Food Waste Is A Big Problem

It’s a problem we’ve all had: You go to your fridge to fix something to eat, only to discover that your produce drawer runneth over with produce gone bad. Brown lettuce, sprouting potatoes, garlic that’s all green on the inside, the works. If only there were a way to re-purpose those veggies without having to… Continue reading »

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds- Yum!

Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray, for spraying the parchment 1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin Pinch of cayenne pepper 1 large egg white 2 cups salted pumpkin seeds Directions Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment… Continue reading »

Does Your Costume Scare The Planet?

Here are 10 crafty ideas to help keep your Halloween costumes inexpensive, eco-friendly, with still plenty of scary. Check out your own closet for inspiration For example, the perfect clown costume is a combination of just a few pieces of plaid, striped, and polka dot clothing. Add some face paint and a few pieces of… Continue reading »

Cool Uses For Fall Leaves

The first step is to rake up those leaves. Or, if you have a big yard, a leaf blower is an easy solution. Today, there are lightweight and low-noise leaf blowers that do the job quickly (without breaking your back!). • Spread them as protective mulch. Leaves make a good insulating cover for overwintering tender perennials or root… Continue reading »

Keep Your Garden Growing!

Many people see the fall and winter as a time to close down the garden and wait until the spring to start up gardening activities again. However, there are plenty of things you can be doing through the fall and winter months to continue enjoying the pleasures of gardening. Winter is an important period in… Continue reading »

Eat Seasonally! Here’s Your Fall List

Fall is our favorite time of the year. There is a such a wide variety of  fruits and veggies in season. Not only do these fruits and veggies taste great, they are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, such as Vitamin K and carotenoids, which have been linked to protect against certain cancers. For your… Continue reading »

Phantom Energy- Don’t Let Them Steal Your Money

Energy phantoms can steal your money. Many of your appliances actually are on when they’re off. These sneaky phantoms live inside many of your appliances and quietly use energy even when the appliances are not in use. Eliminating these phantoms will save you money on your energy bills. Who are these phantoms? Energy phantoms include… Continue reading »

10 Reason You Should Eat Local

Buying local food does so much more than just putting fresh food on the table. It builds local economies and communities, even inhibiting urban sprawl. Eating local is easy at this time of year. The farmers’ markets are overflowing with delicious, fresh produce that straddles the seasonal divide between waning summer and bountiful fall. Not… Continue reading »

Grilled Tomatoes

Grilled Tomatoes Tomatoes on the grill are a great way to enjoy summer’s favorite vegetables, I mean fruit, I mean… tomatoes. In general, you want to use tomatoes that are firm when ripe, such as Early Girls, for grilling. This recipe is as much a technique as a recipe, so feel free to experiment with… Continue reading »

TEP, UA Engage in Longtime Partnerships

Article courtesy of Tucson Electric Power Tucson Electric Power has established a powerful partnership with the University of Arizona. The two Tucson institutions have worked together for many years to expand educational opportunities, promote renewable energy research, provide learning opportunities for local teachers and develop innovative products. Here are some of the ways we collaborate:… Continue reading »

Do You Know How To Store Fresh Produce?

Did you know that fruits and vegetables give off the natural gas called ethylene? Ethylene can affect the other fruits and veggies that they are stored next to. You don’t need to buy special bags, but you do need to know which produce doesn’t play nicely with others. Here are some tips! Apples – Do not… Continue reading »

Your One-Pot Herb Garden

Growing herbs is one of the easiest ways to get started with a backyard (or balcony) garden. Here are four you can grow in just a single pot. Sure, there’s a science to growing herbs, but it’s not hard to learn. Herbs are probably the easiest foods to grow if you’ve never gardened before and… Continue reading »

Yikes! Mosquitoes! Keep Them Away Naturally

Mosquitoes, they’re definitely one of summer’s biggest pests. They seem to be everywhere this time of year, and most repellents out there leave skin coated with a film of icky chemicals that not only seem questionably safe, but are smelly too. Though most of us have heard of using citronella to ward off bugs, turns… Continue reading »

Know Your Ingredients: Avoid These 6

We have learned how important it is to know what ingredients are in the food that we are purchasing for our family, and it’s important to look at every single ingredient before you purchase a product. That may sounds overboard, but remember, the food we eat has the potential to be medicine or poison—so we… Continue reading »

Ultimate Lemonade

It’s officially summer! What better way to enjoy the warm summer days than a refreshing glass of lemonade? But don’t choose those chemical laden, store bought kind. Make your own! Ingredients 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 cups water 14 lemons 6 cups cold water Directions First, juice the lemons. Roll the lemons on the counter… Continue reading »

3 Simple Homemade Veggie Washes

More than 9 million people get sick every year from dirty food, and according to a recent study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, fruits and vegetables contaminated with harmful bacteria cause 46 percent of those illnesses. Good food hygiene that we practice at home, every day, can have a significant impact on… Continue reading »

Allergies? Try A Natural Remedy

It’s getting to be that time of year again. Your allergies are driving you crazy, but you really don’t like to take conventional medications. Or maybe you’ve tried over-the-counter allergy meds—or even prescription ones—but you’re not getting the relief you need. What else might work? Consider these alternative options: Neti Pots What could be simpler… Continue reading »

Earth Day Resolution- Commit To Composting

Our every day life  produces an hefty quantity of waste. What better way to say thank you to Mother Earth thank you commit to composting.  After all, composting is the Earth’s natural  recycling program. You add materials from around the house that you once considered garbage, and they will decompose into feasts for worms and microbes… Continue reading »

10 Natural Remedies That Should Be In Your Medicine Cabinet

It’s getting to be that time of year when everyone seems to have the sniffles, and the weather begins to bite at the tip of your nose. In other words, it’s the perfect time of year to have some immune system backup at the ready to protect you as the seasons change. Here are 10… Continue reading »

Get Ready To Garden- Your Spring Checklist

Hoping to get an early start on your spring gardening? That’s great – just be careful not too get too far ahead of yourself.  There’s still plenty of freezing weather still to flash across the radar. Resist the urge to set out new plants; instead, use this time to pay a visit to your garden… Continue reading »

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