Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Does EARTH DAY matter? Only if you want it to! Earth day is April 22nd and this year it is 40 years old- it is the most globally celebrated environmental event - join in all the fun things going on ( most FREE) and make some goals yourself- start recycling and reusing! Teach your kids to do the same- Read the LORAX to them! Plant a tree, start some seeds, Take a Nature WALK.... Instill in them a LOVE and deep RESPECT four our Wonderous EARTH- If you don't who will?

Earth Day Celebration at Ogden Nature Center

Saturday, April 17, 12-4

The entire community is invited to come learn and play! Earth Day is a day of education, celebration and action! This year's Earth Day Celebration is packed with new ideas for sustainable living, live entertainment, earth-friendly presentations, great activities for children, gardening, recycling, plants, and more. Children will love the water trailer and the rock climbing wall. Come learn and play!

Cost: $1 per person or FREE if you bicycle, walk or ride the bus!

Here are more Fun things going on in Ogden and SLC...
FREE day at Red Butte Gardens ( sat)
FREE day at the Museum of Fine Arts ( sat)
LOcal Borders are hosting a FANCY NANCY day- FREE ( sat)
( Not really earth day stuff but FUN nonetheless!)

In honor of Earth Month, The Salt Lake City Film Center is providing a chance for you and your family to come to the Gateway and see a free screening of Earth on Thursday, April 16th at 7:30 p.m. The event is free, and will feature a nature documentary from Disneynature.

• Bend in the River Earth Day Planting at 1030 West Fremont Avenue in Salt Lake City. This event is free and fun for the whole family from 8:30 a.m. – noon this Saturday, April 18th. Bring your own gloves, shovels and bottled water and enjoy a light breakfast followed by a weed removal and planting. Following that, a lunch will be served before a naturalist-led tour of the Jordan River. The Girl Scouts will be on hand to help host children’s activities.

• Hogle Zoo is hosting a “Party for the Planet” event on Saturday, April 25th. Come explore the tropics of Hogle Zoo and be a part of the animal presentations, and learn about ways to keep our planet clean. Food, music and live entertainment will make this a fun event for the whole family. Visit, for more info.

• Earth Week at the City Library. Pick up a take-and-make bird seed project at any city library, Monday, April 20th –Saturday, April 25th during library hours. Log onto for more info. Also ,check out your local libraries for other scheduled events.

• The Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City is having EarthFest featuring green vendors and live music on April 22nd. The event is free for all ages and open to the public.

• The Whole Foods Market at 6930 South Highland Drive is celebrating Earth Day with free bike tune-ups, a clothing drive for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Utah a seed planting activity and giveaways. The event is free for all ages and goes from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on April 22nd.

GO Green and HAve fun!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

For All you KetTcHuP lovers......

It is NO secret that ketchup is full of high fructose corn syrup, sugar and a lovely smattering of MSG- mmm.... Tasty! :) How about making your own- it doesn't take long, has no added preservatives, TASTES better and is better for ya!! Here are a few recipes..

2 medium tomatoes
1 cup sun dried tomatoes soaked ( save soaked water)
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup water ( include water from sun dried tomatoes)

blend until smooth- makes about 2 cups

Or if you don't have fresh....

  • 1 (28-oz) can whole tomatoes in purée
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Purée tomatoes (with purée from can) in a blender until smooth.

    Cook onion in oil in a 4-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add puréed tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, and salt and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until very thick, about 1 hour (stir more frequently toward end of cooking to prevent scorching).

    Purée ketchup in 2 batches in blender until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). Chill, covered, at least 2 hours (for flavors to develop).

    Both recipes can stay in fridge for 3 weeks

    Tuesday, April 6, 2010

    HomeMade BRead

    Easy to Make Great Whole Wheat bread!
    Honestly it takes about 50 min from START to FINISH!! If I can make delicious moist bread anybody can- for some reason I am seriously yeast challenged- I have the hardest time getting things to rise- not sure why!!! BUT I can make this bread and it is delicious!!! Give it a try!
    8 Cups hard red or white wheat (yields about 11 cups of flour)
    1/4 Cup ground flax seed ( I add about 1/2-3/4 cup)
    1 Tbsp Sea Salt ( or 2 tbs normal salt)
    3 Tbsp Yeast
    5 1/2 Cups Hot Water
    1/2 Cup Olive Oil
    3/4 Cup Honey
    Separate the ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and add to the wet ingredients in your mixing machine
    With all ingredients added to your mixer, mix on level 2 for 8 min. It's a very wet looking dough so don't let that scare you. This is what makes it a very moist tasting bread!
    After mixing the dough, Flour your hard surface and dump the dough out. A hard non porous surface is best. . Divide dough into fourths and scoop into your greased ( i used pam) bread tins.
    Let your pans sit for ten minutes before baking.
    Bake on the CENTER rack for 25 min. @ 350 degrees

    Here is a little info on why Wheat is much better then WHITE

    This is what is LOST during the conversion of wheat to white ...

    50% of all calcium, 70% of phophorus, 80 % iron, 98% magnesium, 75% manganese, 50% potassium and 65$ copper, 80% thiamin, 60% riboflavin, 75% niacin, 50% of pantothenic acid adn 50 % pyridoxine is lost. And to add on top of that White FLour is extremely MUCUs Forming- it goes in and clogs up your lymph system and organs and Bowels..

    Wheat is stripped of everything GOOD and bleached with Chlorine Gas to make White FLour. The EPA identifies Chlorine Gas as a flour bleaching, aging, and oxidizing agent that is a powerful irritant, dangerous to inhale and lethal. This chlorine gas converts xanathine, a dough additive into a toxic substance called Alloxan. Alloxan is a byproduct of the flour bleaching process that result in the formation of alloxan in the flour.

    WHo cares about Alloxan?- Well you should... When Genetic scientist want to study diabetes they give their rats ALLOXAN to GIVE THEM DIABETES- that is common knowledge alloxan gives you diabetes by destroying the beta cells in your pancreas... and in small amounts it is in ANYTHING that has white flour in it.. Our society EATS A TON of things with WHITE FLOUR in them- you do the math- a little can add up to A LOT. And if you haven't noticed the incidence of diabetes is sky rocketing- in YOUNG and OLD.

    *Type 2 diabetes has always been an adult disease- because most the time it is dramatically influenced by diet and lack of exercise. In children it used it used to be 96 percent were Type 1 and only 4 % type 2, now in some places only 65 percent are Type 1 and a whopping 35% type 2

    I am not saying it is the only CAUSE but it is definately a contributing factor!!! And I haven't even touched on what it does to your insulin levels...

    The important point to take away is, beware of any processed food because chemicals are always used. And we simply don’t know what the long-term effects will be of ingesting chemicals, on top of chemicals, on top of more chemicals. Strive to stick to whole unprocessed foods that are as close to their natural state as possible

    FYI- I was planning on doing a grains class this month but April is super busy so if there is interest I will try my hardest to get in the last week of April sometime -if not I will not do it until probably June or July SO if you are interested- LET me KNOW!!
    and last but not least- I am doing an oil order- if you want something let me know by thursday night...

    now go make yourself some yummy wheat bread!!