Archive for April, 2010

I found out today that my blog landed no. 28 of the top 100 Latina Blogs!

http://latinablogs.gotop100.com/index2.html

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To save some money, I always make my own chocolate covered strawberries. This recipe is easy to make and delicious to eat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of strawberries with stems intact
  • 1 package (12 oz or less) of your favorite chocolate chips
  • 1 Tb of vegetable oil (or a less)
  1. Wash and completely DRY the strawberries. If the strawberries are moist, the chocolate won’t stick to the strawberries properly.
  2. Using a double boiler, add about an inch of water to the bottom pot and add the chips to the top pot. (If you don’t have a double boiler, two pot of slight size difference will work.) Use low medium heat and the heat will slowly cause the chips to melt. Using a spatula, stir the chips and add the oil to create a smoother texture.  Remove from heat.
  3. Stir each strawberry into the mixture and allow the excess to drip off before placing it onto wax paper. Place the strawberries in the fridge for no more than 1 hour, to prevent condensation.

I love using dark chocolate chips for the strawberries and using other topping as well. Coconut flakes, chopped nuts and candy can be used to coat the strawberry as well.

In anticipation of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this year, make some eco-friendly changes to your daily life with these easy tips (If you have some of your tips, do share!).

Don’t pour FOG down your kitchen sink . FOG (Fats, Oils, Grease) from cooking don’t belong in your kitchen sink because of the problems it causes by blocking sewer pipes. When the sewer pipes are blocked, it causes sewage to overflow, which harms the environment. To prevent this, pour FOG into sealed cans instead and throw it in the trash. Excess grease from pots and pans should be wiped off with a paper towel.

Reusable shopping totes. These totes were previously frowned upon because they were ugly and uncool to carry around. But now retail stores and major department stores are making their own reusable totes that are too fabulous to ignore. When you go shopping with these fab bags, big name supermarkets even give you cash back for each shopping bag you reuse or recycle.

Love free stuff? Then throw a party! I threw an eco-swap party not too long ago where I requested that guests bring unwanted items to my party to swap, which were in good and excellent condition. The most swapped items were books, accessories, photo frames and albums and kitchen ware. We had tried to get rid of our items using a show and tell format. I stood there like a promoter explaining the history of my item and the numerous ways the item could be used.  At the end of the party,  unswapped items were donated to  a Salvation Army drop off center.