Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Over at the No Impact Man Blog today, Colin Beavan asked: "Do you have any eco-living lines in the sand?"
Here's my reply.
LINES IN SAND: If something passes through my hands once or for a short period of time and is then thrown away, don't use it. Eat locally grown or make my own as much as possible. If we're not using it turn it off. Walk or bus if possible.
Changes I've made just in the past three months (on top of many others in the past) include:
- Got my first ever bus pass a few weeks ago ( I live in a suburban area)
- Using cloth handkerchiefs instead of tissues (found at a yard sale, lacy antique cotton, not noticeably used)
- Using cloth napkins for meals at home instead of paper (another yard sale purchase)
- Refusing plastic straws when eating out
- Trying to take food from home with me in reusable containers when I'm traveling, so I don't have to purchase fast food in disposables
- Joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) and started getting my half-share pick-ups of very fresh locally grown produce.
- Carrying a large purse with room for purchases in case I've forgotten my cloth bags
- Bought (dollar store) and started using reusable mesh bags for fruits, veggies and bagels from the grocery store, instead of plastic produce bags (though I reuse those, too, when I can)
- Making the switch to pre-owned cast-iron cookware (yard sale) to phase out my battered non-stick pans (non-stick coating lasts only a few years and may be dangerous, cast-iron is practically forever)
- Phasing out my use of my #7 plastic Nalgene water bottles, will keep them for occasional use, not throw them out. Instead, at home I'm using a drinking glass for water (duh!), and a pint canning jar with a lid for when I'm out and about.
This looks like a lot for just three months, but it really hasn't been a big deal. It's just happening naturally a little at a time.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
- Tatsoi stir fry with garlic scapes, onions, sesame oil, brown basmati rice, scrambled egg, and 5 chinese seasoning.
- Eggs: used 2 in stir fry, 2 in tapioca pudding, and 2 hard boiled. They turned the tapioca pudding a wonderful shade of yellow that just can't be matched by grocery store eggs.
- Spinach, kale (or was that mustard greens?), and broccoli rabe all steamed and eaten.
- Lettuce used for several salads, shredded for black bean burritos, and in sandwiches
- 3 variagated solomon's seal plants
- 7 antique hand-painted china dessert plates, signed by a (locally) well-known local artist
- 8 Books: "Lectures and Biographical Sketches" by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Complete Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier," "Little Songs of Long Ago", "Drawing with the Right Side of the Brain," "A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative" by Roger von Oech, "Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook" (to give), "The Food-Lover's Garden," "Neal's Yard Natural Remedies"
- A small, 1 page-per-day diary for writing down little daily happy things
- 2 pocket charts (teaching tools)
- Kitchen Stuff: a pastry knife, a blue-green resealable glass jar, a garlic press (actually I'll use this for extruding clay, not garlic), a cookie press, AND a sturdy 10 inch cast-iron skillet--I'd been looking for one for a long time (favorite find of the day).
- Misc: 1 new package of binder tabs, 2 new plastic pocket folders, an awl, a very basic digital camera with cable and software (tested and works on PC), two pair small sharp scissors (I keep losing my nail scissor, not good for one who plays piano and works with clay), an artist's paintbrush, a small hot plate, two colorful coin purses, a set of magnetic words (for songwriting play), and 9 new tennis balls (to turn into teaching toys).
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
- 6 c apples**, cored and sliced with skin on (variety of your choosing)
- 1/2 c sugar (I used 1 cup per another recipe and it seemed a bit too sweet)
- 2 Tbs flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup all purpose flour (I use unbleached)
- 3/4 c quick or old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 c packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 c (1 stick) cold butter, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Sunday, May 17, 2009
This week's treasures include: (counter clockwise from top left) a cranberry colored pyrex pie plate (for rhubarb crisp?), a 4-quart cast iron and enamel dutch oven, 3 blue stripped cotton dinner napkins, a glass citrus juicer, and a compact cassette player/recorder.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
- 2 cups cooked chicken breast meat*, chopped
- 1 cup crisp red apple with skin, 1/2 inch dice
- 1/4 cup pinenuts
- 1/4-1/2 tsp garam masala seasoning** (or curry powder)
- 1/4 cup Miracle Whip or mayo (I would have used plain yogurt if I'd had any)
- juice of one small keylime
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Here's the stop at Olde Mistick Village shopping center, located in the back parking lot near this landmark, right across from the Mystic Aquarium.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
- cultivating growth and sustainability
- transforming dirt and seeds into food and flowers
- turning yard waste and kitchen scraps into rich compost