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Review: Purely Elizabeth Cookie Mixes

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The ingredient lists on most cookie mixes don't read like any grocery list we've ever written. Unpronounceable ingredients, food dyes... suddenly your semi-homemade goodies contain everything we tell you to avoid here at The Daily Green. But, it's not as though we don't understand the need for boxed cookie mixes; we've seen our fair share of last minute bake sales, office birthday celebrations and the like that require a quick batch of chocolate chip cookies.

In addition to less-than-desirable ingredients, these cookies don't always fit with everyone's dietary needs. Unless you're planning on buying all of the cookies you've made at the bake sale yourself or wishing your gluten-sensitive friend a happy birthday with the sweet smell of fresh baked chocolate chips, these days you have to think about who can eat what. Purely Elizabeth cookie mixes are a pleasant surprise, not only do they have many organic ingredients on their short, sweet and pronounceable ingredient lists, but they are also gluten-free and vegan. Holistic nutrition counselor Elizabeth Stein founded Purely Elizabeth. (The company also makes muffin and pancake mixes, and granola). Stein's nutritional studies, as well as her love for homemade baked goods, certainly guided her ingredients: the cookies contain no refined sugar (they're sweetened by organic coconut sugar) and use millet, almond and garbanzo fava bean flour.

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I recently made a batch of the oatmeal cherry chocolate chip cookies ($9 at purelyelizabeth.com. I was pleasantly surprised at how simple to make they were, although the ingredients you'll need to add to the mix are a little different than traditional cookie mixes; you'll need 1/2 cup oil (I like Tropical Traditions organic coconut oil, $16 at amazon.com), 1/4 cup applesauce and 1 tbsp vanilla extract.

These cookies were the perfect treat to bring to a post-soccer-game birthday celebration for a friend who has celiac disease, and they were a hit with the rest of the team as well.

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Happy Trail Running

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Last year Brooks broke into the green running shoe scene with their Green Silence, a sleek, light-weight, running shoe with tons of eco-friendly materials. This year Brooks is hitting the trails with the Cascadia 6, an eco-friendly trail running shoe. Brooks sent me a pair to test out, and although my running routine usually has me hitting the pavement, not the trails, I was curious to see how they would hold up in the wilds of New York City.


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4 Creative Ways to Wrap a Present

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So you've purchased your gifts, or maybe even made them yourself. The thoughtfulness doesn't have to end there. Part of the fun of a gift is the surprise and that excited moment when the present is opened. What's not fun about the holidays is the tons of wasted wrapping paper. In my family we are notorious for last minute present wrapping, and there is never enough wrapping paper to go around (forget finding a pair of scissors on Christmas Eve, it's impossible). So, I've learned to be crafty.


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7 DIY Gifts You Can Make This Weekend

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You're never too old to proudly say, "I made this myself."

Do-It-Yourself gifts sometimes get a bad rap. Think about how many macaroni necklaces and popsicle stick frames you made for your parents as a child. But, DIY gifts can be the most thoughtful and personal of presents. They can also be quick and inexpensive --not that popsicle sticks aren't cheap, but you may want to give something you can be proud of now that you're all grown up.


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It’s Time to Show Your Support for Bottled Water? We Think Not.

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Some ad campaigns can be brilliant virally successful works of art – a recent example: the Old Spice "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" videos. Using humor to sell deodorant –– very funny. Using grassroots campaign methods to drum up support for a billion dollar industry –– well, that's a different story.

Some ad campaigns can be brilliant virally successful works of art – a recent example: the Old Spice “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” campaign. Others can feel false, be downright strange and thus fall flat.


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Why Do We Clean Oiled Birds?

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How much impact does cleaning off oiled birds and other volunteer efforts really have on the devastation that is the BP Gulf Oil Spill? Are we cleaning a few birds so we drive off guilt-free in our SUVs? Does volunteering wash away our responsibilities to the environment?


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What do The Cove, Foie Gras and Oil-Covered Birds Have in Common?

Are there issues too small to make an impact or does every little bit really help?
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Would You Pick Up a Portobello Burger on the Go?

Otarian, a new chain, hopes to bring low-carbon, vegetarian eating to you in a hurry.
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Find Out Why This Green Journalist Supports Offshore Oil Drilling

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Amanda Little is a distinguished environmental journalist, so one might expect that her book Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells -- Our Ride to the Renewable Future would be edged with a certain disdain for those industries that relay heavily on oil.


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From Green “Jaywalking” to Mixology, See the Next Eco Video Stars

Syracuse University students were tasked to create videos for TheDailyGreen.com. Check out these videos.
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Find Out Why This Green Journalist Supports Offshore Oil Drilling

power trip book

Amanda Little is a distinguished environmental journalist, so one might expect that her book Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells -- Our Ride to the Renewable Future would be edged with a certain disdain for those industries that relay heavily on oil.


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See Sarah Silverman's Raucous Global Warming Debate

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We knew going into the debate that this wouldn't be a dry or civil climate conversation. In this corner: Climate science proponent Amanda Little, Grist reporter and author of Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells -- Our Ride to the Renewable Future. In the next corner: Global warming skeptic Phelim McAlee, the man behind the film, Not Evil Just Wrong. Moderated by the one and only Sarah Silverman. "Let's get ready to rumble!" Or as Silverman said, "Let's start this mother f#$ker."


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To Eat Meat, or Not to Eat Meat?

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In Tara Austen Weaver's new book The Butcher and the Vegetarian she tries her hand at answering this controversial question.

Meat is a conversation starter. You can no longer identify yourself as an omnivore or a herbivore anymore. There are carnivores who really eat meat and revel in it. There are caring omnivores who only eat humanely raised meat. There are people who will only eat meat that they cook themselves. And then there's the gateway drug, bacon. Bacon has been know to make even the most dedicated vegetarian stray, creating a "bacontarian."


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Check Out the Farm to Table Lecture Series

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New York Restoration Project has started a new series of lectures that are well worth a trip way uptown in New York City. The Farm to Table Lecture Series will discuss, as the title might suggest, our relationship with food from the farm to the table. And, fittingly enough they will take place at the NYRP's New Leaf Cafe where you can enjoy cocktails during the lecture and perhaps dinner afterwards.


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UnHappy Hipsters Search for the Elusive Eco-Silver Bullet

Your street-sign fence post can neutralize your carbon footprint.

While laughing my way through one of my new favorite Websites UnHappy Hipsters, I stumbled, (in the original sense, not the website sense) on a brilliant little post. A little background on UnHappy Hipsters (tagline: it's Lonely Here in the Modern World"). It's a blog that grabs shots from back issues of Dwell magazine and gives them ironic and funny photo captions. In case you're not familiar with Dwell, (tagline: "At Home in the Modern World") it's a beautifully photographed very modern design and home mag. Basically, UnHappy Hipsters combines simplicity and humor -- some might say it is a blog at its best.


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