Friday, 29 January 2010
'The Art of Crochet' Magazine
A kit to make and frame casts of babies teeny hands and feets - a Christening present for my friend and her new baby to get messy with.
A new winter coat - £2.99 from the chazza, I've been looking for a new one for ages - I've had my old winter coat since I was 15!
2 gemstones - a bloodstone and a blue agate
I felt it was going quite well until the laptop! It had to be done though really as my old one had died of brokenbatterybrokendiscdriveanddeadharddrive-disease! It was a really cheap one too and had been not-working ever since I got it, so I decided not to get it repaired and just get a better quality one this time (but I'll be researching how to recycle old laptops so it can be got rid of the in best way possible) My new one is shiny and beautiful and I love it!
The crochet magazine was wrapped in a LOT of plastic, which didn't have any markings on so it went in the bin, I shouldn't of bought it really, I know logically that there are millions of resources online to teach me to do just about anything I like, but I think seeing it advertised on TV so much and the combination of getting a magazine, DVD, two balls of wool and a hook for 99p overwhelmed me! I won't falling for that again though I hope!
Also, I STILL need to start going to the library!
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
I scooped all the seeds out and washed them (they're well sticky!), then left them to dry on some kitchen paper overnight (and yup, the kitchen paper went into the compost after!) then oven roasted them with some sunflower oil. They're very yummy too! In the name of seed-research I also tried some raw and they were very tasty - kind of sweet and a bit coconutty I thought.
There are timings and instructions here, but I've copied them out for you too...
PAN ROASTED SEEDS
In a 1-quart stainless steel saucepan over medium-high heat, roast 1 cup rinsed pumpkin seeds in1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil for about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat when they puff up slightly and start to change color. Add Salt to taste. Let cool to serve.
OVEN ROASTED SEEDS
In a 10- by 15-inch baking pan, place 2 to 3 cups rinsed pumpkin seeds.Sprinkle lightly with salt. Bake in a 300° F oven until golden and crisp, about 45 minutes; stir occasionally If made ahead, cool and store airtight up to 3 days. A 14-pound pumpkin yields about 1 1/2 cups of seed.
I wonder if you didn't want to eat them yourself, if the birds in your garden might like them too!
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
This is the first time I've frozen cookies like this - I usually just freeze the whole lot of dough together then defrost it and make a big batch of cookies. I was worried they'd all stick together, because I didn't use any greaseproof paper or anything, but they seem to be fine - yey!
Friday, 8 January 2010
Now onto the rules for accepting the award:
Stars - I love to see them twinkling in the night sky and I'm so glad I'm living back in the (semi) countryside and can see them again after living in a city for most of last year!
Ten lovely blogs that brighten my day are...
Blah to Tada
Easy Eco to Go
Kind Over Matter
My Zero Waste
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Friday, 1 January 2010
- I started a blog!
- I started volunteering at an organic garden
- I went to my first Friends of the Earth meeting
- I went all the way to the bottom of France on holiday without taking an aeroplane
- I haven't used a plastic bag since I pledged to stop during zero waste week
- I've only used 1 plastic bottle since I pledged to stop using them during zero waste week
- I found out where to recycle my old electric toothbrush!
- I hand made most presents I've given this year from reused and repurposed things.
- I started a distance learning course in Environmental Sciences and I'm 2 topics through (despite not studying any science since I was 16 - eek!)
- I grew my own garlic! And lettuce and radishes.
- I stopped eating biscuits wrapped in plastic and have started baking my own.
- I've opted out of as much junk and unnecessary mail as possible.
- I haven't bought a new CD all year (since I discovered spotify - woop!)
- I've bought far less stuff than ever before
I started this blog thinking I was on the verge of getting my own house and being in charge of the eco-friendlyness....that hasn't happened for me this year and I'm staying with my Mum for now, so I haven't been able to do as much as I'd like...however, a new home for me is on the horizon (sharing with some of my good good friends - yey) and hopefully a job too, so in 2010 I hope to be having a lot more eco-friendly frolics! Once I'm in my own place I'll be allowed (lol) to make a big veggie patch in the garden, weigh our weekly rubbish, try to convince my housemates that we NEED some chickens, try to convince my new housemates that we can/should decorate and furnish our new home while buying nothing new and have general happy-time adventures! Roll on 2010!
I hope you've done things in 2009 and that make you proud and that you have plans for 2010 that make you feel fizzy inside like a bottle of lemonade (remember to recycle that bottle, y'all!)!!??
And I just want to say thank you to all those who've read or visited this blog in 2009 - thank you so much, I really enjoy being a small part in this eco-blogcommunity that radiates it's awesomeness across the internet!