A few years ago, I sewed a bunch of reusable cloth gift bags in cheerful Christmas patterns and they continue to bring me such joy! I love wrapping presents in these gorgeous bags. I love giving them to people (and am so honored when friends and family want to keep the bag in addition to the gift… in fact, you’ll regularly find me sneaking around and gathering my bags up after gift opening is over at our family gatherings). I love reusing them year after year! AND they’re super easy to make! I swear, they’re a great project for beginner sewers because it doesn’t matter the size, shape, or even if they’re particularly square. The process is three simple steps: cut, sew, enjoy!
Tag: Sustainable Living
The Great Christmas Tree Debate
Are you on Team Natural or Team Artificial when it comes to Christmas trees? Have you ever wondered which is more sustainable? Most of us firmly believe that one is “better” than the other, but there’s a really interesting debate about the sustainability aspects of this tradition. Here are a few pros and cons to consider when choosing the type of tree you use to celebrate the holidays.
Hunting for our Christmas tree in the National Forest!
Did you know you can harvest a Christmas tree from the National Forest? You can! And in Michigan, the permit is only $5, making this a more affordable alternative to many traditional Christmas tree farms in addition to an amazing family adventure. This is one of my FAVORITE family holiday traditions! We love the adventure of hunting for our Christmas tree in the natural woods! We pack hot chocolate and marshmallows, and make an afternoon out of it!
Corn Pudding with leftover Easter ham
Let talk about Food Waste: Did you know that if global food waste could be represented as a country, it’s carbon emissions would be the third largest in the world (behind China and the USA). The resources needed to produce the food that becomes lost or wasted has a carbon […]
It’s tomato season!
It’s tomato season! It’s tomato season! IT’S TOMATO SEASON!!!! I’m celebrating with a roundup of my favorite recipes for eating them fresh and preserving them for later.
Warm mushroom salad
I know I’m late to the countertop mushroom kit party, but I’m making up for it with my unbridled enthusiasm… I LOVE growing mushrooms! Here’s my favorite recipe to make with my homegrown oyster mushrooms.
Roadtrippin’ with our Tesla
We’ve owned a Tesla Model S for just over a year. We spent months researching the best all-electric plug-in vehicle and finally decided to spend our hard earned money on a car aligned with our values. Our biggest concern during all those weeks of research? ROAD TRIPS! How much extra […]
Q&A: Facts about my electric car
Now that I’m talking more about our electric vehicle, I’m getting lots of really great questions from friends, acquaintances, and readers… thank you! I’ve compiled some of my favorite questions in this blog, but keep them coming!
Do you remember the epic amounts of local fruit I froze last summer? Now that it’s the middle of winter and I’ve realized that I’m still not very good at eating local food during the winter months, I’m pivoting my focus to creatively using all of this delicious frozen fruit. I’ve begun modifying many of our favorite recipes, including our perennial breakfast favorite dutch babies, and let me tell you that our new favorite topping is tart cherries!
2021 Intentions (part 2)
Last week, I shared my 2021 Goals in the travel, food and home categories. This week, I’m happy to share with you the rest of my goals… the ones related to goods, services, and self care.