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One Bag of Trash

One Bag of Trash

How many bags of trash do you typically fill in your kitchen each week? Ever since we started composting, combined with weekly meal plann... Read more
I Have a Healthy EGO—You Can, Too!  EGO Mower Cuts the Grass and Pollution

I Have a Healthy EGO—You Can, Too! EGO Mower Cuts the Grass and Pollution

                          I was surprised to learn that mowing our lawns with gas mowers is a big source of air pollution, which is a significant factor in climate change. I suspect that in the future,... Read more
Can I Share My Environmental Pet Peeve?  Turn Off Your Car!

Can I Share My Environmental Pet Peeve? Turn Off Your Car!

            As some of you Scramblers know, I’m a bit of a nutty environmentalist. I worry all the time about what we can do to protect our fragile planet, and I obsess over things like people taking 2 paper towels instead of 1 in a public restroom, ki... Read more
Why I Only Drink Organic Tea

Why I Only Drink Organic Tea

Do you try to limit the chemicals and pesticides you and your family consume? Of course, chemicals are ubiquitous and there is no way, short of enclosing ourselves in a bubble (I just hope there are some raspberries, dark chocolate, good books and Netflix in there), to avoid them completely in the air we bre... Read more
Fish Substitutions When you Can’t Fish your Wish

Fish Substitutions When you Can’t Fish your Wish

Fish is an excellent lean protein source.  It is brimming with nutrients and is a natural source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which is vital because our bodies cannot make omega-3s on their own.  Some seafood has also been shown in scientific studies to give us a feeling of fullness or satiati... Read more
How to Make Fruits and Vegetables Last Longer

How to Make Fruits and Vegetables Last Longer

Each Friday morning, while I’m still sleeping, we get a basket of fresh and delicious local fruits and vegetables delivered to our doorstep.  No, I don’t have an incredibly generous (and sleep-deprived) secret admirer, but I do belong to a local service called Read more
Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian: Review and Giveaway

Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian: Review and Giveaway

When our daughter Celia was 11 she abruptly decided to become a vegetarian. We were pretty surprised. Although our family doesn’t eat a lot of meat, Celia had always loved it and on the rare occasions when we went out to eat, she almost always ordered a steak. Celia has adjusted well to goi... Read more
Tired of Cooking? How about a Lazy Picnic Dinner?

Tired of Cooking? How about a Lazy Picnic Dinner?

I just hate wasting food.  It makes me so sad to see food that's been grown or manufactured, packaged, shipped, stocked on store shelves, and purchased with our precious dollars just to wind up in the trash. So I've devised a few strategies to use up odds and ends before I restock for the upcoming week. I've s... Read more
#Freebie Friday: Define Bottles

#Freebie Friday: Define Bottles

Last week on PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers I featured 3 Kidpreneurs who started their own successful food businesses. One of them, Carter Kostler of Virginia Beach, VA has just launched... Read more
Is Tuna a Healthy Choice?

Is Tuna a Healthy Choice?

Occasionally I share questions and feedback from Scramblers here in the newsletter. I welcome your thoughts, concerns and questions any time, as they help The Scramble improve and evolve. Please weigh in, especially on the tuna question below. Optional Ingredients Dear ... Read more