Earth Day 2014 Tips

   Earth Day 2014 is this Tuesday, April 22nd. There are ways to celebrate and honor earth day all year long. Here are some ideas to incorporate into your life to help ensure a better world.

For everyday:

~ Don't let the water run unnecessarily, like while brushing your teeth.
~ Reduce your waste by using a refillable water container instead of buying bottled water. Reusing grocery bags & lunch containers will also make a big difference.
~ It can't be said enough to recycle your waste. Some townships make it easy & offer rewards for recycling. If your trash been is considerably more empty than your recycle bin, then you are doing well.
~ Turn off lights (which have been replaced by CFLs!) when not in use & unplug chargers & appliances when not in use.
~ Now is the time of year to become a "Locavore", one who eats food harvested within 100 miles of their home. Better yet, get planting your own veggies this season. It is easier than you think & soooo delicious!

Car Maintenance:
~ Keep tires properly inflated, tune it up regularly & use cruise control when you can. Bundle your errands into single trips geographically centered. All will help reduce gas consumption.

House & Garden tips:
~ Plant trees, shrubs, perennials & annuals. Check your local townships for free trees & shrubs!
~ Remove weeds by hand & check out the extremely informative website below. Howard Garrett is a radio host of the The Dirt Doctor & has volumes of info to help you develop a more natural environment. http://www.dirtdoctor.com/

~ A tip close to my heart - host a garage sale or shop at one. Donate items that you don't use or need. People will refurbish, reuse & recycle! Remember upcycling is fun & rewarding!
     Check out my past blogs to help with some of these Earth Day ideas. Just type in some key words: garden, vegetables, trees, garden, plant, perennials, annuals, garage, bats & upcycle. Let's make Earth Day last all year!!

Strawberry Crumble Recipe - Simple & Delicious

    The hunt for this recipe comes from a special place. My BFF’s & I have just celebrated the one year anniversary of our trip to Scotland. I always promised to try and duplicate a fruit crumble dessert that was the staple of almost every meal we savored while there. They gave it the thumbs up so here you are. I chose strawberries because they are in season. I chose to macerate the strawberries to help soften them & help them retain their color when baking. This involves washing and slicing the berries then sprinkling them with sugar to stir and coat them. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours. Drain to continue with recipe but save the juice! Yum.

1 quart strawberries sliced
½ cup granulated sugar
1-1/4 Tb. corn starch
For crumble topping:
½ cup flour
½ cup oats
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup melted butter

In bowl mix strawberries, granulated sugar & corn starch. Stir gently until dissolved. Pour into baking dish 8 x 10, 9x9, pie plate or I used a pretty tart dish. In second bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar & melted butter. Stir until crumbly. Take your fingers and evenly crumble mixture over strawberries. Bake in 375 degree oven uncovered for 25-30 minutes until all over bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes (smells divine!!) Serve with a side of ice cream or a creamy custard. Simple & delicious!