Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sweet Potato Pancakes

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2 sweet potatos

Image1/4 cup gluten free flour + 1 teaspoon each baking soda & baking powder + 1/4 teaspoon xantham gum
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1/4 cup Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking Mix

2 eggs

milk or milk alternative

coconut oil

optional: hemp protein, coconut flakes, nutmeg or cinnamon

Grate the entire sweet potato into a mixing bowl. Turn the skillet on high heat and oil with the coconut oil. Mix flour, eggs, milk (splash enough to gently moisten) and any optional ingredients. When the skillet begins to smoke, turn it down to low-medium and drop batter to cook. Flipping 2-3 times until the sweet potato turns from orange to yellow and is soft through the pancake (more similar to a zucchini or potato pancake). Enjoy with candied pecans, or a little bacon!

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Spring Cleaning – Natural Recipes

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Among the many jobs I took to support myself as a fledging actor/yoga teacher was “natural house cleaner”. Needless to say the job was short-lived, but the skills I learned were priceless. Avoiding super processed home cleaning products is easy, definitely cheaper, as long as you are willing to put elbow grease into your weekly regime.

NATURAL HOUSE CLEANER– good for kitchen & bathroomRosemary

Mix in a spray bottle: one part white vinegar + one part distilled water + 5-15 drops eucalyptus, citrus, lemongrass, rosemary or tea tree oil.

I prefer lemon + eucalyptus for the kitchen, and tea tree + sweet orange for bathroom. Lavender & Tea Tree have potent antibacterial qualities. The white vinegar (5% acetic acid) will denatures the cell walls of bacteria and viruses (as well as most types of salmonella, but not all).

BATHROOM CLEANING:

Sprinkle baking soda in sink, tub/shower and in toilet. Spray with pre-mixed cleaner & let stand for 5-10 minutes. Scrub vigorously and rinse.

Baking soda has naturally antibacterial properties and kills many germs/bacteria.

DRAIN CLEANER:

Pour baking soda + apple cider vinegar down the offending pipe, let sizzle for 10-15 minutes and repeat if necessary. Much less toxic then other options.

WINDOW/MIRROR CLEANER:

Spray or sprinkle seltzer water + newspaper + elbow grease for a streak free, clean reflective surface.

These are just a few that are tried and true for me. Here is another resource if you want to go deeper into the realm of natural household cleaners.