One Ring Fire Ring

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:52 am on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ha ha, straight out of The Lord of the Rings, it’s the One Ring Fire Ring. $500

8 Great Appetizers

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:09 am on Monday, November 10, 2014

Mac and Cheese Bites. Homemade macaroni and cheese, no utensils required.

Mini Caramel Apples. Hollow out a peeled apple with a melon baller, insert a stick, and dip in caramel.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Bread Sticks. Wrap prosciutto around a breadstick–how can you go wrong?

Greek Salad Appetizers. Feta cheese, olives, cucumbers, and tomatoes on a toothpick.

Beets and Preserved Lemon Bruschetta. Salt-cured preserved lemon, roasted beets, and chives on grilled toasts brushed with olive oil.

Strawberry Santas. The strawberries are Santa Claus’s hat and body, sweetened whip cream for his face and the top of the hat, and chocolate sprinkles are the eyes.

Cheese and Chocolate Bruschetta. “Rich, creamy cheese, slightly bitter chocolate, and sweet-tart fruit.”

Caprese Salad Appetizer. Hollow out cherry tomatoes, put mozzarella cheese balls inside, add some basil, and stick them on a toothpick. Drizzle with a touch of olive oil.

5 Christmas Ornaments You Can 3D Print

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:10 am on Friday, November 7, 2014

I’ve written about 3D printing your own Christmas ornaments before. For example, check out this awesome Poinsettia Ornament we put on our tree last year. Here are 5 Christmas Ornaments You Can 3D Print:

Personalized Rocket Ornament

Pixel Star Tree Topper

Christmas Tree Mini Ornaments

Toy Horse Ornament

Christmas Pudding Ornament

Dragon Carrot Risotto From The Fault In Our Stars

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:39 am on Thursday, November 6, 2014

“I want this dragon carrot risotto to become a person so I can take it to Las Vegas and marry it.” Augustus Waters

Did you read or see The Fault In Our Stars? Did you find yourself drooling over the Dragon Carrot Risotto the two main characters have in the restaurant? I know I did.

This Traveler Heart Of Mine gave it a try and came up with a pretty decent-looking recipe. (Pictured above)

Alternately, you can try Sunset Magazine’s Caramelized Carrot Risotto and use Dragon Carrots instead of the regular carrots. They look like this:

Growing Cover Crops On Raised Beds

Filed under: Gardening — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:43 am on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

That is one of my garden beds. The plants your see are my cover crop, also called “green manure.”

Cover crops are plants that are grown over the winter to protect the garden bed and enrich the soil.

In this bed, I used a Green Manure Mix, which “contains 50% Conventional Bell Beans, 25% Organic Biomaster Peas and 25% Organic Purple Vetch. Peas cover the ground, while vetch climbs up the beans.”

In another bed, I’m trying out red clover.

Here’s how a cover crop works: you plant the seeds in the fall and it grows all winter. About 6 weeks before you’re ready to plant your spring garden, you dig the cover crop into the dirt and let it decompose. The organic matter enriches the soil and leads to a happier vegetable garden.

Someone once told me that soil doesn’t like to lie barren. In a forest, patches of dirt are soon covered with plants. Growing a cover crop in your raised beds is to simply put beneficial plants into your garden before weeds can sprout.

So what’s beneficial about green manure/cover crops? They

    * Fix nitrogen to your soil, a major nutrient all plants need.

    * Improve the structure of the soil.

    * Keep rain from washing away your good soil.

    * Stop weeds from sprouting in your garden.

    * Keep soil from compacting.

    * Encourage beneficial insects.

    * Discourage pests.

And, for me, there’s the added benefit of keeping my cat from using my raised beds as a litter box.

Here’s a list of cover crops. For most of us, now is the time to get them in the ground.

Make Your Own Charlotte Olympia’s Cat Shoes

Filed under: Money — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:27 am on Tuesday, November 4, 2014

These Chralotte Olympia Cat Velvet Flats are great looking. The problem? They cost $660. (Really??)

Screw that. Make your own. Born By The Seine shows you how.

The tutorial doesn’t say how much these shoes cost to make, but I bet they were a few bucks cheaper than $660.

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:14 am on Monday, November 3, 2014

I found a use for corncobs: use them to flavor ice cream.

All you do is soak your corncobs in the dairy 24 hours before making the ice cream, like so:

Then you strain out the corncobs and go about making the ice cream like you normally would.

I thought the corncobs would make the ice cream taste too much like corn, but that wasn’t the case at all. Soaking the corncobs made the ice cream richer and sweeter with a nice subtle corn flavor.

So don’t toss out those corncobs. Turn them into ice cream!

Sweet Corn Ice Cream


    2-3 corncobs, corn kernels removed
    2 cup whole milk
    1 cup heavy whip cream
    2 eggs
    3/4 cup sugar


Cut the corn off the cobs and reserve for another use.

Pour the milk and cream in a container. Put the corncobs in the dairy, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit in the fridge overnight.

When ready to use, strain the dairy from the corncobs.

In a separate bowl, beat the two eggs until they are slightly lightened in color. Slowly add the sugar and beat until integrated.

Add the cream/milk to the sugar and eggs. Stir.

Chill thoroughly and pour the batter into an ice cream maker, according to directions. Let ice cream set up in the freezer before eating. Enjoy!

How To Make A Rag Rug

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 6:39 am on Sunday, November 2, 2014

[New England Quilter]

I’m considering making a rag rug. The idea is that you use strips of fabric to make a rug. I’ve never made one before, but it seems like a cool project and a great way to re-use old (read: baby) clothes.

There are all kinds of ways to make a rag rug. They can be made with a loom, a sewing machine, braided, crocheted, knotted, and so on. After some research, I’ve narrowed it down to a few techniques:

1. Braided.

[Home Things Past]

There are two types of braided rugs. In one, fabric strips are braided together until it forms a rug, usually a large oval or circle. Here is a tutorial.

Alternately, you can braid the fabric in one long rope and then sew it together as a rug, like so:

This last method is a lot of work, but it also gives you leeway for manipulating the rug to look the way you want.

2. Crochet.

[Debs Crochet]

You use a crochet hook to crochet the rug. This video shows how:

I’m not very good at crocheting, but this method seems to yield consistently attractive rugs.

3. Knitted.

[Mandy Gerth]

This technique uses knitting needles. It seems to work well for square or rectangular rugs. Here’s more on knitted rag rugs.

4. Loomed.

[Old and Interesting]

As you might expect, you use a loom to make the rug. Most commercial rag rugs are made with looms. But as I don’t have a loom, I’m probably not going to go this route.

5. Woven.

The fabric is criss-crossed the same way thread is woven to make fabric. Usually these rugs are rectangular or square and have tassels at the end. Here’s a tutorial.

6. Latch Hook.

With latch-hook rugs, the cloth is cut into 1 X 5 inch rectangles and knotted onto a non-skid rug mat, like so:

According to this site, “for a thicker rug, knot along every line or knot along every other line for a thinner mat.” (Reminds me of these t-shirt rugs.)

Have you ever made a rag rug? Tell me about it.

Happy Halloween 2014

Filed under: News — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:36 am on Friday, October 31, 2014

Have a great Halloween!

How To Make This Marie Antoinette Costume

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:29 am on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Is it too late to make this Marie Antoinette costume? Maybe not, since the wig is made of paper. It starts out like this:

Pretty clever. Click here to learn how to make it.

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