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Celebrate our Beautiful Mother Earth

20 Apr

Earth Day is this Wednesday, April 22 and if ever there was a time to celebrate the beauty  of our Mother Earth it is now. With all that is going on that is not to good for humans, it has been very good for our planet. Less emissions from factories, cars and airplanes have resulted in less pollution which means improved air quality; that’s good for all living beings. Plants and animals are reclaiming what has been rightfully theirs. It seems that people are rethinking how they live and how it impacts our planet.

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I have always tried to live my life in a mindful way to protect our planet and appreciate nature. In this post I’m going to share with you some ideas to help you do the same in pretty and practical ways.

  • Use cloth napkins and tablecloths both indoors and out.
  • Grow your own food, even if it’s herbs in pots on your deck.
  • Recycle and reuse whenever possible.
  • Use wooden or metal utensils for cooking.
  • Use wood cutting boards

Reducing the use of plastic is probably the biggest thing you can do to help. Plastic is not biodegradable, it will never decompose. Here are list of companies that I use as an alternative for everything from cooking and entertaining to food storage.

Patio Fashions – This is my company that I run out of my home in New Jersey. Beautiful tablecloths, runners, and napkins. They can be washed and reused, again and again. The tablecloths and runners have a hole in the middle and zipper to make them easy to put on your patio table and just as easy to take off. Proudly, they are made right here in the USA.Patio Floral web res-8294

Dot & Army – A family run business in the coastal town of Brunswick, Georgia that specialize in cloth napkins for every occasion. They have many other sustainable essentials such as bowl covers, unpaper towels, reusable shopping bags and list goes on. If you’re ever in the area you can stop by her adorable shop to see and shop for yourself

Falcon Enamelware – This is company out of England that has been around for many years that specialize in beautiful enamelware that is the perfect alternative for plastic. Falcon has everything from tumblers and cups, to plates and bakeware. They are dishwasher and oven safe as well as the fact that they won’t break, which is key for life on the patio or around the pool.Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 1.42.13 PM.png

Paper Eskimo – A real favorite! Pretty paper products, party goods and eco-friendly utensils for those of us who love have a party and be mindful of the environment. Shop by color or theme, great for children and adults; they have everything you need!Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 2.02.05 PM.png

Bee’s Wrap – Sustainable food wraps that can replace plastic wrap that are washable and reusable. Great for bread, sandwiches, fruit, cheese and the list goes on. Not only are the practical, but each wrap has a super cute print that makes you smile!

Golden Rabbit – Another enamelware company that has beautiful patterns to chose from that makes indoor and outdoor entertaining eco-chic! Durable, lightweight and non-stick this enamelware is a great addition for those who love entertain.Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 2.12.56 PM.png

I hope you this gives you some ideas of how to be to be eco-friendly while being eco-chic.

Stay safe and be well my friends!

Cookbook Collection or a Collection of Cookbooks?

26 Jan

I love cookbooks. Only recently did I actually start to read them, like a book. I always used to just look for a recipe, find it, make it and be done with the book. I never really looked at a cookbook as a book, but they are; it’s right there in the name.

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When I really started to enjoy cooking and learning new things about cooking I started to buy lots of cookbooks. And I got them as gifts because I guess people liked my cooking and wanted me to cook more, or perhaps they didn’t like my cooking and thought I needed cookbooks to make me a better cook? Either way I love them and have recently started reading them, really reading them and to my surprise there is a lot to learn and not just about cooking but the people who have written them. My new favorite author in the world of cooking is David Lebovitz. I highly recommend you get at least one of his cookbooks; he has great recipes and stories of Paris, what could be better than that? Being in Paris and reading it, I suppose.img_5002

My other favorites are the ones that my Mom gave me. I have her old and tired Fanny Farmer, one she made as a fundraiser for the church and my Great Grandmothers cookbook. It’s fun to read and see the notes that my mother wrote and my Great Grandmother. img_5004After the last few years I have gathered what I now refer to as a collection. And I will keep adding to it. I just wish I had a bookcase in my kitchen because my table isn’t going to hold much more. I will keep buying them and reading them; really reading them to learn, be entertained and hopefully become a better cook!img_5003

 

 

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