Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Product Review: Seventh Generation Dish Soap

So I recently had a couple coupons from Whole Foods for Seventh Generation products.  I decided to purchase the dish soap to see how it fared.  I was hesitant that anything plant based could truly do a good job with grease.   I purchased the Free and Clear product.

I was amazed at how good a job it did!  And, it goes a long way.  I bought mine about a month ago, and it's still quite full.  The next product I'd like to try are the tabs for the dishwasher.  I've had difficulty finding something that was natural and effective. (I've even gone as far as to make my own, trying two different recipes, nothing that worked well enough.)

Sign up at Seventh Generation for your own coupons, and check Whole Foods coupon books as well as they often are stackable!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mother Earth News Magazine

I just discovered this fantastic magazine!  http://www.motherearthnews.com/

It has extremely well-written articles focused on living on less (happily), staying closer to nature, DIY (Do It Yourself) living and much more.  In this issue, I read a great article on what you need to know to raise chickens for eggs and almost convinced myself that I need to go looking for chickens!  The whole magazine is full with in-depth articles that are written articulately so that those who have no experience could easily see themselves trying something new.  Their website is packed full of information, see the links below for some examples:

The off-the-shelf price was a little pricey ($6.99), but I was so impressed that I signed up for a year-long subscription which is offered online for a fraction of the shelf-price.  I look forward to future issues!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Southwestern Couscous Salad

I have never made couscous before.  The only time I eat couscous is when I go to Fadi's, which isn't often.  So I was browsing the Whole Foods magazine I got and saw a recipe for Southwestern Couscous Salad.  It was so simple to make, how come no one told me about it earlier?!!  You're going to love this recipe.  And now that I know how easy it is to make couscous, I plan to make it a lot more often!

Here is the recipe directly from Whole Foods magazine:
And here is my picture from when I made it.  It was accompanied by lettuce burritos (no tortilla, just lettuce, beans and veggies).  Shockingly one cup of couscous makes a LOT of cooked couscous!  Just keep that in mind!  Next time I think I will half the recipe when it's just the three of us at home.  

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Central Market Cooking Class

My husband and I have been married five years!  YAY!  For our anniversary, we went to Central Market for a cooking class.  I thought I had signed up for the grilling class, but when we got there it was a pizza and foccacia class.  Since we'd already lined up my sister to babysit and had driven all the way to Dallas, we decided to stay anyway.  We like pizza and I really stink at making me own dough, I really could use the lesson.

It was SO MUCH FUN!  I must recommend going to a Central Market cooking class.  The instructors were so knowledgeable.  Our instructor talked a lot about using organic ingredients, local and in season foods.  It was so insightful and interesting.

Here are some pictures from our class:
This was our margherita pizza.

 The cooking class is above the store on the second floor.  I just liked the view you got from here!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Raw Detox - Never Again

So, you may scroll down and notice my "Raw Food Detox - Day 1" post. Funny thing, I've tried the raw food diet over and over again.  It did always give me lots of energy and I have lost weight with it.  But, guess, what?  It is hard - really hard - to maintain.  I tried to do this detox with only the goal of lasting a few days.  I had 2.5 days of raw, and then dove head first into a piece of birthday cake that was offered me at work. 

I think the lesson I've learned is that when you cut too much out of your diet, you end up craving everything even more.  I admire people who decide they can never eat something again and then actually follow through with it.  However, I'm not one of those people.

So, I'm going to stop trying.  Instead, I'll go back to eating whole, fresh foods in a balanced diet. 

Some lessons have to be learned over and over again before they stick!