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Wind Power Technology Reaches New Heights

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Altaeros Energies has introduced the BAT (Buoyant Airborne Turbine) in partnership with the Alaska Energy Authority. The BAT is an airborne turbine that is claimed to produce at least twice the energy from the height of 1,000 feet than regular wind turbines. Additionally, the wind turbine is portable and can be moved around to where it is needed most (i.e. rural areas, disaster zones, etc.). Check out the video below.

 

 

This is a gigantic step for sustainable energy, and its portability can be an essential asset in disaster clean-ups as well. All around, it seems as if this Airborne Turbine is the future of sustainable energy, and possibly energy as a whole. What alternative energy sources do you think are changing the future of sustainable energy?

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Meatless Monday: Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Pancakes

Happy Monday! With our Meatless Monday recipes, we hope to encourage you to practice healthier eating and also learn about the benefits that come with a vegetarian diet.

This week, we’d like to share this recipe of lemon poppy seed yogurt pancakes! Adding some zest and yogurt will leave pancakes with a fluffy texture and a tangy taste!

Follow the recipe below from twopeasandtheirpod.

Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Pancakes

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ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds

directions:

  1.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and lemon zest. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant. Whisk into the dry ingredients.
  2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk, lemon juice, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, mixing only until combined. Stir in the poppy seeds.
  3.  Heat a griddle pan or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Pour about 1/4 of a cup of pancake batter onto the hot griddle pan, spacing out the pancakes a few inches from each other. When the pancakes start to bubble up, flip and cook until pancakes are slightly golden brown. Serve warm with butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit, or jam-if desired.

Find more recipes on twopeasandtheirpod!

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Live Peace with Pharrell Williams

Now you may know Pharrell Williams from many media outlets. He is best known as the musical artist that worked on this past year’s hit songs, “Get Lucky,” with legendary producers Daft Punk, and “Happy,” with which he set records with his 24 hour long music video and possibly the record for world’s most like-able song. He is also famous for his stylish and groundbreaking hat fashion. Now it seems that Williams is diving deeper into the ocean that is the fashion world, coming back to land only with the greatest and most sustainable of ideas.

 

News revealed that Williams (and Bionic Yarn, a company that makes fabrics out of recycled plastics, for which Williams is the creative director)  has teamed up with denim clothing company G-Star RAW for their “RAW for the Ocean” line, which features denim jeans made entirely from reclaimed and recycled plastics from the ocean. Check out the National Geographic article here.

As fashion from recycled materials is not a new endeavor, this news still encapsulates a great step forward for environmental conservation. I believe that the hope here is not to completely clean up the ocean of debris (though that would be amazing), but to push for more fashion of this sort. Could you imagine if high-end fashion designers started making clothes out of recycled and/or reclaimed materials?

 

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Courage is…

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”

―Mary Anne Radmacher 

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Mary Anne Radmacher, a writer and an artist, conducts workshops on living a full, creative, balanced life, teaches Internet writing seminars. Since she was a young girl, she has used her writing to explore symbols and find meaning. Through her writing, she devoted most of her life to communicating that there is no failure. She emphasizes  there’s only practice, discovering ways that don’t feel successful on the way to discovering what success looks and feels like for the individual. Those who rarely have the courage, as Radmacher says, inspire yourself! And in doing so, inspire others.

Visit her online here. Share with us below, what does courage mean to you?

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Meatless Monday: Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

Spring has finally come and there is no better time than to have some delicious creamy tomato tortellini soup! You can enjoy an appetizing meal with the benefits of meatless ingredients.

Follow twopeasandtheirpod for the recipe below.

Creamy-Tomato-Tortellni-Soup-10Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (32 oz) container vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 (9 oz) packages fresh or frozen cheese tortellini (we use Buitoni)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, for garnish, optional

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the bay leaves and crushed red pepper flakes.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes and vegetable broth. Stir in fresh basil and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Simmer on low for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the bay leaves from the pot. Use a hand immersion blender to blend the soup (or carefully transfer soup to a blender to blend and return to the pot). Stir in the Greek yogurt until well combined. Stir in the cheese tortellini and cook on medium-low until tortellini is cooked, about 7-8 minutes. Serve warm.

Find more tasty recipes on twopeasandtheirpod.

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ICYMI: Chef Jeff’s Pizza Dough

In case you missed it, we want to reshare a post for the pizza-lovers! Now pizza dough may not be a full recipe, but it is a great foundation for many tasty adventures! For Meatless Monday, pizza dough can be a great start for delicious pizzas or flatbreads topped with delicious and nutritious veggies.

We found The Fresh Loaf‘s pizza dough recipe through Chef Jeff. If you want more of Chef Jeff’s recipes and insight, check out his upcoming April classes: Kitchen Discovery Series: Fun With Fermentation and Supper Club: Dinner In Tuscany!

Recipe from The Fresh Loaf. Photo from Chef Jeff.

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The only ingredients you need are flour, sugar or honey, salt, yeast, olive oil, and water! Find the ingredients list and instructions on The Fresh Loaf!

Follow Chef Jeff’s culinary exploits on his blog, plus check out The Fresh Loaf for more ideas!

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Spring Clean the Green Way!

With the start of spring comes the tradition of washing, dusting, and overturning every inch of your living space to make room and start the new season fresh! While mainstream cleaning supplies are bountiful and cheap, they often contain dangerous – and sometimes toxic – chemicals. Why not use something that is safe, as well as non-expensive, and best of all – may already be in your everyday household use?

Below is a list of green DIY cleaning concoctions and links to their step-by-step instructions:

1. Window/Glass Cleaner: All you need is vinegar, rubbing alcohol, cornstarch and water! This recipe is from fabulesslyfrugal!

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2. Floor Cleaner: This homemade floor cleaner can be the all-natural replacement for Pine-Sol! This recipe can be found at Nature’s Nurture.

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3. Toilet Bowl Cleaner: A simple one, but did you know that you could clean your toilet with just vinegar? Here’s how from Martha Stewart!

A quick search online can bring you many more DIY green cleaning supplies recipes. We hope you are inspired to take eco-friendly methods and begin Spring with a new slate!

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Live Peace with We Are Earth Day

I know we do not usually do a Live Peace Segment on Thursday, but this one was too special to pass up (You can find our usual Thoughtful Thursday post coming out this Saturday).

 

Now, we have been working with The Ecology Center for a while and we have highlighted their organization before, however, today’s post is less about the organization and more about their Earth Day event, We Are Earth Day. While the event is not on the scheduled Earth Day (April 22nd, 2014), this event is a great reminder that loving the Earth can be any day that you choose.

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Join them this Saturday, April 5th at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano for a day promoting earth-friendly fun, filled with activities for the whole family!

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Live Peace with World Water Day

Happy Saturday everyone! Today is a very special Saturday, because this particular day is World Water Day.

This year’s World Water Day focuses on how Water and Energy are closely interlinked and interdependent.

Join the UN System and it’s member states and raise awareness on the links between Water and Energy. For more information, visit the official website here.

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