I had an opportunity to sleep in this morning but woke up at the regular time anyway but have been thoroughly enjoying the peaceful quite time to myself while the rest of the family slumbers. This is heaven. The house is so quiet and I have already enjoyed a cup of coffee and a bowl of oats. Awesome.
I absolutely loved the above bowl of oats. Isn't it a beautiful combination? This is a slight riff on the Cranberry, Apricot and Pistachio Biscotti that that I made for holiday gift giving and I have to say it is not only beautiful but tasty as well.
Cranberry Apricot and Pistachio Oats
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup Mootopia Skim Milk
1/2 cup water
1tbsp Salba Smart
Combine above ingredients in small pan and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and top with:
2 dried apricots, diced
1 tbsp fresh cranberry sauce
1 tbsp of pistachios
I have been receiving emails this past week from The Alliance for Climate Protection about everything that has been going on in Copenhagen and have decided that I think my husband should go into Environmental Law if he decides to go to law school. He has been way more on top of this subject than I have and it really sparked his attention when we went to Chautauqua two summers ago. The theme for the week was about food which in turn was about the environment. We learned so much more that week and have made baby steps toward being more environmentally friendly but could do so much more. Anyway, my hubby is fired up and has a passion about this subject and since I like to be a bit "controlling" (still working on my "letting go") I really think Environmental Law would be a good fit for him. Now that being said the # 1 Environmental Law School in the country is located in Vermont which happens to be 1 degrees this morning. So before I suggest this epiphany to him I better think this through because that might be a HUGE change for us all. Ha! But in all seriousness, I think this is a real issue and I think that we all need to try to do our part to protect the planet.
This was sent home from our school to help the kids get on the earthly friendly bandwagon.
10 SIMPLE STEPS TO BECOME GREEN
1. Buy organic food when possible. Begin with milk and your child’s favorite vegetable and
fruit. If your child is not a milk drinker, start with the most consumed beverage. On our
LEARN page, check out the list of fruits and veggies with the least amount of pesticides.
2. Try to find local foods – shop at local markets where local farmers display their products.
Reduce your carbon footprint and the distance food travels.
3. Recycle at home and at work. It’s easy, it’s fun and your children can participate. You will
love it too, because there will be less trash to take out. ☺ If you don’t know how to get
started, check with your local city’s recycling office. Google your city and recycling and
you’re sure to come up with a plan to get started right away. Recycled containers can also
become fun art projects for your children.
4. No more Plastic. Choose paper instead of plastic (your next step will be reusable
containers and bags)
5. Stop car idling. Save gas and eliminate awful fumes!
6. Turn off the lights and other heavy energy users when not in use.
7. Switch to toxin-free, biodegradable household cleaning agents for kitchen and bath.
Start with your hand-soaps, then move on to bathroom cleaners and laundry detergents. Our
Favorites are Method, EO and Trader Joe’s brands. This step may help the allergy sufferers
in your home, office or school.
8. Heating and cooling can add up to 45% of your utility bill. Set temp lower in winter and
change furnace filters monthly.
9. Conserve Water!!! Start by turning the water off while brushing your teeth. Once you’ve
mastered that step, try cutting down your length of time for showers.
10. Take it Easy! Don’t get overwhelmed with trying to become perfectly green! Every
So my quiet it time is up. There is movement in the house and time for me to get the day rolling. I am going to workout and then get ready to go to the Nutcracker.