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Bye, Bye Chocolate Bunny: 5 Alternative Easter Basket Ideas

Whether you celebrate Easter for its religious significance or as a symbol of changing seasons,  no one wants their child overloaded with chocolate and candy, even if it is organic.

Here are five alternative ideas for filling that Easter basket:

Start with a natural basket, and if you feel you need grass, ditch the plastic stuff for raffia.

1.  Organic Seeds

What better way than giving a packet of seeds gets one excited about spring! Peaceful Valley Farm even offers an organic radish Easter egg blend, but any seeds will work.  Giving children ownership of seeds promotes gardening from start to finish.

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Gluten-Free Quinoa Superfood Brownie Recipe

These brownies don’t last long around our house!

Gluten-Free Quinoa Brownies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly oil an 8″ x 8″ glass pan, then sprinkle the bottom lightly with quinoa flower.

In a small pan melt together:

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Decadent Desserts Recipes: Organic Chocolate Mousse Pie

Sometimes, you got to live large and make a truly decadent dessert.  That’s what I did this week.  It takes some advance planning, but it is well worth the wait.

Organic Chocolate Mousse Pie:

The Crust:

Combine cookies and butter in a blender.  Press crumbly mix into a buttered, spring form pan with high sides (2 3/4 inch tall).  Bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F.  Allow to cool completely.

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5 Green Parent Posts: Grist, Hip Chick Pregnancy Guide, Z Recommends, Nature Moms Blog, Good Guide

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1.  Grist: Maine governor on BPA: ‘Worst case is that some women may have little beards’

Paul LePage, governor of Maine, is pretty confident that nothing can harm him as long as he doesn’t know sh*t about dick. Here’s his scientific assessment of the dangers of plastic additive bisphenol A:

“Quite frankly, the science that I’m looking at says there is no [problem],” LePage said. “There hasn’t been any science that identifies that there is a problem.”

LePage then added: “The only thing that I’ve heard is if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards.”

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Vegan Recipes: Quick and Easy Organic Chocolate Chip Pecan Muffins

My kids love to make muffins, and one of their favorite vegan recipes is for chocolate chip muffins. We like to put a special dash of bran on the bottom and a dash of coconut on top for an extra treat.  If you’ve never tried chocolate chips in a muffin, you will be pleasantly surprised!  These muffins are quick and easy to make, but be warned:  they will be eaten up quickly! [Read more…]

Fair Trade Justice With Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op

I am NOT a coffee addict.

Am not.

But I dare say I might become one.

I do enjoy a good cup of coffee, but caffeine sometimes makes me edgy.  Though I have managed to mostly avoid the lure of Starbucks, I have been known to indulge in a white chocolate mocha at Second Cup, or a French Vanilla at Tim Horton’s… and don’t get me started about Iced Cappucino in the summer!!

Then I read 5 Ways to Green Your Coffee and I got the itch.

So I bought myself a french press and some fresh-ground, organic, Fair Trade coffee.  And I just had to share a little about the company behind my coffee.

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Black Bean Brownies Recipe

chocolate brownie

With the recent scare of mercury in high fructose corn syrup many parents are worrying about the foods they have been feeding their children. Sweet snacks and treats are large concerns as they often contain a large amount of the potentially dangerous substance. Many parents are now looking for alternative foods they can feel comfortable giving their children. Companies that do not use high fructose corn syrup in their foods, such as Newman’s Own Organics, are becoming even more popular due to this new health risk.

However, parents can go an extra step and choose to make their own treats rather than buy prepackaged foods. Not only is this healthier and often less risky, it also cuts out the negative effects of packaging and transportation. One favorite healthy treat in my house is Black Bean Brownies.

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Melamine Halloween Candy Warning: Don't Let Trick-or-Treating Pirates Eat Chocolate Gold Coins

Melamine in chocolate pirate coinsI used to love the foil wrapped chocolate gold coins when I was a child.  I don’t know why I thought they were so cool, but I coveted them.  I was recently sent an email from a friend warning parents not to let their children consume chocolate gold coins, because they contain melamine.  Snopes.com checked it out, and the Pirate coins have been recalled in Canada.

Melamine is has been found in Chinese milk powder and is responsible for kidney stones in infants.  Although melamine is considered nontoxic in low doses, it is described as, “Harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Chronic exposure may cause cancer or reproductive damage. Eye, skin and respiratory irritant.”  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued the following warning on melamine in chocolate coins: [Read more…]

Mmm…Vegan Chocolate Cake

53687247_3feec609e9.jpgWhen I first became a vegetarian and during my stint as a vegan, I had a hard time making a good cake. My egg-free cakes always ended up dense, more like the consistency of bad brownies. Then, one year on my birthday, my friend Liz made for this delicious, airy, vegan chocolate cake. This recipe is super simple and easy to clean up. In fact, the whole thing is mixed right in the baking pan! You may balk when you see that this cake recipe includes vinegar, but I think the vinegar reacts with the baking soda to make the cake rise up and be light without the presence of eggs. Of course, organically grown ingredients are a must!

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan. Combine in the pan (not a separate bowl):

1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour

1 cup Sucanat or brown sugar

1/4 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

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