Showing posts from June, 2017

Instant Pot Black Beans

Beans are a staple of my diet, and black beans are one of my favorites. I used to buy a lot of canned beans, but not anymore. I LOVE LOVE LOVE dried beans, and the Instant Pot makes cooking them a breeze. You don't have to soak the beans first, but I usually do (and pour off the soaking water). This is my new favorite black bean recipe, and it was inspired by this post on . Enjoy!

Everyday Essentials: My Favorite Perfume Oils

Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? As such, it's important to consider what you put ON your body, as well as what you put IN it. I'm not a fan of commercial perfumes - in part because they often get their scents from synthetic ingredients rather than natural ones. And the scents are so strong - overwhelming to the olfactory system! (Think about you really want to put that chemical shitstorm on your skin?) I prefer soft scents and natural ingredients, so I use certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils + unscented lotion instead of perfume. Here are a few of my favorites:

Five Easy Steps toward Ditching Plastic

A few sad facts about plastic: Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the Earth four times . Fifty percent of the plastic we use is used once and thrown away. More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day. It takes 500 - 1,000 years for plastic to degrade. Approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide each year, and more than one million bags are used every minute. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is located in the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California and is the largest ocean garbage site in the world. This floating mass of plastic is twice the size of Texas , with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life six to one. Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean's surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans. Sources: EcoWatch , Container Recycli

Easy Vegan Cream Gravy

I am a Southern girl, and every once in a while...I MUST have a biscuit and gravy fix. I've searched Wilmington for good vegan biscuits and gravy, to no avail. No worries, though. I just make my own! I love the "Best Damn Vegan Biscuits" recipe from Minimalist Baker , and this is my go-to gravy recipe. (Not that it's vegan health food, but it sure is tasty!)