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Next month my daughter will turn four…just in time for spring! To honor this special day, she is allowed to share treats with her classmates at preschool. After much thought I’ve decide to green up her birthday by providing each of her classmates with a seedling starter kit!

Each goody bag will contain a starter pot (cowpots.com has ingenious and affordable biodegradable poo pots), potting soil, radish seeds (small radishes will germinate in 3-5 days and can mature in 3 weeks) and instructions for getting those little hands dirty!

I am so excited to be “giving” spring a head start this year! Why not give it a try yourself?

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It’s been awhile since I’ve written a new blog entry.  I have to say that I often thought of writting something here and there, but I just couldn’t find the time.  (Time being totally my issue at the moment.)

Anywho, I thought I would give you an update on the status of my latest endeavour.  The cookbook is coming along slowly but surely.  We have defined the sections of the cookbook and listed multiple dishes that we are going to convert into healthy/vegan/easy recipes.

Being the person that I am, my brain has fast forwarded to the book design and title.  I definitely know that I am jumping the gun, but it’s fun to dream, so I tell myself that I’m visioning.  I told my writing/cooking partner that she needs to keep me on the ground throughout this process.  To that, she just laughed.

We’re heading to the next step, which is the fun creative portion of the process….the cooking and taste testing.  I think that we are going to try out most of the recipes on our friends and family within the next few months.

I have also decided to include an old wives tale/home remedy/quick tip in each issue of the Terra-zine.  I think it will be fun to answer peoples questions, provide a new/old way of doing something and give tips on greening your lifestyle that can be done in less than 10 minutes.  If you are interested in these concepts, make sure to register on my website to receive the weekly Terra-zine.

I will blog more frequently and share what’s happening with me and TheEcoDivas.

It’s been very easy being vegan for the first two weeks of the year because I haven’t been out to dinner with Nick.  Friday night this week was our first date night since I jumped into my new lifestyle.  It ended up being quite an enlightening start to the weekend.

Nick and I choose to go out to dinner at a local brewpub that is known to have incredible choices in vegetarian and vegan dining.   It happens to be one of my favorite places to go for a good dinner with a great pint to accompany the meal.  I always get the Vegan Sloppy Joes with Veggie Chips, but this time I needed comfort food.  We started with a couple of soft pretzels.  I had the yellow mustard and Nick just had to have the beer cheese.  I drooled over the cheese but found that after he finished it I was just fine.  I opted for the Vegan Shepherd’s Pie and Nick had the BBQ Grouper, but we both had a pint of Pear Cider.   I realized that it is very easy to have all of the foods that I love and crave while being vegan.  I just need to tweak how I go about making or ordering them.  Our dinner was both delicious and inspiring.

We tried again the next morning to dine out for my favorite meal of the day, breakfast.  We went to a cafe that also has vegan food.  I hadn’t been in years and was surprised that they had expanded the menu and had 50% vegan options for me to choose from.  I had oragnic coffee, the Tofu Scramble with 5 different veggies and Whole Grain Toast.  Nick had an omlette named BOB and Powerhouse Potatoes with tea.  It was amazing to find that vegan options are out their if you look.

I know that it is hard to find restaurants in your area unless you’re in the know, but I can help you with this new online source for vegan restaurants.  Check out this restaurant source from the Physicians  Committee for Responsible Medicine http://www.21daykickstart.org/restaurants/index.cfm to find a restaurant near you.  It’s growing everyday, so make sure to check back for more options.

Can you decorate your tree with eco-friendly ornamentation?  This year I’m making it a point to use anything and everything that I have at home.  My garland is a recycled paper chain draped around the tree.  Another option for easy garland is to pop some popcorn and string it with cranberries to create a beautiful biodegradable garland.  The paper chain can be recycled and the popcorn can be set out for the birds for a winter snack.

I’ve used fresh organic local fruit and ribbon to make ornaments.  My favorite is the orange/clove ball.  The smell is one from my childhood that everyone will enjoy.  Of course, I’ve pulled out all of the ornaments I’ve collected over the years, along with some from my childhood that my mother gave me.  If you need more sustainable holiday décor, try cutting snowflakes out of paper and hanging them in your windows.  There are so many fun and easy eco-friendly ways to decorate for the holidays you just have to think like a child again, but isn’t that the whole point?


Paper Garland

Step 1: Cut 1”thick strips out of recycled paper.
Step 2: Take the ends of one strip of paper, put them together to form a circle and staple or glue the ends.
Step 3: Take another strip of paper and thread it through the middle of the first paper ring, put the ends of that paper together forming an interlocking ring and staple or glue together.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 & 3 until you have a chain long enough to drape around the Christmas tree.
Step 5: Drape your fabulous garland around your tree.

Thinking about Christmas in a sustainable way has been driving me up a wall. My dilemma this year is the proverbial tree. As an icon of the holiday season, the Christmas tree is a symbol that everyone celebrating the holiday recognizes and brings into their homes. However, the Christmas tree has caused debates throughout the years. It comes down to the one and only question: Real or Fake????????????? Weighing all of my options, I like to put it all on the table.

  • Put up my hand-me-down artificial PVC laden tree, off-gassing through the holiday season, but saving a tree from the lumberjack’s ax?
  • Buy a cut tree that smells fantastic and can be replaced by a sapling in the intent to re-populate the tree farm and recycled into mulch, but the growth rate will take years?
  • Buy a living tree comes with the root ball attached so I can plant it after the holiday, but will it fit in my bungalow living room and do I have the yard space?
  • I could buy a PVC-free tree, but what would become of my current artificial tree?

PVC-free TreeSo many things to consider, what’s a girl to do? I finally made a decision that I think I can live with this year. I decided to put up my hand-me-down tree in the spirit of the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. I figure that my sister got good use out of it and now I’m reusing it to its fullest extent, while reducing land fill waste and recycling it as my tree.

That said, if you’re looking for a PVC-free tree, this one is as close as you’ll get. I’ve seen it in person (see left) and it’s fabulous!

I had a friend ask me recently, if I knew what the most eco-friendly way of cooking was. My response of course was an organic raw food diet, which caused us both to bust out laughing. But then I took a moment to actually think about that question. What is the best way to cook when trying to live a sustainable lifestyle? Being the cook that I am (or think I am), I can’t imagine living without an oven. I started thinking of ideas on how to cook while being green. I came up with the notion that gathered wood from the ground that had fallen naturally (No cutting) would be the most environmentally conscious fuel. Then would it be better to cook over a bonfire/campfire, in a fireplace or wood burning stove? I have a friend that is always talking about making hot chocolate on his wood burning stove. Is he ahead of the game as aCool Cuisine Cool Cuisinesustainable cook? I headed out to my local library branch and started to do some research on the subject. I found that between the refrigerator, oven and (shutter) the microwave 3,975 pounds of carbon emissions are released annually per household. Wrap your head around that! This is just the beginning when it comes to the costs of food with regards to global warming. I happened upon an exciting cookbook which addresses this question and my growing concern for the environment. I’m still reading the cookbook and becoming more and more aware of not only what I put into my body but where it comes from and how it’s prepared. If you have any interest in taking your green lifestyle a step further, I recommend “Cool Cuisine: Taking a Bite Out of Global Warming” by Laura Stec. To purchase your copy of this sustainable cookbook click here!

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