I love the way carrot juice makes me feel. Carrot juice has some AMAZING health benefits. Check out this VIDEO if you aren’t convinced yet! But I don’t have time to make it every day. So here’s a cool trick for storing carrot juice if you have a busy schedule so you can work juicing into your schedule a couple times a week if you can’t do it every day.
Make sure to put your carrot juice in a glass jar (not plastic). After all the work you just put into make that healthy juice you don’t want to risk any plastic chemicals leaching into it!
I’ve made a lot of dietary changes over the last two years. It hasn’t been easy to implement a lot of these changes, but I’m so glad I have. One of the biggest changes I’ve made has been to add carrot juice to my daily routine.
I still don’t like to taste of it, I’m not gonna lie I don’t understand how people think it tastes good!
What I love about carrot juice is what it does for my mind, my skin, and my body. Drinking raw carrot juice is better than any energy drink on the market and instead of a bunch of harmful side effects it’s TOTALLY good for you. Have you tried carrot juice before? Are you ready to learn how to make carrot juice?
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of carrot juice you should watch this video.
When I made the cherry tomato pattern for my crochet salad I knew I just had to make crochet cherries! I’d already figured out how to make the cherry part which meant I only had to figure out the leaf. Now thank goodness for the ability to unravel yarn and start over because I made some seriously ugly leaves on my quest to make the perfect cherry leaf
I hope you have as much fun with this crochet cherries pattern as I did.
You need an H crochet hook and red & green yarn.
To make the cherry:
With red yarn: Chain 3, join loop with a slip stitch.
Chain 2, work 4 DC in each of the 3 spaces, join with a slip stitch to the beginning (12 total DC)
Chain 1, work 1 SC in each space all the way around, join with a slip stitch (12 total SC)
Chain 1, (skip 1 space, SC 1) repeat until the hole is small enough to close up with a slip stitch. If you do too many it will kind of bubble out at the end.
Cut thread, tie off, and hid inside the cherry.
Repeat these steps until you have 3 cherries.
For the leaf:
With green yarn: Chain 2, go back to the 1st chain you made and work 2 DC in it.
Chain 2, work 2 DC in each space (4 total DC)
Chain 2, turn project, wrap the yarn around the hook, skip the first space and go into the next space. Grab some yarn and pull it through. At this point you have 3 loops on the hook. Wrap around and go through 2 of those loops. Wrap around and skip the next space and go into the last space, grab some thread and pull it through, at this point you’ll have 4 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn around and go through 2 of the loops. Wrap the yarn around and go through all 3 loops. This completes the leaf.
Now, to connect the leaf to the cherry:
Ch 7 and join to cherry with a slip stitch tie off, cut and hide thread.
Join the thread to the same area you connected the last cherry and repeat the “Ch 7 and join to cherry with a slip stitch tie off, cut and hide thread.” 2 more times.
Hide all of the green threads inside the main body of the leaf.
We stopped eating dairy a few months ago and I’m not about to say it’s been easy. I’ve gone back and forth over the years but I always feel better when dairy is out of my life. So I decided to draw the imaginary line in that imaginary sand… and here’s to not crossing it! This recipe for vegan ranch dressing comes out of the desparation of NEEDING ranch dressing. It was my favorite salad dressing (which is amazing because I can’t stand dill in just about anything else).
Anyway, you might need to halve this recipe if you don’t have a big old heavy duty vitamix. I like to make up a big old batch and freeze it in little 4 oz jelly jars or old baby food jars. Then it’s already neatly packaged to send in my husband’s lunches. This also helps guarantee I’m never REALLY out of salad dressing. Have you ever considered giving up milk and cheese?
3 cups cashews
3 cups water
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp dried dill
2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
Sometimes (or if you are like me a LOT of times) us moms just need some encouragement. I think a big part of it for me comes from the isolation of being a stay at home mom. I don’t have a boss telling me how awesome I am, and let’s face it as a mom I pretty much have to repeat the same tasks on a day to day basis.
It’s time to make dinner again… I just swept that floor, and it’s dirty already… time to feed the baby again… time to change the baby’s diaper again!
My Grandma is a veritable font of inspiring stories. She’s lived a hard life and is better for it. Over and over again I see that learning to be grateful for my circumstances cuts out the pity party. My husband and I were discussing the other day that we live better than Kings and Queens in times past thanks to our modern conveniences of running water, electricity, and one of my favorites my washing machine!
What are you grateful for?
If you’ve ever asked yourself what are carrots good for here’s your answer! The benefits of carrot juice are just about endless but one of my absolute favorites is the benefits of carrot juice for skin. Watch my video to find out why you should start juicing ASAP!
Today we’re gonna talk about carrot juice. In fact we’re going to make some carrot juice. Carrots have amazing health benefits. They’re loaded with vitamins and minerals and all kinds of things to help you be healthier.
People often ask me well why don’t you just eat carrots but lets be honest with ourselves how many carrots could we eat? Maybe 4, that would be a lot of carrots to eat. But, if we juice we can get the healing power of an amazing amount of carrots in 1 glass of juice.
So for example with my juicer I can get over 2 quarts of juice from the 10 pound bag of carrots. So that’s a lot of vitamins. With juicing we get those vitamins K, C, B 6, B3, and A. All of those vitamins and also minerals, magnesium, folate, calcium, phosphorous, even potassium in this amazing carrot.
So, let’s make some carrot juice today. We just press the carrot in the top. And it’s just that easy. So like I said from that 10 lb bag of carrots I’m going to get over 2 quarts of juice.
Now you’ve probably heard that carrots are good for your eyes, everyone knows that. Everyone has heard that. So let’s look inside a carrot and you’re going to notice that the inside of a carrot actually looks like an eye. I find that very amazing. So yes it’s true carrots are good for your eyes. And in fact with the high doses of that beta carotene vitamins and minerals we’re getting in carrot juice we can help our eyesight particularly with night vision or looking at things in dim situations.
Also the carrot is going to help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts which is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly. So that’s just one benefit, the eyes is just one benefit.
Also the carrots have been linked to the reduction of a lot of different diseases. Stroke, heart conditions, just to name a few. Now if you’re only motivated by aesthetics just think about this drinking carrot juice is going to give you amazing glowing skin. From the inside out it’s going to help your skin. Have you ever noticed if you look at the natural beauty products of the skin lotions how many of them have carrot seed oil extracts in them?
So, today let’s have a glass of carrot juice and drink to your good health.
This is the last video in my crochet salad play food series, the crochet onion. This just might be the easiest part of the whole salad! Check out the crochet lettuce, and the crochet cherry tomato if you missed them. If you keep scrolling down there is a video and a free crochet pattern for the play food onion.
I know you’re probably sick of hearing me talk about it, but go read this article on the dangers of plastic in toys and you’ll see making your own toys isn’t just about saving money, it’s about keeping your kids safe.
“Think about it. Plastic toys often contain PVC (Polyvinyl chloride), Phthalates , BPA (Bisphenol A ) which is an endocrine disruptor that can mimic the body’s own hormones has been known to leach. Many synthetic and even some organic cotton based soft toys are filled with petroleum based polyfill which children sleep with and often suck on when teething” Melinda- Ecotoys.com
Our home isn’t plastic free by any means, but we are trying to be really careful about everything we buy from this point on. One of the easiest places to start is with younger children. They haven’t watched enough TV to know that they want a Barbie Doll, or a Power Ranger action figure. They can grow up thinking your toys are “normal” and cool.
The more we try to keep plastic out of our lives, the more simple our lives become. Birthdays don’t have to revolve around buying a big pile of plastic toys. Choose to buy or make toys that will last and encourage your child’s imagination. We still have legos (because my kids LOVE to build things) but we also have Lincoln logs, and building blocks.
With an H crochet hook and the white yarn:
Chain 25 and join with a slip stitch
Ch 1, and SC in each space all the way around, join with a slip stitch, cut thread, tie off, and hide
Switch to purple yarn.
Ch 1, 2SC in each space all the way around, join with a slip stitch, cut thread, tie off, and hide
What are some of your favorite environmentally friendly kids toys?
Before I show you how to crochet cherry tomatoes I just want to give a warning that these are not meant for small children. Anything that is small enough to fit down a roll of toilet paper should be considered a choking hazard. So please be safe!
Chain 3, join with a slip stitch
Ch 2, 4 DC in each of the 3 chains (12 total DC), join with a slip stitch
Ch 1, 1 sc in each space around, join with a slip stitch
ch 1, (1 SC, skip 1) all the way around until you reach a natural finish point. Then join with a slip stitch, tie off and hide the thread.
Here’s a free pattern for how to crochet lettuce… actually it’s more than just a free pattern it’s a video tutorial too. Just keep scrolling down to watch the video. I’m a bit of a health nut so I’m always a little annoyed when play food sets contain burgers and fries, pizza, and every dessert imaginable.
Here are some reason you should make your own play food:
I’ve made an entire crochet salad. Click here to see the other pieces.
You will need:
Ch 3, Join with a slip stitch
Chain 2, 3 double crochet in each space around (9 total DC)
Ch 2, (5 DC in next space, slip stitch in next space) x5
Tie off, and hide the thread. Repeat until you have enough crochet lettuce to fill you play food bowl (at least).
Have you ever made a toy for your child? What was it?
I don’t know about your kiddos, but mine love to “pretend cook”. They also love to help me cook but that’s not always feasible, as cute as they are sometimes I just need to get in and out of the kitchen as fast as possible! I’ve been a mom for 7 years and in that time I’ve had to replace the play food multiple times. I’m to the point where, quite frankly I’m sick of buying it! I don’t want to spend money on inferior toys, I’m nervous about plastic period, and I feel bad about all their broken plastic toys filling up a landfill somewhere. So I decided to make these free crochet food patterns just in case I’m not the only one who’s sick of this cycle.
I’ve been crocheting since I was a little girl and I can’t wait to teach my daughters (and my little boy if he’s ever interested). As long as you don’t go for super soft and fancy yarn is not expensive. I rarely have to buy it because most of my projects use up little bits leftover from past projects.
Craft supplies are one of my favorite things to look for at yard sales and on craigslist. Just know your prices so you don’t overpay.
Years ago when my first child started getting into everything I remember my sister being over for a visit and I saw her lay down on the couch (she’s a genius) and start placing orders to my little chef of what she wanted to eat. Believe it or not if you’re playing with them your kids love to take orders, who knew! To date this is one of my favorite ways to take a breather while still filling my kids love tanks. If you have older children you can even keep them occupied by having them draw up menus with the food and prices! I hope you enjoy this crochet food video and go check out all the other videos too for the patterns! Crochet Lettuce Pattern
Hello, this is Joquena with Modern Homemakers, and today I’m going to show you some play food patterns. I’m just doing a quick video to show you all that there is and my adorable little salad, little close-up in there. The kids are always trying make me stuff with their play food, and it’s stuff Mommy can’t eat, like glutenous pizza with cheese and bacon and stuff on it, and I can’t eat that, so this is a salad that they can bring Mommy and I can actually pretend to be excited about, you know…encouraging healthy eating, whatever you want to say the salad’s for. So I’ll put links below where you can just keep watching my channel, but I’m gonna show you how to make this cute little onion, and I know the kids don’t like to eat onions but I do, and they’re fun to play with. And these little cherry tomatoes, and they’re not even filled with anything; you can squish them and then put them right back, so that makes them pretty cheap. And lettuce, you can even make these in purple and have some radicchio, and maybe that would encourage them to actually want to eat that later. Who knows? Anyway, stick around, I think we’ll start off with “How to make lettuce.”