Monday, September 29, 2014

Repurposing A Tart Warmer


I love repurposing items to make new pieces of decor. It saves money, keeps broken items out of the landfill, and you end up with an item that you won't see in a million other homes. When I dropped my cute owl tart warmer I broke the dish that holds the wax so I removed the light bulb and now use it to keep my cooking utensils handy. There are a million other uses though.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Organize Deep Freezer with Milk Crates


I have been on a freezing kick lately; putting up summer veggies to keep us through the winter plus making my own convenience foods like fully cooked dinners and ready to bake cookies. We also purchased a quarter of beef that my father-in-law raised. We love having a freezer stocked full of healthy food and knowing exactly how all of it was grown. It can get a little difficult to keep all of that food organized though.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Life at the Homestead: Kittens!


We have some new arrivals at our little homestead. Three roly poly kittens! I'm not a huge fan of cats and all of the mischief that they get into but I must admit, they are pretty cute little buggers.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Freezer Breakfast Burritos


Make these easy breakfast burritos twenty at a time and freeze them for a quick and hearty breakfast on the go for just 50 cents each!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Swapping: Save Money and Clear Clutter


As we have been simplifying one of the hardest areas has been our book collection. My husband and I are both avid readers and we have gotten attached to many books in our collection. We were able to get it down from four bookcases to two but the trouble is in keeping the collection from growing again. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chicken Fried Rice


I've never been a huge fan of chicken fried rice - that is until I made some at home. Oh. My. Goodness. It is amazing! This is one of my new favorite recipes and it is super easy! Typically this is served as a side dish but really it makes a great main dish too because it has meat, veggies, and rice. So it's like an Asian casserole. Or "hot dish" if you are from Minnesota. ;)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pac-Man Coasters


Alright, so in the past I have used perler beads to make Super Mario Coasters and Minecraft Coasters. Now it is time for some Pac-Man! I kept it simple with just Pac-Man and some ghosts but you could also make the fruit if you need a larger set.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Christmas Creep


Like it or not, it has started already. Christmas countdowns have begun popping up on Facebook. Netflix has added new Christmas movies. Pintrest is plastered with holiday crafts and recipes. In as little as a week stores will begin stocking their shelves with santas and snowmen.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Freezable Banana Mini Muffins


I made up a few batches of these to put in the freezer and they have been great for a quick breakfast on busy school mornings or as a snack when I am in the mood for something a little sweet. Just pop however many you want in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and you have a nice banana muffin that tastes like it just came out of the oven. You could make these in a regular size muffin tin as well but I like the mini muffins because they heat evenly and I can use my cookie scoop to easily fill the tin evenly. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Minimalism and Craft Blogging


Minimalism is about getting down to just the necessities while craft blogging tends to be about creating excess items. How can these two lifestyles co-exist? As I mentioned in my update about our journey towards simple living, my blogging has been pretty sporadic lately and that was mostly because I was confused by how our new semi-minimalist lifestyle could coincide with craft blogging. The two are kind of on opposite sides of the spectrum.