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the lone graham

My last graham cracker!!  Yes, these have stayed completely fresh for about 2 weeks and could have gone longer.  The granola has stayed really fresh too.  It’s nice to make things at home, without preservatives, that can actually stick around for awhile.

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Seeing that this was my last graham cracker, I obviously must make more…tomorrow!!  Next time I make them I will also better document how I consume them.  Here were some of the ways..

  1. crushed up in almond or hemp milk
  2. in oatmeal
  3. pnut butter graham cracker samich
  4. s’more
  5. plain

Super delicious anyway you eat them.  Can’t wait to make graham cracker pie crust, from these homemade grahams at some point! 

Check this out:

  1. Study Shows You Get Fatter From HFCS [high fructose corn syrup] than Sugar”  [brief article!]
  2. I will be documenting this!! Super easy, make your own GREEN cleaning products..just in time for spring cleaning!  Anyone interested??

Question:  Did any of you ladies get your wedding dresses cleaned and preserved??  Mine is still in my closet at home waiting to be preserved…going on 2yrs now ;) Oops!  My mom + I have both done a ton of research and I just can’t decide on a company to use.  Did anyone have a really good experience?  

Off to watch episode 2 of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution!!


Reader Comments (27)

holy crap your pictures are amazing. you just made me SO HUNGRY!! :)

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaije

Would love to see more green cleaning products that we could make at home! Here's one for you: I make my own veggie spray using 1 up water and 1/4 c white vinegar.

But what I really wanted to share with you was the DIY wedding preservation that I did a couple summers ago with my dress. Here's the post on it (thank goodness I documented what I did back then, love my blog for that reason!)

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ JJsVinBlanc

My dress is still hanging ON the front of my closet door...18 months later! Not sure what to do with it, but I want to wear it again..LOL!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

you know, i haven't preserved my dress yet...but the thing is i'm trying to lose enough weight to fit into it so my hubby can re-do my bridal portraits in september for my birthday! after that i'd like to preserve it, so if you have any suggestions lemme know :)

You are definitely encouraging me to make graham crackers again. They are SO much tastier and healthier than store bought :)

Wedding dress... its hanging in my closet upstairs. I plan on having my mom use some of the fabric from it to make a christening gown for my children (when I ever decide to have them). My grandma made my christening gown and it hung as a wall decoration in my room growing up :) Actually, I think it is still hanging in "my room" in my parents house!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarly (Thomas) Milbert

Hmm...I think I need to try out those cleaning products, my bathtub is due for a good scrub! Most of the green recipes I had found before were really complicated, these seem super easy, plus I have all the stuff in my cupboard. Also, I think I need to make those graham crackers over easter weekend...chalk up another recipe to my list of recipes for that weekend.

I haven't preserved my dress and I don't think I will. I have heard (not sure if it's true) that a lot of places are dishonest, do nothing to your dress, put it in a box, seal it, and charge you lots of money for doing nothing.

My dress is super simple...I have possible plans of shortening and dyeing it so I could wear it again. Also, my mom's dress is from 1975, has never been preserved, and still looks great!

I just may have to try making those graham crackers--can't wait for summer to make smores over a fire!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Sorry--I apparently have lots to say! I LOVE green cleaning products. We clean basically everything in this house with white vinegar/water spray and baking soda. I switched a few years back and I love it! My house feels clean with no scary chemicals. And so much cheaper than buying the trendy "green" products in the stores. Yay!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Oh my goodness great articles!!!! I'm not married yet so no clue on your wedding dress conundrum!

DO NOT PRESERVE YOUR DRESS! All you need to do is take it to a speciality dry cleaner and have it put in a box with acid free paper. If you preserve it, this weird oxidation thing happens when you take it out and it YELLOWS. So, unless you like yellow wedding dresses, dont do it!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersandy

I am OBSESSED with Food Revolution! And also Jamie Oliver, but that is another story. SO GOOD!!

We actually made our own green cleaning products here a few months ago! I had good success with them, although I do kind of feel like I have to scrub a little harder than I did with the regular toxic stuff, but it's worth it. One warning - we read that you can use olive oil as a furniture polish, so we put it all over our coffee table and our dogs went CRAZY! Licked the thing to death, which clearly negated any cleaning that was done! :)

My wedding dress is still in my closet too. One of those things that always gets pushed to the back of the list...

Your pictures are the best on any blog I've seen. Incredible!!

Thank youuuuu :)

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh wow...awesome, thanks for the link. I will definitely be checking that out!!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I thought I was the only one but it seems most girls have it hanging in their closet still!! yessssss ;)

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That will be so much fun!!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Aw, that is such a cute idea. I wish I could think of something to reuse it for...

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yeah, I liked the simplicity. I'll try out the tub cleaning one for sure + report back!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yup, I have heard this a lot. I did a lot of research and you're supposed to find a place where they clean it, preserve it, and you're allowed to take it FULLY out of the box [with gloves on, so you don't get oils on it]. Those are really pricey though. Yes, the grahams are seriously SO easy to make!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Don't apologize!! Thanks for the input!! I want to try a few fun essential oils to make things smell fresh!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Good tip!! Thank you!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

AHahhaaha ;) Yeah I know what you mean and anticipate having to put a little extra elbow grease into the cleaning. Good to know about the olive oil problem...We have a solid wood dining table and I could just see the dogs licking it til they're blue in the face. Great tip!!! Yeah...back of the list...wouldn't it be nice for like ONE week to have the list completely cleared + crossed off!!! ahhhhh

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Wow...thank you so much..I'm flattered!!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Looks like I'm the only one that sold my dress, it was far too big for our small apartment. What was fantastic was that it fit the buyer perfectly and she didn't even need to alter it. I haven't regretted it once.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Love your photographs. Can I ask what is the mixture in the bowl with your last graham cracker (in the picture for this post)?! It looks delicious. Can you please describe, so I can copy it post-haste!! Thanks!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

My wedding dress is still haning in my parent's closet. (We've been married 2 1/2 years) I totally want to have it cleaned and preserved, but we were SO poor the first year we were married (my husband was still in school), and I just haven't gotten around to it now that he's graduated and working. But your post has made me want to look into more...maybe that will be a goal for the week :-)

By the way, I'm totally making the graham crackers this week!!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill

ooo graham crackers; you need to cover some in chocolate ;-)

always interested in homemade green cleaners; love your unique take on things, this is one cool blog!

i don't even know what wedding dress preservation IS! i got my dress at a thrift store for $4. it's not a fancy white dress, and i still wear it, but i'm interested to hear about your experience; educate me!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn/CinnamonQuill

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