What do you do with your plastic bottles?


Here in the middle east, I find that I have more trash to throw out, mostly from packaged food items, and loads of bottles from bottled water. We are not too comfortable drinking out of the tap, even with the filters- we have been advised not to.

So for a while I kept feeling guilty as I drank a bottle and tossed it into the trash- to the point where I cut down on my water consumption in the hope of sparing a few more bottles.

Together with using the recycling companies that are making some difference, we have found our own alternative at home.

We cut the gallon bottles open, drill holes in the bottom for drainage and began planting.


So far we have basil- that made a delicious pesto, mint that is thriving- any ideas what to do with it? Because it’s just growing wild. Anyone want some for replanting give me a buzz. We also have aloe which is a great Medicine. After the summer we plan to start some tomatoes, carrots and more.

We are also experimenting with other sorts of planters and composting- more posts to follow depending on how we journey along.

I am so thrilled that we decided to utilize the bottles now towards a good purpose- and a new hobby has sprung 🙂 It started out as my need to grow organic, pesticide free herbs and veggies and is evolving into a great family past time- one that curly tops’ dad is loving too….shhhhh (he might just realize it and change his mind) 🙂

If you have more ideas on how you recycle some of your waste in creative ways please let me know…until then I hope that I have planted a seed for you as an idea to use your bottles.

Happy recycling




Pink green smoothie this morning

This morning I popped a banana, papaya, melon, frozen blueberries and strawberries into the blender. I then added a whole lotta green leaves (a mixture of spinach, beet, and coriander leaves). I blended it up and then remembered I had some goji berries which I tossed in together with bee pollen and flax seed oil. I needed to add some water to get the blender going and later on to thin it out. Curly tops is a great judge of taste because if its something that doesn’t taste good there’s no way she will drink it, and she did. The whole glass full 🙂

I wish I was able to use all organic ingredients. My greens were organic from the sultan center (yasmin farms and sultan farms products), the others were regular ones. I good tip I did pick up was to get into the habit of soaking all my fruits and veggies is vinegar water, wash them up in it to remove all the pesticides and then rinse with clean water before eating and cooking with.


Organic goodies

I’m always playing hide and seek when it comes to searching out organic wholesome produce.

It has been a good adventure, especially when I find the rewards after lots of searching.

This week I weaved my way through the city to get to Qadisiyya, I was told that there is a bakery there that sells yeast free, organic, whole foods and freshly baked wholesome bread. You can imagine my excitement when I just found out about this place and then when I actually got to it….I was in heaven, well close at least 🙂

The place is called Raha Stone Mill. It’s in the same vicinity as the Co-op in Qadisiyya. They even have a facebook page.

Unfortunately the pictures I took of the place with my “smart”phone somehow didn’t save so all I have to show you are the products I purchased. Nonetheless, here are my little luxuries…




I need to start finding some recipe-treats to make with my spelt flour, and those dates are going to be great in many “guilt-free” desserts. I can’t wait to get started.

Do you know of any other places that sell these Organic goodies? I would love to know