Fresh Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe

Salads are a staple in any vegan and vegetarian diet. In this version of a fresh tomato mozzarella salad, mozzarella pearls are served with tomatoes, fresh basil, and tossed with balsamic vinegar. A perfect salad alternative, especially in summer when you can get tomatoes and basil from the garden.

For this salad, you’ll need a package of cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, 1/2 a purple onion, handful of fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. (Also, check out the cool knife ‘block’ my mom made from some old books!)

First, cut your cherry tomatoes in half.

Then dice half your onion.

Mix together the tomato, onion, mozzarella pearls, and basil in a large serving bowl.

Combine oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid (such as a mason jar); shake well. Drizzle over tomato and mozzarella mixture.

And that’s it! Tomato and basil are a classic combination and, when paired with fresh mozzarella, you have something so simple and delicious, you could make a meal out of this salad all by itself. It’s also great served with a slice of buttered Italian bread and a nice wine.

What’s your go-to salad recipe? Let us know in the comments!

DIY Herbal Neck Wrap with Lavender and Chamomile

Homemade herbal neck wraps are great because all you have to do is microwave them for a couple of minutes and place them on your neck for soothing, relaxing remedy for your aches and pains.

To make this neck wrap, you’ll need 1/2 yard of flannel fabric, thread, scissors, measuring tape, straight pins, a sewing machine, white rice, flax seeds, dried lavender, peppermint tea, chamomile tea, a large bowl,  a spoon, and a measuring cup.

Make a pattern by drawing a curved shape (like the one below) on an 8″ by 14.5″ piece of paper.

After you cut out the pattern, cut two pieces of flannel by placing the pattern on the fold.

After you’ve cut out your pieces, pin them right sides together.

Sew all the way around, leaving a 4″ gap at the top for turning.

This is what your gap should look like.

Then grab your scissors and clip the curves just 1/4″ apart, but be careful to not cut through the thread.

Turn it inside out and lay flat.

Place pins in the middle of your wrap, following the curve. Leave 2.5″ from the ends, and leave a gap in the middle.

After you pin, sew a row of stitches in the center in the center on both sides, creating two channels. Leave a 3″ gap at the top so the rice mixture can enter the bottom channel.

In a large bowl, mix 3 1/3 cups white rice, 3 cups flax seed, and 1 cup dried lavender. Cut open 6 tea bags each of peppermint tea and chamomile tea and mix those into the bowl as well. The flax seed helps hold in heat longer than rice alone.

Then make a funnel out of a piece of paper and start pouring your wrap with the rice mixture.

After you’re done filling the wrap, pin the opening closed.

Now sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch.

And that’s it — you’re all done! Now you have an herbal wrap that can comfortably flex to the contours of your neck. And it smells heavenly!

Whenever you’re feeling aches and pains, all you have to do is pop this wrap in the microwave for two minutes and place it on your neck.

What are your favorite sewing projects? Let us know in the comments!