Friday, February 2, 2018

Painted Glass

Mod Podge Super Gloss
Food Color
Paint brushes
Black Sharpie
Rubbing alcohol
Paint pallet or small cups

First make sure your bottle is clean.
Then using your Sharpie draw your design onto the bottle.
If you make any mistakes use rubbing alcohol and a q-tip to rub it off.
Mix one color at a time (they dry out fast) mixing the mod podge and food color together in your paint pallet or cups.
*Go light on the food coloring remembering it's concentrated.
Paint in your design as you like.
Using the food color and super gloss Mod Podge made it more see through and more like stain glass.
I loved the effect.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Decluttering Your Home

cleaning supplies
3 boxes

I recommend creating a list of places/areas in your home to declutter starting with the easiest… which doesn’t sound like all that, but you’ll feel more accomplished if you can get something done even if it’s simple.

Use the four box method. One box for keeping, another for storing, one for trash, and one box for Goodwill/ Garage sale. Doing this means no item gets passed over. 

I clean out areas for a solid 15 minutes before taking a break or just 15 minutes a day. If you clean for a solid 15 minutes then you are more likely to finish the task. I tell myself, “If I can clean for this long then I can keep going.”

Take pictures to track your progress. Take before and after pictures this will also help you to feel more accomplished and to remind you and others of where things go after you declutter.

Teach your kids where things go. If we teach your kids where things go, and start teaching them the habit of putting them there, you’ll go a long way to keeping your house decluttered.

Remember it's not going to happen over night it takes patience and hard work.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Soup Bar

28 oz chicken broth
2 chicken breast chopped
4 carrots
4 pieces of celery
1/2 onion
1 1/2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
2 teaspoon garlic
2 pinches of tumeric
1 pinch ground cayenne red pepper
1/2 pound warm pasta
Oyster crakers

Cut chicken into bite size cubes.
Chop carrots and celery small bites as well.
Season chicken with 1 tsp bouillon, tumeric, 1/2 the garlic, and the red pepper.
In a smedium pan saute 1/2 the onions till they are translucent.
Then add the carrots, celery, and the other half of the garlic, 1/2 tsp bouillon.
Cook the pasta per boxes instructions.
In a separate medium pan spray Pam, and over medium heat cook the chicken and the rest of the onions, it will be a bit yellow in color.
In pot or bowl heat the broth.
Now turn everything off.
Set out bowls, and crackers.
Let everyone make their soup as they desire.

I decided to make chicken noodle soup this way because not one person in my house likes chicken noodle soup the same way.  This way everyone eats the entire bowl and some even went back for seconds. Plus my kid said. "This was fun."

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Pot Pie

1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped onion 
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (14 oz) chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
2 ½ cups shredded cooked turkey or chicken
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
(2) 9 inch pie crusts
Salt and pepper to taste (I use about 1/4 a teaspoon of each)

In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
Add onion, cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until translucent.
Stir in flour, salt and pepper until well blended.
Gradually stir in broth and milk, cooking and stirring until bubbly and thickened.
Stir in turkey/chicken and mixed vegetables.
Remove from heat.
Let cool completely and spoon into a Ziploc bag.
When ready to use.
Thaw Ziploc bag of filling.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Make pie crust as directed, using 9-inch glass pie plate.
Pour filling into crust-lined pie plate.
Top with second crust; seal edge with a fork or pinch them together.
Cut slits in several places on top crust.
Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
During last 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover edge of crust with strips of foil or pie 
shield to prevent excessive browning.
Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

* I used the turkey from Thanksgiving and made the filling at that time. Then I used a quart size Ziploc bag and froze the filling until I needed it. Then you can just by a pie crust and just bake your diner in about 35 minutes.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

DIY Cone Trees

Cones (3 came in a bag from the .99 cent store)
Eyelash yarn (one ball .99 cent store)
Beads 3ft (.99 cent store)
Hot glue ( the gun and it came with glue came from the .99 cent store)
A pack of 12 bows ($.99 cent store)
Box of sequins pins 100 (.99 cent store)

Start by heating up the hot glue gun.
Then put a dab of glue on the of the yarn and wrap it around the cone.
Make sure to wrap tight and close together.
Adding dabs of glue on as you wrap to keep it in place.
To add the beads I used the pins, in between each of the bead is sting and so as drape I place a pin at the top and go once around and pin it in place.
Then just keep going till you finish cut off and excess beads you don't need.
The second one was done with ribbon I had from a gift I was given last year.
I saw these being sold in a store for $35.95 and I though. "Wow I can make that and for a lot less." So made the two of these for around $3.00.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Broccoli Quiche

2 whole eggs
4 egg whites
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup chopped broccoli (if using frozen thaw and drain)
2 tablespoons minced onions
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 nine inch pie crust
sprinkle of fresh finely grated Parmesan cheese

Place oven race in the middle position.
Preheat the oven to 375°.
You can use homemade, frozen, or refrigerator pie crust.
Make sure your pie crust is room temperature, especially before you try to manipulate it into your pie pan if you are using a refrigerator one.
Prick the bottom of crust with a fork so you don't get air bubbles.
Bake it for 9 minutes till light gold in color.
In a pan, on medium heat, on the stove, heat up oil.
Cook onions till they are translucent, then let them cool.
While that cooks whisk eggs, half and half.
Then add broccoli, onions, grated cheese.
Remove crust and pour egg mixture to pie crust.
Sprinkle your fresh cheese on top.
Bake on middle rack for 40 to 50 min check center to see if eggs are done.
Remove to wire rack to cool about 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Guiltless Cabbage Soup

1 head of cabbage
1  onion
1 lb carrots peeled
1/2 lb fresh green beans
1 sweet yellow pepper
6 cups vegetable broth
3-4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
Dash of paprika
Dash of ginger
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop cabbage, and green beans into bite size pieces.
Mince the onions, pepepr and garlic.
Chop the carrots into rounds and then cut them in half.
Over medium heat saute the onions and pepper, till the onions are transparent and the pepper is tender.
Add the carrots, green beans and 1 cup of the broth.
Place lid on and bring to a boil, let boil about 5 minutes.
Add the cabbage, paprika, ginger, and rest of the broth.
Lower the temperature and let simmer till cabbage is tender about 20 minutes.
Taste and add the salt and paper to your taste.

*This is a great soup for lunches. Scoop it into Ziploc bags and lay them flat in the freezer to freeze. Or if you are going to eat them right away just dish them up in mason jars so you can grab and go.

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