January 13, 2017

Cranberry Almond Granola Bites

Cranberry Almond Granola Bites: This recipe is a cross between granola and a granola bar. A simple baking technique helps the granola stay clumped together so you can break it into clusters, which makes it great for nibbling.

This recipe is a cross between granola and a granola bar. 

For Christmas one year during high school I received a Richard Simmons exercise tape called “Reach”. He wrote the lyrics to the soundtrack (very hokey) and he sings you through the exercise routines in his goofy voice. It was my introduction to aerobics and listening to it made me feel like I was in some sort of low budget sitcom. Still, it suited the motivations of the post-Christmas season and I did the exercise routines all through the winter.

January 10, 2017

Things You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet

Things You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet:

“Flushable” wipes aren't the only thing you should never put down the toilet...

“Your guide to adult toilet training” is front and centre on the City of Vancouver Facebook page, part of the city’s “never flush wipes” campaign. (Check out the website neverflushwipes.com.) Like cities across North America, Vancouver is spending millions each year to unclog and repair sewerage system infrastructure damaged by “flushable” wipes. Not to mention all of the other sewer-clogging non-flushable items that continue to go down the toilet, from facial tissue to dental floss, diapers, feminine hygiene products and food scraps.

January 7, 2017

Seven Easy Green Living Tips To Start Your Year

7 Green Living Tips To Start your Year Off Right

This year, make some green resolutions to live a more eco-friendly life.

Early January is a good time to start anew. There’s something about rolling into a new year that inspires us to do something to improve ourselves.

But what it we all viewed January 1st as an opportunity to make our world a better place?

Making a few eco-friendly changes to the way we live is one way to improve the world with the added benefit of improving our lives since the health of the planet and our personal health are so intertwined. Something as simple as buying better quality food, or eating a little less meat, can have positive repercussions that extend way beyond your waistline.

As with any new resolution or habit, starting with bite-sized changes and adding to them bit by bit is a good way to build positive momentum. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

January 6, 2017

Healthy Feta Walnut Dip from Moosewood Cookbook

Healthy Feta Walnut Dip has loads of texture and the delicious flavours of creamy goat's milk feta and walnuts.

An extra healthy dip that is delicious as a sandwich spread too. 

One year a very long time ago my family all decided to spend the New Year’s holiday at my brother and sister-in-law’s place near Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine. The plan was to ski for a couple of days and have a big family New Year’s Eve celebration.

December 27, 2016

Skibo Castle Ginger Crunch

Skibo Castle Ginger Crunch: a thin ginger shortbread base topped with a buttery ginger syrup.  It’s an easy recipe and makes a lot so is great for a crowd.

Skibo Castle Ginger Crunch is an easy recipe and makes a lot so is great for a crowd.  
When I was growing up one of my favourite Christmas treats that mom always made (and still makes) is ginger shortbread. Loaded with both candied ginger and ground ginger it has that unmistakable ginger bite tucked into a buttery shortbread square.  The perfect festive combo.

December 12, 2016

Christmas Gifts with an Eco-friendly Twist

There are many ways to “green” your Christmas giving. Here's a list of eco-friendly gift ideas:
More often than not the only things “green” about Christmas are the trees and wreaths. For most it’s a season of excess, much of which is wonderful, but much is wasteful too and not really essential to creating the joy that is Christmas.

If you’re aiming for a Christmas with all of the sparkle and without the hefty carbon footprint consider giving gifts that help the recipient make their life a little greener. Below are seven suggestions for easy-to-find gifts that have an eco-friendly twist. They’re practical, but fun.

Help wean someone off microwave popcorn with the gift of a hot air popcorn popper and a bag of Speerville Four Mill organic popping corn. Visit your nearest hardware store for the popper (Home Hardware has them for $24.99) and the natural food section of the grocery store for the popcorn. You could tuck in some seasoned popcorn recipes too.

Make it easy for someone to get rid of their non-stick fry pan (and the environmental toxins in it) with the gift of a cast iron pan, a sturdy stainless steel pan or a ceramic-coated fry pan. Cooking with cast iron helps to add iron to your diet and once well-seasoned requires little oil to keep food from sticking.

December 7, 2016

Why Buy Local this Holiday Season

There are economic and environmental perks to buying local...

As we head into the busiest shopping season of the year consider this shopping resolution:
Buy local as often as possible.

Diverting just 10 percent of your shopping dollars will make a huge difference in our local economy. Small businesses are the engine of our local community so if you want our region to continue to grow and be a vibrant place to live you need to support these local, independent enterprises.

There is an environmental benefit to buying local as well. Shopping locally, especially locally grown or produced items, helps reduce processing, packaging and transportation waste.

And local makers – artisans and craftspeople - are more likely to reuse and recycle more since they are personally connected to their business bottom line and are directly responsible for reducing waste.

When you factor in consumer spending habits, consumers are responsible for more than 60 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. And 80 percent of our individual carbon footprint comes from the stuff we buy. Buying local is a meaningful way to reduce the environmental impact of our shopping and boost our local economy.

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