Monday, April 16, 2018

Easy & Inexpensive One Pot Stroganoff Recipe

easy beef stroganoff recipe

1 Large Bag of Wide Egg Noodles
1 Pound of Ground Chuck
1/2 Pound of Breakfast Sausage
1 Can of Cream of Mushroom
8 oz of Sour Cream
2 Cups of Milk
3 Cups of Water or Chicken Broth
1 Chicken Bullion Cube if using water instead of broth
1/2 Cup of fresh Chopped Chives or 3 Tablespoons of dried
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, brown ground chuck and sausage together, and then drain. Turn heat to low and add milk and water/broth. Stirring constantly, Add cream of mushroom, sour cream and if using bullion, add it as well. Next, stir in all the egg noodles. You will need to stir constantly to keep the noodles from sticking. Once the liquid is cooked to a gravy consistency, you can add the salt, pepper and chives. Remove from heat, and allow to set 15 minutes before stirring again, and then serving.

This dish is inexpensive, quick, simple and delicious.  Serves 6-8 people.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Beautiful Easter Craft That's FREE ~ Magnolia Faberge Eggs

magnolia seed pod as Easter eggs

For years, we've raked them up and threw them away. They are pretty when the red seeds first appear in them but become drab after their seeds have dropped. Every fall they drop from the trees like a pine cone, and cover the ground beneath the tree. I'm talking about Magnolia seed pods.

Recently, my mama and I were in the yard taking stock of the spring blooms. My little mama is my go-to person for all things gardening. She, with her green thumb, was giving me ideas of how to improve my home's curb appeal - for lack of better words - when she noticed the seed pods beneath my magnolia. I cringed; thinking, she is going to say how it would help if all the rubbish was cleared away. But she didn't! She asked, "have you ever noticed how these seed pods are shaped like an egg?" No, I honestly hadn't. But when she looked at them, she saw a beautiful Faberge' egg.

painted magnolia seed pods

That was it! The inspiration hit her, and the next thing I knew, she had me spray painting magnolia seed pods in festive pastels. It took several coats of paint, and flipping them several times, but they turned out beautifully. Once dry, Mama wired them on a grape vine wreath that she made, and painted white. If you don't have access to grave vines, or the likes, I did notice that the Dollar Tree now has them in their floral section.

magnolia seed pods Easter craft Faberge Egg

It turned out so cute that I think I will be collecting Magnolia seed pods from now on. They could be a very versatile floral item.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Single Earring Loss Solution ~ Repurpose

Earring as a pendant

We've all had it happen; the dreaded lost earring. Whether real or custom, its heartbreaking to throw out that one that remains. And lets face it, if we didn't love them, we wouldn't have bought them. I can't tell you how many, single earrings I've accumulated, thinking that the other would somehow find its way back to me. When I finally decided to organize my jewelry, I still found it hard to throw them out. Then it dawned on me, I can repurpose these pieces into something new.

Using cheap faux suede cord, I was able to turn many of those single earrings into pendants. Even the studded pieces can be used by simply pushing over the stud and pulling it onto the cord.

Others, I simply used an overhand loop knot to tie on the earring. You can also use this method for rings you have outgrown.
Earring as a pendant

You could also use this simple cord for hanging pendants that you no longer have chains for.
earring as a pendant

This is a fun and easy way to expand your casual jewelry without a lot of investment.
earring as a pendant for necklace

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Easy Refilling of Your Swiffer Cleaner Bottles

you Can refill your swiffer wet jet bottles

Bet you didn't know that you can refill your Swiffer cleaner bottles. It is so easy, and a lot cheaper to do so. Plus, you can use your favorite cleaner, rather than being at their mercy, to use what they offer. Don't throw those bottles out, keep them, and refill yourself with this simple technique.

In a small pot, fill halfway with water, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and insert the empty bottle, cap-side down, into the water. Make sure the entire cap is emerged in the water, hold and count to 15. Remove from water, and with a towel, twist off the lid. It will take a little force, but it should screw right off. Now, fill 1/3 of the bottle with your favorite cleaner, up to the bottom of the label. Then add lukewarm water up to the neck; just above the top of the label. Screw the lid on, as tight as it will go, and give a gentle shake. Now, it ready to use.

you Can refill your swiffer wet jet bottles

Monday, January 29, 2018

Inexpensive HE Washing Machine Cleaner Recipe for less than .50 cents a Treatment

Make your own HE washing machine cleaner for less

Folks, it drives me nuts that I have to pay for a cleaner to clean the machine that I already put cleaner in to clean the clothes I put in it. Whew; that was a mouthful. That H.E. washing machine cleaner is EXPENSIVE! Not to mention, if you don't use it regularly, the washer Stinks to high heavens. In a perfect world, I'd still be using my old washer and old detergent. I swear these new ones don't clean as well as the old. Whatever, we're saving the planet, so the effort is worth the reward.

Okay, enough with the soapbox speech. It is what it is and we have to deal with it. When I went to purchase, yet again, my washing machine cleaner, I cringed at the costs. It dawned on me; I bet I can make this stuff cheaper and possibly better than what I'm buying. That's all it took. I set off on a new mission to find out the ingredients and where to purchase them. Once I figured that out, I had to find, readily available items that were inexpensive...I've Done it!

This is so easy and inexpensive!

What you will need:
1 Measuring cup for just the laundry
1 box of OxyClean (I use the Odor Blaster version) $7.56 for 48 oz box .16 cents per oz
1 box of Washing Soda $3.97 for a 55 oz box .07 cents per oz

You will use 4 oz per treatment; 2 oz of each product for a total of .46 cents a treatment.

Please note: Read Warnings and Precautions on both before proceeding. 

In your measuring cup, measure 1/4 of a cup or 2 oz of OxyClean, and 1/4 cup or 2 oz of Washing Soda. Pour powders into the washing machine tub and set the machine for the Cleaning Mode. When cycle completes, open the lid, and leave open until ready to use. You should leave the lid open on the washer between uses to prevent mold and mildew from growing.

That's it! Less than .50 cents a treatment compared to about $1.50 a piece for the retail cleaners.