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Healthy Dessert’s Cookbook Giveaway!

Congradulations to the winner, Teslaca, picked from random.org

 

Yes, you did read that right.  I did use the word’s “Healthy” and “Dessert” in the same sentence.  And, doing so I’m not talking about “fat free” or “sugar free”, which are not health at all, but thats a topic for another day.  Mom-blogger at Modern Alternative Mama, and author, Kate Tietje has just released her 4th cook book “Treat Yourself:  Real Food Desserts”!

Kate’s book is loaded with fabulous recipes utilizing natural ingredients such as honey (with immune benefits, especially when using local honey), pure maple syrup (not the kind that has corn syrup in it), Sucanat (the least processed form of granular sugar) comparable to Rapadura; also, butter, cream, fruit, almond flour and sprouted grain flour and other natural foods.  For those with food allergies and gluten sensitivity or intolerance she has plenty of grain-free and some GAPS-friendly recipe’s too!

I have tried the Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce from Kate’s dessert cookbook, her version of Nutella, a favorite in many households.  It was extremely easy to make, and no artificial unpronounceable ingredients!  It MIGHT have taken me 6 minuets.  We dipped banana’s in the Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce for an after dinner treat.  Kate also suggest trying it atop her crepe recipe or as a frosting on a cake.  This is definitely a great recipe if you want to impress the family and throw together a quick dessert in a bind.

Tonight my husband requested Lemon cake so I whipped out Kate’s new book and was happy to make Kate’s version of this classic dessert,  loaded with wholesome ingredients and a great fresh taste for the summer.  It turned out very moist and very lemony! Her recipe called for a bunt pan which I didn’t have so I used a 11×8 glass baking dish and enjoyed the same great taste, toped with homemade whipped cream (without white sugar).

GIVEAWAY (starts 9/12, ends 9/16/2011)

Kate has generously donated a free copy of “Treat Yourself:  Real Food Desserts” for one lucky reader.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. To be entered go to Modern Alternative Mama and leave a comment at this post of which recipe from the Table of Contents you would most like to try.   Be sure to leave a valid e-mail so I can contact you to claim your prize.

For Extra entries:

  1. Subscribe to Mom Going Green and leave a comment stating that you did.
  2. Blog about this giveaway and linking to Mom Going Green using  ” Healthy Dessert’s Cookbook Giveaway” as the title in your blog’s post.  Then, leave a comment here with a link to your post.
  3. Go to Modern Alternative Mama and subscribe and comment here that you did so.
  4. Go to Modern Alternative Mama and Follow on Twitter, and comment here that you did so.
  5. Follow me on (DrHeatherP) on Twitter and Tweeting about this giveaway.   Then comment with a  link to your tweet.
  6. Add Mom Going Green to your blog roll and comment that you did so, with a link to your site.

Discount Code

If you do not win the giveaway but would really like to own this fabulous cookbook you can purchase the book at Modern Alternative Mama and receive 25% off using the following code: GREENTREAT.  It expires on: 9/19/1

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Quality Toys for Your Little One

 If you are looking for quality, made in America toys for your little one for birthday’s, holiday’s or a special occasion, Holgate Toys should definitely be on your list.  This is one of our favorite toy companies.  I’m confidant when Jack is playing with a Holgate toy, that I don’t have to worry about him being exposed to toxic chemicals.  They are simple and classic toys with plenty of room for creativity and learning.  They are the type of toys that will receive lots of play by your children and your grandchildren and maybe even your great grandchildren.  I first saw Holgate toys while shopping at Sprout Soup in Columbus.  I loved the look and quality of them so I researched the company online.  I found nothing but positive information about the company.  They are based out of Pennsylvania.  All of the toys are made form Penn wood.

All Holgate Toys meet or exceed ASTM F963-07 Toy Safety Standards and conform to the (CPSIA) Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.  Find details on the safety testing of each toy here.  I have seen Holgate toys on several all-natural and green websites and several local stores.  Jack recently had an opportunity to test out a complementary Hickory Dickory Dock Clock donated by Holegate for the purpose of this review.  I love this toy because it offers education play and discovery with colors, numbers, shapes, and telling time.  It isn’t often you can find a all-in-one like that!

Jack, now 24 months really likes pointing out the colors and shapes.  He likes to put the blocks in the correct hole.  My only wish for this toy is that the holes for the blocks be deeper so he doesn’t knock them out as easily.  Overall it is a wonderful toy and so far has withstood the rough play of our 2 year old boy.

Holegate has graciously donated one of their educational wooden toys, Jumbo Lacing Beads for a Mom Going Green Reader.  This toy is great for practicing hand eye coordination and learning colors.

Enter the Giveaway:

  1. To be entered go to Holegate Toys and leave a comment at this post of your favorite product they carry. Be sure to leave a valid e-mail so I can contact you to claim your prize. The contest is open to U.S. shipping addresses only For Extra entries:
  2. Subscribe to Mom Going Green and leave a comment stating that you did.
  3. Blog about this giveaway and linking to Mom Going Green using ”Quality Toys for Your Little One Giveaway” as the title in your blog’s post. Then, leave a comment here with a link to your post.
  4. Go to Holegate Toys and Follow on Twitter, and Tweet that you learned about their store from www.momgoinggreen.wordpress.com
  5. Follow me on (DrHeatherP) on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway with”DrHeatherP Giveaway  https://momgoinggreen.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/quality-toys-for-your-little-one/ – Win a FREE Holegate Toy “.  Then comment with a link to your tweet.
  6. Add Mom Going Greento your blog roll and comment that you did so, with a link to your site.

This contest runs until 11:59PM (EST) on February. 21st, 2009.  One winner will be randomly selected (via random.org) and announced on this post and e-mailed sometime shortly after the contest concludes. If a winner doesn’t respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be selected

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A Homemade Holiday Gift

 

Healthy Home

Welcome to Healthy Home, an enlightening weekly series on Mom Going Green.  Healthy Home focuses on natural health topics for the whole family.  The goal of this series is to provide moms (and dads too), with information on how to achieve optimal health for the entire household naturally.   The series will include the latest in natural health news, wholesome health tips, yummy recipes, and natural health remedies that have worked for healthy homes in years past.

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Nothing beats a homemade holiday gift.  Recently, Denise Pickenpaugh came to our New Albany chiropractic office to teach a class on making homemade, all natural soy candles.   Soy is a great alternative to the traditional and unhealthy paraffin candle.  Paraffin candles emit carcinogens into the air.  Have you ever seen the black soot inside of a half burnt candle container and thought about that entering and depositing in your lungs too?  According to a CBS News article “Paraffin, which comes from the distillates of wood or petroleum, can be more toxic than gasoline”.    Planet Green states that the fumes from paraffin candles are similar to those from burning diesel.  Even OSHA lists paraffin as causing irritation to the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.  There are many benefits of soy candles over traditional paraffin candles.  Soy candles produce no black soot on walls, ceilings, and the candle container.   Soy beans are renewable, sustainable and grown in the US.  Making or buying soy candles supports American farmers.  Soy candles are non-toxic and non-irritating for people with breathing problems (and for those who don’t want to get breathing problems).   Also, each soy candles is unique and different.  Every soy field is different, with different soil and different properties therefore every candle is unique!  If buying a soy candle look for the percent soy on the label.  A candle can be labeled soy with little soy in it.  Look for 85-100% soy.   I had a great time at the candle making class and learned a lot.  I’m so excited to make some candles for friends and family this year (did I just give that away?).    So here’s what you need to know:

Materials:

  • Decorative container
  • Wick
  • Soy wax flakes
  • Scent
  • Hot glue gun
  • Double boiler
  • Scale
  • Liquid thermometer
  • Chopsticks or skewers

Make your Candle:

  • Heat water in the base of a double boiler to 125-135 degrees (maintain that temperature throughout process).
  • Use the scale to weigh 2lbs of soy wax flakes and place in double boiler
  • After wax is completely melted, add 2 oz of scent (1oz/lb wax) to the waxCook 15-20 min, or 20-30 if using vanilla or another heavy oil
  • In the meantime, use a hot glue gun to attach wick to the bottom of the container. 
  • Use a small wick for 1-2 inch diameter container, medium wick for 2-3 inch diameter, large for 3-4 inch and X-large for 4-5 inch diameter.  For larger containers double wick but be carefulot to place the wicks too close or they will drown each other out.
  • Pour wax into container.
  • Use chopsticks or skewers to hold the wick in place by lying them on top of the container on either side of the wickLet the wax dry, 12-24 hours
  • Trim the wickReady to gift or burn and enjoy!

Look for all natural ingreadients localy at Makes Scents Candles in Pataskala.

Delightful

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Homemade Green & Organic Play Dough

Growing Up Green!Welcome to the weekly series, Growing up Green.  This will be your eco-friendly stop for green, all-natural, toxin and chemical free tips for your family.   Learn simple and meaningful ways to make your children’s environment a little safer for their health and the earth.

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Jack 20 months Halloween 013Thursdays we have fun with art in our house and recently Jack and I created our own Green play dough.  The great think about homemade play dough is that you know and have control of every ingredient in it.  There was nothing toxic about our play dough.  I’t may not have tasted great if Jack put it in his mouth but it was safe without toxic chemical ingredients and dyes (see recipe below).  Once made, Jack enjoyed squishing and patting the play dough.  He also had fun guessing what animal, but or vehicle I was making.  Jack really wanted to drive the play dough car we made around the table but it wasn’t so hardy!  We enjoyed our art day with play dough.

 Green & Organic Play Dough:

–          1 cup Organic Flour

–          1 cup Warm Water

–          2/3 cup Sea Salt

–          2 tsp Cream of Tarter

–          1 tsp vegetable oil

–          Juice from ¼ Beet for red/pink color (*for blue try blueberry juice and for yellow try turmeric spice or curry powder.  Mix the above primary colors for additional colors.)

Mix the first 5 ingredients in a pot over medium heat.  Add in natural coloring.  Stir and heat until think.  Remove from heat and kneed until smooth.  Let cool then dig in!  Store play dough in an air tight container in your refrigerator.  Play dough will keep for quite a while.

** I have yet to try the blue or yellow yet.  If you have tried them or have another idea for all natural colors I’d love to hear about it!

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