Make Your Own Mulch With A Wood Chipper

Filed under: Gardening — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:02 am on Thursday, April 9, 2015


I recently discovered that there’s a variety of affordable wood chippers for the home garden. I was excited because I’ve wanted a wood chipper for ages. The idea of being able to chop up your own debris for free mulch was very appealing to me.

So we splurged, and now I own the Eco-Shredder. It can shred brush, leaves, chips, and limbs up to 1.375 inches thick.

Recently, we chopped down a tree that had become invasive in our yard. For months I’ve been looking at a pile of branches that needed attended to, so I decided to try my wood chipper out.


So far, I’m pleased. The chipper works great and has been making a nice mulch that I am planning to use in the walkway behind the garage.


The drawback is that it takes a long time to feed a tree branch-by-branch through what is essentially a high-powered shredder.


This is about one-third of the tree, and an hour of work. In the end, mulching all the branches should take about three hours.

In the future, I’ll be able to use the wood chipper every spring when I clean up my yard.

Double-Chocolate Mousse Cups

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:40 am on Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Man, these Double-Chocolate Mousse Cups were great. So decadent and elegant. I used the mousse from the Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cake from America Test Kitchen. Here’s my adapted recipe.

Double-Chocolate Mousse Cups


    Bottom Layer:

    5 Tablespoons hot water
    2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
    7 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped fine
    1 1/2 cups heavy cream
    1/8 teaspoon salt

    Top Layer:

    3/4 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
    1 Tablespoon water
    1 cup white chocolate chips
    1 1/2 cups heavy cream


To make the bottom layer: Combine the hot water and cocoa in small bowl and put aside. Make a double boiler by filling a pot with an inch or two of water and then putting a bowl on top of the water. Put the semisweet chocolate in the bowl and stir over medium-high heat until completely smooth. Remove from heat. Whisk the cocoa mixture into the melted chocolate until smooth.

In a mixer, whip the cream and salt until soft peaks form, 1 to 3 minutes.

Using a hand whisk, gently fold one-third of whipped cream into the chocolate mixture to lighten it. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the remaining whipped cream until no white streaks remain in the chocolate. Be gentle so the mousse remains fluffy.

Spoon the mousse into the bottom layer of the cups. Smooth with a spatula and gently tap the cup on the counter to release air bubbles. Wipe the edges with a cloth to remove any drips. Refrigerate while you make the white-chocolate layer.

To make the top layer:
Put the water in a small bowl and sprinkle gelatin on top. Bring 1/2 cup cream to simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat, add the gelatin mixture, and stir until fully dissolved.

Put the white chocolate chips in a bowl and pour the cream mixture over the top. Let sit, covered, for 5 minutes, then stir until smooth.

Whip remaining cup of cream until soft peaks form, 1 to 3 minutes. Again, fold one-third of whipped cream into white chocolate mixture to lighten. Using rubber spatula, fold in remaining whipped cream until no white streaks remain.

Spoon the white chocolate mousse over the chocolate mousse and smooth with a spatula. Refrigerate until set, at least 8 hours. Enjoy!

Vegetarian Recipes Round-Up

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:58 am on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

One thing about being an avid gardener is that you end up eating a lot of vegetarian or vegetable-heavy dishes. Here’s a round-up of past vegetarian posts:

What To Do With Chard

10 Summer Squash Recipes

Vegetable-Heavy Entrees I’ve Made Recently

10 Tasty Vegetarian Sandwiches

What To Do With Frozen Green Beans

5 Brussels Sprouts Recipes

What To Do With Frozen Zucchini

6 Bell Pepper Recipes

5 Tofu Dinner Recipes Your Family Will Eat

Savvy Jr’s Easter Basket

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:47 am on Monday, April 6, 2015


Personal Creation’s sent Savvy Jr an Easter basket this year. We tried out the All-In-One Boys Easter Basket, which comes with:

Stuffed bunny
A chocolate bunny in box
Jelly beans
Small chocolate eggs
Mini chocolate bunnies
4 pack of Peeps
Sugared bunnies
And a personalized basket.

While these are all things you can buy yourself in the store, it was convenient to have it all sent to me and ready to go.

I was also pleased with the amount of candy the basket came with. There was so much, I didn’t put it all in the basket, but held some back to put in plastic eggs for his Easter egg hunt.

It was the major thing Savvy Jr–whose real name is Gideon–got this year, and he loved it.

How To Make Galaxy Easter Eggs

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:02 am on Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!


Here’s a neat tutorial on how to paint your own Galaxy Easter Eggs.

Too pretty to eat.

DIY Colorblocked Scratching Post

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:46 am on Friday, April 3, 2015


DIY Colorblocked Scratching Post. This is quite a project: build the wooden frame, dye the rope, and attach the rope to the post. But it looks pretty great.

10 Garden Projects For Kids You Can Start Now

Filed under: Gardening — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:34 am on Thursday, April 2, 2015

Gardening is Good For Kids. Here’s 10 Garden Projects For Kids That You Can Start Now.

Grow A Bean Teepee

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Grow A Fairy Garden In A Container


Or Grow a Fairy Ring


Make A Dinosaur Park In A Tire Or A Container

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Grow Some Food From Kitchen Scraps

Grow A Sunflower House


Plant A Butterfly Or Hummingbird Garden


Grow An Entire Miniature Village


Maybe Just Give Them Their Own Space To Garden


Or Build An Enclosed Garden That They Can Use For Years To Come

Rocket Ship Canopy

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:56 am on Wednesday, April 1, 2015


How fun, a Rocket Ship Canopy. $189.

6 Delicious Deviled Egg Recipes

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:21 am on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What do you do with all those colorful hard-boiled eggs you made for Easter? Make deviled eggs of course! Here’s some twists on the classic recipe.

Colorful Deviled Eggs For Easter

Guacamole Deviled Eggs

Baby Chick Deviled Eggs

Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs


Smoky Red Devil Eggs

3 Pounds Of Dried Apples For $4

Filed under: Money — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:01 am on Monday, March 30, 2015


Here’s an example of how I Save Money By Dehydrating Fruit. My local grocery store frequently has a cart of marked down fruits and vegetables. Recently, the store had two bags for $2 each.


The apples were on the old side, but that didn’t matter because I cut them up and stuck them in my food dehydrator.


In the end, I ended up with three pounds of dried apples for $4. The same amount of dried apples in the store would have costs me a whole lot more.

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