Monthly Archives: March 2012

Living Green Saves The Planet

Green living makes us to live healthy. It saves money and also environment. It is essential to live Green in order to save the earth from global warming. It is our responsibility to save our earth and it is in our hands to save the earth. But we don’t know what are the ideas are to follow for green living. There are some ideas to follow for living green.

The main idea for living green is to reduce the dust that we discard from our home. Now, so many companies are also taking many steps for reducing their garbage. This is a good idea to follow for living green. The other idea we have to follow is re-use durable containers and products. It is a good way to use these products. If we are not having any necessary with those products at least we have to give to the others who are in need of it. Recycle is also one of the best ideas for living green.
Loving the planet is one of the major ideas for living green. Using organic products and cosmetics is also a major idea to lead a life green. Use hormone free dairy products and try to buy these products in glass bottles because, these are reusable. Try to grow a plants or trees which give more oxygen. Avoid the plastic covers because these are not reusable. And these take 1000 years to dissolve in earth.

There are also some easy ways to live green. Easy green living is nothing but living green without making much effort. There are some easy ways or ideas to live green. Make a small difference to live green. Water conservation is one of the easy ways to live green. It is an important resource because we can’t live with out it. Water conservation also saves money. But we generally waste so much water in so many ways. Try to reduce using water level makes the life green. The simple ways to conserve water are using low flowed shower heads, using less water when washing clothes or dishes, see there is no leakage in taps and try to use sprinklers for the land. These are some of the ways to conserve water.

Another way of living green is eating local food. The farmer market is a best one to get a local food. It not only gives energy but also saves money. The food that is obtained from a farmer market is cultivated by hand not by using fuel. And try to grow the vegetables and leafy vegetables in house. Because farmers may use the pesticides but we never use this in our home. We use water to cultivate the plants which is one of the green substances.

Coming to another way of living green that is recycling. Recycling is being done from several numbers of years. Now there are so many recycling centers to drop our goods in it. We may not use the goods so we can give the at least for the people who are in need of it.

It is our responsibility to live green and make the globe green.


Homemade Insect Traps

Sometimes we can turn the insects’ desire for food into a trap. Your garden can become a deadly trap for certain insects and yet not be a hazard to you, your family, or beneficial insects. We can accomplish this simply by making the trap attractive to the pest insect. Your vegetables and flowers, because of the color of their foliage, attract certain insects. Their eyes key in on the reflected colors of the leaf, essentially yellow mixed with green. If you use this fact about insects to your advantage, you can make a sure-fire trap for them by simply adding a sticky substance to a material of the proper color.

In years past, I made my own sticky, yellow traps by painting poster-board yellow and then applying a sticky substance to it. I eventually was tired of painting, so I decided to buy yellow poster-board instead. My labor went down, but the price of materials went up. Finally, I came up with an ingenious solution for recycling the yellow poster-board for reuse. The secret to my recycling method involves using plastic freezer bags. Any size of clear plastic bag is acceptable, but I prefer to use the thin, inexpensive type that is about 11 by 14 inches in size. You can even use the plastic bags in which shirts come.

Cut your yellow cardboard so that you can slide it inside the bag. Then coat the plastic bag with a sticky material. You may want to use Tanglefoot, a commercial product that is very popular for trapping gypsy moth caterpillars as they climb trees looking for food. Another good product to use is Stikem, although you can also used substances such as heavy motor oil and petroleum jelly. When your sticky substance becomes covered with bugs, simply slide off the plastic bag and discard it. Put on a new bag and coating, and you’re back in business, using the same piece of cardboard. If you prefer not to bother with the plastic bags and sticky coating, you can buy ready-made sticky cards.
There are several methods you can use to install your insect traps in the garden. You can staple them onto stakes that you push into the ground, or you can hang them by strings. If you are using the former method, staple the yellow cardboard to the wood stake; then slide the plastic bag over the staked cardboard from the top. If you have a lot of trouble with wind, you can staple shut the open end of the bag. For the wood stakes, use thin wood strips, such as the discarded wood strip from the bottom of old window shades, or wood paint stirrers. The thin wood allows you simply to staple the yellow cardboard right to the wood stake.

Another alternative for installing insect traps is to slide the yellow cardboard into the plastic bag with the open end of the bag on top; then staple string to the top of the bag. You can also staple the bag closed, but don’t staple the bag to the cardboard because this will make recycling difficult. Tie the trap to a stake, such as a tomato plant stake, and you’ve got a suspended insect trap. Where vine crops are being grown on a fence or trellis, you can tie the traps to the netting, trellis, or fence that you are using as the garden’s supports. You can also tie the traps to a string suspended between two poles, forming a sort of clothesline for bug traps.

At this point you may be wondering when to place your traps in your garden. The solution is quite simple. Watch your plants very closely and carefully for any signs of insects. As soon as you see any, install the traps. You will want to head off any and all pests before their numbers get too high, because high numbers of pests mean more traps will be needed and more damage will be done to your crops before you can get the pests under control. In particular, watch your tomato and squash plants for whiteflies and your peas, cabbage, and broccoli for aphids. These insects are the early arrivals – they most commonly appear on the early crops we just mentioned.

Be especially sure that you check the undersides of the plant leaves for insects as well. After a period of time you will also want to watch the tips of roses and the undersides of squash leaves for aphids. These sites seem to be the first attack zone of aphids if they haven’t arrived with the earlier crops. Be sure you make your plant inspections frequently and early, because the sooner you get your insect traps in place, the sooner you will do away with you garden pests.

You may now be wondering how far apart to place these sticky cards and how many you need for your garden. There is no simple answer, because the number of cards you need really depends on how bad the whitefly infestation is and how big your card is. With an 11-by-14 inch card, use one card for about every 10 square feet you want to protect from whiteflies and aphids. A larger or smaller card will increase or decrease, respectively, the protected area. Keep track of the card in terms of the number of whiteflies you find stuck to it. If the card becomes saturated with whiteflies in less than one week go to two cards per 10 square feet. Should one card go for a week or longer, great. If cards last two weeks or longer, cut down the number of sticky cards when you replace them.

In addition, you can trap whiteflies quite rapidly, a point that might come in handy if you didn’t notice the whiteflies until a large number were present. The secret to this technique lies in disturbance. Generally whiteflies fly off a plant infrequently; however, if you disturb the plant, you get a cloud of “flying dandruff.” The idea is to cause whitefly flight from one side of the plant while having the sticky traps located on the other side.

Different ways to cook rice

Rice needs to be thoroughly washed. A good way to do this is to put it into a colander,  in a deep pan of water. Rub the rice well with the hands, lifting the  colander in and out the water, and changing the water until it is clear; then drain. In this way the grit is deposited in the water, and the rice left thoroughly clean.

The best method of cooking rice is by steaming it. If boiled in much water, it loses a portion of its already small percentage of nitrogenous elements. It requires much less time for cooking than any of the other grains. Like all the dried grains and seeds, rice swells in cooking to several times its original bulk. When cooked, each grain of rice should be separate and distinct, yet perfectly tender.
Steamed rice.
Soak a cup of rice in one and a fourth cups of water for an hour, then add a cup of milk, turn into a dish suitable for serving it from at table, and place in a steam-cooker or a covered steamer over a kettle of boiling water, and steam for an hour. It should be stirred with a fork occasionally, for the first ten or fifteen minutes.
Boiled rice (japanese method).
Thoroughly cleanse the rice by washing in several waters, and soak it overnight.  In the morning, drain it, and put to cook in an equal quantity of boiling water, that is, a pint of water for a pint of rice. For cooking, a stewpan with tightly fitting cover should be used. Heat the water to boiling, then add the rice, and after stirring, put on the cover, which is not again to be removed during the boiling. At first, as the water boils, steam will puff out freely from under the cover, but when the water has nearly evaporated, which will be in eight to ten minutes, according to the age and quality of the rice, only a faint suggestion of steam will be observed, and the stewpan must then be removed from over the fire to some place on the range, where it will not burn, to swell and dry for fifteen or twenty minutes.

Rice to be boiled in the ordinary manner requires two quarts of boiling water to one cupful of rice. It should be boiled rapidly until tender, then drained at once, and set in a moderate oven to become dry. Picking and lifting lightly occasionally with a fork will make it more flaky and dry. Care must be taken, however, not to mash the rice grains.

Rice with fig sauce.
Steam a cupful of best rice as directed above, and when done, serve with a fig sauce. Dish a spoonful of  the fig sauce with each saucer of rice, and serve with plenty of cream. Rice served in this way requires no sugar for dressing, and is a most wholesome breakfast dish.

Orange rice.
Wash and steam the rice. Prepare some oranges by separating into sections and cutting each section in halves, removing the seeds and all the white portion. Sprinkle the oranges lightly with sugar, and let them stand while the rice is cooking. Serve a portion of the orange on each saucerful of rice.

Rice with raisins.
Carefully wash a cupful of rice, soak it, and cook as directed for Steamed Rice. After the rice has began to swell, but before it has softened, stir into it lightly, using a fork for the purpose, a cupful of raisins. Serve with cream.

Rice with peaches.
Steam the rice and when done, serve with cream and a nicely ripened peach pared and sliced on each individual dish.

Browned rice.
Spread a cupful of rice on a shallow baking tin, and put into a moderately hot oven to brown. It will need to be stirred frequently to prevent burning and to secure a uniformity of color. Each rice kernel, when sufficiently browned, should be of a yellowish brown, about the color of ripened wheat. Steam the same as directed for ordinary rice, using only two cups of water for each cup of browned rice, and omitting the preliminary soaking. When properly cooked, each kernel will be separated, dry, and mealy. Rice prepared in this manner is undoubtedly more digestible than when cooked without browning.

Food Obsession !!

Sometimes as a diabetics, it really helps in our “therapy” to just write and ramble on. Sorta like just unloading what is on our chest or what is on our minds. I really dont know what made me think of this subject but I was thinking about it on the drive to my job this morning.

I am a new “insulin pusher” as of 2 weeks ago, however I have been on Byetta and various other diabetes pills over the course of the last 4 years. So being on insulin is a whole new world for me. Sometimes, it seems to be over whelming.

So why is there an obsession with food? it seems it is a constant thought in the mind. Having to set the units to what is eaten is good but you try to keep the carbs as low as possible. Then in no time the stomach is growling. This happens after each meal. One has to look for low carb foods and has to research which foods are filling but yet dont have many carbs. I guess this goes all back to carb counting but that will be another blog another day.

It just gets frustrating on having to watch everything that goes in the system and having to calculate it, count it, measure it and so forth. I am sure one day I will have all this as second nature. But in the meantime, it is very frustrating.