Tuesday, January 20, 2009
TerraCycle Inc. is a really cool concept for a business. The co-founders Tom Szaky and Jon Beyer, begun with the idea for a profitable yet eco-friendly and socially responsible business. Their first product turned food waste into plant food sold in re-used soda bottles. Now, they have a suite of products available at major retailers, such as Target.
The company actually pays you to send them your trash (specific trash) and uses that as the raw material for their products. You could get a cork board from waste corks, a Capri-Sun pencil case, or many others - you get the idea.
So, check it out...
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
About a year ago, my husband and I made the decision that we would make all our own bread for the family. This was one part frugality, 1 part eating healthier, and 1 part that we like to make stuff. So, we pulled our bread maker out of storage, brushed off the dust, searched for recipes online, and got started. We make a whole wheat sandwich bread for the kids as well as a multigrain bread for ourselves, our kids like to call it the “grown up bread”.
I honestly had a lot of trouble finding a good whole wheat multigrain bread. Here was my criteria for the perfect bread:
- 100% whole wheat flour along with other whole grains for the health benefit.
- A little bit on the sweeter side.
- Dense and filling, but not a brick.
- Moist, not dry.
- Containing Omega-3 Fatty Acids for the Good Cholesterol Benefits.
- 13 oz Warm Water
- 2 Tbsp Yeast Active Dry Yeast
- 1 Tbsp Canola Oil
- 3 Tbsp Honey
- 1 Tbsp Molasses
- 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 3 Tbsp Nonfat Dried Milk
- 2 ¾ Cups Whole Wheat Flour
- ¼ Cup Gluten
- 1 tsp Salt
- 3 Tbsp Cornmeal
- 3 Tbsp Toasted Wheat Germ
- 1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds
- 1/3 Cup Rolled Oats (Toasted)
- 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds
- 1 Tbsp Ground Flax Seeds
We use a bread machine to make the dough, but we cook it in the oven. We’ve also made it totally in the bread machine.
- Proof the yeast in all the water according to your brand’s instructions.
- Combine ingredients in the order they are listed.
- Either use your bread machine dough setting or knead by hand accordingly.
- Let the dough rise ~ 1 hr.
- Knock the dough down, form into a loaf, and place in a 9-in. loaf pan.
- Let rise for another hour.
- Bake at 325* for ~30 min. Remove from loaf pan. If sides and bottom are still moist, return to oven for 10-15 min.
- Slice and enjoy.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
So, the other day as I was packing up an on-the-go dinner for gymnastics, I thought I could re-create these leftover pancakes into something very fun. Fruit and Cake rolls. These rolls taste a lot like Fruit Newtons, if you’ve had them (“they’re not cookies, they are fruit and cake” as the commercial goes…).
This couldn’t be easier. Here’s what you will need:
- Leftover pancakes
- Leftover pancakes
- Fruit preserves or jam of your choice
- A knife
- A cutting board
- A portable container
Here’s what you do
- Spread the fruit preserves on one side of the pancake.
- Gently roll up the pancake.
- Slice it up into bite size rolls and place into the container.
- Now enjoy!
Maybe these are not a whole meal, but a great snack or “side dish” or dessert. These can easily go into school lunches, or be taken along on picnics. And, unlike little Fruit Newton snack packs – there is no plastic involved (if you ignore my plastic transportation container, but that could just as easily be a pyrex) and nothing to go into the landfill.