GIVEAWAY- norpro compost keeper

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Thats right this young blog is doing its first give away as part of the Spring Into Sustainability Giveaway Hop. This hop is hosted my Happy Mothering and The Frugal Greenish Mama and runs March 20th -30. I am so very excited to be a part of this hop and a new member of Green Moms Network!

For my very fist giveaway I am offering my readers (new and old) a chance to win my favorite thing in my kitchen. That’s right I’m giving away the compost keeper I was raving about in this post about composting. The Norpro Compost Keeper is really a great option for the kitchen composters like me. The chic factor is much higher than the usual bowl on the counter or worse a 5 gallon bucket under the sink (gross).

Norpro Compost Keeper

Attractive white ceramic compost keeper that will look good on any counter top.

Has a sturdy stainless steel handle for easy transport.

Measures, 10.5″/26.5cm tall

Capacity, 1G/4Qt/3.8L

Store peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds, greens, clippings, fruit and vegetable scrapes for transfer to your garden compost.

Retail , $27.99

Favorite Features:

Odor control- By far the best part of this composter is its simple but effective filter. The filter is charcoal free and should last up to 6 months. I am really impressed with the odor control. Filter

Appearance. I feel that the white ceramic composter is very neutral and will blend with any kitchen decor. If you are looking for something that pops or likes the matchy-matchy look it also comes in stainless, red and black ceramic and a few patterns. I like the lettuce head design but it doesn’t go with my kitchen. All options are sleek, simple and chic. compost keeper options

Ease to clean- Usually I just have to rinse it a bit after dumping. only once in the couple of months has it required a thorough cleaning and even then I just wiped it with a little mild soap and rinsed well. Even the filter can be rinsed without effecting its odor control. Easy-peasy.

Handle- Its a simple handle but its effective. Really makes the trip to the composter easier for me especially since its part of my every day chores and I’m usually juggling a few other things.

Unfavored Features:

Size- 1 gallon seems like enough but it’s usually full from just one meal. I am use to at least two meals before dumping but maybe the more frequent trips to the compost bin is good. Something has to get my butt moving.

Heavy- Like I said usually I am juggling a few other things when I dump so the heaviness is a little annoying but usually its not a factor bc its sitting on the counter.

The good features certainly out weigh the others. Whether you are a seasoned composted or think you might like to give a try this composter would be a great addition to your kitchen.

THIS GIVEAWaY IS CLOSE HERE ON WORDPRESS AND IS OPEN ON THE NEW SITE chicsustainabilty.com. Your entry here will not count!

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Winners choice red or white Norpro Compost Keeper. If you dont want to take the chance and just have to have one right now you can order any of the options on Amazon.com.

red or white?

This review and giveaway are in no way affiliated with Norpro. My opinions are myown and I was not compensated in any way for this post. Winner will be chosen by random by random.org. I am not responsible for issues from shipping and handling ( will pay for shipping). This will be sent as a gift from Amazon and will be winners responsibility to take up any problems with Amazon.

The Egg Switch

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Most people are missing out when it comes to eggs. Farm raised, free range eggs are like gold, precious and incomparable to their store bought counterparts. Though usually smaller, the farm egg makes up for it’s size with big flavor. When we moved to the farm it was still warm out and the chickens were laying 4-5 eggs per day. It was wonderful. Now that it stays under 40 degrees consistently we get maybe one egg per day. That isn’t nearly enough, breakfast alone Amelia and I share 3 eggs. So I resorted to buying the tasteless store bought until today when I passed this sign on the way to the post office.

IMG_0389This little shop behind a house off the highway sold guns and eggs, yes guns and eggs. I really wanted to look around, they had huge chickens and geese or ducks (I didn’t look close enough). I would have loved to peek at her cute baby blue chicken coop but unfortunately the lady there was rude and very short with me. I bought my eggs at $2 per dozen which is worth the unpleasantness until we can amp up our own production. We have plans get a few more chickens to build a small coop to keep the them safe at night and give them a place to roost. Right now the hens take turns laying in this make shift bucket nest on the wall inside the barn.

Chicken roosting in make shift bucket nest | Chic Sustainability Blog

I don’t know why I this its so funny to me but I seriously crack up every time I see a chicken in there. I am looking forward to having a coop maybe like this on I found on Pinterest. Isn’t it dreamy? The plans are on Heather Bulllard’s website.

Heather Bullard's Chicken Coop-500wi

I know its a bit fancy but I really love it. I’m sure ours will be a little more practical but I’m determined to throw in that little bit of style. Maybe paint it a cute color like the gun/egg store’s baby blue coop. Either way I am glad to say we have switched to only local eggs and this spring when the sale barns start selling chicks we will build our coop and buy a few more egg chickens. Hopefully, also some bigger meat chickens so I can stop buying that dreadful Tyson chicken.

One step at a time we are reaching our goals!

the bread switch

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Last weekend Logan got the itch to make bread. We were out of sugar (I know, I know, how did I let that happen?). He found a recipe for white bread that used honey instead. You see, we are never out of honey. Logan’s dad raises a few hives of bees so honey is always on hand. At 7 PM last Saturday my husband starts making bread, he didn’t finish till after midnight. This recipe was found on reddit.com (when we went back to link to it, the recipe was gone).

White Bread

Ingredients

• 3 ½ cups hot water

• 2 Packets yeast

• 2 Farm Eggs

• ½ stick butter

• 1/3 cup honey

• 2 tablespoons salt

• 2 cups whole-wheat bread flour

• 6 to 7 cups white bread flour (preferably unbleached and stone-ground)

• four 8½X4½X2¾ bread pans, or 3 9X5X3 loaf pans, lightly greased

Procedure

  1. Place the butter, honey, salt, egg and whole wheat flour in a large bowl or bucket. Add hot water (just hot enough that you wouldn’t want to wash your hands under it–about 125°F for those of you who don’t like ambiguity) and stir until the butter is melted.
  2. Add yeast and allow to proof until the mixture is slightly frothy (it should sound like rice krispies when you stir it).
  3. Slowly work in some of the white flour, about ½ cup at a time, using a wooden spoon to stir. Once all the flour has been integrated, cover the dough and allow to rise until doubled in size (about an hour in a warm kitchen).
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead until pliable and no longer sticky.
  5. Divide the dough into enough equal pieces to fill your loaf pans. Roll out with a lightly floured rolling pin until about ½ inch thick. Roll up tightly like a jelly roll, then return to the loaf pan, seam side down, and tuck the ends under, pinching to seal. Repeat with the remaining dough. Cover the loaves again and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  6. During the last 15 minutes of rising, heat the oven to 350°. Bake the loves for about 45 minutes. Turn out the loaves from the pans onto wire racks. Allow to cool completely before freezing or cutting.

Note: You can substitute bread flour for all purpose flour (Logan did).

While I always like fresh bread. I was especially impressed with this recipe. It yields 4 loaves which is perfect for our bread loving family. Between our morning toast, Logan’s packed lunch sandwiches and the occasional sopping up of gravy at dinner those four loaves will last us a week. I stumbled upon this site for all things bread, thefreshloaf.com. There I found good tips for keeping bread. I choose this freezing method.

Slice in sandwich bread size slices.

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Group in 2-4 slices. Place in zip locking freezer bags in a staggered fashion.

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Now I wanted there to be as little air in it as possible. So I zipped the bag almost closed, left just a half of an inch open and sucked the air out. Sounds silly but it helps keep the bread fresh. (Alternately, you could use a vacuum sealer but the bags are so expensive I reserve them for keeping meat and other things that will be stored for longer than a week.) According to the website, you should be able to keep the bread this way for 2-3 months but like I said it never lasts that long in our house.

Place in freezer. Make sure they aren’t stuffed in they will squish. Once frozen, you can stick them anywhere.

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To eat: remove from bag and let thaw on the counter or toast.

After eating only fresh, homemade bread for a week we decided this is the everyday bread for us. The crust is just a little crunchy and the inside is oh-so-soft. We are making the switch to homemade bread. Look! We have already reached our first goal and crossed it off the list!