24 August 2008

Wine, Pearsauce, and Green Blogs

I've just put my first attempt of "wine by the bottle" on top of my fridge. A can of concentrated fruit juice (I'm trying Fruitopia Strawberry Passion Awareness) in a 1.5L wine bottle, topped with water, and some sherry yeast all mixed together is the recipe. I've a balloon over the opening and will prick it when it inflates, which will act as an airlock of sorts. The directions I've received are to let the bottle sit for 5 or 6 days. We'll see if it works. If it does, great. If not, I'm out a can of juice and a bit of yeast, no biggie.

As for other activities today, I've made some pearsauce (made exactly the same as applesauce) with some very ripe local pears. Peel them, core them, chop them and put them into a saucepan with a little water and cook until soft. Mash them up, add some cinnamon, and jar. Voila! It will be tasty good with some pork tenderloin.

I've been trolling the web looking for some "green" blogs, looking for ideas to help myself and my family become more ecologically responsible. I've found "No Impact Man", found at http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/ who writes about his family's one-year project to become zero impact by cutting off their hydro, eschewing motor vehicle transportation, composting their waste (sewage and otherwise), volunteering with tree planting, park cleanups, and on and on. I greatly admire his..fortitude... in attempting this and will buy his book when it is released. I also came across "Crunchy Domestic Goddess" (CDG), found at http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com. I've joined in an initiative of reducing my water consumption, started by CDG, as indicated by the button in my left sidebar. We all need to reduce the water we use. As CDG has in her 5 Minute Shower blog, “If you think we have bad fights over oil, just wait until we start fighting over water!” . Man oh man. Scary stuff. Makes me think about how WE can be more green. Simply giving lip service to the notion isn't enough. Don't talk, ACT!

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