Friday, September 20, 2013

Mason jar recipes - Cupcake in a jar

Red velvet cupcakes

Lemon cake

Wicked Good Cupcakes


German chocolate

Other link:

10 uses for milk bottles




Decanter or beverage

Indoor garden

Christmas decoration

Buffet label holders

Candy holder

Sand art

Of corse, milk storage

Visit me Etsy shop today for milk bottles:

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Finance Fridays: Organized Coupons

I am not a gambler, but I am willing to bet that we all organize/store coupons in different ways. I have stored them in my wallet, in a box in my car, in a binder, and in an accordion coupon book. I settled in the wallet-size accordion coupon book from Dollar Tree. It comes with lettered tabs.

 Instead of the generic tabs, I made labels with my label maker for months of the year.
 This method allows me to sort through coupons as I find them and organize them b expiration month. I used to store by use (I.g., cleaning, makeup, etc.), but I did not purge expired coupons. Storing them by month forces me to purge expired coupons.
 You can find a similar coupon book at Dollar Tree. 

What works best for you?


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ode to a Bathroom

Oh dear, dear bathroom. With your accessories so cheap and falling apart. I count the days to your departure (via Goodwill donation, of course).

Like many used home buyers, I acquired a home with the cheapest possible fixtures, carpet, floors, Formica, etc. Slowly, and I mean turtle pace, but surely, we have replaced several problem areas. I am focusing on quasi-ceramic and plastic bathroom accessories. See this beauty below.

 Exhibit A; Toilet paper holders. Plastic rod with off-white ceramic frames. They were installed poorly and not anchored to the wall. You don't want to see what lies behind the frame! The hole is massive, and the toilet paper holder falls out of the wall every day. Sad, right?

And not to forget this gem.
 Exhibit B: Towel bar. Ceramic ends and plastic rod. It jiggles when you while your hands, and is not anchored in the wall at all. As you can tell, the former owner cut corners everywhere.

The goal this week is to replace all three bathrooms with brushed nickel accessories, installed correctly.

Hello gorgeous!


I will post before and afters ASAP.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Finance Fridays: Houseguests

I bet you know what it is like to have a big family. That means that members of the family may visit and stay with you from time to time. As large as my family is and the fact that they live around the world, I have to prepare well for guests. Here is how to avoid going broke while being a great hostess.

DO rent a bedroom set, which is delivered and set up by the rental company. 

DO purchase new beddings (I watch for sales) and a mattress cover. Rented beds shouldn't appear used to your guests.

DON'T plan expensive events to entertain them, like shows or concerts.

DO visit area attractions outdoors, art museum, street fairs, and malls.

DO stock up on good items from the grocery store, like fruit trays (can make yourself), raw veggies, raw fruit, nuts, breads, sodas and juices. Eggs are versatile, so pick up a few dozen. Buy a nice dessert in the grocery bakery while you are there; prices are better there.

DO stock up on travel size toiletries for them to use and take with the.

DON'T forget that they are there to see you and talk lots with YOU.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Simple mashed potatoes

I take the opportunity to short cut recipes often, such as not pealing potatoes for a simple mashed potatoes recipe.

6 russet potatoes or any on hand
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 c. milk
1 tsp. butter or margarine
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Wash potatoes under running water, scrubbing well with a vegetable brush.
2. Chop potatoes into small pieces and place in pot. Run water over potatoes until covered well.
3. Bring to a boil on high heat, the lower to low heat for 20 minutes.
4. Drain water from potatoes and return to same pot.
5. In pot, mash all potatoes with a fork.
6. In pot, add all other ingredients. Mix well with a spoon. Serve right away.

No flavor is overwhelming. This is my go to recipe for mashed potatoes, mainly because it takes less than 30 minutes! They are so forgiving that you could add anything, even bacon bits, chives, onions, etc. Try some today.


Must-make mason jar recipes

I can't get enough of reuses for mason jars. I recall my grandmother canning vegetables from the garden and pickling peppers. Boy, are those days long gone. Today, mason jars have hundreds of uses. My favorite use is packing a meal. Check out these must-make mason jar recipes.

Chopped salad to go 
Lazy lasagna 
Ranch chicken salad
Peach yogurt parfait 
S'mores cake  
On my wish list is the s'mores cake, but the peach yogurt parfait is the easiest to assemble. I will try these all! Let me know if you do too.