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Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. 

~Benjamin Franklin

This year, make some of your New Year’s resolutions “green”.  You and the earth will be better for it!   Simple steps really can make a difference….

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2012!


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“Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.”

 ~Author Unknown

So…… it’s time to stop shopping and spending money.  Enjoy time instead with your family and friends, visit a poor or lonely person in your life, bake holiday treats and think about all the green changes you have incorporated and will incorporate into your lifestyle.  Have a very happy holiday!!


“To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy Meals.”

Benjamin Franklin

The holiday season doesn’t have to be a time of overindulging on fattening, processed, nutrient-poor foods.  You can serve healthy, organic, delicious and satisfying holiday treats instead.  Here are a few recipes for foods that are actually good for you.

Spicy Carmelized Pecans

From Jane Brody’s Good Food Gourmet

Use this healthful and easy to prepare treat in a salad, as an hors d’oeuvres, for a snack, or a homemade holiday gift.

  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • Water to cover
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil)
  • 3 tablespoons organic sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon or more cayenne, to taste

1.  Place the pecans in a large skillet or saucepan with water to cover.  Bring the ingredients just to a simmer over high heat.  Drain the nuts immediately, and set them aside.

2.  Melt the butter in a large skillet.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sugar, salt and cayenne.  Then add the nuts.

3.  Return the pan to medium-high heat and cook the nuts, tossing them constantly with a spatula, until they are a caramel color.  Remove from the pan to a platter, and let them cool in a single layer.  Store the nuts in layers separated  by wax paper.

Swiss Chard, Hummus and Avocado Hors d’oeuvre

I sampled this creative and oh so healthy hors d’oeuvre at Whole Foods the other day, and was pleasantly surprised at how tasty it was.

Smear fresh swiss chard with hummus and add slices of ripe avocado.  Roll us and slice into bite-sized pieces. Simple!


Cranberry-Banana Bread

From The Wilson Farm Country Cookbook

Quick breads are just that, as well as nutritious, and make a perfect holiday gift or a delightful addition to a holiday brunch, luncheon or dinner.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.

  • ¼ cup butter or coconut oil, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  •  1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup mashed banana (one)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped organic cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup water
  •  ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  •   ½ cup chopped nuts

Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Beat in the eggs with an electric mixer.  Stir in the banana, cranberries, water and vanilla.  Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together and stir them into the batter.  Add the chopped nuts.  Pour into the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 55 minutes.

Dark Chocolate

Fill your  Christmas stockings or your bon bon dish with dark chocolates – the health benefits  are becoming well known.  Click here to read more.

You can indulge this season with the right foods!  Enjoy!!!


“I can understand people simply fleeing the mountainous effort Christmas has become… but there are always a few saving graces and finally they make up for all the bother and distress.”~May Sarton

This year, as you prepare for Christmas, don’t get caught up in the commercialism and hustle bustle mentality.  Instead, be of the mindset to make each task enjoyable.  For me that means: cutting down my tree at a local Christmas tree farm and supporting local farmers, buying my wreath from a local farm stand, decorating a little less but with more living greens I pick in my yard, avoiding the mall and shopping on line or at local boutiques, giving fewer “things”, saving paper by wrapping gifts in holiday dish towels, colorful scarves or newsprint, serving easy and nutritious meals and keeping it simple!

Check out “Greening Your Holidays” for ideas:


Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. 

~Native American Saying

It’s easy to green your Thanksgiving feast.  Click here for ideas.

Happy Thanksgiving!


“We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to its security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.” –  Adlai Stevenson

On this Veteran’s Day – 11/11/11 – as we honor and remember our brave veterans, let us pause and think about what each of us can do to protect the earth for ourselves and for future generations.


Yellow leaf from a Silver Maple Acer saccharin...

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How beautifully leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days.  ~John Burroughs

I love this quote.  We can actually learn a lot from nature on how best to live out our life.

This year, though, leaves aren’t full of their usual brilliant color.  It is November 4th and so many leaves are still on the trees, some of which haven’t even started to change! “Peak” time for leaf-peeping used to be Columbus Day!  What difference does it make, we say?  Well – with the most recent Nor’easter, or “Stormtober” as the newscasters coined it, on the East Coast, the heavy wet snow sitting on green leaves was a devastating combination – trees and large limbs are down everywhere, power outages are still going on.  Even though my husband is an arborist and maintains our trees meticulously, we lost several giant limbs from our beautiful, majestic silver maple!  The crack of those limbs falling on our deck was shocking!  This isn’t the natural order of things – the first snowstorm before the first frost, shoveling snow before raking leaves?!  Scary and strange…….  And we need our big trees!

Is this a symptom of climate change?  Do what you can to cut your carbon emissions.  Simple steps do make a difference.  To read more about carbon footprints, click here.

For greener ways to clean up your yard this fall, click here.