What To Do With Carrots: Pickle Them

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:42 am on Thursday, July 17, 2014

I seem to be having a bumper carrot year in my garden. No problem, I think I’ll pickle them.

I’ve never pickled carrots before, but it doesn’t look hard. Here’s some recipes I might try:





Spray Painting A Chandelier

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:17 am on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I’m in the planning stages of a kitchen remodel, and I started thinking how much I dislike my dining room chandelier. I want to replace it, but my taste hovers in the expensive-to-outrageous range.

Maybe the solution is to spray paint the chandelier. It makes it look completely new.

For example, check this one out in pink.




It works for this kind of chandelier too.

I think I’m onto something here…

Caprese Appetizer Idea

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:16 am on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I picked my first ripe tomatoes from the garden yesterday. That means it’s almost time for Caprese salads, one of my favorite dishes ever: fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil, and ripe (must be ripe!) tomatoes.

Here’s a way to serve Caprese salads to your guests as an appetizer: hollow out cherry or grape tomatoes, put the cheese inside, and stick on a toothpick, making a “Caprese pop.”

Here’s a post on how to do it.

To serve, you can put them on a plate, or put them in a glass, like so:

Refashioning Thrift Store Clothes

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:55 am on Monday, July 14, 2014

Check out Refashionista, a blog where Jillian takes ugly thrift store clothes and turns them into new outfits.

She even shows how she does it.

So far, she’s done about 700 new outfits from thrift store clothes. She even donates some of them to charity. Where not everything is my taste, some of her “refashions” are pretty cute.

I love it when people take ugly things and make them into something new.

5 Ways To Recycle A Dresser

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:57 am on Friday, July 11, 2014

Turn It Into A Desk

Or A TV Console

Hide The Printer In It.

Or The Cat Box.

Last But Not Least, Use It As A Bird Aviary.

DIY Chysanthemum Bookshelves

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:39 am on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quite a focal point for a room: bookshelves that look like a chrysanthemum or a star.

When you look closer, it looks like it’s just a series of boxes that have been cleverly attached to the wall.

Wouldn’t that be an interesting DIY project…

Honey Barbecue Plum Cocktail

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:45 am on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

This being barbecue season, DIY Cocktails and I thought it would be a good time to try a grilled fruit cocktail. So we experimented and came up with the Honey Barbecue Plum Cocktail.

It uses bourbon, honey liqueur, and, of course, grilled plums.

To make the cocktail, we put the plums on the grill while making other food, just as you would if you were making a grilled fruit dessert. It took 7 minutes over medium-high heat to get the plums caramelized and lightly charred. Then we used them in the drink.

And we discovered something pretty interesting: grilling fruit enhances the fruit flavor of a cocktail.

The grilled plums gave the drink a deeper, brighter, more plum-like flavor than if we had used them raw. In fact, when we tried the recipe without grilling the plums, the drink tasted a little tart. But grilling them made the plums blend with the other ingredients so that the cocktail came together beautifully.

(Enough grilled plums for three cocktails)

This is even more impressive when you consider that we purposely used lackluster plums. That means this cocktail is an excellent way to use up those unexciting plums you get from the grocery store. You know those plums that you buy and somehow they never ripen or taste all that great, no matter how long you leave them out? Yep. Here’s a way to make them sing.

Honey Barbecue Plum
(Makes one cocktail)


    1 plum
    1 1/2 ounce bourbon
    3/4 ounce honey liqueur (learn to make your own honey liqueur here.)
    1/2 ounce agave nectar or simple syrup
    1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
    Dash Peychaud’s bitters


Cut the plum in half and remove the pit.

Grill the plum on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until it begins to caramelize and you see grill marks. Turn over and let it cook on the other side for another 2-3 minutes, until the plum is soft. Remove from the grill.

In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients except the bitters.

Muddle the plum thoroughly. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice.

Put on the lid and shake for at least a solid minute, or until ice starts to form on the outside of the container. This is especially important if the plum is still hot. You don’t want a warm cocktail.

Strain the drink into a glass. Add a drop or two of Peychaud’s bitters. Enjoy!

Toddler Dinner Winner Plate

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:25 am on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I bought this Dinner Winner Plate for Savvy Jr. The plate is set up like an old-fashioned board game with a series of little cubbies for finger food. The end has a cover that says “Finish!” where you can hide at treat. (Naturally, the treat is going to be eaten first in this scenario, but who cares…)

I cut up finger food like cheese, raisins, olives, and strawberries, and put them in the cubbies, and he enthusiastically eats all of it. By the time he’s done, he’s had a pretty decent meal.

The plate is sturdy and good quality, and safe for the dishwasher, though not the microwave. It would work well for a picky eater. $20.

Sleep In The Trees Tent

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:07 am on Monday, July 7, 2014

Check out this Tentsile Tree Tent. It’s a camping tent that let’s you sleep in the trees.

$70, plus overseas shipping.


Happy 4th of July

Filed under: News — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:16 am on Friday, July 4, 2014

Hope you have a great Independence Day!

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