posts tagged "diy"

DIY Christmas Gift Round Up

Posted on December 13, 2010

This year I’m having a DIY Christmas.  Not that Christmas is actually my holiday, as I’m Jewish.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t give all my friends lovely homemade Christmas gifts.  And give all of you guys fun ideas for Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones.

DIY Foot Balm

Posted on December 9, 2010

You may notice that some of the ingredients in this foot balm, such as coconut oil and olive oil are food. I was taught during my Ayurvedic training, that the skin is the largest organ of absorption in the human body. Therefore, I make sure that anything I put on my skin is healthy enough for me to eat.

I found the base for this recipe in the February issue of Living Without magazine –their recipe was for a body butter. I changed it […]

Homemade Goat Cheese

Posted on June 16, 2010

I made my own raw goat cheese from scratch!  The amazing Patrick brought over some raw goat’s milk from one of his farm friends and that’s where it all began…

And now I can say I’m totally digging this homemade goat cheese, it’s deliciously addicting –at least for me.  We’re back from California, hence the previous sentence using words such as “totally digging.”

I had a wonderful time in Los Angeles working with The Almond Board to promote healthy eating.  I also […]

How to Make Chicken Stock

Posted on September 15, 2009

It’s wonderful to be back at home with my family and kitchen.  I’ve made myriad soup stocks these last few days in order to help my husband and myself recuperate from the sniffles we each seem to have picked up last week.  We’re recovering quite quickly.

To create a bit of variety, I decided to make a roasted chicken stock last night and of course consulted one of my favorite books, Joy of Cooking.  The recipe below is based upon the […]

Breakfast Bars

Posted on June 16, 2009

These hearty breakfast bars remind me of a granola bar or an omega-3 packed power bar.  They’re filling and tasty.

After I made a batch of these and was waiting for them to cool before cutting and stylizing them for a “photo shoot,” my younger son proudly taunted me that he had picked out all of the raisins from the top of the bars.

Needless to say, I was quite miffed.  Especially since I have a couple of half gallon jars […]

Twinkies

Posted on May 15, 2009

I’ve been on a quest this week for gluten-free, dairy-free healthy Twinkies and after several attempts (make that 7) I seem to have come up with a good approximation of this infamous Hostess treat.

Whenever the subject of Twinkies comes up in our house a certain Twinkie vandalism story is told (of which I was not a part!).  My husband likes to talk about the time (in his college days) when he and a buddy were coming home from a night […]

How to Prepare Kale

Posted on March 10, 2009

I am lucky enough to say that my boys love to eat kale. There was actually a kale incident the other night whereby I only made one bunch and some grabbing occurred at the table as the boys “fought” over it. Ok, sorry to brag, however this is what sometimes happens in my house.

Because kale is a hot commodity and because I don’t get to the grocery store on a daily basis (who does?), I try to keep kale on […]

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Posted on March 3, 2009

Just the week before last, my favorite food writer from the LA Times came up with a brilliant recipe for homemade Nutella.

I haven’t had Nutella since I was a student traveling in Europe decades ago with a EuroRail pass, sleeping in youth hostels. Back then we used to eat the chocolate stuff for breakfast. These days, I find the real thing a little too sweet for my taste. So I was happy to see Amy’s Scattergood’s Homemade […]

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Posted on February 10, 2009

Tonight I had this conversation with my little boy while I was tucking him into bed:

“How do you know I love you?” I asked him
“You tell me 2 billion times a day,” he replied.
“If I didn’t tell you, how would you know?  I asked.
“I can feel it in your hugs,” he said.

That really got me.  I try not to take things for granted in life.  Like my children.  Or hot showers.  Or glass bottles that I get to keep after […]

DIY Sparkling Beverage

Posted on December 21, 2008

Although I don’t drink alcohol, I do enjoy indulging in a sparkling beverage at festive events.

This little fruit based treat below is perfect for adults and children on special occasions.  My boys love it, as do I.  Here, I use pineapple juice, though feel free to use any juice of your choice and garnish with your favorite citrus or other fruits.

DIY Sparkling Beverage

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2-3 (32 ounce) bottles sparkling water (I use Apollinaris)
1 (32oz) bottle fruit juice (I used pineapple, though anything […]

Raw Apple Sauce

Posted on July 29, 2008

I love apple sauce in any weather. The thought of turning on the oven to make some right now? Or lighting up the stove? In this heat? Not a good one. What to do? Make raw apple sauce. It’s tart, tangy, refreshing and delicious. On top of that, “uncooking” cuts back on energy consumption. It also keeps the house nice and cool –as cool as it can be on these 90 […]

Clean Green: Kitchen Spray

Posted on May 30, 2008

I must confess, for more than a year, my friend Elizabeth has been asking me to do a post on homemade household cleaners. As a result of her prodding, I am proud to present part 1 of a series on non-toxic cleaners for your home. We’ll start off with a cleaning spray for my favorite room of the house –the kitchen!

So, first questions first. Why make your own cleaning products? Why go through the bother? To […]

BBQ Sauce

Posted on May 6, 2008

Spring is in full bloom here in Colorado and it’s gorgeous. Bright clear days in the high 70’s, perfect for hiking, taking the boys to the park and breaking out the grill! While the lucky folks in California probably start grilling a bit earlier, we usually wait until May to fire ours up.

Luckily, Katie had me on my toes with a request for gluten free barbecue sauce a couple of weeks ago. She was looking for something […]

Cashew Milk

Posted on May 2, 2008

Cashew milk is my new favorite. I use it in smoothies and tea or splashed over a bowl full of granola.

Smooth, creamy and naturally sweet, this milk offers a much needed respite from the ubiquitous almond, which reigns supreme in my kitchen –unlike my almond milk recipe, this cashew milk does not require any straining. It is a cinch to make. Quick and easy, I like to have a quart of cashew milk ready in the fridge at all […]

Fish Sticks

Posted on February 26, 2008

For some reason, I can’t get out of my winter funk. We’ve had a few beautiful sunny days, yet I still feel as though I need to go into a small cave and hibernate. I feel such a stunting of my creativity during these dark days (we’ve had a lot more dreary ones than sunny) and a complete lack of drive. I think part of it is all of the illnesses that my family has been through during the past […]

My Favorite Gluten Free Valentine’s Recipes

Posted on February 12, 2008

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. I don’t buy into the flowers and Hallmark card aspect of this holiday. Rather than the usual hoopla, my favorite taste tester (that would be my husband) and I don’t do much, if anything at all. Simply put, I try to appreciate and show my love for him day in and day out.

On another note, who on earth decided that consumers should show their love by purchasing useless items on some specific day? The […]

How to Make a Rolling Pin

Posted on December 3, 2006

My sons and I decided to make gingerbread cookies this afternoon.

Thus we found ourselves at the store in search of the perfect rolling pin.

We ended up with a 1¼ inch dowel that was 48 inches long, then had it cut into 3 pieces. We took our dowel pieces home, sanded them and ended up with 3 perfect rolling pins. Our total cost: $6.38 (for dowel and sandpaper).

Each rolling pin took 10 minutes to make (hand sanding) and added up […]