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Green Thanksgiving

Green Thanksgiving

Green Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here and I know you might be wondering how you can make your holiday meal as green as possible so I have been doing my research! After reading many green articles these are the points I have seen the most:

1. Go Vegetarian! The clearest way to go green is to not buy a turkey and just have a complete vegetarian meal. Meat eating has a serious effect on our environment. However I feel most people either don’t believe how bad it is or would say our 1 turkey won’t make a difference so I have an alternative. Find a turkey as locally as possible. Even ones you can kill yourself. I think this may have enough of an impact on your family to not want to eat any animals again. If that option is also not available go as organic, hormone free and free range as possible. Convincing people to go green isn’t always as quick a process as we would like so try to compromise without ruining the fun of the holiday.

2. Go Organic!Buy all of your foods and ingredients organically. Most local grocery stores carry organic brands. Don’t be fooled by all natural that isn’t regulated by the government so any company can safely say all natural and technically mean it.

3. Go Packageless! Find items with as little packaging as possible. Usually if you are buying fresh fruits and vegetables no packing is necessary just pick the items out of the bins. If packaging is a must try to find items that are packaged in reusable ways so after Thanksgiving you can use the packaging to give out left overs or store other food.

4. Go Potluck!: At any event it is only good manners to never go any where empty handed. Take advantage of this for large holidays. Ask each guest to bring 1 item and let you know ahead of time so you can plan accordingly. The host can save on money, no one will be stuck with massive amounts of left overs and if you also ask your guests to bring their own tupperware they can take home any left overs they want!

5. Go Reusable!Since this is a huge meal and you want it to look nice don’t use paper utensils. Go all out! Use the good stuff. I know washing dishes is a pain but again if people bring their own items and bring something to carry left overs in that cuts the amount of dishes you will use down considerably. This will also help you save water. You won’t be able to avoid doing dishes at all but if you set up an assembly line of a washer, dryer and then someone to put the dishes away it won’t be so much of a chore.

6. Use less energy!You will be cooking in the kitchen which will keep some of the house warm. There will also be many people in one area so instead of putting the heat on full blast use small decorative sand bags around windows and doors to keep the heat in. If it is too hot no need for the a/c just open a few windows around the house! It is winter after all so take advantage of the natural air conditioning.

7. Decorate Creatively! Reuse old decorations from last year. No need to buy new ones. When shopping for decorations make sure you look for ones you know will withstand the test of time. Also look online for decorations you can make out of house hold items or even ones you can incorporate into the dinner.

8. Stay Local!Participate in the 100-Mile Thanksgiving challenge from Treehugger. If you haven’t heard of it yet click here. It is very important to keep all of your meals as local as possible. This is a great way to keep local economies afloat as well as creating much less waste and pollution.

9. Give Back!The reason for Thanksgiving is to give thanks sooooo, in doing so maybe make it a new family tradition to plant something in honor of the day. Plant Trees as a Gift.

10. Get Carbon Credits!If you cannot get out of staying local for your holiday event then you can purchase a carbon credit to make up for it. A carbon credit is a generic term for any tradable certificate or permit representing the right to emit one tonne of carbon dioxide or carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e).

11. Donate Your Fat! Many companies now use animal fats and oils to turn into bio fuel. This is a way businesses can save money. Check out your local businesses and see where you can make a donation.

12. Stay Green! Use the tips and ideas from this holiday and carry them over to every holiday or event you attend. The more often you incorporate greenness into your lifestyle the quicker it becomes second nature. You can also encourage others in your circle to do the same!

If you have any other tips or ideas let us know! We would love to hear them all!! Send in your pictures or tips and we will post them on the Beagle!

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Witch Wraps

Witch Wraps

Witch Wraps

Ingredients:

1 package croissant rolls (or homemade pastry dough)
1 block Organic cheddar cheese (or your favorite kind of cheese)
1 package Organic turkey pepperoni

Instructions:

1. Unroll all of the crescents, make sure they all croissants are flat and spaced away from each other.
2. Grease a baking sheet.
3. Cut your cheese in thin slices.
4. Place 2 pieces of turkey pepperoni on top of each slice of cheese.
4. Take the turkey and cheese and wrap it in your croissant. Start from either of the ends and roll the bottom up.  Don’t roll your croissants up all the way. Make sure the cheese and pepperoni don’t come out of the roll. Keep a little less than half of the croissant unwrapped and form it in to your hat shape. You can even use a fork or stencil to add detail to your hat.

Keep in mind you can use anything you want. Add cream cheese, ham, lox, onions, asparagus, fruit, peanut butter and chocolate. You can do whatever you want with them. Experiment. If you make this a sweet treat you can use piping to add even more decoration to the hat! Send me pictures of your Halloween Treats and I will post them!


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Solar Garden Lights at Night

Soji Modern Solar Lantern

Now that it is summer it’s party time!! If you have a back yard, deck, porch or balcony it’s finally the perfect weather for a get together. When the sun begins to set these are the perfect lanterns for any event! The Soji Modern Solar Lanterncollects energy during the day and comes to life at nigth. The simple design makes them elegant for every party.

Product Description:
Introducing the Soji Modern solar lantern! Modern design meets sustainable solar for the ultimate in elegant outdoor lighting. Created in a layered wave-like form, Soji Modern lanterns are unique, portable, efficient and will never require stringing of unsightly electrical wires. Creating the effect of a solar powered chandelier, the Soji Modern lantern will turn itself on at dusk to cast a stunning golden glow night after night.
All lanterns are constructed of a hard plastic and are equipped with two high powered Amber LED lights, solar panel, AAA rechargeable battery and stainless steel hardware. Soji Modern lantern comes fully assembled.
Available in Pure White and Mineral Motif (white with grey floral pattern).

Simply Green Parties!!!

Simply Green Parties

Danny Seo’s brand is a way of living that embraces certain rules–-Be Authentic, Be Resourceful, Be Simple, Be Unexpected, Be Truthful, and Be an Individual. In Simply Green Parties, Danny takes these goals and creates projects that are both thoughtful and sustainable while still being stylish and beautiful. He hopes to inspire you to be a dreamer and a doer.

The book has essentially 50 quick and simple projects that are split up into themes (Dinner Under the Stars, Baby Shower, Saturday Dinner Party, Housewarming, Beach Party, and Birthday Party). The reader does not need to do all the projects under each party, they can mix–and–match or just choose to do one or two of them.

Danny Seo is America’s leading environmental lifestyle expert and host and creator of Simply Green with Danny Seo, a new show on LIME TV with a companion weekly show on Sirius Satellite Radio. The author of four books, he is also the columnist and the Environmental Lifestyle editor with Country Home magazine.

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Sweet Pea Bruschetta

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Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups fresh organic sweet peas
1 tablespoon minced organic garlic
1 ½ teaspoons sea salt salt
1 ½ teaspoons coarse organic black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh organic basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh organic cilantro
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon organic lemon, zested
1 organic lemon, juiced
Olive oil, for brushing
1 loaf focaccia ,Italian, French bread or pita cut into 1 ½ inch thin squares
1 ½ cups organic or fresh ricotta cheese

Directions:
In a large bowl, add peas, minced garlic, salt, pepper, basil, cilantro, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir to combine and set aside. If you have a grinder put mixture in there and grind until smooth.
Put in refrigerator to chill.

Take 1 ½ in slices of bread or pita brush with olive oil and put to toast in toaster, grill or oven. Toast to desired result, let cool and brush lightly again with olive oil and serve.

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