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I don't know how to prevent relatives from showering your children with plastic toys, but one way we addressed the volume issue was by saying that Jesus got three presents the first Christmas, and that puts a valid limit on the number of items a child can expect. It also forces them to put more consideration into what they are asking for. To extend the amount of time it took to get through the unwrapping on Christmas morning (to make up for the lack of volume), we would take one gift and hide it, with successive clues to look for throughout the house before the gift was found. The clues got more complex as our son got older, often involving math or map reading skills (we homeschooled, so this was not unusual).
9 months ago on Do I Look Good in Plastic?
When I first saw the photos of the dead albatrosses on Midway, I thought that they were collage art. I was horrified when I read the caption and saw they were the remains of real birds.
@Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator @cspellerin That's weird. I'm not computer savvy so I don't know how to change that, but if you Google something like "blanching vegetables for freezing" there's a lot of information that comes up. I freeze a lot from my garden and I keep a chart for how long each needs to be blanched (timing is important). Green peppers seem to do OK with no blanching, but I've ruined a bushel's worth of sweet corn by not blanching the right amount (tricky on the cob).
10 months, 3 weeks ago on My Morning Zero Waste Green Smoothie
A lot of vegetables need to be blanched (boiled for a short time) before freezing so that enzymes in the plant are deactivated. If you are using it within a week or two from the freezer, maybe it's OK to freeze without blanching, but I wouldn't go for long term freezer storage without blanching. See this website http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze/blanching.html
10 months, 4 weeks ago on My Morning Zero Waste Green Smoothie