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Going Green All Week – Come on, it’s great for the planet and even better for you.

 capability mom flowers on step 

For Earth Day…umm, Week  – here are some green sites that I really like. The flowers are on my front step, ready to be planted. This is a going to be a clean-up the yard and planting day. No perennials yet, too cold here. 

Capability Green - Ingredients for a black bean burger

Capability Green  We found each other on Facebook because of the shared Capability thing. She has great recipes and a new blog. She posted about the hideous double down as well but is so amazing that she was inspired to make a black bean burger stuffed with spinach! Gorgeous photos and food. 

Going Green Mama  Just found this site – great tips on going green without going crazy –  funny, great recipes, tips, links and give-aways. 

TreeHugger – can’t get much greener than this site, and from National Geographic their Green Guide for Everyday Living. Happy Earth Day Week!

Ingredients on hand + Recipe Key (would) = Dinner and Wheelock Family Theatre Shines Again

capability mom goes to WFT The Little MermaidThere was a two day student competition event at Babson College (Celebrating Student Venturing) that finished today.  My husband attended – I was at The Little Mermaid* with children.  Anyway, here is a link to Bostinnovation where Kyle Psaty writes about the student showcase of best company ideas – not that my husband didn’t fill me in but I thought I’d give you a well-written link by a professional (Thanks for the info, honey).  While there were lots of great ideas, the one that works for me personally is Recipe Key (by Ben Saur).  It  is a recipe search web site that allows users to search for recipes based on ingredients that they already have on hand. How handy would that be? Pretty darn handy. In fact I could have used it tonight to save the 5:30 pm Whole Foods run. Am sending it over to litl webbook and bakespace – I bet they can do something great with this.

*We went to the  Wheelock Family Theatre and the production was as always wonderful.  The performers are always incredible and the sets are stunning. It looks like next year (their 30th) is going to be amazing, too.  Here is the line up for next year: Annie (October 22- November 21), The Secret Garden (January 28 – February 27)and Alladin (April 15 – May 15).  Also, WFT will be partnering with BalletRox with The Urban Nutcracker (in December) and with the Boston Lyric Opera for Hansel and Gretel March of 2011. If you get a subscription, you get 15% off and first choice of seats. It is a great theatre and there probably isn’t a bad seat in the house, but center orchestra always rocks.

Spring Fling sprung even on such a cold, gray day with a lovely thank you lunch

volunteers with pre-auction baskets for newton Free Library Spring Fling fundraiserWe gathered at lovely artist friend’s home (so, so, so beautiful that it defies description except to say it is a perfect, perfect house) today to lunch and chat about the Spring Fling. I was (characteristically) late but (uncharacteristically) really late…on the upside, my hair looked really, really good (it only looks this nice when I have been to the salon and that was way past due).  So although I missed most of the lunch due to Boston streets tied up with pre-Marathon traffic, my lovely friend made me up a plate and I caught a few  minutes of the dessert and got the recipe for the chicken and wild rice that was incredible and just right for a raw, gray day. The fundraiser was a great success – we are sending out thank you notes – and it is put together by a few very trusty library employees, the Trustees of the Library and the sweetest volunteer committee ever.

Thank you to all who attended, helped and donated. It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to working with this lovely group of women again next year.

All about greening your lunchbox, great (not green) treats and cleaner, greener toothbrushes

Just found these (in O Magazine – although I have seen them in small shops, too)  Lunchskins – great reusable lunch bags created by moms who were appalled at how many plastic sandwich bags they were using (http://www.3greenmoms.com). I have heard about but had not seen the wave of plastic bag video and I found some great time sucks ones at Treehugger. Treehugger is an amazing resource for all things green. For some reason I got stuck on this:  7 Weird, Yet Helpful Green Tips from Celebrities…maybe because Adrian Grenier was one of them?

Here is the pic I tried to find the other day – found it on Garden Girl – a great local skincare company. Love their stuff – find it at local favorite store – Just Next Door -or on-line.

from garden girl - photo of trach in pacific ocean

Here is a great brownie recipe to go in those new bags:

It is the one I talk about in Rewards for Mom.  Really very good – great frozen, too. From Verbatim blog

Ingredients:

2 sticks butter
1 12-oz. bag semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
dash salt

Preheat oven to 300°. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Melt butter and chocolate chips together in the microwave and add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 45 minutes. Cut when still hot into small squares, but then let them cool for a few minutes before taking them out of the pan. Then you freeze some of them. You will probably eat a few of them still warm, not that I would…

Now – go brush your teeth with a recycled toothbrush from Preserve that you can mail back to them for even further recycling!

Fw: Introducing the Revolutionary New Preserve Mail-Back Pack! – capabilitymom’s posterous.

preserve toothbrushes in new mailer package

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