It’s been quite a year, all across the globe, hasn’t it? Beauty and destruction, births and deaths, political upheaval, social responsibility, breakthroughs in science, medicine and ecology, people across the globe banding together to help each other live better lives.
What are your most remarkable moments of this last year? Did you try anything new, make any major life changes, overcome a personal challenge or connect with others in a meaningful way?
What will you do to make your life, your neighborhood and your world a happier place in 2012? Please share in the comments, we could all use a little inspiration!
Here’s to 2012!
(written for the eco etsy blog, saved here for me…)
This year, I made my first ever pecan pie, and it only took 6 months!
Under all that insanely overgrown wisteria, were three glorious old pecan trees. We’ve been here 5 years though, and never gotten any edible pecans. Well, apparently the largest of the three trees was sending us a thank-you for rescuing it from the vines’ stranglehold, because I must have picked up close to 15 pounds of pecans in the last month:
So, of course there had to be pie.
However, I couldn’t find any corn syrup I felt good about using, so I decided to see what would happen if I subbed agave nectar for it. The answer? Well, it tasted fantastic, but in the next round I think I might add another egg or chop the pecans up smaller, as the ability of it to maintain a “slice” shape was a little pathetic. Yes, we had pecan cobbler =D
(which is why you only get a photo before it was sliced into, lol)
However, here’s what I put into it, if you bake and have suggestions, I’m all ears for a consistency helper!
1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup agave nectar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp grand marnier
2 1/2 cups pecans
and on this note, I think I’m going to go get another slice! Merry Christmas y’all!
night before Christmas edition:
Vienna, National Geographic blog, via pinterest
poached pears with chai creme via roostblog (oh my god I have a new foodie crush)
(original source unknown)
you can buy this print here
you can buy this print here
illustration by Veronique Meignaud
Stop the world, and pamper yourself for a minute…
seen on Treehugger: “Undoing Society One Branch at at Time”
I love this!
My facebook account was hacked. If you follow me there, please do not open any links posted or send me messages there. I will be closing that account and reopening something in the new year. Sorry for any inconvenience.
did you know it’s today? So go have one!
(found here, but no original credit given =/
If you’re as behind as I am on Festivus-Izing your house, here are a couple quick ideas to help get you in the spirit!
Ok, I have to admit, that one isn’t entirely quick, but it WAS somewhat satisfying to nail thru all those bottlecaps! You don’t even have to spraypaint them first, but DO put a pile of magazines or something under them while you’re hammering a nail thru the center if you don’t want to ruin your table. String a coathanger thru the nail holes, make a circle, twist the ends of the wire, then cover it with a little ribbon! Voila! easy peasy recycled wreath.
And then there’s this awesome little piece on tabletop trees seen on Curbly:
I think I have time for a couple of those! Too Cute, check em out!