FOOD SAVERS: How To Keep Leftover Produce Fresh Longer

food savers

What happens when you only need HALF of the onion? Several months ago I found a little gadget that I have to tell you about. The KITCHEN GADGET GOTO this month is the silicone food savers.

There are so many times when I am preparing food, that I only need half of whatever I am cutting up. Things like onions, lemons, pomegranate, grapefruit and apples often go to waste because a plastic bag covering them in the fridge just doesn’t’ cut it.

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Another thing these babies do, is keep the order down! When I put a half an onion in the fridge you don’t smell a thing. (Unlike the smell you get in a baggie. Even a ziplock bag it reeks).

Drinking lemon water every morning is one of my healthy rituals that I SWEAR BY! I only use HALF A LEMON and I used to put either a plastic bag or plastic wrap around the other half. (What a waste)! These food savers are quick to put on and very easy to clean. They can be put in the dishwasher , microwave and freezers.

Have leftover smoothie? No problem. These also work as great jar covers.

As you can see, this set comes in FOUR bright colorful sizes.

RED – larger onions, grapefruit, big apples

ORANGE – onions, apples, oranges, etc.

GREEN – apples, small onions, etc.

YELLOW – lemons, large limes, etc.

These are definitely one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. They are way inexpensive, and easy to order.

So if you waste a lot of produce because you only need half, give these colorful gems a whirl. I love them!

 

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Upcycled Sweater Birds

I love birds and especially at this time of year.  They are starting to appear in my yard and I can hear them chirping when I open my windows to air out the stale house air.  It has been a long winter here in Utah and the gray days are about to put me in the loony bin.  Seeing them flit around on the blossoming trees makes me so happy that SPRING is finally here.  HOORAY! It has been a while since I posted about these fun little upcycled sweater birds, so I thought I would re-post.

Upcycled Sweater birds

If you haven’t noticed already, I enjoy making things out of recycled and felted wool sweaters. I thought it would be fun to see if I could use up some scraps and make a robin, after all I had the perfect orange sweater that would be ideal for the belly.

Upcycled Sweater Birds

It was so much fun making the robin that I drew up a few other birds and after a few prototypes and some funny looking birds, this is what I finally came up with.  I just love my feathery (well felty) friends.

Upcycled Sweater Birds

Bluebird

 Do you have any blue sweaters kicking around that you aren’t wearing? These birds are really quite easy to make.

Upcycled Sweater Birds

Cardinal

Upcycled Sweater Birds

Sparrow

Upcycled Sweater Birds

You can stick a piece of paddle wire to their bellies then attach them to a basket,  plant, or wreath. They make a great PIN CUSHION, and kids love to play with them. I don’t have any cats, but I am sure they would go crazy, especially if you added a little catnip while you were stuffing them.

All you wool sweater groupies, get out your felted scraps and get sewing.  You can use fleece and even just a cotton woven fabric would work.  The pattern is available in my shops.  ETSY shops and Makerist.

 
Happy Sewing!
Upcycled Sweater Birds

Hello Spring – It’s PLANNER Sticker Time

Hello Spring! (It’s about time isn’t it?) For all you PLANNER STICKER people and for those of you who like to place a cute sticker on your notes and letters, here are some fun spring stickers to add to your collection.

I am so excited to finally have these stickers designed and printed! Those of you who use my printable calendars, may recognize some of these images. It was my intention to get these out much sooner than this, but life happens.

There are so many ideas spinning in my head, but I thought it would be fun to put out some fun spring images. I love to watercolor and have been dappling in it for several years hoping someday to create STICKERS. Well, thanks to the Silhouette, I am on my way! The road has NOT been easy. I had to learn the software and all the quirky little things to get it to cut out correctly. Thanks to my wonderful sister, who is a master, for taking the time to tutor me.

I am switching gears a little from pattern design (don’t worry I will be back) to planner stickers and planning systems. My hope and intention is to bring some color and simple unique artwork to the planner sticker world.

Here is a little glimpse of what I have going so far

If you are not a planner, you can embellish your cards, stationery and notebooks with a little splash of color.

In the near future, I will have printable versions available for those who like to DIY!

The stickers and printable calendars are available in my Etsy shop, jHowell DESIGNS, (formerly AUTHENTIC U).

Here is a coupon to use in my shop

Just add the code WATERCOLORYOURWOLD, for a 30% off discount on any $10 purchase. The best deal is to order the 4 sheet bundle!!!

Stay tuned for more stickers and other fun planning ideas.

Enjoy the spring!

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