritionist may recommend that you eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruit every day.  (Another reason to "take your daily five" of fruits and veggies!)

Research has shown that one natural acne remedy is foods that have healthy omega 3 oils. Examples of these foods are salmon, flaxseeds and sardines. Water has been shown to be a good remedy as well. You should drink at least eight glasses of water a day.  At the same time, increase your fiber intake (also good for other health reasons).
There are also vitamins and supplements that will work to clear up your acne. One of these is vitamin A. It is said that this is able to reduce the levels of sebum production. Warning:  This should be done only under your doctor’s supervision, as it can have side effects such as birth defects, decreased bone density, headaches, and even muscle and joint pain. It may be not worth the risk using this remedy.
You can avoid the use of vitamin A if you have an adequate intake of vitamin E, zinc, and beta carotene. Zinc has been shown to be a good remedy for acne. It is most helpful in the prevention of acne formation. It also has been shown to aid in the healing of blemishes and decreasing inflammation.
A better choice might be vitamin B6. It is an effective form of natural acne remedy. This can help in mid-cycle and premenstrual acne. You may also want to try some herbal remedies such as yellow dock, sarsaparilla, cleavers, and burdock.  These are effective because they are powerful lymph and blood cleansers where the infection often starts.
Acne can also cause problems with self esteem which is another great reason to get it treated. If you try all of these natural remedies and you still experience acne, speak with a dermatologist and tell them you would like to take care of your acne without chemical products.   Ask if they have other options for you to use.

Even as we age, acne can be a bother.  I find that when my skin is oily I experience mild breakouts that need attention.  I didn't have a bad acne problem as a teen, but mild bouts of it throughout my life.  It can be embarrassing, but there are solutions either natural, over-the-counter or from physicians.


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Green Walls ~ I Have Questions




When you see green...living...walls like the indoor ones,  don't you wonder how they get watered?  I do.  I love the concept, but I suspect it could get messy!  The outdoor one, not so much.  It would be a great privacy screen! 

I just love to dream on Pinterest, don't you?  My name is Pat and I am addicted to Pins!  I may be just 12 steps...er, uh. pins away from a cure!  (giggle)


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Composting ~ Baby Step Two

What happened to Step One, you ask?  I am reading it..."The Idiot's Guide to Composting" by Chris McLaughlin.  Stay tuned for a review of the book and a giveaway thanks to the author and her publisher!

So, Step Two...a trip to Lowe's to shop for a vanity and we ended up with - no vanity, two rail barrels, one compost bin and one under-the-sink compost bucket!  Yikes!  What happened?  Okay, truth is, we planned to look at all these things, but we didn't exactly plan on purchasing it all.  Turns out the prices were acceptable and we were both in agreement, so now we have projects!


My project for this afternoon was to pop together the compost bin.  It was easy peasy and took no time at all.  That's terrific, since it is 100+ degrees here today! 


There it is...assembled and ready for "stuff" to be tossed inside.  That will wait until  this weekend.  Tomorrow a lady from WaterWise, a program offered by the University of Arizona South, is coming over to give us advice on water harvesting and composting.  We will glean every bit of information we can from her and then go forward.   I'll post on the water harvesting at a later time.

Do you compost?  What type of bin do you use? 


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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Green Living Journey...How To Take Baby Steps

This journey of "going green" is not as difficult as I first imagined.  By taking it a little step at-a-time it is doable.  It doesn't need to be overwhelming, which is what I expected.  A good start is to take time to think about how we use sustainable resources, like water, or dispose of our waste, and how we travel...walk, bike, drive.
And, don't leave out the food we eat and the clothes we wear!

Think about how our daily chores and decisions affect the world we are living in...
  • using cloth bags instead of paper or plastic at the store,
  • using less water...fix leaky faucets, take shorter showers, install a drip system to water plants, install low-flow toilets and shower heads,
  • combine errands, share rides, buy a more economical vehicle, ride a bike to work or school
Today we shopped at Walmart and wonder of wonders...I remembered to take my cloth bags in with me, and to ask the cashier to use them.  I was so tickled with myself! 

Do you use cloth bags when you shop?



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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Giveaway ~ Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - Gallon


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HB (HoneyBunny) and I have been using Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil in various was for weeks now, trying different uses to see what we can learn.  The first thing we learned was that out-of-the-box brownies taste delish when I use coconut oil instead of my regular cooking oil!  We love the sutle sweetness this adds to the already yummy dessert!  HB also sweetens his morning oatmeal with it, much to the delight of his tastebuds!  (No spikes in his glucose readings, either, which is a very good thing!)

We have also learned that coconut oil makes a wonderful moisturizer!  HB uses it right after his shower.  We just put some in a lotion dispenser and - voila! - handy-handy moisture in the dry climate of Arizona!
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Be Safe in the Sun



Since I live in Arizona ~ make that Sunny Arizona ~ I am constantly reminded to put on the sunscreen and to wear a hat and long sleeves.  This is my little reminder to you, 'cause you all mean so much to me...please take care of your skin and your eyes.


Take Steps to Protect Yourself


It isn't possible or practical to avoid sunlight completely, and it would be unwise to reduce your level of activity to avoid the outdoors because physical activity is important for good health. But, too much sunlight can be harmful. There are some steps you can take to limit your exposure to UV rays.  

Just remember four key steps: Slip! Slop! Slap!… and Wrap!

Slip on a shirt.

Slop on sunscreen.

Slap on a hat.

Wrap on sunglasses.


These steps complement each other, and they provide the best protection when used together.


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

WasteLESS Wednesday ~ Garden Hose

Everyone is talking about garden at the moment, so today I found these ideas on Pinterest.  I'm telling you, Pinterest is better than an encyclopedia when needing an idea or wondering what to do with something - like an old garden hose! 


These would be a little heavy, but sitting on the patio or alongside the potting bench, they make a statement!


Now, this would be comfy and colorful, too. Easy to clean - just hose it off! LOL!


And, who doesn't want a softer handle on a bucket!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Uses For Honey, Honey!


Where have I been all of my life...that I didn't know what I could do with honey.  Well, to be fair to my own self, I did know that it is good for sore throats.  I have made some hot toddies in my day and they worked quite well.  But there is more!

Uses for Honey...


**  Put one or two tablespoons of honey in a cup of hot water or tea and add a teaspoon of lemon juice.  Drink this as needed to soothe that scratchy throat.

**  Put a drop of honey on a bee sting to take away the itch!  Who knew?


**  Need a facial mask/masque?  Mix 3 tablespoons of honey with a cup on warm water.  Slather on your face and leave it there for thirty minutes.  Rinse off.  I bet you'll have no trouble getting a smooch from the grandkids or hubby after this one!

**  I have also been told that honey is good for allergies if you use honey that was made near where you live. 

So, stock up on the honey, Honey...you never know when you may need it!  What have you used honey for...other than your peanut butter sandwich?  Do you have your own home remedy?




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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Strawberry Shortcake ~ Gluten Free

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake Recipe photo
Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
Prepared by Sarah Shilhavy, Photo by Jeremiah Shilhavy

This recipe was posted on Coconut Recipes blog ~ doesn't it look just too yummy for words?  Since there are some strawberries in our freezer that keep staring me in the face when I open the door, I was kinda thinking these would be good for dessert tonight, but I need to get some coconut flour before I can do that.

Here is the recipe:

Servings: 8-12
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Filling:
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, chopped into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • sugar to taste
Biscuits:
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup tapioca starch/flour
  • 1-3 tablespoons sugar or honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3/4 cup milk or heavy cream
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Mix the strawberries with the honey until well blended. Set aside.
Whisk all dry ingredients for the biscuits in a bowl. Cut in butter until very well blended (no big chunks). Stir in milk and egg and mix until a moist dough comes together.
Dust a surface with tapioca starch and turn the dough out. Fold over several times and pat into desired thickness (they will not rise too much). Cut with a biscuit cutter and place on a cookie sheet.
Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool completely before serving.
Whip the heavy cream with vanilla and sugar until soft peaks form. Slice biscuits in half and top with strawberries and whipped cream to serve.


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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Six Uses For Baby Oil


Baby Oil - It's more than you expect! 

Did you know...


**  Baby oil makes a good chrome polish!  Use a soft cloth on your car or in your home.  We don't have much chrome around here, but it might work on the faucets around the house.

**  A few drops on a cotton ball can remove makeup at the end of a long day...just be careful not to get it in your eyes!


**  Putting a drop or two in bath water gives you a silky smooth feel.  But, take care when you are stepping out...things may be slippery!  I have tried this and my skin was so soft after patting my skin dry.

**  Untangle that knot in your necklace chain by putting  a drop of oil on the knot.  It will loosen it so you can work it out using a needle or a pin.  I am forever tangling the two chains I wear - this would be so helpful!


**  Use it to get adhesive off your skin where a band aid was.  Just put a few drops on a cotton ball and rub the area.  It comes off easily.  Mineral oil also works for this.

**  It will help keep soap scum from forming on your shower doors.  Rub on generously, but not too heavy, using a sponge or clean cloth.  You want a barrier, but not an oily mess. 

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Friday, June 8, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday


--- 1 ---

Just finished putting last batch of homemade laundry soap in containers and cleaned up my "test kitchen" clutter! 

--- 2 ---

Working on doing laundry, folding clothes, decluttering laundry area of odds and ends, papers, junk.  Anything with a flat surface around here tends to become a clutter magnet!  Do you find that, too?

--- 3 ---

Cleared a path through the Arizona room/not-so-temporary storage room so the pest control guy could spray the inside of the house today.  Most months I just have him do the outside and that seems to keep the inside bug free, too.  But, there was an unwanted creepy crawler in hubby's office yesterday, so....inside/outside was the order of the day!

--- 4 ---

Effort continues to find my long-lost desktop.  I can now see small sections of it and as soon as I can determine where all this "stuff" should be transferred to, I will find the rest of it.  Whatever happened to the organized person I used to be?

--- 5 ---

Yesterday I took some photos on the way home from Nogales.  Hubby sees a doctor there and the 90 mile round trip is through beautiful high desert grasslands.  Once in a while we can catch a glimpse of Pronghorn Antelope in the fields.  This trip the yucca were blooming, we spotted two interesting windmills, and found a house with a building that looked like part of an old movie set.  Today I will edit them so they can be posted on my other blog Grow Old With Grace.

--- 6 ---

Part of the Change The World Wednesday Challenge is to use up food I have on hand instead of buying more groceries.  I'll be cooking a pot roast in the crockpot with potatoes and carrots that need to be used before they go bad.  Yum...the smell will drive us crazy all afternoon, but it is one of our favorite meals.

--- 7 ---
and, last, but not least, I will read a few more chapters in Clive Cussler's new book,  The Storm.  He is one of my favorite authors!  I'll do that before I turn out the lights tonight.
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Blog Hopping ~ Come join me!

Join me for a couple of fun blog hops. I just love meeting new bloggy friends this way!

Aloha Friday Blog Hop

and

Weekend Blog Walk
 
 
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Coconut Oil ~ Popcorn a-Poppin


M-m-m-m-m...popcorn popped with coconut oil!  The flavor is beyond yummy. 

Several of you told me that popcorn tastes sweet and oh, so good when cooked in coconut oil, so I brought home some popcorn and set to work after dinner last night.



I realize that taking the lid off the pan once the oil is hot is not the smartest trick in the world, but I couldn't resist.  And, I know I should never post a bad photo here because it reflects badly on my blog...but, I really, really wanted to see what was going on and show it to you.  Could I help it if I flinched when the kernels started flying at me?  See those spots that look like they are on my camera lens?  Nope..those little drops were soaring up towards my hand!  Eek! 

That little stunt will not be repeated, so don't even ask!  The louse picture will just have to do.  Now, if you will excuse me, HB (HoneyBunny) and I are going to pig out...uh, I mean enjoy our treat!

Have you ever tried using coconut oil for your popped corn?  Or, better question - when did you last pop the corn in a pan on the stove? 




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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

WasteLESS Wednesday ~ In The Garden

In the garden, thanks to Pinterest!  I love that so many wonderful ideas can be found there.  Creative gardening, good for the environment, repurposing, and growing herbs and veggies in ways many have never thought of!  Enjoy this WasteLESS Wednesday!



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