Archive for April 2009

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Think Green!

Think Green!

Welcome to Green Collar Girl – living green on a budget! How can we live a more green lifestyle on the Earth and save money at the same time? Living green doesn’t have to be hard and it doesn’t have to cost money. Start small and try to incorporate these things into your daily life. It may takes some thinking about it in the beginning, but in time you won’t even notice. By living green you will be helping the environment as well as saving money. Join me on my journey in going green and reducing environmental impact in the home while living with in a budget.

Save Bread By Making Your Own

rollsEveryone loves homemade bread and rolls – there’s just nothing like eating fresh hot bread with melting butter or homemade jam on it. In our house, bread and rolls are a staple of life. Let’s face it MadJack and I are carbohydrate freaks; big time sandwich eaters and toast lovers

Homemade bread taste better than store-bought bread, isn’t laden with preservatives, is very inexpensive to make, and doesn’t take all that much time, either. I have several different recipes that I use, switching from one to the other every few weeks so we never get tired of “eating the same old thing”.

Here’s my current favorite recipe;

1 1/4 cup warm water
1 egg
1 tbl oil
2 tbl sugar
1 tsp salt
3 ½ cups flour
1 tbl dry active yeast

I use my bread machine to mix the dough only. Once mixed, place in well oiled bowl, cover and let rise until double in size. Then place dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into approx 15 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, flatten and place on greased baking sheet. Let rise again, until each roll is double in size. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

What are you doing for Earth Day?

With Earth Day 2009 quickly approaching (April 22, 2009), here’s some tips that you can use for Earth Day and beyond.

  • Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room. Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when not using it. Turn off energy strips and surge protectors when not in use
  • Switch over from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Move your thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer
  • Wash only a full loads of laundry, use the cold setting and hang laundry outside to dry
  • Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Given a choice between plastic and paper, choose paper
  • Go paperless. Consider reading your newspaper and magazine subscriptions online. Switch to electronic banking and credit card payment, too
  • Use low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets. Limit the length of your showers and don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth
  • Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage – reduce your carbon footprint 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved
  • On Earth Day, go to a park, fly a kite, ride a bicycle, clean-up trash at a local stream or even on your street