Recipe: Slow Cooker Vegetarian Mexican Orzo

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Mexican OrzoThis is a great recipe that you can have cook all day or create faster in only a few hours with your slow cooker. I am a huge fan of mexican flavors in my vegetarian dishes and this year I am have been looking to mix up my vegetarian lunches with something warm… this bitter cold does not lend itself to nice green salads everyday.

While I made this recipe with some canned ingredients for those of you who like me try to avoid canned foods you can substitute the canned items with freshly prepared versions of the ingredients.

This recipe freezes well and can stay in the fridge for a few days. I find it best to put it in individual mason jars to have it ready to grab on my way out the door. [Read more…]

Compassion For Those Who Live With Our Choices #1000Voices

Plastic pollution in IndonesiaCompassion, meaning to love together with, comes from Latin.

When we make choices that affect others, sometimes it is the people in our home or neighborhood, and other times it is people who live on the other part of the planet. But we also make choices that affect EVERYONE on the planet. We need to think of compassion for others when we make choices in our life. Making greener choices will improve the lives of many around the world.

There is no “away.” We all want to make choices to reduce our use of plastic but plastic is a convenience for us and we have to work to reduce our consumption of it. When we forget our reusable bags at the grocery store we need to go back to our car or buy new ones at the store. We use Kcups because it is too hard to make a pot of coffee. We buy bottled water because it is too hard to carry a water bottle with you. We literally consumer tons of plastic everyday.

In the Los Angeles area alone, 10 metric tons of plastic fragments—like grocery bags, straws and soda bottles—are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day! [Read more…]

Best Baby Gift Ever

Best Baby Gift EverMy kids loved sleeping in sleep sacks, they were not into swaddling but they did like a cozy warm feeling while they were sleeping. One of my favorite gifts to give friends and family when they have a baby is sleep sacks. The Merino Kids Baby sleep sack is my favorite one to give as a gift for many reasons.

IMG_5918Size The Merino Kids and Baby Sleep Sack is one size for 0-2 years old (and from 2-4 years old) but has snaps that allows it to fit snuggly for babies and bigger kids so you do not need to keep purchasing new ones in different sizes. There is a snap right in the middle of the arm holes that keeps the sack snuggly placed under babies arm pits. As children get older you stop using that snap and the sack will still stay safely in place for your more grown up baby.

Weight My kids like to feel their blankets on them and this was apparent when they were young. This sleep sack has a nice heavy feel that gives you the comfort of feeing like you have something on without being hot.

Softness You might think that because the fabric is made from wool so it must be itchy and terrible. I admit I was worried about that as well, I often say no to wool because my skin hates the feel. I was pleasantly surprised by how soft The Merino Kids and Baby Sleep Sack is because of its organic cotton outer lining. You get the natural temperature regulation that wearing wool provides with the softness of organic cotton. My son kept touching it and rubbing it against his face because it was so soft, and he is more picky about what touches his skin than I am. [Read more…]

6 Things Every Green Mom Needs In Her Bag

6 Things Every Green Mom NeedsEvery Mom has several necessities in her bag but when you are green mom some of the things in your bag may be a little different. Here is a list of 6 things you must have no matter what age your children are:

Snacks in a stainless container or fabric bag. I never leave the house with my kids with out least one container with pretzels or popcorn in it. In the summer I often have three or four so we do not have to go home from the park just because we are hungry. Using a stainless steel containers is better because it does not leak or get crushed. [Read more…]

8 Ways To Use Your Lemon Peels

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We use lemons in our cooking all the time but what should you do with the heap of lemon peels you accumulate while you are cooking. Here are 8 great ways to make use of them:

Remove the garlic smell from your hands. If you are doing a lot of cooking and you have that garlic (or onion or what ever) smell left on your hands rub the rinds on your hands and finger nails. [Read more…]