Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Feeling the Love, green clean, and giddiness!

Hello everyone,

Happy Wednesday to you all! I am so excited that this week is half way done as Friday is when my mom is arriving from the Okanagan. I haven't seen her since September so there is a lot of catch up to be done and sight-seeing as she only been to Nelson once. I love seeing the awe that visitors have when they get to experience an amazing view, a beautiful beach, or amazing food that they don't have back home. It really makes you appreciate your surroundings. As its my mom's birthday when she is here we are going to go out for dinner. I will take pictures of the meal for sure!! I'm lucky too that Nelson is super veggie friendly, even the steakhouse advertises that they have veggie dishes. Yum!

I want to give a huge, I mean HUGE shout out to Nikki and Evergreen for letting me know about my little commenting problem. Sorry, if you have tried to comment and the word verification was cut-off. I have changed the format so the comments will open in a new window. Looking forward to hearing from you!

I want to talk about some of the food I made this week and then I'm going to talk about something that happened yesterday that has made me totally giddy with delight:)

So, I made some of my chili and I'm amazed at how it gets better and better the more I make it. I took some pictures this time so you know I actually did do some work in the kitchen this week! It really is an easy dish and so economical too. I want to try it in my crock pot but I keep forgetting to dig it out of the box it has been since I got it as a wedding present (sorry auntie, I promise I will use it soon). Maybe I shouldn't have admitted that? lol!

I also made some sunflower seed Mexican pate from Brigette Mars's book Rawsome. I made some tweaks to suit my taste. I added a 1/2 cup soaked sundried tomatoes and some of the
soaking water just because my little food processor was having some trouble. My taste tester (hubby) told me he would like it with some fresh tomatoes. I didn't have any on hand so I took a couple tablespoons of the canned diced tomatoes I was going to add to the chili. This was great, although a fresh tomato would have really topped it off. I really like these with tortilla chips or with my salad. I usually add a dollop or two and then half the amount of dressing. love it! Pates are one of the best raw additions to my diet. Try a pate today, they are fantastic with a sandwich, salad, cracker, or veggies. Check out gone raw for some tried and tested recipes.

I'd like to switch gears a little bit and talk about green cleaning. I try to buy Eco-friendly cleaning products for every part of the house. I mainly use vinegar and baking soda. This combo is so effective and my house doesn't smell like a pine cones or a bottle of perfume afterward. Laundry detergent is one of those areas where I strive to get the best product out there. I'm quite sensitive to smells and the hubby's skin is very sensitive to chemicals. I have used a variety of Eco-friendly brands , including Ecover and Seventh Generation. They are all great and I highly recommend them. The problem comes with the price, usually the Eco-friendly products are significantly more expensive than your typical laundry detergent (at least in my neck of the woods). So, I looked into making my own and found a ton of recipes online. I followed the one for powdered detergent on the Planet Green website. This was so easy, taking only about 10 minutes to complete. I used a regular unscented bar of soap as the stores around here wanted too much for a more natural one (I already blew my weekly budget). The recipe barely made a dent in the Borax or Washing Soda, so its really great on the pocket book. The washing soda and borax came to about $10 and the bar of soap around $2. So, there is the initial investment but this will provide you with laundry detergent for a long time. The verdict? I washed my first load of laundry today and my clothes are nice and clean. I'm so glad to have a simple detergent with no added chemicals or perfumes. If you like to have a nice scent to your clothes, try adding some essential oils. Next week I'll make more and try it with an organic bar of soap. Or, I might get really ambitious and make the liquid version. Let me know if you make your own detergent and what has worked best for your clothes!

Now, what am I totally delighted about? Well, Evergreen read my post where I hoped that I could match her Happy 101 blog awards next time. Then she gave me an award! WOW, thanks Evergreen. I am smiling from ear to ear!

First: Copy the award image in your post.
Then, list 10 things that make you happy, try to do at least one of them today, and tag 10 bloggers that brighten your day.

For those 10 bloggers who get the award, you must link back to my blog!….the last part..only if you want too!

Ten things that make me happy? Can I list 100?...Just kidding! Here we go:

1. My hubby- Every day just keeps getting better! The support and love from him is endless and he truly is my soulmate. He still makes me laugh (benefit of dry humor, it never dries up haha) too much and we can still have fun doing the simple things!

2. My two families- My family will drop anything to help somebody out and they just genuinly care and love. My other family (hubby's side) is just as supportive and caring. They took me into their family and treated me with such kindness and love. They are so close and I'm so excited to have two sisters now!

3. BC- I love BC and all that it offers. The mountains, the lakes,the beaches, the ocean, the wildlife, its just incredible. I hope to discover more of my beautiful province in the summer. So much I have yet to see!

4. Blogging- Even though I'm relatively new to the blogosphere, I'm appreciative of the community that I'm surrounded with. Blogging has also allowed me to be proud of what I believe in, and to tell people about it!

5. Green Smoothies - I'm so happy to have the ability to use organic greens and fruits to make such powerful and delicious smoothies. These make my day!

6. My foster cats- These little critters have brought me so many smiles and laughs. In return, they have shown such love and affection.

7. Music - Music does something to the blood in my veins, it feels electric! I love to groove!

8. Turbulance Training- Yes, I love my exercise! I love moving my body and getting a sweat! It makes me happy to sit down after a workout and know I kicked but.

9. Eating more raw foods - It makes me happy to think that the changes I'm making to my diet are greatly benefitting my health. I love making new things and trying great recipes.

10. Doing things to better the planet- Recycling more, eating items that are not packaged, using eco-friendy products, and supporting local businesses. These put a smile on my face as I know it helps!

Now for 10 Bloggers who make my day:

The happy raw kitchen
Choosing raw
Renegade Health
Adventures of Raw Goddess Heathy
Yummy raw kitchen
A love for New Recipes
Vegan Dad
Fatfree Vegan Kitchen
Love Veggies and Yoga

Hopefully, you check out these amazing bloggers! Have a great Thursday!

During my workout today Nemo was acting funny as usual! I look over and he is on his back in the prayer position. He's very spiritual, apparently. love him!


Pam said... SO cute and I luv his name...Amazing!

Thank you so much dear Melissa for your shout-out..I really appreciate it and all the other blogs you listed and your's of course!

Glad you got your commenting fixed!

Hugs and Enjoy!

Nikki said...

Thank you for the shout out Melissa! You're too sweet :). Have a great time with your mom. My mom is coming to visit me at the end of the month, too, and I'm so excited. Your chili & pate look delicious.

evergreen said...

Hi Melissa! Your chili and pate look so yummy!

I love anything green:) and will look for that 'so clean' washing soda this weekend!

So glad you are happy over the award! I love to read about the things that make you happy:)

And was I ever surprised to see you gave me the award! I will be honored to edit my blog post to add your name. Thank you:)

Happy Birthday to your Mom! Enjoy your time together.

Melissa said...

Hey Pam, Nikki, and Evergreen! Thanks for the comments!

Pam- Nemo is the best, I think he thinks he's a dog though as he loves to roll over and have his belly rubbed.

Nikki- Yay for a mom's visit! Hope you have a great time together in Seattle!

Evergreen- I'm glad you are going to try the laundry detergent! Let me know how it goes. Thank you for the birthday wish, I will pass it along!

Paula said...

Hey Melissa! It was great to see you last fall in Kelowna and now I've stumbled on your blog through Facebook. Pretty cool that you've gotten into blogging and I like the subject matter :) Mike and I decided to go vegetarian (or mostly at least) last summer and it's been great. The only meat I occasionally buy now is organic SPCA certified (for humane treatment) BC ground beef from the whole foods store. We eat it maybe 3x/month now, but mostly it's veggies and seafood. I love it! I also use seventh generation cleaning products, but like you say the price can be a problem so maybe I'll try homemade stuff like you suggest. You can't beat baking soda for a lot of stuff!
BTW, we went to Ainsworth Hot Springs for our honeymoon and stopped in Nelson for the day - I love that restaurant the Outer Clove. MMMmmmm garlic!
Anyway, gotta get back to homework but have a great day and keep blogging!

Melissa said...

Hey Paula! So cool to see you in Kelowna. Thanks for commenting on my blog. That's awesome that you and Mike are eating veg! Good for you guys. What brought you to eat less meat? Let me know what you think about the homemade stuff, I'm really liking it! Especially because I know exactly what is in there. Ainsworth is so awesome! I wish I could go there everyday. That's so funny the Outer Clove is right at the end of my street! Good thing you mentioned it as my mom is coming and I was thinking about a new restaurant to try. Perfect!
PS what are taking in school?
Have a great weekend and I look forward to chatting with you again.