This summer our garden has kind of been a flop. While the cucumbers and squash didn’t grow as well as they usually do, the green beans flourished. We picked and ate them multiple times with our dinner and decided to pluck and freeze the rest for later use. I am going to share a quick and easy way to freeze green beans from your garden so that you can enjoy them all year long.
Why freeze green beans? Well, you have three choices: eat them, freeze them, or can them. I prefer frozen vegetables to canned because they remain firm. I have been lucky enough to cook mostly fresh vegetables for the majority of my adult life and really prefer them firm and bright green over slightly soft. I also like to control the saltiness, which can be overpowering when canned. It is total preference here. If you love canned green beans, let me know in the comments and give me your secrets!!
Here is a photo of one of the eight raised garden beds we grew veggies in this year. Silas is hard at work picking the beans so that I can cook them. (This particular variety is Yellow Wax bush bean, which tastes like green beans even though they are yellow. They have a very earthy flavor).
Alright, grab your supplies and let’s get started.
Happy Friday! What a week. Things are getting busier by the day- school is out (partially), it’s Vacation Bible School for the boy and the girl is having 10 month old separation anxiety. I love my kids, but I am one tired mama.
BUT, COFFEE. Saves the day every time!
I have a super quick and simple note card for you today. You can easily make a stack of these handmade cards to give to a friend as a pick me up. AND You only need four supplies to make it happen!
Father’s Day was Sunday. Last Sunday! And I just finished up an explosion box as part of this years handmade gift. How bout you? Any other late crafters.
Each year I do a couple of things: 1) make a handmade card 2) get the dog and kid(s) hand or footprints into the card or on a piece of artwork 3) get it framed to hang in Husband’s office. He has graciously hung every card, framed drawing, and canvas painting that the babe or me have made. You can see a selection of past artwork in these posts about a DIY Father’s Day #1 DAD Canvas, DIY Wood Photo Transfers and Monster Father’s Day Footprint fun.
The Explosion Box How-To
Explosion boxes have become my go-to handmade gift. They are thoughtful, relatively easy to make, can hold any photos or memorabilia, and are downright cool. The look on the recipients face is priceless- especially when it is filled with their favorite memories and kind words.
You can make an explosion box super simple or with many layers and pieces. For this explosion box, I chose to make a simple base and add one insert of favorite photos from our year (2018).
To make the perfect size printable photos for an explosion box I use the Project Life iPhone App and collage two or four pictures into one, then print, cut and glue them where I need. It is a great way to get them down to a 2″x 2″ or 3″x 4″ size which fits into the boxes quite well.
The base size for this explosion box is a 4″ cube so you will start with 12×12″ card stock and score at the 4″ mark on all four sides. Cut out and remove the outer sections.
Lid: 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″, scored at 1″ on all sides. Cut tabs.
Coffee is where it’s at. You know I love coffee! (Have you seen all of my coffee posts on Instagram? ha!) Between sipping a cup in the morning to the occasional afternoon Starbucks run for a pick me up, there is no caffeine shortage in my household.
So, as a small tribute to my coffee loving friends, and I am sure you have a few too, I made up some quick and easy coffee themed greeting cards.
These quick and easy cards have Stampin’ Up!’s Coffee Break patterned paper as the main component. I topped them off with a lace paper doily and a cut out coffee cup tied with string. Because the coffee cup shape is super simple, you can either cut them out by hand pretty easily or use the coordinating framelits to die cut them with your Big Shot machine.
Here are the super simple cards that are easy to recreate and send off to that special coffee lover! Want directions and measurements to make your own? Keep reading!
Card base: 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 5.5″
Patterned Paper layer 1: 4″ x 5 1/4″
Lace Paper Doily
Largest Stitched Circle Thinlit or 2 1/2″ circle punch
Largest and Medium coffee cups from stamp set
Crumb Cake die cut coffee coozie (thinlit that has textured ribbing)
“Thanks a Latte” stamped and cut out or die cut with coordinating framelits