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Edible Sarasota: Lolablue Soaps

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Blog, Do, Go, Make, Read, Sarasota, Websites | 0 comments

Edible Sarasota: Lolablue Soaps

Here’s another story from our Edible Sarasota Summer issue about decadently-scented, eco-friendly Lolablue soaps and the incredible superwoman behind them, Jamie Lovern.  Plus, a killer recipe for homemade laundry soap that’ll leave you so fresh and so clean.     WORDS BY MEGAN GREENBERG PHOTOS BYJENNY ACHESON   With a name like Jamie Lovern, you can’t be putting out products that people hate. You just can’t. It would defy the laws of nature. And Jamie Lovern is not about to defy the laws of nature. In fact, her business— Lolablue, which makes eco-friendly soaps, candles, lotions, and even bug spray— does everything in its power to...

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Homemade: Rainbow Handle Wooden Spoons

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Blog, Do, Make | 0 comments

Homemade: Rainbow Handle Wooden Spoons

Wooden spoons are a must for any kitchen – restaurant, home, campground, whatever.  They are sturdy and durable but don’t scratch pans and allow you to truly test if your cream sauce is done.  But, in my home, keeping my spoons pretty and oiled usually takes a back seat to watching 30Rock reruns and eating seconds of whatever recipe Charlotte sent over that week.  But, with this awesome DIY spoon project from Little Bit Funky, nobody will notice the cracks and pet hair adorning my utensils (yeah, don’t eat here) because they’ll be too busy oohing and aahing over these happy little crafts.     Little Bit Funky ( …just about the...

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390 Design

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Blog, Do, Make | 1 comment

390 Design

Check out my article about the awesome Mark Nodeen, of 390 Design, in the latest issue of Edible Sarasota:       “Everybody there has their own niche and I was just trying to find mine” says Mark Nodeen of his current job at Sarasota Architectural Salvage (SAS), where employees are known for creating masterpieces from items that most would deem scrap or, God forbid, trash. “About a year ago, I decided to make a couple of chalkboards out of plywood and trim. I took them into the store and they sold and I thought, ‘Well, that’s cool.’”Very cool, Mark. Very cool indeed. In fact, everything about Mark Nodeen is cool, from his previous life as a...

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Cinnamon Tea

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in Blog, Do, Make, Read, Recipes, Websites | 0 comments

Cinnamon Tea

Friends, I don’t think we are ingesting enough cinnamon in our daily lives.  I’m certainly not, at least.  And I really can’t recall the last time I saw a friend sitting down with a nice bowl of cinnamon.     What’s our problem?  It tastes rich and heady and is just the teensy tinsy-est bit of spice.  It gives desserts a warmth, it adds depth to fruit and can even be used in savory dishes like quiche or lamb.  Plus, cinnamon has, like, legitimate super powers.  Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have been revering cinnamon since forever – considering it a magic wand for ailments from colds to cramps.     Here’s...

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Honey And Lemon Help The Medicine Go Down

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 in Blog, Do, Eat, Make, Recipes | 1 comment

Honey And Lemon Help The Medicine Go Down

    Ummm, am I really the only person who enjoys getting a cold or flu?   Being sick means days and days of lying around in your pj’s, watching a seemingly endless slew of 80s movies on Netflix, and eating in bed.  Plus, anyone living under your same roof instantly becomes your nursemaid and has to listen to your complaints. Yeah, if you get the flu, the vomiting parts sucks.  That part is a definite buzzkill, for sure, but when you eat as much cheese and sugar as I do, I consider the flu a better detox than a juice cleanse.     Since we are dead center in the middle of cold and flu season, chances are there may be a box of tissues and a...

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Get Your Herb On

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in Blog, Do, Make | 0 comments

Get Your Herb On

  Herbs are just about the greatest things.     It’s true.  Let’s discuss why: 1. They are pretty.  At least when they are alive and thriving and planted in lovely little containers.  I am not referring to that bag of wet, decaying basil in the bottom drawer of your fridge. 2. They are fairly easy to grow.  Ish.  Unless, sadly, like me, the mere mention of gardening makes all the plants in your yard just give up and die.  In that case, #3 comes in handy… 3.  They are pretty inexpensive, thus, if you kill them, you can easily replace them. 4. They are loaded with health benefits – rich in vitamins and minerals, plus...

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Water: Infuse It

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Blog, Do, Make | 0 comments

Water: Infuse It

      Just the other day, I saw a post on a fellow food blogger’s FB page stating one should only drink when thirsty.  They even had links to articles supporting their theory – complete with backup from doctors and nutritionists – saying that drinking plain water throughout the day actually depletes your system.  Instead you should drink liquids with salts and sugars in them – like fruit juice. On this, I call bullshit. Let’s be clear – I have no clue what I’m talking about when it comes to health.  I live an overall healthy lifestyle filled with organic fruits and veggies, whole grains, ‘real’...

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