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Brother Bakes ♥

20 Mar

Tip:  When baking a lidded pie, make sure you place the pie in the middle of the oven.  Place a baking sheet or tin foil on a rack just below, so that when the yummy sugar oozes out it doesn’t ruin your oven!  I once ruined a pizza stone which accidentally caught the gooey goodness.

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Brother Bakes ♥

3 Mar

 

Easter + Waste Management

2 Apr

I’m officially another year older – the big 2-9.  Needless to say, I see many more 29th birthdays in my future.  I plan on staying this age for…ever.  🙂  My birthday happened to fall on Easter this year, and since I share a birthday with my now 15 year old sister (eeeek!), we decided to get a little more creative than usual with the birthday cake:

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I adore this cake.  It broke my heart a little to cut into it and end its cute streak, but it was so worth it.  My sister has an artistic streak, so sculpting the fondant was right up her alley.  She was assisted by her little friend (whom she now refers to as her boyfriend) and Brother (because Brother Bakes, duh!).  It was a low key holiday, which I appreciate.  We normally spend our holidays running between 2-3 different places, so it was relaxing just to go to one place and enjoy a meal and then go home!  Also, please take note of my trashtastic, unflattering birthday attire:

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While this is un-birthday related, we bought a garbage disposal and she♥ is  installing it.  The timing is too good to pass up, so I am telling everyone I got a garbage disposal for my birthday!  Many people claim that garbage disposals have negative effects on the environment, so I did a little bit of research.

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There are pros and cons for garbage disposals, much like every other consumer choice and I believe that you should always do your research and make an informed decision.  That’s really what sustainability is all about – thinking about how each aspect of each choice affects systems.

Pros: 
Less garbage is trucked to landfills each year.
Rotting food waste at landfills creates methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas.  Diverting some of that waste can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Most water treatment plants are equipped to handle small scraps.
Some wastewater treatment facilities are now equipped to capture biogases (like methane) for energy.
Garbage disposals raise the value of your home when its being appraised.
We purchased ours from Kitchen Aide, which claims to use around 7 kWh annually.
 
Cons:
Food waste was never meant to be released into our water systems.
Releasing nutrients from food waste en masse into the water system can cause eutrophic algae blooms in local waterways, which can destroy aquatic ecosystems.
People commonly pour grease into garbage disposals, which can cause serious damage to sewage systems and have serious implications on the environment. (This seems more like user error than the fault of the garbage disposal.)
 

The bottom line is this:  nothing will ever have less environmental impact than composting food waste.  Composting uses no energy, diverts waste from landfills, reduces greenhouse gases, improves soil quality and creates renewable, chemical-free fertilizer all while making soil more drought resistant, and composting improves public sanitation by diverting food waste from dumpster and garbage cans which attract insects and rodents.

These are all factors to take into consideration when you determine what is the right choice for your family.  We truly have very limited kitchen scraps.  I try to waste very little when I am cooking and many of the veg scraps get fed to the dogs.  They love all veggies, in fact Liberty even eats lettuce!  I’ve been really great at portioning things out for just two people and anything leftover normally gets eaten for lunch the next day.  Until I am able to figure out a way to compost without all three of my dogs breaking into the compost area and eating out of it – so disgusting – then we are going to use our garbage disposal sparingly and responsibly.

Do you have a garbage disposal?

Do you compost?

Do your pets eat veggies?  If so, what is their favorite? 

Weeblo No More

11 Feb

Over the weekend, we made a special trip to my parents house for a special boy.

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On Saturday, my brother (who you may recognize from my Brother Bakes series) crossed over from being a cub scout to a boy scout.

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I am so proud of him.  Ultimately, I think the boy scouts are a great organization which helps socialize boys in a positive way and fosters lifelong appreciation for nature.  I know that Brother has had many positive experiences with the cub scouts, including his first-ever sleepaway camp.  I know that he is excited to see what the Boy Scouts organization holds for him and I’m excited to see him grow as a person in the process.

Even though we didn’t get to make it, I thought this cake was too cute not to share:

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Congrats, Brother!

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4th of July Recipe Roundup!

29 Jun

If you’re anything like me (which I’d like to think you might be since you are reading my inner-most personal thoughts after all), you are looking forward to 4th of July weekend and drooling over all the yummy food you will be eating!  4th of July is seriously bigger to my family than Christmas is – we are from the Fireworks Capital of the America after all.  New Castle, PA: home to both Pyrotecnico and Zambelli fireworks.  I don’t suggest visiting except for one day of the year:  the Fireworks Festival, which occurs the weekend AFTER the 4th of July where Pyrotecnico and Zambelli battle back and forth each year to outdo each other with some of the best fireworks in the country.  I digress.  And seriously, don’t go to New Castle.

I thought I would share some of my favorite summer holiday/picnic recipes in one quick post:

1.  Strawberry Salsa & Cinnamon Chips

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This recipe has been EXTREMELY popular on Pinterest, is probably one of my most popular posts – and for good reason!  It is seriously delicious, sweet, and summerific.  You can make it the day before your picnic, double or triple it very easily to take to multiple picnics, and it’s all-ages friendly.

 

2.  Cheddar & Spinach Chicken Burgers

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I mean, what is better than delicious, healthy, fresh burgers on a hot summer day?  Skip the pre-made mystery beef burgers and get something healthy on that grill!

3.  Cranberry-Pecan Quinoa Chicken Salad

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This chilled salad would be amazing to make the day before and take to a picnic – the best part is, people won’t even realize it’s healthy!

 

4.  Maple Lime Chicken Skewers

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Another great, easy recipe for the grill!  HOOBOY would these Maple Lime Chicken Skewers be great with an ice cold beer and some music blasting your favorite tunes.

 

5.  Apple Pie

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Because what’s more American than apple pie?  PS – my little brother made this recipe, that’s how easy it is.


 

What is your favorite recipe for 4th of July?

Are you going to see fireworks?

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