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DIY Cali Blend Freezer Packs

9:41 am

by Jennifer Freeman

cali blend freezer packs

DIY Cali Blend Freezer Packs

Make your own freezer packs of California Blend Vegetables.  It is super easy (or I wouldn’t be sharing it or doing it  myself!)  March is a perfect time of year to be getting deals on broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.  If you are lucky enough to have Bountiful Baskets Co-op to order fantastic produce from, watch for the Cali-blend fresh packs for a great savings.

You do not have to use a Vacuum Pack Sealer (see deals), but it will make your packs last longer.

Cali-Blend Freezer Packs

 Ingredients

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
Gather Tools:
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • 3 bowls for your prepared veggies
  • Pot of boiling water
  • Bowl of cold water and ice
  • Colander and slotted spoon or scoop
  • Cookie sheet or large plate
  • Food Saver System or Freezer style Ziploc bags and a straw

Instructions

  1. Fill your pot with water, about 1/2 full.  Prep your veggies while bringing pot of water to a boil.
  2. Peel your carrots and slice about a 1/4 inch or so.  Crinkle cut if you prefer.   Set carrots in a bowl.
  3. Cut your cauliflower and broccoli into pieces. I use up the stems too. Just peel the hard skin/layer off and slice the soft white middles like you would the carrots.
  4. Once your water is boiling add a combination of carrots, cauliflower and broccoli.  What ever the amount you want in  your individual freezer packs.
  5. Blanch your veggies by boiling for 4 minutes. This will preserve them for freezing. Broccoli will turn a bright pretty green and carrots will become vibrant and sink.
  6. DO NOT OVER COOK YOUR VEGETABLES! They will become too soft and mushy. Keep boiling process to just 4 minutes.
  7. Scoop out your veggies and plunge them in the bowl of ice water for 4 minutes.   This  stops the cooking process and keeps the veggies fresh & crisp.
  8. Remove from the water and pat your veggies with a towel.  Remove as much water as you can before putting your veggies up for the freezer so they don’t ice up while freezing.
  9. Lay dried veggies a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  10. After frozen, it’s time to pack them for the freezer.  Use the Food Saver System or fill your Ziploc freezer bags and zip it up with the straw sticking out and suck out as much of the air as you can then finish zipping it shut. The less air in the bags means less of a chance for freezer burn and water crystals to build up on your veggies.
  11. Label the bags with Cali-blend and the date.  Use them throughout the year!

 

 

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Make gift bows from magazines! How to Video shows you an easy way to recycle magazines or comics.  I get free magazine subscription and like to come up with ways to utilize the magazines for multiple purposes.

Here are 3 Tips for Recycling Magazines:

  • First share with your friends.  Then them give back to you.
  • Take to the Dr. Office and leave in the magazine in the waiting room.
  • Drop off at the hospital and they will distribute them to various patient rooms.
  •  and of course Make Bows!!

How to make bows from magazines ~

1. Gather stapler, glue (or double stick tape), scissors and a magazine page.
2. Cut a magazine page lengthwise into 9 strips, 3/4″ wide.
3. Leave 3 strips page length.
4. Cut 1″ off 3 strips.
5. Cut 2″ off 2 strips.
6. Cut final strip down to 3.5″
6. Use the cut piece to form the center of the bow, form it into a circle.
7. Twist each strip, looped into a figure 8, staple or glue to hold.
8. Stack layers of figure 8 strips to form the bow, gluing/taping or stapling each layer.
9.  Finish bow center with the round circle.

And there you have it!  How to make gift bows from magazines video!   Other things to use to make bows with are maps, ads from the junk mail or comics.

 

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DIY Gift Boxes ~ Video! It’s SO easy!!

12:00 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

DIY Gift Boxes Video

Make beautiful handmade gift boxes for your Christmas presents and other gifts!  These are homemade Christmas gift boxes super simple and gorgeous and give a present an extra special touch.  It is an origami gift box without the hard work.   I am not a crafty person so if I can make them, I promise ~ you CAN TOO!

After your Do It Yourself Gift Boxes, try making  your own handmade gift bows and create beautifully wrapped packages!  I love the bows because they use magazines and newspaper. So fun.  My kids even make them.   You will get a peek at my sweet daughter, Lindsey, peering up to see if she was spotted on camera!

How To Make Gift Bows from Magazines Video – Click to View

 

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fabric softnerDIY Homemade Fabric Softener ~ Frugal Tip

 

~ Save Money on Fabric Softener by making it homemade!  This works SO good!

Want to stretch your fabric softener a lot further?  Mix 1 gallon of water and 1 cup concentrated liquid fabric softener in a pail. Dip a sponge or washcloth in the liquid, squeeze out excess and toss in the dryer with your laundry. Seal pail when not in use.

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DIY: Holiday Bows from Magazines

7:55 am

by Jennifer Freeman

Magazine bows

DIY: Holiday Bows from Magazines

Have you ever made homemade bows?  It is super easy.  I have a video and simple instructions for you to easily do this DIY Holiday Bows project.  Same yourself some money AND make your Holiday packages personal and extra special too! Do this for all your presents year around.

Picture of the Magazine bows the kids and I made last night! Green bow is from a Dove Chocolate ad, The Cars bow that Alexander made was from a Bandaid advertisement, Lindsey made the gold bow.  It was from an M&M’s advertisement!

When making homemade magazine bows, use other paper items around the house!  If you can fold it into a figure 8 ~ then make a bow!!

DIY Holiday Bows Video and instructions

 

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How to make Christmas Gift Tags

6:56 am

by Jennifer Freeman

DIY: Christmas Gift Tags

Do you need more gift tags?  Don’t go buy them, be frugal and use this super cute DIY gift tag idea!  Use the items you have around  your house to embellish the gift tags.  See what cute things you can add to these gift tags.    Get the kids involved.

Mittens Gift Tags template

This idea is from Martha Stewart.

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