Archive for May 2009

Plan A Picnic

ecofriendlyMemorial day weekend is usually viewed as the unofficial beginning of summer picnic season. This year make all your picnics eco-friendly, this can be just what you need to get started on your commitment to a ‘greener’ lifestyle! Here’s some tips in planing your own eco-friendly picnic:

  • Start with packing your supplies in a good “old fashion” picnic basket
  • Use reusable utensils, tablecloths, coldpacks, thermoses, insulated bags, packs, plastic containers, cloth napkins, dish towels, etc.
  • Choose fresh local organic foods. Support your local farms
  • Stay local, picnic in a nearby park and walk or bike to your destination
  • PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT. Take Away Your Garbage

In general enjoy nature and the surrounding beauty. Take a walk, fly a kite, watch the birds or study the clouds…have fun!

Hemp The Miracle Plant

Dandelion Root Coffee – Have A Free Cup

Basket of Roots

Basket of Roots

Dandelions?!? Aren’t they considered weeds? Weeds that pop up over night on our lawns, in our gardens and grow just about anywhere? Even though dandelions are considered weeds, they are one of the most useful, far from what people think they are. In various parts of the world, they are termed as “leaf vegetables”. The root it’s self make a wonderful coffee substitute. Sounds weird but cool, huh?

To make your own Dandelion Root Coffee, go dig up some dandelions! Make sure you find dandelions that are not in areas sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, or other chemicals.

Monster Dandelion Root

Monster Dandelion Root

Use a shovel as dandelion roots can run deep in good soil. Roots are easy to dig up after a good rain and best harvested in the spring and fall. After you have dug up a bunch of roots, use a small knife or scissor to cut off the green leaves from the root. You can save the leaves if you want and cook them like spinach. When you have the roots separated, give them a good washing in a bucket of water, when the water turns muddy drain off the water & wash again until the water is clear. Once the roots are clean allow them to dry on a towel for 1 hour then either chop them up by hand or use a food processor. Spread the chopped root on to a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours. Make sure to turn the roots several time while baking to make sure they roast evenly. When done, the roots will feel crisp and have a dark coffee color. Remove from oven and allow to cool, then if you choose you can grind them like coffee beans. The ground roots can be prepared just like coffee. I make the coffee in a pot on the stove, simmering the roots gently for 10-15 minutes or until it yields a rich, coffee-colored brew. Store the unused ground roots in a glass jar. Enjoy!