Friday, August 23, 2019

Recipe: Quick & Easy Cauliflower "Rice"

Hey muffins! Does your cauliflower ever start to brown before you have the chance to make it? Never fear - this quick and easy recipe is perfect for cauliflower that is just starting to get a little brown around the edges! I love to save food waste by finding ways to turn vegetables into tasty meals, and this cauliflower "rice" is the perfect side to any meal. 😊 Let's jump right into the recipe!


What You Need:
-Head of cauliflower
-1/3 cup diced onion
-Olive oil
-Salt
-Pepper
-Skillet

What To Do:
1. Rice your cauliflower - be warned, this does get messy! You can rice the head of cauliflower in one of two ways:

a. Grate your cauliflower using a cheese grater. To make sure it doesn't get soggy, I suggest using the thicker/bigger grate. 


b. Finely chop the cauliflower. While this is the method I used (as I don't have a grater), it does take much longer. 

2. Pour a little bit of olive oil into a skillet to coat it.
3. Over medium to high heat, stir the diced onions around until they are translucent and soft (this should take about 5 minutes). If you do not stir the onions they might burn, so make sure you are watching them! 
4. Pour the cauliflower into the skillet.
5. Season (to taste) with salt and pepper until the cauliflower is soft.
6. Serve hot! Enjoy 😃


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Love,
Jenna 

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

How to Zero Waste Your Period ❣️

Hey muffins! While my "How to Zero Waste Your [insert room here]" series was originally supposed to only focus on certain rooms of the home, I really wanted to write about periods today (don't ask me why 😆). I have tackled everything from the laundry room to the kitchen in this series (read all of the posts here!), but periods happen every single month for 50% of the population... That is a lot of waste that can be avoided! Here are some great ways for you to mitigate your own waste during that time of the month:

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1. Menstrual cups - After going through the pros and cons of a menstrual cup here on Life of an Earth Muffin, I decided to purchase a Lena cup for Plastic Free July. If you read my Waste Audit at the end of the challenge, you will know that I struggled to get the cup to work for me... But menstrual cups are definitely one of the best options for a zero waste period! I am continuing to try out this cup, and I am extremely hopeful that I will be able to make the switch eventually. 😊


2. Reusable pads - Just like reusable diapers for babies, these cloth pads can be washed and washed again and again. 👍 Disposable pads are often filled with chemicals, which can make your period smell unpleasant (it isn't actually supposed to smell ladies!). You can purchase these reusable pads on many websites, but Amazon and Etsy both have a bunch of options for cheap prices.


3. Period panties - While these are more expensive than the other options (as you will need to purchase a few pairs to last for your period), you might want to make the investment. 🤔 I don't know if I would personally like to "free bleed", but it definitely would give you the freedom to not have to worry about your period during that time of the month!


4. Reusable tampon applicators - This is obviously not completely zero waste as you would need to still use tampons, but reducing the plastic of an applicator per each tampon is definitely a win! 🎉 This is similar to a menstrual cup as you would need to wash/sanitize it after each use to keep it bacteria free.


How do you try to reduce your waste on your period? Comment below and don't forget to follow Life of an Earth Muffin to never miss another post!

Love,
Jenna 

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Monday, August 19, 2019

The Ultimate Grad School Packing List

Hey muffins! I am officially moved into my apartment for grad school! 🎉 While I have quite a bit to unpack still (ugh), it feels so great to have survived yet another move in. As I recently made a post about the 7 Things You Don't Need From That College Packing List, I thought you all might find it interesting to see my packing list for grad school! This list is similar to my Studio Apartment Packing list from last summer, but there were definitely more things I needed to bring this year 😊

Kitchen
-Microwave
-Toaster
-Pots and pans
-Baking sheet
-Dishes (set for 4: large plate, small plate, bowl, mugs)
-Random tea/coffee mugs
-Silverware (set for 4: fork, spoon, knives)
-Knife set (1 chef knife, 1 serrated knife, 1 paring knife)
-Cooking utensils (whisk, wooden spoons, etc.)
-Can opener
-Lots of dish towels and rags (sustainable!)
-Cloth napkins (sustainable!)
-Dish soap
-Dish rack and drying mat
-Pyrex mixing bowls
-Tupperware (glass, metal, or plastic)
-Measuring cups
-Oven mitts
-Stainless steel colander
-Mason jars and lids for bulk food storage (sustainable!)
-Reusable produce bags and canvas bags for grocery shopping (sustainable!)
-Reusable snack bags
-Lunch box
-Dining room table and chairs

Bathroom
-4 towel sets (towel, hand towel, wash cloth)
-Bath mat
-Shower curtain and curtain rings
-Hand soap (and holder if needed)
-Toilet paper
-Feminine products
-Makeup!
-Safety razor (sustainable!)
-Shampoo and conditioner bar
-Soap
-Hairbrushes and hairspray
-Hair accessories (elastics, bows, etc.)
-Deodorant
-Toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss
-First aid kit

Bedroom
-Bed frame
-Bed risers
-Mattress and box spring
-Comforter
-2 sets of sheets
-Throw blanket
-Pillows
-Clothes and shoes (obviously haha)
-Drying rack
-Laundry detergent (I use the Eco Egg!)
-Dryer balls (sustainable!)
-Laundry basket/hamper

Living Room
-Futon
-TV
-TV stand
-Wifi router
-Lamps

School Related
-Desk
-Desk lamp
-Notebooks and folders
-Backpack
-Scissors
-Laptop and charger
-Stapler
-Pens and pencils
-Dry erase calendar (and dry erase markers)

Random
-Succulents and plants!
-Wall decorations
-Box fans (if you don't have AC)

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What did I miss on this list? Comment below and don't forget to follow Life of an Earth Muffin to never miss another post!

Love,
Jenna 

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Friday, August 16, 2019

My Life in Memes 😂

Hey muffins! For today's post I want to focus on memes. Yes, memes. I have had this idea for a post for a long time now, so I figured it would be the perfect post for a Friday. 😆 Whenever I am sad or feeling down or just need a chuckle, I love to browse my meme Pinterest board. There are a couple of memes that can never fail to get me to laugh, so I wanted to share them with you all today! As it is going to be a shorter post than usual, I challenge you all to comment your favorite memes below to spread the joy, happiness, and silliness 🥰



Not really a meme but I'll just leave this here 😂



What are your favorite memes? Comment below and don't forget to follow Life of an Earth Muffin to never miss another post!

Love,
Jenna 

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

7 Things You DON'T Need From that College Packing List!

Hey muffins! Whether we like it or not, back to school season is upon us! It seems like everywhere I look there are advertisements for school supplies and lists for college packing. 🧳 As I have lots of experience packing for dorm/college life (and am currently in the process of packing for grad school!), I thought that I would share the things that you don't actually need from those college packing list... Let's jump right into it!


1. Coffee machine/Keurig - This might sound surprising but there is really no need to have your own personal coffee machine. ☕ First, the dining hall (and a million other places) have all your coffee needs covered. Second, you aren't going to wash your own mugs as often as you think. Third, you are going to forget to order more filters, K-cups, etc. While it might seem like a necessity, it definitely isn't (and I can guarantee there will be multiple people on your floor that will let you use their machines if necessary!).

2. Iron and ironing board - Do you really think college students iron their clothes? I'll let you in on a secret... They don't. If you are searching to iron that fancy shirt for an interview or something, most dorms have irons that you can check out.

3. Hole punch - Before my freshman year I went a little crazy on the school supplies... But you really only need the essentials! Any kind of library, study space, school building, etc. will have hole punches, staplers, paper clips, you name it. I do enjoy having my own stapler, but a hole punch just for your room is not necessary.


4. Foam mattress topper - College beds aren't actually as uncomfortable as people say they are. I survived without ever buying a topper for my bed, and I know my boyfriend stopped using his after a semester. So, you might want to not buy one until you actually get to try out your mattress!

5. TV - I think it is not worth it to have a TV in your dorm room. For one thing, there are TVs in a lot of the common areas which will allow you to make some new friends when watching The Bachelor or Food Network 😉 Plus, your room is going to be tiny which makes it difficult to arrange it in a way for both you and your roommate to have easy access to it. Lastly, you won't have a lot of time to watch TV anyway with studying, social events, etc. Embrace college life and don't spend it watching a screen!

6. USB drive - When writing this post I was looking at a bunch of college packing lists (including the one I wrote a few years ago). I thought it was funny that USB drives are included on most of them... Short and sweet: you won't need one.

7. Alarm clock - It is so much easier to ditch the alarm clock and just use your phone's alarm in college. I bought an alarm clock and only used it to display the time, so it was basically a waste of money.



What other things do you think aren't necessary on those college packing lists? Comment below and don't forget to follow Life of an Earth Muffin to never miss another post!

Love,
Jenna 

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