Ampersand Cheese & Crackers Serving Board

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:54 am on Thursday, May 7, 2015

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I like this Cheese & Crackers Serving Board. It’s in the shape of an ampersand. $48

Get Free Tomato Plants From Tomato Laterals

Filed under: Gardening — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:48 am on Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I had no idea you could do this! Apparently, you can root tomato plants from a tomato laterals. What’s a tomato lateral? They are the little shoots on the tomato plant that grow between the main stem and leaf.

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To root them, you can cut off the lateral and stick it in dirt. It will root and grow. Or you can start them in a glass of water and see the roots develop yourself.

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If you did this early enough in the season, you could feasibly buy one plant and get several free plants from it.

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo With A Limoncello Margarita

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:08 am on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Happy Cinco de Mayo. DIY Cocktails and I celebrated by making a margarita with my homemade limoncello. Lemony, sweet, and refreshing. Perfect for spring.

Limoncello Margarita

Ingredients:

    1 1/2 ounce tequila
    1 ounce limoncello
    1/4 ounce triple sec
    1 ounce orange juice

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly. Strain into a glass. Enjoy!

Freezer Meals: Turkey Meatloaf

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:13 am on Monday, May 4, 2015

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I’m continuing my quest to fill my freezer with meals to Save Time In The Kitchen. This time around, I made turkey meatloaf.

Turkey meatloaf is made with ground turkey instead of ground beef. Since it’s lower in fat and calories, it’s a healthy option to have in the freezer on nights when you don’t feel like cooking.

As with the waffles I made last week, I made a double batch of the recipe, served half for dinner and put half away in the freezer.

Since I didn’t want to tie up my loaf pans by putting them in the freezer, I bought foil loaf pans from the Dollar Store. That is the place to get foil cooking containers, by the way. A single foil loaf pan costs $2.99 in my grocery store, but the Dollar Store sold three for $1.

To freeze, I covered the turkey meatloaf with plastic wrap and tinfoil, then I wrote the date, what it is, and brief cooking instructions on the outside. Come serving day, I’ll remove it from the freezer, defrost it, and cook like normal.

Freezer Turkey Meatloaf

Note: This recipe makes 2 turkey meatloafs.


Ingredients:

    2 1/2 pounds ground turkey
    3 cups minced onion
    2 Tablespoons minced garlic
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 Tablespoon olive oil
    2 carrots, minced
    2 teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    2/3 cups chopped parsley
    1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
    2 cups bread crumbs
    2/3 cup milk
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    2 egg whites, lightly beaten

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Pour milk and bread crumbs in a bowl and let soak. Stir in eggs.

Heat oil and garlic in a frying pan. Add onions and cook until soft. Add carrots and cook until soft. Add half the salt and half the pepper and cook, stirring. Stir in parsley and cook until soft.

Add the vegetables to the bread/milk/egg mixture.

Put the ground turkey in a big bowl. Add the bread and vegetables. Add all the other ingredients: Worcestershire sauce, salt, ½ cup ketchup, paprika, salt, and pepper.

Optional: Cook a small amount of the turkey mixture and taste it to make sure it is seasoned to your liking. Adjust accordingly.

Oil two 9X5 loaf pans. Divide turkey meat in half and put into loaf pans. Brush the top with remaining Tablespoons of ketchup.

If cooking right away, put pan in oven and cook 50-55 minutes, until a thermometer inserted into the middle of the turkey meatloaf comes out to 170 degrees.

If freezing: cover raw turkey meatloaf with plastic wrap and tin foil, label, and freeze until ready.

5 Mint Juleps For The Kentucky Derby

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:44 am on Friday, May 1, 2015

Here’s 5 Mint Juleps For The Kentucky Derby. Go, horsie!

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Classic Mint Julep

Peach Mint Julep

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Sweet Tea Mint Juleps

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Blueberry Mint Juleps

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Strawberry Moonshine Julep

Bathroom Book Rest And Toilet Roll Holder

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:34 am on Thursday, April 30, 2015

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I am not going to lie; I would totally use this Book Rest And Toilet Roll Holder in my bathroom.

10 Different Types Of Pesto Recipes

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:01 am on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pesto doesn’t have to be basil and pine nuts. It can be lots of combinations of herbs/vegetables, oil, nuts, and cheese. In fact, pesto is a great way to use extra produce. And it freezes well.

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Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (Trying this one tonight.)

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Broccoli Pesto

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Parsley Pesto

Arugula Pesto

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Spinach Pesto

Oregano Pesto

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Swiss Chard Pesto Pasta

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Swiss Chard and Rosemary Pesto Pasta

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Pistachio Pesto

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Red Pepper Pesto

DIY Frozen Toaster Waffles

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:48 am on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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I’m making forays into filling my freezer with frozen meals. The theory is that it’s less work for me overall to do a big batch of something, freeze it, and pull out as needed.

Look at it this way: you’re already making waffles. Why not make extra waffles, then freeze them? That way you’ll have future waffles as well as current waffles, all for a few extra minutes work.

So that’s what I did. On Sunday, I made a double batch of waffles, ate some with my family, and stuck the rest in plastic bags for future breakfasts.

Like with Eggo waffles and other frozen waffles, all you have to do to cook them is stick them in the toaster. That makes them a fast and easy breakfast option.

I used the Joy of Cooking’s waffle recipe. When I made it, I doubled the ingredients, duplicating everything I did in two bowls. (So three eggs went in one bowl, three eggs went in the other bowl, etc.) Then I got out the waffle iron and cooked them.

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The double batch made 16 waffles. We ate a few and the rest went into freezer bags. We now have three extra breakfasts worth of waffles for whenever we want.

DIY Frozen Toaster Waffles

Note: The following recipe from Joy of Cooking has been doubled to make 16 waffles. If that’s too many for you, divide the recipe in half.

Ingredients:

    3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 Tbsp baking powder
    2 Tbsp sugar
    1 tsp salt
    6 eggs
    2 cups butter, melted
    3 1/2 cups milk


Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients.

Mix all wet ingredients.

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients.

Mix until smooth.

Cook with waffle iron.

Stick extra waffles in a plastic bag. Label and put in the freezer for later.

DIY Dehydrating Marshmallows

Filed under: Money — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:57 am on Monday, April 27, 2015

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Marshmallows can end up in the back of your cupboard, slowly fossilizing until you end up throwing them out. Still, they’re nice to have around, especially if you make your own hot chocolate.

Why not try dehydrating them?

Mom With A Prep has a guide to drying marshmallows in the oven and in a dehydrator.

You’ve probably had dehydrated marshmallows before–they’re commonly in packets of hot chocolate. They’d be good in hot chocolate or cereals or trail mix.

Seems worth a try.

How To Plant A Tomato Plant

Filed under: Gardening — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:10 am on Friday, April 24, 2015

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People ask me how I get 5-foot tomato plants loaded with fruit. I use my dad’s method. The secret ingredient? Cow manure. Tomatoes like a lot of fertilizer, so I mix the cow manure with the dirt and use that to fill in the hole. It works great. Here’s more:

How To Plant A Tomato:

You will need:

    A tomato plant
    Well-prepared soil
    A bag of cow manure
    Shovel
    Watering can

Directions:

Step 1: Buy your tomato plant or grow it from seed. Prepare your soil for planting.

Step 2: Dig a deep hole, about a foot or so deep.

Step 3: Mix the dirt from the hole with cow manure. Take about one-third of the bag of manure and stir it into the dirt until it is about 50 dirt/50 manure. It is important to mix the manure since it would be too hard on the plant to just put manure in the hole. Adding the dirt cuts the heat of the manure and still gives the plant plenty of fertilizer.

Step 4: Prepare the plant by pulling off all the leaves except for the top bush of the tomato. So it will go from this:

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To this:

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I will put most of the tomato plant underground with only the top poking out. Why? All the stem you see there will grow roots, which will give the plant twice the roots it already has. That leads to a stronger, healthier plant that produces a lot of tomatoes.

Step 5: Plant the tomato plant. Remove it from the pot. Put a little bit of the dirt/manure mixture in the bottom of the hole and sit the tomato plant on top. Fill in the hole using the manure mixture. At the top, pack plain dirt around the plant. Make a little mound and a ditch around it for water to collect, like so:

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Step 6:
Thoroughly water the plant. Keep adding water until the ground saturates and the little ditch around the plant fills with a puddle of water. Voila, you’re done.

It’s important to note that this method is just for tomato plants. Many plants can’t handle the heat of the cow manure and still other plants won’t root if you strip their leaves off. But with tomatoes, I find it works like a charm.

What are your tomato planting secrets?

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