Monday Bunday – Challenge Answered!
A while back The Cat Realm challenged all to “Come up with one creative, fun, useful way to save the environment and put a picture of yourself doing it on your blog!” We took up the challenge!
Here are some super easy things you can do.
(1) Adopt an organic garbage disposal (or two) from your local shelter. Not only do they provide around 10 years of unconditional love, laughter and joy – but they are also great at cleaning up all green scraps from the kitchen.
(2) Don’t toss veggie scraps in the garbage. Make homemade stock! Not only do you save money… you a get delicious base for your cooking without chemicals and stuff you don’t want in you like hydrolyzed soy protein, monosodium glutamate & disodium guanylate which are in most commercial canned and boxed stocks. Plus, you minimize your daily OD of sodium by 510mg per serving! The American Heart Association recommends for every 1,000 Calories of food consumed, the sodium intake should be 1,000 mg. The average intake in the United States is between 4,000 and 5,000 mg of sodium per day!
Here is one super easy tip to get ready for stock cooking day. Set up a storage bin (like a big empty Tupperware) in your freezer and as you cook toss in all of your scraps like carrot and potato peels, tops and bottoms of celery, zucchini and green bean trims, sad looking mushrooms and, if you eat meat, chicken and turkey carcasses. Then once a month make stock! DKM made stock this weekend.
(3) By Local. Do it for your veggies and do it for your animal based proteins like meat, eggs and dairy. Sure it’s tempting to run to Wal-mart and pick up 10 pounds of ground up mystery parts of beef which have been slaughtered by who knows what means for .99 cents a pound… By buying local you not only support local ranchers and farmers, you get quality products. Sure the cost is more than your regular grocery prices, but if you challenge yourself to eat two days a week vegetarian, I promise your food bills will go down.
(4) Eat vegetarian for two days a week. No, I’m not going to push a vegetarian or vegan agenda on you all, but by just eating vegetarian two days a week you decrease greenhouse gasses produced by the meat industry. Did you know “A 2006 United Nations report found that the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all the SUVs, cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined” WOW! Learn more by clicking here.
(5) Legumes people! Embrace the legume! A better value for your protein money than meat could ever be!
Celebrating the Freedom to Read
In addition to book banning – people still burn books. Information from Wiki:
New Testaments in city of Or Yehuda, Israel
In May 2008, a “fairly large” number of New Testaments were burned in Or Yehuda, Israel.Conflicting accounts have the deputy mayor of Or Yehuda, Uzi Aharon (of Haredi party Shas), claiming to have organized the burnings or to have stopped them. He admitted involvement in collecting New Testaments and “Messianic propaganda” that had been distributed in the city. The burning apparently violated Israeli laws about destroying religious items.
Iraq’s national library, Baghdad 2003
Following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Iraq’s national library and the Islamic library in central Baghdad were burned and destroyed.The national library housed several rare volumes and documents from as far back as the 16th century, including entire royal court records and files from the period when Iraq was part of the Ottoman Empire. The destroyed Islamic library of Baghdad included one of the oldest surviving copies of the Qoran.
Harry Potter books (in various American cities)
There have been several incidents of Harry Potter books being burned, including those directed by churches at Alamogordo, New Mexico and Charleston, South Carolina.
Yogurt for breakie, tomatoes and goat cheese for a salad, carrot coconut soup & mushroom marsala on penne for dinner.