Leave the Leaves
We here at Dental Lace are passionate about keeping ourselves, as well as our planet healthy, and we aim to inspire others to do the same. By choosing sustainable alternative products (such as dental floss), we can help to lessen the amount of plastic waste flooding our landfills.
Recently, we were inspired by Scott Hoffman Black’s article, “Leave the Leaves to Benefit Wildlife” on fall cleanup, and why it is important to rake less. Raking leaves, and picking up fallen twigs may make our yards look clean to us, but it removes food and shelter for the butterflies, beetles, bees, moths and more. These little critters are important to the well-being of our planet, and we must do our part to care for them.
If you must rake and tidy up your yard, please be sure to throw them in the compost, along with your used Dental Lace, instead of bagging and tossing it into the trash.
We are honored to be mentioned on Houston Live’s Back to School and Work Essentials segment. ChicExecs said we “walk the walk” when it comes to sustainability.
With Fall comes crisp apples and hopefully apple crisp.
Remember, when baking your favorite apple dessert to use or compost all of the apple. After you’ve peeled and cut your apples, don't throw the waste in the trash can. Peels can be used to make apple cider vinegar, or apple fritters. Anything that you can’t use should be at the very least composted.
This is our favorite Apple crisp recipe from my gluten-free kitchen
Gluten free Apple crisp
- 12 cups peeled, sliced apples
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. water
- 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats or old-fashioned oats
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter or non-dairy alternative
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- In a large bowl, stir together sliced apples, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, lemon juice and water. Scoop into 9x13 baking pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all topping ingredients except butter. Use a pastry cutter or 2 knives to cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.
- Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is crisp and browned.
- Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream or non-dairy alternative.