Monday, February 28, 2011

Dollar Store Cake Stand

I recently purchased a tube of E6000 (strong glue). I've been wanting to test it out on something.

While perusing the dollar store I found a plate that I liked and a candle stick that could help turn the plate into a cake stand. I really like cake stands... and cake.

I didn't like the clear 'crystal' glass on the bottom.

 A coat of black spray paint was all that the candle holder needed.

 I dabbed a little E6000 on the bottom of the plate and the top of the candlestick.

 Next I put the top of the candle stick in the glue on the plate, making sure to center it.

The glue takes about 24 hours to completely dry.

Done, now I have a new cake stand that cost under $2.50 to make.
 Where's the cake?

Better Than Reeses

Mr. Perfect loves peanut butter and chocolate. He's been hinting for the last two days that he wants me to make some 'Better Than Reeses' squares. Lucky for him today is Sunday and I usually make a dessert on Sunday. I am also out of flour so his request works for me because there's no flour in these babies. I've seen many different variations of this recipe; this is what works best for me.

What you need:
  • 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1  1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

What you do:
Mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and peanut butter.

Blend in melted butter until well combined.

Press mixture evenly into a wax paper lined pan. (A larger pan will make thin squares, a smaller pan will make thick squares.)

Melt chocolate chips in 30 second increments in the microwave. (Mine took 1 minute and 30 seconds to melt.)

Spread chocolate over peanut butter mixture.

*TIP* Sprinkle some peanuts on top if you'd like.

Chill until just set and cut into squares.

Totally better than a Reeses!

 Mr.Perfect really liked the addition of salty peanuts.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Trouble in the Garden

Signs of Spring are everywhere in Central Texas. That means it's time to garden. Including Trouble in the process is a great learning experience (for all of us). It's one of those family memories that we will always hold dear. Trouble has always enjoyed helping in the garden. He loves playing in the dirt, digging holes, using the gardening tools and planting vegetables. This weekend we made a trip to the garden center and picked out some seeds and plants.

We planted some lettuce seeds...

Romaine lettuce plants...

arugula and...

a jalapeno pepper plant.

Trouble and Mr.Perfect also tackled planting a peach tree.

Trouble helped dig the hole.

Mr.Perfect and Trouble mixed dirt and added it to the hole.

 They put the peach tree in the hole and added more dirt.

Bring on the peaches!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mother Daughter Day

I love spending time with my mom, Nana. Unfortunately life sometimes gets in the way; I get so caught up with everything that I find myself missing her company. I decided to spend today with my mom because... I needed it!

We went to yoga.

We scored some sweet deals at a fabric store.

We enjoyed lunch at one of our favorite spots.
She had fish tacos.
I had enchiladas.

She gave me a taco, I gave her an enchilada. That's what we do.

We did a little shopping...

and tried on some clothes.

I feel so much better getting to spend some quality time with my Mother!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Medicine Drawer Makeover

I have more of a medicine drawer than a cabinet and it's a complete mess.
Since the whole family is better (knock on wood) from all of our recent illnesses, I thought it was time I cleaned out/organized our medicine drawer. I also had medicine scattered around the house and I really wanted it all in one place.

After completely emptying the drawer...

I put some baskets in it.

The baskets got filled with all of the identifiable and unexpired medicine in the house. 

I was left with a lot of cardboard boxes and medicine bottles.

The cardboard and plastic medicine cups got tossed in the recycling bin.

The medicine is another story.  It turns out that it's not safe to just toss it in the trash or dump it down the drain. I checked out the FDA advice for disposing of unused medicine

-Remove personal information labels from bottles to protect you identity.

- Take medicines out of their original containers and put in a plastic ziplock bag. Mix medicine with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. (The medication will be less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who might intentionally go through your trash.)

Medicine in bag. (yuck!)

 Medicine with coffee grounds in bag. (double yuck!)

Medicine with coffee grounds and kitty litter. (Yuck to infinity!)

This mess can be put in the garbage.

I washed the empty plastic medicine bottles that had recycling symbols on the bottom. Then added them to my recycling bin. (Remember to remove the lids before recycling them. Lids are made of a different type of plastic.)

Decluttering feels great!

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