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Jun
19
2008

Green GiveAway!

Being Green. Becoming Green. Going Green. Living Green. What does that mean? Something different to everyone. Many times, I feel judged/accepted or ostracized based on how GREEN I am/live. Admittedly, I am not even on the scale according to most. And I really, really dont want to stir up a hornet’s nest about it. I have found people I know fall into three categories: Very passionate and living the greenest life they possible can, those who will never believe it would make a difference at this point, and the rest of us…the HUH??? group. The HUH group hears, sees but doesnt know what exactly is the right way to approach every aspect of green living. And if they did know, could they comply? I am just not at a place where I feel I know what my role in the “movement” really is. But I am not going to get on a soapbox or get too deep into it, because then I will just show you all how ignorant about it I am and I prefer for you all to think I know MUCH more about everything than I actually do! I am joking, I hope you all realize! But there are things I know-cooking, sewing, tending to a family, running a household with a big family, making soap, and things I don’t know and I am not about to try and list them all. But “ecology” falls in there somewhere. Quite frankly, when all my children were at home and Husband was working 14 days at a time away from home, I was trying very hard to keep my head above water and keep down the possiblity of a mutany so recycling fell well below what I was REALLY worried about. I already had a huge, somewhat organic garden and made as few trips as possible in a vehicle because who in their right mind would take six kids anywhere they didnt have to???!!!! AND those of you who know me in real life, know how I feel about hypocrisy and for me to be very vocal would be way up there on that scale because the oil industry has put a roof over our heads and food on our table for 30 years. AND I know second hand thru Husband just how far the oil industry has come concerning ecology, clean energy and environmental concerns. So I tend to have a little different perspective/opinion than some. Plus, I am not much of a joiner. I don’t “do” bandwagons, in fact I tend to steer clear of them when at all possible. I simply try to live a life with a clear conscience where all things are concerned and treading lightly on the Earth is a process for me. A learning experience. Something I am growing into, not something I can jump on with both feet.

We watched a program yesterday about Greensburg, Kansas and the horrible way it was obliderated by a F5 tornado on May 4, 2007. I was much more fascinated with the weather those people endured than the actual green gist of the program. Amazing character the citizens of Greenburg possess. And the hope they show for rebuilding their lives and their community was amazing. They will be, with success, the first city in America to be built or rebuilt from the ground up “green“.

I hope all of that will be taken in the spirit it was written. I am just trying to be honest about where I am with this subject and not profess to be more than I am, know more than I do or lead someone to believe I am greener than I am.

But now the real reason I started this post: I want to recycle some green things by having a giveaway! I have been hard at this kitchen mess for three days! And in all this cleaning and rearranging, I found the prettiest little teapot in my cupboard that needs a new home. It is ADORABLE and green! But since it wasnt a gift and I bought it for myself, I think I should make it a gift to someone else – you know RECYCLE…and make a little more room in my cupboard. AND I ran across a vintage apron that I want to add to the gift box. Its white, green and orange…too cute! And no telling how many owners it has had, so it definitely qualifies for a green giveaway!  PLUS a book I have two copies of ~ Living Organic. The drawing will be July 1st at noon CST.

But wait there is more! That day will be very special here at NQJC~ so do check back. There will be something very special posted that day…not only will there be this terrific giveaway with a surprise (oh, you are going to love this) for the winner and there will be a real treat for EVERYONE!

So how do you enter? Leave me a comment on this post. Tell me something GREEN. Share something you or your community is doing or plan on doing to live a greener life. Make me a greener by inspiring me and giving me ideas! Let’s fill my trusty ol’ mason jar!

Pictures soon of the goodies!

Jun
18
2008

Tasha Tudor 1915-2008

I got this email moments ago.  Sad, very sad.  But Tasha lived HER life, HER way.  What an inspiration she was.

It is with great sadness that we must tell you Tasha Tudor, 92, passed away in her Vermont home on June 18, 2008 surrounded by family and friends. We have created an online memorial website and invite all who loved Tasha to share their feelings and memories in the Memory Book section.

Jun
18
2008

New Dishes!!

So, I was trying to set the table last weekend and we just dont have enough Wally World dishes left for everyone to have a place setting.  And I know how trivial it is but it bugs me.  Especially at holidays when I want to set a pretty table and all.  Well I showed Husband some dishes online at a restaurant supply house that I really liked and he did too but after much study (cause I have ALL kinds of time to waste looking for dishes) and after looking last week when we were in the city, I finally found EXACTLY what I was looking for at Williams Sonoma!

And it was on sale!  Yeah for me.  I ended up getting 18 place settings: plates, salad/pasta bowls, cereal bowls, dessert plates and cups and saucers.

Now this has caused me to actually completely wreck my kitchen.  Seriously, I took everything out of my cabinets and rearranged and organized and I will take pictures when I am all finished.  It just feels really good to get my kitchen in order.

Gotta run, I have lots to do – Husband comes home on Friday evening!  I talked to him this morning and he said it was a lovely day in Scotland but he is ready to come home.  I told him the kids were really anxious to see pictures so he said he would walk around this evening and take a few more.  I ask him what he was bringing me and he said a bottle of Scotland’s finest Scotch Whisky.  You and I both know that isnt JUST for me, though with all the water well trouble I have had there are times I could have used a good stiff shot! Or two.

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