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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

DIY Vegan Laundry Powder

The main reason I started making my own laundry detergent is because I wanted something to clean my clothes that was not full of toxic chemicals. I mean come on man. Who wants carcinogenic clothes??!! I know I don't and I do not want my daughter wearing them either. Most people do not even realize how gross store bought laundry detergent and fabric softener is. 

Yes, even fabric softener is full of toxic chemicals. I stopped using fabric softener about five years ago and now when I smell someone who's clothes have been drowned in it, it makes me gag and does not smell good to me anymore. I have found in my experience that you do not need a fabric softener anymore with this laundry detergent. The washing soda and salt take care of that. My clothes are never static-y and always soft.

Do I really need to mention the dangers of carcinogens? Carcinogens cause cancer!! Plain and simple. Why would you want them in your clothes. Or your kids clothes. 

Let's get to what we need to make laundry detergent/powder. The first thing we need is washing soda. Yes you can buy washing soda but finding a cruelty free brand can be really hard. So, we will make it. It's so easy too. Using a cruelty free brand of baking soda, spread and even layer onto a baking tray and bake at 400 degrees for at least an hour. Stir every 20 minutes. This causes the alkaline and ph numbers to go up making it perfect for laundry detergent. It can no longer be used for cooking so do not use it in your food.

Borax itself is cruelty free but from what I understand it is now owned by a company that is not cruelty free. I already had a box of Borax and will use it until it's gone and figure it out later. 

You will also need a laundry bar of soap. The most common bars are Zote and Fels-Naptha but they are not vegan. I learned that the hard way. Kirks Castille and Dr. Bronner's are. Personally I love the Dr. Bronner's rose scented bar. My local health food store had these on sale for like $2 so I got a bunch of them.

Here are the measurements. 
2 cups Borax
2 cups washing soda 
1 cup pure Epsom Salt
1 bar Dr. Bronner's Bar Soap grated

Tools needed. You will either need a grater or small blender dedicated to your soap. I found a small personal blender for $9.99 at Wal-Mart.

You will also need a container with a lid to store your detergent in along with a small scoop. Like one from medicine bottle.

Once your washing soda has cooled, mix everything together in a large bowl. Gently pour into your storage container. 

Use about 1 tablespoon per load of laundry. More if laundry is really smelly and dirty. 

This will last a while too so it's also a great money saver. You can easily adjust the measurements too. This is what I like. You can also double everything to make it last even longer.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Roasted Butternut Squash Burrito Bowl

I am not a big fan of butternut squash but I am trying to like it because I know it's good for me.  It is an excellent source of B6, fiber, potassium, beta-carotene and vitamin C. Anyway, I came across this recipe yesterday in a magazine and thought, man this sounds really good. I think I am going to try this. So, today I did and it's really good. Glad I have leftovers for tomorrow too. 

Another great thing about this squash besides the health benefits is it's really inexpensive. I bought a small organic one pounder and it was only $2. I'm sure non organic would be a lot cheaper than that too. 

And do not toss the seeds. You can treat and eat them just as you would pumpkin seeds. They are also loaded with fantastical nutrition. 

Why don't we get to the recipe. Here is what you will need. 
1 small butternut squash
1 tbsp cold pressed oil
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
water as needed to thin the marinade. just a little at a time.

You will also need toppings: These are all to your liking and are approximations of what I used. 
2 cups of brown rice, quinoa would work too
1 1/2 cups black beans
1/2 cup salsa
chopped tomato
1 small avocado diced
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 small wedge fresh lime

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl mix the oil and spices. Add a little water at a time to thin the marinade. 

Peel and seed the squash. Cut into small bite size pieces and add to the marinade. Toss to coat as evenly as possible. Transfer to a baking tray and roast for about 25 minutes or longer depending on your taste.

In a large serving bowl mix the rice and beans. Top with the roasted squash and desired toppings. Serve and enjoy!!!! 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Vegan Pumpkin Un Roll Cake

Hey everyone, the hippie here with my most favoritist holiday dessert ever. I swear I'm not kidding. I love a pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting. All vegan of course but, I realized making a roll cake might be a little intimidating for some. I know it was for me when I first made it. Don't you fret though. This is the same exact recipe as a cake roll. It's just not rolled. ha ha It's sooooo good and I can't wait to have it again.

Let's get right to the recipe. Here is what you will need.
3/4 cup unbleached all purposed flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2/3 cup vegan sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce (or 3 tbsp neutral oil)
2 tbsp plant milk (I used almond but any will do)
1 tsp vanilla

4 ounces of vegan cream cheese at room temperature
1 tbsp vegan butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
In a small bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl combine pumpkin puree, sugar, apple sauce, vanilla and milk.

Gradually add the flour mix to the pumpkin mix.

Pour into a 8" round pan and bake for 25- 30 minutes. Or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool.

The frosting.
Cream together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar.

Depending on the brand of vegan cream cheese you use, you might need to make the frosting the night before and let it sit in the fridge over night.

Once the cake is cooled, spread the frosting over the very carefully. 

You can make a layer cake by making two of these and doubling the frosting. Or they would be fantastic as cupcakes. 

Serve and enjoy. If there are any leftovers, store them in the fridge. Enjoy!!!