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North Vancouver Passes Law that Mandates Applying Climate Change Warning Stickers to Gas Pumps in the City.
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Sunday, 22 November 2015 22:07

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The city of North Vancouver, British Columbia passed a law this week that mandates climate change warning stickers be applied to gas pumps in the city. The vote makes the city the first in the world to implement such a law. The City Council still has to approve designs for the stickers, but a city staff report recommended including messages such as “Get $5,000 toward a purchase of a new electric car” or “Idling your vehicle for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting your engine” on the stickers.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/1..

 
EASY Italian Baked Zucchini...
Healthy Eating
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Friday, 13 November 2015 21:41

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Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Top with sliced roma tomatoes, fresh basil, oregano, chopped fresh garlic, (optional to taste) parmigiana and shredded mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a little sea salt. Bake at 425 for 20 minutes. Easy!

 
Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili...
Healthy Eating
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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:05

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Recipe: 2 red bell peppers /3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil/
1 cup chopped onion / 2 teaspoons ground cumin/ 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper /1 teaspoon paprika/1/4 teaspoon sea salt/4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced /2 cups organic vegetable broth/1 1/2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash /1 (28-ounce) can no-salt-added tomatoes, undrained and chopped (or fresh)/1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained /1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained /1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained /1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions. Preheat broiler. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place pepper halves in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel and chop peppers. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cumin and next 4 ingredients (through garlic); cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add bell peppers, broth, squash, and tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans; simmer 25 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with green onions.

 
Reuse Idea: Extra Wood? DIY Terraced Canine Castle!
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Friday, 06 November 2015 21:25

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Decorate with Nature for Thanksgiving!
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Wednesday, 04 November 2015 17:38

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There are some beautiful, eco-friendly options out there for making your house festive for Thanksgiving. They are also a fun way to get your family involved in the decorating. Here are a few ideas: Pumpkins: Use Pumpkins, gourds and squash around the house and as center pieces. Hollow out a pumpkin as a candle holder or for fresh flowers. Pinecones: You can create pinecone name-tag holders to place at each setting. Maybe you could scent them with cinnamon or have the children create turkeys out of them. Pinecones also look great in a glass vase. Acorns: Use acorns with strings tied around them as napkin holders. Or fill a glass vase with them, and they will serve as an anchor for tall autumn branches. Fall Leaves: Fall leaves can be used in a garland or to surround a candle. You can also put them in a glass bowl with water and use floating candles for a beautiful center piece.

 
Crock Pot Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna...
Healthy Eating
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Tuesday, 03 November 2015 20:35

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Recipe: Frozen Box of Spinach (thawed and squeezed dry or fresh chopped)/2 Tbsp Olive Oil/ 2 Cloves Garlic Chopped /1 Small Onion Chopped /8 oz Fresh Mushrooms Sliced/ /½ tsp Sea Salt/8 oz/Tomato Sauce /6 oz Tomato Paste/2 cups Chopped Tomatoes /12 /Lasagna Noodles, uncooked/1 Egg, (slightly beaten or egg substitute) /Parmesan cheese (non dairy optional)/15 oz Ricotta Cheese (or dairy free) /2 Tbsp Parsley Flakes (or fresh chopped/1 dash Fresh Ground Black Pepper /2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, shredded (or dairy free).

Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. Add garlic, mushroom, onion, salt and wine let simmer for about 10 minutes or until mushrooms and onion are tender. Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, and tomatoes, cooking at least 10 minutes. Mix egg, spinach, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese (optional), parsley, and pepper. Add enough milk (or almond milk) to make ricotta cheese mixture creamy. Spread a layer of spaghetti sauce over the bottom of a 4 to 6 qt crock pot. Layer 4 noodles, broken into pieces to fit, then add a layer of spaghetti sauce mixture followed by a layer of ricotta cheese mixture, sprinkling half of mozzarella cheese over ricotta cheese mixture. Repeat layers. Cover and cook on low setting 4 to 6 hours.

 
Reuse Idea: Reclaimed Wooden Pallets? DIY Raised Flower and Herb Garden Beds!
Reuse Tips
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Sunday, 01 November 2015 16:25

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Reuse Idea: Old Wooden Ladder? Great Way to Hang and Dry Flowers or Herbs!
Reuse Tips
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Friday, 13 November 2015 21:42

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Obama Rejects Keystone XL Project, Citing U.S. Climate Leadership
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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:06

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President Obama announced Friday that his administration will not issue a permit for construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that approval would undermine the U.S. effort to curb greenhouse gases. “America’s now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change,” Obama said. “And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership. And that’s the biggest risk we face — not acting.” Denying TransCanada Corp. a permit for the 1,179-mile pipeline between Hardisty, Alberta, and Steele City, Neb., ends a seven-year fight over a project that became a symbol in the political battle over climate change. Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/p...

 
Grilled Tomato, Avocado and Mozzarella Sandwich
Healthy Eating
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Friday, 06 November 2015 21:26

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Recipe: bread of your choice/1 avocado, sliced/2 slices mozzarella cheese (or dairy free)/1 tomato, sliced/olive oil/ sea salt and black pepper to taste. Heat a little olive oil in skillet over medium heat; Layer avocado, tomato and cheese on bread. Drizzle olive oil and dash of salt and pepper; top with 2nd piece of bread. Cook until golden brown on both sides.

 
EASY Strawberry Jam Treats
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Wednesday, 04 November 2015 18:38

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Recipe: 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed /1 cup cream, whipped (non dairy optional)/4 tbs. strawberry jam / powdered sugar. Preheat oven to 400 F . Roll out pastry, cut into 4 lengthway strips. Line two baking trays with baking (parchment) paper and place pastry on each. Prick well and chill for 15 minutes in freezer. Slice each sheet in quarters and then half each quarter. Separate and bake in oven for 8–10 minutes or until pale golden brown. Carefully turn pastry and bake 6–8 minutes. more. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Spread the first sheet with jam and the second with cream and join together so that plain pastry faces up. Top with powdered sugar and fresh strawberries.

 
How to Open a Pomegranate...
Healthy Eating
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Tuesday, 03 November 2015 20:36

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Every year at pomegranate time we hesitate to attempt to open one and get to those tasty seeds! Why? Because it seems so hard. Right?  Well, here are some tips to help quell your fears:

1) Slice the top and bottom from the pomegranate. They're juicy, so do this on a cutting board.

2) Slice a plus sign (+) into the pomegranate from top, going down 3/4 of the way. Don't slice all the way through.

3) Put the pomegranate into a clean sink and pour boiling water into the sink, letting the pomegranate soak for several minutes. Basically, you're going to blanch the pomegranate.

4) Move the pomegranate into pot filled with cold water.

5) Using your hands, break the pomegranate open, under the water. As you pull it apart, the seeds will drop to the bottom of the sink, and the white pith will float to the top.  And there you go. Now enjoy those seeds!

 
Pasta Puttanesca
Healthy Eating
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Sunday, 01 November 2015 16:26

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Recipe: 2 tbs. olive oil /2 tbs. capers, drained and patted dry with paper towels /1 red onion, chopped (1 cup) /3 cloves garlic, minced/½ tsp. red pepper flakes /1 lb. cherry tomatoes, halved (3½ cups) /1 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced, divided /¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped /12 oz. linguine (or your choice of pasta). Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add capers, and fry 1 to 2 minutes, or until many capers have split. Remove capers with slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. Add onion to skillet, and cook 3 to 5 minutes, then stir in garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook 1 minute more. Stir in tomatoes, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until tomatoes begin to break down. Stir in 1/2 cup basil and olives, and remove pan from heat. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Add drained pasta to skillet, and toss to combine with sauce, adding some pasta water if mixture seems too thick. Serve garnished with remaining 1/2 cup basil and capers.

 
Fall Treat: Pumpkin Spice Latte
Healthy Eating
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 20:17

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Recipe: 4 oz. of very strong coffee /3/4 cup of almond milk / 3 tbs organic pumpkin puree/1 tbs. maple syrup/1/8 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice/1/8 tsp. vanilla extract (whipped topping optional).

 
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