I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Kale Chips

Over the holidays I had the great pleasure of trying kale chips for the first time. My brother, visiting from across the country, made this tasty treat in the oven, and it was devoured by every one of the four adults and four kids in the house. One of my kids is particularly particular, and the other is little. But both ate the baked kale with gusto.

To make this snack, cut a head of kale into bite-sized pieces. Toss the pieces in olive oil to lightly coat. Add a little salt. Spread the pieces out on cookie sheets. (One head spread across 3 baking sheets when I tried it myself) You want the pieces to be able to dry out in the oven, so spread them fairly thin. (Not clumped together) Put the cookie sheets in a low heat oven (I used 275*) and bake until the pieces dehydrate and become crisp. (About 20 minutes or so)

You'll be surprised at how popular they become! We've made them twice since having them over Christmas, and we're still craving them. =)

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