Product Review: Ted Baker Canoe Hip Flask

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:22 am on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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I don’t know why, but there’s something fun about drinking bourbon out of a flask. So I was pleased to be able to try out this Ted Baker Canoe Hip Flask from Flamingo Gifts.

I waited until our recent trip to the coast to try it out. We rented a cabin overlooking the water. One the second night, we took out the flask and tried it.

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This is a nice flask. Sometimes when you use a flask, all you can taste is the cold metal from the lid. But this one isn’t like that.

It has a good-quality screw top too.

It matched the environment of banjo playing, card games, and sunsets by the ocean perfectly.

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DIY Cardboard Playhouses

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:21 am on Monday, July 20, 2015

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More fun with cardboard boxes.

This time, check out these DIY Cardboard Playhouses. I love the addition of shingles and wallpaper (or wrapping paper) for color.

What To Do With Broken Jewelry: Make Gemstone Bobby Pins

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 11:10 am on Friday, July 17, 2015

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If you find yourself with broken jewelry, here’s a great what to recycle them: Turn them into Gemstone Bobby Pins.

This project is pretty simple. Take the necklace apart, arrange the “gemstones,” and glue onto the bobby pins.

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Waste not, want not.

Save Money Update: Fossil Purse and JLab Headphones

Filed under: Money — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:20 am on Thursday, July 16, 2015

Making companies replace things that malfunction feels like a full-time job around here. I’ll kept it up, though.

As you remember, my new year’s resolution was to
Save Money By Contacting Companies When Things Break.

So far this year, I’ve had a frame replaced by Michaels and a temperature probe replaced Taylor Digital.

Now I’m working on a few new products that fell apart on me. Here’s the low-down.

1. JLab Pink Headphones

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My husband got these for me for Christmas. In less than four months, one ear stopped working and the foam fell off the other ear. Great. Another piece of junk.

I emailed Jlab and they said I could return the headphones and they would give me a new pair.

The only catch was that I had to mail the broken headphones to them, which meant putting the headphones in an envelope, going to the post office, and paying $4 in postage. Pain in the butt! I’m waiting for them to get back to me.

2. Fossil Purse

I bought this purse in January. I was so happy to find one I liked that I spent $100 on it, thinking that it was an investment for something I would have with me a lot. But then last month, vinyl on the purse started peeling away around the top. Look at this:

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This isn’t normal wear and tear, but poor construction. It had been six months since purchasing the purse, but something that you pay $100 ought to last more than half a year. So I contacted the company and told them about the problem.

We’ll see what happens.

It’s frustrating that things fall apart so quickly. No one seems to care about quality these days. Well, I do.

Oliver The Elephant Snack Bowl

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:35 am on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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So cute: Oliver The Elephant Snack Bowl. $20.99

10 Delicious Plum Desserts

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:23 am on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My neighbors gave me four bags of plums. I’ve already frozen some and made plum jam, and now it’s time to make a plum dessert. Which one should I do?

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Plum Tart with Lemon Shortbread Crust

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Plum Upside-Down Pudding Cake

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Plum Galette

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Puff Pastry Plum Tarts

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German Plum Cake

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Fresh Plum Crumb Dessert Recipe

Plum Puffs

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Plum-Hibiscus Gelatin Dessert

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Plum cake with white chocolate frosting

$10 Thrift Store Cabinet Makeover

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:39 am on Monday, July 13, 2015

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Check out this $10 Thrift Store Cabinet Makeover.

A lot of times you’ll see old cabinets in thrifts stores with good bones except for the ugly 1970s brick-a-bract on the front. No amount of paint will take away the dated look of a cabinet like that.

But this makeover has a pretty simple solution to the problem–take all the ugly stuff off, replace it with something attractive. Of course!

Penny Pinching Tip: The Best Way To Keep Salad Greens Fresh

Filed under: Money — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:40 am on Friday, July 10, 2015

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The Kitchn tested three ways to store salad greens to see which method kept them fresh the longest. They tried putting them in a puffed up bag, wrapping them in paper towels and then putting them in a bag (my current method), and putting them in a box with a paper towel over them to absorb the moisture.

The winner? A Container with Paper Towels. After 10 days, the salad greens were still usable.

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That’s a long time to store lettuce. I’m going to give it a try.

How To Make Nasturtium Butter

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:29 am on Thursday, July 9, 2015

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I recently tried making nasturtium butter and was pleased with how easy it was. I tried it on roasted salmon and loved the subtle, delicious flavor–plus the melting flower bits looked so pretty on the meat.

This is also a great way to use up nasturtium from the garden. You know, these guys:

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I followed the Food Wishes video, which you can see below.

How To Make Nasturtium Butter:

Ingredients:

    1 cup nasturtium flowers
    3 Tablespoons butter


Directions:

1. Pick a packed cup of flowers. Wash and dry thoroughly.

2. Remove the petals from the flowers and crush into a paste with a mortar and pestle.

3. Smoosh the paste into room-temperature butter.

4. Roll the butter into a sausage-shape in plastic wrap. Wrap and put the butter back in the fridge so it will harden.

To use, slice off a pat and use anytime you want to add fancy butter to something. Chicken, fish, and steak seem like they would all benefit from it.

Here’s the video:

DIY Plantable Felt Garden Box

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:33 am on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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This is so cute! Make your child a Plantable Felt Garden Box.

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The tutorial goes over how to make the box, carrots, strawberries, beets, and more.

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It would make a great gift, too.

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