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CSA Adventures: Tomato Recipes and Canning Tips

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

CSA Adventures: Tomato Recipes and Canning Tips

Game over, grocery store tomatoes. We’ll see you in the fall. Local tomatoes are in season and there’s nothing like them. This year, my CSA delivered heirloom tomatoes in more colors than a pack of Crayolas and all sizes. Some were perfect for popping like candy and others for sandwiches and cooking. One of the best thing about tomatoes is you don’t need to do much to make a great tasting dish. Some great tomato recipes are: Classic BLT – Between my meat and vegetable CSAs, I had the B, the L and the T covered. I just...

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Eco Fashion at Style Week Pittsburgh

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

Eco Fashion at Style Week Pittsburgh

Going green isn’t easy and for many reasons fashion is one part of my life where I haven’t made much progress. For one, defining eco fashion is challenging. When you see a fashion item labelled as eco-friendly it could mean recycled materials, reused materials, organic materials, a sustainable manufacturing processes, a local- or hand-made product, the ethical treatment of workers or all of the above. To make it easy the definition of eco fashion I’m shopping with is that an item can meet any one of the above conditions....

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CSA Adventures: Cooking With Eggplant

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Food & Recipes | 2 comments

CSA Adventures: Cooking With Eggplant

If variety is the spice of life, my CSA this year has offered a lot of spice in the form of eggplants. I’ve gotten at least three different types of eggplants this year and not one was the solid purple kind typically sold at the grocery store. Eggplant is a relatively new addition to my cooking repertoire and one thing I’ve learned is that it’s usually not a quick meal. Cooking it takes a while. Roasting it takes longer. Grilling means the eggplant has to soak first. Broiling slices is the only quick fix, it takes about 10...

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CSA Adventures: Squash Recipes & More

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Food & Recipes | 0 comments

CSA Adventures: Squash Recipes & More

One of the joys and challenges of having a CSA share is the surprise factor. You don’t have much, if any, warning about the food you’ll be getting that week – some farmers send emails a few days before but others don’t – and it’s likely you’ll get some food you’ve never seen or eaten. One of the best ways to experience a CSA is with a friend so you can share recipes and cooking tips. While we’re getting started with this series pretty late this season, we hope that our weekly posts...

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Blueberry Vinegar: How To Make And Use It

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Food & Recipes | 0 comments

Blueberry Vinegar: How To Make And Use It

For blueberry season I wanted a few new recipes to go along with my favorite vanilla blueberry jam recipe from last year. My search for something different led me to a blueberry vinegar recipe from Put ‘em Up! Fruit by Sherri Brooks Vinton. It’s super simple and the resulting vinegar can be used to make light, summery dressings for the rest of the summer, through the fall. For my dressing I mixed 2 tablespoons of good olive oil, 1 tablespoon of blueberry vinegar, 1 tablespoon of honey and salt and pepper. I was lucky enough to...

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Review: Powerslayer Kit from Velvetwire

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

Review: Powerslayer Kit from Velvetwire

Did you know your phone and tablet chargers are power vampires? They suck electricity even after the devices are fully charged. One way to slay the vampire is with Powerslayer, a software driven charger that powers off when your device is full charged.  This is clearly eco-friendly and fiscally advantageous because you don’t waste energy and, since repeatedly overcharging a device gradually ruins the battery until it won’t hold a charge, your battery will last longer. The latter benefit is very appealing to people like me and...

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Green-er Gardening: Repair A Garden Hose

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in For Your Home, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Green-er Gardening: Repair A Garden Hose

I needed to replace the nozzle on my garden hose, but it had rusted to the brass coupling and no amount of rust cleaner or brute force would separate the two. If you have a rusted or leaking coupling, there is a very quick and inexpensive way to repair it so you don’t have to send your hose to the landfill. To replace the coupling on your hose you need a: utility knife, screwdriver, male connector and coupling repair clamp.   The repair is as easy as: cutting off the end of the hose with the utility knife, slipping the clamp over...

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Homemade Eczema Salve Recipe

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Skin & Hair Care | 2 comments

Homemade Eczema Salve Recipe

A few months ago, I was talking to a friend about her 5 year old niece who suffers from painful eczema that covers her back. She’s had it most of her life and doesn’t complain about the pain anymore, but she flinches whenever someone hugs her or pats her on the back. I didn’t know much about what causes eczema or how to treat it, so I went looking for information to find a way to help. What I learned is that eczema is a chronic skin condition that results in dry, cracked skin which is often further irritated by bacteria that...

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Rhassoul Clay Face Mask Recipe

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Skin & Hair Care | 4 comments

Rhassoul Clay Face Mask Recipe

Rhassoul clay is unique because it’s rich in magnesium, silica, potassium and calcium. The magic of rhassoul clay is that it exchanges its minerals with the toxins in your skin to clarify and condition it, so it’s both a cleanser and rejuvenator. I’ve often had an issue with dry patches of skin along my jawline, but after removing the clay my skin is less irritated and significantly smoother and softer because the clay is soothing and removes dry, flaky skin. Additionally, my skin appears better toned with less redness and...

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An Eco-Friendly Men’s Shaving Routine (No Beard Required)

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Skin & Hair Care | 2 comments

An Eco-Friendly Men’s Shaving Routine (No Beard Required)

For years, I talked about wanting to change my shaving habits because I was tired of paying almost $4 per cartridge for the Mach insert-some-absurd-number-here refills. On top of that, I spoiled myself by buying shaving gel instead of shaving cream, which worked so much better for me that I couldn’t go back. But a can of men’s shaving gel was three times more expensive than the shaving cream and only lasted half as long. I needed to make a change, and although it was cost that got me motivated it was a very green thing to do too....

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