5 Twists On American Apple Pie

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:13 am on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The fourth of July is just around the corner. What’s more American than apple pie? Probably something, but anyway, here’s 5 Twists On Apple Pie for Independence Day.


Spiced Bourbon Apple Pie sounds good.


It’s hot. Why not go for Apple Trifles?


Or Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie?


What is more American than Apple Pie? Perhaps Deep-Fried Apple Pie.


These Apple Pie Bars look delicious.

From Bookcase To Baby Clothes Closet

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:18 am on Tuesday, June 30, 2015


I love this idea. Turn A Bookcase Into A Closet For Baby Clothes.

12 Things To Do With Old Towels

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:35 am on Monday, June 29, 2015

Whether it’s a beach towel or just old bathroom towels, don’t throw them out, recycle them. Here’s 12 Things To Do With Old Towels:


Turn Them Into Washcloths

Or A Reusable Swiffer Cover

Or A Roll-Up Sunbather


Or Baby Bibs


Or Cloth Diaper Inserts

Or Spa Slippers


Or Pot Holders


Or A Tote Bag


Or A Terry-Cloth Caddy


Or A Dog Cushion


Or A Beach Dress For A Kid


Or One For An Adult

Make Spa Slippers Out Of Flip-Flops And An Old Towel

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:36 am on Friday, June 26, 2015


Here’s a pretty awesome idea. Make A Pair Of Spa Slippers Out Of FlipFlops And An Old Towel.

Really, out of this:


Turning a Plastic Cactus Into a Side Table

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:12 am on Thursday, June 25, 2015


Check this out. These girls turned Plastic Cactus From A Thrift Store Into a Side Table. It looks great. I’m impressed.

5 Things To Do With Summer Squash

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:38 am on Wednesday, June 24, 2015


So. Much. Squash. In. My. Garden. This. Year. Better get cooking. Here’s 6 Things To Do With Summer Squash:


Grilled Chicken Kebabs


Italian Sausage and Zucchini Pasta


Zucchini Fusilli


Summer Squash and Portobello Mushroom Vegetarian Lasagna


Eggplant and Zucchini Parmesan

Stop You Kid’s Nodding Head With A Slumber Sling

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:37 am on Tuesday, June 23, 2015


I could have had used this gadget when Savvy Jr. was younger. You know when they fall asleep in the car and their head gets heavy and falls forward? The Slumber Sling stops that from happening. No more worries about a sore neck and shoulders.

It’s a little pricey at $21.99, though. It looks like it could be easy to sew yourself.

Pirate Corkscrew

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:38 am on Monday, June 22, 2015


I love this Legless Pirate Corkscrew. Do you see the parrot? $28.99

2015 Garden Tour Part 3

Filed under: Gardening — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:56 am on Friday, June 19, 2015

See 2015 Garden Tour Part 1 Here.
See 2015 Garden Tour Part 2 Here.

Elsewhere in the garden:


Fruit! All new this year, I’m getting apples, nectarines, currants, grapes, and figs. This is on top of strawberries and mulberries.


Volunteer plants. My compost didn’t heat up enough to kill the seeds this year, so I’m getting volunteers everywhere this year. Much of it is squash plants like these taking over my strawberry bed. I’m letting them grow. I figure hey, free food.


Experiment bed:
This is what I call my “experiment bed.” It’s right in front of the house, so it gets very dry and hot no matter how I much I water. It’s also open below to gophers and voles, so I have to plant things they won’t eat.

So far the only thing that has survived is sunflowers, if I can get them to grow past being tasty little snacks for the birds. But this year I discovered something else that seems to like the box:


Eggplant. This plant has been completely neglected, and it’s growing. It seems to like the heat. And so far, the voles are leaving it alone.

2015 Garden Tour Part 2

Filed under: Gardening — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:46 am on Thursday, June 18, 2015

See Garden Tour Part 1 Here.

BOX 4:


This is the busiest box in the garden. In addition to growing spinach under a mesh food cover, it has French green beans, carrots, and celery root.

And more lettuce.


In the second half of the box, there are a row of leeks and a green zebra tomato.


Still have to trellis that tomato…


Then there are herbs and several bell peppers: red, yellow, orange, and purple. I’m growing all sweet peppers this year. I grew so many spicy peppers last year, I won’t need anymore for a long time.

BOX 5:


In this box, the plants are struggling a bit. I’m not sure why. I have two tomatoes in the box, a beefsteak and an early girl.


There’s also two types of cucumbers: Armenian cucumbers and a small spiny pickling cucumber that I like to eat raw as much as I like to pickle them.

Also in this box are some limping-along peppers, eggplants, and another row of leeks.

Tune in tomorrow for 2015 Garden Tour Part 3

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