Monday, December 5, 2016

Moving Closer To Nature With Feline Pine



To be honest, before I tried Feline Pine™ Original Non-Clumping Cat Litter I never really put tremendous thought into what kind of cat litter that my cats used. As long as they used it, and as long as they were happy with it, I figured everything was right in the world. Boy was I wrong! My cats Sam and Sara recently had the opportunity to try out Feline Pine™ Original Non-Clumping Cat Litter and wow, what a huge improvement from the clay cat litter Sam and Sara had been using for years.
First off, you all know me as an Earth-friendly recycler. After all, it's what I do for a living! And whenever we can, our family uses products that are healthy, natural, earth-friendly or recycled. We just try to use products that are overall environmentally conscious. So if there is a choice between two products we will try to always choose the earth-friendly option whenever possible. Who wouldn't? 


Of course this means choosing chemical-free products whenever possible as well. Nowadays there are so many harmful chemicals in so many of the products that we use that it is actually kind of frightening to think about. If there's a choice to be made between a product that contains added chemicals and one that is 100% chemical-free, I will of course choose the chemical-free product. 


When I found out that Feline Pine™ Cat Litter was not only 100% chemical free but was also tree-friendly (Yay! No new trees are cut to make Feline Pine™ products). The litter is made from kiln-dried shavings reclaimed from lumber production, that’s when I knew it was right for our home.  And the cost for Feline Pine™ Original Non-Clumping Cat Litter was the same as the previous clay litter we were using, so that was not an issue.

How did it work? Well I think you'll all agree that there's nothing worse than a smelly litter box! Feline Pine™ Original Non-Clumping Cat Litter worked great to eliminate the litter box odors. What impressed me most was that there were no harsh chemicals, additives or synthetic perfumes in Feline Pine™ Cat Litter, so there wasn't any nasty chemical perfume or chemical smell either. When I discovered that the odor-fighting power comes purely from 100% natural pine, I was impressed. How does it work to combat litter box odors? The pine shavings are highly absorbent and bind directly to ammonia odors and lock them away for good. The pine smell really works, and I like that pine is a natural scent that comes from nature. 
Another thing I really loved about Feline Pine™ Cat Litter was that Feline Pine™ Cat Litter leaves no messy cloud of dust when I change the litter. There's nothing worse than that clay cat litter dust cloud! We have allergies in our house, so not having to deal with the clay dust cloud was an added plus. 
What did Sam and Sara think about Feline Pine™? I think they really liked it. I noticed that there was no smell on their fur, or litter stuck in their fur, which was another nice change. I like to walk around inside my house with bare feet. There's nothing worse than stepping on tiny pieces of clay cat litter that get tracked around the house from getting caught in my cat’s fur and paws! Feline Pine™ Cat Litter was a lot less messy then the clay litters for sure.
Using 100% natural cat litter is so important! If I can do something for my family and my pets I will certainly make that choice. You definitely should try Feline Pine™ Original Non-Clumping Cat Litter
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fried Candied Sweet Potatoes With Caramelized Brown Sugar and Butter



My mother has been making fried candied sweet potatoes every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for as long as I can remember. They have always been one of my very favorite parts of our holiday celebrations and now when we get together I've taken on the tradition of preparing them for our family. I have got to say, that I think that I have perfected my technique! 

These always get rave reviews. They are rich and buttery and sweet, fried hot with a light crust of caramelized brown sugar - so they are a true indulgence and not for the faint of heart! Here is my recipe. This is for 3-5 people. Increase ingredients or double as needed to feed a larger crowd.

You will need:

  • 4  medium to large sweet potatoes (when buying these, I make sure that I get ones that will all fit nicely in my pot, and none that are too huge or they will take too long to cook) 

  • Light brown sugar - about 1/2 cup 

  • 1 stick of butter

  • Cinnamon (optional)

  • Large pot for boiling potatoes, large frypan for frying, ungreased casserole dish for serving


Put sweet potatoes in a large pot (such as a soup pot), cover with water, and bring to a boil. Boil potatoes on medium high heat for 15 to 20 minutes until tender in the center when pierced with a knife. Be careful not to overcook them, but make sure that a knife very easily slides into the center when tested. 

Once cooked, carefully remove potatoes from pot and place on a cutting board or large plate to peel. You must peel them while they are hot or at least warm. The colder they get, the more difficult they become to peel. Here are my directions for peeling them perfectly. 


Be careful, they are hot!


Once peeled, slice into 1/2" to 1" slices as shown below...



Melt about 1/2 sick of butter in a large fry pan over medium high heat. Once the butter is melted and just starts to bubble, add the slices of sweet potato and turn down the heat to medium. Watch carefully that they do not burn. Cook on one side for just a few minutes until the bottoms begin to slightly brown, then flip them over to slightly brown the other side.




Once you have fried both sides, sprinkle the tops of the potato slices with the brown sugar and then flip the slices over once again, so that the sugared side is on the bottom next to the frypan. 






Add a little more butter to the pan if needed. The potatoes tend to soak up the butter, and you need the moisture from the butter in the pan to blend with the sugar to create the caramelization. 

Watch them carefully as they fry because sugar burns easily! Watch as the brown sugar dissolves in the pan, mixes with the butter and beings to bubble and caramelize. 




Once again sprinkle brown sugar on the tops of the slices, and also sprinkle with a little bit of Cinnamon (optional) and then flip the newly-sugared sides over so that the sugar cooks against the pan. 




Once the sugar is completely dissolved, cooked down and caramelized, your sweet potatoes should look the the photos above and below. 



Once nicely browned and finished, transfer the slices into a casserole dish and keep in a warm oven until ready to serve. Enjoy! 




Love sweet potatoes? 
You might also like this recipe:


 Savory Autumn Dish Recipe



What's your favorite sweet potato dish?

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Have a great week!
Love,
 Laura


My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


article and images © Laura Beth Love


How To Easily Peel Boiled Sweet Potatoes



My family loves sweet potatoes and yams, so I cook them all the time for different recipes (especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas), but without the proper know-how, peeling boiled cooked yams or sweet potatoes can be a disaster! 

Below I've shared my fast and simple way to peel them, but before we begin, the most important thing to know is that you must peel them while they are hot! If you cook them and then put them in the fridge or wait until they are cold to peel them, they can be extremely difficult to peel. I boil mine until they are no longer firm in the center when tested with a knife, remove them from the boiling water, rest them just for a minute or two, and then peel. Here's how I do it.


1. Slice off both ends with knife.


2. Use a sharp knife to make one long shallow cut down the potato from end to end. Only slice through the skin and avoid slicing deep down into the potato. 


3. This is how it should look.


4. Use your hands to carefully peel away one side of the skin next to where you sliced. Be careful, its hot! The skin should fall very easily away from the potato.


5. Then do the same thing on the other side, peeling the shell away, working around the potato until the entire skin is removed. That's it! 


Love yams and sweet potatoes? You might like this recipe:


 Savory Autumn Dish Recipe




What's your favorite yam or sweet potato dish?

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Have a great week!
Love,
 Laura


My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


article and images © Laura Beth Love

Monday, November 21, 2016

New Broken China Jewelry In My Shop For Black Friday!

I have lots of new broken china jewelry in my Etsy shop. Here are a few of the pieces that I listed over the past week or two...check them out!



























All pieces pictured are available for purchase in my Etsy shop here.


Much love until next time!
xo Laura



My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


article and images ©Laura Beth Love 2016 all rights reserved. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

New Design Listed on Society6 - Blue Space Feather

Hi friends! Tonight I listed a brand new design on Society6, so be sure to check it out here! I really love the way this piece turned out!





It started as an ink drawing...


Working on the design



I've been drawn to sketching feathers lately, and laughed when I realized how much you could see my jewelry designer influence in my finished designs. But I like them. I think they're really unique. Anyway, once I had it all drawn out, I added some color with watercolors, and then photographed my artwork and added it to my Society6 collection. Here are a few of the pieces in this collection... 











This design is available in many more items; iphone cases and skins, laptop sleeves, travel mugs and even bedding. There are so many great gift ideas at Society6, and they run great promos too. I think today they have free shipping and 20 percent off of many of their categories. 





If you haven't visited Society6 yet, you really need to check it out! There is so much amazing artwork from talented artists from all over the world.  

Shop this collection at Society6


What do you think?

Have a great week!
Love,
 Laura



article and images ©Laura Beth Love 2016 all rights reserved