greenish girl

“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.” — Dave Barry
November 30, 2009, 8:45 pm
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Just a quick blog today to keep you updated on the

Greenish Christmas Tip of the Day #2:

Shop online!

Our computers by aranarth.

I know, I know, this is far from an original suggestion, but, hey – it’s just a simple reminder of an easy green way to do your holiday shopping.  You can compare prices, search for opinions on different items, and find great deals – all without even leaving your house or even changing out of your pj’s.  You save on fuel by not driving to the store, and you can save even more fuel by having an item shipped (and gift-wrapped, if you prefer) directly to the recipient.  It might not have quite the charm of wrapping the present yourself, but it’s a good option to consider.  Until tomorrow, shop carefully and stay greenish!


“Food is an important part of a balanced diet.” — Fran Lebowitz
November 29, 2009, 6:41 pm
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Hi guys, sorry for extremely prolonged absence!  I’ve been meaning to post for a while now, but life got in the way. I love being busy, and I love everything I do, don’t get me wrong, but let’s just say that I’m really glad that I’ve had more time to just breathe. It’s been nice.

However, as all of you presumably know, it’s holiday season! And before we move on to the grennifying of Christmas, we have to talk Thanksgiving! At its basic roots, Thanksgiving is such a lovely holiday: low stress, prep required only for food, time to be creative with and appreciate good food, and of course time to spend with family and friends, giving thanks for what we have. That’s a magical day.

But I know what you’re thinking. “Greenishgirl, you’re a vegetarian! What did you eat?!” How did I know this? Easy. I’ve gotten that question a lot lately.   Honestly, though, vegetarian Thanksgivings are delicious.  I don’t miss turkey at all. And why would I, when I had so many yummy veggies to eat? I figure a list will be the easiest to show the sheer quantity of veg choices.

  • Vegetarian stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes- homemade, of course.  Don’t bother peeling the potatoes, though!
  • Chilean squash casserole- a yummy cheesy corn winter squash dish from the amazing Molly Katzen.
  • Mashed carrots and turnips- family tradition, way better than it sounds.
  • Homemade applesauce- a thousand times better than store bought.
  • Roasted garlic green beans- I’m not even a very big green beans fan but these were fabulous.
  • Homemade cranberry relish- I can never eat that canned stuff now, solely due to this Vegetarian Epicure recipe.
  • Fresh veggies and hummus for an appetizer, along with
  • Gingersnaps and pumpkin dip- from Teens Cook Dessert

Thanksgiving Cornucopia by Lawrence OP.
And that’s not even counting all the pies we had for dessert! Now, honestly, how could I even have had room for turkey with that meal? I really couldn’t have. It was a delicious meal. And we had plenty of leftovers- which are just as fun to eat.  Pie for breakfast? Oh yes.

So yeah, my family and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. But now an even bigger (commercially, anyway) holiday is coming up: Christmas. But even though its colors are red and green, Christmas can be anything but green. So, in my small way to try to combat people accidentally hating on the Earth during this holiday season, I’m going to try (mind you, try, disclaimer!) to offer a green holiday tip every day, if I can, starting today. We might see some gift ideas, some simple little reduce/reuse/recycle suggestions, and I don’t even know what else.  So here goes nothing.

Green Christmas Tip #1: Gift idea!  For anyone outdoorsy, green chic, backpack-wearing, plastic-hating, or even trendy, try a reusable stainless steel water bottle.  Try, or look around anywhere from Target to Whole Foods. I think even Forever 21 was offering a free metal water bottle on Black Friday. A little cheesy, maybe, but it’s a step in the right direction. So what are you waiting for? Go buy someone (or yourself!) a water bottle, or even better, shop online!

365:170 stainless steel beauties by katiescrapbooklady.

“Eat, drink and be scary.” — Author Unknown
November 1, 2009, 2:10 pm
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So last night, as you well know, was Halloween.  I used to say that Halloween was my favorite holiday, but then I realized that my kind of Halloween is kind of different then most people’s traditional Halloween nights.  But anyway, I still love Halloween and I had fun.  I finally have some pictures to post, one good and one bad.  Let’s start with the bad and move on from there, eh?

After spending lots of time wracking our brains and scouring the grocery store (no, we couldn’t make it to Whole Foods, and yes, I’m sure that would have sped up the process), my mum and I finally decided to give out 100 Grand bars as treats.  (We also got some little bags of smartfood popcorn for the kids we know).  This was a really tough decision.  I don’t know how much most people consider when buying Halloween candy, but it’s really an awful tradition.  We thought a lot about nutrition vs. price, but it’s tough.  (This sounds way less interesting as I write it out, but it was actually kind of a fun challenge at the time…really!)  I poked around online and saw that, according to “Eat This Not That!,” 100 Grand bars are the best of the worst (a.k.a the “healthiest” of little candy bars), so that’s what we bought.  We wanted to considered the environmental impact of the packaging, too, but basically everything was awful in that regard, and people don’t trust homemade, home-wrapped treats, so we really didn’t have much of a choice.

So, we were left with this lovely display of packaging from 40 mini-candy bars and 12 little bags of smartfood popcorn, not even counting all the individual wrappers on each piece.

Ridiculous amounts of trash. Lovely…

However, I promised you a nice picture too, and so I present to you a picture of the delicious munchies my mum and I made for ourselves:

There’s a spicy/sweet trail mix with pumpkin seeds and craisins, a yummy poblano-cucumber salsa, and a salad with roasted grapes (strangest thing ever to go in our oven- a tray of grapes and shallots) and shallot dressing. Oh, and (not pictured) a mocha pudding with pumpkin whipped cream. All recipes were from the October 2008 issue of Vegetarian Times. It was a good night.