The Go Green Initiative Starts In Your Home

The Go Green Initiative Starts In Your homeIn 2002 the “Go Green Initiative” was started in Pleasanton, California by Jill Buck. The program is all about environmental education and a stewardship program that is located in all 50 US states and in 13 other countries.

The goals of the initiative are to teach and help others learn to conserve and protect natural resources for future generations, and to protect human health through environmental stewardship. Their focus is on…

  1. Recycling and Waste
  2. Water
  3. Energy

What does it mean to “Go G.R.E.E.N.?”

Generate less waste

Recycle everything that cannot be reused

Educate the community on eco-friendly options

Evaluate the environmental impact of actions

Nourish discussions and activities that integrate environmental education into existing curriculum

children running at schoolThough the “Go Green Initiative” is all about helping schools create a campus-wide culture of conservation by teaching kids how to be environmental stewards, we all can contribute to the initiative, though we may not be in school.

Do you have school aged children, or grandchildren in your home? Why not set an example for them by getting involved with the Go Green Initiative, starting in your home. How? By using household cleaners that are earth friendly.

One of the goals of “The Go Green Foundation” is to educate young people about climate change, global warming the earth in a woman's hand with green grass and blue sky in the back groundcrisis and sustainable living practices (Go Green Foundation).

Let’s focus on the later, sustainable living practices.

Going green and using the power of all natural green products to clean your home, can help keep you and your family healthy, as well as keep the environment healthy. This is a great place to start, that is to initiate, and practice sustainable living at home.

Here are some great examples of all natural green products to clean house, that you can prepare at home in your very own kitchen.

Cleaning Wood Floors

1/2 cup white vinegar

3 drops orange oil

3 drops lemon oil

3 drops grapefruit oil

cleaning wood floors with earth friendly products2 drops tea tree oil

1 quart water

Put into a hand sprayer and apply to wood floor, and clean with a damp mop.

General Purpose Bathroom Cleaner

 General Purpose Bathroom Cleaner 1/2 cup baking soda

1/4 cup vinegar

3 drops tea tree oil

2 drops eucalyptus oil

1 drop thyme oil

 5 drops orange oil

5 drops lemon oil

Carpet Cleaner

8 ounces baking soda

5 drops grapefruit oil

 Mix ingredients in a jar, covered with a lid. Shake out on to carpet and vacuum up. It is also recommended for use in a steam cleaner when cleaning carpets.

Carpet Cleaner

cleaning the carpot with all natural earth friendly cleaners 8 ounces baking soda

5 drops grapefruit oil

Mix ingredients in a jar, covered with a lid. Shake out on to carpet and vacuum up. It is also recommended for use in a steam cleaner when cleaning carpets.

Bathroom Mold and Mildew Cleaner

 Bathroom Mold and Mildew Cleaner4 ounces water

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

3 drops lemon oil

1 drop clove oil

5 drops tea tree oil

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle, and spray onto tile and other surfaces that have mold or mildew, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing off.

Dish Washing Soap

 1/2 cup castile soap

1/2 cup vinegar

1 quart water

6 drops lemon oil

natural earth friendly dish soap2 drops geranium oil

3 drops tea tree oil

Mix in a soap dispenser, and add to dish water, and mix in.

Castile soap originating in the Castile region of Spain, is not the same as caster oil soap. Castile soap is made from 100% olive oil, were as caster oil soap, is made from the caster seed, and therefore is considered a vegetable based soap.

The More You Know

Old Farmers 2016 AlmanacYou will find Wikipedia and other sources referring to castile soap as a vegetable based soap made from 100% olive oil, when in fact olives are not a vegetable, but a fruit.

The natural all green recipes were adapted from the Herbal Remedies Magazine – published by Harris Farmers almanac.

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Bacon Eggs and Asparagus Benedict

Bacon Eggs and Asparagus Benedict

There are two and possible more accounts as too how Eggs Benedict came to be a sought after breakfast and Sunday brunch item.

The first account is from 1894 when Lemuel Benedict, a Wall Street broker, went into the Waldorf Hotel to get something to eat in the restaurant. It was said he had a hangover at the time.

He ordered some toast, crisp bacon, two pouched eggs, and a side of hollandaise sauce.

cookbook of the waldorf

Photo Credit: Chest of Books

A column in The New Yorker – Talk of the Town – had interviewed Mr. Benedict just before he died, in 1942.

During the interview he had made the claim that he had put the dish on the breakfast and luncheon menu of the Waldorf Hotel.

Mr. Benedict even claimed the Eggs Benedict recipe was published in the cookbook – Cookbook of the Waldorf  (author  Oscar Tschirky – printed 1896) because of him.

The second account is from 1967 when a claim was made by Edward P. Montgomery on behalf of commodore E.C. Benedict, as he wrote a letter to the New York Times, that included the recipe.

In the letter he claims to have received the recipe from his uncle, a friend of the commodore.

Variations of Eggs Benedict

There have been several different ways to make Eggs Benedict since its appearance to the culinary world. Most of us know it is an American breakfast dish that consists of two halves of an English muffin, topped with ham or bacon, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce (see our recipe here of Eggs Benedict with Hollendaise Sauce).

There are ten variations to date, and they include:

  • Eggs Blackstone – made with  streaky bacon and slices of tomatoes are added
  • Eggs Blanchard – Béchamel suace is used in place of the Hollandaise
  • Eggs Florentine – made with spinach in place of the ham or the spinach is added just underneath the ham
  • Eggs Mornay – made with a Mornay cheese sauce in place of the Hollandaise
  • Eggs Atlantic (also called Eggs Hemingway, or Eggs Copenhagen) – made with  smoked salmon. This variation is called “Eggs Benjamin” in a few restaurants in Canada
  • Huevos Benedictos – a Spanish style that is made with either sliced avocado or Mexican chorizo, and is topped with both a salsa roja (red sauce) and hollandaise sauce
  • Eggs Hussarde – made with Holland rusks in place of the English muffin and adds Bordelaise sauce
  • Irish Benedict – is made with corned beef or Irish bacon
  • Eggs Chesapeake – is made with crab cake, and tops the hollandaise sauce with a sprinkle of Old Bay Seasoning
  • Eggs Hebridean – is made with Black Pudding. This variation is common in Scotland, and uses black pudding from Stornoway

Here is our version of Eggs Benedict, though several may have made it in their kitchen before we did. We call it Bacon Eggs and Asparagus Benedict.

In large pot of boiling salted water, blanch asparagus until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer to bowl of ice water; drain and pat dry.

1 pound asparagus, trimmed

4 slices Canadian ham

4 slices 100% whole grain English muffin, toasted

Hollandaise Sauce:

4 egg yolks

1 stick of butter, no salt, melted

1 teaspoon lemon juice

sea salt and pepper to taste

Poached Eggs:

4 eggs

1 tbsp white vinegar) 

Making the Sauce:

In a 6 quart pot add water 1/4 way up. Bring water to a soft boil.

Add yolks and lemon juice to either a large glass or metal mixing bowl.

Place the bowl over the pot of soft boiling water and start to whisk the yolks over the simmering water until yolks become thick, about 2 to 3 minutes, removing from heat and putting back on. Do not stop whisking.

Remove from heat and add butter and whisk in. Next add sea salt and pepper to taste, whisk some more. If the sauce is to thick just add a few drops of water until you get a sauce again.

Bacon Eggs and Asparagus Benedict Poaching the Eggs:

Using the same pot of water add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar.

Next crack an egg into a small glass bowl and gently drop egg into boiling water for 2 minutes.

Do this with each egg. Remove pouched egg with a slotted spoon and place one egg on each slice of muffin.

Arranging the Plate:

Place 1 or two slices of the toasted English muffin on a plate. Next add 3 or 4 asparagus spires, then add ham, poached egg, and spoon on sauce.

 

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