Beet Pickled Deviled Eggs

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Easter is almost here and I thought I would try out a fun deviled egg recipe to bring to our family potluck lunch. This take on deviled eggs uses the bright fuchsia juice from beets to stain your eggs a hot pink color. These eggs are fun to make and very tasty to eat!

Ingredients:

6 hard boiled eggs

1 medium sized beet

1 cup of vinegar (white or apple cider is fine)

1 tsp of sugar

1 teaspoon of garlic

2 tbsp of mayo

1 tbsp dijon mustard

salt and pepper

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Start by making a brine to extract the juice from the beets. Take two cups of water and one cup of vinegar and pour into a pot on medium heat. Chop up a beet into small pieces and add in seasonings of your choice to the brine. I added garlic, salt and pepper. Add one teaspoon of sugar.

Bring the brine to a boil and then let it simmer for several minutes. Move the pot off the heat source and leave it to cool almost completley.

Place the eggs into a large jar and pour in the pink brine. Add as many beet slices as your can fit in. Place your lid on the jar and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. The longer the eggs are submerged in the brine the brighter colored they will be.

Once the eggs have marinated for 24 hours drain the brine and discard. Slice the eggs in half and scoop out the yolks. In a separate bowl mix the yolks with 2 tablespoons of mayo and 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard. Mash it up like you are making egg salad.

Fill the hard boiled egg slices with the yolk filling and sprinkle a little salt and pepper. Garnish with a little chopped up chives.

Makes 12 deviled eggs. For a larger serving double the recipe!

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Guest Post: How to Prevent Pests, and When to Call the Pest Control Experts?

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Some people think that they are never going to be bothered by pests, but the truth is that any home can be subject to an infestation. You should never be complacent about the prospect of pests invading your home.
You may think that keeping your home clean is sufficient, but that isn’t the case. There are, however, some ways that you can try and prevent pests from entering your home. If these methods are unsuccessful, then you need to think about calling a pest control expert, before the situation gets out of control.
What are the best pest prevention methods?
There are several ways in which you can attempt to deter pests from entering your home. The most useful one is to close off any potential points of entry. You should fill in any gaps or cracks in the exterior of your home, as these provide the perfect opportunity for pests to make entry.
You should also try and create a foot wide zone around your home where there are no bushes or greenery. If you have greenery adjacent to your home then pests can jump across and in through open windows with no difficulty.
Diatomaceous earth is excellent for use in the exclusion of pests from your home. You may be wondering what this actually is. It is a mixture of crushed sea creatures that is totally non-toxic to humans. The diatomaceous earth has an effect similar to sandpaper on the shells of insects, and causes them to dehydrate and die.
When is it a good idea to call the pest control experts?
Of course there are no guarantees that you are going to be able to prevent pests from entering your home. If the prevention methods don’t work then you need to make sure you deal with the problem as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to limit the amount of potential damage caused.
You may be concerned about the pesticides used by professionals such as pest control in San Antonio. The truth is that although the pesticides are lethal to the pests they are designed to control, they present no risk to the people in your home, as long as the advice and instructions from the pest control experts are followed.
A positive of having professional pest control completed is that once the infestation is dealt with the experts know how to take action to protect your home in the future. This limits the chance of an infestation re-occurring.
Many people do not take sufficient action to protect their home from pest infestation because they are complacent. As you can see, taking just a few simple and completely natural actions can help to prevent pests from gaining access to your home. If they do gain entry then pest control experts can remove them safely and effectively, and take action to protect your home against further infestation.

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How To De-Clutter and Make Money at the Same Time

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Whether you are trying to embrace a minimalist lifestyle or just doing a little spring cleaning there is an easy way to get extra motivation under your butt to get the house de-cluttered. You can make extra money by selling your stuff! Yes, you could host a garage sale or try to sell unwanted items on Craigslist but there is a much easier way. Consignment! If you haven’t been consigning your used items you really should give it a try.

In my small town there are quite a few consignment shops and thrift stores. I sell and buy new clothes and housewares there. The money I make selling my unwanted items goes towards buying new gently used clothing and household items. It’s a great way to shop without spending (hardly) any money!

It is really rare that I buy any piece of clothing brand new except for undergarments and socks. It can be difficult to find nice casual shoes second hand so sometimes I will buy brand new shoes too. For the most part almost everything in my closet has come from a thrift shop or consignment store. You can find some really great pieces and no one will ever know you bought them used!

I try to find out when my local stores are having clearance sales and plan my shopping days around that. Most consignment stores will have a discount or dollar rack. I bought a few new workout tops the other day that were normally $6 each. They were 50% off so I got two brand name, almost new tops for $6!

When shopping from thrift shops I try to buy brand name clothing that I know I can re-sell at a consignment shop. Yes, I actually buy clothes from Goodwill and then when I get tired of them I sell them at a consignment store ( ha ha, I even sound crazy frugal to myself right now!)  Anything the consignment shops won’t accept just gets donated to charity.

You must be thinking that I have way too many clothes. Actually it’s the opposite. I can fit all of my clothing into one small dresser. I only buy clothing that I truly love and fits perfectly. Every season I go through my drawers and get rid of anything I am no longer in love with or I know I won’t wear next year. Then I make a list of some new items I would like for the current season and go shopping. I don’t like to own a lot of clothing because I don’t like to do a lot of laundry.

I also consign my daughter’s clothes and toys. I have actually gotten quite a bit of money from all of her baby items and clothes that I have sold.

When bringing your items to the consignment shop make sure they are clean and folded nicely. Try to find out which consignment store will give you the highest percentage of the sales price and go to those ones first. Also, make sure the style of your clothing matches what the stores already have for sale. Some stores are more geared to teens and others to older folks.

It can take a little while for your items to sell so be patient and wait at least a couple weeks before you try to cash out your account.

Most consignment stores will take clothing and housewares- perfect for all your spring cleaning castoffs. I wish I had discovered consignment stores years ago.

Do you consign your unused clothes? Share your tips in the comments!

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Yes, You Can Grow Your Own Sprouts!

sprouts2 Did you know you can grown your own sprouts? And that they are super easy to grow? And that you can grow a huge variety of sprouts right on your kitchen counter? Yes you can and today I am going to show you how to grow your own sprouts using the jar method. Supplies:

  • 1 quart size jar
  • Mesh or screen to cover the jar
  • Seeds of you choice to sprout.

Sprouts are essentially germinated seeds.  They are a living food and are sooo healthy for you. They are great to add to sandwiches, salads, dips and more! Here are some seeds that you can sprout using the jar method:

  • Alfalfa
  • Garbanzo
  • Buckwheat
  • Broccoli
  • Lentil
  • Sunflower
  • Barley
  • Fenugreek

Choose seeds that are specially made for sprouting and that are organic and non GMO for best results.  Never use sprouts that have been chemically treated or dyed. Seeds like Chia and Flax cannot be sprouted in jars. You need to use a different technique for these seeds. I will share that with you at a later date. For this tutorial I will show you how to sprout garbanzo aka chick peas, perfect for making yummy sprouted hummus.

Take about 1 cup of seeds and pour them into your jar. Fill with water covering the seeds by several inches. Soak for about 12 hours. Keep the jar in a dark environment between 70-85 degrees. A kitchen cupboard that doesn’t get used ofter would be ideal. Drain the seeds and rinse them. Place jar upside down so that it can drain. Cover with a dishtowel and keep it out of direct sunlight. Leave for 3-4 hours. Rinse 2-3 times per day.

When the sprouts begin to throw off their hulls it’s time to harvest. Fill the jar with water, Give it a little shake and let the hulls float to the top. You can pour the contents of the jar into a very clean bowl filled with water and dislodge the hulls. Place the sprouts back into the jar for greening. Leave them on a window sill or in indirect light for a day or so. Then it’s time to rinse, eat and refrigerate the rest! Sprouts will last about 4 days in the fridge.

Golden Rules of Sprouting:

  • Rinse often
  • Keep them covered- no light
  • Refrigerate after 4 days of sprouting on a countertop.
  • Keep them moist, not wet
  • Give them plenty of room to breathe
  • Don’t put too many in one containerThe sprouts will continue to grow in the refrigerator. Rinse every two days after refrigeration.

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Spring Reading: The Lost Art of Housekeeping. A Clean House is a Happy Home

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Tis the season for Spring cleaning. This weekend will mark the official first day of spring and it’s a nice time to get everything cleaned up after a long and nasty winter. Here on the west coast we have had very nice mild weather so I can’t complain about how awful the winter was. It is definitely nice to open up all the windows and get some nice fresh air flowing through the house again.

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Back in January I reviewed Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying. If you haven’t read this book yet please go buy it or borrow it from the library. After reading Marie’s book I went through the whole house and got rid of so much unnecessary stuff. Getting rid of stuff is only half the battle, once the clutter is gone it’s time to clean. I was looking for a book with instructions on how to really clean your home. There are a ton of books about organization and such but not many give you the instructions on how to clean a house. That’s where The Lost Art of Housekeeping by Jan M. Dougherty comes in. Jan is a professional cleaner who has perfected the art of housekeeping. This book will tell you exactly how to deep clean your whole house, what tools to use and how to maintain it once it is clean.
The first step is to remove everything from the room that isn’t bolted down. You take these items outside or to the bathroom and spray them down.
Jan’s method has you following  the “path” and clean one “slice” at a time which means start in once place and move around the room left to right (or right to left if you prefer) top to bottom. You clean each area only as wide as the length of your arms. After you go around the room then you finish with whats left in the middle and you are done!
Jan has only a few products that she uses to clean the whole house. White vinegar, Soft Scrub with bleach and Krud Kutter. I bought and used the products that she suggested. Normally I try to use cleaning products that are environmentally friendly. I was pleasantly surprised that Krud Kutter is non toxic, biodegradeable and generally safe for humans and animals. I probably won’t buy the Soft Scrub again (too many fumes)  Krud Kutter and some elbow grease gets rid of soap scum just fine in my opinion. I bought all the products she suggested on Amazon. I made a trip out to Target to get my supplies but my daughter decided to have a huge toddler meltdown in the middle of the store so we high tailed it out of there and I just bought everything I needed online.
The Lost Art of Housekeeping is a very funny, useful book. The methods in the book really work and I have been working through my house room by room getting each one nice and clean. If you need a manual to finally lean how to clean your house, and how to keep it clean, then this is the book for you.  I highly recommend The Lost Art of Housekeeping by Jan M. Dougherty. By the time you are finished reading this book  you will already be reaching for the vacuum.

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Getting Goals Accomplished! Happy St. Patricks Day!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Hope you get to have a little fun today whether you are Irish or not!

This past weekend I ran my first 5km race. I ran the Running O’ The Green St Patrick’s Day race in Bellingham with my friend Heather. I had been training for this race since January. It was actually one of my New Years Resolutions. I finished the run in 35 minutes and ran the whole thing non-stop! For anyone out there who has known me since I was young, you will recognize this is a huge accomplishment for me. I was a very lazy teenager and running has never come easily for me. I absolutely hate cardio of any kind. I think that running on the treadmill at the gym is pure torture.

When I started my training I could barely run for a few minutes without having to stop and walk. I downloaded an app to my phone called the Couch 2-5K app and it really helped me with my training.  Basically the app has you running for a few minute intervals and then walking in between. You start off running for a minute and then walking for two minutes. As the the weeks progress you run more and walk less building up to 30 minutes of straight running. The whole program is 9 weeks and the app only cost $2. Definitely worth it in my opinion for anyone who would like to get started with running.

I have signed up for a few more 5km races this year. My husband and I are doing the Wipeout Run in July and in August the Color Run is coming to Bellingham. I might try to get one 5km race in each month until this fall to help me keep up with my training. Then who knows… Maybe a 10Km?

To celebrate St. Patrick’s my husband cooked us up some corned beef and cabbage on Saturday and I think I will enjoy a little green juice today. No green beer for me!

I am offering up a free shipping coupon for my Crafty Little Gnome Jewelry shop. Free shipping on everything today only with code LUCKYDAY at checkout.

adrienne4leafI found this 4 leaf clover a couple weeks ago. Hope you all have a lucky day!

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Power Veggie Soup

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If you like vegetables you will like this soup. If you don’t like vegetables you will probably still like this soup. My husband does not like veggies and he even said this soup tasted great! It includes all the good-for-you-veggies that you think would taste awful in soup-form, broccoli, cauliflower, kale and spinach. Its super easy to make and sooo healthy for you. The veggies in this soup have enormous amounts of Vitamins A, K, C and B6. They are full of folate, fibers and minerals of all sorts.

Ingredients

3 cups broccoli florets:

3 cups cauliflower florets:

2 cups spinach leaves

2 cups kale leaves

2 liters vegetable soup stock

2 tbsp coconut oil.

salt and pepper to taste

Melt the coconut oil in a large pot on medium heat and roast the broccoli and cauliflower. Roast them until they are start to soften and turn a little brown. Pour in the veggie stock and add the spinach and kale.

Take the contents of the pot and blend it in a blender or food processor until it is smooth. Put it back into the pot and bring to a boil then let it simmer.  Season to taste. Garnish with seeds like chia and sunflower.

Makes about 8 servings. I usually freeze half and save it for a later date.

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Candy Dish Beeswax Candles

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I love hunting through our local thrift stores for treasures. Unfortunately I usually end up bringing too many things home that end up adding to the clutter in our house but it’s hard to resist the thrill of the hunt of a great bargain or one of kind piece.
My latest collection of “things I don’t need from the thrift store” is a lot of glass ware and vases. I also couldn’t resist these little glass candy dishes. There are a ton of them for sale at the thrift shop. I thought it might be fun to make them into little beeswax candles. I think they look pretty just sitting out on a table even when they aren’t lit.

I bought all my supplies aside from the glass jars from candlewic.com. They sell everything you need to make candles and soap and they have a lot of education on their site too.

I chose to use beeswax instead of paraffin was because it burns clean and is better for the environment.

You will need the following supplies

  • Wick- I used a hemp based wick
  • Wick tabs
  • Beeswax pastilles. 1 pound was enough for the 3 candles I made

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Step one: To determine how much of the beeswax pastilles you will need, fill up your candy jars with the beeswax. Remember that there is air between the little pastilles that won’t be there when it melts so if you fill them up right up to the top with the dry wax, you will have enough when it melts that the wax will be about an inch from the top of the candy dish.

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Insert the wick into a wick tab and pinch the end so it is secure. Cut each wick several inches taller than the height of the candy dish you are using. Use a little super glue to hold it into place.

I used the double boiler method to melt the wax down. I recommend you use an actual double boiler instead of just using a small pot inside a larger one filled with boiling water. If the water gets into your wax it will be ruined. Do as I say not as I do :) You do not want to melt the wax directly in a pot on the stove. It will get too hot and it may burn.

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Once the wax is completely melted very carefully pour it into the jars holding the wick steady with your other hand.

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Leave the candles to cool and harden in a place they won’t be disturbed. Once completely cool trim the wicks about 1/4 inch long.

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So pretty! I can’t wait to try out more candle making techniques with different glassware!

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Amazing Wheatgrass and How to Grow it

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I have a new hobby. Growing wheatgrass. I know, I know, my new hobby could not possibly be more nerdy but I don’t care, I find it really fun and interesting.

I have a couple of friends who recently told me about the amazing health benefits of wheatgrass. They grow their own and after I started doing some of my own research I knew I had to try it.

Wheatgrass is essentially the perfect food. Wheatgrass juice is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll available. Chlorophyll is the basis of all plant life (ie plant blood) and the benefits of drinking 1-2 ounces of wheatgrass juice a day are practically immeasurable. Here is a small list of some of the benefits of drinking wheatgrass juice:

  • 15 Pounds of wheatgrass juice is the nutritional equivalent of 350 pounds of other vegetables like carrot, lettuce, celery etc
  • Chlorophyll from wheatgrass rebuilds the bloodstream and will help rebuild your blood count. Wheatgrass juice is great to help treat blood disorders of all kinds.
  • Wheatgrass is high in oxygen. The brain and body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly oxygenated environment
  • Chlorophyll helps purify the liver
  • Wheatgrass is high in enzymes and helps improve digestion
  • A small amount of wheatgrass juice in the diet helps prevent tooth decay
  • Wheatgrass reduces high blood pressure and enhances the capillaries
  • Chlorophyll arrests growth and development of unfriendly bacteria. It acts as a detergent in the body and will help reduce body odor.
  • Wheatgrass is a superior source of chlorophyll because it has been found to have over 100 elements needed by man. If grown in organic soil it absorbs 92 of the known 102 minerals from the soil.

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The list really goes on and on. Check out the book Wheatgrass, Sprouts, Microgreens and the living food Diet by Living Whole Foods Inc for more information. This book came with the kit I ordered off Amazon.

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So now that you know why Wheatgrass is so good for you, how do you grow it? You could always pick up a small tray of it from the grocery store but if you want to start making fresh juice everyday it is much more economical to grow your own. Once  you have all the supplies it will only cost a couple of cents per day to grow your own wheatgrass.

I recommend purchasing a Wheatgrass growing kit. I bought mine on Amazon and it includes everything thing you need to get started. You will need a special juicer to juice greens like wheatgrass. The kit I purchased included one.

Step one: Fill a quart size jar with about 1 cup of wheatgrass seeds (also called wheatgrass berries) and fill with water making sure the seeds are covered by several inches of water. Soak the seeds overnight. Pour off the water, rinse and leave to sprout for another 6-10 hours.

Step 2 Spread the soil mixture evenly on the seeding tray about 1 inch thick. Moisten the soil and spread the sprouted seeds over the soil one layer thick

Step 3 Cover the seeds with wet newspaper and set in a cool dark place. Water the newspaper frequently and make sure that it does not dry out

Step 4 When the blades are about 1 inch high (2-3 days) remove the newspaper and expose the grass to light. Water once per day.

Step 5 Harvest when the grass is about 6-8 inches tall. Cut the grass about ½ inch above the soil

Now you are ready to juice!

Wheatgrass juice is best when taken within 6 minutes of juicing. It is recommended to drink 1oz of juice 2 times per day. A 10×21 tray of wheatgrass will yield 10-12 ounces of juice so a tray will last one person about a week.

You can drink wheatgrass straight up as a shot or mix it in with other homemade green smoothies.

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For more information I recommend you check out The Wheatgrass Book by Ann Wigmore. She is considered the Godmother of wheatgrass and devoted her life to researching Wheatgrass and its amazing health benefits.

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Spring Giveaway and a Coupon!

Oh boy it has sure been a looong time since we have done a giveaway here on the blog. The beginning of spring is the perfect time to do a giveaway from my jewelry shop Crafty Little Gnome.

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Gold Paper Crane Necklace with Bronze Pearl $15

I have lots of new items in the shop and I’m giving away a piece of jewelry of your choice to one lucky winner!

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Pink Druzy Necklace $17

How do you enter? All you have to do is follow this blog! Join over 1500 others and subscribe to emails when I publish a new blog post.  It’s on the top right hand side of the screen. No spam ever I promise ( I hate it too)

For more chances to win you can do the following (an extra entry for every way that you follow me!)

Facebook

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That’s a total of 5  possible entries per person. Simply leave a comment on this post with how you follow me and the number of entries you are entitled to!

Winner will be announced April 2nd.

And if you see something in my shop that you absolutely must have you can take 20% off with coupon code MARCHMADNESS at checkout and treat yo-self

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Twinkle Little Star Message In a Bottle Necklace

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