Homeboy Industries

Check out Homeboy Industries… a non-profit in LA with the motto “Nothing stops a bullet like a job.” They provide jobs and support services for people who want to move beyond gang life. I took this shot after picking up the most recent run of t-shirts they silks screened for me. Great service, great product, great people.

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Fish Watching

Here we are again at the Long Beach Aquarium.  Audrey to the left and her best bud Orion to the right. Orion’s mom is standing beside me off camera, laughing away. Check out her blog, Verde Mama. It’s great.

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Dr. Chu’s suggestion on how to get Toddler’s to eat: “Feed her what she likes.” Peanut butter cookies packed with ground flaxseed.

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Homeward Bound

I don’t drive all that much, but I snapped this shot heading home the other night…

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Seal Watching

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Happy Holidays 2010

Our second annual Bowen Beer Bottle Band Christmas Carol.  Cheers!

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I thought baby Audrey would be very grateful that I’m lovingly homemaking her organic baby food. False. She’s a tough crowd. If she doesn’t like what’s coming at her (which is everything but sweet potatoes), she swiftly turns her chin 90 degrees to the right.  But worry not! We’ve finally landed on a green fave – zucchini. My mommy friend Liz asked me how I did it the other day… so here goes:

1. Wash, chop, and steam for 10 mins.

2. Puree in the Cuisinart and put in trays.

3. Cover and freeze overnight.

4. Pop them out and store them in the freezer. Zucchini for weeks!

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Delicious, easy quiche

The ladies at the baby shower I threw last weekend, were all a twitter about how delicious my new famous quiche is. An easy, yummy, and naughty recipe below. It’s a combination of a recipe from my mom and this one at the Food Network.

Delicious, Easy Quiche Recipe

4 eggs

1 cup half-and-half

1/2 cup real mayonnaise

2 tablespoons whole wheat flour

1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onions

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

8 ounce chunk of high quality Swiss cheese, grated

1 bunch of fresh spinach

1 (9-inch) unbaked whole wheat flour deep pie shell

Preheat oven to 350.  Cook onions in olive oil until just soft. Whisk together eggs, half and half, mayo, flour, salt, garlic powder. Stir in onions to that mixture. Layer spinach (this makes it pretty, see above) and then cheese into the pie shell. Pour egg mixture on top.  Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown like the photo.  Allow  1 hour to cool and serve, or refrigerate and serve cold.

It’s easy to double or quadruple the recipe, but know that a little quiche goes a long way (hello mayo & cheese!).

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Check out this post from Anne Alexander, a fellow Green America Business Network member. All about the entrepreneurial spirit within. It reminded me of my two first start ups:

1) A donut reselling business in middle school.

2) An ongoing and very persistent door-to-door non-profit environmental education program. Which wholly consisted of me harassing my neighbors about the perils of plastic bags and the importance of water conservation.

For all of you start-up-aholics out there, Anne’s message is certainly inspiring: “No matter how awkward, lame or inexpert our first attempts may be, the brilliance is in starting, and then learning, tweaking and trying some more. Not every venture will pan out, but as countless real life success stories have shown, quantity eventually leads to quality.”

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Bowen Beer Bottle Band

Reuse and recycling in action! Happy Holidays!

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