Mulberry Strawberry Basil Shrub: Savor the Season

Mulberry Strawberry Basil Shrub: Savor the Season

I love the ritual of savoring a beverage, no matter what it is.

But you get bonus points if it’s a homemade mulberry shrub made from foraged berries!

Today on the blog, how and why we’re going to savor the season all summer long. Pinkies out, bottoms up! Let’s do this.

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Best Loquat Peach Salsa

Best Loquat Peach Salsa

It's raining loquats in north Florida, which means I'm out here with buckets doing my happy dance. 

Most people aren't familiar with the loquat, and don't realize it's edible. 

For those living in areas with loquats (most of the Southeast and California in the US, though they can be found worldwide), these tasty fruits are a delicious, low-impact food source. And loquats make one HELL of a fruit salsa. Click through for my Loquat Peach Salsa recipe!

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Ultimate Mulberry Peach Cobbler with Rosemary Topping (Waste Not Want Not)

Ultimate Mulberry Peach Cobbler with Rosemary Topping (Waste Not Want Not)

You may have noticed I love food. I consider it a sport and I'm going pro, y'all.

Today we're delving into native berries and low impact food sources... in the form of a delectable mulberry cobbler.

Cobbler for the planet, y'all

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Zero Waste Kitchen Sponges from Ecotopia

Zero Waste Kitchen Sponges from Ecotopia

Disposable sponges: they're disgusting. They breed bacteria - AND shed micro-plastics - until you toss them in the landfill, where they'll never biodegrade.

Several months ago, I switched to this adorable little Unsponge from the Ecotopia. It's cotton and terrycloth, it's washable... and unbelievably durable! 

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Brothy Turnip Greens with Shiitake Mushrooms (Meal Without Plastic)

Brothy Turnip Greens with Shiitake Mushrooms (Meal Without Plastic)

This quick and easy comfort dish stars turnip greens, and is a yummy weeknight favorite. 

I probably make a variation of these Brothy Breens with Shiitake Mushrooms at least once a week. 

And guess what? At the end of this recipe, you'll be left with a heap of veggie waste for compost or broth and a couple items for the recycling bin. Bon appetit! 

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Zero Waste Kitchen Hack: Reusable Aluminum Can Lids

Zero Waste Kitchen Hack: Reusable Aluminum Can Lids

If you are still crunching wads of aluminum foil around your cans before stuffing them in the fridge, WE NEED TO TALK. 

STAAAAAAAHP! 

Aluminum foil is an environmentally costly product to manufacture, and there's a cheap way to reduce way and save you money. Introducing a zero waste kitchen hack: reusable can lids. That's a win-win, y'all

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5 DIY Scented Vinegar Cleaners

5 DIY Scented Vinegar Cleaners

It's pollen season in Charleston, so LET THE SPRING CLEANING BEGIN! 

I've recently switched to DIY vinegar cleaners for my home, and have been playing around with various scent infusions. Plus, you can't even call yourself an eco-blogger unless you post about vinegar cleaner. It's a thing.

Click on through for the best and worst of my DIY Vinegar Cleaner Scents, y'all!

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DIY Turmeric Dyed Reusable Produce Bags

DIY Turmeric Dyed Reusable Produce Bags

It's spring! Let's celebrate with a colorful, eco-friendly DIY. 

Remember that time I accidentally turned into an Oompa Loompa while cooking with fresh turmeric?  

Today I'm using that experiential knowledge to show you how to make reusable bags for your loose produce out of old doilies and DIY fabric dye from fresh turmeric! 

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100 Greener Choices: Choices 11-20

100 Greener Choices: Choices 11-20

Going green: it doesn't happen overnight.

If you try to change your entire lifestyle all at once, it's not likely to succeed.

My goal for myself was 100 greener lifestyle changes and choices, and at first, that felt daunting. Now, though, as I look at my life from a different perspective, and see infinite room for improvement... and that's pretty cool! 

Today we hash out 100 Greener Choices: 11-20, with a recap of 1-10, this time arranged easiest to most intensive. 

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Delicious Kumquat Chutney Recipe (Waste Not, Want Not Challenge)

Delicious Kumquat Chutney Recipe (Waste Not, Want Not Challenge)

What a pain in the citrus!

When we left last off, I was drowning in a heap of delightful miniature fruits. Backyard grown (no pesticides or fertilizers), packed with vitamins, and destined to fall and rot, I committed to not letting any of the 37 cups of kumquats go to waste.

So today we explore the wonder of chutney! Click through for a delicious kumquat chutney recipe, which will extend the shelf-life of excess fruits for more than a month.

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Low Fat Spiced Kumquat Ice Cream (Waste Not, Want Not Challenge)

Low Fat Spiced Kumquat Ice Cream (Waste Not, Want Not Challenge)

News Flash: homemade ice cream is a perfectly legitimate way to extend the shelf life of your excess fruit.

My fridge can only fit so many jars of jam and pickles before my boyfriend calls Homesteaders Anonymous. I passed that limit about 2 batches of marmalade ago - shut up and hand me my bonnet.

Here's my favorite new recipe: Spiced Kumquat Ice Cream. The peels are naturally sweet, and they take on a delicious candied texture when frozen. It's sinful, it's easy, it's a foodie-approved way to use up extra fruit. 

 

 

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