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Author of The Green Year Valentine’s Day Tips

The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference is a cool book by Jodi Helmer filled with tips on how simple things can add up to benefit the Earth.

Believe it or not (husbands, boyfriends, men, are you reading?) Valentine’s Day is coming right up.

Jodi has some ideas for how we can add some green to the holiday:

* Order organic roses for your Valentine. Conventional roses are sprayed with chemicals to kill insects and mildew and are dunked in preservatives to keep them from rotting before they’re shipped. Organic roses are grown without pesticides or preservatives.

* Surprise your Valentine with a candlelit dinner. Turning the lights out isn’t just romantic, it saves energy. To make the evening even more eco-friendly, opt for soy candles over candles made from paraffin. Soy candles are made from natural ingredients, last longer than paraffin candles and reduce the amount of soot released into the air by 90 percent.

* Toast your Valentine with organic wine. Organic wines are made with grapes that have not been sprayed with pesticides and contain no added sulfites (acids that occur naturally in most wines but are often added as preservatives). Organic wines from local growers are the most environmentally-friendly choice because they have not been shipped long distances.

* Consider buying a piece of estate jewelry for your Valentine. The pieces are more unique than the jewelry sold in big box stores and estate jewelry is the ultimate in reducing, reusing and recycling.

Boyfriends, husbands, crushes- we promise, even though we read this too we will be act totally surprised when you do these things for us!

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Valentine’s Day Dinner (Non)Plans

Hope you’ve got your Valentine’s Day plans or non-plans in order.   TGIF!

(Send this card from someecards)

St. Patrick’s Day Frosted Glass Mug

St. Patrick’s Day is just 40 days away.  Get ready with this Paddy is My Homeboy Frosted Glass Mug, certain to delight your friends and bartenders.

Gingerbread House of Homemade Charm

Homemade gingerbread houses are fun to make at any age.

I am indebted to Elise‘s How to Make a Gingerbread House for making my first non-kit and non-graham cracker gingerbread house a success.

Per usual, I swapped whole wheat flour and succanat for the white flour and refined sugars.  I also used blackstrap molasses instead of regular molasses.

Another adaptation which turned out to be a lifesaver: using a cardboard six-bottle beer carrier as a structure around which to build the walls and lay the roof.  Without this my house would have certainly caved in.  It also meant I only had to cut out a cardboard pattern for the roof since for the walls I just placed the carton onto my rolled-out dough and cut around it with a knife.

By the time I finished it was late at night and I didn’t decorate.  The next day I elected to keep it the way it was.  I like having just the dark brown and bright white.

I constructed it atop a cake platter which worked well.  Now it serves as a holiday decoration that I can move as needed.

With leftover dough I made some gingerbread sandwich cookies.  Recipe to come!

Introducing: 25 Days of Christmas Gifts

Smorgasbite is going to celebrate Christmas for the next 25 days, profiling a wide variety of fun, food-related gifts.

What better way to start than with a fresh twist on an advent calendar? It counts down to not only Santa’s arrival but also the perfection of your recipe for cookies to be left next to the fireplace. Don’t worry, I’ll post some recipes.

Christmas Countdown by Royse City, Texas-based artist EvenlySPACED on Etsy.

Halloween Season: Love it or hate it

There are two types of people: those who love Halloween and those who don’t.

I love Halloween. I love seeing kids dress up, I love seeing families mill around outside after dark, and I love how it makes people come out of their shells. Halloween is an excuse for people to meet each other, laugh with strangers and make a “to do” about not much.

I am an “out of my shell” person by nature. Extroverted, chatty, animated, easy going: all of the above. For as long as you’ll listen, I’ll tell you pretty much anything, even if I just met you. For me, Halloween is a day that everyone else acts a little more like me.

I once heard that a good indicator of your character is if you would want to be good friends with yourself.

So I guess my answer would be yes, and it wouldn’t even have to be Halloween.

Though I like costumes.

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