Savory Savings

A mostly mom-centric blog focused on family, natural/green-living and saving within that realm. Featuring product reviews/giveaways of green/natural (and frequently gluten-free) products that are relevant to eco-friendly families.

What's a fun way to repurpose household items into toys or crafts?

I love to reuse things whenever I can - peanut butter jars make great drums or maracas and pickle jars are wonderful for storing all your craft items. We recently made "rain sticks" with old paper towel rolls and that was a huge hit, even if it drove the cat crazy!

Do you know any great children's books that teach kids about being eco-friendly?

The most obvious, of course, is the Lorax, which both of my girls adore, but we really love the Magic School Bus - so many of those books touch on being green and living a smaller carbon footprint. And lastly, Curious George Plants a Tree - this silly monkey is always getting into some sort of mischief and planting a tree is no different - but he really learns a lot of valuable green lessons along the way.

What organic or healthy snacks do your kids love? Please share a link to a recipe if you have one.

My girls love hummus with carrot sticks, they could eat their weight in it! Here is my quick red pepper hummus recipe:
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

What do I need?
1 (15 Oz) can of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans)
1/3 C tahini
1/4 C lemon juice
2 T olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup -3/4 cup roasted red peppers (depending on your preference)
**if you use the roasted red peppers that are stored in olive oil, you can reduce or omit the additional 2 T listed above.

What do I now?

In a food processor, combine beans, tahini, lemon juice and olive oil. Blend until smooth.
Add red peppers and garlic. Continue to puree until desired consistency.