How To Decide Which Type of Apple Tree to Plant

Posted September 19th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Organic Homegrown ApplesIf you have the room, and the sun, then planting fruit trees is a wonderful way to reduce your grocery bill and stay green. You can find the actual “how-to’s” for planting fruit trees on most gardening blogs, but what you often won’t find is how to decide which variety of tree to plant. So for all of you homesteaders out there, fall is the time to narrow down your apple of choice. Read more »

Just Ordered My Tesla

Posted July 31st, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (1).

Silver TeslaI’ve needed a new car for two years now. My Toyota has nearly 170K miles on it. After much deliberation, I’ve finally ordered a Tesla. Since it will be powered by solar that puts me one step closer to getting off the grid. So excited!

Breaking The Plastic Sandwich Bag Habit

Posted June 27th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Kick The Plastic Bag Habit by Crunchy Wisdom

This is a photo of the box of 125 plastic sandwich bags I bought in 2003. There are 17 left, which puts my single use disposable plastic bag rate at about 12 a year. I haven’t always been so good at reducing my waste though. Because, frankly, plastic bags are easy. Sometimes it seems as though you can’t get away from using a plastic bag. Field trips, for example, when the kids are required to bring a disposable lunch. I also pack all of my shampoo and lotions in a sealable plastic bag when I travel in case they explode in my suitcase on the airplane. And they make a great quick ice-pack, right? But plastic bags are a bad habit. One that’s worth breaking. Read more »

Grow Your Own Scallions

Posted May 30th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Crunchy Wisdom tells you how to grow green onions in your kitchen.

I love onions! My favorite are green onions, or scallions, and they’re easy to grow. Next time you buy a bunch from the store, save the root end, and place them in a cup of water. Within 8 days you can reharvest them right from the glass. Or even better, place them in water for a few days to get them started and then put them in a small pot with potting soil for a continuous supply.

reduce—reuse—recycle—REFUSE!

Posted April 18th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Plastic Pollution

Never forget you always have the right to influence change. Vote with your dollars and refuse what you don’t believe in:

-No GMOs (shop organic)
-No BPA (no canned foods or plastic containers)
-No Water Bottles (reusable is always better)
-No Single Use Plastic Bags (bring your own)
-No!
-No!
-No, thank you.

Pollution is a choice. Choose wisely.

Thai Coconut Milk Soup – Vegan!

Posted March 26th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

It’s time to say thank you to all of our new “Likes” with another excellent vegan recipe. A good friend of mine shared a version of this recipe with me years ago. I doctored it to make it my own and it has since become a winter staple in my house. It tastes almost exactly like Thai Coconut Soup from my favorite restaurant. Make a double batch and freeze in quart mason jars for another night.

Enjoy! Read more »

NEW! The “Clean Lists” Page

Posted February 20th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Do you ever wonder what’s in your sunscreen, shampoo, laundry detergent, water, the food you eat? I do. All the time. So, I thought I’d share some of the lists I refer to on a regular basis to keep my family and my home as toxin free as possible. Click the “Clean Lists” tab on my site and then bookmark it for future access. Have your own list? Please share and I’ll check it out. Enjoy!

Nutty-Lime-Vinaigrette Dressing/Dip

Posted January 29th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Once again, I’d like to thank the new “Likes” this month with a delicious vegan recipe that has helped me stay meatless . This can be used as a dip (by adding extra nuts) or as a salad dressing (by using less nuts). Only 90 calories per half cup and it keeps in the refrigerator for 3weeks!

Makes 1 Quart:
3 roasted poblanos (don’t worry, they’re not spicy)
¾ cups sliced almonds (1 cup for dip)
¼ cup sesame seeds (1/3 cup for dip)
½ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup lime juice
¼ cup garlic, minced
¼ cup shallots, minced
1 ½ cup rice wine vinegar
1 ½ teaspoon salt

  1. Blacken the poblano peppers in the broiler. Let cool and then peel the skin from the peppers.
  2. Cut peppers in half and remove the seeds and veins.
  3. Toast almonds and sesame seeds separately in a skillet, stirring constantly until lightly browned. Cool slightly.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Enjoy!

Zero Waste Holiday

Posted December 11th, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

I love the holidays but I can’t deny that the commercialism of it all puts a damper on it for me. Something that’s a challenge to avoid, with three young children in the house. But small steps can make a big difference, and offer life long lessons for our future stewards of the planet.

According to the EPA, Americans put an additional 25%, or 1 million tons, of waste in landfills every week during the holiday season. This includes edible food, ribbons, bows, Christmas Trees, and all the packaging and shopping bags that it came in.

A “zero waste holiday” is impossible, I believe, unless you simply opt out of the event(s) all together, but even if we just focused on one or two items it could make a big difference. Take wrapping paper for example. Half of the paper Americans consume is used to decorate consumer products. Half. So maybe this holiday consider alternatives. Black and white newspaper looks really cool tied with a simple red ribbon. I like to save the front-page news of various events throughout the year for that special someone. Go Giants! And then there are always gift bags that can be used nearly indefinitely.

It all adds up, and pollution is a choice. A choice that affects our planet, our bodies, and our future.

What’s in your trashcan?

National Buy Nothing Day

Posted November 20th, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

This Friday is National Buy Nothing Day. It’s also Black Friday—the biggest shopping day of the year. But before we head to the mall, let’s consider this:

-780 million people lack clean drinking water. Water.org has 47,000 “Likes.” Walmart has 25 million.

-1.2 million people are “talking about” Target on Facebook. Twice as many—2.4 million—are victims of human trafficking.

-Americans will spend an estimated $96 billion dollars this holiday season. Enough to wipe out world hunger for an entire year.

I’m just say’n.