Friday, August 26, 2016

Quick PB&J Breakfast

I haven't tried this one yet, but I thought it might be good for the start of school or for a "breakfast for dinner".  This recipe comes from the September 2016 issue of Family Circle.  Please post a comment if you give it a try!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • strawberry preserves
Instructions
  1. Simmer all ingredients, except preserves, for about 5 minutes.
  2. Cool slightly and pour into 4 microwave-safe jars or containers and cover with lids.
  3. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Reheat in the microwave and top with strawberry preserves. 
Enjoy!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mammal Monday -- So stinkin' cute

It's a busy Mammal Monday at the greenmomster household, so I'm sharing this great skunk video.  Kudos to the biker for staying so calm!  More details on skunks to come....


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Athletes doing green stuff -- "Seeds of Hope"

Opening Ceremony, Rio 2016, Olympics, Rings



Every one of the over 10,000 athletes who entered the 2016 Olympic opening ceremonies was given a seed to plant -- the little trees will eventually be part of the Athletes Forest in Rio.  If you watched the opening ceremonies, you saw children carrying larger trees of the 207 species that will be found in the forest.  This gesture was one of the activities that Rio organizers used to try to shine a light on sustainability and climate change.  Granted, Rio has plenty of problems with deforestation, solid waste mismanagement, and water pollution, but it was good to see the organizers trying to bring climate change to the world stage.  (photo credit: AP Photo, Tim Donnelly) 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Celebrities doing green stuff -- Olympics edition!

David Rudisha of Kenya has successfully defended his gold medal in the 800 meter race from London -- way to go!  But did you know he's also defending lions in his home country?  He now encourages fellow Maasai warriors to compete in the Maasai Olympics (now in its 3rd year), rather than killing lions as a rite of passage into adulthood.  A great example of looking at your own lifestyle and figuring out ways to make it more sustainable!




Friday, August 12, 2016

Pull that peach!

Peaches are in season, so be sure to try this delicious cold soup from the September 2005 Gourmet magazine!Sammy Thompson
Yield: Makes 4 first-course servings

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 lb tomatoes, chopped (4 cups)
  • 1 lb peaches, pitted and chopped (2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup crushed ice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallot (1 medium)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water
Instructions:
1)  Purée two thirds of tomatoes and half of peaches with ice, shallot, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 2 teaspoons tarragon, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a blender until very smooth, about 1 minute. Force through a medium-mesh sieve into a large glass measure, discarding solids. Stir in water to desired consistency.
2)  Toss together remaining tomatoes and peaches with remaining tablespoon oil, remaining 1/2 tablespoon vinegar, remaining teaspoon tarragon, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a bowl.
3)  Serve soup in bowls topped with tomato peach salsa.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Palm oil update

(photo credit: © naturepl.com/Anup Shah / WWF )

I've posted in the past about the link between palm oil plantations and orangutan habitat, the nutritional issues associated with palm oil, and a global day of action against conflict palm oil.  Now Conservation magazine has a new article summarizing two very interesting studies on the sustainability of palm oil production.  With palm oil in many of the products we buy at the grocery store, the issue of sustainable production is an important one.  


What can you do to encourage sustainability?




Monday, August 8, 2016

Mammal Monday -- the candy bars of the prairie!

Today's Washington Post included an article about prairie conservation on U.S. farmlands, so I thought it might be interesting to take a look at prairie dogs for  Mammal Monday.  Earlier this year, I wrote about black footed ferrets and bison and their roles in the North American prairie habitat   The prairie dog is the species upon which the bison and ferrets depend.  It holds things together on the prairie, because it is the "keystone species" for this habitat.  A keystone species is a species that, in spite of its biomass, plays a pivotal role in its ecosystem.  The prairie dog definitely fills that bill on the prairie.  It's the key prey species for black footed ferrets.  Its burrowing lifestyle provides shelter for many other species.  And its "grooming" of the grass around the tunnel openings affects plant species that other animals depend on.



And they're just so darn cute!