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Fifty Years of Earth Day!
April 22, 2020 marks 50 years of Earth Day, an annual observance to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage us all to take eco- friendly action. Here are four ways to celebrate Earth Day year- round: 1) Organize a local park clean- up. 2) Commit to a plastic- free lifestyle. 3) Quit "fast fashion," which encourages us to discard clothes after only one season, and build a wardrobe of sustainable garments that look stylish for years to come. 4) Go a week without producing waste, by collecting recyclables and compostables, and avoiding products that are packaged in materials that cannot be recycled or do not biodegrade.


Recipe: Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Breakfast Burrito

Ingredients: 1 small bag fresh spinach, 2 cups mushrooms, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 cups crumbled feta cheese, 6 eggs, 12 large tortillas

Instructions: In a large skillet, saute the spinach and mushrooms in olive oil for 5 minutes. Beat the eggs in a bowl and add to the skillet. Stir the ingredients until the eggs are fully cooked, then transfer to a clean bowl. Stack the tortillas on a clean, dry surface. Add 2 or 3 heaping spoonfuls of the spinach mixture to one tortilla and sprinkle with a handful of feta cheese. Wrap the tortilla in a tight roll and place on the skillet. Cook on medium heat for 2 minutes on both sides. Repeat these steps until you've used the remaining ingredients.


Do- It- Yourself Home Fragrances
For a natural approach to scenting your home, prepare a scented spray. Bring a half- cup of water to a boil. Add a fourth- cup of dried basil and let it steep for several minutes. In a separate pot, bring another half- cup of water to a boil. Meanwhile, line a funnel with a coffee filter and place over the opening of a reusable spray bottle. Pour the steeped basil into the filter, then pour over the boiling water. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil and a tablespoon of vodka (optional). Pour into a reusable spray bottle and enjoy months of freshness.


Eggs- actly
For a perfect hard- boiled egg every single time, follow this instructions: 1) Gently place eggs in a small saucepan, 2) Cover them with cold water, 3) Bring the water to a boil, 4) Turn off the burner and cover, 5) Set your timer for 10 minutes, 6) Allow to cool, 7) Peel and enjoy!


Late Rent Due Date

Rent is late the 7th of every month. If the 7th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, your options are to:

  1. Pay rent before the 7th in the office.
  2. Pay rent before 11:59 pm online on the 7th to avoid any late charges.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the office.


Four Awesome Alternatives to Plastic!

One of the most important eco-friendly commitments we can all make is to reduce and eliminate our use of plastic. In addition to the fact that plastic doesn't biodegrade, producing plastic harms the environment because the process contributes to carbon emissions. On the flip side, recycling plastic uses up a lot of energy and water, and thus, isn't much better for the environment.

Even though plastic is used in so many convenient products, giving it up doesn't have to be difficult! Here are four awesome alternatives to plastic:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes are plastic-free, from handle to bristle, and often cost less than the traditional varieties.
    Bamboo Toothbrush
  • Cover your food in beeswax food wrappers, which are washable, reusable, and compostable.
    Beeswax wrapper
  • Switch to bar shampoo and conditioner to eliminate single-use plastic dispensers.
    bar shampoo
  • Shop at supermarkets where you can purchase dry goods in bulk, such as rice, beans, or pasta, and carry them home in your own reusable containers.
    shopping for bulk dry goods

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Avocado Hot Dogs

Bacon-wrapped avocado hot dogs

Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 strips bacon
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • mayonnaise

Instructions: Slice the avocados in half and remove the pits. Spoon out the flesh and slice lengthwise into half-inch strips. Gather two or three avocado strips and one hot dog and wrap them in a strip of bacon. Repeat until you've used all the avocado strips and hot dogs. Place the bacon-wrapped avocado hot dogs in a skillet and heat on all sides until the bacon becomes crispy. Transfer the hot dogs to a serving dish and sprinkle the spring onion and sesame seeds over the top. Add mayonnaise and serve.


TRIVIA! Feel the Burn

  1. Which TV western opened every week with the burning of a map?
  2. For which film did George Burns win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor?
  3. An anthropomorphic fireball named Burnie is the mascot of which NBA team?
  4. The Black Rock Desert, a dried lake bed, is the site of the annual Burning Man festival held in which U.S. state?
  5. In 2002, Donovan Patton replaced Steve Burns as the host of which children's TV show?

Think you know the answers?
Email your answers with "Trivia: Feel the Burn" in the subject line for your chance to win cool stuff! Deadline for entry is April 30, 2020.

Five winners will be selected by May 15, 2020 and notified via email.


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