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I've been an avid reader of Allie Brosh's blog Hyperbole and a Half since the inception and was one of those things that I also wished I thought of making silly drawings of my family.
As I was driving home from work, I heard a story on NPR with new suggestions for Thanksgiving dishes from The Bitten Word.
My mom had this rule, "I'll only make chili with month's containing the letter R" because June, July & August were off limits because chili is such a hearty dish.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
But not this time. For months, I have been wanting to order business cards from Botanical Paper Works and now, I'm going to cross that off the list especially since they are offering FREE shipping in April (because who doesn't LOVE FREE shipping?!?).
And if your looking for something special for Mom, check out these cute cards and gifts.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
There is a really good version of that song on Sunken Treasure that I have on my ipod. Recently, that song has reminded me of my husband who has a green thumb in our family. Preparations are underway to get our urban porch garden up and running.
See that basket thing to the right of the photo? Last year, I tried planting herbs in there but was quite unsuccessful. Any ideas on something for that? I might Freecycle it.
Do you have any ideas and suggestions for us? We'd love to hear them.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I tracked my showers for six days and discovered my average was around 7.5 minutes -- during that time I would only wash my hair (most days with baking soda) and body. My longest was 12 minutes, only because I was so tired after being up from 2-4 a.m. with my toddler and I was trying to wake up! Almost eight minutes seems to long for those tasks so the past three weeks, I've been using my trusty kitchen timer to time out 5 minute showers. You can buy a shower timer, if you want to get fancy but your kitchen timer or your smartphone would probably do just as good of a job.
|good ole kitchen timer|
Why is this part of my green action plan so important? Not only is it worth 20 points on Practically Green, but it will help save on water and gas (hot water heater) bills. If you shower everyday, like me, that means you could be saving up to 140 gallons of water per week. My husband has always been pretty quick in the shower since he used to be in the Navy and took navy showers and my three year old is afraid of the shower so he baths every other day. We use his bath water to water plants and hopefully this summer we will use it to water our garden.
What are other ways you cut back on water in your house? We also follow the "if it's yellow let it mellow. If it's brown flush it down." Just remember to flush when you have guests over. I was quite embarrassed when the sitter discovered this when she last babysat.
Monday, April 25, 2011
- top a salad
- make a wrap/burrito
- mix with eggs
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
|eggs from 2010|
|eggs from 2011|
Thursday, April 21, 2011
According to their website:
Now Skin Deep has a new look and feel, as well as some great new features that we developed in response to your feedback:
The site has a smoother, modern feel to it. Happy browsing!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
As part of Earth Month, my favorite coffee place, Lone Pine, is asking folks to bring your own mug. I hope this drives home the importance of less paper cups in the landfill.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
|Mediterranean Macaroni and Cheese|
Mediterranean Macaroni and Cheese
by Everyday Food
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
8 ounces elbow macaroni
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
8 ounces feta, crumbled
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Set a large pot of salted water to boil and butter an 8-inch square baking dish. In a small bowl, combine tomatoes, olives, and oregano.
Cook pasta 2 minutes less than package instructions; drain pasta and return to pot. Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, whisking constantly, until sauce thickens, 3 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in 4 ounces feta. Stir in tomato mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Pour mixture over pasta; stir to combine.
Pour pasta mixture into dish and top with 4 ounces feta. Bake until sauce is bubbling and cheese begins to brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
|yummy in my tummy|
On Saturday morning, I made the biscuits as that was going to be the only time I would probably have available since we had a full schedule of activities for the day
2 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter, diced
3/4 c. buttermilk, plus 4 T
2 T butter, melted
Preheat oven to 450 degrees with your rack in the middle.
Place flour, powder, soda, sugar and salt in food processor and mix to combine in six 1-second pulses.
Distribute butter evenly over and pulse 12 times. Pour buttermilk over and pulse 8 to 10 times, until wet clump forms.
Transfer dough to lightly floured surface and pat into a ball. Using floured rolling pin, gently roll out to 1/2 inch thick. Use floured biscuit-cutter to cut 8-9 biscuits.
|I will never used store bought AGAIN!|
Friday, April 15, 2011
Here are the good read for this week:
- 20 tips for eco-friendly cooking (The Greenists)
- 5 spring vegetables to love right now (EcoSalon)
- Work and home: a balancing act for parents (Simple Kids)
- How to shop for toddler clothes (Offbeat Mama)
- Facebook etiquette for mom (TODAYmoms)
- BPA-free does not mean safe (My Plastic Free Life)
- Plant a garden (Practically Green)
- A solution to lone socks (Ecosnobbery)
- Vegetable Lasagna (Pioneer Woman)
- Product packaging pet peeves (Earth Becomes Me)
- Jeff Tweedy performs a new song (Pitchfork)
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Which reminds me -- switching to compostable trash bags is on my green plan. Any one have suggestions on bags to get? I'm about to run out of my Costco trash bags.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
|how does your gutter garden grow?|
As for containers, I going to do a few herbs and tomatoes. I also feel that maybe all that is too much and maybe we just only grow on vegetable.
I'll keep you posted on where we land. We have a few more weeks so things may change.
Monday, April 11, 2011
To usher in spring, I've been cooking up spring-likes dishes. Rigatoni with chunky vegetables sauce is perfect for that. It's fast to make and you'll barely notice the vegetables, it's that delicious. Fast and delicious make a perfect combination to a busy work week.
Rigatoni with Chunky Vegetable Sauce
from Martha Stewart
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced medium
2 medium zucchini, diced medium
1/2 pound cremini or button mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (28 ounces) tomato puree
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, coarsely chopped
1 pound rigatoni
In a medium pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add zucchini and mushrooms and cook until vegetables soften slightly, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add tomato puree, season with salt and pepper, and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a rapid simmer and cook until zucchini is crisp-tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in oregano.
Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain pasta and add to sauce, tossing to combine and adding enough pasta water to create a sauce that coats pasta. Serve immediately.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Here is this week's good reads:
- Hi, I'm Meredith, make me want to hire you (Curvy Girl Guide)
- Four easy DYI projects (Simple Mom)
- Herbs in a can (Whole Story)
- Old Timey Lemon Buttermilk Cake (Seasoned to Taste)
- Plastic free cookware (Eco-Novice)
- Easter basket ideas (Natural Green Moms)
- Late winter tart recipes, sweet or savory (food 52)