Monthly Archives: January 2016

Delicious & Healthy Winter Recipes

 

From our family to yours

2016 already, where did 2015 go?  A new year always feels so bright, shiny, new and full of promise. Do you find yourself making the usual resolutions? I am going to eat healthier, get more exercise, spend more time with the kids and finally repaint the kitchen. We can’t help you get more exercise or repaint the kitchen (although we can get your carpets and furniture nice and clean).  But we can help you eat a little healthier.

As the winter drags on our bodies crave artery clogging comfort foods – fats, sugars and simple carbohydrates. Yep, all the good stuff.  Here are some healthier and easy to make, comfort foods

Caribbean-style-sweet-potato-stew-11

http://www.amuse-your-bouche.com/caribbean-style-sweet-potato-stew/



Feel free to spice this one up.

Black Bean Quesadillas

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/black_bean_quesadillas.html

Add a bit of mashed sweet potato and brown rice to the black beam filling in the quesadillas – so good!)



These apples are easy enough for everyday but fancy enough for company.

baked apples with raisins and cinnamon

http://paleoleap.com/apple-pie-baked-apples/

 


Hot chocolate with marshmallows on the rustic wooden table

Nikki’s Homemade Hot Chocolate

  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (available in the milk section of your grocery store)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or agave syrup
  • Coconut whipped cream (available in the cooler section of most grocery stores)
  • Cinnamon
  • Marshmallows (optional)

Put the milk into a small sauce pan and whisk in the cocoa powder and sweetener while heating slowly. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Pour in to two mugs and top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and green new year from our family to yours….

Phil, Nikki, Kyla, Chelsea and Leo.

Nikki Shames is the General Manager at Ecosuds, a Hamilton Ontario based company that provides high quality and environmentally friendly carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, fine rug cleaning, and anti slip treatments for tile and bath. She can be reached at  905-667-5624 or Nikki@ecosuds.ca. Please visit www.Ecosuds.ca to learn more

Recipe for Home Made All-Purpose Green Cleaner

 

african couple having fun while doing household chores

Don’t worry about toxins in your cleaning products by making your own safe cleaner

Tired of bringing chemicals into your home? Do you want to switch to a more environmentally friendly way of cleaning but don’t know where to start? Keep an eye out in our newsletters for your monthly dose of green cleaning tips! You can also check out our Facebook page for weekly green cleaning tips. https://www.facebook.com/EcosudsCanada

All purpose cleaner:

Good quality spray bottle

2 tsp baking soda

½ tsp dawn dish soap

4 TBSP white vinegar

400 ml warm water.

4-5 drops of pure lemon essential oil (optional)

Mix all of the ingredients into a spray bottle.  Shake well. Enjoy a clean chemical free cleaning experience!

Kyla Shames is a Manager at Ecosuds, a Hamilton Ontario based company that provides high quality and environmentally friendly carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, fine rug cleaning, and anti slip treatments for tile and bath.She can be reached at  905-667-5624 or kyla@ecosuds.ca. Please visit www.Ecosuds.ca to learn more

Indoor Winter Family Fun

By: Kyla Shames

Kids blowing large balloons

Don’t let cold weather spoil the fun!

It’s that time of year again! Christmas is over and winter seems to be slowly making an appearance. Although we have been extremely lucky with our weather this year the kids may still be going a little stir crazy being stuck inside. Well….no fear Ecosuds is here! Below are some great kid friendly games and activities to fight the winter blues and keep the entire family happy.

  • Disney Pictionary – All you need is a pen, a piece of paper and a good imagination!
  • Balloon Tennis – Glue a Popsicle stick to a small paper plate, blow up a balloon and have fun!
  • Obstacle course – Chris-cross party streamers across the hallway and have the kids crawl between them, “the floor is lava”, make a race path throughout the house. Go wild and have fun with this one!

For more family fun ideas visit the Ecosuds Pinterest page:

 

Pinterest

 

Click the Pinterest logo above for tons of fun ideas!

Kyla Shames is a Manager at Ecosuds, a Hamilton Ontario based company that provides high quality and environmentally friendly carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, fine rug cleaning, and anti slip treatments for tile and bath.She can be reached at  905-667-5624 or kyla@ecosuds.ca. Please visit www.Ecosuds.ca to learn more

Your Best Friend or a Beast of (or Causing) Burden

dirty room dog

Did you know that your best friend can actually become your worst nightmare?

That’s right. He’s cuddly, cute and you love him, but sometimes he has a problem with “accidents” and pretty soon, you start to notice the… ummm… that strange odour.

Besides the obvious occasional accident from your pooch, his fur can also become a real problem. Every time he gives a good shake, his fur flies into the air, then attaches itself to your carpet and furniture. Some types of fur really embeds itself into fabrics and it can become quite a problem.

Then you have the problem of “I want in. I want out. I want in.” You know it… Your pooch is always on the move and the constant heading outside and then back inside brings in all kinds of dirt.

What can you do about all this?

Clean those “accidental” messes up quickly. Once you discover an accident, it’s important to grab a few paper towels and blot up the mess. A shop-vac also works well to suck out the urine that may have penetrated deeper into the carpet. You will want to get it before it sinks down into the padding of the carpet. A good enzyme based deodorizing solution (you can buy it from your favorite pet store) will help reduce or even eliminate the odour. If you find that the product doesn’t work for you, give us a call and we will help get rid of the awful smell.

A hairy situation can be tamed by brushing your dog often. Brushing that loose fur off your best buddy is far easier than trying to remove it from your furniture and rugs afterwards (and it’s great bonding time too).

While you may not have the time to wipe off your pooch’s muddy paws every time he wants back in, it is a good idea to place mats both inside and outside the door. When your buddy wants to come back inside, just let him bounce around a little while on the outside mat so some of that dirt stays out there where it belongs.

Follow these simple steps and your best friend is going to be a dream to live with, not a burden!

Phil and Nikki Shames own Ecosuds, a Hamilton Ontario based company that provides high quality and environmentally friendly carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, fine rug cleaning, and anti slip treatments for tile and bath. They can be reached at  905-667-5624 or owners@ecosuds.ca. Please visit www.Ecosuds.ca to learn more