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Lavender...Can It Help You Sleep?
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Monday, 11 January 2016 22:38

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Lavender has a history of use in folk medicine. Used by traditional healers as a cure for sleeplessness, lavender has been the subject of clinical research. According to the Associated Sleep Society, lavender oil may be effective in relieving mild insomnia, especially in women and young people. Results published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, indicate that lavender oil might treat insomnia when used as an aromatherapy treatment.

 
Reuse Idea: Old Plastic Bottle? New Bird Feeder!
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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 21:56

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Reuse Idea: Reclaimed Cooler? DIY Root Cellar!
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Sunday, 20 December 2015 00:14

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Herb Roasted Fall Veggies...
Healthy Eating
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Sunday, 13 December 2015 20:41

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Recipe: 1/2 cup extra virgin olive Oil /2 lbs. assorted root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, beets, onions and sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into wedges/10 cloves garlic, peeled/1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary /1/4 tsp. ground black pepper/sea salt to taste. Preheat oven to 425°. In large bowl, combine all ingredients until vegetables are well-coated. In large shallow roasting pan, evenly spread vegetables. Roast, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender and golden.

 
Reuse Idea: Kiddy Pool? Great Way to Serve Chilled Food for a Party!
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Monday, 14 December 2015 17:41

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Reuse Idea: Old Wooden Ladder? Creative Christmas Tree!
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Thursday, 10 December 2015 22:11

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Thirty Year Old Illegal Oil Drilling Lease Canceled!
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Sunday, 06 December 2015 16:56

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Thirty year old illegal oil drilling lease near Glacier National Park in Montana cancelled by Obama Administration.

For more than 10,000 years, the Badger-Two Medicine area near Glacier National Park in Montana has provided strength, subsistence and cultural identity for members of the Blackfeet Nation. The Blackfeet believe that their people were created among the mountains and springs that rise from where Badger Creek and the Two Medicine River trace their headwaters.

But the Blackfeet aren’t the only ones who value the region. The oil and gas industry also have their eyes on the area—and for more than 30 years, they’ve been fighting to drill the hell out of it.

 
Spicy Stuffed Avocado Salad
Healthy Eating
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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 21:57

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Recipe: 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil /2 shallots, sliced /2 tablespoons fresh lime juice /1/4 cup water/1 clove garlic, sliced /1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar /1 teaspoon chile powder /1 teaspoon paprika /1/2 teaspoon sea salt/1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro/1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano /1 tomato, diced/1 cup cooked fresh corn/1 cup cooked fresh peas/1 cup chopped cucumber/1/2 red onion, sliced/1 pound fresh watercress, stemmed/4 ripe avocados, halved, pitted and peeled/1/2 cup hemp seeds, to garnish. To make vinaigrette, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes, and remove from heat.  Combine shallots, remaining 1 cup of oil, lime juice, water, garlic, vinegar, chili powder, paprika and salt in a blender. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in cilantro and oregano. To prepare salad, combine tomato, corn, peas, cucumber and red onion in a large bowl. Add enough vinaigrette to lightly coat vegetables and gently toss together. Arrange watercress on salad plates and top with avocado halves. Scoop vegetable mixture into center of avocados. Sprinkle each serving with hemp seeds and drizzle with more vinaigrette to taste.

 
Vegan Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Healthy Eating
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Sunday, 20 December 2015 00:16

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Recipe: 1 1/2 cup white flour, organic/1/2 cup raw organic sugar/3/4 tsp baking soda/3 tsp baking powder/1/2 tsp cinnamon/1/3 cup rolled oats/1/2 tsp sea salt/1 tsp lemon juice/1/4 cup warm water + 1 tsp flax seeds /1/2 cup melted vegan butter/3 Tbsp almond milk/1 tsp vanilla extract/1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, vegan/1 cup raw walnuts.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line baking pan with parchment paper. Mix together flax and almond milk and allow to sit for at least five minutes. Combine dry ingredients. Fold in the melted vegan butter and flax until mixture thickens and balls up. Add vanilla extract and lemon. Add another splash of almond milk if dough is too dry. Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips. Place dough in the fridge or freezer to chill until firmed enough to roll into balls. Arrange dough on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-16 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.

 
Pappardelle with Butternut Squash and Chard
Healthy Eating
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Monday, 14 December 2015 20:43

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Recipe: 2 12-oz. pkg. peeled, cubed butternut squash, cut into 1 ½-inch pieces (6 cups)/2 Tbs. olive oil/⅛ tsp. ground nutmeg/8 oz. pappardelle/1 12-oz. bunch rainbow chard, stems chopped, leaves cut into ribbons/4 Tbs. unsalted butter or olive oil/16 whole fresh sage leaves/2 cloves garlic, minced. 

Preheat oven to 450°F. Place squash on large rimmed baking sheet, and toss with oil. Sprinkle with nutmeg and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Roast 20 to 25 minutes or until squash is tender, stirring occasionally. Cook pappardelle in large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions, adding chard stems and leaves during final 2 minutes of cooking. Drain pappardelle and chard, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Return pappardelle and chard to pot. Heat butter (vegan optional) or olive oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sage and garlic; sauté 5 seconds. Pour browned butter orolive oil over pappardelle and chard; add squash, and toss to coat. Add reserved cooking water as needed to moisten pappardelle. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Top with Parmesan (optional).

 
Reuse Idea: Old Window and Reclaimed Pallet Wood? DIY Rustic Table!
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Sunday, 13 December 2015 20:41

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Fresh Holiday Cranberry Relish...
Healthy Eating
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Thursday, 10 December 2015 22:12

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According to the USDA, cranberries offer one of the highest levels of antioxidants compared to other fruits. Studies have also found they reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers, maintain urinary tract health, and possibly even positively affect teeth and gums. Fresh cranberries are available September through December. Recipe: 2 cups cranberries /1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped/ 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled cored and cut into wedges/1 cut up orange, seeds and skin removed. In a food processor, combine cranberries, pineapple, apples and oranges. Blend into small chunks. Chill and serve.

 
Make Something Healthy for the Potluck
Healthy Eating
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Monday, 07 December 2015 19:58

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Going to a potluck meal and taking a dish? Rather than making that fat-and-sugar-laden chocolate cream pie, how about something different this year? If you take along a salad or a bowl of roasted vegetables, you'll be doing yourself a favor – and other guests may well appreciate having a few healthier dishes on the table. For dessert, fruit salad or baked fruits are great options. If those aren't going to be popular with others, look for a lower-fat cake or muffin recipe.

 
Don't Go Partying on an Empty Stomach
Healthy Eating
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Sunday, 06 December 2015 16:57

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When you're heading out for an evening of drinks and food, have a healthy snack or a light meal beforehand like a whole wheat sandwich with peanut butter and jelly, or even a baked potato. Turning up to a party hungry means getting drunk quickly, and diving into fatty, salty or sugary snacks.

 
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