Tis the season of New Year’s Resolutions…in my “adult” life I’ve made a pact with myself to NOT make resolutions… Everyone destroys them or forgets about them, and are mostly unrealistic. I try and set goals just to “be better” – have a nice positive outlook on the year and assess where I’m going and where I want to be.
One of my most recent yearnings is to blog more, I’ve let this blog run a little dry, even though I really enjoy it. I set too harsh of goals for myself and I got a little burnt out, combining it with the craziness of planning my wedding last year, taking on a new “company” and lots of insanity that’s involved in having 5 cats, 1 dog and a messy husband ; )
As I was having fun over the break, I decided to take my chances on the infamous Sourdough Bread. I enjoy baking, but I bake A LOT of sweets, I felt like I needed to bridge out to more healthy options that will expand my repertoire – and be useful in my household. I also have a lady that is interested in buying some loaves from me on a regular basis, so what’s better than a little monetary motivation?
So that’s where my two ideas merged…why not try AT LEAST a new bread recipe a month, and blog about it?! Woohoo! In chatting with my best friend Meghan of From Married to Merry, we came up with mutual goals. She will be blogging about 12 Meals in 2012, and I will be doing 12 Loaves in 2012!
First loaf? Not sure! I’ll take suggestions and figure it out soon. We need rolls for tonights stew…so maybe I’ll feel inspired!
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Waterpebble is unique in the way it works to help reduce water usage.
The clever device monitors water going down the plug hole when you shower. Memorising your first shower and using it as a benchmark, Waterpebble then indicates, via a series of ‘traffic lights’ flashing gently from green through to red, when to finish showering. Each time you shower Waterpebble automatically fractionally reduces your shower time helping you to save water without needing to think about it.
Another Halloween projects? Oh yes! I just can’t help it! I keep coming across all these super cute green Halloween projects and I would feel like a bad Meghan if I didn’t share them with you. Crafts by Amanda has another great Halloween project that uses recycled bottles (milk jugs and Sunny D bottles). For this project you’ll just need some empty bottles, paint, a light source, and a bit of creativity! Amanda used one of those tap lights that you just push and it comes on. These are great because you can find them super cheap, even at the $1 store sometimes, and they run on batteries. This would be a great project to do with your kids because since they are monsters they can go a little nuts!
I am in LOVE with this recycled halloween project from All Good Things Come to Them That Thwaits! All you need to make this awesome skeleton are 3 (or maybe 4?) clean, plastic gallon milk jugs, an exacto knife, some craft wire, a hole punch, and a black sharpie. Even if you don’t have any empty gallon milk jugs on hand, you could surely save up enough to make one in time for Halloween. You could even spray paint them or add glitter if you want to go all out.
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For the next 5 weeks I’m going to feature a Green DIY Halloween project (or two, or three) on Meghan Mondays. I LOVE Halloween, so I thought what better way to share my love of Halloween with all of you than to share some green Halloween projects.
Today’s projects, oh yes – I’m starting with two, come from Amanda over at Crafts by Amanda. The first project that caught my eye were her Recycled Bread Tag Monsters. Holycute! What a great use for those bread tags. And what a SIMPLE project to do with your family. Then as I was checking out that post (and chatting with Laura about it), Laura says “I want to make those juice box monsters!” Huh? Monsters made from juice boxes? Oh yeah. Amanda’s Juice Box monsters are so cute! All you need is some empty juice boxes, felt, glue, and something to weight them down. In under an hour you could have monsters taking over your home for Halloween.
Thanks Amanda for the great GREEN Halloween inspiration!
An AMAZING read that I highly recommend reading, and I dare say it will leave anyone inspired or at least clued into the nonsense that we have as the “foodshed” right now in the US.
Here’s a little snippet, “Fraser warns that the U.S. is making the same agricultural missteps that brought down the Roman and Mayan Empires: degrading our topsoil; banking blindly on ever-higher yields at a time when unstable weather patterns and depleted resources will more likely bring reduced harvests; cultivating a monoculture that’s economically efficient but ecologically ruinous. And talk about a vicious cycle — our fossil fuel-intensive, forest-and-ocean-destroying farming methods worsen climate change, which makes it ever harder to grow food all over the world.”
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I’ve mentioned before all the scrapbook companies that have ‘gone green.’ Well Prima took a slightly different approach with their Green Concepts program. All of their packaging is designed to be re-used. According to a recent blog post, ‘Every single adorable Prima package is designed with re-use in mind as part of our Green Concepts™ program. When those flowers are gone don’t throw the packaging away. Instead think of it as getting two products for the price of one!’ Super cool huh?