greenish girl

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” — Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)
December 11, 2009, 8:41 pm
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Just a quick post to pass on a great idea that a friend of mine passed on to me.  So, without further ado, here’s your Greenish Christmas Tip #13: When you’re enjoying your winter cups of tea, you usually have two options: use loose tea leaves and try to strain them out or use wasteful paper tea bags.  But what if you could make your own tea bag (just one necessary) out of fabric and just re-use it whenever you wanted?  Heck, this would even make a nifty greenish Christmas gift with some nice loose tea and maybe a small teapot or nice mug!  Enjoy!


“Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.” — Albert Camus (1913 – 1960)
December 6, 2009, 10:12 pm
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Greenish Christmas Tip #8: For that hard-to-buy-for person (or even for that easy-to-buy-for person!), consider a gift in their name to a non-profit.  There are so many deserving organizations out there, but here are a few of my personal favorites.

  • Heifer International, a great choice for a holiday gift.  Heifer gives animals and/or trees to families around the world and teaches them how to breed and make money from them, leading the families to self-sufficiency.  And once the animals breed, the family must literally pass the gift on, giving one of the offspring to another needy family in the area.  It’s an amazing cycle.  The really great part about giving a gift to Heifer is that you can choose what type of animal you want to give, so you can actually pick out a “gift” that your recipient would appreciate.  For example, there’s the lovely Earth Basket, which contains tree seedlings and bees, or the Flock of Chicks, which look adorable.  (I know that’s not the best reason to pick a charitable gift, but they are really adorable.)
  • One Laptop Per Child, the $100 laptop project, OLPC, etc., an inspiring organization trying to, well, hmmm. I don’t have the heart to paraphrase their lovely mission statement, so here it is: Mission Statement: To create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. When children have access to this type of tool they get engaged in their own education. They learn, share, create, and collaborate. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.
  • Okay, this isn’t really the same thing, but I love it enough that we’re going to pretend it fits right in: Free Rice. It’s an incredibly addicting online game that (wait for it) donates grains of rice to feed people all over the world. I know it sounds like a scam, but it’s not.  The money from ads on the site all (100%) goes to buying rice to help reduce world hunger.  You can play and answer questions about vocab (the standard) or choose from a variety of different subjects.  So, you help yourself by increasing your brain power, and you help the world by donating rice.  Need I say “win/win?”  Enjoy!

“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.