Want pulled pork in a hurry? With the pressure cooker, you can have tender, fall-apart pulled pork in just a little over an hour!
Saturday, July 22, 2017
For this haul I had only planned on going to two stores, Fred Meyer and my local discount grocery store.
But when I looked over the ad for Safeway, I saw a good deal on two cuts of meat we like so I made another stop there.
I love it when I can find a good deal on meat. I will often really stock up but this time I didn’t have as much available freezer space, so I opted to get one package of each item instead of my usual two.
I picked up a package of London broil. With these I’ll make herb rubbed London broil which is a simple way to prepare this meat on the grill or under the broiler. We’ll eat it over a salad or with a side of mashed potatoes.
If it’s wintertime, I like to prepare the London broil in the slow cooker with a tomato sauce over top. It comes out fork tender and delicious. That reminds me, of another recipe I should add to the blog.
I also picked up a package of petite sirloin steak. We don’t each much steak but when I can get these on sale I’ll make brown sugar steaks or herb rubbed steaks and tuck them into the freezer. I like to grill or broil both of those recipes too.What I Purchase on this Budget Grocery Haul Trip Best Buys this Grocery Haul Trip
Wheat Thins after coupon and Checkout 51 $1.01 each
Petite Sirloin Steak $2.97/lb
London Broil $2.97/lb
Bread $1.00 a loaf
Organic Celery Hearts $.50/pkg
I also neglected to mention in the video that I used a couple Ibotta coupons (my referral link) too and saved $.50 more. It wasn’t much but it was on items I was already purchasing so why not enter my receipt and save the extra $.50?!
I love that I was able to score so many great produce deals this trip. We’ll eat the blackberries fresh.
I’m hoping to dehydrate a few of the cherries and strawberries we love them for snacks and it will help keep them from going bad before we can get to them.
I’ll also dry or freeze one package of the celery hearts since we won’t eat that much before they will spoil.
What was your best buy while shopping recently?
I really wish I would have thought to take a before picture, but the styling wasn't actually something I ever planned on posting in the first place. It sort of just evolved over the course of the last week and I loved the outcome and decided it was worth mentioning.
So, just picture the white dresser with the too small yet very beautiful pink and navy abstract print above it. And the lamp. And random folded laundry. That is how the dresser had been "styled" for about the last year or so.
I actually initially picked the lovely print from Minted with the intention of framing it and hanging it over our headboard. I looked for something that married masculinity and feminity in a single piece and was really drawn to this particular print for that very reason. Once I picked out the art, I taped out an area above the bed with painter's tape and took those very specific measurements online to Frame-It-Easy to customize a frame. I knew I could remove a sliver from the top of the art to elongate it a bit over the bed, so I customized and ordered accordingly. Once the print and the frame arrived, I did cut down the print a small amount, but it wasn't enough and it looked very awkward over our headboard. That didn't mean that I didn't still love the art, I just didn't love it in the intended location. #storyofmylife The next best place was over the dresser because that area was sitting empty. We moved the mirror to our master bath a couple of years ago and had yet to find a good replacement, so we hung the art and added a lamp and called it a day year.
I am always moving things around and playing with areas around our home, and when I was unpacking and putting clothes away in my closet earlier this week, I noticed a couple of hats up on a shelf. Lightbulb. Maybe they could help balance out the scale of the art and draw the eye up? Plus, the sunny hats were just too cute not to hang on the wall.
A couple of small tacks later and they were looking quite darling.
I always try to be resourceful when it comes to filling our frames and do my best to get photos off of my phone. Last week I was traveling for work, and Bryan joined me during a trip to Chicago so we could also celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary. We stayed at a cozy and picturesque hotel which of course I snapped a picture of after checking out. I cropped the picture and printed it out and now it is a nice memory on display in our bedroom.
Awhile back we DIY'd a marble serving tray that I use around the house quite a bit. I grabbed it so I could create a nice little vignette on the top of our dresser. I find that trays are really great at unifying a group of smaller objects so they are less harsh on the eyes.
I have had the acrylic box for quite some time now, I actually found it at a craft store of all places. It was a steal of a deal and is a great reminder that craft stores always have little "gems" for around the home.
And how sweet is that little blue lidded dish? I found it at a local antique shop and scooped it up to hold my favorite daily jewelry pieces.
I reach for the same jewelry 90% of the time so I like to keep my favorites here. The rest I display in our closet and will layer on or swap out for special occasions.
You all know that I believe in keeping fresh greens and florals sprinkled around our home as frequently as possible, and we have quite a few plants, shrubs and trees that I have been snipping from this summer. Wanting to create a little weight to balance the lamp, I cut a large bunch of branches and arranged them in a simple clear vase.
I prefer vases that taper a bit at the top for holding branches with more weight, it makes it much easier to arrange because they don't flop around or fall out as easily. And with fresh water changes, these branches should last at least a month or two.
The dresser is a hand-me-down from our family and we have had it for years but I sort of love the history and character of it. And the clean lines and hardware have allowed it to work well with just about anything we pair with it.
It is always so much fun when something small snowballs and biggers and ends up being even better than the original plan. Just spotting those hats caused me to add a few new things, shop our home and finally give this wall the attention it deserved.
In the end I did decide to share because although I wanted to make this area look effortless, it did take a little effort to get it figured out. I would add something and it would draw my eye in and challenge me to add something else. Then I would edit and remove something or try an item in a different color or scale. I hung the hats and art and then stepped back and adjusted. But for the most part, I just used things I already owned and gave our space new life. That is always the best, isn't it?
So yes to finding accessories at craft, thrift, and antique stores, or even DIY'ing them. Yes to adding fresh greenery from the yard. Yes to displaying things that make you happy. Yes to getting photos off of your phone and onto the wall. A double yes to displaying your favorite hats and accessories. And a final yes for changing things up on a whim.
This update feels like summer to me, but I think I will keep it up all year long. I am pretty positive it will be just what I need come February when I am counting down the days until spring from under a thick pile of down blankets.
Even if my style and your style are completely the opposite, I hope that I inspired you to find a blank wall or nook in your home and challenge yourself to make something fresh and new happen there. And even better yet, do it with things that you already have and enjoy and then tell me about it when you are done.
Have a fabulous and weekend everyone!
Friday, July 21, 2017
When my kids were much younger, we always had lots of crayons around the house. In fact, we got to the point where we had a container full of broken crayons or old crayons. I had been reading a lot about recycling old crayons into new, rainbow crayons, and I knew it would be a perfect project for us!
Easy and Fun Family Art Project: Recycling Old Crayons into New Rainbow Crayons
I have updated the post below about recycling old crayons that I originally wrote in 2008. It looks like it might be time to do this project again sometime though because when Molly saw that I was working on this update, she said that she’s seen this craft before and it looks fun. I said, “You see those little hands working? That’s you nine years ago.”Recycling Old Crayons into New Rainbow Crayons: Project Directions
Gather Your Crayons
You’ll first want to gather up all of the crayons that you want to use to make your new rainbow crayons. We used to keep all of our old crayons in one tub together, so it made our gathering easier.
Prep Your Old Crayons
Peel the labels off of any crayons that still have labels on them. If your kids are very young, this might be too difficult for them. However, definitely have them give it a try. When we made our new crayons, I worked on peeling off labels while my boys were working on school work.
Everyone then enjoyed breaking crayons into smaller pieces, unless they were already small enough to fit into the heart-shaped silicone mini cupcake liners we were using. We initially gathered all of our crayon pieces into a larger bowl before putting them in the liners, however.
Shhh…don’t tell the crayon police. But, we even broke up some crayons that weren’t broken, but whose colors we just really liked.
If you want to try some other shapes, this inexpensive set that includes hearts, stars, flowers, and circles looks super cool:
Place Crayon Pieces into Cupcake Liners
We filled our mini heart muffin cups with the broken crayons while our oven preheated to 275 degrees. The kids loved filling up the cups.
Crayon Placement Tip: Be careful not to put too many dark crayons in the same cup together. Too many dark colors together kind of overpowered some of our crayons.
Melting/Baking the Crayons
We left the crayons in the oven at 275 degrees for approximately 10 minutes. I kept an eye on them throughout. Here they are partially melted.
Finishing Your New Rainbow Crayons
Let the crayons cool down before you try to pop them out of the cups. You can actually melt them in paper cups as well — I just wanted mine to be heart shaped.
Enjoy your cute new crayons! Maybe even share them with some friends, depending on how many you made.
Heart-shaped ones like these would be perfect for adding to homemade valentines or along with some of my free printable valentine card sets!
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Recycling Old Crayons into Rainbow Crayons: Fun Art Project was originally published on October 6, 2008. This post was updated in July 2017.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017
Popsicles are a wonderful summer treat and when you make these mint watermelon popsicles they can also be healthier than the store bought ones too.
We like to enjoy a wide variety of popsicles at our home. Sometimes I’ll use fruit juice and make them. Other times we are craving a cream popsicle like these raspberry cream popsicles with chocolate drizzle.
Then there are times I make popsicles when I don’t want food to go to waste.Making Popsicles to Stop Food Waste
I’m constantly trying to make sure we use up our fresh fruits and vegetables before they get past their prime. Because any food wasted is money wasted too. I hate to throw money away.Ways to Enjoy Watermelon
When I purchase a whole watermelon we often struggle to eat it all before it goes bad. If it’s not too hot out I’ll dehydrate part of the watermelon to make watermelon candy. It’s just like natural watermelon taffy and so sweet too.
I’ll freeze some watermelon to use in homemade smoothie packs. And then sometimes I’ll make popsicles out our watermelon.
Since watermelon isn’t all that sweet, at least not the ones I seem to pick out, I like to add just a touch of sweetener to our popsicles. To add that sweetness simple syrup can be wonderful.
The sugar is already dissolved so no need to worry about sugar crystals not dissolving.
But I thought for this recipe it would be nice to have a little mint flavor added. So I started by making a batch of simple mint syrup.
This not only works great in this recipe but works great to flavor and sweeten lemonade, fruit water, or ice tea.
If you’ve never made simple mint syrup check out this quick video tutorial and recipe, only 3 ingredients needed.
Some of the links in this post are my referral links. Which means when you purchase through them I might make a little money at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support in this way.What You’ll Need to Make Watermelon Mint Popsicles
1. Cut watermelon into cubes, smaller cubes of watermelon blend up faster with the hand blender if using a standard blender, larger chunks will be alright.
2. Blend the Watermelon Cubes, The smoother you blend the watermelon the better these popsicles are. Be sure to blend long enough to make the mixture smooth.
3. Add Mint Syrup, Add your mint syrup into the blended watermelon and blend for a few seconds to mix well.
4. Taste and Adjust, If your watermelon is pretty sweet you might not need too much mint syrup. If you want a sweeter and mintier popsicle, add more mint simple syrup.
5. Fill the Popsicle Molds, pour your blended and adjust watermelon mint popsicle mixture into the popsicle molds and place lids on and add sticks.
6. Freeze, Freeze your popsicles until firm and enjoy.
- 2 cups Watermelon
- 2 tablespoons Mint Simple Syrup
- Cut the watermelon into small cube and blend with a hand blender or in a blender until smooth.
- Add mint simple syrup to flavor and sweeten the watermelon. Blend again to mix.
- Taste mixture and add more mint syrup if needed.
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze.
It’s hard to gauge how much watermelon you’ll need to fill your popsicles molds. But there are many different sized molds so it can vary. The recipe is written above for six 2 ounce popsicles molds.
If you end up with too much watermelon mixture give this idea a try. Add a little ice to the mixture, blend with the hand blender and you have a watermelon mint slushie to enjoy until your popsicles are frozen.
That’s how quick and easy it is to make your own watermelon mint popsicles at home. Definitely more flavorful and healthy than the store bought sugary ones.
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