Hey Winner!

Just a quick post to announce the winner of the Make Your Place book giveaway… Random Number Generator says… Comment #24. That’s Kim from the Veg-in-Training blog!!!! Kim’s favorite eco-friendly cleaning tips:  “I am in the lemon/baking soda fan club for cleaning porcelain sinks and tubs. I also like to sprinkle lavender oil in baking soda and use it as a carpet freshener. I use lavender oil and vinegar for fabric softener on occasion too”.  I actually had the pleasure of meeting Kim over the summer when she was in Portland with her husband and she was sweet enough to bring me jalapeno salt and chili powder from Arizona!!! Nice! I will contact you via e-mail Kim so we can arrange shipping of your book. Woohooo!!!! Congratulations!

On a side note, if it’s getting a bit chilly in your neighborhood, make this soup. (You could probably find a tasty bread recipe to go along with it while you are visiting Seitan is My Motor):

Curried Pumpkin Soup with Seitan – A perfectly warming, smoky, spicy, flavorful soup.

And, on Friday I will be hosting yet another giveaway, so keep your eyes on the screen.  Enjoy the rest of your week!

Make Your Place – A Book Giveaway!!!!

Hey everybody, what’s up? I’ve been taking some time away from posting to enjoy the lovely rainy weather that rolls around this time of year (yay!!!). My time has also been consumed by pure relaxation (laziness) and cleaning my apartment from ceiling to floor, literally. Transition to the topic of this post: green cleaning. Commercial household cleaners are evil toxic blends of death. The smell alone burns my lungs. In an effort to avoid sacrificing essential organs for a clean home, Tim and I make our own cleaners (laundry detergent, floor cleaner, bathroom scrub, wall disinfectant, etc) and we love them and their effectiveness. Most of the recipes we use come from the handiest, dandiest little book called Make Your Place by Raleigh Briggs. The book includes recipes/tips/skills for health & first aid, cleaning & body care, and gardening. And, everything is so easy to make. The book is written with charm and humor – I just love this book! I love it so much that I am giving a copy away to one lucky reader!!!! Make your place clean too! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite eco-friendly cleaning tip, recipe, whatever. I will ship the book overseas, so EVERYBODY can enter. I will randomly select a winner on Tuesday, November 24th (11:59 pm Pacific time). Good luck and I can’t wait to hear all of your green cleaning tips!

One More Giveaway!!!

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Mmmmmmm… Breakfast. During the summer months my mornings were filled with smoothies for breakfast. Now that it is getting chillier outside, I’ve moved on to warmer meals. When Tim and I attended Portland’s Veg Fest in September we snagged a few generously-sized sample packets of a delicious 10 Grain Hot Cereal from Bob’s Red Mill. We enjoyed it so much that we ended up buying some and it has become an intergral part of our morning routine. We even took it backpacking once! This cereal is mighty healthy and a nice switch-up from oatmeal. You can add fruit, nuts, cinnamon, or whatever you enjoy most to this cereal and it will help plow you through your day.  Click on the link above for more information. Here’s a photo courtesy of Bob’s Red Mill:


For this giveaway, one reader will win a sample packet of the above yummy cereal (it’s a nice-sized sample, probably at least 4 servings) and a cute measure scoop (also from Bob’s). Just leave a comment telling me your favorite breakfast eats/drinks and you will be entered to win! This giveaway is open to international readers too, so everybody gets to play!!! The deadline will be October 30, 2009 (11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time) and I will announce the winner on the 31st!!!

A Sweet Giveaway!!!



I spent a nice, hefty portion of my summer canning jams, preserves, fruits, syrups, applesauce, and pickles. I have since moved on to apple butter, pear butter, and soon, roasted pumpkin butter and cranberry butter. My cupboards are stuffed full with little room to spare. So, I think it might be time for a small, sweet giveaway!! It’s pretty simple: Leave a comment letting me know your favorite way to enjoy the fruits of summer (or fall!). I will randomly select a winner on Tuesday, October 13th. The winner will receive one pint of homemade goodness. The winner can choose from the following: Vanilla Bing Cherry Jam, Blueberry Jam, or Maple Pear Butter. ***This giveaway is open only to US residents, but don’t fret, because I will be having another giveaway soon that will be open to international readers as well!!!***

Random Number Generator Says…

… The winner of my homemade (reusable, washable, eco-friendly) bulk food/produce bags giveaway is commenter #10! Let’s see, that would be the amazingly awesome Shellyfish!!!! Congratulations to you!!! I will contact you via e-mail so we can sort out the details (OK? OK!!).

I would like to thank everybody who left comments about tahini and their favorite recipes that use tahini. The most popular response was hummus. Who am I to argue? I absolutely love hummus. In fact, I am planning on making some roasted red pepper hummus this week! This happens to work out well since I mentioned that the winner’s recipe choice would be featured in an upcoming post, and Shellyfish mentioned hummus as one of her favorites. There were so many delicious-looking recipes (raw bars, noodles, shortbread, cookies, sauces…) left by commenters that I will probably feature more than just hummus in the next few weeks.

I am hoping to step out of my laziness and make a W.I.P. post this evening.

That’s it!


The sun is shining today which makes me think of springtime and new buds.