1. What’s In the Bag – Updates

    Posted on September 30, 2008 by Allie

    While we were away, my friend Michele took our CSA bags for us, and her enthusiasm for the veggies and trying new things was inspiring. After hearing about her roasted red pepper pizzas and bok choy stir fries, I resolved to get back in gear and make the most of my CSA bags and goods from my garden. Read more…

  2. Meat-Free Mondays – Eggless Salad

    Posted on September 29, 2008 by Allie

    Only bloggers will understand the odd urge to photograph your lunch before you eat it so you can share with your readers.  Last night, I had a half-brick of tofu left over from dinner, and decided to whip up some eggless salad.  As I was sitting down to eat it just now, I thought, “Oh!  I should write about this,” so I snapped a picture (the light is terrible today, so please excuse the cruddy picture) and here I am writing about my lunch, while it sits on the kitchen table waiting for me.

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  3. Tell Me About Your Reusable Shopping Bag & Win One

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    I have several reusable shopping bags.  I have a few from my local chain of grocery stores, a couple of EarthWise bags, and a jute shopping bag from SimpleRead more…

  4. And The Winner Is…

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    I drew a name, and the winner of the AirFlow Breeze is… Read more…

  5. Check Out the New Digs!

    Posted on September 27, 2008 by Allie


    It was time for a little sprucing up around here!  I’m so excited today.  In addition to the redesign, Neil is popping into town for a visit!  So while Neil and I are busy talking a mile a minute and getting all caught up, poke around a bit and check out the changes.

    Leave a comment on this post for another entry into the AirFlow Breeze Giveaway.

    Tune in on Monday for the winner, and the details of my next giveaway.

    Happy Friday!

  6. What is rBGH?

    Posted on September 25, 2008 by Allie


    Since I’m busy getting ready for my format change, please check out the following article, which I originally posted on August 21, 2007.

    rBGH, or recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone is a synthetic form of growth hormone injected into cows to increase growth rates and milk production. Manufactured by Monsanto, rBGH was introduced to the market in 1993 under the product name Posilac. rBGH is also referred to as rBST (recombinant Bovine Somatotropin).

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  7. Guest Posting at Fake Plastic Fish

    Posted on September 24, 2008 by Allie

    Check out my post over at Fake Plastic Fish.

    If you’re just coming over here from Fake Plastic Fish, you may want to take a peek at this list of some of my favorite posts.

    Don’t forget to enter the AirFlow Breeze contest below!  And check back later this week!  The Tip of the Day is returning, Allie’s Answers is getting a makeover, and you’ll get another chance to enter the contest and increase your chances of winning.

  8. AirFlow Breeze Giveaway!

    Posted on September 23, 2008 by Allie


    I’m busy installing insulated curtains and making other adjustments to my home to prepare for winter, because conserving energy is the right thing to do, and also because I know this year’s heating bill will be higher than last it was last year.

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  9. Icky Ingredients – A Quick Guide to Label Reading

    Posted on September 22, 2008 by Allie


    Since I’m busy getting ready for my format change, please check out the following article, which I originally posted on BlogHer.

    I’m a label reader.  I am that person in the grocery store or pharmacy who stands there in the aisle, dazed look on her face, as she studies the tiny writing on the backs of jars and boxes.  I’m the person who peels back the little sticker at the bottom of a tub of concealer or on the side of a lipstick to see the listed ingredients.  At least 75% of the time, the item I’m studying ends up back on the shelf.

    We assume that if it’s on the shelf in the grocery store it’s safe, but there are few specific safety standards for personal care products.  The FDA is involved in products that fall into the “drug” category of personal care, like toothpaste or sunscreen. When you see a listing for “active ingredient,” that usually means the product is classified as a drug, and is then subject to FDA scrutiny. But the FDA has no authority over products intended for cosmetic use. Personal care product manufacturers are responsible for their own safety testing, which is a little like asking the fox to mind the hen house. Read more…

  10. Food, Glorious Food!

    Posted on September 19, 2008 by Allie


    The part of camping I’ve always hated is digging into the cooler full of half-melted ice to pull up food that’s probably not adequately chilled to try to make a home cooked meal when you don’t even have a kitchen.  I don’t mind backpacking food.  It’s all dehydrated so you don’t have the bobbing for food situation, and you’re so hungry by the time you make dinner on a backpacking trip that a cardboard box would taste like the best meal ever.  But camping and day hikes don’t produce the same kind of voracious hunger, so on this trip we decided we were eating out. Read more…

Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It


According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.

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