Monday, September 27, 2010

Pizza Sauce

This is soooo good and easy!

I just made my own pizza sauce because when I went to the pantry there was no "already made for me pizza sauce."  I thought oops, but now I am really grateful.  :-)  And we needed a quick quick dinner.

Anyway, this was soooo easy I had to share...

Pizza Sauce
12 oz bionature organic strained tomatoes in glass (homegrown and home canned is great too)
1 6oz bionature organic tomato paste
1/4 cup chicken broth (homemade always)
Couple dashes of organic dehydrated onion (or fresh onion if you like it)
1 tsp organic brown sugar
1/2 tsp organic basil
1/2 tsp organic oregano
1/2 tsp organic parsley flakes
1/4 tsp organic garlic powder
Sea salt to taste

I put all of this in the jumbo sized cup that came with our Bullet blender and blended!  Viola!!  Yummy pizza sauce!!  And freeze what you don't use in a glass jar.

Then we used Organic 365 tortilla shells (whole wheat and white), or Food for Life Sprouted Tortilla shells, Applegate pepperoni and organic mozzarella cheese (buy the chunk and shred it yourself).  Place one tortilla shell on a hot griddle top with sauce, cheese and meat (and normally veggies) cook until golden brown and then flip so the other side is also golden brown (I use a plate for easy flipping).  Cut into wedges with a pizza cutter and that was our quick quick dinner.  Enjoy!

Food Storage


Everything in my house, that has the numbers on the bottom of 3, 6, 7, or shows no in a large shopping bag.  WOW!!  That a lot of stuff!  What am I going to do with that shopping bag full of bad plastics?....I am not quite sure yet.  :-)

I am cleaning and using spaghetti jars and baby food jars for my storage and even our new "funky" drinking glasses!!

Today, I am heading to Wal-Mart to buy the kids new sippy cups.  Ones that say "No BPA."  Luckily a few of the sippy cups we have are ok, but the majority of them have no numbers and no info etched on the bottom and they are out of here!! 

I also checked the kids plates and some were a number 5, the rest of the plates...bye bye.

Good bye plastics and hello GLASS!!

I am going to email Pyrex to make sure about their storage lids.  Pyrex storage lids are BPA free!!!  YAY!!!

And I am waiting to hear back about Tupperware products too.

FYI...all Thermos products have been BPA free since 2009!!  Good for you Thermos!!!  That's why I LOVE Thermos brand!  Especially their cold beverage bottles, we have 6 in our house!!  This cuts down on plastic bottles and it keeps our drinking cold all day.  Good stuff!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Food Storage

I am going to further do some research on dish washing and the plastics (in a dishwasher). 

I want to know if not using the high temperature wash settings helps (does less or no BPA leech out if washed at the lower temperature setting).  I have always been a "HIGH TEMP dishwasher setting girl."  I want to boil those germs and food off of my dishes.  I actually feel like hand washed dishes don't get the boil bath that I want them to have (though sometimes there are little particles of food left on the dishes...but hey they were boiled, right?  So, they are clean, germ free food particles...right???  LOL

I will get back to you on this.

Can you tell I am NOT loving handing washing my plastics.  And after I finished the blog on Food Storage and looked around my house...I have a LOT of plastic in my house!!!!

Whole Foods

Just a note that I want to make clear...when shopping at Whole Foods, try to stick to the brand that is made exclusively for Whole Foods...365.  The prices are great and I LOVE everything that I have bought from the 365 line!

Whole Foods-Heaven

If Heaven has a grocery store....I hope that it is a Whole Foods.  ;-)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Why I LOVE Whole Foods...Let me count the ways. :-)

I continually bug my friend Lynda with questions.  Questions this product this product safe.  I asked her the other day if there was somewhere I could go to get this info.  She referred me to Whole Foods website  So, I just visited their web site (AWESOME recipes on there by the way) and found the following information. 

(My "lover of Excel brain" is going to create a spreadsheet that all you have to do is type in the name of the ingredient you are looking for to see if the ingredient is on WF unacceptable list.  Email me if you are interested in receiving the Excel file. )  Now, there is no more this OK to buy?...I have the list of no no ingredients to follow.

We cannot depend on the Cosmetic Database, they do not keep their database current and they combine natural/essential oils/fragrances with the artificial/synthetic fragrances, which GREATLY skews data.  You can still use it but research the fragrances first.  For example, Burt's Bees mostly uses essential oils for their fragrances but the Cosmetic Database lumps synthetic with the essential oils, so Burt's has some pretty bad numbers, which are not true numbers.  Make sense?

See below....see why I LOOOOVE Whole Foods...

Unacceptable Ingredients for Food

Generated on September 8, 2010
 The following list contains ingredients that Whole Foods Market finds unacceptable in food products.  (We reserve the right to change this list at any time. Please note that creating a product with no unacceptable ingredients does not guarantee that Whole Foods Market will sell it. This list is intended for illustrative purposes only. If you are interested in selling your product to Whole Foods Market, please contact a WFM buyer.)

acesulfame-K (acesulfame potassium)
acetylated esters of mono- and diglycerides
ammonium chloride
artificial color
artificial flavors
benzoates in food
benzoyl peroxide
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
bleached flour
bromated flour
brominated vegetable oil (BVO)
calcium bromate
calcium disodium EDTA
calcium peroxide
calcium propionate
calcium saccharin
calcium sorbate
calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate
certified colors
cysteine (l-cysteine), as an additive for bread products
DATEM (Diacetyl tartaric and fatty acid esters of mono and diglycerides)
dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DSS)
disodium calcium EDTA
disodium dihydrogen EDTA
disodium guanylate
disodium inosinate
ethyl vanillin
ethylene oxide
FD & C colors
foie gras
GMP (disodium guanylate)
hexa-, hepta- and octa-esters of sucrose
hydrogenated fats
IMP (disodium inosinate)
irradiated foods
lactylated esters of mono- and diglycerides
lead soldered cans
methyl silicon
microparticularized whey protein derived fat substitute
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
partially hydrogenated oil
potassium benzoate
potassium bisulfite
potassium bromate
potassium metabisulfite
potassium sorbate
propyl gallate
sodium aluminum phosphate
sodium aluminum sulfate
sodium benzoate
sodium bisulfite
sodium diacetate
sodium glutamate
sodium nitrate/nitrite
sodium propionate
sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate
sodium sulfite
solvent extracted oils, as standalone single-ingredient oils (except grapeseed oil).
sorbic acid
sucrose polyester
sulfites (sulfur dioxide)
TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone)
tetrasodium EDTA
(82 ways.  LOL)

OK, now for our body care products....hold on to your hat....
Whole Foods Market - Quality Standards

Unacceptable Ingredients to Premium Body Care
Generated on September 8, 2010
 C12-15 alkyl lactate

1,2 hexanediol

AA2G-Ascorbyl Glucoside

acetamide MEA

acrylates copolymer

acrylic acid/vp crosspolymer

aerosol sprays




alkyl benzoate

alkyldimethylamine oxide

alpha arbutin

alpha hydroxy acids

aluminum glycinate

aluminum hydroxide

aluminum oxide

aluminum powder


aminomethyl propanol

Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate


ammonium alum

ammonium laureth sulfate

ammonium lauryl sulfate

ammonium polacrylate

ammonium xylene sulfonate



artificial colors
Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate
babassuamidopropalkonium chloride
behenalkonium chloride
behenamidopropyl hydroxyethyl dimonium chloride
behenoxy dimethicone
behentrimonium methosulfate
benzalkonium chloride
benzethonium chloride
benzyl PCA
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2
Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl
Dimer Dilinoleate
bismuth oxychloride
Blue WS 1430
boron nitride
Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine
Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
butylene glycol
butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer
Butylphenyl methylpropianol
C 11-15 Pareth 12
C 12-14 Olefin Sulfonate
C 12-15 Alkyl benzoate
C 12-15 Alkyl octanoate
C 13-14 Isoparaffin
C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester
C18-38 alkyl hydroxystearol stearate
Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate Silica
capryl isostearate
Carbowax (see polyethylene glycol)
castor oil/IPDI copolymer
Castoryl maleate
CDE (see cocomide DEA)
ceramide 2, 3
certified colors
ceteareth 2 ¿ 100
ceteareth 5 - 20
Cetearyl Ethylhexanote
cetearyl isononanoate
cetearyl methicone
Ceteth -20 Phosphate
cetrimonium bromide
cetrimonium chloride
cetyl betaine
Cetylpyridinium Chloride
Cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride
cocamide betaine
Cocamide DEA
Cocamide MEA
cocamide MIPA
cocamidopropyl pg-dimonium chloride
cocamidopropyl PG-dimonium chloride phosphate
Cocamidopropylamine Oxide
cocamine oxide
coco betaine
coco phosphatidyl pg-dimonium chloride
Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Rice
colloidal anhydrous silica
colloidal minerals
colloidal silver
Copper disodium EDTA
corn glycol
diazolidinyl urea
dicaprylyl carbonate
dicaprylyl ether
dicetyldimonium chloride
diethanolamine (DEA)
diisopropyl dimerate
Diisostearyl Malate
dimethicone copolyol
dimethicone crosspolymer-3
Dimethicone glycereth-2 cocoate
dimethyl capramide
Dimethyl oxobenzo dioasilane
Dimethyl Phenyl 2-Butanol
dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DSS)
dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline
dipropylene glycol
disodium EDTA
Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate
disodium oleamido succinate
Distarch Phospate Acetate
distearate 75
Disteardimonium Hectoride
DMDM hydantoin
emu oil
Equine oil
ethoxydiglycol oleate
ethyl acetate
ethyl diglycol (see polyethylene glycol)
ethyl methoxycinnamate
ethyl vanillin
Ethyl Vanillin
ethylene glycol
Ethylhexyl isononanoate
Ethylyhexyl Salicylate
FD & C colors
fragrance, synthetic (botanical fragrance, parfum, etc.)
Glycereth-2 cocoate
glycereth-7 cocoate
glyceryl isostearate
glyceryl polyacrylate
Glyceryl rosinate
glycolic acid
Hexadecyl Isononanoate
Hexahydroxystearate/ Hexastearate/Hexarosinate
hexyl laurate
hexylene glycol
human placental protein
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl
Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl
Taurate Copolymer
Hydroxyethyl Soyamide
Hydroxyethyl urea
Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane
imidazolidinyl urea
iodopropynyl butylcarbamate
Iselux LQ
isocetyl isostearate
Isocetyl Stearate
Isononyl Isononanoate
isopropyl methylphenol
isopropyl myristate
Isopropyl phenyl dimethicone
Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate
Isostearyl Isostearate
kojic acid
lactamidopropyl trimonium chloride
lactic acid
Lauramide MEA
Lauryl Amidopropyl Betaine
lauryl glucoside betaine
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
Magnesium Myristate
MEA-containing ingredients
Methyl Gluceth-10
methyl glyceth-20
methyl glycol
methyl nicotinate
Methyl Propanediol
methyl rapeseed extract
Methyl soyate
methylsilanol mannuronate
microcrystalline wax
mineral oil
myristic acid
myristyl alcohol
myristyl ether sulfate
Myristyl Lactate
myristyl myristate
nanotechnology ingredients
nonoxynol 10
Octyl dimethyl PABA
Octyl Dodecyl Neopentanoate
octyl methoxycinnamate
Oleamidopropyl dimethylamine
Olefin Sulfonate
oleth (2-50)
oleyl betaine
Oleyl Oleate
PABA (Para-Aminobenzoic Acid
panthenyl ethyl ether
panthenyl triacetate
Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (see PABA)
PCA-ethyl cocoyl arginate
pearl powder
PEG (see polyethylene glycol)
PEG 35 (stearate) castor oil
PEG-10 Sunflower Glycerides
PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate
PEG-150 distearate
PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate
PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate
PEG-20, 100 stearate
PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil
Peg-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate
PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric glycerides
PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate
PEG/PPG-20/15 dimethicone
pentaerythrityl distearate
Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl
Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl
Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate
pentaerythrityl tetrastearate
Pentasodium Pentetate
pentylene glycol
phenylbenzimidazole-5-sulfonic acid
placental protein
polaxamer 335
polyethylene glycol (PEG)
Polyglyceryl -10 Behenate/Eicosadioate
polyglyceryl -2 dipolyhydroxystearate
Polyglyceryl Methacrylate
polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate
Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate
polyglyceryl-3 stearate
Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate
polyimide 1
polypropylene glycol
Polyquaternium 7, 10, 11
polysilicone-11, -15
potassium alum
Potassium C12-13 Alkyl Phosphate
potassium iodide
Potassium Myristate
PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer
PPG-15 stearyl ether
Propyl Gallate
propylene carbonate
propylene glycol
propylene glycol alginate
Propylheptyl Caprylate
Providone (see polyvinylpyrrolidone)
PTFE (teflon)
pvp/eicosene copolymer
pvp/va copolymer
Ricinoleylpropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate
salicylic acid
Silica Dimethyl Silylate
silica silylate
silver citrate
soapstone (see talc)
sodium acrylate
sodium bisulfite
Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
sodium cetearyl sulfate
Sodium coco-sulfate
sodium cocoyl sulfate
Sodium Erythorbate
Sodium fluoride
sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
sodium isostearoyl lactylate
sodium laureth sulfate
Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate
Sodium Lauryl Glucosideoxyacetate
sodium lauryl sulfate
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
Sodium metabisulfite
Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate
sodium myreth sulfate
Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate
sodium polyacrylate
Sodium sulfate
sodium sulfite
Sodium Trideceth Sulfate
sorbitan isostearate
soyamide DEA
soyamidopropalkonium chloride
stearamidopropyl dimethyl amine
Steardimonium Chloride
steareth-2, 20, 21, 100 etc
styrene-pvp copolymer
Styrene/acrylates copolymer
Sulfated Castor Oil
Synthetic Beeswax
synthetic fragrance
Synthetic Wax
TEA-Lauryl Sulfate
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate
Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine
tetrasodium EDTA
Thiotic Acid
tin oxide
Tri Alkyl Citrate
Tridecyl Neopentanoate
tridecyl salicylate
triethanolamine (TEA)


trisodium EDTA (see tetrasodium EDTA)

Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate

tromethamine stearate
Vanillyl Butyl Ether
Water Caprolactam/VP/Dimethylaminoethyl
Methacrylate Copolymer
Wheat germamidopropyl betaine
Wheatgermamidopropyl Dimethylamine
willow bark extract
Zinc pyrithione
(423 ways. LOL)

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Food Storage

I have to get a bit technical for a minute...bare with me.  :-)

Definition-Bisphenol A, commonly abbreviated as BPA, is an organic compound with two phenol functional groups used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, along with other applications. 
Known to be estrogenic since the mid 1930s, concerns about the use of bisphenol A in consumer products were regularly reported in the news media in 2008 after several governments issued reports questioning its safety, thus prompting some retailers to remove products containing it from their shelves. A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised further concerns regarding exposure of fetuses, infants, and young children.[1]

Ok, now for the results of what high exposure to BPA may do to you or your kids...
cause obesity
cause negative effects on fetal and infant brain development and behavior
alter memory
alter learning
alter mood
alter thyroid function
increase risk of cancer
alter breast development
increase breast cancer risk
may reduce sensitivity to chemotherapy treatment of specific tumors
increase in prostrate cancer
increase heart disease in women
premature labor
colon problems
enhances allergic sensitization
bronchial inflammation (asthma)
heart disease
diabetes a get it...BPA can be BAD STUFF!!

Now...where do we find BPA.  Hold onto your hat.  BPA is found in...
the plastic lining inside canned foods
polycarbonate plastics, especially those that are cleaned with harsh detergents or used to contain acidic or high-temperature liquids (Plastics 3, 6, 7)
canned soft drinks
in our air
through skin absorption
thermal paper (paper found in adding machines, cash registers, and credit card terminals, airline tickets, event and cinema tickets, certain labels)
carbonless copy paper (like in your check book or some hand written receipt paper)
infant liquid formula (BPA was rarely found in infant powder formula)
formula fed in polycarbonate bottles (must use glass bottles with baby formula!!!)
our kids sippy cups, plates and utensils

How you can you lower your exposure to BPA???
Avoid all canned food (frozen is better for you anyway)
Avoid polycarbonate plastic (any plastic labeled on the bottom with "Other, 3, 6, or 7")
Do not microwave in plastic containers
Do not freeze liquids or foods in plastic containers (or at least when food or liquid is hot)
Avoid putting plastics in your dishwasher
Buy General Mills organic brand of canned tomatoes "Muir Glen"

If you Google BPA, you will see there is some controversay.  But from the reaseach I have done, there is way more research that shows BPA is bad.  So, we are trying everything we can to stay away from it.  I think frozen fruits and veggies taste better than canned anyway.  Or shop for your foods and beverages in glass containers.  I have always thought things taste better in glass rather than in a can anyway, don't you?

I LOVE Pyrex!!  I have been slowly transforming my food storage cabinet into glass food storage for a while now.  After researching this, I think the "slowly" will become an "immediate" final transforming of the food storage cabinet.  You can buy Pyrex very reasonably priced at Wal-Mart and in all shapes and sizes.

You do understand that I am not saying "GET rid of all of your plastic containers!"....right??  I am saying stay away from as many canned foods and drinks that you can and any plastic containers with the recycling code of "Other, 3, 6 or 7."  And please don't microwave or freeze foods or beverages in plastic.  If you have to freeze and use plastic, the plastic MUST be made with Plastics 1, 2, 4 or 5 and allow the food you are putting in the plastic container to cool first before placing the food into the plastic storage container.  And hand wash plastics only!!

There is controversary when it comes to the plastic containers that say they are safe to be microwaved or frozen in.  "Microwave safe" may just mean the item won't melt in the microwave, not that it is "safe."  I am done all together with plastics when it comes to the microwave.  And since I am not a fan of hand looks like I am only keeping my tupperware (for food storage not cooking or freezing) items and hand washing them...the rest of my plastics...SEE YA'!  In the past, if I stored food in a plastic container, I would transfer it to a glass container before reheating anyway.  So...why not just put the food in the glass container in the first place??

Ironic thought......Maybe if we would not have had this shift to plastics, Ball Corp and Kerr would still be in business!  Just a thought!  Think of the number of jobs that were lost.  If we take action, we may see these businesses open their doors again!  How cool would that be?!

Thursday, September 2, 2010


I am in LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For years, I have had these tiny little bumps on the outsides of my arms (bicep area and around the back of my arms).  I never knew what they were.....they were just.....always there!

I have been using wowgreen laundry detergent for a few weeks now and GUESS WHAT I discovered this wonderful morning???

The tiny bumps, that I have come to accept in my life............ ARE GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     YAY!!!

The detergent is really amazing.  We have a HE washing machine.  One bottle of wowgreen laundry detergent will do 128 loads (64 loads in a regular washing machine)!  That is crazy!!  You use 1/2 oz per each load of laundry.  The cost is around $0.18 per load in a HE washing machine and around $0.36 per load in a regular washing machine.  And you don't use softener with the wowgreen detergent!  That saves us a ton of money right there!!

My detergent history......
Many years ago I had to stop using Tide.  Every time I would do laundry and then wear the clothes right after washing, I would get a rash and itch.  So, I changed to a different detergent and things got better.

Then after a few months the same things started happening again.  If I wore clothes that had been washed a few weeks ago, it was better, but if I wore clothes that were fresh out of the dryer I would itch like crazy.  I did some research and found out that scented Downy has fiberglass in it.  So, when I put my shirt on and my back started to itch, it was the fiberglass pressing on my skin.  FIBERGLASS!!  Are you kidding me?  It felt the exact same way it felt when I has a kid and would help my grandpa up in the attic with all the pink panther insulation to keep us warm.  I don't think that should be in our detergent, that we use on our clothes that we wear on our skin every day.  Do you??

So, in a nut shell..................I LOVE wowgreen laundry detergent!!! 

Check out my wowgreen website at

If you don't detergent from wowgreen please find a safer detergent than the one you are currently using.  :-)