Friday, August 30, 2013
Feel like an easy, casual dinner tonight? When it’s burger night at our house, we go super-simple – Morningstar Farms black bean burgers are our burger of choice! What to serve on the side? How about some appleslaw! I adapted this recipe from one I found at the Kraft foods website.
3 or 4 apples, cut into thin slices (no need to peel)
2 green onions, chopped
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 1/2 cups green cabbage
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 cup mayo
1) In a bowl, combine apples, onions, celery, and cabbage.
2) In another bowl, combine mayo, almonds, and curry powder. Toss with the apple combination.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
This week our nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, a revolutionary event in American history that helped to encourage racial equality in this country -- truly a great event to celebrate. But as I looked at the front page of the newspaper today, I couldn’t help but think, “Where are the climate change marchers? Where are the hundreds of thousands of citizens, willing to march today to change policies that affect not just every American, but every person on the planet?”
On this page, I’ve written about my family’s experiences, marching against the current lack of fracking regulations and for the need for alternatives to fossil fuels. When the crowds got to 30,000, we were thrilled! But as millions of people are threatened with permanent loss of their homes due to sea level rise or due to ever-increasing natural disasters caused by climate fluctuations, shouldn’t the climate change crowds be bigger? As oceans become more acidic, due to man-made input of CO2, shouldn’t our congressional representatives’ phones be ringing off the hook? As species go extinct because they can’t move quickly enough to adjust to climate change, shouldn’t the outcry be deafening?
I usually try to stay upbeat and positive about environmental issues and challenges, but today’s news for some reason affected me differently. After over 20 years of scientists warning us of the dire affects of climate change, I just have to ask, “where are our marchers?”
Friday, August 23, 2013
This week’s recipe is so good, the family ate the cakes before I could get my own picture of them! (this photo is from Cooking Light magazine). The recipe is from the August 2013 issue of Cooking Light. I’m just providing a link, because I only made one change – I served fig salad, instead of the recommended arugula salad. Enjoy!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
For the final leg of our trip, we hit the north rim of the Grand Canyon! I don’t think there’s a National Park with a more fitting name – this place is GRAND! My one piece of advice would be: bring your hiking boots and take a short hike. The viewpoints were very popular with visitors, but just a short hike can get you to spectacular views that you can enjoy without any crowds. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Next stop on our Utah adventure was Zion National Park! This park, settled over the last 12,000 years by the Anasazi, the Paiute, and European settlers, is Utah’s first national park. The scenery is very different from what we found at Bryce and the Red Canyon. This park is filled with towering cliffs and slot canyons. In order to avoid the traffic problems of the past, transport through the park is either on foot, by bike, or via shuttle bus. Since the buses run very frequently, the driving restriction really isn’t inconvenient.
We really enjoyed the hike to the Emerald Pools, as well as the challenging Angel’s Landing hike. I was a little shocked by the danger of the last half mile of Angel’s Landing and much preferred the hike leading to a higher viewpoint overlooking Angel’s landing. We also enjoyed an interesting introduction to all things condor at the top of the hike – that’s my daughter holding a condor feather. Another great area of the park is Kolob canyon – undeveloped and stunning! Although we didn’t hike it, we heard that the Narrows Trail is definitely worth the effort. The high point of our visit to Zion was a half-day horseback ride through the park. Cowboy Bob made our trip memorable! (photo credit: Zion Rides)
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
OK, I know this recipe sounds a little odd, but it’s really tasty! It comes to us from our friends Howard and Trish – Howard’s my husband’s biking buddy and time-trial coach. The recipe doesn’t have specific amounts, so just use your greenmomster kitchen skills and keep tasting as you cook.
1 watermelon, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 sweet onion, sliced
about 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
about 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1) Combine watermelon, onion, and cheese.
2) Toss with balsamic vinegar and enjoy!
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
In the Dixie National Forest in Utah, we found a gem called the Red Canyon. The area is accessible by car, bike, or foot. We found several easy hikes around the canyon that led to beautiful views of red cliffs and hoodoos. Additionally, the friendly folks at the visitor’s center were more than willing to help us learn about the canyon and its wildlife. Words don’t really do this place justice, so take a look at some of the incredible beauty we found.
Friday, August 2, 2013
This quote from an old Alka Seltzer commercial is what I was thinking when I tried today’s meat-free Friday concoction. Diane’s Dad’s Summer Sandwich won the NPR taste of summer contest, and it’s my choice for tonight’s dinner. So weird, yet so tasty. Here’s how you make it:
- toast two slices of any bread you like
- layer the following IN ORDER onto the bread, starting at the bottom
- crunchy peanut butter
- a slice of vidalia onion
- cucumber slices
- tomato slices
- a slice of white cheddar cheese
Now that’s a tasty sandwich!
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Big news for Przewalski’s horse conservation (photo from the National Zoo website) – the National Zoo just announced the birth of the first foal born via artificial insemination! These wild horses are found in Mongolia, Kazahkstan, and China, as well as in captive breeding programs. Want to learn more? Check out our earlier post on these beautiful horses.