I will not ever, no not EVER eat a……CARP?

For those of you with young kids, you might be familiar with a book series by Lauren Child that stars brother and sister Charlie and Lola.  The book  I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato was one of my children's favorites when they were little.  I must admit, it is pretty high on my list of awesome kid's books as well!  The entire book is all about the things that Lola WON'T eat...until carrots become orange twiglets from Jupiter and mashed potatoes, are now "cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji".  Suddenly, the things Lola had … [Read more...]

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Local Foods

I have been trying hard to eat local foods as much as I can. I have come to realize that it isn't as easy as I thought it was!  Diane Welland has put together a very useful resource for anyone trying to eat a little bit closer to home.  The Complete Idiot's Guide To Eating Local is chock full of so much information your head will be swimming by the time you finish reading it! I highly recommend this book and you should also check out my post on how to support local farmers to encourage them to keep growing food close to home.  If you enjoy … [Read more...]

Three Minutes Of Your Life….

Think About This ThursdayWhen I started blogging 18 months ago it was a way for me to remind myself to slow down, appreciate the world around me and try to show others what affect our choices in life were making on the world around us.  I realize that life is crazy...I have 2 kids, work, family obligations, pets...there are days that my husband and I are like ships passing each other in the night.  I am not perfect when it comes to keeping up with my 'slow things down and go green' mentality.  I will admit to using premade pie crusts (I HATE … [Read more...]

Flashing my panties to the neighbors

This was my husband's weekend project!  I am now the proud owner of my very own clothesline!  Some of you may be thinking "Uh, she has gone nuts!" but I have been wanting a line to dry my clothes outside for years but thought it was banned in my neighborhood covenants!  Turns out that while it is 'frowned on' there is nothing that says I CAN'T have one!  So, now I will be keeping my dryer off as much as possible and using good old sunshine to dry my skivvies!If you would like to learn more about communities that are BANNING clotheslines, check … [Read more...]

All things creepy and crawly…

Think About This ThursdayI admit, I am not your average squeamish girl when it comes to all things creepy and crawly.  I enjoy teaching my kids about the wonders of nature and often find myself catching frogs, bugs and even small snakes to show to them.  I do not want to raise one of those girly girls that screams every time she sees a moth! My sister was one of those girls growing up and boy did I have LOTS of fun tormenting her with caterpillars!  (I love you, sis!  Those were some good times!)So, on my walk to the bus stop with my daughter … [Read more...]

Making Wild Wines and Meads

Making Wild Wines and Meads is more than just a cookbook.  This book teaches you about how to ferment just about everything.   It also has a very unique collection of wines and meads that can be made from ingredients you can find in your garden or local farmer's market.   Keep reading for my full review or check out my post on the carbon footprint of wine or how to choose green beer.   Title:  Making Wild Wines and Meads Subtitle: 125 Unusual Recipes Using Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & More Author: Pattie Vargas, Rich Gulling ISBN:  … [Read more...]

That’s my cause and I’m sticking to it!

Think About This ThursdayIt seems like at least 3 times a day I get a phone call from a charity organization asking for a donation.  I am a naturally suspicious person so I refuse to give ANYONE money over the phone...I don't care how legit they sound.  My usual response is "I would love to consider your request if you can put some information in the mail for me to look through".  Then, I get the whole discussion of how expensive it is to send out information and can't I just commit to $15 right now?  Well, NO, I can't!  I'm sorry but I need a … [Read more...]

Far reaching Consequences

Think About This Thursday The neighborhood I live in is beautiful...rolling hills, lots of trees, and several small rivers running through it that lead (eventually) to the Chattahoochee River, one of the largest in Georgia. One of the reasons we chose this neighborhood was because of this natural setting.  Luckily, our home sits on a huge hill because a couple years ago, those tiny little tributaries flooded in a storm that brought so much rain that I started looking for an ark!  People who were not even living in a known flood zone lost their … [Read more...]

Marie Callender’s Potpies…Better than homemade? #MCPotPies

I admit, I have not bought frozen potpies in quite some time.  I make them from scratch on occasion but probably haven't had a 'store bought' one since I was a kid.  I recently had the opportunity to try Marie Callender's frozen potpies and was curious to see how they match up to the potpies of my youth!  Here is some information about Marie Callender's from their website:Life seems more fast-paced than ever, and eating has become another task to be checked off our lists. We rush through lunch between conference calls and consume dinner in … [Read more...]

You Can Be One In A Billion!

Think About This ThursdayA billion is a very big number.  A billion grains of sand would take up about 6 cubic feet.  A teaspoon of good, rich soil can contain up to a billion bacteria.  There are 90 billion probiotic bacteria in a cup of high quality yogurt.  Think about this:  If one billion people but their mind to something...what could we accomplish?Earth Day is tomorrow, Friday, April 22, 2011.  This is the 41st anniversary of the beginning of a grass roots effort to raise public awareness about the environment and inspire actions to … [Read more...]

Benefits of Starting a Food Co-Op in Your Area

Why would you think of starting a food co op? Here is something for you to think about: It is estimated that the average meal in the U.S. has traveled 1,500 miles from the  farm to the plate. Fresh fruits and vegetables are shipped around the world so that we can have them year-round, regardless of the local season. And fruits and vegetables from another part of the world often compete directly with those produced locally.  What can YOU do to reduce your food's carbon footprint?  Start a food co-op in your area! Benefits of Starting a Food … [Read more...]

What are YOU doing for Earth Day? #kind2earth

Earth Day is fast approaching and I want to take a minute to encourage everyone to stop and think of a way that YOU can do your part this year to help protect our fragile planet!   B Kind 2 Earth Day wants you to promise to do one nice thing for the Earth on April 22nd.  Make Earth Day count for you and your family this year!! In all fifty states on Earth Day, families will get outside, appreciate our planet and do good things for the Earth! There are so many ways that you can participate...here are just a few suggestions! Pick up trash in … [Read more...]

The hunt for the wild hotdog

Think About This Thursday: (the abbreviated vacation version from my mobile blogging App!)As we sat by the fire last night grilling burgers, fries, and veggies I had to stop and wonder what this dinner would have looked like 200 years ago! No grocery store to shop at, no foil or fajita sauce...nothing that you did not hunt, kill, or forage for! I would have ended up very hungry and a few dozen pounds lighter!Hmmmm...maybe that should be my new diet plan! I can only eat what I hunt and harvest myself! I'd be skinny in no time!Stop and think … [Read more...]

Can you grow tomatoes in a gas station parking lot?

Think About This ThursdayWhat do you think of when you hear the word 'farm'?  Does it bring to mind a few acres, a tractor and a couple of pigs?  Or do you picture thousands of acres of corn, growing in perfect rows, weed free and destined for a feedlot?  The face of farming in today's society has changed dramatically over the last 50 years.  Small farmers, who's farms have been passed down in their family through several generations, are going out of business or losing their property to developers.  There has been a movement in recent years by … [Read more...]

Nature Abhors a Monoculture (AKA the %$#! weeds are taking over my grass!)

Think About This Thursday See this beautiful picture over on the left?  That is some one's grass.  Not MY grass!  My grass is filled with weeds, bare spots, and the assorted dog toy.  I have complained mightily about our horrible yard to my husband but since neither one of us is willing to spend large amounts of money on nasty chemicals, fertilizers, or yard services we have grudgingly learned to live with our ugly turf.  As my husband is fond of saying "Nature Abhors a Monoculture". (hey, we're science geeks, we actually use words like … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Renovations That Won’t Break the Bank

I would like to thank Krista Peterson for guest posting for me today about Eco-Friendly Renovations.  She is passionate about the environment and would like to take this opportunity to bring awareness to eco friendly home renovations that won't break the bank! When talking about “going green” at home, most people’s minds immediately go to futuristic houses equipped with elaborate solar panels, or possibly very primitive buildings with no electricity at all.  The good news is that there are ways to reduce your ecological footprint that lie … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Taking Baby Steps toward Going Green by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Think About This ThursdayToday's installment of Think About This Thursday is a request from Cheryl C. Malandrinos for your assistance in going green!  Everyone has to start somewhere on their journey to an eco friendly existence...where did YOU start?  What baby steps did you take to go green in your life? Please leave comments and think about what type of actions, products, or lifestyle changes you would recommend! I asked Diane if I could be her guest blogger today because I need your help. Here’s the situation: we’re a busy family of four … [Read more...]

Think about this Thursday: What are the benefits of essential oils?

Today's Think about this Thursday post has been written by Jo from Jo's Health Corner.  I would love it if you could check out her blog and say hello!  She offers some great suggestions for obtaining optimal health without going broke!  Here is some helpful information that she has put together about the benefits of essential oils!Benefits of essential oilsEssential oils are a wonderful addition to a natural medicine cabinet at home. They are very versatile, and I love that I can use the same bottle for multiple things.  I use the same … [Read more...]

How many legs did that thing have? (Think about this Thursday)

You are innocently washing your dishes or cleaning your kitchen floor, your neighbor has his yard service fertilizing his lawn, when you realize that you need a fresh pineapple from the grocery store for that new recipe you want to try.  You hop in the car and drive to the store and pick up your conventionally grown pineapple from half way around the world and then head back home.  Sound familiar?  Every aspect of our lives create pollution of one sort or another and that pollution ends up in our water, our air, and in every living creature on … [Read more...]