Tag Archives: Lemon

DIY Lemon-Eucalyptus Dishwasher Detergent… aka THE SAGA

august_13 091One of the first things we wanted to tackle when we started to de-toxify our home was dishwasher detergent. It’s the item we’re most likely to consume, we use it every single day, and the list of ingredients on most brands is filled with things I cannot pronounce.

“How hard can it be?” we thought. And therein lies what has probably been the greatest saga in our household toward finding a green, chemical-free solution that works as well as the brands we were trying to replace.

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Homemade Ricotta Cheese (the Delicious Made Possible!)

blog_111913 013The shift from “What should I buy?” to “What can I make?” has been, for me, a slow but subtle one. It’s almost like learning  a new habit and then practicing it – over and over (and over) – until it becomes unconsciously ingrained into the sometimes automatic process of consumption and acquisition.

Being more mindful of what I use, buy, consume, etc. has helped tremendously… as have resources that abound nowadays focusing on sustainability, self-sufficiency, and frugal living.

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Raspberry Rosemary Lemon Refrigerator or Freezer Jam

Raspberry Rosemary Lemon JamEarly on in my quest to go greener… my mother sent me several links to refrigerator and freezer jams (they are the same thing, just stored different ways). Apparently, my Aunt Lula used to make them all the time – and my mother thought I would enjoy learning the process.

In our DIY-fervor, Andy and I planted LOTS of fruit this year in the hopes we can eventually use our own garden to cover most of our fruit-eating (particularly in the summer). Among the many new plantings in our garden are three different raspberry varieties (purple, red, and yellow).

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