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Narcissistic Consumerism Is NOT Green October 30, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Less IS More, Sustainable Living.
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Sierra Club must be seeking donations from the privileged few.  Either that, or global warming has impacted its ability to think sustainably (perhaps by frying its collective conscience?).

In the latest issue of Sierra (November-December 2010), Sierra Club implied that a two-story treehouse with running water and electricity constitutes green construction since it’s made with reclaimed lumber:

Comfort Zone:  Smart Designs for Pleasure and Planet

Maybe if the family lived in the treehouse full time, like Swiss Family Robinson, we could evaluate the greenness of its construction.

But they don’t.

And, no, it’s not their vacation home.

This two-story playhouse is built NEXT to their vacation home!  Yup.  It’s a vacation home when they get tired of their vacation home:

It’s a shame that Sierra Club is advocating narcissistic consumerism by encouraging people to build two story “playhouses” (with running water and electricity) next to vacation homes “overlooking the Puget Sound” . . .  while this privileged family pretends to be green.

Three homes . . . for four people . . . is NOT green!

Makes me wonder how much the family bribed  paid contributed to Sierra Club to get a two page spread in what USED TO BE an eco-friendly magazine.

I also wonder if Sierra Club endorses political candidates  known to have an open checkbook policy, rather than eco-friendly candidates with more restrictive purse strings . . .

Related post:  One Mistake People Make

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A Month of Meatless Meals October 30, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Those of you who’ve been reading SLTW for any length of time have no doubt picked up on the fact that I’m a vegetarian for three primary reasons:  (1) better for me; (2) better for the planet; and (3) better for the animals I would otherwise be consuming.

Many readers have expressed the desire to incorporate more meatless meals into their own cooking.

For those of you who are interested in saving money (while saving the planet), here’s a list of Menu Ideas for a Month of Meatless Meals:

1.  Stir Fried Veggies over Rice, Vegetarian Egg rolls
2. Veggie Burgers, Steak Fries, Baked Beans
3. Broccoli Alfredo,  Salad Bar, Rosemary Garlic Bread
4. Rustic Lasagna, Italian Bread, 3 Bean Salad
5. Fondue or Raclette, Baguette, Broccoli & Cauliflower
6. Thai Noodles with Peanut Sauce (with Veggies)
7. Split Pea Soup with Homemade Croutons
8. Macaroni and Cheese, Tomato Soup
9.  Greek Salad, Hummus, Pita Chips
10.  Cheese Quesadillas or Nachos, Refried Beans, Salsa
11.  Mexican Curry, Rice, Raw Veggies with Dip
12.  Tomato Pie, Sautéd Zucchini
13.  Vegetarian Lecsó, Rice, Three Cheese Bread
14.  Harvest SoupCrusty Cuban Bread
15.  Veggie/Cheese Subs, Versatile Pasta Salad
16.  Spanokopita, Tabbouli Salad with Tomatoes
17.  Veggie Fajitas (onions, peppers, broccoli, carrots)
18.  Zucchini Boats, Roasted Root Veggies, Fruit Salad
19.  Vegetarian Chili, Rice, Grated Cheese, Cornbread
20.  Sausage and Peppers Pizza (Boca sausage)
21.  Curried Veggies over Rice, Peanuts, Chutney
22.  Two-Grain Veggie Casserole, Cole Slaw, Fruit
23.  Shepard’s Pie (Peas, Carrots, and Potatoes)
24.  Spaghetti with Garlic Basil Sauce, Italian Bread
25.  Thanksgiving:  Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing (with sautéed Celery and Onions), Glazed Carrots, Green Beans Almondine, Bourbon Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, and . . . PIE!!!
26.  Pasta Primavera with Basil Pesto, Bruschetta
27.  Morningstar Farms Hotdogs, Baked Beans
28.  French Onion Soup, French Bread, Salad
29.  Cheese Pizza (w/veggie toppings), Salad Bar
30.  Spinach-Rice Casserole, Steamed Carrots

None of these recipes contain exotic ingredients.  All can be made quickly,  easily, and inexpensively (except for Raclette ~ it’s expensive).

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg:  Nine Bean Soup * Curry Dip * Fun with Food ~ Kid’s Lunches * Veggie Wraps * A Sunset Dinner Cruise * Veggie Tacos * Veggie Kabobs * Fiber Up Your Diet * Bon Appetit!

All Hallow’s Eve October 30, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Poetry, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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IMGP4172Who hung the moon
All Hallow’s Eve
Bright orange orb
Bare leafless trees
Silent silhouettes
Sway in the breeze
Ghosts and goblins
You must appease
Hand them fair treats
For if you displease
Tricks they’ll bestow
On unbent knees
And pale ribbons caught
In bare, spidery trees
Shall drift and sway
Stirred by the breeze
As the moon glows red
All Hallow’s Eve

Happy  Halloween!

For more ghostly (and vampiric) poetry . . .  Happy Halloween! (Intergalatic Writer)