Hi, I’m Dorothy. I have 3 kids {Mysterious, Adventure, and Finale} (one happens to be on the Autism Spectrum), a dog {Sophie}, backyard chickens {Henrietta and Red}, a garden, and a very patient husband {Kirk}.

Why is my husband so patient? For a few reasons: I, too, happen to fall on the Autism Spectrum, I love animals (Did I fail to mention our hamster and fish tank, too?), and I have a nasty habit of biting off more than I can chew and then freaking out when I can’t get everything done. Oh, and I like to make things out of stuff most people might throw away.

I guess you could say I’m greener than the average person in America. But green wasn’t always my thing. I grew up as the only child of a single mom. She worked 2 (sometimes 3) jobs. Ain’t no one had time for dishes… so we used a lot of disposable plates and utensils. We also ate out a lot.  It was just easier!

So up until a few years ago the environment wasn’t even on my radar. I thought all of those green and crunchy people were crazy! Y’all, I even thought plastic was biodegradable so I never recycled anything!

It wasn’t until after I got married that I learned about the Pacific Garbage Patch and my eyes were opened to the ramifications of our impact on the planet. If you’re not familiar with the Pacific Garbage Patch, here’s a great video to get you up to speed. And you can read more about it here.

The Pacific Garbage Patch was what opened my eyes to our impact on Earth and made me want to learn more. And the more I learned about our impact on the Earth the more I began to change. But change didn’t happen overnight. It took many, many baby steps to get me where I am now and I still have much further to go.

Here’s what you can expect from the blog (and from me) an honest glimpse into my parenting and married life (including stories about Autsim), green tips and tricks, upcycled DIYs, home made dinners and treats, gluten-free recipes (Mysterious is allergic to wheat), leftover recipes, and reviews and giveaways of some of my favorite products and books.

In a nutshell, The Creative Recycler is all about my life and my journey to being a greener (and, yes, crunchier) person.  I would love you to join me on my journey.

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I look forward to it!

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  • January 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I’m a fan of taking what you like and leaving the rest, and since I’ve learned to do this, my life has improved immensely! Life is so much more pleasant when I accept myself and others as they are, and don’t let someone else’s thoughts or behavior determine my emotional well-being.

    I look forward to meeting you at BlissDom! 🙂

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    • January 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      There’s is something to be said for being comfortable enough with who you are that you can take what you need and leave the rest. It has taken me a long time to get there. I’m excited to go to Blissdom… I’ll see you there!

  • January 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I’m gradually making the rounds of the BlissDom Ice Breaker link-up so there will be some familiar (and hopefully friendly) faces when I get there. I have moderate (some times it feels pretty severe) social anxiety and OCD so I know some of the struggles you may face though I also know that Aspergers (even as a subcategory of Autism) covers a wide range of struggles and gifts!

    I think any little boy who thinks he is *magnificent* must have some VERY loving parents! Good for you!

    See you in a few weeks!
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    • January 12, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Thanks for stopping by on “The Hop.” My husband has some hard core social anxiety. I think the difference is that I have learned to push through it and go WAY outside my comfort zone. For him it’s a bit harder. Have you been to Blissdom before or will you be at the Newbie get together?

  • April 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I love you, you “penny-pinching tree hugger”! <3 I miss you guys!

    • May 1, 2013 at 3:33 am

      I miss you, too!


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