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Image of a person rolling lettuce in a dark towel.

Image of a person rolling lettuce in a dark towel.

Almost like milk, plastic is found in all kinds of things. I didn’t realize cans are coated with BPA—I’ll have to start buying dried beans and budget soak time into my cooking (oof!). The produce in towels trick seems clever, too.

Have you tried any of these “life hacks”?

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Green Uncle Sam

The Fourth of July is a great time to get some sun, have a little fun and forget about the daily grind as we celebrate our nations birthday. But just because its an excuse to party hardy, we shouldnt forget that keeping things green and protecting our environment over the holiday is just as important as making the perfect apple pie or lighting up the barbecue. With this in mind, weve rounded up seven ways you can add a little bit of green to your patriotic party and still have plenty of fun – read on!

Via 7 Tips for a Red, White and GREEN Fourth of July! | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

OK, it’s obvious that I’m reposting this purely because I’m too lazy to find or write a decent article about sustainability and the U.S. 4th of July holiday. Buy this overpriced compostable picnic set instead of styrofoam! (Because plain old paper plates are too passé). Help the earth “breathe easier” by burning less-dirty fuel in the grill! Clean up the mess you make after you party! Yes, these are some of the tips this blog post from Inhabitat offers to the green-curious.

YUMMY!

On the other hand, I mightily approve of this photo gallery of 6 (not 8) BBQ recipes for summer.


Potatoes harvested from a garden

Source: Chiot’s Run photostream

While I was looking up the optimal growing conditions for some raspberries cuttings I got the other day, I came across the Food and Self Sufficiency Blog. It’s no-frills with an aesthetic circa 1998, and the last post is dated May 8 of 2012, but don’t let that turn you off—it has a bunch of good tips and information on vegetable gardening; managing an orchard; canning; harvesting wild foods; and making your own bread, pickles, wine, and other foods; and more. Some of it will seem obvious for people who live in rural areas or are from a farming family, but for folks looking to get back to the basics, it’s a great resource. Take a look and tell me what you think.


Meatless Monday: 10 Vegetarian Grilling Recipes For Memorial Day

Slideshow+recipe collection of yummy meals that you can enjoy whether or not you spend the weekend reflecting on the sacrifices of U.S. veterans. Check them out at BlisstreeMeatless Monday: 10 Vegetarian Grilling Recipes For Memorial Day.


Source: Mountain Rose blog

This is a partly selfish post because it’s helping me get an entry to win this great prize package from Mountain Rose…but it’s also a delicious recipe that you can enjoy, so everyone wins!

Creamy Cacao Hemp Milk

Ingredients

1 cup Hemp Seeds, hulled
2 tsp sugar (or honey to taste)
1.5 tsp Acacia Gum Powder
2 tsp Cacao Powder
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Powder
4 cups water

Directions

  1. Add 1 cup warm water to a blender and start blending.
  2. Add sugar, hemp seeds, cacao powder, and vanilla powder.
  3. Add acacia gum powder.
  4. Add the rest of the water until the desired consistency is reached.
  5. You might also like to try a Hemp Milk Chai! You can do this by brewing a batch of Firefly Chai or Oregon Chai and substitute this spicy tea for water in the recipe.

If you want to win the goodies to make this recipe, check out the Mountain Rose giveaway here. For those of you not in the know, Mountain Rose Herbs is a great place to buy organic and fair trade herbs, oils, teas, and other ingredients. It’s where I get most of my fair trade stuff from.

Simple veggie dinner


I intended to eat more raw food this month and more or less failed at that. I usually load up on carbs, so I did end up eating more fruits and veggies. One of the simplest things to make that I’ve been eating is broccoli and cauliflower. I sprinkle on some salt and pepper, then lightly steam them. I usually buy broccoli and cauliflower in bulk and freeze them, which usually makes them more tender when left to thaw without cooking. Had I not been starving planned some prep time, I could have thawed them out in the sun to warm them and not have to cook them in the microwave. I ate them with a mix of red and white rice, which obviously isn’t raw, but it was mighty tasty.

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