Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Food & a couple cleaning recipes

Green breakfast smoothie containing organic purple kale, organic blueberries, mango, organic banana, organic spirulina, RAW protein powder & chia seeds.

Organic kiwi snack

My first attempt at seitan! I really liked it! My brother and mom both ate some and liked it too! Here is the recipe I used from VegWeb:

Basic Seitan

1 cup vital wheat gluten
    3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
    1 teaspoon thyme
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1/2 cup homemade vegetable stock

Preheat oven to 375. Mix together all ingredients. Form into a "sausage like" shape and then cut into strips. Oil a cookie sheet or lay down parchment paper on one. Bake for 10 min then flip and bake for 3-5 more min. 

These would be great with some type of gravy! I had them with cranberry sauce because they reminded me of turkey because of the thyme smell :)

This was dinner two nights ago: String bean tempura sushi. I also had some avocado sushi.

This was from my husband :) He had dinner at his parents house and knew I didn't have anything so he made these for me. All it is, is carrot and string bean in a won ton. Cute that he thought of me :)

I wanted to show was was inside here, but of course Rahjah had to be in the picture trying to eat my food. 

I also made this last night for dinner since the won tons didn't have much nutrition. This was around 5 organic carrots, 2 leaves of organic collards and 1 organic apple juiced. 

I wanted to share this because it is the best recipe I have come up with so far for bathtub cleaner. Sorry the picture isn't great. All it is is 1 cup of baking soda (aluminum free), 1/2 cup Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap (I used lavender because that is what we have on hand) and a few drops of tea tree oil. Just shake it all up and use! So simple, yet so effective!

Cloth Dryer Sheets

*Not the best picture above either sorry.*

All you need to make your own dryer sheets is some natural fabric softener. Now, you can use a store bought one or make one like I always do. 

Natural Fabric Softener

1/2 cup baking soda (no aluminum) 
3 cups white vinegar 
4 cups water
Essential oils (I used 10 drops lavender oil & 10 drops grapefruit oil, but you can use whatever smell you like)

Mix together water, vinegar and oils. SLOWLY add the baking soda. If you add all at once, it will overflow all over everything! *Great science experiment idea for the kids* Pour ingredients into large glass container if you have. I use this old plastic jar that someone gave us cookies in once. Next, simply add pieces of cloth the size of wash clothes. Flannel cloth works well, but anything really is fine. Ring out your cloth before adding it to the dryer. Throw a sheet in dryer with your wet clothes and dry away!

New kombucha my husband bought us to try on our way home from the beach. It's organic like Synergy. I actually really liked it! I haven't found anything that could compare to Synergy but this one is pretty close!

A little over 16 weeks at the beach. I didn't want to take pictures, but my husband insisted we needed more pregnancy photos so here you go!


  1. You are looking good Carissa! the recipes are great, and the cleaning/softening ideas too. I try not to use the drier much, but for fabric softener I also knew to use vinegar, just add a tbsp in the softener compartment of your washing machine.

    Ciao and keep healthy

  2. I agree- you're looking awesome!

    Great recipes and it's excellent that the seitan turned out.

  3. You are the smoothie queen! Plus you do look awesome!

  4. You look GREAT!!! And I think your hubby is right, you look great & you will probably appreciate those pictures later on!

  5. Good job on the seitan, making the first batch is always sort of exciting.

    I love the look of the string bean tempura and the bean and carrot wontons your hubby made.

    You look fabulous!!

  6. You look like you're dreaming of Nebraska in that picture, am I right?

  7. That was all mouthful foods and i like to try the smoothies..you seem to enjoy to have them ;)


  8. Alessandra- I've never tried adding just a little vinegar for softener. Good idea :)

    Molly-Thanks Molly!

    Stacy- Thanks! And I do love smoothies

    Get Skinny- Aw thanks girl!

    Rose-Thanks Rose :)

    Shen- HAH! That would be the day

    Roasted Coffee- They are great! You should definitely try!

  9. Again an awesome idea!!! I usually don;t use dryer sheets because of the chemicals so I will have to try this one!!! The kids will love doing it!!! P.S. you look great!!!

  10. OHHHHHHMYYYGOODNESS. WHERE HAVE I BEEN. You're giving birth to a little bundle of joy!!! May God bless you and give you wisdom in raising the little babe. I'm going to be praying for you!!

    SERIOUSLY THOUGH. where have I been. I have so many of your posts to catch up on...:( be patient haha.

    Hope your summer was excellent. I will probably know that it was soon enough. xoxoxo
    Amy :D (BABY!!)

  11. Color wheels- I'm glad you like the idea! We are actually trying to put up a clothes line at our rental now so we will mostly hang dry, but when it rains, the dryer sheets still come in handy :)

    Amy- Haha YAAAAAAAAY! I know I am so excited! Thank you thank you for your prayers! I need them! If nothing else, remember my baby in your prayers that he/she will be healthy and happy.

  12. I'm laughing, picturing myself posing in a bikini right now. You look amazing! I'm interested in trying out those dryer sheets.

  13. You look gorgeous in your picture girl! Flaunt it!


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