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Fresh Mango Habanero Hot Sauce

Mango Habanero Hot Sauce

by The Thriving Vegetarian Cooking Blog 

mango habanero hot sauceAs much as I love spicy food it’s absolutely amazing that I never gave any serious thought to making my own hot sauce before. I guess I figured it was something mysterious or complicated, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth!

There are generally 2 main ways to make hot sauce. One involves creating a mash of hot peppers and other ingredients and then allowing that to age. This is howTabasco sauce is made. In fact, they age theirs as long as 3 years!

The other way to make hot sauce is to puree the raw ingredients to the proper consistency, simmer for a few minutes, let cool, and then bottle. Of course, the sauce doesn’t last nearly as long as the aged type so it’s best to keep it refrigerated. It is possible to can your hot sauce to extend the shelf life. The vinegar also helps preserve it, too. But I never have any problems with hot sauce sticking around my house too long anyway!

I use the quick method for this. The nice thing is that it doesn’t require huge amounts of ingredients, wooden barrels, or special instruments to make. And you can enjoy it the same day.

Melinda’s makes a Mango Habanero hot sauce that I really love. I wanted to come up with something similar so that I could control the salt, heat level, and added sugar. I don’t know what kind of habanero pepper Melinda’s uses, but I was able to find some red ones that I thought would be excellent in this.

A word of warning: use caution when handling and chopping the peppers. They give off some serious fumes that are potent! Ideally, you should use rubber gloves, but I was just careful to wash my hands a few times and avoid touching my face.

I seeded the peppers before adding them to the food processor. And believe me, this was plenty hot! If you want even more, or maybe you’re just crazy, throw the whole thing in there. I thought that I achieved the perfect balance of fire and flavor, though.

This sauce is very thick, really more of a ketchup. But hot! And the fire grows after you taste some. There is sweetness, but not too much. The mango is easily tasted. This would be wonderful on scrambled tofu.

This recipe makes about 3/4 cup, which is 6 oz. This is the size of many hot sauce bottles, which is very convenient. When I make my own condiments I enjoy soaking the empty bottles, removing the labels, and refilling them with my own creations.

This is an excellent starting point to try making your own hot sauces. I hope you’ll take the adventure soon!

Mango Habanero Hot Sauce

Makes 3/4 cup

1 large ripe mango
1 small carrot
1/2 a small red onion
2 or 3 habanero peppers, preferably red
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp honey or agave nectar
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp sea salt

Peel the mango and slice. Peel the carrot and red onion and cut into chunks. Slice the stem off the habaneros and cut in half. Remove the seeds if desired.

Add everything to the bowl of a food processor, along with the vinegar, honey or agave nectar, lemon juice, and sea salt. Puree until smooth, stopping to scrape the bowl down once or twice.

Pour into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Let cool.

Transfer to a covered glass or other non-reactive container, cover, and refrigerate.

If you used a funnel to bottle it get on the computer and print yourself a fancy label!

You can find all of the bottles and caps that you need to bottle your sauce

Wedding Favors – Message Bottles

How to Make DIY Message in a Bottle Wedding Favors

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Custom Message in a Bottle Wedding Favors in 257 Designs and 32 ColorsIf you are planning a wedding with a beach theme or nautical theme, DIY message in a bottle wedding favors are a perfect gift for your guests. These are super easy to make and can be altered with hundreds of options to suit your wedding colors simply by using colorful bottles or labels. You can buy the bottles ready-made with the message inside, but making them yourself means you can have special handwritten notes in each bottle, making the favor more personalized.

What Goes Inside

When making message in a bottle favors, there are several options as to what you can put inside. The traditional thank you is an easy and quick idea, or you could opt for adding a small piece of candy, sea shells or photographs. The item inside the bottle should coordinate with the theme of the wedding. For example, if it is a beach theme wedding the bottle could contain a message, shells or both. Other great ideas for contents of the bottle are jelly beans, M&M’s or mints. For a keepsake and decorative bottle you could fill the bottle with different colored sand and a small visible scroll.

The Bottle Size

Choosing the size of the bottle will perhaps be the most difficult process when making these quaint favors. The bottle should have a neck opening that is wide enough to put whatever item you have chosen inside. If you are enclosing only a note on a thin piece of paper, the neck can be fairly small. However, if you are going to put other items inside, such as a piece of candy, make sure the item fits through the neck of the bottle.

Favor Supplies You Need

Bottles of all sizes are available at most craft shops or you can order them online at stores such as Just Look for the Personalized Expressions bottles if you want to customize the labels on the bottles to you theme and wedding colors. Whether you order them online or pick them up at your local craft shop, make sure to get enough, especially if you order them in a specific color. It can be difficult to find extras  later should you need more.

Making the Bottle

To make your DIY message in a bottle wedding favors, you will need one bottle per guest, the item or items you want inside the bottle, ribbon, twine, or other decorative accessories. To make the sand and scroll bottle, fill each bottle ¾ of the way up with sand and gently put the message scroll inside. Be careful to not push too hard or it will be buried in the sand. Tie a piece of twine into a bow around the neck of the bottle. If you want to put only candy in each bottle, purchase candy in bulk and fill each bottle to about a half an inch from the top and tie a bow around the bottle neck. Photos of the bride and groom with a small thank you message that you print from the computer also make great fillers for these charming favors.

Making your own wedding favors are a great way to add a personalized touch to your wedding and have fun with it at the same time. DIY message in a bottle wedding favors are a perfect gift for guests at summer and beach theme weddings, while also being a fun craft to do with your bridesmaids.

Get some other ideas for diy favors in our Favor Boxes and Supplies section in our shop. There are personalized wedding labels, favor tags, bags, bottles, jars, ribbon, tins, and all sorts of diy favor supplies you can use to think up your own creations. Have fun with it!

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 DIY Aged Glass Bottle Technique

by Karin on

Glass bottles

There are numerous ways to age glass bottles but my favorite technique for this application is to combine the sandpaper technique with a little glass enamel wash.  I think it gives it an older aged look that is perfect for a Pirate Party Invitation in a Bottle.

Step One:  Using a heavy grain sandpaper (I like 80 grit) sand the bottle in various directions.

Step Two:  Mix 40 % enamel paint with  60% water to create a wash and apply evenly with a brush.

Step Three: Using a paper towel, cloth or tissue dab lightly around the bottle.  This will give texture and remove some of the paint.

Step Four: Allow to dry completely.

Pirate Party Invitations

DIY Pirate Party Invitation in a bottle

Step One:Create a custom label for your invitation.   For our invitations I customized each label with the name of the guests with ‘Buccaneer’ followed by the child’s name.

Step Two: Create an invitation using parchment paper.  Try to be creative with the text.  There are a number of great websites to look up popular Pirate phrases or jargon.

Step Three: Hand tear the edges and use an ink pad on the edges. My favorite is Tim Holz’s distress ink, but a regular ink pad would work too.

Step Four: Crumple paper into a ball, and then unfold it.

Step Five: Roll paper up and wrap twine around it and tie a knot.

Step Six: Add sand to the bottle (if desired) and shake it up so the sand sticks a little to the sides of the inside of the bottle.

Step Seven: Insert roll into the bottle, leaving enough twine to hang out the side of the bottle.

Step Eight: Add a cork (not too tightly).

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Another Homemade BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

A couple weeks ago, I wanted to make pulled pork sandwiches.  I went to the grocery store and stared at the shelves, looking at my options for a barbecue sauce.  There were 15 different brands. I picked up the first bottle.  The 2nd ingredient was high fructose corn syrup.  I put the bottle back down, and picked up the next one.  High fructose corn syrup and caramel color.   I kept reading the labels until I had looked at every single bottle of barbecue sauce, and I only found one sauce that didn’t contain HFCS and caramel color, and that particular bottle was expired!

So what’s the big deal with high fructose corn syrup? Moderate use of HFCS can cause heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, and tooth decay.  In addition, caramel coloring can increase your risk of hypertension or high blood pressure.   Both are bad news, and not something that I want my family eating.

Since I wasn’t going to be eating bottled barbecue sauce, I picked up a bottle of molasses and decided I would try my hand at a homemade barbecue sauce.

The results of my homemade barbecue sauce?  Wonderful! The sauce is sweet, tangy, and savory, with just a hint of spicy.  It tastes much better than any bottled sauce I have had, and it is quick and easy to make.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1 cup ketchup (or Homemade Ketchup)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • pepper to taste

What To Do:

Whisk all ingredients in a small saucepan, over medium heat.  Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

And that’s it! It’s so simple! You will be blown away at how flavorful this barbecue sauce is.  If you want it a little spicier, you could add some chili powder or sriracha sauce.

homemade bbq sauce recipe

 This is a great barbecue sauced to baste onto grilled chicken, wings , or to mix with pulled pork.

Make sure you check out all the free Canning and Preserving Recipes we have on Little House Living! And don’t forget to check out The Canner’s Cookbook, it has recipes on how to use all your home canned goods!

I recommend a Presto Pressure Canner and the book Putting Food By for all your canning projects!

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Interesting Glass Information

Here is some Interesting glass info from

Fact: glass makes up more than 5% of landfills.

Fact: two-thirds of wine bottles aren’t recycle

Fact: recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for six hours.

With these facts in mind, Ray DelMuro’s mission is to recycle 10 million bottles, fashion them into saleable product, and improve the planet in the process.

Ray DelMuro is a one-time aeronautical engineer who has found the perfect mediumto meld his left brain/right brain gifts. Refresh Glass, the company he founded in 2008, repurposes wine bottles into drinking glasses, carafes, vases, and candleholders saving 200,000 bottles from the landfill each year. Thus far, Refresh Glass has recycled more than 450,000 wine bottles on its way to its 10 million bottle rescue mission. “I wanted to find a solution to this problem and improve our planet while making something useful out of the bottles,” says DelMuro.

The Phoenix-based 36-year-old’s business has been a steady word-of-mouth grow. For five years, he’s sold his wares to local merchants as well as on his own e-commerce site. Now, DelMuro’s ready to launch on a larger scale as he works his way to that 10 million bottle goal in five years’ time. Every month DelMuro rescues 20,000 wine bottles from area restaurants, bars, and hotels. The bottles are cleaned, stocked by color, manufactured with custom built machinery of his own design, polished, and sold. “We’ve had tremendous support from the community,” DelMuro avers. “Every week we have people wanting to get involved on some level, provide us with empty wine bottles, or support our mission by featuring our products.”

DelMuro has a strong tech background with a B.S. and M.S. in industrial technology and engineering. “Ever since I was a little kid I loved Legos and art and I welded my own furniture in college, so I always knew this would be part of my life in some way, shape, or form.” DelMuro spent five years as a manufacturing engineer for a billion dollar Southern California aerospace operation constructing airplane parts. “I was an engineer because I loved creating efficiency,” he says. “I had access to millions of dollars of tools and super cool processes.”

But a sense of roads not taken impelled his next move. “I had a fancy title and, on paper, it felt like I had everything. But I didn’t. You can’t derive happiness from a resume. I wasn’t passionate about airplane parts, so I resigned.” DelMuro used his savings to travel the globe for a year, during which time he had a climactic epiphany. “I wanted a job where people could tell I loved it just by the inflection in my voice,” he says. “Life is short, and following your passion is one of the hardest things to do. It was time for me to do that.”

DelMuro sought something that incorporated his engineering background into a creative pursuit that also supported a larger cause. That’s when he ordered a bottle cutting kit and began experimenting with refashioning bottles. “It was a challenge,” he acknowledges. “My first bottle took hours.” Initially, it was an entertaining diversion; fancy vodka bottles were used to make drinkware. “I filled my cupboard with glasses,” he says. “They were unique and my friends had an emotional response to them.”

That same year, DelMuro turned his amusement into a business launching Refresh Glass from his garage, maxing out credit cards as seed money. He tended bar to make ends meet and enrolled in entrepreneurial courses to boost potential. DelMuro fabricated all his own equipment, an obvious source of immense pride. “Our rims have a perfectly beautifully smooth finish,” he beams. “I taught myself everything, trial and error.”

Using bottles proffered by a friend’s bartending company, DelMuro started with four-packs of 16oz glasses. In time, he curried relationships with restaurants and hotels to regularly receive their empty bottles. “That’s still how we do it, five years later,” he says. “It gives glass that would be wasted a whole new beginning. I transformed a problem into an effective business model.” Over the last half-decade, Refresh Glass – a most fitting moniker – has been on the receiving end of flattering local and national press. “There’s a feel-good aspect to this,” DelMuro agrees, “and a lot of people take pride in playing their part.”

Last year, the burgeoning entrepreneur decided he was wearing too many hats, so he took on a minority share investor sympathetic to purpose-driven businesses, a conscious capitalist. “I don’t handle production anymore,” he divulges. “I concentrate on product development, as well as upgrade and fix the machinery. I’m more of a boss now than a production person. It’s about helping the business grow. People love our products; we just need to let the world know we exist.” It’s his greatest challenge, he admits. “In the beginning we didn’t have much of a marketing budget, and we were telling our story one person at a time. Now, we’ve jumped to the next level with great media support.” To capitalize on the positive press, Refresh Glass has taken on a sales team, doubled production capacity, and introduced new collections. “Last year was a big growth spurt for us,” he says. “We moved to a larger space [their fifth upgrade, now operating from a 6,000-square-foot facility] where we produce 1,000 pieces a day, and we’re building inventory.”

The dishwasher-safe, highly durable assortments include five colors – green, gold, clear, antique, and amber (the most popular color perhaps because it’s the least expensive since there are so many amber bottles recycled). There are 75 SKUs – drinkware , carafes, vases, planters, soy candles – which retail from $15 to $40.

The newest collection, the Refresh Memories Kit, has DelMuro stoked. Here’s how it works: customer request an empty crate from Refresh Glass which they fill with the empty wine bottles from an important celebration, like a wedding or birthday. The bottles are then sent to Refresh Glass where they are transformed into etched momentos with names, dates, or other personal messages. “This is a real game changer for us,” DelMuro proclaims. “We transform bottles used at an emotional event to a tangible product. This kit allows people to relive their most cherished memories.” The kits retail from $200 to $350 depending on if you use their collected bottles or your own. The kit includes the cost of the etching which is done in house. “It’s such a unique way to relive the event,” DelMuro continues. “It’s a great gift with real everyday function. The biggest thing on my to-do list is getting th word out on these kits.”

DelMuro is bullish on business, his sights set on being a $20 million player by decade’s end. “Only people crazy enough to dream it get there,” he maintains. “And our product will get us there.” A promising partnership with Whole Foods – it starts locally where Refresh Glass enjoys a huge presence, with the intent of going national – as well as an innovative social media project where DelMuro posts a weekly blog on different product uses for a wine bottle’s parts (like trivets made out of corks) are outside-the-box projects that fuel DelMuro’s passion, a passion clearly palpable in his voice, which he so desperately desired.

”Everyone wants their efforts to be a story and part of something better,” he says. “People love wine and have an attachment to it. You enjoy it with people you care about. Every one of those wine bottles was filled and sold somewhere. Then we step in, take the empty bottle, remake it, and sell it so it has a whole new life. How many products do you know with a story like that, that’s so unique? It’s like a Forrest Gump box of chocolates; every glass has a different story. And, in the process, we’re bettering the planet a bottle at a time.”

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Jellyfish in a Bottle

Make your own jellyfish in a bottle.



 The other day, while I was thinking to get something to put in the water bottle for Bhoom to shake for fun. I saw a plastic grocery bag next to me and then this idea popped up. I think.. well, give it a try.

With some trials and errors, my little jellyfish comes alive just like I thought it would be. : ) When daddy and son first saw it, they’re surprised with their jaws wide open. Then, I asked my hubby to take pictures for this DIY Jellyfish in a bottle.

Things you need to make your own jellyfish (Hope you can find all these in your kitchen) :

1. A transparent plastic grocery bag
2. A plastic water bottles.
3. Thread
4. Food coloring
5. Scissors
• Flatten the bag and cut off the handle and the bottom part
• Cut along both sides  to split into 2 plastic sheets – by the way, we only use just one of them.
• From the center of the plastic sheet, fold it like a tiny balloon to make the head part and tie it with the thread – not too tight . You must leave a little hole in order to pour some water in the head part.
• Now you’ll get the head balloon part and the remaining will be its tentacles. Cut from the edge up to the head part roughly. You’ll get for about 8-10 tentacles.
• For each of them, cut again into 3-4 small strings – and just cut off the remaining part.
• Trim to make random long and short tentacles

When finished, you’ll get something like this (the left pile is all the pieces we cut off)
• Put some water into the head part to make it be able to sink . You must leave some air inside to make be able to float up (see picture 8).
• Fill up your water bottle.
• Put your jellyfish in the bottle with a few drops of blue food coloring. Screw in the cap and that’s all. : )

** Don’t forget to make sure the cap is properly closed and tight before give it to children ** How to play: Just let the kids turn it upside down – they’ll be surprised to see it moves every time they turn the bottle. And they’ll try to confuse this little jellyfish by turning the bottle back and forth very fast – well, my boy did . : )

For young kids like Bhoom, this will help him exercise his hand and arm muscles when he flips, rotates or turns the bottle. They can also learn about the relationship between the direction of bottle and the movement of the jellyfish. For older kids, you can ask them questions about why the jellyfish always floats up to the water surface and what is the differences between the real jellyfish and the one in the bottle.
You can make a few extra bottles for your child’s friends. Trust me! They’ll have much more laugh and fun playing together. : )

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July 22, 2014

How Can I Get My Own Drinks and Bottle them?

How Can I Get My Own Drink Bottle Made?


Disposable Custom Drink Bottles

If you’re looking to get a small number of bottles made, either a one off or maybe for your sports team then there are lots of companies out there that will do it. First you need to decide if you want a permanent re-usable bottle or a disposable bottle with a custom label. If you want your own bottle for an event like a wedding or a conference then a one off bottle with your own label on it is much cheaper than getting a logo printed on to a durable bottle. If you go down this route then you can order in reasonably low quantities – in the region of 20 bottles per case. The pros of getting bottles like this are that they’re cheap and already come with drink in! The cons are that there is a limited choice of drinks –most places are only likely to offer mineral water, but can also be persuaded just to add the label and send you the empty bottles.

Re-usable Custom Bottles

If you want an re-usable drinks bottle with your own logo and colors then you’re going to have to put in a slightly larger order. The setup costs of getting a custom bottle printed are too expensive to make the cost of buying one or two prohibitive. If you want to get sports bottles made then an order of 150-200 is likely to be the minimum. Don’t give up yet though, if you’re logo is really cool then perhaps you can get lots made and sell them to family, friends, team-mates, neighbours, colleagues, who knows!? If you want one, then the chances are someone else would like one too! There’s a variety of bottles available, with a massive range of prices and colors available.

Commercial Bottle Production

If you’ve just invented the best new drink since cola hit the shelves then you’re going to want your own bottle to make it stand out on the shelves. Custom shapes, colours and labels are what you need! Where to get them though? This is a bit more of a specific requirement  and there aren’t so many sites on the internet – but they are out there. Go and buy a few soda bottles and check out the labels – there’ll usually be company names on the packaging somewhere.

So there we are – it’s not a simple question, you can’t just ask for a drinks bottle, you need to know what you want to use it for and how many you’re prepared to order.  However, there are lots of companies out there producing custom bottles, so head to your favorite search engine and take a look! has been a great source of any bottles for your projects.

Tailgating Juice

The ingredients are listed below:

Acaii-Blueberry Vodka

Raspberry Lemonade

Fresh Blueberries

Fresh Raspberries

 Put all of the ingredients into your juicer and enjoy!

Our Beautiful Model Lindsay is holding a fresh bottle of Tailgate Juice.

Tailgate Juice

The Beautiful Lindsay enjoying her Tailgate Juice 

All of this mixed into a great tasting drink that was a hit at the DMB tailgate!!

You can find these 16 oz BBQ Sauce Bottles 

Bottled Fun

Some great ideas for uses of bottles from Blackle Mag

Kids are notorious for playing with packaging, so saving up plastic bottles and jugs for crafting makes perfect sense. With an inventive attitude and a few supplies, fun in a bottle is a sure cure for boredom.

Milk jugs can be turned into game equipment like carton catchers.

Bottled Fun

With some careful cutting, sturdily affixed end tubes and a bit of ornamentation a game of catch is invented. Just add a ball and toss back and forth for an energetic, recycling inspired activity that the whole family can participate in.

Condiment bottles can be repurposed and used for restocking craft materials.

Once empty and cleaned, numerous sizes of bottles that once contained favorite sauces, dressings or dips can be reused to hold art supplies. Plastic condiment bottles are perfect for holding money saving bulk craft items which often dry out because they do not come in ideal containers for long term storage, adding to the waste.

For instance, ketchup and salad dressing bottles are great holders for paints and glues. They are pliable enough to squeeze and many have holes in the top which make for an ideal dispenser. Also, they are durable and air tight once sealed so liquids will keep longer. Plus, the see-through plastic lets you know what is stored inside. Other small containers can hold messy items like glitters, beads and mixed media supplies.

Bottle caps, which some facilities will not recycle, can also be incorporated into useful objects.

For painting, they make instant mixing trays and holders, and the caps can be glued onto a palette or other sturdy surface. They are perfect for holding modeling glues or paints for applying intricate details to projects or blending to achieve a desired color. They can even be filled with things like small beads or other craft or jewelry making supplies.

Bottled Fun

Bottle caps can also be collected and turned into neat designs like wall art mosaics or screen dividers. With a bit of time and some durable, reusable string like twine, fishing line or dental floss, caps can be securely strewn in nearly any color imaginable for a decorative display that can be used inside or outdoors.

Though cutting down on toss-away consumption is the best environmental route, trying to reuse existing plastics in fun ways is entertaining and memory building.

Bottling it up

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DIY: Hot Sauce from Scratch



Hot Sauce. Man oh man, I love it. I am solidly in the camp of folks who believe that everything tastes better with a bit of a kick. There’s really not very many dishes–aside from most desserts and beverages, I guess–that I don’t want to put hot sauce on. Just too many good opportunities out there where a lil’ dab’l do ya. French fries, popcorn, soup, salad, burgers, baked beans, practically all take-out food… the list goes on. If you’re like me and you go through a lot of hot sauce, it’s a safe bet that you’re better off making your own at home. Not only is DIY great for controlling the flavor and the heat, but also allows you to experience the depth of flavor and intensity each individual variety of pepper offers. Plus, it’s SO easy!

If you’re not addicted to hot sauce like I am, you should still consider making your own. It’s perfect for recipes that require a little extra kick… or to have on hand for dinner guests like me. Offer me your homemade hot-n-spicysauce at your lovely dinner party and I will love you forever.

This recipe I’m sharing with you is my favorite classic-style hot sauce that’s appropriate for just about anything and requires few ingredients or fuss. Bare in mind, I like my hot sauce hot (at least equal to Sriracha in spicy factor) so use wisely and sparingly.

Recipe Notes:

  • You can replace half of the habaneros in this recipe with another sweet red pepper to drastically cut back on heat.
  • I added sumac to mine for a touch of color and flavor. Sumac can be located in the spice section of specialty markets or Middle Eastern grocers. Feel free to omit.
  • While roasting the habaneros, keep your hands from contact burns by wearing gloves, and keep those peppers far away from your eyes!
  • Feel free to omit the salt or replace it with Braggs Liquid Aminos, etc. I like my sauce to add flavor as well as heat and feel that a little bit of sodium helps.
  • Adjust this sauce from HOT to mild by simply replacing the same weight of peppers for a milder variety. Check out this chart for a quick run-down:


Classic Hot Sauce (vegan, gluten-free)

  • 3 large red bell peppers
  • 7 Habanero peppers (about 200 g), or the same weight of your favorite variety
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup water

Preheat your oven to 425 ºF. Place the bell peppers and habanero peppers onto a lipped metal oven-safe pan. Remove the papery outside of the garlic bulb and slice of the top (opposite the root) to expose just the tops of the garlic cloves. Drizzle bulb with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and wrap loosely in foil. Roast in oven until the habaneros are wilted and garlic is tender, about 25 minutes. Remove garlic and habaneros and let cool. Once cool remove the stems and seeds from the habaneros and the garlic cloves from the bulb.

Continue to roast the red peppers until the skin separates easily from the pepper, about 20 more minutes, flipping often to prevent burning and uneven cooking. Let cool, remove the stems and skin and discard.


Once all the peppers and garlic are roasted, place into a blender along with the rest of the ingredients, except for the water. Blend up all the ingredients until it is smooth and then add the water to thin, blending until the sauce is completely pureed. Funnel into clean, re-sealable bottles, and store in fridge. Put on everything!


All of the bottles you will need to bottle this sauce can be found at In particular our 5 oz Woozy Bottles are perfect.

How to Make a Green Smoothie Delicious

How to Make a Green Smoothie Delicious

By Jenné Claiborne on Veg Daily Blog –

Green smoothies are all the rage these days, and for good reason. We can all probably afford to consume more dark leafy greens. Enjoying a green smoothie makes it easy. My daily green smoothie even helped me to quit drinking coffee by supplying my body with raw energy.

Leafy greens fill a smoothie with chlorophyll, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that you can’t get using just fruit, but it’s no secret that it’s easier to make a tasty fruit smoothie than it is a delicious green smoothie. How do you make a smoothie filled with green vegetables taste delicious? I assure you, it can be done.

KNOW YOUR GREENS If you want to create a delicious green smoothie, it’s important to choose the right greens. You can’t go wrong with spinach, kale, collards, chard (rib removed), beet greens, and romaine. If you’re new to green smoothies, start with the milder tasting greens like spinach and romaine. Some herbs are also delicious in smoothies. Try cilantro, mint, basil, or parsley blended in with other greens. Though they are incredibly nutritious, mustard greens, dandelion greens, arugula, and other spicy leaves aren’t the best addition smoothies. Save them for salads, or for your favorite cooked dishes including soups and sautées.

ADD THE RIGHT FRUIT To add natural sweetness to a green smoothie, incorporate some in-season fruit. In summer, mango, peaches, pineapple, and berries make their way into my blends. For the perfect smooth texture, always use a creamy fruit like mango, banana, or avocado. Frozen fruit makes it even creamier.

LOVE YOUR LIQUIDS I like fruity smoothies, so my liquid base is usually a very juicy fruit like pineapple or orange. When blended, these fruits become the only liquid I need. For thinner smoothies, try coconut water, fruit juice, or almond milk; each makes for a unique smoothie.

BULK IT UP For added protein, fiber, and flavor, try bulking up your smoothie to make it a complete meal. Chia, flax, and hemp seeds can be blended into smoothies to add healthy protein plus omega-3 fat. You can also try a spoonful or two of your favorite nut butter such as almond, cashew, or peanut.

BLEND IT SMOOTH A great high-speed blender such as a Vitamix will take you to smoothie heaven in no time. If you don’t have one of the more expensive machines, that’s okay: try blending your smoothie longer for the perfect texture. Using frozen fruits will help prevent the smoothie from warming up during the blending process.

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About Jenné Claiborne

Jenné Claiborne is a vegan chef, cooking instructor, and health coach based in New York City. On her vegan food blog, Sweet Potato Soul, she shares delicious healthy recipes inspired by her Southern upbringing and world travels. She also has a vegan cooking show on Youtube. Follow Jenné on FacebookTwitterYoutube, and Pinterest.

Bottles used as holders for Flowers

All Bottled Up {Sunday Hospitality}

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When my husband and I were married 17 years ago – you know, during those old-fashioned days of the 1990s – we received the usual allotment of proper Southern Lady style housekeeping items including a whole host of elaborate vases – glass, ceramic, porcelain, silver and the like.

Being a good Southern bride, I tried each gift, giving each vase its turn in the middle of our humble, but new-to-us dining table, filling the vases with an assortment of grocery store bouquets.

As the years passed, I grew in self-confidence and in my sense of style. And I learned a few things about what I did and didn’t like. I preferred cabbage roses to stem roses, farmers market sunflowers to hot-house lilies, and wild zinnias to any sort of alstroemeria. I also learned my favorite sort of vase is of the dime or thrift store variety. In my house these days, you’ll find I’m older, but my style is fresher than ever.

Instead of silver and porcelain, there are glass jars, vintage milk jugs and stoneware pitchers filled with wildflowers, daffodils and flowering branches. There is also simple, colorful, graphic, soda bottles placed around the house, sometimes in a group, sometimes by themselves. They’re by the bathroom sink, on the coffee table, by the stove, on the porch and by our bed – filled with simple, colorful, stems picked from the garden or purchased at the market.

I just love how simple, friendly and clean they look. I even use them for dinner parties – indoors and out. One stem, in a single, simple bottle makes a lovely accent at each place setting and can also double as a party-favor for the guest. (Now that’s something you could never do with a fancy fine-china vase, now is it?)


Tips for Making Fresh Flowers Last
Fresh garden flowers never last as long indoors as store-bought ones do. This is just the hard and fast truth. They aren’t bred for it. But there are a few tricks to help preserve their beauty longer.

*Make sure your bottle or vase is well sterilized with hot water. Then let cool. Don’t use too much soap.

*Fill vessel with tepid water ¾ full. Add ½ teaspoon of bleach per 32 oz. of water.

* Before putting stems in water, make sure they’re cut at an angle where the stem is still crisp but not floppy and place immediately into your vase. (If the stem has hardened and turned brown or is mushy, cut it down to where it is crisp again.)

* Make sure to remove all leaves or shoots from the portion of the stem that will be immersed. Failing to do this results in cloudy, smelly, awful water and causes the flowers to fade faster.


jeruArkansas Women Blogger Jerusalem Jackson Greer is a writer, speaker, nest-fluffer, urban farm-gal and author of A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together. Jerusalem lives with her husband and two sons in a 1940s cottage in Arkansas at the crossroads of beauty and mess with an ever-changing rotation of pets, including a hen house full of chickens. As a family, they are attempting to live a slower version of modern life.  She blogs about all of this and more at


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Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Elizabeth Rider

Have you ever wanted to know the secret to making restaurant-worthy salads at home? Here’s a hint: it’s the dressing.

More though, it’s the flavor of the individual ingredients in your homemade dressing.

The best news? You can whip up homemade dressing in less than a minute once you learn the method. Today I’m going to teach you the perfect homemade balsamic vinaigrette recipe.

Back to the ingredients. High-quality doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive, it just means shopping smarter and choosing the right ingredients. When preparing a homemade salad dressing – or anything for that matter – make sure that each individual ingredient is delicious on its own.

The ratio of vinegar to oil in the perfect vinaigrette is up for debate – I really like half & half. Some people prefer a 1:2 ratio of vinegar to oil (e.g. 1/2 cup vinegar to 1 cup oil) or even 1:3. Just play around with it until you find how you enjoy it most.


  • Balsamic Vinegar – the most important thing! Not all balsamics are made the same. I repeat, not all balsamics are made the same. If it’s too bitter or acidic alone, you’ll end up with a less-than-pleasing dressing. Balsamic vinegar that comes in giant bargain bottles tends to be acidic, look for a smaller bottle of well-aged balsamic. A little goes a long way and for a few extra dollars you’ll end up loving your salad. I’ve been loving aged fig balsamic lately.
  • Olive Oil – look for extra virgin and something with a light pleasant flavor.
  • Dijon or Whole Grain Mustard – I love the grainy kind – I’ve been using Sierra Nevada Stout a lot lately. Some people like Grey Poupon and I’ve used it on occasion. Again, just make sure you like the flavor before adding it to your dressing. Most people consider this ingredient optional in balsamic vinaigrette, but I always add it as it really enhances the flavor and also helps the emulsion process.
  • Sea Salt – I always use sea salt for it’s rich mineral content, look for a finely ground salt so it dissolves in your dressing. I use the brand Real Salt.
  • Black Pepper – freshly ground is always best, I twist my grinder to a medium grind.
  • Optional add-ins - Fresh garlic or fresh minced shallots. I don’t always add these because a high-quality mustard will already contain these flavors. Raw garlic is incredibly strong; if using just smash the clove and let it sit in the vinaigrette for a few minutes to infuse flavor but not over power it. Per one cup, one smashed garlic clove or one teaspoon minced shallot should do it.
  • Just say no to added sugar. If you use a good aged balsamic, you won’t need to add any extra sweetness. Also, aged balsamic contains a little sugar, so be mindful of how much you consume and skip any added sugar in your salad (e.g. candied nuts, etc.). Some naturally occurring sugar (e.g. apple) is ok.

This recipe also works great with any kind of vinegar you like, especially red wine vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is full of health benefits and is also great in this recipe.

Make your homemade salad dressings in small batches. It only takes a minute to make fresh dressing and fresh is always best. It will keep up to one week in an airtight glass container in your refrigerator if you have leftovers. It might separate, just shake it up before using. The recipe below makes 1 cup, but you can use the proportions to make any amount.


Makes 1 cup

  • 1/2 cup extra balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Make Your Own: Pork Rub

This easy to make rub is made with ingredients you already have in your pantry. Thanks to A Life in Balance, I know what's on the menu for this weekend! Double the recipe, store it in a spice jar from online, put a bow on top and bring it to your next party as a hostess gift for the griller!

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Chill Out Diffuser Blend

 This essential oil blend can be stored in a vial and be ready for your diffuser when you need to chill out. You'll want to stock up on screw top vials when you see all the great DIY information on the oneessentialcommunity site.

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Mother's Day is coming! is a great site with easy directions for a special DIY treat for MOM...Bottle it up in dram perfume samplers and give it out to the wonderful ladies in your life.

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Bottle it up!

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