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Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop was:
Embracing Ma’s Practical Pioneering Spirit During Lean Times

My Favorite Post:
Starting Tomato Plants From Seed

 

 

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  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
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  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here.
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  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
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By July 1, 2017, The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation assures that waste haulers and drop-off centers must provide food scrap collection. I am more interested in managing my food scraps at home, it is simple and low-cost, and I can make wonderful compost, which is like black gold for my garden.gardening, composting, prudent living

 

The benefits of composting are many. It is a great soil amendment for my garden. Compost helps promote root development, enhances retention of water and nutrients and makes the soil easier to cultivate.What To do With Food Scraps

 

How to go about making compost from your food scraps? One simple method is to use a compost bin made of recycled plastic. Here in Vermont I can actually purchase these bins from the Solid Waste Management District. They are also available at our local hardware store. Once the snow has melted find a suitable site that’s convenient but also out of the way. It should be shaded and out of the wind. We have ours tucked in the corner of the yard. Our compost bin is within easy walking distance from the house yet not really visible when you drive in the driveway.What To Do With Food Scraps?

 

I also have a small compost container, which sits on my counter and is filled almost daily. When the container is filled it is brought outside and emptied into our larger bin.What To Do With Food Scraps?

 

When collecting materials to compost you want them to be in small enough pieces so that they will compost quickly. It is a good idea to layer your compost using one part of green material to 3 parts brown. Green materials are food scraps, manure, freshly cut grass, coffee grounds, and vegetable and fruit scraps. Brown materials are dry leaves, sawdust, shredded egg cartons, ground up eggshells, hair and wood ash.

 

Do not add meat scraps, diary products, oils or bones as they will attract pests. Do not use grass clippings that have been treated with pesticides or pet manure. Remember you will be putting your compost into your garden and you want it to be beneficial to your plants.

 

As the compost pile builds up you can either stir it with a shovel or remove the fresh compost from the bottom. We usually empty our compost bin each spring and dig it into our garden.What To Do With Food Scraps?

 

There are also other compost bins that you can build using pallets or wire. The bottom line is that composting is easy. Compost will take your food scraps and give you a supply of dark, crumbly hummus that will enhance your garden.What To Do With Food Scraps?

 

Recently, Infinity Jars, reached out to me to ask if I would review their products. Since I am very interested in getting rid of plastic containers and instead using glass jars for storage I was more than interested. After looking through their catalog I knew just what I would choose to review. It wasn’t easy to limit my selection as they offer over 70 different styles. Each infinity jar has an airtight seal and is made from premium imported European glass. The dark color blocks out light and helps to preserve the ingredients for over six months. These are the three jars I decided to review:Infinity Jars

 

15 ml Pocket-size Glass Jar

 

In the past I have shared the recipe I use for my own hand lotion. Usually I store the lotion is a small canning jar. Often I wish I had a smaller container to be able to carry with me when I travel. This 15 ml pocket-size jar is just the perfect size. With the screw top I don’t have to worry that the jar will open and spill in my bag. I can now carry a small amount with me when I go away for the weekend. This size jar would also be perfect for gift giving. I may have to stock up for Christmas!infinity jars

 

200 ml Glass Soap Dispenser Bottle

 

I enjoy having a small bottle of my own hand soap next to my kitchen sink. I had been using a pint size-canning jar with a metal lid. As you can imagine after years of use the lid was getting rather corroded. hand lotionThis 200ml glass soap dispenser bottle is the perfect replacement. It sits nicely next to the sink and dispenses the perfect amount of hand soap.infinity jars

 

500 Ml Square Glass Bottle with Oil Spout

 

I cook with a lot of olive oil and enjoy having a small bottle close to my stove. This 500 ml square glass bottle has an airtight seal and with the ultra violet filtering I can be assured that the oil will stay fresh. Plus it looks much more elegant than that a large bottle of olive oil sitting on the counter!infinity jars

 

I am so thankful that Infinity Jars reached out to me. Be sure to check out their website and take a look at their awesome collection of  jars! The next time I’m making a batch of hand lotion or lip balm you can be sure that I will be placing an order with them! The small jars would make perfect gifts of my homemade lotions! Check their out page on Instagram as well for other ideas on how to use their wonderful jars!

 

I was approached by Infinity Jars to review their products in a post and was sent several jars to review.  The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely mine. For more information check out my disclosure page.

 

I have been decluttering and cleaning out for months! In cleaning out my pantry I had several jars of applesauce, which I had canned, and what better way to use it up than to make some Applesauce Muffins? These delicious applesauce muffins make a double batch and use two cups of applesauce which was perfect for my goal of working on cleaning out the pantry!home canning, prudent living, applesauce

 

These muffins are delicious with a cup of tea in the afternoon, to enjoy with your breakfast or to pack in your child’s lunch. Applesauce muffins travel well and they also freeze well. Plus it’s a great way to use up applesauce! The recipe makes a double batch of muffins so you will definitely have some leftover to stick in your freezer!Applesauce Muffins

 

Applesauce MuffinsApplesauce Muffins

 

Ingredients:

 

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp homemade vanilla

2 cups applesauce

4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp allspice

¼ tsp ground cloves

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Cinnamon-sugar (optional)

 

Directions:

 

In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the applesauce. Combine the flour, baking soda and spices; stir into the creamed mixture and fold in the nuts.

 

Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake the muffins at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool the muffins for five minutes before removing from the pans to wire racks.Applesauce Muffins If you like you can sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Muffins sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar sounds like a wonderful idea but I’ve yet to remember to sprinkle them with the sugar and they are perfectly delicious without it! Makes about two dozen muffins.Applesauce Muffins

Let the muffins cool before packaging them up to put in your freezer. I freeze them in groups of four which is then perfect for my husband and I. Of course I’ve now used up the applesauce I had, but my freezer is now filled with muffins! Luckily we have company coming next week and these will be perfect to serve with our breakfast or of snacking on with a cup of tea in the afternoon!

If you’ve never tried curry, this dish is a delectable imitation. When purchasing your curry powder be sure to read the labels as there are numerous types that pack varying degrees of heat. I recently  changed brands of curry powder without checking the labels and was quite surprised how much stronger my new curry powder was! This Curried Chicken is a perfect mid-week dinner. It takes very little time to prepare this curried chicken and it comes together quickly. If you have leftovers you can spoon the cold chicken mixture onto crisp lettuce leaves for a cool and tasty curried chicken salad lunch.Curried Chicken

 

Curried Chicken with Apples and Mango Chutney

 

Ingredients:Curried Chicken

 

2 tsp oil

1 ½ pounds boneless chicken breasts cut into 2 inch pieces

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

1 Granny Smith apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 tsp minced fresh ginger

1 garlic clove, minced

1 Tbsp curry powder

½ cup mango chutney

¼ cup currants

¼ cup chicken broth

¼ cup half and half

1 Tbsp chopped parsley

2 Tbsp slivered almonds

3 cups cooked rice

 

Directions:

 

Heat the oil in a large nonstick pan. Add the chicken and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Sauté until browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

 

In the same pan add the apple, onion, ginger and garlic. Cook until the apple and onion are tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in the curry powder; cook for another few minutes.Curried Chicken Add the chicken, chutney, currants, broth, half and half and parsley. Bring to a boil then simmer uncovered until the flavors are blended and the sauce thickens slightly, about three minutes. Curried ChickenSprinkle with the almonds and serve over rice.Curried Chicken

 

Next time you’re short on time plan to make this delicious chicken curry, you’ll be glad you did. The added bonus is that if you have leftovers you’ll have a lunch to enjoy the next day!

Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

Meet Our Great Co-hostscohost-photos1

Tracy at Our Simple HomesteadFacebookTwitterPinterest

Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram

Delci at Heritage Club StablesFacebookGoogle+PinterestYouTube

Sandra at Clearwater Farm – FacebookPinterestInstagram

Featured Posts

Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop was:
The Four Recipes That Save Us Over $1,000 a Year!

My Favorite Post:
Simplify Your Home With These 11 Things

 

 

Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week.

If you were featured be sure to pick up your Simple Homestead blog hop button below. Just highlight the text in the box and paste into your blog sidebar; the button will show up automatically.



Nancy On The Home Front

 

The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules:

  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here.
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
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