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Spring Vegetable and Goat Cheese Dip

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This is a must have in your recipe file. You can whip it up for friends and, no matter what else you serve, it’ll be the first thing to go. Serve it with crostini, tortilla chips, or crudités. Or just eat it by the spoonful. It’s that good. Ingredients •    1 cup 3/4″-inch pieces asparagus… Continue reading »

Earth Day Tips & Tricks! What can YOU Do?

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What we do today creates the future of the planet for our children and grandchildren. If everyone did his or her part, we’d have a cleaner and less polluted earth to inhabit. Some people don’t realize that it isn’t hard or expensive to “go green.” Here are 10 easy ways to get started: 1. Just… Continue reading »

Are You Greening Your Spring Cleaning?

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Everyone likes to have a clean house, but no one particularly likes to use caustic chemicals to get it clean! Commercial cleaning products can contain all sorts of chemicals that, besides being unpronounceable, can be harmful to your pets, kids and to our oceans.  So, next time you’re spring cleaning, instead of reaching for the… Continue reading »

Vertical Gardens, Living Walls, Living Art…Oh My!

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With their beauty and versatility, living walls, or vertical gardens, have opened up a whole new world to plant lovers everywhere. Whether indoors or out, these elegant structures make a stunning addition to any home or business, and offer many other benefits as well. For those in the urban jungle with limited space, vertical gardening… Continue reading »

Bring On Spring- Opt for these Natural, Eco-friendly & Healthy Alternatives.

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Ah-h-h, springtime! A time of renewal and refreshing, especially in the home, when we are more likely to be excited about the idea of cleaning. As gentle breezes flow in open windows we are reminded of what clean really smells like, and we’re energized to start scrubbing, polishing and priming our homes for a new… Continue reading »

Allergies? Try A Natural Remedy

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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 »

Do You Know How To Store Fresh Produce?

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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 »

Spring Has Arrived- Here’s What’s In Season!

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Ah Spring has finally arrived, and with longer days and warmer weather comes a new crop of fresh produce. ‘Tis the perfect season to “spring clean” your diet, so out with the heavy fall and winter fare and in with springtime fruits and veggies. In-season produce reaps the most nutritional value so here’s what to… Continue reading »

Saving The Monarch

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Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed, and caterpillars only eat milkweed. But humans don’t seem to like milkweed very much and are cutting it down for various reasons. Sometimes humans cut down milkweed in order to build houses, buildings and streets. Sometimes the milkweed is cut down when trees are removed to harvest… Continue reading »

Grow Your Own Salsa Garden

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Salsa gardens have been popping up in four-feet by four-feet plots and raised beds in the yards of salsa lovers across the country.  Striking in their visual appeal, large plants heavy with tomatoes and brightly colored hot peppers stand tall while cilantro, shallots, garlic and onion nestle into the soil among them, and in one… Continue reading »

Organize A Community Garden

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Do you have a passion for plants or see a local need for fresh veggies?  A community garden could be the solution. Sound daunting? Follow these tips and help your neighborhood grow together. 1.    Get People Together- Make sure enough potential participants are interested. Decide on you garden’s purpose and whom it will serve. 2.  … Continue reading »

Get Ready To Garden- Your Spring Checklist

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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 »

Safeguarding Raptors, Wildlife

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Who’s Green? sponsor and this month Guest Blog courtesy of Tucson Elelctric Power Tucson Electric Power’s Raptor Protection Program is an ongoing effort to safeguard electrical equipment to protect birds such as Harris’ Hawks, Great Horned Owls and Red-Tailed Hawks. For more than 15 years, TEP has worked with wildlife biologists at the University of… Continue reading »

You May Be Surprised By These Toxic Household Products

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There are a lot of common household products almost everyone has on hand and probably never thinks much about. Your parents had them and now so do you. But a lot of these common products are toxic, something we know more about now than your family did back in the day. So you might want to avoid… Continue reading »

A Breath of Fresh Air

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In the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Lucky for us, the plants can also help clean indoor air on Earth, which is typically far more polluted… Continue reading »

The Clean 15- Foods You Don’t Have To Buy Organic

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Have you heard about the “Dirty Dozen”?  They are the  produce that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) report suggests are  the most likely to be contaminated by pesticides or other chemicals. Below you will find a list of the LEAST contaminated fruits and vegetables, referred to as the “Clean 15”. Clean 15 (Lowest in pesticides)… Continue reading »

DIY Natural Dog Treats

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Making your own homemade dog treats can be a fun reward for your dog. There are many benefits to making your own dog treats at home. • Control what goes into the recipe. You can ensure that your pet is getting a nutritious and wholesome snack. You can also tailor your dog treat recipes to your… Continue reading »

Gluten-Free Coconut-Lime Chicken Noodle Soup

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 Gluten-free fans we found this delicious recipe that we think you will enjoy. Ingredients 6 ounces dried flat rice noodles 3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 2-inch piece peeled fresh ginger, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds 1 (13.5 ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, thinly slice 6 tablespoons lime juice (from… Continue reading »

Blackberry Sorbet

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A decidedly tart finish to supper,  this wholesome, in-season, antioxidant-rich dessert can be prepared without additional sweetener, appreciating, instead, the full flavor of local blackberries frozen at their height of ripeness. For those of you who may prefer a little sweetness to balance out the potent, tart flavor of the blackberries, consider adding up to… Continue reading »

Mayonnaise Isn’t Just For Your Ham Sandwich

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According to wikipedia.com, the first ready-made mayonnaise was sold in the US in 1905 at a little deli in New York owned and operated by Richard Hellmann. It is reported that Mr. Hellmann sold his wife’s mayonnaise in open wooden boats. This of course would be used as a spread for a sandwich. But we… Continue reading »

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