December 30, 2011

30 Day Makeover


I found this a LONG time ago (about 2 1/2 years actually), and tried out most of the tips with pleasant results!  I found some great make-at-home beauty recipes and "green" tips throughout the 30 days.  So take a peek at this DIY 30 Day Makeover HERE.


Then go HERE and lets work on our inner beauty and relationship with Jesus for this whole month of January too with Awake21!  I posted about it last year here, and absolutely loved it!  What a great way to start a fresh, new year!  They will have another online conference like they did last year, awesome messages at your fingertips each day of the 21 days of Prayer and Fasting. Get more conference info here.

Let me know what you think!!

December 26, 2011

Cleaning Up...


Can you believe Christmas is over?!  I pray you had wonderful memories with friends and family.  I know one thing that is always waiting for you when the holidays are finished...cleaning!  I thought this would be a good time to share some cool products that will help you get your cleaning done without any harmful chemicals!


Kiwi Magazine did a poll of more than 1,000 of it’s readers this year and "the people" voted these cleaners as the top green cleaners in more than 24 categories…I’ll tell you which ones I’ve tried and like.

KITCHEN:
Dish Soap: Seventh Generation (my favorite too – I love the lavander mint scent)
Dishwashing Liquid: Seventh Generation (I haven’t used this yet)
Dishwasher Powder: Seventh Generation (I tried this once, and it wasn’t bad but I’m not a big powder fan)
Dishwasher Pellets: Seventh Generation (I tried a box of these discounted, and they worked good, but also not a huge fan of the little packets)
Dishwasher Rinsing Agent: Seventh Generation – I think they stole the show in the kitchen! (I just use white vinegar and it works great!)
Oven Cleaner: Nature Clean (I’ve never tried or even heard of this – if you have, leave a comment and share your thoughts)
Countertop Cleaner: Method (I love method, but I actually use the #2 product: Mrs. Meyers Kitchen Countertop Cleaner – LOVE it!)
Stainless Steel Cleaner: Earth Friendly Products (never tried, don’t own a ss cleaner actually)

BATHROOM:
Tub and Tile Cleaner: Seventh Generation (surprise!)
Glass Cleaner: Seventh Generation
Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Green Works (I actually use Seventh Generation for this, haha)

FLOOR and FURNITURE:
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner: Simple Green Naturals (never heard of this, but Biokleen is #2 and that’s what I use)
Hardwood and Linoleum Cleaner: Method
Wood and Furniture Polish: Method (JRWatkins Naturals was on the list too – I’d like to try that!)

LAUNDRY:
Liquid or Powder Detergent: Can you guess?? Seventh Generation (I like, but it’s a bit pricey)
Whitening Detergent: Green Works (I also use vinegar)
Fabric Softener: Seventh Generation (I use vinegar for this as well)
Dryer Sheets: Seventh Generation (my FAVORITE is Method)
Baby Laundry Detergent: Seventh Generation (as well as BabyGanics, Earth Friendly Products, and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day)
Stain Remover: Green Works

ALL PURPOSE:
Wipes: Seventh Generation
Spray: Seventh Generation (I prefer the Unscented)
Gel/Cream/Powder: 20 Mule Team Borax (I’ve also used this in recipes to create dishwashing detergent and toilet bowl cleaners)
Air Freshener: Citrus Magic (I honestly can’t stand that scent anymore so I use BabyGanics pump air freshner and LOVE it!)

Here is a previous post of all my personal favorite cleaning products!  It feels good to know that when you’re cleaning up after all the holiday parties you’re not filling your home with nasty chemicals!  What are some of your favorite cleaning products or homemade recipes?

December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas from GGW!


It's been a little quiet around here on GGW, and incredibly busy everywhere else in life!  We've had a wonderful time this month celebrating birthdays and getting ready for Christmas...lots of memories, snowflake making, ornament decorating, present wrapping, parties with friends and family, holiday music and movies galore!  It's almost time to focus on getting ready for this little lady's arrival!!!
Since we are only 3 weeks away from our due date, I thought I'd give you a heads up that I will be a tad irregular in my blogging (duh). =)  But I love that you take the time to stop over and read so I'm going to give little snippets of some of my favorite sites and places on the web for you to check out and get some good advice, recipes, uplifting stories, going green ideas/resources, deals, coupons and more.  I hope you enjoy some of my favorite places and keep checking back for updates in our life.  Thanks for your love and support and Happy Holidays!!!

December 16, 2011

Green Reminder


I love Destiny in Bloom (an Online Women's Magazine) and have talked about them before.  But they just got even better!  They posted an article in November on Healthy Beauty which had some great recipes, tips and most of all a huge reminder to me!  I was just about to set out on a bathroom stock-up store run (soap, shampoos, etc.) and this article reminded me to "stay the course" and find healthier options, even when it's not convenient.  Check it out for some great info and while you're there take a look around, their Online Magazine is FILLED with awesome articles!

December 1, 2011

December is Here!


Yay!  I love this month...my favorite month of the whole year, and not just because I was born in it.  Something is just so magical about this wintry month, don't you think?  I have always felt that after January 1st something is different.  We may still drive by the beautiful homes and all their lights, sip cocoa and snuggle by a fire, but it's not the same to me.
So to kick off the 1st of December we decided to add a little crafty touch to our home decor.  The girls and I and a sweet friend made some beautiful snowflakes and hung them in front of a few of our windows.  The sad thing is I couldn't remember how to fold the paper and what exactly to do so I had to google it.  (don't laugh!).
Well here are some great instructions if you'd like to check them out yourself: Martha Stewart knows Snowflakes.

Here is how some of ours turned out: (sorry the lighting was a bit dark)



November 28, 2011

Yoga RX

I have found a few of these yoga youtube videos have really helped relieve tension, stuffy head from a cold, neck & back pains and more.  I haven't done any research into yoga as a medicine, but deep breathing and stretching always calms my mind and helps my body feel better.  Check a few of these videos out if you'd like:


Treat Colds




Allergies




Back Pain




Headaches




Neck/Shoulder Pain




Digestive Problems




Insomnia




Go here to see the videos in playlist format.

November 23, 2011

Apple Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving dinner is awesome, but the desserts are amazing!  I LOVE my mom's homemade apple pie.  But pumpkin pie is my favorite...too.  So I just found this recipe that brings the best of both together...and that makes me a happy girl.  Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your families, fun and food!



Ingredients

1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 
1 tablespoon cornstarch 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided 
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 
1/3 cup water 
2 tablespoons butter 
2 Granny Smith or Fuji apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced (about 3 cups) 
1 egg 
1/3 cup granulated sugar 
3/4 cup fresh or canned pumpkin purée 
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 
3/4 cup evaporated milk 
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell (in pie pan)

Method

Preheat oven to 425°F. Put brown sugar, cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, water and butter into a medium pot and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Add apples and cook, tossing to coat in sugar mixture, 3 to 4 minutes more. Remove from heat and set aside. 

In a large bowl, whisk together egg, granulated sugar, pumpkin, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, cloves, ginger and milk until well combined. 

Pour apple mixture into pie shell and spoon pumpkin mixture evenly over the top. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 375°F and bake until filling is just set in the middle, about 40 minutes more. Set aside on a wire rack to let cool completely before cutting into slices.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 220 calories (80 from fat), 9g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 3g protein, 33g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 23g sugar), 35mg cholesterol, 350mg sodium

November 21, 2011

The Pregnancy Companion (Book)


I haven't actually read this book, but I've heard rave reviews and thought I'd pass the info along.  Being that this is my fourth pregnancy, and I didn't hear about this book until halfway through it, I wasn't sure I needed another book about it.  But I have read reviews on amazon saying that even on their fourth child it was a help.  So if you're pregnant, trying or want to be I would recommend this book over traditional "what to expect" books.

"A doctor's counsel and a girlfriend's wisdom combine to create an information-packed, inspiration-filled resource for the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of pregnancy."





On a side note: I just heard of this blog called Hannah's Oath on one woman's journey through infertility. I think she's really wanting a gathering of women to join together with their own stories and struggles.  If that interests you check it out here.

November 18, 2011

Easy Yoga Workout

On mornings when I'm really stiff or haven't done any stretching for a few days I like to use this little Tara Stiles Yoga Playlist to get me started (23 minutes):


November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner Leftover Recipes


Turkey Lettuce Wraps

INGREDIENTS


Romaine or Bibb Lettuce
Leftover Turkey, shredded
Carrots, julienne
Leftover Cranberry Sauce
Any other leftovers you would like to add to the wraps

DIRECTIONS
Add the turkey and carrots to the center of a large piece of lettuce. Top with a spoonful of cranberry sauce.




1. Curried Turkey Salad


Mix chopped white- and dark-meat turkey with mayonnaise, a dash of curry powder, and a handful of raisins. Serve between slices of sourdough bread.

2. TBAT


Layer boneless turkey-breast pieces with bacon, avocado, and tomatoes. Wrap it all up in a whole-wheat tortilla.

3. Open-Faced Turkey Melt


Top a whole-wheat English muffin half with turkey, caramelized onions, shredded kale, and a slice of fontina cheese. Melt the cheese under the broiler before serving.

4. Reuben Redone


Serve shredded turkey between two pieces of toasted rye bread with a smattering of sauerkraut, a slice of Swiss cheese, and a bit of Dijon mustard. 



Ingredients
  • 18 large button or cremini mushrooms, stems removed
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups leftover stuffing
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil
Make It
1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Using a teaspoon or a melon baller, scoop out the center of the mushrooms.
3. Put the stuffing in a large bowl along with 1/2 cup of the cheese, the egg, and the parsley. Mix well and season with freshly ground pepper. If the mixture seems dry add 1 tablespoon water. Fill each mushroom generously with the stuffing mixture.
4. Put the mushrooms on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle them with a little olive oil, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake until the mushrooms are tender and the stuffing is golden brown on top, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.

 

Ingredients
  • tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover sweet potatoes, mashed
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup hot water
Make It
1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees F. and oil a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugars. Mix in the beaten eggs and mashed sweet potatoes and blend until smooth.
3. In a smaller bowl, combine the flours, salt, baking soda, and spices. Add the dry ingredients to the sweet potato mixture in two steps, alternating with the hot water. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake in the center of the oven for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. Let cool completely in pan before removing.


Ingredients
  • cups leftover mashed potatoes, chilled
  • 10 ounces canned salmon, drained
  • eggs
  • tablespoon lemon zest
  • tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, or more as needed
Make It
1. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, salmon, 1 egg, zest, and parsley.
2. Put the flour in a shallow bowl and season with salt and pepper. In another shallow bowl, whisk the remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water. Place the bread crumbs in a third shallow bowl.
3. Using wet hands, form the potato mixture into 3-inch patties or sticks. Dip the patties in the flour, shaking off any excess, dip them in the egg wash, and then roll them in the bread crumbs, pressing the crumbs on to form a crust.
4. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with oil; working in batches, fry the croquettes until golden brown on both sides, about 4 to 6 minutes total. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.


Ingredients
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 6 ounce carton plain yogurt
  • tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • egg, beaten
  • cup leftover homemade cranberry sauce
Make It
1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. and grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and zest. Add the yogurt, butter, and egg and stir until just combined.
3. Divide the cranberry sauce evenly among the muffin cups, then spoon the batter over the cranberry sauce. Bake the cakes for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Set the cakes on a rack to cool for about 5 minutes, then gently twist the cakes to release them. 



Ingredients
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • tablespoon ground ginger
  • tablespoon grated orange zest
  • eggs, separated
  • cup mashed sweet potato
  • tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
Make It
1. Heat a waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, ginger, and zest.
3. In a small bowl, mix together the egg yolks, sweet potato, butter, and milk until thoroughly combined.
4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour in the liquid ingredients and stir to combine. The batter should be thick but pourable.
5. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff and gently fold them into the batter until barely blended; don't worry about a few streaks of white.
6. Cook the waffles according to the directions on your waffle iron. If you don't have an indicator light, you can tell the waffles are done when they release easily from the iron and are browned and crisp on the outside. Serve immediately.



Ingredients
  • cups leftover homemade cranberry sauce
  • cups plain or flavored yogurt
  • cup granola
  • Honey (optional)
Make It
Put 1/4 cup of cranberry sauce in the bottom of each of four small dishes. Top with 1/4 cup of yogurt, and 1/4 cup of granola. Repeat the cranberry and yogurt layers. Garnish with a drizzle of honey, if desired.
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