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H2O October 15, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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Today, Blog Action Day, we turn our attention to WATER:

Water responds to negative and positive stimuli: 

Hidden Messages in Water

If thoughts can do that to water . . . imagine what our thoughts can do to us.

Water is worth savoring and saving:

Living Green Tip ~ Be Water Wise

* Fill her up ~ operate washing machines and dish washer with full loads

Use water resources wisely and efficiently ~ visit Water Matters or call your county extension office to get more information on conserving H2O.

Water replenishes and nourishes all living things: 

A Walk in the Waves

Wandering the beach
Counting polished grains of sand
Calms me to the core

Delight filled dolphins
Dive beneath the currents and
Leap high o’er the waves

Colors swirl and mix
In tropical tones and hues
As the pier appears

One way to conserve the “blue planet” is to plant green:

Greenscaping with Native Plants

* Native plants require less maintenance because they are suited to the climate, soil, and average annual rainfall in your region.

Save blue . . . greenscape your yard!

If you’re wandering around the blogosphere today, consider joining thousands of voices splashing about in the wonderful world of water.

Visit Blog Action Day 2010: WATER

Related posts:  Water Footprint & Fashion * A Case for Clean Water * Water ~ From Physical to Spiritual * Tammy’s Top 10 Ways to Save Water

HONDA . . . Still Greener Than The Rest October 15, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Sustainable Living.
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Honda is the greenest automaker in the US, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists:

Donald-Duck-DrivingIn the closest victory to date, Honda claims the Greenest Automaker Award—with Toyota and Hyundai tied for second, just one point behind—in the Union of Concerned Scientists’ comprehensive environmental automaker rankings.

Meanwhile, for the fourth time in UCS’s five assessments over the past 10 years, Chrysler ranks as the most polluting automaker.

And soon we may have even greener options in transportation:

60 m.p.g. by 2025?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Until then, let’s all do what we can with what we have where we are . . .

Vegetable Curry October 15, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Have leftover veggies in the fridge?  How about tossing them together to make a fragrant curry to serve over rice with spicy chutney?

220px-Carrots_of_many_colorsVegetable Curry

3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1″ piece of ginger root
1 onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
4-6 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. sugar
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup vegetable broth
2-3 cups veggies (note below)
1 cup raisins
1 Tbsp. white wine
3 apples, cored and diced

Brown ginger root in oil over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Remove and discard. Add onions, celery, and carrots. Saute for 5 minutes until onions are translucent.

Stir in curry and sugar to coat veggies.  Add broth, additional veggies, raisins, and apple. Simmer to reduce liquid. If sauce gets too thick, add wine (or water) a tablespoon at a time.

Serve over saffron rice (or brown rice) with chutney, pickles, chopped peanuts, sliced banana, and other favorite curry condiments.

Vegetable Ideas:

Potatoes (pre-cooked, diced) * Broccoli florets * Cauliflower florets *
Frozen peas or corn * Cooked green beans * Red bell pepper strips *
Baby corn * Snow peas * Water chestnuts * Bamboo Shoots * Chopped spinach * Garbanzo beans