Green Living

Our CSA Box + What I Ate Wednesday

Posted on by Susan Posted in Eats, Green Living | 2 Comments

Happy Wednesday!

We have a little nap ditcher at home, so blogging time is hard to come by these days. And the little energy ball is only 2 years and 3 months. It’s definitely way to early (for me) that he is starting to phase out his naps, but each child is so different. We have to come up with new routines, so that I can get back into blogging a bit more regularly. Hopefully. Wish us luck.

I thought I’d (finally!) share some of our CSA box contents with you. It’s been amazing, to get a huge box full of greens, fresh herbs, fruit and veggies, delivered almost to our home (they drop at the Mr.’s office).

  • For the past few months we’ve always had a bag of at least 8 oranges. Fresh orange juice has gotten a whole new meaning, as these oranges are fresh from the trees. Bonus: our 2 year-old will sometimes find one when he’s rummaging in the fridge, take it out, run to one of us, and say “juicy juicy please!” – my heart melts that he knows where orange juice comes from!

  • There’s at least one bunch of greens (kale/chard) or lettuce, but most often two.
  • Fresh fruit: peaches, oranges, limes, apples, grapes, dates, avocados – it is amazing!
  • Veggies: Summer squash, zucchini, beans, bell peppers, spicy peppers, fennel, eggplant, onion, potatoes, sweet potatoes and I’m probably forgetting a few.
  • Fresh herbs: dill, parsley, rosemary

We pay $30 every two weeks and we get a two week’s worth of local, organic (!!!) produce. Take that, Whole Foods!

And since it’s What I Ate Wednesday party time over at Peas & Crayons (Thanks, Jenn!) I decided to link up a few meals I came up with with this abundance of freshness. It’s been a while and I’m excited to be back.

Green Baked Eggs:

Tomato Soup + obligatory grilled cheese:

Greens in ALL THE MEALS:

One of my favorite ways to use parsley lately is putting it on scrambled eggs. The other dishes are simple roasted potatoes with a herby Greek yogurt dip, and an always yummy avocado and eggs toast.

What are your favorite ways to use fresh herbs? I love fresh parsley and dill dip, tzatziki, parsley on eggs, and even in a  green juice.

With Thanksgiving coming up here, do you have any foods you are especially looking forward to? We’re keeping it low-key this year, as we just moved here a few months ago, and being a German/Swedish family, we don’t really care much for turkey and the works. *GASP* I know, shocking, right? ;)

We’re just looking forward to a few relaxing days and maybe, maybe some shopping on Friday.

Peas and Crayons

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out some other Wednesday Eats over at Peas & Crayons!

Weekend Fun

Posted on by Susan Posted in Fun, Green Living, Life | 2 Comments

This was actually two weekends ago, but I still wanted to share!

We went apple picking in Julian, CA and we had so much fun, especially our two year-old little guy! We’ve been eating apples/applesauce/apple crisp like crazy. I think pie is the next logical step. :)

If you’re looking for some fun fall family activities and you have apple farms close by, I’d say do this as long as it’s apple season!

Oh, and of course, we also got even more apples in our CSA box last week, because – you know – it’s apple season.

Now, what to do with 10lbs of apples?

Have you ever been apple picking?

What’s your favorite apple recipe? Please share and leave a comment! I need more apple ideas! ;)

Also: Stay tuned for the unboxing of our latest CSA share box!

 

Eco-Friendly Home: Woolzies Dryer Balls Review & Giveaway

Posted on by Susan Posted in Giveaway, Green Living | 47 Comments

It’s no secret that I’ve been trying to live my live a little greener one step at a time. I’m not an activist, but I do want to raise people’s awareness on the importance of being kind to Mother Earth. As a scuba diver (even though it’s been a while) I’m especially fond of the ocean and it’s role in our planet’s health.

In addition to my love for the Seven Seas  (and nature in general), I grew up in Germany, where recycling is part of your daily life. You don’t throw plastics in the garbage. No, no, no!!! Food scraps don’t belong in there either. These go into a separate compost bin, regardless whether you live in a single-family house or apartment building. That’s just how it is. So, yes, I’m a recycling advocate, although this seems like an impossible task in the States. I’m shocked at what I see in our apartment complex’s garbage bins.

Anyway, most of you know, we’ve just recently moved into our current rental apartment, and luckily it came with a washer and dryer. Unluckily both of them are antiques. :(

I’m actually quite shocked, how a country this technologically advanced is still using these wasteful (and not to mention LOUD) top loading washing machines. Have you seen how much water they use? I don’t think you have been able to even buy a toploader in Germany in the past 20 years.

In addition to our ancient washer, we’ve also been dealing with our horrible, horrible dryer. It can take up to 4 drying cycles for a normal-sized load of laundry to dry. 4 cycles!!! Who’s got time for that? Not this mama, who has a lot of messy toddler laundry (including cloth diapers) to wash. Actually, unless you hang your clothes to dry, no one should be spending this much time on waiting for the dryer to finish.

Soft by Nature couldn’t have contacted me at a better time to review their Woolzies dryer balls!

What are Woolzies?

Woolzies are natural dryer balls, made from 100% New Zealand wool. They are a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and healthy alternative to chemical-laden laundry softener liquids or dryer sheets.

How do you use them?

Easy:

Toss in the dryer, together with your laundry and turn your dryer on!

I used them for a over week so far with our clothes, towels, and linens. Haven’t tried it with the cloth diapers yet, but I am happy to tell you that drying time for a load of clothes is cut down by quite a bit. This is because the balls create space between clothes, so that the heat spreads out better. Not only is less drying time good for my time bank, but also for our energy bill and Mother Earth. In addition to the cut in drying time, our laundry also comes out super soft and fluffy!

I’m really quite happy I got the chance to try these dryer balls out and I would highly recommend them to anyone, who is trying to eliminate toxins and chemicals from their daily life.

How about trying them out yourself?

Soft by Nature is giving away 1 set of 6 balls to a lucky reader!

All you need to do is either “Like” Woolzies on Facebook or “Follow” Woolzies on Twitter, and then leave a comment here on my blog, to let me know that you either “like” or “follow” Woolzies!

***Earn an extra entry: Follow me on Twitter, and make sure to leave a separate comment saying you do***

Winner will be randomly chosen on July 15, 2013 at around midnight PST and notified via email (if I don’t hear back within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen). Woolzies will ship prize directly to the winner!

Good Luck!