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18th Jan2013

Peach Zinger Cocktail Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

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This week’s party cocktail recipes from David are a tasty Peach Zinger Cocktail Recipe including the recipe for Ginger Simple Syrup, a sweet cocktail perfect for serving at a winter party.  Enjoy!

Written by David Edessa

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Peach Zinger recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Vodka
  • ½ oz. Ginger Syrup
  • ½ oz. Peach Schnapps 
  • 2 oz. White Grape Juice
  • 2 Dashes Rhubarb Bitters
  • Garnish: Lemon Peel or a peach slices

Instructions:

Serve over ice in an tall glass. Roll ingredients and serve

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Ginger Simple Syrup recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cup Corn Syrup
  • 1½ cup Water
  • 1½ teaspoons Whole Black Peppercorns

Instructions:

Combine the ginger, sugar, corn syrup, water, and peppercorns in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue simmering for 30 to 40 minutes or until the syrup smells very gingery. Remove from heat and cool completely. Strain the syrup through a fine sieve, and discard the peppercorn & ginger. Store it in a clean glass jar with a tight lid in the refrigerator. The Ginger Syrup will keep under refrigeration for up to 6 months.

I hope you try it! What do you like to serve at your cocktail parties?

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14th Jan2013

Thrift Store Chair Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Thirft Store Chair Before and After

I e-meet some amazing people online, especially on my Facebook page.  I often ask advice, and I always respond to comments, questions, and suggestions.  I often get emails and posts of fellow DIY’ers showing me their talents and own unique projects.  Lily Meehan from Ventura, California sent me a fun Upcycled Penny Table that she made and I posted it not too long ago.  More recently, she sent me a fantastic chair make over.  This chair has some great bones and lovely lines.  I asked her to share it with my DIY Inspired readers.  Here is Lilly’s Thrift Store Chair Makeover.

Written by Lilly Meehan

This chair was found in a thrift store, but not purchased right away. However, the unusual lines were intriguing to me and it kept bothering me.  It went on sale and I was able to pick it up for a song, thankfully no one else saw the potential in it before I decided to buy it.   The old seventies style fabric had to go, and it was beat up and in need of a new paint job.  After filling the nicks and dents and gentle sanding, it was ready for paint.  The old upholstery nails were removed and replaced, along with repainted wheels.

Chair Makeover Tutorial

The excellent upholstery was done by highly skilled seamstress and my longtime friend Pam James, restoring it to a warmth and richness it deserved.   It is an unusual piece to be treasured for years to come.

Lilly Meehan, Ventura, CA

Here are more Before and After photos.

Flea Market Chair Makeover

Upholstered Chair Makeover

 

04th Jan2013

Rhum Apple Cranberry Cider Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

Rhum Apple-Cranberry Cider Recipe

Happy New Year…. It’s time to get use to writing the year 2013. Where did the time go?  I hope it’s been a good year for everyone and it continues into the New Year…. It’s been a cold December and it has not warmed up yet in January. It’s time to enjoy a glass of spiked cider.  The recipe below can be enjoyed as a nonalcoholic beverage. Here is my Rhum Apple Cranberry Cider Recipe.

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Apple Cranberry Cider Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts (8 cups) Apple juice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • ½ cup Pure Maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

Pour juice into a tall pot with a lid and turn on heat to high. Prepare spices and add to pot. When pot reaches a boil, turn to the lowest setting. Let simmer about 15 minutes. Strain the cider through a fine sieve onto a second pot. Return cider to heat source or pour into a crock pot to keep warm. Ladle into mugs and enjoy.

When picking out apple juice, read the label and try to get juice without added sugar – often called “apple cider” instead of “apple juice” by some companies. Unfiltered juice (which looks a little foggy) is our favorite when we can find it.

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Rhum Apple-Cranberry Cider recipe:

  • 1½ oz. Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
  • 5 oz. Apple-Cranberry Cider

Instructions:

In a footed mug or mug add ingredients. Garnish with a thin slice of lemon peel. The garnish will also add a hint of citrus to the taste and aroma.

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Written By David Edessa

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01st Jan2013

5 Tips to Help Your Floral Bouquets Last Longer

by Dinah Wulf

Flowers have the unique ability to brighten a room and your mood, and the fragrances they exude can infuse your home with a freshness that no air freshener or scented candle can duplicate. But all good things come to an end, and flowers, once cut at the stem and placed in water, face a shortened lifespan no matter how well you take care of them.

But how long a bouquet can survive and thrive in a vase is greatly affected by the care it receives. While some flowers may start to wilt after only a couple days, others can last well over a week. There’s no secret involved — it’s all a matter of choosing the right flowers and taking a few simple steps to care for them.

Coordinate by season

Knowing which flowers to put out for the wedding can be dependent on a number of factors, including the season. You wouldn’t want to put sunflowers out in winter wedding or holly in a spring ceremony. As much as the colors need to coordinate, so do the flowers. Everyone considers roses at some point or another, but think about choosing amaryllis, a winter wedding flower that is also available in red and white colors. With a beautiful scent, this flower is sure to spread some cheer during your holiday wedding.

Purchase flowers straight from the farm

By the time you purchase already-cut flowers at a grocery store, they’ve already been bundled and packaged for at least a couple of days. That greatly cuts down the life expectancy — particularly when the attentive care the flowers receive in the meantime is often minimal. By purchasing flowers at a farm or farmer’s market, you often get your choice of flowers that were hand-cut that morning, which means you get to enjoy your arrangement for longer.  And surprisingly, the flowers at a farmers market are less expensive than in a grocery or floral store.

Cut stems at an angle

Straight-cut stems limit the amount of water flowers can absorb, ultimately cutting down their lifespan. Cutting the stems at an angle increases the surface area of the exposed stem, making it easier for more water to be consumed. For best results, cut stems at a 45-degree angle before placing them in water.

Set flowers in a clean vase

When you’re reusing a vase, rinsing it out may not be enough. As flowers get older, certain bacteria can develop in the water and cut down on the life expectancy of the plants. If a vase is reused without cleaning it properly, the bacteria have a head start on your new bouquet and can cause them to deteriorate even faster. To eliminate all bacteria from a vase, create a mixture of 10 parts water and one part bleach, then scrub the interior of the vase with the mixture. Rinse it thoroughly to get rid of the bleach, then fill it with water and place your flowers inside.

Remove excess foliage

Pluck or trim off all leaves and other foliage that fall below the waterline in a vase. This extra foliage is the perfect place for bacteria to develop, and it can shorten the lifespan of your flowers.

Feed and water the bouquet

A little maintenance work after the flowers are set in water can go a long way. Every few days, you should swap out the old water for new. While doing that, go ahead and cut a little bit off the end of each stem to give the flowers a fresh surface for absorbing water. For best results, add a little but of flower food into the water to give the flowers some much-needed nutrients that will extend their lifespan.

The exact lifespan of your floral bouquets will depend on a combination of these and other factors. But it’s not unreasonable to think that just these simple steps alone can add several days of extra vibrancy and life to your flowers. That means more impressive displays and less money wasted on short-lived arrangements.

 

Authored By: Hortensia Martinez

Hortensia loves to decorate for the holidays and will make changes to her home to celebrate any holiday, even Labor Day. She loves sharing tips and hints on how people can spice up their holidays.

 

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31st Dec2012

Metal File Cabinet Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Today I have the honor of sharing an amazing metal file cabinet transformation done by Barbara from Chase The Star.  Here is her tutorial for her metal file cabinet makeover.

Witten By Barbara from Chase The Star

I’m all about bringing out of the box ideas to fruition, on the cheap!

My most recent attempt at this came in the form of old run of the mill file cabinet that had been sitting in my hall closet, for um, ever!  At least 6 years, I kid you not.  Worst of all it was empty!  Sadly I stacked stuff on top, but kept nothing in it.  Not practical or smart considering that my son’s video games were in desperate need of a home.

If you’ve visited Chase the Star at any time, you’ll know I’m not one to leave well enough alone, like ever.  A black metal file cabinet would’ve fit in the playroom just fine.  But ‘just fine’ ain’t gonna cut it!

Take a look at what he looked like before:

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I don’t have too much experience working with metals so this was a new endeavor for me.  However, I knew that I wanted blue and I wanted chevron, and that would be easy with a couple of cans of spray paint and a lot of patience!

 Luckily I had all of the materials I needed, just had to pick up a can of Rustoleum Ultra Cover in Lagoon and a skinny vanilla iced latte from Starbucks to get started.

After wiping the cabinet down with a damp cloth, and removing the drawers and the casters, I added a coat of the pretty blue (Lagoon) to the entire cabinet shell (making sure to tape the inside rim).

As that was drying I started the tedious task of taping out the chevron pattern on the drawers.  This was done free-hand which took a little longer, in retrospect; I would’ve printed out a pattern to follow.

After a couple of coats of white spray paint, I peeled off the tape and had an almost perfect chevron print!  ‘Almost’ works for me!

Painted the drawer pulls the same blue by screwing them in to an old (and overly painted on) piece of cardboard so they’d sit still!

Once everything was dry I added the casters and the drawer pulls back on and wound up with this ultra- cool almost retro looking cabinet for the playroom!

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Even after working on about a trillion spray paint projects, it never ceases to amaze me how it can easily transform almost anything!

If you happen to have an old metal cabinet, don’t get rid of it because it doesn’t fit in to your space, take a can of spray paint and make it special!

 

22nd Dec2012

10 Creative Ways to Display Your Christmas Cards

by Dinah Wulf

Martha Stewart Christmas Card Displays

It’s that time of year when our letterboxes are inundated with little gestures of goodwill in the form of Christmas cards. For many of us, these cards tend to accumulate in a pile on the sideboard, but giving them pride of place around your home is easy and can become an interesting part of your festive decorations. Here are 10 Creative Ways to Display Your Christmas Cards.

1. To display your Christmas cards with minimal effort, just slot your cards in the picture frames and mirrors around your home.

2. For an interesting way of displaying cards with objects you can find around your home just tie a piece of string across the door frames and use pegs to secure the cards in place – a little Christmas card washing line!

3. Many shops also sell ready-made card-hangers to which you can simply fasten your cards. Keep a look out in your local store.

4. Fasten a little piece of ribbon to each of your cards and hang them around your home. Put a rustic-looking tree branch in a big vase for an interesting place to hang your cards.

5. If you have an empty wall, stick your cards to make the shape of a Christmas tree or a star. This can make a great feature for an otherwise un-used space.

6. Tie ribbon around your cupboard doors and use safety pins or paperclips to secure your cards in place.

7. If you have a pin board in your home, this makes for an easy space to display your cards. A cork board can easily be covered with wrapping paper for that extra festive feel.

8. Attach ribbon to a coat hanger and hang your cards anywhere in the house!

9. If you have garlands running around your fireplace or staircase these can make a great place to hang your cards.

10. If you have window shutters in your home, or an old pair hanging around, you can slide your Christmas cards into the grooves.

Hopefully these ideas will give you a bit of inspiration this Christmas. Many Christmas cards have such beautiful designs it would be a shame not to display them!

 

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21st Dec2012

Puerto Rico’s Eggnog Coquito Punch Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

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If you would like to try something different from the Christmas eggnog that you prepare every year; I suggest you try the Coquito. Puerto Rico’s eggnog and it is delicious. Traditionally it is served in Puerto Rico during Christmas, New Year and The Three Kings Day. However, it’s also a great celebration drink for any occasion. Here is Puerto Rico’s Eggnog Coquito Punch Recipe.

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Coquito Recipe (Puerto Rico’s Christmas spiked eggnog):

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Coconut Cream
  • 1 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Dark Rhum
  • 1 cup Spiced Rhum
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 4 Egg Yolks, well beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish.

Instructions:

Boil the water and the cinnamon sticks, then allow to cool to room temperature (don’t forget to remove cinnamon sticks). In a blender or food processor combine the coconut cream, evaporated & condensed milk, salt, egg yolks and vanilla, and blend at high speed for 30 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth. Add the dark rhum, spiced rhum, orange liqueur, and cinnamon water; blend for a few seconds longer until ingredients have blended completely. You need to add the water because it will get thicker later in the refrigerator. This is also the best time to taste and add more rhum (rum) if you wish to have a stronger batch. Pour the coqui into a glass container, preferable bottles (easier to pour into glasses at time of service). Refrigerate the coqui for 4-6 hours, or until it is thoroughly chilled. Remove from refrigerator about 15-20 minutes (if too thick) before serving, then shake bottle well. To serve, pour the Coquito into a chilled parfait or punch glasses and sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg.

In a pinch martini or short juice glasses will do :)
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14th Dec2012

Top Tips to Set your Table for Christmas

by Dinah Wulf

One of the biggest parts of Christmas is Christmas dinner. The big Christmas meal is often seen as more important than the decorations and the presents, and this is usually because it’s a chance to over-indulge and enjoy time with the entire family.

However, if there’s one way to spoil a Christmas dinner it’s by not setting your table properly.

Why?

-          Because people won’t have enough elbow room.

-          Because there may not be space for all the side dishes and accompaniments.

-          Because there’s a higher risk of drinks being spilt or plates being knocked off tables when things get crowded.

What’s the right way to set your table this Christmas then?

There’s definitely an art to setting your table just right, but once you’ve got it down pat you won’t have any problems ever again.

So, if you want to get your table just right this Christmas, implement the following tips:

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-          Pick a theme

Picking a theme for your Christmas dinner will help you to bring everything together perfectly. Your theme could be based on absolutely anything – different colours, contemporary or old fashioned cookware, etc.

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-          Provide the right cutlery

If you’re planning on serving a starter, a main meal and a dessert, you should provide cutlery for each of these courses. This will stop you from needing to jump up and retrieve additional cutlery for everyone at the end of each course, and it can also add a formal touch to your meal.

As a general rule, place dinner knives and forks closest to the plates, then knives, forks or spoons for starters, and dessert spoons or forks on the outside. This means your dinner guests can work from the outside in when choosing their cutlery. Also, include soup spoons if you’re serving soup.

-          Consider using a hostess tray

If your dinner table isn’t very big, you don’t have to rush out and buy a new one just to make sure everything fits on it. Rather than crowding your table with multiple plates full of roast potatoes, turkey, Brussels sprouts and other dishes, think about investing in a hostess tray.

You can use this to transport your dishes from the kitchen to the dining room and can also store them on it while everyone’s eating. Not only will this free up space on your table, but you can also use it to take all of the dirty dishes back to the kitchen after the meal!

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-          Set out napkins

Christmas dinner is bound to get messy with all the food available, so always set out napkins for your guests and have some spare as well.

-          Offer wine glasses and water glasses

Give your guests wine and water glasses so that they can enjoy a sip of refreshing water and a quick tipple at dinner.

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-          Remember the Christmas crackers!

Christmas dinner is all about having fun and enjoying a great meal with close family and friends, so Christmas crackers are a must! Place them over dinner plates to ensure your guests know which one is theirs.

Christmas dinner may take hours to prepare and cook, but your guests will take just minutes in devouring it! Make sure your table is set properly to make sure everyone enjoys their meal.

This article was written by Britannia Living, a UK company selling everything from cooker hoods to cream range cookers from Britannia Living.

 

05th Dec2012

Book Folding Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

I am so excited to share one of my favorite tutorials from Loren Crane of Pandora’s Craft Box.  This book folding art is a great way to upcycle an old book.

Written By Loren Crane of Pandora’s Craft Box

Here’s a new craft idea I learned it’s called book folding. I occasionally saw it in store displays and I found it fascinating.  I could never figure out how they made them, then a couple of days ago I took a class and they showed me how it was done. It can be a very tedious job and mind numbing, but the outcome can be fantastic. I use them as decorations on my dining room table and on my fireplace mantle. They are so easy to make and convenient if you find yourself hating the idea of throwing a book away. I love to read and throwing a book away should never be an option. So here is a great way to keep using those books you no longer want or you can go purchase bargain books at your local bookstore. I love all my books and I just can’t see myself damaging them so purchasing $1 books is the next best thing.

Here I did a simple folding which is just folding the pages in half in the same direction. It’s so easy to make! It only took me about 15 min, but it depends on how many pages the book contains. I would like to mention that a book with 600 pages would be too difficult to manage. The first picture on the page was made with a book of 600 pages, but I had to rip out the last 50 pages because the pages started to rip at the top while folding and the book became very heavy.

Now I am going to show you a very simple fold that has a dramatic effect.

Step 1: First, you want to start with using a paperback book. Tear off both covers from the spine.

Step 2: Fold the first page into a triangle.

Step 3: On the following page, fold the top part to form a 90 degree triangle.

Step 4: Again make a triangle on the next page.

Step 5: Now do a 90 degree triangle from the bottom of the following page.

Step 6: Keep alternating and repeating the pattern until you get to the end of the book.

You can make different pattern depending on the fold of the page. The sky is the limit. I hope you have fun with it. Please do post your pic of what you came up with.

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30th Nov2012

Pumpkin Maple Toddy

by Dinah Wulf

Pumpkin Maple Toddy, Written by David Edessa

Happy Holidays!!!

{Via}

I was asked at work to come up with a hot toddy recipe for the holidays…. After tasting the Crown Royal Maple Finish Whiskey I insisted in combining it with pumpkin butter!!!

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Pumpkin Maple Toddy recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Crown Royal Maple Finish Whiskey
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp. Organic Honey
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Butter (recipe below)
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 strip Lemon Peel
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Hot Water

Instructions:

Pour the honey, boiling water, and whiskey into a mug. Put in a slice of lemon peel. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes so the flavors can mingle. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

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Pumpkin Butter recipe:

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 Pumpkin (small size; equivalent to ½ pound of purée)
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ lbs. Unsalted Butter (real butter)
  • 1½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1½ tsp. Ground Allspice
  • ½ tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 4 oz. Dark Brown Sugar
  • Pure Maple syrup

Instructions:

Heat the oven to 400°F.

Split pumpkin in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Sprinkle squash with salt and brush with maple syrup. Lay flesh side down on aluminum foil covered sheet pan and bake for 45 minutes or until flesh yields easily to a small knife. When cool enough to handle, scoop flesh from the skin and purée in a blender. Pass through a cheese cloth to remove all pulp. Blend with butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, milk, and brown sugar in a blender until smooth. Pour into glass bowl and refrigerator till cold.

If you do not feel like making a batch of pumpkin butter, then Trader Joe’s offers a tasty pumpkin butter during the holidays.

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28th Nov2012

Homemade Deodorant

by Dinah Wulf

Homemade Deodorant Written By: Denise Nasaar Rice from Edible Harmony

Yes, I have been called a hippy a few times before! This recipe for a homemade deodorant probably earned me that title, but let me tell you that this deodorant works even better than the store-bought ones and just to put it to the test before I shared it with you guys, my skeptical husband applied it to one underarm right before his soccer game, and not the other, and then had me “guess” which one was which. Let’s just say it was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done. The results were nothing short of amazing!

There are so many concerns with commercial antiperspirants and deodorants, cancer being one of the biggest ones. Among them breast cancer, mainly because the underarm is very close to the breast tissue and also because many ingredients in deodorants are estrogenic compounds.  One of estrogen’s roles in the body is to promote the growth of breast tissue, so an excess could lead to cancerous overgrowth. Aluminum is used as an antiperspirant to plug sweat ducts; it has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease but is also known to be estrogenic. Parabens are also estrogenic compounds commonly found in deodorants and may act as hormone disruptors in the body.

Some deodorants also contain Triclosan, a common antibacterial ingredient that, when combined with water, will form chloroform, a probable carcinogen.

Propylene glycol was originally developed as an anti-freeze but it is now added to deodorants to keep them from drying out. It is a neurotoxin known to cause contact dermatitis, kidney damage, and liver damage. In propylene glycol’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS, workers are urged to avoid skin contact with the toxic chemical as it may cause eye and skin irritation, gastrointestinal irritation and discomfort, headache, nausea, vomiting, and central nervous depression.

This homemade deodorant is made with only 3 ingredients that I normally use for cooking: coconut oil, arrowroot powder and baking soda.

Why does it work?

Coconut oil is a natural anti-bacterial and baking soda is a natural deodorizer

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of arrowroot powder or corn starch
  • ¼ cup of coconut oil
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Preparation:

In a small saucepan gently heat the coconut oil until melted.

Remove from heat

Whisk in the rest of the ingredients until smooth

Transfer to a small container and keep in your medicine cabinet or wait for it to cool down and solidify and scoop it into an empty deodorant container*

*If you are putting it into a deodorant container, you may have to keep it in the refrigerator during the summer months as it will melt easily

For a travel sized homemade deodorant, fill an empty lip balm container with the mixture.

 

About Denise

Denise is originally from Costa Rica, but has been living in California since 1996. After being diagnosed as Gluten Sensitive in 2009, she began to try new gluten-free recipes. When more and more of her friends began to ask for these recipes, an idea was born. She realized that a lot of people struggle with creating healthy, quick and simple to make meals, so she decided to create her blog, Edible Harmony to share some of her family’s favorite recipes. All of her recipes are gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free and refined sugar free.

 

 

19th Nov2012

Upcycled Thrift Store Penny Table

by Dinah Wulf

I’ve said it several times, and I’ll say it again: One of the best parts about blogging is the relationships; the connections you make along the way.  I have fun everyday posting DIY inspirations, projects, and tutorials on my Facebook page.  I get a lot of questions and emails from FB fans, and on great days I will even get a sneak peek of a project that they did themselves.  Today’s post is written by one of those amazing FB friends I’ve made.  She is going to share her Upcycled Thrift Store Penny Table!

Written By: Lilly Meehan, Ventura, California

I went to the local thrift stores in search of a project and found this funky little table.  It was clearly someone’s shop project; it had a terrible paint job, and lots of blemishes.  Having recently become aware of the trend of covering table tops, counter tops, and even floors with pennies, I realized this was the perfect little piece for the penny treatment.

After filling in the nicks and dents and sanding it lightly, I spray painted it.  A trip to the bank brought home about $10 in rolled pennies, it was a little bit hard to estimate how many pennies were needed.  First I sorted through the pennies to find the especially grungy ones; in a project like this you want the variety of clean, dirty, shiny and dull.  Some of the pennies had greenish copper residue and were set aside so they would not be cleaned.

Half of the pennies were washed in Tarnex, which surprisingly yielded an unexpected irregular rainbow tarnish pattern. All the pennies were washed with soap and water.  Using Liquid Nails adhesive in the small tube with the fine point tip, each penny was applied one at a time, much like applying tiles.  In the very center of the table a group of shiny 2012 pennies were placed, all facing the same direction, to denote when the project was done.

All of the directions for doing penny projects had an additional step of applying an epoxy layer over the pennies, making the surface smooth and waterproof, but since this is only a small occasional table I found that step both intimidating and unnecessary.  It was finished off with a clear sealer.   As is my custom I always write in a hidden area the date of the project and my name.  This project was a lot of fun.

Lilly Meehan, Ventura, California

 

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15th Nov2012

Tips on Preparing for House Guests

by Dinah Wulf

As the seasons change and preparations are made for the holidays, it may be time to reevaluate your guest bedroom. Using cozy colors and comfortable amenities will welcome out-of-town guests, adding to the holiday cheer. If it is your turn to host family and friends, consider these seven tips.

Quality Bedding

Give your guests somewhere soft to land with a comfy bed dressed in quality bedding. We chose a seven-piece comforter from Macy’s that can really dress up the room, giving it that hotel feel. Or opt for a mix-and-match duvet cover with throw pillows in seasonal shades that will remind guests of the holidays. Include four pillows — two firm and two soft — to accommodate guests’ preferences.

Closet Space

Arrange the closet and dresser drawers so guests can hang or store their clothing while staying at your home. Stock the closet with a variety of sturdy hangers that are capable of holding the heaviest of winter coats and the flimsiest of dresses. Make room for big luggage, either by clearing space on the closet floor, under the bed or including a luggage rack. Mounting a full-length mirror on the inside of the closet door is a nice touch.

Desk Supplies

Provide a small desk or cleared tabletop stocked with office supplies. Your guests will appreciate having paper, pens, scissors and tape accessible in case they need to jot down a note or cut a tag from a new shirt. Include a waste bin somewhere in the room, either near the desk or by the door. Compile a list of useful information, like bus or ferry times, local restaurants or museums and a weekend itinerary, so guests can schedule things to do on their downtime.

Fresh Flowers

A bouquet of fresh flowers brightens up the room and gives life to a small space. Tulips are an easy choice as they are available year round and have an easy-to-work-with droopy shape. Depending on your preference, a single flower bloom or a collection of three or four roses cut from your garden will do.

Midnight Snack

A dish of brightly colored apples brightens the room and gives guests something to munch on before dinner. Clearly label a midnight snack box for guests who might crave something after everyone has gone to bed. Fill it with crackers, chocolate and dried fruit. Place a few water bottles nearby.

Appliance Manual

A stereo, personal climate control, an alarm system and TV are all great features for overnight visitors to appreciate. But if the guest room is equipped with confusing technology, include an easy to read, homemade appliance manual. Mark each section with color-coded tabs for easy equipment access. Guests will appreciate a step-by-step guide they can flip through instead of having to ask you to help them turn on the DVD player.

On the Clock

Keep an easy-to-read alarm clock near the bed for guests who need to catch an early flight or don’t want to sleep through any morning festivities. Opt for one that is equipped with a radio or CD player for guests who want to listen to the morning news or wake up to peaceful music. If it has a CD player, include a small selection of music for guests to choose from.

 

09th Nov2012

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

by Dinah Wulf

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

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Pumpkin flavored pie, muffins, bread pudding, lattes, beer, and cocktails!!!!

I love this time of year!!!

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White Pumpkin Cocktail recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ oz. Vanilla Rhum
  • ¾ oz. White Crème de Cacao liqueur
  • 1½ oz. Pumpkin Butter
  • ½ oz. 2% Whole Organic Milk

Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine rhum, pumpkin butter, liqueur and milk. Shake well and pour all contents including the ice in a tall mug.

Spiked Nutty Pumpkin Hot Chocolate recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ¾ oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • ¾ oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • ½ oz. Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
  • 1½ oz. 2% Whole Organic Milk
  • Hersey’s Caramel syrup

Instruction:

Warm the finished pumpkin butter and milk on the stovetop (be careful not to burn). Stir till mixture is completely dissolved. Pour the rhum and liqueur into a footed mug. Finish mug by filling with pumpkin milk and top with whipped cream. Drizzle whipped cream with caramel syrup.

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Pumpkin Butter recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pumpkin (small size; equivalent to ½ pound of purée)
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ lbs. Unsalted Butter (real butter)
  • 1½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1½ tsp. Ground Allspice
  • ½ tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 4 oz. Dark Brown Sugar
  • Pure Maple syrup

Instructions:

Heat oven to 400°F.

Split pumpkin in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Sprinkle squash with salt and brush with maple syrup. Lay flesh side down on aluminum foil covered sheet pan and bake for 45 minutes or until flesh yields easily to a small knife. When cool enough to handle, scoop flesh from the skin and purée in a blender. Pass through a cheese cloth to remove all pulp. Blend with butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, milk, and brown sugar in a blender until smooth. Pour into glass bowl and refrigerator till cold.

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Whenever using an electric blender make a cocktail always check the manufacture manual to verify that you can without damaging your blender.

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