Saturday, July 12, 2014

Recipe: Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Any vegetable stuffed with any meat is just delicious isn't it? I'd bet that you could get any meatatarian to try this and love it. That said, I like to make mine with spiced sausage but you can use any ground up meat (i.e. ground beef, ground chicken, ground turkey, etc.).

Depending on the meat you use, I'd rate this as a pretty healthy meal...veggies, egg, onion, garlic, lemon! There's the breadcrumbs (I use panko...panko rocks!!!) and cheese that's "less healthy" but better than an oily pizza and this is still damned tasty.

The 40 min cook time is a little ridiculous because everything is already cooked except for the zucchini, so in order to cut down the cook time to make this a "quick" meal, preheat the oven as soon as you can, throw on the meat and onions to brown, then start scooping out the zucchini guts. I did this and then threw the entire thing into the oven for 10 min and it was perfect, the zucchini wasn't too soggy and still has some crisp to it. Eating this for leftovers the next day was still so tasty, the zucchini is soggy when you re-heat...but the flavor is so good you don't even notice, sprinkle a little extra lemon juice on the top and you're good to go!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

My Leaking Dishwasher and How I Fixed It!

I had a leaky dishwasher. Not just little leaks, all out water puddles on the floor. What. The. Heck. To be fair, my dishwasher is about 5 years old and I've never really done anything to maintain it, so it's inevitable to leak at some point...isn't it?

But do not despair! All was not lost and I didn't spend a dime to fix my dishwasher, I DIY'd that sucker myself and felt like a freaking super hero after I fixed it! Want to know how I fixed it? Keep on reading!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Recipe: Maple Mustard Chicken Legs

SO. SIMPLE. This recipe is one of my favorites, insanely tasty and it's actually stupid how easy it is to make this! Only downfall is that the cooking time is longer than I would like, so I wouldn't consider this a "quick and easy" dinner. Boo.

I suppose you could make this into a slow cooker meal by upping the saucy ingredients to cover the chicken...though I couldn't confirm if this would actually work.

You seriously have to try this recipe though, seriously yummy, warm, and an awesome home-cooked feel :)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

DIY Christmas Stockings with a Cuff

Sure it doesn't look tough, but if you're a super beginner sewer like I am, this would make you scratch your head for longer than you would think ;)

After the new addition to our family (new as in now-one-year-old!), I decided that I just had to have matching stockings for everyone, because I'm a freak like that...yeah you know you are too! We have a specific color theme for Christmas in our house and most of the colors (blue, white, silver) sold in stores have to do with cutesy snowmen and the like, and I wanted something a bit more elegant...but elegance comes at a price! A price that I'm not willing to pay for 5 times over (1 for me, 1 for hubby, 1 for baby, 1 for puppy, 1 for future baby we know we want).

So of course I figured I might as well make them myself! You wouldn't believe how many times my husband hears that in a week. The stockings pictured here have a folded cuff, inside lining, and there are no raw edges showing, everything is completely finished and it looks fabulous! I think anyways.

Keep on reading to see a step-by-step + video tutorial to make your very own stockings!

Friday, December 13, 2013

IKEA Hack: Spice Rack Turned Bookshelves many children books already and Greyson can't even read!  We have books for ages 0 through to the teen years, yet we had nowhere to hold all of them. They literally just sat in reusable shopping bags tucked away in the corner of Grey's closet. Drove me nuts!

I spent hours scouring the web for book storage solutions and didn't really come up with anything that I loved for a reasonable price, and then I remember a pin I saw once on Pinterest. Ikea hacks...loves me some Ikea hacks!

Don't know what an Ikea hack is? Google it! No seriously, you'll love it, it's taking an Ikea item and re-purposing/upgrading the item into something much cooler and customized to your tastes.

Don't believe me? Those little book shelves are actually the Bekvam spice racks.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Recipe: Creamy Apple Chicken

Warm meal for a cold day. Home cooked deliciousness! 

I'm sure there are ways you could reduce the fat in this but it's sooooo tasty all fatty! I thickened up the sauce a bit more by mashing some butter with flour and adding to the sauce (I believe it's called a 'rue'?) and it gave it some extra buttery goodness, mmm.

I would add more than a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to this, definitely add to taste to kick it up a notch!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Quickie Update to my Cabinet

I know what you're thinking..."more updates to your craft room? Ugh!". Well if you're thinking that then you probably shouldn't be reading this post ;)

After filling up my newly built cabinets in my craft room, I realised there was a whole section that I hadn't even thought about building. In my original sewing table, on the door there were two "caddy" areas that had dividers to hold all of my sewing paraphernalia, when I went to fill up my cabinets I had nowhere to put my sewing knick knacks! So they sat all nicely jumbled together in one bin *sigh*. In the sole purpose of "everything having it's place" in my new cabinets, I obviously had to build a caddy unit to house my random knick knacks. 

After the jump isn't a tutorial, but a few pictures and my step-by-step in case you are interested in building your own!