My approach – process stale bread (or crackers) in the food processer. Freeze the bread crumbs for stuffing, casserole toppings, etc.
Amanda – great you are such a sustainability champion! Growing up in Washington State, I can’t help but being a tree hugger for the environment. I try to do my part (including an electric car!), but I know I can do more. Excited to be a part of this sustainability community.
Summer of Service is excellent as well – two weeks of community service organized by the Rochester’s rec department (I think). There are 4 sessions during the summer. My daughter will get 60 hours of community service credit, and she has a place to hang during the day when I’m at work. So far she’s weeded gardens, made a meal, packed food, helped with a move, and did something with puppies/cats (not sure on that one).
For dancers in Rochester…. My 13 year old daughter is taking classes at Allegro (by the Costco). They seem like really caring and service focused people. So far, the classes (ballet and contemporary) are challenging (in a good way – they are teaching, not just telling). Janet Lang was the other options, but they closed their Rochester location.
Was in Seattle (my home town) visiting family in May. Adding the “local flavor” – Ballard Locks (yes, the salmon jump the fish ladder), Discovery Park (a park/beach in Magnolia), Starbucks Roastery and Tasting Room on Capital Hill (not the crowded Pike Place market original), Theo Chocolate Factory Tour (ton of samples – in the Fremont district which is funky by itself), Top Pot Doughnuts (all over, local favorite), and University of Washington campus (its a closed campus – can’t drive, but a terrific walk!). If you are there on a Saturday, go to the Ballard street fair – very local…
Excellent South Dakota trip with all your suggestions. We did pretty much everything folks suggested. Highlights for us were 1) Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary (700 wild horses), 2) Custer National Park (buffalo “jam”), 3) Devil’s Tower (before I like Close Encounter of the Third Kind; 4) Mt. Rushmore (can you name the 4 presidents – Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt); 5) Crazy Horse (but what a funding mess!); 6) Bear Country (had to be a hundred bears…. but separating the cubs in from their moms in the “zoo area” was sad); 8) Mammoth Site (a sinkhole!); 9) Wall Drug (but so touristy); 10) Deadwood “street arrest” (it was raining so we missed the trial) and 11) Badlands (this would had made it higher on the list, but we were just exhausted by the time we got there!). Let me know if you want details of any of these. Definitely a worthwhile family trip!