That is a Life Changer

I have gone Pintrest crazy. I know your thinking, “Seriously?” But Yes! It has changed my life. Really it has. No longer is my hardrive full of saved pictures and documents. Now Pintrest holds all my organizing ideas, crafty ideas, cleaning tips, recipes and of course David Tennant and Jensen Ackles!! Why is this a good thing? Well, not only is my computer faster and free of folders within folders within folders, within folders, but I am SO organized in my crafty-ness that I am actually doing them. Yeah, Me! Completing things! Imagine that! So I would like to share with you the awesomeness of Pintrest!

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First of all, Food and Beverage!!
Coffee: Cold Brew works,Syrups, and Coffee Ice Cubes are the bomb!!!
http://www.theyummylife.com/Iced_Coffee
http://www.cooklikeachampionblog.com/2010/12/peppermint-simple-syrup-for-peppermint-mochas.html
http://www.hitherandthither.net/2010/08/coffee-cubes-and-cold-brew.html
Bananas: Banana Splits, Skinny Monkeys (always in my freezer) and Banana Ice Cream, in different flavours!
http://naturalnoshing.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/banana-split/
http://onceamonthmom.com/skinny-monkey-cookies/
http://www.friendsforweightloss.com/recipes/featured-recipe-of-the-week-0-points-banana-ice-cream/
http://www.thekitchn.com/magic-one-ingredient-ice-cream-5-ways-peanut-butter-nutella-and-more-171618
Banana Ice Cream in a Pickle Jar! It makes me giggle!!

Cakes and Cookies: Autumn Brittle, Molasses Cookies, Freezer Cookie Dough, Energy Bites (always in my fridge), Cake Box Ideas!
http://adventurescooking.blogspot.com/2010/03/autumn-brittle.html
http://www.joyofbaking.com/MolassesCookies.html
http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2010/09/tip-how-to-freeze-cookie-dough.html
http://gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/
http://thefrugalgirls.com/2010/01/10-rockin-recipes-for-2010-6-fluff-berry-cake-recipe.html My mom uses a can of crushed pineapple for a box of angel food cake! I like a can of pumpkin to either a spice cake box or a chocolate cake box!! There are so many different combinations!!

And for my crafty finds!
Chalkboard Paint:
http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2011/10/iheart-chalkboard-labels-and-giveaway.html I bought ‘return address’ sticker labels and spray painted them to use as labels for my pantry. Which works great, but there are very ‘one use’ since these containers go through the dishwasher a lot. So I next time I’m going to tape off a square with painters tape and spray paint directly onto the container, so it can go through the dishwasher!
Closet Shelf Baskets! I have been searching for two years for baskets the right width and depth for my closet shelves and have found nothing the right size that is also not ugly! haha Little did I know that this whole time I had just the right size in my house all along. A big box of wipes becomes a the perfect closet companion for my belts and knitted scarves!!
http://designsbymke.blogspot.com/2012/01/lined-canvas-diaper-box.html

Pins I still have to get to: Tshirt Quilt, Circle Skirt, Maxi Dress, homemade Little Debbie and homemade Oreos!! There are so many knitting and sewing patterns and tips that those will have to wait for another post!

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Quick 4 Item Chicken Noodle

I have been in bed sleeping all day, sick and with a migraine. It’s 1am and I have not eaten all day. All I want is some chicken noodle so I can go back to bed. All I have in the pantry is a can of Lentil soup. I don’t even have any Ramen noodles. So I just threw this together to satisfy my hunger! It turned out pretty good, so I thought I would share it.

4 Items: Noodles, Bouillon cube, Frozen Veggies and Water

Cook up some spaghetti noodles. Break them into tiny pieces so they won’t slip off your spoon while your attempting to eat them. Strain the noodles and set aside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heat two cups of water to a boil. Throw in a bouillon cube and some frozen veggies. I had broccoli and carrots in the freezer. When the veggies soften and the cube is dissolved toss in the noodles and heat. Sprinkle on whatever seasonings you want now.Just remember the bouillon cube salted and seasoned already. Plus most people use salt when cooking noodles. You can always add more salt later, but you can’t take it out so go easy on the seasonings!

Simmer about ten minutes so the frozen veggies have time to heat up and ENJOY!!

 

 

Spiced Brewed Coffee

This is heaven in a cup. Like having chai in your coffee. Which is doable at Starbucks by the way! But isn’t anything and everything possible there?!

First of all I am in love with my coffee machine! It grinds and brews in the same basket and is so easy to clean! Water goes in on the right, Whole Bean coffee (thats the best part) goes in on the left. The whole top left part comes off and goes into the dishwasher! Which can be taken off even before all the coffee is gone! Which is nice now that you have energy from your coffee!

This is so easy.  When you put your beans or grounds into the brew basket you can add spices!

8  cups water
4-5 scoops of coffee or whatever you coffee maker calls for (most manuals say how much water to how much grounds/beans)
1 – 1,1/2  tsp ground cinnamon
3  whole cloves and a dash of ground cloves (or you could just throw in another clove if you love it extra spicy)

For 8 cups of coffee (you can see the water line is at 8) I put 1 tsp of Cinnamon, a dash of ground clove and 3 whole cloves into the basket on top of the beans. You can mix these ingredients with your grounds in a separate bowl before putting it into the basket. But since my machine grinds the beans for me it also mix all the ingredients too! d that to be a bit much)

2 spoonfuls (unpacked) brown sugar and Milk

I put a half cup of milk in a mug and stirred in the brown sugar and microwaved it for about 20 seconds to dissolve the sugar. This brown sugar and milk combination is so amazing. Feel free to taste it at this point before even adding the coffee. You will not be disappointing! This would also be really really good with soy milk or almond milk!!

When the coffee is done brewing pour it into your brown sugar milk mixture and ENJOY! You can add more cinnamon or milk at this point if you feel it needs it. Though don’t add to much or you’ll have sludge in your cup! If you feel it needs more just add more spices to the basket before brewing next time!!

For your second cup put another spoonful of brown sugar in your mug and pour in the coffee and don’t forget your milk!

You will notice that the spices get stronger as the coffee sits, just like the coffee gets stronger as it get older. So if you first mug just tastes like coffee maybe you didn’t let your coffee finish its brewing! The fastest way to ruin a pot of coffee is to get impatient and take some brew early. A pot of coffee only tastes good when it is a whole pot!

Chex Mix Muddy Buddies

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/chex-muddy-buddies/92e4756c-abc1-452a-9b2c-dd124d858050

9 cups Chex® cereal (or combination)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Microwave Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Butter till melted and stir to blend.
Stir in vanilla and pour over cereal and coat all the pieces.
Put Powdered Sugar in another bowl.
Put a quarter (or less) of the chocolate PB covered cereal into the powdered sugar and once coated move the pieces to a wax paper covered cookie sheet (I used two cookie sheets).
Continue to add small amounts of cereal to the powdered sugar, removing the powder coated pieces before adding more uncoated.
Put the cookies sheets in the fridge to harden the chocolate before putting in a large tupperware containers or individual zip-lock bags for snacks and lunches.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Syrup for Lattes!

I love Starbucks PSL (pumpkin spice latte) but I wanted to be able to make it at home. So I perused the internet looking for a tried and true recipe. I did find a few good ones!

http://www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride/archives/8295

http://alskamom.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/homemade-pumpkin-spice-latte-syrup/

Both really good recipes, but even when I strained them I still have left over ‘sludge’ in the bottom of my mug. And I think it needed a bit more of something.So here are two different recipes I’ve come up with.

I never ever follow recipes. I just kinda throw things in without measuring and taste as I go. You can do about any variation of these recipes too make them suit your needs!

A jar of coconut milk and a jar of pumpkin pie spice syrup make morning coffee Oh, So, Good!!

 

 

 

Real Pumpkin Pie Syrup

1 cup Water

1/2-3/4 cup Sugar (the sweeter the better for me!)

2 tbs Brown Sugar

2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

2 tbs canned Pumpkin (refrigerate the leftover pumpkin) [NOT in the can]

Simmer in a saucepan till maple syrup consistency. Let cool and strain into mason jar. Use 2-4 spoonfuls in your coffee or latte. I don’t drink milk so I use a lot of soy milk, but for this recipe Coconut Milk is a MUST!! YUMM!

That one still leaves a little sludge in the mug and I found the only way to get away from that is to use less canned pumpkin. So here is just the syrup recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

1 cup Water

3/4 cup Sugar

4 tbs Brown Sugar (not packed)

Bring to boil in sauce pan, dissolve sugar. Reduce heat then add pumpkin and spice.

1 tbs Pumpkin (puree, canned)

2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Over low heat, simmer till syrup consistency, cool and strain into mason jar.

Not having coffee this morning but want that pumpkin taste? Heat up some apple juice or apple cider and add this yummy syrup and a splash of coconut milk. You will be in heaven! Or try these two ideas. . .Enjoy!

White hot chocolate!

http://tidymom.net/2011/pumpkin-spice-white-hot-chocolate/

or a Martini!

http://www.wearenotmartha.com/2010/10/pumpkin-pie-martini/