Things to Grow Indoors: Microgreens!

I live in a one-bedroom apartment, so if I want to produce my own food homestead-style, I need to be creative. One thing I love having fresh is microgreens. Usually, when I have bought microgreens at the grocery store or market, I cannot get through them fast enough and end up with a portion of spoiled greens.

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Microgreen Seed Quilt

I can’t tell you how excited I was to find Hamama Greens. They specialize in grow-kits and seed subscriptions that make it simple and easy to grow microgreens in any space! I have been subscribing to Hamama Microgreens, which sends me three seed quilts per month to grow.

My favorite part of this subscription is that, the greens are alive! With barely any space, I have been able to grow a personal supply of greens for our meals and more. I have used them for garnishing just about everything, and they are great for making nutritious salads. And the best part is, they are grown fresh in our kitchen! They last much longer this way, and we’ve never thrown any greens out. In fact, I’ll even throw the parts we don’t use into my vegetable scrap bin to add to broth.

 

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Microgreens on rice! Simple!

Want to start growing your own microgreens? Sign up for a Hamama subscription and get your grow kit today! You can also send a subscription as a gift!

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Holiday Shipping Deadlines from the USPS

Sending stuff for the holidays? The United States Postal Service reminds us that at this busy time of year, earlier is better. Here are the holiday cut-offs for Christmas delivery in the Domestic United States:

USPS Holiday Dates
Holiday Deadlines for sending USPS

For USPS Retail Ground: December 14

First Class Mail: December 20

Priority Mail: December 20

Priority Mail Express: December 22

(For international shipping locations, check out the easy-to-use tool from the USPS here)

 

Is It Worth It? Let Me Work It: The Poshmark Ambassador Program

I’ve been selling on Poshmark for a few weeks now, and one thing I am considering working towards is becoming an ambassador. At first, I didn’t give too much thought to it since I was only listing a few items, but now that I want to grow my closet I think it is something to work toward.

What is the Poshmark Ambassador Program?

The Poshmark ambassador program focuses heavily on the community goals of Poshmark. Along with listing and selling, users are asked to share listing for other Poshers. According to the Poshmark blog, ambassadors are expected to “set the tone” in the community, by keeping active and providing good customer service.

Why should I consider working toward the program?

Many Poshers ask if this program is worth it. The main reason to join is that you will be put into a suggested user rotation. This should help your Poshmark closet gain exposure. Some Poshers have claimed that they have fewer sales after joining the program, but since Poshmark makes a profit off each sale, it doesn’t make sense that they would hide listings.

Steps to Becoming a Poshmark Ambassador:

In order to achieve ambassador status, Poshers need to complete a list of minimum community tasks. These are:

  • A minimum of 5000 Community Shares and 5000 Self-Shares.
  • A minimum of 50 Available Listings
  • A minimum of 15 Sold Listings
  • Average Purchase Rating must be 4.5 stars or greater on average
  • Average Ship Time must be less than 3 days on average
  • You also have to give at least one love note, which means review a purchase you have through on Poshmark.

My Poshmark Ambassador Status:

My Poshmark Ambassador Stats as of December 6

Looking at my Posh Stats, I am currently 72% finished with the program requirements. I Still need to do a lot of community and self-closet sharing and list 25 more items in my closet (or more I suppose if I make some sales!). I don’t know how long this will take me, but I think trying to get it by the end of December is a decent goal. Wish me luck!

Interested in joining the Poshmark community? Use my code ARCHAEO_CHIC to get $5 off your first purchase!

The Multiple Places where I Sell Online: eBay, Mercari, Poshmark, and Depop

I’ve been reselling online for a little under 6 months. I started with things I wasn’t going to keep when I moved across the US, and now I do some additional sourcing along with that regular purging.

I am currently using 4 main platforms for my selling. I use eBay, Mercari, Poshmark, and Depop. Some items I will crosspost on different platforms because they tend to attract different types of shoppers, and the shipping costs can vary between platforms.

Selling on multiple platforms can be a bit of extra work, but I have found it to be worth it many times. You never know where people are looking for things online.

If you are a reseller too, I’d love to hear about your experiences with these and other platforms. Feel free to leave me a note in the comments below this post!

My First Week on Poshmark

After a while of contemplation, I decided to move some of my Depop listings to Poshmark, to see how they might do. I was pleasantly surprised at how fast things can move (although they do have a higher seller fee than eBay and Depop).

After my first week, I can see why it’s so popular. I sold 10 items from my closet, one of which is being returned (so really 9 sales in total).

Here is a look at my first week states from November 11-18, 2018:

My First Week of Poshmark Sales

If you’d like to join me on Poshmark, my closet name is Archaeo_Chic (and if you use my name to join, you get $5 off your first purchase!)

Making Oat Milk is Easy!

I am always looking for ways to be kinder in my lifestyle, and I recently learned that many of the milk alternatives I was using, like almonds and cashews, were not so kind. I made the switch to hemp milk, but haven’t been able to find it locally (not to mention that many of these products are sold in those difficult to recycle tetra packs.

I finally found the best alternative for me is homemade oat milk! It is so dang simple, just three ingredients, a blender, and a strainer and you are good to go!

Easy Oat Milk Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Cup Oats

4 Cups Water

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Step 1- Mix all of the ingredients into your blender

Step 2- Strain the mixture into a container. (Save the strained oatmeal, it is amazing-I think its worth making the oat milk just for that.

Step 3 (optional)- Strain again through a cheesecloth (this removes the last bits of oatmeal from the milk and helps keep the milk from getting too thick. If you plan to use the oat milk on the same day you make it, you can skip this step)

Step 4- Transfer the oat milk into a jar or other airtight container, and enjoy! You can store the milk in your fridge for a few days, but it is best fresh! Have you tried making your own milk at home too? What is your favorite type to make?

 

A little of this and that..

Today I’ve been juggling a few tasks for my online reselling. I spent the morning preparing packages for customers and then settled into some artifact cleaning. I think it’s funny how many of my academic archaeology skills come in handy for this stuff. Well, that and my retail experience from before college.

Today I took these silverplated Oneida shakers and cleaned them up for listing. I used the aluminum foil and baking soda method, and I think they came out nice. What do you think?

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If you are interested in shopping my finds on eBay, you can find my store here!

Simple and Delicious Applesauce Recipe

With all the apples we’ve got in our apartment, I’ve been looking for ways to keep them around but also not rotten. One of my go-to projects this fall is cooking up mass amounts of applesauce. It’s a great way to prolong the life of our apple bounty, and heat the apartment too!

Simple and Delicious Applesauce Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 4 Apples (peeled, cored and diced)*
  • ¾ Cup Water
  • ¼ Cup Sugar (White, Brown, None, etc to taste)
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon

*I have actually been doubling this recipe since we have so many apples, I’ve noticed it takes about 8 apples to fill a quart-sized mason jar.

Step 1- Cook all of these ingredients in a covered pot for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the apples are soft (If you are doubling the recipe they may need to cook a bit longer than 20 minutes).

Step 2- Allow the applesauce mixture to cool for 20 minutes, or until it stops letting off steam

Step 3- Sauce it! If you like your applesauce on the chunky end of the spectrum, I recommend mashing with a fork or wooden spoon. If you dig it smoother, a blender is a good way to go (pulse on low, then increase the speed as needed).

Step 4- Transfer to a jar or sealable container for storage.

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Homemade applesauce!

 

Saving Scraps for Homemade Vegetable Broth

We are on a journey to less waste, and always looking for ways to minimize and sustain our lives. One thing we have started to really get into id making homemade vegetable broth from cooking scraps.

My favorite part of making this broth is that the ratio of flavor is always different. Sometimes we end up with a savory broth from the onion and garlic, or a sweeter broth if we’d had beets. I’ll also make homemade sriracha style sauces and throw pepper scraps in for a delightfully spicy broth.

One thing I also love is adding the stems from Hamama micro-greens into the mix. I love having the extra boost of green goodness and gives me something fun to do after each harvest of micro-greens.

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Micro-green stems are great for soup!

The process is very simple and time friendly. All we do is keep a sealable bin in our fridge specifically for saving scraps. We just throw in ant scraps that are leftover from cooking throughout the week. Once your scrap bin is starting to overflow, it’s time to make the broth!

Making Vegetable Broth from Soup Scraps:

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable Scraps
  • 4 Cups water (or enough to cover all of the scraps completely)

Step 1- Boil the scraps for at least an hour. You can add in some additional spices now if you wish, but I like to wait until I’ve got the broth cooking into a soup so I have a better plan of how to spice it up.

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Scraps in the soup pot!

Step 2- Once the broth is boiled, remove it from the heat and strain into a mason jar.

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Strain the scraps from the broth

Step 3- Allow the broth to cool before closing the jar, then store in your fridge until it’s soup-making time!

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The finished product! A delicious vegetable broth made entirely from scraps!

Use your vegetable broth as a base for soup recipes, or as a savory marinade. If you prefer, you can even add miso or bouillon to the mix for additional flavor.

Apple Butter from Scratch

Fall is upon us here in Albany! My first east coast fall has been full of cold days and finding things to make with all the apples we’ve picked! One of my favorites is a basic apple butter. It’s great for spreading on toast (or more apples!) and makes the apartment smell amazing.

Apple Butter Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 5 Apples (cored, loosely peeled, and diced)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ Cup maple syrup or brown sugar (to taste)
  • Fresh Ginger to taste
  • ¼ tsp cloves (optional)
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Mix all ingredients together and cook in a covered pot for 1-2 hours

Step 1- mix all of these luscious ingredients together and cook it all in a covered pot until it has reduced (this will take about 1 to 2 hours).

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Reduced Apple Butter mixture, ready for blending!

Step 2- Allow the mixture to cool for about 15 minutes, or until the mixture stops steaming.

Step 3- Puree in a blender or food processor until it is buttery smooth (or a bit chunky if you prefer!)

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Blend into butter

Store butter in a clean mason jar or an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.

Note: If you would like a thicker consistency for the butter, you can return it to the heat after blending for a few more minutes, just be sure to allow it to cool again before storing.