Sunday, November 22, 2015

DIY Facelift For Your Coffee Table!

I did this easy facelift on my old coffee table today. 

Need: 

1x6's at your local hardware store
Stain
Adhesive
Spray paint (if you want to spruce up the legs of the old coffee table)

Cut the 1x6's to length. I left some overhang off of my old coffee table. Depending on the look you are going for, rough up the wood a bit so it doesn't look so new. I used a hammer to hit around the edges and a crowbar to make some dents. Stain. Paint the old coffee table legs if you want to spruce up those as well. And use some construction adhesive glue to mount to the old table. (screw up through the bottom to attach for maximum durability- make sure your screws are not too long!)


Easy. 




Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Super Easy Cherry Pie!





This cherry pie was so easy and so delicious! I can not wait to make it again! Hardest part was pitting the cherries.... 

Cherry Filling

Ingredients
4 cups fresh or frozen cherries (pitted)
1 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions
Place cherries in medium saucepan and place over heat. Cover. After the cherries lose considerable juice, which may take a few minutes, remove from heat. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cornstarch together. Pour this mixture into the hot cherries and mix well. Return the mixture to the stove and cook over low heat until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and let cool. If the filling is too thick, add a little water, too thin, add a little more cornstarch.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and prepare the crust.


Crust

Ingredients
1 ½ stick Chilled Butter
2 cups Flour
Dash Salt
4 TB ice water

Directions
Cut the butter into 8-12 pieces and place in bowl. Add the flour and salt and use a pastry blender to mix the butter with the flour until it’s the size of small peas. (If you don’t have a pastry blender, you can use two forks or your fingers.)

Using your fingers, mix in the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Mix just until it holds together, only a few seconds. Press the dough into a flat disk.

Sprinkle a little flour on a cool, dry surface and place the dough on it. (Note: take about 2/3 of the dough for rolling the bottom crust.) Rub a little flour onto the rolling pin so it won’t stick and roll the dough in a rough circle a little larger than the diameter of your pan. If the dough sticks, sprinkle on a little more flour. The dough should be about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.

Use a spatula to loosen the dough from the surface, and fold it in half and then quarters to make lifting it easy. Place in the pie pan and press to shape. If you’re so inclined, use your fingers or a fork to make a pretty edge on the crust.

Making the top crust: Shape remaining dough into a flat disk and roll out as above. Determine how big to make the crust based on how much fruit you’ve piled in the pie.

Place crust on top of fruit and seal the edges. If you want to make it fancy, cut out some shapes before you put the crust on top; otherwise, just cut some slits in the top to allow steam out. Brush with melted butter or milk.
Bake for about 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Organize your winter boots with this one simple fix!


Want an easy fix to all those slouching winter boots? Two words, pool noodles. I have been waiting all winter to hit up the dollar store for some pool noodles. Cut them into four sections and insert into your boots! LOVE IT! 









Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easy Buffalo Chicken Mini Meatloaf


Delicious and easy. I threw some leftover things I had in my fridge to make up this healthy dish! And I LOVE using the muffin pans for individual servings!

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup tablespoons buffalo hot sauce (I used Red Hot) (or to taste)
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced red peppers
  • 1/4 cup spinach drained (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • blue cheese to top after cooking

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place all ingredients in a bowl and use your hands to mix thoroughly.
  3. Plop mixture into a muffin tin.
  4. Bake for 25-30 or until chicken is completely cooked through. (170 degrees)
  5. Top with blue cheese

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ditch Cable, Save Money, and Still Watch Your Shows! - How we did it in 3 easy steps.

Everyone is asking how to cut your cable/satellite bill. Well my coworker needed a break down so I wanted to share it with everyone how we went from $160 for cable and internet to $96/mo (with $80 of that being internet!!! hopefully you can get internet cheaper in your area)

So how does this work? Well you watch TV through your internet. So you can completely eliminate your cable bill, leaving only the cost of your internet and 2 subscription channels.

Buy a hub to plug into your TV, This works as your portal to the shows you watch. Or buy a smart TV with the apps already built in. The first option is cheaper :-)

There are a few choices. So do your research on which one will be best for you and your family based on the shows you watch. *remember, each of these options have a YouTube app and an internet browser app so you can watch shows directly from the networks site if they offer full episodes. I have found most shows are on hulu and netflix as I will describe below.

Apple TV. (one time fee $99)https://www.apple.com/appletv/
Google TV ($35) http://www.google.com/tv/
Roku ($50-$99) https://www.roku.com/
Amazon Fire TV ($99) http://www.amazon.com/Fire-TV-streaming-media-player/dp/B00CX5P8FC

Here are the comparisons http://mashable.com/2014/04/02/amazon-fire-tv-competition/
It actually looks like Roku3 is beating out the competition. 

You will need one box for each TV. So take that into consideration. 
Subscribe to Netflix $8/mo (www.netflix.com)
Subscribe to Hulu Plus $8/mo (www.hulu.com/plus)
Buy an HD antenna for your TV to pick up NBC/Fox plus other local channels (we get 10 total in my area). (one time fee $14.99) http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp…
You still have to subscribe to internet. It is $80/mo for Blast internet through Comcast in my area. So our total bill is $96 now. If you can get cheaper internet, your bill will be lower. (remember all these shows are streaming through the internet so you can't skimp)

How does it work? Well you turn on your TV. If the input is set to TV you are going to get the channels through the antenna. If you switch the input to HDMI or USB (depending on which device you buy) you will see different "apps" you can navigate. Similar to your phone. It is really easy and we don't miss cable, or the bill at all!

Apple TV Screen

Roku TV Screen

Thursday, March 5, 2015

3 Step Chili! Easy Flavorful Chili in 30 minutes

This is an easy homemade Chili recipe to make in 30 minutes or less.





Need:

1 lb meat - Hamburger, Turkey, Chicken
1 15.5 oz can of Pinto Beans (drained)
1 15.5 oz can Kidney Beans (drained)
1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes
1/4 onion diced
1/2 red pepper (optional)
1/2 green pepper (optional)
3 cloves Garlic minced
1 tbsp Season All
1 tsp Cajon Seasoning (or more for spicy)
1 tsp Chili Powder (or more for spicy)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)



  1. Brown meat (do not drain)
  2. Add all ingredients and stir
  3. Cover and stir occasionally for 20 minutes on Medium High. Break down tomatoes with spoon on each stir. 
Recommended: Serve with Panera Asiago Cheese Bread and top with cheddar cheese! 




Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Name, New Look, New Beginnings


So I took the leap and revamped my blog, with a new name and a great new layout! My plan is to still blog about "anything and everything" but I tend to focus on sharing my trials and tribulations with healthy eating, Pinterest crafts, and saving money.

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I look forward to sharing with you!