Chicken soup, chicken skin and schmaltz … making the most of free-range chicken thighs!
After my post last week on ways to nourish a garden for free, reader Claire Walter wrote in with this question: Coffee grounds right onto the soil? What’s the benefit? We just put coffee grounds, unbleached paper filter and all, in w/ the compost.
After Colorado had a dry winter, then a very warm January and February, then a snowy March and April, I think we might be able to say it’s actually spring. This wrap-up comes to you after a day of 83-degree temperatures, squirrels marauding at the bird feeder and a cherry tree in bloom.
Last May, I took Crunchy Chicken’s Diva Cup Challenge and switched over to using the Diva Cup to manage my menstrual period. I blogged about my experience using the Diva Cup for the first couple of months. The post has been read more than 4,000 times and garnered dozens of comments, many with helpful advice of their own. Now, one year later, it seems like an excellent time to review my progress since then.
Last week, I finally broke down and Swiffered. Now, I’m looking for ways to make the Swiffer process a bit greener.
I’ve been wondering this very thing. Some weeks, I have no garbage to put out on the street. Other weeks, I have a lot. Typically, our weekly garbage pickup includes a couple of small (kitchen-size — 13-gallon) trash bags. So I got to wondering: Just what goes into our garbage?
The answer is: Mostly plastic. Garbage from eating out. As it happens, a lot of used tissues (although we are stocked with cloth handkerchiefs, I am the primary cheerleader for them, and I just don’t need to blow my nose that often, biologically. The household’s primary nose-blowers have been using paper, and I’m seldom there to catch them, twist their ears and make them use reusable). Et cetera.
Last week, I took photos of each day’s garbage. Here’s the score — along with some notes about what did not go into the garbage can.
I’ve been seeking reusable produce bags for quite a while….
I just found this great deal at my local Walgreens and wanted to share.
Walgreens sells Energizer rechargeable batteries, size AAA, in packs of 4, normally $12.99 …
Spring is here, and it’s a great time for all of us to create backyard replicas of those classic springtime images of clean clothes whipping dry on a clothesline. (Why is there no ACTUAL image today? I tried, but the camera is not cooperating.)
Ladies and gentlemen, grab your wrenches …
The EPA has announced “Fix a Leak Week” in mid-March. It’s the perfect time to save water by fixing those household leaks. You’ll also prevent home damage, avoid cleaning those nasty hard-water stains, and feel good about the environment — and maybe save a few pennies.
Last year, I vowed to eliminate my junk mail. After fighting in vain to contact every catalog and junk mailer by myself, I looked into other options. In July, I subscribed to GreenDimes (now renamed Mailstopper) to unsubscribe me from catalogs, companies and other unwanted senders of mail. For an overview of their services, see my original post here. Basically, the company promises to automatically unsubscribe subscribers from direct mail services. Then, users can go online to the Mailstopper Web site and enter in junk mail as it arrives. The company will request on your behalf that you be unsubscribed.
The Internet is buzzing this week with ways to save money on adding efficiency to your home. Most likely, January heating bills have been rolling in, and with the economy in its current tizzy, belt-tightening is the watchword.
Fortunately, even if you’re living pretty lean, odds are good that you can save some more money by tightening up your house. With utility costs rising, a penny saved is truly a penny earned — or, today, one you don’t have to earn. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
That picture over there? Definitely not natural. Going natural with your hair is the green choice, for your own health and that of the planet.
After stopping using the stuff, and seeing that my complexion looked a little better (fewer “blemishes,” which after all, I was wondering why I had in the first place since I am in the latter half of my 30s), I took skin care one step further and quit washing my face in the evenings.
My skin’s condition again improved, but I could feel a bit of … how do you say … thickness? Buildup? My skin wasn’t coming off like it used to, and I felt that my complexion, consequently, lacked a bit of freshness.
Enter my newfound, old-school, cheap and utterly reusable exfoliation tool …
We are sprucing up our living room, and in the process of looking for a good storage solution, saw a little blurb mentioning some IKEA shelves in, of all places, Better Homes & Gardens magazine.
After a bit more research, we decided that even with shipping costs (Colorado’s IKEA store is still on the drawing boards), the shelves were a good value. We ordered them and waited….
If you are looking to buy a hybrid vehicle, you might have heard about the federal income tax credit for purchasers of those cars and trucks.
The credit, however, begins to phase down and then expire after any given manufacturer has sold 60,000 of its hybrid vehicles.
Now is a great time to see if you can wrap up your gifts without any waste. Are you in?
The holidays are just a few weeks away, and soon it will be time to wrap those gifts.
So start eating cereal!
‘Tis the season to send gifts far, far away … and whether you’re shipping a handmade gift to your grandma, a box of donations to children in another country or (we won’t tell) an item so perfect that you averted your green AND cheap mindsets just this once, I ask you to consider your shipping supplies.
Whatever the contents, wherever the destination, whichever the shipping service, think about doing what you can to unpack the plastic and waste from your shipped items.
The holidays are coming, and many Americans feel the temptation to buy all new things and decorate so life is beautiful. Our household is in no way exempt from this desire. How are you planning to have a greener Thanksgiving?