Homemade Vinaigrette: A Love Story

Homemade Vinaigrette >> Guinea Pigging Green

The first book I read in 2016 was Dinner: A Love Story. I’d never been much of a reader of the blog by the same name, but I adored the book. It was chock-full of not only recipes, but also ideas for how to throw lovely (dinner) parties and how to make everyday life a little more special.

One of those ideas was to make your own vinaigrette, something I’d never really done before. Honestly? I thought it would be good, but maybe not worth the extra work it would take to make salad dressing from scratch. Well I tried it once in late January, and have probably made it at least five times since then. It’s really that good. Not to mention that it falls into every one of the categories that all my favourite recipes (and most of the recipes on this site) share: easy, simple ingredients only, takes less than 10 minutes to make, veg-friendly.

Homemade Vinaigrette >> Guinea Pigging Green

I’ve also been throwing chopped-up ends of loaves of bread into the oven with a little oil, salt, and pepper for 15 minutes to make my own croutons and yes indeed, I feel very fancy. Having a jar of lovely pink vinaigrette in the fridge and a jar of croutons in the cabinet makes me feel this awesome sense of abundance and a little spike of joy every time I see them. Plus, of course, they make my salads ten times better.

Clearly, these days I’m all about tiny little kitchen tricks that make you feel like a grown-ass person with your life together… at least in the salad department. Join me!

Lovely Vinaigrette

Adapted from Dinner: A Love Story

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Dijon (or other fancy) mustard
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar, honey or maple syrup
  • Squeeze of lime (or lemon)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Dried or fresh herbs (I use oregano and thyme but chives would be awesome in this!)
  • 1/2 cup oil (I usually use canola)

Homemade Vinaigrette >> Guinea Pigging Green

Put everything into a jar and shake it like crazy! Use it to make your salads just a little bit fancier and (more importantly) tastier. My current favourite is spinach with cherry tomatoes, red onion, croutons, and this vinaigrette.

Homemade Vinaigrette >> Guinea Pigging Green

Episode 59: Capsule Wardrobes

Part of Steph's Capsule Wardrobe
Part of Steph’s Capsule Wardrobe

Hi friends!

Thanks for tuning into the show this week. We’re talking about our experiences trying out a capsule wardrobe for a season this past fall of 2015. You can listen to the show through the player below or by subscribing to the show on iTunes. We also love to get ratings and comments on the show – it helps us reach more like-minded, wonderful people like yourself.

Here are some resources if you’re new to the whole capsule wardrobe concept, like we were:

We love the idea of the capsule wardrobe for a few reasons:

  1. It discourages mindless spending and consumption
  2. It encourages you to carefully choose quality over quantity
  3. It creates a sense of ease and comfort when it comes to getting dressed every morning (decision-free living!)

Tune into the episode to hear more about what we thought of this experiment and how we’ll be using this concept going forward.

And let us know what you think, in the comments below or on Twitter or Instagram.

Would you ever try a capsule wardrobe? Could you live happily with 40 pieces of clothing (and shoes!) or less?

Episode 57: The Insta 100 Challenge

Insta 100 Challenge >> Guinea Pigging Green

Hi friends!

This week we’re talking about a social media challenge that we created called the Insta 100 Challenge! To listen, click on the player below or go ahead and subscribe on iTunes right here.

So what the heck are we talking about – what does “Insta 100” mean? Well, we can explain the whole challenge in one sentence:

Reduce the number of people you’re following on Instagram to 100 or less. 

Whoa! Kind of a wacky idea, right? Especially if, like Laura and I were, you are currently following 300+ people right now.

But the reality is, doing this “challenge” was totally in line with our values of abundance, being essential, and spending less time on social media. We felt like our Instagram accounts were holding us hostage! We constantly felt behind, like we needed to catch up, like we were missing out on something, like our lives weren’t measuring up in some way.

The challenge helped us to kind of break away from those not-so-great feelings, so we wanted to share it with our listeners if this is something you’d be curious to try.

One thing that’s important to mention is that we’re not saying to arbitrarily cut people out just for the sake of it! This “challenge” is all about being more mindful and truly consider how things (yes, including your social media accounts!) make you feel and how they line up with your values.

Tune into the episode to learn more! And if you do end up trying the challenge (in whatever way that looks like for you!!), please let us know in the comments below! Or you can get in touch with us @GreenGuineaPigs on Twitter or Instagram.

Thanks for listening! We appreciate you very much.

-Steph