Simple Things #4

I have to give credit where credit is due for the idea of posting about “simple” things.  Amelia from YouCanAlwaysStartNow and I collaborate regularly on ideas for posts like travel, life, monthly challenges, as well as many other things.

I love to bake, it’s one of the things that relaxes me so today’s “simple things” are all about baking.

1. Easier Cookie Cutting

Once you’ve made your cookie dough and have it rolled and ready to go, dip your cookie cutter in flour before cutting out your cookie shapes. The flour helps the cutter cut through the dough so you can cut your cookies out faster and with less frustration!

2. Ripen Bananas Quickly

Here’s a great tip if you want to make a recipe like banana bread and your bananas are not ripe.  To quickly ripen underripe bananas, put them on a cookie sheet and bake them at 300°F for about 40 minutes. You’ll end up with perfectly ripe bananas for your cakes and breads!

3. Warm Up Eggs Quickly

Starting a recipe that calls for room temperature eggs, but you just barely took your eggs out of the fridge? You can quickly bring those eggs to room temperature by placing them in a glass or bowl of warm water. Let them sit in the warm water for a few minutes, and they’ll be ready to use!

4. Grate Your Butter

One of the keys to making perfectly flaky biscuits and pie crusts is having small pieces of butter evenly distributed throughout your dough. The easiest way to achieve this is to use grated butter! Grate your butter on a cheese grater then stir the butter pieces into the other ingredients.

5. Instant Powdered Sugar

If you’ve made a batch of cookies or cake that requires frosting and you check the cupboards and you could have sworn you had icing sugar, fear not!  You can actually make powdered sugar if you have white sugar and cornstarch on hand. Just add 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to a blender or food processor. Just pulse the sugar mixture a few times until it gets to the right powdery consistency.

6. Mixer Splash Guard

I’ve been baking a long time and only figured this out recently.  I use a KitchenAid stand mixer and every time I mix dry ingredients in it, even on the slowest speed, it still sputters out over the side. I now put a dish towel over the top of the mixer which drapes down over the sides and no more sputters. For eight more brilliant KitchenAid Hacks (and where I found this picture) visit the crazy coupon lady .

6 Simple things to help when you feel like baking,  It’s A Wandaful Thing!

What is your favorite baking “simple thing”?

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You can even eat the dishes……

Today, I was looking for an easy, cute, edible Valentine idea and decided to make another candy dish. Intrigued? Read on.

Valentine Chocolate sugar cookies…who knew? There’s just something about a chocolate sugar cookie. Chocolate is the perfect flavor for Valentine’s Day and these adorable little heart cookies will make your valentine so happy. Let me tell you they are delicious, in this display you can even eat the dish, lol, keep reading to find out how I made it…

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Hot Mess Canvas

Hot Mess Canvases seem to be one of the popular things to do lately. I watched a few videos (I’ll link one below) on how to make one and really liked the idea.

What is a hot mess canvas you ask? Well you paint a canvas, add vinyl, repaint it and peel the vinyl off and Voila, you have a Hot Mess Canvas. 

In other words you can create bright and colorful customized wall decor. Not only are they unique and original each time you make one, they are also super easy to create. You can personalize each piece with a fun, creative quote or design, that makes the perfect decor for your home or office and a perfect gift for anyone in your life.

What you will need:

A blank artist canvas – the size is up to you. I got mine at Michaels and it measures 9×12. A variety of acrylic craft paints. Paint brush or sponge brush. A cut out vinyl saying or design (stickers work too).

First thing you need to do is decide on a color palette.  I chose red, pink, white.

Once it is dry completely, add your vinyl saying or design. Looks good like it is right?

Then paint over the entire thing with a color that you want your canvas to be. I chose white as I wanted the colors underneath to be the focus. Here it is totally covered in white paint with the vinyl saying underneath.

The hardest part of this whole process for me was letting the paint dry before peeling back the vinyl.  Was it worth the wait? I think so.

This little saying is my motto for the year. Hot Mess Canvases are easy, quick and customizable.  I think they are A Wandaful Thing!

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Here is the link to the video I mentioned above hot mess canvas video

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Simple Things #2

I have to give credit where credit is due for the idea of posting about “simple” things.  Amelia from YouCanAlwaysStartNow and I collaborate regularly on ideas for posts like travel, life, monthly challenges, as well as many other things.

Today’s simple things ideas is all about household sponges and some of their many uses.

All you need for endless loads of super-soft laundry is a sponge (or a few), water, fabric softener and a sealed container. These never-ending DIY laundry sheets are built to last, they’re easy on your wallet, and it’s an easy way to be environmentally friendly.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of liquid fabric softener
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 sponges
  • Resealable container
Instructions
  1. Mix the fabric softener and water in the resealable container.
  2. Cut the sponges in half and place them in the container. Let them soak up the liquid completely.
  3. The next time you do a load of laundry, take one sponge out. Squeeze the sponge over the container to remove any excess fabric softener. Place the sponge in the dryer with your laundry just like you would a normal dryer sheet.
  4. Once your laundry is done, place the sponge back into the container for another time. You can reuse them endlessly. Just be sure to replace the water and fabric softener every 2 to 3 months.

Use sponges as ice packs. All you need to do is take a standard kitchen sponge, soak it in water, put it inside a Ziploc bag, and freeze it. When you’re done, you have an ice pack. The handy thing is that when the ice starts to melt, the sponge soaks up the water so it doesn’t leak everywhere.

Add sponges to the bottom of plant pots. It will prevent water from dripping out the bottom of the planter and destroying surfaces. It has happened to me too many times until I discovered this great idea.

My personal favorite use for household sponges is to put them in the bottom of the crisper of my refrigerator. This will keep your vegetables fresher for longer by preventing moisture from accumulating in the bottom of the refrigerator crisper. Line the bottom of the drawer with dry sponges and replace any time they seem wet. Removing this excess moisture will help keep veggies at their peak. This also helps keep your crisper clean.

Simple things like household sponges can have many uses and are indeed                         .    A Wandaful Thing!

What do you use household sponges for?

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Upcycled Thrift Store Napkin Holder

I found this cute wooden heart-shaped napkin holder at my local thrift store last week. A dated wooden piece like this is usually finished in dark stained pine with no sealer. I should have brushed on a coat of Zinsser primer but I didn’t.

I decided to use Rustoleum Chalk Paint in linen white and thankfully one good coat was enough to cover it completely.

Next I decided to use my Cricut to cut out a design in permanent glossy red vinyl for each side.  Both of the files are from  Makers Gonna Learn  and if you haven’t heard of them, I strongly advise you go check out their website and YouTube Videos. I’ve learned so much from this group of wonderful people. I just recently took out a membership and this is my first project using their files (LOVE THEM).

 

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Simple Things

I have to give credit where credit is due for the idea of posting about “simple” things.  Amelia from YouCanAlwaysStartNow and I collaborate regularly on ideas for posts like travel, life, monthly challenges, as well as many other things.

I often get stuck for post ideas (I’m not as organized or focused as she is).  She mentioned doing posts on simple things or simple ideas to make life easier and I totally jumped on it.

She has already done a few posts on simple things, be sure to go check them out easy head bands and no sew slip covers.

I am going to share two simple ideas- one is using a pool noodle, the other uses balled up newspaper.

I have a couple of pairs of boots that I love and try to look after (I believe in buying the best I can afford and having it for a long time).  One way to keep my boots in good condition is to use boot shapers to keep them upright and not bundled up at the bottom of my closet. Instead of buying boot shapers, I can make one pair from a simple Dollar Store pool noodle.

I cut the pool noodle in two but because the pool noodle was thin I cut each piece down the middle then put the two pieces together sliding one inside the other. This made a for a thicker shape and helps retain the shape of the boots much better.

Not only does the pool noodle help retain the shape, it will help prevent cracks and creases, especially in leather and vinyl boots and one size can fit all.

Read on for the second simple thing…

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Round-up of my 12 Days of Christmas Craft Projects for 2018

From November 12 through December 07 (three times per week), I shared my 12 Days of Christmas craft projects. It was a lot of fun creating those projects. I loved reading your comments, you were all so kind and really encouraging.

My goal was to create a variety of projects that covered lots of different techniques but most importantly I wanted to ensure they were not too time consuming. Every single project could be completed in 30 minutes or less. I hope you found something you’d like to try and learn a few tips and tricks along the way.

This post consists of a round-up of all 12 projects. It was so fun to go back through all the pictures and see them again. It’s also really nice to have all the links in one place. I’d love to know which was your favorite and if you tried (or are going to try) to make any of them.

Here is a recap of the 12 Days of Christmas 2018 :

Day 1 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 2 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 5 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 6 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 7 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 8 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 9  – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 10 – 12  Days of Christmas 2018

Day 11 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 12 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

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