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Green Ways to Improve Your Ride

As you know, the car you drive says a lot about you. While you may choose a car based on several factors such as price, fuel efficiency, driver reviews, and crash test ratings, at the end of the day you want your car to look cool. Is it possible to keep the cool in your car and make some environmentally friendly changes to your ride? Thanks to modern technology this pairing may now be possible. This article will discuss some environmentally friendly options that you may want to consider pursuing for your car.

Convert Your Car to Natural GasGreen Ways to Improve Your Ride - Image #1

Have you driven past a compressed natural gas pump recently and noticed the astronomically low prices? Compared to the rising cost of gasoline, natural gas seems like a much more attractive fuel option. With current technology you can most likely convert your current car to compressed-natural-gas (CNG), thus offering you the benefits of natural gas, without having to sacrifice your personal style.

While converting your vehicle to CNG has many obvious benefits, you should take the following points into consideration as well:

Converting your car to CNG is expensive. According to Popular Mechanics, the initial conversion cost can range from $6,500 to $12,000. While the cost of fuel will go down afterward, the conversion will not be cheap.

Thanks to the Clean Air Act, conversion can only be completed by a certified CNG installer. If you did the installation another way, your conversion may be considered illegal and subject to a $5,000 per day fine.

Natural gas stations are sparse in many states. For example, across the state of Utah there are approximately 44 CNG stations; however, if you cross the border into Idaho there are only 2 CNG stations in the entire state.

Custom Powder Coat Your Auto WheelsGreen Ways to Improve Your Ride - Image #2

If you are looking for a way to add a wow factor to your car that it also friendly toward the environment, consider a custom powder coating finish for your ride’s wheels. Powder coating enables you to pick one of literally thousands of colors to coat your auto wheels to make them stand out on the road. Not only does powder coating add an attractive, high quality finish to your wheels, but powder coating also increases the durability of your wheels. If you are going to add color to your wheels, you will want the added benefits that make the coating resistant to the everyday wear and tear prone to attack your wheels.

Powder coating is an environmentally friendly process, much more so than coating your wheels with liquid paint. Powder coating does not emit volatile compounds into the air during the process which makes it safer for the environment. You can learn more about the powder coating process and its effect on the environment by checking out this article.

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Prudent Pantry: Garlic Scape Pickles

Recently I harvested my garlic scapes. Garlic scapes are the green curly shoots that grow from hard-necked garlic plants. They are removed so the garlic plants will concentrate their growth energy into the bulbs.

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Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes can be used to make garlic scape pesto.

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto

They are also good chopped up and added to a salad or used as a pizza topping. Have you ever tried Garlic Scape Scampi? Just delicious! Did you know you can also use them to make pickles?IMG_0265

This is another recipe from my favorite book, Preserving By The Pint by Marisa McClellan. I love the recipes because they are all geared toward small batch preserving, perfect for our household of two!

This recipe reminds me of a crisp garlicky dilly bean!

Garlic Scape Pickles

8 ounces of garlic scapes
¾ cup cider vinegar
1 Tbsp pickling salt
1 tsp dill seeds
½ tsp black peppercorns
½ tsp red chili flakes

Prepare your boiling water bath and 2 pint jars and two lids according to the directions that came with your canner.

Combine the vinegar, ¾ cup water and the pickling salt in a medium pot and bring to a boil.

Prepare your brine.

Prepare your brine.

Cut your scapes into two inch segments. Add them to the pot of brine and stir for 30 seconds. Removed the pot from the heat. Divide the spices up evenly between the two jars and using a funnel add the scapes to each jar. Ladle the brine over the scapes leaving ½ inch headspace. Wipe the rims and apply the lids and process in your water bath canner for 10 minutes.

Remove the jars from the canner and let cool before storing in your pantry. Let these pickles cure for at least a week before eating.

Garlic Scape Pickles

Garlic Scape Pickles

Note: The recipe said to use jelly jars to can the pickles, in which case you would get two jars, I used a pint jar and got one jar!

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Broiled Shrimp in Olive Oil and Spices

I love shrimp and I love a quick recipe for a delicious dinner. If you like shrimp this is one of those recipes you will find yourself making again and again. In less than ½ hour, start to finish; you can have a delicious meal on the table. I usually start by cooking up some rice. While the rice is cooking you can make the shrimp and it will all be done at the same time. If you want you can mix up he shrimp and the marinade several hours in advance and refrigerated until ready to toss under the broiler.

Broiled Shrimp in Olive Oil and Spices

2 pounds of shrimp, the larger the better
½ cup olive oil
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
1/8  tsp crushed red pepper
½ tsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp fine fresh bread crumbs

Preheat your broiler to high. Split the shrimp down the backside, rinse and pat dry. Add the remaining ingredients to the shrimp and toss to coat evenly. Line a baking dish with foil and arrange the shrimp over it.

Ready for the oven.

Ready for the oven.

Place the shrimp under the broiler, about three to four inches from the source of heat. Broil 5-6 minutes. It is not necessary to turn the shrimp as they cook.

Ready in minutes!

Ready in minutes!

Bakes four servings. This recipe can easily be halved as well.

Broiled Shrimp in Olive Oil & Spices

Broiled Shrimp in Olive Oil & Spices

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HomeAcre Hop #80

IMG_0257Welcome to The HomeAcre Hop!

Share your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts!

You are invited to link up your favorite posts or just check out the various links and be inspired, there are some very talented bloggers out there! I am learning so much each week from all of you. 

 Now it’s time to link up! 

Please, only link posts that you haven’t linked before and follow the rules!

Be sure to visit the other hosts as well. We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google+, Instagram or by email! 

Sandra @ Clearwater Farm,

Kathi  @ Oak Hill Homestead,

Mary  @ Homegrown on the Hill,

Jenny  @ Black Fox Homestead,

Heidi  @ Pint Size Farm,

Lisa @ The Self Sufficient Homeacre,

and Me! (Nancy @ On The Home Front)

Usually each host will feature her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. I love reading through the posts and commenting on them each week. However for the month of July the co-hosts of the HomeAcre Hop will be taking a break from commenting on your posts. We will resume in August.

I will still be featuring one of my favorite posts. Thank you everyone for your fantastic posts.  If you were featured be sure to pick up your “I was featured” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!

Last week it was Lee’s post on Cleaning and Storing Dry Garlic. If you haven’t already check out the post at Lee’s wonderful blog Lady Lee’s Home! Thanks for linking up Lee!cleaning-storing-dry-garlic

 

 

 

Prudent Living on the Homefront

Before you link up your perfect post remember the rules!

1. All posts should be family friendly!

2. Please, no posts dedicated to advertising products.

3. Link as many seasonal and harvest posts as you’d like! Older posts are great too.

4. Please visit as many of the other posts as you can and let them know you found them here!

5. If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on any host’s blog) with the button or a text link (this can be in your post, side bar, or on a special Blog Hop Page), and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and/or Pinterest!

6. Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.

7. By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. Posts may be pinned to Pinterest, shared on Facebook, or promoted on Google+ and Twitter. :)

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My Garden: Busy Days

I had hoped to harvest my garlic this week but it’s just not quite ready. Instead my daughter and our two grandchildren are visiting and we’ve been checking the garden out, picking blueberries and seeing what else is ripe. Fun days.

Fun days in the garden.

Fun days in the garden.

Photo Credit: Jessica Keating

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Prudent Pantry: Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup

Our garden has produced an abundance of strawberries this year. The plants are just about finished producing and I have bags in the freezer and have also made one batch of Strawberry Fig Jam. I decided to make some strawberry syrup with the remaining berries. This syrup is perfect drizzled over plain yogurt or served with pound cake, a little bit of summertime to enjoy in the winter.

Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup

1 ½ pounds of strawberries
3 ½ cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Wash the strawberries and remove the stems and leaves.

Remove stems and leaves from strawberries.

Remove stems and leaves from strawberries.

Place the berries in a medium bowl and cover with the sugar. Add the vanilla bean seeds and the bean and stir gently to combine. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

When the time is up pour the strawberries, vanilla bean juices and any remaining sugar into a shallow, wide pan. Add the lemon juice and slowly bring to a boil. Cook the strawberries at a boil for 10-12 minutes, until they go a bit translucent and the syrup is thick.

Cook until the syrup is thick.

Cook until the syrup is thick.

Pour the berries and syrup into a shallow bowl, cool and refrigerate, uncovered for a day.

Let sit in your refrigerator for a day.

Let sit in your refrigerator for a day.

When you are ready to can follow the directions to prepare your water bath canner and jars for processing. Scape the strawberry mixture into a medium pan and heat just to a simmer.

Let simmer for 10 minutes.

Heat just to a simmer.

Ladle the berries into the jars and cover with the syrup. Leave 1/2 inch headspace.

Ladle into clean, hot jars.

Ladle into clean, hot jars.

Wipe the rims; apply the lids and rings and process in your boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes. Remove the jars, let cool and store in your pantry.

Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup

Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup

I have to say this syrup is excellent on Lemon Sorbet.IMG_0236

 

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