Valentine's Day Craft Idea for Old Broken Crayons!

 

A fun and easy way to make crayon hearts for your children or their classmates!

 

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven for 250 degrees F

  2. Remove paper from crayons

  3. Chop up crayons with a knife or use broken crayons. (you want a good mixture of colours)

  4. Fill up hearts in silicon baking tray.

  5. Place baking tray in the oven for 10-15 mins until the crayons are melted

  6. Take baking tray out of oven and allow hearts to cool

  7. Smooth rough ends of the hearts by rubbing on a paper

Freezer Cooking #SaveTime

Freezer cooking is a great way to have a hot meal fast for your family or just individual meals for yourself! I am not a fan of cooking, so I enjoy the fact I can pop the meal in the oven for 35 mins (or heat it up in the microwave if you decide to freeze in microwave safe dishes). Heat it up and enjoy! It is that simple!

First I make a list of all my ingredients I need to cook up 2 weeks of freezer meals. I only do supper because of the fact most lunchtime meals my children are at school and my husband is at work. I always try to hunt up new meals to try as well to see if they freeze well.

You can check new recipes here Frugal Recipes

The items you need to put your food away in the freezer

  • Freezer bags

  • sandwich bags/small plastic containers

  • aluminum foil

  • labels to mark the date made and what it is – You can purchase labels at Mabel’s Labels to make the job easier here

  • pen to write the information on the label

  • aluminum pans

  • frying pans

  • pots

  • ingredients

  • any spices needed

  • measuring cups/spoons

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I then start cooking up the meat and while it is cooking, I am standing near by watching it and cutting the veggies I need cut up. I place all cut veggies in either sandwich bags or plastic containers to put aside when I am ready for them in a recipe. I am also boiling any pasta that is needed. If I need a side dish to go to with the meat a lot of the time I will wait and cook that up that day.

Our side dishes are usually potatoes, rice or salad so those to me are easy to cook up. But if you wish you can also cook up mashed potatoes ahead of time and reheat them on the day you wish to use them. You can either reheat them in the microwave or on the stove on low stirring often and adding a tablespoon of butter and a 1/3 of a cup of milk. For salad you can cut the veggies up in advance and place them in individual sandwich bags and into the fridge so they are ready when you want to make up a salad. For any water based veggies like celery and cucumber I place them in a small plastic container with enough water to cover them so they don’t dry out and last longer.

Once all the meat (and anything else that is needed to be cook for the meals) is ready I start placing each meal in the aluminum pans) I make them up one at a time and cover it with 3 layers of aluminum foil making sure it is wrapped all around. Then I place a label on top (Mabel’s Labels) and pen in the date and what it is and then place all the meals in the freezer. Soups, mashed potatoes I like putting in freezer bags. I usually double the freezer bags for soups. (please remember to let soups and anything you place in freezer bags to completely cool or it may melt the bag!) Do not place the bags too close to each other in freezer at first as they may stick together and rip the bags as well. Label all freezer bags too.

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Then all you have to do once this is all done is decide each day what you feel like having! Some people like to keep a schedule. I go by what my family wants for that day out of what I have made! I ask them in the morning so by the time they come home all I have to do is have it in the oven (cook any sides if I didn’t make) and have extra time to spend with my children before supper!                            

Enjoy!

 

If you are looking for fundraising ideas for your charity, school or special group also check out Mabel’s Labels

** make sure if you reheat in microwave you do not use aluminum or foil on top. Only use microwave safe dishes. 🙂

3 Simple Hacks For The Car #DIY

 

 

 

 

3 Simple Hacks for the Car

 

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  • Use a laundry basket and a muffin pan in the van so that if you are holding a lot of items like drinks in the car, you can place them in there.

 

 

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  • Use cereal container as a waste basket in the car. Just place a bag in it.

 

 

 

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  •  Keep a laundry basket in the trunk when going grocery shopping. Place groceries in it to prevent it from falling over and dumping out.

 

 

 

#DIY Ideas To Organize Your Home

 

 

These DIY hacks are a great way to organize your home. 

Simple to do and low cost! 

Don’t like Whiteboards? Use a picture frame glass. Find one to match your room and hang it.

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Organize flip flops or flats with letter organizers.

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Organize snacks for the kids with a shoe organizer.

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Most people don’t use cd racks anymore. So turn your cd rack into a organizer for your bathroom!

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10 #DIY Tips And Tricks To Help Make Your Life Easier

 

 

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Here is a list of 10 DIY tips and tricks to make your life easier!

               1. To preheat pizza without getting the crust soggy. Place piece of pizza in a non-stick skillet and heat on low until warm.

 

                2.  Divide leftover soup into muffin tins. Makes a perfect individual servings that you can just pop out and heat whenever you want them.

 

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                 3. Need to hang a picture but there is nothing on the back to hang it from?  Take a tab from a soda can and attach it to the frame with a screw and hang the picture.

 

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                4.Use a Lazy Susan in your fridge to organize your condiments. This will keep things from getting lost in the back of your fridge

                5. Add a tablespoon of vanilla extract to your paint. (1 tablespoon per gallon) It will not affect the paint but will mask the paint fumes and have your home smelling like vanilla.

                6. Tired of stopping at every floor every time you use the elevator? Hold the close door button and hold it while pressing your floor number. This will allow you to skip all floors and go right to yours.

 

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                 7. Remove scruff marks on your floors with a dry tennis ball.

                 8. When packing liquids for your trip, (shampoo, lotion etc. ) screw lid off and place a piece of wrap plastic over the opening and screw lid back on. The plastic wrap will keep the liquid from spilling even if the lid pops open.

                9.  Rubbing butter at the edge of brick cheese will seal it and prevent it from molding.

               10. When cutting veggies or meat for recipes, use a pizza cutter. It will save more time then using a knife.

 

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3 Easy Tips To Use To Clean Your Microwave

 

 

 

I hate that my microwave gets dirty so quickly and is a pain to remove the stuck on food!

Here are 3 easy to tips on how to clean your microwave!

microwaveWith Vinegar:

  1. Place a microwave safe bowl or glass half full with water and a tablespoon of vinegar inside microwave
  2. Turn on microwave for 5 minutes (less for higher watt microwaves)
  3. Remove dish and clean microwave with a rag or paper towel
  4. Take glass turntable out and wash it like a dish

 

With Lemon:

  1. Cut a lemon in half
  2. Put both halves down on a plate with a tablespoon of water (cut sides down)
  3. Microwave for 1 minute until lemon is hot and microwave is steamy
  4. Wipe down microwave with rag or paper towel
  5. Take glass turntable out and wash it like a dish

 

With Dish Soap:

  1. Take a microwavable bowl and fill it with water
  2. Add as much dish soap as you would like
  3. Place bowl in microwave for about 1 minute (until steamy)
  4. Take bowl out and grab a damp sponge and wipe down the microwave
  5.  Take out glass turntable and wash it like a dish

Use Those Old Pennies to Spruce Up an Old Vase! #DIY

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An easy to do craft that will allow you to use up those old pennies!

Spruce up an old Vase!

 

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All you need is an old vase, pennies, a glue gun and some flat black paint!

You could even do this to a few picture frames and add various copper looking accents around your room!

Freezer Cooking ~ Way to Save Time and Money on Meals

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I am sure many of you think, “I don’t have the time to do a large number of meals”.

With freezer cooking, you can do a few weeks or even a months worth in an afternoon! It is that simple!

By purchasing meat and items in bulk you can save money!

 

 

My purchases:

4lbs of ground beef  (approx about $17)

2lbs of ground pork (which was $3 and had a 30% off sticker on it)

1 lb of skinless chicken ($4.34 which was cheaper than boneless so I will de-bone and cut into strips myself)

6 green peppers $2.50 (which were on the clearance for 50% off but were perfectly good to use for cooking.)

Eggs (for making meatballs) 3 dozen for $5

Spaghetti Sauce $1 x4

Alfredo Sauce $3.99 (I grabbed the low sodium kind)

Shredded Cheese $4.89 (none on sale this week)

potatoes 99 cents for 5lb bag

 

 

Items I already had:

Unsalted top crackers

Stewed Tomatoes

Linguine

Bread

2 bags of chicken (4 legs with thighs in each)

 

 

With these items I made

 

 

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I made enough for 14 dinners over 2 afternoons. 3 hours one time and  3 hours the next day. (If you do raw ingredients with ziplocs, you can do more faster.)

I also factor in fun meals like pancakes for supper or a sandwich night with grilled cheese or tuna.

Sometimes my kids want to just have TV Dinners, so I have smaller meals like Beanless Goulash made for me.

By doing freezer cooking, not only is it a healthier and easier way for meals. But it stops me from ordering Take-out because I don’t want to cook.

I am already done the cooking, I just have to heat the meal!

You don’t have to cook each item. I prefer it only because then I just have to heat and serve. But you can just place the raw ingredients into ziploc bags and cook it in the crockpot all day.

The choice is up to you!

 

Homemade Window Clings

This would be a fun afternoon craft with the kids! I am for sure going to try this with mine!

You could do this for any holiday! Looks like a simple and fun craft! puffy-paint-ornament-steps

 

What You Will Need:

Pictures you can trace (or pictures you have drawn)

Puffy Paint

Wax Paper

Newspaper for under the paints

Maybe an old shirt if children are doing it.

 

Directions:

Decide what you want to trace.

Place wax paper over top of it.

Trace the picture.

Leave it overnight to dry.

Remove the next day and place on window!