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Chocolate Fudge Sauce

August 1, 2010

This chocolate fudge sauce is so delicious and it is easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of soy butter
  • 1/2 cup of organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup of hersheys cocoa
  • 1/2 cup of organic milk or soy milk
  • dash of salt

Melt  butter in a saucepan and add sugar, cocoa and salt in and stir over low heat; add the milk and let the mixture come to a full boil stirring constantly.  Boil without stirring for a few minutes or until sauce begins to thicken.  Turn off heat and let sauce cool completely.  Voila you have yummy homemade hot fudge sauce.  Enjoy!

Green Friday Tip-Eco Friendly Entertaining

May 7, 2010

Tip for the day: A few suggestions on how to turn a dinner into an eco-friendly event:

  1. Never use paper napkins, cups or plastic cutlery, as the environment does not like it. 
  2. Only burn 100 percent beeswax or soy candles that do not contain lead. 
  3. Make a fresh room spray by purchasing a small spray bottle and filling it with water.  Add a few drops of lavender and geranium oils.
  4. Try to refrain from surving beef, as it is the least sustainable food available.  If you serve fish, make sure that it is not on the endagered  list.
  5. There are all types of really yummy vegetarian dishes that you can serve  your guests.
  6. If you are looking for some new plates, glasses, or vases to spruce up your table, go to Viva Terra (www.vivaterra.com).  It carries the most beautiful recycled glass, wine carafes, and unusual vases.

Happy Green Dinner Party

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!

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Happy Earth Day

April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day to all of our readers at D&D Design

 

 

 

 

 

Tip for the day: Recycling

Being that it is Earth Day we are going to write about the importance of recycling.  We can all be proactive and one of the easiest ways is to log onto your computer and go to your city’s Department of Public Works website.  Your city will have its own set of policies regarding recycling.  The most important things to find out are:

  • How to get a recycling bin (if you dont have one.)  Most cities will provide one if asked.
  • What recyclable items are accepted.
  • Which numbers of plastics are accepted.

Generally speaking, this is what you can and should put in your recycling bin:

* All clean paper (magazines, newspapers, and junk mail)

* Clean aluminum (rinse out all your cans and toss them in)

* Only plastic with number 1 or 2 in the chasing arrow (water bottles should have lid taken off them).  As every municipaltiy varies in which numbers they accept, call 1=800-CLEANUP and simply enter your zipcode.

* All glass, including green glass, wine and beer bottles.

If  for some reason your city does not provide recycling bins or a recycling service, many large grocery stores now have recycling centers outside.  You can also go to  www.bottlesands.com and type in your zip code to find the nearest center.  Happy Recycling!

 

Enjoy!

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Green Friday Tip – Natural Bath Salts

April 9, 2010

Green Friday – Going Green is about positive actions that we can take for the health of our body and our environment. .

Tip for the day: Natural Bath Salts

Epsom Salts are fantastic for bathing.  They are inexpensive, they can be purchased at any drugstore or supermarket, and they stimulate serotonin (the hormone that makes you feel really good).  Epsom salts are made up of two pure minerals: magnesium and sulfate.  It is hugely beneficial for these important minerals to enter the bloodstream through your skin while soaking in a hot tub.  Elevated magnesium levels can lower your blood pressure and sulfates can alleviate headaches and flush toxins from your body.  

I recently discovered a wonderful new product by ABRA (Sleep Therapy Bath Salts) which I received as a gift.   This product contains all natural ingredients and I must say it really does help you get a restful night sleep! www.abratherapeutics.com

  

 

 

 

  

Enjoy!

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Green Friday Tip-Your Pets

March 26, 2010

Green Friday – Going Green is about positive actions that we can take for the health of our body and our environment.

Given that 63 percent of U.S. households have at least one pet, it’s worth seeing if we can make any positive changes in this area.  The important item to avoid is a conventional flea collar, as it will likely contain toxic chemicals that are not only harmful to humans but even more so to the animal on whose neck it is wrapped around.  Flea powders, lotions. and bombs should be avoided.

Fun Stuff-

 

 

 

 

 

  • Skooper Box (www.skooperbox.com) is a biodegradble container for scooping the poop.
  • Poop Bags (www.poopbags.com) is the eco-version
  • Make sure your little pooch for kitty plays with eco-friendly toys made out of hemp or recycled goods at Ecoanimal (www.ecoanimal.com)
  • If  you want to buy an eco-cat collar, you will find an adorable hemp and orgainic cotton one at Green Kitty (www.greenkitty.com)
  • Puppies love cool polar fleece beds from Bone To Pick (www.bonetopick.com)

Enjoy!

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Flower Guide

March 23, 2010

When selecting the flowers for your event, whether it is a wedding, a social event, or a corporate function it is the most cost-effective to choose blooms that are in-season.   Now yes, when you’re flipping through pictures of a beautiful event or a gorgeous wedding bouquet and you can’t imagine anything else, it is possible to find most flowers in-season year-round. However, if you select flowers that are not in season locally they will likely have to be shipped in for the occasion – thus skyrocketing the cost.

A wonderful florist should be able to take pictures of your favorite arrangements and help you to understand how to achieve a similar look with in-season blooms.  If you are hosting your event in the Fall, but adore the look of peonies – a Spring flower – consider dahlias or full-bloom roses as a possible alternative.  If your budget allows for a wider selection of flowers use this guide for meanings and scent level, which is especially helpful for allergy sufferers and buffet table arrangements.

Season: Winter

Hyacinth

Hyacinth

Meaning: Games and sports, consistency

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets

Price Range: Inexpensive


Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Meaning: Dazzling

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive


Amaryllis

Amaryllis

Meaning: Pride, Beauty

Scent: Lightly fragrant

Best For: Centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive

Season: Spring

Calla Lily

Calla Lily

Meaning: Magnificent beauty

Scent: Lightly fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Expensive


Anemone

Anemone

Meaning: Expectation

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Moderate


Daffodil

Daffodil

Meaning: Regard

Scent: None

Best For: Garden settings, in pots

Price Range: Inexpensive


Freesia

Freesia

Meaning: Innocence

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets

Price Range: Inexpensive


Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Meaning: Understanding

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Expensive


Iris

Iris

Meaning: A message of faith, wisdom

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: In arrangements or potted

Price Range: Moderate to expensive, depending on variety


Lilac

Lilac

Meaning: Love’s first emotions

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Filler in arrangements or as part of bouquets, depending on variety

In Season: Spring

Price Range: Moderate to expensive


Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

Meaning: Happiness

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: Bouquets, in combination with other flowers

In Season: Spring and summer

Price Range: Expensive


Magnolia

Magnolia

Meaning: Love of nature

Scent: Depends on variety of flower

Best For: Arrangements

Price Range: Expensive


Peony

Peony

Meaning: Bashfulness, the American spirit of ambition and determination

Scent: Lightly fragrant

Best For: Arrangements

Price Range: Expensive


Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

Meaning: Pleasure

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: Arrangements in vases

Price Range: Moderate


Tulip

Tulip

Meaning: Love, passion

Scent: None

Best For: Arrangements and bouquets

Price Range: Expensive


Hyacinth

Hyacinth

Meaning: Games and sports, consistency

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets

Price Range: Inexpensive


Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Meaning: Dazzling

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive


Gardenias

Gardenia

Meaning: Joy

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive

Season: Summer

Calla Lily

Calla Lily

Meaning: Magnificent beauty

Scent: Lightly fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Expensive


Delphinium

Delphinium

Meaning: Swiftness, lightness

Scent: Lightly fragrant

Best For: Arrangements

Price Range: Moderate


Freesia

Freesia

Meaning: Innocence

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets

Price Range: Inexpensive


Lily

Lily

Meaning: Majesty, truth, honor

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Moderate to expensive


Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

Meaning: Happiness

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: Bouquets, in combination with other flowers

Price Range: Expensive


Magnolia

Magnolia

Meaning: Love of nature

Scent: Depends on the variety of flower

Best For: Arrangements

Price Range: Expensive


Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

Meaning: Pleasure

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: Garden setting, in vases

Price Range: Moderate


Gardenias

Gardenia

Meaning: Joy

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive


Alliums

Allium

Meaning: Unity, Humility, Patience

Scent: Fragrant – smells faintly like onions

Best For: Centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive

Season: Fall

Anemone

Anemone

Meaning: Expectation

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Moderate


Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Meaning: Understanding

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Expensive


Sunflower

Sunflower

Meaning: Short-stemmed sunflowers mean adoration; long-stemmed sunflowers symbolize haughtiness

Scent: None

Best For: Carrying a single stem in your bouquet and potted arrangements

Price Range: Inexpensive to moderate


Dahlia

Dahlia

Meaning: Elegance

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets and centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive


Amaryllis

Amaryllis

Meaning: Pride, Beauty

Scent: Lightly fragrant

Best For: Centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive

Season: Year-Round

Baby’s Breath

Baby's Breath

Meaning: Innocence

Scent: None

Best For: Traditionally a filler flower, but can also have creative uses

Price Range: Inexpensive


Carnation

Carnation

Meaning: Pink represents boldness, red symbolizes love, and white indicates talent

Scent: Lightly fragrant to not fragrant, depending on variety

Best For: Bouquets, boutonnieres, and arrangements

Price Range: Inexpensive


Chrysanthemum

Chyrsanthemum

Meaning: Wealth, abundance, truth

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Inexpensive


Gardenia

Gardenia

Meaning: Purity, joy

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and boutonnieres

Price Range: Expensive


Orchid

Orchid

Meaning: Love, beauty

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres

Price Range: Expensive


Rose

Rose

Meaning: Love, joy, beauty

Scent: Lightly to very fragrant, depending on variety of flower

Best For: Bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and arrangements

Price Range: Moderate to expensive

Stephanotis

Stephanotis

Meaning: Marital happiness

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Moderate


Stock

Stock Flower

Meaning: Lasting beauty

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Filler in arrangements

Price Range: Inexpensive


Pansies

Pansies

Meaning: You occupy my thoughts

Scent: None

Best For: Small bouquets

Price Range: Inexpensive

Spider Mum

Spider Mum

Meaning: Elope with me

Scent: None

Best For: Centerpieces

Price Range: Moderately priced

White Tuberose

White Tuberose

Meaning: Voluptuousness

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets

Price Range: Moderately priced

Daisy

Daisy

Meaning: Share your feelings

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets

Price Range: Inexpensive

Green Friday Tip-Seasonal & Local Foods

March 18, 2010

Green Friday – Tip for the day: Seasonal & Local Foods

Seasonal Foods: Eating seasonal foods just makes common sense.  If we eat food when it is suppose to be, it is delicious.  Eating a ripe soft tomato in the summer is a different animal to its hard, plastic looking counterpart in the winter.  The same is true for many fruits if they are not in season.  Produce that is eaten out of season is not kind to the environment: Fruits and vegetables have to travel thousands of miles to get to us, burning huge amounts of energy to do so.  They are gased, injected, or sprayed with chemicals to prolong their life. 

Local Foods:  If you buy locally, it’s more likely than not going to be in season.  Farmers markets are a great way to get your seasonal fruits and vegetables.  Go to:

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!

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