Thursday, October 19, 2017

Target Peg Board-What To Do With It?

I found this pegboard at the Target Dollar Spot back in July. I figured it would go in my vanity area of the bedroom or Miss High School's room.

I thought it would be a pretty way to organize something but I wasn't sure what.  I left it in her room and I haven't seen it since she got home from her summer program.  I'm hoping this post will motivate me to hang it up (if it can be found) and put it to good use. What would you do with it?  I'll keep you posted...Pin It

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Around the House - New Kitchen Table and Chairs

Here she is!  Our new kitchen table and chairs!!
Back in this post, I shared our former table and chairs and that we had sold them. Happy Dance!
We'd had the set since we moved into this house (12 years ago!) and had purchased it from the previous owners.  It had served us well and didn't owe us a thing but selling it was sweet!
 I had been looking for a new kitchen table for years and we had even planned to build one a few years ago but we didn't get very far on that endeavor.  I got an alert that this one that I had been keeping an eye on, was on sale and the great reviews encouraged me to go for it.
It's the Garner Extension table from Cost Plus World Market.  You save an additional 5% if you pick up in the store and you also save the hefty shipping fee. So yes, it was a lot little dicy driving home with the huge, heavy boxes and we had to put it together but it was worth it.  I've always wanted a set with a bench too (purchased separately). I LOVE the dark wood and the industrial style of the table and bench.
 The chairs were purchased a few weeks later because I wasn't sure what I wanted. I didn't like the matching wooden chairs from Cost Plus.  I found these beauties at Poly & Bark (also had a coupon code and free shipping) and when they came I knew they would be perfect. I love their low profile and the bright white against the dark wood.  They are easy to clean and so comfortable (I still keep an extra mini Ikea chair for overflow seating but maybe I should paint or stain it?).  So now I'm on the lookout for a new rug, I think I need to go solid or tone down the pattern. What do you think? For now the grey chevron is fine but I'm still looking....

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

{Recipe} Vegan Cannellini Bean Sour Cream

 Yesterday I promised to share my new vegan sour cream recipe. I had been making one that called for 1 1/2 cups of cashews but this one only needs 1/2 cup of cashews.
 The secret to this vegan sour cream is cannellini beans! It ups the protein and fiber and lowers the fat content.   How does this magic work? A high speed blender is important. I haven't tested it in any other appliance though.
1/2 cup cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup raw cashews (soaked in boiling water for an hour *sometimes I skip this step or don't soak as long, it's fine if you have a Vitamix*)
1/2 cup water
1 TBS lemon juice
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 -1 tsp fine grain sea salt
To make:
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and process until smooth and creamy.
It's truly amazing! The sour cream thickens up in the fridge but it's good right out of the blender too!
 Enjoy it with my Vegan Taco Pie!
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Monday, October 16, 2017

{Recipe} Vegan Taco Pie

8-10 corn tortillas
1 pkg Beef-less Ground crumbles or equivalent (I use Trader Joe's brand)
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 cup frozen corn
1/2-3/4 cup vegan cheese shreds (like Daiya)*I used a mix of cheddar and mozzarella.
1/2-1 tsp chili powder-depending how spicy you like it
salt & pepper to taste
 To make:
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Heat non-stick skillet to medium and sauté onions with some water until translucent.  
  • Add Beef-less Ground and corn, heat to warm through, adding more water if mixture starts to stick to the pan.
  • Add tomatoes and spices, stirring to combine and heat through. Set mixture aside.
To assemble:
  • Spray 9x9 baking dish with non stick spray or use parchment paper.  
  • Put 4-5 tortillas in bottom of dish, ripping and overlapping to cover the bottom. 
  • Add half of the taco mixture then add half of the vegan cheese. 
  • Repeat with remaining tortillas, taco mix and cheese.
  • Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes until cheese is bubbly.  You can put under the broiler for a few seconds to brown the top and make it crispy.

Serve with salsa, like this stuff and sour cream, vegan of course.  I'll post my Creamy Cannellini Bean Sour Cream Recipe tomorrow.  It's a good one!
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Creepy Dollar Tree Halloween Decor

Well it's my second Halloween post this week (did you see my {DIY} Spooky Pumpkin Diorama?) and my second Dollar Tree related post (check out yesterday's post). What's up with that? 
 Dollar Tree has had some awesome Halloween decor, that's what's up!

I found these super creepy (yet fun) changing portraits that I hung up over existing pictures in our entryway.  Here's the "guy" one.

Here's his partner, you never know which of the faces you'll see when you pass them by.
The other spooky-creepy decor items that I found were these window/mirror clings.  I had trouble getting a great picture of the vampire but he's stealthily overlooking our piano and living room.
And this 'judgy' looking witchy lady is in our dining room.  I think they're fun while upping the (surprise) creep factor just a bit!  How is your Halloween decorating going?
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

{Around the House} Refrigerator Coasters from Dollar Tree Placemats

Have you seen fridge coasters? I've seen them on Etsy and other sites but I also got the idea to use Dollar Tree placemats from Do It On a Dime.  
 I found a pattern of placemats that I liked and brought them home to try them out.  They can easily be cut to fit with scissors.  I took everything out of the fridge and cleaned it while I was making them.
 They fit nicely on the shelves and they don't slide around.
I can easily wipe them down or take them out if I have a spill.
I had to go back and buy a few more placemats so I could do all of the side shelves and drawers.  I think I needed 8 total to complete the fridge.
I love opening the door and seeing how clean, neat and organized it looks now (and a bit stylish too!).
Have you tried the fridge coaster trend? What do you think?
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

{Recipe}Roasted Red Pepper Rigatoni

I found this recipe when I was at the dentist's office reading a Rachael Ray magazine and it looked easy and different--bread cubes and sunflower seeds in a pasta sauce? Let's try it!
 I snapped a photo of the dish and the recipe with my phone (I no longer have to rip pages out of magazines at medical offices=my former life of crime!)
 I knew I could easily veganize this by subbing vegan Parmesan cheese for the garnish or leaving it out altogether.  I also left out the EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) but I did use some of the liquid from the jar that the peppers came in.   There is one typo in the recipe that says to puree sesame seeds with the peppers, etc... but I went with the sunflower seeds since they are in the name of the actual dish.
I love an easy, no-cook sauce! It was creamy, hearty and tasty!
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Monday, October 9, 2017

{Get Crafty} DIY Spooky Pumpkin Diorama

I pinned this idea a year or two ago but the stores were out of the faux oval pumpkins.
 I think I lucked out because now you can buy them pre-cut!  I used this tutorial from The Paper Mama to make mine (with free printable).
 To give the scene a little height I put some florist foam in the bottom of the pumpkin. I had it in my craft supplies but you can find it in the craft store too.
 The other supplies needed were battery operated tea lights (or other non flammable light source), craft moss, florist wire and a hot glue gun. I found the moss and tea lights at Dollar Tree and I had the wire and glue gun in my stash.
 I printed out the spooky houses and bats, attached the bats to some wire and put in a stick tree too.  I carefully tried to glue the moss to the foam.
 Ta da! Isn't it cute!?  The tea lights were kind of a bust, one didn't work and I think two would be best to light up your pumpkin.
I used one of my battery operated pumpkin lights and it really gives it a nice glow.  Happy Haunting!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

{Recipe} Peanut Butter Cup Energy Balls

 I was looking for a healthy sweet treat and I had all of the ingredients on hand for these Peanut Butter Cup Energy Balls. Score!
1 cup pitted dates, soak for 10 minutes if dry and drain well
3 TBS natural peanut butter
1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips
1 TBS chia seeds
2/3 cups rolled oats
To make:
Pulse dates in food processor until small pieces.  Add peanut butter, chocolate chips, chia seeds and oats. Pulse until well combined.  Roll into balls and freeze for 15 minutes to firm up. Store in the fridge in an air tight container.
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

October's Daily Goodie Box

October's Daily Goodie Box was a doozy. Maybe because it's my birthday month?  I think they are just getting more and more awesome!
You can sign up and enter to get your own Daily Goodie Box too. No credit card is ever needed.
Let's get into this month's box!
Mirabella  - Glisten Eyeshadow Collection
I was super excited about this Mirabella Glisten Eyeshadow palette! The colors are beautiful neutrals with a touch of shimmer.   Mirabella cosmetics are free of Paraben, gluten & talc.

Pure Cosmetics  - Silicone Blender
I've never used a blender for my foundation but my daughters are big fans. Now I get to see what all of the hype is about.  The silicone blender allows for more effective spreading and blending of liquid makeup so you use half of the amount of product you would use with traditional brushes and applicators.  There's less waste and the blender is non porous and easy to clean.

Sun & Earth - Natural Laundry Detergent
I love an all natural detergent. This one is so versatile and earth friendly. It can be used in standard or high efficiency machines and contains no dyes, perfumes or preservatives.  It works in hot or cold water and also with hard or soft water. The light citrus scent is so lemony & fresh!

Nellie’s  - Wrinkle B Gone
Nellie's Wrinkle B Gone is a plant based product that removes wrinkles and freshens fabrics with it's signature lemongrass fragrance.  No time for ironing? Just shake, spray, smooth and snap your fabric.  Can also be used as a fabric refresher, ironing aid and for bedding.

Pirouline  - Rolled Wafers
These rolled wafers have been around since 1860 when the company was founded in Belgium and they now have 4th generation bakers with the company in Mississippi.  I feel so fancy when I serve these cookies.

Flathau’s Fine Foods - Key-Lime Snaps
The description of these Key Lime Snaps is sure mouth watering: "essence of key lime, distilled into a shortbread cookie and blanketed in powder sugar".  They do sound hard to put down!

Now & Later - Shell Shocked
These Now and Later Shell Shocked candies are new to me. They are that old familiar fruit chews inside a candy coating for a brand new taste!

INKO’S - Organic Energy Drinks
Inko's Organic Energy Drinks contain a combination of brewed organic tea with natural flavors and botanicals to create a jitter free energy drink.  The organic white tea that they use has many benefits including boosting immune function of skin cells, regulating cholesterol and increasing bone density.

Kur - Scandinavian Bite-Size Bar’s
This little bar packs a lot of wholesome nutrition without any fillers, binders, preservatives, grains, dairy, added sweeteners or processed ingredients.  They were created in Denmark and are now 'made with love in the USA'. This coconut cashew one is definitely going in my purse!  It contains only dates, cashew butter, dried coconut and cashews.

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