Wednesday, March 2, 2016


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Sicilian (Blood) Oranges Salad with Anchovies

Serves four

4 blood oranges (or small Navel oranges if unavailable)
3 ounces of green olives
1-1/2 ounces unsalted capers
Fresh or dried dill (to taste)
Organic extra virgin olive oil (to taste)
Pine nuts
Hot chili pepper (to taste)
  • Drain and reserve the oil from the anchovies.
  • Cut the anchovies into small pieces.
  • Peel and slice the oranges; arrange on a dish and sprinkle with anchovies and olives.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the reserved olive oil (and extra olive oil as needed), pine nuts, capers, hot pepper and dill gently with a fork.
  • As soon as the sauce is ready, pour over salad and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Blueberry-Raspberry Smoothie

Serves 2
1 3/4 cups yogurt
1/4 cup grape juice
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen raspberries
  • Combine yogurt and juice in blender. Add berries. Blend until mixture is thick and smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

Natural Multi-Purpose Citrus Cleaner

Recycled glass containers like mason jars
Orange peels or any other citrus fruit peels. 

1T. salt (any kind)                        

Distilled Water
5-10 drops essential oil added at the end

Cut orange peels (can be frozen or leftover) and fill any glass containers you have on hand.  Add some salt to the orange or lemon peels and let them sit for 20-30 minutes or longer.  This will pull the oils from the peels and ultimately make your cleaning solution stronger.  You only need enough salt to lightly cover the peels.
Fill the containers with vinegar and water.  You can do all vinegar and leave it as is, you can do all vinegar and then add the water at the end of step 5, or you can do ½ water and ½ vinegar.

Step Four:  Put a tight fitting lid on the jars and let the solution sit and be pretty for 2-3 weeks.  The longer it sits the better.  They make a great conversation starter too.
Step Five:  Strain the solution and fill a squirt bottle with your natural orange cleaner.  Add essential oils at this time.

Homemade Natural Dish Soap

1-1/4 c. boiling water
¼ c. tightly packed grated castile bar soap
1T. washing soda (baking soda baked at 400F.)
¼ c. liquid castile soap
10-30 drops essential oil

Add grated castile soap and stir.  Let mixture cool, then add essential oils.  Transfer to repurposed soap dispenser and use as regular dish soap.

Soap mixture will harden as it sets.  If it’s too thick to pour.  Just add a tiny bit of warm water and give it a good shake to loosen it up.
The amount of washing soda you use will dictate how thick the soap gets so adjust accordingly.  The temperature in your kitchen is also a factor

DIY Dishwashing Liquid

½ c. liquid Castille soap (unscented or tea tree for antibacterial)

1/8 c. water
4 drops essential oil

1t. homemade all-purpose citrus cleaner (See Multi Purpose Citrus Cleaner) or 1t. vinegar.

Mix and store in bottle.