Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY Crates

For Any Room
When you have literally run out of cupboard, desk or drawer space, it's time to think outside (or inside!) the box. In the kitchen, a wooden crate with character can be a great place to keep your favorite olive oil, balsamic vinegar and other key kitchen items you turn to regularly. Crates also make for convenient under-the-bed storage. Put one in the living room to fill with erstwhile coffee table books when you need more surface area for snacks on family movie night.

How to be Organized

28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas | Bungee Cord Ball Storage
Add bungee cord to hold balls
28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas | DIY Jumbo Tape Dispenser
If there is anything that I have a hard time finding, it’s tape. The roll that I need is usually buried in one of my many junk drawers. If you’ve got some basic woodworking skills and tools, you might like this DIY jumbo tape dispenser, especially for the garage or shop!
28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas | PVC Organizers
28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas | Paint Swatch Hook
28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas | Organize with wire baskets.
wire basket storage
28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas | Storage Corral
storagecorral with scrapwood or wooden crates put together
28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas | Use a hanging shoe rack in your garage to keep organized.
Paint can storage with hanging plastic storage for jewelry!
For garage-CHAIR hangers to save room 28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas | Easy chair storage28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas | Screw recycled jar lids to the bottom of a shelf to organize your screws and other small parts.
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Recycle Bin Hangers

28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas | Create Recycle Bin HangersWith just a few pieces of scrap wood you can keep your recycle bins from taking up valuable floor space. This also makes each one easy to access, as opposed to having them stacked on top of each other.

DIY Pottery Barn Bath Storage Ladder

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This is the perfect crafty bathroom storage I am looking for

You can redo this pottery barn one that originally costs $279 yourself with an old ladder!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mashed Potato Ball Recipe

Have left over mashed potatoes???? Make these yummy
Loaded Potato Bites
*Makes 18-24 bites depending on size

- 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes...
- 2 tablespoons of flour
- 2/3 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 strips bacon
- 1/3 cup scallions, chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 ¼ - 1 ½ cups Italian bread crumbs
- Oil for frying
- Salt and Pepper
- Ranch or Honey Mustard for dipping


1. Take potatoes out of the fridge and let sit for a few minutes to take the chill off a bit. Meanwhile shred the cheese, chop scallions, and cook bacon then dice finely. Add potatoes and flour to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine well, then add cheese, bacon, and scallions. Take about a heaping tablespoon of mixture and roll with hands into a small ball. It if doesn’t hold its shape, add a little more flour to make the potatoes sturdy. Repeat until done.

2. Heat oil in a medium sauce pan – or use your fryer – over medium/medium high heat to about 350-375 degrees. Whisk egg into a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Place bread crumbs in an additional bowl. Dip each ball in egg and then roll in bread crumbs until fully coated. Set aside on a sheet pan.

3. Test oil with one ball. The oil should bubble when potato is in oil and ball should take about 1-2 minutes to brown and cook through. (If takes longer the oil needs to be hotter, if it browned too quickly on the outside and the inside is still cold, the temperature needs to be lower.) Once oil is ready, add potato balls in small batches and fry for 1-2 minutes – it will depend on size. Remove with slotted spoon and place on paper lined plate to allow excess oil to drain off. Repeat until done.

4. Allow to cool for a minute or two and serve with dipping sauce.

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Need a Super Easy Dinner or #Potluck Dish to Share? Make a Delicious #Taco Ring! (Thanks PAM!)

2 crescent roll tubes
1 LB ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar che...ese
Shredded lettuce
1 or 2 diced tomatoes depending on size
1/2 small can Olives (sliced) (Avocado, Sour cream etc)

1. Separate the crescent pastry and lay out in a circle, pointed ends out on a foil lined pizza pan, sprayed very lightly with cooking spray. Use some of the leftover crescent rolls to to make the center a bit thicker as this will hold the meat.
2. Brown meat in a frying pan until no longer pink. Drain fat and add taco seasoning as directed on package, reducing the water to a scant 1/3 cup from the 1/2 cup called for. Drain excess liquid from meat.
3. Sprinkle meat mixture in a circle inside the crescent rolls, then sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese over the meat. Pull crescent roll points over meat and cheese and tuck in.

Bake at 350 degrees until pastry is golden brown (30 min).

4. Add remaining 1/2 cup of cheese, chopped lettuce, tomato, black olives, and jalapenos (if using), into the middle of the ring, then add a few dollops of sour cream if desired, before serving.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

How to make Homemade Perogies

Home-made Perogies

The dough recipe is really simple.
4 cups of flour
2 eggs...
1/2 teaspoon salt
about 1 cup of water
1/2 cup softened butter or margarine

For the filling you can get creative. The classic is mashed potatoes with a few cups of shredded cheese (to taste) mixed in while the potatoes are hot. You can also try potato and cottage cheese, jalapeno ones, ricotta and spinach, etc. If you’re doing the classic version, while your cheesey mashed potatoes are cooling, mix your dough. If the dough is too dry, add more water. Too wet? Add some flour.

Knead the dough about a hundred times to get the softest dough you've ever seen.

Roll out the dough onto some parchment paper. Don't roll too thin, you don't want holes in the dough, but too thick will make tough perogies. If you have a round cookie cutter, use to cut the dough into circles. If not, you can use a drinking glass to make circles. 
Place a spoonful of the cheesey potatoes onto the dough circles.
Fold the dough circle around the filling and pinch the edge closed.
Don't let the potato get in the way of the pinch, it won't stick properly.
Repeat until you've run out of dough (makes about 5 dozen perogies). This recipe uses about 8 large potatoes and a half brick of cheddar for the filling).
Be careful not to stack the little pouches of deliciousness as they are sticky.
Boil them in salted water until they float to the top, then drain. They freeze well after boiling and then when you are ready to eat you can re-heat or fry them in butter until slightly golden brown. You can also saute onions.
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