One Green Thing: Bet you never thought of it (because I didn’t)

By Jan Herbert
Rockford Park District

Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”

I confess, we use paper towels. And we use them to cook bacon. So, imagine my chagrin when I saw my friend use only two sheets of paper towel, with the rest of the absorbent material being newspaper! We are well aware we should not have bacon often, but boy, this newspaper trick is a GOOD ONE (or a good thing, as Martha Stewart says).

Another confession, we have a Nook. We have balanced ownership with the fact that we aren’t accumulating stuff. I was FINALLY able to figure out how to check an e-book out of the library, so get ready. The first book I rented is all about baking soda. Gosh, the first thing I learned (and have not confirmed) is that there are two kinds of soda … baking soda and another they say you will find in the laundry aisle. Stay “tuned.”

Save the baking soda for something else, and place an open container of oatmeal in your refrigerator. Now, is that regular oats (in the round box) or will instant work?

Or, combine the baking soda and oatmeal for a scrub. Grind 2 tablespoons of oatmeal into a grainy consistency in a blender or food processor, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and add very small amounts of water until the mixture turns into a paste. Spread on your clean and dry face. Leave on for 10 minutes, and wash away with water. (Sounds nice, but not very yummy.)

For the “yum” factor, replace regular flour with homemade oat flour (grind them in a processor) and use it for pancakes and breads. You get twice the fiber, which means you are fuller with fewer calories (according to Want to feel greener? Drop in a little green food coloring!

For more information, e-mail Jan Herbert at

From the Oct. 10-16, 2012, issue

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