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Fall has always been my favorite season, hands down. I have this internal “fall clock” that triggers an irresistible urge to break out the cornucopia decorations the second the calendar flips to September. Over a decade in the deep South has beaten most of the pumpkin spice out of me, […]

The Organic Adventurer’s Autumn Bowl Recipe


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Junior Adventurers head back to school soon—if they’re not back already! We hope they have a great, successful school year. And, of course, no parent wants to send their little one to school with endocrine disrupting chemicals and other toxins. In fact, we’d also like for them to inherit a […]

Back to school the safe, nontoxic way


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First, THANK YOU to all you Adventurers who took the time to fill out the recent survey and help make this Adventure a better experience for everyone. You really are THE best! (If you haven’t yet, you can still fill it out!) But also, one person commented that he/she didn’t […]

What to do with those weird plasticky Amazon mailers



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Today I saw the most recent winner of the Wrapped in Plastic award. (No Twin Peaks: The Return spoilers please; I still haven’t seen it!) This is the mental award I give to products that make me silently scream, “WTF!” Here she is, and I’m purposely not showing or mentioning […]

Plastic: Marketing the planet away (and a recipe in case ...


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Nope, that title is no typo! In a recent single-use waste discussion on the socials, several Adventurers lamented the fact that they use so many recloseable, zipper-style plastic bags. (Do you think marketers have a huge party the day their client brand becomes the de facto name for all similar […]

“Unloc” your life: Break the zippered plastic baggie addiction


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Recently, one Adventurer expressed her frustration that even though she has many reusable shopping bags, she never remembers them. Girl, I feel ya. First it was bags, then my reusable water bottle, then my stainless-steel straw…it’s enough to make you think you have a raging case of Can’t Remember Shit! […]

Bag habits: How to remember your reusable shopping bags



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New Year, new you? Merry, happy New Year, Adventurers! Hope everyone had a fabulous New Year’s Eve. Did you make any resolutions for 2018? Perhaps, after dotting, rubbing, dusting and brushing on the 15 or more personal care products women use daily (up to nine for men) for your big […]

#TOAWasteChallenge Part 4: Bathroom waste…no, not that kind!


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New meaning to “This tastes like Styrofoam” About a year and a half ago, a huge municipal truck pulled up to my neighbor’s house, tossed out four or five jumbo recycling bins and sped away. Only two people lived in that house at the time; you know you too would […]

#TOAWasteChallenge Part 3: Reduce packaging waste and Styrofoam use


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Let’s cut right to the chase, Adventurers, because it’s Stuff Season and we’re all way too busy to waste…anything, including time. There are travel plans to make, gift lists to write and holiday parties to host. And since, for the #TOAWasteChallenge, I promised this post would be about reducing or […]

#TOAWasteChallenge Part 2: Reduce single-use



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Hope all you Adventurers had a frightful Halloween! (And I mean that in the most positive way!) You know what’s even scarier than all the horror movies ever made put together? Waste. Now that Halloween’s over and Thanksgiving’s just a few days away, we are officially in the middle of […]

One simple mind hack to reduce waste


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As you know, we recently had another couple of hurricanes in the southern U.S. Or, as I like to think of them, reminders that we do not live separately from and unaffected by nature. Harvey and Irma were worse than the storms in 2016, but the mosquitoes that followed are […]

Hurricanes and the wisdom of reacting to a natural disaster ...


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This is a companion post to Hurricanes and the wisdom of reacting to a natural disaster with a man-made one, so if you haven’t read the beginning of that one, hop over there and then come back, fellow science geek. It’ll give some context for this post. Done? Okay, so […]

What’s in mosquito spray and how could it affect you? ...



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Greetings, Adventurers! As you know, we took the summer off from posting blogs, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been lounging at the beach! In fact, with policies, regulations and concerns changing or cropping up every. single. day. since last November, we’ve been over on Facebook and Twitter daily, keeping you […]

Summer’s over; VegeCooking is here!


Just a quick post to say thank you, again, to everyone who came to my talk and demonstration at GastroFest 2017: I know, the best part was my lovely assistant, Mr. TOA. I’m thinking he should provide the charm and comic relief at all my presentations. What do you say? […]

Contest Winner!


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All you Adventurers know how much waste/trash bothers me. And humans, for some reason, are at their most wasteful when they’re partying. You may remember when fans created fields of trash after the Cubs won the World Series? In fact, the average festival-goer produces nearly twice the waste that same […]

Greening GastroFest 2017: Eco-feasting on March 18th in Hemming Park




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Well, it’s happened again. Florida had a hurricane/tropical storm/bad hair day, depending on where you were. ‘Bye, Hermine. On the TOA homestead, the only casualty was a single pepper plant. But no matter how you fared, we all have storm cleanup to do, even if you live in an apartment. […]

Hurricane cleanup, mosquitoes and poisoning problems away


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As in most of the U.S. right now, it’s about a billion degrees in Florida. The only sane thing to do is figure out how to survive without turning on the stove. Or grill. Or even lights. Plus, all that money spent on extra air conditioning has to come out […]

‘Tis the season: Save money and make gazpacho