Sunday, January 31, 2010
Umm ok so what is plarn..well simply put its plastic yarn, and in most instances comes from grocery bags. It is cut into strips and the strips are then tied together. From there it can be rolled up in a ball of plarn.
I absolutely love this, because too many folks just throw bags out and on the street. I know that I can drive down any given street (city or rural) and find a handful of plastic bags. I think this plarn that wasn't just created yesterday but has taken on a life of its own it seems. Crocheters and Knitters have made all kids things such as bags and totes. I have seen jewelry made from plarn that was rather unique and interesting.
I have a strong interest in attempting to crochet with plarn. We unfortunately obtain enough plastic bags that just sit in my drawer (because I hate throwing them out, one I never know when I will need one and two..well its plastic that doesn't need to go in the landfill. Right?) Anyway, I want to create a few items that will match up some of the things I do and yes I already playing with some ideas in my head.
So I belief that plarn is awesome. It is recycling plastic bags and therefore it doesn't go into the landfill and no toxins are burned into the air. Now that is Eco friendly.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Last months I contacted the National Urea Cycle Foundation to have their approval in creating and selling soaps in which the money collected from each sale will benefit them. Some may now be wondering why would I do this and the reason is this: My son was diagnosed with Urea Cycle Disorder back in 2007 and you can follow his story here: http://lsucd.blogspot.com .
So now I have started the leap in helping a foundation that is incredibly important to me even though my son is "cured" from this disorder. My Lavender Meadows is only one of the firsts to be designated for this awesome supporting and advocating organization.
Are you donating from each sale and how much? It will be a 100% minus shipping, thus each $4.00 for each 4 oz soap will go to the NUCDF.
So here it is the first set specifically developed and such for the Foundation. They will be available in my Esty Shop by Monday and on my website by Tuesday!
Thanks for tuning in!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 slices bacon, diced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 pinch salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook spaghetti pasta until al dente. Drain well. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and set aside.
- Meanwhile in a large skillet, cook chopped bacon until slightly crisp; remove and drain onto paper towels. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon fat; add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, and heat in reused large skillet. Add chopped onion, and cook over medium heat until onion is translucent. Add minced garlic, and cook 1 minute more. Add wine if desired; cook one more minute.
- Return cooked bacon to pan; add cooked and drained spaghetti. Toss to coat and heat through, adding more olive oil if it seems dry or is sticking together. Add beaten eggs and cook, tossing constantly with tongs or large fork until eggs are barely set. Quickly add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and toss again. Add salt and pepper to taste (remember that bacon and Parmesan are very salty).
- Serve immediately with chopped parsley sprinkled on top, and extra Parmesan cheese at table.
Hope everyone has a good day!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
"Most stained glass lives a sedate, domesticated life atop your lamps or staring wistfully out of a window. Feral Glass has legs of brass and runs wild in your garden. Meet Spring with a burst of color, and keep it going year-round. Wind, rain and rust-proof."
From Peace signs to Question Mark , Feral Glass has a view of the Appalachian trail and creates master pieces. I find the pieces absolutely stunning and can imagine one of these in my yard one day!
Monday, January 25, 2010
"When I woke up this morning lying in bed, I asked myself,
'What are some of the secrets of success in life?'
I found the answer right there, in my very room.
The Fan said… Be Cool.
The Roof said… Aim High.
The Window said… See the World.
The Clock said… Every minute is Precious.
The Mirror said… Reflect before you Act.
The Calendar said… Be up to date.
The Door said… - Push Hard for your Goals."
This is one of the most inspiring and thought provoking words I have come across. How often do we take the time and look around and hear what our surroundings tell us? Can we hear the messages we receive in the world we live in? We all have reasons of why we do the things we do such as working in a specific field or owning/operating our own business.What is your secret of success? What inspires you to do what you do?
I think I need to listen harder but I know that success is measured in various forms. I am a successful mother! I am a successful student! Why am I successful? Dedication and persistence and believing that I can. I will do the same in my career as a counselor and as a small business owner who just loves to do what I love to do :)
Sunday, January 24, 2010
With that definition I must add that loving our earth and protecting and cherishing it is vital. When I first started creating bath & body products I looked at different packaging, played around with packaging and soon recognizes that being eco-friendly can be challenging. And yes I'm a tree hugger :)
The soap I create, are they eco-friendly? Well, I belief so and here's why. I don't add ay other chemicals, and soap is created with sodium hydroxide (lye) and technically can't be made without it. By the time you use the soap, the sodium hydroxide has been saponified (little to no trace could be the thing here to consider). Anyway, I am getting of track, eco-friendly packaging can be challenging. Plastic - not good for the environment if it just ends up on the landfill. I will often wrap my soaps in handmade paper (though not by me) because I like it better than cardboard. The labels, well they are standard Avery labels that give me the opportunity to use them for more than just one thing (I am not always out buying new labels). I think we need to do more to protect the planet we live on and even preserve it. It is my intend to do what I can, and hope that when you purchase from me that you recycle the bottles and jars. Perhaps you can find another use for the now-somewhat-scented paper-strip that has been around my soap.
It can be challenging sometimes that while we want to protect earth, there are elements of earth that we are supposed to be using for food and resources. For instance, I use palm oil in many of my soaps but in order to obtain that, a palm tree may have to be cut down. I think we need to learn how to do things in proportion and stop obsessing over large quantities.
It will be challenging to find packaging that is eco-friendly but I am on a mission!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Have a ball working out the answer! Peace.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
What Hungarian Goulash? What does that have to do with Germany? Probably nothing, but it is one of those foods I grew up with and I still cook today and it's a super-duper hit in my house.
1 lg. onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 to 3/4 c. catsup (optional)
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (optional)
1/4 c. flour or cornstarch depending on the thickness you want
1 tbsp. brown sugar (I don't use it, but some call for this)
2 tsp. salt (optional)
2 tsp. paprika (I use a little more than that)
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 c. water
Mix flour with small amount of cold water and stir into beef mixture. I sometimes use cornstarch, depending how thick I want the gravy. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Serve over hot egg noodles. I found that egg noodles are the best or if you are familiar with German tradition I would use Spaetzle (a form of egg noodle). Serves 6-8 which means in my house they will be nothing left!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
On the other side we recently purchased a Wii and have been working out. I mean really working out!! It's tough getting into town, financing a gym member ship and expect to stay in a routine with 4 kids...pfft that isn't happening. So I am pleased that the Wii Fit Plus seems to be working out and financially reasonable in the long run.. I don't usually play video games but even I like it and it gets the kids off the couch.. haha look at me sounding like a PR person.. blah.. anyway..
I would like to say creating is all I do but real like gets in the way... anyway stay tuned as I will be listing new soaps soon!!!
Monday, January 4, 2010
So head on over to Hippie's Creations and see what else we have and be on the look out for more to be added!
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