All-Natural Chocolate Recipe

Hello friends! It’s been awhile since my last post, and I promise there’s a good reason! I am expecting Baby #2, and the first trimester took a toll on me. But I’m back!

As some of you may know, being pregnant = cravings and hunger 247…at least for me. One things I love is chocolate {who doesn’t}. A friend of mine recently posted an all-natural chocolate recipe on his Facebook page that is super easy to make and ohhh so delicious.

I recently tried it, and Prince Charming and I had eaten all the chocolate by Day 2.

What You’ll Need:

1 c. organic, extra virigin coconut oil {not the kind you buy at WalMart}
1/2 c. cocoa
1/4 to 1/2 c. raw honey, according to your taste
a blender

What You’ll Do:

Put ingredients into your blender and blend until fluffy. Using coconut oil, grease an ice cube tray, a silicone pan or a plastic container. Pour the liquid chocolate into your container. If desired, add add nuts, dried fruit or natural peanut butter. Put in the freezer for 30 minutes. Take out and remove from container, and store in a Ziplock in freezer.

The chocolate needs to be stored in the freezer because coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees. So, if left out, the chocolate will melt. You can, of course, keep it in liquid form and drink it 🙂 or use it as a chocolate syrup over ice cream….YUM!

Enjoy your chocolate journey!

And PS – check out my friend’s Facebook page. He’s lost over 100 pounds just by getting of processed foods.

Red’s Gone Romantic!

Send a subtle hint to the love of your life this Valentine’s with our handmade Be Mine basket. This basket is filled to the brim with all-natural goodies for bath and body, featuring the essential oils of Patchouli and Ylang Ylang, both natural aphrodisiacs.

Ylang Ylang Bath Salts {to get you in the mood, while soaking your aches away}
Romance Aromatherapy Spray {to spray around the room and on bedsheets}
Love Butter {an all-natural romance salve that is safe for the whole body, inside & out}

All products will come packaged in a chabby chic berry basket adorned with a red felt rosette and a hand-stamped “Be Mine” tag.

To order, click here.

Introducing…1st Tuesday Green Parties

Introducing 1st Tuesdays! Join us the first Tuesday of every month as we learn and have a little Green fun at Ra Ra’s Closet in Lake Highlands! Each month we will be discussing a topic essential to an all-natural greener lifestyle.

We’ll also have some of our Green products, including our best-selling all purpose cleaner and hand sanitizer for sale.


                       Fall 2014 Schedule:

First Tuesdays 7:30 – 9:00 at Ra Ra’s Closet: 10233 E Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75238

Tuesday, August 4th                     Topic: All Natural Cleaning

Tuesday, September 2nd             Topic: Essential Oils 101

Tuesday, October 7th                   Topic: All-Natural Winter Medicine Kit

Tuesday, November 4th               Topic: Using Essential Oils during the Holidays

To save a seat (space is limited), please RSVP.

Dessert, drinks and good conversation will be provided. Feel free to spread the word…the more, the merrier!

And ps…wear green and receive a party favor!

 

 

Oil Pulling

The new year has dawned and Prince Charming and I are waking up from that holiday daze that we’ve been in. Along with waking up, we have embarked on a New Year’s Resolution. And by resolution, I mean something we will try for a month or two and then quite possibly give up. But, then again, maybe the resolution will become a life-long habit Let’s hope the latter is true.

Our resolution for this year: Oil Pulling.

Oil Pulling is an Indian folk remedy that involves swishing oil back and forth in your mouth, similar to what you would do with mouthwash. The idea behind oil pulling is that you are “pulling” the oil between your teeth. This should be done first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking, for 15-20 minutes. Enthusiasts claim that the oil is helping to detoxify your body by gathering up the harmful bacteria that hang out in your mouth.

The Facts:

  • Use 1 tablespoon of unrefined oil. The most popular oils to use are sesame seed, coconut or sunflower. Just make sure it is extra-virgin {which means unrefined}. We chose to use sesame seed oil.
  • Do not gargle. Since the oil is full of harmful bacteria, you don’t want to gargle and take the chance of swallowing it.
  • 15-20 minutes a day. You’re trying to pull long enough to gather up all the nasties in your mouth.
  • Spit it out, but not in the sink. After 15-20 minutes of pulling, the oil will be frothy, white and full of bateria. Try spitting it out in the toilet then immediately flushing it.
  • Brush your teeth immediately afterwards. It’s best to use an all-natural toothpaste.

There are claims that oil pulling has cured everything from allergies to gingivitis to cancer to cracked heels. Hmm…that’s a pretty impressive list. I’m not sure I believe all the claimed benefits, but I am excited to go to the dentist after a month and see if my teeth have improved.

Will you embark on this oil pulling journey with us? Let us know by leaving a comment and keep us updated on your progress!

Happy oil pulling!

And PS – There will be posts every now and then updating you on Prince Charming and I’s oil pulling adventure!

Giveaway: Pure Vanilla Extract

With Christmas just around the corner, baking season is in full swing. If you’ll be baking away this holiday season, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of unbleached flour, raw sugar and pure vanilla extract.

Not long ago, I received a bottle of a delicious all-natural pure vanilla extract from The Vanilla Beanery. Ingredients: alcohol and vanilla bean extractives. That’s it {and all there should be}.

Julie, owner of The Vanilla Beanery, tells us the story behind the extract:

As a home baker, I had to borrow vanilla extract from a neighbor while making cookies. I never realized that vanilla extract could have such a powerful yet subtle impact on my favorite recipe as my neighbor’s vanilla did. I searched all over for this particular extract with no success.

Next, I began a search for an equally powerful vanilla extract but after a few years I gave up. Most extracts tasted like all the rest.

I wondered if I could make a vanilla extract with the exceptional flavor I was seeking. After experimenting many different vanilla beans with lots of different spirits, I finally came up with something that I am proud to offer for sale.

Today, I am proud to say that The Vanilla Beanery will be giving away a 4 oz bottle of Julie’s delicious Pure Vanilla Extract to a lucky reader. Leave a comment below telling us what you will bake with your Pure Vanilla Extract, should you win. The contest ends Friday, Dec 14th 1 pm, when a winner will be picked at random and notified via email.

In the meantime, head on over to The Vanilla Beanery and check it out!

And PS – Over the next post or 2, I will be sharing some ways to use vanilla extract that don’t involve baking.

Lemon Dish Soap

It’s that time of year again. Citrus fruits are on sale, and it’s hard to pass up a big bag of lemons. I mean, have you seen how many lemons you get in one bag? What a deal! I use lemons all the time…at least that’s my thinking. And so I buy the ginormous bag of lemons and proudly bring them home. Two weeks later, there they are sitting on my table in a bowl and starting to look sad and shriveled.

This might be a familiar seen in other homes {I hope}. So, today I wanted to share a recipe for making an all-natural, eco-friendly dish soap using those extra lemons you have lying around.

What you’ll need:
empty spray bottle {bought mine at the Dollar Store}
3-4 lemons
distilled water {or water boiled for 10 minutes, then cooled}
castile soap {Dr Bronner’s is a good brand you can get at Target or a health food store}

What you’ll do:
Pour 1 cup of castile soap into the spray bottle using a funnel. Cut up 3-4 lemons, and squeeze in the juice. Take care not to get any seeds. Top off the bottle with water.

To use, just spray directly onto the dish, scrub and rinse. Now you can enjoy cleaning your dishes knowing exactly what’s in your dish soap.

Enjoy your dish soap journey!

And PS – That Dr. Bronner’s castile soap you bought for this will make 4-5 refill dish soaps.

First Christmas Show of the Season!

I’m proud to say that for the past few weeks I have been getting ready for Red’s Gone Green’s first Christmas show of the season!

Here’s the details:
what: Lake Highlands Area Shopping Soiree
where? Kaycee Hall 10110 Shoreview Rd Dallas 75238 (Lake Highlands area)
when? Thursday, Nov 15th 9 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 9 pm
cost? admission is free

Here’s a sneak peak at what I’ll be selling:
body slave
lip balm
hand & cuticle cream
bath soak
body & face scrubs
lavender & peppermint sachets
christmas gift baskets
hand-crocheted wash cloths

They’ll be many other vendors there too, so you can do all your Christmas shopping in one place {and get it done early}. Come on out, and join the shopping fun!

And PS – Mention that you read this blog post, and get 10% your entire Red’s Gone Green purchase!