A lot of holiday seasons go by where I am totally and utterly irresponsible with my spending habits. I think, "It's Christmas! I can spend as much money as I need to on presents. It's called the Season of Giving for a reason!" This mindset always comes back to bite me in January, because while it is fun to go shopping for gifts, it's not fiscally smart to blow your whole bank account. This year, I've decided to be more thoughtful in my gifting, while also trying to save money. Homemade gifts, if done well, are the best to receive. And what's more homey than a canned recipe? While I'm trying to decide what to can and give, I've found a lot of great recipes along the way, and I'm sharing them with you today! Keep reading for my favorite canned gifts to make and give in bulk.
While the food and decor are usually the major focus for Thanksgiving preparations, it's worth thinking about what happens on Thanksgiving Day before and after the feast. Whether you want games to keep the kids busy while the adults are cleaning up, or family activities that everyone can do together, we have some ideas for fun Thanksgiving family games that might even distract everyone from rehashing the same old arguments. (MIGHT! We can't promise any miracles.)
I don't know about you, but one of the things I hate about winter (and there are many) is the lack of fresh vegetables from the garden or local farm stand. There's nothing like a fresh tomato picked that very day. But today we have some tips for preserving that delicious bounty of produce that we will soon lack. These ideas will help you to eat healthier throughout the long run, and they'll also help you to waste less food in the short term. Read on for tons of great ideas!
While many Americans think that summer starts on Memorial Day, it officially begins on summer solstice, usually June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don't get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there's no expiration date on these outdoor party ideas!
Meal prep has been a popular topic in the blogospher for a while now, and with good reason... it's a great way to get in the habit of eating healthy meals and controlling portion size. But it just doesn't work for me - and here are five reasons why.
With Mother's Day right around the corner, many of us are on the hunt for gifts for those new moms out there. The best gifts usually involve something that will save her time or give her a bit of extra time to herself. So we've done the research and rounded up the best ideas from around the web. Here are 17 gifts for new moms that will put a smile on her face this Mother's Day (or any day of the year!).
Is there anything better than pretty decor you can eat? I'm a big fan of edible decor for the holidays! It makes me feel like Willy Wonka telling guests that things are edible, and now you can achieve that same feeling with this incredibly easy edible gumdrop garland that you can string across a section of your home for guests to grab gumdrops from while they mingle. If nothing else, these sugary candies add a little color to your holiday!
Here's the situation: It's summer. It's scorchingly hot outside, the sun is beating down, the A/C seems to be broken, and you just can't stop sweating. On top of all this, you still haven't had your morning cup of coffee yet! What do you do?? Well, if I were you, I'd whip up some of these delicious mocha caramel coffee popsicles (say that five times fast) to prepare yourself for any worst case scenario!
Small space living is not ideal, but I make it work thanks to the abundance of helpers out there that 1) support my slight hoarding habits and 2) keep my house somewhat organized. I have a small rental kitchen, and despite the fact that I have way too much stuff (and I own it!), I stay extremely organized and you can too! These 15 products are perfect for organizing your kitchen cabinets, so no matter how much or how little space you have, you experience Zen at home.
Don't Only Spend Mother's Day with Your Kids - This DIY Get-Together with Besties is a Special Treat
On Mother's Day, it's lovely to be the recipient of a nice gift or thoughtful activity from your child or partner. But why limit the awesomeness to a single morning? This Mother's Day, we vote to celebrate not just once, but as much as you possibly can. To start, why not have all your nearest and dearest mama friends over for a fun workshop and tasty treats? It doesn't have to be complicated or super fancy. Like all things related to the holiday, it's the thought that counts. Here's a sure way to throw a successful little celebration in honor of all those gals that need a little extra "me" time along with an afternoon of fun.
Ever since we moved into our new house, I had been searching for a fun piece of art that could hang in the empty space above the sink. And then my utensil drawer started getting too full... and I had an idea. Why not make a functional piece of artwork that could store utensils right on the wall? Then all of your often-used tools would be handy - no need to search through a drawer to find the peeler anymore. Keep reading to check out the final piece and to find out how to make one of your own.
A functional piece that looks pretty, too... what could be better than that? And here's the best part - it's incredibly easy to make.
Here's what you'll need to make your own kitchen utensil wall art:
- 16x20" silver tone frame
- 16x20" piece of wood, 3/8" thick
- Penetrating wood stain
- Rubber gloves (not pictured, but highly recommended)
- 1" long nails
- 5-7 kitchen utensils, all stainless steel (or some type of silver tone)
Begin by staining your wood according to the directions on the can. You'll want to wear a pair of rubber gloves to protect your skin from the stain. Trust me. I learned the hard way... they call it "stain" for a reason!
Next wipe off any excess stain with a rag after the proper amount of time has gone by (whatever your brand of stain recommends). Let it dry thoroughly overnight.
Next, lay out your utensils on the board the way you'd like them to look in the final piece and mark where the nails should go.
Hammer the nails into the board in their designated spots. Be sure not to hammer them all the way through, and do protect your work surface if you're using something that you'd rather not ruin. Hammer them in at a slight upward angle so the utensils don't slide off when you hang them up.
Open up the frame and take the glass out (save it for another project!). Remove the utensils from the wood momentarily and insert the wood into the frame. Bend the metal prongs down so the hold the wood in place.
And you're done! Mount it on the wall in your kitchen without the utensils on it, then hang them up after. Because I wanted to mount mine on tile, I used strong 3M Command Strips (the velcro style) to mount a 2x1/2" piece of 1' long wood which I then hung the frame on.
Now every time I go to make pancakes or open a bottle of wine, I have everything I need within arm's reach. And now my kitchen looks a little bit cooler too.
If you decide to make your own kitchen utensil wall art, feel free to share the link to it in the comments section below. Happy crafting!
Eating should be fun! (It usually is.) Get happy in the kitchen with these 15 colorful dishes that are sure to delight your diet!
It's no secret that the Super Bowl is this Sunday. Which means there will be plenty of football, crazy commercials, and a whole lot of food. If you need help with that last one, I have you covered. Here are seven super bowl recipes with beer on the ingredients list.
This eggnog french toast recipe looks so delicious. It's the perfect weekend breakfast to get into the holiday spirit, and it's actually easy to make, since it's only five ingredients.
Well, it's officially August, and the summer ice cream recipes are still flowing pretty steadily around the web (and on Pinterest). Honestly though, I never give all those recipes a second thought, no matter how delicious they may look, because I don't have that magic thing that I need: an ice cream maker. Luckily though, I have good news on that front...I will most definitely be paying more attention to those ice cream recipes now because it turns out, you can make your own ice cream without a machine. All you need is a tin can. Well, you actually need two tin cans, but I think you catch the drift. Intrigued? Click through to learn the process.
Valentine's Day is next week, which means it's time to get busy with the treat making! We're here to help with 25 simple, homemade treat ideas that will make perfect "thinking of you" gifts for neighbors, teachers, co-workers, play-date parents, kids, or anyone on your V-Day list!
A sweet and spicy combo can't be beat -- I have a feeling these coconut cayenne cacao balls will land a seriously delicious punch!
In case you hadn't heard, Halloween is right around the corner! We've decided to eat our way to the finish line with some of these sweet and savory -- and oh-so-spooky -- treats! Happy haunting!
Mmm... fruit leather. This healthy snack is a cinch to make at home using whatever fruit floats your boat!
It's time to roll up your sleeves and dust off your rolling pin because the baking season is coming. Feeling unprepared? If you need to freshen up your baking skills before the heavy-hitting months of November and December roll in, I'd start with one of the basics: apple pie. Here's a recipe to wet your appetite.