Decorative Grocery Bag Container

As far back as I can remember, my family has always saved and reused grocery bags. So naturally as an adult I do the same. However, they tend to pile up in an unorganized fashion. Today I’m going to show you how to turn an old wipe container into an adorable grocery bag storage container.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Scissors or Rotary Cutter

Fabric

Mod Podge Glue

Paint Brush

Measuring Tape

Empty Wipe Container

IMG_9973First you’ll want to remove the paper from your wipe container, if you haven’t already. Remove as much of the left over adhesive as you can. Next take a measuring tape and measure around the container. Add an inch to that . For example, my container was 16inches around and I added an inch making it 17inches. After you’ve done that measure the container height wise.

IMG_9989.JPGThen you’ll cut your fabric to the size you need.

IMG_9991Once you’ve done that  you’ll turn your piece of cut fabric right side down and apply Mod Podge Glue to the back of it.

IMG_9992Next you will wrap the fabric around the container, smoothing out any imperfections as you go.

IMG_9996Where your fabric meets take the excess and fold it under the side that hasn’t been laid down yet and apply glue. This will create a nice seam.*You may see some glue coming through the pretty side of the fabric. Just take your brush and brush it out. Don’t stress, it’ll dry clear. (:

Then you’ll turn your container upside down and let it dry. If you have excess fabric wait until its dry and cut it off or if it’s not too much you can glue it to the bottom.

There you have it ladies and gentleman, a decorative place to store all of your grocery bags.

Banana Ice Cream

I don’t consider myself to be a health food nut but, I do want my son to eat healthy and to have a good relationship with food. So far I’ve been lucky, my son loves fruits and veggies. However, my child is also like the billions of other kids on the planet and loves dessert as well. His absolute favorite (and mine too) being ice cream. Today I’m going to show you how to make a healthier alternative to regular ice cream, that is also toddler approved. IMG_9931

Here’s what you’ll need:

Food Processor Or Blender

5 Frozen Bananas

1/2 Cup of Milk (Any Kind)

2 Tablespoons of Honey

IMG_9937           First you’ll need to place the frozen bananas in the food processor along with the milk. (I usually buy about 2 bunches of bananas a week and sometimes we don’t get around to eating all of them. Naturally the peeling starts turning brown. Instead of throwing them out and being wasteful. I peel them and put them in ziplock bag in the freezer.)

IMG_9943Then you’ll turn on your food processor until the bananas and milk are a creamy mixture. (You may have to add a little more milk)

IMG_9945Next you’ll add in your 2 tablespoons of honey and turn on the food processor until the honey is fully incorperated. (This should only take a few seconds).

IMG_9951Scoop, Serve, and Enjoy!!

 

How to Sharpen a Rotary Cutter

I dabble in sewing. It’s something that I find to be challenging but also relaxing at times. It requires patience and pace. (If you’ve read any of my past blogs, you know that patience is my Achilles heel.)  For some reason, I don’t lose my cool often when I’m sewing. That’s not to say I haven’t had moments where I’ve threatened my sewing machine’s nonexistent life or called it some not-so-very-nice names but that doesn’t happen frequently.

I’m not going to show you all the ins and outs of sewing because frankly, I’m still learning them myself. However, I do want to give you a tip on how to sharpen and/or extend the life of a Rotary Cutter. It’s extremely simple.  IMG_9891

Here’s what you’ll need:

Rotary Cutter

12″x 10” Sheet of Aluminum Foil

Scrap Fabric (Optional)

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First you’ll want to fold your piece of aluminum foil in half. When you have it folded in half, fold it in half again.

Next you’ll take your Rotary Cutter and cut the aluminum foil until it’s completely cut up. (I recommend placing a mat or cutting board under your foil, that way you don’t mar the table/countertop you’re working on.) Once that’s complete you can test the sharpness of your blade by cutting a piece of scrap fabric. If it still isn’t sharp enough grab another piece of aluminum foil and repeat the steps.

How to patch a small hole.

For the last 5 years we’ve lived in an apartment and whenever we eventually move out I want to make sure we get our deposit back. We recently took down the baby gate because my smarty pants 2 year old figured out how to open it. It was the type of gate that you have to screw to the wall and push down and pull up at the same time to open. (Incase you’re curious about the gate here is the link Amazon.com) When we removed the gate it left noticeable holes in the door frame. Like I said earlier, I’m determined for us to get the deposit back. So today I’m going to show you how to patch a small hole.  IMG_9867

Here’s what you’ll need:

Putty Knife

Fine Sandpaper

Spackling

Paint

Paint Brush

 

 

First you’ll want to sand the imperfection down until, it’s even with the wood/wall.

Next you’ll take your putty knife and gather some spackling on it. Apply the spackling over the hole and allow it to dry.  (I use Dap DryDex spackling because it goes on pink and turns white when it’s dry. This keeps me from checking it constantly and becoming impatient.)

Whenever the spackling turns white sand it down until it’s even with the wall/wood. When that’s finished you’ll want to wipe around the area to make sure there isn’t any dust that could get into your paint.

Once the area is clean paint over the spot that you repaired with paint and let it dry.There you have it!

*I originally went to home depot and bought a sample of egg shell white to use. However, it wasn’t an exact match. This lead me ask the paint crew for my apartment complex what the brand/color was. Guess what? Not only did they tell me what the exact color was and where I could get it but they also gave me some paint. How awesome is that?! Your paint crew may  do the same, so don’t be afraid to ask! Especially, if you want your deposit back.

 

 

 

 

Homemade Candied Pecans

I spent a semester in Chicago, while in college and I absolutely loved it! Chicago is the greatest city and you can’t connivence me otherwise. Even thought my time there was brief, I made memories and friendships I know will last me a lifetime.

One of my favorite memories was when my friend, Angel, and I visited Navy Pier for the 2nd time. The first time we visited, it was still winter and Lake Michigan was frozen over. It was like a winter wonderland, absolutely beautiful. The second time we went was in the spring, and I needed to buy souvenirs. While walking around talking we were suddenly hit with the most amazing smell. This older gentleman was making candied pecans at his cart. We walked up to the man and started a conversation. He told us about his journey to America and how he just lost his wife but that he knew he’d see her again someday. We bought some of his freshly made candied pecans. He had a ton of different flavors but we went with the cinnamon. I’ve had candied pecans before and I don’t know if it was the conversation we had with this man or what but these were absolutely the best!!

Last year my husband, Shae, and I were at a local festival. There a booth was selling freshly made candied pecans. As ridiculous as it may seem, I was extremely excited. That was until I tried them and the excitement soon faded. They were okay but paled in comparison to the ones that I’d had at Navy Pier. After seeing my disappointment, Shae, said to me, “I bet you could make them”. This lead me on the hunt for the perfect candied pecan recipe. What kind of terrible person would I be if I didn’t share it with y’all?! Today I’m going to show you how to make the best candied pecans.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

2 Egg Whites

4 Teaspoons of Water

4 Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract

2lbs Pecans Halves

2 Cups of Sugar

2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon of Salt

*This recipe makes a ton of Candied Pecans which is perfect for sharing 😀

IMG_9798.JPGFirst you’ll want to preheat your oven to 250 degrees. In a gallon ziplock bag mix the sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

IMG_9803 Then in an extra large bowl whisk the egg white, water, and vanilla until it’s frothy.IMG_9804.JPG Add the pecans to the egg white mixture and stir until all the pecans are coated.

IMG_9807  Once that’s finished place the coated pecans into the ziplock bag with the sugar mixture. Next you with shake it up until the pecans are fully covered. *Dancing while doing this will only bring you more happiness. Spray the baking sheets with cooking spray.IMG_9808  Then spread the pecans out on the baking sheets. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.  IMG_9815.JPG

You will not regret making these!! Well, you might if you can’t stop eating them. Enjoy!!!

 

Recipe Source:FireFlyTales

 

 

 

How to make stovetop popcorn

When I was little and would stay with my grandparents on Friday nights, my Granny would always make us popcorn on the stovetop. I started thinking about all those Friday nights, and thought I would love for my son to have memories like that. Also I remembered that it tasted so much better than microwave popcorn. Today I’m going to show you how to make popcorn on the stovetop. It’s extremely easy:

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Here’s what you’ll need:

3 Table Spoons of Cooking Oil

1/2 Cup of Popcorn Kernels

Sea Salt

First you’ll want to put the oil in a large pot and then pour the kernels in. IMG_9854

Make sure all the kernels have oil on them. Once that is accomplished, turn the burner to medium heat. Place the lid on the top of the pot but be sure not close it fully.IMG_9858

After a few minutes, you’ll hear it start popping. Once you don’t hear as much popping remove the pot from the burner.  IMG_9863

Add salt, melted butter (if you want) and enjoy! IMG_9868

 

 

Peppermint Muddy Buddies

I wanted to give my neighbors something in addition to the Hot Chocolate Mix. I decided to make them Muddy Buddies for two reasons. The first being because they are inexpensive to make and secondly because they taste absolutely wonderful.  However, with me being me I couldn’t just make regular Muddy Buddies. I had to add my own little twist to make them more Christmas-ie. (Ok that’s not a real thing but you know what I mean.) I  decided to make Peppermint Muddy Buddies. This is a great recipe to involve your little ones. It’s easy and doesn’t create a huge mess. Let’s get started.  IMG_9832

Here’s what you’ll need:

9 Cups Rice Chex

1 Cup of Semisweet Chocolate Chips or Mint Chocolate Chips

1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter

1/4 Cup of Butter

1 Tsp of Vanilla

1/2 Cup of Crushed Peppermint Candy

1 1/2 Cup of Powdered Sugar

 

In a large bowl measure out 9 Cups of Rice Chex and set it aside. Next in  a medium sized, microwaveable bowl add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Place in the Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir. Continue to microwave the chocolate mixture in 15 second intervals until it’s smooth. IMG_9828

Stir in the vanilla and crushed peppermint. IMG_9833

Then pour it over the cereal and stir until the Chex are covered.IMG_9834IMG_6820

Place the coated Chex in a gallon bag and add the powdered sugar. Close the bag and shake it, until they are covered. IMG_9839 IMG_9840

Next you’ll spread them out on a baking pan to cool.

Then store them in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Enjoy but be warned these are addictive.