Reduce waste through home composting

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Dandelion Community: Green Tip #1
Did you know that 24-percent of the municipal solid waste stream is food and yard waste? A great way to reduce your landfill contribution and create your own nutrient rich soil is home composting. City of Orlando offers free home composters and workshops through Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works initiative.

Click here to sign up to receive your free composter. See our backyard composting handbook for more information about the benefits of composting and how to get started with your own composting bin!

Click here to sign up to receive your free composter!

Composting Guides

Backyard Composting Handbook
UF compost guide
EPA compost guide

Composting Workshops

The City of Orlando and the Orange County IFAS Extension Office are partnering to bring you free composting workshops. Residents of the City of Orlando can pick up a FREE backyard composter. The first 20 attendees will receive a FREE kitchen scraps collector!

We’ve wrapped up our spring 2016 workshops, our summer 2016 workshop schedule will be coming soon.

Compost  Drop-Off Sites

Can’t use all of your compost? A colorful bin will be placed at these community garden sites to accept finished compost in case residents are not able to use all of their compost:

  • Parramore Community Garden
    654 W. Robinson St.
    Orlando, FL
  • Colonialtown North Community Garden
    1517 Lake Highland Dr.
    Orlando, FL
  • Festival Park Community Garden
    2911 E. Robinson St.
    Orlando, FL

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY THUMBPRINTS

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed yet, but we love The Minimalist Baker! We were looking up cookies for a Christmas baking extravaganza, and came across this recipe for Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprints. We cooked them up, and they were so good, we ate them all before we were able to hand any out. I suppose we should make some more to share.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup soft vegan butter (earth balance)
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal and 2.5 tbsp water)
  • 10 tbsp jam of your choice (we used raspberry)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare flax egg, set aside. Beat peanut butter and earth balance together until they are light and fluffy. Then add flax egg and brown sugar, stir. Add graham cracker crumbs and stir to combine, then add flour a little at a time until the dough is firm, not crumbly. Scoop dough into one tbsp amounts, and roll into balls. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Next, flatten the balls gently with the bottom of a glass and use your thumb to make an indentation in the middle. Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven. The indentations should’ve puffed up, so press them back down a little and put back in the oven to brown a little more, about 2-3 minutes until they are golden brown. If they over bake, they will be too crunchy. Let them rest on the pans for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Once cooled, heat jam until warm and pourable in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Spoon small amounts of the jam into the middle of each cookie. Sprinkle with a few more graham cracker crumbs and serve!

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Herb Day At Dandelion Cafe May 7, 2016

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Dandelion Communitea Cafe & The Florida School of Holistic Living Presents

Herb Day May 7th from 11am- 5pm at the Dandelion Cafe:

Orlando’s Organic & Vegetarian Friendly Gathering Place

618 N Thornton Ave • Orlando FL 32803 • 407-362-1864

Herb Day at Dandelion

  • Free Workshops
  • Cooking Demo
  • Plant and tea sale
  • Weed walk
  • Activities for kids

Herb Day At Dandelion Cafe Facebook Event Page

Enjoying the little things in life

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Little things in Orlando

Little things in life

Little Doors on Trees in Orlando where is 1- 13?

 

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. Arthur Conan Doyle

 

 

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. Leo Buscaglia

Paying attention

Little doors can be found by paying attention

My view is that life is too short. I’m not being melodramatic or anything, but when your mother dies in your arms – just you and her, and it’s one o’clock in the morning, and you’re waiting for her to exhale – you just think, life’s too bloody short to argue about the little things. Saffron Aldridge

I don’t have to take a trip around the world or be on a yacht in the Mediterranean to have happiness. I can find it in the little things, like looking out into my backyard and seeing deer in the fields. Queen LatifahI 

Bugs everywhere

Wooden Bear sculpture in a tree

I found that if you take a few minutes out of your day to look around and find a few special little things in life— it is amazing how quickly all the big problems you thought you had all of the sudden seem smaller. Nanette Gregory

MANGO COMPOTE

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makes one jar

This tasty, chunky spread goes great on toast, waffles, pancakes, banana bread, oatmeal, ice cream, yogurt… just about anything!

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango, finely diced
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • dash ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp powdered ginger
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup brown or coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar

Directions:

Simmer mango in a small pot over medium/low heat with coconut oil, spices, and vanilla – stir. Let cook for a couple minutes, then add sugars. Let this cook until desired consistency, which is thick and syrupy. Stir occasionally, cook approximately 45 minutes. The bubbles will get larger when it is close to done. After it is finished, remove from heat, let sit until cool. Then, either serve or refrigerate.

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Quick day or weekend camping, kayak and just plain fun

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Looking to get away and enjoy the outdoors at a reasonable cost. Then you might want to consider the Canoe Outpost at the Little Manatee River.

Canoe Outpost on the Little Manatee River

Canoe Outpost on the Little Manatee River

Kayaking or canoeing on the Little Manatee

Kayaking or canoeing on the Little Manatee

The Canoe Outpost on the Little Manatee River is located on the Gulf coast of Florida in southern Hillsborough County. We are near the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton and Sarasota. So, whether you are visiting our area or live here, they are less than an hour’s drive away and their river trips are a great way to spend a part or all of your day.

Cabin rental on the Little Manatee River

Cabin rental on the Little Manatee River

They offer RV and tent camping for group or individuals, deluxe cabin rentals and a variety of lodging options. Relax and enjoy the river, fishing, hiking or other local activities like horseback riding or mountain biking.

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Music Stage at Canoe Outpost

Music Stage at Canoe Outpost

The place has character, has a stage for live music and run moonlight paddles throughout the year. To learn more visit: http://www.thecanoeoutpost.com/

CREAMY BROCCOLI SOUP

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vegan/gluten free

makes 4-6 servings

As Chef Mark knows, I am a huge fan of soup. All kinds of soup! So he whipped me up this beautiful concoction to teach me a thing or two. This is a fairly basic soup, and many of the ingredients can be swapped out more to your liking. Instead of broccoli, try cauliflower or mushrooms; or switch the potatoes out for rice or white beans. The seasonings can be switched too, try curry powder or saffron, or even chili seasonings for more spice. You can also add on vegan or dairy cheese (cream cheese works great!), or throw in some crackers for some crunch. However you like it, let us know your favorite combination!

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups broccoli, rough chop
  • 2 russet or baking potatoes, large cubes
  • 7 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled & smashed
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • red pepper flakes, pinch
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • baguette for croutons, if desired

Directions:

Sweat onions in EVOO over medium heat. Add garlic cloves, salt, and pepper; then veg stock. Bring to a oil. Add red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and potatoes. Cook until potatoes are tender, then add broccoli. Adjust seasoning to your liking. Cook until broccoli is tender enough to puree, it should still be bright green. Let cool until safe enough to puree. Use either immersion blender, food mill, or regular blender until smooth. Add salt to taste, and a cream or cream substitute if desired to add texture. (We added some almond milk in ours!)

Traditional Croutons: chop baguette in small chunks. Cover bottom of a pan with EVOO, cook over medium heat. Cook croutons to desired color, flipping once. Add black pepper & salt to taste.

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Taking a walk around Orlando

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An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

Henry David Thoreau

Even though it is winter there is lots of beauty to see along the way on an early morning walk or anytime during the day.

Orlando has lots of greenery, along with wonderful flowering bushes and citrus.

Plus walking helps improve a mood, gives you time to think, helps keep your brain active, increases balance, cost next to nothing and much more.

A little orange in life

A little orange in life

Being creative with stones

Being creative with stones

Purple camellia

Purple camellia

Orlando Flowering bushes some even bloom in the winter

Orlando Flowering bushes some even bloom in the winter

BRAISED CAULIFLOWER TACOS

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Ingredients:

  • garlic – 2 cloves, finely minced
  • yellow onion – 1 finely diced
  • extra virgin olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • kosher salt – to taste
  • vegetable stock – 2 cups
  • cauliflower – 1 head, roughly chopped
  • bay leaf – 1
  • diced fire roasted tomatoes with juice – 1 can (15 oz)
  • oregano – ½ tsp
  • chili powder – 2 tsp
  • pimenton (spanish paprika) – 1 tsp
  • cumin – 1 tsp
  • maple sugar – 1 tsp
  • gravy master (optional; contains soy) – ½ tsp

Directions:

Heat large pan over medium-high heat. Add in evoo, onion, pinch of salt. The salt helps draw the moisture out of the onion. Once the onion starts to brown, stir, reduce heat to medium, add garlic. Cook for a couple more minutes, then add veg stock, then cauliflower. Next, add bay leaf, diced tomatoes, oregano, chili powder, pimenton, cumin, maple sugar, pinch of salt, and gravy master.

After this starts to boil, turn heat down to low. Cover, let simmer.

Now is a good time to take a little break, maybe check out our Instagram page!

Simmer the cauliflower blend for 20-30 minutes until the cauliflower is as tender as you like. Uncover and simmer to cook down the juices some more if you like.

Warm some tortillas, and eat it up!

Good ideas for additional toppings:

avocado, cilantro, sliced radishes, salsa, diced tomatoes, refried beans, shredded cheddar (we used daiya), or whatever else your heart desires!

 

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Farm Boy Kombucha Found throughout Central Florida

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This week blog post features another local Orlando business: Farm Boy Kombucha

Farm Boy Kombucha

Farm Boy Kombucha

Farm Boy Produce is a Orlando locally owned and operated company that was established in 2011. At Farm Boy, they strive to produce the highest quality Kombucha by using only the best organic ingredients. All the teas used in the brewing process are USDA Organic and Fair Trade Certified. All the water used is treated with a four stage reverse osmosis system to remove all contaminants including chlorine and fluoride, to insure the healthiest Kombucha. In addition to this, all the tea used during brewing, and all other biodegradable ingrednts and materials are placed into productive compost bins and worm bins and recycled into productive soil, and generating hardly any waste in the process. These are some of key components on what makes Farm Boy different, and what makes Farm Boy a truly sustainable company.

Farm Boy Produce LLC
Local. Sustainable. Organic.

https://homegrown.locallygrown.net/growers/show/4176

https://www.facebook.com/FarmBoyProduce/

Farm Boy Kombucha can be found at Dandelion Communitea Cafe:

http://dandelioncommunitea.com/