Monthly Archives: July 2010

Is beauty really only Skin Deep?

Many of you know or should know that you are what you eat. That’s a no brainer, well how many of you consider what you put on your body too? The way a birth control or nicotine patch delivers its medicine transdermally should give you an indication that yes, your skin (the largest organ on the human body) has the ability to absorb what is put on it. While your epidermis does provide some sort of barrier you can’t really be sure that some of the ingredients in the skin care products you are using aren’t being somehow absorbed, especially if you are using a product every day for many years.

Luckily the EWG has a fantastic web site that gives you a rating on a huge listing of beauty products including facial, body, hair, make-up, nail, oral hygiene and even baby products.


Before you slather on another lotion or put on sunscreen make sure you check out your product’s ingredients, you may be surprised to see that you are getting a bit more than you bargained for…

OH YEAH!! And to check out the movie: The Story of Cosmetics, the Ugly Truth of “Toxics in. Toxics out” click HERE

Search Amazon.com for 100 pure organic coffee bean caffeine eye cream 

Recipe of the Week – Salad

OK so this may look like a cop out but this salad was really good. We used purple carrots and a ginourmous cucumber from the CSA and a Roma and Lemon Boy tomato from the garden.


Chop everything up and place in a bowl.

For the dressing I made a tahini inspired one. I added apple cider vinegar, tahini, lime juice, cumin, garlic, tiny leeks, pumpkin seed oil and some cilantro. As far as the measurements for all well, I used about a 1/4 cup vinegar with 1.5 limes and had to add a little water because it was too sour so I would say just use one lime and a little less vinegar. I added about 2 -3 tablespoons of tahini a tablespoon of the pumpkin oil and a small bunch of cilantro.

 

I’ve got a rotty bottom!

Yikes! looks like one of our tomatoes has bottom rot – I have no idea what kind of tomato it is since it was labeled “Acid-Free Yellow” and by looking at this photo it is *clearly* not yellow


If anyone out there knows what I can do to keep this contained please feel free to chime in.

Oh this wilting heat…

Oh boy the last two weeks have been rough. Everything is very thirsty. We have had many 90+ degree days over the last two weeks. We even hit over 100 degrees the other day!!



So this meant a trip to the local big box hardware store for a garden hose. I have been having a great time watering the veggies and cooling off my feets and the kitties.

I try to water when I get home. I know, best to water first thing but there’s no way I am getting up early. There you have it. Never water during the peak heat as the water evaporates and I was also told that it burns the plants. I haven’t checked on that one yet so if it’s not true let us know.

Stay cool y’all

OH! And here’s a photo of our first tomato

Recipe of the Week – Ice Cream!

Well it’s been tipping 90 here the last few days so what better way to beat the heat than to have a nice bowl of ice cream. And while this won’t have the same amount of calcium you will be getting 30% of your iron for the day.

Ingredients

Raw Cashews 1 cup
Banana, fresh, 1 medium
Organic Blueberries, fresh, 1 cup
Organic Strawberries, fresh, 1 cup, whole
Chocolate Chips Semi-Sweet Tropical Source, 2 tbsp

Directions

So this recipe really starts the day before.

Soak the cashews overnight and put the fruits (preferably organic berries, see the post from April 27th) in the freezer.

When ready place all ingredients in a blender until desired consistency.

Viola!

Number of Servings: 2