Sunday, April 25, 2010

New and Improved!

So, this has been in the works for quite some time now... and I'm happy to present...


What Runs Lori

Check it out here and be sure to head there from now on!

Please update your subscriptions or feedburners!

So exciting!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

And The Winners Are...

After careful consideration, sorting through emails, laborious hours of tallying, preparing a spreadsheet, listing out all the participant names, randomly generating two winners, (man! That's a lot of work!) Katie emailed me the results.

Yes, I had a fantastic partner on this one, folks. Katie and I worked together on the Green Week Challenges for Earth Day, but Katie did an amazing job at keeping all the entries sorted out and tallied. She's a very organized individual. ;)

But before I let you know how out there in Bloggy Land won the Green Week Challenges, let me first say that everyone that entered was a winner. Everyone doing their part every day, in even the smallest way, wins. Well, actually the Earth wins but I think that is our mission.

Thank you to each and everyone of you who emailed us or blogged about the challenges. This was fun! And thank you, Katie, for being my partner in crime on this one.

So, we have quite a few entries for the Challenge. Katie put all of the participants' names onto a spreadsheet the number of challenges they preformed. Then she'ed the names and the winners were chosen.
Everyone who participated (that we know of) included:
Bitt, Hilary, Averie, Ashlei, The Twins, Me-linh, Matt, Karissa, Kady, Katrina, Shannonmarie, SaRaw, Alisa, Gabi, Jillian, and Melissa

Honorable Mention of those who gathered the most points were:
Kady at Living Loving Learning
Hilary at Coffee is My Carrot
Gabi, aka, Mama Samaan
Bitt at A Bitt of Raw
Alisa at Dairy Free and Fit

Alright, without further ado, the winners of the Green Week Challenges are.....

Drumroll please.

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I know. I'm stalling.

Click here!

Friday, April 23, 2010

By Popular Demand

Today you get to find out who the Earth Day Green Weeks Challenge winners are!

Actually, I'm lying. That's tomorrow, but thanks for stopping by! To reward you, and because I got so many emails and comments asking for it, stuffed peppers, it is!

Now, I don't have the exact recipe. I asked the boyfriend if he would jot it down for his stuffed-pepper-fans but he said he really didn't remember it. So, instead, I'm going to list ingredients that were used and you just get to add the amounts that suit you. Because really, isn't cooking all about trial and error and just playing around?

Boyfriend's Sustainable Stuffed Peppers
Use all organic items to make this meal Earth friendly and body friendly.
  • Yellow, red, or green bell peppers
  • Brown rice, quinoa, or other grain, cooked
  • White onions, diced
  • Mushrooms, *diced into small squares
  • Green onions, sliced
  • Chickpeas
  • Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Tomatoes, fresh and diced, or canned
  • Salt and pepper
  • Italian herb seasoning OR equal parts of dried parsley, oregano, marjoram, basil, rosemary, thyme
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic (may or may not have been present)
*To easily dice mushrooms, use an egg slicer, slicing the mushrooms one way, and then the other. Makes perfect dice sizes every time!

Sautee onions and mushrooms in a pan with olive oil until soft. Add green onions, one extra bell pepper, chopped, all spices, rice, garlic and chickpeas, and heat for another few minutes.
While the rice, chickpea mixture is heating, take each bell pepper and slice the top off, keeping an inch or two to act as a lid (as pictured above). Scoop out of the innards and set aside. 
When the rice mixture is finished cooking, add in the cilantro and tomatoes. Now is time to stuff the peppers (full, full, full) and top with it's 'lid.'
Bake the peppers, sitting upright, in a 375 degree oven for 30-45 minutes. Top with goat cheese, below, or eat as is!
Alternate endings may include chicken or beef (organic and grass fed) in the rice mixture, bread crumbs (as the boyfriend likes it), and/or other cheese stuffed in with the rice mixture.

Hmmmm... do you like how I call my boyfriend just boyfriend? Should I write, instead, his name? Sascha. Or Chef, since he's the best cook I know? Or I could call him Fishy-Poo, which I do use to address him on occasion. But we'll just keep that last one our little secret.

Big thanks to everyone who participated in the Green Weeks Challenge!!!
(and taken directly off of Miss Katie's blog, because, well, she did a great job at tallying points...)
Bitt, Hilary, Averie, Ashlei, The Twins, Me-linh, Matt, Karissa, Kady, Katrina, Shannonmarie, SaRaw, Alisa, Gabi, and Melissa! I’m tallying the points today, and will post the winners of the awesome prizes tomorrow! If you participated, and you don’t see your name, email me ASAP!

And Melissa blogged about Green Week Challenges here and here, but I was a little slow at posting her info!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Enter: Earth Day

Although, today is officially Earth Day, really, everyday should be Earth Day. And even though today is the last day to get your Green Week Challenges submitted, try to do your part when you can. Every little bit helps and a little does go a long way.

Did you know Earth Day is 40 yrs old this year? It has a birthday...(?)!

To get you going on the start of your Earth Day celebration (why not, right?) here are some Earth Day deals and freebies from various businesses (that my boyfriend found and forwarded to me! He's playing too!).
Yahoo Earth Day Freebies
Some of the deals (and personal favorites) include:
  • Gain free admission into all 392 U.S. national parks now through Sunday, April 25 (I WILL be there Saturday!)
  • Get a chance to win a $20,000 green home makeover by registering on the Purex website by April 30. 
  • Sign up for the Drive Home Green sweepstakes on Target's website through the end of the month. The grand prize is a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. You could also win bicycles, electric scooters, a national park trip, and other prizes.
  • Add a green pledge to the Sierra Club's Earth Day map for a chance to win a trip for two to Hawaii.
Pretty nice deals.

Katie even posted some interesting facts about Earth Day.

Bitt also did a whole post of her Green Week Challenges for Earth Day! She did a lot of challenges.

Katrina of Katrina Runs blogged about the challenge and so did saRAW. Thanks girls!

And this fabulous Dairy Free Fit lady also dedicated a post to the challenge. Check out her great post here!

Gabi has been a busy little woman doing her green part. In fact, she did almost every challenge and sent pictures to prove it! Way to go!
She made her own cleaner!
And then cleaned! (cute little towel)
She walks (or takes public transit) every day to all of her locations!
She also lives in England where public transit is a bit better, but she is definitely helping the environment out!
She donated clothes to a local clothes drive.
And became one with nature.
She did every single challenge, minus four of them.
Wow. Way to go! Love the participation!

She even wrote me a little email:
"Hope you had a lot of participants be good to the Earth, like a mother it's the only ONE we got."

You know what, you are right. Thank you!
(and happy almost Mother's Day <--don't forget your presents)

Read here about some others that have been participating in Green Weeks.

Don't forget about the P R I Z E S for the two top challenge doers!

For me, doing my part, I have been washing loads of clothes in cold water, hanging most clothes to dry, stopping the dishwasher at the "dry" cycle and air drying them, making veggie dishes, daily green smoothies, we only use cloth napkins, so that's in, the boyfriend even bough grass fed/farm raised chicken for himself last night! Now that is saying something. Aside from that we usually bring our own bags to the store, use Sigg bottles, ONLY use glass or plastic food containers-reuse right?, and many more. It's fun, it usually saves money, and it helps the Earth and all of us on it.

I'm so happy that so many people have participated in Green Weeks (even though it's still not over!) and that most of us do these things on a daily basis! Keep up the great work!

On a food note, check out what the boyfriend made for us...
The Sustainable Stuffed Pepper
all organic ingredients and the most amazingly delicious stuffed pepper I have ever had.
He even made mine special to include only goat cheese, meatless, and gluten free.
What a guy.