Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Banana Honey Muffins....




These were easy to make, not too sweet and delicious! Here's the recipe:

3 very ripe bananas
1/3 c honey
1/4 c canola oil
1 large egg
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
Preheat oven to 375'.  In a large bowl, mash the bananas with the honey, oil, egg and vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients and stir until moist.  Divide the batter among 10-12 paper-lined muffin cups, filling almost full and bake for 20 minutes.


 Benefits of honey: 
Honey has been linked to health benefits like improved heart health, wound healing, and blood antioxidant status. However, consuming too much may cause adverse effects due to its high sugar and calorie content. Thus, it's best to use honey to replace other forms of sugar and enjoy it in moderation.

Do you know the name of the tool used to serve honey? 

It's called a honey dipper!

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Monday, August 10, 2020

10 on the 10th - A Market Bag and a GIVEAWAY!



I came across these hobo bags that were only 3/$1.00.  Most of our stores and market are not offering plastic bags anymore and are charging for paper bags.  I always have reusable bags in my car and when I saw these inexpensive, sturdy canvas bags, I couldn't resist!



I took a piece of paper and quickly drew a pattern....


...and inserted it inside the bag:


I grabbed a few paints and a piece of aluminum foil.  I always use foil when I paint - it is cheaper than plastic plates and can be folded up and tossed away easily!


I painted a tomato with a blend of a few red paints.....


..when it was dry, I used white paint as a base for the green stem - this covered the red well....


...and when it was dry, I painted shades of green over it:


I used a Sharpie to write the words:


And then folded up the foil and tossed it away:


It's the perfect size to pick up a few veggies from the market and only cost $.33 and about 10 minutes of effort painting!!


This bag was delivered to a friend filled with a few goodies!

I painted two of these, so leave a comment to be entered to win the other one!

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Join my other 10 on the 10th bloggers and see what they created while spending less than $10.  
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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Faux Mackenzie-Childs Sunflowers....

I recently bought three MacKenzie-Childs sunflowers for $15 ea (additional 40% off). They are beautiful and of great quality:


I wanted to add a few more to the vase so I went to the Dollar Store and bought one bunch of three rust colored sunflowers on a stem and a roll of 'off brand' duct tape.



This was a very inexpensive craft that only took a few minutes to make some 'faux MacKenzie-Childs' sunflowers!

I laid one petal onto the tape, pressed it with my fingers to adhere and cut it to size:


I did this to every other petal:


Two flowers had the tape on the back petals and on the third I put the tape on the front petals:


These added a bit of height and an additional color to my bouquet!


This took all of 20 minutes and cost only $2 !!



Friday, July 31, 2020

It's ZUCCHINI Season...

I love zucchini and this is one of my favorite ways to prepare it


It's simple to make:


I also love zucchini breads - here are a few of my favorite recipes:




And zucchini is so tasty when grilled:



I think I could live on zucchini alone...(well maybe a bit of chocolate, too)!

Do you have a special or unique recipe you can share with me?

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Pasta Bowties....




Did you expect anything else? 

My husband is till rolling his eyes!!


I bought this pasta in Ohio and couldn't wait to make a cold salad.  I boiled the pasta for 9 minutes....


....and mixed it with tomatoes, celery, red onion, broccoli and balsamic dressing:


And it was delish!!




You can purchase it HERE


Monday, July 27, 2020

One Pot Spaghetti....



This is my 'go-to' meal when I can't think of anything else to have.  It is easy to prepare and is very tasty, too!


I one electric fry pan, or stove top fry pan lay 12 oz of spaghetti, one sliced onion, 2-3 lg sliced garlic cloves, 3 Roma tomatoes cut up, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and a few bunches of fresh basil and parsley. 

 Pour 4 cups of water over the top and bring to a boil.  Stir occasionally and cook for about 13-15 minutes until water disappears.


Serve immediately and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and garnish with basil and/or parsley:


The recipe can be altered easily by adding some fresh spinach, zucchini or green beans.  


The leftovers are just as tasty, too!

Saturday, July 25, 2020

A Homemade Tuffet, inspired by MacKenzie-Childs 2011....


Anne of Apple Street Cottage is hosting a new group party called 
 'Do it Over' Designers.

For the first party I am sharing a post I wrote in 2011 and thought it was worthy of sharing again.  

  I made this tuffet 9 years ago and it is still used as a foot stool.  

Here is the original post:

I wanted one of these, but couldn't afford it:
So I made this:

I bought 4 legs at Home Depot:
and an 18" table top:
I marked off the quadrants for the leg placement:
and drilled holes:
Align CenterI bought 3" foam and cut an 18" circle. I also cut out a circle in the center:
And just in case you don't know how to cut foam, use an electric knife. I shaved the edges to give it shape:
This was the fun part, because I love to doodle:
I sewed a "tube" of fabric and batting and stapled it to the bottom of the base. There are also 2 small holes in the center of the wood - I ran fishing line up through these holes to hold in the center "wooden button":
top view:
I gathered the batting:
I also gathered the fabric. I covered a 5" wooden disk with coordinating fabric and batting for the center. This disk also has 2 holes and I tied the fishing line from the base to this to hold it in the carved out center of the foam:
I glued some fringe around the bottom, screwed in the legs and glued a small wooden button on the top to hid the fishing line knot.
This was my first attempt in making a tuffet and I am pretty pleased with it!

It was a one day project with lots of supplies all over the kitchen counter, numerous swear words and one leg that had a defective screw!! The project was fairly reasonable to make (about $60.00) and I was surprised to find that 3" foam was $40.00 yd!!
Foam: $20.00
Wood: $5.00 and $2.00
Legs: $11.00
Fabric: $10.00
Fringe: $10.00
Batting: $3.00

And here it is today, 9 years later!:


Hop on over to these blogs to see what these 
'Do it Over' Designers
have created:



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