Monday, April 13, 2009

Recipe Share - Shrimp Scampi

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1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1 pound large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tomato, diced
1/4 cup white wine (or white grape juice w/ a splash of vinegar)
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped

In a skillet, heat butter and olive oil together over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, saute for 1 minute, then add the shrimp and tomato. Saute for 1 minute, add wine, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. The sauce will reduce and shrimp will turn pink - it happens very quickly. Do not overcook the shrimp or they'll be rubbery. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Serving Suggestion: Serve over angel hair pasta and sprinkle some grated romano cheese over top.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Going Green - In the Bathroom

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Razors - Two billion disposable razors wind up in our landfills every year. Can you believe that insanity? Now don't go indulging in an electric razor either. Go for a good reusable razor with a recyclable plastic handle, and maybe even consider investing in a razor-blade sharpener to make those blades last longer. Or, if you're extra tough or some kind of manly man, go for a straight razor, which can be sharpened on a whetstone. Look for one made of Sheffield steel rather than stainless steel; junk and antique shops may be a good place to track one down. Finally, shave with vegetable-based soap or oil, rather than an aerosol can of shaving cream.

Happy Easter, everyone!


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Going Green - Vocabulary

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Biodiesel - A domestic, renewable fuel for diesel engines derived from natural oils like soybean. It also reduces emissions of global-warming gases. Adding just 20% biodiesel to a petroleum-diesel blend cuts particulate matter by 31%, carbon monoxide by 21% and total hydrocarbons by 47%. Of course, using 100% biodiesel reduces emissions even more.



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Well, it's official.We won't be renting the house in Kalamazoo. I got an email tonight from the owner saying that he would rather work with local people than with us. It's a pretty big disappointment for me. I really liked this house. I'm trying hard not to be upset, but it's tough. Nothing with this move seems to be going right. Justin hasn't found a job, though on a positive note, we're hoping the headhunter that Peter gave his resume to calls tomorrow or next week with something. The rental has now fallen through which means we're back to square one as far as that goes. I've been so swamped with school that I haven't packed a single box in two weeks. I could really, really use something to go right. It's such a seriously stressful way to live when you're not sure where you're going to be living in a month or how you'll be supporting your family if you do find someplace to live. But, there's nothing I can do about it at this time of night, so I need to take a couple of deep breaths and remember that if we didn't get this place, it was for a reason and something better is out there.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Going Green - Strip Tease

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Heh..that one caught your attention, didn't it? Good because I want everyone to do this easy Going Green task.

Bring a power strip to work - or request one the next time someone's ordering office supplies - so you can plug all your electronics into one place and unplug them all with a single yank at the end of the day. Why? Electronics and appliances eat up energy - known as "standby" or "leaking" electricity - even when they're not being used. A recent study from the University of California, Berkley showed that the average California household pays between $50 and $70 every year to keep things humming while they're just sitting there. Now..multiply that by the number of households around the world


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Going Green - Charge It

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Whenever you can, buy rechargeable batteries rather than disposable ones. Rechargeable batteries last longer, of course, but they can also be recycled, while disposable batteries can't. In general, never put batteries in the trash without checking with your local solid waste management district for any outlets for household battery recycling. Also, remember to inquire at local jewelers, pharmacies, or battery retailers to see if they'll accept button batteries for recycling.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Going Green - Vocabulary

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Hormone-Free: Commercial farmers administer hormones to increase the size of beef cattle and the production of milk in dairy cattle. Fewer hormones in the bodies of the animals mean we eat fewer hormones in our bodies, andless of a chance of disrupting our own endocrine systems. Go for meats and dairy labeled "hormone-free" if all possible.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Going Green - In the Bathroom

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Is anyone out there working on a bathroom remodel? If you are, there are two important things that you could do for the environment; install a water-efficient toilet and a shower head with a "trickle valve". The valve makes it so with a flick of a wrist, you can bring the flow down while you lather up. If you don't want to go that far, turn the water off while you lather up and then back on to rinse.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Going Green - Tax Time

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If you're anything like me, you did your taxes this week. Blech! But, for those of you who haven't and for those of you, like me, who know you'll have to do this again next year, how about working on making those taxes a little greener? Earmark a portion of your tax return either as a donation to an environmental cause or to green up things around your own home. Plus, take advantage of e-filing (some companies offered federal e-filing for free this year!) and then print out only one copy of your tax return for your files. Heck, go the extra mile and print it out on recycled paper.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Going Green - Easter

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If you celebrate Easter and love the tradition of dying Easter eggs like I do, how about trying a natural approach this year? Instead of buying packaged dyes, experiment with natural materials such as beets, blueberries and spices. You can find recipes quick and easy online. Oh, and how about instead of plastic grass (personally, I hate that gets everywhere and I have to fight the cat not to eat it!) how about trying moss or shredded newspaper?


Friday, April 3, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Going Green - Outdoor Tips #2

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Rig up a rain barrel to catch rainwater from your gutters! Try an inexpensive 50-gallon food-grade drum, which you can get from drum and barrel suppliers for around $10. Be sure you get a heavy-grade plastic container that won't let it light, otherwise you might have a nice growth of algae. Attach a spigot to make reclaiming this water that much easier. Then, use that water on thirsty plants and flowers, for hosing off lawn furniture or even for washing your car. A rainfall of just one inch will fill a 75-gallon container, so a little bit goes a long way!


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Going Green - Outdoor Tips

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Today we're gonna go outdoors. If you're like me, you're plotting your gardens and your flowers. This year, how about making those areas no-spray zones? Start with disease and pest-resistant plants. You can also repel many pests with homemade concoctions and certain herbs and flowers. Basil, chives, mint, marigolds and chrysanthemums are all good for this. Mix them in among your other plants. Use live traps or barriers to remove pests instead of using chemicals. Buy ladybugs to control aphids. Also, while you're at it, why not try organic compost and mulch to improve soil health, which will also reduce the need for pesticides.


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