Archive for August, 2013

Meatless Monday

For my own personal reasons (I just don’t like them) I don’t eat avocados. It’s something about the texture and color that makes them unappealing to me. That being said I have no idea whether this article is accurate.

However, I do have lots of subscribers who are avocado aficionados and I am relying on them to comment and let me know if in fact they have noticed a change in this seasons yield. Apparently the avocado trees (they grow on trees?) in Southern California, which usually produce pear sized fruit, are yielding avocados the size of golf balls.

Avocados traditionally average a weight of 8 oz yet this year’s crop is weighing in 30% smaller, at roughly 5-6oz.  Why is this happening? Well you can blame it on the rain! The article states that an off growing year with low winter rainfall in early 2012, inconsistent bee activity during the spring bloom, and an abundance of unseasonably cool and cloudy weather in the year since; all add up to wimpy avocados.

The report goes on to say that although the avocados are smaller the taste and quality remains the same. So guacamole lovers unite and let me know what you think of the article…fact or fiction?

Source: MNN.com

Photo: Tropical Florida Gardens

We got Goats!

I love feedback from our readers. Sometimes its constructive, sometimes it’s not. Either way it lets me know that someone reads what I write and that’s a good feeling.

Last week one of my posts was titled “Would you hire a goat?” It ended by saying that I would like to see more natural methods of weed control around the Atlanta area.  Well apparently I’m not hanging out in the right places because as one of my subscribers responded “we got goats.”

Several of you emailed me in response to the article and here is what I’ve learned.

  • Sheep can also be used for natural “weed” control.
  • Kudzu is actually a great food source because it’s a legume (fruit or seed of a plant) and animals love legumes.
  • Luckily the animals will not eat rhododendrons and azaleas.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers has been using goats on Buford Dam for 30 years to keep natural vegetation under control!
  • There are business in the metro area have goats for rent! All you need is a fence and a food source.

Thanks to all of my readers who keep me on my toes and for taking the time to share your knowledge with me! You make me smile

Wordless Wednesday

Loggers with a giant cut down redwood

 

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Meatless Monday

I decided to switch things up today and actually TEST something before I posted it on Meatless Monday. I know it’s such a simple concept, but somehow each week it escapes me (smile)! I am on a journey to make eating healthy a lifestyle.  So when I saw a post titled “Lazy Girl’s Zucchini Spaghetti (no fancy tools required)”, I knew she was speaking directly to me. I am not necessarily lazy but always strapped for time, I’m a girl, I love zucchini and spaghetti and I lack fancy kitchen tools.

I experimented with both a mandolin and a box grater to make the noodles. I’m not sure which was easier. I have a nasty cut from the mandolin (1st time using it…ever) and the box grater wasn’t as smooth as the article would make it seem.

However, they both did the job and the result was delicious. This will definitely be my new spaghetti alternative. Next time I will use a different blade (and the finger guard) and try my hand at making zucchini fettuccine noodles.

The only surprise I had other than the need for a Dora band-aid, was how few noodles I was able to make from 3 medium sized zucchini. It is definitely enough for me but if I was trying to feed a family and have leftovers (which is usually my goal) I would need a lot more.

What are your faux pasta favorites?

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Wordless Wednesday

Penguin leaps off a chunk of ice

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Would you hire a goat?

Goats in a cemetery.The U.S. Government recent hired 58 goats to eat invasive plant species (kudzu, poison ivy and English ivy) at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. These goats can clear almost ½ an acre per day. Without the goats it would be very difficult for modern machinery to navigate the rough terrain surrounding the cemetery.  It also saves money, the cost of the goats breaks down to $0.25 per goat/hour. Traditional weed removal would suggest resorting to pesticides which could easily reach the nearby Anacostia watershed. This natural solution reduces pollution as well as fertilizes the cemetery grounds.

I would love to see more natural methods of weed control around the Atlanta metro area. Think about all the kudzu and other invasives you see being mowed or choking the life out of native trees. I think the Gov’t got this one right!

Source:  National Geographic

Wordless Wednesday

Explorer descends into the Majlis al Jinn cave in Oman

Source: MNN