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5 Foods That You Really Can Grow From Scraps

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PLUS: The best car cleaning tip for dog owners, the science of looking for silver linings, and more.

July 4, 2022

Good morning, and happy Independence Day to my fellow Yankees! I hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday, and that you get to spend it with the people you love. I've got a few Fourth of July tidbits to share in A Few More Things, but there's plenty to explore in the meantime.

In Today's Good Thing, you'll find out how to use 5 everyday kitchen scraps to grow more food, because more food is never a bad thing in my book. And in a new Monday Motivation, I'm sharing some thoughts on the power of looking for the good in bad situations. Enjoy!




5 Foods That You Really Can Grow From Scraps

Photos of green onions being grown from scraps.

It won't exactly be subsistence farming, but why not get a little more out of your kitchen scraps?

While I'm personally more of a flower gardener than a vegetable gardener, I have a renewed appreciation for the latter now that I've spent a few summers watching Erik and Kaitlyn grow various fruits and vegetables in the raised beds in our shared backyard.

One year they dedicated about 20 square feet to growing lettuce and greens, and I made salads with freshly cut greens almost every day for weeks. That experience renewed my interest in growing herbs and other foods on my kitchen windowsill, including the ones I can regrow from scraps!

I always enjoy finding ways to use things I would normally throw away, and learning to regrow food scraps was a particularly great discovery. Not only is it satisfying to turn trash into free food, but it's also pretty easy, even if you don't have much of a green thumb.

One thing I should note is that you'll generally get better results using organic produce scraps. Some non-organic produce is treated to prevent sprouting, which makes further growth unlikely. Start getting more from your food by checking out the link below.

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Keep Your Backseat Clean With A Pet Hammock

A photo of a dog in the backseat of a car outfitted with a pet hammock.

If you have a dog, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort with this simple tip!

Whether you're taking them to the dog park or the vet, it's pretty much impossible to have a dog in the back seat of your car without them getting fur, saliva, and claw marks everywhere. And if there are muddy paws or fur involved, it's sure to lead to a time-consuming cleaning session, or an expensive trip to an auto detailer.

But you needn't ban your four-legged friend from the car to keep your backseat clean. You can save yourself a lot of time, effort, and money in the long run by investing in a backseat pet hammock.

These genius inventions are often machine washable and easy to install using a few clips and straps. Not only will a pet hammock keep fur and mud off your seats, but it will help prevent eager dogs from climbing into the front seat (and less graceful dogs from tumbling onto the floor when you brake).


Cryptocurrency ATMs

A photo of someone using an ATM.

It isn't inherently risky to use a crypto ATM, but you shouldn't use one to pay a stranger.

If you're familiar with this segment, then you already know that scammers love getting money in hard-to-trace gift cards and wire transfers—it's a point I've mentioned frequently! But cryptocurrency payments are growing in popularity too, thanks to the increasing availability of crypto ATMs.

Like regular ATMs, crypto ATMs can often be found in convenience stores and other high-traffic locations, but instead of withdrawing cash, people use them to buy and sell cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Purchasing crypto from these ATMs is easy—just enter your crypto wallet address, insert the cash, and confirm the transaction.

It's just as easy to buy crypto and send it to someone else's wallet address, and that's what scammers are taking advantage of. They offer a product at a low price to lure in victims, ask for payment in Bitcoin, and instruct their victims to purchase it from a crypto ATM and enter the scammer's wallet address while doing so.

But such transactions are nearly impossible to reverse, so when the scammer inevitably vanishes with the money, there's not much anyone can do about it. Luckily, there's a simple rule of thumb for situations like these: if a seller wants you to pay them with cryptocurrency, don't—they're trying to scam you!


Look For Silver Linings

"Every cloud has a silver lining," the aphorism goes, but the darker the clouds are, the harder those glimmers of silver can be to see. But that's precisely the time when noticing those silver linings can do us the most good, and that's not just one person's opinion either.

In psychology, the practice of looking for silver linings in times of hardship is referred to as benefit-finding. Research shows that benefit-finding is associated with higher levels of life satisfaction and lower levels of stress, possibly by drawing our attention to the skills, strengths, and resources that support us in stressful situations.

On the surface, it may seem trite or even trivializing to suggest that something as devastating as the COVID-19 pandemic could have silver linings. But from a psychological standpoint, looking for the good in all the bad could help to mitigate some of the stress and anxiety we've experienced because of it.

Here are some of the silver linings I've found throughout the pandemic: improved hand hygiene, recognition of the vital importance of educators and health workers, expanded options for grocery shopping, increased access to online events, and best of all, spending more time with my family.

While these things don't erase the hardships and suffering we've endured over the past couple of years, recognizing them has helped put things in perspective. Even in our darkest hours, we can find hope and gratitude in silver linings—all we have to do is look.


On This Day: In 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. The document, which was drafted by Thomas Jefferson and edited by Congress, enumerated over two dozen grievances against King George III, and asserted that the Thirteen Colonies were henceforth free and independent states "Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown."

Words Of Wisdom: "We have spent the prime of our lives in procuring them the precious blessing of liberty. Let them spend theirs in showing that it is the great parent of science and of virtue; and that a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free." - Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and 3rd President of the United States, died July 4, 1826.

How Many Americans? At the time the Declaration of Independence was adopted, there were about 2.5 million people living in the 13 newly sovereign states. By comparison, there are an estimated 332 million people living in the United States today.

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