Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
If we re-used and re-purposed everything at least once, we’d have a lot less waste, and a lot smaller landfills. Here are a few things you can easily re-use or re-purpose:
- Water bottles. I found a company recently who re-uses water bottles, puts a sprayer on top, and sells organic fertilizer inside.
- Newspapers. Remember making fun crafts with paper mache? Get some balloons and get crafty!
- Plastic Grocery Bags. I re-use mine to pick up doggie-doo. They’re great for storing your wet towels and bathing suits on the ride home from the beach or pool too.
- Milk Cartons. I cut open a half gallon milk jug and made a dirt scoop with the handle left on, and used a gallon milk jug, spray painted black, as a planter on my porch.
- TP and Paper Towel rolls. Re-use the cardboard for Timmy’s hamster, or create all sorts of easy creative crafts for the kids.
- Wine Bottle. If you’re artistically inclined, you can paint designs or flowers on the bottle and turn it into a vase.
- Single Sock. How long has that sock been lonely? Re-purpose it by using it as a dust rag, or cut it up and make ties for plants.
- Egg Carton. Germinate your seeds, cut off the lid and keep jewelry easy to find.
- CD spindle. This is by far the most clever thing I’ve seen in the re-use forum – use your old CD spindle to carry BAGELS! I’ve used paper towels and baggies too often to bring my bagel to work, and end up throwing them away. (the bags, not the bagel!) Stack your bagel with the works and everything stays in place.
A great website to help keep you motivated: http://tinychoices.com, 2 ladies who address all the tiny choices we make on a daily basis.
2 cups uncooked bite-sized pasta
1 chopped organic tomato
Sea or Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper
and your choice of
- 1/4 cup Salad Dressing
- Organic Vegetable
- 3/4 cup Cheese
(used here: Kraft Roasted Red Pepper Italian with Parmesan, Athenos Traditional Crumbled Feta, and Baby Spinach)
This is an easy 20-minute recipe that can be done way ahead of time and is great for "Potluck Pennys" - you know who you are!
- COOK pasta as directed on package; rinse and drain.
- TOSS hot pasta with Tomato, Organic Vegetable, Dressing and Cheese. Season with the salt and pepper to taste.
- TOP with additional 1 Tbsp. cheese. (Don't forget presentation!)
How easy is that? YUM!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
But it never fails. My dog Fergie is frequently lounging on the porch surrounded by the lovely oxygen-making flora. I've caught her on occasion nose-deep in the soil, and I still can't for the life of me understand why she likes the taste of dirt so much. Maybe she's hungry. Maybe dirt tastes better than dog food. Maybe she's just insane. Plenty of my plants are edible to humans, and I even keep a little cat grass around for my cat Sparrow to munch on, so I don't worry about "the girls" ingesting anything harmful.
Many house and garden plants are harmless to pets, but there are several that are actually POISONOUS and possibly DEADLY to our four-legged companions. Here's a list of several common springtime plants that can cause vomiting, seizures, hallucination, and possibly death.
-- LANTANA. It's very common in florida, and I love the easy maintenance. Fortunately, I keep my sunshine yellow lantana in a taller pot, so Fergie can't reach it.
-- TULIP. A beautiful and favorite flower to many, if ingested, can result in death.
-- DAFFODILS. I've been seeing these everywhere from Lowe's to Publix, but keep them out of your lawn if you have a furry plant-eater.
-- AZALEAS. Though not deadly, the effects aren't something you want to wake up to.
-- RHODODENDRON. Beautiful shrubs seen often around houses to brighten the lawn, but one munch can send Fido to the vet.
-- MORNING GLORY. Lavender vining blooms cover many mailboxes and are great for hanging. Unfortunately, it's like LSD for your dog.
If you'd like to learn more about maintaining a pet-friendly garden, click the jump.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
We'd love to share all of it with you at an impromptu meeting on Saturday at 2pm at the Starbucks Coffee Shop in The Lakeside Village Shopping Plaza in South Lakeland.
Please RSVP at email@example.com if you'd like to come!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Brunch on Saturday: 8 people in attendance
3 Ashleys - that was interesting!
The brunch/meeting started promptly at 11am with Breakfast Pizza, Lemon Berry Trifle, Friendship Bread, Chips and Salsa and Tea & Coffee.
Kerri and Brooke explained their ideas behind Domestic Goddess, and the vision for what it could be, discussing membership rewards, dues, activities and when meetings would be – twice a month, theme lasting 2 months.
The first theme is Cooking and Entertaining.
Everyone took a quiz called "What kind of Entertainer are you?" which answered whether you are "Fancy Nancy" "Casual Caroline" or "Potluck Penny."
Homework before the next meeting: Go to your local Farmer's Market.
At the beginning of the meeting we asked everyone to write the answer to this question of the day:
In your opinion: What is the best and worst part of being a woman?
Best: when youre upset and your best friend knows just what to say to make you feel better and not suicidal
Worst: I hate how women can be so mean with each other
Best : Some times there are things "we" can get away with, simply because we’re women.
Worst: Some people think there are things “we” can’t do
Best: Motherhood, having the gift to bring a child into the world
Worst: hormones raging, up and down emotions
Best: My favorite thing about being a woman is fashion. Clothes, purses, shoes, I love it all!
Worst: Least favorite thing about about being woman: over-emotional, and over-analyzing everything
Best: Being able to experience motherhood, pregnancy and being a mother
Worst: Period! One day a month I can deal with.