A few of my favorite things . . . .

I made a goal to post every day just recently, but I have tons of work today (my day job, gardening, canning and being a mom) and I can’t seem to focus enough to write anything coherent. So, I will just leave you with a photograph of my new favorite, best ever, wickedly delicious treat:

Preserving the Harvest – Pickled Dilly Asparagus Spears

We’ve got a small asparagus patch at the Land of Fruits and Nuts. Not really enough of a harvest to have to can, but enough to whet my husband’s appetite. So, when it goes on sale during asparagus season, I buy a bunch and make pickled dilly asparagus spears. Now, for me, the cheapest I… [Continue Reading]

Preserving the Harvest – Raspberry Chocolate Sundae Topper

It is harvest time at here at the farm. Or perhaps I should save summer harvest because it seems like I am harvesting year round. Right now, I’ve got buckets and buckets of blueberries and raspberries. Well, I have buckets as long as I beat out the peahens and the dogs. I didn’t even know… [Continue Reading]

The Smart Mama: Preparations Matter in an Emergency ~ Communications Plan

News reports of shortages in supplies in advance of the ice storm now hitting the southeast underscore the need to prepare for emergencies in advance – and not 24 hours in advance. Yes, you can plan on being able to go buy food, toilet paper, dog food, formula, shovels, generators, whatever before a storm hits… [Continue Reading]

TheSmartMama’s Guide to Surviving an Emergency – Packing a Get Home Bag for Work

To adequately prepare for an emergency situation, you have to know for what sort of emergency you are preparing.  I live in Southern California, and work outside the home.  The most likely emergency situations I will face are earthquakes and wildfires.  And, it is quite possible that these situations could occur while I am at… [Continue Reading]

Green Parenting Tips: Simple Steps to Get Your Kids Involved

I’m excited to announce my guest post over at The Savvy Source, Being Savvy:  The Blog for Parents, West LA.  The focus is simple steps for raising environmentally aware, eco-conscious kids.  Its not an exhaustive list by any means, but some simple steps to get your kids thinking green.  Please, go check it out.  And […]

Green Moms Carnival and Can We Buy Our Way To Solving The Climate Crisis?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the popularity of the green movement and why I get so annoyed by the plethora of green claims by companies and products.  Setting aside the inaccuracy or misleading nature of some of the claims, they still annoy me.  And, I think it is because it gives a false […]

New York Times Says Don’t Worry About BPA Leaching From Polycarbonate Plastic – I Disagree

I’m more than a little annoyed at The New York Times.  Without elaborating on the first reason much, the NYT published just a dumb article about BlogHer ’08.  Then, the second reason I’m annoyed, the NYT publishes Tierney’s 10 Things to Scratch from Your Worry List, and includes bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic bottles. Tierney […]

The Lazy Mama’s Guide to Going Green & Non-Toxic, No. 1: Sunscreens

Yesterday, I was the guest speaker at at Healthy Home party.  We discussed common toxic chemical exposures in the home – lead, radon, phthalates, flame retardants, bisphenol A (BPA), mercury, perfluorinated compounds (PFOA / PFOS and others) and others – and simple steps to reduce them.  The group was wonderful.  Very smart, very capable moms.  […]

Federal Lawmakers Agree To Ban Lead & Other Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Toys & Products

Finally, after several months of languishing in conference committee (anybody remember 8th grade civics?  different versions of bill pass, bill goes to Congressional conference committee to be hashed out), House and Senate lawmakers agreed on the final version of the consumer product reform bill that will rachet down the amount of lead allowed in children’s toys […]

Do lavender & tea tree essential oils cause breast growth in boys? Are they endocrine disruptors?

At the BlogHer’08 conference, one of the topics among green bloggers was whether it was safe to steer people to products containing lavender and tea tree essential oils.  If you are trying to steer clear of phthalates in fragrance and parabens as a preservative, you might switch to natural products containing lavender and tea tree essential […]

The New Conflict Diamond? Coltan, Tantalum and The PlayStation War

I was spurred to blog about the PlayStation War in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after reading an article on Yahoo! Games.  (And a brief aside – the blog is posted on 5 Minutes for Going Green – a great new site, sister to 5 Minutes for Mom.  I’m proud to be part of the […]