Monthly Archives: September 2011

Removing Shower Doors

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I’ve been wanting to get rid of my ugly shower doors for a long time…I finally set aside a day and did it! Honestly, I was expecting it to be much worse than it really was, I finished everything in a few hours. Removing the doors and tracks were the simple part (disposing of them is another story). The time consuming part is scraping the caulk off of the tub and surround. Just grab a razor blade, put on some energizing music, and get to work!

Since I had the razor blade and the caulk out, I went ahead and re-caulked the tub so I didn’t have to do it later in the year. The biggest thing I was worried about were screw holes in tub. Thankfully, I found the three screws in the bottom track were not screwed into the tub. The other six holes on the surround I filled with caulk and was pleasantly surprised how well they blended in. After all the scraping, caulking, and a quick scrub of the tub, everything was looking good.

I picked up a $25 shower rod and dug out my old shower curtain and rings, and viola: so much better. No more getting into the tub just to clean those ugly doors!

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Food Labeling

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If you’re anything like me, labeling canned and frozen food normally doesn’t get done. After several months of sitting in the freezer or cabinet, I almost never remember when I made everything…and the debate of whether to eat it or toss it begins (if I can even identify it!). Having a cute label at hand solves that problem, plus everything looks so much more cheerful with a cute little tag!  Here are some helpful labels that I’ve found:

Retro Red Freezer Labels

Retro Red Jar Labels

Colorful Dots & Stripes Freezer Labels

Colorful Dots & Stripes Jar Labels

Colorful Jar Lid Labels

Green and Pink “Eat Me” Freezer Labels

Martha Stewart Freezer Labels

Or perhaps you need some labels for your pantry? Check these out, Cathe over at Just Something I Made has designed some lovely labels. And…you can customize them to fit into your color scheme, or even create one that isn’t on the list!

Canister Labels/Decals

She also has some wonderful circle labels that would be perfect for cans here.

Vintage Canister Labels 

Spice Jar Labels

Basic Stripe Spice Jar Labels

Lime and Blue Spice Jar Labels

Spice Jar Labels

Italian Sausage Soup

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It definitely feels like fall around here, it has been raining for the last 24 hours and the temperature dropped about 20 degrees. The windows have been closed, the heater turned on, and it is a perfect evening for some soup! With a bountiful supply of zucchini, I decided to make one of my favorites: Italian Sausage.

This recipe makes a LOT of soup, so unless you’re feeding an army, be prepared to freeze some. Just remember only add the pasta to the soup that will be eaten that day. Because no one wants overcooked pasta that turns to mush when you reheat it!

Italian Sausage Soup

2 lbs hot & sweet Italian sausage (1 lb of each works well for a nice bite)

2 medium onions, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 c dry white wine (red works as well)

10 c chicken broth

1- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes in puree

4 carrots, peeled and finely diced

2 green bell peppers, finely diced

4 zucchini, finely diced

2 Tbl fresh basil (or 2 tsp dried)

1 Tbl fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)

1 c uncooked orzo (any small pasta will work)

salt and pepper, to taste

Remove casing from sausage and brown in a large soup pan, breaking up into small pieces. Drain fat. Add onion and garlic, cook until soft. Add wine, chicken broth, tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, zucchini and herbs. Bring to a boil and cook for 20-30 minutes. Add orzo for last 10 minutes of cooking. Serve soup with Parmesan cheese.

**If freezing, do not add orzo. Instead, when reheating the soup, add the orzo when the soup comes to a boil and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Another option is to cook all of the orzo in a separate pot, drain the water and portion into bags and freeze. Add orzo after soup has been reheated.**

Yogurt Parfaits

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If you’re anything like me, breakfast is an afterthought (for me…the kids are a little higher up on the scale of importance). Grabbing something quick for breakfast normally means I’m eating over-processed, sugary junk. Yogurt is the perfect healthy option, of course after eating yogurt out of those little cups for a while, I’m bored. Solution? Yogurt Parfaits!!

   There isn’t any specific measurements for this, just add in the amounts you prefer. Start with some ripe fruit (berries, peaches, mangoes, bananas), slice it up and add some sugar if it isn’t sweet enough. Then layer on some granola, whatever brand you like. Next spoon some yogurt on top, I prefer a thick low-fat vanilla yogurt, but again you can use any flavor/brand. Layer your glass with the ingredients until it is full, then garnish with some lovely fruit. Yum!

   Impress some guests with this the next time someone comes to visit, make smaller parfaits for a lovely addition to brunch, or whip one up the night before for a healthy breakfast on the go (remember to place the granola on top so it doesn’t get soggy)!

Menu/Shopping List

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I hate assigning a meal to a certain day of the week…crazy right? I like the flexibility of choosing each day, because you never know when the kids are going to be driving you insane and a lovely elaborate meal plan turns into boxed mac-n-cheese.

After scouring the internet (and wasting a lot of time), I decided to design my own menu and shopping lists. I loved how they turned out, and now I’m hoping to coordinate some other great organizing printables as well. Look for those in the coming days!!

**Remember that these are for personal use only, but feel free to link up to my blog to share with others. Enjoy!**

Click here to download: Menu-Shopping List 1

Click here to download: Menu-Shopping List 2

Chicken Salad

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Well, I overcooked the chicken last night…and my husband didn’t make it home for dinner. So I had some leftovers that were not going to stand up to reheating…but of course I couldn’t myself to throw them out. The solution: chicken salad sandwiches! Granted, these taste better with moist chicken, but they are still yummy with less than stellar leftovers.

Chicken Salad

1-1/2 c cooked chicken, chopped

2-3 green onions, sliced

1/2 c red grapes, halved

1/3 c celery, sliced

1/4 – 1/3 c mayo (use more if your chicken is dry)

1 Tbl dijon mustard

1 Tbl sliced almonds

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp salt

dash of garlic salt/powder

   Mix everything together and taste, add more salt, pepper or garlic if needed. If you let the salad sit for 30+ minutes, it will taste so much better.  Pile some chicken salad on your favorite bread (toasted if you like) and add some fresh veggies, and a pickle spear. Or you can mix in some pasta (bow tie, spiral, shells, etc.) for a nice bowl lunch, be sure to add some additional mayo and dijon.