Easy Freezey

20121109-163430.jpgFrom the “I’m sure everyone else has already figured this out department,” I have been notorious for opening a big can of pumpkin, and using only a small portion for a recipe. The rest of the can gets stuck in the fridge only to be discovered weeks later when the pumpkin has morphed from leftover to science experiment. This time I vowed to change my pumpkin wasting ways. I took two of my favorite 1 cup prep bowls, spooned the pumpkin into them, and popped them in the freezer. A day later, I pulled them out, popped them out of the bowls, and transferred them to a freezer bag. Now I have 1 cup of pumpkin all measured out next time I need it. It’s a food preservation victory!

What are your favorite freezer preservation tips?

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Framed Seed Packets

I thought I’d share a simple, quick craft I did over the Memorial Day weekend. Several months back, I purchased three seed packets at one of my favorite antique stores. I love the look of the old Card Seed Co. packets. Maybe it’s the graphic designer in me, but I think they are like little pieces of art. So why not frame them? While at Walmart this weekend, I found three simple, black, 4×6 frames that I knew would do the trick. Here’s my step by step:

1. Cut three 4×6 pieces of card stock in a coordinating color. I thought this rust colored card stock would match nicely with my kitchen and compliment the packet art.

2. If you will be mounting these on the wall, remove the little kick-stand thingy on the back of the frame. My frames were cheap enough that it easily tore right off.

3. Using Tombow repositionable adhesive (available in the scrapbooking department of craft stores,) place several strips of adhesive on the card stock where your seed packet will be placed, but not on the seed packet. This way, if you decide you don’t want to use these packets in a frame anymore, you can remove them easily with no residue left in the packet.

4. Close up your frames, and hang where desired! I used 3M Command strips, because it’s so much easier and neater than nails, in my opinion.

Here’s what mine look like in the kitchen! Please excuse the grease on the stove and wall – this is a much loved, much used kitchen, after all. :-)