Yumday! It’s not Tribe…

…but it’s yummy!

I made my own hummus today, with a few tweaks. When I was vegan, hummus was a staple. I had it every day. I haven’t been able to buy it recently because it’s been going up in price as more people discover how awesome it is, and I know store-bought can have some preservatives I don’t want inside me.

So, I made my own, but since I don’t have Tahini and didn’t want to spent like $8 on a jar, I used mustard.

Yes. Mustard. Don’t hate. Appreciate. Especially if you’re allergic to sesame seeds.

Here’s the recipe, my homemade addicts!

Yummus with Mustard

1 can chickpeas

5 teaspoons mustard

4 tablespoons olive oil

3 garlic cloves (or more, if you love garlic. I do)

Lemon juice (I didn’t use it but it’s pretty awesome)

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Yeah, so, throw it all into a food processor. Two things here: 1) I didn’t picture the olive oil, but you guys are smart people. I’m sure you can imagine olive oil in my fancy red spoons. 2) I don’t have a food processor. So this is a smoothie maker. It works the same it just takes a little extra effort.

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(You can see Justin laying on the floor like a hooligan.)

So, run the food processor/smoothie maker until smooth. And you’re done.

That’s it. Hummus! Hummus for days! Well, this will probably last me two days at the most since I’m an addict.

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I topped mine with some paprika.

So there it is. A perfect way to wind down a weekend. Yum yum yum.

I hope all of you had a great weekend, and a wonderful upcoming week!

 

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Yumday

Whew! Sorry for the delay in posts – what a busy week it’s been! I’m in the last few weeks of training at work, balancing my social life with work life and STILL trying to get this apartment organized. I need to up my dumpster diving game because on my budget, even thrift store prices seem a little hefty!

So I want to start something I’ll hopefully be able to keep up every week. I want to call it “Yumday” where every Sunday or Monday I’ll post a yummy, organic, and hopefully all local ingredient recipe!

Today I’ll start with something extremely simply. I call it “Skinny Pizza”.

I love love love love love love love pizza. But I don’t like processed meat, cheese, sauce, dough, or non-organic anything so if I order it or (gasp) buy frozen, that means I’m on a SERIOUS budget! And the calories in pizza, I can’t even…and then you pair it with some cheap beer, you may as well just go eat at KFC!

(I am not judging. The amount of pizza and cheap beer I have consumed, and probably will consume again, in my life is probably enough to feed a small town. Because I am human and imperfect.)

So anyway, Skinny Pizza is something I made on Sunday because I wanted the taste of cheese, tomato and basil in my mouth without having an actual pizza. This is what I did instead:

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I took a piece of organic seed and grain toast from the Great Harvest Bread† Company (I have the Dakota bread. Chock full of grains and seeds!), slapped on some homemade goat cheese, topped it with farm fresh tomatoes, salt, pepper, and organic basil from my porch garden.

Simple. Local. Organic. Easy.

And that’s one of the things I love about “Health Food” – it’s not like you have to go all out. It can be just like this.

So that’s my Yumday post! I’m sure I’ll do something more intricate soon, but let’s start out simple 🙂

Other than that, I’ve been working, tending my porch garden, and reading about Ayurvedic medicine. I WILL be fixing my lip balm soon too.

 

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photo 1I hope everyone has a wonderful week!!

 

Robin

I would like to take a moment to say that I, along with everyone else in the world, am devastated over the passing of Robin Williams.

I would go into detail about how I was raised on his movies but there are not enough words to explain the loss of him.

If I could say something to him now, I would say that I hope he didn’t die sad, because he made millions of people so happy.

Rest in Peace, Robin Williams. We all miss you.

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DIY Lip Balm Attempt One

Sunday Funday! I actually never understood the term Sunday Funday because tomorrow is Monday which means 6:00 AM, 9-6, workday grind but…whatever.

Today started out bumpy but after the tizzy was over I was sitting on the couch and said, “I have all the stuff to do it, so I’m going to try and make my own lip balm.”

I followed a recipe I found on Wiki How and got to work and added my own flair.

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Ingredients:

1/2 oz beeswax, pellets or shaved. I used pellets.

1/4 tsp dried lavender

1 tsp sweet almond oil

1 drop Vitamin E oil

(Shea butter is pictured but I didn’t use it)

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Set the beeswax in a double boiler and allow to heat up. when they start looking shiny and sticky, add the lavender.

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Wait for it to melt. Stir occasionally, and once fully melted, add one teaspoon of sweet almond oil and one drop of Vitamin E oil. I don’t have a photo because I blurred it pretty badly. When you add the Vitamin E oil, it’s going to solidify a little bit but just stir stir stir and it’ll combine.

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When it’s all melty and combined, pour into a container of your choice. I used an eyedropper to fill sterilized plastic lip balm tubes.

Okay…So this is where I may have messed up. I got a feel for the dried product off the stirrer, and I may have needed a bit more oil. It felt a bit hard but did become softer as I handled it. So what I would suggest is to “sample” it before you pour it. Dry a little bit of it and see how it feels on your skin.

My other mistake is I’m unsure if I filled the containers enough. Small mistake, but I’ve never done this before so it’s part of the learning process. I’m determined to get it right, because even some “organic” lip balms still have a ton of chemicals, and the “good” ones can really empty your wallet.

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They’re still drying, it takes about three hours. I will definitely update about how they turn out when they’re done.

I’ll leave you for now with a photo of my potted herbs!

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I hope everybody’s weekend was awesome!

UPDATE

So the lip balm DID come out super hard and not able to use really – but I plan on correcting this soon, and I’ll be sure to explain how I fix my mistakes!

Cape Fear River Watch and Farmer’s Market

Now that I live in Wilmington, I’m really excited to get involved with the volunteer opportunities here. And, in light of my determination to go green, reduce my carbon footprint, and help save the planet, Justin and I sacrificed sleeping in this Saturday to help with the Cape Fear River Watch.

Wilmington natives are most likely familiar with this awesome opportunity, but for anyone who isn’t in Wilmington, River Watch is an organization that helps with water and river quality. This particular volunteer program cleans trash out of rivers and riverbanks. I was really excited to see quite a few people there, including my coworker/good friend Allie and her boyfriend Nick! Sticks, bags, and gloves were provided for us. Below are some photos from the morning, taken by Bernie, our motivated and awesome organizer, and Allie! Clicking on the photos will take you to the Cape Fear River Watch Website.

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Allie climbed out first and I followed – My shoe untied and I almost fell in -_-

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I’m particularly happy with my heroic pipeline pose >_>

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We got what we could! There’s still more trash that we couldn’t reach even with the long grabber sticks. This photo unfortunately doesn’t showcase every awesome person who came out. We all kind of got separated and cleaned different spots.

I felt really, really good after this morning! My soul felt good, my body felt good…all was good. After, even though we were wet and soggy, Justin and I hauled over to the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market and we picked up some homemade goat cheese, organic cat nip, corn, okra, rosemary and thyme to plant in pots on the porch, and organic ground goat.

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IMG_4375 The vendors were drool-worthy. I wanted some of the homemade bread but I’m still on a bit of a budget (haven’t gotten my first paycheck yet) so I’ll have to wait, it was a wee bit pricey. But when I have the money, I’ll be purchasing a hand-woven basket, some beeswax candles, and other goodies I can’t wait to get my hands on!

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This is my French thyme and pink rosemary! I wanted to buy out the whole herb vendor. The lady’s prices were amazing and she was so kind and very helpful in giving me advice to start my porch garden. Since taking this photo I have potted the herbs, thanks to my awesome neighbor Angie who has a thriving porch garden!

I actually may have a few more posts born of this weekend. Since our apartment is lined by a bamboo forest, Justin went and foraged some fallen stalks and is currently making them into some sunshades for the porch a gate for the porch! And I’m hoping to experiment with some lip balm making supplies I have but never used!

That’s it for now. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

Why Hello :)

Hi there!

I’m starting this blog because I want to share my enthusiasm for green living and eco friendly products, along with the new initiatives I am taking now that I live in Wilmington, NC, and have way more opportunities than I did in Charlotte. I work a day job so I’ll have to schedule my posts accordingly, but I’m extremely excited!

A little about me – My name is Stephanie. I’m 24, and I run another blog/business called The Missing Gypsy where I sell my cross stitch patterns and showcase my original and some un-original work. I’m a graphic designer at a publishing company in Wilmington, NC. I uprooted my life in Charlotte for a new job and so far I am loving it! I live in an awesome apartment with my boyfriend, a fat cat named Elliott, and a spoiled dog named Bodhi.

Why did I call this blog Unless? It’s all about The Lorax. Dr. Seuss has always been a huge part of my life, both in my values and an influence in my artwork. The Lorax in particular is my favorite, and that one line has been stuck in my head my whole life: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.”

And it’s simple. All you need to do is care 🙂