Green Planet

Overpackaging and Overbagging

On Sunday we took a family stroll to do some shopping along Michigan Avenue. Despite the crowds and hot stores and long lines Evelyn was a very good girl. To thank her, I let her choose a treat for herself on the walk home. It was no surprise to me that she asked for a […]


City Farm on a City Night

Tonight Chris and I took the kids to a small fundraiser for City Farm, a one acre plot of vacant land in the middle of the city that otherwise would sit unused while waiting for development. Volunteers use the space in a productive and sustainable way, growing food for the community. I have driven by […]


Dirty Butts

That’s it!! I can’t take it anymore!!! Today while we were at the park Evelyn literally slid into a dirty, disgusting, stinky cigarette butt. Ewwwwwe. Its bad enough that people are still smoking, leaving a plume of filthy smoke for me to inhale while I’m out for a walk, but to throw the icky butt […]


Perseverance to Preserve!

I recently conquered one of my fears. For years I have been interested in jarring and canning to preserve foods, but the process always intimidated me. All that boiling water…and fears of botulism contamination if the process wasn’t done exactly right…and what a waste of time and money if the jars didn’t seal…I was getting […]


Eggcellent

I picked up 10 dozen eggs from Family Farms’ Co-Op yesterday. We tend to go through a lot of eggs around here – Chris makes amazing omelettes for breakfast, I love to bake, and a couple eggs make a quick and nutritious dinner for Evelyn when I’m strapped for time. I’m so happy to have […]


Inside Scoop on In-Season Foods

There is so much buzz these days about eating food produced locally and in-season. I make an effort not to purchase food shipped in from far away – apples from New Zealand and grapes from Argentina aren’t doing any favors for the planet, and by the time they land in Chicago they never taste that […]


Litter Police

Have I created a monster? Has my obsession with protecting our planet spread to my two year old? I think so… We take long walks every day. The city offers so much for our little family to do, and so I put the kids in the stroller and walk just about anywhere we need to […]


Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Today at the farmer’s market Lane’s End Farm was selling baskets of “ugly” organic tomatoes for $1.50 per ound. While most people would look at the misshapen, bumpy, and uneven colored tomatoes with suspicion, I knew I found a little gold mine! My favorite was this two-for-one tomato that looked like a portly and friendly […]


Simple Storage Solution

As I’ve written about countless times before, I really hate plastic. And I especially hate storing food in plastic. All those questionable chemicals leeching into lovely leftovers? No thanks! I have a nice collection of glass storage containers – my favorite are Frigoverre ones that come in plenty of shapes and sizes. I also hang […]


A Conscious Consumer

How often do you consider a product’s packaging before you purchase it? For me, its every time. I am determined to reduce the amount of waste my family generates, so by questioning a product’s wrapping before I buy it I am trying to be a conscious consumer. Instead of just looking at the food in […]


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