Bento Boxes

May 28, 2008 at 1:32 pm (diabetes, domestic life, food, Uncategorized) (, , )

I keep running into a bunch of posts/pages and blogs that are talking about Bento box lunches. From this wiki page on Bentos it looks like there are different styles and an almost philosophical view on how to put them together. That isn’t why I go t interested. I have enjoyed Bento boxes at various Japanese restaurants. The lunches tend to be well balanced and full of all kinds of different flavors. When I eat lunch at home, that is how I eat – a little of this, a taste of that, and a few more bites of this. For someone with diabetes, this isn’t a bad way to eat. If you are paying attention, it is a good way to eat a balanced diet.

When I pack my lunches for work I tend to pack bits and pieces to eat. But the amount of plastic wrap and other wrapping I was using was bugging my green-aware brain. And I do have all kinds of plastic wear, but it tends to be flimsy, and always missing lids. So on Saturday DH and I ended up at Daiso. If you haven’t been to one , it is the Japanese version of a dollar store. Most things are 1.50 and all the products are things that might be found in a Japanese household. I went looking for a Bento box. In the end, I decided that I wanted to stick with my insulated lunch box. I bought a bunch of new plastic containers of various sizes, ( including one that is sandwiched sized), to create my own Bento box. They are much heavier than the ones I have from the grocery store, and the lids are strong too. Besides, who can resist things that say ” The usage depends on you. We present you with happy life.”, on the package?

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Cleaning with vinegar

May 5, 2008 at 2:46 pm (domestic life) (, )

So I’ve been talking about cleaning green with my on line friends. One of y friends H had great luck cleaning her kitchen floor with vinegar. My bathroom floor is evil. I thought I’d give it a try today, by cleaning my whole bathroom with vinegar.

solution: 2 cups of distilled white vinegar plus a few drops of lavender oil.

Time/ cleaning effectiveness : equal to commercial products

Smell: Way less than any commercial product. It might not be my favorite smell, but it was also gone less than twenty minutes later.

Bonus: I didn’t have to rinse the bathroom floor. Vinegar is a disinfectant, so the mold might actually be dead. Vinegar absorbs funky smells. The kitchen towels went into the laundry – bonus disinfect for the laundry, with out needing to worry about anything hurting the clothes.

For next time: spray vinegar and sprinkle stubborn spots with baking soda.

I really can’t see why I won’t use it again.

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build it green tours

April 26, 2008 at 2:38 pm (domestic life) ()

Our architect/neighbor/ friend is going to be on the Build it Green Tour
Sunday June 1st. The June 1st tour cover Alameda and Contra Costa county homes. I’m not yet sure if I am going to go to any onther house other than P’s house, but I am just pleased to know such things exist.

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Happy earth day

April 22, 2008 at 9:08 pm (domestic life, garden) (, )

Between my mom and my sisters there have been emails flying back and forth talking about what is ‘green’. It all started with an HGTV program about a ‘green’ house . We really couldn’t even decide if the house was what we would define as green.

Here are some of the criteria I came up with after thinking about it.

building materials: renewable, low VOC, local building materials if possible; a variety of sources of power – passive solar, solar, wind, or even just combinations of more conventional sources.

Efficiency: natural light; the right placement on a lot for heating and cooling; built for the natural environment ( CT, SC ,and CA all have different needs); I want things like the kitchen set up so recycling is easy and natural.

Garden/lawn: native plants and xeriscaped when possible. Let’s try and keep most of the power tools out of the garden, which means planning – how big do things grow, how much care do they need and how much time do you want to invest in your garden/lawn? Growing just a tomato plant, or some herbs helps remind you of where your food comes from and our connection with the earth.

Something not always thought as green , but something that seem to be a natural extension to being green is the layout of a house. Yes, that is part of the heating and cooling, but there is more to it. Useing the entire space is important, otherwise why do you have all that space. Houses should have places for the family to gather. And no mystery rooms that no one uses

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