Three Green Cocktails

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:06 am on Friday, March 15, 2013

If you want a break from beer on St. Patrick’s Day, here are three green cocktails I know are tasty, because I made them up!

Irish Spring Cocktail. Celery, mint, lime, and gin.

Green Tea and Ginger Cocktail.
The name says it all.

Basil Mojito. Basil, rum, and lime.

Have a great weekend!

A Brief History of 7 Baby Basics

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:13 am on Thursday, March 14, 2013

The baby monitor came out of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping in the 1930s.

Henri Nestlé, as in Nestlé chocolate, came up with the first baby food.

The first disposable diaper “consisted of two parts: a strip of inexpensive, cellulose-based gauze as an absorbing pad, and a nylon outer shell that held the pad in place, made from an old parachute.”

Read about this and lots of other interesting facts in A Brief History of 7 Baby Basics.

Gumball Machine Fish Tank

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:03 am on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Here’s one I’ve never thought of before: turn a gumball machine into a fish tank. Cute.

Buying Bulk Canned Foods at Costco

Filed under: Money — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:46 am on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Frugal Find has a great post on saving money by buying bulk canned foods at Costco. I do this too, and can vouch for the savings.

The idea is that instead of buying individual-sized servings, like 4 ounce fruit cups, you buy a giant 106 ounce can of the fruit for much cheaper and divide into freezer-safe containers for when you’re ready to use them.

For example, a can of pears costs $4.59 for 106 ounces, or $.04/oz. The fruit cups cost $.50 per 4-ounce-portion, or $.12.5 /oz. Buying the large can of pears costs 75% less, and all you have to do is spend 5 minutes dividing the pears up into smaller portions.

I’ve been doing this with beans lately, and estimate they are even cheaper than buying dried beans and cooking them myself. Tomatoes are a good deal too, although not as good as planting your own, of course.

Spaghetti Squash Boat

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:55 am on Monday, March 11, 2013

Stuffed vegetables can often go wrong, but I can now vouch that this recipe for Spaghetti Squash Boats is not only delicious, but the cleverest use of spaghetti squash I’ve seen.

Spaghetti squash is a squash that, when cooked, comes apart in ribbons like spaghetti noodles. I don’t normally like it, but putting the sauce and cheese in the center made it into a great meal, and a low calorie one too.

It’s also cheap. I used homemade turkey sausage instead of ground turkey, which brought the price of the dish way down. I estimate I made dinner for two for $2.65.

Click here for the recipe.

Mounted Unicorn Heads

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:12 am on Thursday, March 7, 2013

I’m not into mounted animal heads, but I may make an exception for a mounted unicorn head, like the ones in this French Chateau.

If you want your own, you could always make one out of cardboard:

Or paper mache:

Painted Butterfly Shoes

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:23 am on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Here’s a tutorial on how to make these Painted Butterfly Shoes. I got to make me some of these!

My 2013 Lemon Plan

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:46 am on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I’ve harvested the Meyer lemons from my bushes outside. This year I ended up with 5 buckets of lemons.

In the past, I’ve juiced them all and stuck them in the freezer, but I decided this method wasn’t working very well, since I just end up with a lot of old lemon juice taking up space.

So this year, I’m going to make a bunch of food with the lemons. Here are the things I’m making:

What’s your favorite thing to do with lemons?

Hedgehog Toothpick Holder

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:34 am on Monday, March 4, 2013

Hedgehog Toothpick Holder. Adorable!

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5 Ways To Reuse An Embroidery Hoop

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:30 am on Thursday, February 28, 2013

Here are 5 Ways To Reuse An Embroidery Hoop:

1. Organize Your Sewing Supplies. Sew pockets onto the fabric and insert in a hoop to hold your sewing supplies. As a bonus, this is great decoration for a craft room.

2. Turn It Into A Laundry Bag. Tighten a draw-string laundry bag around the hoop and hang on a door.

savvyhousekeeping embroidery hoop clock

3. Embroider A Clock. Make any kind of clock you want by inserting a piece of embroidery, or just pretty fabric, in the hoop and attaching a clock mechanism in the back.

4. Make A Mobile. Suspend art or crafts from a hoop to make a mobile.

5. Use Them In A Drum Shade. With the help plexiglass and some fabric, you can use two quilting hoops to make a drum shade and hide an ugly lamp.

And you can embroider with them, too.

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