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The Lorax, Walmart & Making your own detergent

Do you believe in signs, coincidence or the law of attraction if so keep reading if not you might find the following thoughts mildly amusing, either way its worth a try.

I get dizzy when I just hear the name Wal Mart and imagine isles packed floor to ceiling with color coded options. Facing the department store equipped with a list, shopping went swiftly. The ingredients to making your own laundry detergent are easy to find on a bottom shelf, sitting all right next to each other. Wal Mart apparently knows their DIY customer base. Spending a mere fraction of the cost than for regular detergent felt like an accomplishment in itself. The largest aspect, however, is knowing exactly what goes into such a frequently used household item. I was gloating a bit when I finally used the first scoop. I even added fresh lavender from an in town farm to the mix.

Shaving the soap into the bowl took the longest. Nothing better than exerting a little sweat when it comes to ‘assembling’ your seemingly own product. I call it the IKEA effect. Its no newly discovered fact that people have a stronger sense of appreciation when it comes to doing things themselves at least in part. Business owners are capitalizing on the notion more and more, not just for their customers experience but as a cost incentives to their operations as well.

As much as I loathe enormous corporations a la Wal Mart I can’t deny a sense of appreciation for the access to DIY products they provide. The consumer does hold the power even if persuasion to buying is tugging on them like a small child needing to be held. While I was leaving the store I spotted a poster of the Lorax movie near the exit/entry way. Schlepping my reusable bag including a big box of Borax, it became instantly clear why Dr. Seuss had chosen this particular character name and title.

The road to low impact living really starts here – at least for me. Its a renewed commitment to the cause of giving a damn. The resources are all right there at the very fingertips getting ready to send these lines out into the internet. All you gotta do is start by taking a look.

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Thanks to DIYnatural for the inspiration!

~ Live well while using less

Kitchen table antics – Spotlight on the ‘little guys’

How many of us judge a fast food joint by their fries/sides, religious affiliations a la Chik-Fil-A aside? McDonalds’s reigns over Burger Kings’ & Checkers trumps Wendy’s – facts people! The most memorable meals have all star players, consistent quality across, from the main course to a simple garnish. When the salad dressing gets equal amount of love then the roasted Turkey, life gets infinitely sweeter.

Three unsung kitchen table heroes that could use a lil love & attention are the creamer in your coffee/tea,  soup & salad dressing. You don’t have to have a super fancy mixer, such as the Vitamix to make the following recipes but that machine simply has the power to get ‘er done right. To an average person income, there are many ways to afford this item. The company constantly runs promos at major outlet stores (COSCO or Whole Foods), healthy lifestyle expos (I got mine from the Atlanta Alive expo) and on their website. You can even install a payment plan. As with everything, it pays for itself over time depending on how much you use it.

As ode to Hempseed, one of my favorite most versatile ingredients that has amazing nutritional compounds, I’ve located a couple of recipes with the superfood at their center. Furthermore, Blueberries serve as a seasonal food inspiration for the soup. So contemplate and feast on these selected recipes, composed by fellow foodie nerds.

Creamer aka Vanilla Cacao Hemp Seed Milk 

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean powder or 1 TB. vanilla extract
  • Stevia (NuNaturals brand) to taste
  • 1 to 2 TB. of raw Cacao or Carob powder

Blend until creamy! Add to beverage of your liking or drink by itself

Next up Soup: Raw Blueberry Apple Soup

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • Juice of 1-1/2 limes
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup frozen unsweetened apple juice concentrate
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Atlanta Fresh Artisan CreameryGreek yogurt
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Mint leaves, for garnish (optional)

and last but not least the dressingGreen Goddess Dressing with Hemp Hearts

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced into large pieces
  • 3/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp sucanat
  • pinch of cayenne
  • (makes 3 cups)

Place all ingredients in blender with cucumbers at the bottom and grind until smooth consistency is achieved!

Now, please follow the links for more detailed directions but feel free to tinker and switch out ingredient as you like. Experimenting is part of the fun!

Cheers & to your health!