I’ve always loved cookbooks. If you’ve visited my house, you know I have a floor to ceiling bookshelf that is FULL of cookbooks – and I still have some in boxes that won’t fit on the shelf. I need to pare these down, and will do that at a yard sale this spring – I’ll only hang on to my very favorites. I know Barry is very relieved – he probably feels like the cookbooks are about to take over. Today I’ll share with you my top 5 favorite cookbooks. [Read more…]
If you haven’t caught on yet, I really like being in my kitchen. I spend a great majority of my time in there – experimenting, baking, burning, spilling, etc. I have several kitchen tools that I really love….and I have a really long list of kitchen tools that I would like to love – as I have extra money here and there, I buy something and remove it from the list. And yet, my list doesn’t seem to get any shorter. Hmmmm. Last year I gave you my five of my favorite kitchen tools – so this year I’m going to do it again. [Read more…]
Do you ever have leftover fruits and veggies that you just don’t know what to do with? When I first got married, I was TERRIBLE about letting leftover produce go bad. Ahem, let me be transparent. I can be bad about letting leftover produce—or even excess produce from our lovely summer garden go bad. And I always feel so guilty. Sure, there may have not been enough leftover green beans or carrots for a side dish for an entire meal, but there must have been something I could have done with that food I let go to waste. Right?
And I’ve discovered there is! Whether it be a spoonful of leftover peas or 5 lbs. or extra carrots from your garden (I wish we had that problem!), there are lots of ways to use up all those veggies without letting them get all moldy in the bottom of the produce drawer of your refrigerator! [Read more…]
|When we switched to full fat dairy and got rid of all the margarine in the house (gross) I started to wonder how on earth I was going to spread butter all over my toast? I mean really. Cold butter just rips bread to pieces…..and I am not even going to think I would remember soon enough before I wanted toast to get it out of the fridge to soften. I came across a recipe at Tammy’s Recipe for how to make spreadable butter using oil, and I thought about trying that. But then I changed my mind after I found………. [Read more…]|
|You know those rubber bands that come around broccoli or asparagus at the grocery store? They are a lot wider than normal rubber bands – wide enough to write on. If you have children, keep those rubber bands and use them to identify cups! Use a sharpie marker and write the names of your children on them. They fit very tightly around a sippy cup or a tall regular cup.This allows your child to keep the same cup all day long. They won’t wonder if it is their cup or if it’s Sister’s cup. It will really cut down on the amount of dishes you have to wash.
It’s also a plus if you’re going to a group gathering with lots of children. Sometimes several children might all have the same type of cup. Using the rubber band will help your child to identify their cup – because who really wants to spread more germs around?
|This post is linked at It Works For Me Wednesday at We are THAT Family.|
|We have a very special guest post today from Crock Pot Recipe Exchange! Ginger is here today to let us know how to easily clean our crock pots without causing any damage to them…..because that would cause anyone major trauma.|
The ease of using the crock pot to cook your meals in is undebatable. Sometimes the cleaning of the crock pot is not so simply answered.The first thing you want to insure you do to make cleaning your crockery easier is to empty any remaining food out as soon as possible. The sooner you get the food out the sooner you can fill the crockery up with dish soap and water.
The only thing I warn against is to make sure your crockery has cooled completely. Drastic changes in temperature of the water to the crockery can cause it to break, and no one wants that to happen. [Read more…]
|I’m easily grossed out by certain things. Hair. Hair really grosses me out…..but mostly just hair in public bathrooms. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, sorry. Another thing – cleaning out the drain. Why? Well because there is HAIR down in there. Gobs of it. You’d think we were bald by seeing how much is in there. One more thing – rotten vegetables. They get all slimey and scary. Whew! Who knows what will happen if you touch that?And finally, the dish drainer. We don’t have a dishwasher (by my choice) so I air dry my dishes. I hate how gooey and slimy that silly mat underneath gets. It gets yellow…..and green…..and did I mention, slimy? In a perfect world, I’d just clean it every day……but then again, in a perfect world I’d also get 8 hours of sleep every night. [Read more…]|
Did you know there was a country song called “Loving You is Like Frying Bacon Naked?” Well, if you didn’t know it before you know it now. I’m so glad to give you that type of important information.I hate frying food when it splatters everywhere. Not only does it burn like the dickens, it also gets all over every surface in the kitchen. Clean up is a pain. So, I purchased this little lovely dohickey from The Dollar Tree. It works fantastic for keeping splatters to a minimum. Any time I’m frying, I use it. You really need one. Trust me. Guess how much they cost? [Read more…]