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Making a Veggie Bag

Cut down on plastic bags with this simple cloth bag. It will help keep vegetables fresh, letting them breathe and absorbing excess moisture. I had some extra muslin from another project and it took me no time at all to sew this veggie bag! I’ve now got two ideas for homemade Christmas gifts for next year; dryer balls and veggie bags!

Materials

½ yard of 100% cotton cheesecloth, gauze or coarse muslin, at least 21 inches wide.
Ruler or measuring tape
Pencil
Sewing thread
Sewing Needle
Sewing Machine (optional)

muslin veggie bagOn your material draw a rectangle 21” wide and 15 ½” long. Mark ½ “ seam allowances along the sides and bottom. Mark two ½” hems along the top. Cut out the rectangle. Press under ½” twice along the top edge, for the hem. Using a 1/8 ” seam allowance, stitch the turned inner edge. Fold the bag in half, right sides together, with the side edges lined up. Using a ½ “ seam allowance, stich down the side seams, pivot around the bottom corners and stitch the bottom closed. Press the seams open and turn right-side out.Veggie Bag

If you cut several bags out at once you an easily make yourself several bags to keep on hand. I love the fact that these bags are reusable, just throw in the wash and use again!

Veggie Bag

Veggie Bag

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Book Review: Powerful Plants: The Carrot Napping

I recently received a copy of the book Powerful Plants: The Carrot Napping to review.Powerful Plants This is a book for elementary age children and the company’s mission is to get children interested in plants and inspire them to become involved with growing and preparing their own food. In fact the book came with a seed packet inside.Seed packet

Powerful Plants is no ordinary book, to educate and entertain at the same time a bridge has been created between technology, the world outdoors and the food they eat. This is an interactive storybook.Powerful Plants

To get the most out of Powerful Plants you must first download a free app. After downloading the app from their website; PowerfulPlants.net, the characters in the book and on the packs of thirty-six varieties of vegetable seeds come to life when viewed with a tablet or smartphone! This cutting edge technology is called augmented reality. The characters share growing information, preparation and other fun facts. The goal is to inspire children to become more interested in the food they eat and their own personal health by communicating with them in this unique way.Powerful Plants

The app was easy to download and using my smartphone I was able to make the characters in the book “come to life”! As you read through the story the plants in the book work together to help save the planet from destructive forces. In the interactive books, a child reads the written portion of the book and then answers three simple questions using the free app on their phone or tablet. Once the questions are answered the character comes to life as a talking, animated personality.Simple questions to answer.

This book would be suitable for children 5-12 years of age. The younger children would need help from their parents but I think they would find the book very interesting.Interactive seed packets.

We grew up reading to our four children and as a result they have all become great readers on their own and book lovers. This is a book that combines modern technology and the love of reading to teach children more about plants. They will be entertained, yet at the same time be learning real, interesting facts and information.Powerful plants.While I don’t totally agree with the story line, the technology of this book is pretty amazing! However, I think I’ll stick to the ordinary book and let my grandchildren’s imagination take over!

Push To Summer Challenge

This post is a little different from my usual posts but I’m so excited I just had to share with my readers! Six weeks ago my daughter, Katie, a Beachbody coach posted a challenge to take part in a 21 Day Fix Challenge Group. Three weeks of eating healthy, working out in the comfort of your own home every day, and getting awesome nutrition with Shakeology. I had never even heard of Beachbody or Shakeology but it sounded like something I wanted take part in. After all it was only 21 days and certainly I could get through it. I had a lot of stress in my life the past two years and as a result my weight was up and my fitness level was down! I decided to accept Katie’s challenge.

Before I committed I did a little online research on Beachbody. The more I searched the more amazing stories I read. Many people going into this program only needed to lose ten pounds or so. As a middle aged woman and a  grandmother I wondered if there were even any others involved that were my age! Believe it or not there were and everyone was exclaiming how their lives had been transformed. What impressed me most about the program was that it encourages healthy eating and regular exercise. You can create a free membership to find out more.

Beachbody

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The program sounded like it was just what I needed. I told Katie I was in and soon received an email with the information. Katie recommended a 21 Day Fix Challenge package, which would include the workout DVD’s, the containers used to measure food, and a 30 day package of Shakeology. I was also part of a private Facebook group. The groups members were also committed to the same program and a Shakeology shake once a day. Everyday we were asked to check in the with group and keep each other accountable.

My next question was what was Shakeology?

Shakeology

Shakeology

Was this one of those programs where your meals are replaced with shakes? No, shakeology is a protein shake that is full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and protein. It’s a superfood nutrient dense shake that tastes like a milkshake, acts like a super salad and is great if you are on the go. It comes in several flavors and helps you to recover after you workouts. I have since learned they are delicious! I reward myself with a Shakeology after each workout. My favorite is chocolate combined with ½ banana and 1 cup of kale or spinach, I then either add water or coffee.Shakeology

I have also found that Shakeology helps keep my sweet  tooth at bay as well as helping to reduce any junk food cravings. My favorite time to enjoy my shake is after my workout,

Vegetable Stuffed Sole

As you know I’m trying to eat healthier these days and this recipe was a winner. This recipe works perfectly if you are following the 21 Day Fix eating plan! You can use any white fish for this recipe, I used sole.Veggie Stuffed Sole

Vegetable Stuffed Sole

1 large carrot, cut into matchstick strips
½ red pepper, cut into matchstick strips
1 zucchini, cut into matchstick strips

4 (5oz) sole fillets, each halved lengthwise
4 tsp butter, softened
1 ½ Tbsp fresh dill
1 tsp lemon zest
¼ tsp fennel seeds, crushed (Optional)

Lemon Wedges

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9 x 1 baking pan with nonstick spray.

Combine the carrot, bell pepper and zucchini and parboil for about 3 minutes. Just until crisp tender. Drain and let stand until cool enough to handle.

Place the fillets, skinned side up (whoops, I did skinned side down, but it came out ok). Place about ½ cup of vegetables at the wide end of the fish and roll up jellyroll style. Place seam side down in the baking pan.Vegetable Stuffed fish Cover the dish with foil and bake until sole is just opaque in the center, about 12-15 minutes.

While the fish is baking combine the butter, dill, lemon zest and fennel seeds in a small bowl. Just before serving spread the fish with the butter mixture. Serve with lemon wedges.Veggie Stuffed sole The leftovers were even delicious the next day!Veggie Stuffed SoleLinked to some of my favorite link parties!

HomeAcre Hop #113

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It still doesn’t look much like spring outside our windows but I’ve got my seeds started and all of my onions and leek are coming along! This week I’ll be planting eggplant, peppers and tomatoes. One step closer to spring. We did have a trip to CT this past weekend and although they also still have snow it was nice to see blue sky and some bare ground!Oldest house

Looking forward to having you  join us this week and share your homesteading, homemaking or homeschooling post! After you’ve shared your favorite post be sure to stop by and visit some of the other bloggers as well. Visit the other hosts too! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google+, Instagram or by email

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Tracy @ Our Simple Life
Sandra @ Clearwater Farm,
Kathi  @ Oak Hill Homestead,
Lisa @ The Self Sufficient Homeacre,
Heidi @ Pint Size Farm
and Me! (Nancy @ On The Home Front)

Each week I will be sharing the most  visited post as well as my own favorite. In addition each host will also pick their own favorite. Visit each host to see if you were featured! (Remember – If you would like to be featured, be sure to link back to the hop otherwise you will not be featured!)

My featured post:

Hydroponics Basics written by Liz from Eight Acres – the blog.P2086617

 

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Happenings On The Home Front

The calendar says it’s spring but we have lots of snow to melt before we’ll be seeing green grass. I thought I would share some of the photos of the various critters that we have On The Home Front. There is always evidence in the snow of visitors.tracks in the snowSometimes we are lucky enough to see the visitors in person! You probably remember the photos of the Barred Owl that visited us. The owl seemed quite comfortable to just hang out close to the house or on the bird feeder!Barred OwlAlthough we’ve seen tracks we haven’t seen any coyotes this year but we have in the past.The one pictured was actually chasing a young deer. coyote

The deer dashed around the house and the coyote stopped. Luckily the deer got away.coyoteWe’ve also had several mink and an ermine come visit. I was very glad they didn’t get into the chicken coop! They may be small but they can do a lot of damage!ermineWe have an abundance of birds. My husband’s favorite pastime is to feed the birds and watch them at the feeders.nuthatch We have quite a variety, from nuthatches to a large flock of Redpolls.redpollsWe even have a large flock of turkey that come to visit.turkey flockSometimes the turkeys get quite bold and come up onto our deck!turkeysWe also have a small herd of deer that walk by every day.deer in sunlightThey are very cautious and always on alert!deer in shadowsWe often wonder what walks by the windows when we’re not looking!

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