In Case You Missed It — March 1-5

Did you miss a daily dose of 5 Minutes for Going Green last week? Never fear, we’re here (with a recap!)

Asking’s One’s Self the Hard Questions kicked off a series in which I’ll be examining all the things I’m doing wrong in our family’s quest for The Green Life. And the way it came about was quite unexpected.

A couple weeks ago we invited another couple over for dinner and games. I’ve been friends with the wife for sometime but we hadn’t yet gotten together as couples more than a few times — her husband didn’t know me as well as she did and had no idea what it is that I do for a living. In our neck of the woods freelance writers aren’t exactly plentiful so I’m accustomed to reactions of bewilderment when my livelihood comes up for discussion. What I’m not accustomed to is people questioning, even if in a friendly and truly curious manner, why I am fit to do what I do. Read More>>>

Shannon Baer gave us some great romantic ideas in Creative Green Date Nights

My husband and I are always busy with work, kids, our personal time, and sometimes it’s hard for us to make time for our relationship. But it’s always so rewarding when we do.

Since we don’t always have the money to go out for dinner or a movie, I like thinking of creative ways for us to share time together or with other adults in a playful and romantic way.Read More>>>

She also introduced us to Happy Healthy Eating via Community Supported Agriculture.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to support your local farmer and keep fresh vegetables on the table. Most CSA’s work something like this:

Families (or single folk) buy a “share” (or two if you’re a large family)- ranging in price from say $400.00 to $800.00+ and each week you meet at a pick up location for your box of vegetables and fruits. Most CSA shareholders pay in installments, some take advantage of work-share options, and all pay a down payment of some sort. And that’s in part the beauty of CSA- because buyers pay the farmer upfront she can estimate how much to plant.Read More>>>

And on Friday we talked about how to Green Your St. Patrick’s Day, Not Just Your Shirt this year.

I grew up in a small village (population: less than 400) in the middle of Michigan that is incredibly proud of its Irish heritage. It also just so happens that its local tavern holds the state’s oldest liquor license. Combine these two facts and what I have always known is a huge St. Patrick’s Day celebration; one with potato rolls, delicious beef stew and copious amounts of green beer.Read More>>>

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Diana Prichard is the Managing Editor of 5 Minutes for Going Green, a freelance writer, Handmade, local and artisan Food Columnist and aspiring small farmer. She lives in rural Mid-Michigan (just miles from that tiny village in which she grew up — and plans to attend St. Pat’s Festivities in again this year) with her husband, two daughters, three dogs and an ever-changing menagerie of farm animals large and small. You can follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.

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Photo Credit (Top, Right.) – Candy Kisses by James Spicer
Photo Credit (Bottom, Left.) – Bed of Clovers by Sadie Lou

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