Monday, June 25, 2012

Something sweet for your avian visitors: Ingrid Callot on attracting hummingbirds

For Ingrid Callot, there’s something so enchanting about having birds in the garden, much more seeing hummingbirds hovering over it and feeding from a hanging feeder basket. Read about what she does to attract hummingbirds in her garden.

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My family and friends love to stay in my garden—a haven for birds, especially for hummingbirds. The sight of these tiny, feathered creatures in my garden makes me feel so lucky and my home naturally pretty. Attracting birds, when done properly, can do a lot of favor to the bird population. I can’t emphasize enough how significant this is to avian life since most of the country’s wildlife habitats have gone private and millions of acres every year are lost to commercial or residential use.

For Ingrid Callot, maintaining a garden gives her a sense of serenity and pride as it does not only beautify her home but also keep her healthy inside out.

Sad, but true. That’s why I do what it takes to keep hummingbirds close by.

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Having hummingbirds in my garden is also a great way to teach my young son Jacob and his friends the value of nature. I’m sure many moms would want to do the same for their kids. So here’s a little something I’d like to share to you if you want hummingbirds making regular visits in your yard. It’s all about this simple yet optimal food formula: cane sugar (1 part) + water (4 parts). This recipe replicates the nectar of various wildflowers, so it should work. A word of caution: Never replace sugar with honey since honey ferments quickly when added to water causing hummingbirds to die.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ingrid Callot: Growing paradise in your backyard

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I’ll probably never forget that day Edgardo Versoza stepped onto my porch, his jaw dropped as he exclaimed, “Ingrid Callot! Why’s your garden full of weeds?”

You see, Edgardo is like the Devil himself. Playing the antagonist’s role in the story of my life, he never tires of whacking me with uncouth remarks with the purpose of bruising my self-esteem. Not! I would give him too much credit should I allow him the pleasure. However, that day on my porch was different. It was a wake-up call for me. And I vowed to take my commitment to green living more seriously. I brushed up on my green IQ and made an oath to bring Eden to the world -- or at least to my backyard.

With the hopes of conquering the world together with her army of recyclists, Ingrid Callot often writes about her green ideals that range from overcoming closet mayhem to finding the greenest, cheapest deals.

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I’ve admitted a gazillion times and more that I am no green thumb. Moreover, I’ve never read the bible from cover to cover. But I truly believe nirvana is not impossible to achieve. Everyone can start growing their own paradise in their backyard. And today, I share 10 of the easiest vegetables you can grow in your garden without the aid of an expert:
1. Carrots
2. Green beans
3. Lettuce
4. Cucumbers
5. Spinach
6. Tomatoes
7. Radish
8. Bell peppers
9. Summer squash
10. Basil
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ingrid Callot and her admiration for urban eco pioneers

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Ingrid Callot lives with her husband Roger and son Jacob, who, like her, have embraced a life of sustainability. This blog talks about two of her most admired families, which have gone a mile more than others in their pursuit to save Mother Earth, pioneering ec0-friendly concepts to lessen their carbon footprints, save money, and improve health right within the city.

So you drive a small car, recycle, and eat organic. But what about creating your very own urban eco-friendly household? There are several individuals who have journeyed this worthy path. They are considered “leaders” in many ways as they truly inspire others to plant, grow, or breed organics at the comfort of their home.

Ingrid Callot maintains a lush backyard with greens ranging from flowery ornamental plants to vegetables.

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Growing organics in a teeny-weeny lot… in the city
The Dervaes family of Pasadena, California has shown how a small piece of land in the city can be used to produce organic food. Believe it or not, this family produces three tons of food in a tenth of an acre of a property (66 ft x 132 square-foot lot) with more than 400 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Add to that their collection of hundreds of eggs and 25-pound honey. This is amazing since, with this amount of success, you’d need at least two acres of property. To top it all, the family’s gross annual earning reaches to a whopping $20,000 from the sales of their organics.

Bringing fish farms to urban communities
How about a fish farm combined with a naturally fertilized veggie patch in your kitchen? Christopher and Anya Pozdeeva--former New York bankers who founded the Society for Aquaponics Values and Education--can help. Aquaponics is a method for breeding tank fish, recycling their filled water to fertilize vegetation, and having this naturally cleaned water to get back to the tank below. These eco-pioneers show that you can utilize even a cramped apartment with this “eco-system” almost without the help of specialized equipment. This is a perfect way to grow your own food naturally and economically.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fresh, sweet, and oh so yummy: Ingrid Callot's lemon yogurt cake

It’s so wonderful how much tang you can put together with a healthy combination of lemon zest and yogurt. Ingrid Callot shows her readers her version of a crisp-on-top -moist-inside lemon yogurt cake.

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For me, healthy living doesn’t mean depriving oneself with simple pleasures like the occasional indulgence in sweets. But even with that, you can find a way to not to be “sinful.” Here’s a cake recipe that your family and friends will surely love: Lemon yogurt cake. Enriched with vitamin C, protein, and calcium, this healthy treat comes directly from the oven with a shiny and crisp surface. Straight from the oven, take a slice and you’ll see how it sets free a steamy, lemony aroma that makes mouths water with anticipation. My husband Roger and son Jacob always go for seconds, thirds, and yes, most of the time fourths.

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Here’s the Ingrid Callot recipe:  

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups organic sugar
2 Tbsp lemon zest (the rich outermost part of the rind of an orange, lemon, or other citrus fruit)
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8 1/2” loaf pan and then line its bottom with parchment paper.
2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In another large bowl, whisk together yogurt, sugar, eggs, fruit zest, and vanilla and lemon extracts. Stir to fully incorporate all ingredients.
3. Fold dry ingredients into the wet using gentle stirring motions.
4. Fill loaf pan with batter and smoothen the top area. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 50 minutes or until it passes the cake tester.


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