Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #68


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Vegan, Gluten-Free Osterkranz (German Easter Bread) & Natural, Homemade Egg Dyes

Free of gluten, nuts, eggs, dairy, soy, corn



Phew! I figured out how to do this just in time for Easter, and it only took two tries!  Osterkranz is a traditional German bread made for Easter. It literally means Easter wreath and, as you can see, the bread is braided and shaped into a wreath.

With some fiddling after checking out several different glutinous Osterkranz recipes I think I can confidently say that this is a pretty good gluten free substitute. And it's actually really easy to make, and the vegan version (this one, and my 2nd try) isn't really any different than the normal one with eggs and butter (my first version).

So here it is, my easy, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, most other allergies-free German Easter bread! The only time consuming part of it is waiting for it to rise :)


Friday, April 11, 2014

Natural Remedies for Epstein-Barr Virus & a recipe for Epstein-Barr Tea



 


My husband, like many people, had mono as a kid. Mononucleosis is actually most often caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus (or EBV) which is essentially a recurring virus that can remain latent in the body, or can reactive / flare up throughout one’s life.

When EBV does reactivate for some people, the symptoms can be debilitating. Some of the symptoms include: exhaustion and fatigue (like chronic fatigue syndrome), swollen spleen and/or liver, brain fog, lack of appetite, swollen and sore glands, autoimmune problems, sinus infections, and more.

With my hubby, it most often flares up when he’s sleep deprived and stressed out. It also seems to be a seasonal thing, reactivating when the weather changes in spring and fall. Well the weather has changed, and my poor hubby has been tired and his glands are swollen. That’s usually a sign for us to get on the offensive.

So for anyone else out there struggling with this, I thought I would share some of the natural things we do to prevent his EBV from setting in, and when it does, how we prevent it from becoming a sinus infection or fatigue.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #67



Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


I've Been Neglecting You, Here's Why




 So there it is. I've said it. I've been neglecting you all. You my wonderful readers, my blog, the blogs of the awesome folks who come every week to share on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, the bathroom sink which needs a good scrub, heck even my kitchen has been woefully lonely of late. I haven't really been hiding under the covers, as my adorable husband was doing in the above photo one morning when he didn't want to get out of bed.

So where have I been? You might wonder. Well, Mexico and coffee shops. Lots of coffee shops. 

I feel like I need to explain myself. Not just to you, so that you know I haven't disappeared, but to myself, because I feel bad about that bathroom sink...


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #66


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #65 & a Mexican hiatus


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Friday, March 14, 2014

How to Make Elasticized Fabric Plate Covers (A super easy DIY for using up scrap fabric)


Ever have one of those days where you just don't feel like putting a leftover scrap of food into a separate container to put into the fridge? Or maybe there's something you just want to refrigerate for a brief length of time and don't want to clean yet another dish, or maybe even just carry something to a potluck? 

These super easy DIY fabric plate covers are one of my favorite time savers. My husband especially loves using them, since he hates doing dishes.

They're also incredibly cheap and eco-friendly, because you can use up leftover fabric scraps, or a fat quarter (a slice of fabric available at most fabric stores). I made 1 large plate cover, 1 smaller plate cover, 2 cups covers and 3 bowl covers out of 2 fat quarters that I picked up for $1.25 each = awesome deal! 

Here's how you can make these fabric plate covers in just a few minutes with minimal equipment. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #64


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Friday, March 7, 2014

Gluten Free and Vegan Sprouted Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry Soup (#Meatless Monday)

Vegan and free of gluten, nuts, and soy


What happens when you end up with an accidental overload of sprouted chickpeas, a bunch of sweet potatoes from the farmers market, and a few pinches of warming spices like turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, and curry?

A cheap, easy, comforting, fibre-packed, pot of soup! And one that happens to be naturally gluten free and vegan!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #63





Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Epic No Oats Granola Bar Fail


Do you know how hard it is to find a recipe for a granola bar without oats, nuts, coconut, dates, corn syrup or honey?!

Can you imagine what it might look like? Well it might look something like this. This big brown mushy, lumpy, crusty, ugly matter. 

I was trying for a vegan bar, sans the things I'm allergic to (oats, most nuts, dates...) Alas, it was an experiment gone wrong.  

Albeit a reasonably tasty one.


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