Wednesday, 19 April 2017 07:31

10 Ways to Bring Earth Day Home

April 22nd is Earth Day and while your community probably has some sort of event planned, there are plenty of ways you can celebrate at home. Here are 10 ideas to try for reducing your carbon footprint and celebrating planet Earth all year long from Shana Levy McCracken, a sustainability consultant and Houzz.com contributor.
1. Plant a tree.
2. Start a compost pile.
3. Fix something.
4. Encourage pollinators.
5. Choose a species to follow.
6. Join a CSA.
7. Buy nothing.
8. Read an Earth-themed book.
9. Make a donation.
10. Gaze at the stars.

Read and see in detail McCracken's 10 ideas here: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/83175320?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u5149&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery4&newsletterId=5149

Courtesy of houzz.com

 

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Plant a Pollinator Garden on Earth Day.  Schmechtig Landscapes, Lake Bluff Landscape Design and Build Project

 

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Plant a Tree on Earth Day.  Barrington Hills, Schmechtig Landscapes Design and Build Project.

 

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Wilmette, Illinois, Pollinator Garden Design and Maintenance by Schmechtig Landscapes.

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Mitchell Parker, a Houzz Editorial Staff Writer, published this article “Inside Houzz: New Data Offer Insights on Landscaping Trends” on Friday, March 25th.
Parker states, "When it comes to outdoor projects, homeowners aren’t messing around. In a new Houzz landscaping survey, 88 percent of homeowners involved in an outdoor project say the scope of the work is a substantial or complete renovation. Their projects include things like adding paving and garden beds, building or updating structures, regrading, terracing and re-landscaping. The Houzz Landscaping & Garden Trends Study surveyed 958 registered U.S. Houzz users in February 2016 who had completed an outdoor project in the past 12 months, were working on one or planned to start one in the next six months." Here’s the link for the full article (great insights and information): http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/64002187?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u2711&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery1    Courtesy of houzz.com

 

 

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Terracing Backyard Ideas - Schmechtig Landscapes in Barrington Hills, Illinois

 

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Garden Bed Ideas with Water Feature, - Schmechtig Landscapes in Wilmette, Illinois

 

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Front Walkway using Pavers - Schmechtig Landscapes in Glenview, Illinois

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The garden bursts into bloom, the garden centers open with cool-season annuals beckoning and gardening begins in earnest, says Barbara Pintozzi, a Houzz Contributor.  Pintozzi says, watch your garden light up with bulbs, go wild for wildflowers and more.  Here is what to see and do in April. Read more:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/8678771/list/Great-Lakes-Gardener-s-April-Checklist

 

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Here's one of the 15 game changing meatloaf recipes.

See them all at: http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/foodnews/15-game-changing-meatloaf-recipes/ss-AAad4mz?ocid=DELLDHP#image=3

 

Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower with Turkey Meatloaf

Ingredients
0.25 cup(s) cider vinegar
1.00 tablespoon(s) spicy brown mustard
5.00 tablespoon(s) tomato paste
2.00 pound(s) ground turkey
3.00 slice(s) whole-grain bread
2.00 small whole-grain dinner rolls
1.00 medium zucchini
1.00 medium red pepper
1.00 large shallot
1.00 cup(s) milk
1.50 pound(s) red potatoes
1.00 small about 6 cups cauliflower
0.66 cup(s) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1.00 clove(s) garlic
Cooked green beans


Directions:
1 - Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 18-inch by 12-inch jelly-roll pan with foil. Heat large covered saucepot of water to boiling on high.


2 - In medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, and 2 tablespoon tomato paste; set aside.


3 - In large bowl, combine turkey, bread, zucchini, red pepper, shallot, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper, and remaining 3 tablespoon tomato paste. Mix until well combined.


4 - Transfer mixture to prepared pan; mold into two 6-inch by 4-inch loaves. Pour vinegar mixture over tops of loaves. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until turkey is cooked through (165 degrees F).


5 - Meanwhile, add potatoes and 2 teaspoon salt to boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes. Add cauliflower and boil for 8 minutes or until potatoes are very tender. Drain; return to pot. Add yogurt, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/2 cup milk. With potato masher, mash until smooth. Serve with meatloaf and beans.

Recipe Courtesy of Delish and msn.com/foodanddrink

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