Delicious "Cheese" Dip

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Friends! This is hands down one of the easiest most healthy and delicious cheese recipes you will ever make! Not only is it easy and tasty but it is very inexpensive and contains no common food allergens so win win! The consistency of the potato and carrot once blended really does mimic a cheese sauce. This works well for so many recipes! Stay tuned for one coming up next week you can make for fourth of july!

Delicious “Cheese Dip” 

Ingredients: 

2 Cups of potatoes ( russet or yukon) diced large and peeled. 

2 Cups of carrots, diced large 

1/2 Cup water ( use water from cooked potatoes and carrots) 

1/3 Cup olive oil 

1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes

1 Tbs fresh lemon juice

2 tsp salt

1tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

pinch of cayenne powder  (optional) 

Directions: 

Boil potatoes and carrots until soft, drain ( use 1/2 cup of this liquid as the water) 

Blend in a high powered blender such as a vita mix until very smooth. 

Serve!

Will store for 1 week in refrigerator . May be re-heated on stovetop or microwave. This makes a great nacho cheese dip but can also be used for enchiladas, scalloped potatoes & more 

Makes approximately 4 cups 

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ENJOY!

Mashed Potato Casserole

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Hey Friends! This recipe came from a family friend and I couldn’t believe it was plant-based the first time I ate it! So delicious, creamy, and tasty. This is definitely a recipe to try if you are taking food to something and want it to not contain dairy but you still want it to taste good.

Trust me I know. Most vegan things can be viewed as gross or non-tasty. This is not one of those. Although it’s not fat-free or calorie free it is cholesterol free! Yay!

I hope you guys enjoy it.

xo:

Annette

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Mashed Potato Casserole 



Ingredients 

10-12 Russet Potatoes (medium size)

1 12oz package vegan sour cream (tofutti superme)

1 8oz package vegan cream cheese (tofutti) 

1 stick of butter (earth balance) 

1 Tbs better than bouillon ( organic) 

4 Tbs minced garlic

salt & pepper to taste 

paprika to sprinkle

minced chives 



Directions 

1.Preheat oven to 350

2.Boil, peel, & mash potatoes. 

3.In a small saucepan melt butter, sour cream, cream cheese, garlic, bouillon, & salt. Heat until warm. Once warmed pour over potatoes and mix well. 

4. Pour onto baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. 

5. Top with sprinkled paprika and chives. 



May be made in advance. Refrigerate and bake when ready. 

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Natural Marble Cleaner

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Hey Friends!!

I’ve gotten questions regarding how I clean my countertops so here’s a little how to!! We have honed Danby marble in our kitchen. Honed means the polish has been taken away so it is not shiny. In our bathrooms we have polished carrara marble.

Sadly marble does stain and etch. However, I do feel this adds to the beauty of it!! When cleaning marble natural products are best because they will not damage the stone! Castille soap is an excellent natural soap and is great for so many things including marble!

This super easy recipe will keep everything clean and smelling delicious. I use this in our kitchen and bathrooms as well.

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For darker stains I use a baking soda poultice. Just add a TBS or two to the area you are treating. Add a teeny bit of water and mix till it form a paste.

Leave in place and cover with clear plastic wrap. IF needed tape it down so it does not move. Leave overnight. In the morning life it all and wipe down with cleaning spray. Stain should be lighter as the baking soda goes into the marble’s pores to lift the stain. Don’t be disappointed if it does not work 100% the first time. Sometimes it takes 2-3 tries before the stain is gone!

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I use lavender or lemon castille soap and essential oils! Ultimately the scents you choose are your preference. However, I think lavender smells so clean and amazing!

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Glass Bottles- CLICK HERE

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Castille Soap- CLICK HERE

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I hope you all can use this and really benefit from it!! Comment below and let me know if you use this in your home!!

Warmly,

Annette







How to Love your Soil and Make Fertilizer

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Whether you do a soil test or just assume your soil needs some TLC, you are now going to be able to help it. The soils around the world are being depleted for many reasons.  Whether it is from lack of crop rotation, pesticides, or just no TLC, the soil needs to be assisted in maintaining its health.

Giving is a secret law embedded in nature but we must realize we are a part of that system and we need to be involved in helping the soil just like it helps us.

The soil is unable to give us nourishment if we do not in turn take care of it. 

Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy World

Here’s how to help get your soil back to where it needs to be, full of nutrients and structurally sound.

Soil Structure

To help ensure that your soil is healthy, you need it to drain well and be an ideal environment for nutrients to easily get to the plant and then to the fruit and then to you. To do this you need to help it by creating compost.

Compost is nature’s fertilizing power house. Many in India right now are finding the harm of years of repeated over-doses of synthetic fertilizer. In the beginning the plants grew at an incredible rate. Eventually though, the soil just wore out like someone on steroids. Then it was nearly impossible to get the soil to do what it did without the juice. You have to apply more and more and more until you can barely grow anything.

Plants can grow and look healthy. Compost is a great way to encourage nutrient presence.  The key ingredients are Air, Water, (N) Nitrogen, (P) Phosphorous and (K) Potassium. 

You want to integrate your compost with these nutrients as you plant and periodically throughout the growing season:

• Nitrogen helps promote green foliage

• Phosphorous helps promote root and flower growth

• Potassium helps with the plants immunity to disease and overall plant health

To make your own compost all you have to do is find a nice shady area or bin. 

To make good compost you need a combination of “green” high-nitrogen materials like fruits and veggies, grass clippings, or weeds. You will add these to your “brown” ingredients 

like leaves, newspaper, or wood (twigs/smaller pieces). 

Mix these in layers evenly one layer on top of the next. 

Things not to use in your compost are:

Meat scraps, bones, fat, oils, breads, glossy magazines, diseased plants, feces from cats 

and dogs. 

It is interesting how a number of these above are now being shown to be harmful to our health in our regular diets. 

The pile should remain damp but not wet. The bigger the pile, the faster it will break down and be able to be used. You can assist the process by turning the pile every few weeks. 

When your compost pile basically looks like soil, then sprinkle it around your plants and mix it into the first few inches of the soil around each plant.

Soil Fertility and Nutrients

Your soil is tired and warn out. Its been giving and giving all these years and it needs some TLC in order to bring it back to what it needs to be.  Just like your body needs Zinc, Magnesium, Calcium etc to function properly, so does the soil to help grow healthy plants.

Kelp and ocean salts have been shown to help in a number of areas including:

• stimulate soil bacteria which increases fertility of the soil through humus formation.

• helps aeration

• helps moisture retention

• increases resistance to disease and pests

• allows for easy nutrient absorption into the plant

• seed germination

• increase in food production per plant

Think about it, by helping your soil you are really helping yourself! You will have more nutrients in your food and have more disease resistant plants which in turn will lead to healthier and more delicious food. 

Secret Sauce

Find manure, or cricket castings, or worm poop free from any antibiotics or hormones and start adding a little of this to your soil ever few weeks.