Thursday, July 21, 2011

Is Your Home A Healthy Home?

If you are like most people, you just naturally assume that if a product was on the market for sale, it was safe, right?  Wrong.  Actually, consumer products that we all use everyday are filled with toxic chemicals, many of them requiring special handling like well ventilated rooms, gloves, some even require eye protection.  These same chemicals when used in a chemical laboratory or in the workplace require even stronger measures.  Sometimes even a respirator.
An EPA report stated the "indoor air pollution is one of the nation's most important environmental problems."
Every year, five to ten million household poisonings are reported, the immediate result of accidental ingestion of common cleaning, pesticide, personal care or other common household products.  Many of these are fatal and many are children.
A 1985 EPA report concluded that the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air pollution.  Also, a report  by the CPSC on chemicals commonly found in homes identified 150 that have been linked to allergies, birth defects,  cancer and psychological abnormalities.  All these chemicals seem to concentrate over time due to windows being sealed tight in the winter to keep in the heat and also in the summer to keep in the cool!

We need to educate ourselves.  There are safer alternatives now.  Start to eliminate the toxic environment from your house and daily life.  The website below will help to educate you more on how to do this.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Redneck Wine Glass

This is made from a dollar store candlestick holder and a Ball canning jar. You could use any kind of canning jar.  Decorate just like you would a real wineglass.  Talk about being the talk of the town for your next party or get-to-gether. 

Favorite Banana Bread Recipe

1  9 x 5 x 4-inch loaf pan
350 Degrees F.

1/2 Cup Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
2 Cups Flour
1 t. Cinnamon
1 t. Baking Soda
1/4 t. Salt
1/4 t. Allspice
1/4 t. Nutmeg
1 Cup Mashed Banana, Very Ripe
1 T. Liquid (sour milk, juice, or buttermilk)

Cream together butter and sugar; add eggs and beat well.  Sift dry ingredients together; add to egg mixture with banana and liquid; mix thoroughy.  Bake in a greased loaf pan for 1 hour or until bread tests done.  Cool on wire rack.


Use part Whole Wheat Flour.
Add 3/4 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips.
Add 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts.

Great Outdoor Party Idea

Summer Camp Giant Bubbles Kit & Tutorial

What a GREAT! idea.  This would be perfect for any child's birthday party activity.  Easy to make, very low cost and a great party pleaser!  For more great party ideas visit:  Design Dazzle Blog.  This is a great place to share your awesome ideas for other to try.

Need Help Planning The Perfect Party?

Well, look no farther than The Hostess With The Mostess 
This site is so user friendly and visual!  Oodles of pictures to help you get everything "just right".   Lots of resources for every occasion imaginable, including "everyday" celebrations.  They have recipes, downloads, a shop where you can get personalized party invites and favors and so much more.
Happy party planning!

An Amazing Online Cooking School!

If you have ever wanted to go to culinary school, do I have a website for you!  Rouxbe Cooking School is like attending one of those fancy culinary schools, but from the convenience of your own home. 

They offer a 7 day free trial, then it is just $29.95 per month therafter if you decide to attend.  They use the same curriculum and learning path used by professional culinary schools.  Start anytime and progress at your own pace.  Short lesson segments and fun quiz questions along with 1,000's of amazing videos, some with step-by-step instructions.  Including, "How to Make Stock" and "How to Make Roux" and so many more.

They offer a price guarantee for a full refund if you don't feel like your cooking has improved within 30 days!  So what have you got to lose?
Visit their website above and take a look around.  I think, like me, you will be very impressed and excited!