Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fried Spaghetti

It has come to my attention … a lot of people have never heard of fried spaghetti!!! Really?!?  I didn’t think it was that uncommon… So for those of you that have not heard of it, or have not tried it, PLEASE DO!  It is super easy and super yummy!  The hubby will not touch regular spaghetti because of the texture, but fry it up and he’s all over it!  Although, if you know him, I think I had him at the word “fried”J.

Leftover spaghetti (sauce and noodles already mixed together)
Cheese (optional)

Heat up a non stick fry pan over medium to high heat, toss in your leftover spaghetti and fry to desired consistency.  Add cheese if you like.
Easy right?! J  I cook mine like hash browns and leave it in the pan till the bottom is nice and crispy then I flip it and cook the other side till it’s crispy.  I add parmesan cheese at the end but you could add any type and if you want it melted you could add it earlier.  The possibilities are endless for your preferences and you can’t go wrong!  
Go on, Give it a Try!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Crock Pot Whole Chicken

Other than the traeger, this is our favorite way to cook whole chickens!  It comes out so moist and juicy, and just falls off the bone!  I could go on and on about this dish because it's cheap, easy, and the options are endless with what you can do with it.  To make it short, I'll just name a few of our favorites:
*Eat plain with mashed potatoes and green beans (maybe even add some gravy)
*Chicken Sandwiches
*Chicken Stir Fry
*Chicken Broth (from the bone)
*Chicken Soup
*Egg Drop Soup
*Your Favorite Chicken Dish
…Endless possibilities J
     1     3 lb whole chicken, skin removed and gutted
     1/2  Cup Chicken Broth
     1/3  Cup Lo-Sodium Soy Sauce
     1/3  Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
     1/4  Cup Honey
     1     tsp Worcestershire Sauce
     2     tsp Balsamic Vinegar
     2     tsp Lemon Juice
     1     tsp Sesame Oil
     3     Tbsp Minced Garlic
     *Place chicken in slow cooker
     *In a separate bowl stir together all ingredients.
     *Pour over chicken and cover.
     *Cook on low setting 8 hours (or 4 hours on High).

Step by Step:
    *Place chicken in slow cooker
     *In a seperate bowl stir together all ingredients.
     *Pour over chicken and cover.
     *Cook on low setting 8 hours (or 4 hours on High).
(Please Excuse the ancient crock pot.  It might look old but it still works great and I can't seem to part with it! :) I love my crock pots!)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Re-growing celery from a stalk

After I found out you can grow green onions in water (or by replanting them), I was eager to find out what else you could regrow!  Did you know you can regrow celery from itself! YA! That’s right! You know, that end part you normally just throw away or compost?  It can be used to regrow more celery!  Exciting! I know! I didn’t make a tutorial on this but really, it’s not rocket science:
1-Cut of the stem of your celery

2-Place that end in a bowl of shallow water

3-Change the water once a week (or so, whenever it dries up or looks dirty)

4-Watch your new celery grow!
Easy, right?!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Repurposed Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starter Pots

When I saw these all over the internet I just knew I had to make some!  I have a whole bag of toilet paper rolls I just knew would come in handy for something :).
Toilet Paper Roll
1.  Smash your roll to flatten it

2.  Smash your roll again on the opposite side.  This should leave you with 4 creases that would form a box shape if you were to unflatten it
3.  Here is were you can either cut your roll in half cross-wise to make 2 smaller starters or leave it whole to make a larger one.  Once you have decided you will cut up about 1/2" from the bottom to create 4 flaps. 
5.  Next, fold each flap in, overlapping them like you would close a box.  This creates the bottom of your starter

6.  Fill them with dirt
7.  Add seeds (or transplants)
7.  Water and watch them grow!  When you are ready, just place the whole thing right into the dirt!

Here are 2 of the size options I mentioned above. You can leave the toilet paper whole or cut in half  (I prefer the half sized).  You can also use paper towel rolls to get different sizes as well.

Update on the Herb Garden

Update on the herb garden: I am shocked at how well the Basil and Parsley are doing!
I know they have a ways to go but this is the longest I have kept indoor herbs alive! :)  I thought I would try transplanting them into repurposed toilet paper roll seed pots:
We will see if I can keep these alive now :) 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cheese Sauce

     2 Tbsp butter
     2 Tbsp flour
     1 Cup 1% milk, warmed
     1/2 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese

     Melt butter over medium heat. Add flour, whisk into the melted butter until a thick paste forms. Slowly pour warm milk, stirring constantly. When sauce begins to bubble and has thickened, add cheese and stir until melted.

**Add this cheese sauce to anything / everything with any flavorings you desire! This is just the base, you can add:

Minced Garlic
White Pepper
any herb(s)
the choices are unlimited!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Taco Seasoning

     6 tsp chili powder
     5 tsp paprika
     4 tsp cumin
     3 tsp onion powder
     2 tsp garlic powder
     1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

     Combine all ingriednets in a container, mix well, and store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. 
     7 tsp = 1 store bought package.

To add to meat: 
     1.  Brown 1lb ground beef (pork, chicken, or meat of choice), with onion and minced garlic (optional)
     2.  Drain fat (if any) and add 7 tsp of taco seasoning with 1/2 Cup water.
     3.  Simmer till most of the water is evaporated (about 10 minutes)


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Organizing with Mason Jars

A couple months ago I went a little Mason Jar crazy… I revamped the whole kitchen with mason jars!  I am still in the process of perfecting my mason jar craze but thought I would share what I have so far:
(Here is what I started with)






I am much happier with this look! I think everything looks much more appealing and is easier to find!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Walgreen Seed Packets 3 for $1.00

The youngest and I drove to the local Walgreens last night to get milk, mechanical pencils, and a new binder for brother (when the top falls off I think it’s about time for a new oneJ).  On our way back to the school supplies we spotted seeds 3 for $1.00!!!! SCORE!!!! Even though we don’t have a very green thumb, we still like trying! J We went a little crazy and got all these…

In all of our excitement we forgot about the milkL… But we are super excited about planting the seeds!! J

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Blending using a Mason Jar

Ok, my love for mason jars just got greater! I have a blender that sits on my counter top and takes up space.  It isn’t used much because the thought of blending up something, just to pour into another jar, leaving me with an extra dish to clean, well, the thought is just bothersome.

BUT NOW... Who needs this...

When you can just do this...

When I stumbled across the idea from I thought,

Friday, February 3, 2012

Pallet Shelf

I have been obsessed with pallets and jars latelyJ.
So many pallets, so many ideas, so little time! 

I did make time though for this little pallet shelf.  I just took a plain pallet (that I stained with coffee to make darker), hung it on the wall

and filled the “shelves”

Coffee as a Wood Stain

Staining wood with coffee, have you heard about this?!  I didn’t believe it till I tried it!

Here is the pallet before I started

Here is the pallet after I started applying the coffee

Check out my pallet shelf for the finished product!

Strongly brewed coffee - I filled a coffee filter with a full pot worth of coffee grounds.  Then instead of pouring in water, I poured in 4 cups of left over coffee that hadn’t been drank.  Brew it and you have yourself some strong coffee! 

Brew your coffee like I mentioned above, or however you want to do it to get STRONG coffee.  Let it cool slightly, then just dip your brush in the coffee and paint your wood.  I let mine “puddle” on the wood which I think made it a little darker.  Let it dry and you have yourself a stained piece of wood!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Growing Your Own Green Onions ... in water!

I was told if you place green onion ends (the part you normally just throw away or compost) in a glass of water, they will grow back!  This doesn't sound like rocket science, so I think it's something I can manage! Here it goes...

I started with a bunch of green onions

I cut the greens and kept the ends (leaving a couple inches on)

I placed the ends in a glass of water, just enough to cover.  I then placed them in the window sill to get some light

I ended up splitting them into 2 jars when I changed the water (I have been changing the water every 3 - 4 days) and OH MY are they growing!!! this picture was taken after a couple weeks.