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BBQ’d Grapes

Now that it is summer and our BBQs are out it is time to find fun new creative things to make! I found this recipe after searching for fruit skewers Barbecue Grapes. This recipe is simple and quick for a snack, for cheese pairings or even for an appetizer at your next BBQ!

Ingredients:

* 1/2 pound organic grapes, separated into small clusters
* 3/4 teaspoon Zoe Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
* 1/8 teaspoon Pacific Salt Organic Fine Sea Salt, 16-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)
* Simply Organic Black Pepper
* 1/4 cup low-fat organic yogurt (any flavor you prefer)
* If You Care 100% Recycled Aluminum Foil

Directions:

Make sure the barbecue has been burning for a while. The grapes cook quick so too much heat will burn them fast. Arrange grape clusters in a single layer on aluminum foil or if you have a wood block or pizza stone . Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Turn periodically to make sure all sides get browned. Cook until the skins are slightly crisp but the grapes are still soft and juicy inside, about 10-15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, with yogurt for dipping. You could also dip in honey or as a topping for frozen yogurt. The grapes would also go nice cooked with or as a garnish for a grilled fish dinner.

Green Up your 4th

The 4th is almost here! I know this is a time everyone gets ready for big parties and lots of fireworks but as much as I like to party I really am interested in finding new greener ways to celebrate. So I searched the web and brought it to my twitterer’s and fellow FB greenies. Here are some ideas I found:

Bring or Biu Biodegradable or Reusable Cutlery

Use recycled or biodegradable plates, cups & bowls

Purchase locally grown organic fruits and veggies

Buy food with as little packaging as possible. Try making as much as you can yourself at home.

Use your regular dishes, bowls and plates for food storage. You can bring them home and wash them instead of throwing out containers.

Carpool, walk, bikeor skate to your destination if possible.

Make your own decorations. That can be part of the planning fun. Holiday Magic : The Art of Making Decorations for Eventful Days Thoughout the Year

Use organic charcoal for your grill or even this lump charcoal 20LB Lump Charcoal

Terra Chips Stripes & Blues Sea Salt, 6.5-Ounce (Pack of 12)I saw this suggestion on BlissTree.com just for funzies. 

Use solar lights if your party goes into the night. Wild Grass Solar Garden Lights. 3 LED Lights, 2V/80mAh solar panel. 1.2 V/500 AAA Ni-MH Rechargeable Battery. There are many different fun kinds of lights that are sold everywhere.

Make your own ice. Prepare ahead of time. These trays are recyclable and made out of rubber.  Lekue Silicone Ice Cube Tray, Star.  You can make them red and blue colored if you want. 

As for the fireworks and sparklers that’s a big ol’ no for at home but if there is a big community event then participate in that. In this case less is definitely more.

After the party be smart about what is left over. Use the food for compost if it can’t be eaten. Recycle anything that you aren’t planning on reusing.  Be careful with your homemade decorations. Save them for next year. Who knows what other events they may be good for.

What else can you think of to help make our 4th of July greener this year?


Great Fathers Day Gift


ECOnscious Three Pocket Apron (Black)

We all know Father’s Day is almost here so if you are a little late on the gift purchases, I have found something your dad will love and so will the environment. The ECOnscious Three Pocket Apronis a great gift idea if you have a father that likes to BBQ over the summer or likes to make his own concoctions in the kitchen. The reason I really love this apron isn’t only because it’s made of 55% organic cotton 45% recycled polyester but because you can completely personalize it yourself! Embroider it, glue odd’s and end’s to it or even use paint/markers to make it even more special to Dad on his special day! Your dad will love a custom present from his children! You can even make one for grandpa! Out line your hand print and color it in! Use your imagination! Go Wild! Dad deserves it!