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Comfort food at it’s best! Enjoy these simple steps with simple ingredients ….
6 beef short ribs, trimmed of fat
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup, fennel, large diced (no fronds, stems and core removed)
1 cup, leek, large diced (white part only)
2 cups, yellow onion, cut into large pieces
2 cups, carrots, cut into large pieces
4 cups, celery, cut into large pieces
3 tablespoons, garlic, finely chopped
1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon or red wine
2 sprigs rosemary
5 sprigs thyme
5 cups beef stock, low sodium
1 tablespoon, brown sugar
¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped
Preheat over to 400 degrees. Generously salt and pepper short ribs on all sides and roast for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
Heat olive oil in a large pot and add fennel, leek, onion, carrots, and celery over medium to low heat for 15 minutes – stir a few times. Add the garlic and cook for another 4 minutes.
Add wine to vegetables, bring to a boil, and cook on high heat until reduced by half.
Tie thyme and rosemary together with kitchen twine and add to pot.
If you are like me, you are going to love the smell of thyme so much that you are going to want more! That’s why Grab Green has an entire line of Thyme with Fig Leaf products.
Add beef stock, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of sat and 1 ½ teaspoons of pepper. Place roasted short ribs on top of vegetables.
After all ingredients are in pot, cover and place in oven for 2 hours or until meat is tender.
While short ribs are braising, chop Italian parsley.
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Have you been doing your laundry correctly? Laundry sorting can be easy if you follow these steps!
The first step is to sort properly! You don’t want to throw in all of your colors at the same time. Instead make a pile of whites, colors, and darks. Sounds simple right?
Separate your whites from the rest of the pile. This is the pile for t-shirts, shorts, socks, towels and sheets! White sturdy cottons that can go through a normal cycle on warm or hot.
Separate your colors from the pile. These should be your brights! Don’t just throw all your colors in the same load. Make sure you separate them by weight as well. Put the lighter and more delicate articles in one pile and the heaver and bulkier articles in the other.
Expert tip: Put similar textiles into the same piles.
Now it’s time to separate your darks! Dark blues, blacks, grays, navies, and deep purples all go in this pile. Again, make sure to separate by weight and textile as well.
Expert tip: Always wash your blacks inside out to preserve the color.
Your personal items, or intimates as some people say, deserve their own pile. This pile consists of bras, underware, and delicate articles.
Expert tip: Make sure your bras are clasped and don’t use laundry bags! Laundry bags keep your clothing from being laundered properly.
Sorting your laundry is a great first step! The second step in doing your laundry properly is drying. If you want your clothing to stay beautiful don’t over dry and don’t use dryer sheets that contain wax or animal fats!
Expert tip: Hang-dry your nicer clothing and make sure to lay your sweaters out flat.
Now time for a Shameless Plug! Grab Green Wet Dryer Sheets soften and reduce static and do NOT contain any wax or animal fats.Read More »
We have this product on a pedestal, literally. Golden Malted Waffle & Pancake Flour is simply divine! It is made in Bushman, MI and available at Williams Sonoma. Fabulous for any day of week and special occasions.
2 cups Golden Malted Flour
1 1/4 cups water
4 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 pint strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Whipped cream, I prefer Whole Foods’ Organic 365 Everyday brand
Makes approximately 6 to 8 waffles, depending on waffle iron size.
2. Heat waffle iron & pour batter into liquid measuring cup with spout, using a ladle is just too messy. Be sure to keep a towel nearby for accidental spills and splatters.
3. Slice the strawberries and put aside.
4. Pour batter onto hot waffle plate. Usually, I pour too much and end up with oosing batter.
5. When the steam starts, and the “ready” indicator light pops on, carefully, transfer waffles to a plate.
6. Gather goodies, waffles, mini chocolate chips, strawberries, etc.
7. Place one waffle and top with strawberries.
8. Place second waffle over first and add more strawberries.
9. Add whip cream and mini chocolate chips.
10. Borrow a flower from an existing flower arrangement.
11. Time to nosh…
12. These waffles freeze well, store them in a freezer storage bag and pop into the toaster when you’re ready to enjoy them.
13. Clean Up!
Once you’re done noshing this amazing breakfast treat load up all your dishwasher safe plates, forks, and knives and add in a Grab Green Automatic Dishwasher Detergent pod!Read More »
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 large egg
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 ¾ cups flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
8oz dark chocolate chips – I love the organic Dagoba brand of Chocodrops.
Sea salt flakes – just enough to sprinkle on top
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
The first grouping of ingredients…
In a mixer, add butter, sugars (all three of them) and mix until combined.
Add the egg and vanilla and mix.
The dough should look like this…
In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt.
If you’re anything like me using flour automatically results in a mess. I can’t help but fling some at my daughter when she passes me in the kitchen! For my little flour messes I choose to use Grab Green All Purpose Cleaner! One spray and a paper towel or cloth is all I need to clean up!
Add the dry ingredients to the wet dough, in three batches, mixing slowly after each addition.
Gently fold in the CHOCOLATE CHIPS!
Using an ice cream scoop, the small one 1.5 oz version, scoop dough onto parchment paper lined baking sheets.
Sprinkle, lightly, the flake salt. I was a little heavy handed with the salt so don’t do that. ?. Bake cookies for exactly 12 minutes.
Hot out of the oven…
This has to be the easiest homemade mac n’ cheese recipe ever!
.5 lb elbow macaroni pasta
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
8 oz condensed milk
4 tablespoons shallots, finely diced
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoons paprika
1 bay leaf
½ cup breadcrumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium pot of boiling water, generously salt water cook the pasta to al dente.
While pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt butter and sauté finely diced shallots over medium -low heat.
Cook until shallots are translucent.
Add in condensed milk, paprika, and add bay leaf.
Stir ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add cheddar cheese, gently stirring until melted. Be cautious to not over cook otherwise the cheese will separate and look yucky.
Be sure to sample the pasta, sometimes the package directions cover cook it and make it mushy. I love this slotted wooden spoon!
Strain pasta and fold into to cheesy sauce pot.
Lightly butter a 2 quart bake dish, and add macaroni & cheese to a 2-quart bake dish.
Sprinkle with bread crumbs, top with 2 pats of butter and bake for 20 minutes
Bubbling hot, comfort food at it’s best!! Hot out of the oven. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
For an easy clean-up make sure to use Grab Green Automatic Dishwasher Detergent. Load the dishwasher, toss in a pod and simply wait for your dishes to come out spotless!
While perusing through my fridge’s meat and cheese drawer, I discovered yesterday’s breakfast bacon. So of course, I thought I’d make a BACON MACARONI & CHEESE version!
So put about a cup of macaroni & cheese into individual ramekins
Coarsely chopped the bacon.
And baked them for 10 minutes.
Found a fork, let it rest and began to savor each bite. Since I love spicy foods, it only made sense to grab the Sriracha!
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We love TV. Because we rely on television so heavily to fulfill our entertainment needs, why not watch while reducing our energy usage? For the upcoming Super Bowl—the most watched television broadcast of the year—consider switching your old TV set for one of these awesome energy efficient televisions.
OLED stands for organic light-emitting diodes. It seems like complicated stuff, but OLED televisions simply put the beautiful and bright color display in your TV shows using environmentally safe technology.
So, which OLED TV should you choose? We recommend LG’s Smart 3D Curved OLED TV. Watching the Super Bowl just got even more super.
Televisions with LCD display project an amazingly crisp picture and are more energy efficient than any plasma television you’ll find. According to American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the average plasma TV uses more energy per year than a refrigerator, which is the biggest energy user in most US households. Making a switch to an LCD TV is the easiest way to save a little energy while enjoying the entertainment.
ENERGY STAR rated the Panasonic TH-32LRU7 among the most efficient televisions of 2014 in a recent report.
GreenAmerica.org explains that a surprising amount of hidden greenhouse gas, such as nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) is used in the production of flat-screen television. It’s 17,000 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Luckily, some television models opt out of this toxic production and utilize fluorine instead, having a global warming potential of zero.
How can you tell which televisions use fluorine alternatives? GreenAmerica.org says Toshiba–Matsushita Display televisions have made the safer switch from NF3 to fluorine.Read More »
We’re all about eliminating waste in a safe and simple way. Composting is one way to achieve this! It’s easy to do it yourself and doesn’t have to be complicated with these 6 easy steps.
Fruits and vegetables, eggshells, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, nut shells, shredded newspaper, cardboard, paper, yard trimmings, grass clippings, houseplants, hay and straw, leaves, sawdust, wood chips, cotton and wool rags, dryer and vacuum cleaner lint, hair and fur, fireplace ashes.
Constructing a bin to compost is the best way to avoid messes. Plus, it keeps the animals away if you’re composting food scraps. A good minimum size for a pile should at least be 1 cubic yard or 1 cubic meter, but it can also be larger.
Pick out a dry, shady spot near a water source for your compost pile or bin.
Add brown and green materials as they are collected. Make sure larger pieces are chopped up or shredded.
Moisten dry materials as you add them.
Once you have your pile started, throw in grass clippings and green waste and bury fruit and vegetable waste under 10 inches of compost material.
Put a top over the bin to keep it moist (optional). The EPA says your compost should be ready when the material at the bottom is dark and rich in color. This can be anywhere between two months to two years.
If you find your composting getting a little bit smelly try out Grab Green Room & Air Freshener. Perfect for eliminating odors with naturally derived ingredients!Read More »
What’s that smell? Smelly garbage disposals are no joke and present a stinky challenge to even the cleanest of clean freaks. Everything we’ve cooked and disposed of for months somehow makes its way into the garbage disposal, turning it into a Smorgasbord of stinky stuff. The good news? That smell is an easy fix! Learn how to naturally clean our garbage disposal naturally and enjoy a fresh smelling sink and kitchen for months to come.
The first tip on how to clean your garbage disposal – it’s good idea to break up any clogged matter before addressing the smell. Otherwise, you’ll just end up with garbage disposal smells immediately after you clean. It’s common knowledge that foods like egg shells, grease and bones wreck havoc on a garbage disposal, but other foods can have an impact as well.
DoItYourself.com suggests “pouring one half cup of baking soda down the kitchen drain. Carefully pour one cup of white vinegar down the drain on top of the baking soda. Place the drain stopper in the sink to close off the drain. If you have a double sink, you should do this for both of them. The mixture will fizz and make a bit of noise. Allow this to work its magic for a few minutes while you boil some hot water. Use a full teakettle or medium size pot of water. Once this has boiled, pour it down the drain.”
Editor’s Note: I tried this tip the other day on a clogged kitchen sink at my parent’s house and was amazed at how quickly it worked! Remember to add the white vinegar carefully due to a lot of hissing, fizzing and bubbling!
Don’t feel like making your own garbage disposal cleaner? We don’t blame you. Grab Green’s naturally-derived Garbage Disposal Freshener and Cleaner ensures that your garbage disposal works optimally and smells fresh with our easy to use pods. These pods eliminate the scent and clean your disposal – they do not just mask the scent. Drop them down the drain, run the disposal and enjoy the scent (and ease) of a freshly cleaned garbage disposal. Talk about simple and effective!
My parents used to joke that garbage disposals only worked when nobody used them. While that sounds like a bit of heavy handed irony – there are a lot of foods that should NEVER meet the blades of your disposal.
According to The Huffington Post, oil, fat and grease are huge no- no’s but so are starchy and stringy veggies, pasta, egg shells, coffee grounds and rice. Pasta and rice expand when they hit water and can easily clog a drain, while coffee grounds get stuck in the garbage disposal trap. Stringy veggies and the slimy egg membrane (yuck!) can actually wrap around the blade, causing the clogged garbage disposal of the century.
Our motto? When in doubt, leave it out!
Also, a very important safety reminder – it is NEVER safe to stick your hands down a garbage disposal, especially when it’s running (duh!) but even when the unit is turned off. What if something’s stuck? Roto Rooter suggests using tongs or another long-handled tool to try and dislodge the item – again, once the unit is turned OFF.
Have any scary smelly garbage disposal stories you’d like to share? Or what about a natural garbage disposal cleaner we haven’t mentioned? Do tell in the comments below! Catching up on fall cleaning and looking for more tips, tricks and how-to’s?Read More »