Friday, October 4, 2013

Shelves in the Bathroom

We rent our house so there is not a ton we can do to change the look of things, nothing can be permanent, so I have to get pretty creative.  I loved seeing this shelf idea because in both of our bathrooms we had the ugliest, standard cupboard above our toilet and I hated them.  Every time I looked at them I wanted something different, so when I saw this pin I was inspired to do something similar.  For our first bathroom I found the chevron contact paper for 4 dollars at our local NPS store and already had the frames, they were green, so I spray painted them white.  The contact paper comes right of without a mess and the frames are just hung with thumbtacks.  For our master bath, I used vinyl and cut out red stripes, then I found the shelves I used at Ikea for 1.99, so I bought three of those and put them up.  I like it so much better, it makes such a big difference and does not drive me crazy anymore.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Cleaning your Ceiling Fan

Even when I clean my ceiling fan with a swiffer duster I have little particles falling on me the whole time, I am constantly blowing dust away from me.  This makes this the perfect idea.  You take a pillow case run it the length of the blade and that's it you are done, no mess, no dust particles, no falling pieces, it all stays encased in the pillowcase and then you can just throw the pillow case into the laundry.  How easy and genius is that??


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Original pin can be found here: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/clean-a-ceiling-fan-with-a-pil-153278

Monday, September 30, 2013

Snickers Brownie Bites

I have to say that these were yummy but a little overwhelming, not something you want to eat too much of.  They were easy enough to put together, took a little time, but they were hard to cut into and a pain to dip in the chocolate.  Next time, I would cut back the marshmallow creme to about half and I think I would like them better.  Good treat, good to take to a party or something but they were so overwhelming that I threw half the pan away, we just couldn't get through them all.


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Original pin can be found here: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2013/08/snickers-brownie-bites-recipe.html

Friday, September 27, 2013

Making Old or Ugly Things New

This is such a fun thing to do and so easy and you can virtually do it with about anything.  I found an owl and a Nome that were bright pink and they were so cute but I really wanted them to match my red living room, so I painted them red and they turned out perfect.  I also found the cutest lanterns at Target but they were blue so I took a can of spray paint to them as well and they now match perfectly.  Sometimes it is hard for us to think outside the box, especially when we are looking at old things but you can pretty much take anything and alter it how you want too.  I especially love the camera in this picture, I so want to do that for my house but paint it red of course.

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Original pin can be found here: http://makezine.com/craft/from_craft_kitsch_to_cool/

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Brownie BItes with Rolos

I  have to say I was disappointed in these.  ROLOS are my favorite candy so when I see anything with rolos in it, I am so excited to try it.  I pinned these without looking at the directions but I wondered how she got her brownies so perfectly square, I found out when I finally read the directions that she has a brownie bite pan.  First, I have never even seen such a pan and second I hate having to have something special to make something.  So I made my pan of brownies and I stuck a rolo in about what I thought every square would be.   Once I cooked them and tasted them, they were good but the rolos had almost had parts of them that got really hard and chewy and was not the best texture to try and eat.  I really wish these would have turned out better, don't they look like they are so, so good?

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Original pin can be found here: http://www.cookingonthefrontburners.com/2013/07/brownie-with-rolos.html

Monday, September 23, 2013

White Chocolate M&M popcorn

I love white chocolate popcorn, one of my holiday favorites and if you can add stuff to it to make it better I am even more happy about white chocolate popcorn.  So when I saw adding m&ms, I thought why not but I have to say the m&m's did not stick to the popcorn very well, other than that it tasted really good and with the kids all here it was gone within 1 day.  Quick and easy to make as well.


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The original pin can be found here: http://lilluna.com/white-chocolate-mm-popcorn/

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Cookie Dough Truffles

Oh my gosh, do these not look so yummy??  I thought so too, so I was excited to make them and I am sad to say they were terrible, so much so that I threw them all away.  They were to much dense chocolate, it was like eating a mouthful of cocoa powder, not a pleasant taste.  Such a sad disappointment because they really do look so good.

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Original pin can be found here: http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2013/08/chocolate-peanut-butter-cup-cookie-dough-truffles/

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Making bakers twine

I love this pin and it is actually something my mom showed me how to do before I ever saw the pin.  This is such a great way to make bakers twine.  You just get this thread or twine, get some sharpies or the markers they suggest.  Sharpies work just as well and you can get so many colors plus the markers they use are a lot more expensive.  You take the twine and wrap it around a ruler and then color it about every inch or so.  It is so easy, I always do it when I am sitting and watching t.v.  and it makes it goes by so fast.  I am so glad people come up with these ideas, aren't you??

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Original pin can be found here: http://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/make-your-own-bakers-twine/

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Covering your folding chairs



Well I did my table so I had to do my chairs too.  This time I just used the fabric and not the plastic and was it ever so easy.  I also spray painted the metal on the chairs red to match my craft room. Seriously, it took me about 15 minutes, cost me about 5 dollars and was so, so easy and the results are awesome.  I love my new chairs!!!

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Original pin can be found here: http://www.curbly.com/users/alicia/posts/14390

Friday, August 2, 2013

Covering your Card Table

I have to apologize that it has been a whole month since I last posted a test.  This summer has been super crazy and I have hardly had time to  breathe. None the less I am testing new tests this weekend and next week and I will continue testing so there should no longer be such a long break on the blog.  Thank you to all of you who have continued to follow the blog, I have been so surprised and so happy at the success of the blog and I hope that it keeps growing and continues to be a help to everyone out there.  With that being said here is a new test....

I love my card table, maybe a little too much, I use it for all of my crafting needs and it has hot glue and paint and stains all over it so I was so excited to see this new pin to cover your card table.  I actually got the idea to cover it from seeing a pin to cover your folding chairs and I thought if I can do the chairs then I can do the table and then low and behold I found this pin.  It was really easy to cover the table.  I could not find a vinyl table cloth that I loved so I just bought fabric and the plastic you can buy in yards at the fabric store(i got mine at hobby lobby).   You just unscrew that table top, staple the new fabric or table cloth to the top and then screw it back in, thats it!! Easy, peasy!! The only thing I suggest is that you make sure the staples are smaller and that you staple far enough in that when you screw it back on it does not hit the table.  I ran into a small problem of my staples being too long and coming out the other side and I also stapled them in too close to the edge so it was a lot harder to put my top back on but with a hammer and some muscle I got it done and I LOVE IT and everyone who sees it loves it.  Thank you to the genius people, once again, on Pinterest.  So for my top five, it was easy and it is effective.  I love it because I can just wipe it down so easy now.  It did not take me that long, maybe a half hour and I only spent about six dollars to do it and it is very practical for anyone to do.

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The original pin can be found here: http://thebeardedfamily.blogspot.com/2012/05/i-should-title-this-post-reason-10900.html?showComment=1336876996387

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

This is a really good, really easy and simple Alfredo sauce to add to any noodles of your choice.  I hate having an Alfredo sauce that tastes heavy and this does not taste heavy at all.  Great sauce and so much better than store bought.

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original pin can be found here: http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2012/09/olive-garden-alfredo-sauce-this-weeks.html

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Streak Free Windows

I always clean the outside of my windows as part of my Spring Cleaning and although they look pretty good they still have streaks all over them. So, you can imagine how happy I was when I saw this pin that promised no streaks on your windows.  Although, I was a little skeptical I decided to give it a try and see how it worked.  Let me say that this recipe is AMAZING.  Not only were my windows SUPER clean there were absolutely no streaks on my windows at all.  This recipe is seriously AMAZING, it costs a little because most likely you will have to buy one or two of the ingredients but the ingredients will last forever and through several batches so it ends up being pretty cheap.  It is super easy to do and super easy to put together.  I will always use this from now on to clean my windows.

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Original pin source can be found here: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/04/streak-free-window-cleanerno-wiping-or.html

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Double Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

These were good but had a very weird texture to them.  I could not get past the texture of the cookies, it made the whole experience bad.  Although, they tasted good and were easy to make, I would not make them again because of the texture.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli

I was really excited for this meal, it claimed it was as good as any Chinese takeout so I had to give it a try.  Nope, it was not that good, the meat was tough and dry and the taste was nothing like Chinese takeout.  I was pretty disappointed in the whole meal and will not make this again.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Lunch Lady Brownies

We tried these lunch lady brownies the other night and I have to say they were good but nothing that I would make again.  I felt like they were sort of dull and lacked a real chocolate taste and they definitely did not fly off of the plate like some desserts do. Nothing to write home about or a whole blog post about.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Hanging pictures with a soda tab

This is something we have always done in our house and it has always worked.  It is such a great and easy solution.  And super cheap, too!!!!


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Original pin can be found here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/35-lifechanging-ways-to-use-everyday-objects/

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Baked Buffalo Wings

These made me so sick, I literally was sick for three days from this recipe.  I just do not do well with spice and I eat buffalo wings that are mild and do just fine but these were way to spicy for me to handle.  Other than that they were good, pretty easy to make and others in the family really liked them. My only recommendation is that you make sure you flip them because I forgot to flip them halfway through and that made some of them really soggy and if you do not like spice these are not for you.

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Original pin can be found here: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2013/01/baked-buffalo-wings.html?wpmp_switcher=desktop

Friday, May 31, 2013

Easy French Bread

I have a pretty simple and fast french bread recipe but I wanted to try this one out.  It was great, the bread was yummy and easy to make.  I still like my recipe but I think now I have another option that I can use.  This is just different enough from my recipe that I can use both.  The family all liked it and it ended up being a hit.

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Original pin can be found here: http://www.howdoesshe.com/french-bread/

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Making your drink cold

My husband had a mountain dew the other day that was room temperature but he wanted to drink it.  I instantly remembered pinning this pin and thought we would give it a try.  The bottle we had was plastic not glass but I would guess glass would work even better and tin would work just as well.  It worked great!! I left it wrapped in the freezer for about 20 minutes and it was cold! It saved the day!!!

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Original pin can be found here: http://justimagine-ddoc.com/wp-content/gallery/40-life-hacks-that-will-change-your-life/4.jpg

Monday, May 27, 2013

Stemming Strawberries

I have to give my mom credit for this one, she tested this and loved it!! She said it made it so easy and fast and was so easy to do.  Such a smart way to get those stems off your strawberries.

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The original pin can be found here: http://media-cache-ak1.pinimg.com/originals/0b/c8/fb/0bc8fbe6dfe55c5a6e7dae071d475948.jpg

Monday, May 13, 2013

Floor Cleaner

I have always used my own little mix of ingredients to clean my floors but I wanted to see how well this one worked out.  And, with my experience with baking soda I was not looking forward to how this might turn out but I have to say it worked great.  The baking soda didn't leave a grimy film or sandy finish.  The solution cleaned the floor beautifully and it is now the solution I will always use when cleaning my floors.  I really was impressed with the results and it is so easy and cheap to put the solution together.  Some water, vinegar, soap and baking soda and you are ready to mop your floors to a beautiful, clean shine.  This is a must try!!!

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Original pin can be found here: http://www.food.com/recipe/floor-grease-cutter-cleaner-393210

Friday, May 3, 2013

DIY Wrinkle Releaser

I love wrinkle releaser, it was huge in my house when it came out.  We own an iron but we never use it so I love this stuff.  I was so happy to find this DIY for wrinkle release.  A much cheaper way to get my wrinkle release and it works!!! The best part is that you smell just like fresh laundry after you use it.

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Original pin can be found here:
http://thefrugalgirls.com/2013/04/diy-wrinkle-releaser.html

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Pannukakku Finnish Pancakes

In my house we call these German Pancakes, a little easier name, and we love these.  These are part of our normal monthly recipe routine and they are a huge hit.  Everyone loves them and I usually have to double that batch to feed everyone all that they want.  I have even served these at brunches and people always love them.  A great, easy, fast and yummy recipe. A must try!!

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http://www.therecipecritic.com/2013/01/pannukkau-finnish-pancake.html

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cleaning between the oven glass

Can I say there are some very smart people out there that I am so grateful for!!! I have seen pins like this before and it always entailed you taking apart your door so I was so excited when someone figured out how to do it in such an easier way.  Especially since there has been a streak of food on my glass that has been driving me nuts for months.  This pin worked so good and completely cleaned my glass.  My kids thought it was hilarious too because it looked like I was doing a funny magic trick.  Thank you to the smart person who came up with this pin, yet another reason I love, love Pinterest.

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Original pin can be found here:
http://askannamoseley.com/2013/01/how-to-clean-between-oven-glass/

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Washing your pilows

This pin was so easy and worked great.  I have to say that it was so nice to lay down on a nice and clean pillow that smelled great.  Super easy, fast and cheap to do and you will be so happy to have nice, clean pillows to lay down on.


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Original pin can be found here:
http://www.acraftyfox.net/tutorial/cleaning-day-how-to-wash-down-pillows-at-home/

Monday, April 29, 2013

Maple and Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin

Let me just start with explaining my theory to you.  If it is better than what I am already doing than I will switch over, if it taste good enough to add to my recipes and to make again, then I will make it again that being said if it does not work better or taste good enough I will not add it to my existing lifestyle.  That being said it does not mean that some things do not taste good or that some things do not work it just means that it is not better than what I am already doing so it is not worth switching over.  Let me say that I do love the Six Sisters and make stuff of theirs all of the time and it almost always turns out great.  That is not to say that this pork was not good, it tasted good and we all ate it but it was not good enough for me to say "I have to make that again and again."  I will not be making this again or adding it to my recipe list.  Did it taste ok, yes, did it taste great, no!! It was lacking in taste and needed much more sauce.  It turned out kind of dry and chewy and needed something to help it in that area.  It takes all day to make in the crock pot and for all of that time you want it to taste great, like when I make Cafe Rio Pork, but it was just lacking in so many areas.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Using VInegar to get rid of weeds

I keep seeing this pined on Pinterest and had to put my experience with it on here.  I tried this last year when my yard was covered in weeds.  I thought it was great because vinegar is relatively cheap and it is environmentally safe.  Let me just say that this does not work.  It may kill your existing weeds but new ones pop back up right away and it does not kill all weeds, which is what happened when I used it.  My neighbor tried it and it did not work at all for her.  If you are looking for environmentally safe there are products out there that are environmentally safe and if you are just looking to kill your weeds and not have them come back, roundup will never fail you.  IT is the best.


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Don't get me wrong these cookies were good and we ate them all but they were not good enough for me to add them to my recipe list or to make them again.  We liked them enough but I will not make them again, they were just ok and did not impress me enough to share with others or add to my list of cookies. I will still give them a pins up because they were good and they are worth trying, you may like them much more than I did. 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Transforming your ordinary stools

This was such a fun pin and I was so excited to find it.  I had not thought to cover my stools but I love that someone thought of it.  This was easy to do and made my stools look so much better than before.
Get yourself a little bit of fabric, foam and about a half hour and transform your stools to something better.

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Original pin can be found here:
 http://aloandbeholdlife.blogspot.com/2012/09/repurposed-kitchen-stools.html

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Making your Metal looked aged

I am not sure if I did something wrong but I followed the directions of this pin and could not get it to work at all.  My metal stayed the same as it was before and did not age at all.

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