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A simple way to save money on organic produce is to regrow them.  Green onions regrow fairly quick, and you don’t need a green thumb to do it.  Leave the rubber band on the bunch, this makes it easier to stand them upright later. Chop the tops of the green onion down to the white section.  Store them in a container in the refrigerator or freeze them for later use.

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Stick the bottoms into a small glass or yogurt cup with a small amount of water.  Place it on your kitchen counter or in a window.  They will grow quickly!  You will see the shoots starting to regrow by the next day.  Remember to replace the water with fresh clean water each day, otherwise it will become slimy and smelly.

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After about a week, you will noticed new (longer) roots starting to grow.  At this point you could plant them in soil so they will keep longer, but it’s not completely necessary.  Each time the greens regrow, they seem to be more narrow.  It’s best to regrow once or twice in a glass and then purchase a new bunch.

Some benefits of Green Onions:

  • Rich in sulfur, which helps to kill or inhibit fungal infections
  • High levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Calcium
  • Helps to lower blood sugar and cholesterol
  • Reduces cancer risk by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells
  • Good for blood circulation

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For my daughter’s 6th birthday, we had a Lorax theme – strawberry picking party at Tanaka Farms in Irvine, California. Guests enjoyed a tractor ride around the organic farm and sampled fresh vegetables during the tour.  At the end of the tour, all of the kids picked fresh organic strawberries to eat – and a container to bring home.

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Here are some of the vegetables that were sampled: carrots, yellow string beans, green onions, sweet corn, and strawberries of course!  There were rows and rows of organic strawberry plants.

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After we finished picking delicious strawberries, it was time for the party!  For lunch, there was coldcuts, cheese, and rolls, as well as an antipasto salad.  There was a candy buffet filled with naturally colored chocolate candies, home-made candy dots on paper strips, organic chocolate graham bears, all natural mini marshmallows, whole grain cheddar goldfish crackers, and rock candy sticks in orange, yellow, and light blue!  Naturally colored yellow chocolate mustache lollipops were displayed as centerpieces on the tables.  Saving the best for last…. homemade cupcakes with naturally colored buttercream frosting and truffula tree cake pops (also naturally colored).

At the end of this post is a list of where I purchased supplies, as well as links for DiY instructions.  Feel free to pin images!  Please link back to this site if you use my photos or ideas on your blog.  Thanks!

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DiY HAPPY BIRTHDAY bunting/banner

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DiY felt mustache utensil holder

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DiY mustache straws and mini mason jar sippers

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DiY utensil holders with bamboo utensils

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Natural/Organic/Healthy Candy Buffet in Apothecary Jars

The only item I couldn’t find was naturally colored rock candy.  I attempted to make it myself, and that was a disaster!

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Homemade truffula tree cake pops with naturally colored royal icing

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DiY naturally colored chocolate mustache lollipops

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Where to get your supplies…

Gingham fabric (to make tablecloth): Fabric Direct

DiY Truffula Tree tissue paper poufs: coming soon!

DiY HAPPY BIRTHDAY bunting/banner: coming soon!

Artificial faux grass runner: Lowes

Folding tables: Walmart

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Orange plates: Party City

Yellow napkins: The Webstaurant Store

Biodegradable Wooden Utensils: Eco-gecko

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Mini mason jar sippers: Acme Party Box (set of 12)

DiY mustache straws: coming soon!

Apothecary candy jars: ebay and Save-On Crafts

Koziol Babell White Tiered Tray

Lime Green White Polka Dot Cupcake Baking Liners

Tree trunk wood slice: Save-On Crafts

Truffula Tree Cake Pops & Cupcakes: coming soon!

Naturally colored chocolate candies by Sunspire: LuckyVitamin (I separated the colors from the mixed packages.)

Rock Candy Sticks:  Nuts.com

Organic chocolate graham bear cookies: 365 Whole Foods

All natural mini marshmallows: Whole Foods

Butter rolls:  Cream Pan in (Old Town) Tustin, California

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish OR local grocery store

Sparkly 6 candle by Spritz: Target

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It’s a bird, it’s a place…. no, it’s a mustache made of chocolate on the end of a stick!  Yes, these are way too cool, and surprisingly not filled with FD&C Yellow #6 Aluminum Lake!  Kids love lollipops, as to many adults, so this is a perfect treat for the natural home.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Melt the white chocolate in a melting pot or double boiler.  Once the white chocolate is smooth and melted (no lumps) add in a small amount of natural coloring powder.  Blend the powder into the chocolate.  Add a little more powder if you want a darker or more vibrant color – go slow, a little goes a long way!

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Once you have the color you LOVE, start filling your chocolate mold trays.  Use a spoon to add chocolate to each mustache cavity and work it into the crevices.  Check the understand of the clear tray for any air bubbles.  Use a toothpick to work the air bubbles out.

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Now it’s time to add the sticks.  Since the white lollipop sticks are pretty boring, use the colored paper straws to make them more fun.  The paper straws aren’t strong enough to hold up the heavy chocolate mustache on their own, so by sticking the white lollipop INSIDE the paper straw, it adds some reinforcement

Put the white lollipop stick inside of the colored paper straw.  Use scissors to trim them down to fit the mold, if necessary.

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Push the top end of the straw/lollipop stick into the chocolate mustache.  Roll the end in the chocolate to coat, and then lay the stick into the mold. You can add a tiny dab of chocolate overtop of the stick to fully cover it.

Let the trays sit so that the chocolate can fully harden.  I didn’t remove mine until 24 hours later, just to make sure they were dry.  Carefully pop them out of the tray.  Use a paring knife to “shave” around the edges of the mustache, for a smooth finished look.

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To display the lollipops at a party, use a vintage crate with a green florist’s foam block inside.  Stick the lollipops into the foam block.  Cover the block with moss, straw, or shredded paper.  It’s the perfect centerpiece!  See how I used these at my daughter’s Lorax theme birthday party!

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How cute are these fuzzy little yellow mustaches?! They’re so simple to make and add a nice pop of color to your party table.  I made these for my daughter’s Lorax theme birthday party.  These little mustaches held the kids’ utensils together, and looked awesome over a bright orange plate.

 

Here’s what you will need:

  • felt (I used yellow, but they would look super cute in black too!)
  • tacky glue or a hot glue gun
  • fabric scissors

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Sketch a sample mustache and cut it out of the felt.  Google is filled with wonderful mustaches, but here’s the mustache that I made.  It measures 4 1/2 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches high.

For each mustache you cut, you will need to cut one strip – 2 1/2 inches wide by about 5/8 inches high.  You can eyeball how thick you want them.  Anywhere between 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch should work.

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Add a dab of tacky glue on either end of the strip.  Let is sit for a minute to get tacky.  Then center it on the back of the fuzzy yellow mustache.

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Be patient… let them fully dry before you stuff those utensils in ‘em.

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