Discard Warranties in Foreign Languages

I shared before how I file my warranties in my filing cabinet. I read of one lady who kept her warranties in three-hole punched Ziplock bags. She had one category for each bag. She kept them in a large notebook.

I tried that, but I had way too many warranties because I keep them all. I also keep copies of the receipt, stapled to the warranty, and the original box.

The last time I cleaned out my filing cabinet, I decided to just keep the English warranty.  I cut off the warranties in other languages. That cut down the bulkiness of the files.

Only keep what you can read!Warranty with foreign languages cut off.

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Measuring Spoons on a Key Ring

“You know you haven’t cleaned your cabinet out in a while when you are  finding sippy cups in it. Oh my!” Antoinette

I am a little over halfway through cleaning and organizing my kitchen cupboards. I saw my friend Antoinette was tackling the same job. Her post was hilarious because her baby is in 8th grade!

I get the most pleasure from opening my drawers now. I gave my daughter the duplicate utensils and organized the rest.

My baking drawer was the most frustrating. After trying to find the correct measuring spoon unsuccessfully, I came up with a brainstorm.

Key Rings

My metal measuring spoons came on a display rack that broke. (It lasted a few decades.) I also had a set of plastic measuring spoons. I decided to put both sets on to key rings. It worked great!Measuring Spoons on a Key Ring

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Mini Biscuit Pizzas

“What’s for dinner?”

The question many moms dread hearing! I make a weekly menu when I make my grocery list, but I don’t stick to it completely. I like to look in the refrigerator and see what items need using up.

One day, I had 1/2 a bag of mozzarella cheese, and 1 cup of homemade spaghetti sauce. I had frozen the extra spaghetti sauce to use on homemade pizza. I didn’t take into account the hamburger, mushrooms, and herbs that were in the sauce. When I tried using one on a pizza I found I had to use two. That left me with an extra bag. I decided to make…

Mini Biscuit Pizzas

Biscuits

Spaghetti Sauce, 1 cup

Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

Parmesan Cheese, shredded

I baked homemade biscuits and put the spaghetti sauce on top. After I used up the mozzarella cheese, I added Parmesan cheese.Biscuits, spaghetti sauce and cheese

Since it was a hot day, I put them in the refrigerator and we warmed up a few at a time in the microwave. Mini Biscuit Pizzas

Look in your refrigerator before you decided what’s for dinner. Ask yourself, what needs using up?

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Green Bean Casserole Dinner

I shared earlier how I added meat to my favorite corn casserole and made a dinner out of it. I did it again with Green Bean Casserole.

Green Bean Casserole Dinner

1 can of green beans

1 large can of Chunky Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 large can of milk

1 large can of French Fried Onions or 2 small cans

1 can mushrooms or fresh mushrooms

7 ounces of noodles

1 pound hamburger

1 Tablespoon minced onion

Cook noodles according to directions. Cook hamburger with salt, pepper, and minced onion. Mix green beans, mushroom soup, milk, and mushrooms. Add hamburger and noodles. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Top with French Fried Onions and bake for 5 minutes.Green Bean Casserole Dinner

The casserole tasted great, but it made way too much for three people. Next time, instead of baking it in a 9″ X 13″ pan, I am going to make it in two smaller pans: 11″ X 17″ and 8″ X 8″. I will use only half of the large can of French Fried Onions, (or one small can), and freeze the second pan after it cools. I can top it with the onions when I warm it up.Big pan or 2 small ones.

 

Any ideas of what I can add to candied yams?

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Easy Enchilada Sauce

I shared earlier about how I use up the small condiment packages that we get when we order out, see here and here. My family loves taco pizza and tacos. I ended up with a bunch of “hot sauce” packets.

I planned on making Enchiladas for dinner and I always make my sauce. I don’t know if I was being lazy or I just had a brainstorm. I decided to use up those packets. I poured an 8 ounce can of tomato sauce into a bowl and kept adding the packets until it was hot enough for me. Of course, my family dumped even more hot sauce on top!

Easy Enchilada Sauce

8 ounce can of tomato sauce

8-10 hot sauce packets

(You can add more or use less of the hot sauce.)

Making sauce this way makes it kid-friendly.Add hot sauce to tomato sauce.

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Blogger’s Secret

Last week I shared my patriotic themed decorations. I hope you thought the pictures were pretty. I love looking at other blogger’s homes. They always seem so perfect. Everything looks new and clean.

It’s not.

No one has a perfect house that is 100% organized all the time. That is not realistic. But, each blogger will show you only part of their home. I may never post a photo of my storage room because my son’s drum set and cases have taken it over.

The best blogs use expensive cameras, filtered lighting, and then they Photoshop their pictures before they ever publish them. I just steal my husband’s phone and shoot from the prettiest angle.

Today I will show you the ugly side of one photo.

This photo looks pretty from this angle.Candles on a table runner

But if you look closely at the white candle you will see that there are red dye and blue dye from the other candles on it.White candle

Even worse, when I burned the candles the blue candle did not burn evenly and it marred the shape.Star-shaped candle

But you can’t tell because of the angle I used when I took the photo.

My point is: when you decorate, you do not need new items; and you can use flawed decorations, just make sure the flaw is not front and center.  Items with the most character are never pristine. I could have polished the silver plate, but it would not have fit in as well.

Nothing is ever perfect. I messed up making the patriotic wreath by tying one of the bandannas on backward. Heart Wreath

Can you tell which one? I took it down, turned the bandanna and tied it on again. Now can you tell?Patriotic Wreath

It was the white one on the left.

It’s Flag day. Pull out a patriotic piece and display it until July 4th regardless of its condition!

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Tack Jacket Lining Down

I have two zippered jackets that I love: one is black and the other red. They are both a lightweight polyester and are perfect to wear in air-conditioned rooms. Jacket lining will not stay flat. Here's how to correct that.

The only problem is the facing will not lay flat. It is always sticking out! I got fed up and decided to tack it down. I put three stitches in the inside layer of the jacket to secure it.Tacking jacket lining down.

It does not show on the outside. Jacket lining tacked down

Now the facing stays put!Jacket lining says put

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Easiest Fruit Salad Ever

My cousin’s wife, Sue, used to bring the best fruit salads to the family reunion…in November! I finally got up the nerve to ask her how she made it. She used frozen fruit.

I didn’t want the expense of frozen fruit. I make my fruit salad with whatever fruit is in season. What makes this salad so easy is the juice is already made.

Easiest Fruit Salad Ever

1 can of Fruit Cocktail, in heavy syrup

1 can of peaches, in heavy syrup

Any fruit!

The syrup keeps the apples and bananas from turning brown.Fruit Salad

I made this when we grilled out and used the leftovers for stuffed French Toast. I just put yogurt and fruit salad on it. French toast with fruit

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My Patriotic Bandanna Wreath

I first saw it when my sister-in-law posted the Pinterest picture on Facebook. It was a bandana wreath made with red, white, and blue bandannas. I saw it again several more times. I believe many people made it because Hobby Lobby was out of bandannas in those colors! I found red and blue bandannas at Dollar Tree and bought a white one at Joann’s.

I have a wooden hearts wreath that I decorated every month since St. Patrick’s Day. I flipped it over and made a spring wreath. I used it to make my own Patriotic Bandanna wreath.

First I cut the bandannas into fourths. I folded each square into thirds.Heart wreath and bandanna

After wrapping the folded square around the heart. I tied the ends together in the back.Back of heart wreath

I did find silver star stickers at Hobby Lobby.heart wreath and silver star stickers

I covered the blue heart with stars.Heart with stars on it

That completed my patriotic bandana wreath.Heart Wreath

Using the coupon I had, brought the total cost to $6.00.

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