greenish girl

“The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.” — Andre Malraux
April 21, 2010, 6:00 pm
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So, this is going to be a random entry.  I keep a fairly fluid list of ideas for future blogs in my head, and today* I actually tried to sit down and at least start entries for most of those ideas.  I could take the easy way out and choose one of them, but what the heck? Why not just cover all of them?

*Actually, in the continuing theme of randomness, I started this a few months ago, so “today” is (was?) actually sometime in February.  How weird.

1.  How cute is this shirt?  Love.  So much.  Even though it’s $26.50 and that’s kind of a ridiculous price for a shirt, even an awesome vegetarian/dinosaur one.

2.  This solar charger for mp3 players, cell phones, etc.  is so darn nifty.  First of all, it looks intriguingly futuristic, if you’re into that kind of thing.  Secondly, it seems to charge most standard-type gadgets.  Thirdly, and I quote from their description, its production “has been made ‘carbon neutral’ through tree plantings in protected forests.”  I haven’t actually tried this, nor do I know anyone personally who has, but the reviews seem positive… If you try/have tried it, let me know!

3.  In a similar vein, here’s an iPhone/iPod touch case that has solar panels on the back that can charge your phone while you use it.  It’s finally available and about $80, which is a lot for a case, but worth it in my opinion if it works.  And if you’re outside enough for the solar charging to be helpful.  I predict that tech-savvy hikers/outdoorsy people will love this the most.  (Again, haven’t tried it, so don’t blame me if it fails.)

4.  Finally, to get ready for Earth Day tomorrow (hooray!  any fun plans?), here’s a fun carbon footprint calculator that I’ve spent far too much time playing around with.  It’s by far the best footprint calculator that I’ve found online, plus it’s really fun to use.  The sad part for me is always seeing how many planets’ resources would be needed if everyone lived like you.  The only way I’ve succeeded in getting less than 1 planet is if I fudge my answers a lot, including pretending that I live in Australia, or something.  Any way you answer it is fun, though, so 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.

“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.