Mom” at Tiny Green Mom has been using California Baby® Calendula Cream daily on her daughter since she was just weeks old, and was pleased to discover that this planet-friendly company has some fabulous special offers on their website! Click here.

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Chef Laurie Gauguin on Delicious Living takes the little used parsnip, marries it with apples, and turns it into a flavorful, full-bodied soup that uses rice milk rather than cream for those avoiding dairy or watching caloric intake. Seconds, anyone?

Apple-Parsnip Bisque

Ingredients

2 pounds sweet apples (such as Fuji), peeled, cored, and quartered
1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
1½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch dice
1 large yellow onion, cut into 6 pieces, layers pulled apart
3 tablespoons vegetable oil (not olive oil)
1 teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
10 large sage leaves, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (stripped from stems)
8 cups plain rice milk

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450°.

In a large mixing bowl, toss together apples, parsnips, sweet potatoes, onion, oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange evenly in an 11×17-inch pan with an edge. Place in lower third of oven and roast for about 45 minutes, stirring vegetables and rotating pan every 15 minutes. When everything is fork-tender and nicely browned (some may be more tender than others; not to worry), remove from oven and set aside until cool enough to handle.

Working in batches, purée apple-vegetable mixture, sage, and thyme in a blender or food processor, adding enough rice milk to allow soup to move freely. Process each batch for 2-3 minutes to ensure a perfectly smooth texture.

Pour soup into a medium saucepan. Stir in any remaining rice milk. Simmer gently for 15 minutes to infuse flavors.

Thanks Delicious Living Magazine!

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Mom” at Tiny Green Mom was recently introduced to Mad Hippie – a fantastic socially responsible company that has developed a natural skin care line. Now, “Mom” went to college in Colorado, and couldn’t help but be intrigued by Mad Hippie, just by the name alone, as it brought back old college memories of friends who drove VW buses, wore tie dyed t-shirts and drank Fat Tire beer. But after reading about this company and the phenomenal line of products they have developed, “Mom” couldn’t wait to try out the No More Crows Eye Cream!

The first thing to note about the eye cream is how delightfully fresh it smells when applying! (No chemical-laden smell here!) Rich in natural moisturizers, such as Argan Oil, No More Crows features the benefits of White Tea, Chamomile Extract, and Pomegranate, plus Regu-Age, Eyeliss, and Dermaxyl. This rich, peptide eye repair cream utilizes the antioxidant power of both the White Tea and Pomegranate to lift and tone the skin around the eyes, as well as to help heal the wrinkles already starting to form. In addition, No More Crows help to increase the production of both collagen and elastin, reduce inflammation and fight free radical damage. This is one potent eye cream! To learn more about the ingredients & their benefits found in No More Crows Eye Repair Cream, please click here.

At only $24, Mad Hippie’s No More Crows is affordable and one bottle lasts for a full month’s supply. Mad Hippie even offers a 100% Money-Back Guarantee if you are not satisfied with the results. To purchase this and other natural skin care products from Mad Hippie, visit www.madhippie.com.

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Here’s a tried and true favorite recipe during the summer – zucchini bread! (what better way to get kids to eat their veggies, right?!) This recipe from Simply Recipes offers a unique variation on their website – the addition of pineapple, which lends a hint of sweetness. You may be tempted to make both recipes!

Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

2 cage-free eggs, beaten
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups grated fresh zucchini (preferably organic)
2/3 cup melted unsalted butter
2 teaspoons baking soda
Pinch salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
1 cup dried cranberries or raisins (optional)

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix in the grated zucchini and then the melted butter. Sprinkle baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour, a third at a time. Sprinkle in the cinnamon and nutmeg and mix. Fold in the nuts and dried cranberries or raisins if using.

Divide the batter equally between 2 buttered 5 by 9 inch loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour (check for doneness at 50 minutes) or until a wooden pick inserted in to the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks to cool thoroughly.

Makes 2 loaves.

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Mom” at Tiny Green Mom is a HUGE fan of calendula, and was thrilled to learn that it is a top ingredient in this natural mineral sunscreen from Alba Botanica! In addition to calendula to soothe and repair your child’s skin, this extremely emollient sunscreen includes aloe vera extracts and chamomile, known for their healing properties, and grape seed oil and Vitamin E, chosen for their antioxidant protection. This water-resistant sunblock comes recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, and parents can feel safe using it on their children’s skin, as it is paraben-free, phthalate-free, and hypo-allergenic. Alba Botanica Kids Sunblock provides both UVA/UVB protection, and with summer here, this is an optimal sunscreen for the whole family to apply before heading outside to play!

To purchase this sunblock and other natural mineral sunscreens from Alba Botanica, visit their website.

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If you are a fan of CLIF Bars like “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom (who loves their Crunchy Peanut Butter bars!), you can now sign up for their e-newsletter and receive some mini samples of their CLIF Bars via snail mail. To subscribe, click here.

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If you are a fan of stuffed peppers, you will love this recipe that features fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and of course, bell peppers! Remember, bell peppers are found on the Dirty Dozen list for containing high amounts of pesticide residue, so you may choose to buy local, organic bell peppers for this particular recipe. Found on FreshOrganicRecipes.com, this will definitely be a family favorite!

Orzo Stuffed Bell Pepper recipe

Ingredients


4 large organic red, yellow or purple bell peppers
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup Orzo
2 spicy chicken sausages, casings removed
3 tablespoon organic virgin olive oil
1 white onion, chopped
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped and drained
1 cup fresh organic spinach, chopped
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 Jalapeno pepper, roasted peeled, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the tops off of the bell peppers and discard seeds. Rub bell peppers with 1 tablespoon of olive oil coating both the inside and the outer skin. Set aside in a baking dish. Bring 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock to a boil (reserve remaining 1/2 cup of chicken stock for later use), add Orzo, cover and simmer for 20 minutes without removing lid during the cooking time.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, break up sausage into small pieces. Saute until browned, draining any excess oil when completely cooked. Add organic olive oil, onion, diced chili, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, celery seed, cilantro, Orzo and remaining chicken stock. Cook until heated and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and salt and pepper to taste.

Stuff peppers with orzo mixture and place back in the baking dish. Sprinkle tops with Parmesan cheese. Add 1/2 cup boiling water to the dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the peppers are hot. Serve immediately.

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Making activism fashionable, these comfy, eco-chic tees from Revenge Is… are all the rage this summer! Silky-soft, you would never guess that they are made from recycled plastic water bottles (RPET) combined with 100% organic cotton! It only takes between 3-5 plastic water bottles to make each Revenge Is… organic cotton and RPET blend tee. Give it a think – how many plastic water bottles are in your recycling bin at the moment? Conscious of the environment in all aspects, from their packaging using Tyvek® or poly bags that can be recycled to their commitment to using eco-friendly materials, such as soy ink, to make their stylish tees, Revenge is… is a stand-out company! In addition, the ink used on their children’s shirts are PVC, Phthalates, Formaldehyde, Heavy Metal, and APEO free. To learn more about the materials used in the production of their products, click here.

Mom” at Tiny Green Mom is living in these tees this week! Not only are they true to size, they can go from dressed up (paired with a nice pair of heels and a skirt) or dressed down (with khakis or jeans) – either way, you will be so comfortable, and making a statement at the same time!

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To purchase their fashionable planet-friendly wear for men, women and children, visit RevengeIs.com.

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Mom” at Tiny Green Mom is loving these link picks!

An Australian blog featuring planet-friendly options down under on Growing Up Green.

Gardening tips to get the entire family involved on Friend of the Farmer.

Sprout Wellness review on Fig+Sage.

Tiny Tongs for tiny fingers on Baby Gear Mom.