Friday, May 30, 2008

Snack Time!

It's that time of day, and I am sitting here at my desk craving a snack! While trying to divert my attention away from craving chocolate, I came across this recipe for "green" Whole Wheat Brownies posted on I have to say, they sound GOOD! So, I thought I'd share with you. I plan on baking them this weekend -I'll let you know how they turn out!

Whole Wheat Brownies
Excerpted from Bob's Red Mill Baking Book by John Ettinger and Bob's Red Mill Family, ©2007, Published by Running Press. All rights reserved.

Makes approximately 24 brownies

2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup unbleached white pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, plus 1 tablespoon, melted
2/3 cup honey
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup carob powder, toasted, or cocoa powder
3 tablespoons milk
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup carob or chocolate chips
1/2 cup golden raisins (I'm not sure I'll be using raisins though-it's my opinion that raisins do not belong in brownies!)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 9-inch baking pan.
2. In a medium bowl, sift or whisk together the flours and baking powder.
3. In a large bowl, cream together the 1/4 pound of butter with the honey until smooth, then add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and blend well.
4. In a small bowl, combine the carob powder with the melted butter and the milk. Pour into the honey mixture, blending well. Whisk in the flour mixture until smooth. Stir in the walnuts, carob chips and raisins.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Let cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting into bars.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Get out there and surf!

Are you wanting to start recycling, but not sure how? There are many different companies to help you in your search. Just try surfing the web and you'll find different ways to and different places to recycle, maybe even start your own campaign!

Check out the following links:

Earth 911
Kids Recycle
The Internet Consumer Recycling Guide

Happy Surfing!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Driving Less Miles

One way to reduce your carbon footprint is by looking out for new auto policies that give you incentives for driving less miles. A new auto policy TripSense® by Progressive Auto Insurance will let you pay on your policy depending upon how many miles you drive in your vehicle. Some clients can save up to 25% on their premiums per year. The policies are currently available in Michigan and Oregon.

Although I wasn't able to locate any policies offered here in California, more insurance companies are looking into offering the program sometime in the near future.

More information listed below:

GMAC Insurance and OnStar
Pay-As-You-Drive Vehicle Insurance

I know this type of incentive would motivate me to drive less, making me monitor the amount of miles I drive each year which would be better for the environment and my vehicle.