Cheap Wax From The Thrift Store

Filed under: Money — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:30 am on Tuesday, December 2, 2014

If you’re interested in No-Mess Candle Making, here’s a tip for getting cheap candle wax: check out your thrift store. They are full of half-burnt candles that usually sell for about $.50 or less.

These candles are cheap for a reason. Few people want a gummy, sticky, weird-looking candle in their house. But if you’re buying the candles for the wax, it doesn’t matter what the candle looks like since you’ll be melting it down.

I’d wager that short of reusing the wax in old candles you already have, this is the cheapest way to get candle wax.

Just make sure to smell the candle before you buy. It’s best to stick to no-scent wax in this scenario, unless you want your newly made candle to smell like a thrift store.

Explode Money: Make Cheap Candles from Pringles Can

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:03 am on Monday, December 1, 2014

Now that I’ve figured out how easy it is to make candles with my No-Mess Candle Making Method, I’ve been making lots of candles around here. I decided to make a pillar candle, but I needed a mold.

The solution? A Pringles can.

It’s the perfect size for a nice pillar candle. All you do is pour the melted wax in the can, let it harden, and peel away the cardboard, like so:

Make A Pillar Candle With A Pringles Can

Equipment:

    Wax (Old Candles, etc)
    Pringles Can
    Embroidery Floss
    Paperclip or Washer
    Milk Jug
    Pot
    Plastic Fork
    Paper Towel Or Newspaper
    Scissors
    Clothespin or Skewer

Directions:

Clean out the Pringles can with soap and water to make sure you don’t end up with a greasy candle. Dry the can with a paper towel or rag.

Make the wick. I used cotton embroidery floss, but you could use any kind of cotton string. I took three pieces of floss slightly longer than the Pringles can. I tied them to a washer and braided them. When it was done, it looked like this:

Clean out the milk jug with soap and cut it in half so you have a plastic tub to hold the wax. Put the old candles inside the jug.

Fill a pot with water and float the jug in it. Turn the heat on medium, bring the water to a bare simmer, and let the wax slowly melt. It takes about 10 minutes.

When the wax begins to run, dip the wick in the wax so that it is thoroughly coated. Fish the wick out with the plastic fork and lay on a paper towel or newspaper to dry.

When the wick is dry, carefully drop it so that it is centered in the candle. Attach to a skewer or clothes pin so that it stays in place.

When the wax is melted, pour into the candle. Use a plastic fork to keep back any old wicks or debris, if necessary.

Let the candle sit until completely set up. Peel away the can and snip the wick short.

Enjoy!

40 Ways To Tie A Scarf

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:37 am on Friday, November 28, 2014

This site is great. I learned so many ways to use all these scarves I have lying around.

40 Ways To Tie A Scarf

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Filed under: News — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:51 am on Thursday, November 27, 2014

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Turn An Old-Fashioned Spice Tin Into Easy, Cheap Bathroom Storage

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:53 am on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I was excited to learn that if you have a metal door on your medicine cabinet, you can buy little magnetic baskets for holding cotton swabs or other toiletries. The basket attaches to the door, thus saving space in the cabinet and allowing for easy access to the cotton swabs.

I was less excited to learn these baskets cost $15.

So I decided to make my own using a spice tin. I cleaned out the tin, filled it with Q-tips, and attached it to the door with two magnets, like so:

Voila!

United States of Thanksgiving Recipes

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:24 am on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

If you’re still finalizing your Thanksgiving menu–I know I am–the New York Times has some options for you: one recipe for each state.

Some examples: Sourdough Stuffing With Kale, Dates and Turkey Sausage; Persimmon Pudding; Pocket Dressing;Lobster Mac and Cheese (pictured above); St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake…

In fact, forget Thanksgiving. I’m going to make these recipes all season long.

Click here for the full list.

Make Your Own Buttery Roasted Pecans

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:44 am on Monday, November 24, 2014

I love putting Roasted Pecans in my salads but they can be so expensive, especially when compared to the price of raw pecans. I buy raw pecans for $6 a pound, and roasted pecans are $14 a pound.

The solution, of course, is to roast them yourself and save $8 a pound. And it’s easy to do. Here’s my recipe for savory, buttery roasted pecans.

Roasted Pecans

Ingredients:

    1 pound pecans
    3 Tablespoons butter
    1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the butter in the microwave. Pour the pecans and salt into the butter and mix with a spoon or your hands until the nuts are evenly coated.

Spread the nuts out on a cookie sheet. Cook for 15-20 minutes, making sure to turn the nuts once. Watch them so they don’t burn.

Remove from the oven and let cool. Enjoy!

Colorful Houseplants

Filed under: Gardening — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:10 am on Friday, November 21, 2014

I was looking at my Christmas Cactus, which is in the middle of blooming lovely pink and red flowers on my kitchen sink. It gives me a lot of pleasure to look at.

It occurred to me that the reason I don’t have a lot of houseplants is that I associate them with the 1970s. I can’t get it out of my head that houseplants go in spaces that look like this:

Of course, that’s ridiculous. I know that.

I decided the way to cure my houseplant problem is to buy colorful ones. Here are some options I’m considering:

Red: Solenostemon ‘Glory of Luxembourg’

Purple: Oxalis

Pink and Green: Polka Dot Plant

Yellow: Croton

Purple and Green: Purple Passion Plant

Red and Green: Caladium

Purple And Pink: ‘Kingswood Torch’ Coleus

DIY Copper Pipe Ipad Holder

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:54 am on Thursday, November 20, 2014

This is a pretty cool project: DIY Copper Pipe Ipad Holder.

Gingerbread Toddy

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:56 am on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

DIY Cocktails and I made a new fall cocktail. It’s a twist on the Hot Toddy called the Gingerbread Toddy.

First we made gingerbread syrup and then we mixed it in with bourbon, hot water, and a little bit of lemon. The result is cozy drink that’s perfect for sipping in front of a roaring fire. And yes, it tastes just like gingerbread.

The syrup took only a few minutes to make and would be great in other things too. I’m going to use a bit tomorrow morning when I’m making coffee and try out my own Gingerbread Latte.

Gingerbread Toddy

Ingredients:

    2 ounces bourbon
    1 ounce syrup
    1/3-1/2 cup hot water
    A squeeze of lemon

For The Gingerbread Syrup:

    1 cup dark brown sugar
    1 cup water
    1 Tablespoon molasses
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/4 teaspoon allspice

Directions:

To Make The Syrup: Combine all the syrup ingredients in a pan. Heat to boiling on a stovetop while whisking until all the powdery substances dissolve. Boil for 2-3 minutes so that the syrup thickens slightly.

To Make The Gingerbread Toddy: Combine bourbon and syrup in a mug. Fill to the top with hot water. Add a few drops of lemon juice and stir. Enjoy!

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