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Hello all and welcome to PeaceCrafting 🙂

I am rather new to blogging and my site is in its early days, still being constructed. I am reaching out to all fellow WordPress bloggers as I would love some feedback on how things are going, I am open to all kinds of criticism so don’t be shy now. I also would love to connect with like minded writers, finding mutual interests in others.

I love nature, everything to do with improving the lives of children, philosophy, science, crafts, photography, green living, humorous writes and poems so if your blog holds any of these please drop me a comment so I can check your blog out 🙂

I hope you can see from taking a look that my blog is made of Love. I have a flower as my main picture as I feel it is more appealing and this is more of a site about life in general as apposed to just about me. It is about natural homemaking and living a greener, smarter day through discovery of paleo methods and by rejecting conformity to the current mainstream system. I work for the Earth and adore ways to help stop the destruction being caused, using vibes of love to inspire.

On my pages there are various health posts and recipes, methods for a healthier life as well as nature posts and ideas for a simple healthy life. There is also some photography and some great activities for wonderful days out with the children.

I love being creative and always love to gain new knowledge.

So far in the WordPress community I have connected with a really lovely genuine bunch of bloggers who I would love to thank for being part of my blogging world. Thank You!

If you think we would get along and would love to connect then please leave a comment introducing yourself and your blog! Also feel free to re-blog anything you feel is worth sharing from my work. 

I do hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I love writing it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Love & Light

Lucy – PeaceCrafting

Homemade Organic Pizza

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A truly satisfying dish. One to be proud of. One that should come with the warning sign of
WARNING: Awesomely Addictive Pizza! Beware, it is delicious and knowing you made it yourself is a huge creativity boost as you can adapt this dish in many ways, different bread bases, different types of cheese and so many different toppings, the possibilities are endless! Research, trial & error.
You would think given the simplicity of it that we would all be making our own. Maybe this recipe can inspire more people to do so. I can’t believe I have gone my whole life and never made a proper pizza, when I was about 13 or 14 years old I crafted a sweet chocolate pizza in a home economics class and yes it was smothered in chocolate and all kinds of sherbets and chewy sweets (I shudder now to think what was actually on it, the allergies I have now would most definitely be going wild if I were to indulge in a slice of that bad boy! Luckily for me I have seen better days and can now cook in better ways )

This Pizza recipe contains absolutely no: artificial flavours, colours, preservatives or additives or anything artificial at all for that matter.
It is free from: gluten, wheat, eggs, dairy, yeast, sugar and animals.
I used organic ingredients as inorganic foods have had dangerous, life threatening additives added to them and are un-natural and almost void of nutrition. Once upon a time organic food was simply just known as ‘food’, grown, sold and eaten in all its freshness. Now, you have to buy ‘organic’ food to ensure its just food and nothing else and to know it is safe enough to consume!
The system is so corrupt and seemingly does not care for our health despite what it advertises, preaching that it is safe to use products like roundup to spray onto our fields of food, despite the people spraying the crops are wearing masks and full body covering suits! When and who decided it would be a good idea to mass spray deadly chemicals onto what we use as fuel to live? Guarantee they don’t eat it! It is totally backwards and lethal to the uneducated fool. Time to wake up!
I urge you to research further and scrutinise everything you are consuming, to the last ingredient, its place of origin and how it is cared for.
Buy organic! Just do it. Most products are about 20p more expensive, a lot are the same price and some products that are organic are actually cheaper than those that are not, check it out, save yourself from deadly disease via the consumption of weed killing chemicals and start buying organic today.

This pizza was a winner all round, I did a little trial one first with just cheese and tomato for the boys lunch and they absolutely loved it! Yay! It only takes around 30 minutes to cook and it is tremendously healthy as every ingredient, in a moderate dose, is health promoting and nutritional.
My younger Sister came to stay as she often does, usually we would have got some kind of take away food or would have eaten separately prior to dinner time but since I have turned into a foodie freak and I am now almost completely homemaking everything and will not touch anything that doesn’t have specifically listed ingredients stating it being organic and animal free, that’s just not an option anymore. So that’s the take aways cancelled. I know my family think I’m a weirdo and can’t understand why I stress and worry and even bother to live this way but since I have seen the light, I feel, it is vital to do all I can to consume responsibly. Thus meaning avoiding all known allergens / foods that are unhealthy and unethically sound. Last time my sis came to stay her and my mother ordered the greasiest, cheapest and nastiest pizza going, laced with everything that would make me very ill and riddled with guilt, it made me want to puke looking at it and I actually didn’t ‘try’ it and just let them carry on. I did however have some garlic bread. They then both passed out (screaming gluten) and I thought to myself, “this is no good! It just won’t do” To think about what is actually in and on top of that pizza is seriously nasty, if you care enough about ethics! After eating food or consuming anything, if it makes you feel anything less than alive then it’s not good for you. I cringed at it all and I made it my mission to provide a healthy version that we can all enjoy. After a little research on a base, a cheese and how to cook it, this homemade pizza started coming together nicely.

Firstly you will need a cheese, I am dairy intolerant so this is a ‘vegan’ cheese meaning it does not contain any animal products. It does contain nuts and quite a few of them so unfortunately if you have a nut allergy this cheese will not work for you, however I would love to see a vegan cheese that is nut free also so if you do happen to create one for yourself please share it here in the comments or send me a link. Thanks.

Soft Cashew Cheese

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Here is the link to the full cheese recipe article (link)
My sister says it tastes like Philadelphia cheese, I’m not sure if this is a compliment or not though!
It is, however, the most delicious cheese I have ever tasted and the fact it has no animal milk involved really warms my heart. This was my first ever cheese. Like the Pizza all in all, this cheese can be adapted using diversity to create wondrous cheeses, tailored to tickle your individual taste buds.
This is an amazing cheese that actually tastes like a cream cheese!

To make this cheese you will require:

1 cup Organic Raw Cashew Nuts
1 cup Soaking Water
2 tablespoons Agar Flakes + ¼ cup Water
1/3 teaspoon Organic Raw Garlic
1/3 teaspoon Organic Raw Onion
1/3 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
¼ cup fresh Organic Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Method:

1) Soak the Cashew Nuts in 1 cup of Water for at least 8 hours.
2) Crush a clove of Garlic and chop the Onion and measure them out. Leave it to air.
3) Combine the Agar Flakes + Water in a pan, bring it to the boil then simmer for 5-8 minutes, stirring frequently.
4) In a blender combine the Cashews + the soaking Water, Garlic, Onion, ACV, Lemon juice and Salt. Blend on high for 2 minutes.
5) Add the heated Agar to the blender and blend for around 5 minutes until the cheese thickens.
6) Remove from the blender and set it in to a bowl.
7) Refrigerate your cheese and use it in a variety of amazing ways.

Tomato Puree Sauce

For this sauce I feel it was a little sweet so next time I will use less Agave. Feel free to follow precisely or adapt to your personal taste.

You will require:

6-8 Large Organic Tomatoes
1 tablespoon Agar Flakes
1 tablespoon Organic Agave Syrup
1/3 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Method:

1) Chop and blend the Tomatoes, salt and Agave into a puree.
2) In a pan add the combined ingredients and gently heat the Tomatoes and add the Agar. Bring it to the boil and then simmer for 6-8 minutes, stirring continuously.
3) Remove from heat and mix thoroughly.
4) Leave it to set in a jar until it is required.

Bread Base

For the bread base I used a very simple recipe as the variations were slightly overwhelming, most recipes including yeast which I did not want to use. I wanted to do a mix of flours but couldn’t find a suitable recipe and yes I was anxious I would get it wrong if I changed it as I am not a very great bread baker! I struggle with the volumes of ingredients and this time as it was for my sister I didn’t want to screw it up. I settled for safe rather than potentially sorry option here!
Nevertheless the bread is awesome and a winner with the kids too.
Silly I forgot to add the Chia Seeds to the actual Pizza base but I did try it again with them and it worked brilliantly so I would recommend adding 2 teaspoons Chia seeds.

For this flatbread pizza base you will require:

2 ¼ cups Buckwheat Flour
½ cup Organic Tapioca Flour
2 cups Warm Water
¼ cup Organic Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1/3 teaspoon Organic Raw Garlic
1/3 teaspoon Organic Raw Onion
1/3 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Organic Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Food Grade Baking Soda
1 tablespoon Organic Agave Syrup

Toppings

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For this particular Pizza the toppings we used were:

1 Courgette
¼ tin Sweetcorn
1/3 Green Pepper
1/3 Yellow Pepper
1 Red Onion
½ Patty Pan
2 Chillies

The cooking method used:

1) Preheat Oven to Gas Mark 4. Line baking tray with parchment paper, grease it and heat in the oven.
2) Measure out the dry ingredients and combine in a bowl.
3) Measure and combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and blend on high for no more than 2 minutes.
4) Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Pour and scoop the mix on to the baking paper and spread it out evenly to ensure even cooking.
5) Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how crispy you require the bread.
6) Remove from the oven and spread the Tomato sauce evenly over the bread base. Next add a thick layer of cheese, I did not want to heat the cheese to melt it so I just used a knife to spread it across. Then add the toppings.
7) Place the tray back in the oven for 10-20 minutes.
8) Remove the Pizza from the oven, let it slightly cool then cut diagonally.
9) Serve and devour!

Enjoy your very own Homemade Organic Pizza and share it with your loved ones spreading the word of health.

 

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Homemade Cheese



Happy dairy-free days!

Crafting this wonder has left me amazed. It’s bursting with flavour, it tastes amazing and actually tastes like cheese, leaving the Cows out.

This is a very easy recipe to follow and enjoying the splendours of making your own cheese is divine.

If, like myself, you have an intolerance to dairy but love the taste of cheese then this recipe (Thank You) will deliver you much happiness.

The consistency of this cheese is soft and it’s main ingredient is nuts.
It can be melted on to anything you desire or sliced off an eaten cold. It is extremely delicious baked onto a pizza and used as a cold dip, I can definitley say that for sure 😊

To make your own ‘PeaceCrafting’s First Ever Cheese’ cheese, you will require:

1 cup Raw Cashew Nuts
1 cup Water
2 tablespoons Agar Flakes + 1/4 cup Water
1/3 teaspoon Raw Garlic
1/3 teaspoon Raw Onion
1/3 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

Method used to create:

1) Soak the Cashew Nuts in 1 cup of Water for at least 8 hours.
2) Crush a clove of Garlic and chop the Onion and measure them out. Leave it to air.
3) Combine the Agar Flakes + Water in a pan, bring it to the boil then simmer for 5-8 minutes, stirring frequently.
4) In a blender combine the Cashews + the soaking Water, Garlic, Onion, ACV, Lemon juice and Salt. Blend on high for 2 minutes.
5) Add the heated Agar to the blender and blend for around 5 minutes until the cheese thickens.
6) Remove from the blender and set it in to a bowl.
7) Refrigerate your cheese and use it in an amazing way.

I would love to see how you used your cheese if you followed this recipe so please do comment with links to your posts.

Hope you enjoy cheese by cheesecrafting 😊

Grape Abundance

How awesome! On our travels to the park I gazed over to the beautiful house with the glorious driveway that I adore and to my amazement the gentleman owner was starting there arched over at the back of his car loading up crates of his homegrown grapes. For ages I had walked past in awe of the abundance of grapes growing, draping abundantly over the driveway but I never approached the front door to enquire about them. This stunningly sunny afternoon, as the owner was there to ask and seeing as he had just picked and was about to cart off the grapes, I made the decision to ask if he would kindly sell us some. I only had a £1 in change from the shop so I didn’t expect to receive many. He handed me a few bunches which was more than enough. I put them in a baggie and was telling him how much I always admired the driveway and the house, I got ready to walk off and he kept handing me bunches! All in all I would say he gave me at least around £10 worth of grapes (looking at what I get in my organic delivery) I was over-joyed and so thankful! I blessed the kind Sir and set off for the park. I was smiling ear to ear, still so happy now, so glad I didn’t spend the £1 at the shop. Pictured are the grapes that were left after the boys and I munched a bunch each! Loads! Won’t shake this smile for a while! Beautiful.

Buying local is such a pleasure and is the most eco-friendly option overall. You have the guarantee of knowing exactly where they come from and there are no fuels or vehicles used in the process. Buying from the neighbours is a true blessing, one that I am very grateful for and one I certainly will not forget. If you get the chance to buy off your neighbours I would highly recommend plucking up the courage to ask, you may just get more than you bargained for!

Alphabet Football Game

What a wonderfully simple yet extremely fun and effective way to get children being active and learning the alphabet at the same time. Love it.

Yes it’s as simple as it sounds but loads of fun.

All you need are some beautiful children and a ball!

This game can be played with one child (any yourself) or lots of children.

It is perfect for younger children just developing speech and for getting to know the alphabet better.

Have a kick about to burn off the energy and to bring in the idea of a ball game. I suggest this as a starting point as ‘alphabet football’ is a throwing not kicking game so getting the want for kicking out the way prior is a good idea as focus is required.
Standing a fair distance away from each other play catch and begin to engage verbally starting at the beginning of the alphabet (or backwards if you are an alphabet pro – haven’t tried this yet but we will definitely be giving it a go next time the ball is out). Take it in turns to say a letter or let the children say them between them as the ball is passed to each other. If the ball gets dropped add an “ohhh” and a giggle and continue onto the next player until you reach the end of the alphabet.

This game can be adapted to using numbers (infinite game if catch) or even colours or animals etc.

Perfect game for a sunny day or using a small sift ball this can be played inside too 😊

HOMEMADE NATURAL LAUNDRY WASHING POWDER

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Yes, yes, yes, I did it…finally got it right 🙂

My fabrics are clean and smell awesome. Yay! More importantly the powder is safe and free of dangerous chemicals!
The recipe below is homemade and all natural and it’s definitely been worth the wait.
After months of trying I have found the perfect laundry detergent recipe and I am so happy to share it with You!
Upon discovering how dangerous the advertised store bought washing powders and liquids actually are, with their harsh chemical ingredients that are ridiculously hard to pronounce, I got really upset at the thought of what I was allowing next to my children’s skin and decided enough was enough. How cool is the notion of home-crafting your own anyway? Very cool and really very satisfying knowing you know exactly what’s being used and the fact that it works just rocks! Ok so the store bought brands have a high potency of fragrance and are really really really cheap but they are not natural and far from eco-friendly, in my eyes it’s just not worth it, that is my babies skin I am putting those deadly chemicals on. The system over time has lured us in to just buy whatever is mainstream and has some how numbed our minds to not even question what we are buying even though the list of oddly named ingredients is plain to see, people just do not seem to care, playing ignorance and some people really are that stupid to not even think twice, only caring about price. Not this Muma.

If we think about the impact we are having on earth and the water supply by flooding it with these poisons then we are able to see how we are carelessly destroying the only place we have to live, our true source of life. Do we want to live on a totally poisoned world? That is the way it is heading unless more people wake up, quick. Eventually we will have corrupted our Mother Earth so much we won’t have grass to stand on.
One by one we can stop this mass destruction and try to create a natural clean and green world. It may take a while but why would we want to pollute our planet when we really do not need to. Eco-warriors need to lead the way by example, reaching out to others and through guidance, helping everyone to understand the damage we are actually doing and how easy it is to make these changes. You don’t need to be a wacky scientist or have a state of the art laboratory (that would be nice though), just a few natural ingredients, a grater, a spoon, a cup and a tub!

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To have the pleasure and satisfaction of making your very own washing powder you will require:

Ingredients:

1 cup Organic Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oils infused Soap Bar
1 cup High Grade Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
1 cup High Grade Sodium Carbonate (Washing Soda)
1 cup High Grade Citric Acid
1 cup High Grade Dead Sea Salt
½ cup Organic White Wine Vinegar

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Once you have acquired all the ingredients you will require:

The method:

1) Acquire a cup for measuring, a cheese or soap grater, a bowl to mix it together in or an airtight tub to mix / store it in and turn on the washing machine
2) Simply grate a bar of soap to fill your cup using the grater
3) Measure out the Sodium Bicarb, Sodium Carbonate, Citric Acid and Sea Salt into equal parts to each other and to the soap (1 cup)
4) Combine these all together in the bowl / tub and mix very thoroughly being very careful not to gust the powders up your nose or you will sneeze (every time!)
5) Use 1 cup of finished mixture to add to the laundry in the machine
6) Add the additional ½ – 1 cup of white wine vinegar to further freshen and soften
7) Set the machine and move on to your next job!

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Tips:

– You can make your own Sodium Carbonate from Sodium Bicarbonate by popping it in the oven for 30 minutes and baking it at around 200 Celsius. You must mix it regularly whilst its baking or it will harden and although the lumps can be broken down its better to keep it as fine as possible so it will mix well in this recipe once it has cooled. Alternatively you can buy it ready-made (purchase at great prices from Intralabs.co,uk).
– I recommend using a richly infused with essential oils soap bar. You can use a plain base soap and then add oils afterwards although using a scented bar helps the oils to be distributed evenly through the mixture. Adding oils to the mix afterwards makes it difficult to ensure you get the oil in each dose you add to the fabrics as it clumps up and may only reach one load leaving all the other loads scent free (not good!) + it requires a lot of drops
– When grating the soap I used a grade size that would give me a larger consistency of shavings (there is just something I like about the idea of large slithers of soap knocking into my fabrics). Next time I will attempt a smaller grade so the soap is distributed more.
-The soap tends to ‘run off’ together in the tub and separate from the powders so it is essential you stir thoroughly before using the mixture each time to gain maximum even distribution.
– Before I was stupidly using borax as a main ingredient from a recipe of unreliable source, cross reference is very important. I DO NOT recommend using borax. Just because it’s natural it does not mean it’s good for you! Borax is a major irritant to skin, it causes nappy rash and it can choke you up in an instant if you use it without a mask. I would recommend you keep it away from contact with skin. It is great for abrasive cleaning though i.e. the toilet or the sink!
– Don’t be under the impression that the vinegar will hold its potency through the wash taking over the scent of the oils. This is not the case; you cannot smell it at all in the final product. It is added for softness!

I’m so glad I can finally post this article, seriously so happy to have done this. Bring on the Lab! I hope you enjoy this recipe, good luck and thanks for reading my posts 🙂

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