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01 Mar

Coffee just off Rte 17, NYS

Posted by Wendy Ives

Coffee just off Rte 17, NY 

33 Lower Main Street
Callicoon, NY 12723

Cafe Adella Dori

I just found out about this great little cafe off of Rte 17 between Ithaca and NYC. I'm always in search of a good espresso while on this trip. Ithaca Soap Organic Liquid may be going in their bathrooms.

Where is LiXTiK Natural Lip Balm and Ithaca Soap on your travels?

21 Feb

Bee Alert

Posted by Wendy Ives

This is a plea to stop using pesticides on wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, etc.
The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee is officially on the endangered species list. These bees live all over the US, but mostly in the NorthEast. It is imperative that we all learn how to live with our pesky stinging pollinators friends like wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and flies (yes flies are pollinators), and the pretty ones like butterflies, hummingbirds, bumble and honey bees. Without the rusty Patched Bumble Bee, there will be no apples, onions or alfalfa (cows eat alfalfa so this is connected to hamburgers and ice cream), just to name a few of the 70+ foods that they pollenate. 

Every time my neighbors sprayed insecticide on a wasps nest last year, my bumble bees were walking (a sign of trouble) and dead within a few days. I smelled the insecticide as it was carried over to my property by a gentle summer breeze. I asked to see if I was correct. We have a 5 acre field of wild flowers and I love it when it hums with native bees buzzing around. 

Bees are a magical little beasts that live complex lives. They do all of the tedious work of pollinating our plants so we can eat. They give us this gift along with excess honey and wax, harvested by beekeepers. It has been reported that there are so few bees in China that people are now pollinating plants with paint brushes.

When you see a nest forming, it is possible to move them without harming them and yourself. It is a careful skill, that isn't difficult to learn. Bees are busy keeping themselves and their queens warm when temperatures fall below 50 degrees F. That is the perfect time to move a nest. Protective gear, such as gloves and netted hats, are helpful. You can always call a bee keeper for advice or for them to do it. 

 Please Bee Aware of our little friends and stop using insecticide. Thank you.


15 Feb

Cheese Pie

Posted by Wendy Ives

This is an easy way to make a delicious meal. Supplement with a salad and fruit desert and your good to go.

Serves 4



1 cup bread crumbs

1 stick melted butter or 1/2 c olive oil

or your favorite pie crust recipe



2 T olive oil or butter for sautéing 

1 really big onion or a few small ones.

1 c grated zucchini

1 c milk

2 eggs

1 cup munster cheese or cottage cheese

1 t flour of any kind (wheat, chickpea, buckwheat, lentil, cornmeal, whatever)

salt to taste



1. Preheat oven to 350-375 degrees depending on how hot or cold your oven works.

2. Peel the onion and slice in half from end to end. Do not slice in half across the middle. The way the onion is sliced and sautéed will effect the way it releases it's natural sugars. Place each onion half open side down on your cutting board, and slice long slivers from end to end about 1/8" thick.

3. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter in a frying pan on a medium heat. Add the sliced onions. When they are hot and sizzling, turn the heat to low, so they are sautéing slowly. Stir every 2-3 minutes for 15-25 minutes. You are going to caramelize them. As they turn brown you want to stir them, so they brown on all sides. While they are sautéing, move on to step 3, but you must keep one eye on these onions. They will become very soft and turn a lovely brown. You do not want them to fry and become crispy, so make sure the heat is low enough to prevent frying, but high enough to cook slowly.

4. Place the bread crumbs in a dry 8" pie plate. Add the melted butter or olive oil and mix thoroughly with the bread crumbs. With a fork, press the breadcrumb mix into the pie plate, on the bottom and all up the sides.

5. When the onions are nicely caramelized, add the grated zucchini. Stir in and sauté for a few minutes. Turn off the heat, leave in the pan and move on to step 6.

6. In a bowl, beat the eggs. Add the flour and beat in, so it's smooth. Beat in the milk. Mix in the cheese and salt to your liking.

7. Place the onions and zucchini in your pie crust and carefully spread evenly to fully cover the bottom of the plate, being careful not to disturb your crust.

8. Pour your egg/milk/cheese mix over your pie filling and spread out the cheese evenly.

9. Bake for about 1 hour. At 30 minutes, take a look to make sure it's baking evenly. Turn the pie plate around if your oven bakes unevenly. Check again at 45 minutes.

10. Your Cheese Pie is ready when the top is golden brown.

11. Take out of the oven and cool for 15  minutes before serving. Bon appetite!



09 Feb

The Empire State

Posted by Wendy Ives

LiXTiK Natural Lip Balm &
Ithaca Soap Foaming Pump is at

The Empire State Gift Shop Taste NY Store

Location: 106 Concourse South Mall Arterial in the Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12242 Map

Valentine's Day 2/14/17 The NYS legislature in Albany at The Empire State Plaza, will be in session. And I will be introducing LiXTiK Natural Lip Balm and Ithaca Soap Foaming Pump from 10-2pm at the Gift Shop Taste NY Store. Small business in the face of government policy making. I hope I make a good impression and spread the love of LiXTiK. Come by and show your support and give the gift of LiXTiK Natural Lip Balm to that someone special. I will have free Valentine's Day cards and buttons to go with every purchase. 
Open Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30

I will be at theTodd Hill Service Station on the Taconic State Parkway one mile south of Route 55, the Taste NY Market Feb 13th from 12-4pm. Free Valentine's Day Cards and LiXTiK buttons with every purchase.
Open year-round closed Tuesdays

08 Feb

Demo Schedule

Posted by Wendy Ives

Come and try our products. Sometimes we have little gifts to go with your purchase! demo schedule
Free Valentine's Day card and buttons with every LiXTiK Purchase through Feb 28th


Postponed until Customer Appreciation Day March 15th Hungry Hollow Coop 11-4pm Chestnut Ridge, NY

Postponed until Feb 15th Sunflower Natural Foods 1-3pm Woodstock, NY

Feb 11th Harts Local Grocer 12-3pm Rochester, NY

Feb 12th Lexington Coop 12-2pm Buffalo, NY
Feb. 13th Todd Hill Rest Area 12-4pm on the Taconic Parkway  Lagrangeville, NY just south of Rte 55

Feb 14th Empire State Plaza Gift Shop 10-2pm Albany, NY
Feb. 20th Down To Earth Whole Foods 11-2pm Endicott, NY
Feb. 23rd. Park Slope Coop Park Slope 11-2pm Brooklyn, NY 
March 18th Green Planet Grocery 12-3pm Fairmont store Syracuse, NY