Tag Archive: Organic


Results from our Easter egg dye experiment!

Our “golden egg” – but where’s the goose that laid it??

You know sustainability is going mainstream when Fox News and Martha Stewart talk about natural egg dye methods. DIY egg dyes have been around for a long time, but are now popular enough to have their own kits sold online and in stores. And even though my great-grandmother may have dyed her eggs naturally, this is a new concept for me – I grew up thinking that placing magical fizzing spheres of color in plastic cups full of water was the only way to dye Easter eggs. View full article »

I love having this for lunch when the weather is warm and I’m in a hurry.

Quinoa mixed into salad from Ozark Natural Foods

Despite the fact that it’s getting cold outside and I’ve switched to quinoa soup instead of salad, I wanted to share this recipe with you and make sure I don’t forget how delicious this was! Part of journey with Ripples has been learning how to eat whole, real food.  We aren’t 100% raw, but this year I’ve been eating more fresh foods than ever before.  This is how earthbag homes get built and vegetable gardens are sown, rather than the Pizza Hut model I used to be so fond of, which created more medical bills.  My dietary choices of a decade ago are part of the reason I’m struggling to be healthy now. I’m hopeful that through recipes like this one, I might acquire the kind of body a country life requires.  Or at least a hardier, healthier one. View full article »

After years of trying, I finally got my potato to “puff” properly! :)

My Puffy Potato

The first thing you must know about me & potatoes is that I’m Irish, and quite predictably in love with potatoes.  Every kind of potato!  Pierogi, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes & brown sugar, french fries, hashbrowns, shepherd’s pie – it’s all tasty to me, but when I really crave potato, I usually bake one.

I found recently that using Yukon Gold potatoes for baking was far tastier and effective than using Russet potatoes which are, I’ve been told, the traditional baking potato. Whether that’s true or not I don’t know, but my last several Yukon Gold baked potatoes have come out perfect!

For vegan toppings, I use Earth Balance soy-free buttery spread, with either peas or a combination of black beans, tomatoes, cheeze, avocado, and corn.  If I’m going all out, I briefly cook the black beans and corn in oil with spices like red chili pepper flakes. This has become one of my favorite lunches, and really easy to prepare while doing other Ripples-related work.

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Ripples will begin experimenting not only with allergen-free recipes, but solar cookies too!

Since we don’t have an oven right now and are using a toaster oven / microwave unit, which bakes 6-10 cookies at a time, I decided today that I’m going to try and use a solar oven to bake the cookies.  Heck, if I have to use substitutes for the flour, eggs, butter, chocolate and sugar, I might as well substitute the gas oven for the solar oven.  First, I gotta decide which one to buy! It’s not an easy decision.  Ya’ll know the pizza box method utterly failed me in a previous post, so at least we’ve narrowed it down :)

Solar Cookies

Here’s a fun, 3 minute video about baking cookies in two types of solar ovens:

Now you can order allergen-free cookies to support Ripples!

Coming soon, Ripples Cookies is offering 100% allergen-free cookies.  This means everything we bake will be 100% gluten-free and vegan, with options for you to order sugar-free, nut-free, and chocolate-free cookies too!  The chocolate chips we’re now using are Kosher and free of the top 8 allergens: milk, soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. We are also 100% soy-free, all organic, and fair trade.  That means that if we use vanilla extract in a recipe, it’s from a Fair Trade source. View full article »

New organic cookie flavors available at Ripples!

With the spring comes new life, and with new life comes new ways to eat cookies! :) View full article »

A delicious way to make a difference on Valentine’s Day!

Ripples now sells fair trade organic chocolates as well as cookies!  The chocolates come from high-quality dark chocolate bars bought at ONF, certified organic and fair trade.  They’re placed into handmade origami boxes, 4 chocolates per box, and come in a variety of shapes including hearts, bunnies, roosters and more!  You pick the shapes and can choose between a standard box or heart-shaped box (see pictures below).

There’s still time to place your order to be ready by Valentine’s Day!

Just call and leave a message at (931) 532-0639 or Email: AmandaBancroft@Gmail.com

Swirled design in cream cheese frosting!

Organic Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookies!

Chocolate dipped cookies!

Melting chocolate

Origami Heart Box for your chocolates!