Posts Tagged ‘goods’

natural defense

with the weather starting to warm up and the pooches spending more and more time outside, it’s all more the reason to make sure they are safe guarded from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes

Buddy: "who moi?!"

being i kinda have a thing for sticking to the natural paths as much as possible, something inside of me wasn’t sitting right… it seemed off when i’d apply the chemical based flea and tick repellant once a month between my dog’s shoulder blades. what is IN this stuff? why do i have to limit MY physical contact to it if i’m putting it right onto MY own dog’s skin?!

Lexi: "you're putting THAT on me?!" lovin' the stoic face!

hearing about ‘Natural Defense’ by SENTRY came at the right time! my SIL has been using it on her dachshund for a while now and couldn’t speak more highly about it. what’s there to not like?

it’s naturally derived from plant based oils

it smells good AND prevents fleas, ticks and mosquitoes for a month!


it still leaves a bit of an oily slick on their back for a while, like the chemical based one, but i’ve figured out a way around this! put an old t-shirt on your pooch until the oils soak in

he may not look pleased, but he secretly loves the t-shirt!

as for deterring a certain someone from stealing the socks from the hamper… maybe there’s another natural remedy out there on the market?!

caught red handed

calling all coffee lovers

GOOD news for COFFEE lovers:
(after putting up the chocolate lovers post last week, i couldn’t leave this one out!)

it protects your heart
moderate coffee drinkers (1 to 3 cups/day) have lower rates of stroke than non-coffee drinkers, an effect linked to coffee’s antioxidants (having more antioxidants per serving than blueberries!)

it diverts diabetes
those antioxidants boost your cells’ sensitivity to insulin, helping to regulate blood sugar

it boosts brain power
moderate coffee drinkers (1 to 3 cups/day) can help to reduce their risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as Parkinson’s disease, studies suggest, as the antioxidants may ward off brain cell damage and help the neurotransmitters involved in cognitive function to work better

it helps your headaches
studies show that 200 milligrams of caffeine (about the amount in 16 ounces of brewed coffee) provides relief from headaches, including migraines


and while you’re at it, check out some of these goods for coffee lovers:

Grady’s Cold Brew
iced coffee in seconds, one bottle makes eight chicory-infused drinks – just add milk

Hairo V60 Ceramic Dripper
make your own coffee-maker-free drink with this handy dandy one-cup cone

Patron XO Coffee Liqueur
smooth, dry tequila meets toasty, roasted coffee – cocktails, addition to ice cream, milkshakes, and cake… the possibilities are endless

don’t drink too much though, you may end up like this guy–>

orange you going to reuse that peel?

peruse the paper goods area of any major super store and i bet you can point out at least a couple of biodegradable utensils and dishes, created by companies who have recently been jumping on the¬†‘going GREEN’ bandwagon

i can almost guarentee you won’t see any of these there though – orange peels created into cheap and lightweight kitchen accessories, designed to biodegrade over time

Israeli designer Ori Sonnenschein is the mastermind behind it all – a recent graduate of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design – he calls it Solskin, in reference to his sunny, optimistic nature and the project itself

discarded orange peels are reused by drying and molding them into desired shapes, then a non-toxic shellac is applied to make it water repellant

his current collection includes cups, bowls, plates, spoons, salt/pepper shakers, and bottles. he’s on the look out for other ways to utilize the peels

check out his website for more info on the citrus peels and some of his other work
Solskin Design
spread the citrusy love!

solarize your lives

about 15 years ago my friend’s family had solar panels installed on their roof. i thought it was such an interesting and sci-fi-ish concept at the time – using the SUN‘s energy to heat the water in their house… boy, things gave come a LONG way in just a short amount of time, haven’t they?!

these days, it seems like solar panels can be found on just about everything

from lamps

to backpacks

to laptop and iPad cases

to inflatable emergency light packs

to phone cases

to paper and fabric

hellz, you can even create your very own radio for just $3

or have these earrings light up your look

it is truly remarkable what 15 years of science and technology have brought about,
here’s to wondering what the next 15 will bring us!

if you are in NJ and happen to be in the market for a solar panel installation for your commercial building, hit me up, i know some people :0)

crimson and clover

nothing quite says, ‘you should just stay in bed this morning’, when your alarm clock goes off while its still dark out and you can hear the pitter-pattering of rain pouring down outside

do i really have to walk to the bus stop today? was the first thought that crossed my mind… there’s something none-too-settling about getting on a bus in the morning with wet cuffs and soggy shoes that never seem to dry out by the time you make it to work… yes, that is usually me squeaking down the hallway

wait one HOT second – the hubster was still here! which means one GREAT thing – a RIDE to the bus stop, SCORE!! i guess he got my ESP memo and decided to ferry it in this morn… sweeeeeet :0)

but complaining about the weather is something i decided – after an impromptu conversation while waiting for the elevator yesterday – to NOT DO any more. why continue to complain about something you have absolutely no control over? Mother Nature is going to do whatever she pleases, so we just have to take what we’re given!

and come to think of it, i actually kind of wanted it to rain today. midway through last week my package from Territorial Seed Company came in the mail… including a big ol’ bag of crimson clover seeds (i talked about the green manure/living mulch/cover crop concept in THIS POST)

i tore out the rest of the withering plant remains from the garden this weekend – but left the second crop of beets and carrots to continue to grow – tilled the soil, spread about the seeds, covered them in a thin layer of top soil and watered away

and NOW… we sit back and wait for the seeds to sprout. hopefully today’s rain will give them the jumpstart they need to begin to work their magic on my soil ūüôā

the geometry of pasta

how often do you find yourself looking for some inspiration for tonight’s dinner while staring blankly at the sea of pasta choices at the food store?

if you’re one of them, like i am, this book could be just what you (or the foodie in your life) has been missing – it helps you determine which pasta shape goes with which type of sauce

The Geometry of Pasta was created by Caz Hildebrand and Jacob Kenedy ‘to reveal the science, history and philosophy behind spectacular pasta dishes from all over Italy.’

here’s a lil sneak peak of what they have to offer

but you’ll have to check out their website and/or book for yourself to get the rest of the deets on the pastas, sauces and recipes to go along with them!

having fun with burgers

thanks to this recent find at Trader Joe’s this weekend

burgers can be FUN again! gone are the days of lathering up my burger at a BBQ in just ketchup and pickles – sans the beautiful wheat filled buns…

UDI’s has saved the day and created these really tasty, fluffy, and non-cardboardy-tasting buns – SCORE!!

i’ll¬†admit, i¬†was hesitant at first and really didnt¬†put much anticipation into them – most of the baked goods i¬†have tried that are friendly to the gluten-free folk just seem to lack something, but when i¬†had one last night with my ‘Wild Rice Burgers’, man, they really hit the spot in coming through as a totally awesome substitute to the real thang!

and while i’m¬†on it, here’s the ‘Mel’s modified version of the Wild Rice Burgers’ i adapted from THIS RECIPE over at The Kitchn¬†– i had¬†to add meat or else the hubster¬†would think i was trying to poison him through his dinner (the added meat can simply be omitted if you’d like)¬†and of course, the allergy-free subs were put in place… the first round came out a little too ‘ploppy’¬†for my liking, cranking the heat up on the skillet def did the trick to crispen up the next round that held together nicely on the buns – i used ‘med-high’ heat, versus the ‘medium’ used in their recipe:

Makes 8 patties (yes, we like our leftovers)

3-4 c. cooked wild rice
4 turkey sausage links
3 T. olive oil, divided
2/3 c. small-diced onion
2/3 c. small-diced celery
1 shallot, minced
3/4 c. gluten free breadcrumbs
1/2 t. salt
1/2-1 t. dried oregano
1/2-1 t. dried thyme
1/2 t. paprika
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1/4 t. black pepper
2 T. ground flax seed mixed whisked 6 T. water to create ‘flax eggs’
Heat 1 T. olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Remove the turkey sausage from its casing and saute until cooked through, drain, then place in a large bowl to the side.
Heat 1 T. olive oil (if there is enough leftover from sausages, this is not needed) in a skillet over medium-low heat and sauté onions, celery, and shallots until onion is translucent.
Add this onion, celery, shallot mixture to the large bowl with the cooked sausage, then also combine the wild rice, breadcrumbs, salt, oregano, thyme, paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.
Let this cool down, then add the ‘flax eggs’, stirring to combine.
Divide mixture into 8 and shape into 1/2-inch thick patties.
Heat remaining T. of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Fry patties 3-4 minutes on each side until crisp and golden.
Serve with your favorite burger toppings.


check out more tasty, allergy-friendly recipes on my RECIPES page