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Reuse Idea: Kiddy Pool? Great Way to Serve Chilled Food for a Party!
Reuse Tips
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Monday, 14 December 2015 17:41

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Reuse Idea: Old Wooden Ladder? Creative Christmas Tree!
Reuse Tips
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Thursday, 10 December 2015 22:11

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Thirty Year Old Illegal Oil Drilling Lease Canceled!
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Sunday, 06 December 2015 16:56

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Thirty year old illegal oil drilling lease near Glacier National Park in Montana cancelled by Obama Administration.

For more than 10,000 years, the Badger-Two Medicine area near Glacier National Park in Montana has provided strength, subsistence and cultural identity for members of the Blackfeet Nation. The Blackfeet believe that their people were created among the mountains and springs that rise from where Badger Creek and the Two Medicine River trace their headwaters.

But the Blackfeet aren’t the only ones who value the region. The oil and gas industry also have their eyes on the area—and for more than 30 years, they’ve been fighting to drill the hell out of it.

 
Choose a Live Tree...
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Monday, 07 December 2015 13:57

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Plastic trees are made of petroleum products (PVC), and use up resources in both the manufacture and shipping. Discarded artificial trees are then sent to landfills, where their plastic content makes them last forever. Live trees are a renewable resource grown on tree farms, that are replanted regularly. They contribute to air quality while growing, and almost ninety percent are recycled into mulch. Live trees are usually locally grown and sold, saving both transportation costs and added air pollution. They also smell like Christmas!

 
HOLIDAY CAPRESE WREATH SALAD
Healthy Eating
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Saturday, 05 December 2015 00:00

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Recipe: 1 pound Italian plum tomatoes /7 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes /1 pound bocconcini (mozzarella balls) /8 ounces fresh basil peso /sea salt /freshly ground black pepper /extra virgin olive oil /balsamic vinegar /3/4 cup fresh basil. Slice the Italian tomatoes and halve some of the baby or grape tomatoes. Arrange the tomato and bocconcini around the outside of a large round platter to create a wreath. Spoon some pesto over it, season, drizzle the olive oil and a little balsamic vinegar in the center, and garnish with fresh basil leaves. Serve with freshly sliced Italian bread.

 
Reuse Idea: Cut Tree Twig? Christmas Ornament Display!
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Wednesday, 02 December 2015 23:41

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Baked Zucchini Fries...
Healthy Eating
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Monday, 30 November 2015 23:26

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Recipe: 3 medium zucchini sliced into 3" x 1/2" sticks 1 large egg white (or egg substitute) /1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs /2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (or non dairy)/ olive oil / 1/4 tsp garlic powder sea salt and fresh pepper to taste. Preheat oven to 425°. In a small bowl, beat egg whites and season with salt and pepper. In a ziplock bag, place breadcrumbs, garlic powder and cheese and shake well. Coat cookie sheet with olive oil and set aside. Dip zucchini sticks into eggs then into bread crumb and cheese mixture, a few at a time and shake to coat. Place the breaded zucchini in a single layer. Bake at 425° for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

 
Fresh Holiday Cranberry Relish...
Healthy Eating
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Thursday, 10 December 2015 22:12

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According to the USDA, cranberries offer one of the highest levels of antioxidants compared to other fruits. Studies have also found they reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers, maintain urinary tract health, and possibly even positively affect teeth and gums. Fresh cranberries are available September through December. Recipe: 2 cups cranberries /1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped/ 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled cored and cut into wedges/1 cut up orange, seeds and skin removed. In a food processor, combine cranberries, pineapple, apples and oranges. Blend into small chunks. Chill and serve.

 
Make Something Healthy for the Potluck
Healthy Eating
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Monday, 07 December 2015 19:58

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Going to a potluck meal and taking a dish? Rather than making that fat-and-sugar-laden chocolate cream pie, how about something different this year? If you take along a salad or a bowl of roasted vegetables, you'll be doing yourself a favor – and other guests may well appreciate having a few healthier dishes on the table. For dessert, fruit salad or baked fruits are great options. If those aren't going to be popular with others, look for a lower-fat cake or muffin recipe.

 
Don't Go Partying on an Empty Stomach
Healthy Eating
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Sunday, 06 December 2015 16:57

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When you're heading out for an evening of drinks and food, have a healthy snack or a light meal beforehand like a whole wheat sandwich with peanut butter and jelly, or even a baked potato. Turning up to a party hungry means getting drunk quickly, and diving into fatty, salty or sugary snacks.

 
35 Healthy Christmas Stocking Stuffers
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Saturday, 05 December 2015 00:03

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1) homemade coupons (special outing with parent, cooked dinner, trip to the park, etc.)

2) healthy trail mix

3)puzzle of themselves or a picture of your choice

4) homemade magnets.

5) fun toothbrush you might not normally buy with healthy toothpaste.

6) organic popping corn.

7) organic cocoa nibs.

8) DVD- exercise DVD’s, favorite TV shows, movies etc.

9) nice cooking utensils (stainless steel, wooden spoons)

10) eco friendly coffee cozy

11) sunglasses.

12) flashlight.

13) pocket knife (this would not be for a child).

14) gift card to a favorite store.

15) water bottle.

16) reusable travel coffee cup.

17) CD - relaxation.

18) playing cards (Go Fish, Old Maid, Classic Cards).

19) sudoku, crossword puzzles.

20) organic lip/body balm.

21) new wallet.

22) play dough (can make your own).

23) a special ornament for a favorite team or an event that year (graduated, got a dog, had a baby etc). 

24) travel packs of non-toxic skin toiletries.

25) sporting stuff: golf balls, sweat bands, fishing lures etc.

26) garden markers.

27) tickets for a special outing.

28) fun bandaids (kids love these).

29)  reusable shopping bag.

30) USB drive.

31) art supplies- crayons, colored pencils,

32) soft socks or slippers.

33) tea infuser.

34) tea cup and herbal teas.

35) organic coffee.

 
Green Holiday Travel Starts at Home...
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Wednesday, 02 December 2015 23:41

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There are all sorts of clever ways to make your Holiday trip more sustainable, but the easiest one takes place before you leave. Remember to unplug all unused appliances, especially computers, cell phone chargers, and televisions. Also, you could plan by eating all the perishables in your fridge, then changing it to its lowest setting. And finally, don't forget to turn your water heater down as low as possible.

These are simple things to do, but they will save energy.

 
Obama Administration Announces 2016 Greenhouse Gas Targets and Sustainability Plans
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Monday, 30 November 2015 23:27

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The effects of climate change are already being felt by local communities around the world. To address the challenge, President Obama has taken unprecedented action to address the global threat of climate change and work with companies, NGOs, universities and other governments to reduce emissions, invest in clean energy, and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Read more:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/1...

 
Vegan Eggplant Parmesan
Healthy Eating
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Saturday, 28 November 2015 17:51

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Recipe: 1 eggplant, peeled and sliced / 2 cups marinara sauce /1 vegan mozzarella cheese/1 cup bread crumbs (seasoned or plain) / 1/2 cup almond milk (or egg replacer) /1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil /1 tablespoon chopped basil / 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (or vegan)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Layer a skillet with olive oil and heat on medium-high. Dip eggplant slices in almond milk (or egg replacer), coat in bread crumbs and place in pan. Saute for a minute or so. Remove when both sides are golden brown and crispy. Coat the bottom of a baking pan with marinara sauce. Place a layer of eggplant and cover each with sauce,  mozzarella cheese (or vegan)  and sprinkle with the basil and parmesan (or vegan). Bake for about 35 minutes.

 
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