March Groceries

There’s a small country market approximately 20 minutes from my house, and it’s the closest place I can buy yogurt and half & half in returnable glass. It also happens to have an impressive produce selection. I stocked up on fruit & veg, and also purchased a beautiful jar.

They also have many choices of dried chiles, beans, lentils, grains, and flours. Unfortunately, those are not available in bulk, but I try to talk to them about the possibility of it in the future without coming across as negative.

This was the first time in a year and a half of no waste grocery shopping that someone has said anything to me. A woman in the parking lot asked if I was doing no waste and I was so shocked and excited I didn’t hold the conversation very well. Maybe next time!

I live in Idaho, and not even in the capitol, so it is surprising in a smaller conservative town when one meets like-minded individuals.

Isn’t the jar stunning? It will fit in perfectly with all my other vintage jars. (Almost a candidate for the show Hoarders.)

Peace and love,

Kristan

Linen Bowl Cover DIY

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This was an attempt at doing away with plastic cling wrap. I actually saw a version of these from Quitokeeto, the shop run by Heidi Swanson of 101cookbooks.com.

I didn’t want to pay for them, as my sewing skills are passable, and linen is easy to come by. In fact, I already had linen in my closet waiting to be used.

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I used my largest Pyrex bowl as a guide to draw a circle on the linen, making sure I measured 2 inches wider around the entire circumference. Cut 2.

Sew pieces together near the edge with wrong sides facing, leaving ample space for elastic, as well as turning out. I don’t think linen has a wrong side.

Turn outside out. Sew the elastic encasing about 1/2 inch from edge. Use a safety pin to weave 1/4 inch elastic into the encasing through the gap. Cut and sew elastic ends together.

Turn in raw edges at opening, then sew shut.

The green bowl pictured is a medium-sized bowl, and this linen can be used on a range of sizes.

I wanted it to not be thin, so that is why I doubled up on the cloth. I use this for proofing bread, covering up a salad in the refrigerator, traveling food items, and as a shower cap. Just kidding, but it looks just like one.

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Peace and love,

Kristan

Bento Bag DIY

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Those days you need a flexible carrier for food, a project, or a gift, a bento bag is a perfect fit!

Next time, I’d like to make a larger size, but this one works for carrying slices of sourdough bread and apples to work with me; basically any odd shaped item that would not fit into a rigid container.

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The tutorial can be found here.

I used the medium size bag listed, which was 9 inches by 27 inches.

I cut my 2 pieces of cloth together. I used linen and a cotton gingham, which immediately brings to mind a lovely summer picnic whenever I see it.

This tutorial didn’t take long at all and is as straightforward as they come.

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I can see this being used for all sorts of wonderful things in the future.

Peace and love,

Kristan