Archive | December, 2012

Recycled Gift Wrap

24 Dec

Too much paper ends up in the landfill. Back in the old days our Grandparents would use whatever paper was available to wrap a gift, such as newspapers and paper bags. So why not bring back an old-time tradition, save yourself some money and help out mother earth.  For this particular package I used an old map. It is a fun and thoughtful way to wrap a gift in memories of places visited. If you use store-bought wrapping paper ask your family to carefully open the package so you can save the paper to re-use next year along with the ribbons!  You can also use  wrapping paper to line drawers,  or as book covers, or even shred the paper to fill packages that contain fragile items you plan to ship.

Photo by: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Stay Hydrated During the Holidays

11 Dec

Food fun and cocktails can dehydrate you, not to mention the calories.  Here is how you can stay hydrated and  keep calories at bay during the festive season. To make it fun and tasty fill a pitcher with filtered water, add sliced lemons and fill your cocktail glass with this wonderful beverage which will keep you going all day and night!

Photo by: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Homemade Hummus

11 Dec

All you need is a can of Garbanzo Beans, garlic, tahini sauce, and lemon juice.

  • 3 cloves chopped garlic

  • 2 tsp. olive oil

  • 1 can of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

  • 4 tsp  tahini

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/3 cup of water

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • In a food processor add garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini, salt, water, and lemon juice

  • Puree until smooth and creamy.

  • Transfer to a bowl and top with a sprig of  parsley

  • Serve  with pita bread, veggies or tortilla chips.

  • Can be refregerated for up to three days.  Enjoy!

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