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Happy Holiday Snow Globes

Happy Holiday Snow Globes

Happy Holiday Snow Globes

I really like giving handmade gifts, they are much more special than anything you can buy. This season is perfect for handmade gifting as most people usually have a long list to get for! You can usually give handmade gifts to teachers, co-workers, friends, neighbors, friends and family members!. I have been seeing DIY snow globes and ornaments all over the place lately even in jewelry. I thought this was the perfect gift idea because you can totally personalize the gift. You can put a little something extra in there that is perfect for the receiver. I changed a few things around but found this super cute project here if you want the original project.

Supplies:
Empty baby food jars
Mini fake trees (or any other decorations you might be able to use)
Goo Gone or Rubbing Alcohol
Glycerin
Glass and Bead glue or Epoxy
Glitter
Distilled water

Directions:
1. Remove the labels off the jars and clean off the glue with Goo Gone. You can also rubbing alcohol as well.
2. Spray paint the lids gold {or desired color}.
3. Put a little glue on both the inside of the lid and the bottom of the fake tree. Allow to dry for 1-2 minutes and then press the tree onto the lid.
4. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
4. Add about 1 teaspoon of glitter into each jar.
5. Fill with distilled water and add 5 drops of Glycerin. {5 drops seemed to work the best.} Screw the lid {with the tree} onto the top and you’ve got yourself the cutest mini snow globe ever!

http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/baby-food-jar-snow-globes-tutorial

The Beagles Green Tips for Turkey Day

Green Turkey Day Tips
Green Turkey Day Tips

 

 

 

Turkey Day is almost here and every year I post plenty of do it yourself decorations, crafts and activities to green up your Thanksgiving. There are some tips I mention over and over because they are that important. Thanksgiving has become a holiday of gluttony and not thanks for anything in my opinion. Try really being thankful this year and try to give back to the earth.

1. Save the seeds from your dinner and plant them when you can. You can also include the dried and cleaned seeds in a holiday gift for people who attended your Thanksgiving. Give them something to remind them how thankful they should be. You should be thankful for those seeds, they gave you a great meal.  Maybe if properly cared for you can serve those very veggies at your next holiday meal.

2. STAY LOCAL! Get your produce from local farm stands or local grocers. This season for fall harvesting didn’t do that well for some fruits and veggies. I know by me apples took a hard hit locally. You want to keep your neighborhood from becoming a ghost town? You want to make sure you have places to spend your money near you than purchase from around you. Not at the chain places at the Mom and Pop places. Helping your community helps you.

3. Compost all of your leftovers. If you can’t give things away,eat them all or reuse them in other recipes compost them for your yard. No need to throw food into the trash. Depending on what we have I make yummy meals for our pets. I know I am thankful for them so I share to make sure they know it.

4. Use as little packaging and throw away utensils as possible. I personally don’t appreciate disposable items. Not because of their wastefulness but because I feel like you are telling your guests you don’t have the time for real utensils or that they aren’t worth it. I understand disposing is easy but you can put that much more effort into a meal you have slaved all day over and make it look that much nicer. Again, remember show your guests you are Thankful for them!

5. Conserve Energy where you can. Your house is going to obviously get hot with all of the cooking, eating and people in the near vicinity. Turn your heat down or off (depending on the temp. outside) and open some windows. Let’s not forget to not turn every light and electrical gadget on in the house the entire time. While people are cooking try to get people to go outside and be active. Don’t have multiple tv’s, video games and lights on in the house. Force your friends and family to spend time with each other. You will be thankful you saved on your bill the month before the real spending begins.

6. Potluck? I know some people take pride in cooking the whole meal but think of the time and energy everyone saves if they are in charge of bringing one or two things. Everyone gets to actually sit, relax and enjoy time with their friends and family. Try it, you might be thankful that you did!

7. NO TURKEY PLEASE!!! I can read off a ton of statistics about how horribly turkeys are treated and the processes but that isn’t going to make most of you listen. I don’t expect all of you to listen but I hope some do. There are plenty of delicious options to having turkey on your plate. The photo is Tofurkey which looks delish! You can go with other less traditional and or vegan dishes. Get creative. Just because it is called Thanksgiving aka Turkey Day doesn’t mean we can’t change it to Tofurkey Day. If they called it Horse day would we have to eat horse????

Pumpkins Gone Batty

Pumpkins Gone Batty

Pumpkins Gone Batty

 

 Materials:
Eco Green Acrylic Paint Black
Mini pumpkins (you could also try gourds for fun to make vampires, witches, spiders) from a local farm if you haven’t grown your own.
Black and white craft foam
Wings,ears & eyes template (just google it)
Hole punch
Glitter
Hot Glue

 

 

Directions:
1. Paint the pumpkins.
2. Sprinkle your bat with glitter (if you want)
3. Allow the pumpkin to dry completely. You can paint them any color you want. No one says bats can’t be green or pink right?
4. For each bat, choose a type of wings and eyes from your templates you like best.
5. Trace and cut out eyes from the white craft foam. Use the hole punch to make pupils.
6. Use the glue gun to stick the eyes to the pumpkin.
7. Cut the ears and wings from the black craft foam.
8. Attach the ears using a thin strip of hot glue.
9. Attach the wings using another thin strip of hot glue.
10. Let all attached pieces set. If the wings and ears look floppy you can use toothpicks (colored black) to stick to the backs to make sure the wings and ears hold their shape.

You can also wait until the end to sprinkle glitter on your entire finished pumpkin and spray it with adhesive. It is up to you. You can add pipe cleaners and make your creation zany! Use your imagination that is the most important part.

Pizza Pankcakes??

Pizza Pancakes

Pizza Pancakes

 

 

 
I saw this on another blog this morning but I knew this couldn’t be the only recipe. Incase you didn’t know half of The Green Beagle Team is one hearty Italian lady and I love me some pizza. That may sound stereotypical but what can I tell you, it’s true! When I saw a recipe for pizza pancakes I started drooling almost immediately!  I have never really been a fan of breakfast foods for breakfast anyway.  I prefer lunch or dinner type meals in the morning.  Also, why have I not thought about making these already? Different cheese, vegetable and herb mixtures are popping into to my mind and apparently into others as well seeing as there are plenty of pizza pancake variations out there. I decided to go a little simple with this one because your first attempt isn’t always your best when it comes to cooking new things.

Ingredients
•2 cups organic baking mix
•1 cup organic fat free milk or a plain soy milk (A flavor, Almond or Rice milk may make the batter too sweet but that could be a yummy option as well)
•2 organic eggs
•3/4 cup shredded fresh mozzarella
•1/4 cup grated organic Parmesan cheese
•4 leaves fresh organic basil chopped
•1/4 teaspoon organic oregano
•1/4 teaspoon organic parsley
•1/4 teaspoon organic garlic powder (or fresh minced garlic)
•Organic Tomato sauce for dipping
•Parmesan Cheese to sprinkle on top

Instructions

1. Heat griddle or skillet and grease with olive oil, if necessary.
2. In a large bowl, combine the baking mix, basil, oregano, parsley * garlic powder.
3. Then combine eggs and milk and stir into dry ingredients until moistened and evenly mixed.
4. Add the cheeses into the mixture and mix.
5.Pour a little less than a 1/4 cup onto hot griddle & cook until bubbles form on top. Flip until you reach desired color and texture of your pancake.
6. Once all pancakes are cooked you can cut the pieces into wedges and garnish with fresh basil leaves and Parmesan cheese. You can also put a cup of tomato sauce on the side for dipping or drizzle the sauce on top of the pancakes.

BBQ Banana Boat

I found this recipe and had to share because it is way to yummy not too!!! The BBQ Banana Boat is delish to the millionth power! Remember to use as many organic ingredients as you can find and to create as little waste as possible.

BBQ Banana Boat

Ingredients:

1 Banana Per Person
Nutella (or chocolate chips of any kind)
O Organics Old Fashioned Creamy Peanut Butter, 18 Ounce Jars (Pack of 6)
Organic Marshmallows – 400g/14oz bag
Organic Hazelnut Graham Crackers
Any other fruit you might want to add
100% Recycled Aluminum Foil

Directions:

1. Peel one section off of a rip banana but do not fully remove it. Make sure to keep the peeled piece attached to the banana you will need it later.

2. Cut the peeled section out of the banana but be careful not to cut all of the way through the banana.

3. Add all of the ingredients you want! Remember this isn’t a huge section to fill up a little will go a long way.

4. Put the peeled back peel back in place and wrap the banana in aluminum foil or you can use an aluminum tray and put all of the bananas on the grill at once.

5. Let the bananas sit on the BBQ for 3-5 minutes depending on how BBQ’d you want your banana.

6. Once the banana boats are removed let them sit for a little bit to cool. No need to burn yourself before you have your yummies!!!

For larger portions try to do the same with halved pinapple or other big fruit. I am not sure melons would do well because they are very water basted but perhaps a mango. Experiment with your favorite fruits and let us know how it went!
Remember to throw any unused food items into your compost pile and recycle what ever items you can.

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Save the Earth one game at a time!

Earthopoly

Earthopoly

Earthopoly is the perfect way to teach your family about the importance of being earth friendly. Many important lessons parents try to teach their children are often learned through games because you want to teach your children that doing the right thing can be fun. Being environmentally conscious is just another one of those important lessons. Earthopoly can make your family night fun and educational without being boring. Your children can spread the education at friends houses and parties, it can even be brought to school! This can be the ultimate chance to pay it forward!

Product Description:
Earthopoly is a game that celebrates the Earth one turn at a time. Players buy properties, collect Carbon Credits and trade them for Clean Air. As they travel the board visiting each impressive land form, they will learn about the planet and pick up Go Green tips from each deed card. Learn about Earth and how to care for it as you play. All the paper is recyclable. The ink is soy based. The game pieces are either made by nature or completely recyclable.

From the Manufacturer:
Earthopoly is a game that celebrates the earth one turn at a time. Players buy properties, collect carbon credits and trade them for clean air. As they travel the board visiting each impressive land form, they will learn about the planet and pick up go green tips from each deed card. Learn about earth and how to care for it as you play. There is traditional play or one hour version. This game was also created with an attempt to make the game as earth-friendly as possible. All the paper is recyclable. The ink is soy based. The game pieces are either made by nature or completely recyclable.

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