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Do Something Healthy: Waste Not

Thursday, June 24th, 2010 | Permalink

Leftovers Container Collection, image courtesy of ConanTheLibrarian's flickr stream

Have you ever looked in your refrigerator and found last week’s leftovers?  That spaghetti you made (which now has grown a nice beard of green and white) wound up buried under the take out from three nights ago, shoved behind the milk jug, and obscured by the vegetables you bought for today’s meal.

Have you been making enough food for four (or even eight) at your table, when you’re really only two?

Can you finish a loaf of sliced bread by yourself in a week?  Chances are, if you live alone the answer is probably “no.”

Do you buy a box of cereal, eat half, then forget about it and buy a new box of cereal?  Do you find the first box of cereal two months later, when it’s so dry and stale that the only thing you’d feed it to is your garbage can?

There are so many different times throughout the lives of our groceries that we end up wasting food.  Now this isn’t a finger-pointing session.  The truth is that these types of scenarios could be true with any of us.  Whole Living, a division of Martha Stewart, has provided a great list of 12 ways to prevent food waste.  All it takes is one read and you can easily learn how to make small changes that will positively affect your families, wallets, and the community of local growers that may live in your area.  For the list, click here.

(For more from ConanTheLibrarian’s flickr stream, click here.)

DIY: Graduation Party and Favors

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 | Permalink

Cupcake flags, image courtesy of Marthastewart.com

There are so many things to make ready for a graduation party.  From food to favors to decorations, all the while dealing with the fact that your graduate may be leaving home for the first in a few short months, or may be moving onto a full-time career in just a few days.

So because this is kind of a big deal, we’ve gathered a few different resources for you to celebrate in style!

First off, DIY pinwheels in your graduate’s school colors.  To decorate the lawn, show some school spirit, and ensure that no guest fails to recognize the right house for the party, these are a great and simple way to add some flair.  This DIY is actually featured on Style Me Pretty, Abby Larson’s wedding styling brain child.

Next, we have two great DIY’s from Martha Stewart, including cupcake flags and a graduation banner.  Some people still opt for cakes, but for parties that are on the go and include a younger audience, cupcakes are the perfect sweet to add to your celebration.  These cupcake flags can be made at home, just using your printer, some glue, and toothpicks.  And the graduation banner is a must!  Making your own allows you to experiment with different fonts, colors, and sizes to fit your venue.

Cake Pop Caps by Bakerella, image courtesy of Bakerella

And finally, the DIY that takes the cake… a really cute and fun-to-make idea from Bakerella.  It was months ago that I first stumbled upon Bakerella’s site and was totally confounded by the projects she undertakes and shares with the world.  These candy cup caps are a great project to involve family and friends in, and will be a standout item at your grad’s party.  And, if you are looking for a more challenging project, you can try her cake pop caps (same link).

So start making!  And check back with us to get a special Friday Eats on some wonderful food for your graduation party.

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