Archive for August, 2010

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Tree-hugging Tuesday ‘s Top Seven Green Websites

Welcome Tuesday!  I thought I would share 7 of my favorite green websites.  Hopefully I will introduce you do some you haven’t found on your own.

With the 5 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf coast this past Sunday, there was quite a bit of news coverage of how the people of New Orleans are rebuilding their lives as well as their homes.  So I will start with my favorite local green websites and then on to my other faves.

#1  Making it Right NOLA, the brainchild of Brad Pitt who found it simply unacceptable that once vibrant intercity communities and neighborhoods were still silent two years after the storm.  No rebuilding had begun and the area looked much as it had just after the waters receded.  The most fascinating thing to me is that some of the homes owe no energy bills.  They actually generate more energy than they use.  AMAZING.


#2 New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Villiage While I am on the subjects of post Katrina, The Gulf Coast and specifically New Orleans, I found the Musicians’ Village is a project affiliated with Habitat for Humanity. This project goes beyond rebuilding homes and addresses the need to preserve a culture unique to New Orleans’ music community.

#3 The Nature Conservancy works to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

#4 Saving Farmland website of The American Farmland Trust  ~ At farmers’ markets, restaurants, grocery stores, school cafeterias and communities across America, people are searching for healthy food that’s grown on nearby farms. Meeting this demand will take more farms, more farmers and more farmland growing local food.

#5 Treehugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, Treehugger strives to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.

#6 The Daily Green The consumer’s guide to the green revolution.  Tips, green guides, green homes, green cuisine, living green.  So much info in one place!

#7 Green Guide for Everyday Living  Website and Blog Trying to understand what climate change, fuel efficiency, green chemistry, and sustainability have to do with you? Green Guide’s blog helps you wade through the greenwashing and complicated science. GG writers bring you some of the most notable stories and trends, and provide tips on how you can meaningfully and easily green your own life.



My NEWEST green pledge – no new clothes for 1 year.  If I happen to change sizes, and I am trying to do just that, I will dig, borrow, alter, whatever it takes.  I am going to start September 2010 off right.  Not only am I not buying anything new, I am cleaning out my closet.  Clothes and shoes.  This may not seem like much but I need to recycle, reduce and reuse!


Magpie Monday – Post Birthday Weekend

This weekend flew by – first weekend after the first week of school for the girls and we crammed a lot of stuff into it.  We made a simple bowling themed cake for a little nephew turning 10.  When I say we I mean it was truly a joint effort.  I made the cake, frosted and trimmed it and then Rachel put the decorations on top and then I wrote happy birthday.  He really like it.


Yesterday started out a little rough but by the end of the day we had it pretty much under control and thankful for that since it was Hannah’s birthday.  She had spent the night at a friend’s house and was going to head home pretty early to spend the day with us and her car wouldn’t start.  I went over and jumped her off, went and bought a battery after realizing I didn’t think it had never been changed and the car is a 2006 model, met her back at the house and after about an hour, Benjamin and I had the old battery off, the new battery on only to discover that the battery cables were in pretty bad shape.  So today I will make a couple of phone calls and see if our mechanic can put a new set on for us this afternoon.  Granted, I probably could do it and while I have never believed in the old dog/new trick analogy but there are things I don’t care to know how to do.  Especially on a Monday with just enough vehicles to go around and Jerry on another continent.

Before I heard from Hannah I had baked her birthday cake and was getting ready to make the frosting.  So after all was well enough with the car, Benjamin and I got our showers and we headed to Shreveport to eat a birthday lunch and see Grandson Sam.  He had called Friday night and I told him we would head up to see him on Sunday. So I decided as late a start as we were getting, we had better head on out and frost the cake when we returned.


Hannah had requested a butter pecan cake with maple frosting.  Talk about rich!  WOW…a little piece goes a long way!  Now don’t faint…but the cake was a mix.  It is her favorite and the birthday girl gets to pick!  The frosting ~ totally homemade ~ am I redeemed??? 🙂  Here is the frosting recipe and seriously…RICH and so easy to spread.

Maple Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 stick butter room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp maple flavoring
  • close to 2 pounds powdered sugar ~ I didn’t use the whole bag
  • enough heavy cream to make it easy to spread

Beat the butter, cream cheese, maple syrup and flavorings until light and creamy.  Gradually add the sugar on low and then beat on high until well blended.  Add a little heavy cream until it is spreadable.

Note: when using a box cake, they are pretty delicate so softer, creamier frosting is best if it is a layer cake.


So Sunday started off on a bit of a wrong foot. But all’s well that ends well.  Looking forward to a productive Monday.


So….it’s Sunday and a Happy Birthday to Hannah!

My Hannah Elisabeth turns 22 today.  That is so hard to believe.  We are off to Shreveport to have lunch, visit with Sam and Zach and head back to enjoy the rest of the evening and eat birthday cake.  Yummy Butter Pecan with Maple frosting. I thought I might share some pictures of our second daughter, fourth child with you.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY HANNAH! Jerry and I bought her a birthstone ring.




Cake pictures tomorrow…Magpie Monday!

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