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How To Make Yogurt

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Food & Recipes | 6 comments

How To Make Yogurt

For years I’ve thought about making yogurt but never tried because I was intimidated. I had read so many blogs where people experienced failure after failure for months before being successful. Then, when other bloggers found success, the techniques did not seem like something I could duplicate. I’ll write more about that in a bit. When I finally decided to give it a go, my first attempt was a massive failure. Luckily, when you really screw up making yogurt you end up with ricotta, so it wasn’t a waste. I made manicotti. My...

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Homemade Hummus Recipe

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Food & Recipes | 0 comments

Homemade Hummus Recipe

Last week, Sabra voluntarily recalled their hummus due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. In light of this recall and Kim’s post last week about buying in bulk, I thought you all would enjoy an easy recipe for homemade hummus.  By using dried chickpeas and making your own tahini from sesame seeds, it’s possible to avoid all packaging and I give you props for that! But, if you go the easy route with canned chickpeas and store bought tahini you’ll end up with an aluminum can and glass...

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Bulk Shopping Facts And Fiction

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Food & Recipes, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Bulk Shopping Facts And Fiction

Next time you’re putting your groceries away, pay attention to how many items have a plastic component to the packaging. On a recent trip to the grocery store I bought about 35 items and only a handful were completely plastic-free. My cereal was double-packaged in a plastic bag resting inside a cardboard box. My rice, nuts and hummus were all packaged in plastic too.   Plastic Is Downcycled, Not Recycled I never thought this was a big problem until I stumbled across an article that changed the way I...

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Goodbye Snow. Hello Litter.

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Green Clean, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Goodbye Snow. Hello Litter.

The last of the snow finally melted in Pittsburgh, just in time for the first day of spring. Sadly, the melting revealed discarded soda cans, candy wrappers, dryer sheets, cigarette butts and other miscellaneous items. It was disgusting. So this weekend I took a couple of bags and walked my small block to pick up the trash. Then, on Monday I carried a bag with me on my walk to work to pick up trash on that half-mile route. While it’s easy to dismiss litter as an eyesore and ignore it, there are environmental consequences...

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Green Your Coffee Routine

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Food & Recipes | 0 comments

Green Your Coffee Routine

A few years ago, I realized how my massive coffee consumption increased my environmental footprint because it used lots of water and energy, and created lots of food and paper waste. To green my coffee routine, I decided to evaluate where I could be more efficient and less wasteful. Easy, First Steps To A Green Coffee Routine The odds are good that you’re like me and over 100 million other Americans who need to kick-start our mornings with a cup or two (or ten?) of coffee. For those of us who get our fix at a local coffee shop or at the...

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A Plastic-Free Lunch That’s Kid-Friendly

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Food & Recipes, Lifestyle | 0 comments

A Plastic-Free Lunch That’s Kid-Friendly

When I was snowshoeing with two athletic and environmentally-minded friends we got into a conversation about plastic. They had both seen reports that BPA-free plastic may be just as bad as plastic with BPA. BPS, the chemical that replaced BPA in plastic, was thought to be a good alternative because it was less likely to leech into food or water, according to Scientific American. But it does leech and it’s showing up in our bodies. The article cites studies done on zebra fish and rats as evidence that the chemical is dangerous. At the...

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Repair or Replace Broken Appliances?

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in For Your Home | 0 comments

Repair or Replace Broken Appliances?

In the past year I’ve had to repair or replace many broken appliances and fixtures around my house. The bigger items include the dishwasher, refrigerator, and washing machine. Every time something breaks I try to take the most environmentally friendly and fiscally responsible approach to solving the problem. In the process I’ve made some mistakes, learned a lot, and come up with some pretty smart solutions that I’d like to share with you so next time an appliance you own has a problem you might approach...

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Are Solar Lights A Good Choice For Your Yard?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in For Your Home | 0 comments

Are Solar Lights A Good Choice For Your Yard?

This is a guest post from Tim Smith at Modernize.com.  Solar lighting is becoming a more popular way to light driveways, sidewalks, yards, and swimming pools. It is convenient, easy to install (no wiring!), and, best of all, it does not add to your electric bill. Before purchasing solar lights, however, it’s important to consider if solar is the right choice for your home by doing your homework to make the most of your investment. If your yard gets several hours of direct sunlight on most days, solar lights may be a great...

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What To Do With Old Electronics: Recycle, Sell, Donate

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in For Your Home | 0 comments

What To Do With Old Electronics: Recycle, Sell, Donate

My vintage desktop computer was going to turn 10 this year. I turned it on occasionally (maybe once or twice a year) to access old files, but trying to do any meaningful work on it tried my patience. It was painfully slow. Alongside my desktop, I had an ancient flip phone and a new-er smart phone that I didn’t need. Together, the devices—along with their chargers, wires and other accessories—had created a pile of digital trash that took up precious space in our spare room. When I had a few weeks off around Christmas and New Years I...

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A Green Valentine’s Day: Food, Wine & Chocolate

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Food & Recipes, Lifestyle | 0 comments

A Green Valentine’s Day: Food, Wine & Chocolate

Greening a holiday usually takes a little extra planning, so let me help you out this Valentine’s Day! Last weekend my boyfriend, George, and our friends, Adam and Allison, tried green versions of Valentine’s Day staples: food, chocolate, and wine. Low Impact Dinner: Pad Thai From Thug Kitchen We started the evening off with pad thai, straight from the Thug Kitchen cookbook. The cookbook is vegan, although the Thug Kitchen blog, which I’ve been a fan of for years, is not strictly vegetarian...

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