Friday Five!

Another Friday! Hooray! I’m writing this right before I head out to Cleveland (again) for a good friend’s wedding, and another good friend’s bachelorette party. I’m excited to get to see my family again and spend time with some wonderful gals from high school!

But before I head to the airport, I of course need to offer you my Friday Five! Enjoy!

1. Dairy-Free Ice Cream Alternatives

The Kitch’n had this wonderful post for lactose intolerant and/or vegan folk out there who are always in such a pickle during the summatime: what to do about ice cream?! It’s one of the pinnacle activities of summer, and we all have to miss out. :( But not if you find a bunch of dairy-free ice cream-like options like these!

That list of ten is great, but if you still don’t find something that sounds enticing, why not try Ricki’s Chai Ice Cream? (no ice cream maker required!)

2. All-Natural Cleaning Products

The Family Kitchen featured this post with 7 recipes for all natural cleaning products. And the ingredients are things you likely have on hand! Yeah for eliminating toxins in all areas of life!

(also, omg, totally coveting that bathroom!)

3. Crisp, Creamy, Dreamy, and Light Potato Salad

This gorgeous-sounding recipe made my mouth water and my heart flutter. My friend Arv at Linguini & Colette has a real way with words. And a real way with simple, awesome recipes! I can’t wait to try this!

4. Delos “Wellness Real Estate” & “Altruistic Capitalism”

Have any of you heard of Delos? Basically it’s a real estate project created in an effort to produce living spaces that are designed to improve wellness and elongate life. Mood-control, yoga specialists at the front desk of the lobby, floors to control proper posture, aloe and citrus infused shower water, etc. It’s set up by a superstar team of wellness specialists, greeny politicians, and philanthro-capitalists, including guru Deepak Chopra. On their website they claim to practice “altruistic capitalism,” asking rhetorically, “What if corporate returns were measured in goose bumps…and smiles?” Basically, as this article rightfully points out, they design homes for “the green 1%” (eco-aware, health-conscious rich folks in the US), and will occasionally build a home for poor and impoverished communities.

I HAVE SO MUCH TO SAY ABOUT THIS. But I think it deserves it’s own rant post (and perhaps a future academic writing project). For now, I’d just love to hear all of your first impressions. (Binya, I’m looking at YOU!).

5. Food Certification Programs 

This article describes the complexity and complications that go along with all those food labels most of us are probably, in theory, very supportive of. “Sustainable”? “Fair Trade”? “No GMOs”? Yes please, yes please, yes please! But who is setting the standards for what counts to get these labels? And what happens to farmers who can’t be in competition with bigger, wealthier farms? Etcetera, etcetera. Read more here, and leave your thoughts below!

What are you up to this weekend? Hope it’s a lovely one!

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6 thoughts on “Friday Five!

  1. meaganep says:

    This post is packed with things to think about more deeply, but my standard reaction to many of those food labels you mention is: but what about small farms?!? As you point out, being able to afford these certifications actually keeps some small family farms–which I think many of us would, ideally, prefer to support–out of that “organic” or “sustainable” market. As someone who formally lived in a semi-rural area with many small farmers, the answer for me was to eat locally as much as possible. Granted, this was much easier for me due to my socio-economic status and the location of these farms. (As in, 5 minutes west of my apartment were cows and local supermarkets carried dairy products and other foodstuffs from area farmers, co-ops, etc.) What are your thoughts, Raechel, on eating more locally produced foods from small farms even if those foods are not certified organic or use other methods, like integrated pest management (but still use small amounts of pesticides)? Obviously this requires access to a farmer’s market or farm stands, and requires more time and effort, but for me, who has the privilege to do so, I’ve found that eating regionally and supporting my local farm economy has become just as important as eating “organic.” (I’m using scare quotes because I think that term is ill-defined and often full of bs.) What is the situation like in the Twin Cities?

  2. Ricki says:

    Great list, and lots of important info (and recipes!!). Thanks so much for the shout-out about my ice cream. . . . gotta have ice cream in the summer! :D

    Enjoy the weekend, and the wedding! :)

    • raechel says:

      Shady, indeed! And thanks for commenting…it led me to your blog, which looks great! You’ve got a new fan! : )

  3. aratota says:

    AUUUUGGGGHHHHH I was in Kentucky this past weekend and totally missed this post!! Thank you for the love, doll! Another great Friday Five — love the ideas for dairy free ice cream. xoxox.

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