6 Easy Environmentally-Friendly Things To Do This Week


| 4/27/2017 10:31:00 AM


Tags: repurpose, save money, light footprint, Texas, Tammy Taylor, Taylor-Made Homestead,

Most people desire to be environmentally sensitive to our good ole Mother Earth but just don't know where to start.  It can seem overwhelming to jump in with both feet but I'm here to tell you it's not hard if you start small and build on your success as you go.  And the good news is that it's not complicated, and it can even be a nice little money saver!  Gentle actions can be incorporated into your daily life very easily as long as you start with a few things & add to them as you become comfortable.  Before long your days are a smooth transition to an environmentally gentle life. To get the creative juices flowing, I thought it would be fun to show a few simple things I've done to be environmentally aware this week.

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Wild Flowers In Vase

What's the difference between crappy pasture weeds & a beautiful floral arrangement?  NOTHING!  Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. My hubby spied these 'weeds' when he was walking our pastures recently. Knowing how beautiful I think they are, he pulled some & brought them to me. They are now in a vase beautifying our home!  And these gorgeous flowers didn't cost a dime.

Homemade Snacks For Parties

We were invited to several covered-dish functions over the past week.  I made my favorite homemade Blackberry Cobbler for a cookout, my Double Chocolate Banana Chunk Cookies for another gathering (where it was requested to bring finger foods), and decadent fudgy Iced Brownies for a supper gathering with our son & his family.  Homemade desserts are delicious & these recipes are all simple & very quick to make.  And once again I've saved some money. Plus there's no landfill-bound trash like there would be if I was buying from the bakery or even baking from a boxed mix.

Making Sun Tea

We love iced tea and I always brew it using the power of the sun.  I have a repurposed hourglass-shaped picante jar that I fill with filtered water & a teabag.  Then I  screw on the lid & place the jar on our picnic table in the sun.  A few hours in that Texas sun and BOOM!  I pour the concentrated tea into a glass pitcher, add some water and we enjoy some delicious iced tea.  Other drink options such as cola or juice would be more expensive & almost always involve some sort of trash to be produced.  But the only trash our sun tea produces is the tea bag which is dropped into my compost bin.  In a few weeks that used tea bag will be part of the black gold compost I use in my garden!

 




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