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!