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Meal Plan Challenge, Lots of Aprons, and More

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Today, I am sharing some exciting news from my Hill Country Kitchen, including information about:

Transition to Traditional: Meal Plan Challenge and Giveaway

I’m excited to let you know about my collaboration with Plan to Eat. They provide you with a web interface and mobile app to help you collect your recipes, create a meal planning calendar, and organize a grocery list.

Plan to Eat is hosting a special Transition to Traditional: Challenge and Giveaway from October 5-9, 2020. As part of this meal plan challenge, you’ll get access to a curated selection of my recipes that will help you transform your processed foods kitchen into a traditional foods kitchen. These recipes will help you master the basics of nutrient-dense natural foods. If you’re new to traditional foods, this challenge is a great place to start!

You can participate at no charge by signing up for the free 60-day trial for Plan to Eat that’s available with this challenge. This trial will give you a chance to try out their meal planning features, as well as access the following traditional foods recipes that are part of the challenge:

  • Simple Roast Chicken
  • Roast Chicken Bone Broth
  • Homemade Yogurt
  • Sauerkraut
  • Sourdough Starter
  • Sourdough Bread

Starting on the first day of the meal plan challenge, you’ll also be able to enter Plan to Eat’s giveaway to win special prize packages.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • 1-year subscription to Plan to Eat
  • $150 Prize pack to US Wellness Meats
  • Plan to Eat Tote
  • Plan to Eat Tea Towel (flour sack)
  • A Nourishing Traditions Book

Two Runner-up Winners will receive:

  • 1-year subscription to Plan to Eat
  • Plan to Eat Tote
  • Plan to Eat Tea Towel (flour sack)
  • A Nourishing Traditions Book

To learn more about the meal plan challenge and giveaway rules, register to participate, and enter the giveaway, visit:

To learn more about how you can use Plan to Eat, read my Meal Planning for These Challenging Times blog post.

My Apron Collection

Handmade Aprons

Finally! So many of you have asked me to share some of my apron collection with you, so today’s the day! I have some of my favorite ones to show off in this video, including some beautifully handmade aprons made by my sweet friend Heidi over at Rain Country Homestead.

Many of you know Heidi from her popular YouTube channel, but did you know that she also has a Rain Country Homestead Etsy shop? She sells beautiful and lovingly-created handmade items in her shop, including aprons. And her aprons are so darling! You will definitely feel like a Modern Pioneer when you put one on.

Koda Aprons

One special apron that I have was a gift from the Koda Apron company. They actually sent me this high-quality embroidered apron right before this year’s challenging time, and unfortunately, they had to close up shop. But only temporarily. They are back and open for business, which is wonderful news, especially since they are a small business based here in the United States.

And I have to tell you that their aprons are amazing! They are made out of first-rate thick fabric with generously-sized pockets and nice long waist ties. I don’t think I have ever seen a better-made apron! If you’re looking for an exceptional apron, check out their offerings. I know they will really appreciate the support!

My Everyday Aprons

Most of the aprons you see me wear are what I think of as my “everyday” aprons. They are the aprons I wear when I am cooking and working around the house. They are all very durable and wash up beautifully.

Some of these aprons I bought years ago, while others have been gifts, and still others are ones that I purchased on Amazon. To make it fun for you to see all my aprons “on parade”—so to speak—I put them all together over on my Amazon storefront. Peruse through my collection and see if you find one that’s perfect for you!

Mary’s Nest on the Radio

If you live in Central Texas or if you’re driving to Austin on IH-35 in the area between Hillsboro and San Marcos, you may hear mention of bone broth, ferments, sourdough, and Mary’s Nest on the radio!

I’m happy to let you know that I’m an enthusiastic supporter of the easy listening station in our area, KNCT-FM 91.3. I’ve enjoyed this public radio station ever since I started listening to their music and Bill Hecke’s weather forecasts while rocking my infant son in the blue chair in our living room.

I’ve especially enjoyed their beautiful music during these turbulent times. You may also enjoy having relaxing music as a welcome companion in the background. If you’re not in the Austin, Waco, or Hill Country area, you can stream their music online through their mobile app or your Web browser.

More Videos with Heidi

I’ve filmed a number of videos where I mention Heidi, her Rain Country Homestead, and some of the aprons and tips that she has. I hope you’ll enjoy the following videos and catch up on my earlier news from Mary’s Nest.

Stay in Touch with Mary’s Nest

  1. Subscribe to My YouTube Channel for Traditional Foods Videos (Free) - When you subscribe, be sure to click on the notification bell that will let you know each time I upload a new video.
  2. Subscribe to Mary’s Traditional Foods Newsletter (Free) - Get a free 36-page eBook for signing up: How to Stock Your Essential Traditional Foods Four-Corners Pantry.
  3. Join the Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy (Optional Paid) - For more detailed videos and exclusive members-only perks, join my YouTube membership community.
  4. Order The Modern Pioneer Cookbook (Optional Paid) - Get a printed book of Mary's nourishing recipes from a Traditional Foods Kitchen. This bestselling cookbook is published by Penguin Random House with their DK imprint.

I look forward to having you join me in my Texas Hill Country Kitchen!

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