Category: Be Magnolia Green

Follow this Mississippi heroine as she embarks on transforming her day to day life of consumption to becoming more environmentally aware.

Whipped Butter

In my quest to be frugal with my weekly food budget, I literally whipped up this recipe this morning and it was a real hit with the fam. Take a 1/2 cup of room temperature salted butter and a 1/4 cup of whole milk and place in a standing mixer. With a rotary beater mix…

Coffee Filters

Are convenient single serve items more costly and time consuming in the long run? For example, I loved using my single pod brewer. It was great for my family because we each liked a different flavor of coffee. Just pop in my pod and place my coffee cup under the dispenser and presto my own…

Drying Clothes

My dryer’s belt broke about a month ago, so it has forced me to be greener in my laundry room. I’ve been air drying clothes throughout my house and in my back yard. I live in a neighborhood where no one dries clothes outside. I kind of feel like a rebel hanging out my sheets…

Be Magnolia Green Adventures

I’ve noticed that being green has given me a feeling of empowerment. Not that I’m going to monumentally change the world, but any contribution I make, even minute is something. I don’t have my life in perfect order. And I must confess, last week I tossed my first bowl of kitchen scrapes into the trash…

Time Wasters & Junk Mail Creators

I’m sure some people enjoy earning “… points” or “… bucks” for playing games, taking surveys, watching videos, or surfing the web, but I find these programs to be time wasters. I joined SwagBucks this weekend to see if I could get a few extra dollars, gift cards or discounts. I spent two days downloading…

My First Trip To Drop Off Recycling!

I currently do not have curbside recycling pickup, so I have to take it to my community’s recycling drop off bins. It’s located about 5 miles away. I live in a rural area, so everything is about 5 miles away. I’ve been collecting all my empty plastic containers with a 1 recycling symbol on the…

My 2013 New Year’s Resolution!

Composting! Heck, I guess it’s my New Year’s resolution? The whole idea of composting is overwhelming to me. I do feel composting is an important component in my quest to recycle, reuse and sending less refuse to a landfill. Incorporating it into my day to day life will be an adjustment. Here a few of…

The Cooking Pantry

Cooking! Luckily, I love to cook and prepare food. I do it for my family about 3 times a day, 7 days a week. I occasionally take a break picking up fast food or pizza, but I still make the majority of “what we eat” decisions in my family.  My family members do have a…

Books

Books! I love books, mainly a nonfiction self-help book based on biblical principles. My favorite topics are natural medicines, homemaking, cooking, gardening, and stewardship of our planet. I can spend hours, mainly during the winter months curled up on the couch or sitting by a west facing window devouring the words. Can you guess what…

Baking Pantry Staples

In my kitchen I have two pantry sections, one for baking and the other for cooking. In this post, I’ll cover my baking pantry. When I open my cabinet doors, I find cake mix, biscuit mix, self rising flour, cornbread mix, brownie mix, frosting, muffin mix, and cookie mix. Each of these prepackaged mixes are usually…