Now lets talk Green Renovations. You've decided you want a new look, your going to redo your kitchen, bathroom or Whatever. Start by considering what you already have. Can it be remodeled with some paint or reused in a new quirky way? If your cabinets are still in good shape would just refacing them be ok? Are your appliances seriously outdated? These would be best to replace completely with the newer energy star appliances. Be creative, checkout yard sales and consignment stores for items to give your home a new look without buy more stuff.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
No more picture perfect round tastless Tomatoes for me! My tomatoes are ripe and OH So Juicy that they are putting those pretty supermarket tomatoes to shame.
I'm finally getting some watermelon this is the biggest one. There are a couple of tiny ones too. I hope they ripen before the weather gets too cold.
and the flowers keep falling off with out producing fruit.
I've have just the website to help you get started enjoying your local fruits and veggies. It's called Eat Well Guide. at http://www.eatwellguide.org/ Using keywords, city and state or zip code it can locate Local Farms, Farmers Markets, Community Supported Farms, Restaurants, Stores and Even Caterers that use locally grown foods. You can even use it to find Grass Raised Beef which is healthier then grain feed beef and more humanly raised and more environmentaly friendly. Thanks to this site I now know where to go here in Long Island to buy Local foods and I wish I had found it sooner because I love going to Farmers Markets.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Last week I mentioned the water limiting aerator as one way to help control the amount of water you consume. Lets continue in the water consumption area and finish off the bathroom.
Barry from An Explorer's View of Life ( a wonderful blog you should go check it out), left a comment last week about his low flow shower head. Did you know a that if you take a 10-minute shower you using a regular shower head then you are letting between 25 and 50 gallons of water head down the drain? Most normal high-flow shower heads use between 6 to 10 gpm. A low flow shower head have a flow of about 1.75 gpm and use 30 percent less water.
Now if you want to spend less money and still want to save water then try one of these:
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Croutons - Sauté stale bread cubes in olive oil with a little Parmesan cheese and garlic some very tasty croutons for your salad.
Soup - Use to top French Onion or other Soup then add the cheese and bake.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
But I know a place that is Second Best epically for an avid reader such as myself, and though you can't get CD's or Movies you can get books. Downloaded onto your computer or even your Palm Pilot or Smart Phone. Its Called Project Gutenberg.
You can download everything from Pride and Prejudice and Dracula to The History of the United States and Amusements in Mathematics. They have almost 30,000 free books to download for FREE according to their website plus another 70,000 through their partners and affiliates. Go check it out (click here) and don't forget to Book Mark it. I downloaded The Manual of Gardening by L. H. Bailey. Which has a couple sections I'm interested in... A small back yard and A city lot not to mention the Growing of Vegetables.
Happy Reading Everyone.
Friday, August 14, 2009
This one restircts water to 1.5 gallons a minute and costs $0.99
This one restricts water to .5 gallons per minute and costs $3.47
By mixing air into the water as it flows this little up grade will stop gallons of water from pouring down your drain. You save money since you will be using less water and energy and help the environment at the same time in the same way using less.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
My zucchini is doing very well it looks nice and healthy and
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
1. Grow Native Plants: include trees, shrubs and other plants that offer food such as pollen, nectar, nuts, cones, berries and other seeds.
2. Provide water for Wildlife: with a small pond, birdbath or shallow dish... or care for a natural spring or stream on or near your habitat.
3. Create Protective Cover For Wildlife: Grow a meadow, prairie, densely branched shrubs and when appropriate, evergreens. Place hollow logs and rock piles in your yard.
4. Build Birdhouses and Other Places to Raise Young: attach to metal poles and monitor their use. Grow host plants for butterflys and moth caterpillars to eat and provide dense plantings to create safe areas for nesting wildlife.
5. Sustainable Gardening - For example: Use Mulch, compost, rain garden, and chemical-free fertilizer when needed.
When your done and want to tell your neighbors then (click here) to go to The National Wildlife Federations Website and get your backyard certified as a wildlife habitat.
Friday, August 7, 2009
This is probably one of the easiest ways to help make your home more environmentally friendly By fixing up drafty windows and other leaky spaces you can reduce your energy bill 5 to 30 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
You can do a general check for window drafts with a candle or incense stick by holding it up to each frame and watch to see if the flame or smoke waver. (Be sure to remove all curtains first to avoid a fire.) Use caulking, or weather-stripping to seal the cracks.
Check around pipe outlets and around the foundation for cracks and seal them. This is also a good way to help keep unwanted pests out of your home.
Check around outlet covers as well. we had one by our back door where you could actually feel the cold air creeping into the house in the winter.
Don't forget to block the draft at the bottom of doors you can buy a fancy "draft snake" or just roll up an old towel and put it at the bottom of your door.
Now if you want a more in depth check of your insulation the check the yellow pages for a company that will conduct an "energy audit". They can give you a written report detailing a home's problem areas and laying out cost-effective solutions with costs around $400. Which may sound expensive but think about that high energy bill and how much you can save each year.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Well now I'm going to add one to the list. Make sure you have at least One Alternative route to places you go frequently. Trust me on this one... Today as I was driving down the Meadow Brook Parkway to take the kids to summer camp I noticed that the other side was crawling at about 5 mph. I remember when Summer Camp started my Hubby mentioned another way to get home so I decided to take it.
There were plenty of traffic lights and the speed limit was only 35mph but it was definitely a faster way to go. I also avoided the head ache of the Dumb A**s driver who jam their car into any little space to get one car ahead. Since we've moved into a more populated area the ratio of DA Drivers has increased as well. Half the time they are the cause of the traffic becoming worse then it should be as they hit the on ramps, shoulders or stuff their car into a space making the guy they're cutting off have to stomp on his breaks to keep from hitting him. So being able to avoid such traffic jams saved me time, money and my good mood.
Use Google Maps to help you find your Alternatives without wasting Gas. I love how you can grab hold to the path and move it around.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I can tell you from experience that Brain Rush is a lot of fun and has different challenge levels. I've never played S'Match so that is what I'm entering for LOL. I hope everyone has a great day.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
I have Japanese Eggplant growing which looks like this.
You might notice that it is much thinner they the other eggplant. So that leaves me with the question how many of them should I use to equal one of the fatter eggplants. I'm thinking two which means I'll have to wait because only one of them was ready to be picked.
Anyway the Fried Eggplant was delicious. Here is what I did.
Take Eggplant and slice it into no more then 1/2 inch thick slices. Dip in egg and dredge through flour mixed with a little salt pepper and garlic powder. Fry in hot oil until tender.
I have to thank Shawie from A Grateful Heart for the idea. I hadn't considered frying it, but she mentioned it in her comment to me and it sounded tasty.