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homemade vegetable wash

Washing vegetables is more important than ever these days, even organic and local vegetables; here’s a vegetable wash to help kill those nasty germs on your nourishing food.

You need:
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1 cup water

Put ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to mix, spray vegetables, scrub, and rinse before eating.

All photos taken by Fauna.

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spicy hot chocolate

This chili powder and cinnamon hot chocolate is sure to warm you up !!!! So if you are experiencing cold, snow, and stereotypical winter weather give this a try.


3 tablespoons cocoa powder or 3 oz bittersweet chocolate  + 1-2 tablespoons sugar (to taste)
           – OR- 3 tablespoons instant hot chocolate mix
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch chili powder
1/4 cup soy milk or milk
3/4 boiling water or hot milk

How to:

Put cocoa, syrup, cinnamon, chili, and 1/4 cup milk into large mug. Add boiling water or hot milk. Stir.

*Instead of the 1/4 cup milk or water add coffee.

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blissful domesticity- herbs and a granola recipe

My Friday’s flowers bouquet- lime mint, peppermint, rosemary, and feverfew. I laugh every time my little ladies mistake feverfew flowers for chamomile, the bitter expressions are so funny! If you ever get a chance to nibble a feverfew flower, nibble with caution!

Fauna and I did a little thrifting today and found these lovely vintage sheets (my newest addiction), which we put in the washer as soon as we got home, then hung them on the line to dry.

I will be sewing them into drawstring bags for my Etsy shop this weekend.

Granola Recipe

I made this granola yesterday (adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe I found in an old magazine) and we have been snacking on it all day. This recipe makes a lot of granola- about 12 cups.

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup water
4 1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup bran
1/4 cup flax seeds
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup pecans
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup golden raisins
2/3 cup dried apricots sliced into small pieces
or use your favorite dried fruit and nuts

-Preheat oven to 250.
-Melt butter in saucepan over medium low heat, add brown sugar and stir until sugar melts. Take pan off the heat.
-Stir in honey, vanilla, water, and salt. Stir until well blended.
-Add remaining ingredients in a large bowl, stir until well blended then drizzle the liquid mixture over the top of the dry ingredient mixture while stirring and coating everything evenly.
-Place granola on two rimmed baking sheets, spread evenly.
-Bake, stirring occasionally until golden brown (about 1 1/2 hours). Cool on baking sheets, put in an airtight container and it will keep for 3 weeks.

Mix with yogurt, sprinkle on fruit, or eat it plain as a yummy, healthy snack.

Have a great weekend!

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blissful domesticity- mint orange tea and raspberry oatmeal bars

Wow, Ohio has been a scorcher this week! The little ladies have been busy running through the sprinkler and enjoying the warm evenings by catching fireflies which light up our field right now. I have been busy in the kitchen making veggie hummus wraps and salads using the lettuce and spinach from our garden. I have also been packing for an art show in Decatur, GA. My friend is selling her gorgeous bags there and I’m tagging along to help and learn the ropes of the indie/art fair community. We will be child free for 4 nights and 5 days; I’ve never been away from my little ladies that long so it should be interesting, but fun. Here are some goodies that I’ve been working on for the past few days-

We are not usually black tea people, but I thought this recipe sounded like the most refreshing drink for a very hot Ohio day. We had all the ingredients on hand, including the black tea bags which we normally use for staining paper.

Mint Orange Black Tea (from the cooking channel)

3 c water to make the tea, plus 3 c cold water or a bottle of carbonated water
7 black tea bags
1 c freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 c sugar
fresh mint sprigs- at least 3 large
1/2 orange cut into slices

1. Boil 3 c water, remove from heat and add 7 tea bags; cover and steep for 10 minutes.
2. Make the orange simple syrup- mix the 2 c OJ and sugar in a pan, bring to a boil, then simmer until the sugar dissolves (about 5 minutes).
3. Let tea and orange syrup cool, then mix in a pitcher. Add a few sprigs of mint and orange slices, and 3 c cold water or bottle of carbonated water.
4. Serve cold on ice.

I’ve also been working on some new hedgehogs, I have a booth at a street fair in early June. This is a big reason I haven’t been blogging as much lately, work, work, work AND organize, organize, organize.

I made these yummy raspberry bars yesterday-

Hearty Raspberry Oatmeal Bars (from an old Vegetarian Times magazine)

1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 c light brown sugar
1/2 c unsalted butter (softened)
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 c old fashioned rolled oats, divided into 1 3/4 c and 1/4 c
1 c raspberry jam

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in large bowl.
3. Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla and almond extracts until smooth. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; mix until combined. Stir in 1 3/4 c oats. Spread 2/3 of batter on bottom of prepared baking dish. Spread raspberry jam over the batter with back of spoon.
4. Add remaining 1/4 cup oats to remaining batter. Crumble over top of raspberry jam.
5. Bake 30 minutes, or until golden. cool, then cut into bars.

And Araina keeps bringing in the flowers for me. I found this little arrangement on the kitchen counter yesterday afternoon. The bright red begonia made me smile.

Little quick link share love- Kari, from The Snail’s Trail, has put up a list of nature activities to share as well, visit here for the link list of ideas and get your family outdoors!

I won’t be blogging for the next 5-6 days (I may not get and Outdoor Monday post up next week); I’ll be in Georgia at the art fair…….it’s ironic because I could be moving to this area come mid-summer. Have a wonderful and safe Memorial weekend!

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blissful domesticity- falafel and diy laundry detergent

Loving the fact that we can now bring in fresh flowers from our garden daily! Araina is my morning flower gatherer.

Fauna helped make falafel and  a creamy cucumber yogurt sauce for dinner. Served with grapes and edamame make this a family favorite.

Falafel- I really don’t use exact measurements in this recipe, more like a couple pinches here and there, depending on my mood. I’m providing estimates here, use the amount of spices to your preference.

2 cans garbanzo beans drained and rinsed or 3 cups cooked beans
1 medium onion
3 cloves garlic
1 t salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup bread crumbs + more for dusting
1/2 cup fresh parsley
pinch of pepper
olive oil

-Mash garbanzo beans to a coarse texture, we like chunks of bean in our falafel so we leave it a little chunky; mash to your preference.
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a food processor blend garlic, onion, and  parsley into a coarse texture. Don’t blend it too much or your patties will be too moist.
-Mix spices, garbanzos, lemon juice, and onion mixture together, then add bread crumbs a little at a time, mix until you are able to form patties that stay together (all the bread crumbs may not have to be used). 
-On a parchment paper covered baking sheet coat with olive oil. Place patties on oil covered spaces, sprinkle bread crumbs atop each patty.
-Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, flip patties then bake again for 10-15 minutes. Serve in pita pockets with a creamy yogurt cucumber  sauce.

Cucumber Sauce

-3 cups yogurt, drain liquid using coffee filter or cheese cloth, drain for an hour or two
-add 1/2 of a finely chopped cucumber
-add juice of 1 lemon 
-mix and chill for at least 30 minutes

Laundry never seems to end around here, which I know I’m not alone- after missing a couple days of this domestic activity, mountains start forming. Today I needed to play catch up.

 Homemade Laundry detergent (from Natural Cleaning for Your Home by Casey Kellar)

1/2 cup baking soda
1 bar glycerine, castile, or Ivory soap grated finely (the finer the soap the longer the shelf life)
1/2 cup washing soda (Arm and Hammer)
1/2 cup borax

Mix ingredients together and keep in a closed container. Use  about 1/2 cup for large full loads. A few tablespoons for smaller loads.

Visit Elizabeth at Heartfelt Homemaking for directions on making a liquid laundry detergent.

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blissful domesticity and berry syrup

I have days where I really just love being domestic, today was one of those days! I love the sound of the wind whipping the clothes and linens on the line.

MMMMMM, the beautiful red, black, and green of fresh berries.

Making berry syrup-

2 cups fresh berries
2 cups sugar

-Mash the berries into a pulp.
-Add the sugar and cook over low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture thickens (about 10 minutes).
-Store in the refrigerator in an airtight jar for up to 1 week.

Tasty with seltzer water to make a berry soda or drizzled over vanilla ice cream or pancakes.

Straining the peppermint to make jelly. I also made lemon balm jelly today; I love herbal jellies! I’m trying all different kinds this year.

Araina has figured out how to make water balloons and she can even tie them!

Fauna tending the garden and nibbling on radish sprouts.

Wonderful rosemary! One of my FAVORITE cooking herbs so I grow a lot of it.

Tonight was a big night for Fauna- she modeled the garments she made in sewing class this year. She walked the runway and everything! It amazes me how sewing lessons have boosted her confidence in her creativity.

And a friend stopped by on my kitchen window today while I was doing the dishes (he was on the outside thank goodness). I have to admit that I have a bit of a spider phobia- especially when they are this big. This guy was easily 6 inches long from tip of back leg to tip of front; I think he is a type of wolf spider. I hope not to see him again anytime soon!

Well, I’ll be signing off for a couple of days. I’m off to the Shenandoah Valley with my little ladies and my sisters to visit my grandparents. My Appalachian blood is calling me South, I love it down there, feels like home to me! See you again on Monday. There is still time to join the Outdoor Challenge Mondays and the Nature Swap by clicking here. Have a wonderful weekend!

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