Category Archives: Dark Green

Most challenging Sustainable Living Solutions – Good for if you want to jump into some more advanced things you can do (but they aren’t all that hard). Go for it!

Heat Pumps: Reducing your Energy Usage

The energy consumption in our home is horribly high!  We use a lot and we waste a lot.  We are not proud of either of these facts but our house is insulated poorly and uses a big, energy guzzling, electric furnace.  So try as we might to reduce our energy bill, we are only able to effect a small percentage.

While we have committed to upgrading the insulation ourselves (at least to date, we have committed to doing it ourselves) the heating component is something for the professionals.  After talking with many, and doing a lot of our own research, we have been leaning towards investing in a heat pump. Continue reading

Lean, GREEN, Workout Routine

For many of us, the New Year welcomes a renewed mission to get healthy and adopt better habits.  For me this includes a return to eating more vegetables and working out more.  This year, I took a look at my work out regiment to discover solutions that are good for me and the environment.  Here are some ways that you too could “green” your workout routine.

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Sustainable Living with Kate Ruffing on Momster Blog

In case you haven’t caught the buzz, I have expanded beyond sharing what we do and have learned about Sustainable Living beyond this blog site.  I am now contributing as a blogger on Family Circle’s blog site – Momster.

It is a great opportunity to share with others and hopefully learn what they are doing as well to live a life with less impact.  If you haven’t caught the articles, here is a summary of all the published posts and links.  Please share with your friends and family and be part of the solution to live better.

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Waking up (early) to Sustainability

This article posted first on Family Circle.

Enjoy reading all about our adventures with our rooster and how we got started exploring the wild world of  sustainable living.

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Smoked Salmon with Cucumber & Dill Creme Fraiche served with Homemade Fennel Crackers

Since my husband got a wood smoker for Christmas this year he has been trying out many recipes for smoked fish. This Smoked Salmon is my favorite so far and is an elegant appetizer at any function especially when served with Cucumber & Dill Creme Fraiche (easier than you would think to make from scratch) and homemade fennel crackers. I enjoy pairing this dish with the wonderfully crisp and refreshing Cucumber DRYSoda which highlights the sweet smoky notes of the fish.

Try to find line caught, Pacific salmon for a sustainable fish choice and smoke over alder and cedar.

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