Sunday, January 31, 2010

Nutty Granola

This recipe sounds so good today! I think I am going to whip up a batch while supper is simmering!
~Andrea

Nutty Granola Recipe : Ellie Krieger : Food Network

9 Ways To Encourage Your Kids to Live Simply from Simple Mom

9 Ways To Encourage Your Kids to Live Simply
9 Ways To Encourage Your Kids to Live Simply

Simple living, going green, and generally doing away with the unnecessary is gaining popularity. And that’s cool. But it’s all for naught if we don’t pass on a love of simplicity to the next generation – we depend on them to do a stellar job stewarding the earth’s resources.


Weekend Make and Takes: Valentine’s Day

Weekend Make and Takes: Valentine’s Day | Make and Takes

Weekend Make and Takes: Valentine’s Day

If you still need a few ideas for Valentines, whether it’s a treat, craft, or gift, here’s a few ideas I’ve rounded up perfect for your loved ones.



15 Mouth-Watering Roast Beef Recipes from TipNut

15 Mouth-Watering Roast Beef Recipes : TipNut.com
15 Mouth-Watering Roast Beef Recipes

This week’s Recipe Hit List showcases some of the most delicious, mouth-watering recipes I could find for making roast beef…I am officially STARVING after putting this list together, lol. Some of the recipe ingredients and steps are surprisingly basic and simple while others involve a lovely mix of herbs, spices and flavor boosters that you may not have tried yet…each promising to knock your family’s socks off at meal time. Make sure to check out the Bonus I snuck in at the bottom: Make Your Own Deli-Style Roast Beef. Enjoy!


15 Mouth-Watering Roast Beef Recipes from TipNut

15 Mouth-Watering Roast Beef Recipes : TipNut.com
15 Mouth-Watering Roast Beef Recipes

This week’s Recipe Hit List showcases some of the most delicious, mouth-watering recipes I could find for making roast beef…I am officially STARVING after putting this list together, lol. Some of the recipe ingredients and steps are surprisingly basic and simple while others involve a lovely mix of herbs, spices and flavor boosters that you may not have tried yet…each promising to knock your family’s socks off at meal time. Make sure to check out the Bonus I snuck in at the bottom: Make Your Own Deli-Style Roast Beef. Enjoy!


Peach Crunch Super Easy Dreamy Heavenly Gotta-Make-It-Now Dessert

Types of Flour: {Baking Reference} from TipNut

Types of Flour: {Baking Reference} : TipNut.com

Flour is a staple in the home and is not only necessary in most baking but flour is also a useful ingredient in many craft recipes too (such as paper mache, homemade playdoughhomemade fingerpaint). We use flour to make tasty treats like pancakes & waffles, muffins, cookies, homemade bread & buns, baking cakes, pizza dough and it’s a helper in the kitchen for things like thickening gravies and sauces. Flour is a big part of our day-to-day lives! But did you know there are many different types of flours available made from a variety of sources such as wheat, seeds, corn, rice, coconuts, potatoes, etc.? Some flours are wheaten and gluten free while others are higher in fiber and starch…each type of flour offering its own unique results. Here’s a handy reference outlining different types of flours… and


Types of Flour: {Baking Reference} from TipNut

Types of Flour: {Baking Reference} : TipNut.com

Flour is a staple in the home and is not only necessary in most baking but flour is also a useful ingredient in many craft recipes too (such as paper mache, homemade playdoughhomemade fingerpaint). We use flour to make tasty treats like pancakes & waffles, muffins, cookies, homemade bread & buns, baking cakes, pizza dough and it’s a helper in the kitchen for things like thickening gravies and sauces. Flour is a big part of our day-to-day lives! But did you know there are many different types of flours available made from a variety of sources such as wheat, seeds, corn, rice, coconuts, potatoes, etc.? Some flours are wheaten and gluten free while others are higher in fiber and starch…each type of flour offering its own unique results. Here’s a handy reference outlining different types of flours… and


5 Ways to Organize and Display Your Child’s Artwork from Make and Takes

5 Ways to Organize and Display Your Child’s Artwork | Make and Takes

5 Ways to Organize and Display Your Child’s Artwork

Guest Post by Heidi of Budget Wise Home

When your child’s artwork starts overtaking the refrigerator, it’s time for a better display system. With so much artwork coming in every day, figuring out where to put it all can get overwhelming. The first thing you need to do is create a “zone” for the artwork. Decide on one place where you will set up your display that is devoted to nothing but art. It might be a wall in the kitchen or someplace in each child’s room. Creating a “zone” will keep everything from looking cluttered and messy.



Family Feasts and Once a Month Cooking on Life as Mom

100 Mommy Cards for $2 + S & H

100 Mommy Cards for $1.99 + Shipping
One of my friends bought me my first set of Mommy cards when my daughter was young, and I love them! They are a great way to share info with other moms, teachers, coaches and more.

Right now, Vistaprint is offering 100 Mommy Cards for $1.99 + Shipping. Shipping is a little over $4 when you order 100 cards. You can also order 25 cards for $0.99 ($3.48 shipping) or 50 cards for $1.49 ($3.98 shipping).

These cards aren’t just limited to moms – they would be useful for anyone!

Get all of the details and create your cards here.


My favorite fundy traditions

This is too funny. I have experienced EVERY one of these too!
Enjoy! ~Andrea


Whirled Views with Dan Burrell » Listomania #5 — My Favorite Fundy Traditions


Baked Potato Soup

I made this soup yesterday and then let it simmer in the crockpot on low all day. It was delish! Enjoy!


Baked Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) Evaporated Milk
  • 2 large or 3 medium baking potatoes, baked or microwaved

Directions
  1. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally for 1 to 2 minutes or until tender.
  3. Stir in flour.
  4. Gradually stir in broth and evaporated milk.
  5. Scoop potato pulp from 1 potato (reserve potato skin); mash.
  6. Add pulp to broth mixture.
  7. Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until mixture comes just to a boil.
  8. Dice remaining potato skin and potatoes; add to soup.
  9. Heat through.

This is great topped with all those baked potato toppers you like.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Single Serving Pie in a Jar

What a wonderfully cute idea!

Our Best Bites: Single Serving Pie in a Jar
A few months ago, we got an email from our cute friend (and talented photographer) Nathaly. Don't even think about pronouncing that "Na-THA-ly" like any normal human would do. It's a trick. The h is silent. And please don't tell her I pronounce it wrong in my head every time I read it. Anyway, she shared this fun idea with us and said she was sure we could find a way to make it cuter


Introducing Dried Beans Into Your Diet

Beans, Beans They’re Good For Your…Wallet! | Frugal Dad

2010 is as good a year as any to get the finances back on track and start eating better for you. One food that has been around forever in many forms are beans. There are tons of types and almost all are like little pockets of low fat protein, perfect for your healthy eating plan. The other great news is that they are also extremely cheap, especially if purchased dried. I know the idea of preparing beans from dried may sound like hard work but it really is not.


recycle project no. 14 - drawer organizer

A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata: recycle project no. 14 - drawer organizer

I saved a couple of cereal boxes a while back and today I used them to make a drawer organizer. Everything in the drawers of a small Ikea drawer unit I have slide back and forth and I was getting tired of that. I love the neutral colors of Muji stationery supplies and that was a tiny inspiration too.

The first thing I made was a basic box that is as wide as the inside of the drawer. The divider is made out of another piece of a cardboard and it covers the bottom of the box, which make the whole project very sturdy.




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