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More DIY Ideas: Creative Salvage Makeovers One of my favorite topics to blog about is DIY / Makeover project ideas. I really wish I lived in a house with a garage and/or backyard (instead of an apartment) so I could take on more of my own DIY weekend projects...but for now, I"ll just have to settle with scoping out other people's fabulous transformations for inspiration. I found this gallery via Sunset Magazine with some great ideas! Do you have any DIY projects in the works? Please share :) BEFORE (ABOVE): Chandelier lampshades and lumber BEFORE (ABOVE): Window frames, lumber and door hinges BEFORE (ABOVE): Old mismatched candlesticks BEFORE (ABOVE): $45 Outdated Table from Craigslist BEFORE (ABOVE): Shabby dresser found on Craigslist BEFORE (ABOVE): Wooden Spools BEFORE (ABOVE): Salvaged ladders / lumber / dresser drawers....

A Few Features… Hey Guys!! Thanks to all of you who joined our last I Made it Without My Hubby! We loved the new setup with the picture links. It made it a bit more fun don’t you think?? My hard drive crashed during that party and my dear friends over at Geek Squad got it all fixed up for me. So… Sorry for the delay but here are just a few of our favorite party links! Wonder if Show & Tell wants to trade me laundry rooms?? How fun is this idea?? What a great armoire makeover at The Clever Chic… Although I did love it old and chippy too :)! This great knock off here is now on my project list thanks to Erin! Now how fun was that!?? ~Whitney Baking & Dessert Recipes & Videos - *Tested Recipes*

Magic Sauce Recipe I call this the magic sauce recipe. In part, because it makes everything it touches shimmer with deliciousness. It's magic like that. Technically, it's a riff on a chimichurri sauce - one that veered off the rails in a big way. Let's just start by putting one thing out there. It's as versatile as a black dress. - More Herb Recipes - - More Paprika Recipes - - More Quick Recipes - 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 2 medium cloves of garlic, smashed into a paste 1 well-crumbled bay leaf pinch of red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon + fine grain sea salt 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Gently warm the olive oil over medium-low heat in a skillet or pan, until it is just hot. While the oil is heating, lightly pound the rosemary, thyme, and oregano in a mortar and pestle. Stir the paprika, garlic, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, and salt into the oil. Makes ~2/3 cup. Print Recipe

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day And I’m not even kidding! Easiest. Recipe. Ever! Thanks to my sweet brother, Ramon, who recently came for a visit, I’ve finally learned to make this delicious recipe for homemade Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François. If you’ve been intimidated to make homemade bread, your store bought days are over. Recipe for Homemade Artisan Bread makes 3 loaves 3 cups lukewarm water1 1/2 tablespoons granulated yeast1 1/2 tablespoons kosher or other course salt6 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flourcornmeal for pizza peel (optional) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Now slice and add lots of butter or strawberry jam. Thanks to my brother, Ramon, for taking the time to teach me.

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip « Slice & Dice 6 Oct This dip might put me into rehab. It is so addicting. I couldn’t get a grip. I kept telling myself I needed to stop, but apparently my hand and mouth had a different plan. I. Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup powdered sugar 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup miniature chocolate chips Graham cracker sticks or teddy grahams In a small bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Like this: Like Loading... Tags: Appetizer Organized Home | Clean House, Cut Clutter, Get Organized at Home! Vegetarian Christmas Recipes | Pardon a Pig this Christmas! | Animals Australia While we prepare for the holiday season, it is also a peak time of production for factory farms that produce the 'products' that make up many traditional Christmas feasts. Inside factory farms, acts of cruelty such as severe confinement and surgical procedures without pain relief are legal and routine — despite the fact that if you were to treat a dog or cat this way you could be prosecuted for animal cruelty. Hope for these animals lies with each of us making compassionate choices, and refusing to buy into cruelty when we shop. Fortunately the growing variety of meat, dairy and egg-free alternatives at the supermarket are making this decision easier (and tastier!) than ever before. For the animals’ sake, please join us in embracing a compassionate Festive Season. The Festive Season is a time of giving, kindness and good-will to others, which makes it an ideal time to put values into action by choosing cruelty-free meals these holidays. Bon appétit!

Yummy Soft and Chewy Ginger Snaps - Mommy Notes - Music to your Ears - What To Expect Blogs I wanted to share this yummy recipe with you - it is an old family favorite. These Ginger Snaps are very soft and chewy...oh so good! Please enjoy this holiday season! Molasses Cookies (Soft Ginger Snaps) 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup molasses 1 beaten egg 3/4 cup oil Mix well, then add: 1 1/2 cup flour 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp cloves 1 tsp cinnamon Roll into balls, then roll in sugar. Does this recipe sound delish? Dec 2011 POST EDIT: Since I've had so many hits to this recipe, which have also come with a lot of questions...I thought I would post the answers here to save you some time. I made the cookies today and took some new snapshots. Under-cooking vs Over-cooking. Someone had mentioned that only cooking them for 7 minutes made them too doughy. Is the dough supposed to be slimy/gooey? The oil and molasses mix in this recipe is what gives it its soft nature. My cookies turn out flat, is that how they are supposed to be? It depends on how you make the recipe.

Rotini with Creamy Mushroom Ragut | Vegans Eat Pencil Shavings What is it about sliced mushrooms, browned in a pan with garlic and onions, that is so satisfying? I could eat them all on their own and be perfectly happy. Toss in a little white wine, basil, brandy and freshly cracked black peppercorns, and you’ve got a lovely pasta dish! This dish is elegant enough for a Saturday night date, but easy enough for a quick midweek supper. Ingredients: 2 cups crimini mushrooms, sliced (you could also use oyster, shiitake, button, brown, morel etc.) 1/2 a yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp basil 3/4 cup vegetable stock 1/2 cup white wine 1/4 cup brandy Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese or sour cream Freshly cracked black peppercorns Salt, to taste Chopped parsley, for garnish 2 cups rotini pasta Salt for pasta water Directions: 1) Place a large pot of salted water on to boil. 2) Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed frying pan over medium heat. 6) Add the vegetable stock, white wine, brandy and lemon juice.

GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND BAKE!: PRETZEL BITES - Parmesan or Cinnamon and Sugar with glaze. Do you need a perfect snack for the big game? These Pretzel bites will hit the spot for sure. You can make a combination of Parmesan bites with a Cheese dip or Cinnamon and Sugar bites with a Vanilla glaze for dipping. I've finally used up my supply of Rhodes Roll dough . . . until I buy more. It's quite nice to have on hand when you need it. Simple . . . CINNAMON and SUGAR PRETZEL BITES Take a Texas size Rhodes roll that has been thawed. Roll it out in a four inch rope. Cut in four sections. I got tired of this method. so I simplified even more. Take your roll, and cut horizontally and vertically. You have four pieces. You will need: as well as: Once your bites are all cut, place on a large greased baking sheet. Let rise until double in size. Like this . . . Bring some water to boil in a large pot. Prepare a Baking sheet with a clean towel and Paper towels on top. Like this: Heat your oven to 375 Degrees. Plop about 10 bites into that boiling water. You will boil for about 45 seconds. like this . . .

Homemade Crispy Potato Tots (Tater Tots) Homemade Crispy Potato Tots (Tater Tots) I went to a Sonic Drive In for the first time a few weeks ago and was surprised to see that they served tater tots. I just had to order some, and believe me I enjoyed every last tot. I knew then and there that I needed to make a homemade version in my own kitchen. So when the recent issue of Cook’s Country arrived in the mail, this recipe was the first one I bookmarked. Crunchy on the outside, warm and fluffy on the inside. Serve for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even an afternoon snack. I added a dash of cayenne pepper because I like things spicy, but feel free to leave it out. Crunchy on the outside, warm and fluffy on the inside. Ingredients: 1 cup water 2 1/4 teaspoons salt 2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional) 4 cups peanut oil or vegetable oil Directions: In a small bowl, whisk water and salt together until salt dissolves.

Cheer: Our Holiday Wishlist No matter how hard you try to opt out of the conspicuous consumption of the holiday season, your relatives, friends, and Secret Santas are unlikely to stop showering you with generous gifts destined for the landfill. So this year, we’re evading the awkwardness of unwrapping another ill-fitting sweater or ill-considered trinket by straight-up asking for stuff we really, really want. Presenting our own holiday wishlist for GOOD revelers who care where their presents came from. These are GOOD gifts tailored to the sometimes-scrappy sustainable life—our curated items are eco, innovative, charity-minded, or just plain charming. Click through the slideshows to view the 50 items we’d love to see under our own holiday-appropriate plant, foot covering, or light source this season. Illustrations by Liz Mamont