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Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!!!

Today was Earth Day and there were quite a few reminders. Starbucks was offering free drip coffee and tea to those with reusable mugs, our office building was giving away free energy efficient light bulbs, and Google had a cute little design on their home page that had little critters running around as you moused over it. It was also a beautiful day in Seattle, which gave us a chance to do some work in the yard. We have a lot to do tomorrow, including drop off some brownies and snickerdoodles for the Sidecar for Pigs Peace bake sale, but I'm hoping we'll have time to sneak over to dog park.

To me, Earth Day is a day to reflect on all the wonderful things this planet has provided us with. Air, water, and beautiful scenes. It made me think of Kauai. We did a lot of hiking while we were there, and I remember hiking along the Napli Coast and inland to the Hanakapi'ai Falls. The plants were incredibly lush and fertile. Guava fruit was laying all over the pathways along with fruit from some of the palm trees. The smell was wonderful, mixed in with rich earth and the humid air.

After recalling the beautiful hike among the guava trees, my mind wandered up the Kalalau Valley at the end of the Waimea Canyon drive. I remember being filled with a sense of awe - there are so many places and scenes to enjoy. The sun was warm and we watched a large fog bank roll down to the ocean as the morning slipped by.

The Kauai coastline is gorgeous, and if you are traveling by boat, you may be lucky enough to see some humpback whales in the distance.

Today my mind also fled to the wonderful bounty the Earth gives us. Delicious, fresh foods. We are so lucky to have so many tasty options available to us.

In our household we have made some really good steps towards minimizing waste and using more environmentally friendly products. Our cars sit in the driveway most of the week because we bus too and from work, although I did get a new cute little Hyundai Elantra. The mileage is great! Our cleaning products are without harsh chemicals, cloth is replacing many paper products, and we've got our little garden in the front yard. I would love to start researching more environmentally friendly furniture and flooring. It makes me sad to think how many products are used on a daily basis that are very bad for us...

Where did your thoughts go for Earth Day? Are you planning on changing some lifestyle habits to be kinder to our planet?

Pigs Peace Bake Sale!

Tomorrow there is a bake sale at the Sidecar for Pigs Peace. If you're in the Seattle area, I will be bringing in brownies and snickerdoodles. I hope the sale does well!

Mmmm....gooey brownies


  1. Mmm, I will be there. I had two recipe fails and finally made some peanut butter cookies. I've never had so many GF fails on one day before! The brownies look good.

  2. Ugh...I had a brownie fail too. Actually, they are going to be awesome heated up with some marionberry sauce and Coconut Bliss Vanilla ice cream, but didn't feel they were bake sale worthy. I'll probably drop brownies off tomorrow. Can't wait to taste the PB cookies!!! Lance will be excited.