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Month: September 2008

Too Much Zucchini and Beef Soup

Too Much Zucchini and Beef Soup

I love zucchini, and it’s a good thing I do. We planted just two zucchini plants and have more than we know what to do with.

This is a beef soup, featuring zucchini. It also contains a small sweet potato. I use cinnamon and cayenne to compliment the squash flavor and the sweetness. The homegrown tomatoes give it a deep, rich flavor.

Ground beef
Worcestershire
Onion powder
Cayenne
Salt

Brown the beef with the above ingredients.

Zucchini, cubed and lots of it
Small sweet potato, peeled and sliced
Onion
Garlic
Homegrown tomatoes
Cayenne
Cinnamon

Place the browned ground beef and all other ingredients in your soup pot with some water and simmer as long as you can stand it (30 minutes to 2 hours). It is even better reheated the next day!

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Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup

This is an easy and delicious soup. It is very filling!

Ground beef
Worcestershire sauce
Onion powder
Salt
Pepper

Canned tomatoes
Broccoli
Onion
Garlic
Cheddar

Brown the meat with Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Drain. Put the meat, broccoli, onion and garlic in your soup pot with some water. Simmer for 30 minutes or more. Stir in cheddar and serve.

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Deep Conditioning

Deep Conditioning

You can give up the fancy conditioners and hot oil treatments, too. For conditioning you have many options.

Light conditioning
If you just need to replace your usual, everyday conditioner dab a very small amount of coconut oil on towel-dried hair and leave in. this works on dry hair that needs some taming throughout the day, too.

Deeper conditioning
For deeper conditioning, comb coconut oil through your hair and leave in overnight (place a towel over your pillow). Wash it out in the morning. If you don’t want to leave it in overnight you can put it in your hair an hour or just before washing.

Mayonnaise treatments are cheap, easy, and do wonders for your hair. A warning, though, some people can’t tolerate the smell. Simply comb mayonnaise through your hair, pile it on your head or put in a bun, cover with a plastic grocery bag or shower cap, leave in for 10 to 30 minutes, and wash out.

Hot oil
This is so easy and works so well, you’ll never buy a hot oil treatment again.

In a double boiler, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons coconut oil until warm. Let it cool some if needed. Don’t burn yourself!

Heat a towel by soaking it in hot water. I boil water and pour it over the towel in my kitchen sink.

Comb the warm oil through hair, pile it on your head. Cover with the warm towel. Cover that with a plastic bag or plastic wrap. Leave in 10 to 30 minutes. Wash out.

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Home Grown Tortellini and Miso Soup

Home Grown Tortellini and Miso Soup

My best friend came up to visit for my birthday and brought lots of goodies from her garden. We decided to make miso soup with tortellini and vegetables.

I rarely make entirely meatless soups, and I haven’t been very impressed with meat substitutes, but miso really delivers! I wouldn’t say it tastes just like beef, but it tastes just as good and it gives you that full feeling, like you have really eaten, that normally an all veggie meal just doesn’t do for me.

Here is what we used in our soup. It has been over a week since we made the soup, so I may be forgetting something. Mary, if you’re reading this feel free to post corrections!

Tomatoes
Zucchini
Carrots
Green onions
Garlic
Cherry peppers
Tortellini
Miso paste

The important thing to remember when making miso soup is to ad the miso last after the soup is cooked. Do not boil miso.

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Ditch Your Shampoo

Ditch Your Shampoo

You don’t need it. Shampooing is one of the worst things you can do for your hair. It strips it of all its natural oils, drying your hair and damaging it, while at the same time stimulating the oil glands in your scalp to produce too much oil in an effort to keep up. The end result is dry hair and oily roots, prompting you to wash even more often.

Professionals (such as models) who must have beautiful, healthy hair will go days or weeks without shampooing, only washing their hair immediately before a shoot or other event.

The solution
Wash with baking soda and lemon juice. First make a thin paste of baking soda and water, pour and massage it into your scalp. Let it sit for about 10 minutes if you can. Then rinse with lemon juice diluted in water.

If you are used to using shampoo every day or every other day, it could take a couple of weeks to see good results. Your scalp will need time to adjust and slow down on the oil production.

You will still need to condition your hair some. I recommend dabbing a small amount of coconut oil on towel-dried hair. No need to rinse it out. You can use olive oil, if you prefer.

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Hair Care in Your Kitchen

Hair Care in Your Kitchen

Good hair care products are way too expensive, but the cheap ones will trash your hair, so there must be a reason why it costs so much to have beautiful healthy hair, right?

No. you can have healthier, happier hair (and skin) than expensive salon quality products will ever deliver for pennies using products from your own kitchen.

This evening I will begin a series of posts on hair care solutions you already have in your home!

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